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John Bedford

Editor in Chief, Metabomb

John is Metabomb's Editor in Chief, and is responsible for all of the Hearthstone news, features and guides content on the site.

How video games could save your life

Life, the universe and everything at CCP Fanfest.

From the archive: With this year's Eve Fanfest just around the corner, it seemed like a good moment to revisit this piece from April 2015 about last year's event. With CCP adopting a more workmanlike commitment to Eve Online's future - rather than the wide-eyed ambitions of old - its annual jamboree in Reykjavik had never felt more like videogaming's TED conference.

GCHQ releases Picross-like puzzle to the public

Can you solve the spy agency's series of challenges?

The director of the UK government's super-secretive snooping agency GCHQ has included a puzzle with his Christmas cards this year, and the public have been invited to have a stab at solving it as well.

Blizzard has released a new video in Hearthstone's Designer Insights series, in which senior game designer Ben Brode talks about the thinking behind the creation and ongoing curation of the game's Basic set of cards. It provides a number of insights into how the team consider future card design, and the principles of power-creep in the game.

Hearthstone always finds it greatest moments when it drinks deeply from its thematic inspiration. For The League of Explorers, that means a dusty trawl through the ancient echoing catacombs of WoW's more adventurous desert dungeons. Not only are the encounters tremendous fun, but this third Adventure for Hearthstone - going by this first of four drip-fed wings at least - is shaping up to be the high point of the game's tentative journeys into single-player content.

Fallout 4 - cheats and console commands

Every known console command for the PC version of the game.

As with most Bethesda games that we can recall, there are a series of console commands you can apply to the PC version of Fallout 4 that will either help you out in combat, allow you to fiddle with the environments or - quite frankly - let you pretty much cheat your way through the game. To access the command menu, you'll first of all need to hit either the tilde or the @ buttons, the former of which is typically located beneath your Escape key, and looking a little bit like this: ~

Anno 2205 guide

The developers explain how to get started with the game.

Anno 2205 is out today on PC (we'll have a review for you in the coming days) and this latest version of the city-builder continues the series' futuristic flavour with a new goal of steering your corporation towards its very own colony on the moon. As well as the usual city-planning challenges, you'll also have to manage multiple settlements and coordinate trade routes between regions if you're to reach your ultimate destination.

Titan's soul: a day with Overwatch

Never beta 'gainst Blizzard.

The name of the game may be Overwatch, but we all know what we're playing is a slice of a bigger project Blizzard would no doubt rather forget. Titan, the long-in-development game designed to revolutionise the MMO genre, never quite found its flame - save, that is, for one bright spark that Blizzard couldn't quite put out: a team-based shooter that went into beta last week.

Laserlife review

Flat lines.

If there's one thing Laserlife can't be accused of it's a lack of ambition. Where most rhythm games are content to let their artfully weaved beat matches do the talking, this game wants to say something grander. The story begins with a long-dead astronaut floating through space until it encounters you, an alien intelligence with the means to reconstruct the lost memories of the fallen explorer. Through the unravelling of the traveller's past, we remember what it means to be a human - or so the pitch goes.

If everything had gone according to plan with Geometry Wars Retro Evolved, it would have ended up a shadow of its final glory. For all the myriad spawn patterns the game draws upon, each enemy type can be relied upon to provide a fleeting moment of transparency on arrival, during which time the player can make contact and survive the encounter. Every enemy type except the snakes, that is. They appear fully formed and deadly, and the most delicate of dances is required to escape from within their collective clutches.

It's hard to imagine two more polarised moments in snooker's history. Back in 1997, Ronnie O'Sullivan - arguably the most talented player of all time, and alongside Jimmy White and Alex Higgins certainly one of the most popular - completes a maximum break of 147 in an unprecedented five minutes and 20 seconds.

New player reporting tools headed to Heroes of the Storm

Silence penalties designed to reduce toxic behaviour in Blizzard's MOBA.

A new reporting system is to be introduced with the next patch for Heroes of the Storm, in an effort to curb abusive behaviour from the more negatively excitable members of the player community.

Can WOW's next expansion bring its legion of lost heroes home?

The sixth expansion promises fan-service, shared thrills - and personal glory.

It's easy to take for granted what an extraordinary body of work Blizzard's Battle.net game launcher represents. By any measure of quality, profitability and breadth of creativity, Blizzard has everything most publishers could ever dream of - and yet it's never looked more vulnerable when measured against the standards of its own achievements.

Watch Blizzard's reveal of the next World of Warcraft expansion here

As WOW's subscriber numbers tumble, can Blizzard stop the slide?

Yesterday's media briefing by Blizzard brought us details of new Heroes and a new battleground coming to Heroes of the Storm, as well as even more mischievous mechanics for Hearthstone, but the publisher's not done with Gamescom quite yet.

Hearthstone at Gamescom: a fireside chat with Blizzard

On adding new deck slots and in-game tournaments, helping new players, and why nine Heroes is enough.

Blizzard's going big at Gamescom this year. First, there was yesterday's media briefing which revealed a sprinkling of the publisher's plans for games like Heroes of the Storm and StarCraft 2. Later on tonight though, we'll be getting our first look at the next World of Warcraft expansion at the publisher's second special event.

Blizzard announces new Reveal mechanic for Hearthstone

New tiered Ranked Play rewards are on their way too.

Blizzard has announced a new Reveal mechanic for Hearthstone at its Gamescom media briefing, which allows players to not only get a sneak peek at what might be lurking in their opponent's deck, but also gain some handy advantages if certain conditions are triggered.