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CS:GO Dust 2 Refresh
The iconic Dust 2 map is being given an overhaul to bring it in line with the graphical style of more recent maps. You can view the before/after images on

The map is currently in beta, but we should be able to get it in time for BobLAN next month!

Call of Duty: WWII
Slegdehammer Games, the developers behind the upcoming Call of Duty: WWII, have announced on their site that the multiplayer beta will be available to PC gamers on 29th September 2017.

Due for general release on 3rd November, you can get early access via Steam (although it doesn't say yet if you need to preorder in order to access the beta).

Timing-wise, this could be a BobLAN contender!

Age of Empires IV
The next installment in the Age of Empires series has been announced, over 10 years after the previous version. The game will be created by Relic Entertainment, who are responsible for the highly acclaimed Warhammer 40,000 and Company of Heroes series.

You can view a short trailer on Youtube (no gameplay footage as yet).

BBC3 to Air e-Sports
The BBC have announced that online channel BBC3 will air six weeks of e-Sports events. You can catch the action on Fridays from 8.45pm, Saturdays from 9pm and Sunday from 5pm on BBC Three's website or BBC iPlayer.

Read more on the BBC3 site

BobLAN 2017.2 Dates
The dates for the second BobLAN of 2017 have been announced. The LAN will take place from Thursday 16th until Sunday 19th November. The LAN Party page and Forums Topic are up and available - what do we fancy playing this time?!

Asus Merlin Firmware 380.67
Merlin has released the latest firmware for Asus routers. Plenty of additions, internal upgrades and fixes. Check out the changelog for full details.

Wolfentstein 2 - The New Colossus
Bethesda announced at E3 that the Wolfenstein franchise will return with Wolfenstein 2 - The New Colussus. This is the follow-up to 2014's The New Order, and sees the uprising against the Nazis taking place in the USA. More details and release date to follow when available.

Far Cry 5 Announced
Fans of the Far Cry series will be pleased to hear that the fifth installment is scheduled for release in February 2018. The game is set in Hope County, Montana, and you can find a trailer for the game on youtube

Quake Champions - Sacrifice
The Quake Champions beta has added a new game mode - Sacrifice. This is a 4 vs 4 competitive team mode and sounds a lot like the old KTeams and similar mods that we played back in the late 90's. This is going to be the primary game mode for e-sports in the future.

BobLAN 2017.1 Roundup
This weekend saw a few new games enter service, with a few old favourites falling by the wayside. By far the most popular newcomer was Titanfall 2, which saw many hours of gameplay. DOOM also made a good showing. We did try Battlefield 1 but only for a couple of hours. Not sure why - it played really well and the visuals were stunning. Similarly, we only played the Quake Champions beta for a short time. CS:GO and GRiD Autosport proved as popular as ever, and the Rocket League tournaments returned (albeit with a good deal of mincing between matches)

Games that didn't feature included Day of Defeat, HalfLife DM, Team Fortress 2, Battlefield 3 and Left4Dead. However, the biggest surprise was the return of Unreal Tournament 2004, last played in 2009. We hadn't played it for a while as it didn't work with more recent versions of Windows, but somehow it worked fine in Windows 10.

Needless to say, the hosting of the LAN was awesome - great work Bob and Lynda! It was also great to catch up with all the guys who travelled from far and wide to be here. Let the countdown begin to the Autumn BobLAN!

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