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by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Jan 18, 2013 6:00AM PST

Now that Dota 2 is up to a whopping 96 characters, it's a fair bet that a good proportion of them are something of a mystery to most of its 3 million players. To help introduce you to a few more, without the fear of being stomped by people playing their best heroes, Valve added a new mode in yesterday's weekly patch that forces everyone to choose one of their least-played Doters. Read more

Did you know that as many as 20 people were still playing the PC edition of Halo 2? Surprising, I know. They won't be for much longer, mind, as 343 Industries yesterday announced it will shut down the servers on February 15. How sad that Halo 2's going away just as we finally have PCs capable of running it at a decent FPS. Ah, ha ha. That joke would've killed in 2007, you know. Read more

by Steve Watts, shacknews.com, Jan 17, 2013 5:00PM PST

The Writer's Guild has announced its nominees for Outstanding Achievement in Video Game Writing. They include 007 Legends, Assassin's Creed 3, AC3 Liberation, Epic Mickey 2, Halo 4, and Uncharted: Golden Abyss. Read more

Resident Evil 6 is the game Capcom keeps on trying to fix. The next title update adds a new "QTE assist" feature for all difficulties, declawing one of the game's most annoying gameplay features. Read more

by John Keefer, shacknews.com, Jan 17, 2013 2:30PM PST

DayZ creator Dean Hall doesn't want to be a professional. He wants to be a person that is upfront about his feelings and opinions. And for that he's making it clear that he is furious with the competing zombie game The War Z. Read more

It's been seven years of Hell for Diablo 3 Game Director Jay Wilson, and he has had enough. The designer has decided to step down from the position at Blizzard and move on to another project within the company. Read more

Ubisoft likes offering a number of digital bonuses through various pre-order promos. If you haven't been able to keep track of all the add-ons available for Ubi's open-world shooter, the "Deluxe Bundle" gives you access to a boatload of content for one flat price. Read more

by Ozzie Mejia, shacknews.com, Jan 17, 2013 12:00PM PST

Path of Exile has undergone a long journey towards its final release. On January 23, the action RPG is about to take a big step forward when Grinding Gear Games sends their debut game into open beta. Read more

Today, Sega and Valve have announced a partnership that will result in a delicious peanut butter and jelly sandwich of mascot racing. Read more

by Steve Watts, shacknews.com, Jan 17, 2013 11:00AM PST

Trials Evolution: Gold Edition is coming to PC on March 21. It features Trials Evolution along with tracks from the original Trials HD, for 129 in all. Read more