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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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    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 […]