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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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  • G2A responds to deactivated Far Cry 4 keys debacle

    G2A, one of the third-party sellers that were named in the ongoing episode of deactivated Far Cry 4 keys has decided to release a statement. G2A is a well known third-party key sellers online. Most users know it through its sponsorship deals with many YouTube and Twitch channels. The service sells keys both through its […]

  • Petroglyph’s Victory resurfaces with Korean co-developer

    End of Nations, Mytheon and Grey Goo developer Petroglyph Games seems to have salvaged a stalled project. Victory popped up back in early 2013 after Trion Worlds took End of Nations in-house. Petroglyph’s attempt to crowdfund the unusual strategy title ended in iniquity, but it vowed to do whatever it could to bring the game […]

  • Far Cry 4 Hurk Deluxe DLC now available

    Far Cry 4′s latest DLC pack adds new story missions and a pile of new weapons. Far Cry 4: Hurk Deluxe is now available on PC and Xbox platforms, and is rolling out to the PSN in line with local network updates. The pack bundles five story missions, including Yak Farm, Blood Ruby and Hurk’s […]

  • Yes, Resident Evil: Revelations 2 has microtransactions

    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 has microtransactions, but thankfully they’re not as outrageous as initial reports suggested. The subject of Resident Evil: Revelations 2′s microtransactions arose earlier today with reports filtering out of a European press event that you’ll be able to pay to keep playing after your character dies. The ramifications of this are pretty […]

  • Play mini-games to unlock Magicka 2 content

    Magicka 2 publisher Paradox Interactive has invited fans to earn in-game rewards by playing other games. The Magicka website will host various mini-games in the build up to Magicka 2′s launch later this year on PC and PS4. Playing these games controbutes to a community score total which will eventually unlock in-game content as well […]

  • Deactivated Far Cry 4 keys were purchased through Origin

    Far Cry 4 owners who found their games deactivated without warning may be surprised to learn where they came from. Many copies of Far Cry 4 purchased through third-party re-sellers have been deactivated without notice. Although resellers affected by the deactivations argued that they had made authorised purchases, Ubisoft has denied this. The publisher told […]

  • Will Assassin’s Creed visit Japan in 2016?

    The next Assassin’s Creed game after Victory may finally bring ninja and assassins together. An Assassin’s Creed fan has spotted what certainly looks like a heavy hint that the next game after Victory will be set in Japan. Ubisoft forums member Cornik22 was looking through the Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag official art book when […]

  • Resident Evil HD modder aims to restore original, terrible voice acting

    Resident Evil and its early sequels are justifiably famous for their simply dire voice acting. Some Resident Evil fans feel they just can’t enjoy the experience of exploring Umbrella facilities if someone isn’t talking at them with absolutely no regard for pacing, content or tone. As a result, modder Bunny has stepped up to the […]

  • Record iPhone sales drive Apple to revenue spike

    The iPhone is still going strong – in fact, it’s selling better than ever. Apple has announced its financial results for the quarter ending December 27 2014, exceeding expectations with a 29.5% increase in revenues to $74.6 billion. This was a new record for the company. One of the key factors in this spike is […]

  • HoloLens has “mind-blowing” potential for games, says Microsoft CEO

    Microsoft’s VR wearable HoloLens is going to be great for games, according to CEO Satya Nadella. Speaking to investors, Nadella made Microsoft’s entertainment plans for the device explicit. “It’s also getting clearer how the games people love today will evolve to mind-blowing experiences in the future when designed for the mixed reality that Windows 10 […]

  • EA Q3: Battlefield 5 still on for holiday 2016, PGA Tour 15 spring release confirmed

    EA announced its financial results for its Q3 fiscal year 2015 quarter, ended December 31, 2014, noting total net revenue $1.13 billion in total net revenue compared to $808 million year-over-year. For the nine months ending December 31, total net revenue came in at $3.3 billion. Net revenues were up 39% and net income came […]

  • Players logged 113M single-player hours in Dragon Age: Inquisition, other EA games stats

    Ahead of its Q3 2015 earnings release, Electronic Arts has released a game infographic showing some interesting stats compiled through gameplay from October – December 2014. For FIFA 15, over 3.3 billion goals were made; 73 million knockouts occurred in EA SPORTS UFC; over 10 million families were created in The Sims 4; 113 million […]

  • Hyrule Warriors has shipped 1 million units worldwide

    Koei Tecmo has announced shipments of its Wii U hack and slash action title, Hyrule Warriors, has shipped one million units worldwide. The Omega Force-developed title was released in Japan on August 14 and in the west on September 26. Two packs of DLC for the game are slated for February alongside the version 1.5.0 […]

  • Xbox Games Store discounts Never Alone, Dragon Age: Inquisition, more

    This week’s deals available through the Xbox Games Store will be valid until February 2 with titles such as Battlefield 4, Dragon Age Inquisition, Never Alone, and Titanfall discounted. Discounted titles with an asterisk are for Xbox Live Gold members only. Xbox One Just Dance 2015* – 40% Another World* – 50% Never Alone* – […]

  • Say hello to Mortal Kombat X’s latest character: Reptile

    As promised, one of two character reveals this week for Mortal Kombat X has occurred: it’s the acid-spitting Reptile. Nice! Watch the video above. Mortal Kombat X is slated for release on April 14 and will be available on PC, PS3, PS4,Bxo 360 and Xbox One. Thanks, MrTGJelly (Trent).

  • Twisted fairy tale Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries hits Steam Early Access

    Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries, the successful Kickstarter from GRIN Studios, has launched on Steam Early Access. The PC title is described as a “cinematic fable featuring a vengeful Red Riding Hood,” who armed with an axe sets out on a quest to avenge the murder of her parents. Gameplay features action-platforming, combo-based hack ‘n […]

  • Dead or Alive 5: Last Round delayed to late March on Steam

    Koei Tecmo has announced it is delaying the PC release of Dead or Alive 5: Last Round to March. According to an updated listing on Steam (thanks, AGB), the fighter was delayed “in order to provide you with the best experience possible.” To apologize for the delay, Team Ninja will offer the Halloween 2013 Set, […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online will be F2P “no plans” for western release

    Dragon’s Dogma Online will be a free-to-play title for PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3. Set for release this year, Dragon’s Dogma Online has a lobby which will support up to 100 players, is open-world, and the executive producer is Hiroyuki Kobayashi. Players can form groups with up to four players or pawns while raids […]

  • Watch this release video for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel DLC Lady Hammerlock

    The Lady Hammerlock DLC for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel releases today on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and coinciding with the release is the launch trailer. In the Lady Hammerlock DLC, players are introduced and will be able to step into the shoes of Sir Hammerlock’s sister, Lady Aurelia the Baroness. The DLC will run […]

  • Free DLC for Tales of Zestiria takes place after main storyline

    Free DLC will be released in Japan for Tales of Zestiria, and while Bandai Namco has yet to state whether it will be released westward with the core game this summer, it’s an interesting slice of content. According to information from Jump posted by Siliconera, the DLC Alisha After Episode: What Is Reflected In The […]

  • This video of a Paris flat looks the real deal, but it’s all Unreal Engine 4

    I’m not entirely sure when, or how, this fella managed to sneak into my secret flat in Paris and film it, but since it’s out there I may as well share it with you. All joking aside, this video is rather amazing. It provides a virtual tour of a flat located in Paris; however, it’s […]

  • The Witness passes key development milestone, still no release date

    The Witness has seemingly come back from the dead. Creator Jonathan Blow has posted an update on the game’s development. Surely you still remember The Witness? Jonathan Blow’s follow-up to Braid, which was shown during the PlayStation 4 reveal event all the way back in February 2013? Well, today we got our first development update […]

  • You can now take selfies in World of Warcraft

    The latest patch to World of Warcraft has added a S.E.L.F.I.E. Camera to the game. And it does exactly what it sounds like it does. Patch 6.1 is currently being deployed to World of Warcraft’s Public Test Realms (PTR). There’s a massive list of patch notes, but the most pressing one, other than Twitter integration, […]

  • Hellblade: early gameplay and prototype footage revealed

    The latest developer diary for Hellblade is here with a look at some early gameplay prototypes and a peek at some polished areas. Hellblade developer Ninja Theory has revealed even more details of how game development works behind the scenes. The eighth part of this ongoing diary shows early gameplay footage along with some intriguing […]

  • Resident Evil Revelations 2: Raid mode offline-only on launch, more details

    Capcom has revealed a tonne of new details about Raid mode in Resident Evil: Revelations 2. Capcom has confirmed that Raid mode will launch with the first episode of Revelations 2 in February. You will be playing it offline only though, either solo or in split-screen co-op. As for the online portion, Capcom promised it […]

  • Watch the first 20 minutes of Life is Strange

    The first 20 minutes of Life is Strange have been posted online for anyone to watch. The opening 20 minutes of Life is Strange set the stage for what kind of game it is. The kind that you’ll probably like if you’re a fan of Telltale games. The video is courtesy of consolewarsofficial and you […]

  • Don’t blame Ubisoft for cancelling keys – blame the culture of overpriced games

    Publishers need to drop PC games prices in order to stem the flourishing grey market, says Matt Martin. “How are you going to sell me Far Cry 4 for £45 when I can pick up Far Cry, Far Cry 2, Far Cry 3, Far Cry: Blood Dragon and extra DLC for just £30?” Some players […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online is real, full reveal in this week’s Famitsu

    What’s been heavily-rumoured to be the next instalment in the Dragon’s Dogma franchise, Dragon’s Dogma Online, will be fully revealed this week. According to a recent post by Famitsu, the magazine’s upcoming weekly issue, which releases January 29, will contain a massive feature on Dragon’s Dogma Online. The magazine will dedicate 18 pages to all […]

  • Valve responds to recent Counter-Strike match-fixing scandal, bans offenders

    Valve has investigated the recent case of match-fixing involving two teams in the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive professional scene and decided to ban those involved from future tournaments. Recent allegations involving match-fixing between iBUYPOWER and NetcodeGuides.com – two of the professional teams that played in Cevo Season 5 – came to light. Valve has took notice […]

  • Having issues playing Grim Fandango Remastered on PS4? Sony is offering help

    Sony has offered a few steps to help those who are having issues with their pre-loaded PS4 installs of Grim Fandango Remastered. A few reports have started to appear online from users who’ve pre-ordered and pre-loaded Grim Fandango Remastered on their PS4 consoles. Sony has since posted a support thread on the official forums, to […]

  • Get Dragon Age: Inquisition for $36 and more in EA’s Xbox One sale

    Many EA digital games are being offered at considerable discounts on Xbox One right now. The latest EA sale is pretty good, offering sales on many AAA titles. It’s only available on Xbox One, with extra savings for Xbox Live Gold subscribers. The list below covers prices for Gold Subscribers. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare […]

  • Grim Fandango Remastered reviews round-up, all the scores

    Grim Fandango Remastered is a classic game brought into the new generation, so it’s time for everyone to know how great it is. The reviews for Grim Fandango Remastered have started popping up and as per usual, we’ve collected a few of them below. Grim Fandango Remastered is, as the name suggests, a remastered version […]

  • The Witcher 3: latest build is 1080p on PS4, 900p on Xbox One

    The recent preview build of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was running at full-HD resolution on PlayStation 4 and 900p on Xbox One. German website Gamestar attended the recent preview event for The Witcher 3 and examined the three versions that were on offer, PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Here’s the quote, courtesy of Google […]

  • Joystiq is likely to close – rumour

    AOL is rumoured to be closing its video game site, Joystiq. Re/code is reporting that AOL is likely to close its video game site Joystiq soon, according to “various sources.” The move is part of a company-wide restructuring that will affect Joystiq and other “under-performing content properties.” Joystiq is one of the most renowned sites […]

  • The Last of Us movie will be “pretty faithful” to the game

    The Last of Us will bring many of the same elements to the big screen as the small one, according to writer Neil Druckmann. Although The Last of Us will have to be adapted in various ways to make the transition from lengthy interactive adventure to cinema-friendly story arc, Druckmann is hoping to keep the […]

  • Microsoft is fixing Xbox One’s slow controllers

    Xbox One control pads have many charms, but quick start up is not one of them. The Xbox One controller currently takes up to five seconds to connect to your console after switching on, which is an eternity for someone with an attention span as short as mine. Luckily, Microsoft is working to fix this […]

  • Lucius 2 releases on Friday the 13th (of course)

    Lucius 2 has a really fitting release date. Lucius developer Shiver Games has produced a follow-up to the dark tale of an evil child, and it’s coming your way on February 13 – which just so happens to be a Friday. Lucius 2: The Prophecy will set you back $20, and release through Steam. As […]

  • Saints Row 4: Re-Elected PS4 recalled in Australia, incorrect content to blame

    Saints Row 4: Re-Elected has been recalled in Australia due to a mysterious manufacturing issue. An Australian PR representative said that the retail PS4 version of Saints Row 4: Re-Elected has “a serious manufacturing issue” and has been recalled nation-wide. Here’s what we were told (emphasis mine): “A manufacturing issue has caused an incorrectly classified […]

  • The Whispered World follow up now coming to PS4, too

    Deadalic’s gorgeous-looking adventure Silence has been confirmed for a fourth platform. Originally announced for Mac and PC with an Xbox One port one revealed at a later date, Silence is now on its way to PS4 as well. All versions are due later this year. Silence is Deadalic’s first multi-platform release and in my mind […]

  • Mythbusters to tackle DOOM this weekend

    DOOM is the subject of the next episode of Mythbusters. Having been airing for over ten years now, Mythbusters has pretty much run out of myths to bust, which is why we find ourselves in 2015 with an episode dedicating to answering the question “could DOOM be real?” Bethesda has rveealed that the January 31 […]

  • Destiny hosting a Bungie Bounty – go go go

    Destiny players have a chance to take down Bungie employees in return for one of the most exclusive vanity items in the game. Destiny’s Bungie Bounties usually feature guests from the community, and today’s event is no exception. Joining Bungie community manager David “Deej” Dague are several members of Bungie.org, the developer’s most staunch fan […]

  • Elite: Dangerous developer issues lay-offs

    Elite: Dangerous team Frontier Developments has had to let staff go. At least 15 staff have been laid off from the developer’s Halifax studio. According to an investor update, this decision will allow Frontier to focus its efforts at its primary studio in Cambridge, England. “With its business emphasis now on two major self-published franchises, […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition tavern songs free for a limited time

    Dragon Age: Inquisition tunes can be yours for the bargain price of zero cashmoney. The tavern songs from Dragon Age: Inquisition will be made available for purchase from various digital distributors sometime after February 9. Until then, though, you can have them for free – including their sheet music. To take advantage of this generous […]

  • Even the Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 teaser is frightening

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is probably going to be just as tense and uncomfortable as its two prequels. This teaser for Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is the first we’ve heard of the project since creator Scott Cawthon confirmed it is in the works. The third entry in the series is now up on […]

  • 6.6 million Xbox consoles shipped last quarter

    Xbox One and Xbox 360 console sales were strong last quarter, although Microsoft isn’t talking hard numbers yet. Microsoft shipped 6.6 million Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles to retailers in the quarter ending December 31, the company revealed in its latest financial briefing. This figure wasn’t broken down by platform, and Microsoft didn’t supply […]

  • Homeworld Remastered Collection: five minutes of b-roll footage

    We may not have proper, uncut gameplay footage of the Homeworld Remastered Collection, but we have the next best thing. Homeworld Remastered Collection was confirmed to release on February 25. Gearbox has only showed a trailer, but no extended gameplay demos. There was however a b-roll video showing at PAX South, and we’ve embedded it […]

  • Grim Fandango Remastered looks sharp in these new screens

    Grim Fandango will come back from the dead with the Remastered edition, and it’s looking great. Grim Fandango Remastered has a few new screens available to prove that even old games can look stunning with the right remaster, especially ones with an already well-defined art style. Have a look at them below and get excited. […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: beta weapons, maps, modes, progression system and more

    The Battlefield Hardline beta will include a third new map and a new game mode, on top of what’s already announced. You may remember last week DICE started a community mission for all Battlefield 4 players. The goal was to reach 2 billion points playing Rush mode. That goal has been achieved and as a […]

  • Dying Light launch trailer is one last display of its forte

    The launch trailer for Dying Light is here one day ahead of the game’s release. Techland and Warner Bros. have put out the launch trailer for Dying Light. The trailer is a short reminder of the game’s main selling points: free-running, weapon crafting, drop-kicking zombies. Reviews should start to come out tomorrow for the game […]

  • Watch The Witcher 3 developers stream new gameplay on Twitch

    The Witcher 3 developer CD Projekt RED is hosting a Twitch live-stream to show off brand new gameplay footage and answer some fan questions. The live-stream will start at 7:00pm GMT, 2:00pm EST, 11:00am PST. It will show off plenty of new footage, some of which was shown only to the press so far. The […]

  • Finally, some screens for Final Fantasy 15

    Patience is a virtue and we finally have our hands on a few gameplay screens from Final Fantasy 15. There’s not a lot of them, but they show the impressive lighting and they’re all gameplay as far as I can tell, so take a look. There is no release date for Final Fantasy 15 as […]

  • Here’s 15 minutes of gameplay from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in 1080p

    The Witcher 3 has a new direct-feed, 1080p video available that’s 100% gameplay. Would you like some gameplay of The Witcher 3 in beautiful 1080p? Why, of course you would! The gameplay below shows combat, conversations, travelling. In short, it’s a small sample of everything the game will offer. If you’re looking to learn much […]

  • Two Mortal Kombat X characters to be revealed this week

    Mortal Kombat X will get not one, but two character reveals this week. Mortal Kombat creator Ed Boon has been at again on Twitter, teasing all kinds of reveals over the past few days. Firstly, Boon tweeted this image, which at first glance appears to show a character holding a bow. However, further examination by […]

  • Planetside 2 successfully claims the Guinness World Record for biggest FPS battle

    The Planetside 2 community has successfully organised an online battle involving over 1000 players, breaking the previous Guinness World Record. The event, which was organised by Planetside Battles was pitched to the community last week. 1,158 players have answered the call, smashing the record for “Most Players Online in an FPS Battle.” The previous 999 […]

  • Microsoft aiming for Xbox One-to-PC streaming to function while you watch TV

    Streaming Xbox One games to PC while you watch TV on the console through the HDMI pass-through is something Microsoft is hoping to achieve when the service launches with Windows 10. Microsoft’s Phil Spencer has been on Twitter answering fan questions following last week’s Windows 10 event. One interesting bit that came out of those […]

  • Everything we know about The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is sure to be one of the biggest RPGs of the year, due for release in May on PC, Xbox One and PS4. Delayed since its target release of 2015, CD Projekt Red’s latest game takes the series to a true open world environment, and charges the player with tracking […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beta date leaked – rumour

    According to an email sent to some YouTubers, the upcoming beta for Battlefield Hardline is scheduled for February 3. The date for the Battlefield Hardline beta is believed to be February 3. It comes from an email that’s been sent by Ronku to various YouTubers reminding them of the starting date, February 3. Ronku is […]

  • The history of The Witcher: beyond the Road With No Return

    We take a look at The Witcher franchise, from the original short stories to its blockbuster video games. The world was first introduced to Geralt through a set of short stories called The Witcher (English translation) written by author Andrzej Sapkowski. The first short story was published in the Polish fantasy and science fiction magazine […]