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Editorial – The King is Dead: Long Live Steve Jobs

Thursday, 6 October 2011 02:56 GMT By Brenna Hillier

As we mark the passing of Apple founder and CEO Steve Jobs today, Brenna Hillier looks at the extraordinary impact of one man on the modern world.

“Because video games,” a sarcastic commenter rebutted one of my early VG247 articles about an update to a smartphone OS.

But yes, video games – that’s the world we live in today, when the release of Mango has almost as much pertinence to games and how they’re made and sold as the new version of Windows or an Xbox Live overhaul, a world in which portable devices are almost indistinguishable from desktops and the Internet delivers everything you could need, whenever you ask.

It’s a world which owes a lot to Mr Steve Jobs.

One man does not a multi-billion dollar company make. Steve Jobs is not Apple. But there’s no denying his hand in guiding the tech titan to the position of prominence it holds today.

Apple was founded by the college drop-out Jobs and two colleagues in 1976, on April Fool’s Day. Maybe the 21 year old was tickled by the date; in a world yet to understand the relevancy of personal computing, plenty of observers probably thought him a fool for building and selling the Apple I in his parents’ garage.

1984: The Macintosh

But by the late 1970′s Apple had already wrought its first major change on the tech world. By nabbing exclusivity on one of the first spreadsheet-based business suites, the Apple II became the darling of offices everywhere, and quickly found its way into homes as a result. Apple went public, creating hundreds of millionaires as investors scurried to buy into the booming market.

The release of the Macintosh in 1984 heralded the arrival of the affordable, fully-featured home computer with a famously bizarre ad starring a hammer-throwing athlete, and the effects of that on the computing and thereby gaming worlds would be enough to earn Jobs a place in our history.

But it also announced the beginning of a serious low point in Apple’s history which only makes clearer how integral Jobs’s vision was to the shape of tech to come. By 1985, the newly-wealthy board of directors had already forgotten the daring and innovation which drove Apple to success, and when the ever forward-thinking Jobs clashed with other executives, he was ousted from his own company.

Those of you under the age of 25 may not even remember a time when Apple was a grimly gasping dinosaur, but when Windows became the standard in personal computing – when did you last use the word “PC” to mean anything but a Microsoft OS? – owning an Apple computer made you a laughing stock. Apple fell in a hole and didn’t climb out for over a decade.

During this time, Steve Jobs went his own way and did two notable things. He bought a company from LucasArts, signed up with Disney, and thereby gave the world Pixar. And he founded another tech firm called NeXT, which made bold, unprecedented leaps which are remembered today in the name of Apple’s operating system: OS-X.

That’s X, not the “10″ tradition dictated, and for a good reason. When Apple frantically pulled Jobs back on board in 1996, he brought NeXT with him, and that tech is the heart of OS-X, the highly influential, first true commercial rival to Windows in donkeys.

Apple’s latest – the iPhone 4S.

By 1998, just two years later, Apple was already back on top of its game, guided by Jobs’s constant push for the future. The first iPod had been released, along with the iTunes Store, the iPhone was soon to follow, and digital music had begun to move out of the realm of piracy into a legitimate business model.

The music, movie and yes, games industries changed forever, struggling to adapt to a world of powerful portable multifunction devices, instant access to media, and new ways to do business.

We can thank Jobs for a number of tenets of the games industry as it is today, tenets which will strongly inform its future for the next few decades, the ramification and potential of which we’re really only just beginning to understand. Digital distribution and smartphones bring with them a whole new world of content and business models which have radically altered our landscape forever.

The era of Steve Jobs hasn’t ended with his death. The era of Steve Jobs is just beginning. I wish he could be here to see it.

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19 Comments

  1. Colin Gallacher

    Brenna, that was excellent.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Johnny Cullen

    I said this on Twitter when I found out, but it nevertheless remains the same. His influence will never be understated or underestimated.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. ultramega

    The ironic thing is that Apple became the very thing they were sworn against in that 1984 ad.

    Closed source iOS… completely anti-competitive – suing companies the first second they can… Even look at some of the patents they’ve filed. Not too long ago they came under fire for filing a patent for a software technology that would stop the phone from being able to take pictures in certain instances, such as during a concert. I could go on, but it’s a waste of my time; this is all we’ll hear about for weeks now.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Patrick Garratt

    /salutes

    #4 3 years ago
  5. revolting

    @ultramega: Yes, it is a waste of your time, and everyone else’s. The questionable business practices of the corporation (and let’s face it, which successful business DOESN’T have a history of questionable practices? Not one.) have absolutely nothing to do with the respect due to the passing of a man who undeniably changed the combined faces of computing, portable technology and entertainment. Whether you love or loathe or are completely indifferent to Apple, Steve’s work unquestionably impacted your life, if not through their own branded products then through those of their competitors.

    Steve mattered, regardless of whether you are anti- or pro-Apple. His presence made the world better, slicker and shinier, regardless of who you buy your devices from. ‎”I want to put a ding in the universe,” the man said, and he certainly did that. Cheerio, Mr Jobs.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. GrimRita

    Just woken up to the news and all I can say is ‘wow’. Despite not being a fan of Apple, Jobs changed the way we listen/pay for music, use mobile phones and even gaming.

    He will be missed and he was a true visionary – he even helped Pixar start up and invested alot of time and money into them and believed in what they were doing.

    RIP

    Great article btw and even moved the mighty Grim Rita to a tear!

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Debabrata Nath

    Godspeed Steve, may the stars treat you as their own. :’)

    #7 3 years ago
  8. GwynbleiddiuM

    /salute

    A great article worthy of a passed away King.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. ultramega

    @5
    Oh wow. You must be some kind of sheep. I owe him nothing. You cannot predict how the course of history would have gone without him. And to call him out as the sole visionary of Apple’s overpriced, underfeatured products is a true act of ignorance.

    Besides, with your logic, he was the company, so he should take any and all blame towards business practices. Which, to a large extent he actually should be blamed for. But regardless of what you think of the company itself, do a little reading about Mr. Jobs… By all accounts he was an asshole any way you look at him.

    Thank you for your time.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. DSB

    No one cares if the guy was an asshole. Albert Einstein and Henry Ford were abject assholes too. It didn’t stop them from being highly succesful visionaries.

    He came into Apple when it was essentially a dying company and made it into one of the biggest companies on earth in little more than a decade, conquering the smartphone market in the US, and the “MP3-player” market globally at a time where the market was at its most competitive.

    What did you achieve today?

    http://thingsappleisworthmorethan.tumblr.com/

    #10 3 years ago
  11. sg1974

    @revolting

    But Jobs’ disciples and admirers like you want it both ways. They want all of Apple’s successes credited to him (which is only partly fair – because without the elementary genius of Jonathan Ive, Apple wouldn’t be anything like the ultra-successful company it is today either), but want to excuse him every one of Apple’s errors and failings.

    Also, the difference is that Apple claimed not to be any of those things and attacked or mocked those characteristics in others. That is the point Ultramega was making and the one you can’t see or chose to ignore. It was a sanctimonious attitude which has pervaded all of Apple’s history, and it appeared to come directly from Steve Jobs. Aplle has become exactly what it professed to stand in opposition to.

    And before the iSheep explode, these views do not change the fact Jobs et al were tremendously successful innovators and amongst the greatest designers of their generation. Jobs and Apple’s failings stand alongside their successes, just as it is with every other human being and human endeavour in history. The sooner the iSheep can accept that simple fact, the better.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. sg1974

    Oh dear. And http://thingsappleisworthmorethan.tumblr.com/ is precisely one of those pointless, meaningless and misleading piles of illiterate crap that iSheep are so rightfully mocked for. Get a fucking grip people.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. freedoms_stain

    If what I read earlier about him using “alternative treatment” on his cancer before he sought proper medical treatment then he essentially committed suicide in my eyes.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. sg1974

    Barry Sheen did the same thing. He chose to forego conventional (sic) therapies and claimed “fruit and veg will cure me”. He’s dead now.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. Goffee

    I’m not that bothered about the Mac side, but for gadgets, the first time I played with a clickwheel iPod, iPhone or iPad, for a few seconds it felt like playing with the future – then it quickly became natural and accepted as part of the furniture.

    To create that took genius, and Steve Jobs used to play in the future every day. He was a lucky man.

    But he only got that “lucky” by being that great.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. Noodlemanny

    I totally agree with Goffee. The iOS is simply incredibly innovative, good looking and easy to use. If you think differently then you are just quite simply wrong. The wheel was brilliant and Apple made touch screen smooth. The ipod totally changed MP3 for the better. MACs may not be my cup of tea but thats only because I’ve been brought up on Windows. I can’t really say much about MACs because I have little experience of them.
    Yes Apple stuff is overpriced (YOU NEVER BUY DIRECTLY FROM STORE (those crappy 5 quid headphones selling there at 30) and yes you can get more for cheaper nearly always. But I just really think the OS levels that out, I really love the iPhone because of the app store, OS, style and build. Its not perfect but nothing is. Something doesn’t become so wide spread for nothing and the only reason terms like iSheep come up is because so many people have them (hence the phrase) but there a good reason for that.
    Apple may be far from fair but, what, are you about to say Microsoft or any other massive corporate company is? The words fair and corporate are contradictory.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. ultramega

    @11
    Well at least there is one person on this site that actually understands my point. Sorry if it wasn’t clear enough for you others – I’ve had a fever of nearly 40ºC for the past couple days.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. DSB

    @12 Looks to me like you just can’t take the fact that it’s a very succesful company, with a very succesful CEO and visionary behind it.

    The only person attributing major value to that tumblr in this thread is you. I personally just think it’s pretty funny, and I have no problem that Apple is as succesful a company, as Jobs was a a CEO.

    The only Apple product I own is a years old iPod Nano. I’m hardly a member of the club. I just, you know, have eyes.

    @13 I’m no cancer expert, but isn’t that a little one-dimensional? We can all agree that the people drinking beet juice to cure themselves of whatever ails them are delusional, but if the only other alternatives you have is painful laser therapy or miserable chemo, then how much can you really blame them for needing to believe that?

    I’d cut ‘em a little slack on that one, personally.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. revolting

    I love that everyone is assuming I’m an “iSheep”, just because I think some respect is due to a guy who died and left his mark on the world, be it good or bad.

    I hate quoting myself, but I’m going to have to: “Whether you love or loathe or are completely indifferent to Apple, Steve’s work unquestionably impacted your life, if not through their own branded products then through those of their competitors.”

    I fall into in the “indifferent” part of the equation; I like some of the stuff they make, but not others, and I don’t approve of many of the things they do as a business. I own one or two Apple products, yes, and I also own many other products by many other manufacturers and love them all equally. My mp3 player is an ipod, yes, but my phone is not and never will be an iphone. My mobile internet/entertainment device of choice is currently (heavy emphasis on currently) and ipad, yes, but I also own and enjoy a nintendo DS and a PSP, and a laptop running windows for actual mobile work. Not one of my desktop computers are macs, because I can’t stand the pretentious things. I am not a fan of any one company; I am a fan of technology, both functional and just plain neat. I have three self-built pcs running windows (two of which are exclusively for gaming, one for work), an HTC phone and a work-provided Dell laptop… if you think that makes me an iSheep, you’re too caught up in your self-righteous “Steve Jobs is the Devil and anyone who buys anything he touched is a moron” campaign to see past your own self-proclaimed morally superior agenda.

    I am certainly NOT a mindless Apple worshiper; I hate some of the things they do, especially the yearly overpriced update of their idevices. (I’ve had my one ipod for 4 years and it does not need replacing, nor will it ever short of an accident. Similarly I will not replace the ipad… the current one does everything I need it to.) As a business entity, they’re one of the most appalling I can think of in terms of sales practices and market exploitation.

    But that does not change that respect is due where respect is due. It does not change the fact that Steve Jobs’ work, directly or indirectly, influenced all of our lives. You cannot deny that even if you don’t use Apple products, you use products that compete with Apple. That’s how competition works… everyone tries to make better stuff than everyone else, which drives the technology industry as a whole forward. So even if you hate one brand, it’s existence improves the quality of the alternative brands you use instead. That’s the nature of competitive business, like it or not. Exactly the same as Microsoft and Sony constantly trying to one-up each other with each iteration and update of their xbox and playstation products… both brands would be lesser in quality were it not for the competition of their adversary pushing them forward. You are utterly naive if you cannot see this.

    Ultimately, though, business is business, and we all know that; a guy who created stuff died at a relatively young age, and that deserves some respect. Just as much would be true if we were talking about Bill Gates, Ken Kutaragi, or even Alan Sugar; all possibly complete tossers, no doubt each one has left a wasteland of abused business partners and disgruntled customers in their wake, and yet all have contributed to, pushed forward and left their mark on the technology we all benefit from.

    #19 3 years ago

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  • 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 […]

  • Dying Light interactive video allows you switch between day and night

    A new video for Dying Light has been released, which allows you to hit the Z key to change between day and night. Titles Life and Death in the Quarantine Zone, the interactive story video showcases how the game changes between day and night. Daytime and nighttime are shown side-by-side but the z key allows […]

  • 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 […]