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The Survival Games Kickstarter

Our friends over at Hella Games Entertainment have 2 weeks left on their Kickstarter campaign and they’re looking for your help! These guys know how to push the envelope on high end gaming and want to bring ‘The Survival Games’ to your Alienware machine.
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Curse Voice Beta Key Giveaway for Premium Members

Curse Voice Beta Key Giveaway for Premium Members
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Curse Giving Away WildStar Beta Keys for This Weekend's Beta Event (bit.ly)

Curse Giving Away WildStar Beta Keys for This Weekend's Beta Event
Head there now to grab yours for free!
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Strife Beta Key Giveaway (www.curse.com)

Strife Beta Key Giveaway
Simply make sure you're logged into your Curse account, and hit the "Get My Key" button!
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Curse Weekly Roundup 03/28/14 - Oculus VR Bought, Smite Launches, GBA on Wii U and more (youtu.be)

Curse Weekly Roundup 03/28/14 - Oculus VR Bought, Smite Launches, GBA on Wii U and more
This week's roundup has been sponsored by LoL Lessons with Saintvicious, powered by Alienware. Check out the first episode - http://youtu.be/S-jLZOpP_kk
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Get a $20 Shroud of the Avatar Pledge Upgrade

Find out how you can get get a $20 bonus to your Shroud of the Avatar pledge.
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Episode 24 - Games of 2014!

This week Lumpy takes a look at some of the games he is looking forward to over the course of 2014! Check out his video here.  Also guys be sure to check out our Roccat giveaway over on the discussion threads (Click Here). All you have to do is answer the 4 questions in the discussion thread and leave a comment with you answers. We will be deciding winners in a few weeks time.  So be sure to check out the link above and get yourself involved!
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7 Reasons to Date a Gamer

7 Reasons to Date a Gamer
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GeForce GTX Titan Black Edition Won't be Black (www.tomshardware.com)

Early reports have shown us that the GTX Titan Black was going to feature a black cooler, however, a new report from VideoCardz.com indicates that it won't be. Instead, this report tells us that the graphics card will have the same cooler design as the GT
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ARP Maintenance Update - February 14 at 12 AM PST

Fixes and member ARP totals will be implemented on February 14 at midnight PST.
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ARP Infrastructure Update Incoming

We'll be updating the ARP infrastructure over the next several hours, so you'll likely see some funkiness throughout the process
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Best Graphics Cards For The Money: February 2014 (www.tomshardware.com)

Best Graphics Cards For The Money: February 2014
This month, the prices on AMD's high-end Radeon cards rise even more. We also talk about the company's new beta driver that enables Mantle. Perhaps more important, long-awaited support for frame pacing in multi-monitor configurations is available to try.
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Episode 23 - Next Car Game!

This week Lumpy reviews the newly released destruction derby game the Next Car Game. The game is being produced by the guys that bought you the Flatout series! Also guys be sure to check out our Roccat giveaway over on the discussion threads. (Click Here) All you have to do is answer the 4 questions in the discussion thread and leave a comment with you answers. We will be deciding winners in a few weeks time.  So be sure to check out the link above and get yourself involved!
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TESO Beta Key Giveaway at Curse! (www.curse.com)

TESO Beta Key Giveaway at Curse!
Return to Tamriel in The Elder Scrolls Online, the latest chapter of the award-winning series, and bring the legendary experience online for the first time. Explore the vast world with friends or embark upon an epic adventure alone — the choices you will
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The New Forums (BETA) is Here!

The update for the forums is now live and we need your help to make it even better.
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Alienware Arena Forums Update

Changes will occur in the forums section starting tomorrow and they will be down for maintenance.
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EverQuest Next Landmark Alpha Launch Interview with Jeff Butler

EverQuest Next Landmark Alpha Launch Interview with Jeff Butler
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Episode 22 - Elgato Game Capture HD

This week Lumpy reviews the Elgato Game Capture HD. Ever wanted to record some of your old console systems? Or maybe your current PC hasn't got the power to record and play games at the same time. Well Lumpy has a solution for you! Also guys be sure to check out our Roccat giveaway over on the discussion threads. (Click Here) All you have to do is answer the 4 questions in the discussion thread and leave a comment with you answers. We will be deciding winners in a few weeks time.  One last thing. We are having a Zone Scavenger Hunt! (Click Here for details) We are giving away some wicked prizes to 3 lucky participance, which are:  Placing                  Prize (ARV in USD)      1st                         Alienware X51desktop  computer  (ARV $1050)      2nd                        $250 Steam gift card (ARV $250)      3rd                        $100 Steam gift card (ARV $100) So be sure to check out the link about and get yourself involved!
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League of Legends Update 1/23/14 - Patch 4.1, Dragonblade Riven, 2014 LCS Ranked Season, and more

League of Legends Update 1/23/14 - Patch 4.1, Dragonblade Riven, 2014 LCS Ranked Season, and more
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Episode 20 - Roccat Gear & Giveaway!

Hello everybody I hope you all had a great Christmas & a cracking New Year.  This week on The Zone Lumpy has been given some lovely gear to review, curtacy of the guys over at Roccat. If you have been looking for some possible gear upgrades and haven't been sure what Roccat has to offer. Here is a good place to start! Also guys be sure to check out the discussion thread for this episode as all the information regarding the giveaway will be in there! Link to the thread: http://eu.alienwarearena.com/thezone/discussion/237
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Episode 19 - Show Changes & Final Fantasy VIII

This week is Panky's last week as The Zone host as he will be moving to Cologne Germany, in the New Year, to work on the EU LCS.   In the meantime video editor Lumpy will be taking over the reins and this week he brings the nostalgia, with a review on the recently released Final Fantasy VIII steam edition!  
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League of Legends Update - Riot Internship, Cursemas, Champion Rotation, and more

League of Legends Update - Riot Internship, Cursemas, Champion Rotation, and more
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Episode 18 - Starbound!

This week Panky talks about the latest game Starbound. This game has caused a big stir in the gaming world as it combines the popular elements of Terraria with Spaceships! Click here & Enjoy!
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Crusader Kings II Retrospective - Part II

Crusader Kings II Retrospective - Part II
Strategy fans who want a bit of everything and a real connection to your game, this is a must play and is truly worth all of the hours that will disappear into magnificently vicious depths.
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Crusader Kings II Retrospective - Part I

Crusader Kings II Retrospective - Part I
The game has many aspects and features, which build the game up, so that it truly fulfills the grand strategy description and as such, requires a lot of examining to fairly review the scope of the game and give it the credit it deserves.
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League of Legends Update - Holiday Skins,Yasou, Pax Sivir Giveaway , and more

League of Legends Update - Holiday Skins,Yasou, Pax Sivir Giveaway , and more
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Revenge of the Titans Retrospective

Revenge of the Titans Retrospective
As a simple tower defense game, this game is very good at what it does, keeping a firm grasp on what the game is supposed to do and how it’s done.
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Ys Origin Retrospective

Ys Origin Retrospective
The easily mispronounced role-playing series - Ys (Ees) - isn't commonly heard of outside its native Japan, but slowly, the sprite crazy hack n' slash game is making its own across the pond, and it's time to boost that adoption rate up a little.
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Alan Wake: Horror Revitalized

Alan Wake: Horror Revitalized
With precision combat, masterful level design and expert storytelling, Remedy knocks it out of the park with Alan Wake, the most promising new intellectual property in years.
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Embracing the Indie Revolution

Embracing the Indie Revolution
What does it mean to be indie? It's a term being thrown all around the internet these days, and one that's already beginning to lose meaning.
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Sanctum Retrospective

Sanctum Retrospective
Sanctum is a first-person shooter (FPS) tower defence game that tasks the player with defending an objective by building structures that will automatically target and eliminate an alien horde, and get into the fight themselves using a range of different weapons.
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The Witcher: Enhanced Edition Retrospective

The Witcher: Enhanced Edition Retrospective
The Witcher is a groundbreaking game in the RPG space. It completely revolutionizes storytelling and traditional combat while delivering a beautiful and addicting game.
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Game Like Voyboy!

Game Like Voyboy!
We've got an awesome opportunity for fans of Team Curse out there: You could win not only a signed CM Storm keyboard and a signed Curse jersey with YOUR summoner name, but also a 1-hour session with Voyboy himself! Head to http://www.teamcurse.net/sweeps-voyboy to enter.
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Community News, RSS Feeds for Groups, and More!

Site updates for everyone!
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Spelunky Retrospective

Spelunky Retrospective
Fame, Fortune—heck even a smooch from the leading lady—all this and more lies at the bottom of Spelunky's endless mineshaft. That is, of course, if you can get past the poison spitting snakes...
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Skullgirls Retrospective

Skullgirls Retrospective
On the surface, Skullgirls seems very generic, but with special combat systems in place, this game has the capability to produce very vibrant and competitive fights, making it an instant must-have for veterans of the genre and newcomers alike.
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Final Fantasy XIV Class Guide: Conjurer

Final Fantasy XIV Class Guide: Conjurer
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn strays away from the traditional 5-man group down to a more manageable 4. But just how does one use magic to stop 17 blades of iron slicing the team up into shoddy kebab meat? Let me guide you through it.
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Splinter Cell: Blacklist Review

Splinter Cell: Blacklist Review
Combining stealth and fighting into a unique sense, mixed with a high level of customizable RPG elements, Splinter Cell: Blacklist is well worth your time.
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Counter Strike: Global Offensive - Arms Deal Update

Counter Strike: Global Offensive - Arms Deal Update
The Arms Deal update is a strong attempt by Valve to infuse new life into the latest iteration of Counter-Strike and to help support the eSport scene.
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Remember Me: A Game Worth Remembering

Remember Me: A Game Worth Remembering
Remember Me isn’t a game you’ll soon be forgetting, and for good reason. The attractive visual style gives players something beautiful, game play gives action junkies and diverse gamers alike something to rejoice over, and the whole game delivers on the promise of a quality new IP.
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Fallout: New Vegas, Lonesome Road DLC Retrospective

Fallout: New Vegas, Lonesome Road DLC Retrospective
If you’re a player of Fallout who enjoys the writing, I can promise you that if you can make it to the end of this DLC, you won’t be disappointed.
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Worms Revolution Retrospective

Worms Revolution Retrospective
Worms Revolution is definitely for you if you like tactical-turn based strategy games. It's great fun to play with friends as it has been created with humour at its heart.
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Dishonored DLC Reviewed

Dishonored DLC Reviewed
If you enjoyed playing the original Dishonored for its satisfying assassinations, amazing stealth, or its great original story, all of that is here and more.
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Return to Castle Wolfenstein Retrospective

Return to Castle Wolfenstein Retrospective
The fictional German castle of Wolfenstein has been a grand gaming memory for many PC gamers who grew up in the post-millennium.
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Super Hexagon: Simplicity is Bliss

Super Hexagon: Simplicity is Bliss
Super Hexagon is a wonderful and inventive take on what an action game can be. It effortlessly combines difficultly, addictive gameplay, and visuals that tickle the mind.
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Gotham City Impostors Tip Guide

Gotham City Impostors Tip Guide
Gotham City Impostors is a unique first person shooter (FPS) and thus, requires a unique tip guide. To master all the odd quirks and intricacies of this crazy shooter and maybe even nab a few Steam achievements, this guide is a must.
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Paranautical Activity: Greenlight Gold

Paranautical Activity: Greenlight Gold
Paranautical Activity describes itself as a mixture between classic first person shooter (FPS) games, such as Doom or Quake and the difficult randomly generated roguelikes, such as The Binding of Isaac. It's
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Sleeping Dogs Retrospective

Sleeping Dogs Retrospective
Sleeping Dogs is exactly what the title intends to tell you about this sleeper hit. The game, which was first released August 12th, 2012 fell relatively silent on the topic of good games when it was launched.
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Tom Clancy

Tom Clancy
Future Soldier didn’t get much attention upon release, and that’s a shame--it features not only the best co-op experience currently available for four players, but truly unique gameplay elements that stand out as gems amongst a sea of typical third-person shooters.
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Rogue Legacy Retrospective

Rogue Legacy Retrospective
Rogue Legacy is a multi-genre game made by Cellar Door Games and this is their first project to release on Steam.The gameplay combines elements from Platformers, RPG's and Roguelike's to give a fun experience.
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Ultra Street Fighter 4

Ultra Street Fighter 4
At this year's Evolution Championship Series, Capcom announced that a new version of their hugely successful title, Street Fighter 4, is in the works. This is exciting news for fighting game fans and will give the much loved franchise a breath of fresh air.
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Bleed Retrospective

Bleed Retrospective
Indie developers discover how to express themselves in a new way, and can show the world who they are. The creators of Bleed have done just that, and all through something as common as a platforming game.
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Kraven Manor - A Master

Kraven Manor - A Master
Despite the small, almost inconsequential faults, the game manages to stand on its own two feet and be horrifyingly awesome like the best of them.
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Max Payne 3: A Worthy Ending to the Trilogy

Max Payne 3: A Worthy Ending to the Trilogy
Max Payne 3 is not only a satisfying end to Max Payne’s story, but solidifies the Max Payne series as the best gaming trilogy currently available, with narrative and gunplay that never sink below sheer excellency.
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Winners Announced - Alienware Arena's "Design Your Best Alienware Wallpaper" Image Contest

Votes have been counted and the judging process has been completed!
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ARP Sweepstakes: September Winners

Congratulations to our lucky winners for the September ARP Monthly Reward Sweepstakes!
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400 Days

400 Days
The Walking Dead won numerous Game of the Year awards bringing a pacing, interactivity and emotional depth that highlighted the strengths of the adventure game genre.
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Week 2 Winners for 100 Chances to Win Arclight Varus Skin

See if you are one of the 100 winners in Week 2 for the 100 Chances to Win sweepstakes.
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Marvel Heroes Retrospective

Marvel Heroes Retrospective
Marvel Heroes attempts to bring the thrill of the major motion picture back into the homes of geeks everywhere, preying on the eventual nerd chills brought on by seeing Thor, Spiderman, The Thing and Hulk to name a few.
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Ittle Dew Retrospective

Ittle Dew Retrospective
From the first 10 minutes, it's apparent that Ludosity Interactive made Ittle Dew as a passion project and all of their love for the action adventure genre is oozing from this title.
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Final Fantasy XIV Retrospective

Final Fantasy XIV Retrospective
An endlessly beautiful game with incredibly robust mechanics and a narrative that easily rivals that of past Final Fantasy games, but one you can play with hundreds of like-minded fans.
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Saint's Row IV Retrospective

Saint's Row IV Retrospective
Saint's Row IV is a highly entertaining, humorous game, that I would recommend to any fan of the open world genre.
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Week 1 Winners for 100 Chances to Win Arclight Varus Skin

See if you are one of the 100 winners for the 100 Chances to Win sweepstakes.
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Guild Wars 2 Presents the

Alienware arena is proud to announce that registration is now open for the
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Civilization V Expansion: Gods and Kings Retrospective

Civilization V Expansion: Gods and Kings Retrospective
Gods & Kings adds a massive degree of variety and strategic depth to Civilization V, and after playing with it I can't imagine going back to the base game.
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Fallout: New Vegas - Dead Money Retrospective

Fallout: New Vegas - Dead Money Retrospective
Looking at gameplay from its most basic design is the best way to get a gauge for how well downloadable content is made and Dead Money is worth picking up.
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Amnesia: The Dark Descent Retrospective

Amnesia: The Dark Descent Retrospective
Amnesia: The Dark Descent is a masterpiece of horror. It constructs, what is for most people their worst nightmare, and forces them to then live out the dream in all of its darkest aspects.
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Civilization V - Tips and Tricks

Civilization V - Tips and Tricks
There are quite a few crucial factors in gameplay that can be easily controlled by the player, which are the variables that will be discussed in this guide.
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How Zombies Changed the Face of Survival Horror

How Zombies Changed the Face of Survival Horror
While the traditional zombie seems dead in its tracks, it appears their influence from past generations are finally being realised. Horror games are evolving, and it’s the most part credible to those who unlocked the full potential of the ghouls over the last few decades.
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SmashMuck Champions Overview

SmashMuck Champions Overview
SmashMuck Champions brings a breath of fresh air into the MOBA environment. The game has many unique features that are plainly absent from its competitors.
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The Future of StarCraft II World Championship Series

The Future of StarCraft II World Championship Series
This year began with a lot of questions about the logistics and longevity StarCraft II (SC2) regarding the eSports scene. Finally, in early April, all of the questions were answered, as Blizzard had announced the rebirth of the World Championship Series (WCS).
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Dust: An Elysian Tail Review

Dust: An Elysian Tail Review
From its fluid and intuitive combat, to the world’s richly colored and beautifully realized landscape, Dust: An Elysian Tail shows what independently developed games are truly capable of
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Footsies

Footsies
Footsies play a big part in fighting games: if I were to put it into a sentence, it would be 'using moves to condition your opponent into a passive or unsafe mindset'.
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Alan Wake

Alan Wake
Packed to the brim with content for a price that can’t be beat, Remedy Studios has created an adventure that should satisfy any gamer’s appetite for horror.
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StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Retrospective

StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Retrospective
What are we expecting from this expansion? Will it change the game as dramatically as Brood War did for the original StarCraft (SC)? That’s a pretty good question and is debatable.
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Dawngate Impressions and Overview

Dawngate Impressions and Overview
The unique features that Dawngate brings to the table aren’t necessarily new, but their combination makes for a very unique gameplay experience, all while leaving an air of familiarity for MOBA veterans of nearly any game.
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ARP Sweepstakes: August Winners

Congratulations to our lucky winners for the August ARP Monthly Reward Sweepstakes!
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Resident Evil 6: Frighteningly Good

Resident Evil 6: Frighteningly Good
With its truck loads worth of content, unusually high gameplay quality, and mouthwatering visuals, RE6 is an action survival horror must-have for anyone who’s a fan of great gaming.
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Sang-Froid: Tales of Werewolves Retrospective

Sang-Froid: Tales of Werewolves Retrospective
The artistic and experimental direction of the game is truly original and entertaining.
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Kinetic Void Preview

Kinetic Void Preview
The fact that an unpublicized indie studio can endeavor to make a game as big and boundless as this is remarkable, and that's exactly what Kinetic Void is shaping up to be.
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Alienware Arena members: Earn an additional 25 ARP this week

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Spec Ops: The Line Retrospective

Spec Ops: The Line Retrospective
While shooters like Call of Duty and the Battlefield franchise seem to rule the genre, any company which releases a game that aims to be different along with a storyline that players can dive into is notable and that is Spec Ops: The Line.
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Five Massively Multiplayer Online Games You Need to Try

Five Massively Multiplayer Online Games You Need to Try
While it seems silly to mention these timely, classic massively-multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs), they’re more often than not the exact titles most MMORPG players will call out as their first online role-playing experience.
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Killing Floor Retrospective

Killing Floor Retrospective
Killing Floor guarantees a fun time gaming with friends as it carries a degree of coordination and skill, which is needed to actually progress forward in a typical round of zombie slaying madness.
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Dungeon Defenders - The Beauty of Simplicity

Dungeon Defenders - The Beauty of Simplicity
The genre of tower defense was very popular during the time of Dungeon Defender’s release, but they managed to make it more enjoyable in new ways.
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A Brief Look at MMORPGs on the Horizon

A Brief Look at MMORPGs on the Horizon
The massively-multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) market has been continuously expanding in popularity for the past decade, with titles from major publishers becoming a common occurrence and 2013 is no exception.
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The Basement Collection

The Basement Collection
With the release of The Basement Collection, Edmund McMillen takes you through the history of exactly how, why and where he started his journey to the monumentally well-crafted and well-known games
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Marvel Heroes Founders Program Ultimate Pack Sweepstakes Winners

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Pacific Rim IMAX 3D Package Sweepstakes

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Alienware Arena Gamer’s Grab Sweepstakes – Week Two Winners Announced.
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Gamer's Grab Sweepstakes - Week Three Winners Announced

Gamer's Grab Sweepstakes - Week Three Winners Announced.
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Gamer's Grab Sweepstakes - Week Four Winners Announced

Gamer's Grab Sweepstakes - Week Four Winners Announced.
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Alienware Forever Winner Contest Winner

Alienware Forever Contest Winner Announced.
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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Retrospective

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Retrospective
Never before has a Grand Theft Auto entry taken such large steps in creating a fresh new experience.
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Voting Period Open: Alienware Arena's "Design Your Best Alienware Wallpaper" Image Contest

Cast your votes for the best submission now!
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Elder Scrolls Online Preview

Elder Scrolls Online Preview
Role playing games have always been missing one thing: multiplayer. The creators of the Elder Scrolls titles however, are now releasing their very own massively-multiplayer online, role-playing game called Elder Scrolls Online.
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Heroes of Newerth North American Challenge Tournament Winners

Congratulations to Absolute Legends on defeating We Are Spies in the Heroes of Newerth North American Challenge Tournament.
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The Dangerous Dance of Sam

The Dangerous Dance of Sam
The gameplay of Serious Sam is its crowning achievement and it enshrines everything that made shooters back in the day fun.
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Slender: The Arrival Retrospective

Slender: The Arrival Retrospective
Slender: The Arrival has one true goal, to be truly frightening, and in my eyes, it accomplishes that with resounding success.
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Slender: The Eight Pages Retrospective

Slender: The Eight Pages Retrospective
Slender: The Eight Pages manages to turn its weaknesses into strengths, making what might have been a poorly constructed game into a frighteningly successful adventure.
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StarDrive - A Surprising Space Sim

StarDrive - A Surprising Space Sim
StarDrive impresses with both strategy as well as the spacefaring look and feel, and what it lacks in production values makes up for it in customizability and depth.
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ARP Sweepstakes: July Winners

Congratulations to our lucky winners for the July ARP Monthly Reward Sweepstakes!
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