Vampires, pyromaniacs and Half Life 3 hints

Vampires, pyromaniacs and Half Life 3 hints
The pyro could warm up Alyx better than any earmuffs

It's not every week you can say that you spent time as a Vampire lord, watched a psycho pyromaniac take out a heavy machine gunner with a lollipop and mused over concept art featuring furry ear muffs, but that time has finally come.

Let's cut to the chase – especially if that chase is being made away from the Pyro in Team Fortress 2. The Valve team are clearly a group of chair-wheeling geniuses (geniii?) and after about a decade-ish of waiting we have finally seen the release of the Meet the Pyro video in the Pyromania update. It's brilliant, but in fairness you couldn't accuse them of rushing it out. [Valve]

Talking of waiting and Valve, Half Life 3 got some attention with the leak of some concept art for the title that 7DiG has been waiting for since what seems like the early '70s. HL3's concept art is broadly believed to be kosher and brings some interesting (and some dull) insights into the potential storyline. For instance: 1) Judging by the ear muffs it's gonna get cold and 2) there are floating islands that suggest a return to Xen. [CVG]

Half Life 3

One thing that has arrived on schedule is Dawnguard – the DLC for Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. It lets you pick your sides in a storyline about vampires. Also – crossbows FTW! [CVG]

Crytek had a bit of a pop at game retailers this week (like they aren't already having a tough enough time) which prompted TechRadar to chase down HMV for comment. Upshot: not their fault.

Elsewhere – we've given our PS4 release date, news and rumours piece a major overhaul – making sure we keep you up to date with all the latest gossip around the next generation of PlayStation.

Google suggested that its Nexus 7 tablet was 'the ultimate gaming tablet' boasting a quad core processor and 12 cores of GPU. You can check out the gaming section of the Google I/O launch keynote below at about 50:16.

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Patrick Goss

Patrick Goss is the ex-Editor in Chief of TechRadar. Patrick was a passionate and experienced journalist, and he has been lucky enough to work on some of the finest online properties on the planet, building audiences everywhere and establishing himself at the forefront of digital content.  After a long stint as the boss at TechRadar, Patrick has now moved on to a role with Apple, where he is the Managing Editor for the App Store in the UK.