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FOX News tears into Duke Nukem Forever over Capture the Babe

Saturday, 26 March 2011 17:02 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Some things in life are inevitable. Death, taxes, not getting along with your mother-in-law, FOX News being fair and balanced. Wait. Scratch that last bit.

In the most obvious news of the day, FOX News is insulted by Duke Nukem Forver’s content. While it was only a matter of time before the network set its sights on the game’s violence and tongue-in-cheek sexual nature, what’s surprising is the fact it seems to have taken umbrage the most with the game’s multiplayer mode: Capture the Babe.

Smack my bitch up

“Brace yourself for the awfully sexist world of Duke Nukem Forever,” reads the post. “The game’s 1996 precursor Duke Nukem 3D… depicted women as strippers and prostitutes. The new iteration of the game, set for release this spring, takes sexism to a new level — starting with Duke receiving implied oral sex from twins in school uniforms.”

“It was offensive then and it’s even more offensive now,” Jamia Wilson, vice president of the Women’s Media Center, told FoxNews.com. “These depictions of women are extremely harmful, especially to young women.”

The post on FOX’s website doesn’t point out the sexual nature of the game itself in the headline, but instead focuses on the multiplayer mode Capture the Babe, citing the fact that you “slap women” but never mentioning once in the entire post that the “smack” you provide to the women is on the ass. Someone unfamiliar with the game would automatically assume the slap would be in the face.

Capture the Babe is a variation on the popular multiplayer mode Capture the Flag. Instead of rushing into another group’s base to steal their flag, you will instead steal their “babe” and toss her over your shoulder. As her hands are bound, she will be squirming a bit on your shoulder and in order to calm her down, you will give her a slap on the buttocks. Not a punch, not a hard smack, and certainly, not in the face.

Duke Nukem has always been a cheeky series, and while it does objectify women, it have never taken itself seriously and plays up the whole 80s action movie themes: one-liners, sexy scantily clad women, and over-the-top enemies and guns. One thing it has never done, and still doesn’t do, is suggest that violence against women is okay and smacking a woman on the ass is not a violent act in this situation. It is part of the tongue-in-cheek nature of the game, and all part of poking fun at the American-style steroid pumping action hero.

The women in Duke’s fictional world are strippers and prostitutes. There are no Donna Reed’s or I Dream of Jeanie, thus to include a woman of a background such as this would not fit with the whole hedonistic world in which Duke resides -just like in the action films it parodies.

Won’t someone think of the children

Duke Nukem Forever, is obviously, an M rating game and was created with the mature audience in mind, despite the fact it is full of juvenile humor.

According to the ESRB listing, a couple different missions require players to find “sex toys and pictures of topless women.” Some scenes in the game imply sexual acts such “two women [appearing] to perform fellatio on [Duke] (e.g., raising their heads from his lap).” The ESRB listing notes that there is “no actual depiction of the sex act,” meaning it is only implied. Duke will also enter strip clubs and receive lap dances from topless and thong clad women. Sounds like a normal strip club, one that we’re sure many FOX pundits have visited on occasion.

“Our job is to provide consumers with information and guidance that helps them choose games they deem suitable for themselves and their families,” ESRB spokesman Eliot Mizrachi told FOX. “This game carries a Mature rating indicating that it’s intended for ages 17 and up, and retailers overwhelmingly enforce their store policies requiring that M-rated games not be sold to a customer under that age without a parent’s consent.”

Still, FOX notes that “the game will be available in stores and online, where customers must click a button stating they are 17 years of age or older — the only barrier to children buying such a game.”

Forget parental responsibility. Self-policing in FOX’s eyes does not work. However, adolescents and children for that matter, have always found a way to get around the rules, and find the key to Daddy’s liquor cabinet or porn stash. Buying a Mature game is no different, and game developers should not be held anymore responsible for the games they create  than movie directors, or music producers. This fact gets lost to those with such a “the sky is falling” mentality.

A woman’s perspective

Tarryn van der Byl, over on South African gaming site My Gaming has responded to the blatant sexism in Duke Nukem Forever with a well written and intelligent editorial on why she won’t be playing Duke.

Her problem with Capture the Babe mode is thus: “Would we still be okay with it, if the bound, defenceless, terrified woman in the Capture the Babe multiplayer mode were swapped out for a kid, perhaps, or a black guy, or Jesus? It seems to me that, all too often, women are soft, inculpable targets – and not least because even the most polite, tentative criticism of this is almost certain to prompt its own veritable cataclysm of sneering derision.

“It’s almost impossible to open anything like an intelligent, constructive debate on the subject, because it’s invariably and instantly engulfed by hostile disregard and/or condemnation and/or exhortations to STFU and get back in the kitchen. I mean, video games aren’t for chicks, anyway, and vindication is just a random and meaningless accumulation of syllables.”

One look at the website Fat, Ugly or Slutty give credences to Tarryn’s argument, that a game like Duke Nukem Forever “might be funnier if hateful, misogynistic attitudes and casual objectification of women like those ‘parodied’ in the game weren’t actually so shamefully prevalent in reality.”

While one cannot really call her opinion on the matter wrong – because opinions are neither right or wrong – so, kudos to her for sticking up for her beliefs and opinions.

However, some women find the Duke rather funny, just for the shear fact it is absurd and not based in reality what-so-ever. Some women, the writer of this post in particular, is one of the later on the matter.

Gearbox president Randy Pitchford said it best when describing the content in DNF to Xbox Magazine: “”Our goal isn’t to shock people, but I think there’s some stuff that’ll be just a bit uncomfortable,” he said. “We try to get right up to that edge and then relax enough so people don’t reject it.”

Which is exactly the point of videogames in general. The fine line. With Duke, you get to that line and if you were to cross it, it would no longer be fun. It would be nasty, horrible, and go way beyond ridiculous, macho, sexist, eye-rolling humor to something more masochistic, ugly and just plain hateful.

Duke Nukem Forever is supposed to be entertainment, and escapism. Just like all other forms of videogames, films, music and art. If you want serious, intelligent, and artistic entertainment, just look elsewhere.

Duke Nukem Forever is out on PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 in June.

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20 Comments

  1. renegadegd

    I’m now much more interested in Duke Nukem after reading this and the fox news article? sounds like a fun little variation on an overused game type. You have successfully sold me a copy fox news! hooray for free publicity!

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Ireland Michael

    Steph, you give the Fox News people far too much credit.

    They *know* their news is billshit. The network’s mandate is to intentionally sensationalise the news. People have even been fired from there for refusing to over hype certain stories.

    They’re nowhere near as stupid as people think they are? They’re doing it on purpose to appeal to the viewer stupid enough to believe them.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. DSB

    As if Fox News doesn’t directly advocate far worse measures than slapping women on a daily basis.

    Not to use an overhyped internet fad-word, but they’ve really turned trolling into the main tool of their propaganda network. Arguably they’re just copying the style of replubican party itself, but ultimately their stories are 90% posturing over 10% actual story.

    They’re also quite arguably the most latently chauvanistic news organisation around. How many porno peroxide blondes are they up to now?

    No good black anchorwomen? No latinos? Okay then!

    Personally I think we need more bitchslapping gamemodes. And so do the bitches. They love that shit.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Stephany Nunneley

    @2 Michael, I could write all day about how FOX is a chauvinistic, racists, fascist network, but it’s so obviously already. They have been caught numerous times clipping a video segment so that it sounds and looks like someone was saying or meaning something different entirely. Just to scare the Midwesterners and get the recknecks all in a uproar thinking the liberals want to take their guns and bibles away. It’s just too easy to mention it. But MSNBC and CNN do it too for the left.

    @3 “Personally I think we need more bitchslapping gamemodes. And so do the bitches. They love that shit.” – :D :D :D

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Aimless

    Pssh, no one complained about slapping women in GoldenEye!

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Crysis

    Wonder if Fox news would be complaining as much if there was a choice to play as a hulking, muscular female version of Duke with a mullet, playing capture the babe. Could call her Dyke Nukem :P
    Hail To The KingQueen.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. DSB

    @5 That was Famke Jansen, she obviously knew more than a bit of selfdefence, and she totally had it coming.

    (Mmmm, Famke Jansen, even the name sounds like something extremely dirty that you can do to someone)

    The only woman Fox News recognizes is the “Murcan Woman” who is,

    - 35
    - unemployed (excluding bakesales at church, y’all)
    - doesn’t live further north than Ohio, no further east than Virginia and no further west than Utah
    - has no education beyond highschool
    - has a kid roughly every 5 years
    - knows how to cook steak
    - drives a 4×4, because other cars are scary!
    - knows how to look purdy

    So they probably think that it’s this kind of woman that is depicted in the game, instead of the actual shameless sluts, who probably love every minute of it.

    To understand how Fox sees the world, you just have to turn time back 50 years or so.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Crysis

    @7, Would be easier to just say redneck :|

    #8 4 years ago
  9. LOLshock94

    womans version of capture the babe would be capture the kitchen

    #9 4 years ago
  10. DSB

    @7 Having just stayed in Alabama and Mississippi for a few months recently, there are definitely too many different kinds of rednecks to just slap that onto them.

    And really there’s no reason why she wouldn’t live in a perfectly affluent neighbourhood, which would just make her white trash, more than a redneck.

    If you really wanna go there, there’s no reason why she wouldn’t live in Italy, Greece, Portugal or Spain :P

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Ireland Michael

    @9 That made my laugh my ass off.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. OrbitMonkey

    http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2011/3/23/

    I think this nails it.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. tmac2011

    Fox news stop advertising for games lol , everytime you say somkething that you dont like about it, i wanna buy it even more, lol @ capture the kitchen. there only doing this to build up more hype. yes im getting this game! if i see a mom buying it for a 12 or under kid i might say something. 15 and up should be able to understand its just a GAME and now we all loose the game now

    #13 4 years ago
  14. xino

    instead of called Capture the Babe, it should be called Capture the Hoe

    :/

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Stephany Nunneley

    @11 me too :D

    #15 4 years ago
  16. TheWulf

    @12

    The weird thing about that is that I said exactly the same thing on another site a number of days before that comic went up, and that wasn’t the first time either. I think that I must be somehow channeling Tycho, or vice versa, it’s creepy for it to have it happen a few times in a row.

    The thing is is that we commit virtual atrocities in the name of entertainment all the time. People kill, murder, slaughter, and torture. And it’s not reality, it’s virtual, and people should be able to distinguish the difference. The only thing that ever irritates me is if someone tries to justify any of this as ‘okay.’

    We humans are predators, big, nasty ones, and sometimes we need an outlet for that in this civilised world. We become monsters in a virtual world so that we don’t have to become monsters in the real one. And that’s fine. But that’s not a justification, it’s just something about who we are as a species. We’re not the highly evolved, enlightened peoples that we might like to think we are.

    All around the world, there are still huge problems for real people with misogyny, racism, homophobia, xenophobia, and so on. As someone with a mental disability, I’ve seen this all my life, and I can tell you that people can be unusually uncaring and lacking in empathy when they think of you as a lesser form of life. My life’s experiences have taught me that the Nazi regime didn’t have a monopoly on that sort of thinking.

    And it’s better to keep these things to a virtual world, really. Until we find real solutions to these problems, it’s definitely better to siphon them off into a game. If one is having real world frustrations, then it’s better to go and run over a bunch of people in GTA than to let that desire build and build until it happens in reality. Which it sometimes does, as we’ve seen.

    There’s a bloody nasty monstrous side to all people, even those who think of htemselves as the best and most ethical of people, and as I pointed out, I’ve seen even saints become demons behind locked doors. It’s just a part of who we are as a race, where we came from, our evolution, and what we had to do to get here. It was a struggle for us to reach this point, and the human psyche has not left behind the mechanisms that it had in place to deal with the struggle.

    I’m hoping one day that humanity will be better than that as a whole, but until then, I think it’s fine that people siphon this all off into games. Atrocities happen in games, as Tycho pointed out, virtual but symbolic atrocities. So long as it’s kept to games and people understand why it shouldn’t pour over into reality, then that’s fine.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Lounds

    Women

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Callum

    Bitches be crazy

    #18 4 years ago
  19. DaMan

    there really is nothing better in being a rapist or homicidal maniac in videogames, it’s the same as dreaming but you can control all the actions.. if anything it just further fucks you up.. worth noting is that you aren’t born a rapist, you might become that if you try dropping those native parts of yourself which later become twisted and altered..

    anyway hardly any of that is related to DN though to begin with, since it ‘s always been a parody on asinine american action movies.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    blah blah blah

    I don’t remember any complaints about all the Leisure Suit Larry games which imply just as much as this if not even more.

    I don’t hear complaints about all the swearing and implied sex on network TV these days……….including FOX.

    I like the variation of CTF though….and the spanking…….sounds fun!

    #20 4 years ago

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  • Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare out on PS3, PS4; PC delayed

    The Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is now available for PlayStation 3 and PS4. Havoc contains the four multiplayer maps Core, Drift, Sideshow, and Urban along with the AE4 directed energy assault rifle, its custom variant, and the Exo Zombies cooperative mode. You can purchase the DLC separately or pick up the […]

  • Here’s a teaser for Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2

    A teaser video for the second episode of Resident Evil Revelations 2 is available, so if you’ve yet to play the first episode, you may want to skip this. Resident Evil Revelations 2′s first episode is out now. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • North American eShop update is full of Donkey Kong games

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Titan Attacks, Donkey Kong Land, Donkey Kong Country and more. eShop on 3DS Ironfall Invasion Titan Attacks! Donkey Kong Land – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 2 – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 3 – Virtual Console Luv Me Buddies Wonderland Around the World […]

  • Venture into the Valley of the Yetis next week in Far Cry 4

    The next batch of Far Cry 4 DLC, Valley of the Yetis, releases in March and Ajay Ghale will be tasked with surviving violent cultists and the mythical Yeti. Apparently the cult is looking for a secret hidden in the valley, and Ajay has discovered their motives. The DLC features co-op with a friend taking […]

  • The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack out for Payday 2, has dino masks

    The 19th DLC pack for Payday 2 title The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack is available on Steam from today. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: 11 new weapon modifications for the AK rifles in the game 11 new weapon modifications for the CAR rifles in the game Four new masks together with their […]

  • Battle Chasers slated for PC, consoles; comic picks up where 2001 storyline left off

    Darksiders creator Joe Madureira and Vigil co-founder Ryan Stefanelli have confirmed a Battle Chasers game and a new comic are in the works at their new studio Airship Syndicate. Speaking to Polygon, Madureira and Stefanelli wouldn’t provide details on the the game, but did divulge it will be an adventure RPG with player-controlled Battle Chasers […]

  • Shovel Knight, Hotline Miami 2 discounted for Sony’s annual Spring Fever Sale

    Sony is hosting its annual Spring Fever Sale which runs for eight weeks and features a new title each week. The sale starts next week on March 3 with the launch of Helldivers. Here’s just a few items included in the sale: HELLDIVERS (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March 3 Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March […]

  • The gold Super Mario amiibo is a Walmart exclusive

    The Super Mario Gold amiibo which surfaced via a CPSIA certificate earlier this month will be a Walmart-exclusive, Nintendo has announced. The gold-colored Mario amiibo will be released the same day as the Mario Party 10 game for Wii U and will run you $12,96 at 3,000 participating Walmart stores in the US. Along with […]

  • Here’s an overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

    As new gameplay overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, culled from the Active Time Report, stream has been sent over by Square Enix. The video provides a look at the history and environments of the Kingdom of Orience; the 14 memebers of Class Zero; the battle system with customizable magic spells; and the ability […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video gives you a look at the game’s wildlife

    A new video shown by Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata during the latest Active Time Report, contains a look at the game’s wildlife and ecology. You can watch the full stream two hour stream through here, or a smaller clip courtesy of GamesHQMedia below.

  • Lionhead ventures into the free-to-play space with Fable Legends

    Fable Legends will be free-to-play when it launches on PC and Xbox One. According to Lionhead, the one versus four cross-platform title borrows from MOBA games such as Dota 2 and League of Legends as it will contain free, rotating heroes which will be added to a roster for a two week period. Once the […]

  • Win! 5 pairs of tickets to the Call of Duty European Championships

    We have five pairs of tickets to giveaway for the Call of Duty European Championships, taking place in London this weekend. The event takes place this Saturday February 28 and Sunday March 1 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Winners can watch teams will go head to head for a $10,000 prize pot […]

  • Republique Remastered has released on Mac and PC

    Republique Remastered, which was announced earlier this month, is now available for Mac and PC. The game is 20% off through Steam, GOG and the Humble Store for $19.99 until March 4. Thereafter, it will run you $24.99. The Remastered edition contains all five episodes of the game, with 1-3 available now and the remaining […]

  • LA Cops coming to Xbox One in March

    Isometric shooter LA Cops is coming to Xbox One on March 13. Already on Steam Early Access, the game looks like it’s been heavily inspired by Hotline Miami. Walk into a room, open fire, leave bloody puddles in your wake. It’s being published by Team 17. Check out the video below for some 70s cop […]

  • We have $500 of Steam Wallet funds to giveaway!

    We’re giving away 10 Steam Wallet prizes worth $50 each to VG247 readers, courtesy of Bundle Stars. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning $50 Steam credit is to enter your details below. Join the Bundle Stars Steam group for entry in the sweepstake, and gain extra entries for […]

  • Lapsed Final Fantasy 14 players tempted back with 10 day freebie

    Square is offering lapsed FF 14: A Realm Reborn players a chance to come back to the game for 10 days worth of free adventuring. Provided you’ve already bought and registered an account you’ll be able to play free of charge from Feb 27 to March 9. Square wants you to sample the new content […]

  • Advanced Warfare: Sledgehammer looking at “opportunities” to recreate classic Call of Duty maps

    Sledgehammer Games has told VG247 it’s looking at opportunities to recreate classic Call of Duty maps in Advanced Warfare. According to co-founder Michael Condrey, players of the latest Havoc DLC are asking how Exo abilities and verticality can be added to classic franchise maps. “We’re taking a look at some opportunities to really highlight the […]

  • GTA Online reader playlist week 7: and the winner is…

    Stuff was shot. But only one player emerged victorious. GTA Online player e031271 won last night’s VG247 reader playlist, beating myself, Matt and regulars solidorwot and Revolting. Congratulations, Mr e031271. A deserved victory. We play a GTA Online playlist in an open session every Wednesday on PS4, because it’s both funny and fun. Anyone’s welcome […]

  • Leaked screens reveal The Reef as Destiny’s new “social space”

    A handful of leaked Destiny screens seem to confirm that The Reef location will be the new social space in Destiny. The new addition is likely to be revealed as part of the upcoming House of Wolves expansion. Reddit user Megamanexe4 dropped the screens on the site earlier this morning, along with grabs that reveal […]

  • Darksiders creator teases Battle Chasers game

    Joe Madureira, creator of Darksiders, has released art that strongly suggests a Battle Chasers game is in the works. Battle Chasers was a comic book from the late 1990s that suffered notorious production problems between issues and was never finished. Madureira formed Airship Syndicate after the collapse of THQ, where he co-created Darksiders. His latest […]

  • Infamous video nasty Axe recreated in GTA 5

    The trailer for notorious horror movie Axe has been recreated in GTA 5. The shot for shot remake is the work of gigerbrick who has previously recreated exploitation flicks like Machete and Hostel using Lego. The original Axe movie was banned in 1984 in the UK but passed with cuts in the late 1990s. Movie […]

  • Payday 2 for PS4 and Xbox One includes “a year’s worth of paid DLC” for free

    Payday 2: Crimewave Edition will include a year’s worth of paid DLC from the PC version of the game for free. The new-gen version of the game will be available June 2015, and includes almost all of the paid and free DLC released so far for Overkill’s popular first-person shooter. That DLC includes The Big […]

  • Yes, Mortal Kombat X will require Xbox Live Gold or PS Plus

    Mortal Kombat X won’t bypass Microsoft and Sony’s premium online play requirements. Reports that Mortal Kombat X wouldn’t require PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold started circling earlier this week thanks to a communications error. Answering fan questions on Twitter, producer Shaun Himmerick accidentally gave the impression that premium console subs would not be required […]

  • This is what Destiny players most want next

    Destiny patch 1.1.1 has resolved or at least addressed a number of complaints voiced by the community, but there are plenty more. des Destiny community manage David “Deej” Dague has put out a call for Guardians to share their concerns – or rather, what they think the community is most concerned about. “Set aside your […]

  • Google AI can play games now, so we’re probably all going to die

    Google has brought us one step closer to our inevitable slaughter or enslavement by machine overlords. Google has developed an AI that can learn to play video games and devise brand new strategies. Let me just rephrase that: Google has created an AI that can teach itself new skills, including how to play video games. […]

  • First footage of Renowned Explorers: International Society surfaces

    Renowned Explorers: International Society is a turn-based strategy game from the team behind Reus, and it looks great. Renowned Explorers was announced almost a full year ago, but has been pretty quiet since then. Developer Abbey games has now announced that the game has hit alpha, and will be open to select testers soon. You […]

  • Cities: Skylines developer commits to mod support

    Cities: Skylines will fully support the modding community. Hailing from famously mod-friendly publisher Paradox, Cities: Skylines is a no-brainer for mod support – especially as a lack of mod support is one of the things SimCity was so heavily criticised for when it firts launched. In the developer diary below, Paradox’s Jakob Munthe is joined […]

  • Nosgoth update adds Vanguard, many fixes

    Nosgoth, the free-to-play multiplayer brawler set in the Legacy of Kain universe, has been given a significant makeover. The major feature of the latest Nosogth game update is a new playable human character called the Vanguard. “Equipped with mighty throwing axes and a shield, the Vanguard can take more punishment than any human class that […]

  • Xbox Live Gold 12 month sub $40 on Microsoft store

    Microsoft is offering $20 off 12 month Xbox Live Gold subscriptions at the moment. An Xbox Live Gold 12 month subscription will normally set you back $60, but a Microsoft Store promotion has it on offer for $40. The offer is restricted to the US store. Although you can opt to grab your sub as […]

  • Tomb Raider movie script to be penned by TMNT writer

    Tomb Raider will be Evan Daugherty’s second reboot of an established universe. The Tomb Raider movie reboot has signed on a writer and a distributor. Deadline reports Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Divergent, Snow White And The Huntsman and G.I. Joe 3 writer Daugherty will write the film. Additionally, Warner Bros. has signed on to distribute, […]

  • Shelter 2 pre-orders open, launch trailer debuts early

    Shelter 2 is a game in which you are a mother lynx and must protect a den of kittens. Yes, it’s delightful. Shelter 2 is coming to Mac and PC on March 9. Pre-orders are now available on Steam at 10% off or on GOG.com with a free skin and soundtrack, or 20% off if […]

  • That Batman: Arkham Knight trailer is full of codes

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s trailer is like a Transformer – there’s more than meets the eye. The new Batman: Arkham Knight trailer contains a number of codes. Eagle-eyed users have spotted four so far, and work on cracking their meaning is progressing. According to an /r/games thread rounding up results so far, the codes pertain to […]

  • Assassin’s Creed haystacks won’t save you from a fall

    Assassin’s Creed fans, don’t try this at home. Assassin’s Creed characters can survive falls of almost any distance as long as they aim for the haystacks scattered handily throughout the environment. As you probably deduced from your familiarity with common sense, this isn’t a real thing: falling from heights kills you, the same way a […]

  • Why are people buying PS4 and not Xbox One?

    PS4 is outselling Xbox One – but why? A new report may have the answer. Last month, the PS4 outsold the Xbox One in the US again, returning it to the top of the charts after just two months away. Why? What has caused this reversal in fortunes in Microsoft’s home territory? According to a […]

  • Toejam and Earl are back with a new Kickstarter

    The early 90′s are alive and well in a new bid to bring back Toejam and Earl. Toejam and Earl released for Mega Drive (Genesis, Americans) in 1991, and the eponymous characters went on to count among Sega’s best-known characters. They appeared in a platformer, a light gun shooter and finally a 2002 Xbox game […]

  • New Wander trailer shows off Azertash form

    Wander is a collaborative, non-combat MMO in which you can take on a number of unique forms. Wander players begin as an ambulant tree called an Oren and can progress through several different bodies as they explore the environment, learning its secrets. One of these, which we’d not seen before this trailer, is the amphibious […]

  • SOMA approaching beta phase on PC and PS4

    SOMA, the new horror game from the Amnesia: The Dark Descent crew, is getting close to playable. Frictional Games has apologised for its recent silence over the project, but said it’s focused on reaching beta. Sorry all for the silence! We're closing in on Beta and everyone's working hard to get there. Once that's done, […]

  • Square Enix does not condone Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest HD Remaster

    Square Enix has said it’s not involved with a fan remake of Final Fantasy spin-off Mystic Quest. 1992 SNES game Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest is being remade by Dark Design as Mystic Quest HD Remaster. The developer is even taking pre-orders for the project. Unfortunately, it looks like it is in no position to be […]

  • New Hunger teaser released by LittleBigPlanet Vita co-developers

    LittleBigPlanet Vita co-developers Tarsier Studios have released a teaser trailer for Hunger, which was announced in May 2014 at the Nordic Game Conference. The game has been rumored to be the firm’s unannounced Sony project since 2010. Platforms are still to be announced, but the studio became a first-party SCE developer a few years back, […]

  • Here’s two Mario Party 10 overview videos, one featuring amiibo

    Overview videos for Mario Party 10 and the amiibo which work with the title have been released by Nintendo Japan. Obviously each one is in Japanese, but you get the gist all the same. Mario Party 10 releases on Wii U March 20 in North America and Europe. Thanks, AGB.

  • Clan Raids announced for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Companion App

    Activision has announced a new Clan Raids mode will be made available through the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Companion App. According to the CoD community blog, raids are time-based challenges where success earns you a spot on the Clan Raids leaderboards and new Clan Raid-exclusive in-game gear like the Equilibrium set. Clan members will […]

  • Play Battlefield Hardline starting March 12 through EA Access

    Xbox One users with an EA Access subscription will be able to play 10 hours worth of Battlefield Hardline starting March 12. EA Access members will are being granted access to the game five days before the street date, with full multiplayer and all saves transferring over into the main game. It was announced yesterday […]

  • This video summarizes the contents of Destiny patch 1.1.1

    With Destiny patch 1.1.1 now available, here’s a video summary of what to expect. In the video above, Arekkz Gaming gives you a rundown of the important bits in the update. Subscribe to Arekkz Gaming for more Destiny tips and trick through the link.

  • Destiny 1.1.1 patch notes out, update is live

    Destiny’s 1.1.1 patch arrives today, so if you have been kicked from activities, it means you will need to download the patch now that it’s live. We will be pushing the 1.1.1 patch for Destiny shortly. Players will be kicked from activities and required to download the patch. — Bungie Help (@BungieHelp) February 25, 2015 […]

  • Payday 2 packs based on Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number coming

    Starbreeze has announced another collaboration with Dennaton Games which will see masks based on Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number appear in Payday 2. The collaboration consists of two free updates when you acquire Hotline Miami 2 or its deluxe version on Steam from February 25. The two updates, called Hotline Miami Mask Pack and Jacket […]

  • Velocity 2X making its way onto Linux, Mac, PC and Xbox One

    Velocity 2X will be released on Linux, Mac, PC and Xbox One Futurlab has announced. The developer is in charge of the port, which will be published by Sierra. According to Futurlab, the deal with Sierra came about when self-publishing proved to be difficult due to spending “more time doing PR and marketing on Velocity […]

  • Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number finally has a release date

    A release date for Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number has been announced, finally. The game will arrive on Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita March 10. It is now available for pre-order on GOG, Humble and Steam for 10% off for $13.49/£10.99. There’s also a Digital Special Edition available which includes tracks from […]