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Microsoft finally looking to stop gay bannings on Live

Thursday, 26 February 2009 07:36 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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Is that the whiff of common sense? The stench of reason? Xbox Live mod boss Stephen Toulouse has confirmed Microsoft is looking at ways Xbox Live users can express sexual preference on the service without getting banned.

His comment came after yet another Live subscriber was banned for ‘causing offence’ by saying they were homosexual in their profile data.

“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,” Toulouse said on his Twitter.

He added: “Expression of any sexual orientation (straight or gay or otherswise) is not allowed in gamertags.

“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.”

This is the first time Microsoft has even acknowledged something needs to be done about the fact gay and lesbian people can be hounded on Live then banned.

Bit of a shame the “user-base” had to fight against it instead of anyone with half a brain at Microsoft doing something about a truly disgusting situation, but there we are. We should be thankful for small mercies, hey?

Thanks, Roybott.

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58 Comments

  1. Blerk

    Why not try something radical like… banning the bigots instead of the victims?

    #1 6 years ago
  2. sickpuppysoftware

    /Checks calendar
    Hmmm it does seem to be 2009

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Syrok

    Not to mention that gay has more than that one meaning.

    #3 6 years ago
  4. Michael O'Connor

    “Why not try something radical like… banning the bigots instead of the victims?”

    Because 90% of companies prefer to satisfy the demands of the people who complain the loudest, instead of acknowledging the status of those who aren’t whining and bitching a lot.

    #4 6 years ago
  5. Psychotext

    Besides… ban the bigots on live and there’d be about 12 people left. :)

    #5 6 years ago
  6. Blerk

    And this is bad because…? :-D

    #6 6 years ago
  7. Hunam

    I’d be surprised if they don’t just do something in a way that if you put in some words that are on “The List” they it comes with a pop up saying “Oh hey, so your gay right? Well, that’s nice, not our thing but still, we’re cool with it, but unfortunately some people in the mid west aren’t, and they have money too, more than modern folks actually, anyway, your profile will only been seen by those of 18 years or older, is that cool? Right, have a nice day and get your friends at the march to sign up too!”

    #7 6 years ago
  8. jeremycafe

    Current policy is fine. No need to fix.

    #8 6 years ago
  9. Blerk

    Perhaps they should extend it to black people? And women, perhaps? What about the lower classes?

    #9 6 years ago
  10. jeremycafe

    Nope. But I would say to extend it to bestiality and child sex offenders.

    #10 6 years ago
  11. Blerk

    Because obviously homosexuals are just as bad as those guys, right?

    #11 6 years ago
  12. jeremycafe

    Maybe not sex offenders, they are much lower.

    #12 6 years ago
  13. jeremycafe

    Bottom line, xbox live is a gaming service. Not a gay dating service. I don’t see normal people trying to find relationships on there, why should it be any different for homosexuals?

    Blizzard made the right decision back in the day to ban the guilds that were expressing their sexual orientations as well. It’s not the place for it.

    #13 6 years ago
  14. Psychotext

    VG247 is a dating service though. We can all be as gay (happy?) as we want here. :D

    #14 6 years ago
  15. Michael O'Connor

    “Blizzard made the right decision back in the day to ban the guilds that were expressing their sexual orientations as well. It’s not the place for it.”

    Blizzard received so much hassle, abuse and complaints for that they were eventually forced to reverse the decision and change their EULA to indicate that the free expression of sexuality is acceptable behaviour.

    #15 6 years ago
  16. Blerk

    Where does it say she was looking for a date?

    #16 6 years ago
  17. Patrick Garratt

    She obviously was. She’s a lesbian.

    #17 6 years ago
  18. Captain Fruitloop

    Was she a hot lesbian, though? That’s the important question thagt needs answering here, I feel.

    #18 6 years ago
  19. jeremycafe

    Stating your sexual orientation on a social network has nothing to do with playing games. I should change my name to LikesAsianWomenJeremyCAFE, right?

    There is no purpose of having a sexual orientation in a gamertag and the majority of people on xbox live, and the USA, would prefer not to see it.

    And yes, many of us would rather kids be brought up without having to be introduced to a DECISION made by others that is not natural.

    #19 6 years ago
  20. Blerk

    Speak for yourself. I’m quite happy to discuss homosexuality with my kids without fear of them ‘catching it’.

    #20 6 years ago
  21. Syrok

    Uhm, but what are you supposed to write? Why should you write what you are supposed to write? Why can’t you write what you want to write? Why does anyone care what I write? If it’s in about me section, why can’t I write something about me? Why do we have freedom of expression?

    #21 6 years ago
  22. Patrick Garratt

    jeremy – :| x 15 billion

    #22 6 years ago
  23. jeremycafe

    Why because I don’t agree with a choice that is not natural? And because I would rather not know who made this choice while im trying to play call of duty or xbox live arcade?

    If people want to live this lifestyle, good for them. I won’t be pushing the fact im straight on them as they should be pushing the fact they are bi/homosexual. They can look for attention in other places.

    #23 6 years ago
  24. Michael O'Connor

    “Stating your sexual orientation on a social network has nothing to do with playing games.”

    Microsoft have promoted Xbox Live as a social networking system for quite some time now, and its tools lend it in that direction as well.

    “There is no purpose of having a sexual orientation in a gamertag and the majority of people on xbox live, and the USA, would prefer not to see it.”

    Because the USA gets to dictate what the rest of the world should do, amirite? Oh, and just because a lot of people think it, doesn’t automatically make it right.

    “And yes, many of us would rather kids be brought up without having to be introduced to a DECISION made by others that is not natural.”

    It’s people like you that set the world back a hundred years. Sexuality is a *decision”? Please, please, please do show me the PROOF of that.

    Knowing many men and woman who are homosexual, and being attracted to men myself, I can certainly assure that it’s no more a “decision” for us as it is for you to decide you’re straight. It’s not our fault that you’re so simple minded that you’re too scared to teach your children about the broad world that is outside your door.

    #24 6 years ago
  25. Michael O'Connor

    “If people want to live this lifestyle, good for them. I won’t be pushing the fact im straight on them as they should be pushing the fact they are bi/homosexual. They can look for attention in other places.”

    One other thing. How the hell is simply stating your sexual preference “pushing” it on you? Are the trying to force it on you? Are they DEMANDING you listen and acknowledge it? No, they’re not.

    My nephew is 10. He understood and accepted what gay people were before he was even 7. I can safely live in the comfort of knowing who the better parents were in this case.

    #25 6 years ago
  26. Blerk

    I’d like to know who decides what’s ‘natural’ and what isn’t.

    I don’t believe humans were ever designed to be able to fly, so perhaps we should all be pretending that aeroplanes don’t exist.

    #26 6 years ago
  27. jeremycafe

    I brought up the fact the USA is overwhelmingly in support of keeping it out of every day life because that is where XBOX Live is developed. You can expect something to relate to where it was created. I understand Europe has a completely different view on sexuality, and if you guys get different terms, great. I wouldn’t care.

    To say I am simple minded because I don’t support homosexuality is outrageous. Yes you are right, because a majority goes with one thing doesn’t mean its right. The hate towards blacks in America was outrageous. However skin color is something you are born with. And I stand by saying your sexual orientation is a decision that is heavily influenced by your childhood.

    Anyways, obviously I am alone on this here and it is getting beyond the intent of this news post. So I will shut up and stop voicing my opinion.

    #27 6 years ago
  28. jeremycafe

    “I’d like to know who decides what’s ‘natural’ and what isn’t.

    I don’t believe humans were ever designed to be able to fly, so perhaps we should all be pretending that aeroplanes don’t exist.”

    You can’t reproduce with a chimp or dog anymore than two homosexual partners can. That is what defines ‘natural’ for me.

    #28 6 years ago
  29. Patrick Garratt

    Your opinion’s welcome, jeremy. Although, I love giant cocks up my ass, and I had a perfectly sedate childhood, to be honest.

    #29 6 years ago
  30. Michael O'Connor

    “I brought up the fact the USA is overwhelmingly in support of keeping it out of every day life because that is where XBOX Live is developed.”

    Actually, quite a significant portion of Xbox Live development, since its inception, has been done in Europe.

    “The hate towards blacks in America was outrageous. However skin color is something you are born with. And I stand by saying your sexual orientation is a decision that is heavily influenced by your childhood.”

    And I repeat, show me proof that sexuality is a *decision*. You can stand by whatever you want, but if you can’t actually back it up with some proof, that just makes you a willing bigot.

    “To say I am simple minded because I don’t support homosexuality is outrageous.”

    No actually, it isn’t. It’s perfectly acceptable. You’re undermining people for what they are, instead of who they are.

    “You can’t reproduce with a chimp or dog anymore than two homosexual partners can. That is what defines ‘natural’ for me.”

    Considering that humans are one of very few species on the planet with higher brain functions that allow them to derive *pleasure* from sex, and don’t use it simply as a procreation tool, that argument holds little weight.

    P.S. I noticed you completely ignored the fact that I debunked your argument about social networks. If its acceptable on other social networks like Facebook and MySpace, it’s acceptable on Xbox Live as well.

    #30 6 years ago
  31. Psychotext

    You tell him Pat. It might not be natural but if it feels good, go with it!

    #31 6 years ago
  32. Michael O'Connor

    Pat: Having read your views on this stuff, I’ve no doubt you’re gonna be the best father to that kid anyone could ever be.

    #32 6 years ago
  33. Mike

    What kid? Me? Pat is like a father figure to me, that’s true. When he isn’t trying to get in my pants that is.

    #33 6 years ago
  34. Michael O'Connor

    Okay, now, that’s just creepy. *laughs*

    #34 6 years ago
  35. Mike

    That’s what I say to Pat, but he’s very persuasive when he wants to be.

    #35 6 years ago
  36. Michael O'Connor

    All those free games must be really hard to resist, huh?

    It’s okay. I wouldn’t turn it down either.

    #36 6 years ago
  37. Blerk

    I think what we need here is a group hug. Who’s got the baby oil?

    #37 6 years ago
  38. Shatner

    IdislikehomosexualityRAMMEDDOWNMYTHROATwhenI’mnotinthemoodforitlol

    #38 6 years ago
  39. G1GAHURTZ

    It’s amusing that every time homosexuality gets mentioned, people start pretending that they are gay.

    It’s quite a strange, sheep-like reaction…

    #39 6 years ago
  40. Blerk

    We’d better hope there aren’t any bestiality fans lurking, then.

    #40 6 years ago
  41. Syrok

    Who says anyone is pretending?

    #41 6 years ago
  42. G1GAHURTZ

    I can tell. Real homosexuals aren’t as crass as you guys.

    #42 6 years ago
  43. Mike

    They are.

    #43 6 years ago
  44. Blerk

    Someone get PESFanboy over here, stat! :-D

    #44 6 years ago
  45. Michael O'Connor

    “I can tell. Real homosexuals aren’t as crass as you guys.”

    Who exactly is pretending?

    #45 6 years ago
  46. G1GAHURTZ

    Exactly.

    #46 6 years ago
  47. SERAPHEMZ

    They should just leave that off. I dont have anything against homosexuals, and that person that said that it was a “decision” is an idiot obviously.But I dont see the relevance to putting your sexual orientation on a game tag.

    Someone said that myspace and facebook did it, so why should LIVE do it, well Myspace and Facebook is kinda a place where you go to MEET people. LIVE is to play games. Not hook -up so who cares what your maritial status is, zodiac sign or if you are gay/lesbian bi or whatever.

    Leave that where it belongs… on EHARMONY.

    #47 6 years ago
  48. Blerk

    But if we don’t care, why should we worry if they put it in their gamertag?

    Of course, we are missing the point a little here – she didn’t put it in here gamertag. It was in her profile, probably under the ‘bio’ bit. Where you’re supposed to write stuff about yourself.

    #48 6 years ago
  49. G1GAHURTZ

    My bio says:

    “Stop looking at my profile!!!”

    Nothing more, nothing less.

    #49 6 years ago
  50. SERAPHEMZ

    Ok, well thats what i meant. Im saying NO ONE should put it. Straight or Gay. I mean come on. If a person put something like that, you know that the person is expecting a reaction. Why put it? What is the relevance to gaming?

    #50 6 years ago
  51. G1GAHURTZ

    I wonder if anyone has ever put: “I’m a paedophile on a grooming mission.”

    #51 6 years ago
  52. Whizzo

    Paedophilia is illegal, being gay (in most places) isn’t and they’re only comparable if you’re an idiot.

    #52 6 years ago
  53. SERAPHEMZ

    I dont think that he was comparing the two.. just making a funny comment… at least i think he didnt compare them.

    #53 6 years ago
  54. G1GAHURTZ

    I wasn’t comparing the two, in the way that you suggested… I was comparing the relevance to gaming that both posess.

    Anyway, if I was being pedantic, I’d say that it’s not actually illegal to be a paedophile, rather, it is illegal for an adult to have sexual relationswith a minor, or possess sexual content containing minors.

    So as far as I’m aware, a paedophile would have just as much of a legal right to boast about his/her sexual preference as any homosexual.

    As many of them do.

    #54 6 years ago
  55. theevilaires

    G1GAHURTZ said:
    February 26, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    It’s amusing that every time homosexuality gets mentioned, people start pretending that they are gay.
    It’s quite a strange, sheep-like reaction…

    trust me psychofag and morriss are not joking ;)

    #55 6 years ago
  56. Mike

    “So as far as I’m aware, a paedophile would have just as much of a legal right to boast about his/her sexual preference as any homosexual.”

    No. Because it’s illegal and advertising that you fancy children is offensive 99.99% of the world’s population.

    #56 6 years ago
  57. G1GAHURTZ

    It’s not illegal.

    That’s why you have organisations such as MANBLA.

    It was only the other day that I watched Tanya Byron having a long interview with a paedophile who was openly claiming that all of his sick fantasies should be treated as ‘normal’.

    So actually finding yourself sexually aroused by looking at young children in itself, sick as it is, isn’t actually illegal at all.

    Acting on that arousal is.

    Equally, I could argue that being homosexual is offensive to 85% of the worlds population, as it’s mostly only the west where gay rights are such a big issue. Even then it’s mostly only the media and far left that make such a big song and dance about it.

    Like it or not, in most countries on the earth, homosexuality is seen as evil, so if you’re going to use the ‘majority card’ with paedophilia, then why not with homosexuality? You can live in a small city of 500,000 people where everyone agrees with you on a particular issue, but it doesn’t mean that the other near 7 billion people in the rest of the world do.

    Anyway, the point is that people (I’d even go as far as to say that it’s the vast majority) don’t want to have to turn on their 360 and see people boasting about their sexuality, no matter what it is.

    #57 6 years ago
  58. Patrick Garratt

    When it comes to rights, though, you can’t pander to the majority. You’d end up living in a non-tolerant society. This is precisely the reason why politicians don’t hold referenda on key emotive issues, like currency policy and capital punishment.

    Just because some people may find the fact that other people are gay offensive is no reason to stop gay people saying they’re gay. In fact, Microsoft created the T&Cs in the way it did precisely to stop people using illegal harassment on Live. It tried to do the right thing, basically. It’s just backfired a bit.

    People are gay. Xbox Live is used by 17 million people, and some of them are gay. That’s a fact. If the only reason they’re not “allowed” to say they’re gay at the moment is because bigots use the relative anonymity of Live to behave as though they were living in the fucking Lord of the Flies, then something has to change.

    And, thankfully, from the sound of it that’s exactly what’s going to happen.

    #58 6 years ago

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    Destiny players, you asked for it and Bungie has delivered it: you can now swap items in and out of the vault using the companion app. “Destiny needs more vault space” you cry – and yes, this is true. But while we all struggle with the limitations imposed on us by Bungie, we face all […]

  • Mortal Kombat X will contain over 100 Brutalities

    During the Mortal Kombat X stream today, NetherRealm Studios revealed Brutalities are back for the game, and stated there will be over 100 to pull off. You won’t gain any extra experience for being overly cruel with your painful moves, but you will at least get to laugh at some and “cringe” at others, according […]

  • Numenera: Strand is a film based on the game up on Kickstarter

    Numenera, the 2012 Kickstarter success and foundation for Torment: Tides of Numenera, could become a film if the Kickstarter for the movie is successful. With five days left, Monte Cook Games and Swedish film company Valdes/Eriksdotter needs £22,542 to reach its goal. Titled Numenera: Strand, it tells the tale of a drifter who “roams a […]

  • Gran Turismo 6 update adds MINI Clubman Vision, more

    A Mini Cooper has invaded Gran Turismo 6 via a new update. The Mid-Field Raceway track has also been added, and its a new and improved version of the original track from previous Gran Turismos. The new B-Spec Mode feature has also been added which allows the AI driver to race on your behalf. Additional […]

  • Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and some playable titles to PAX East

    Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and Splatoon with it to PAX East next month. The E3 2014 build of the game lets eight players transform into squids in a race for “splattered-paint dominance.” Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will also be playable and featured in stage presentations at the Nintendo booth. Upcoming or newly released Nintendo […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium information seems to have slipped out early

    Battlefield Hardline Premium perks have apparently leaked a bit early, according to a post on Reddit. Over on the Hardline subreddit is an image which was take at a GameStop location, noting two week early access to content additional Battlepacks and more. Here’s the rundown: Four expansions Two weeks early access 12 additional Battlepacks Exclusive […]

  • Final Fantasy: Record Keeper arrives in the US this spring

    Final Fantasy: Record Keeper will be released in the US on iOS and Android this spring, DeNA and Square Enix today. The mobile titles allows players to “relive favorite moments” across all Final Fantasy installments and build a team of classic characters from across the entire franchise. If you sign up for email updates, you […]

  • Battlefield Hardline now available for pre-order, pre-download on Xbox One

    Battlefield Hardline is now available for pre-order and pre-download on Xbox One. You can pre-order it now from the Xbox Store and once you have paid for it, you can start your pre-download. Battlefield Hardline releases on March 17, and will be made available to pre-downloaders come 12.01am EDT. Check pricing and availability for your […]

  • Dying Light interactive video allows you switch between day and night

    A new video for Dying Light has been released, which allows you to hit the Z key to change between day and night. Titles Life and Death in the Quarantine Zone, the interactive story video showcases how the game changes between day and night. Daytime and nighttime are shown side-by-side but the z key allows […]

  • Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare out on PS3, PS4; PC delayed

    The Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is now available for PlayStation 3 and PS4. Havoc contains the four multiplayer maps Core, Drift, Sideshow, and Urban along with the AE4 directed energy assault rifle, its custom variant, and the Exo Zombies cooperative mode. You can purchase the DLC separately or pick up the […]

  • Here’s a teaser for Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2

    A teaser video for the second episode of Resident Evil Revelations 2 is available, so if you’ve yet to play the first episode, you may want to skip this. Resident Evil Revelations 2′s first episode is out now. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • North American eShop update is full of Donkey Kong games

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  • Venture into the Valley of the Yetis next week in Far Cry 4

    The next batch of Far Cry 4 DLC, Valley of the Yetis, releases in March and Ajay Ghale will be tasked with surviving violent cultists and the mythical Yeti. Apparently the cult is looking for a secret hidden in the valley, and Ajay has discovered their motives. The DLC features co-op with a friend taking […]

  • The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack out for Payday 2, has dino masks

    The 19th DLC pack for Payday 2 title The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack is available on Steam from today. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: 11 new weapon modifications for the AK rifles in the game 11 new weapon modifications for the CAR rifles in the game Four new masks together with their […]

  • Battle Chasers slated for PC, consoles; comic picks up where 2001 storyline left off

    Darksiders creator Joe Madureira and Vigil co-founder Ryan Stefanelli have confirmed a Battle Chasers game and a new comic are in the works at their new studio Airship Syndicate. Speaking to Polygon, Madureira and Stefanelli wouldn’t provide details on the the game, but did divulge it will be an adventure RPG with player-controlled Battle Chasers […]

  • Shovel Knight, Hotline Miami 2 discounted for Sony’s annual Spring Fever Sale

    Sony is hosting its annual Spring Fever Sale which runs for eight weeks and features a new title each week. The sale starts next week on March 3 with the launch of Helldivers. Here’s just a few items included in the sale: HELLDIVERS (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March 3 Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March […]

  • The gold Super Mario amiibo is a Walmart exclusive

    The Super Mario Gold amiibo which surfaced via a CPSIA certificate earlier this month will be a Walmart-exclusive, Nintendo has announced. The gold-colored Mario amiibo will be released the same day as the Mario Party 10 game for Wii U and will run you $12,96 at 3,000 participating Walmart stores in the US. Along with […]

  • Here’s an overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

    As new gameplay overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, culled from the Active Time Report, stream has been sent over by Square Enix. The video provides a look at the history and environments of the Kingdom of Orience; the 14 memebers of Class Zero; the battle system with customizable magic spells; and the ability […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video gives you a look at the game’s wildlife

    A new video shown by Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata during the latest Active Time Report, contains a look at the game’s wildlife and ecology. You can watch the full stream two hour stream through here, or a smaller clip courtesy of GamesHQMedia below.

  • Lionhead ventures into the free-to-play space with Fable Legends

    Fable Legends will be free-to-play when it launches on PC and Xbox One. According to Lionhead, the one versus four cross-platform title borrows from MOBA games such as Dota 2 and League of Legends as it will contain free, rotating heroes which will be added to a roster for a two week period. Once the […]

  • Win! 5 pairs of tickets to the Call of Duty European Championships

    We have five pairs of tickets to giveaway for the Call of Duty European Championships, taking place in London this weekend. The event takes place this Saturday February 28 and Sunday March 1 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Winners can watch teams will go head to head for a $10,000 prize pot […]

  • Republique Remastered has released on Mac and PC

    Republique Remastered, which was announced earlier this month, is now available for Mac and PC. The game is 20% off through Steam, GOG and the Humble Store for $19.99 until March 4. Thereafter, it will run you $24.99. The Remastered edition contains all five episodes of the game, with 1-3 available now and the remaining […]

  • LA Cops coming to Xbox One in March

    Isometric shooter LA Cops is coming to Xbox One on March 13. Already on Steam Early Access, the game looks like it’s been heavily inspired by Hotline Miami. Walk into a room, open fire, leave bloody puddles in your wake. It’s being published by Team 17. Check out the video below for some 70s cop […]

  • We have $500 of Steam Wallet funds to giveaway!

    We’re giving away 10 Steam Wallet prizes worth $50 each to VG247 readers, courtesy of Bundle Stars. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning $50 Steam credit is to enter your details below. Join the Bundle Stars Steam group for entry in the sweepstake, and gain extra entries for […]

  • Lapsed Final Fantasy 14 players tempted back with 10 day freebie

    Square is offering lapsed FF 14: A Realm Reborn players a chance to come back to the game for 10 days worth of free adventuring. Provided you’ve already bought and registered an account you’ll be able to play free of charge from Feb 27 to March 9. Square wants you to sample the new content […]

  • Advanced Warfare: Sledgehammer looking at “opportunities” to recreate classic Call of Duty maps

    Sledgehammer Games has told VG247 it’s looking at opportunities to recreate classic Call of Duty maps in Advanced Warfare. According to co-founder Michael Condrey, players of the latest Havoc DLC are asking how Exo abilities and verticality can be added to classic franchise maps. “We’re taking a look at some opportunities to really highlight the […]

  • GTA Online reader playlist week 7: and the winner is…

    Stuff was shot. But only one player emerged victorious. GTA Online player e031271 won last night’s VG247 reader playlist, beating myself, Matt and regulars solidorwot and Revolting. Congratulations, Mr e031271. A deserved victory. We play a GTA Online playlist in an open session every Wednesday on PS4, because it’s both funny and fun. Anyone’s welcome […]

  • Leaked screens reveal The Reef as Destiny’s new “social space”

    A handful of leaked Destiny screens seem to confirm that The Reef location will be the new social space in Destiny. The new addition is likely to be revealed as part of the upcoming House of Wolves expansion. Reddit user Megamanexe4 dropped the screens on the site earlier this morning, along with grabs that reveal […]

  • Darksiders creator teases Battle Chasers game

    Joe Madureira, creator of Darksiders, has released art that strongly suggests a Battle Chasers game is in the works. Battle Chasers was a comic book from the late 1990s that suffered notorious production problems between issues and was never finished. Madureira formed Airship Syndicate after the collapse of THQ, where he co-created Darksiders. His latest […]

  • Infamous video nasty Axe recreated in GTA 5

    The trailer for notorious horror movie Axe has been recreated in GTA 5. The shot for shot remake is the work of gigerbrick who has previously recreated exploitation flicks like Machete and Hostel using Lego. The original Axe movie was banned in 1984 in the UK but passed with cuts in the late 1990s. Movie […]

  • Payday 2 for PS4 and Xbox One includes “a year’s worth of paid DLC” for free

    Payday 2: Crimewave Edition will include a year’s worth of paid DLC from the PC version of the game for free. The new-gen version of the game will be available June 2015, and includes almost all of the paid and free DLC released so far for Overkill’s popular first-person shooter. That DLC includes The Big […]

  • Yes, Mortal Kombat X will require Xbox Live Gold or PS Plus

    Mortal Kombat X won’t bypass Microsoft and Sony’s premium online play requirements. Reports that Mortal Kombat X wouldn’t require PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold started circling earlier this week thanks to a communications error. Answering fan questions on Twitter, producer Shaun Himmerick accidentally gave the impression that premium console subs would not be required […]

  • This is what Destiny players most want next

    Destiny patch 1.1.1 has resolved or at least addressed a number of complaints voiced by the community, but there are plenty more. des Destiny community manage David “Deej” Dague has put out a call for Guardians to share their concerns – or rather, what they think the community is most concerned about. “Set aside your […]

  • Google AI can play games now, so we’re probably all going to die

    Google has brought us one step closer to our inevitable slaughter or enslavement by machine overlords. Google has developed an AI that can learn to play video games and devise brand new strategies. Let me just rephrase that: Google has created an AI that can teach itself new skills, including how to play video games. […]

  • First footage of Renowned Explorers: International Society surfaces

    Renowned Explorers: International Society is a turn-based strategy game from the team behind Reus, and it looks great. Renowned Explorers was announced almost a full year ago, but has been pretty quiet since then. Developer Abbey games has now announced that the game has hit alpha, and will be open to select testers soon. You […]

  • Cities: Skylines developer commits to mod support

    Cities: Skylines will fully support the modding community. Hailing from famously mod-friendly publisher Paradox, Cities: Skylines is a no-brainer for mod support – especially as a lack of mod support is one of the things SimCity was so heavily criticised for when it firts launched. In the developer diary below, Paradox’s Jakob Munthe is joined […]

  • Nosgoth update adds Vanguard, many fixes

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  • Xbox Live Gold 12 month sub $40 on Microsoft store

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  • Tomb Raider movie script to be penned by TMNT writer

    Tomb Raider will be Evan Daugherty’s second reboot of an established universe. The Tomb Raider movie reboot has signed on a writer and a distributor. Deadline reports Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Divergent, Snow White And The Huntsman and G.I. Joe 3 writer Daugherty will write the film. Additionally, Warner Bros. has signed on to distribute, […]

  • Shelter 2 pre-orders open, launch trailer debuts early

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  • That Batman: Arkham Knight trailer is full of codes

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  • Assassin’s Creed haystacks won’t save you from a fall

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  • Why are people buying PS4 and not Xbox One?

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  • Toejam and Earl are back with a new Kickstarter

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  • New Wander trailer shows off Azertash form

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  • SOMA approaching beta phase on PC and PS4

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  • Square Enix does not condone Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest HD Remaster

    Square Enix has said it’s not involved with a fan remake of Final Fantasy spin-off Mystic Quest. 1992 SNES game Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest is being remade by Dark Design as Mystic Quest HD Remaster. The developer is even taking pre-orders for the project. Unfortunately, it looks like it is in no position to be […]

  • New Hunger teaser released by LittleBigPlanet Vita co-developers

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  • Here’s two Mario Party 10 overview videos, one featuring amiibo

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  • Clan Raids announced for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Companion App

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  • Play Battlefield Hardline starting March 12 through EA Access

    Xbox One users with an EA Access subscription will be able to play 10 hours worth of Battlefield Hardline starting March 12. EA Access members will are being granted access to the game five days before the street date, with full multiplayer and all saves transferring over into the main game. It was announced yesterday […]

  • This video summarizes the contents of Destiny patch 1.1.1

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  • Destiny 1.1.1 patch notes out, update is live

    Destiny’s 1.1.1 patch arrives today, so if you have been kicked from activities, it means you will need to download the patch now that it’s live. We will be pushing the 1.1.1 patch for Destiny shortly. Players will be kicked from activities and required to download the patch. — Bungie Help (@BungieHelp) February 25, 2015 […]

  • Payday 2 packs based on Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number coming

    Starbreeze has announced another collaboration with Dennaton Games which will see masks based on Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number appear in Payday 2. The collaboration consists of two free updates when you acquire Hotline Miami 2 or its deluxe version on Steam from February 25. The two updates, called Hotline Miami Mask Pack and Jacket […]

  • Velocity 2X making its way onto Linux, Mac, PC and Xbox One

    Velocity 2X will be released on Linux, Mac, PC and Xbox One Futurlab has announced. The developer is in charge of the port, which will be published by Sierra. According to Futurlab, the deal with Sierra came about when self-publishing proved to be difficult due to spending “more time doing PR and marketing on Velocity […]

  • Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number finally has a release date

    A release date for Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number has been announced, finally. The game will arrive on Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita March 10. It is now available for pre-order on GOG, Humble and Steam for 10% off for $13.49/£10.99. There’s also a Digital Special Edition available which includes tracks from […]