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The 10 most memorable games tradeshow press conferences of all time

Tuesday, 24 June 2008 13:35 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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E3′s shit. Well, most of it is, anyway. But prefacing a week of swanning around in Santa Monica and Hollywood doing a bit of typing and getting taxis, there are three business presentations that set the tone for the entire coming year in games. Undoubtedly, the E3 press conferences are videogaming’s annual highpoint, sometimes for all the wrong reasons.

You will get up at 3am to watch a man in Los Angeles talk about “penetration” and point at graphs, in the vague hope that this is “the one”. The megaton. The one where Gates shows the next Xbox. The one where Miyamoto shows the Zelda evolution. The first glimpse of the new Metal Gear. The one that makes your hair stand on end.

Of course, there’s a global circus of tradeshows surrounding games now – E3, GDC, Leipzig, etc – and they all have their classic press conferences. But which were the best, the worst, the most memorable? With E3 looming, we thought we’d tell you. Through the link.

10) May, 2000 – Microsoft, J Allard (probably others – it was a long time ago), E3, Los Angeles

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Both baffling and extraordinary, Xbox’s first ever E3 press conference was nothing if not memorable. This was the first time Halo was shown from behind closed doors, and was introduced by a Bungie staffer with the immortal lines, “You are a cybernetic warrior. In the future.” The game looked respectable in the big screen (“Great water,” many in the crowd said), but on the showfloor it was running at about ten frames per second: it wasn’t J Allard’s best show.

Other notables in the conference included Microsoft attempting to show a NASCAR multiplayer match on an “Xbox” between LA and HQ in Seattle, which just didn’t work at all and had to be stopped.

This was the year Microsoft got serious about E3 showing a whopping 16 PC games, with Xbox and SideWinder GameVoice given equal billing in the firm’s show PR. Hard to imagine now.

9) May 13, 2003 – Microsoft, J Allard, Robbie Bach, Ed Fries, E3, Los Angeles

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The “holy trinity” of Allard, Bach and Fries were on fire this year, showing Halo 2 for the first time. Bach, especially, preached like a preacher. Halo 2 looked amazing and the US crowd lapped it up. This was genuinely the game’s first showing in video, revealing dual weapons and giving a one hundred percent fanboy audience a look at the game’s first level and the ability to assume control of vehicles. The “w00t” was large in the room, and this was the first time Microsoft really got its “shit” together for an E3 conference. It was also the year J Allard played the crowd to their seats with that daft Xbox DJ casual thing that completely failed. Not that the theme’s continued, of course.

8 ) January 7, 2001 – Microsoft, Bill Gates, The Rock, CES, Las Vegas

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Bill Gates, on stage, with the Rock. The stuff of fantasy. The real reason for being in Vegas for this CES conference was Bill showing the original black “brick” Xbox casing to the world for the first time. It was leaked a few days before, obviously, but that’s by the by. This was the conference the Rock made a joke about multi-threading and everyone laughed. Malice was also shown as one of the main games on the big screen, the robot doll thing jumping up and down and everyone gasping at the bump mapping. But it was all about the black cuboid on the stage, the polite clapping and people whispering, “What about the games?” Quite a show.

7) May 16, 2005 – Microsoft, Robbie Bach, J Allard, Peter Moore, E3, Los Angeles

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This was the Xbox franchise’s lowest ebb. In hindsight, it was more insipid than abominable, but a tragic script and lack of key titles in Microsoft’s 2005 E3 press conference left more questions than answers hanging over Xbox 360′s launch. It was without doubt Microsoft’s worst ever conference script, and the games on show formed a nebulous line-up that relied pretty much on GRAW. Oblivion was seen for the first time here, but no one knew then how that would pan out: on the night it was just AN Other RPG to those outside America.

The transcript’s here. Peter Moore talked about the “zen of gaming” in his section. ‘Nuff said.

Months after the conference, insiders admitted in private that planning had shown this year would be a problem for the firm at E3, as the 360 games simply wouldn’t be ready. The feeling of wasted opportunity and disappointment was packed in hard by a Sony presentation on the same day that would set the PlayStation-maker up for a dramatic fall the following year (see number five below), but that night had the phrase “Killzone 2″ and PS3′s outrageous – and ultimately fictitious – specs were on everyone’s lips.

A conference Microsoft will forever want to forget.

6) May 15, 2001 – Nintendo, Shigeru Miyamoto, Peter Main, Satoru Iwata, E3, Los Angeles

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This was amazing. Long before the days of “live blogging,” Nintendo held its press conferences in the basement of the Biltmore Hotel at E3, away from nasty mobile phone reception. And down in the pit in 2001, Miyamoto, Main and Iwata showed games running on a GameCube for the very first time.

The atmosphere was insane. These days, fire marshalls stop conferences going ahead if you even sneeze wrong, but this show was packed. There were people hanging from the banisters at the back of the room. The entire presentation was delayed because security couldn’t stop the the CNN and ABC film crews from filming close-ups of the purple console in its box in the middle of the stage, and when things finally got underway, the intro movie to Super Smash Bros. Melee ran on the screens and the crowd flipped. Like, proper “wooting”. There wasn’t even sitting room on the floor at the front.

That movie was the first ever GameCube game footage seen in public, but the box had already been seen in Japan, along with tech demos. After it, Miyamoto showed Luigi’s Mansion for the first time (“Where’s Mario?”) and GBA – to launch that year – was seen. Not one anyone’s ever likely to forget.

5) May 8, 2006 – Sony, Kaz Hirai, Phil Harrison, Ken Kutaragi, E3, Los Angeles

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If Microsoft’s “transition conference” was embarrassing, Sony’s was a flame-grilled, drip-dried, ocean-going fuck-up. The aftermath was incredible, and Sony’s 2006 E3 performance must surely go down in games trade-stage history as the worst, both in execution and content.

There’s nothing you don’t already know. The whole thing was broadcast live on the web – for the first time? – and featured the now legendary giant enemy crab, the “Riiiiiidge Racer!” quote from Hirai, the 599 US dollars shocker, the unveiling of PS3 motion-sensing control, Phil Harrison playing Warhawk with a borked Sixaxis, the full nine yards. Absolutely, bewilderingly bad.

To make matters worse, Microsoft delivered a stunning, platitude-free demo the following night which headlined with a vastly-improved Gears of War, saw Gates himself show off Live Anywhere and was wall-to-wall games from open to close. Sony’s press conference left the entire PlayStation project reeling on a global level, a disastrous effort from which the brand has only really now recovered.

A classic, for all the wrong reasons. Watch the movie below to see why.

4) May 11, 2004 – Nintendo, Reggie Fils-Aime, Satoru Iwata, Shigeru Miyamoto, E3, Los Angeles

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For many reasons, this was one to remember. For a start it was Reggie’s first performance in a press conference. For another start, it was the first ever public showing of DS. It didn’t stop. Nintendo showed Twilight Princess for the first time, and Miyamoto came onto the stage at the end carrying a Link sword and shield. Again, the crowd went berserk. All we remember of this is Reggie booming, flashing his big, clunky DS and trying to get a decent photo of Miyamoto at the end. Bonkers.

3) December, 1995 – Nintendo, Hiroshi Yamauchi, Shoshinkai, Tokyo

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Then Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi showed N64 for the first time at Shoshinkai in 1995, along with Mario 64 and 64DD. To say the least, the new Mario was showstopping. When the press were allowed access to the console for photos in a side-room to the showfloor, the Nintendo staff presenting it were dressed in white coats. Like scientists.

Pokemon also made its first appearance, and was just a “thing” at the event, no one having the remotest clue how big the franchise would become. The translator described it in English as a “chicken” game. Yamauchi bragged in his speech how Dragon Quest was exclusive to Nintendo platforms: the following year Square announced Final Fantasy for PlayStation. Surely one of the most “important” conferences in this list.

2) March 7, 2007 – Sony, Phil “The Man” Harrison, GDC, San Francisco

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No one expected this. Harrison delivered a knock-out performance in front of a highly knowledgeable crowd at GDC in 2007, leaving both developers and press starry-eyed and PS3 firmly on the road to recovery in the industry’s hive mind.

This was the slickest pitch in games, bar none. Harrison was completely in control and the content was brilliant. Home and LittleBigPlanet were absolute stars of GDC last year, and Harrison was untouchable throughout all the interviews he gave afterwards. Sony will miss him a great deal. The LittleBigPlanet reveal was a true “had to be there” moment.

Compounding the quality of the presentation was a struggling Miyamoto the following day, who announced nothing, overran massively and talked about his dog. Seriously. Harrison was sitting in the front row looking at his watch and rolling his eyes.

1) March 10, 2000 – Microsoft, Bill Gates, GDC, San Jose

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Good though Harrison’s performance was in San Francisco last year, it doesn’t come close to the Bill Gates Xbox tech demos reveal at GDC in 2000 for sheer weight and stun-power. We have goosebumps just thinking about it. This has to be the most memorable games tradeshow keynote of all time.

Firstly, there was the fact that this was Bill Gates. No one saw Bill Gates. Bill Gates was the great American hero, so to have him at a games conference was practically unthinkable. GDC back then was a different show to the juggernaut held in San Francisco today, a quiet, personal event in a small town in So-Cal. The hall was packed to the rafters, and until Gates walked out there was honest disbelief that he would even appear.

When Gates stepped onto the stage, the entire crowd, for want of a better phrase, lost it. The entire place stood up and clapped and cheered in sheer joy. That’s cheered. It’s hard to imagine now quite why it was so incredible to see Bill on stage like that, but for myriad reasons, the audience saw a turning point. It was as if Gates was here to save American games to that audience, and they literally screamed for it.

Gates did a lengthy presentation on PC titles Microsoft was working on at the time – including a demo of DirectX 8 features – then stopped the clock with the first ever Xbox tech demos. Remember the ping pong balls and the Japanese garden? At one point they zoomed in on a flower and the crowd squealed. Photo-realism, right there. It was the games presentation that changed the world, or at it least it changed the world of the people watching it.

To top it all, Gates put on a leather jacket to show how “cool” he was. Cheesy now, mind-blowing then. The king of games tradeshow press conferences.

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25 Comments

  1. morriss

    Excellent stuff and depressing at the same time. I just wasn’t there for any of those. They all sound great for loads of different reasons.

    #1 7 years ago
  2. Psychotext

    I must admit that I never saw the early ones (I wasn’t as hardcore into gaming back then) but some of the more recent ones have been very memorable. Especially the $599 announcement which I was watching live and the first showing of the Wii Controller. \o/

    #2 7 years ago
  3. morriss

    I watched the “Kaz” one live with a bunch of EG’ers all chatting on IRC. That was a great laugh.

    I remember him pausing mid-sentence and I said “This is where he lies.” Everyone lol’ed. You had to be there I guess…

    #3 7 years ago
  4. Blerk

    What a shame that Phil’s outstanding GDC ’07 speech has so far produced a big fat fuck all for the PS3 owners he so enraptured. :-(

    #4 7 years ago
  5. morriss

    2008 was the year of the PS3. I remember it well. :(

    #5 7 years ago
  6. Blerk

    Yes, it hasn’t worked out quite as predicted as yet, has it? I guess there’s still time.

    #6 7 years ago
  7. Whizzo

    Best presentation ever was this one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgriTO8UHvs not games related though.

    #7 7 years ago
  8. Blerk

    They never found his body.

    #8 7 years ago
  9. morriss

    There’s still time, Blerk yeah. But anything announced this year will be released next year surely? Unless Uncharted 2 is a lot further down the line than we all think or something.

    #9 7 years ago
  10. morriss

    Whizzo: :D

    #10 7 years ago
  11. Blerk

    @morriss: No, I think barring some kind of E3 ‘MEGAT0N’ it’s basically going to be business as usual for the rest of the year. It’s a large part of the reason for me losing the faith and considering turning to the dark side.

    #11 7 years ago
  12. yupyup

    That video in the article is excruciating!

    #12 7 years ago
  13. patlike

    I left out the Wii reveal. It was a horrible conference, that. No one believed it, not even them. The one I left out but probably shouldn’t have was Sony 2000 at E3, where they showed DMC, Jak & Daxter and MGS2. Mind-fucking, it was.

    #13 7 years ago
  14. Blerk

    The Wii remote unveil is my all-time greatest ‘what the fuck’ moment. It was like Groundhog Day.

    /looks
    “What the fuck?”
    /looks
    “What the fuck?”
    /looks
    “What the fuck?”

    #14 7 years ago
  15. yupyup

    Ah the Wii remote. But it’s a TV remote! They already exist!

    E3 2000 – took me 9 hours on dial-up to download the MGS2 video :D

    #15 7 years ago
  16. Dr.Haggard

    Great article. The first Halo showing in 2000 was particularly memorable, I remember watching the video of that Silent Cartographer demo a dozen times.

    The MS conference in 2005 was terrible, not least because they had the Gap-clad rent-a-crowd sitting behind and to the sides of the stage who cheered on cue at every announcement /o\

    #16 7 years ago
  17. patlike

    yupyup – haha. Those were the days. My editor went to see that trailer at a pre-conference showing in LA and came back with it to the hotel on a video camera. I couldn’t believe it when I saw it. We can no idea how to get it off the camera, let alone upload it :D

    The Wii reveal’s a complete blur to me, honestly. I just remember thinking, “They’ve fucked it.”

    #17 7 years ago
  18. patlike

    Haggard – Yeah, that MS showing was really shocking. People around us in the audience were honestly laughing.

    #18 7 years ago
  19. FourZeroSeven

    Wii60? A place giving away 60 Wii’s??

    :D im in.

    #19 7 years ago
  20. dirtbox

    I can only remember the Kaz one.

    Truely excruciating.

    #20 7 years ago
  21. patlike

    Worst ever. Megabadton.

    #21 7 years ago
  22. morriss

    Megabadton. :)

    Made me laugh anyway.

    #22 7 years ago
  23. TimClark

    I remember the Biltmore GameCube reveal from the multiformat days. It really was the bear pit Pat suggests. People tearing at their hair and talking in tongues at a glimpse of Samus Aran emerging from her ship – that kind of thing. The highlight, though, was seeing the ‘journalists’ from nintendojo. Their entire team were rocking matching American football shirts with nintendojo logos and their nicknames on. So at the end there’s a QA with Iwata and Miyamoto. The nintendojo guys are sticking their hands up like it’s the end of Spartacus. One of them gets passed the mic and starts reeling off this question in Japanese. (Note he’s also wearing a karate kid headband.) Except it’s all going wrong. Iwata and Miyamoto look baffled as it becomes swiftly clear the Japanese he’s spent so long learning is all broken. His cheeks are going redder. Laughter begins rippling through the room. He keeps trying to speak until someone at the back stands up and shouts “SAYONARA BUDDY!” Good times.

    #23 7 years ago
  24. patlike

    No fucking way. I’d completely forgotten about that. Paul Davies was shaking his head in disbelief and Miyamoto was looking at him pityingly. We were walking out when that happened. I remember he bowed when he got the microphone and Miyamoto just looked confused.

    #24 7 years ago
  25. Blerk

    That’s making me cringe even now!

    #25 7 years ago

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    We have ten Wrath of the Gods Founders Packs to giveaway for new RPG Skyforge, worth over $70. All you need to do to win a Wrath of the Gods pack is enter your details in the form below and we’ll pick 10 winners at random on Thursday, March 5, after 3pm GMT. Skyforge is […]

  • PC gaming expected to be worth $35 billion by 2018

    PC gaming is alive and well. In fact, it’s expected to be worth $35 billion by 2018. According to game-business group Open Gaming Alliance, the PC gaming industry is expected to grow beyond its current $26 billion worth and to a massive $35 billion by the year 2018. The information is based on data collected […]

  • Advanced Warfare: new patch adds new weapon, Master Prestige ranks, more

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has received a new patch that gives season pass holders early access to a new weapon and everyone else a myriad of fixes and additions. The patch went live today on Xbox 360 and Xbox One, without any official notes. CharlieIntel reports that among the new additions is the new […]

  • Destiny’s end game and raids explained

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  • Capcom adds local co-op to Resident Evil: Revelations 2 on PC

    Following fan outrage over lack of local co-op support for the PC version of Resident Evil: Revelations 2, Capcom has now added it. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 now officially supports split-screen local co-op in both campaign and raid mode. The update is currently in beta on Steam, but anyone can opt-in to try it. Capcom […]

  • New Destiny glitch spawns infinite Thralls on Earth

    Destiny’s latest glitch spawns infinite Thralls to help fuel your bounty hunting and loot lust. The glitch is simple to replicate. You’ll need to start The Dark Within mission on Earth, on any difficulty. Then follow the steps in the video below (Via DualShockers) to get to an area out of the map. You’ll then […]

  • Battlefield 4 Winter Patch is here with new game mode, netcode improvements and more

    DICE has released the Winter Patch for Battlefield 4. The patch brings an eSports focus with new game mode Squad Obliteration and plenty more. Battlefield 4 Winter Patch is now live on all platforms. It’s just over 400MB on PC and 1.34GB on consoles. The patch adds new game mode Squad Obliteration and more customisation […]

  • HTC hopes to see Half-Life on VR headset Vive

    Vive manufacturer HTC said that it hopes to see Valve games, including Half-Life, on the virtual reality headset. Speaking to the BBC, HTC chairwoman Cher Wang said that Valve is keen on having its games available on the VR headset. “I think Valve’s best game is Dota, right, and Portal and [Team Fortress] and I […]

  • Make money easily in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

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  • This is how you claim free Xbox One games from your Xbox 360

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  • Destiny weekly reset for March 3: Heroic and Nightfall detailed

    Bungie has reset the weekly cap of Crucible and Vanguard marks and added new Heroic and Nightfall strikes, now with burn. From now until next Tuesday, the weekly Heroic strike will be The Devil’s Lair with Heroic and Lightswitch modifiers. As for the Nightfall, you’ll be fighting Sepiks Prime with the help of Arc burn. […]

  • Few Mass Effect FemShep cosplays are as elaborate as this one

    The internet is full of Female Commander Shepard cosplay from Mass Effect, but very few are as terrific as this one. Visual artist Freya Willia has spent over two years painstakingly creating the perfect suit of armour and the best weapons to make her cosplay of Female Shepard as authentic as possible, Omni tool and […]

  • Deals with Gold: Assassin’s Creed Unity, Red Dead Redemption and more discounted

    This week’s Deals with Gold titles for Xbox Live subscribers is a good mix of modern games and old favourites. The list of discounted games through this week’s Deals with Gold is live with discounts on Assassin’s Creed Unity, Amazing Spider-Man 2, Red Dead Redemption, Max Payne 3, and more. The deals are live now […]

  • Destiny guide: how to maximise your Grimoire Points

    Destiny players regularly compare the size of their Grimoire Points. Learn how to make yours the biggest. Destiny guide: how to earn Grimoire Points In Destiny, earning most Grimoire cards is just a matter of playing the game, maybe a little more attentively than usual. You’ll either need to complete a certain number of actions […]

  • Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows will let you play as a baddie

    Shovel Knight owners will benefit from the generosity of Kickstarter backers quite soon. Because Shovel Knight was overfunded during its Kickstarter campaign, developer Yacht Club Games committed to releasing free content updates. The first of these, Plague of Shadows, has now been detailed. The expansion stars baddy Plague Knight, who turns on his former allies, […]

  • GTA controversies, from Hot Coffee to PR manipulation

    GTA has a long history of controversy. The latest Did You Know Gaming tells the full stories behind the sensational headlines. Grand Theft Auto is such a byword for controversy that it’s easy to forget the full context of what actually happened to bring mainstream press, politicians and interest group awareness to the Rockstar series. […]

  • Infamous 2 one of five new PlayStation Now additions for March

    PlayStation Now will expand to the tune of five new games this month. The March PS Now additions are Infamous 2, Twisted Metal, R-Type Dimensions, Alone in the Dark: Inferno and Operation Flashpoint: Red River. PS Now will set you back $20 per month or $45 for a three month subscription. It offers all you […]

  • Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster gets PS4 release date

    Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster hits PS4 in May. The PS4 release date for Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster is May 12 in North America and May 15 in Europe. Gematsu reports a special pre-order bonus calendar with art by Yoshitaka Amano is available through the Square Enix Store and participating retailers. In Europe, pre-ordering […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare getting 15 new Prestige levels

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players can now aspire to the ranks of Grand Master Prestige. Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games will add 15 more Prestige levels to the latest Call of Duty, giving players at max XP a chance to grow even further. According to the Sledgehammer Games blog, when you enter Master level […]

  • Destiny: Crota’s End recreated in Minecraft

    Destiny’s toughest challenge gets even nastier if you throw Creepers into the mix. The ultimate Destiny challenge – for now – is the Crota’s End raid. Taking place in an alternate dimension accessed through the Hellmouth on the Moon, the Raid takes Guardians through a pit of darkness to the resting place of Crota himself. […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3D trailer introduces the Heir to the Monado

    Xenoblade Chronicles 3D protagonist Shulk is the Heir to the Monado, his distinctive red sword. Let this trailer fill you in on what that means. Xenoblade Chronicles 3D releases for New 3DS on April 2 in Europe and April 10 in North America. As well as all the content of the Wii original, it has […]

  • The Elder Scrolls: Total War mod covers Morrowind, Oblivion and more

    The Elder Scrolls: Total War is a terrific mod allowing you get get intimately involved with the history of Bethesda’s detailed fantasy universe. The first release of The Elder Scrolls: Total War dropped on the weekend, giving players their first chance to try out LoRdNazgu1‘s creation. This version runs from 3E 427 to 4E 45, […]

  • Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 out now on Steam

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is out now. Yes, we’re surprised too. You can grab Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 on Steam for $8. Developer Scott Cawthon really doesn’t mess about; the game was only announced in early January. Here’s the blurb: Thirty years after Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza closed it’s doors, the events that took […]

  • EVE Online heister makes off with $13,000 worth of goods

    EVE Online is a hotbed of villainy, espionage and backstabbing, but one intrepid corporate thief has made waves even in this setting. The thing about EVE Online is that it’s a true sandbox: the game’s rules are very loose, and allow players to make careers out of theft, piracy, assassination and espionage in addition to […]

  • Marth Amiibo getting a stock refresh in North America

    Nintendo of America has announced a fresh supply of the difficult to find Marth Amiibo. The Marth Amiibo will be back in stock in the US in late April, the platform holder said on Twitter today. Planning to pick up Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. and don’t have a Marth amiibo? More are headed to stores in […]

  • Skyrim beta update upgrades creation kit file size

    Skyrim has been granted a new beta update – more than three years after launch! – to improve the experience for modders and those who use them. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim released in November 2011. I think that’s worth noting before we discuss the beta update that dropped today, even as Bethesda is working […]

  • Paradox’s next epic RPG is, uh, Knights of Pen & Paper 2

    Knights of Pen & Paper 2 is very serious business so please enjoy this very serious trailer. “Return to the dicey world of Knights of Pen & Paper for a new turn-based adventure, where players get to take on the role of players, and also of the game’s encounter-designing, rules-laywering GM in a fully customizable […]

  • Amplitude looks amazing in new gameplay trailer, has a team multiplayer mode

    Amplitude may have been delayed but we still get something this March: a fine new gameplay trailer. Amplitude is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 sometime in northern summer. It’s a reprisal of Harmonix’s classic rhythm action game, a forerunner to its later efforts with Guitar Hero and Rock Band, and was crowdfunded. Update: Turns […]

  • DayZ creator’s “crazy”, “esoteric” next game developed with Improbable

    DayZ creator Dean “Rocket” Hall has dropped the first vague details of his new game project. “I do not want to make safe games. I do not want to make games the way we have been making them. What if the most experienced video game staff in the world collaborated on the most esoteric and […]

  • Battlefield Hardline will support AMD’s Mantle

    AMD has confirmed what most Battlefield fans thought. Battlefield Hardline will indeed support Mantle. Battlefield Hardline will support Mantle, AMD has confirmed. Some players weren’t sure whether the retail version of the game will support AMD’s API, due to its absence from the recent PC beta. AMD did not say whether the feature will be […]

  • Unreal Engine 4 GDC 2015 sizzle reel shows what the tech can do

    Unreal Engine 4 is a pretty versatile bit of tech, as this new sizzle reel shows. As one of the more ubiquitous engines, Unreal will be on show at GDC this week. Developer Epic produced the following sizzle reel to quickly demonstrate what it can do – cutting edge graphics (there are very few games […]

  • Survarium’s latest patch removes limit on battle ammo, rebalances experience gain

    The latest Survarium patch has readjusted the value of experience and reputation points gained and removed the limit to the maximum amount of ammo you can use in combat. Survarium developer Vostok Games has released patch 0.27a to the public, having recently finished testing it. The patch is a major one and covers changes to […]

  • The Hunt Begins in new Bloodborne TV spot

    Bloodborne is so close you can almost smell its coppery tang on the wind – and also you can watch commercials for it. Bloodborne arrives on PS4 at the end of this month (March 24 North America, March 25 Europe, March 27 UK) so excitement is starting to build. Sony isn’t helping keep us calm […]

  • World of Warcraft: you’ll soon be able to buy game time with gold

    Blizzard will soon allow World of Warcraft players to exchange in-game gold for game time and vice versa. Blizzard has announced a new system that will launch soon for World of Warcraft. The system is called WoW Token. Using this system, players will be able to buy game time using in-game gold. Here’s how it […]

  • 3D Realms’ Bombshell returns with the first gameplay trailer

    Remember 3D Realms’ Bombshell? The isometric ARPG that was announced last year? Well, it’s back, and we get to see gameplay footage. The game stars Shelly “Bombshell” Harrison, a bomb technician turned mercenary with a mechanical arm. She will embark on a quest to rescue the president and save Earth, all while shooting aliens. The […]

  • Unreal Engine 4 is now free for everyone to use

    Epic Games has made Unreal Engine 4 available for anyone to download and use, for free. Unreal Engine 4 is now free. Anyone can download it and start using it, the developer announced today in a blog post. The download features the the full set of tools used by Epic, and includes 100% of the […]

  • Call of Duty European Championship winner announced

    The winner of the European round of the Call of Duty Championship has been announced. This past weekend, 28 teams representing UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, the rest of Europe and Middle East attended the final of the European round of the Call of Duty Championship. UK team Epsilon eSports was crowned […]

  • GOG brings back Insomnia sale with discounts up to 90% off

    GOG.com is bringing back its Insomnia sale event with even more games. GOG’s Insomnia sale is back with double the amount of games. This year, there will be two sets of games available at once. The sets are seasoned classics and fresh new titles. Each set will feature games with discounts up to 90% off, […]

  • 2K is shutting down NBA 2K14 online servers, won’t affect career save files

    2K will be shutting down the servers for NBA 2K14 this month. The publisher revealed yesterday that online servers for NBA 2K14 will be turned offline on March 31. “You will no longer be able to play ranked games/online association,” reads the announcement. NBA 2K14 relied on online servers to store save files for MyCareer […]

  • One Dead or Alive tournament organiser is proposing ban of “over-sexualised” costumes

    A Dead or Alive tournament organiser has suggested a soft ban on some of the game’s “over-sexualised” costumes, and not everyone is happy. Tournament organiser “The HuBBs” took to the FreeStepDodge forums to suggest a list of rules that other offline tournaments can follow. The list goes over stages, characters, moves, which is certainly in […]

  • Destiny: all the news from Bungie’s open house Q&A

    Bungie hosted an open house Q&A session with the community last week and lots of exciting news have come out of it. Arekkz Gaming has gathered all the information that came out of Bungie’s open house Q&A in one handy video. The list is massive, going over Exotic weapon balance, upcoming events, PVE, Crucible rewards, […]

  • Elite: Dangerous and Star Citizen to honour Nimoy with in-game memorials

    Developers behind space exploration games Elite: Dangerous and Star Citizen will honour the memory of Leonard Nimoy through in-game memorials. The develops of both games have confirmed separately that in-game memorials will be established to honour the memory of the late Star Trek actor, Leonard Nimoy, famous for playing Spock. Elite: Dangerous executive producer Michael […]

  • Deal: get a PlayStation 4 + three exclusives for $399

    Amazon’s latest PlayStation 4 deal is not one to miss. With purchase of a PlayStation 4 console from Amazon in the US, the online retailer will throw in digital codes for Infamous Second Son, Killzone Shadow Fall and The Last of Us: Remastered, all for the same MSRP of $399. The Last of Us Remastered […]

  • Destiny: this is how one player predicted House of Wolves details and Xur’s inventory

    The method one Redditor possibly used to leak some details from Destiny’s House of Wolves was the same one he used to predict the inventory of Xur: Agent of the Nine. Last week, Reddit user Megamanexe4 leaked a few pieces of House of Wolves expansion content. The leaks included strikes, new Crucible mode, and a […]

  • Mortal Kombat X is coming to iOS… as a card-battler

    Mortal Kombat X will be releasing on mobile devices in some form, just not the one you except. Mortal Kombat X is coming to Android and iOS devices as an extension of the main game. It will launch in April alongside the console versions. The mobile game will be part card collecting and part fighting […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain announcement coming this Wednesday

    Kojima Productions will unveil something about Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain this Wednesday. Metal Gear Solid fans should standby for a Phantom Pain-related announcement on Wednesday, March 4. According to developer Kojima Productions’ Twitter, there’s going to be an announcement at 2pm GMT on Wednesday. The developer posted the following image. The image […]

  • Reader survey: time to let us get to know you better!

    We’d really appreciate it if you could fill in this survey about the websites you read and the games you buy. It massively helps! You can fill out the survey right here and obviously all the information you supply is confidential. It helps us build a better picture of the people who read our site […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium: here’s everything you get for $50

    Battlefield Hardline’s Premium membership will give players access to 4 new features, early access to expansion packs and more. EA detailed the offer today – it costs $50 in total (£40 in the UK) and gives players a whole bundle of new gear and content. Check it all out in handy list form below: Masks […]

  • Hayter’s gonna hate: the voice of Solid Snake wouldn’t answer my Metal Gear question

    Voice actor and Hollywood writer David Hayter discusses the differences between movies and games. And politely declines my leading question. “It might be fun to do a crazy, over-the-top film version of Saint’s Row.” Yeah, that headline is a bit cheap but you’re reading the work of a man who once asked the maker of […]

  • Xbox One bundle gets £100 price cut in UK

    Microsoft has knocked up to £100 off Xbox One bundles in the UK. The Xbox One with Kinect Assassin’s Creed bundle is now £100 cheaper and comes with a free £20 voucher to be spent on the official Microsoft online store. Over on the Xbox online store there’s a £70 price cut on the white […]

  • Pokemon Shuffle downloaded 1m times, free stuff given out to celebrate

    Free-to-play 3DS title Pokemon Shuffle has been downloaded over 1 million times. As a reward for playing the match-3 puzzle game Nintendo has gifted players a Complexity -1 item for free. The item reduces the difficulty of a level, according to Eurogamer. By all accounts Pokemon Shuffle is a cynical game with poorly implemented microtransactions. […]