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The Weekly Wrap – LulzSec hacks earth, Origin vs Steam

Saturday, 18 June 2011 10:38 GMT By Nathan Grayson

Duke Nukem? Ocarina of Time? Welcome back to 1998, everyone. We still want to stab this Furby in the eyes. First, though, the week’s biggest headlines.

EVE, Minecraft, League of Legends taken offline by LulzSec

What happened: Skies darkened. Rain poured. The entire gaming world collectively fell to its knees, raised its fists at the heavens, and cried “Luuuuuuulz Seeeeec!” Meanwhile, LulzSec chuckled silently to itself. Then it kicked a puppy and laughed at that too.

What it means: Epic, Bethesda, BioWare, Eve Online, Minecraft, and more have been hit-and-run hacked in the past week alone. On the upside, publishers have shied away from Sony’s ill-conceived post-hack communication strategy, which we’re guessing it learned from a frightened turtle who even other turtles declared “slow” and “adorable, because turtle metaphors are cute no matter what the context.” Even so, if this whole fiasco has proven anything, it’s that the gaming industry needs to – we don’t know – dig a moat or something. Fill it with acid and sharks and guns. Point is, so long as these hackers are able to get their hands on our personal info, videogame security simply isn’t good enough.

Moreoever, the worse this gets, the more dangerous of a precedent it sets. Various organizations have been trying to take away people’s online rights for years. Groups like LulzSec may as well be tossing them ammunition. Honestly, though, this has already gone too far. There’s an implicit expectation of trust in handing over your personal info. The gaming industry has proven almost unanimously that it’s not worthy of that responsibility. Get your act together, everyone. This is plain-out embarrassing.

Decision to pull Crysis 2 from Steam was not made by EA

What happened: Gamers sounded the Amber Alert after Crysis 2 went missing from Steam. The culprit? Shockingly, not EA or its brand new Origin download service. Instead, Valve cited a violation in its terms of service as reason for removal. Why? Valve hasn’t elaborated, but the timing seems to suggest that EA pulled some contractual no-no or another. More concretely, however, EA talked up its desire to be the “worldwide leader in digital publishing” – a goal it hopes to accomplish partially through use of its own charge-leading “platform exclusives.”

What it means: EA, as always, is talking big (and – if E3 was any indication – probably painting the goddamn moon with a giant “Download nighttime DLC on Origin!” logo). The question, of course, is whether the publisher – now finally cannon-balling into the deep end of the digital space – can keep pace with Valve, who’s been the figurative Poseidon of those waters since time immemorial. On the upside, EA could certainly be more obnoxious about it. Sure, Star Wars: TOR is an Origin-exclusive, but it doesn’t require that you download the standalone Origin client.

But – on the whole – EA’s current strategy still leaves a lot to be desired. The publisher’s rushing in guns-a-blazing, sure, but it’s missing out on the little things. Originally, Steam got in on the ground floor of the digital movement with a rather large platform exclusive (Half-Life 2), but that was hardly the end of its rise to power. Steam’s great because it’s a complete package – not just a glorified storefront. It’s loaded with community features, stats, and the like, and it’s constantly evolving. EA’s got an uphill battle ahead of it, to be sure. Hopefully Valve and EA can keep things civil. Otherwise, Crysis 2 might become the rule – not the exception.

2K dissolves relationship with Redner PR over DNF blacklisting threats

What happened: After an eternity of perfection-seeking and countless restarts, Duke Nukem Forever finally emerged from the depths of development hell. Or maybe a time machine. But, you know, a time machine to horrible land. Reviews, understandably, were not-so-kind. This led review copy distributor Redner PR to respond in, well, not-so-kind, lashing out on Twitter with enraged threats of blacklisting. To be sure, 2K will always bet on Duke, but it’s finished giving Redner PR the same treatment.

What it means: Blacklisting is bullshit. It’s a practice that’s pervaded the gaming industry for far too long, and – while it’s not nearly as prevalent as it once was – it’s still sadly alive and kicking. At the very least, gaming websites aren’t keen on playing silent victim anymore, with firms like TopWare getting their just desserts for dodgy PR manipulation. 2K’s firing of Redner may have been harsh, but it was necessary.

Even so, many commonplace gaming PR practices are just as bad – if not worse than – blacklisting. For instance, how about only being allowed to run a review early if you serve it a nice, meaty score on a silver platter? And then there was that Call of Duty: Elite embargo nonsense, which led to all sorts of WSJ misinformation spreading like wildfire, with embargoed publications sadly unable to stamp it out. In many such cases, everyone’s at fault. PR, obviously, for pulling the strings and the wool over gamers’ eyes, and journalists for going along with it. The system’s not entirely broken, per se, but there are some pretty damn gaping holes in it.

Femshep to appear in Mass Effect 3 marketing

What happened: His face has been known to inspire all sorts of emotions – from apathy to we don’t care enough to finish this sentence. His voice can cease the cries of a thousand babies – by putting them all to sleep. He is… the least interesting man alive. He is male Shepard. It’s a shame, too: most people end up playing Mass Effect in Inferior Mode. This time around, though, BioWare’s setting the record straight. Female Shepard for president. Or something.

What it means: Getting a single trailer and an appearance on the collector’s edition packaging isn’t exactly stealing the spotlight, but it’s a start. It’s refreshing, too, to see a franchise make large strides toward diversity in a relatively short amount of time. Granted, male-male romance options and marketing that doesn’t assume its entire audience idolizes Marcus Fenix should be the rule, not the exception. Even so, the gaming industry’s making baby steps in the right direction, and that beats the space-pants off going nowhere at all.

In addition, this just makes sense. Mass Effect is a role-playing game. The more players are able to insert themselves into their character, the more sucked into the universe they’ll become.

Iwata: Wii U to have “flexible” online for developers, HD will attract “shooters”

What happened: Nintendo president Satoru Iwata told investors of his grand plan to bait hardcore gamers with HD graphics and reel them in with online functionality that, well, exists. Apparently, we’re not invisible anymore – which is a shame, because now we have to put on clothes again.

What it means: Nintendo appears to have realized that fickle casual customers will only take you so far – especially where sustained software sales are concerned. From where we’re standing, however, that seems to be all the console-maker’s doing right. First up, “flexible” online system sounds like executive-ese for “We’re not entirely sure what a good online plan entails, but our relentless focus-testing with two dudes who may have seen Call of Duty in a GameStop once shows that we need one.”

Speaking of Call of Duty, there’s this utterly misguided perception that shooters are all hardcore gamers care about nowadays. Just put a gun in their hands and they’ll soon be eating out of yours, etc. But that’s only a small piece of the puzzle, and the folks who while away time between Call of Duties by playing Call of Duty and wearing their Call of Duty branded apparel can be just as fickle and one-dimensional as casual gamers.

Really, it’s just more wood for the “jack-of-all-trades, master-of-none” fire. Nintendo’s created hardware that kinda, sorta, maybe, not really plays to both casual and hardcore sensibilities, and it’s hoping all the other pieces will just fall right into place. That’s not a good approach to anything – let alone a balancing act as tricky as this one.

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10 Comments

  1. DSB

    Nathan, where did it say that Origin wasn’t in fact the direct cause of the breach of contract?

    Crysis 2 is on Impulse and other download services, but the notion of a breach of contract didn’t occur until EA launched Origin, nor did EA deny that the deal they made with Crytek, was in fact to blame.

    Surely, if it was Impulse, then the contract would’ve been nullified long before, and if it was Origin, then EA would’ve been very well aware of what they were doing, essentially forcing Valves hand.

    Do you know something we don’t, or are you simply taking the PR reps word for it?

    If you make the call that Valve struck the first blow, then you also need to back it up with more than the clever insinuations, of someone who does spin for a living.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Nathan Grayson

    @1: You have a point. I misread the situation, and I apologize. I’ve updated the article to reflect that.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Phoenixblight

    @1

    Its doesn’t seem to be EA fault because Madness returns is on Steam a day later but still this would be Valve’s doing.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. DSB

    @2 Kudos.

    @3 That doesn’t say anything for Crysis 2, though. If EA want a game on Steam, then I’m sure Valve is happy to have them, but arguably only so far as the obligations are kept.

    None of us have any chance of determining whether Origin violated the deal or not, or when or why it might. That’s why I commented on Nathans conclusion.

    Ultimately, EA didn’t deny that the deal they made with Crytek, to sell Crysis 2 on Origin, was the direct cause of the breach. They simply said that they weren’t the ones to pull it from the service.

    What they could be saying is essentially “I didn’t break the window, the rock I threw did”. Whether the rock or the guy throwing it is responsible, can be as relative as you want it to be.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Phoenixblight

    @4

    Alice Madness Returns is also on Origins and was there on release so if Origins was the cause then they ignore it for Madness Returns but they don’t for Crysis 2? A Bit hypocritical.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. DSB

    @5 Right, but how does that mean that the deal they made for Alice is identical to the one they made for Crysis 2? Or that the one they made for Dragon Age is?

    It’s not really conflicting unless the contracts are identical word for word, and you’re dealing with different products, that have different expectations, different expenses, and different exposure.

    I think that leaves plenty of room for also having different contracts.

    If Valve truly wanted to swing at EA, then it doesn’t make a lot of sense to piss them off by simply removing one game, when, if the contracts were identical, you’d also have plenty of opportunity to dump the rest of their catalogue, which also features on both Origin, and other download services.

    You can’t bully a corporation, and angering them really won’t serve you very well.

    My guess would be either a missing clause, or Origin-exclusive content for Crysis 2, which EA then failed to account for in the original agreement, both of which would lead Valve to void that agreement based on being misled in the original negotiations, without an immediate legal response from EA.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. chriswhaaat

    http://gizmodo.com/5812545/find-out-if-your-passwords-were-leaked-by-lulzsec-right-here

    #7 4 years ago
  8. TheWulf

    What will bring about Origin’s downfall is EA’s lack of understanding in regards to how the digital market works. Simple as. See, on Steam you have sales. To quote someone else, you have about 50 sales a week. Not only that but Steam lowers the prices of older entries anyway, even not in sales, so they become more attractive purchase options over time regardless of whether they’re in a sale or not. And then when they go on sale you can hoover up about 50 AAA titles for £30 or something like that.

    Ex: Mirror’s edge being £1.64 at one point. No, really.

    However, EA seem to think that they can throw an older game up on their service at £34.99 or more and leave it that way forever. See, Crysis 2 was much cheaper on Steam before it was pulled and it wasn’t even in a sale. But that EA hasn’t tried to price it competitively means that they don’t understand the market.

    Origin (and a number of other digital distributors) will still be charging £30 for a game when in a Steam sale that game will go on offer for £5 or less. And that’s why Steam wins and continues to win.

    It’s just understanding the market.

    I think all gamers are more intelligent than to want to pay £30-40 for a six month old game. Right?

    Also, thanks for highlighting the problems with journalism. I still don’t trust the vast majority of sites out there, especially those linked to printed magazines in any way. Their review tend to smack of them either being paid to speak well of a game, or not. Which leads to either incredibly glowing or damning reviews and nothing in between. Now this might be a simple lack of writing talent on the sites that I read, but I honestly don’t think it is.

    For that reason, there are a couple of small non-journalist blogs I trust with post-release reviews. I just can’t bring myself to trust anything else. And when it comes to bigger blogs I prefer those who stick to news and come across as honest.

    I like VG247 for that reason.

    To be honest, if VG247 started covering more indie releases then it’d probably be the only news site I read.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Phoenixblight

    “What will bring about Origin’s downfall is EA’s lack of understanding in regards to how the digital market works. Simple as. See, on Steam you have sales. To quote someone else, you have about 50 sales a week. Not only that but Steam lowers the prices of older entries anyway, even not in sales, so they become more attractive purchase options over time regardless of whether they’re in a sale or not. And then when they go on sale you can hoover up about 50 AAA titles for £30 or something like that.”

    They do have sales I was able to get all of Dragon AGe Origins with the expansion for 30$ and that was with DLC. I was also able to get more content from them for their games then going through Steam like ME2 for example more DLC for the same price as Steam wanted without the DLC.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. DSB

    I don’t see EA taking on Steam with much more than their own games.

    Would you expect other publishers to sign with the competitions proprietary delivery system, and let them have part of their profits? Maybe the market is that liberal these days, but I doubt it.

    EA just wants to cut out the middleman, and they figure that’s worth the cost of a client in the long run.

    #10 4 years ago

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    GameStop Italy may have let the release date for Rainbow Six Siege slip if a recent listing is accurate. According to the listing, the game will release on October 16. While this could be a placeholder date, October 16 is a Friday in the UK, the usual day new releases land at retail. The release […]

  • Watch the $1 million Call of Duty Championship right here

    The The Call of Duty Championship takes place this weekend, and you can watch all the action as it unfolds right here. The event takes place in Los Angeles tomorrow March 27 and runs through March 29, and the livestreams are below. 32 teams from five continents and 11 countries will be competing in Call […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: Battlefest kicks off this weekend with Double XP

    A new season of Battlefest kicks off this weekend, and starting today, you will earn Double XP in Battlefield Hardline. Battlefest for Hardline is similar to the event held for Battlefield 4 last year. For the entire month of April and into May, in-game events and competitions will be held by the developers and player […]

  • Don’t forget: the GTA 5 PC pre-order bonus cutoff is March 31

    Just a friendly reminder to those planning on purchasing GTA 5 for PC: you have until March 31 to pre-order if you want all the bonuses on offer. Those who pre-order will be handed $1 million in-game cash plus a bonus $300,000. It is split between GTA 5 and GTA Online: $500,000 for Grand Theft […]

  • Games with Gold offers doubled for April – six games instead of three

    Microsoft’s April Games with Gold collection is being doubled. For the month Xbox Live Gold members will receive six instead of three games free. Here’s what’s on offer: Pool Nation FX: Available all month on Xbox One Child of Light: Available all month on Xbox One Gears of War: Judgment: Available from April 1-15 on […]

  • Pokemon players can grab a code for Shiny Charizard at GAME in April

    Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire players along with Pokemon X and Y owners can grab a free, rare Shiny Charizard from April 3 at one of GAME’s 320 stores in the UK. The redeemable codes for the character will be made available upon request and no purchase is necessary. Those who pop into one […]

  • F1 2015 will arrive on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in June, includes Mexico circuit

    Codemasters has announced its F1 franchise will make its series debut on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this June with the release of F1 2015. The game was developed using a new engine and contains improved handling and physics for all vehicles and parts attached. This includes: engine, transmission, aerodynamics, fuel tank, force feedback, suspension […]

  • Mortal Kombat X video confirms Liu Kang as playable character

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  • Short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront shows the Battle of Hoth

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  • Pillars of Eternity releases today – get all the review scores here

    Pillars of Eternity, which still stands as the second most-funded video game on Kickstarter, finally releases today. It’s also getting some rather positive reviews scores, which we’ve rounded up for you. The isometric, party-based RPG from Obsidian Entertainment was one of the first video game projects to take to Kickstarter, and hit its $1.1 million […]

  • Take an in-depth look at Evolve’s Behemoth monster and four new hunters

    Evolve’s fourth monster, the Behemoth, as well as the four new hunters are shown off in new gameplay video. Evolve’s latest gameplay trailer gives everyone a good look at each of the four new hunters and the massive Behemoth monster. The hunters can be bought either separately or though the hunting pass, while the monster […]

  • PS4 firmware update 2.50 causing issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall

    The suspend/resume feature in PlayStation 4′s 2.50 firmware update is causing some issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall. Killzone: Shadow Fall developer Guerrilla has said that the game is experiencing some issues in some instance where the suspend/resume feature is used. The timing of when players put the game in suspend mode does have an effect, […]

  • Bungie on Destiny matchmaking: “We believe there’s no substitute for a pre-made team”

    Crazy though this may seem, it’s possible that Destiny shipped according to plan. History points to community as a crucial component, far from the contingency that many now suspect. Paul Davies spoke to Bungie for clarity. “The community always engineers the best solutions for bringing players together. While Matchmaking is a great resource for introducing […]

  • Bloodborne works with suspend/resume, but only offline

    PlayStation 4′s newly-added suspend/resume feature works with Bloodborne as you’d expect, but only while offline. PlayStation 4 received the long-awaited suspend/resume feature today as part of firmware 2.50, and people are starting to test it out with various games. Bloodborne does work with the feature, but only if you play offline. Playing online is arguably […]

  • This is what Crossy Road looks like in first-person

    Crossy Road is fun and addictive. But in first-person, it’s mostly frightening. YouTube user Andy Front Films likes Crossy Road so much he decided to show off what it would look like in first-person. If crossing roads quickly and watching around for cars and trains, all of this as the camera chases you felt intense […]

  • Take a small behind-the-scenes peek at Mass Effect 4

    BioWare cinematic director Ken Thain has given us a very slim look behind the scenes at some motion capture work from the upcoming Mass Effect game. The upcoming Mass Effect game, whether it ends up being called Mass Effect 4 or not, will most definitely incorporate some form of motion capture work. How do we […]

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – 8GB day one patch on PS4, 16GB on Xbox One

    Day one patches for Borderlands: The Handsome Collection are pretty hefty. Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Borderlands: The Handsome Collection require players to download lots of gigabytes to make the experience as smooth as possible. The PlayStation 4 version has an 8.31GB day one patch. The Xbox One version however has […]

  • Get a PlayStation 4 with Bloodborne and The Last of Us for $435

    If you’ve been waiting for the perfect game to get to buy a PlayStation 4, there’s no better time than the present. Amazon is offering a good PlayStation 4 bundle at the moment. For $434.99, you get a PlayStation 4 console, The Last of Us, and Bloodborne. The Last of Us is of course the […]

  • Upcoming Battlefield Hardline patch to nerf the K10, buff battle rifles

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch will focus on weapon balance and a few changes have been proposed. Battlefield Hardline lead multiplayer designer Thaddeus Sasser posted a few of the balance changes that the team is considering for the next patch. K10: reduce bullet damage to 33 Saiga and PTR: reduce recoil to bring more in line […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and a new Resident Evil game coming this year, according to research firm

    According to digital games analyst SuperData, a new Resident Evil game is due this fall and that this year’s Call of Duty is Black Ops 3. In its latest report on digital console games, research and analytics firm SuperData revealed that a new Resident Evil is coming this fall. “We anticipate this month’s downturn to […]

  • Bloodborne: you can add gestures to your messages

    As players get deeper into Bloodborne, they keep uncovering so many of its little new additions, including this one. Bloodborne, like all of the Souls games before it, allows players to leave messages for other players. These messages could be used to point players towards impending doom, treasure, or just be sarcastic and witty. What […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 is now live

    PlayStation 4 firmware update version 2.50 has started rolling out. Reports are coming in saying that Yukimura, PlayStation 4′s firmware 2.50 has been made available to download. The update is clocking in at just 245mb, so get downloading. 2.50 brings with it many new additions, including the suspend/resume feature, backup and restore, accessibility options and […]

  • Harley Quinn DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight is a prequel

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s Harley Quinn pre-order DLC is set before the events of the main game, according to Amazon’s description. Today we learned a few details about the pre-order DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight, namely the Harley Quinn one. According to the description on Amazon, the DLC takes place in the lead-up to the events […]

  • Bloodborne Vicar Amelia summon mystery solved

    Bloodborne players unable to summon near Vicar Amelia: here’s your solution. Bloodborne’s secrets are unfolding by the hour as clever players piece together From Software’s cunning design. Yesterday we reported problems summoning in the Cathedral Ward, before the Vicar Amelia boss fight. It turns out this isn’t a bug – or if it is, it’s […]

  • Steven Spielberg will direct film adaption of Ready Player One

    Steven Spielberg will direct the film adaption of the sci-fi, virtual world, video game themed novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Warner Bros. bought the rights to the film in June 2010 and hired screenwriter Zak Penn to rewrite the previous draft written by Eric Eason, according to Deadline. The book takes place in […]

  • Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets shouldn’t forget about the custom audio

    Here’s a friendly reminder for Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets: be sure to download the Headset Companion App from the PlayStation store if you haven’t already. As previously reported, the game supports a custom Bloodborne audio mode which can be uploaded. It contains custom audio created by developers specifically tuned to enhance the audio. This […]

  • EA explains why FIFA Ultimate Team transfer prices are now platform specific

    EA has posted a blog entry explaining its FIFA Ultimate Team transfer market price ranges which now include platform-specific pricing in order to best the coin sellers. EA said it has implemented the changes to FUT over the last several weeks because it should be “fair and fun for every player,” ultimately coming to the […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness now available

    In case you forgot, Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness was released today. It is available on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The third episode releases on iOS devices and Android tomorrow, March 26. The Sword in the Darkness finds Asher Forrester heading to Mereen […]

  • Bloodborne players are already documenting their crazy antics

    Bloodborne has been available for almost two days now in North America, and already players are posting interesting clips and character customization choices for the game. Below are interesting takes on creating a character and videos of a frustrating death and another full of blood coming from a very painful place – monster or not. […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team celebrates sixth year in existence with giveaways

    FIFA Ultimate Team is celebrating its sixth year in existence with special events running from today until March 29. According to EA, every FUT fan will be handed one free pack every day, and those who play at least one match in the FUT Birthday Cup will have a chance to win rare “tradable In-Forms” […]

  • Halo Online is a F2P PC game in development exclusively for Russia – video

    Halo Online is a free-to-play game which will launch this spring in Russia, and is in development with Saber Interactive. According the reveal event attended by IGN Russia, the game was designed to run well on lower-end PCs and runs on a modified Halo 3 engine. The game is set on a secret UNSC space […]

  • SteamWorld Dig Xbox One release expected in late May

    SteamWorld Dig is coming to Xbox One, developer Image & Form has announced. A firm release date hasn’t been announced, but the studio expects the title to arrive on the system in late May. “We’re preparing quite an elaborate Easter egg for the Xbox One version – a gaming thing that we really wanted to […]

  • SMITE celebrating first anniversary with a sale on skins, Ultimate God Pack

    Hi-Rez Studios is celebrating the first anniversary of SMITE with a sale. From today through Friday, March 27, the Ultimate God Pack, which includes all current and future Gods, will run you $19.99. Alll individual pre-launch skins are 50% off, and all Gem Packs will award bonus gems. In addition, from March 27-29, all SMITE […]

  • Borderlands 2 has sold around 12 million copies, says Gearbox

    Speaking with Microsoft’s Major Nelson in his podcast, Gearbox Software boss Randy Pitchford stated Borderlands 2 has sold somewhere around the 12 million mark. As of August 2014, it was announced by Take-Two in its financial report the 2012 game had sold-in 10 million units. Pitchford noted in the podcast he learned of the figures […]

  • Broken Age releasing on PS4 and Vita same day as Act 2 on PC

    Double Fine Productions has announced it will release Broken Age on the PlayStation Store next month. Act 2 will also be released on PC. The full Broken Age adventure will release on PlayStation 4 and Vita on April 28 in North America and April 29 in Europe. It features cross-buy and cross-save. Broken Age Act […]

  • Star Citizen earned another $1 million within two weeks – total hits $76 million

    Star Citizen continues its funding streak with backers pumping another $1 million into the game’s development in the last two weeks. The total earned for the space sim has now reached $76 million ($76,015,532 to be exact) with 851,395 backers contributing to the staggering figure. Star Citizen’s latest update was version 1.1 which included two […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline top Media Create charts

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline were the big ticket debuts during the March 16-2 period in Japan, with each game claiming the top three slots on the Media Create charts, respectively. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD moved 92,094 on PlayStation 4, while Resident Evil Revelations 2 moved 73,373 units on […]

  • You can now learn English or Spanish on Xbox One with the Rosetta App

    Want to learn English or Spanish? Rosetta Stone has an App for that on Xbox One. According to the language teaching firm, Rosetta Stone’s Discover Languages, the new application teaches English and Spanish by way of immersive simulation. Users will virtually travel to learn vocabulary and grammar “necessary for real-world interactions.” Here’s how it works: […]

  • PayDay 2 and PayDay: The Heist have sold over 9 million units combined

    The PayDay franchise is a lucrative IP for Starbreeze and Overkill, as both games combined have sold over 9 million copies as of November 2014. The company has also sold over 8 million paid DLC packages since PayDay 2 was released in 2013 (via NeoGAF). In its Q2 half year report issued in February, net […]

  • Nintendo wants to “surprise” customers with NX, not expand upon existing hardware

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has firm wants to “surprise” players with its new NX system. Speaking in an interview with Nikkei, translated by Kotaku, Iwata wouldn’t go into details on the new system, but stated expanding on a current gaming system would be “dull.” “In the past few years, the idea of what [encompasses] a […]

  • Kojima Station show suspended

    In another episode in the the ongoing kerfuffle between Hideo Kojima and Konami, the publisher has suspended the Kojima Station web show. Recent tweets from the newly created Japanese Metal Gear Solid account confirm that Kojima Station will not be broadcast tomorrow, but would not provide a date for the next episode. The Tweets were […]

  • Watch Battle Royale for free this weekend on Xbox Live

    Square Enix is celebrating the launch of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD by offering Xbox Live members in the UK a free rental of Battle Royale. Starting Saturday, March 28 and through Sunday, March 29, Xbox Live members in the UK will be able to rent Battle Royale through the Xbox Video Store, for free. The […]

  • Bloodborne journal, part 1: managing anxiety on the path to the Cleric Beast

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