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The VG247 Community and Game Awards 2009

Monday, 7 December 2009 10:16 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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And here we are. Another year almost done, and we’re still here. Why? Because you read the website. Better than that, you spend your time getting involved and making VG247 what it is by commenting, giving us your feedback, suggesting upgrades and pressing F5 when it matters. Without you we’re nothing. It’s time to give something back.

Below are details on the second VG247 community awards. We’re adding game awards as well this year. You matter. They’re watching.

VG247 Community Awards 2009

  • Best Poster (Overall) – There’s no specific criteria for this. Which community member was “best”? Do as thou wilt. The winner gets a retail DJ Hero Renegade Edition for 360.
  • Best Poster (Trade) – Rightly or wrongly, we’re reporting on a subject surrounded by a ridiculous amount of bluff and misinformation. This award should go to the reader who did the best job this year of adding depth to our trade coverage. The winner gets a blue DSi and a copy of Mario & Sonic at the Winter Olympics.
  • Best Fanboy – VG247′s community wouldn’t be what it is without insane people fighting over bits of plastic. While we’re reticent to applaud those that clearly struggle with the concept of “perspective” in their day-to-day lives, there’s something oddly romantic about a childish mentalist having schadenfreude sex-wees every time someone charges for something or a port’s framerate drops. Whoever wins this gets promo copies of Forza 3 and Assassin’s Creed II (PS3), and a retail copy of the Age of Empires Complete Edition. Because, you know, it could go either way.
  • The Shatner – We did a lot of thinking about whether or not to do this, but given the fact the entire site’s indelibly stained with Shatner’s blood – to his delight, no doubt – it’d be churlish to deny him his legacy. You’re voting for a proper twat here. The Shatner isn’t awarded to a “fanboy”. Whoever wins this award should be a relentless troll exploiting our lenient banning policy for selfish means, someone apparently committed to behaving in a way specifically designed to damage VG247 and its general user experience. The prize? Whoever wins gets banned for the next 12 months. From one legend to another. Choose carefully, kids.
  • We are the mod – We need a mod to watch for and delete spam in both the comments and on the forum. Nothing else. Vote for someone who can be granted admin rights and won’t turn into a Nazi.

VG247 Game Awards 2009

  • Best Publisher – One company only, please.
  • Best Developer – This is going to be tough, but there can be only one. Not two. One.
  • Best Game of 2009 – It’s been a fantastic year. We’re not going to give a shortlist, but you can only vote for one game each. Don’t fuck with our mojos by giving us a 1-100 list, or anything stupid.
  • Most Anticipated Game of 2010 – We don’t need to explain this, right? Again, please nominate only one game.

How to vote – Mail your nominations to patrick [at] vg247.com with the subject “VG247 community awards 2009″. We’ll announce all the winners next Monday, December 14, so everyone will get their prizes before Christmas.

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192 Comments

  1. mescalineeyes

    I’m really bad with names…

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Psychotext

    He who must not be named is pleased… :D

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Syrok

    :D – The Shatner

    I don’t even know who the developers and publishers are of the games I buy. Going to have to look that up. ^.^
    Game of the Year will be Demon’s Soul, UC2 or Flower.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Len

    There can be only one for the S award…

    #4 5 years ago
  5. mescalineeyes

    I’m torn between Demon’s Souls and Street Fighter IV.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Cort

    This isn’t going to end well…..

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Cort

    ….but I still laughed my ass off when I read it.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. absolutezero

    Whispers “Santa Claus” to the wind.

    /crosses fingers.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Quiiick

    Best Poster (Overall): Blerk !!!

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Psychotext

    Now now… no influencing the voting. :)

    #10 5 years ago
  11. evilashchris

    Blerk is indeed awesome, I think he mortgaged his house with last years proceeds :D

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Patrick Garratt

    First votes in! Best poster – BDH :D

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Quiiick

    @ Psychotext
    This IS my vote!
    Not going to send an e-mail and getting spammed some day.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Shatner

    Hi!

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Cort

    :^O

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Cort

    First votes in! Best poster – BDH

    Submitted by BDH.

    #16 5 years ago
  17. Psychotext

    @Quiiick: I don’t think Pat really has the time to send you spam, or the inclination to sell your email address. :P

    “Submitted by BDH”

    How dare you. The votes clearly came from different email addresses. Some of which were…

    ilovepcs@pcgamingalliance.org
    imnotbdh@dell.com
    bluedreamhunk@ravinginsanity.net

    #17 5 years ago
  18. Quiiick

    @ Psychotext
    You never know these days. Just being cautious.

    #18 5 years ago
  19. Patrick Garratt

    Quiiick – That’s my personal email address. I promise you you’ll get no spam from me.

    #19 5 years ago
  20. El_MUERkO

    The Shatner

    :D

    #20 5 years ago
  21. Robo_1

    I honestly wouldn’t know who to nominate for The Shatner, and I would hope that if not enough votes come in for it, nobody will be banned.

    There’s certainly people who post here who I wish would sod off to Gamefaqs and have done with it, but I fear there will be a lot of votes going out just to settle old scores.

    Overall I think we’ve got a nice community here, and I’m honestly not sure if an award like this betrays that mostly jovial and welcoming atmosphere, or helps to maintain it.

    #21 5 years ago
  22. mescalineeyes

    you’re quite eloquent for a robot.

    #22 5 years ago
  23. The Hindle

    Yea same here Robo i think its a bit harsh to vote someone in that, everyone is decent on this website no real idiots

    #23 5 years ago
  24. Syrok

    “no real idiots”

    Well, there are some mentalists. :D

    #24 5 years ago
  25. Quiiick

    @ Patrick Garratt
    Thanks for the reassurance. I never feared I would get spam from you personally.

    #25 5 years ago
  26. Cort

    No-one is really banned. They just set up a new account. That is, if they haven’t already got two or more.

    #26 5 years ago
  27. Zarckan

    What a load of bowlacks! The Shatner indeed :(

    #27 5 years ago
  28. G1GAHURTZ

    Sent.

    #28 5 years ago
  29. No_PUDding

    :D

    The Shatner!

    I am gonna get on the e-blower and send an internet mail. Good luck all.

    #29 5 years ago
  30. No_PUDding

    Can we vote for part time contributors?

    #30 5 years ago
  31. Patrick Garratt

    Vote for whoever you like.

    #31 5 years ago
  32. OlderGamer

    Also wouldn’t mind expanding the catagories a bit next year. Best Downloadable game comes to mind. Fat Princess, Trine, and Shadow Complex were freaken briliant, but they won’t stand up against the onslought of MW2 votes. Best PS3/xb360/PC/ and handheld games spring to mind too.

    Anyways thanks for the chance to be heard.

    Voted.

    #32 5 years ago
  33. Hunam

    What do you mean by trade poster?

    #33 5 years ago
  34. JonFE

    Pat, I voted twice. If possible, ignore the first email vote and consider only the second corrected entry. Sorry for your trouble…

    #34 5 years ago
  35. Jadeskye

    Vote for me, for a better britain! :p

    #35 5 years ago
  36. Johnny Cullen

    Vote for me for Best Member for DJ Hero for a better world, or I’ll fucking make sure you’ll hear about it!

    :D

    #36 5 years ago
  37. Hunam

    Pat, sorry if two was send from me, my email client is possessed by a demon of some kind.

    #37 5 years ago
  38. Patrick Garratt

    No worries, man :)

    #38 5 years ago
  39. Hunam

    also, me for mod. Because I care, alot.

    #39 5 years ago
  40. Roybott

    Do you not think that it would be best to have a couple of Mods for removing spam? Most people don’t spend 24/7 on this site so having a couple will mean chances are someone is on the site most of the time.

    Speaking of which I’d be up for helping remove spam from the Forum etc… if anyone wants to vote for me that is :)

    #40 5 years ago
  41. DaMan

    I don’t understand what’s “best poster(trade)”.

    #41 5 years ago
  42. reask

    I voted Pat.

    #42 5 years ago
  43. ybfelix

    When BDH receive his best fanboy award, Forza 3 and Assassin’s Creed II (PS3), oh the irony.

    Hey, the Age of Empires Complete Edition was just for him, right??

    #43 5 years ago
  44. Robo_1

    “Speaking of which I’d be up for helping remove spam from the Forum etc… if anyone wants to vote for me that is ”

    Yeah, I’ve put my name forward too. I’m on here most days anyway, so I may as well be useful. :D

    #44 5 years ago
  45. DaMan

    sent.

    #45 5 years ago
  46. Syrok

    “I don’t understand what’s “best poster(trade)”.”

    Just vote for Psycho. :D

    #46 5 years ago
  47. Mike

    TEA will hopefully get the Shatner.

    #47 5 years ago
  48. DaMan

    Syrok, that’s what I did in fact :D.. I mean, I don’t see the difference between this and “best poster overall”.

    #48 5 years ago
  49. Mike

    I’ll explain. Someone like me gets best poster overall. And people like psychotext and blerk get best poster (trade)

    Simple ;)

    #49 5 years ago
  50. blackdreamhunk

    yea I ‘m a pc gamer not console gamer, if I win any awards it’s got to be a pc game. If I do win and it’s cconsole game I am going to have to pass :)

    I would like to add more awards to the list.

    best mods of the year
    best indie games of the year
    best web based game of the year
    best free game of the year

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwXpFv96H_Y

    #50 5 years ago
  51. Psychotext

    I’m sure there must be other posters as sad as me when it comes to trawling through financial reports and Media Create data…

    :(

    #51 5 years ago
  52. Hunam

    Oh, so that’s what trade is about. I just voted for the local cruising enthusiast.

    #52 5 years ago
  53. Psychotext

    YOU CAN’T PROVE ANYTHING.

    /dons camo

    #53 5 years ago
  54. Yoshi

    Whoever get nominated also gets a yellow submarine from me :D unless you prefer a different colour of course ;)

    #54 5 years ago
  55. Syrok

    Just send my votes. Pretty much the same as last year regarding the first two questions. :)

    PS: Nathan gets the award for most entertaining news writer (or whatever his title would be). :)

    #55 5 years ago
  56. Psychotext

    “Most likely to post utterly insane news in an utterly insane manner”

    :D

    #56 5 years ago
  57. Syrok

    Yep, that’s good too. :D

    #57 5 years ago
  58. ChrisPilote

    Voted, mainly in the prospect of having 12 months of peace ;)

    #58 5 years ago
  59. OlderGamer

    Mike, Tea should get Fanboy of the year imo, but not the shatner. Thats not cool, really. To ask to ban someone just because you two differ in opinions/likes/dislikes. Closest thing to a troll I ever see is BDH, and to be honest if he were gone, I might miss reading his “solid words”.

    #59 5 years ago
  60. OlderGamer

    I think the Shatner award should be renamed “Scariest Troll” award. W/O the use of the ban hammer. Although handing out an award based on being an ass might encourage people to create alt profiles and be, well, an award winning ass next year.

    #60 5 years ago
  61. Blerk

    I have man flu. I only just got out of bed. Now I have difficult decisions to make. Hmm.

    I might need a drink.

    #61 5 years ago
  62. ChrisPilote

    So you’re infectious, Blerk? That could have an influence-za (sorry…) on the votes you know :P
    Anyway, be well!

    #62 5 years ago
  63. Blerk

    I have hot chocolate now. This ‘sharpens the mind’. Possibly.

    Actually I might go back to bed. :-)

    #63 5 years ago
  64. Johnny Cullen

    “I have hot chocolate now.”

    That sounded so slutty in my head.

    #64 5 years ago
  65. Blerk

    That’s right, take advantage of me while I’m in a weakened state! You evil man. :-D

    #65 5 years ago
  66. Psychotext

    (Man flu = cold)

    /puts Blerk to bed
    /steals his votes

    #66 5 years ago
  67. Blerk

    You won’t be laughing when I’m dead!

    /shakes fist
    /feels a bit tired
    /contemplates watching cartoons

    #67 5 years ago
  68. Psychotext

    Now that last bit sounds like a plan.

    #68 5 years ago
  69. ChrisPilote

    /me is pretty sure that Blerk’s cartoons are about nubile girls and tentacles

    #69 5 years ago
  70. Cort

    Will we get a top three or just the winner in each category?

    #70 5 years ago
  71. Patrick Garratt

    I’ll do a top three, innit.

    #71 5 years ago
  72. DaMan

    top three winners of “the shit” as well?

    #72 5 years ago
  73. Patrick Garratt

    That one’s actually panning out quite unexpectedly. But my lips are sealed.

    #73 5 years ago
  74. Cort

    That one’s actually panning out quite unexpectedly. But my lips are sealed.

    You’re outta here, Blerk. ;o)

    #74 5 years ago
  75. Cort

    Of course, I should shut up joking about this one in case it ends up being me. :0(

    #75 5 years ago
  76. theevilaires

    O.G. that’s what they do. They cry to Garratt and ask him to ban people like me….and by people like me I mean people they can’t out debate because everything thing they bring to the table is twisted and very wrong.

    Its sad to know that text can make someone hurt inside. Oh well I’ll accept the Shatner award, he was a good guy in my book and I’m honored to be among his ranks even if it means I’m a “twat” :)

    /Salutes- LONG LIVE THE SHATNER LEGACY!

    #76 5 years ago
  77. OrphanageExplosion

    Just remember the chap who won the Uncharted 2 promo giveaway then gave away his prize!

    #77 5 years ago
  78. The Hindle

    So whats people voted for goty then, dont be Mw 2 please lol

    #78 5 years ago
  79. Mike

    #79 5 years ago
  80. DaMan

    aah, Hindle it’s Judgement Day! I voted for you in the Shit award because you once disrespected Tomb Raider! j/k

    #80 5 years ago
  81. McLovin85

    I’ve voted Uncharted 2 for best game. It was either that or Batman.
    Unfortunately i haven’t had a chance to play AC2 so not sure what i’m missing. But it’s a safe bet that i would rate Uncharted 2 higher (i think). Hope to be picking up AC2 in the next couple of weeks.

    #81 5 years ago
  82. Mike

    I voted for ND for dev and Dragon Age for game.

    #82 5 years ago
  83. DaMan

    I voted Nintendo for best devs and Rogue Warrior as the goty.

    ok, not really though.

    #83 5 years ago
  84. Mike

    :D

    #84 5 years ago
  85. Psychotext

    /votes for Rogue Warrior anyway

    #85 5 years ago
  86. No_PUDding

    Hmmm, What have I missed?

    whats ‘the shit’ award?

    #86 5 years ago
  87. Johnny Cullen

    The Shatner one, innit.

    #87 5 years ago
  88. theevilaires

    it was a deluxe ver of Dragons age Origins for PC Orphanage but who’s keeping track eh :D the fact of the matter is I don’t care. It doesn’t bother me when someone calls me a PS fanboy. I don’t scream for other people’s comments to be deleted like another.

    If the votes weigh in that way and I get banned, I’ll still be happy I got to add some of you to my friends list. :)

    I’m so excited I can barely hold my DS3 in my hands. I think its the excitement only a PlayStation fanboy can feel. A PlayStation fanboy at the start of a new journey who’s conclusion is uncertain :D

    I hope I get chose as the “Shatner”…

    I hope I get to see my friend and play UC2 MP with him…

    I hope the PS4 is as great as it has been in my dreams….

    I hope :) …..

    #88 5 years ago
  89. No_PUDding

    Oh well… I know who i went before.

    #89 5 years ago
  90. Mike

    Shawshank, ftw.

    #90 5 years ago
  91. theevilaires

    ….that’s goddamn right :)

    #91 5 years ago
  92. Mike

    How dare you defile it like that! ;)

    #92 5 years ago
  93. Withnail

    Publisher must be Sony surely. They’ve published a huge number of games this year across multiple genres and they’re all at least decent quality. From hardcore games (Uncharted 2, Infamous, Killzone 2) to family friendly titles (Ratchet, Jak & Daxter, Invizimals) to casual (Eyepet, Singstar) to innovative downloadable games (Flower, PixelJunk Shooter, Trash Panic) to portable versions of big franchises (LBP PSP, Gran Turismo PSP, Motorstorm PSP), and they’re just a few examples. Breadth and depth that few other publishers even get close to IMO.

    #93 5 years ago
  94. Mike

    EA

    #94 5 years ago
  95. No_PUDding

    I did EA too.

    #95 5 years ago
  96. theevilaires

    I’m only stating the VG247 version of Shawshank starring

    Garratt as Warden Norton
    Mike as Captain Hadley
    Shatner as Andy
    TEA as RED

    Only this time the good guys lose….or don’t they ;)

    #96 5 years ago
  97. Mike

    “Shatner as Andy
    TEA as RED”

    Tragic.

    #97 5 years ago
  98. Syrok

    I voted for Sony. They apparently published two of my three favourite games of this year. I wasn’t aware of that before the vote. :)

    #98 5 years ago
  99. Withnail

    EA would probably be my second choice for publisher, they did have a pretty good year, but I reckon Sony top them for quality over a wide range of genres.

    #99 5 years ago
  100. theevilaires

    /ignores Captain Mikey…turns up Mozart on 7.1 stereo surround sound :)

    #100 5 years ago
  101. Mike

    /puts TEA in the box.

    #101 5 years ago
  102. No_PUDding

    “Shatner – who crawled through a river of shit and came out clean on the other side.”

    Actually Mike, it’s kind of an apt casting.

    #102 5 years ago
  103. Shatner

    Pat follows me on Twitter.

    #103 5 years ago
  104. Michael O’Connor

    *sits back an enjoys the show*

    #104 5 years ago
  105. No_PUDding

    Wait… Uh. You’re….

    Are you real?

    #105 5 years ago
  106. Michael O’Connor

    Pudding: Probably just some guy who changed his username.

    #106 5 years ago
  107. No_PUDding

    Still scary. Kind of like seeing an android version of someone who you’ve seen killed.

    I can’t say the parallel has ever actually happened to me, but the point stands.

    #107 5 years ago
  108. Mike

    Real deal.

    #108 5 years ago
  109. Patrick Garratt

    It is him, yeah. You should see the amount of aliases he uses. I’m going to delete everything you’ve ever written on the site now. Ready?

    #109 5 years ago
  110. Michael O’Connor

    *laughs* Impressive. Care to share some of those aliases?

    *curious and nosey Irish bastard*

    #110 5 years ago
  111. reask

    Hey I dont like this shatner thing tbh.
    I have had many a debate with many members and I dont want to see anybody banned for the wrong reasons.
    I include BDH as well btw.

    You either go down that road or not and in all fairness the site has survived thus far.
    Yes I know I voted on it but I felt I had to Pat as you put it there.

    #111 5 years ago
  112. Mike

    Pat has the power to force people to do things they are uncomfortable with.

    /has urge to unzip….

    #112 5 years ago
  113. Michael O’Connor

    Hot, Mike.

    #113 5 years ago
  114. reask

    :D

    #114 5 years ago
  115. Cort

    Perhaps the winner of “Shatner” should get a private warning?

    #115 5 years ago
  116. Mike

    I think the winning of the Shatner should get a mirror.

    When they open it, they’ll need to take a long, hard look at it and make a few decisions about their immediate future.

    #116 5 years ago
  117. reask

    I just feel the thing about this site is that folks can say what they want without fear and yet for the most part it is quite civilised.

    #117 5 years ago
  118. MushroomStamp

    Come on! Nobody deserves the Shatner more than BDH

    #118 5 years ago
  119. Mike

    BDH is nothing like Shatner. Nothing at all.

    #119 5 years ago
  120. Michael O’Connor

    Maybe I should say goodbye before the inevitable happens? *laughs*

    It’s been fun guys!

    #120 5 years ago
  121. Mike

    The mirror’s in the post.

    #121 5 years ago
  122. Cort

    Come on! Nobody deserves the Shatner more than BDH

    BDH is nothing like Shatner. Nothing at all.

    Someone will be selected based on the criteria shown for “The Shatner”, not because he or she is like Shatner. You may think there is no difference; a few others will disagree.

    #122 5 years ago
  123. Michael O’Connor

    BDH really is nothing like Shatner. if you wanna look at it objectively.

    Shatner was a belligerent, condescending asshat. BDH is completely naive and utterly oblivious to his own ignorance, but he’s ultimately harmless. As is TEA.

    If I don’t end up winning this, I’ll be impressed. Heh.

    #123 5 years ago
  124. Mike

    The Shatner isn’t awarded to a “fanboy”.

    That’s what BDH is.

    Whoever wins this award should be a relentless troll exploiting our lenient banning policy for selfish means, someone apparently committed to behaving in a way specifically designed to damage VG247 and its general user experience.

    I’m sure most of you enjoy telling BDH to stfu and laughing at his posts.

    The Shatner should be awarded to the person that most people feel they want to ignore and actually sigh and click away from the site when they see he/she is about.

    I wonder who that could be…:)

    #124 5 years ago
  125. Cort

    Mike do you work/write for the site?

    #125 5 years ago
  126. Michael O’Connor

    @Cort: http://www.vg247.com/staff/

    Mike = Michael Bowden if I recall correctly.

    #126 5 years ago
  127. Mike

    That page will be updated soon hopefully :)

    #127 5 years ago
  128. Cort

    In that case, is it appropriate for you to be commenting on this particular issue and suggesting you already have a member in mind before the votes are in?

    #128 5 years ago
  129. Psychotext

    “Someone will be selected based on the criteria shown for “The Shatner”, not because he or she is like Shatner.”

    Those would be my thoughts on the “award”.

    #129 5 years ago
  130. Michael O’Connor

    Hahahaha.

    Oh dear, is Mike the leading name right? It would be quite funny if one of the staff received the Shatner reward…

    OUT WITH JOHNNY!

    “In that case, is it appropriate for you to be commenting on this particular issue and suggesting you already have a member in mind before the votes are in?”

    I don’t think he’s trying to suggest that he has a member in mind, but that he already has a general idea who it is because he already knows the current standing of the votes.

    #130 5 years ago
  131. Mike

    “In that case, is it appropriate for you to be commenting on this particular issue and suggesting you already have a member in mind before the votes are in?”

    Everything’s down to Pat. 100% him. Nothing to do with me at all.

    #131 5 years ago
  132. Mike

    I’m just a site user/commenter like you.

    #132 5 years ago
  133. Cort

    What? No Electoral Commission rules and observers? Naughty, Pat. :)

    #133 5 years ago
  134. Mike

    He’s a tyrant.

    #134 5 years ago
  135. Cort

    Some people need a dictator, I suppose. Pat’s a benevolent despot.

    #135 5 years ago
  136. Psychotext

    He’s certainly got the beard for it.

    #136 5 years ago
  137. Johnny Cullen

    Phft, not anymore he hasnt.

    #137 5 years ago
  138. Cort

    He lives in Worthing. That’s kind of like a war zone.

    #138 5 years ago
  139. The Hindle

    Oooh i want to do the Morgan Freeman narration Tea

    #139 5 years ago
  140. Psychotext

    Don’t tell me the beard is gone JC!

    #140 5 years ago
  141. Johnny Cullen

    It is.

    #141 5 years ago
  142. Psychotext

    NNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOooooooooooooo….

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

    #142 5 years ago
  143. Johnny Cullen

    Heh. :D

    #143 5 years ago
  144. Jadeskye

    Can we just shatner BDH and be rid of him?

    Pretty please?

    #144 5 years ago
  145. The Hindle

    Who the hell is Shatner btw, wasnt on this website then i dont think.

    #145 5 years ago
  146. Robo_1

    Does Pat have the power of veto over the member chosen for the Shatner?

    I mean if the results really are for one of the staff or a member who clearly doesn’t deserve it, will Pat refuse to ban that person, or is it majority rules?

    Also, was Shatner banned for life or just 12 months?

    #146 5 years ago
  147. Michael O’Connor

    Life.

    #147 5 years ago
  148. Psychotext

    The Universe.

    #148 5 years ago
  149. Michael O’Connor

    And everything!

    #149 5 years ago
  150. Gheritt White

    Best Overall Poster: Blerk. It has to be. He’s always been the best with consistently entertaining posts. Psychotext gave him a run for his money by getting quoted in a national newspaper, but Blerk brings the consistency.

    Best Trade Poster: Psychotext, no question or debate. The man has the ability to bring in numbers to every debate making it all the more informative for everybody.

    Best Fanboy: It simply has to be theevilaires. You’ve come such a long way in the last year my friend and nobody can deny you’ve made the site a more lively, entertaining and (occasionally) frustrating place. Nobody dserves this more than you and I hope you carry your passion and enthusiasm with you throughout all your endeavours.

    The Shatner: blackdreamhunk. Just fuck off. Seriously.

    We are the Mod: This is a toughie. I mean, there are too many first-rate regulars who all make excellent contributions – but if I had to pick one, I’d have to say No_PUDding, just because he’s such a sweetheart. (Btw – Michael, you know I rate you but I think even you’d agree that you’re perhaps a little too fiery to make for a truly even-handed mod).

    Best Publisher: UbiSoft. They make bold and daring games that don’t always reach their lofty ambitions, but no-one can deny they have sky-high aspirations.

    Best Developer: Can I say UbiSoft Montreal? If not, then Naughty Dog. Both studios really pulled it off this year.

    Best Game of 2009: I’d say Bionic Commando, but nobody would believe me. So instead I’ll say Assassin’s Creed 2.

    Most Anticipated Game of 2010: Gosh, there are so many! But if I had to choose one, then it’d have to be Mass Effect 2 ‘cos we all know it’s gonna be the absolute dog’s bollocks.

    Special mentions to Michael O’Connor, Johnny Cullen, Retroid, Tonka, Hunam, Cort, Mike, tenthousandgothsonacid, The Hindle, Syrok, G1GAHURTZ, reask and loads of others who make visiting here so enjoyable.

    Oh and Pat, too. He’s okay, I suppose.

    /EDIT: Just realised I was meant to mail this! Oh well, nobody would see my shout outs if I deleted it, so here it stays.

    #150 5 years ago
  151. Syrok

    Recognition at last! :D

    #151 5 years ago
  152. Michael O’Connor

    I make this place enjoyable?

    And here I thought everyone here saw me as an annoying, condescending, egotistical ass-hole with no filter on his mouth and an abusively narcissistic attitude.

    *laughs*

    #152 5 years ago
  153. blackdreamhunk

    you people can call me troll all you want but at the end of the day. It’s my words that are solid. In fact there is more people in the industry who supporting my views, even CEO’s are agreeing with me.

    there is even ceo’s who would agree with me. Also this proves even more how much game devs hate pc gamers. All your doing is fueling the fire that meny people will see.

    http://software.intel.com/en-us/blogs/2009/12/06/pc-gaming-not-hit-as-hard-as-some-estimate/

    PC Gaming not hit as hard as some estimate
    By Matt Ployhar (Intel) (12 posts) on December 6, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    I’m always bemused by articles like this touting the demise of PC Gaming and ‘how hard the PC games industry was hit’. For starters we have to first wonder where this information comes from. There are of course several sources that I won’t name here but it does make me pause why so much of the real story is left out, forgotten, or not mentioned.

    So let’s dissect some of the claims we’re starting to see as well as some more that are likely to crop up. Has the games industry as a whole been hit? I think everyone is in agreement about this statement. The majority of industries across the board have been. Next; has PC gaming been hit harder, or less than other game platforms? Well if we only consider retail in one geography (in this case North America) then yes. That statement would be true. What about the rest of the world? China for example has very low Console penetration but is sporting somewhere around ~45% of the world’s PC gaming units. Most of those PC game units never show up on anyone’s radar though since they’re not shipped, or available outside China. Europe is about a 1/3rd of the other remaining units. North America has actually been trending downward to about ~23% of the world’s total PC Gaming units. The reason why is that Console ownership in the US has gone up dramatically over the past decade. This trend hasn’t followed suit in most other Geo’s though. Japan of course has always had super high penetration rates of Consoles with the exception of the Xbox which hasn’t fared so well over there.

    There are several other critical things missing from articles like this & others. The biggest factor that I can see is the tectonic shift away from retail & towards digital distribution. Microsoft itself is supposedly jumping on the creation of a Steam-like service band wagon. All the big Game Publishers are offering digital copies of their games (e.g. EA Downloader, etc); or going to 3rd Parties services such as Steam, Orb, Impulse etc. Traditional ‘Brick & Mortar’ Retailers such as EB Games offer digital game downloads. There are several reasons why. One: the money saved from Cost of Goods Manufacturing (COGs), Two: leads to higher profitability, Three: convenience, Four: It’s more Anti-Piracy resistant, and so on. This is also why all the Console Manufacturers have jumped on the Digital Download bandwagon with services like Xbox Live, & PS Network, etc. Just bear in mind that the biggest advantages to doing it this way still remain on the PC.

    The next biggest point for me comes down to sloppy reporting when all the Consoles are lumped together in one bucket; and then compared to the PC Games market. As I’ve mentioned in previous blog posts this is simply not the best way to portray the gaming platforms market. Today there are still five major viable gaming platforms if I exclude the Handheld & cell phone gaming markets. They are the PC, Xbox 360, PS2, PS3, and Wii. These five platforms all compete with each other for your dollar and mindshare. The best way to view this is PC vs PS2 vs PS3 vs 360 vs Wii. In the case of dual ownership an end user would more likely buy the Console version of a game + the PC version; as opposed to 2 copies of the game for say the 360 & PS3. Those types of situations are much more the exception than the rule.

    The last point I’ll address for the sake of time is the comment about margins & profitability of Console vs. PC. In my history of working in Microsoft Game Studios, and at Intel, I’ve had extensive conversations about this topic with key Publishers and their respective finance gurus. They will tell you that PC gaming is more profitable and here’s why. First off we have to remember that there’s a difference between total revenue and profits vs. profitability on a per unit basis. The biggest Publishers make more money in aggregate when adding up all the Consoles together; but the story is vastly different when you ask them how much they make off of each individual game platform. The story gets even worse for Consoles when you ask them how much money they make on a per unit sold basis after all costs. The biggest culprit is the Console royalty which is non-existent on the PC. Which incidentally points to why Console Games ~$60/copy and we see all these ‘Special Editions’. Also; what is never factored in is the total P&L + Marketing/PR expenditures. Activision reported spending ~$200m on their latest Modern Warfare 2 hit. If this is semi accurate then at $60 copy they’d have to sell over ~3.3 million copies just to hit breakeven! I often hear Publishers mention they have to sell a million or more copies to hit break even. For the PC one can get by with between one-quarter to one-third that amount of units sold through.

    So there you have it. There are tons of other things to factor in for a conversation like this. So I tried to focus in on the biggest topics. The next time you read or hear someone telling you that PC gaming is declining, or not profitable, or struggling let’s start challenging some of those assumptions more diligently. I’ll have to tackle the concept of attach rates and ‘Total-Available-Market’ (TAM) in a future blog; since this too is an all too often overlooked factor that has literally, and sadly, put several of my friends in the Game Industry into bankruptcy or being forced into being acquired. In most of those circumstances it’s been due to buying into the Console hype and not getting all their facts straight about the viability & profitability of the PC gaming market.

    #153 5 years ago
  154. Hunam

    Jesus christ.

    #154 5 years ago
  155. Hunam

    @Michael O’Connor

    We do all think that, but we don’t hold it against you, it’s an endearing charm you have. Despite my belligerence towards you on several occasions I don’t dislike you at all.

    #155 5 years ago
  156. Michael O’Connor

    Awww, you’re so sweet.

    *hugs Hunam*

    #156 5 years ago
  157. Psychotext

    “And everything!”

    \o/

    #157 5 years ago
  158. Psychotext

    Oh look… a wall of text, because links are too hard.

    #158 5 years ago
  159. Hunam

    I like Gheritt White because he special mentioned me… twice.

    #159 5 years ago
  160. G1GAHURTZ

    What will we do when the solid words have gone?

    #160 5 years ago
  161. Psychotext

    You’re just that special Hunam.

    #161 5 years ago
  162. Gheritt White

    BDH, if you cared about PC gaming so much, then why not hang out on Rock, Paper, Shotgun? You’d be much more welcome there.

    #162 5 years ago
  163. Hunam

    Not really, aside from a minor fanboy outrage over L4D2, the place is alright.

    #163 5 years ago
  164. blackdreamhunk

    @Gheritt White

    I thought vg247 was a gaming site fr gamers. I didn’t know it’s all about console hardware.

    there is so much liars in the gaming industry it’s not even funny

    #164 5 years ago
  165. Cort

    Way to add another bunch of votes to your name, BDH. If anyone was in doubt before that your actions neatly define the “Shatner” criteria set out by Pat, they can’t have any argument now.

    #165 5 years ago
  166. Hunam

    It’s not about console hardware, but the problem we have with you is that you wade into the console threads everytime and start copypasting links to crackpots on the internet about how consoles are all failing. If you leave them alone, they’ll leave you alone.

    #166 5 years ago
  167. blackdreamhunk

    sorry i don’t like to make claims with out proof so man can call me lair un like your self.

    too meny proclaim alot of unturthfull claims.

    you wan to debate with me you better have facts and proof.

    If you don’t have proof any ou make claims. I am going to chanllege you on your claims.

    #167 5 years ago
  168. Psychotext

    STOP IT STOP IT STOP IT STOP IT STOP IT STOP IT STOP IT STOP IT STOP IT STOP IT STOP IT STOP IT STOP IT STOP IT STOP IT STOP IT STOP IT STOP IT STOP IT STOP IT STOP IT STOP IT STOP IT!

    /runs away crying

    #168 5 years ago
  169. G1GAHURTZ

    Here we go again…

    #169 5 years ago
  170. blackdreamhunk

    lol figures

    #170 5 years ago
  171. Hunam

    God, next you’ll be asking for sources. You don’t debate, you spew rhetoric like a fundamentalist zealot. You like PC games, that is awesome, so do I, just leave the console gamers to their dance and talk about things you do like, like pornography or anti-semetic propaganda. Oh and PC games.

    #171 5 years ago
  172. blackdreamhunk

    the funny part is my words come to pass.

    lets look at the bankuprt console game devs

    lets look at all the ceo’s that agree with my statments

    what do you have?

    heck i was even rigth about the coonsole decline.

    aat the end of the my words have alot more weight.

    #172 5 years ago
  173. G1GAHURTZ

    Oh dear.

    #173 5 years ago
  174. Gheritt White

    Sorry G1Gz, I totally forgot to give you a shout out too, but you defo deserve one as well! You’d make a good mod too. Hang on, I’ll edit it up and replace one of the Hunam instances.

    EDIT: Done.

    #174 5 years ago
  175. Hunam

    What the fuck!?

    My mom was so proud :(

    #175 5 years ago
  176. G1GAHURTZ

    Woo hoo!

    You love me… you really love me… *whimper*

    #176 5 years ago
  177. Retroid

    /Reads last post on previous page

    /Hugs Gheritt White

    #177 5 years ago
  178. Michael O’Connor

    “If anyone was in doubt before that your actions neatly define the “Shatner” criteria set out by Pat, they can’t have any argument now.”

    Except he doesn’t define the “Shatner” criteria.

    He may be a fanboy, and he may be an idiot, but nowhere is he aggressively and constantly attacking people to the point of making the site practically unvisitable.

    #178 5 years ago
  179. Cort

    @O’Connor, sorry, but I don’t see “aggressively and constantly attacking people to the point of making the site practically unvisitable” in the list of criteria.

    #179 5 years ago
  180. Truk

    I’d vote for Shatner for the Shatner award.

    #180 5 years ago
  181. reask

    I got a mention too.
    Thanks gherrit. :P

    #181 5 years ago
  182. The Hindle

    Cheers Gherrit and i voted for Bdh as best poster, what can i say the guy is mad as fuck but comedy classic

    #182 5 years ago
  183. theevilaires

    I second that Hindle, BDH for best poster. The guy is a GENIUS. I read his post because its enjoyable and fun.
    The guy has a passion for PC gaming and that’s admirable. The fact that so many people want to hate him because of what he post is downright stupid.

    I’ll give you guys a scenerio, would you rather see 1 guy like BDH or 50-100 guys like Mike Bowden and Psychotext who are just down right boring and Mr. know it all’s.

    BDH is the very reason we enjoy internet discussions. Call him a clown, an idiot, troll, pc fanboy, or any other thing you want. Just give this a thought, If you got stuck in an elevator with either BDH, Psychotext, or Mike who do you think you would have the best and funniest conversation with while the elevator got fixed and opened.

    BDH, continue being your unique self. I’ve never read anything where you made threats to anyone, I’ve never read where you cried like a bitch to have some BANNED, and I’ve never read anything that you’ve posted that offended me personally (which is not possible because this is the internet not fucking REAL LIFE).

    People dislike you because when you step in the room (article) you steal the spot light from them and to them that’s their life.

    #183 5 years ago
  184. Psychotext

    You really think that Mr Ultra Hardcore PC gaming fanatic would give you an interesting conversation when stuck in an elevator? He’d probably be jonesing for a dose of WoW within 5 minutes… he’d be wearing your skin within 15.

    #184 5 years ago
  185. Cort

    TEA you traitor! LOL.

    #185 5 years ago
  186. Gheritt White

    TEA’s expressed his opinion and done it eloquently – as we all know, opinions can’t be wrong (in fact I think that’s a numbered internet rule!).

    However… I’m really not sure about that whole stealing the spotlight thing – I sincerely doubt anybody here places so much value on the presence of their posts, *especially* the regulars.

    That said, you could have said that for dramatic effect. I’ve needed to have my Mr Sensible hat on all week, so feel free to rip me.

    #186 5 years ago
  187. Psychotext

    So no mum jokes? How have you coped?

    #187 5 years ago
  188. Gheritt White

    With difficulty. It’s quarter to five on Friday and I have 125 e-mails left to clear. If I manage to clear a fortnight’s worth of unreads in four days, that’ll be a personal record.

    #188 5 years ago
  189. No_PUDding

    @184 That’s hilarious in my mind.

    #189 5 years ago
  190. Psychotext

    @GW: Ctrl+A, Delete

    #190 5 years ago
  191. Gheritt White

    Lol, I wish!

    #191 5 years ago
  192. Edward Cullen

    I voted The Shatner: Pat , sorry had to do it.

    #192 5 years ago

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    No longer content with releasing only gifs of Necropolis, Harebrained Schemes has decided to provide a short video. The upcoming third-person action rogue-like with procedurally generated levels is headed to Linux, Mac and PC sometime next year, with a possible console release as well. If you made to PAX East despite the weather, don’t forget […]

  • Super Dungeon Bros will be one of the first cross-play titles for Xbox One, Windows 10

    Another cross-device multiplayer game for Windows 10 and Xbox One has been announced, and it’s Super Dungeon Bros – a “rock-themed, co-op dungeon brawler” from React Games. Super Dungeon Bros tasks four “bros” with raiding underground crypts built by the gods through an ever-changing layout. There, they will be up against “dangerous foes, deadly obstacles, […]

  • Pre-ordering State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition in US nets an in-game knife

    Those who pre-order the State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition will net a bonus, according to Undead Labs. Select retailers in the US will offer the following knives as in-game pre-order bonus content: GameStop -  The Avalonian :  A true work of art, taken off the body of a fantasy enthusiast whose excitement at having […]

  • Rollercoaster Tycoon World gameplay teaser video released

    Today, Atari has provided a look at gameplay for Rollercoaster Tycoon World. Set for release during the first part of this year, the game allows players to build their own rides and which can be shared with other players. It will also feature four-player co-op.

  • One Heist challenge in GTA Online pays out $10 million in cash

    GTA Online’s new Heists content was previewed by various outlets at GDC 2015 this week, and according to hands-on with the free upcoming content, there’s over 20 hours worth of things to do and quite a bit of money to gain. Oh, and a VTOL Hydra jet too. According to a really informative piece from […]

  • Activision Blizzard makes Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list

    For the first time, Activision Blizzard has been named to Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list for 2015. The survey conducted by Fortune found the company “ranked highly with its employees” which felt the atmosphere was friendly and place in which they could “be themselves.” “We have always considered Activision Blizzard to be […]

  • Evolve Hunt for Gold Weekend nets players special monster skin

    A Evolve community event is taking place this weekend, and participants will receive a special skin for Goliath, Kraken, and Wraith. Dubbed the Evolve Hunt for Gold Weekend, it’s the first in a series of upcoming online community challenges and events taking place over the coming months. Those who log-in starting today at 9pm PST […]

  • This video teases contents of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 – Episode 3

    A teaser video and images for Resident Evil: Revelations 2 – Episode 3 have been posted by Capcom. The assets can be considered potential spoilers, so just be aware of that before having a look. The game’s Season Pass costs $20, and the disc version releases March 17 in North America and on March 20 […]

  • GTA Online Heists teaser video is extremely short

    With Heists coming to GTA Online next week, Rockstar has released one of the shortest teaser videos we’ve seen in ages. Hopefully you didn’t blink. Heists, along with Daily Objectives and Adversary Mode, arrive next week on March 10. The PC version of Heists will arrive on April 14 when the PC version of the […]

  • The Division rumors claim Dark Zones support up to 100 players – video

    With the recent leak of older, pre-alpha footage of the The Division, rumors over the game’s contents have been swirling, and today we have a video for you discussing said rumors. Once of the rumors pertain to the game is that it contains 50-100 Player Dark Zones, which are PvP areas. Supposedly, these areas also […]

  • Here’s a look at MGS5: The Phantom Pain emblem creation, limited edition bionic arm

    A look at how to create your own emblems in Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain was demonstrated in the latest Kojima Station broadcast, along with a look at the bionic arm replica included in the limited edition. A Venom Snake emblem will come with the limited edition version of the game, parts of […]

  • Elite: Dangerous coming to PS4 once Xbox One exclusivity period ends

    Elite: Dangerous was announced for Xbox One at GDC 2015 yesterday, and those disappointed over the lack of a PlayStation 4 announcement will be pleased to know it’s in the cards. According to Frontier boss David Braben the space-sim will head to PS4 at some point, once the console exclusivity deal with Microsoft has expired. […]

  • Here’s two new The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt screenshots to salivate over

    Two new screenshots from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt have been released, and they are gorgeous as always. The screenshots follow the two released over the weekend. You can look at the new images in full HD glory over on Only Single Player. CD Projekt Red is at PAX East this weekend showing off the latest […]

  • Microsoft looking into streaming PC games to Xbox One

    With Windows 10, Xbox One users will soon be able to stream their games to PC. Microsoft is also looking into streaming PC games to Xbox One, according to news out of GDC. Speaking with Polygon at GDC 2015, Xbox program director Mike Ybarra said the company is also looking into the ability to stream […]

  • Free! Vindictus Lann Revamp codes worth €25

    We have 400 Lann Revamp codes worth €25 to giveaway for free to VG247 readers. All you need to do is enter your details in the box below and you’ll be given a code to redeem in game. The codes are for warrior character Lann and offer a 7 day unlimited Inner Armour pass, battle […]

  • US eShop update: Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, OlliOlli, more

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, OlliOlli and a demo version of Azure Striker GUNVOL. Your full update is below. eShop Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars – Wii U, 3DS – Cross Buy OlliOlli – Wii U, 3DS – Cross-Buy Proun+ – Proun+ […]

  • Rock Band 4 confirmed for Xbox One and PS4: supports old instruments and 2,168 songs

    Harmonix has lifted the lid on the long-rumoured Rock Band 4, stating it will support 2,168 previously released tracks and last-gen instruments on PS4 and Xbox One. The game will be out this year. Harmonix has yet to reveal specific features for the game, but it has been built with a completely new engine. As […]

  • First run of Rodea the Sky Soldier copies on Wii U come with Wii version

    The first print run of Rodea the Sky Soldier on Wii U will come with the Wii version packed in, NIS America has confirmed. The publisher confirmed today in a press release that anyone who buys the first run of the retail version of Rodea the Sky Soldier on Wii U will find the Wii […]

  • Unreal Tournament 4 lets modders sell cosmetic items to players

    Unreal Tournament 4 is a game built with the help of the modding community. So it’s only natural that it will feature a marketplace where all cosmetic items can be sold. Epic Games has confirmed that it will allow modders from the community to sell the cosmetics items they’ve created on the game’s marketplace. The […]

  • D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die is coming to PC – rumour

    SWERY 65 has shown off D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die running on PC at GDC this week, teasing that a possible port may be on the way. D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die is SWERY 65′s latest project. An episodic detective affair, D4 came out on Xbox One last September and utilised Kinect as its main […]

  • Valve’s Lighthouse, VR controllers and more explained

    Valve’s less-talked about prototype VR controllers and its Lighthouse technology have been shown in more detail. When HTC announced Vive, the VR headset it’s working on with Valve, it mentioned “base stations” and ergonomic controllers. Now we know what they meant by that. The controllers are still in prototype phase, and will look better when […]

  • Listen to two professional Counter-Strike players explain why Dust2 is so popular

    Hear what makes iconic Counter-Strike map Dust2 one of the most popular maps in shooter history from two former eSports players. Sal “Volcano” Garozzo and Shawn “FMPONE” Snelling are both retired professional Counter-Strike players who are currently working as designers. At GDC this year, the pair hosted a panel titled “Community Level Design for Competitive […]

  • Core Morpheus hardware locked in, no plans for wireless version

    Sony has finalised the core hardware for its VR headset Project Morpheus, and does not currently plan on releasing a wireless version. SCE Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida spoke to Gamespot at GDC and confirmed that the core hardware of Morpheus is “pretty much done” but that “lots of tweaks and improvements” are still being […]

  • Watch the full Phil Spencer keynote from GDC 2015

    The full GDC 2015 keynote of Xbox boss Phil Spencer is now available to watch. In case you missed last nights’s Phil Spencer keynote at GDC 2015, the whole thing has been made available to watch on YouTube. The address is titled “The Future of Gaming Across the Microsoft Ecosytem,” and it’s where Spencer announced […]

  • Elite: Dangerous won’t be “dumbed down” for Xbox One

    The Xbox One version of Elite: Dangerous will in fact be the same as the PC one. Elite: Dangerous developer Frontier came out on stage last night at GDC to announce the game making its console debut on Xbox One. Some have feared that the port would not provide the same experience as the PC […]

  • Virtual reality: by gum, it’s really happening

    Virtual reality has exited the realm of peripheral gimmick and turned into something that just might go mainstream. VR has an uphill battle ahead of it. The tech is going to be expensive, and there are a number of problems that need to be solved before it could be considered an inclusive technology (motion sickness, […]

  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor takes Game of the Year at GDC Awards 2015

    And the winner is: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor beat out Alien: Isolation, Bayonetta 2, Destiny, and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft to win Game of the Year at the Game Developer’s Choice Awards 2015. Elsewhere in the awards, Ustwo’s mobile hit Monument Valley was a stand-out favourite, with wins in the Innovation, […]

  • Alien: Isolation was prototyped in third-person – video

    Alien: Isolation is one of the most effectively scary triple-A games in years, but it didn’t start off a perfect creation of pure terror. Creative Assembly prototyped Alien: Isolation in third-person perspective before they nailed down the final approach. The developer revealed this during a GDC 2015 presentation, and it’s a good reminder that games […]

  • Madden 15 added to EA Vault

    Madden 15 is now included in EA’s all-you-can-eat subscriber service. Madden 15 is the ninth game to be added to the EA Vault, a stash of games available on demand for EA Access subscribers. It's still Madden Season for EA Access members – Madden NFL 15 is now in The Vault for all members. Go […]

  • Source Engine 2 doesn’t have hidden costs or royalties – but is Steam exclusive

    Three major engines went free at GDC 2015, and each of them is monetising in a different way. There’s been a heck of a lot of discussion about development tools and the costs associated with them during GDC 2015. First Epic announced that Unreal Engine 4 would be free, bar royalities on successful releases. Then […]

  • Final Fantasy creator hates sequels

    Final Fantasy, a byword in prolific franchises, was created by a man who hates sequel. Final Fantasy games are famous for being reinvented with each core release, and it was not until series creator Hironobu Sakaguchi began to withdraw from the franchise after Final Fantasy 9 that we started seeing regular sequels and spin-offs. Speaking […]

  • Guardian complaints led to the closure of Destiny’s Loot Cave

    Destiny players are to blame for the shuttering of the much loved Loot Cave. Early in Destiny‘s history, many players got hugely excited about the “Loot Cave”. Accessible shortly after starting the game for the first time, this high-volume spawn point allowed players to stand in one place, taking out waves and waves of low-level […]

  • Xbox and PC games boss Phil Harrison to leave Microsoft – rumour

    Microsoft Interactive Entertainment Business VP and EMEA head of games Phil Harrison is rumoured to have thrown in the towel. Microsoft has not issued a statement on Harrison’s alleged departure, despite repeated questioning by press at GDC 2015. Instead, word comes via multiple sources speaking to GamesIndustry at the show. According to the rumours, Harrison […]

  • Metal Gear Online commentated trailer explains stuffed dog – but not invisibility

    Metal Gear Online developer Kojima Productions has provided significantly more insight into how the multiplayer side of The Phantom Pain works. Metal Gear Online is the online multiplayer component of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. Konami hasn’t shared a great deal about it yet, but we did see a very cool Metal Gear […]

  • Elite: Dangerous Xbox One trailer shows off space MMO

    If Elite: Dangerous looks this good on Xbox One we have nothing to complain about. Microsoft revealed Elite: Dangerous is coming to Xbox One this year during its GDC presentations today. We don’t know very much about the port, but I suppose we ought to have expected it; Frontier Developments has a very close relationship […]

  • Battletoads to appear in Shovel Knight Xbox One

    A Battletoads remake must be on the horizon. Right? Right?? The Battletoads will appear in the upcoming Xbox One version of Shovel Knight, Yacht Club Games revealed today. The Battletoads drop in for a fight! Shovel Knight is headed to Xbox One and meets up with @RareLtd brawling trio! pic.twitter.com/OCQIuWbH3W — Yacht Club Games (@YachtClubGames) […]

  • The Division pre-alpha footage leaks, Ubisoft says it’s well out of date

    The Division fans finally got a look at Ubisoft’s MMO this week, but the publisher has said the footage is not in any way representative. Pre-alpha footage of the The Division was leaked this week, but has since been thoroughly smacked down by takedown notices. All that remains are a few screenshots and a GIF: […]

  • Microsoft HoloLens designer killed in hit and run accident

    Very sad news out of Redmond this week, as Mike Ey was killed in a tragic accident. Ey, 30, was one of the key project designers on Microsoft’s HoloLens AR headset. He was killed on Saturday morning in a rear-end collision. The driver of the second vehicle fled the scene but was tracked down by […]

  • AMD throws support behind VR with new low-latency anti-nausea tech

    GPU manufacturer AMD has released a new SDK compatible with “a broad set of VR devices”. Called LiquidVR, the tech is designed to “bring better content, comfort, and compatibility to VR applications” including games, simulation, entertainment, education, social media, travel, medicine, real estate and ecommerce, apparently. AMD said maintaining comfort and realism in VR environments […]

  • Danganronpa 3 in the works, but a long way off yet

    A new Danganronpa is happening. Danganronpa 3 is in the very, very early production stages, writer Kodaka Kazutaka has confirmed. Nothing about the project is “set in stone”, Kazutaka told Polygon, so there are no details to share yet; the characters and story may change several times before being finalised. The writer said he’s weighing […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare MLG Pro League 2015 schedule announced

    Major League Gaming has announced the full schedule for the 2015 Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare MLG Pro League. The eSpots firm revealed two more seasons of Pro League, a live Relegation tournament for Season Three, and a season ending World Championship with $250,000 up for grabs You can watch all the action on MLG.tv […]

  • Happy Birthday PlayStation 2, you are almost old enough to drive

    Amidst all the GDC 2015 hoopla today, we forgot to wish PlayStation 2 a Happy Birthday. The system turned 15 years old today, going by its March 4, 2000 launch date in Japan. It was released in the west that autumn, and had shipped 100 million units in less than six years post launch. PS2 […]

  • Here’s what the final version of Valve’s Steam Controller looks like

    A look at the updated Steam Controller has surfaced via a hands-on post from Polygon. Valve said what you see in the images below is the final version of the controller. The controller has gone through numerous revisions since it was first revealed, but it seems Valve has decided on two touch pads which work […]

  • The Sims, SimCity developer closed down

    The Sims 4 developer Maxis has been shuttered, EA has confirmed. The Sims, SimCity and the rest of the Sim franchise has traditionally been helmed by Maxis, which had its flagship studio in Emeryville, California. Now EA has confirmed with Kotaku that this studio is being closed. “Today we are consolidating Maxis IP development to […]

  • Gigantic MOBA coming to Windows 10 and Xbox One with cross-play

    Today during GDC 2015, Microsoft announced that the new IP from Motiga called Gigantic will be cross-play enabled. Slated for Windows 10 and Xbox One, the five-on-five third-person battle arena game allows the player to select from an array of heroes with distinctive powers and play styles. Players will then make their way through areas […]

  • Here’s a look at Unreal Tournament DirectX 12 gameplay

    Epic Games is creating Unreal Tournament using Unreal Engine 4 running on DirectX 12, which Microsoft says “sets a new bar for visual fidelity.” DirectX 12 is a single API developers can access across Windows devices, which can result in a 20% improvement in performance over DX11 running on the same machine. The Unreal Tournament […]

  • Wireless adapter for Xbox One controllers out later this year

    Microsoft announced at GDC 2015 today it will that all wireless Xbox gaming accessories will be designed for and supported on both Xbox One consoles and Windows 10 PCs moving forward. Later this year, a wireless adapter will be released, allowing current Xbox controllers and future devices to be used wirelessly on PCs. This will […]

  • Microsoft offers up more details on Spencer’s GDC 2015 talk

    Microsoft has provided more details on Cross-Buy functionality between Windows 10 and Xbox One as well as the Xbox Live SKU and other announcements made during Phil Spencer’s talk today. During the session, the head of Xbox shared “the next step” in the company’s plans for a unified platform across all Windows 10 devices which […]

  • Wasteland 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 this summer

    Wasteland 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 as a Game of the Year Edition. inXile Entertainment announced the news on the PS Blog, noting the edition contains enhancements and improvements. The game has been ported to Unity 5, which was announced over the weekend, providing upgraded visual effects, “improved character models, upgraded environments, and Unity […]

  • Cross-Buy detailed for Windows 10 and Xbox One; Elite: Dangerous coming to Xbox One

    During Xbox boss Phil Spencer’s session at GDC 2015 today, it was announced Elite: Dangerous would release on Xbox One. Spencer also outlined cross-buy functionality across Windows 10 and Xbox One. Spencer’s talk started off with Frontier Developments announcing Elite: Dangerous for release this summer as a console debut on Xbox One, suggesting the Elite: […]