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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.

Introducing MetaBomb - our experimental new games portal

Dedicated games coverage kicks off with Hearthstone.

Over the last 15 years, Eurogamer's parent company Gamer Network has launched a number of websites. Some, like Eurogamer and our US counterpart USGamer, are aimed squarely at consumers, while others like GamesIndustry.biz cater to industry interests. All of them share a common theme in covering the entire spectrum of gaming tastes.

Faster, Windows 10-compatible Raspberry Pi 2 released

"We are very, very close to it being the best-selling British computer."

A new, faster version of the Raspberry Pi - the low-cost micro-computer evangelised by Elite co-creator David Braben - has been released by the foundation behind the project (thanks, BBC).

Elite Dangerous guide

Our essential guide to flying the unfriendly skies in the new Elite.

Elite Dangerous has been out for just over a month, and while it isn't quite as belligerently opaque as something like Eve Online, there are certainly esoteric elements that can make the game quite hard to get to grips with. Thank goodness for the Christmas break, then, and a chance to wrap our heads around the finer details of life in space.

Grim Fandango Remastered walkthrough

Our complete step-by-step walkthrough for the remastered classic.

It's been more than fifteen years since Grim Fandango, Tim Schafer's beloved tale of the dead, was originally released, but this week sees the title resurrected for PC, Mac, PlayStation 4 and Vita. If you missed it the first time around, you owe it to yourself to take advantage of this second chance to experience the game.

Nintendo has announced plans to close its Club Nintendo scheme in the coming months. The rewards system, formerly known as Nintendo VIP 24:7, began life in 2002 but will be phased out in three stages from April 1st this year.

Elite Dangerous guide

Our essential guide to flying the unfriendly skies in the new Elite.

Our essential guide to flying the unfriendly skies in the new Elite.

When you review an expansion for a game like Hearthstone, you're appraising the community that plays it every bit as much as you are the new tools forged by Blizzard's blacksmiths. And this particular community is for the most part remarkably conservative; one that prefers to huddle around the warmth of an established fireside rather than seek out new flames. It's to the internet that the majority of players turn - rather than their own card collections - in order to craft the latest and greatest decks.

Games of 2014: Hearthstone

The box of delights.

What is it about Blizzard's games that command such obsession and commitment from those of us who play them? There's the emergent complexity that springs up from root simplicity - easy to learn, hard to master if you prefer - but there's something more to the magic of the time you spend in these worlds, something that transcends the fundamental nuts and bolts of tightly-tuned gameplay.

Building Better Worlds - an MMO Tale

From the archive: If you come at the king, you best not miss.

Every Sunday we bring you an article from our archive, either for you to enjoy for the first time or for you to discover again. This week, with Blizzard's latest World of Warcraft expansion going strong and as we await the launch of Elite Dangerous, we return to John Bedford's opinion piece from 2012 on how to build better worlds.

Desperately seeking Salty: A WOW fishing tale

One man's decade-long quest to become the ultimate digital fisherman.

World of Warcraft turned ten on Sunday, and all throughout this week we'll be marking the anniversary with a series of features from across Eurogamer's editorial team. Having taken you through the game's finest dungeon, today John tells the tale of how he bagged WOW's most elusive achievement.

World of Warcraft turned ten on Sunday, and all throughout this week we'll be marking the anniversary with a series of features from across Eurogamer's editorial team. Today, John reminisces on the game's early raiding scene, and pays tribute to one of Blizzard's greatest dungeons.

WOW's executive producer apologises for Warlords of Draenor launch issues

Subscribers to be gifted five free days of playtime as compensation.

World of Warcraft's executive producer J. Allen Brack has apologised on the official forums for the launch issues that have blighted the game since the release of the Warlords of Draenor expansion last week. Subscribers will also be offered five free days of playtime as compensation.

GTA 5 cheats and stock market guide

Every cheat code in GTA 5, as well as our essential guide to the in-game stock markets.

GTA 5 may have been remastered but some things never change, and the latest editions include all of the cheat codes you might have enjoyed causing havoc with last year. As well as the typical player-orientated cheats you'd expect in a GTA game, such as invincibility, faster movement and so on, there are also world-changing codes to mess around with too. You might want to change the weather, for example, or tweak the effects of gravity and friction. You can also spawn a decent range of vehicles to help you get out of trouble quickly.

Hearthstone's Goblins vs Gnomes cards teased

Spectator mode also confirmed for the smash-hit collectible card game.

Twenty of the 120 or so new cards planned for Goblins vs Gnomes, the first expansion set for Blizzard's card game Hearthstone, have been revealed over at the game's official website.

Diablo 3 Patch 2.1.2 details announced at BlizzCon

Blizzard outlines its plans to improve Diablo 3's end-game.

Blizzard has announced a host of changes that will be made to Diablo 3 in the game's next major patch. The updates were revealed during the game's dedicated panel at the publisher's BlizzCon gathering in California.

Archon Mode revealed for Legacy of the Void

New multiplayer mode for StarCraft 2 will allow cooperative competitive play.

Legacy of the Void, the third episode of StarCraft 2's story, will introduce a brand-new way to play the game called Archon Mode.

Heroes of the Storm closed beta date announced

New characters, skins and game modes revealed for the upcoming MOBA.

Heroes of the Storm, Blizzard's first foray into the hyper-competitive world of the Mutliplayer Online Battle Arena [MOBA], will enter closed beta on January 13th 2015.

Hearthstone bot maker forced out of business

Blizzard takes further steps to clean up its games.

Following a recent ban wave that saw thousands of Hearthstone accounts temporarily closed for making use of botting software to automate gameplay, the creators of the most popular tool - Hearthcrawler - have shut up shop for good.

Elite Dangerous Beta 3 goes live

New gameplay elements and visual effects sprinkled into the sandbox.

The third beta phase for Elite Dangerous is live now, and introduces two new ships, a larger area of the galaxy to mess around in, a host of visual and interface improvements, and new content for project backers to test before the game's anticipated release before the end of this year.

Blizzard has confirmed the temporary banning of thousands of Hearthstone accounts that were found to be making use of botting software to automate gameplay. The botting programmes allow users to effortlessly earn gold to buy new card packs, as well as unlock cosmetic rewards. Some owners of the software have even achieved the game's ultimate Legend rank by cheating in this way.

Metallica to play BlizzCon 2014

For Whom the Bell Trolls.

Corporate metal band Metallica will close the show at this year's BlizzCon, the annual celebration of all things Blizzard taking place at the Anaheim Convention Center in California next month.

Five talking points from World of Warcraft's 6.0.2 patch

What to expect as the game approaches its second decade.

Before every new WOW expansion there's a patch which lays the foundation for the next round of adventuring in Azeorth and beyond. This week's release of Patch 6.0.2 introduces extensive changes to the game's combat stats, plenty of interface tweaks across the board, and a new dungeon and quest-line to help players get accustomed to the Warlords of Draenor expansion before it arrives next month. Here's what jumped out at us as while we were poking around in the new content.

World of Warcraft Patch 6.0.2 guide

How to complete the new quest and Upper Blackrock Spire content.

Patch 6.0.2 has just been released for World of Warcraft, paving the way for the introduction of the Warlords of Draenor expansion that's due in a little under a month from now. The new patch not only makes some fairly drastic changes to WOW's stats, characters and skillsets, there's also a new quest line and dungeon to keep you busy for the next few weeks.