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Meet Vulkan, the powerful, platform-agnostic gaming tech taking aim at DirectX 12

Vulkan, the built-from-scratch OpenGL successor, aims to give game developers far more control over PC hardware, unlocking new levels of performance. Think of it as an open-standard counterpart to Microsoft's Windows-only DirectX 12.

AMD's Mantle 1.0 is dead; long live DirectX

AMD said it won't release a public software development kit for its graphics API as DirectX12 and the next-gen OpenGL releases approach.

How fast are Intel's new Atom X5 and X7 chips? This fast! (video)

Inte's new Atom X5 and X7 has enough graphics performance to chew through RealRacing 3 with ease.

Warlords of Draenor

Blizzard's new WoW Tokens let you play World of Warcraft without a subscription

Blizzard's venerable MMO isn't going free-to-play, but it's dabbling in alternative payment schemes nevertheless.

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Wasteland 2, the best game of 2014, is getting a post-release facelift and better mod tools

InXile expands its plans for the award-winning CRPG with news of a visual overhaul, thanks to Unity 5.

Unreal Engine 4

Epic makes Unreal Engine 4 free to use

But you'll need to pay a royalty if you ship an Unreal Engine 4 creation that sees success.

Sid Meier's Starships

Sid Meier's Starships hands-on: A stripped down Civ and a complicated board game

Sid Meier's Starships is a bit like playing Civilization without the thirty-hour time commitment.

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This week in games: Kanye West makes a video game, Dying Light sells adult diapers, and more

Plus Google goes to work on Skynet for real, Fast and the Furious gets a video game, and brutalities return to Mortal Kombat. This is gaming news for the week of February 23.

Supernova

Supernova hands-on: A MOBA you make your own

Is there room for another MOBA on the market? Bandai Namco thinks so.

Gaben VR

Valve unveiling SteamVR hardware, new Steam Machines at GDC next week

Plus updates to the Steam Controller and 'new living room devices.'

Origin Omega home theater PC

Origin Omega brings hardcore gaming credibility to the home theater PC

You can stuff up to three graphics cards inside Origin PC’s purpose-built Omega HTPC.

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The Windows Store's scam apps will be a problem as Xbox and Windows 10 intertwine

If Microsoft wants to get a stronger grip on PC gaming in Windows 10, it'll have to do better at keeping scams and shameless clones out of the Windows Store.

Hearts of Iron IV

Hearts of Iron IV hands-on preview: I would make a horrible Hitler

We play Hearts of Iron IV and immediately lose Berlin to Poland. Game over, Hitler.

League of Legends 90s

League of Legends goes 90s, COD goes free (for the weekend), and more of this week's gaming news

Plus a guy shocks himself with a dog collar for six minutes on YouTube and somebody plays Crusader Kings II for 10,000 hours.