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Lesbian banned from Live after admitting sexual preference

Wednesday, 25 February 2009 21:40 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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A woman has apparently been banned from Xbox Live for stating the fact she was a lesbian in her profile.

An email from “Teresa” has been posted on Consumerist:

I just recently saw a thing on your site about someones gamer tag being banned because it had the word gay in the tag.

I had a similar incident, only my account was suspended because I had said in my profile that I was a lesbian. I was harassed by several players, ‘chased’ to different maps/games to get away from their harassment. They followed me into the games and told all the other players to turn me in because they didn’t want to see that crap or their kids to see that crap.

As if xbox live is really appropriate for kids anyways! My account was suspended and xbox live did nothing to solve this, but instead said others found it offensive.

Today I received a message from another gamer calling me a fag. I am a lesbian, so they aren’t too smart if they cant get their anti-gay slurs right.

Microsoft does nothing to stop this or prevent it, but instead sides with the homophobes. No one will help me get the word out about Microsoft’s anti-gay policy. Not even the HRC who says Microsoft has a positive image with them. Not to me it doesn’t!

Seriously, Microsoft. That is awesome.

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35 Comments

  1. Gekidami

    Pat: Helping to ‘get the word out’. Then saying MS are awesome.

    #1 6 years ago
  2. Patrick Garratt

    I was being sarcastic. I find the fact MS bans people for “upsetting” people by saying they’re gay abhorrent.

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Trivi4l

    This is really sad and I take it offensively even though I’m straight. It seems our human rights are being taken away everyday.

    #3 6 years ago
  4. Psychotext

    How could anyone misunderstand what you were saying there? :)

    #4 6 years ago
  5. Psychotext

    Bah… post was referring to what Pat said.

    #5 6 years ago
  6. mykem

    My advice for her is to abadon xbox live and get rid of her 360 and instead get a PS3 and move on to PSN. And do you really need to divulge your sexual preference because the last time I check, being a lesbian doesn’t make you a better or a worse gamer. I am totally against hiding in the closet but when it becomes irrelevant enough that you don’t need to set yourself up for any homophobic reaction, take the easy route. While I’m not implying things are honkey doree at PSN, at least you’re not forking out money to be insulted and of course PSN has a older more mature crowd. Live is the breeding ground for right wing christian dogma. Why? The simplest answer is Halo 3 and Gears of War- the building block for religious fanatics. Killzone 2 on the other hand is our training tool to finally get rid of God and Religion.

    #6 6 years ago
  7. Gekidami

    I knew he was being sarcastic Psycho, i was just winding him up.

    #7 6 years ago
  8. DaMan

    what the fuck, this is weird.

    #8 6 years ago
  9. Psychotext

    mykem…

    O_o

    #9 6 years ago
  10. Gekidami

    I like this part in the article:

    “…even one case of a guy whose name was actually “Richard Gaywood” but his tag was suspended anyway because apparently the word “gay” is so offensive that it doesn’t matter if its actually your name. ”

    Why didnt you report that news, eh Pat?

    #10 6 years ago
  11. Psychotext

    That one was ages ago. If I recall correctly it happened automatically when they added to the banned word list.

    #11 6 years ago
  12. dirigiblebill

    Jesus, Gekidami, give it a break. Pat isn’t the Eye of Sauron, he can’t report on the entire bloody universe.

    Are there any stories of heterosexual people having their accounts suspended because they’ve put “I am straight” or similar on their profiles?

    #12 6 years ago
  13. loki

    Xbox Live it is not place to say what you gay, lesbian, love suck cock, prefer anal sex, love fucking with monkey
    Serious Xbox Live it is game service, there play not only adult

    #13 6 years ago
  14. Vagrant

    I’m finding it very difficult right now to resist the urge to create an account named thuperlumberjack on Live.

    #14 6 years ago
  15. Roybott

    Stephen Toulouse (XBL Banhammer guy) tweeted about this on twitter earlier:

    “re: the consumerist story. Expression of any sexual orientation (straight or gay or otherswise) is not allowed in gamertags (cont)”
    “However we’ve heard from the user base they want that capability, so I am examining how we can provide it in a way that wont get misused”
    “I can’t say any more at the moment, except to say I’m working right now in finding a way to safely express relationship preference.”

    http://twitter.com/Stepto/status/1250237116

    #15 6 years ago
  16. ecu

    Typical Microsoft tbh.

    #16 6 years ago
  17. Syrok

    Pat isn’t the Eye of Sauron, he can’t report on the entire bloody universe.

    :D

    Great now I have a mental image of a small house somewhere in the UK with a big red eye hovering above it.

    On topic: I shall write something like that in the about me section on my PS3 to see what happens. :)

    #17 6 years ago
  18. SERAPHEMZ

    I don’t really care what a persons sexual preference is, and I don’t thinks that its cool to harass someone who lives an “alternative” lifestyle if you will. At the same time, use your brain and know that if you put something like that on your GAMER profile it will get a reaction. Go make a political statement where it belongs.

    #18 6 years ago
  19. ShiroGamer

    thanks MS for making gaming much much more about Social Life and having fun ,than competition

    on a side note WHY THE FUCK should we care about u or anybody`s really SEXUAL Preference !
    +being lesbian actually will attract ppl 2….u know :P

    #19 6 years ago
  20. Gamoc

    Gamer Tag? More like GAYmer tag, amirite?

    Seriously though. Holy shit, MS, holy fucking shit. This offends me. I’m bisexual, not gay, but this still offends me, it’s just stupid.

    There isn’t really much point to putting your sexual preference there anyway, but it doesn’t mean they should be banned. Plus, TV programs show gay people all the time, yet Coronation Street hasn’t been banned from TV.

    #20 6 years ago
  21. Roybott

    @Gamoc “Plus, TV programs show gay people all the time, yet Coronation Street hasn’t been banned from TV”

    That’s totally missing the point if you ask me, Microsoft have a blanket ban on the word gay in gamertags to prevent people using it in an offensive way (and lets face it with the amount of childish people on the internet in general some people would use it to try to offend other people). Unfortunately this means that people who use it properly to express their own sexual nature also get banned/can’t use it. This is not Microsoft banning Gay people or banning the reference to Gay people in games or anything like that, this is just Microsoft attempting to offend less people by banning the word than the number of people who would be offended if the word wasn’t band (and was then used inappropriately by some people).

    #21 6 years ago
  22. Gamoc

    She had ‘lesbian’ in her profile, not ‘gay’, and she was banned because people complained about her using the word ‘lesbian’ because they found it offensive.

    #22 6 years ago
  23. Hunam

    Am I in San Francisco again?

    #23 6 years ago
  24. Roybott

    Ok sorry, replace the word gay in my comment above with the word lesbian and it still stands. I’m not saying that banning is the right way to go about handling this, but then it appears neither do Microsoft if you have seen Stephen Toulouse’s comment they are currently working on a way to allow people to express their sexual orientation without opening it up to abuse.

    The fact is your comment comparing it to not banning Coronation Street is absurd sensationalism.

    #24 6 years ago
  25. Gamoc

    No, it’s not, it’s simply that she was stopped from expressing her sexual orientation and BANNED because of doing so, whereas there are definitely gay people on TV, yet the programs aren’t banned, the programs aren’t banned from having gay people on them, etc.

    I honestly have no idea why anyone should make excuses, she stated her sexual preference and Microsoft banned her because of it. They should have INSTANTLY unbanned her when she complained, but didn’t. Pathetic.

    #25 6 years ago
  26. Roybott

    I agree they should have unbanned her after reviewing the case (that is pending what the actual gamertag was as I couldn’t see it anywhere), but there is a major difference between scripted programs on TV and user entered text on the internet.

    From what I see Microsoft did NOT ban her for being a lesbian, they appear to have banned her for the use of the word Lesbian in her gamertag. I say ‘appear’ becuase unless Microsoft releases a statement expressing the exact reason for the ban we can only speculate.

    #26 6 years ago
  27. MasterChiefFenix

    LIVE is not for women and children anyways. lol.

    #27 6 years ago
  28. Gamoc

    She was banned because people complained about her saying she was a lesbian in a profile – apparently, they found it offensive.

    #28 6 years ago
  29. Vagrant

    It’s also worth mentioning that the gamertag isn’t the same as the profile. She didn’t have lesbian in her gamertag, did she?

    In her profile, it was only there for people who viewed her profile, and she wasn’t forcing these offended people to view her profile all the time, they did that of their own volition. So I can’t see how an immediate ban in reaction to this is at all fair.

    #29 6 years ago
  30. Prof Power Glove

    It’s a profile for pete’s sake. So if people want to define themselves by their sexuality in it then they should be allowed too.

    Maybe Atheists will be next on the ban list.

    #30 6 years ago
  31. DarkElfa

    Well, no offense to the gay community, which I support, but there just isn’t any reason to involve your sexual preference in your gaming unless you’re trying to meet people, trying to offend people or just trying to start shit. I mean if I were into bestiality, I wouldn’t put dog fucker in my tag simply because it doesn’t have anything to do with the price of teat in China. You’re there to game, not share which gender you prefer to screw. Just like I wouldn’t put confederate flags all over my car and attempt to drive through Harlem unless I was trying to cause problems or rub it into other people’s faces. Simply put, the basic rules of friendly interaction with the general public is don’t discuss sex, religion or politics because it only ever causes problems, keep the “sharing” to within your circle of friends and you won’t find yourself offending or being offended by others. That said, she should not be banned for it, that’s homophobic nonsense, but she should have kept her sex life where it belongs, in the bedroom like everyone else and yes I understand that gays have a need to express it because of so many decades, nay, centuries of persecution, but we get it already, hurray for your gayness, now can we please move on and just get along for pity’s sake?!

    #31 6 years ago
  32. hitnrun

    Sigh. Most likely she did not say “I am a lesbian!” in her profile, but she probably ambiguously mentioned “gay.”

    For the not-so-bright, it’s the word “gay” that triggers the response in all these anecdotes. Is banning all uses of “gay” on your service a great policy? Maybe not, but it’s a far cry from homophobia considering that the overwhelming majority of the word’s usage on XBL is as an insult.

    Major lollage at Microsoft’s “anti-gay policy.” C’mon, people. User your heads. This is 2009. You think that if MS were seriously banning gay people that a few gays and their ambulance chasers wouldn’t have already made tens of millions off of them? They certainly wouldn’t have “high ratings” from the various international hippy-dippy groups.

    #32 6 years ago
  33. Blerk

    Another triumph for Microsoft’s almost entirely blinkered approach to online harassment!

    Getting abuse from random morons? No problems! We’ll sort that out in seconds for you… by banning your account.

    /slow clap

    #33 6 years ago
  34. Michael O'Connor

    “My advice for her is to abadon xbox live and get rid of her 360 and instead get a PS3 and move on to PSN.”

    Because the homophobes are only on Xbox Live, amirite?

    I’ve been bashed on *both* services simply because I “sound gay”. You know the kind of voice. It’s never bothered me enough to complain to the higher ups about it, but its still not acceptable behaviour.

    This is seriously fucking stupid on Microsoft’s part. Gamertags and profiles that degrade both men and women and promote drug culture and violence are acceptable… but admitting you’re homosexual isn’t?

    And anyone who wants to argue that point, or state that the expression of sexual preference isn’t selective by Microsoft… show me an example of someone who has been banned for stating they’re straight, or you don’t have an argument to go on.

    Banning the victims. Nice move Microsoft.

    #34 6 years ago
  35. theevilaires

    hey o’connor maybe you should try the voice changer. Even though this is text you still sound gay in every post. In one word – MantheFuckup!

    #35 6 years ago

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  • The Megalodon returns to Battlefield 4 with the latest CTE patch

    The Megalodon Easter Egg in Battlefield 4 may have been removed earlier this year from Naval Strike, but it has since resurfaced on the CTE with the latest patch. I’d make a Jaws reference, but it’s been done to death. The shark is shown in the video on the Paracel Storm map which was where […]

  • Survival horror game Kodoku has a new work-in-progress trailer

    Kodoku, the survival horror title from Carnivore Studio, has a new work-in-progress video available, showing you how the game is coming along. Announced for PlayStation 4 and Vita back in 2013, the game is slated for release sometime this year, and tasks the player with avoiding mythical Japanese ghosts using only magic and stealth. Thanks, […]

  • Current HoloLens prototype has noticeably “tighter” FoV compared to January build

    Microsoft’s augmented reality headset HoloLens is still very much in the prototype stage, according to various reports out of the Build Conference. Microsoft hasn’t discussed technical specs with the press yet as nothing is set in stone, but during a hands-on at Build, Ars Technica noticed the prototypes had a “x86 processor, 2GB RAM, 802.11ac […]

  • Silent Hills petition asking Konami to continue development has over 50,000 signatures

    A petition to save the Silent Hills game has been formed by fans in the hopes Konami will change its mind and bring the collaboration with Guillermo del Toro back from the dead. Konami confirmed on Monday the Silent Hill remake from film director Del Toro and Metal Gear’s Hideo Kojima had been cancelled, but […]

  • Attack on Titan has a US release date, title changed in EU over copyright claim

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains will be released under a different title in Europe, according to the publisher, and while a release date has been set for North America, the same cannot be said for fans across the pond. According to Atlus, a copyright claim in Europe has forced the company to publish the […]

  • Yooka-Laylee meets final Kickstarter Stretch Goal in less than 24 hours

    The Kickstarter for Playtonic’s Yooka-Laylee sailed beyond its final £1 million ($1.5 million) Stretch Goal overnight, which will allow for a simultaneous release on all announced platforms. Once funded, Yooka-Laylee was slated for release on Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, Wii U, and Xbox One; however, a simultaneous release on all platforms wasn’t guaranteed unless […]

  • Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, but not by much

    Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, according to an announcement from Roll7. Not to worry though, it’s only by a week. According to the developer, the delay is due to “having undergone super-secret upgrades to crank shit up to 60fps.” The extra week will provide the additional time needed for tweaking […]

  • Assassin’s Creed, The Crew, Far Cry 4, other Ubisoft titles on sale through the Humble Store

    Ubisoft has put a number of its games on sale through the Humble Store. Franchises Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry are on discount as are single release titles. The list of games on sale are below. For pricing in your region, head over to the Humble Store. Anno 2070 Complete Edition Assassin’s Creed 3 Assassin’s […]

  • Payday 2: Repeater rifle, Peacemaker pistol introduced with The Butcher’s Western Pack

    Overkill Software released the 21st DLC pack for Payday 2 yesterday, titled The Butcher’s Western Pack. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and other digital distribution channels. “For our 21st DLC we go back in time to visit the Wild West and the arsenal it was known for,” said the developers. “With it we’re introducing […]

  • The Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter just launched and has already met its funding goal

    Playtonic Games launched the Kickstarter campaign for Yooka-Laylee at 5pm UK, and in just over 30 minutes it already hit its $270,000 funding goal. You can watch the funding counter continue to roll over through the link. Yooka-Laylee is a 3D platformer where the characters use special moves such as Yooka’s tongue grapple and Laylee’s […]

  • Batch of hi-res Persona 5 screenshots released by PlayStation Japan

    A set of screenshots have been released for Persona 5, and while you’ve seen these before in magazines and on the official website, these are high-res versions. Some will even look familiar to those who watched the first gameplay trailer back in February. The shots were posted over on the PlayStation Japan Persona 5 game […]

  • Is Alien: Isolation getting HTC Vive support?

    Placeholder images for SteamVR icons have been found and it looks like there may be support for Alien: Isolation, so if you enjoy soiling yourself, get psyched! NeoGAF members found a thread on Reddit, where a little rooting around in a Steam directory unearthed the images. The list includes both games and apps, and as […]

  • Xbox Live multiplayer is free this weekend on Xbox 360

    Xbox 360 players in all Xbox Live regions can play multiplayer online for free this weekend. If you are a Silver member, this means you are Golden from May 1-3 and can play multiple games online with your buddies. All you have to do is log-in to Xbox Live.

  • Assassin’s Creed actor Michael Fassbender confirms film production starts September

    The Assassin’s Creed movie will start production this fall, actor Michael Fassbender (Prometheus, 300, X-Men:First Class) as confirmed. Speaking with ComingSoon.net, Fassbender said filming will start in September, which is inline with Ubisoft’s announcement in February. The actor will star in the film alongside Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard, both reuniting with their MacBeth director Justin […]

  • Eve Online boss states VR won’t be as big as we think next year

    I don’t think I’m the only one who wants VR to hurry up and manifest into a Sword Art Online-esque reality. Unfortunately, the chief executive officer at the studio behind Eve Online doesn’t think that will be happening any time soon. Talking to Venture Beat, Hilmar Veigar Pétursson touched on his excitement at the prospects […]

  • The Last of Us: Left Behind goes standalone in May on PS3, PS4

    Naughty Dog has announced that The Last of US DLC Left Behind will be released as a standalone experience next month. It can be purchased for both PlayStation 3 and PS4 through the PS Store and a two-hour demo of the Factions multiplayer will also be made available. “The Left Behind standalone game will have […]

  • EA’s annual E3 press conference takes place on June 15

    Electronic Arts has announced its annual E3 2015 press conference will take place the day before the show kicks off on June 15. EA, Microsoft, Sony and Ubisoft always hold press events the day before E3 officially starts, so this isn’t any surprise, really. The presser, dubbed “Live to Play”, will last one hour and […]

  • Steam exchange rate mix-up closes down community market

    The Steam community market was buggered up big time today after a mix-up with currency conversion had items selling from practically nothing, to millions of dollars. PC Gamer picked up on the news after a thread on Reddit appeared with screenshots depicting just how silly things were getting over there. The currency exchange rate data […]

  • Britney Spears signs five-year deal with Glu for new mobile game

    Pop star Britney Spears has signed a five-year deal with Glu mobile for a new, untitled game. The mobile game will feature her “voice, likeness, and creative influence,” and is due for release sometime next year. Glu also signed a deal with Katy Perry in February, so expect a game revolving around her to hit […]

  • Large Activision publisher sale on Steam discounts Call of Duty, Prototype, more

    Activision has put the majority of its library on sale through Steam this weekend, and if other titles weren’t included, it could be referred to as a Call of Duty sale. Below are a few standouts. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Gold Edition 25% off Call of Duty: Ghosts 67% off Call of Duty: […]

  • The Dota 2 International Compendium is out, second Stretch Goal almost complete

    The International Compendium has been released for Dota 2 with the prize pool sitting at a lovely $1,917,155 as of press time. Valve said over the weekend to expect the International Compendium to drop sometime this week. As with previous years, those who purchase the Compendium can earn rewards by completing challenges, making predictions and by […]

  • If permadeath RTS games are up your alley, check out indie project XO

    The Square Enix Collective showcases projects for a limited time to help drum up community support and potential backers, and RTS title XO from Jumpdrive Studios is worth taking a look at. The teaser trailer is fairly brief, but if you visit the page for XO over at the Square Enix Collective, it’s understandable – […]

  • GTA 5 PC patch disables mods. Here’s how to get them working again

    A new patch for the PC version of GTA 5 was released yesterday and, as it turns out, has wiped the ability to use mods with the game. The wasn’t great news for some players, but YouTuber taltigolt has already figured out how to play the PC version with mods after installing the patch. Matt […]

  • Xbox One ad stealth launches a mysterious Halo 5 competition

    A new Xbox One advert released today isn’t as straightforward as it appears. The trailer has a couple of pretty conspicuous ‘glitches’ throughout, and members of NeoGAF wasted no time in breaking it down. The first item of interest is the screen from the hunt the signal site, which displays an error message when accessed […]

  • Battlefield 4 Jungle map improved with latest update

    DICE LA has updated the Battlefield 4 Jungle map, adding more foliage and a new route. As demonstrated by Westie in the video above, the map now has the kind of foliage you’d expect in the jungle, helping to conceal infantry players. The update also tweaks positions of objective points and has added a concealed […]

  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate free DLC pack for May includes Metroid and Mega Man armour

    The May DLC pack for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate boasts some big ticket items, including Metroid, Street Fighter, and Mega Man gear. This big fat chunk of free DLC, detailed on the capcom unity blog, includes Hunter equipment: Metroid’s Varia Suit Metroid’s Zero Suit Metroid’s Arm Cannon Taiko Drum Master Hunting Horn USJ’s Star Rook […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for May 1, 2 – Hard Light edition

    Here he comes with his weird face, dealing goods and gear for Guardians. It’s Friday. Xur: Agent of the Nine is back in the Tower. Of Course he is. Got your Strange Coins? Here’s what’s in his bag this week: Ruin Wings [Exotic Titan gauntlets] – 13SC Don’t Touch Me [Exotic Hunter gauntlets] – 13SC […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition Jaws of Hakkon DLC drops for PS4 on May 26

    Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC has now been announced for May 26 for PS3, PS4 and Xbox 360. The announcement was made on Twitter via the official Dragon Age account. Mark your calendars! #DAIJawsOfHakkon pic.twitter.com/mU1WfkSrQV — Dragon Age (@dragonage) May 1, 2015 The DLC was released for PC and Xbox One back in March thanks to […]

  • New Witcher 3 screenshots highlight Geralt’s questionable fashion choices

    Even though The Witcher 3 release date is drawing closer, it still feels like a million year away. So here are some more screenshots to tide you over until then. We got to look at in-game shots yesterday, but these new screens show Geralt riding through some gorgeously vibrant mountains, in the midst of combat […]

  • Sims Gurus patch out pregnant men

    Say goodbye to The Sims 4 unique take on fatherhood, as The Sims Gurus confirm that male pregnancies are no more. The Sims 4 players have been reporting high numbers of alien abductions, leaving their male characters with sore bottoms and a bellyful of alien baby. Kotaku reports that not everyone was getting their knickers […]

  • Black Mesa countdown probably points to Half-life remake release date

    Half-life remake Black Mesa may have a release date at last. Black Mesa is a Source Engine remake of the original Half-life, which like everything related to Half-life feels like it’s taking forever to come out. The first part launched in September 2012, and it looks like we might have a release date for the […]

  • Spector puts down rumours of troubled Epic Mickey development

    Epic Mickey seemed like a surprising follow-up project from the man who made Deus Ex, but Warren Spector has put down rumours of a difficult relationship with Disney. Epic Mickey displays several qualities found in Spector’s other games and which he has always espoused in interviews – heck, this is the man whose dream it […]

  • Ubisoft makes good on Child of Light promise with free eBook

    Child of Light fans can check out a gorgeous new illustrated book set in the world of Lumeria. Earlier this month, creator Patrick Plourde confirmed that there were more Child of Light projects on the way. As we expected from the cagey wording, at least the first of these projects isn’t a game: it’s an […]

  • Half-life episode from Junction Point would have featured a magnet gun

    Half-life seems to be on near permanent hold, but at least we can glean some insight into what might once have been. Junction Point’s cancelled Half-life game came up in Warren Spector’s Reddit AMA overnight. Commenting that he isn’t sure whether he’ll get into legal trouble for discussing the project, Spector gave a few comments […]

  • Destiny: exclusive shader, emblem on offer with Nepal benefit shirt

    Destiny developer Bungie has asked Guardians to offer their aid, and they’ve already responded in troves. A new Destiny shirt added to the Bungie Store is the object of a fundraising drive to provide aid in Nepal following a devastating earthquake this week. Bungie popped the pretty stylish shirt on sale earlier today, offering an […]

  • What does the creator of Deus Ex think of Human Revolution and Mankind Divided?

    Deus Ex creator Warren Spector seems pretty positive about the direction the sci-fi series has followed under Square Enix’s hand. Deus Ex was created by Spector and his team at Ion Storm, and remained with Eidos after the developer shuttered. When Square Enix purchased the British publisher, it put new studio Eidos Montreal to work […]

  • Protest Goat secures future for Elite Dangerous destruction derbies

    One of the stranger and more beautiful stories to manifest in the gaming world this week, I think. Elite: Dangerous has given birth to an unintended, emergent style of gameplay; a destruction derby like affair where players gather in no combat areas to both race and gleefully smash into each other until a victor limps […]

  • Destiny’s stunning landscapes captured in panoramas

    Destiny has some beautiful environments, which screenshots don’t necessarily do justice to. Walking around Destiny exclaiming over the lighting effects and the tiny animated details is the best way to experience Bungie’s tremendous achievements, but these panorama images stitched together from in-game screenshots are a good second. Click to see them fullsize. Redditor CenturyEagle made […]

  • Star Wars Disney Infinity re-release on the cards – rumour

    Star Wars is a no-brainer for Disney Infinity, and at long last it looks like it’s happening. A Star Wars re-release called Disney Infinity 3.0 has reportedly leaked from German retailers. We have to lable this one a rumour as we haven’t seen the original source, but the story was originally reported by DisKingdom, which […]

  • Award-winning mobile indie Monument Valley out now on Windows Phone

    Windows Phone’s game selection can be a bit restrictive, but has expanded delightfully today: Monument Valley is now available. Monument Valley is one of those gorgeous, mind-bending puzzlers the indie scene produces on the regular, winning awards and consuming everyone’s lives for weeks on end. Developed by Ustwo Games, with beautiful, understated art from Ken […]

  • Old-school EverQuest servers safe from legal troubles thanks to Daybreak agreement

    EverQuest rights holder Daybreak Game Company given its blessing to the wonderful Project 1999. EverQuest: Project 1999 is one of those lovely ideas that it are all too often crushed by the realities of the games industry. An entirely fan-managed affair, it provides an emulated version of the classic EverQuest experience, which is no longer […]

  • Free Dragon Age short stories fill us in on Corypheus’s followers

    Dragon Age: Inquisition developer BioWare invites you to learn more about the lore and characters that make up its beautiful role-playing setting. Dragon Age is set in Thedas, a world still only partially revealed by the three core games to date. BioWare puts a heck of a lot of work into its worldbuilding, employing a […]