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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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    In the fifth developer diary for Battlefield Hardline, the team discusses how it’s bringing “Hollywood crime drama” to the shooter’s single-player campaign. The video was released a couple of days ago, so apologies are in order if this has been posted already, but I promise I searched the site and never found it. Visceral Games […]

  • Masquerada: Songs and Shadows is a pause for tactics isometric RPG coming in 2016

    Masquerada: Songs and Shadows is a 2.5D isometric RPG, built in the vein of Baldur’s Gate and Dragon Age in the works at Withing Hour Studios. The game allows the player to pause combat to plan party tactics. “Set in the Venetian-inspired fantasy city of Ombre where rare masks are the key to casting magic, […]

  • Underworld Ascendant surpasses Kickstarter goal

    Underworld Ascendant which was launched on Kickstarter earlier this month, has met its  $600,000 funding goal. With six days left 10,786 backers pledged $610,541 In light of being funded, the team has also switched up the stretch goals as bit, as you can see in the image below. The studio, OtherSide Entertainment, is fronted by Paul Neurath, […]

  • Latest Evolve patch fixes progress and save game data loss on Xbox One

    A patch for Evolve has been released on Xbox One which fixes lost progress and save game data users had reported. The patch also fixes an issue with shadows and flashlight, makes incremental improvements to matchmaking, invites, and rejoining, and there were progressions balance changes. “The issue with lost progress and saved games was mostly […]

  • Online servers for Ridge Racer Unbounded shut down in Europe

    Online functionality for Ridge Racer Unbounded is no longer available, Namco Bandai Europe has announced. Solo mode and the track editor are still playable, minus the sharing options. Ridge Racer Unbounded was released on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in March 2013. Thanks, MCV.

  • OlliOlli will be a cross-buy title on 3DS and Wii U

    Curve Digital has announced OlliOlli will be a cross-buy title when it releases on 3DS and Wii U. The Roll7 title will be the first third-party title to offer the functionality on the systems. OllliOlli will be released on the eShop March 5 The game launches on Nintendo’s eShop on March 5th, followed by Xbox […]

  • Darkbeast electrifies latest Bloodborne video

    The latest Bloodborne video shows off another monster in the game. This one is Darkbeast and he’s full of electricity. The video is the last of IGN’s month-long coverage of the title.

  • Future Assassin’s Creed games will have greater focus on modern timeline

    Ubisoft plans to focus more on modern timelines in future Assassin’s Creed games, the company suggested during its latest community livestream. During the Twitch stream, one of the lead writers for the Assassin’s Creed series, Darby McDevitt, said the modern timeline for Brotherhood’s town of Monteriggioni could inspire future development. “That only came about because […]

  • Fruit Ninja Kinect 2 is coming to Xbox One next month

    Halfbrick has announced Fruit Ninja Kinect 2 for Xbox One will release next month. The mobile title made its way onto Xbox 360 garnering 1 million downloads as of March 2012. It has a new multiplayer mode for up to four players with Battle and Party modes along with a new progression system. An announcement […]

  • New GTA 5 PC screens – shit the bed!

    Rockstar has pumped out 15 new screens for the PC version of Grand Theft Auto 5. Don’t touch them, because they’re electric. And if you touch them, you’ll get shocked. The PC version of GTA 5 has been delayed until April 14, which both sucks and blows. BUT! There’s a new trailer coming between now […]

  • Sony Japan accidentally erases 20th Anniversary PS4 contest entries

    Sony Japan has accidentally erased all information obtained from PlayStation owners who entered to win a 20th Anniversary PlayStation 4. Those who purchased PlayStation 3, PS4, Vita or Vita TV between December 4 – January 15 were handed a calendar with a code which entered them into the contest. Somehow, all data collected from the […]

  • Hearthstone datamine suggests Blackrock Mountain expansion on the way

    Hearthstone’s next update may be based on World of Warcraft’s Molten Core raid, if datamined information posted on Hearthpwn is spot-on. According to files mined from the latest patch, three new cosmetic card backs are on the way, one of which is called Molten Core. The data suggests that pre-ordering the Blackrock Mountain expansion will […]

  • Using Battlefield Hardline single-player gadgets increases your metagame rewards

    Gadgets contained in Battlefield Hardline’s campaign mode have been detailed, and each provides the player with various ways in which to solve crimes. According to design director Scott Warner, one way to “diffuse” a conflict when confronted with criminal activity is to flash your badge and ordering the criminal to freeze. Putting your gun on […]

  • Mortal Kombat X video is all about story mode, new characters

    After promising a new Mortal Kombat X reveal “soon”, NetherRealm Studios has made good on said promise by releasing the story trailer. The video shows parts of the story mode featuring Mileena, which takes place 25 years after the events of 2011′s Mortal Kombat. Outworld has become a larger threat and new fighters joining the […]

  • Destiny’s shotgun and pulse rifle buffs mean it’s time to rethink your load-out

    Destiny’s most-ignored weapons got major boosts this week. It’s time to start thinking about how to work them into your set-up. Even if you’re used to using scout rifles and sniper rifles as a general loud-out (neither class was touched by 1.1.1), the buffs to pulse rifles and shotguns should make you rethink your contextual […]

  • Battlefield Bad Company 2: five years later, what did it do so right?

    It’s been five years since the release of Battlefield Bad Company 2. What did the much-loved entry in the franchise do for the Battlefield series? Westie’s played Battlefield Bad Company 2 for over 1,260 hours on PS3 and PC. That’s dedication. In his latest video he discusses the stand out moments from a FPS classic, […]

  • War is hell in this Zombie Army Trilogy gameplay trailer

    Here’s five minutes of headshots, shambling zombies and an undead Hitler from Rebellion’s upcoming Zombie Army Trilogy. The Sniper Elite spin-off arrives on PS4, PC and Xbox One March 6 and includes three games (obviously) and a new Horde mode.

  • Titan Souls releases on PS4, Vita, PC on April 14

    Ace indie giant-slayer Titan Souls will be released on PS4, Vita and PC on April 14. Publisher Devolver confirmed the date to Eurogamer. Those of us in Europe will have to wait until a day later for release. Titan Souls is a tough-as-nails indie game where you have one life to slay a giant enemy. […]

  • Destiny weekly update: lowdown on Inferno Crucible, Vault Transfer improvements

    Destiny’s weekly update has made some pretty significant changes – let Arekkz Gaming take you through them. Bungie has revealed the first release date for the new Inferno Crucible mode, and made it a lot easier to access your vault. You should subscribe to Arekkz Gaming. It will improve your life.

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory Feb 27, 28

    It’s Xursday again – what treats does he have for you this week? He’s in the North Tower, to the right of the Stranger’s room. Let’s take a look at the latest weapons and gear from your favourite Destiny trader. No Backup Plans [Titan Gauntlets] – 13SC ATS/8 Arachnid [Hunter Helmet] – 13SC Heart of […]

  • Battlefield Hardline will be stable on PC at launch, Visceral assures

    PC format is “by far the best gaming platform around,” says Hardline producer. “We’re doing what we can to take advantage of people’s different system with the graphics, framerate, controls, etc. We’re not just porting it over.” Battlefield Hardline developer Visceral is reassuring players that there will not be a repeat of the disastrous Battlefield […]

  • Win Pneuma: Breath of Life for Xbox One

    We have 10 download codes for new indie puzzler Pneuma: Breath of Life for Xbox One to give away. The be in with a chance of winning a code, just enter your details below and we’ll pull the winners from the hat on Monday March 2nd, after 2pm GMT. Pneuma: Breath of Life is a […]

  • Life is Strange Episode 2 delayed

    Life is Strange Episode 2 won’t make its expected release date. The first Life is Strange episode released on January 30, and we had expected the second to follow on March 13. Square Enix has since confirmed to Destructoid that the next chapter won’t make its release date. There’s been no word of the new […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: which character will be revealed tomorrow?

    Mortal Kombat X director Ed Boon is teasing a new character reveal. During today’s Mortal Kombat X livestream, NetherRealm said that a new character would be revealed “very soon”. Boon followed up with this teasing tweet suggesting the reveal will occur tomorrow: Very soon? As in tomorrow? :/ — Ed Boon (@noobde) February 26, 2015 […]

  • Halo played by Twitch is an exercise in great patience

    TwitchPlaysHalo is ridiculous. Halo: Combat Evolved is the latest game to be sucked into the “TwitchPlays” phenomenon, and the results are somewhat painful to spectate. If you’re not familiar with the setup, which debuted with TwitchPlaysPokemon, the game accepts commands from the channels’ chat stream. Although it doesn’t have the strategic RPG elements of Pokemon, […]

  • Gold Amiibo sold out, selling at five times RRP on auction sites

    Gold Mario Amiibo are expected to sell for pretty astounding profits on eBay and other auction sites. The Walmart-exclusive Gold Mario Amiibo is already completely sold out. Plenty of people managed to snaffle them to resell, though. There are now dozens of listings on eBay and other auction sites. One of the average asking prices […]

  • Canadian new game prices jump to $75

    Canadian gamers are in for an unpleasant price hike. As spotted by HardcoreGamer, the local Canadian branches of Amazon and EB Games have raised the prices of upcoming games to CAD$75. The CAD$5 increasing comes within a year of prices hitting the CAD$70 point. CAD$75 (£38/€53) currently exchanges for $60, the standard US pricing. The […]

  • New Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows weather, day-night cycle

    The latest Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows off a gloriously beautiful world. Xenoblade Chronicles X is Monolith Soft’s first solo Wii U game, and the developer is clearly enjoying being able to build a big open world with all the features we’ve come to expect. Missed the whole Xenoblade thing? Chronicles X is a sort […]

  • Dead Rising: Watchtower teaser talks up the benefits of Zombrex

    Live-action Dead Rising movie Watchtower is almost upon us. Dead Rising: Watchtower will release on Crackle on March 27, and via other digital distributors thereafter. Enjoy the short teaser below, courtesy of IGN.

  • We Happy Few debut hits you upside the face with a frying pan

    Contrast developer Compulsion Games has revealed its next project – the delightfully creepy-looking We Happy Few. We Happy Few is set in “a drug-fuelled, retrofuturistic city in an alternative 1960s England” where “a plucky bunch of moderately terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful denial”. Players are tasked with blending in with […]

  • Slender: The Arrival creeping onto PS4, Xbox One in March

    Slender: The Arrival sold like hotcakes on PC and last-gen consoles, so why not terrify yourself on PS4 and Xbox One, too? Slender: The Arrival will release on PS4 on March 24 and on Xbox One on March 25, developer Blue Isle Studios has announced, for $10. No word on that Wii U version, though. […]

  • GOG weekend sale celebrates German debut

    DRM-free games vendor GOG is celebrating its German-language launch with a tasty sale. The sale offers discounts over 25 “German favourites”. Highlights inclue 97% off Deponia, and less steep but still tasty savings on Memoria and Blackguards 1 and 2. The sale will run through March 3, and you do not have to be, speak, […]

  • Humble Weekly Bundle goes back to Japan

    The latest Humble Weekly Bundle is called Made in Japan, and I’m sure you can guess the theme. Pay what you want for Cherry Tree High Complete Pack (PC; Steam or DRM free), Fairy Bloom Freesia (PC; Steam or DRM free) and Influent + Language Pack (Linux, Mac, PC; Steam or DRM free). Pay more […]

  • Capcom “looking into” solutions to Resident Evil: Revelations PC co-op issue

    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 fans should sit tight for a bit, as Capcom is working on some sort of solution to the co-op issue. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 doesn’t have local co-op on PC and fans are pretty mad about that, as it was advertised ahead of release as a key feature. Although Capcom has […]

  • The games industry is disruption, says Assassin’s Creed producer

    Former Assassin’s Creed producer Jade Raymond has characterised the games industry as one long series of upsets. The games industry changes all the time, and that’s one of its best qualities, Raymond said. The ex-Ubisoft leader told Polygon that the reason seh got into games in the first place was because it “is this undefined […]

  • GTA 5 made $31 million in digital revenue in January

    GTA 5 is the highest-grossing title at the moment in terms of digital revenue, and the PSN is absolutely minting it. Digital games industry analyst Superdata has extended its scope to include console games, which means we suddenly have access to a whole bunch of data we’ve only been able to guess at, or extrapolate […]

  • Destiny: Inferno playlists debut next week

    Destiny PvP will shake things up next week with a new way to slaughter your mates in the Crucible. Destiny is already a skilled PvP game, but the new Inferno playlists will turn things up a notch with a focus on “basic gunplay”. The first of these, Inferno Control, kicks off on March 3 and […]

  • First-person camera coming to Guild Wars 2 next month

    ArenNet has announced its adding nonrestrictive first-person view to Guild Wars 2. Here’s what top expect come March 10: First-person Camera: Zooming in all the way will allow players to experience a first-person view. First-person mode is available while standing in place, walking, running, jumping, playing PvP and just about anything else. There aren’t any […]

  • Shadowrun Online signs on with Nordic

    Shadowrun Online has been given a nice little boost thanks to a distribution deal with Nordic Games. Shadowrun Online is a new team tactical RPG from Cliffhanger Productions. Although it’s already available through Steam Early Access, Nordic has agreed to distribute the finished version, which is due on Linux, Mac and PC in the second […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, game world ten times the size of demo

    Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, according to director Hajime Tabata. Speaking with IGN, Tabata said development will kick into high gear once the Episode Duscae demo is released. “It’s about 60% now. People may look at that and say ‘well, you’ve only done five more percent!’ [since 55% in September] but it’s actually a […]

  • Destiny: you don’t need to visit the tower to access your vault

    Destiny players, you asked for it and Bungie has delivered it: you can now swap items in and out of the vault using the companion app. “Destiny needs more vault space” you cry – and yes, this is true. But while we all struggle with the limitations imposed on us by Bungie, we face all […]

  • Mortal Kombat X will contain over 100 Brutalities

    During the Mortal Kombat X stream today, NetherRealm Studios revealed Brutalities are back for the game, and stated there will be over 100 to pull off. You won’t gain any extra experience for being overly cruel with your painful moves, but you will at least get to laugh at some and “cringe” at others, according […]

  • Numenera: Strand is a film based on the game up on Kickstarter

    Numenera, the 2012 Kickstarter success and foundation for Torment: Tides of Numenera, could become a film if the Kickstarter for the movie is successful. With five days left, Monte Cook Games and Swedish film company Valdes/Eriksdotter needs £22,542 to reach its goal. Titled Numenera: Strand, it tells the tale of a drifter who “roams a […]

  • Gran Turismo 6 update adds MINI Clubman Vision, more

    A Mini Cooper has invaded Gran Turismo 6 via a new update. The Mid-Field Raceway track has also been added, and its a new and improved version of the original track from previous Gran Turismos. The new B-Spec Mode feature has also been added which allows the AI driver to race on your behalf. Additional […]

  • Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and some playable titles to PAX East

    Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and Splatoon with it to PAX East next month. The E3 2014 build of the game lets eight players transform into squids in a race for “splattered-paint dominance.” Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will also be playable and featured in stage presentations at the Nintendo booth. Upcoming or newly released Nintendo […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium information seems to have slipped out early

    Battlefield Hardline Premium perks have apparently leaked a bit early, according to a post on Reddit. Over on the Hardline subreddit is an image which was take at a GameStop location, noting two week early access to content additional Battlepacks and more. Here’s the rundown: Four expansions Two weeks early access 12 additional Battlepacks Exclusive […]

  • Final Fantasy: Record Keeper arrives in the US this spring

    Final Fantasy: Record Keeper will be released in the US on iOS and Android this spring, DeNA and Square Enix today. The mobile titles allows players to “relive favorite moments” across all Final Fantasy installments and build a team of classic characters from across the entire franchise. If you sign up for email updates, you […]

  • Battlefield Hardline now available for pre-order, pre-download on Xbox One

    Battlefield Hardline is now available for pre-order and pre-download on Xbox One. You can pre-order it now from the Xbox Store and once you have paid for it, you can start your pre-download. Battlefield Hardline releases on March 17, and will be made available to pre-downloaders come 12.01am EDT. Check pricing and availability for your […]