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XBLA games have to run on a 14″ TV

Thursday, 16 October 2008 10:20 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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According to this CVG story, all XBLA games must run on a 14″ TV.

“Microsoft has extremely strict technical certification requirements that you have to get right. One of the biggest challenges is that your game has got to be playable on a 14-inch CRT television,” said Introversion boss Mark Morris, currently working on the Arcade version of Darwinia.

“So you have to do all this visibility work in case someone is playing it on a composite cable through a TV, to make sure they can still read all of the text and tell exactly what’s going on.”

More XBLA technical restriction news and it happens. Don’t you dare touch that dial.

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34 Comments

  1. Psychotext

    Define “playable”. I’ve hooked one up to a 14″ TV and nothing was playable unless you were basically sat inside the TV. :)

    #1 6 years ago
  2. Soong

    Why would anyone connect a 360 or a PS3 to a 14-inch CRT television??

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Psychotext

    I’m not sure wanting to is the right term. I guess it’s just to cover those random kids that get bought one for their old crappy TV in the bedroom.

    #3 6 years ago
  4. G1GAHURTZ

    “Why would anyone connect a 360 or a PS3 to a 14-inch CRT television??”

    Because they have one sat on their desk for testing?

    (and playing at lunchtime)

    #4 6 years ago
  5. Smartypants

    Why not have a flatscreen PC monitor sat on your desk? Takes up less space, and doesn’t make your eyes bleed when playing 360 games. They’re also pretty cheap now.

    #5 6 years ago
  6. G1GAHURTZ

    So you can see what your game looks like on a 14″ tv of course!

    This is what can happen if you do all your testing in HD and neglect the majority of people who don’t have an HDTV.

    #6 6 years ago
  7. Psychotext

    I avoided playing Dead Rising until I had a HDTV because of that crap. :(

    #7 6 years ago
  8. Smartypants

    So you only need to because there are other people who want to connect their 360 or PS3 to an 14″ CRT in the first place? But why would those people want to connect their 360 or PS3 to a 14″ CRT????
    At least use a normal-sized SDTV if you don’t want to buy a HDTV, but if space is an issue I really don’t understand why a cheap flatscreen PC monitor wouldn’t be a better option if you’re already willing to spend money on 360 or PS3 anyway.

    #8 6 years ago
  9. Psychotext

    See my earlier post.

    #9 6 years ago
  10. Tiger Walts

    So, Rez HD should really be called Rez HDBTEPDM, High-Def But The Extra Pixels Don’t Matter.

    #10 6 years ago
  11. Smartypants

    Doesn’t really answer my question. Normal sized SDTV – fair enough. But I really can’t understand why anyone would want to connect their shiny new console to a 14″ CRT. See my earlier post.

    #11 6 years ago
  12. G1GAHURTZ

    I suppose it’s more precaution on the developers part tbh.

    Take Psychotext’s comment about not playing Dead Rising, for example.

    For capcom, that’s a lost sale. When you multiply that by all the other people around the world who might feel the same way, you could be talking about a good a minimum of a few thousand unsold units because of the game not being optimised for a section (even if it’s a samll section) of your market.

    It’s also been standard development practice to design for the lowest hardware spec since pretty much day one anyway.

    The simple fact is that there are many people who just can’t afford an HDTV.

    Even a small one.

    #12 6 years ago
  13. Psychotext

    Smartypants: It’s not a case of choice, or wanting to. Like I said, kid has crappy 14″ TV in their bedroom. Parent buys them a console to go with it (360, PS3).

    You’d still expect it to work, even if the kid can’t go out and buy an LCD or a bigger CRT.

    #13 6 years ago
  14. BraveArse

    exactly – not even kid sometimes. I have a crappy small CRT in my bedroom – which my 360 is attached to – so that I can get some gaming in while the missus watches crud on the big telly ( which my PS3 is attached to ). It’s no different, imo, to making WoW compatible with the lowest end PC they can. No worky, no sale.

    #14 6 years ago
  15. Esha

    I agree with Smarty, here.

    Logically speaking, if one has the cash to splash on a current generation console, then surely they’d have enough to at least by a low-end HDTV or perhaps at the very least a small PC LCD monitor? Those go for pittance.

    Hooking up anything recent, excluding perhaps the Wii, to such a tiny CRT seems truly pointless. I’d imagine that anyone stuck with a 14in CRT would also not want to buy anything else other than the PS2 they have plugged into it right now, since there are still decent games being released for the PS2.

    I think televisions go with consoles in an entire hardware generation. This is like… I don’t know. Having a PC game run on 256MeB of RAM even though it’s designed for GeForce 9 series cards. After all, it’s not likely that everyone has 2GiB of RAM to go with their GeForce 9 card.

    I really can’t imagine who’d mix and match hardware like that.

    It seems… silly.

    Edit: I suppose BraveArse is the exception, still… surely you could pick up a half-decent LCD monitor to run with your 360, BA? They go for pretty cheap now if you know where to look, and it’s pretty much guaranteed that the quality will be infinitely better and won’t make your eyes bleed.

    #15 6 years ago
  16. Psychotext

    If I’d been forced to upgrade my TV when I bought my HD console I wouldn’t have bothered. Neither would millions of others. It’s like the argument that there’s no point in having a next gen console if you don’t have a HDTV. A good game is a good game, irrespective of resolution. Besides that of course, it’s not like upping the res was the only graphical enhancement this gen.

    The other thing is, you’re making the assumption that the average person would even think about it. You have a display device, you have a console… why wouldn’t that be fine?

    #16 6 years ago
  17. BraveArse

    Not when you’re paying £750 month in nursery fees during the credit crunch. It’s not a pittance then I can tell you. And I have issues with HD anyway – I eventually will buckle and get one, but as a photographer I know empirically and experientially that pixel count means bugger all to image quality beyond a certain minimum. Before that happens you need good contrast ratio, depth of blacks and a gazillion other things to fall into place – and monitors or tellies with all those qualities are even further from a pittance.

    whenever I hear this argument – it always amazes me that anyone can fail to understand the reasons why someone would want something to work on a perfectly good telly even if it is small.

    #17 6 years ago
  18. Esha

    Hm.

    It might actually be because I have sight difficulties and to me a CRT was never any good for gaming, I was pretty much an avid home computer and then PC gamer before the HD revolution came about.

    (I admit that in the earliest days of home computing I did use a CRT, but in those days a pixel was the size of a small child’s hand, so things balanced themselves out.)

    So from my particular perspective, I can’t see any attachment to CRTs whatsoever. They flickered, the image jumped about, they were snowy, and they gave me a migraine after just a few minutes of use.

    I’ll stress again though that this is due to a condition that I suffer from. I keep forgetting that not everyone has that problem.

    Lucky 20/20 Eagle-eyed gits!

    Generally though, when I think of something like this, I think of it from my own perspective. And when I think of using a small CRT, my first thought is something along the lines of: Why would you bring such suffering upon yourself?

    But I suppose that’s only the case for me.

    I’m glad I have my HDTV now anyway. No more headaches, and I get to be a console gamer.

    Edit: That’s not to say I didn’t play console games, mind you. I did. I just didn’t play them for long sessions at a time, I could only manage about an hour before I had to take a rest due to eye-strain. I played what I could but I was happy to retreat to a clearer screen whenever possible. So I was never a serious console gamer like other people I knew.

    I didn’t play much of the early 32-bit console era for this very reason, in fact. Because PCs were already so much better, and the screens were infinitely superior. So I never had to muck about with them.

    These days, all I can think of when I think of CRTs is massive eye-strain, headaches, and pain. Just to explain my above post a bit more.

    #18 6 years ago
  19. BraveArse

    Yeah I can understand that. My personal experience of HD tellies so far has been pretty underwhelming. The depth of colour hasn’t been there at an affordable price until recently and I hate jaggies of any sort ( that comes from years of staring at film grain through a magnifying glass to ensure the finest image possible I guess), which is a major issue with HD gaming imo.

    I guess you could liken it to the arrival of digital music formats. I adopted digital formats really early – my audiophile mates stayed analogue for a very long time after.

    #19 6 years ago
  20. Shatner

    Many here are missing the point. It’s not about “Who would want to connect their console to a 14″ screen?” it’s about the fact that there’s a lot of consoles out there and a lot of 14″ screens out there and it’s not impossible to connect the two. Based on the odds a console manufacturer needs to consider what to do in a given situation. It’s better to cover those circumstances than not as there could be bad publicity otherwise and, besides, if your design is conscientious towards the lowest common denominator then other combinations of screen and game will benefit from good layout design too.

    Console TRCs are extremely mundane but make a fair amount of sense. Hopefully they’re all transparent to the end user and their enjoyment of the game isn’t hampered by the fact that, for example, all important screen information is kept within an X number of pixels from the very edge of the display. Or that the same buttons are generally used for “ok” and “cancel” in every single game.

    Anyone who has ever spent 5 minutes in a QA office will wonder why this little nugget of very standard information has suddenly become news.

    #20 6 years ago
  21. Esha

    BraveArse: Indeed, I’m really attached to HD technology but sometimes I have to take a step back and ask myself when certain things are true, and why people are disagreeing with me. In my case, I became attached to HD televisions simply because they didn’t give me migraines anymore, the fact that they looked better too was a serious bonus.

    I really do dig the HD revolution for that, though. I wouldn’t have been able to really enjoy a PS3 otherwise, whereas I can now play and really enjoy the likes of LBP. I suppose that makes me a bit evangelical.

    So, indeed… perhaps for people who aren’t disabled that way, a CRT does cut it.

    Sorry to have pushed my point there, earlier.

    And Shatner makes good points too. But then, he usually does. And it’s a fair cop. The console World is alien to me, this kind of thing would never really stand in the PC market. That’s why I used the low memory and high graphics equation back there, but I suppose on the console side of things, that’s just the way things work.

    #21 6 years ago
  22. BraveArse

    No need to be sorry Esha – differing opinions, that’s all. :) I just remember seeing all those stupid Without HD There Really Is No Point posts on EG running up to and beyond the launch of the 360. Made me want to ram my 24″ CRT* monitor right up their arses ;)

    *yes, yes I’ve moved to flatscreen now :)

    #22 6 years ago
  23. airdom

    Dead rising was a killer on my old 27′ CRT. looked good, but couldnt read sh*t!!!!!!! then with my new 42′ hdtv everything is beautifullllll!

    on another note….I ABSOLUTELY CAN’T WAIT FOR DARWINIA+ ON XBLA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    #23 6 years ago
  24. mortiferus

    This is a waste of development time… I’m sorry, 14″ CRT folks get with the freakin program!

    #24 6 years ago
  25. Psychotext

    With your post you’ve accepted legal obligation to purchase at least a 15″ LCD for all owners of 14″ CRTs with a next gen console.

    Get shopping. :P

    #25 6 years ago
  26. Smartypants

    Can you even find 14″ CRTs in anything else than second-hand shops nowadays? Those people must REALLY want a 14″ CRT BADLY if they’re willing to go through so much trouble to get one.
    Meanwhile you can find cheap flatscreen PC monitors everywhere for about the same price 14″ CRTs used to go for 5 years ago. Go figure, I guess some people are really set in their ways. My grandma, god bless ‘er, she refused to upgrade to a colour TV because she was used to her black&white telly and preferred it. Guess this is the same thing, can’t hate on that.

    #26 6 years ago
  27. Psychotext

    You don’t get it at all do you? You think people are actually going out and buying these now?

    In the real world, not everyone can afford new TVs every 6 months. :P

    #27 6 years ago
  28. Smartypants

    Not every 6 months, but those TVs have to go sometime. How much longer can those things last, after about a decade something has to go wonky.

    #28 6 years ago
  29. Smartypants

    Oh and I assumed that the people who can’t afford a new telly every 6 months are not the same people who can afford an expensive new HD console ;)

    #29 6 years ago
  30. Psychotext

    You’re right. It’s their friends / family buying them the new console. :D

    #30 6 years ago
  31. Smartypants

    I wish my family was like that. They all think I’m wasting my life with this childish hobby of mine. I have to buy all my consoles myself :(

    #31 6 years ago
  32. G1GAHURTZ

    Good grief!

    Some people really do have no idea what it’s like to go without, do they?

    #32 6 years ago
  33. Smartypants

    I didn’t mean anything by it :(

    I just think it’s weird, when I’m low on cash and I don’t have any money to spare to buy even a cheap PC monitor, I sure as hell ain’t gonna have any money to spend on a bloody expensive HD console.

    #33 6 years ago
  34. Psychotext

    It makes sense. It’s just that a parent is always going to do what they can to give their kid what they want. If it had to come down to buying a TV and a new console you’d might be looking at too much money.

    But using the console they want, with the TV they have? That makes sense too.

    #34 6 years ago

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    The first SteamVR announce is a headset a manufactured by HTC, the Taiwanese mobile company revealed over the weekend. Valve told us last week it planned to unveil virtual reality hardware at GDC, calling it “SteamVR” at the time. Now HTC has pre-empted Valve by revealing Vive, a headset developed thanks to a collaboration between […]

  • Watch the Evolve Chappie Challenge tomorrow on Twitch

    Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2K and Turtle Rock Studios have announced a tournament being hosted by ESL, which will see Evolve players take on newest movie robot, Chappie. The ESL has teamed up with Twitch for the live 4 on 1 competitive event, and you can watch as it all unfolds tomorrow, March 1 at 3pm […]

  • If you’re attending PAX East, stop and have a look at Necropolis

    We haven’t heard much on Harebrained Schemes’ latest since it was announced in November, but today, the team has seen fit to release some interesting gifs of its a new project, Necropolis. Necropolis is a third-person action rogue-like with procedurally generated which can be “re-rolled mid-playthrough” and is headed to Linux, Mac and PC sometime […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online really is lovely, as these screenshots prove

    More Dragon’s Dogma Online screenshots have been released, and this batch is just as lovely as the last gallery we posted. Since this game will likely never leave Japan, the images are a bit of a salt rub for fans of the IP, but hopefully another entry in the series will be released at some […]

  • Action-RPG Death’s Gambit has a classic-Castlevania feel to it

    How would you like to become an agent of Death and rid the world of immortals? Then Death’s Gambit may just be the game for you. Announced by LA-based studio White Rabbit, the action-RPG with platforming elements tasks players with fighting gigantic enemies on an alien, medieval planet. Players will also encounter formidable beasts, knights, […]

  • Modder adds offline co-op into Resident Evil: Revelations 2

    PC users lamenting the lack of local, offline co-op in Resident Evil: Revelations 2 will be pleased to know a modder has remedied the omission. The mod, created by FluffyQuack, adds offline co-op mode to Episode 1 but the only caveat is players will need to use gamepads instead of mouse and keyboard (via Gamespot). […]

  • Number of Steam accounts with Dota 2 installed hits over 42 million

    Dota 2 has seen its installation rate jump 85% year-over-year, resulting in the MOBA now having close to 43 million installations worldwide. The figures were published via a report from video game research and consulting firm EEDAR, which studied Steam accounts daily to better understand the service’s player behavior and title performance. According to statistics […]

  • Nintendo issuing Eon Ticket codes for Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

    Nintendo is handing out an Eon Ticket to Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire owners which will allow them to visit the Southern Island. Once a player arrives, depending on which version of the game they own, Pokemon Latios and Latias are able to be caught. The Eon Ticket was originally issued via StreetPass, but […]

  • Here’s a couple The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt screenshots to brighten your day

    Two images for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt have surfaced on the game’s Facebook page. Grabbed by Gamekyo, the images show Gerlat and Vesemir chatting with a fellow, and the other shows Geralt riding up to some ruins where some people have been hanged. CD Projekt Red will make an appearance at PAX East next […]

  • Hyrule Warriors Boss Pack DLC contains unlockable character – potential spoilers

    While you already know the next DLC for Hyrule Warriors will allow you to play as the gigantic beast Ganon, there’s a rather humorous unlockable character contained in it as well. Potential spoilers follow below. When the DLC arrived in Japan February 26, YouTuber moccos-tan IsedelicaAs posted a video of the unlockable character, which is […]

  • Star Trek Online players gather on Vulcan to pay respects to Leonard Nimoy

    Star Trek Online players paid tribute to Leonard Nimoy yesterday by gathering around a fountain on Vulcan, the home planet of Spock in the Star Trek series. According to a post by barnacle999 on reddit, when he logged into the MMO “there were around 20 full instances and several partial,” culminating in around 1000 players […]

  • Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin gameplay video shows invasion of The Forlorn

    A new Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin gameplay video has been released, and provides the viewer with a look at the NPC invader system. Watch below as The Forlorn hunts down the player through the game with “with deadly skill and tenacity.” He even teams up with other enemies, making your fight […]

  • Visual upgrade for Wasteland 2, improved modding tools in the works

    A visual upgrade and improved mod tools are in the works for Wasteland 2, according to a blog post from inXile Entertainment. The upgrades will come about as the game’s codebase is migrated from Unity 4.5 to Unity 5. “A major benefit of moving to Unity 5 is that 5 will include many of the […]

  • Battlefield Hardline brings “Hollywood crime drama” to single-player campaign

    In the fifth developer diary for Battlefield Hardline, the team discusses how it’s bringing “Hollywood crime drama” to the shooter’s single-player campaign. The video was released a couple of days ago, so apologies are in order if this has been posted already, but I promise I searched the site and never found it. Visceral Games […]

  • Masquerada: Songs and Shadows is a pause for tactics isometric RPG coming in 2016

    Masquerada: Songs and Shadows is a 2.5D isometric RPG, built in the vein of Baldur’s Gate and Dragon Age in the works at Withing Hour Studios. The game allows the player to pause combat to plan party tactics. “Set in the Venetian-inspired fantasy city of Ombre where rare masks are the key to casting magic, […]

  • Underworld Ascendant surpasses Kickstarter goal

    Underworld Ascendant which was launched on Kickstarter earlier this month, has met its  $600,000 funding goal. With six days left 10,786 backers pledged $610,541 In light of being funded, the team has also switched up the stretch goals as bit, as you can see in the image below. The studio, OtherSide Entertainment, is fronted by Paul Neurath, […]

  • Latest Evolve patch fixes progress and save game data loss on Xbox One

    A patch for Evolve has been released on Xbox One which fixes lost progress and save game data users had reported. The patch also fixes an issue with shadows and flashlight, makes incremental improvements to matchmaking, invites, and rejoining, and there were progressions balance changes. “The issue with lost progress and saved games was mostly […]

  • Online servers for Ridge Racer Unbounded shut down in Europe

    Online functionality for Ridge Racer Unbounded is no longer available, Namco Bandai Europe has announced. Solo mode and the track editor are still playable, minus the sharing options. Ridge Racer Unbounded was released on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in March 2013. Thanks, MCV.

  • OlliOlli will be a cross-buy title on 3DS and Wii U

    Curve Digital has announced OlliOlli will be a cross-buy title when it releases on 3DS and Wii U. The Roll7 title will be the first third-party title to offer the functionality on the systems. OllliOlli will be released on the eShop March 5 The game launches on Nintendo’s eShop on March 5th, followed by Xbox […]

  • Darkbeast electrifies latest Bloodborne video

    The latest Bloodborne video shows off another monster in the game. This one is Darkbeast and he’s full of electricity. The video is the last of IGN’s month-long coverage of the title.

  • Future Assassin’s Creed games will have greater focus on modern timeline

    Ubisoft plans to focus more on modern timelines in future Assassin’s Creed games, the company suggested during its latest community livestream. During the Twitch stream, one of the lead writers for the Assassin’s Creed series, Darby McDevitt, said the modern timeline for Brotherhood’s town of Monteriggioni could inspire future development. “That only came about because […]

  • Fruit Ninja Kinect 2 is coming to Xbox One next month

    Halfbrick has announced Fruit Ninja Kinect 2 for Xbox One will release next month. The mobile title made its way onto Xbox 360 garnering 1 million downloads as of March 2012. It has a new multiplayer mode for up to four players with Battle and Party modes along with a new progression system. An announcement […]

  • New GTA 5 PC screens – shit the bed!

    Rockstar has pumped out 15 new screens for the PC version of Grand Theft Auto 5. Don’t touch them, because they’re electric. And if you touch them, you’ll get shocked. The PC version of GTA 5 has been delayed until April 14, which both sucks and blows. BUT! There’s a new trailer coming between now […]

  • Sony Japan accidentally erases 20th Anniversary PS4 contest entries

    Sony Japan has accidentally erased all information obtained from PlayStation owners who entered to win a 20th Anniversary PlayStation 4. Those who purchased PlayStation 3, PS4, Vita or Vita TV between December 4 – January 15 were handed a calendar with a code which entered them into the contest. Somehow, all data collected from the […]

  • Hearthstone datamine suggests Blackrock Mountain expansion on the way

    Hearthstone’s next update may be based on World of Warcraft’s Molten Core raid, if datamined information posted on Hearthpwn is spot-on. According to files mined from the latest patch, three new cosmetic card backs are on the way, one of which is called Molten Core. The data suggests that pre-ordering the Blackrock Mountain expansion will […]

  • Using Battlefield Hardline single-player gadgets increases your metagame rewards

    Gadgets contained in Battlefield Hardline’s campaign mode have been detailed, and each provides the player with various ways in which to solve crimes. According to design director Scott Warner, one way to “diffuse” a conflict when confronted with criminal activity is to flash your badge and ordering the criminal to freeze. Putting your gun on […]

  • Mortal Kombat X video is all about story mode, new characters

    After promising a new Mortal Kombat X reveal “soon”, NetherRealm Studios has made good on said promise by releasing the story trailer. The video shows parts of the story mode featuring Mileena, which takes place 25 years after the events of 2011′s Mortal Kombat. Outworld has become a larger threat and new fighters joining the […]

  • Destiny’s shotgun and pulse rifle buffs mean it’s time to rethink your load-out

    Destiny’s most-ignored weapons got major boosts this week. It’s time to start thinking about how to work them into your set-up. Even if you’re used to using scout rifles and sniper rifles as a general loud-out (neither class was touched by 1.1.1), the buffs to pulse rifles and shotguns should make you rethink your contextual […]

  • Battlefield Bad Company 2: five years later, what did it do so right?

    It’s been five years since the release of Battlefield Bad Company 2. What did the much-loved entry in the franchise do for the Battlefield series? Westie’s played Battlefield Bad Company 2 for over 1,260 hours on PS3 and PC. That’s dedication. In his latest video he discusses the stand out moments from a FPS classic, […]

  • War is hell in this Zombie Army Trilogy gameplay trailer

    Here’s five minutes of headshots, shambling zombies and an undead Hitler from Rebellion’s upcoming Zombie Army Trilogy. The Sniper Elite spin-off arrives on PS4, PC and Xbox One March 6 and includes three games (obviously) and a new Horde mode.

  • Titan Souls releases on PS4, Vita, PC on April 14

    Ace indie giant-slayer Titan Souls will be released on PS4, Vita and PC on April 14. Publisher Devolver confirmed the date to Eurogamer. Those of us in Europe will have to wait until a day later for release. Titan Souls is a tough-as-nails indie game where you have one life to slay a giant enemy. […]

  • Destiny weekly update: lowdown on Inferno Crucible, Vault Transfer improvements

    Destiny’s weekly update has made some pretty significant changes – let Arekkz Gaming take you through them. Bungie has revealed the first release date for the new Inferno Crucible mode, and made it a lot easier to access your vault. You should subscribe to Arekkz Gaming. It will improve your life.

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory Feb 27, 28

    It’s Xursday again – what treats does he have for you this week? He’s in the North Tower, to the right of the Stranger’s room. Let’s take a look at the latest weapons and gear from your favourite Destiny trader. No Backup Plans [Titan Gauntlets] – 13SC ATS/8 Arachnid [Hunter Helmet] – 13SC Heart of […]

  • Battlefield Hardline will be stable on PC at launch, Visceral assures

    PC format is “by far the best gaming platform around,” says Hardline producer. “We’re doing what we can to take advantage of people’s different system with the graphics, framerate, controls, etc. We’re not just porting it over.” Battlefield Hardline developer Visceral is reassuring players that there will not be a repeat of the disastrous Battlefield […]

  • Win Pneuma: Breath of Life for Xbox One

    We have 10 download codes for new indie puzzler Pneuma: Breath of Life for Xbox One to give away. The be in with a chance of winning a code, just enter your details below and we’ll pull the winners from the hat on Monday March 2nd, after 2pm GMT. Pneuma: Breath of Life is a […]

  • Life is Strange Episode 2 delayed

    Life is Strange Episode 2 won’t make its expected release date. The first Life is Strange episode released on January 30, and we had expected the second to follow on March 13. Square Enix has since confirmed to Destructoid that the next chapter won’t make its release date. There’s been no word of the new […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: which character will be revealed tomorrow?

    Mortal Kombat X director Ed Boon is teasing a new character reveal. During today’s Mortal Kombat X livestream, NetherRealm said that a new character would be revealed “very soon”. Boon followed up with this teasing tweet suggesting the reveal will occur tomorrow: Very soon? As in tomorrow? :/ — Ed Boon (@noobde) February 26, 2015 […]

  • Halo played by Twitch is an exercise in great patience

    TwitchPlaysHalo is ridiculous. Halo: Combat Evolved is the latest game to be sucked into the “TwitchPlays” phenomenon, and the results are somewhat painful to spectate. If you’re not familiar with the setup, which debuted with TwitchPlaysPokemon, the game accepts commands from the channels’ chat stream. Although it doesn’t have the strategic RPG elements of Pokemon, […]

  • Gold Amiibo sold out, selling at five times RRP on auction sites

    Gold Mario Amiibo are expected to sell for pretty astounding profits on eBay and other auction sites. The Walmart-exclusive Gold Mario Amiibo is already completely sold out. Plenty of people managed to snaffle them to resell, though. There are now dozens of listings on eBay and other auction sites. One of the average asking prices […]

  • Canadian new game prices jump to $75

    Canadian gamers are in for an unpleasant price hike. As spotted by HardcoreGamer, the local Canadian branches of Amazon and EB Games have raised the prices of upcoming games to CAD$75. The CAD$5 increasing comes within a year of prices hitting the CAD$70 point. CAD$75 (£38/€53) currently exchanges for $60, the standard US pricing. The […]

  • New Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows weather, day-night cycle

    The latest Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows off a gloriously beautiful world. Xenoblade Chronicles X is Monolith Soft’s first solo Wii U game, and the developer is clearly enjoying being able to build a big open world with all the features we’ve come to expect. Missed the whole Xenoblade thing? Chronicles X is a sort […]

  • Dead Rising: Watchtower teaser talks up the benefits of Zombrex

    Live-action Dead Rising movie Watchtower is almost upon us. Dead Rising: Watchtower will release on Crackle on March 27, and via other digital distributors thereafter. Enjoy the short teaser below, courtesy of IGN.

  • We Happy Few debut hits you upside the face with a frying pan

    Contrast developer Compulsion Games has revealed its next project – the delightfully creepy-looking We Happy Few. We Happy Few is set in “a drug-fuelled, retrofuturistic city in an alternative 1960s England” where “a plucky bunch of moderately terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful denial”. Players are tasked with blending in with […]

  • Slender: The Arrival creeping onto PS4, Xbox One in March

    Slender: The Arrival sold like hotcakes on PC and last-gen consoles, so why not terrify yourself on PS4 and Xbox One, too? Slender: The Arrival will release on PS4 on March 24 and on Xbox One on March 25, developer Blue Isle Studios has announced, for $10. No word on that Wii U version, though. […]

  • GOG weekend sale celebrates German debut

    DRM-free games vendor GOG is celebrating its German-language launch with a tasty sale. The sale offers discounts over 25 “German favourites”. Highlights inclue 97% off Deponia, and less steep but still tasty savings on Memoria and Blackguards 1 and 2. The sale will run through March 3, and you do not have to be, speak, […]

  • Humble Weekly Bundle goes back to Japan

    The latest Humble Weekly Bundle is called Made in Japan, and I’m sure you can guess the theme. Pay what you want for Cherry Tree High Complete Pack (PC; Steam or DRM free), Fairy Bloom Freesia (PC; Steam or DRM free) and Influent + Language Pack (Linux, Mac, PC; Steam or DRM free). Pay more […]