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Dreamcast is 10 today

Thursday, 27 November 2008 09:46 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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Dreamcast was born 10 years ago today.

The Sega console released in Japan on November 27, 1998, and didn’t reach the West for another year, launch in the US on September 9, 1999 and Europe on October 14 the same year.

The Japanese machine launched with Godzilla Generations, Virtua Fighter 3tb, PenPen TRiIceLon and July.

Dreamcast’s life was brief: cessation of production was announced of January 31, 2001, thanks mainly to competition from PS2.

Water under the bridge. Happy birthday, little man.

Thanks, Kotaku.

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50 Comments

  1. Shatner

    For the fallen

    More importantly, the C64 is 26 years old!

    Happy Birthday Breadbin :)

    #1 7 years ago
  2. mart

    Water under the bridge? What is this noise? NEVAR FORGET!

    #2 7 years ago
  3. morriss

    I’m with mart.

    I still’s got me Dreamcast. Bless it’s cotton socks.

    #3 7 years ago
  4. Michael O'Connor

    *sheds a tear for the long-lost Dreamcast*

    #4 7 years ago
  5. Blerk

    Dreamcastlol!

    #5 7 years ago
  6. absolutezero

    My DC is still under my TV. Its actually still connected aswell.

    So there.

    #6 7 years ago
  7. Michael O'Connor

    i sold mine away about 8 years ago; possibly the most tragically evil and regretful things I’ve ever done. =(

    I swore never to sell my consoles again after that.

    Can the thing still go online?

    #7 7 years ago
  8. mart

    Kinda, sorta. None of the official servers are up of course, but there’s some third party PSO servers available and such.

    #8 7 years ago
  9. patlike

    My Dreamcast was the first thing I ever had at home that could actually go on the internet.

    #9 7 years ago
  10. Gekidami

    Same here Pat, opened up a whole new world.

    #10 7 years ago
  11. morriss

    I never partook in DC LAN gaming.

    #11 7 years ago
  12. mart

    Pah! Luddites.

    #12 7 years ago
  13. Esha

    It’s good that the thing I remember most about the Dreamcast were the games, some of which were well ahead of their time.

    Ecco was a beautiful, undersea exploratory effort tied into a brilliant storyline, and that hasn’t been matched since.

    Skies of Arcadia was, perhaps, the most interesting Eastern RPG I’ve ever come across, and the only Eastern RPG I’d consider worthy of standing next to the Western giants that tend to crowd my mind. Skies was by the same development group that were responsible for Valkyria Chronicles, too. A game so bloody popular that it seems to be sold out in just about every place that offers any kind of discount off the RRP (which is annoying).

    Sonic Adventure was, perhaps, the last great Sonic game. There have been a few good ones since, such as Sonic Rush and the Dark Brotherhood, but Sonic Adventure proved that the series could move into 3D, and more interestingly than its staid competitors, which took more traditional, and ultimately bloody boring routes.

    I believe that Phantasy Star Online was the first console MMO, wasn’t it? It wasn’t strictly an MMO of course, but the fact that it was an RPG in which one could hook up with other people online was amazing at the time. This was, once again, proof that Sega were always the type to embrace the future.

    The problem with the Dreamcast though was that it was probably too niche, it didn’t really do anything at all to appeal to the incredibly uninspired and unwashed mainstream. And that’s why it failed, Sega didn’t realise it needed money, so the console was missing the Lara Croft/Gordon Freeman element that would’ve kept it afloat. Of course, the PS2 embraced these ideas wholeheartedly, and whilst it was hard to fish out good PS2 titles from the rest of the dross that the console used to stay afloat, the PS2 did indeed, at least, stay afloat.

    Says something about the gaming culture that, really. Miss you, Sega of back then.

    #13 7 years ago
  14. mart

    Agreed, it was ahead of its time, and most people didn’t understand its USPs. Oh the DC had the Gordon Freeman element btw, but it was pulled at the last minute. It played really well, too. Shame.

    #14 7 years ago
  15. Gekidami

    I am, or maybe was, a big PSO fan, but Sega have really arsed it up with Universe, and Zero looks even worst.

    And wheres my Shenmue 3?!

    #15 7 years ago
  16. G1GAHURTZ

    The problem with the Dreamcast though was that it was probably too niche

    Yeah, cos titles like Sonic, Tony Hawks, Virtua Tennis, Unreal and Soul Calibur are really niche, eh?

    #16 7 years ago
  17. Michael O'Connor

    “Yeah, cos titles like Sonic, Tony Hawks, Virtua Tennis, Unreal and Soul Calibur are really niche, eh?”

    At the time, Soul Calibur *was* a niche title. And it didn’t help that it’s also from what is quite a niche genre.

    I think what Esha is saying isn’t there wasn’t anything to appeal to the mainstream; there just wasn’t enough.

    The complete lack of any software support from Electronic Arts especially was a pretty fatal blow to any chance’s of the machine becoming widely mainstream.

    #17 7 years ago
  18. morriss

    No FIFA, no console.

    #18 7 years ago
  19. G1GAHURTZ

    I always thought that it just didn’t sell because SEGA went such a long time under the mistaken opinion that it would just sell itself. Then by the time they went on the publicity offensive, it was too late.

    Hmmm… Kind of reminds me of another company…

    #19 7 years ago
  20. Shatner

    “And wheres my Shenmue 3?!”

    Sega’s “Yakuza” games seem to be the closest living relatives of Shenmue these days.

    #20 7 years ago
  21. Michael O'Connor

    “I always thought that it just didn’t sell because SEGA went such a long time under the mistaken opinion that it would just sell itself. Then by the time they went on the publicity offensive, it was too late.”

    Well, over here in Europe there was a fair bit of advertising. Good ads too.

    Of course, there was the slight problem of not actually having enough games to advertise…

    #21 7 years ago
  22. G1GAHURTZ

    I’ve still got my Dreamcast sponsored Arsenal shirt!

    #22 7 years ago
  23. morriss

    ha! An Arsenal fan, that says it all!

    #23 7 years ago
  24. ecu

    I had a minutes silence this morning.

    #24 7 years ago
  25. morriss

    :D

    #25 7 years ago
  26. G1GAHURTZ

    GOOOOOOOOOOONNEERRS!!!!!!!!!

    #26 7 years ago
  27. morriss

    Come on you Spurs!!

    #27 7 years ago
  28. G1GAHURTZ

    BOOOOOOO!!!!

    LOL!

    #28 7 years ago
  29. morriss

    4-4!! ;)

    #29 7 years ago
  30. Esha

    I was really pleased that nearly everyone actually understood where I was coming from with my points regarding the unique nature of the Dreamcast, and why it wasn’t a financial success (despite how much I personally loved that dear old white block).

    “Oh the DC had the Gordon Freeman element btw, but it was pulled at the last minute. It played really well, too. Shame.”

    It did? The only thing I remember was Headhunter, and the problem with that was that many people were absolutely convinced that it was just a cheap Metal Gear knock-off, and thus refused to look into it, despite the rather favourable opinions of it gaming critics had.

    I’m thinking there’s actually something I missed now, what other game fell into that particular mainstream/generic niche?

    “At the time, Soul Calibur *was* a niche title. And it didn’t help that it’s also from what is quite a niche genre.”

    This is very true, I remember Soul Calibur being a game that Dreamcast fans went on about, but everyone else was pretty much “Whut?” about it. I think this is because the Dreamcast was a console that saw a proliferation of fighters, from Guilty Gear to Third Strike.

    It was hard to separate Soul Calibur from all that at the time, because there were a number of quality fighters available. Soul Calibur only really saw its first success when it was released into an arena that, at that time, didn’t really have that many great fighters as competition. I think that was around II or III? Probably II.

    We’ve all seen what happens when a truly great title of a genre that hasn’t been seen on a certain platform is released, if there’s nothing to compete with that and it really is good (and Soul Calibur is) then people lap it up and word of mouth does its thing.

    “I think what Esha is saying isn’t there wasn’t anything to appeal to the mainstream; there just wasn’t enough.”

    Bingo.

    There were very few movie ports, there were very few cheap shots (games designed to target a sexually frustrated demographic, and that’s how Lara Croft started out, even if she isn’t that way today), and there were next to no generic FPS games. There were a couple of items that could appeal to the mainstream, but that was the problem… it was so few. Compare this to the unending torrent that the PS2 had available for it.

    I’ll speak more on mainstream/generic games later, though. There’s something I feel I want to say, there.

    “I am, or maybe was, a big PSO fan, but Sega have really arsed it up with Universe, and Zero looks even worst.”

    I was too, I loved it back in the day and there was just so much potential there, lots of room for growth. I wholeheartedly agree with you though, I felt that Universe was really a soulless cash-in on the franchise. I was really excited about the news of Universe, too, but when I saw what it actually was… well, the disappointment was palpable.

    It’s games like that that actually cement my hatred of the reuse of IP without any reinvention, if a game is brought back with next to no changes, and it’s sold off as something new… well, I don’t think that’s right. It’s a marketing practice I really disagree with, and sadly that’s something Sega’s been doing a lot.

    Ever since the death of the Dreamcast, their software division has really gone to shit. The only people who still seem to be capable of true brilliance are Overworks, and they’re responsible for Valkyria Chronicles, of course. I really hope VC is the way Sega are going, and a sign of things to come. Because Sega could still be great, they just have to bloody try.

    I think that the death of the Dreamcast must’ve sucked the life and passion right out of them, and left them as jaded as I usually feel. That would explain the Sega releases we saw afterwards. But VC is definitely a step in the right direction.

    I’ve rambled too much here, though…

    “And wheres my Shenmue 3?!”

    I second this.

    Shenmue was iconic, I felt. When I first played it, it was new and yet it was so familiar, it was the potential of the old point & click adventure realised in such a way that it could evolve and survive. I want to play Shenmue again, to see if that feeling is still there, because the only other game I really felt that way with was Fahrenheit.

    To finish up, I said I wanted to touch on mainstream titles. It may seem as though I have something against them on times, and I don’t, not really. I’ve played Half-Life 2 and all that, it’s just that I find I’m bored by mainstream titles. They’re just retreading old ground and not introducing us to anything new. There’s no wonder in a title like that.

    I just don’t feel as though the more generic titles deserve to be put up on a pedestal along with titles that really do something new. Mirror’s Edge is an example of this; I don’t really care that some people think the gameplay isn’t as good as it could be, it can improve. What’s important is that it introduced us to new gaming ideas, it opened our minds to other concepts, and concepts which will surely find their way into other games. They’re the frontier, so to speak. And it’s those games I put up on pedestals.

    A mainstream game can be a good game, and a fun game, but for me it can never really be a special game, it’s never anything I’m going to have any real emotions tied to. It’s not anything that’s going to leave a glowing imprint on my mind, and stay with me thanks to naught but the shining brilliance of the ideas involved.

    Such games are simply games which pastiche all the elements of brilliant titles that have come before, but they’re not brilliant in their own right.

    I like games that can, occasionally, actually make me say “Wow…” aloud. Things that really fire up the imagination, and make it more of an experience than just a game.

    To bring everything full circle, I felt the Dreamcast had a lot of those experiences, and that’s why I’ll always remember it quite fondly.

    But saying that, I’d never actually want anyone to take the Dreamcast’s games and pull them into the present, that would make them dire. Their moment was special in the past, and that’s where they should remain. What made them special should be remembered for future efforts, but each new effort should always try to tread new ground.

    That’s why I’m glad we have Valkyria Chronicles now instead of just another bleeding Sonic game. Okay… I’m done now. I’ll stop typing. Head dump complete.

    #30 7 years ago
  31. G1GAHURTZ

    ONLY a Spurs fan could find celebrate a draw. lol!

    I was at that match.

    Shocking… just shocking…

    #31 7 years ago
  32. morriss

    haha! touché. It was hilarious. I went ballistic at the end.

    #32 7 years ago
  33. Axle

    Esha, you should write your own blog/magazine, or at the very least write an essay for Retro Gamer – that is truly a formidable effort!

    #33 7 years ago
  34. G1GAHURTZ

    I can imagine!

    Like this guy?

    #34 7 years ago
  35. Esha

    “Esha, you should write your own blog/magazine, or at the very least write an essay for Retro Gamer – that is truly a formidable effort!”

    I’m not sophisticated enough for either a blog or a magazine, and certainly not for an essay for such a recognised establishment as Retro Gamer!

    I more consider myself as the modern vagrant/hobo, who’ll get up on a soapbox and yell aloud to see if anyone’s prepared to listen. There’s probably an element of truth and possibly even enlightenment there, but it’s too bloody raw and unstructured to be suitable for a more rational medium.

    #35 7 years ago
  36. DaMan

    Dreamcast had a shitty graphics processor, and there wasn’t
    enough good games for it.

    one year after it’s release we had PS2, which was better
    in any aspect.

    Shenmue was actually very good though.

    it was too little too late for Sega.

    #36 7 years ago
  37. Esha

    Oh, it had plenty of good games, they were probably just too niche for you. I can’t argue with someone though who dismisses the Dreamcast on having a “shitty graphics processor”, when the PS2 and Dreamcast were neck and neck graphically and the Dreamcast had an ATi mobile graphics card, not a “graphics processor”.

    In my opinion, under-handed, irrational, and poorly thought out dismissal is not an opinion, it’s just brown-nosing.

    #37 7 years ago
  38. Michael O'Connor

    Esha, email me: wordsofivory@gmail.com

    #38 7 years ago
  39. DaMan

    haha.

    ATI? where did you get this from, out of
    you ass?

    I meant the graphics chip, NEC PowerVR2, mister high and mighty.. neck to neck ? based on what, your eye perception or something?

    it was an underpowered rushed product, with a couple of good games. Dreamcast was doomed from the very start though anyway.

    Oh my god, I disrespected Dreamcast on it’s birthday. it’s a shame, I should’ve posted a 10 paragraphs long comment full of bullshit and how great Sega’s last console was.. nice, Esha.

    #39 7 years ago
  40. Michael O'Connor

    The Dreamcast has more internal memory than the PS2.

    True story.

    Might want to stand back a bit DaMan. The overpowering stench of testosterone is killing me.

    #40 7 years ago
  41. DaMan

    their architectures are different, but anyway:

    Dreamcast has 16MB, PS2 has 32MB RAM.

    testosterone has nothing to do with this, I don’t like pricks, pretentious pricks.

    #41 7 years ago
  42. morriss

    PS2 had no games at launch did it?

    #42 7 years ago
  43. DaMan

    Dynasty Warriors 2, FantaVision, Madden NFL ’01, Moto GP, NHL ’01, Ready 2 Rumble Boxing: Round2,
    , Ridge Racer V, SSX, Silent Scope, Tekken Tag Tournament, TimeSplitters and many other titles.

    anyway, my point was that DC wasn’t that good like fanfags make it seem. and one of the reasons it died so early was it’s low graphical capabilities compared to PS2 and lack of titles. I won’t deny it had some good stuff for it’s time.

    but, that was too litle too late. Sega should’ve not waste money on Genesis add-ons and a piece of shit that was Saturn.

    and Michael O’Connor, if you meant VRAM, then you can’t compare them like that, they work very differently, and the fact is that PS2 visuals >> DC visuals.

    #43 7 years ago
  44. morriss

    So basically, “no titles at launch,” then. :)

    #44 7 years ago
  45. DaMan

    actually, I would agree that Sega did everything to have a very strong launch line-up. funny thing is that it didn’t help their lame platform. and Dynasty Warriors2 or Fantavision were pretty good.

    say, Devil May Cry wouldn’t work on DC, GTA3 wouldn’t work either.. yeah, heavily downgraded they would. it’s scary even to think about the late (2004 etc) PS2 titles on DC..

    #45 7 years ago
  46. Shatner

    It says a lot about delusion that even when a console manufacturer declares its console dead and leaves that side of the industry that people still pretend its alive and around to celebrate birthdays!

    Hell, at least Commodore are still making hardware.

    If we’re pretending dead things are still celebrating birthdays today then let’s pretend that Jimi Hendrix and Bruce Lee are still going strong too! Seems about right.

    #46 7 years ago
  47. Alpha Male Stu

    I don’t see much of a celebration going on, just the statement that the Dreamcast is 10 years old today…fair point, since it is.

    Besides…Was there not a game released for the Dreamcast just recently?

    #47 7 years ago
  48. wz

    9/9/9 believe

    #48 7 years ago
  49. Gamoc

    It’s not 10 today, it died a long time ago.

    #49 7 years ago
  50. Alpha Male Stu

    November 27th in Japan guys.

    #50 7 years ago

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  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for April 24, 25 – MIDA Multi-Tool edition

    The weekend Exotics market run by Xur: Agent of the Nine is now open for business. Destiny’s bizarre vendor, Xur, has arrived at the Tower. Xur is your man if you’re looking for Exotic armour or weapons. Not only that, but he will also let you exchange your old Exotic gear for new, upgraded versions. […]

  • Warcraft movie delayed yet again

    The Warcraft movie will no longer hit theatres in March 2016. The release date of the Warcraft movie has been pushed back by three months. The movie was expected in March 2016, but Legendary Pictures announced yesterday that it is now due on June 10, 2016. No reason was given for the delay. This is […]

  • Destiny: Iron Banner returns on April 28

    Destiny’s Iron Banner PvP event will return this Tuesday. Bungie has announced that the Iron Banner, it’s once-every-few-weeks PvP event, will make a return with next week’s weekly reset. It was initially due this week, but because of the recent Crucible changes that were implemented with patch 1.1.2, Bungie wanted to wait and see. That […]

  • Deus Ex devs take the piss out of Black Ops 3

    Deus Ex developers have been having a bit of a laugh at the expense of Call of Duty’s official Twitter account. You would be forgiven to think that yesterday’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 ‘Ember’ teaser was part of an ad campaign for a Deus Ex game, with all the biohacking, wearable tech, augmentation, […]

  • Bungie weekly update: Commendations begone

    Destiny’s weekly update is here to determine the fate of all those Commendations you’ve been earning in the past few months. Bungie started off this week’s update with a recap of the details revealed during the recent livestream. There wasn’t really anything on this front that they haven’t talked about already. With the exception of […]

  • This GTA 5 trainer lets you play as almost anything and it’s the best thing ever

    Want to play GTA 5 as a monkey, a cat, a fish, a deer or some other non-human thing that we eat or keep as a pet? ScriptHook has you covered. Not only can you play as critters, it change other game values, according to an explanation from PC Gamer. These values include making changes […]

  • EA Sports moves Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR release date to July

    EA Sports has announced Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR will be released in July. Originally announced for June, the golf game will now release the same week as the Open Championship at St. Andrews, on July 14. EA also provided some more color on gameplay features such as the ability to customize the game by borrowing […]

  • Jason Voorhees joins Mortal Kombat X in May, Kombat Pack owners get first dibs

    Jason Voorhees will arrive for Mortal Kombat X players in May, NetherRealm Studios announced today during the latest Kombat Kast. Jason will be shown for the first time on Monday, May 4 during a special Kombat Kast. According to EventHub which watched the livestream, the developer will also show off the character’s move and Variations. […]

  • The Witcher 3: Nvidia heads to Poland for a behind-the-scenes look – video

    A video for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been released, taking you behind-the-scenes with CD Projekt RED. Nvidia’s GeForce crew went to the firm’s studio in Poland to talk with the game’s executive producer John Mamais, who provides a look at the PC version of the upcoming RPG. CD Projekt, according to the video […]

  • Microsoft notes decline in Xbox unit sales for Q3 FY15 to 1.6 million

    Microsoft reported its Q3 FY15 earnings today, citing growth in Xbox Live usage as one of the contributing factors to the firm’s reported revenue. However, the firm noted a decline in units sales for its Xbox consoles during the quarter. Microsoft Q3 2014 (yoy comparison) Microsoft Q1 fiscal 2015 Microsoft Q2 fiscal 2015 The firm […]

  • Powerplay is a new feature included in the Elite: Dangerous May update

    The next update for Elite: Dangerous is coming next month and it includes a new feature called Powerplay. According to Frontier Developments, Powerplay allows players to participate in an ongoing battle that “enhances every aspect” of the game. Players can become allies with a number of galactic Powers and guide their strategy, pursue objectives in […]

  • Facebook says it’s “too early” to discuss large-scale shipments of Oculus Rift

    Facebook has said it is “too early” to discuss large-scale shipments of Oculus Rift as the VR headset is still in the development stages. Speaking during a call to investors, Facebook CFO David Wehner said the company had nothing to announce regarding the amount of stock it expected to ship. “We have not announced any […]

  • Battlefield Hardline’s first patch and rental server program hits next week

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch has a release date for both consoles and PC. PC & Console patch and RSP for Consoles coming April 28th. Fixes include TDM spawns and more: http://t.co/BZYJeomPlr pic.twitter.com/27TCiY8hmf — Battlefield (@Battlefield) April 23, 2015 The update will include fixes to Punkbuster, Nvidia DirectX drivers, TDM spawns, contains weapon balance tweaks and […]

  • Modders can now earn money through Steam Workshop starting today with Skyrim

    Valve has introduced a new functionality within Steam Workshop which will allow mod makers to earn money for their creations, starting with Skyrim. The update will allow content such as mods, items, or maps to be sold through Steam Workshop for titles which have the feature enabled. A new “streamlined process for listing” has been […]

  • Play Skyrim for free this weekend on Steam and take 75% off while you’re at it

    Skyrim is free this weekend on Steam providing wanna-be Dragonborns who have procrastinated on wetting their blades with Stormcloak blood the perfect opportunity to give the RPG a try. Head over to Steam and download the game and play for free until April 26 at 1am PDT. The game is also 75% off if you […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 “Ember” teaser video released ahead of full reveal

    Activision has released a Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 teaser video titled “Ember” and you can watch it right here. Here’s the video blurb: “In the next 50 years, technological advancements will lead us into a world where only those who risk going too far, will find out how far we can actually go.” […]

  • Dragon Age Keep update includes more customizability and control

    Bioware has updated Dragon Age Keep after listening to community feedback. The update includes more customization and control over heroes, world states, career and more. Players can now customize hero portraits or delete Dragon Age: Inquisition heroes from the Hero section. They can also remove playthrough states from the World State Manager and keep up […]

  • Here’s a look at some Conker community creations in Project Spark

    Conker’s Bug Reunion releases today, and below is a video showing some of the community creations you will be able to download using the creation pack. Project Spark is a free download on Xbox One and Windows 8.1, and you can download the Conker Creation Pack today. It contains 350 assets in order for users […]

  • Rainbow Six: Siege video shines spotlight on the British Counter Terrorist Unit

    Ubisoft has released a Rainbow Six: Siege video which gives you a look at the British Counter Terrorist Unit which features “the best of the Army, Navy, and Air Force.” The firm said that over the next few weeks it will introduce the public to each of the units in the game. Rainbow Six Siege […]

  • Mario Kart 8 DLC and Mewtwo for Super Smash Bros. headline eShop update in North America

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with an update and new DLC for Mario Kart 8 and the Mewtwo DLC for Super Smash Bros. Other highlights include Mario Kart DS on Wii U Virtual Console, the continuation of International StreetPass Week and more. Full update is below. Nintendo eShop Mario Kart […]

  • Square Enix host E3 2015 conference this year on June 16

    With Final Fantasy 15, Rise of the Tomb Raider and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided on the horizon, it should come as no surprise to learn that Square Enix will be hosting a dedicated E3 2015 conference this year. The presentation will take place Tuesday, June 16 at 9am PDT/12pm EDT/5pm UK. It will be broadcast […]

  • Final Fantasy 4: The After Years 3D remake releasing on Steam next month

    Final Fantasy 4: The After Years has been given a makeover and will be released on Steam of PC next month. You can now pre-order it on Steam and take 10% off for the time being. The game will be released on the digital service May 12 and will include trading cards and achievements. Thanks, […]

  • This Project Cars video shows off the racer’s multiplayer

    Project Cars developer Slightly Mad has released a new video giving you a look at the game’s multiplayer. The game is out next month, and if you would like to refresh yourself on the tracks included,  give this a look. While you are clicking links, here’s the minimum and recommended PC specifications which dropped last […]

  • Looks like Logitech is getting out of OEM mouse production business [Clarification]

    Logitech will no longer produce “low-end” mice, citing a decline in PC accessories. This story has been updated to include a clarification. According to a Reuters report, per MCV, the firm will instead focus on video accessories and streaming music, as its wireless Bluetooth speakers are now its best-selling product rage. This will help offset […]

  • Win! We have 1,000 Heroes of the Storm beta keys to give away

    Must have more MOBA? Win one of our 1,000 Heroes of the Storm beta keys and see if you’re more Blizzard than LoL. Can’t wait for June 2? Of course you can’t. We have 1,000 closed beta keys for Heroes of the Storm to give away this week, allowing you access before Blizzard’s MOBA goes […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles X Nintendo Direct airs tomorrow, April 24

    A Nintendo Direct devoted entirely to Xenoblade Chronicles X will air this Friday, April 24. The video showcase will start at 11am PDT/2pm EDT/7pm UK. After the showcase, a new Nintendo Treehouse: Live presentation featuring the game will air. This is the second Xenoblace Chronicles X Nintendo Direct, but the first in English. The first […]

  • Blizzard will have 500 game stations set up at gamescom 2015

    Blizzard is heading to gamescom 2015 in August and it will have 500 game stations set up for attendees to get their hands on five of its titles. The developer will be set up in Hall 7 and those who stop by will be able to get hands-on with the latest content for Heroes of […]

  • PS4 price cut to £299 in UK

    Sony has dropped the price of the PS4 in the UK. For a limited time only, you can grab the console for £299.99 from Argos, Game, Tesco and Very. Go to Amazon.co.uk and you’ll get it for £289. You’ve only got until April 28, then it goes back up to £349. Go, go, go. For […]

  • Mad Max: first ever gameplay footage revealed

    Today, we get to finally take our first look at gameplay from Mad Max. Avalanche and Warner Bros. have shown off the first gameplay trailer for Mad Max today. The trailer below offers a look at melee combat, car combat, customisation and much more. Give it a watch below: There are a few new screenshots […]

  • Overlord: Fellowship of Evil has four-player co-op like we figured

    Codemasters has pulled the veil back on the next Overlord game, and its a four-player co-op game called Overlord: Fellowship of Evil. Rhianna Pratchett is back to write the story. The game may be co-op at its core, but it can still be played single-player. Each of the four playable character have strengths and weaknesses, […]

  • Update now available for Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Pokemon X and Y

    Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire along with Pokemon X and Y are being updated by Nintendo to fix a few bugs and in-game text. There’s also the possibility of a few hacks and exploits being fixed. Per Nintendo Life (via Serebii), both patches are 250-270 blocks in size, and it’s a mandatory update which […]

  • Side-scrolling cover shooter Not a Hero gets a demo

    Not a Hero, the upcoming game from OlliOlli developer Roll7, has received a demo. The demo for Not a Hero was made available today on Steam. In the game, you play as Steve, the campaign manager for BunnyLord. A time-travelling rabbit who’s running for mayor of London. Think this is an absurd premise? This trailer […]

  • You have until April 30 to export your Green Day: Rock Band tracks to Rock Band 3

    Harmonix has announced that those looking to export their song collection from Green Day: Rock Band into Rock Band 3 can only do so until the end of the month. April 30 will be the cutoff date for anyone who wants to export tracks from Green Day: Rock Band into their Rock Band 3 library, […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight minimum, recommended, and ultra PC specs revealed

    Batman: Arkham Knight is looking like it’s going to be quite a taxing game. Nvidia has released a list of the minimum, recommended, and ultra PC requirements for Batman: Arkham Knight. Here’s the full thing: Minimum OS: Win 7 SP1, Win 8.1 (64-bit Operating System Required) Processor: Intel Core i5-750, 2.67 GHz | AMD Phenom […]

  • Bloodborne patch 1.03 is live, reduces loading times, fixes suspend/resume bugs, more

    Patch 1.03 is now live for Bloodborne. The patch reduces loading times, adds item descriptions to loading screens, and fixes other various bugs. From Software has pushed update 1.03 live to all Bloodborne owners. As promised, it reduces loading times by approximately 5 to 15 seconds. Another new addition is showing item descriptions instead of […]

  • Battlefield 4: first look at Community Map in action

    Get your first look at the map designed by the community of Battlefield 4. Battlefield 4′s community-designed map is a reality. DICE has recently updated CTE to include an early version of the map. It’s not fully textured as Westie is about to show you, but the layout is nearly finalised. Westie goes over the […]

  • Microsoft apologises for uploading misleading Witcher 3: Wild Hunt footage

    Xbox’s YouTube channel uploaded a video of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt yesterday that was captured from the PC build. The most recent gameplay video for the The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt appeared on the Xbox YouTube channel and showed a quest from the game’s opening section. A few minutes after it had gone live, […]

  • Assassin’s Creed creator’s new game is Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey

    Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is the game Assassin’s Creed creator Patrice Desilets has been working on. Patrice Desilets has just announced that the next game his indie studio Panache Digital Games is making is called Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey. The announcement comes from Desilets’s keynote at the Reboot Develop event in Croatia. The trailer started […]

  • Bloodborne: Cathedral Ward closed door mystery solved

    The mystery of the locked door at the bottom of the Cathedral Ward in Bloodborne has been solved. Bloodborne, like earlier From Software games, is filled with doors that don’t open the first time you try them. Some will give you “locked” messages, others “does not open from this side”. Some of these will open […]

  • Assassin’s Creed creator Patrice Desilets is revealing his next game now [UPDATE: ended]

    Patrice Desilets, one of the original creators of Assassin’s Creed is hosting a presentation where he’s expected to talk about his next project. Patrice Desilets has emerged once again. This time he’s attending development conference in Croatia. Desilets is giving a live keynote and there’s a good chance we’re going to hear about his next […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: everything you need to know about gear upgrades & The Reef

    Bungie revealed plenty of important details in last night’s Destiny stream. Let’s go over everything. Alex wants to make sure you don’t miss any of the information revealed yesterday. Most of it affects all Destiny players too, even those who don’t intend on buying House of Wolves. During the first stream, Bungie explained the armour […]

  • Mod-friendly Galactic Civilizations 3 will leave Steam Early Access in May

    Galactic Civilizations 3 will leave Steam Early Access next month for a full release, Stardok has announced. The developer called the game the “largest and most diverse strategy sandbox to date,” as players have a variety of tools such as diplomatic treaties to resource exchanges, and United Planets resolutions to hundreds of research directions for […]

  • Ys 6: The Ark of Napishtim is out next week on PC – here’s the pre-order trailer

    Ys 6: The Ark of Napishtim will be released next week on PC, and today, we have a pre-order trailer for you. The game will be made available on April 28 for $19.99/€17.99/£13.99 on GOG, the Humble Store and Steam. Along with improvements over the original PSP version, it will contain less backtracking, controller support […]

  • Destiny: House of Wolves – full gear set up to level 34 in PvP and PvE, upgrades, more

    The Destiny: House of Wolves livestream this afternoon was chock full of information. Read onward for our full report. According to Bungie, Petra Venj, who serves the Queen, is the main story agent who leads the player through the main series of quests. Players who complete bounties will be able to level up in her […]

  • Destiny: House of Wolves – watch the livestream right here

    Bungie will host a Destiny: House of Wolves livestream at 2pm EDT today, and you can watch it right here. Watch live video from Bungie on www.twitch.tv The stream will introduce the new social space, The Reef, as well as gear upgrade paths. House of Wolves contains new Strike missions, The Prison of Elders three-player […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team: week of April 22 team includes Barcelona, Chelsea players

    This week’s FIFA 15 Team of the Week is now available for FIFA Ultimate Team players. Each team member, as with previous weeks, is selected base on the previous weekend’s matches. Here’s the list of players now available: Starting GK: Claudio Bravo – FC Barcelona (Spain) CB: Leonardo Bonucci – Juventus (Italy) CB: Ömer Toprak […]

  • Sony’s Spring Fever Sale winds down with Shovel Knight and Call of Duty discounts

    It’s the final week of Sony’s Spring Fever Sale which means more games have been added to the mix. Shovel Knight, which launches today is one offer, and the rest are all Cal of Duty titles. The Taken movie series is on sale as well. With Shovel Knight available today on PlayStation 3, PS4 and […]

  • Drivers for Xbox controllers, voice messages, more features available in Xbox One preview

    Microsoft has announced new features coming to Xbox One and the Xbox App on Windows 10 through the preview program this month. Some of the new features have been requested by the community for both Xbox One and Xbox One SmartGlass. Here’s what to expect, straight from the horse’s mouth: Xbox on Windows 10 Game […]

  • Total War: Warhammer has been announced for PC, Mac, SteamOS

    Total War: Warhammer has been announced after previous teases from The Creative Assembly touched upon it. The game will contain “gigantic monsters, flying creatures, legendary heroes and storms of magical power.” It is also the first in a trilogy which includes two additional standalone titles and extra content packs. It will feature thousands of warriors […]

  • This video for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt features a quest from the prologue

    A new video for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been released, showing off the Precious Cargo quest contained in the game’s prologue. The quest tasks Geralt with helping a merchant retrieve a mysterious box from the swamps. The scene looks familiar, but we’ve seen so many videos for the game it’s hard to tell […]

  • Limited public beta for The Elder Scrolls Online kicks off tomorrow on consoles

    The limited public beta for The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited will launch on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One tomorrow, and Sony has provided details on the tester for those who’ve been invited to participate. The beta test contains the full version of the game and will run from April 23-27, and will start and […]

  • Dying Light debuts in second place on Media Create charts

    Techland’s Dying Light made its debut in Japan lats week, coming in a respectable second place behind Nintendo’s Girls Mode 3: Kirakira Code. The zombie shooter sold 25,530 units on PlayStation 4, while the top earner for the week moved a little over 55,000 units on 3DS. Another western release when landed on the chart, […]

  • Lord of Magna: Maiden Heaven will release in the west this June

    Lord of Magna: Maiden Heaven has been given a release date by XSEED Games, which announced the localization back in February. The title will launch for 3DS in North America on June 2 digitally and through retail. It will be an eShop only title in Europe and Australia when it releases on June 4. A […]

  • This Overlord video teases four new faces of evil

    A new Overlord game is in the works, going by the previous teasing and this video – which teases the possibility of four-payer co-op. Or just four characters to choose from. We don’t know just yet – all we know is the team is asking you to “join the fellowship.” A new entry in the […]

  • GTA movie will star Daniel Radcliffe as Rockstar’s Sam Houser, the BBC confirms

    The GTA movie Game Changer will star Daniel Radcliffe as Rockstar co-founder and president Sam Houser, theBBC has confirmed. The BBC also confirmed Bill Paxton will play Jack Thompson, a role Paxton already confirmed last week when speaking with Deadline. Here’s the synopsis per the BBC: “Conceived for an adult audience, this special 90-minute drama […]

  • Take a look at Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold’s Classic Mode

    Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold’s Classic Mode has received a trailer today. Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold will come with two modes, Classic and Story. Classic Mode was trailered today and in it, you’ll get to make your party by choosing from 13 classes. You’ll be able to customise them too using the character creation tool. Revamped […]

  • Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows to come with new challenge mode

    Shovel Knight’s upcoming expansion Plague of Shadows will bring with it a new challenge mode. Shovel Knight developer Yacht Club Games has revealed the challenge mode, one of the new additions coming to the game with the free Plague of Shadows expansion. “Are you more into digging than distillation? Already have your Feats book long […]

  • Nvidia releases complete graphical guide for GTA 5

    Those with GeForce cards will be happy to know that Nvidia has released a comprehensive graphical tweaks guide for GTA 5. Nvidia usually produces graphical guides for the big AAA games, and GTA 5 is no different. Their guides offer in-depth coverage of each in-game setting, how much they affect framerate, if they can be […]