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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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    Ubisoft has announced another small passion project in the wake of the success of recent releases. Child of Light, Valiant Hearts: The Great War and Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon are all the products of a new initiative at Ubisoft where the publisher lets key developers rest after big triple-A projects by working on something […]

  • What mysterious reveal is Xbox teasing for May 4?

    Xbox is teasing something we’ll be waiting quite a while to learn more about. Xbox community manager Raj Patel tweeted the following earlier today: Hmm… pic.twitter.com/4wBGu6xsDc — Raj Patel (@Rajio) January 22, 2015 NeoGAF users spotted the morse code in the background of the image, which translates as follows: “Presented by Xbox, 10am PDT, 1pm […]

  • 2011 PSN hack class action settlement claim forms available

    PlayStation Network members affected by the 2011 hack and downtime can now claim part of a $15 million settlement. The PSN was down for months on end in 2011 following a major hack, which resulted in user details being compromised. Sony apologised and provided free games as compensation, but unhappy gamers banded together in a […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 has a true open world

    Final Fantasy 15 doesn’t just have “open world gameplay”, it has a true open world – one continuous stretch of environment. “The world is connected by continuous land,” director Hajime Tabata told Gamespot. “If those areas were disconnected, it would feel distant from reality. You’ll find that you’ll be able to walk or drive or […]

  • Suikoden, Suikoden 2 EU PSN release date locked down

    Suikoden and its first sequel will be available via the European PlayStation Network soon. Suikoden publisher Konami has confirmed a February 4 release date for the two RPG classics. CONFIRMED! #Suikoden I & II EU #PSN release date is FEB 4TH! http://t.co/ObOIvZDJAK pic.twitter.com/aM760R2Gez — Konami UK (@KonamiUK) January 22, 2015 It’s been a long wait […]

  • Dying Light physical release set for February 20, says Gamestop Italy

    Dying Light’s physical release has been delayed, but at least one European retailer thinks it knows what’s going on. Dying Light’s physical release date is February 20, according to Gamestop Italy. According to Tmag (Italian, via Google Translate), there’s been no response from local representatives of publisher Warner Bros. Although the digital release will take […]

  • Free online multiplayer update now available for Trials Fusion

    Online multiplayer is now available as a free update to Trials Fusion. The online component includes three new four to eight player multiplayer modes on PC, PS4 and Xbox One and up to four players on Xbox 360. These are the three new gameplay modes included with the update can be found through a previous […]

  • This video for indie survival horror Monstrum features all in-game footage

    Monstrum launches on Steam Early Access January 29 and today, you can have a look at a video for it featuring all in-game footage. Developed by Team Junkfish the survival horror game set on a derelict cargo ship which combines roguelike elements, such as procedurally generated levels and permadeath thanks to AI driven predators. Monstrum […]

  • Here’s quick look at Dead Rising: Watchtower starring Rob Riggle

    A short look at the film adaptation of Dead Rising has surfaced. Transformers director Lorenzo di Bonaventura headed the project and it was directed by Zach Lipovsky. It stars comedy actor Rob Riggle as Frank West, along with Academy Awards nominated actress Virginia Madsen (Candyman, Sideways), Dennis Haysbert (24), Meghan Ory (Once Upon a Time), and […]

  • A Kickstarter for Underworld Ascendant will launch next month

    OtherSide Entertainment, an independent games studio fronted by Paul Neurath, has announced it’s developing Underworld Ascendant. Neurath is the founder and CEO of the new studio ad his resume includes franchises such as Thief, System Shock and 1992′s Underworld Underworld. The studio hopes Underworld Ascendant will “innovate and revitalize” the fantasy genre. More details will […]

  • APB Reloaded heading to PS4 and Xbox One during Q2 2015

    APB Reloaded will indeed be heading to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One during late Q2 this year, which puts its release sometime around the end of June. Reloaded Productions announced in September 2014 it was working on bringing the free-to-play PC title to consoles during the Digital Media Wire event in New York City. The […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 2 -The Lost Lords arrives in February – video

    Release dates for Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series have been announced. A new video offering a “first look” has also appeared. Below is the story synopsis, which you may want to skip if you haven’t played Episode One. House Forrester is in disarray. Their liege lord and his heir are dead, and Ironrath […]

  • The open beta for Nosgoth has gone live

    Consider this a friendly reminder: the Nosgoth open beta has started. Announced last week, the open beta can be accessed through the official website. Once you link your Steam account, just log into the service and start downloading the client. Everyone that plays the tester will receive double XP through January 28. More information is […]

  • First gameplay footage of Homeworld Remastered Collection being shown this weekend

    Homeworld Remastered Collection news and the first gameplay footage of Gearbox Software’s remake will be revealed at PAX South this weekend. The news and video will be shown during the Inside Gearbox Software panel at 10.30am CST on Sunday. It will also be streamed on Twitch. Gearbox is hoping to have Homeworld Remastered released by […]

  • Latest Final Fantasy Type-0 HD video delves more into combat

    Square Enix has released its latest Orience News video for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, and it provides insight into character combat styles and techniques. In the video you will see the elite combat force of Class Zero going deeper into battle to improve their skills. Combat is party-based and each of the three characters in […]

  • Something really cool happens when you finish Resident Evil HD *spoiler*

    Those who finish Resident Evil HD will be met with a really nice surprise at the end. If you wish to find out what it is on your own, DO NOT head below the break. You have been warned. According to images posted by Reddit user omeganemesis28, a thank you message from Resident Evil creator […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain release date “should be” announced soon

    A release date for Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain “should be able” to be announced soon, according to the latest Kojima Station webcast. New information on the game will also be announced at the Taipei Game Show on January 31, per Game Spark (thanks, Gemtasu). “I know you’ve all been eagerly await for […]

  • Punch-Out!!, more Throwback offerings arrive on Nintendo US eShop

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Punch-Out!!, Citizens of Earth and Part Two of the Throwback Sale. Here’s the entire update: Nintendo eShop releases Punch-Out!! (originally for Wii) – also 50% off until January 29 Citizens of Earth – introductory price of $11.99 until January 27 Breezeblox (Wii) Midnight (Wii […]

  • The Witcher Battle Arena has arrived on the App Store and Google Play

    The Witcher Battle Arena, CD Projekt RED and Fuero Games’ mobile MOBA, has been released. In Battle Arena, two three-hero teams fight it out as they try to capture and hold conquest points. The game features “no pay-to-win elements”, instead it contains a “player-friendly monetization system.” Every item and functionality can be unlocked entirely through […]

  • Second wave of Star Wars titles arrive on GOG, third wave next week

    The second wave of Star Wars titles will arrive on GOG.com today with more coming January 27. Today you can pick up the following: Star Wars: Rogue Squadron 3D (digital distribution premiere) Star Wars Rebellion (digital distribution premiere) Star Wars Empire at War: Gold Pack On January 27, the final three games of this wave […]

  • If Microsoft is serious about PC games, Xbox One should be the real Steam Machine

    Forget the magic space goggles. Maybe Valve doesn’t have the wherewithal to realise PC gaming’s TV dream, but Microsoft holds all the keys. If Microsoft really wants to get into PC gaming full-time, it needs to get around the table with Mr Newell and its platinum chequebook. “It’s time for us to talk about gaming […]

  • Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 releases on Steam next week

    Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 will be released on Steam for PC next week. The PC version of the was announced earlier this month and contains upgraded graphics, runs in 1080p, and has both Japanese and English audio. It will release on January 28 for $14.99. Fairy Fencer F and Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2 also coming […]

  • Take a look at the controls and special abilities in The Order: 1886

    The Order: 1886 has a new trailer available that highlights the game’s controls and reveals the two special abilities the main protagonist has at his disposal. The game uses a similar control scheme to other shooters, but just in case you wanted to see more gameplay, we’ve got just the thing. The most interesting parts […]

  • These elderly people are better at GTA 5 than you’d expect

    Do old people get video games? Namely something known for its violence like GTA? Well, you’re about to find out. The latest REACT production sits a few elderly men and women in a room and lets them play GTA 5. The results are not what you’d expect, they start off getting a feel for the […]

  • More major Microsoft titles will be coming to PC

    Microsoft will bring more of its franchises to PC. Following on from yesterday’s big Windows stream, Microsoft has released a full recap on Xbox Wire. In the blog post, the firm hid a small bit of news revealing that Fable Legends will not be the only title to come to PC. “Today we announced that […]

  • Someone is attempting to recreate Dark Souls’ Lordran in Minecraft

    Lordran, the land of the ancient lords will soon be explorable in Minecraft thanks to a passionate modder. Davweed is a talented modder attempting to recreate the entire world of Lordran in Minecraft. Lordran is the land where the entire Dark Souls game is set. The goal is to make it a 1:1 scale of […]

  • Elite: Dangerous is getting Community Goals with update 1.1 – all the details

    Patch 1.1 is Elite: Dangerous’ first major update. Developer Frontier has detailed Community Goals, the big change coming with the patch, and more. We were told last week that big additions are coming with patch 1.1, due in February. Today, we learn in more detail what those features are. Namely, what the developer is calling […]

  • Sunset Overdrive, Skyrim and Dead Rising 3 highlight this week’s Deals with Gold

    A new week, a new set of deals for Xbox Live Gold subscribers and we’ve got the full list. Major Nelson posted the deals which are live now and run through Monday, January 26. Highlights include Sunset Overdrive, Dead Rising 3, Skyrim, Final Fantasy 13-2 and more. Check the full list below. Xbox One Dead […]

  • Survarium: 10,000 FREE Premium account keys to give away

    We have 10,000 codes to give away for MMOFPS Survarium, granting the player a Premium account for 24 hours along with 5,000 Silver coins. Each key gives the player a Premium account for 24 hours along with 5,000 Silver in-game currency. A Premium account gives you 50 percent more experience, income and reputation for 24 […]

  • “I don’t like people thinking we’re doing underhanded, dirty shit,” says Evolve dev

    Despite what it looks like, Evolve developers did not intend to give out the wrong signals when it comes to the game’s DLC plan. Evolve creative director Phil Robb spoke to Destructoid in an interview that was conducted late last year about the studio’s approach to DLC, map packs and more. Robb’s idea is that […]

  • Clock Tower spiritual successor Night Cry gets first screens

    Night Cry is coming along nicely and today we get our first look at it. Ever since the announcement of Project Scissors (at the time) last September, and then the name change to Night Cry, we’ve been waiting to see what the game looks like, especially since it’s developed with mobile platforms in mind. Today, […]

  • Tekken X Street Fighter is still happening, 40 people working on it

    Tekken X Street Fighter is definitely not vaporware. A team of 40 developers is currently working on it, according to director Katushiro Harada. Harada was interviewed by Polygon. In the interview, he touched on many topics, one of which is the status of the seemingly-never-coming-out Tekken X Street Fighter. “It’s very difficult to talk about,” […]

  • From Game of Thrones to Borderlands: all of Telltale’s adventure games rated

    Telltale Games has an impressive back catalogue of licensed adventure games to its name, and we have opinions about all of them. Note that this rundown doesn’t include bundles, the non-adventure games or games published by Telltale but created by other developers. It’s also got a fair bit of speculation in it, since at least […]

  • There is probably a new Battletoads game coming

    If you’ve watched last night’s Windows presentation you knew you recognised that logo on Phil Spencer’s t-shirt. Wearing a t-shirt with a logo of an upcoming game is an antic we’ve come to expect from Xbox boss Phil Spencer now. Based on that, we wouldn’t be alone in predicting that a new Battletoads game is […]

  • Here’s a short, 60fps trailer for DmC: Definitive Edition

    DmC: Definitive Edition has a new video available that shows the game running at 60 frames-per-second. Capcom has put out a short new trailer for the Definitive Edition of DmC: Devil May Cry that takes a look at different stages and boss fights. The video begs to watched in 1080p60 quality, if your connection can […]

  • Xbox One to PC streaming targeting 1080p, 60fps

    Microsoft has revealed that it’s looking to achieve 1080p resolution at 60 frames-per-second when the Xbox One game streaming launches later this year. The question of what final resolution and framerate Xbox One game streaming will operate at was on a lot of people’s minds when the demo was shown. Thankfully, Microsoft’s Mike Ybarra has […]

  • Microsoft is looking at offering PC to Xbox streaming

    Having announced Xbox One to PC streaming as part of its Windows event last night, Microsoft said that making the process a two-way street is on the cards. Microsoft’s Phil Spencer sat down to do a group interview following the Windows event and talked a little bit about the firm’s plans for streaming, including a […]

  • Watch John Romero play Doom

    John Romero made DOOM, and now you can watch him play it, dropping many a delightful gem of insight regarding one of the most important shooters of all time. This video was organised by Double Fine as part of its Devs Play series, a thing I only just discovered and now want to marathon all […]

  • World of Speed has gotten fairly pretty over the past year

    World of Speed has produced a new trailer, showing off the racing MMO’s progress over the past year. Announced one year ago, World of Speed is looking pretty damn shiny now. Check it out in this trailer, which introduces the Mountain Spiral Road location and teases several yet to be revealed. World of Speed comes […]

  • Minecraft user data leaked in plain text – change your passwords

    Minecraft users should change their passwords and those of any accounts using the same log-in details. Minecraft’s user data servers have apparently been compromised, with user names and passwords leaked online in plain text. 1,800 Mojang accounts were affected. The news comes via German source Heise and The Guardian and has been treated quite seriously […]

  • Resident Evil: The Final Chapter will commence filming in August

    The sixth Resident Evil movie is back on track. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter will begin filming in August, having been delayed to accomodate star Milla Jovovich’s pregnancy. In a Facebook post, Jovovich said she’s currently being very mindful of gaining enough weight to ensure a healthy birth for her second child, without the risk […]

  • Nintendo bosses “do not really understand modern gaming”, says former executive

    Former Nintendo executive Dan Adelman has provided frank insight into the Japanese platform holder’s inner workings. Adelman, who was one of Nintendo’s most important developer liaisons, left in August 2014. One of the first things he did was say that Nintendo had issued a gag order on his social media use, and shortly thereafter called […]

  • Sony’s 10% apology discount doesn’t apply to pre-orders

    Sony has updated the terms and conditions of its apology discount to exclude pre-orders. PSN members have been offered a 10% discount voucher as an apology for downtime over the holidays due to DDoS attacks. In an update to the PlayStation Blog announcement post, Sony clarified that you can’t use this for pre-orders. So. That […]

  • 343 to beta test Halo: The Master Chief Collection matchmaking fix

    Halo: The Master Chief Collection is still broken, believe it or not. The next Halo: The Master Chief Collection update is, like most of the others so far, designed to resolve the shooter collection’s ongoing matchmaking woes. 343 Industries is determined to get it right, apparently, as it’s gone so far as to elect to […]

  • Here’s the release schedule for Star Citizen’s story and first-person modules

    Star Citizen lead Chris Roberts has shared release windows for several modules of the space simulation sandbox. Star Citizen was the focus of a BAFTA Masterclass presentation yesterday, during which Roberts outlined the game’s current development milestone goals. Polygon captured the details. The first person shooter, planetside and social elements on the game are expected […]

  • Destiny: Crota’s End Hard Mode has already been beaten

    Destiny’s toughest challenge got extra tough today, but a troop of willing Guardians stepped up to the line of duty. Destiny developer Bungie has verified the identities of the first Guardians to beat hard mode for the Crota’s End raid, which launched earlier today. Bungie User Research has confirmed the World First finishers for the […]

  • All maps and modes for Battlefield Hardline detailed

    A third map and mode has been announced for Battlefield Hardline which means all modes and maps have been revealed. The new mode is Crosshair, a second competitive mode in which a former criminal “turned state’s witness” is on the run. His former buddies, who are criminals, are trying to kill him and the cops […]

  • Alien: Isolation has sold over 1 million copies

    Alien: Isolation has sold over 1 million copies, Creative Assembly and SEGA announced today, and probably in joyous fashion, although PR mails never denote the writer’s mood. The quote included from creative lead, Alistair Hope does sound as though he is super pleased with the milestone. “It has been fantastic to watch the reviews come […]

  • Fable Legends launching on PC alongside Xbox One with cross-platform play

    Fable Legends was announced for PC today during Microsoft’s Windows 10 event, along with the news it would contain cross-platform play with Xbox One. The game will allow you to play with up to four of your friends online across both platforms. A video from the team at Lionhead, which goes into more detail, was […]

  • Parkour pioneer David Belle acted as a consultant on Dying Light

    It has been announced that actor, stunt coordinator and leading pioneer of Parkour, David Belle, consulted on Dying Light in order to bring authentic parkour to the game. According to a press release sent over by Techland, the development team worked with Belle to “verify the depiction of parkour” in the game as well as […]