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Home charges are “schoolboy error,” says Eurogamer

Friday, 12 December 2008 16:38 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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Eurogamer’s impressions of Home have gone live, and they’re less than complimentary. Did you know you have to pay to create a “club” (guild)? We didn’t. Snip:

You can probably forget about Clubs to be honest, since Sony is charging GBP 3.99 for the privilege of forming one. Not only that, but in the future – some time after 31st March 2009, according to the blurb – you’ll be charged a monthly fee to keep your Club running. That’s before you even consider the costs of setting up a club house and furnishing it with cool stuff.

We appreciate that Home is a completely free release, and that Sony needs to make money from it somehow. But charging for social features – especially charging fees on top of one-off payments – is a schoolboy error.

Read the full thing through the link. If you dare.

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27 Comments

  1. Syrok

    /sends a copy of “Economy for Dummies” to Sony

    #1 6 years ago
  2. G1GAHURTZ

    £3.99 TO FORM A CLUB!!!

    WHA…….???

    LOL!!

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Hunam

    I don’t see the point in it all personally. I mean at least in second life you can fuck each other.

    #3 6 years ago
  4. Shatner

    Saying a game is released when it’s not.

    Now that’s a schoolboy error, Eurogamer.

    #4 6 years ago
  5. deftangel

    Microsoft have thrown a lot of money at building Live over the years and Sony more or less didn’t bother starting until after the 360 launched. However, they’re trying to the same core features for free with a virtual world on top.

    Money’s gotta come from somewhere.

    #5 6 years ago
  6. Mad-elph

    What can you say of a Live account is you think 3.99 is a huge sum of money.

    There are clans out there with websites that they have to pay for, so this is likely to be cheaper for them. I mean thats likely their rational.

    It sucks that you have to pay, but its not like we are forced to do it. So how does this contravene basic economics, its simple supply/demand and allows for free mobility of wealth, the liberal economy at its best.

    Some people pay thousands of dollars to have their cel phones gold plated, so what is a few pounds.

    #6 6 years ago
  7. SplatteredHouse

    Please enjoy our arcade games, found in the Bowling Alley…once you’ve QUEUED for the privilege? 0_o
    That’s what seems most ridiculous to me. There is line heckling that goes on in there, at times, also. Wow.

    It all sounds far too user-unfriendly to me, as if they’ve only had their business hats on while developing and designing, and the consumer experience simply requires players to be there to experience the focus.

    #7 6 years ago
  8. Michael O'Connor

    “What can you say of a Live account is you think 3.99 is a huge sum of money.”

    More reliable servers and a larger community of online gamers.

    “It sucks that you have to pay, but its not like we are forced to do it.”
    ^ This.

    Stupid move on Sony’s part, but then, so is region locking public public spaces so you can’t actually interact with people you know in them unless they’re from the same continent as you. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather play the pool and bowling with some people I *know* than a complete stranger.

    THAT is a schoolboy mistake.

    Talk about Sony missing the point.

    Mind you, watching 10 guys crowd around a female avatar (who is likely a guy) and whoring after “her” is more than a little disturbing. I feel sorry for any real women who actually log onto the thing.

    #8 6 years ago
  9. Mad-elph

    What would to say of the service if you were on there and because of the proximity of other people could not speak with you “friend”. By this I mean, imagine having a nice convo with your mate, but then a person speaking Japanese, Arabic, Russian, German etc etc comes near you and all you can hear is sound you don’t understand… so region locking isn’t too bad an idea as well all hate getting into a game of CoD and having people yelling in different languages.

    #9 6 years ago
  10. Syrok

    Oh noes, they speaking moon language!

    What I think is quiet nice is that the pre-made replies are directly translated into your language.

    #10 6 years ago
  11. Ratso

    Logging into Home reminds me of visiting a poorly relative in a mental health ward – a slightly sinister, sterile environment with happy pictures on the walls and full of twitching, shuffling, babbling people.

    #11 6 years ago
  12. Mad-elph

    Do we have number of how many people are on Live and PSN. I know there was some hoopla a few weeks ago when they announced PSN accounts, and it included people’s multiple accounts but surely not everyone pays for Live, I certainly know a few who don’t.

    Also do we have hard independent data on stability of networks and their robustness?

    I haven’t had any problems with the PSN except from my own end… just saying…

    #12 6 years ago
  13. mightyhokie

    MS releases the NXE and it is a total success (at least very very few hiccups). The navigation is a thousand times better, the Netflix element is AWESOME (although they need to quicken the pace for scanning movies so we have more and better options)…and sorry Europeans about you guys not having it…and I have used many, many more areas that I didn’t in the old blade system. I’ve found the avatars cute and fun. Basically, it is a incredible upgrade from what they had before. Still, it was free and they didn’t have to do it.

    Sony, they give us this….

    …they should just scrap the PS3 and start on the next one and try and beat MS to the punch in the next generation. It is really almost like they don’t give a damn.
    “We are Sony, you must buy our stuff if you want to play games”. Those days are over.

    #13 6 years ago
  14. Gekidami

    Ofcourse NXE works better, its mostly just upgrades to what was already there; “Oh look, i painted my wall red, it looks way better then that guys, whose building it brick by brick.”

    Quit being retarded fanboys, the PS3 dosnt boot into Home so you dont have to use it.

    #14 6 years ago
  15. Mad-elph

    mightyhokie,
    you are a completely deluded Xbot, not only does NXE and Home not directly compete, but Home isn’t a failure, it had just as many hiccups as NXE’s release, it just didn’t brick as many consoles.

    XMB is far far more intuitive design than either the blades or NXE, and it didn’t steal a Mac interface. XMB won many design awards and deservedly so.

    Home is… interesting… I was in the beta and it was fun, I mean I got to talk to some people I would not have. I can easily jump into a game with people I meet there. It’s a good starting point to get back into the game, but they should not “scrap the PS3″ because if they did, you wouldn’t have as many games on your lame system (multiplat sells more games).

    the irony of that last statement hurts so much, i mean proprietary HDD, paying for online service… and Home is a free service!

    #15 6 years ago
  16. David

    FANBOY ALERT

    Hands a gun to both of you.

    Closes room…………….BANG

    YAY

    Is home good ? that’s down to the person some see it as pointless others see it as a breath of fresh air.

    Is NXE crap ? some see it as crap others see it as a step in the right direction for Xbox live.

    These company’s only care about numbers if home is pulling in the numbers then they don’t care if Hardcore gamer Joe thinks its pointless.

    I think home should just replace the dashboard completely and when you load the PS3 up you appear in your apartment.

    #16 6 years ago
  17. morriss

    I actually think it’s ok and by that I mean well put together. The arcade games are a great idea although being able to watch a friend play and talk to them whilst they were doing it would be a great idea, I think – just like back in the day.

    However, I still don’t know what it’s for and I can’t see it’s something I’ll use often.

    #17 6 years ago
  18. dQuarters

    Are you kidding me? People are going to cry about this now? Microsoft is trying to charge me the same amount of money for a few pictures on my NXE, and I ain’t heard a peep about that ridiculousness.

    Home was free to start. Count yourself lucky. I mean, I wouldn’t pay for it either (as I don’t pay for NXE themes), but I don’t think it comes close to what Microsoft gets away with WHINER FREE.

    PS. I don’t own a PS3. Just a 360 … SILVER account.

    #18 6 years ago
  19. Michael O'Connor

    “What would to say of the service if you were on there and because of the proximity of other people could not speak with you “friend”. I mean, imagine having a nice convo with your mate, but then a person speaking Japanese, Arabic, Russian, German etc etc comes near you and all you can hear is sound you don’t understand…”

    I live in Europe Our “Home” has people speaking a dozen different languages.

    “By this so region locking isn’t too bad an idea as we’ll all hate getting into a game of CoD and having people yelling in different languages.”

    Thats a little xenophobic isn’t it? But that doesn’t even count; the game launching require you to invite the people, so it wont be random strangers.

    I’ve no problem with paying 75c to redecorate my “Home”, its a better expensive than buying cigarettes, and all the conntent up there right costs less than a single packet… and it’ll last longer. It was also a smart move that you only need to buy the object once, but can place as many of them as you in your home.

    Heck, I think the bowling alley is great; its the most actively social area; its clear Home’s future lies in offering this kind of social entertainment, and I’ll commend Sony for getting *that* right.

    What I *don’t* like is stupid moves like forcing people to pay for horrible restrictive clubs, RESTRICTIONS THAT DON’T ALLOW YOU TO PLAY SOCIAL GAME WITH FOREIGN FRIENDS (whoever thought this was a good idea was an idiot) and… ironically… the general community; I’m tired already of the hordes of hormonally repressed kids clamouring around female avatars. It’s a bit sad, really.

    Home has potential. I just home they’re not gonna squash with archaic approaches to things.

    #19 6 years ago
  20. ecu

    Home is great. It’s free, and if nothing else it’s a good experiment. Won’t be using it much myself, but I’m glad that they’re trying these things.

    #20 6 years ago
  21. Esha

    @Mad-elph

    There’s one thing I’d like to touch upon that you covered there, because I agree.

    I’d rather see micro-transactions in Home than have to pay for the service. I don’t pay for Live, because like with my PC, I bought the machine and I shouldn’t have to lease it out beyond that. Live makes me feel like I’m renting my XBox 360 instead of actually owning it, it’s a monthly and rather unnecessary debt. And therefore one that I choose to ignore.

    Some will argue that it makes for better servers, but that’s a huge, steaming crock of shit. If that were the case then PC games would’ve had server subscriptions tied to them since the PC could go online. I mean … buying Left4Dead on the XBox 360 is for rubes, because you have to pay a monthly fee to even play it with other people. Buying it via Steam for the PC means you pay once (for the game itself, of course), and that’s it.

    If they’re so worried about servers, then it wouldn’t be hard at all to institute a similar solution to the PC, to allow people to host their own servers from the console, or even to release dedicated Windows/Linux servers for console games. There are always other solutions, better solutions. But Microsoft has always epitomised greed to my mind, so this isn’t surprising.

    So I agree with you, it’s stunning that people complain about micro-transactions in Home (which are completely pointless to anyone except for idiots with money to burn, which is some money going to Sony at least), when the alternative is obviously so, so much worse.

    @Gigz

    Remember what I said before? I said that I couldn’t take you seriously because you tend to abuse caps-lock and punctuation to an unbearable degree, it’s like verbal littering and I doubt you’ll ever stop, to be honest.

    #21 6 years ago
  22. G1GAHURTZ

    WHAT TEH FLIP u r TALkING ABOUT EEEEEESHA!?!?!??!!??!!??!?

    U R SOOOOOOOOOO WRONG!!!!!!111ONE

    ROFLCOPTER!!!!!!!!!!

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    #22 6 years ago
  23. David

    @Esha Horse for courses I’ve never felt like I’ve rented a 360 and as for live subscriptions well thats up to you if you don’t want to pay. But considering there are hundreds of different places that you can get gold subs. I got one awhile back for £27 thats £2.25 a month hardly breaking the bank.

    Horses for courses though I don’t mind paying when its something I actually enjoy using.

    Which is why I think the club feature of home will know doubt pull in a fair few people as well as the mini transactions.

    #23 6 years ago
  24. G1GAHURTZ

    It’s a load of rubbish!

    I’ve paid for around 3 years of a Gold account and since then I’ve played hours and hours and hours of AAA titles like GRAW, TDU, R6 Vegas, FIFA 08/09, Halo 3, PGR3, The Orange Box, COD2, COD4, Gears, Gears 2, etc, etc, etc online with and without my clan, and had some absolutely AMAZING gaming experiences.

    Apart from well publicised occasions, the service has been practically flawless in terms of both speed of acquiring and quality of connections.

    I see no problem whatsoever in paying for something that works this well, while PSN both struggles with the simple things that LIVE was doing a long time ago and also struggles with the other things that it has, such as Home.

    There are basic things that you can do in LIVE such as accept an invite for a game that you’re not playing that can’t be done in PSN. In fact, I keep reading about games that crash on the PS3 whenever someone on your friends list signs in!

    Now to top it all off, when Sony try and get you to pay £4 to start a ‘club’ and 59p for a rubber duckie, people start trying to defend it by spouting some gibberish like “oh, well the money’s helping $ony…”

    Sorry, but it’s the likes of these people who are the absolute hypocrites.

    All Sony has done is make a massive fun-fair, which anyone can walk around in, but none of the rides are free.

    It’s a giant marketing tool that is designed for no reason other than to maximise the profits that Hirai was talking about not so long ago.

    Anyone who thinks otherwise is utterly naive.

    #24 6 years ago
  25. Gekidami

    quit being a jackass G1GA, maybe one day you’ll actual play a PS3 and know what you’re talking about.

    #25 6 years ago
  26. G1GAHURTZ

    Yeah, great one!

    On PS3, I’ve played:

    Tiger Woods
    Resistance
    Motor Storm (on numerous occasions)
    That rubber duckie in the water SIXXAXIS thingy

    and probably some other stuff that I can’t remember at the moment.

    I had a PS3 sitting behind me on my desk at work for at least a few months and I used to play it from time to time.

    I don’t see what all the fuss is about really…

    #26 6 years ago
  27. Gekidami

    You played 3 launch titles… Your an expert *sarcasm*

    #27 6 years ago

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  • Halo: New Blood novel launching digitally in March

    A new Halo novel will explore the backstory of Gunnery Sergeant Edward Buck. Halo: New Blood is a digital-first short novel launching on March 2. The 60,000 word novel was penned by Matt Forbeck, an award-winning author of many licensed fantasy and sci-fi publications. It’s an all-new story, but fans of Halo 3: ODST will […]

  • Destiny players purchased 1.1 million Ice Breakers last week

    Destiny players know what’s hot, and Exotic sniper rifle Ice Breaker is definitely warm. Destiny vendor Xur offered Ice Breaker for sale last weekend, much to the delight of everyone yet to find this terrific bit of gear. According to the latest Bungle Weekly Update, Xur sold 1,143,320 Ice Breakers. He left the tower with […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition nets GLAAD special recognition award

    Dragon Age: Inquisition has been honoured for its diverse representation by LGBT advocacy body GLAAD. Dragon Age: Inquisition will receive a special recognition award for “the many complex and unique LGBT characters prominently integrated throughout the game”. GLAAD doesn’t normally honour video games (maybe one day, if we ever have enough that deserve it), but […]

  • The Order: 1886 AR game is full of puzzles

    The Order: 1886 has spawned a new promotional website with lots of info to ferret out. Called The Order Exposed, the new site pertains to be the blog of a missing researcher, who had been hoping to uncover the secrets of the alternate history. This on its own is quite interesting but it’s also full […]

  • Grow Home is the next game to follow Child of Light, Valiant Hearts

    Ubisoft has announced another small passion project in the wake of the success of recent releases. Child of Light, Valiant Hearts: The Great War and Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon are all the products of a new initiative at Ubisoft where the publisher lets key developers rest after big triple-A projects by working on something […]

  • What mysterious reveal is Xbox teasing for May 4?

    Xbox is teasing something we’ll be waiting quite a while to learn more about. Xbox community manager Raj Patel tweeted the following earlier today: Hmm… pic.twitter.com/4wBGu6xsDc — Raj Patel (@Rajio) January 22, 2015 NeoGAF users spotted the morse code in the background of the image, which translates as follows: “Presented by Xbox, 10am PDT, 1pm […]

  • 2011 PSN hack class action settlement claim forms available

    PlayStation Network members affected by the 2011 hack and downtime can now claim part of a $15 million settlement. The PSN was down for months on end in 2011 following a major hack, which resulted in user details being compromised. Sony apologised and provided free games as compensation, but unhappy gamers banded together in a […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 has a true open world

    Final Fantasy 15 doesn’t just have “open world gameplay”, it has a true open world – one continuous stretch of environment. “The world is connected by continuous land,” director Hajime Tabata told Gamespot. “If those areas were disconnected, it would feel distant from reality. You’ll find that you’ll be able to walk or drive or […]

  • Suikoden, Suikoden 2 EU PSN release date locked down

    Suikoden and its first sequel will be available via the European PlayStation Network soon. Suikoden publisher Konami has confirmed a February 4 release date for the two RPG classics. CONFIRMED! #Suikoden I & II EU #PSN release date is FEB 4TH! http://t.co/ObOIvZDJAK pic.twitter.com/aM760R2Gez — Konami UK (@KonamiUK) January 22, 2015 It’s been a long wait […]

  • Dying Light physical release set for February 20, says Gamestop Italy

    Dying Light’s physical release has been delayed, but at least one European retailer thinks it knows what’s going on. Dying Light’s physical release date is February 20, according to Gamestop Italy. According to Tmag (Italian, via Google Translate), there’s been no response from local representatives of publisher Warner Bros. Although the digital release will take […]

  • Free online multiplayer update now available for Trials Fusion

    Online multiplayer is now available as a free update to Trials Fusion. The online component includes three new four to eight player multiplayer modes on PC, PS4 and Xbox One and up to four players on Xbox 360. These are the three new gameplay modes included with the update can be found through a previous […]

  • This video for indie survival horror Monstrum features all in-game footage

    Monstrum launches on Steam Early Access January 29 and today, you can have a look at a video for it featuring all in-game footage. Developed by Team Junkfish the survival horror game set on a derelict cargo ship which combines roguelike elements, such as procedurally generated levels and permadeath thanks to AI driven predators. Monstrum […]

  • Here’s quick look at Dead Rising: Watchtower starring Rob Riggle

    A short look at the film adaptation of Dead Rising has surfaced. Transformers director Lorenzo di Bonaventura headed the project and it was directed by Zach Lipovsky. It stars comedy actor Rob Riggle as Frank West, along with Academy Awards nominated actress Virginia Madsen (Candyman, Sideways), Dennis Haysbert (24), Meghan Ory (Once Upon a Time), and […]

  • A Kickstarter for Underworld Ascendant will launch next month

    OtherSide Entertainment, an independent games studio fronted by Paul Neurath, has announced it’s developing Underworld Ascendant. Neurath is the founder and CEO of the new studio ad his resume includes franchises such as Thief, System Shock and 1992′s Underworld Underworld. The studio hopes Underworld Ascendant will “innovate and revitalize” the fantasy genre. More details will […]

  • APB Reloaded heading to PS4 and Xbox One during Q2 2015

    APB Reloaded will indeed be heading to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One during late Q2 this year, which puts its release sometime around the end of June. Reloaded Productions announced in September 2014 it was working on bringing the free-to-play PC title to consoles during the Digital Media Wire event in New York City. The […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 2 -The Lost Lords arrives in February – video

    Release dates for Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series have been announced. A new video offering a “first look” has also appeared. Below is the story synopsis, which you may want to skip if you haven’t played Episode One. House Forrester is in disarray. Their liege lord and his heir are dead, and Ironrath […]

  • The open beta for Nosgoth has gone live

    Consider this a friendly reminder: the Nosgoth open beta has started. Announced last week, the open beta can be accessed through the official website. Once you link your Steam account, just log into the service and start downloading the client. Everyone that plays the tester will receive double XP through January 28. More information is […]

  • First gameplay footage of Homeworld Remastered Collection being shown this weekend

    Homeworld Remastered Collection news and the first gameplay footage of Gearbox Software’s remake will be revealed at PAX South this weekend. The news and video will be shown during the Inside Gearbox Software panel at 10.30am CST on Sunday. It will also be streamed on Twitch. Gearbox is hoping to have Homeworld Remastered released by […]

  • Latest Final Fantasy Type-0 HD video delves more into combat

    Square Enix has released its latest Orience News video for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, and it provides insight into character combat styles and techniques. In the video you will see the elite combat force of Class Zero going deeper into battle to improve their skills. Combat is party-based and each of the three characters in […]

  • Something really cool happens when you finish Resident Evil HD *spoiler*

    Those who finish Resident Evil HD will be met with a really nice surprise at the end. If you wish to find out what it is on your own, DO NOT head below the break. You have been warned. According to images posted by Reddit user omeganemesis28, a thank you message from Resident Evil creator […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain release date “should be” announced soon

    A release date for Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain “should be able” to be announced soon, according to the latest Kojima Station webcast. New information on the game will also be announced at the Taipei Game Show on January 31, per Game Spark (thanks, Gemtasu). “I know you’ve all been eagerly await for […]

  • Punch-Out!!, more Throwback offerings arrive on Nintendo US eShop

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Punch-Out!!, Citizens of Earth and Part Two of the Throwback Sale. Here’s the entire update: Nintendo eShop releases Punch-Out!! (originally for Wii) – also 50% off until January 29 Citizens of Earth – introductory price of $11.99 until January 27 Breezeblox (Wii) Midnight (Wii […]

  • The Witcher Battle Arena has arrived on the App Store and Google Play

    The Witcher Battle Arena, CD Projekt RED and Fuero Games’ mobile MOBA, has been released. In Battle Arena, two three-hero teams fight it out as they try to capture and hold conquest points. The game features “no pay-to-win elements”, instead it contains a “player-friendly monetization system.” Every item and functionality can be unlocked entirely through […]

  • Second wave of Star Wars titles arrive on GOG, third wave next week

    The second wave of Star Wars titles will arrive on GOG.com today with more coming January 27. Today you can pick up the following: Star Wars: Rogue Squadron 3D (digital distribution premiere) Star Wars Rebellion (digital distribution premiere) Star Wars Empire at War: Gold Pack On January 27, the final three games of this wave […]

  • If Microsoft is serious about PC games, Xbox One should be the real Steam Machine

    Forget the magic space goggles. Maybe Valve doesn’t have the wherewithal to realise PC gaming’s TV dream, but Microsoft holds all the keys. If Microsoft really wants to get into PC gaming full-time, it needs to get around the table with Mr Newell and its platinum chequebook. “It’s time for us to talk about gaming […]

  • Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 releases on Steam next week

    Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 will be released on Steam for PC next week. The PC version of the was announced earlier this month and contains upgraded graphics, runs in 1080p, and has both Japanese and English audio. It will release on January 28 for $14.99. Fairy Fencer F and Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2 also coming […]

  • Take a look at the controls and special abilities in The Order: 1886

    The Order: 1886 has a new trailer available that highlights the game’s controls and reveals the two special abilities the main protagonist has at his disposal. The game uses a similar control scheme to other shooters, but just in case you wanted to see more gameplay, we’ve got just the thing. The most interesting parts […]

  • These elderly people are better at GTA 5 than you’d expect

    Do old people get video games? Namely something known for its violence like GTA? Well, you’re about to find out. The latest REACT production sits a few elderly men and women in a room and lets them play GTA 5. The results are not what you’d expect, they start off getting a feel for the […]

  • More major Microsoft titles will be coming to PC

    Microsoft will bring more of its franchises to PC. Following on from yesterday’s big Windows stream, Microsoft has released a full recap on Xbox Wire. In the blog post, the firm hid a small bit of news revealing that Fable Legends will not be the only title to come to PC. “Today we announced that […]

  • Someone is attempting to recreate Dark Souls’ Lordran in Minecraft

    Lordran, the land of the ancient lords will soon be explorable in Minecraft thanks to a passionate modder. Davweed is a talented modder attempting to recreate the entire world of Lordran in Minecraft. Lordran is the land where the entire Dark Souls game is set. The goal is to make it a 1:1 scale of […]

  • Elite: Dangerous is getting Community Goals with update 1.1 – all the details

    Patch 1.1 is Elite: Dangerous’ first major update. Developer Frontier has detailed Community Goals, the big change coming with the patch, and more. We were told last week that big additions are coming with patch 1.1, due in February. Today, we learn in more detail what those features are. Namely, what the developer is calling […]

  • Sunset Overdrive, Skyrim and Dead Rising 3 highlight this week’s Deals with Gold

    A new week, a new set of deals for Xbox Live Gold subscribers and we’ve got the full list. Major Nelson posted the deals which are live now and run through Monday, January 26. Highlights include Sunset Overdrive, Dead Rising 3, Skyrim, Final Fantasy 13-2 and more. Check the full list below. Xbox One Dead […]

  • Survarium: 10,000 FREE Premium account keys to give away

    We have 10,000 codes to give away for MMOFPS Survarium, granting the player a Premium account for 24 hours along with 5,000 Silver coins. Each key gives the player a Premium account for 24 hours along with 5,000 Silver in-game currency. A Premium account gives you 50 percent more experience, income and reputation for 24 […]

  • “I don’t like people thinking we’re doing underhanded, dirty shit,” says Evolve dev

    Despite what it looks like, Evolve developers did not intend to give out the wrong signals when it comes to the game’s DLC plan. Evolve creative director Phil Robb spoke to Destructoid in an interview that was conducted late last year about the studio’s approach to DLC, map packs and more. Robb’s idea is that […]

  • Clock Tower spiritual successor Night Cry gets first screens

    Night Cry is coming along nicely and today we get our first look at it. Ever since the announcement of Project Scissors (at the time) last September, and then the name change to Night Cry, we’ve been waiting to see what the game looks like, especially since it’s developed with mobile platforms in mind. Today, […]

  • Tekken X Street Fighter is still happening, 40 people working on it

    Tekken X Street Fighter is definitely not vaporware. A team of 40 developers is currently working on it, according to director Katushiro Harada. Harada was interviewed by Polygon. In the interview, he touched on many topics, one of which is the status of the seemingly-never-coming-out Tekken X Street Fighter. “It’s very difficult to talk about,” […]

  • From Game of Thrones to Borderlands: all of Telltale’s adventure games rated

    Telltale Games has an impressive back catalogue of licensed adventure games to its name, and we have opinions about all of them. Note that this rundown doesn’t include bundles, the non-adventure games or games published by Telltale but created by other developers. It’s also got a fair bit of speculation in it, since at least […]

  • There is probably a new Battletoads game coming

    If you’ve watched last night’s Windows presentation you knew you recognised that logo on Phil Spencer’s t-shirt. Wearing a t-shirt with a logo of an upcoming game is an antic we’ve come to expect from Xbox boss Phil Spencer now. Based on that, we wouldn’t be alone in predicting that a new Battletoads game is […]

  • Here’s a short, 60fps trailer for DmC: Definitive Edition

    DmC: Definitive Edition has a new video available that shows the game running at 60 frames-per-second. Capcom has put out a short new trailer for the Definitive Edition of DmC: Devil May Cry that takes a look at different stages and boss fights. The video begs to watched in 1080p60 quality, if your connection can […]

  • Xbox One to PC streaming targeting 1080p, 60fps

    Microsoft has revealed that it’s looking to achieve 1080p resolution at 60 frames-per-second when the Xbox One game streaming launches later this year. The question of what final resolution and framerate Xbox One game streaming will operate at was on a lot of people’s minds when the demo was shown. Thankfully, Microsoft’s Mike Ybarra has […]

  • Microsoft is looking at offering PC to Xbox streaming

    Having announced Xbox One to PC streaming as part of its Windows event last night, Microsoft said that making the process a two-way street is on the cards. Microsoft’s Phil Spencer sat down to do a group interview following the Windows event and talked a little bit about the firm’s plans for streaming, including a […]

  • Watch John Romero play Doom

    John Romero made DOOM, and now you can watch him play it, dropping many a delightful gem of insight regarding one of the most important shooters of all time. This video was organised by Double Fine as part of its Devs Play series, a thing I only just discovered and now want to marathon all […]

  • World of Speed has gotten fairly pretty over the past year

    World of Speed has produced a new trailer, showing off the racing MMO’s progress over the past year. Announced one year ago, World of Speed is looking pretty damn shiny now. Check it out in this trailer, which introduces the Mountain Spiral Road location and teases several yet to be revealed. World of Speed comes […]

  • Minecraft user data leaked in plain text – change your passwords

    Minecraft users should change their passwords and those of any accounts using the same log-in details. Minecraft’s user data servers have apparently been compromised, with user names and passwords leaked online in plain text. 1,800 Mojang accounts were affected. The news comes via German source Heise and The Guardian and has been treated quite seriously […]

  • Resident Evil: The Final Chapter will commence filming in August

    The sixth Resident Evil movie is back on track. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter will begin filming in August, having been delayed to accomodate star Milla Jovovich’s pregnancy. In a Facebook post, Jovovich said she’s currently being very mindful of gaining enough weight to ensure a healthy birth for her second child, without the risk […]

  • Nintendo bosses “do not really understand modern gaming”, says former executive

    Former Nintendo executive Dan Adelman has provided frank insight into the Japanese platform holder’s inner workings. Adelman, who was one of Nintendo’s most important developer liaisons, left in August 2014. One of the first things he did was say that Nintendo had issued a gag order on his social media use, and shortly thereafter called […]

  • Sony’s 10% apology discount doesn’t apply to pre-orders

    Sony has updated the terms and conditions of its apology discount to exclude pre-orders. PSN members have been offered a 10% discount voucher as an apology for downtime over the holidays due to DDoS attacks. In an update to the PlayStation Blog announcement post, Sony clarified that you can’t use this for pre-orders. So. That […]

  • 343 to beta test Halo: The Master Chief Collection matchmaking fix

    Halo: The Master Chief Collection is still broken, believe it or not. The next Halo: The Master Chief Collection update is, like most of the others so far, designed to resolve the shooter collection’s ongoing matchmaking woes. 343 Industries is determined to get it right, apparently, as it’s gone so far as to elect to […]

  • Here’s the release schedule for Star Citizen’s story and first-person modules

    Star Citizen lead Chris Roberts has shared release windows for several modules of the space simulation sandbox. Star Citizen was the focus of a BAFTA Masterclass presentation yesterday, during which Roberts outlined the game’s current development milestone goals. Polygon captured the details. The first person shooter, planetside and social elements on the game are expected […]

  • Destiny: Crota’s End Hard Mode has already been beaten

    Destiny’s toughest challenge got extra tough today, but a troop of willing Guardians stepped up to the line of duty. Destiny developer Bungie has verified the identities of the first Guardians to beat hard mode for the Crota’s End raid, which launched earlier today. Bungie User Research has confirmed the World First finishers for the […]

  • All maps and modes for Battlefield Hardline detailed

    A third map and mode has been announced for Battlefield Hardline which means all modes and maps have been revealed. The new mode is Crosshair, a second competitive mode in which a former criminal “turned state’s witness” is on the run. His former buddies, who are criminals, are trying to kill him and the cops […]

  • Alien: Isolation has sold over 1 million copies

    Alien: Isolation has sold over 1 million copies, Creative Assembly and SEGA announced today, and probably in joyous fashion, although PR mails never denote the writer’s mood. The quote included from creative lead, Alistair Hope does sound as though he is super pleased with the milestone. “It has been fantastic to watch the reviews come […]

  • Fable Legends launching on PC alongside Xbox One with cross-platform play

    Fable Legends was announced for PC today during Microsoft’s Windows 10 event, along with the news it would contain cross-platform play with Xbox One. The game will allow you to play with up to four of your friends online across both platforms. A video from the team at Lionhead, which goes into more detail, was […]