Here are the 9 most frustrating mistakes that all videogame players make

From mis-timed jumps to save point mishaps, here are the gaming errors we all make again and again

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Here are 6 things you need to do to survive a global disaster

Whether it’s a natural disaster, bioterrorist attack or pandemic, experts reckon society as we know it will collapse within 13 days of a catastrophic event. So what do you do next?

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Call of Duty video game publisher sued by family of Angolan rebel

Video game publisher Activision is being sued by the family of Angolan rebel chief Jonas Savimbi, who have objected to his depiction in the game Call of Duty: Black Ops II.

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Sorry #GamerGate: Even teenage boys are sick of sexist video games

A surprisingly high proportion of male youths think female game characters are too often treated as sex objects

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Mass-shooting simulator game 'Hatred' removed from largest digital download site

The controversial mass-murder simulator has been taken off the leading games distribution site, despite attracting thousands of positive votes

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Zoe Quinn speaks out: 'All #Gamergate has done is ruin people's lives'

Zoe Quinn is sitting uncomfortably on a plastic chair, in a small empty room upstairs from the GameCity festival in Nottingham. Outside, above the jagged rows of Victorian shops and houses, the sky is slate grey and a gentle rain has started to fall. Quinn’s bright clothes and dyed red and orange hair are a stark contrast to the gloom beyond the window. “I like the weather in England,” she says absentmindedly.

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From Lord of the Rings to Akira: 10 books every gamer should read

From Lord of the Rings to Akira, these are the books that have influenced the world's greatest game designers

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'The real world sucked': The first multiplayer computer game was invented as a political gesture

In 1979, in a computer lab at Essex University, two brilliant young students invented the future of video games. Roy Trubshaw and Richard Bartle were the creators of the Multi-User Dungeon – or simply MUD – a text-based adventure that ran on a giant DEC PDP-10 mainframe. They programmed the game in their spare time, accessing the computer labs in the evenings. If they hadn’t made it, massively multiplayer online adventures like EverQuest and World of Warcraft may never have happened.

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Rudy Giuliani to Calif. Supreme Court: Dismiss Manuel Noriega's lawsuit against Call of Duty

On Thursday, Rudy Giuliani, the ex-mayor of New York city, went to the Californian supreme court to defend the hit video game Call of Duty: Black Ops II against the imprisoned Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega. Many readers may need a few moments to take all that in.

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Brianna Wu and the human cost of Gamergate: 'Every woman I know in the industry is scared'

Brianna Wu doesn’t know when she can go home again. She can’t tell me where she is – doing so might not be safe. Last Friday, her personal details were pasted on the chat forum, 8chan. Within minutes she was receiving sickening threats. One tweet said, “I’ve got a K-bar and I’m coming to your house so I can shove it up your ugly feminist cunt.” She said to her husband, “we’ve got to get out of here”. They called the police; the police agreed. She was sobbing uncontrollably.

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Sigourney Weaver hankering for fifth instalment of Alien saga

The actor has hinted at the possibility of a final outing as Ellen Ripley after reiterating her view that the Alien story is unresolved

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Video game pioneer and former Nintendo head Hiroshi Yamauchi dies at 85

Games industry unites to honour role at firm that dominated 'golden age' of console gaming

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Five festive video game cocktails

If you love good games and interesting drinks, we have the cocktails for you

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'Prison Architect' online game challenges players to build and maintain maximum security prisons

Think of computer game management simulations, and you usually think of aspirational jobs - or at least the things we dreamed of doing as kids. Theme parks, railroads, game development studios, farms – all have featured in this popular genre since it flourished in the '90s. But right now, there is something very different out there, something intriguing enough to attract over 10,000 players into its paid online alpha test. That something is Prison Architect and it may just be the most fascinating and troubling management game ever devised.

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Xbox Music: Microsoft launches challenger to Apple's iTunes

Cloud-based offering will allow users to synchronize across multiple devices including PCs, tablets and smartphones

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