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Microsoft responds to XBL bans over modded 360 consoles

Thursday, 12 November 2009 18:13 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

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Microsoft has responded to the wave of bans on Xbox Live over modded 360 consoles, and while it has decided to remain mum on specific figures, it was quick to remind consumers that piracy is illegal and subject to consequences.

“While we don’t comment on specific numbers, Microsoft’s commitment to combat piracy and support safer and more secure gameplay for the more than 20 million members of the Xbox LIVE community remains a top priority,” a Microsoft spokesperson told VG247.

“All consumers should know that piracy is illegal and modifying their Xbox 360 console violates the Xbox Live terms of use, will void their warranty and result in a ban from Xbox Live.

“We can assure you that if an Xbox Live member follows the terms of use, purchased a retail copy of Modern Warfare 2 and played the game on an unmodified Xbox 360, no action will be taken.”

We assume that this also applies to pirated versions of games like Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust, but since there is apparently not a demand for it, MS decided to only mention Infinity Ward’s latest.

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39 Comments

  1. prawntoast

    Personally, I would ban anyone who played Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust even if it was a legit retail copy as punishment for supporting shit games that don’t deserve to exist.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. MushroomStamp

    hmmm 20 mill XBL and 1 mill ban. 5% user drop is rather significant. A well timed ban for a Holiday sales bump :)

    #2 5 years ago
  3. ManOfTeal

    Good for Microsoft get those pirates!!!!

    #3 5 years ago
  4. theevilaires

    Microsoft can you explain why people still get the RROD and other errors out of the blue for just playing their games they bought legally. Can you explain why live is still a paid for service while you throw fast food ads and stupid IGN ads in everyone faces?

    When the pirates strike back we’ll see who’ll be laughing the hardest then.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Psychotext

    “Microsoft can you explain why people still get the RROD”

    Because they can’t sneak into people’s houses and replace old hardware with new?

    …and really just exactly how are pirates going to strike back? By modding a newly bought console again? Vs Microsoft doing nothing, that harms them exactly how?

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Cort

    I’m with MushroomStamp. While I applaud MS’ actions in banning thieves and crooks, I do wonder if the prospect of selling several hundred-thousand new consoles to banned gamers wanting to get back in to the game (no pun intended) in the next month or two encouraged them to take such bold and decisive action.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. theevilaires

    Of course it did Cort. You think the consumers are the only crooks. M$ is robbing them too. They just stole $50,000,000 dollars form their consumers. When you buy a piece of hardware its yours. If you want to blow it up, throw it out of a window,or mod it you can. You bought it plain and simple you do what you want with it.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Psychotext

    It no longer connects to Live, and can still play games, so yeah, that’s the same as what you’re talking about… You think they don’t have the right to remove people from their service? I guess the bans that everyone else uses are out of order too?

    You know… like this: http://www.psu.com/PS3-owner-sues-Sony-after-being-banned-from-PSN-News–a007794-p0.php

    That poor guy wasn’t even a pirate… just an asshole. Shame on you Sony for robbing from your customers.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Mr Tom

    theevilaires: And there’s nothing stopping you modding your Xbox 360 if you want to. Just like MS are quite within their legal and moral rights to stop you using their online service that they run, host and maintain. Being banned from XBL does not stop the console itself from working.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Armitage

    @ MushroomStamp and Cort

    Yep it does seem like that, particularly at this time right now, when since the Slim’s introduction the 360 is the slowest selling console out there in all regions.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. freedoms_stain

    Live has a TOS, if modding your console violates that then they’re perfectly at liberty to do so.

    I don’t really think this does anything to counter piracy with any great or lasting effect though.

    Think about that cunt off the BBC piece who said he’d pirated 30-40 games, even taking a low-ish average of £35 per game, that’s over a grand.

    Making them buy another console puts a bit of green in the MS coffers, but it does nothing for the developers whose work was pirated.

    This sort of move also does nothing to tackle the causes/reasons for piracy, which contrary to popular belief isn’t purely greed.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Suikoden Fan

    For a laugh microsoft should ban everyone playing modern warfare 2 for a day and see what happens.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. theevilaires

    What are guys talking about of course the system still works I’m talking about the live subs $50×1 million=$50,000,000 they just stole. Most likely everyone who paid for it only used it about half the time anyway.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Psychotext

    Live is tied to the account, not the console TEA. Your XBL Gold is still very much valid, and not stolen from you.

    Which is strange really, because given the pirate has breached the ToS, they could just as easily take that away too.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. JasperLoons

    Psychotext,

    I’m just guessing here, but I bet that was only a user ban, not a console ban like the xbox ones. Other than that though, I’m with you. You want to mod you xbox and play online, you accept the risk.

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Psychotext

    In this case the ability of the console to access Live is removed JL, rather than the profile. The profile stays intact.

    #16 5 years ago
  17. Armitage

    Think he meant the Sony asshole banning.

    #17 5 years ago
  18. Psychotext

    Oh… no, Sony can (and do) completely remove the ability of a console to access their network too.

    #18 5 years ago
  19. MushroomStamp

    It’s not the first ban wave…. and surely won’t be the last.. but figuring the last time for me was 2 years ago, it is worth it. Although I won’t be getting a new box this time. I just don’t seem to care enough.

    #19 5 years ago
  20. reask

    Armitage said:

    Yep it does seem like that, particularly at this time right now, when since the Slim’s introduction the 360 is the slowest selling console out there in all regions.

    Never mind armitage another 10 years and the PS3 will have taken over the 360. :D
    What a turnaround.

    A pirate is a pirate.
    Let them head over to PSN for the free gaming. ;)

    #20 5 years ago
  21. Armitage

    @reask

    Yeah OK.

    #21 5 years ago
  22. theevilaires

    yea ban the console because we know pirates have a good stock of consoles on hand just in case they get banned. I guess they save all their money from not buying games to have a spare 360 in the other room. Everyone has that right?

    MW2 is about to release soon/M$ bans a few consoles

    MW2 360 edition is announced/M$ watches pre order sales

    People renew their live subs/M$ “then” warns about piracy

    People just get disc ver/M$ mad doesn’t move 360′s and flips the switch.

    Cheap tactic to boost hardware sales in that order I bet!

    #22 5 years ago
  23. Whizzo

    Hmm. Your ideas are intriguing to me and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter.

    #23 5 years ago
  24. theevilaires

    reask said: A pirate is a pirate. Let them head over to PSN for the free gaming. ;)

    you forgot to also add at the end of your sentence – and a system that won’t scratch your disc,break down for no reason every year, and a clean crisp 1080p naive UI that they can’t hack or pirate because sony builds their machines the right way without rushing there product market.

    #24 5 years ago
  25. Armitage

    @tea

    As both a PS3 and a PC gamer, I have been looking forward, as a neutral party, to a showdown between yourself and bdh. Why have you both disappointed?

    #25 5 years ago
  26. Morrius

    They’re perfectly within their rights to do this.

    A mate of mine got caught out doing it, so he broke the fans in his 360 and forced a RROD, then claimed a new one. Supposedly.

    #26 5 years ago
  27. theevilaires

    Its just plain stupid. You’re gonna teach somebody a lesson by not letting them use your online service that you get money from…FU.CK.ING SMART

    I guess the pirates are gonna stop their MW2 *SP* campaign and just say to themselves…you know what M$ is so fucking great they’re teaching me a lesson oh boy!

    #27 5 years ago
  28. Psychotext

    Yet oddly I know plenty of people who have gone out, bought a new console and a legit copies of the games they play the most. It’s about making it more hassle than it’s worth for a lot of people. Playing with their friends online is obviously a big draw for some.

    Those who want to pirate will still pirate, some will “go straight” and others will move on. But for Microsoft it only takes a few extra game and console sales to make the whole thing worthwhile.

    #28 5 years ago
  29. MushroomStamp

    LOL.. here’s the thing.. to replace the 360 that was banned was only 99$.. yup.. walmart was running a special right after the ban where you get $100 Gift card back. And since you don’t need new HD, you just get the arcade system. soooo.. $60 for a game or just get a new system for $99 and be on your way again…. silly I know.. but it is what it is.

    #29 5 years ago
  30. Gekidami

    That guy i know who got ban plans to sell his console and probably get a new one, flash it and start over. Funny thing is he’s probably going to use the forced down time to use what ever hack he’s doing and get full gamerscore in every game he’s not bought.

    #30 5 years ago
  31. Psychotext

    No co-incidence when those deals started running I reckon.

    @Gekidami: The only problem with that (and I guess he doesn’t know this yet) is that when he tries to move his profile (and new gamerscore / achievements etc) onto his new console it’s going to tell him that it’s corrupt… so he’ll lose all that epeen he’s been building up.

    #31 5 years ago
  32. theevilaires

    No its not man. Someone will find a way to get their 360 to be undetected by M$. It’ll happen its M$ FFS, makers of window vista.

    1st it was the hardware failure problems

    Now its the piracy problem

    then it’ll be the tech problem where the system can’t compete and every game will require a second disk or you’ll just be force fed DLC.

    They didn’t think it through, they just don’t.

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

    Trust Me It’ll never change :P

    #32 5 years ago
  33. Gekidami

    @Psychotext:
    Hum? Dont know where you’ve heard that. He’s put his HDD on another system since and had no problems.

    #33 5 years ago
  34. MushroomStamp

    Psychotext is correct. Anyone that tells you otherwise is full of crap. I tried it and had 2 other friends try it.. same result. You move over to valid console it says your game save etc is corrupt.. .but you put it back on the ban system and it works again.. Achievements acquired on a Banned system will be locked out and not able to upload with a valid system.

    Yes the HD will work on a new system, but any saves and achievements from the banned system will not.

    #34 5 years ago
  35. Psychotext

    I think it only applies to those affected by the latest banwave though. I’m not sure how they could do it to machines that were banned earlier.

    #35 5 years ago
  36. Gekidami

    Well actual achievements arnt saved on the system itself but online servers. So it surely wont affect that (and has from what i’ve seen). Chances are its possible for actual game saves though. Or maybe its just the pirate game saves? And legit saves still work?

    He was banned by in the latest wave to.

    #36 5 years ago
  37. Psychotext

    Well, yeah because when your console is banned from Live it can no longer communicate… therefore your profile never gets updated online (which is why people used to switch to a legit console).

    You can still download your profile from the servers, but obviously that’s only going to be accurate up to the last time you were able to connect to live.

    As for what, it’s your entire profile. Legit saves or not (there’s no way they could differentiate). Apparently you can move the stuff as of when you get banned… but as soon as a save or profile is updated by the system, it’s locked. (So don’t play anything if you get banned and want to move your stuff over)

    #37 5 years ago
  38. MushroomStamp

    Achievements are stored on the Local.. then uploaded when connected. If you play off line you still get the achievements, you just can’t upload them. So for all that Achievement Points do for you (absolutely nothing), you can still run up your points … just noone will see them :)

    So i am now currently racking up my Steam Points for MW2 :) WOOT

    #38 5 years ago
  39. Gekidami

    Hum, sound plausible.

    So any Achievements gained AFTER the ban are void as are any game saves on the banned system.

    #39 5 years ago

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    In case you forgot, The Bomb Heists and Dragan Character content packs for Payday 2 were released yesterday. The new heist pack is available for $6.99/€6.99/£4.99 and the Dragan character will run you $4.99/€4.99/£3.99 through Steam and other digital distribution sites. Here’s the details: The Bomb Heists A new contact, called the Butcher, brought to […]

  • Rockstar offers tips on scaling GTA Online creations to support 30 players

    Rockstar has posted a tutorial of sorts on how to edit your GTA Online’s creations to support up to 30 players. According to the developer, when selecting Load Creation, users will be able to access any previously published Jobs and edit them in any way they wish. Users can also increase the Maximum Players races […]

  • Video for Life is Strange shows you how to rewind time

    If you could rewind time, would you change the events of your day or leave things be? In Life is Strange, you will make this choice. In the developer diary below, Dontnot Entertainment touches upon the main character’s ability to rewind time. How Max’s ability works and originated is also discussed. The first episode of […]

  • Take a look at one of the historical battles in Total War: Attila

    The Creative Assembly has revealed historical battles for Total War: Attila and shown off one of them. In the latest episode of Rally Point, developer Creative Assembly takes a look at one of the nine historical battles that will be included in Total War: Attila when it launches next month. But before you see the […]

  • ARMA 3 video lists 33 of its features, teases upcoming expansion

    ARMA 3 is an impressive military simulator, but that’s not the only thing impressive about it. In fact, this video lists 33 of the game’s most notable features. ARMA 3′s latest video gives you a tour of many of its strengths. It goes over the number of vehicles, weapons and playable area. But that’s not […]

  • No Man’s Sky dev explains what you actually do in the game

    No Man’s Sky is simultaneously the most intriguing mystery and the most scary. Developer Hello Games is asked some questions and gives some solid answers. Eurogamer asked Hello Games’ Sean Murray a number of questions that are on everyone’s mind when they think about No Man’s Sky. The biggest one being, what do you actually […]

  • Dying Light physical release set for February 27, Be The Zombie mode goes free

    The release date for the physical version of Dying Light has been confirmed for Europe, along with the release dates for all regions. Dying Light developer Techland has confirmed that the PC version of the game will release digitally, worldwide, on January 27. The physical version and the digital PS4 and Xbox One versions will […]

  • Guild Wars 2 is $10 this weekend

    ArenaNet is offering Guild Wars 2 for $10 this weekend only, and hosting a double XP event during the same period. The regular and Digital Deluxe editions of Guild Wars 2 are both offered at 75% off this weekend. The regular edition can be yours for just $10 while the Deluxe is $15. The offer […]

  • Cyberpunk 2077 development still going, but the focus is on The Witcher 3, says dev

    If you’re dying to hear anything about CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077, you’ll be waiting a while still. The focus is on The Witcher 3 right now. Ever since Cyberpunk 2077′s announcement all the way back in 2012 developer CD Projekt Red has been really quiet about the sci-fi RPG. We’ve not seen any gameplay […]

  • Digital pet Animin gamecards get May release

    With AR being all the go, it might be worth checking out virtual pet Animin for iOS and Android. Game-cards for Animin, the virtual pet for iOS and Android, are set to appear at UK retail this May, the developers have announced. Animin sits on your touch device and does cute stuff. The little dude […]

  • You won’t need a new GPU for DirectX 12, except for some features

    Microsoft has clarified that while you’ll need a new GPU to get the full potential of DirectX 12, existing hardware will support it just fine. Microsoft’s Mike Ybarra said in a press meeting following the Windows 10 event that you will need a new graphics card to get “the full benefits” of DirectX 12. “There […]

  • Assassin’s Creed Victory: fans speculate over characters and locations

    Ubisoft has not yet started talking about Assassin’s Creed: Victory, so some eager fans are speculating about everything they can just from those leaked screens. A very popular thread right now on the Ubisoft forums attempts to gather fans’ specualtion about characters, events and story of Assassin’s Creed: Victory. What followed was quite a lot […]

  • This is what co-op looks like in Dying Light

    Dying Light’s cop-op mode has been given a short demo by developer Techland. Dying Light supports drop-in/ drop-out co-op for up to four players. The entire campaign is playable in co-op, and there are special co-op challenges. Watch as four members of developer Techland take on the game’s zombie apocalypse. Dying Light is out January […]

  • Get Saints Row 2, Saints Row: The Third and all DLC for $5

    Bundle Stars’ latest bundle packs Saints Row 2 and the complete Saints Row: The Third for $5. The Saints Row bundle is priced $5. It is live now and for another 14 days. It comes with Saints Row 2, Saints Row: The Third – The Full Package, which is basically the game plus all the […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for January 23, 24

    Xur: Agent of the Nine has made the trek to Destiny’s Tower for another week of business. Destiny’s Exotics vendor, Xur: Agent of the Nine has arrived at the Tower as per the weekly schedule. Xur will sell you Exotic weapons and armour pieces if you have the Strange Coins to afford it. He also […]

  • Bloodborne is getting two special edition PS4s in Japan

    Sony will launch two limited-edition, Bloodborne-themed PlayStation 4 bundles in Japan. Two bundles are available, one in black and another in white, complete with a controller and a headset. The hard disk cover is engraved with the title and the cover shot. Both bundles come with the collector’s edition release of the game, which was […]

  • Best Destiny videos of the week – Xur vs Cryptarch rap battle

    Destiny has once more produced a slew of entertaining, educational and occasionally baffling videos. Destiny players have repeatedly sparked crazes by exploiting the game’s little foibles – Sparrow surfing is one example. This latest one is kind of mysterious; I don’t know how it’s done, or why you would want to, but Hidden Reach has […]

  • The Sims 4 free for 48 hours with Origin Game Time

    The Sims 4 is the latest game to be offered free through Origin’s Game Time promotion. The Sims 4 is now free to download from Origin, granting you a 48 hour window to try it out and see if you want to pay for the full game. The free time starts counting as soon as […]

  • Check out Destiny’s new PvP mode, Doubles

    Destiny Crucible players can enjoy a new kind of PvP action with Doubles. Destiny may not be as PvP focused as some Halo fans were hoping, but Bungie is slowly ramping up Crucible support, starting with better Iron Banner events. Some time ago the developer promised to introduce experimental game modes, and the latest Bungie […]

  • Halo: New Blood novel launching digitally in March

    A new Halo novel will explore the backstory of Gunnery Sergeant Edward Buck. Halo: New Blood is a digital-first short novel launching on March 2. The 60,000 word novel was penned by Matt Forbeck, an award-winning author of many licensed fantasy and sci-fi publications. It’s an all-new story, but fans of Halo 3: ODST will […]

  • Destiny players purchased 1.1 million Ice Breakers last week

    Destiny players know what’s hot, and Exotic sniper rifle Ice Breaker is definitely warm. Destiny vendor Xur offered Ice Breaker for sale last weekend, much to the delight of everyone yet to find this terrific bit of gear. According to the latest Bungle Weekly Update, Xur sold 1,143,320 Ice Breakers. He left the tower with […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition nets GLAAD special recognition award

    Dragon Age: Inquisition has been honoured for its diverse representation by LGBT advocacy body GLAAD. Dragon Age: Inquisition will receive a special recognition award for “the many complex and unique LGBT characters prominently integrated throughout the game”. GLAAD doesn’t normally honour video games (maybe one day, if we ever have enough that deserve it), but […]

  • The Order: 1886 AR game is full of puzzles

    The Order: 1886 has spawned a new promotional website with lots of info to ferret out. Called The Order Exposed, the new site pertains to be the blog of a missing researcher, who had been hoping to uncover the secrets of the alternate history. This on its own is quite interesting but it’s also full […]

  • Grow Home is the next game to follow Child of Light, Valiant Hearts

    Ubisoft has announced another small passion project in the wake of the success of recent releases. Child of Light, Valiant Hearts: The Great War and Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon are all the products of a new initiative at Ubisoft where the publisher lets key developers rest after big triple-A projects by working on something […]

  • What mysterious reveal is Xbox teasing for May 4?

    Xbox is teasing something we’ll be waiting quite a while to learn more about. Xbox community manager Raj Patel tweeted the following earlier today: Hmm… pic.twitter.com/4wBGu6xsDc — Raj Patel (@Rajio) January 22, 2015 NeoGAF users spotted the morse code in the background of the image, which translates as follows: “Presented by Xbox, 10am PDT, 1pm […]

  • 2011 PSN hack class action settlement claim forms available

    PlayStation Network members affected by the 2011 hack and downtime can now claim part of a $15 million settlement. The PSN was down for months on end in 2011 following a major hack, which resulted in user details being compromised. Sony apologised and provided free games as compensation, but unhappy gamers banded together in a […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 has a true open world

    Final Fantasy 15 doesn’t just have “open world gameplay”, it has a true open world – one continuous stretch of environment. “The world is connected by continuous land,” director Hajime Tabata told Gamespot. “If those areas were disconnected, it would feel distant from reality. You’ll find that you’ll be able to walk or drive or […]

  • Suikoden, Suikoden 2 EU PSN release date locked down

    Suikoden and its first sequel will be available via the European PlayStation Network soon. Suikoden publisher Konami has confirmed a February 4 release date for the two RPG classics. CONFIRMED! #Suikoden I & II EU #PSN release date is FEB 4TH! http://t.co/ObOIvZDJAK pic.twitter.com/aM760R2Gez — Konami UK (@KonamiUK) January 22, 2015 It’s been a long wait […]

  • Dying Light physical release set for February 20, says Gamestop Italy

    Dying Light’s physical release has been delayed, but at least one European retailer thinks it knows what’s going on. Dying Light’s physical release date is February 20, according to Gamestop Italy. According to Tmag (Italian, via Google Translate), there’s been no response from local representatives of publisher Warner Bros. Although the digital release will take […]

  • Free online multiplayer update now available for Trials Fusion

    Online multiplayer is now available as a free update to Trials Fusion. The online component includes three new four to eight player multiplayer modes on PC, PS4 and Xbox One and up to four players on Xbox 360. These are the three new gameplay modes included with the update can be found through a previous […]

  • This video for indie survival horror Monstrum features all in-game footage

    Monstrum launches on Steam Early Access January 29 and today, you can have a look at a video for it featuring all in-game footage. Developed by Team Junkfish the survival horror game set on a derelict cargo ship which combines roguelike elements, such as procedurally generated levels and permadeath thanks to AI driven predators. Monstrum […]

  • Here’s quick look at Dead Rising: Watchtower starring Rob Riggle

    A short look at the film adaptation of Dead Rising has surfaced. Transformers director Lorenzo di Bonaventura headed the project and it was directed by Zach Lipovsky. It stars comedy actor Rob Riggle as Frank West, along with Academy Awards nominated actress Virginia Madsen (Candyman, Sideways), Dennis Haysbert (24), Meghan Ory (Once Upon a Time), and […]

  • A Kickstarter for Underworld Ascendant will launch next month

    OtherSide Entertainment, an independent games studio fronted by Paul Neurath, has announced it’s developing Underworld Ascendant. Neurath is the founder and CEO of the new studio ad his resume includes franchises such as Thief, System Shock and 1992′s Underworld Underworld. The studio hopes Underworld Ascendant will “innovate and revitalize” the fantasy genre. More details will […]

  • APB Reloaded heading to PS4 and Xbox One during Q2 2015

    APB Reloaded will indeed be heading to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One during late Q2 this year, which puts its release sometime around the end of June. Reloaded Productions announced in September 2014 it was working on bringing the free-to-play PC title to consoles during the Digital Media Wire event in New York City. The […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 2 -The Lost Lords arrives in February – video

    Release dates for Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series have been announced. A new video offering a “first look” has also appeared. Below is the story synopsis, which you may want to skip if you haven’t played Episode One. House Forrester is in disarray. Their liege lord and his heir are dead, and Ironrath […]

  • The open beta for Nosgoth has gone live

    Consider this a friendly reminder: the Nosgoth open beta has started. Announced last week, the open beta can be accessed through the official website. Once you link your Steam account, just log into the service and start downloading the client. Everyone that plays the tester will receive double XP through January 28. More information is […]

  • First gameplay footage of Homeworld Remastered Collection being shown this weekend

    Homeworld Remastered Collection news and the first gameplay footage of Gearbox Software’s remake will be revealed at PAX South this weekend. The news and video will be shown during the Inside Gearbox Software panel at 10.30am CST on Sunday. It will also be streamed on Twitch. Gearbox is hoping to have Homeworld Remastered released by […]

  • Latest Final Fantasy Type-0 HD video delves more into combat

    Square Enix has released its latest Orience News video for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, and it provides insight into character combat styles and techniques. In the video you will see the elite combat force of Class Zero going deeper into battle to improve their skills. Combat is party-based and each of the three characters in […]

  • Something really cool happens when you finish Resident Evil HD *spoiler*

    Those who finish Resident Evil HD will be met with a really nice surprise at the end. If you wish to find out what it is on your own, DO NOT head below the break. You have been warned. According to images posted by Reddit user omeganemesis28, a thank you message from Resident Evil creator […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain release date “should be” announced soon

    A release date for Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain “should be able” to be announced soon, according to the latest Kojima Station webcast. New information on the game will also be announced at the Taipei Game Show on January 31, per Game Spark (thanks, Gemtasu). “I know you’ve all been eagerly await for […]

  • Punch-Out!!, more Throwback offerings arrive on Nintendo US eShop

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Punch-Out!!, Citizens of Earth and Part Two of the Throwback Sale. Here’s the entire update: Nintendo eShop releases Punch-Out!! (originally for Wii) – also 50% off until January 29 Citizens of Earth – introductory price of $11.99 until January 27 Breezeblox (Wii) Midnight (Wii […]

  • The Witcher Battle Arena has arrived on the App Store and Google Play

    The Witcher Battle Arena, CD Projekt RED and Fuero Games’ mobile MOBA, has been released. In Battle Arena, two three-hero teams fight it out as they try to capture and hold conquest points. The game features “no pay-to-win elements”, instead it contains a “player-friendly monetization system.” Every item and functionality can be unlocked entirely through […]

  • Second wave of Star Wars titles arrive on GOG, third wave next week

    The second wave of Star Wars titles will arrive on GOG.com today with more coming January 27. Today you can pick up the following: Star Wars: Rogue Squadron 3D (digital distribution premiere) Star Wars Rebellion (digital distribution premiere) Star Wars Empire at War: Gold Pack On January 27, the final three games of this wave […]

  • If Microsoft is serious about PC games, Xbox One should be the real Steam Machine

    Forget the magic space goggles. Maybe Valve doesn’t have the wherewithal to realise PC gaming’s TV dream, but Microsoft holds all the keys. If Microsoft really wants to get into PC gaming full-time, it needs to get around the table with Mr Newell and its platinum chequebook. “It’s time for us to talk about gaming […]

  • Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 releases on Steam next week

    Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 will be released on Steam for PC next week. The PC version of the was announced earlier this month and contains upgraded graphics, runs in 1080p, and has both Japanese and English audio. It will release on January 28 for $14.99. Fairy Fencer F and Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2 also coming […]

  • Take a look at the controls and special abilities in The Order: 1886

    The Order: 1886 has a new trailer available that highlights the game’s controls and reveals the two special abilities the main protagonist has at his disposal. The game uses a similar control scheme to other shooters, but just in case you wanted to see more gameplay, we’ve got just the thing. The most interesting parts […]

  • These elderly people are better at GTA 5 than you’d expect

    Do old people get video games? Namely something known for its violence like GTA? Well, you’re about to find out. The latest REACT production sits a few elderly men and women in a room and lets them play GTA 5. The results are not what you’d expect, they start off getting a feel for the […]

  • More major Microsoft titles will be coming to PC

    Microsoft will bring more of its franchises to PC. Following on from yesterday’s big Windows stream, Microsoft has released a full recap on Xbox Wire. In the blog post, the firm hid a small bit of news revealing that Fable Legends will not be the only title to come to PC. “Today we announced that […]