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This year at TwitchCon, the show floor is playing host to a handful of box-shaped, see-through "Streamer Zones" where people can stream for their usual online audiences and also a real life one sitting mere feet away. If you're used to streaming from the comfort of your own bedroom, it can be terrifying.

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Briefly: Nexon's booth at TwitchCon has the largest variety of booth foliage I've ever seen. So many different kinds of fake trees! Spring trees, fall trees, palm trees and even bamboo. I counted six different types in total, all to promote a game called Durango: Wildlands. As a booth foliage aficionado, I'm impressed.

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"For example, if the player purchased a particular weapon, the microtransaction engine may match the player in a gameplay session in which the particular weapon is highly effective, giving the player an impression that the particular weapon was a good purchase. This may encourage the player to make future purchases to achieve similar gameplay results." -- A recently approved Activision patent details one of several techniques for encouraging microtransaction purchases that the publisher now owns exclusive rights to.

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Aussie Gavin Clayton has probably lost count of the days he's spent getting Daggerfall Unity off the ground. The port of Bethesda's monstrous, procedurally-generated RPG to the Unity engine has given the game a new lease on life in a world where Skyrim will soon be playable on everything from calculators to quilts. This is particularly true for the most recent update, which allows the main quest line to be completed in full.

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Despite being out for over seven years and even built on Aussie-made technology, Australia and New Zealand is only now getting their own local server for Wargaming's World of Tanks. Yes, come November 1, you'll be able to mortar and shell all kinds of armour, without having to worry about the most deadly munition of all: high latency.

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After over a year's wait, the Pyro is getting a new set of tools. The biggest update for Team Fortress 2 in some time, the Jungle Inferno update not only adds new maps, taunts, campaign contracts, and balance changes, but a new suite of class weapons for everyone's favourite firebug.

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Briefly: The first Mafia game is now available on GOG after years of being off stores like Steam. The uniquely period-appropriate open-world crime-a-thon is unfortunately missing its licensed music, but is otherwise intact and DRM-free. It's a classic in most of, if not all, its glory. Worth checking out if you haven't already.

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Doki Doki Literature Club snuck up on everyone and became a cult hit. Dan Salvato, its writer and lead developer, played on the anime tropes present in its pink and cheery exterior to trick players into experiencing an unsettling story. "People might go into Doki Doki Literature Club making fun of it as a tropey anime game," he said, "only to find themselves caring about the characters (and possibly very scared of them)."