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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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  • 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 […]

  • Remember that gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo? It now utilizes DirectX 12

    Remember the gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo Square Enix showed off three years ago? The firm showed it again at Microsoft’s Build Conference, this time utilizing DirectX 12. The Witch Chapter 0 [cry] real-time tech demo was created from research Square conducted using real-time CG technology and DX12 in collaboration with Microsoft and Nvidia. The […]

  • Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones sneaks onto GOG and Steam services

    Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones can now be purchased through GOG and Steam. On both services it will run you £12.99/€14.99/$14.99. Links here and here. The game features: Fully explorable ‘Metroidvania’ style overworld, laying siege to a diabolical cloning facility with varied and detailed environments. A variety of special equipment to unlock new […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare DLC Ascendance has arrived on PC, PlayStation consoles

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players on PC and PlayStation consoles can now download the Ascendance DLC. The second content pack contains the OHM weapon, the OHM Werewolf custom variant, and the second entry in the Exo Zombies saga, Infection. Four new maps are also included: Perplex, Site 244, Climate, and Chop Shop. Ascendance was […]

  • Latest Xbox 360 system update is live, now supports 2TB hard drives

    Xbox 360 now supports 2TB hard drives via the latest system update for the console. Support for the drives was announced earlier this month and has been available for preview members. “In addition we will also no longer reserve space in advance on your hard drive,” said the firm. “If you are using 16GB of […]

  • Kickstarter for Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor Yooka-Laylee launches tomorrow

    Playtonic Games has announced the Kickstarter campaign for its spiritual successor to the Banjo Kazooie series, Yooka-Laylee, will launch tomorrow. The title of the game was announced today along with the Kickstarter date. Formerly known as Project Ukulele, the 3D platformer is said to be “between the size of Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie,” and stars Yooka […]

  • Console version of Mistwalker’s Terra Battle is in development

    Now that Mistwalker’s Terra Battle has surpassed 2 million downloads on mobile, the developer is now working on a console version of the tactical RPG. As part of the original Download Starter campaign, the 2 million milestone means the company will begin development on Terra Battle’s console version with details to be announced at a […]

  • Prison break game The Escapists is heading to PlayStation 4 from May 29

    The Escapists, Mouldy Toof’s prison break game originally released as a timed console exclusive Xbox One, has a release date for PlayStation 4. For those unfamiliar with the title, which is also a PC release, it tasks players’ time management skills as they do a bit of digging and crafting, and other prison-type stuff as […]

  • Dead Island 2 delayed into 2016 to ensure series is “taken to the next level”

    Dead Island 2 has been delayed into 2016 by Yager in order to ensure the sequel “takes Dead Island to the next level.” According to a tweet from the developer, it set “big goal” for the game, and in order to deliver what fans expect, the team needs more time to reach development goals. “We […]

  • Project Cars: here’s a list of all available cars at launch

    Project Cars will contain many, many cars and if we are counting correctly, there will be 74 total at launch. The standard edition contains 65 total, and when factoring the free car as well as the Modified and Limited Edition cars packs, you can add an additional nine cars to the mix. Comb through the […]

  • Competitive matchmaking support is coming to Team Fortress 2

    Team Fortress 2 will soon feature support for competitive matchmaking, which Valve says is a “high priority” project for it at the moment. According to a report from TeamFortress.tv, which visited Valve headquarters recently, Valve is looking into the possibility of 6v6 or 9v9 matches 9v9, a possible quick play option and it is also […]

  • GTA 5 PC patch fixes garage, Job crashes – full notes here

    Rockstar has pushed out a 353 MB patch for GTA 5 on PC The patch fixes a number of annoying bugs related to vehicles and garages, some deathmatch issues and purchase errors. It should also fix various freezing and crashing bugs, as well as a little issue with Steam. Time will tell if the patch […]

  • Fire Emblem If will come in White Kingdom and Black Kingdom versions with amiibo support

    We’ve finally got some juicy details on the next Fire Emblem game, but the most interesting aspect is that there will be two versions of the game. According to Siliconera, who translated an interview between Intelligent Systems and 4Gamer, there will a White Kingdom and a Black Kingdom version that offer different aspects of the […]

  • Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess heads west with “Golden Toilet” pre-order bonus

    Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess will debut on western PlayStation 4 systems this summer, Koei Tecmo has announced. It is also coming to PS3 and Vita. The game was produced by Keisuke Kikuchi of Fatal Frame fame and takes up where Deception 4: Blood Ties left off allowing players to relive Laegrinna’s pursuit to free […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario demo, Paper Mario, more

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a demo of Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition, Paper Mario on Virtual Console, and amiibo Tap. The full update is below. eShop update amiibo Tap – free – Wii U Star Wars Pinball DLC – Wii U Paper Mario – Wii U […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided PC port handed off to Nixxes

    The PC port of the new Deus Ex has been handed over to Netherlands based studio, Nixxes software. After the initial reveal trailer at the beginning of April, we’ve only had a few morsels in the way of additional news. The most intriguing tidbit to date has got to be the fact that you’ll be […]

  • First-ever PC Gaming Show to take place at E3 2015 in June

    PC gaming will finally have its very own E3 press conference this year, thanks to PC Gamer and AMD. The PC Gaming Show will take place on June 16 at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles and it will be livestreamed on Twitch. PC Gamer said speakers at the presentation will include representatives from Blizzard, […]

  • Majora’s Mask light available now on Club Nintendo for 6000 stars

    Club Nintendo shuts up shop on September 30 and members are being encouraged to spend accumulated stars before then. And what better to spend them on, than this adorable Majora’s Mask light? If you’re a member based in Europe you can nab it for 6000 stars. If you’re in Australia or New Zealand, it’ll only […]

  • Unity support announced for HoloLens, will work with Windows universal apps

    Microsoft is partnering with game engine developers Unity in order to make HoloLens compatible with apps and games which use the cross-platform engine. The partnership was announced yesterday during its Build Developer Conference. Universal apps for Windows 10 systems will also be available on Xbox One later this year, suggesting possible HoloLens functionality with the […]

  • Splatoon Nintendo Direct airs Thursday, May 7

    A Nintendo Direct focused on Splatoon, the Wii U multiplayer title, on May 7. It will kick off at 7am PDT/10am EDT/3pm UK and it can be watched via the Nintendo Direct website. You can also have a look at the game through Nintendo’s Twitch channel. The last game-specific presentation took place last week and […]

  • GTA 5 PC: clean up the streets as a member of the San Andreas PD with this new mod

    Remember the awesome mods for GTA 4 and San Andreas that let you run amok online as a member of the po-po? Well, dust off your taser and load up your gun, because it’s coming to GTA 5. The new mod for GTA 5 is currently in alpha and can be downloaded at palmbeachgames.com. You […]

  • Indie shoot ‘em up Project Root comes to Xbox One, PS4 and PSVita

    Project Root is a self-proclaimed rejig of the shoot ‘em up genre that was released on PC last year, and it’s finally coming to consoles. Combining free-roaming elements with the usual business of shooting things, Project Root was released this week for Xbox One, PS4 and the PSVita.

  • You can now bet on eSports online, starting with League of Legends

    If you’re getting bored with sticking a pony on the races, you can expand your gambling horizons at Unikrn where you can watch esports streams and get a little action on the side. The new platform was set up by Rahul Sood – previously the general manager of Microsoft Ventures. At the moment, customers are […]