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PC’s a “very powerful platform and it’s very flexible,” says Pitchford

Wednesday, 7 October 2009 21:35 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

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Gearbox’s Randy Pitchford was on a roll during a discussion with Maximum PC on piracy, Steam, and the like while touching on the “current health” of PC gaming.

“It’s a very powerful platform and it’s very flexible. The longer the generation goes with the consoles, the more the extreme side of the PC will have an advantage, from a technology perspective.

“The other thing is that the PC is a very flexible platform, we can build PCs of a lot of different types. Another angle to that is that it’s a very accessible platform, it invites a lot of different development activities. However, the biggest games in the world are very costly to produce.

“How healthy is the PC platform? I believe the PC has a hard time being a dominant gaming platform, because of the advantages it has. Because it’s such a powerful, flexible platform, it’s also less accessible, to ordinary folks.

“It can be expensive, but you can amortize your investment in a PC in a lot of different ways. You’re not just buying a PC as a gaming platform. You can rationalize that cost in a bunch of different ways. Ultimately though, that versatility of the platform means the PC won’t be the dominant platform, but it also means it will never go away.

“Games will change, but we’re always going to amuse ourselves with whatever tools we have.”

We paraphrased it a bit to cut the length, but the whole thing is through here.

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50 Comments

  1. Psychotext

    I’m going to make a prediction…

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Syrok

    I can read your mind and agree with your prediction. :)

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Gekidami

    It’ll come true.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. freedoms_stain

    Just close the comments now.

    Please?

    #4 5 years ago
  5. theevilaires

    PC gaming RULES come on BDH! I’m with you all the way!
    (because I think you’re really Shatner undercover)

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    BDH is the guy who constantly rips on PC gaming for no reason other than ignorance right?

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Len

    I agree tea, surely it is…?

    He can’t be far away…

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Johnny Cullen

    I think everyone knows your prediction, PT.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. endgame

    and yet in the end bdh is right.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Psychotext

    Wait… what? Satin really is coming?

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Stephany Nunneley

    Satin… lol. That is still funny, :-D

    #11 5 years ago
  12. No_PUDding

    That’s only funny to me now I know he didn’t actually mean Satin. xD

    ANYWAY… This guy genuinely doesn’t know what he’s talking about does he?

    How can you call PC a powerful platform? How can you quantify the power of PC’s? I bet my piece of shit Windows 95 one up in the loft isn’t powerful or flexilbe.

    Jesus this guy should be gagged till he sorts out his ridiculous hair, makes good games and also has a good development business.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. blackdreamhunk

    pc’s are the dominant platform sorry the world does not play on consoles.

    a $300 or $200 is still better and more powerful than a new console.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Psychotext

    Ahh, there’s the boy. Prediction fulfilled.

    On a different note. How do you feel about the rumours that Nvidia is pulling out of the mid to high range PC GPU market BDH?

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Johnny Cullen

    I’ll make a prediction of my own on that: he’s probably in a corner, a dark corner, sobbing away to himself.

    #15 5 years ago
  16. blackdreamhunk

    lol you wish lol

    #16 5 years ago
  17. Psychotext

    Hmm… two lols. I think that counts as manic depression.

    #17 5 years ago
  18. blackdreamhunk

    here think of pc gamers and pc gaming like the borg.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZEJ4OJTgg8

    the hive mind or the queen would be the internet

    pc gamers are the borg.

    we know what is happening all over the world. We will adpted to antyhing. We are ever evloving ever growing.

    think of consoles as the ice queen.

    ice queen vs the borg queen, the borg queen is going to win.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAHW7GMbgLg

    people who try to fight pc gaming and pc gamers will only end up like this

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CN0fui9Nmg&feature=related

    yea the person who ever created the borg idea must have been a real pc gamer. Only a pc gamer would know such things.

    #18 5 years ago
  19. No_PUDding

    I can’t think of a single PC exclusive… Unless it’s some shitty MMO.

    #19 5 years ago
  20. blackdreamhunk

    oh really I can think of tons pc only games do you want a link or links.

    http://adrianwerner.wordpress.com/games-of-2009/

    sorry real pc gamers are not driven by media or media hype. In fact pc gamers don’t trust big companies or media. We do things differently we share ideas and talk about games. What do marketers call it agin? pc gamers use word of mouth I think id what marketers call it.

    for pc gamers we get news at the speed of light and news travels so fast no human can keep up.

    your resistance is hopeless. Only god himself can kill pc gaming.

    pc gamers are a different breed of people.

    #20 5 years ago
  21. hitnrun

    The problem is that “resilient” doesn’t necessarily mean “relevant.”

    There will always be decent PC games – something that can’t be said for any other platform – because of its two unique characteristics: “open” and “extremely widespread.” The question is, do the major studios support it? For the past few years, the answer has been increasingly “no.” Account-locked titles, console ports, and casual time-wasters targeted at non-pirates have made almost all of the money on PC.

    Pitchford makes an interesting point, though. Will the PC start to make a comeback with more “regular” game experiences in the next few years? The Big 3′s reluctance to start the next gen cycle is going to result in consoles falling way behind the cutting edge. Disciplined companies will still focus on consoles, but companies who are chasing the glory are going to be mighty tempted to go PC.

    #21 5 years ago
  22. blackdreamhunk

    good exmaple is empaire total war vs kill zone 2

    pc gamers are different breed of people. We live on the net, it’s our home.

    #22 5 years ago
  23. Johnny Cullen

    Did… did he just compare an RTS to an FPS?

    Thats just so wrong. Like, a black hole has appeared and is gonna swallow up the earth (saves the CERN super collider a job anyways).

    #23 5 years ago
  24. blackdreamhunk

    man must i explain everything I am talking about marketing vs word of mouth.

    I am talking about how pc gamers and pc gaming are different.

    pc gamers have acess to so much information it’s no longer about media, it’s about creadiblity and the name.

    it’s about how publishers and game devs serve us.

    empire total war was able to knock killzone 2 out of the number 1 spot on charts.

    it’s also why blizzard is so popular.

    #24 5 years ago
  25. Psychotext

    “empire total war was able to knock killzone 2 out of the number 1 spot on charts”

    Ahh yes, Empire. Beaten in its launch week by Killzone 2 / Prof Layton in Ireland, Wii Fit in Denmark, Killzone 2 / Wii Fit / Halo Wars in the Netherlands and Australia, Killzone 2 / GTA IV in Finland.

    Very impressive launch given the billions of PC gamers. Would comment on other countries… but it either didn’t make the top 10 or they don’t bother to report PC game sales. It did have a better opening week in the UK, but was 8th in the charts after a week, falling to 15th a week later… and so on.

    #25 5 years ago
  26. blackdreamhunk

    fifa online makes more money than fifa on consoles. That is just an exmpale by the way.

    fifa sport games is EA new baby,it’s no longer maden. Pc gamers helped EA with fifa when it wasn’t a big name brand.

    #26 5 years ago
  27. freedoms_stain

    Fifa has been a big name brand in Europe since the mid 1990′s.

    BDH, just shut your hole, you’re increasingly clueless.

    #27 5 years ago
  28. blackdreamhunk

    when pc gaming clearly has the must games made for every year.

    http://kotaku.com/5037023/more-developers-working-on-pc-xbox-360-titles

    http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-10291692-1.html

    http://adrianwerner.wordpress.com/games-of-2009/

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7960498.stm

    http://www.techradar.com/news/gaming/why-the-future-looks-bright-for-pc-gaming-589422

    if you want to disclaim my words you better bring some hard facts!

    http://www.shacknews.com/onearticle.x/58497

    #28 5 years ago
  29. freedoms_stain

    Considering anyone with a PC and some programming knowledge and a little artistic skill can build a PC game for very little up front capital it’s pretty unsurprising that is has the “most” games.

    However the “big” developers are increasingly looking to consoles as their lead platforms because, like it or not dude, games sell better on consoles.

    #29 5 years ago
  30. blackdreamhunk

    please stop lieing to me sorry console gaming is in a decline and does not match pc gaming. You can lie to the avverage person but pc gamers and people like me are not your average person.

    Until you have hard numbers your only going to make your self look small.

    agin sorry the world does not play on consoles they play on the pc.

    you can blow hot air all you want, until you have facts you have no creadiblity

    #30 5 years ago
  31. Psychotext

    You mean the hard facts like those showing EA’s revenue from PC gaming as about a third of their revenue from console gaming? You don’t like hard facts, just your own links which you don’t seem to read.

    #31 5 years ago
  32. blackdreamhunk

    yea EA revaune even when they were macking pc gaming with drm was still very strong.

    sorry nice try, do you really want me to add more links.

    in fact when Ea found out how mcuh pc gaming online made they rush to be online too.

    If EA had a game like wow they would have never ever sank so fast when the ression started.

    #32 5 years ago
  33. Psychotext

    Umm… why don’t you just go and look at their financial reports. Or is that a little too complicated for you? Are youtube and endless rehashes of the same PC gaming alliance news story just about your limit?

    #33 5 years ago
  34. blackdreamhunk

    the links speak for them self, sorry asia nation don’t play on consoles, india does not play on consoles.

    pc gaming is so big online companies are having a hard time tracking slaes.

    your breathing hot air, bring some facts and then we will talk

    #34 5 years ago
  35. Psychotext

    http://investor.ea.com/results.cfm

    kthnxbye, talk later!

    #35 5 years ago
  36. blackdreamhunk

    hahaha what a joke you will never ever see a console game devs buy football team like blizzard did.

    EA use to be number 1 company in the gaming industry now they are number 2 .

    them console games couldn’t keep a big company like EA could it.

    #36 5 years ago
  37. Psychotext

    You’re fun.

    /pats head

    #37 5 years ago
  38. blackdreamhunk

    yea and epic games got replaced by cryteck life goes on lol.

    Even Will wright never ever respected consoles lol

    you will never ever see a console game dev do stuff like this

    http://360.kombo.com/article.php?artid=17429

    #38 5 years ago
  39. Gekidami

    “pc’s are the dominant platform sorry the world does not play on consoles.”

    Ignoring sales figures again i see.

    #39 5 years ago
  40. Phoenixblight

    I think BDH Masterbate every time he sees the acronym, PC.

    Its like talking to a broken record that he is stuck on the phrase “PC r teh bast”

    BTW BDH if you are knowledgeable why in the hell can you not type a whole sentence without any spelling errors.

    #40 5 years ago
  41. Suikoden Fan

    Stephany did you have to publish this article? you know cthulhu would be summoned.

    #41 5 years ago
  42. Gadzooks!

    Keep charging at those windmills Don!

    #42 5 years ago
  43. G1GAHURTZ

    Some classic comments here… LOL!

    #43 5 years ago
  44. Filofax

    Bloody hell I so want a BDH EyePet, then the fun would never end.

    #44 5 years ago
  45. Neolucifer

    It’s obviously a waste of time , as he’s so in love with PC that he (BDH) will be in constant denial …

    But you want some hardfacts ? Swell …
    Blizzard is one of the biggest publishers ever on pc , with things like Starcraft going at more than 11 millions units , of course WoW at around 12 millions , warcraft 3 3.56 millions , and diablo 2 addons included roughly 7-8 millions .

    Anyway in short Blizzard got two of the biggest sales ever on pc with World of warcraft and Starcraft . It’s only topped by EA’s Sims … and followed far behind by Myst and Half Life .

    Guess how high they rank against best selling consoles games of any origins ? Barely reach the top 20 (namely only the sims does) .

    Regardless of quality , it gets beat by anything nintendo ( like pokemon , mario , wii sports , fiit etc) , and sell basically around the same level as ps2 ‘s GTA , or titles such as grand turismo and with stuff like Halo 3 on it’s trail.

    BTW most asian nation arent so hot on PC . Many plays mmos obviously , and Korea anything Blizzard , but the japanese , korean , chinese market are otherwise clustered with niche games . Like visual novels , erotic games , doujin games in japan .

    The few big budget and serious pc games like Magna Carta mostly get limited successes and did most of their money on consoles . Too many beloved genres arent properly represented on PC or just important enough there to yet (i insist on YET) make PC a driving force in asian industry , outside of MMOs or game developement (mostly for console ironically ) .

    Finally i’d also comment about your bit on Fifa : WTH ??.
    It’s driving force was always the console , at least in sales . The PC was even the poor parent for a long time , with sluggish controls and lack of polish (like in fifa 97), and stuff like exclusivity of the new engine at the time , for 12 months on 360 .

    Anyway spin away spinmasta , i realize i’m already wasting too much time with this post .

    #45 5 years ago
  46. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    I’ll skip all the comments and go right to my opinion.

    PC gaming may or may not be the “dominant” gaming platform, but with a decent tower (I’ve got Core 2 Duo (6600, 2.4GHz each), 4GB PC2-5300 RAM, NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX), the multiplatform games do look superior on the PC. Mirrors Edge, NFS: Shift, Batman:AA, COD4,(the list goes on) are all examples of this.

    The other thing I like about the PC is new maps via patches are usually always free to consumer, and I prefer the lobby joining system on most PC games over their platform “instant matchmaking” counterpart.

    Having said that, I would tend to think the platforms are more popular, still look fantastic, and certianly more affordable.

    #46 5 years ago
  47. Quiiick

    What are “doujin games”?

    #47 5 years ago
  48. endgame

    post: some random console user
    post: bdh
    post: some other random console user
    post: bdh
    post: and another random console user
    post: bdh
    etc etc

    wow, that’s just ONE pc gamer vs so many console users and he’s got more heart than all of you put together. that’s why the pc community will never die and that’s why i love it and will always stay on this side. plus he’s got good arguments while all of u others r making me laugh. lol!

    #48 5 years ago
  49. Psychotext

    Hey endgame, most of the people arguing with him are PC gamers too. We’re just not dumb enough to be PC only gamers, nor PC fanboys (how exactly does that happen anyway?).

    As for “good arguments”… well, the less said about that the better.

    #49 5 years ago
  50. Hunam

    I’ve been a dyed in the wool PC fanboy for over 10 years and I still think BDH talks shit.

    #50 5 years ago

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  • Tron: Legacy director in negotiations for Gran Turismo film

    Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski is said to be in early negotiations to direct the Gran Turismo film. This is according to the Hollywood Reporter, which states Michael De Luca is still slated as one of the producers alongside Matt Milam, Dana Brunetti, Josh Bratman, DeVon Franklin and Elizabeth Cantillon. Plot details are still unknown […]

  • Fifth add-on pack for Alien: Isolation is available for download

    The Trigger, which is is the fifth add-on pack for Alien: Isolation, is available to download from today. In it, players will “compete against the clock” across three new maps in Survivor Mode. Set before the events of the main game, players step into the shoes of Sevastopol Station’s Ricardo who will do what he […]

  • HBO Go app now available on PlayStation 4

    Sony has announced the HBO Go app will be made available for download later today for PlayStation 4. The app works just like the PS version. Now you can watch True Detective, Game of Thrones, Veep and more through your console. Information on installation is available through the PS Blog.

  • Skyrim mods no longer restricted to 100MB in size

    Bethesda has announced a beta for Creation Kit update 1.9.33, lifts the 100MB size restriction for Skyrim mod makers. The beta is for both Skyrim’s PC launcher and the Creation Kit which will allow for unlimited file sizes. Here are the notes: Creation Kit 1.9.33 Update Creation Kit now supports unlimited file sizes for mods […]

  • Mad Max release date set for September, PS3 and Xbox 360 versions canned

    Mad Max from Just Cause developer Avalanche Studios has been given a September release date, along with the new of a last-gen cancellation. The axing of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions were announced via Game Informer. Mad Max is the magazine’s featured game for the April issue. Avalanche, according GI, nixed development on […]

  • MGS 5: The Phantom Pain out in September, Kojima “closing the loop” on saga

    Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will be released in September, according to an IGN Italy video, which also features Hideo Kojima discussing “With Metal Gear Solid 5, I’m finally “closing the loop” on the Metal Gear saga. The video has since been removed, but an image cap of the date is posted above. […]

  • Forza Horizon 2 Rockstar Energy Car Pack now available

    The Rockstar Energy Car Pack for Forza Horizon 2 for Xbox One is available now, alongside the free car for March. The free car is the Acura Integra Type-R, and the Rockstar pack included the following vehicles: 2014 Volkswagen Beetle GRC 2015 Subaru WRX STI 1996 BMW 850CSi 2015 Jaguar XFR-S 1970 Volkswagen #1107 Desert […]

  • 3DS firmware update kills web browser exploit

    Nintendo has issued a 3DS firmware update which fixes a web browser exploit that was being used to run pirated Game Boy Color ROMs since January as well as inject code within downloadable games. Another piece of code, per Eurogamer, changed the setting on the handheld to make it region-free. The exploit was only available […]

  • Unreal Tournament video shows updated textures on Outpost 23

    The latest footage from Epic’s new Unreal Tournament has surfaced, and it shows off the game’s first high-textured map which is called Outpost 23. As you can see from Zaccubus’ video, its the same are which Epic showed in the flythrough video from last year, only with updated textures and some new areas outside. The […]

  • Final add-on for Sunset Overdrive arrives in April

    The final add-on for Sunset Overdrive, Dawn of the Rise of the Fallen Machines, will be released in April. On April 1 to be exact. No, that’s not an April Fool’s joke from Insomniac Games either. Below, you can watch a fist-look at the new story, area, and traversal mechanic.

  • Heroes of the Storm playable at EGX Rezzed

    Heroes of the Storm will be playable at EGX Rezzed. This will be the first UK public hands-on with the online team brawler. Blizzard will also host giveaways and friendly tournaments at its stand. Tickets for all three days of Rezzed are still available, and you can purchase a pass through the official website. EGX […]

  • PES 2015 Data Pack 4 coming next week with Winter Transfers, new faces

    Data Pack 4 for Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 has been dated, and it updates the game with Winter Transfers, new player faces, and additional stadiums. The latest free update contains real-time player transfers made within the January window, and player ratings have also been updated. Additionally, a number of improved likenesses to key players will […]

  • Here’s the changelog for Dragon Age: Inquisition Patch 5

    Notes for upcoming Patch 5 for Dragon Age: Inquisition have been posted, noting improvements to gameplay and stability, and the new features outlined back in early February. Along with the new party storage system added to the Undercroft at Skyhold, players also have the ability to adjust the size of subtitles. Below you will find […]

  • Game of Thrones, Mortal Kombat X, Batman mobile games on the way

    Warner Bros. has announced free-to-play mobile titles spanning its DC Comics, Mortal Kombat and Game of Thrones properties. The following five new games under development are: Mortal Kombat X from NetherRealm Studios: The game blends fighting and card collection with cinematic gameplay and Fatalities. Play as both classic and fighters, and if you own the […]

  • Win! Beta access to new MMORPG Skyforge and DLC worth $70

    We have ten Wrath of the Gods Founders Packs to giveaway for new RPG Skyforge, worth over $70. All you need to do to win a Wrath of the Gods pack is enter your details in the form below and we’ll pick 10 winners at random on Thursday, March 5, after 3pm GMT. Skyforge is […]

  • PC gaming expected to be worth $35 billion by 2018

    PC gaming is alive and well. In fact, it’s expected to be worth $35 billion by 2018. According to game-business group Open Gaming Alliance, the PC gaming industry is expected to grow beyond its current $26 billion worth and to a massive $35 billion by the year 2018. The information is based on data collected […]

  • Advanced Warfare: new patch adds new weapon, Master Prestige ranks, more

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has received a new patch that gives season pass holders early access to a new weapon and everyone else a myriad of fixes and additions. The patch went live today on Xbox 360 and Xbox One, without any official notes. CharlieIntel reports that among the new additions is the new […]

  • Destiny’s end game and raids explained

    Destiny’s end game can be a bit obtuse to those not used to MMO games. Fear not, we’ve got a few quick tips on how to crack it. Arekkz Gaming has a video for new players of Destiny or those who are looking to brush up on their knowledge of the game. Today’s theme is […]

  • Capcom adds local co-op to Resident Evil: Revelations 2 on PC

    Following fan outrage over lack of local co-op support for the PC version of Resident Evil: Revelations 2, Capcom has now added it. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 now officially supports split-screen local co-op in both campaign and raid mode. The update is currently in beta on Steam, but anyone can opt-in to try it. Capcom […]

  • New Destiny glitch spawns infinite Thralls on Earth

    Destiny’s latest glitch spawns infinite Thralls to help fuel your bounty hunting and loot lust. The glitch is simple to replicate. You’ll need to start The Dark Within mission on Earth, on any difficulty. Then follow the steps in the video below (Via DualShockers) to get to an area out of the map. You’ll then […]

  • Battlefield 4 Winter Patch is here with new game mode, netcode improvements and more

    DICE has released the Winter Patch for Battlefield 4. The patch brings an eSports focus with new game mode Squad Obliteration and plenty more. Battlefield 4 Winter Patch is now live on all platforms. It’s just over 400MB on PC and 1.34GB on consoles. The patch adds new game mode Squad Obliteration and more customisation […]

  • HTC hopes to see Half-Life on VR headset Vive

    Vive manufacturer HTC said that it hopes to see Valve games, including Half-Life, on the virtual reality headset. Speaking to the BBC, HTC chairwoman Cher Wang said that Valve is keen on having its games available on the VR headset. “I think Valve’s best game is Dota, right, and Portal and [Team Fortress] and I […]

  • Make money easily in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

    If you’re looking to buy a fell set of armour for your character in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate but keep falling short on Zenny, this video will show you an easy way to make lots of it. Arekkz Gaming has a very handy tip for all Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate players: how to make Zenny […]

  • This is how you claim free Xbox One games from your Xbox 360

    Microsoft is giving everyone the ability to claim their free Xbox One Games with Gold titles from their Xbox 360 console, even without owning an Xbox One. If you don’t yet own an Xbox One and want to make sure you don’t miss out on all those free Games with Gold games, you’ll be pleased […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for March 3: Heroic and Nightfall detailed

    Bungie has reset the weekly cap of Crucible and Vanguard marks and added new Heroic and Nightfall strikes, now with burn. From now until next Tuesday, the weekly Heroic strike will be The Devil’s Lair with Heroic and Lightswitch modifiers. As for the Nightfall, you’ll be fighting Sepiks Prime with the help of Arc burn. […]

  • Few Mass Effect FemShep cosplays are as elaborate as this one

    The internet is full of Female Commander Shepard cosplay from Mass Effect, but very few are as terrific as this one. Visual artist Freya Willia has spent over two years painstakingly creating the perfect suit of armour and the best weapons to make her cosplay of Female Shepard as authentic as possible, Omni tool and […]

  • Deals with Gold: Assassin’s Creed Unity, Red Dead Redemption and more discounted

    This week’s Deals with Gold titles for Xbox Live subscribers is a good mix of modern games and old favourites. The list of discounted games through this week’s Deals with Gold is live with discounts on Assassin’s Creed Unity, Amazing Spider-Man 2, Red Dead Redemption, Max Payne 3, and more. The deals are live now […]

  • Destiny guide: how to maximise your Grimoire Points

    Destiny players regularly compare the size of their Grimoire Points. Learn how to make yours the biggest. Destiny guide: how to earn Grimoire Points In Destiny, earning most Grimoire cards is just a matter of playing the game, maybe a little more attentively than usual. You’ll either need to complete a certain number of actions […]

  • Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows will let you play as a baddie

    Shovel Knight owners will benefit from the generosity of Kickstarter backers quite soon. Because Shovel Knight was overfunded during its Kickstarter campaign, developer Yacht Club Games committed to releasing free content updates. The first of these, Plague of Shadows, has now been detailed. The expansion stars baddy Plague Knight, who turns on his former allies, […]

  • GTA controversies, from Hot Coffee to PR manipulation

    GTA has a long history of controversy. The latest Did You Know Gaming tells the full stories behind the sensational headlines. Grand Theft Auto is such a byword for controversy that it’s easy to forget the full context of what actually happened to bring mainstream press, politicians and interest group awareness to the Rockstar series. […]

  • Infamous 2 one of five new PlayStation Now additions for March

    PlayStation Now will expand to the tune of five new games this month. The March PS Now additions are Infamous 2, Twisted Metal, R-Type Dimensions, Alone in the Dark: Inferno and Operation Flashpoint: Red River. PS Now will set you back $20 per month or $45 for a three month subscription. It offers all you […]

  • Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster gets PS4 release date

    Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster hits PS4 in May. The PS4 release date for Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster is May 12 in North America and May 15 in Europe. Gematsu reports a special pre-order bonus calendar with art by Yoshitaka Amano is available through the Square Enix Store and participating retailers. In Europe, pre-ordering […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare getting 15 new Prestige levels

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players can now aspire to the ranks of Grand Master Prestige. Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games will add 15 more Prestige levels to the latest Call of Duty, giving players at max XP a chance to grow even further. According to the Sledgehammer Games blog, when you enter Master level […]

  • Destiny: Crota’s End recreated in Minecraft

    Destiny’s toughest challenge gets even nastier if you throw Creepers into the mix. The ultimate Destiny challenge – for now – is the Crota’s End raid. Taking place in an alternate dimension accessed through the Hellmouth on the Moon, the Raid takes Guardians through a pit of darkness to the resting place of Crota himself. […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3D trailer introduces the Heir to the Monado

    Xenoblade Chronicles 3D protagonist Shulk is the Heir to the Monado, his distinctive red sword. Let this trailer fill you in on what that means. Xenoblade Chronicles 3D releases for New 3DS on April 2 in Europe and April 10 in North America. As well as all the content of the Wii original, it has […]

  • The Elder Scrolls: Total War mod covers Morrowind, Oblivion and more

    The Elder Scrolls: Total War is a terrific mod allowing you get get intimately involved with the history of Bethesda’s detailed fantasy universe. The first release of The Elder Scrolls: Total War dropped on the weekend, giving players their first chance to try out LoRdNazgu1‘s creation. This version runs from 3E 427 to 4E 45, […]

  • Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 out now on Steam

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is out now. Yes, we’re surprised too. You can grab Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 on Steam for $8. Developer Scott Cawthon really doesn’t mess about; the game was only announced in early January. Here’s the blurb: Thirty years after Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza closed it’s doors, the events that took […]

  • EVE Online heister makes off with $13,000 worth of goods

    EVE Online is a hotbed of villainy, espionage and backstabbing, but one intrepid corporate thief has made waves even in this setting. The thing about EVE Online is that it’s a true sandbox: the game’s rules are very loose, and allow players to make careers out of theft, piracy, assassination and espionage in addition to […]

  • Marth Amiibo getting a stock refresh in North America

    Nintendo of America has announced a fresh supply of the difficult to find Marth Amiibo. The Marth Amiibo will be back in stock in the US in late April, the platform holder said on Twitter today. Planning to pick up Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. and don’t have a Marth amiibo? More are headed to stores in […]

  • Skyrim beta update upgrades creation kit file size

    Skyrim has been granted a new beta update – more than three years after launch! – to improve the experience for modders and those who use them. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim released in November 2011. I think that’s worth noting before we discuss the beta update that dropped today, even as Bethesda is working […]

  • Paradox’s next epic RPG is, uh, Knights of Pen & Paper 2

    Knights of Pen & Paper 2 is very serious business so please enjoy this very serious trailer. “Return to the dicey world of Knights of Pen & Paper for a new turn-based adventure, where players get to take on the role of players, and also of the game’s encounter-designing, rules-laywering GM in a fully customizable […]

  • Amplitude looks amazing in new gameplay trailer, has a team multiplayer mode

    Amplitude may have been delayed but we still get something this March: a fine new gameplay trailer. Amplitude is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 sometime in northern summer. It’s a reprisal of Harmonix’s classic rhythm action game, a forerunner to its later efforts with Guitar Hero and Rock Band, and was crowdfunded. Update: Turns […]

  • DayZ creator’s “crazy”, “esoteric” next game developed with Improbable

    DayZ creator Dean “Rocket” Hall has dropped the first vague details of his new game project. “I do not want to make safe games. I do not want to make games the way we have been making them. What if the most experienced video game staff in the world collaborated on the most esoteric and […]

  • Battlefield Hardline will support AMD’s Mantle

    AMD has confirmed what most Battlefield fans thought. Battlefield Hardline will indeed support Mantle. Battlefield Hardline will support Mantle, AMD has confirmed. Some players weren’t sure whether the retail version of the game will support AMD’s API, due to its absence from the recent PC beta. AMD did not say whether the feature will be […]

  • Unreal Engine 4 GDC 2015 sizzle reel shows what the tech can do

    Unreal Engine 4 is a pretty versatile bit of tech, as this new sizzle reel shows. As one of the more ubiquitous engines, Unreal will be on show at GDC this week. Developer Epic produced the following sizzle reel to quickly demonstrate what it can do – cutting edge graphics (there are very few games […]

  • Survarium’s latest patch removes limit on battle ammo, rebalances experience gain

    The latest Survarium patch has readjusted the value of experience and reputation points gained and removed the limit to the maximum amount of ammo you can use in combat. Survarium developer Vostok Games has released patch 0.27a to the public, having recently finished testing it. The patch is a major one and covers changes to […]

  • The Hunt Begins in new Bloodborne TV spot

    Bloodborne is so close you can almost smell its coppery tang on the wind – and also you can watch commercials for it. Bloodborne arrives on PS4 at the end of this month (March 24 North America, March 25 Europe, March 27 UK) so excitement is starting to build. Sony isn’t helping keep us calm […]

  • World of Warcraft: you’ll soon be able to buy game time with gold

    Blizzard will soon allow World of Warcraft players to exchange in-game gold for game time and vice versa. Blizzard has announced a new system that will launch soon for World of Warcraft. The system is called WoW Token. Using this system, players will be able to buy game time using in-game gold. Here’s how it […]

  • 3D Realms’ Bombshell returns with the first gameplay trailer

    Remember 3D Realms’ Bombshell? The isometric ARPG that was announced last year? Well, it’s back, and we get to see gameplay footage. The game stars Shelly “Bombshell” Harrison, a bomb technician turned mercenary with a mechanical arm. She will embark on a quest to rescue the president and save Earth, all while shooting aliens. The […]

  • Unreal Engine 4 is now free for everyone to use

    Epic Games has made Unreal Engine 4 available for anyone to download and use, for free. Unreal Engine 4 is now free. Anyone can download it and start using it, the developer announced today in a blog post. The download features the the full set of tools used by Epic, and includes 100% of the […]

  • Call of Duty European Championship winner announced

    The winner of the European round of the Call of Duty Championship has been announced. This past weekend, 28 teams representing UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, the rest of Europe and Middle East attended the final of the European round of the Call of Duty Championship. UK team Epsilon eSports was crowned […]

  • GOG brings back Insomnia sale with discounts up to 90% off

    GOG.com is bringing back its Insomnia sale event with even more games. GOG’s Insomnia sale is back with double the amount of games. This year, there will be two sets of games available at once. The sets are seasoned classics and fresh new titles. Each set will feature games with discounts up to 90% off, […]

  • 2K is shutting down NBA 2K14 online servers, won’t affect career save files

    2K will be shutting down the servers for NBA 2K14 this month. The publisher revealed yesterday that online servers for NBA 2K14 will be turned offline on March 31. “You will no longer be able to play ranked games/online association,” reads the announcement. NBA 2K14 relied on online servers to store save files for MyCareer […]