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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 4 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 4 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 4 years ago
  4. Patrick Garratt

    /salutes

    #4 4 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 4 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 4 years ago
  7. Debabrata Nath

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

    #7 4 years ago
  8. GwynbleiddiuM

    /salute

    A great article worthy of a passed away King.

    #8 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 years ago

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    Screenshots for Alienation, Housemarque’s four-player co-op PlayStation 4 exclusive, have been released and you can have a look at them in the gallery we’ve posted. Announced at gamescom 2014, the game features three main character classes, weapon customization, and various team set-ups. The game has players shooting at things with twin-stick gameplay with a top […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront website notes November 17 release, teaser video and first image hit

    The first Star Wars: Battlefront image has been posted, and apparently it appeared on the official website at some point this morning. The game will also be released on November 17, according to the official website’s source code. The release date is noted in the code located in the image below. Props to Gematsu for […]

  • Mortal Kombat X is the fastest selling entry in the series to date

    Mortal Kombat X has sold faster than any other game in the series to date, making it the “biggest launch” in Mortal Kombat history, according to creator Ed Boon. Speaking in a series of tweets, Boon said both the mobile and console versions have “literally millions of players getting online” resulting in the servers being […]

  • Shadow of the Beast reboot resurfaces with some new screenshots

    The Shadow of the Beast reboot, which was announced in 2013, has show its face once more with early screenshots. Screenshots of the Amiga classic remake show off the Karamoon’s desert and the main character, Aarbron. According Matt Birch, CEO and founder of Heavy Spectrum, the team is currently hard at work on the “core […]

  • Halo: Spartan Strike arrives on Windows 8, iOS and Steam today

    Halo: Spartan Strike is now available on Windows 8, Steam, iOS devices and Windows 8 phones. The mobile top-down shooter will run you $5.99. Halo: Spartan Strike tells a new story in the Halo universe set during the events of Halo 2 on New Mombasa in 2552. Those playing on Windows 8 devices can compete […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video shows highlights from the Episdoe Duscae demo

    Square Enix has released a Final Fantasy 15 video which shows highlights from the Episode Duscae demo included with launch editions of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. FFT0 has shipped over one million copies worldwide, and a player feedback survey is available for the Duscae demo until May 19. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is available on PlayStation […]

  • Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since release – SuperData

    PlayStation 4 exclusive Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since it was released on March 24, according to SuperData’s latest report. The figure produced by SuperData is worldwide and comes on the heels of the one million units sold announcement earlier this week. “After the release of the beautiful but terribly short game The […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Mega May returns, Super Smash Bros. update, Mii Fighter costumes

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a Super Smash Bros. update and the StreetPass Mii Plaza games Battleground Z and Ultimate Angler. The update is rather detailed, and a bit larger than normal, and you may wish to pay special attention to the activities listed. Here’s the full update: StreetPass […]

  • Here’s your first look at Sony boss Shuhei Yoshida in Super Time Force Ultra

    Sony Worldwide boss Shuhei Yoshida is a playable character in Super Time Force Ultra, and today, Capy Games has provided a couple images of the man himself in the game. Yoshida was announced as a playable character in the game during Sony’s PlayStation Experience event back in December 2014. The PS4 and Vita version will […]

  • The wait is almost over – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has gone gold

    CD Projekt RED has announced the news we’ve all been waiting to hear: The Witcher 3 has gone gold. This means Geralt’s latest, and possibly last, adventure has been sent to the factory to be pressed into lovely gaming discs. “We worked so damn hard over the past three years to bring you this game,” […]

  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is a “couple weeks out from beta,” new trailer

    Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is just a “couple of weeks out from beta,” according to development studio The Chinese Room, and a release date will be announced “shortly.” To give you an idea of how development has been coming along since it was announced at gamescom 2013, the team has released a new trailer […]

  • GTA 5 on PC looks incredible, but I can’t recommend it to console players

    As much as Matt Martin loves GTA 5, he can’t recommend upgrading from console to PC just for a slick editing suite and even prettier graphics. “This is the third time in as many years that I’ve bought GTA 5.” I have a Grand Theft Auto 5 obsession, as I’m sure you know if you’ve […]

  • The Forest engine updated to Unity 5, major graphical and gameplay improvements made

    The Forest’s latest patch added substantial improvements to the game. The Forest version 0.16 is now live on Steam with plenty of new additions. The game has been ported over to Unity engine version 5. The plant and skin shaders have been replaced or rewritten. Many other visual tweaks have been made, such as model […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront banner leaks from Star Wars Convention

    EA has been setting up the Battlefront booth at Star Wars Celebration, and one leaked picture shows what could be the game’s main art. Someone on Reddit posted a picture of the game banner at EA’s booth. Here it is: Lots of things happening here. There’s a Star Destroyer in the distance, TIE Fighters and […]

  • Get GTA 5 working with Oculus Rift using this tool

    There’s a way you can play GTA 5 in VR if you own an Oculus Rift Dev Kit and have a bit of cash to spare. VorpX, the go-to program for adding VR support to games has received an update recently to support GTA 5. This is far from perfect, as it only translates the […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team: week of April 15 team revealed

    This week’s Team of the Week is now available for anyone to challenge in FIFA Ultimate Team. The team members get selected each week based on their performance during the weekend matches. You can fire up FIFA Ultimate Team on any platform and challenge this squad. You’ll also find some Team of the Week items […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will let you stealth all encounters, including bosses

    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will bring back one of the original game’s major features. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is considered by many to be a great game and worthy of bearing the franchise name. One of its grating issues though was its boss fights. You only had one way to fight them: be confrontational. The […]

  • Project Cars PC specs and supported wheels announced

    The release date of Project Cars is inching ever closer and more details have been revealed to answer all your burning questions. Project Cars developer Slightly Mad Studios has revealed the full list of supported steering wheels on all platforms, as well as the minimum and recommended PC specs. Minimum specs CPU – 2.66 GHz […]

  • GTA 5 gets custom FOV mod on PC

    Those not satisfied with GTA 5′s built-in field of view slider can use a new mod to push the number even further. The PC versions of GTA 5 – just like its PS4 and Xbox One counterparts – lets you switch between third and first-person view in shooting and driving. The game has an FOV […]

  • Win! GTA 5 on PC!

    Want to win a Steam key for Grand Theft Auto 5 on PC? Just enter here. GTA 5 released on PC this week and is going down a storm. We like it a lot, which is why we’re giving away a Steam code for Rockstar’s latest. All you need to do is enter your email […]

  • GTA 5 topples Skyrim’s record for highest concurrent players on Steam

    Not factoring in Valve games, GTA 5 is the new king of concurrent player numbers on Steam. GTA 5 is very popular on PC, even more popular than games like Skyrim in its heyday. The number of concurrent players for GTA 5 has peaked today at 301,246. This makes it the only non-Valve game to […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: what does a modern fighting game look like?

    Mortal Kombat continues to evolve as NetherRealm adds RPG systems and daily challenges to a solid fighting game, says Sherif Saed. “Mortal Kombat X takes many cues from games like Destiny, Call of Duty, and GTA Online with hourly, daily and weekly events.” For as many of its familiar facets, Mortal Kombat X has enough […]

  • J-Stars Victory VS+ coming west in June – new trailer

    J-Stars Victory VS+ will make the jump (see what I did there) to the west after all. J-Stars Victory VS+ is the western title for the fighting game which stars characters from a variety of Shonen Jump-published manga. Bandai Namco has announced the fighter will release in Europe on June 26 and in the Americas […]

  • Codemasters F1 license good through 2016

    Codemasters has at least one more F1 game in it. F1 2015 isn’t out yet, so Codemasters is naturally not talking about what it might get up to in the future. We do know what it can get up to, though; Codemasters’ Steven Embling told Videogamer has the option to continue the series. “We have […]

  • Project Cars has pretty deep graphics options on consoles

    Project Cars offers players a wide variety of ways to customise their graphic settings on PS4 and Xbox One. Project Cars is a graphics showcase and all early indications suggest it’s going to be one of the best-looking games out there. Slightly Mad’s commitment to graphics seems to go deeper than making things pretty, though: […]

  • Super Smash Bros. patch nerfs Diddy Kong – report

    Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U is great but Diddy Kong is a beast and must be stopped. The latest Super Smash Bros. 3Ds and Wii U patch seems to have nerfed Diddy Kong, a character so over-powered that serious tournament players generate controversy by choosing to use him. Nintendo doesn’t publish patch notes, […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer shuttered

    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer 2K Australia has been closed down. Kotaku broke the news, and also had word from an anonymous source, who said that all staff have been let go. 2K responded to our request for comment with the following statement: We can confirm we have taken steps to begin the studio closure process […]

  • Samorost 3 trailer shows Amanita still in fine form

    Samorost 3 looks as delicately beautiful as its siblings. Samarost 3 developer Amanita Design has a reputation for gorgeous, slightly surreal world building. This new trailer for its latest adventure looks just as if not more lovely than the previous Samarost games and Botanicula. Samarost 3 is coming to Mac and PC later this year, […]

  • Amnesia dev’s new project SOMA now in beta

    SOMA is nearly here and I am torn between excitement and horrified dread. SOMA is the latest horror project from Frictional, the team behind Amnesia: The Dark Descent. We’re pretty excited to see what Frictional comes up with next, and we won’t have too long to wait, apparently; the developer has announced that SOMA is […]

  • Steam Guard mobile authenticator now in beta testing

    Steam is now testing its latest security measure. Steam helps you protect your account by offering two-factor authentication, a solution so beautifully elegant and effective that it’s astounding every gaming network doesn’t do the same (looking at you, Sony). Valve’s version is called Steam Guard, and it works via email. This isn’t always super convenient, […]

  • Godzilla battles Mothra in new trailer

    Godzilla lets you stomp around cities and battle classic kaiju. I’m in. Godzilla is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 in early July, but we haven’t seen a great deal of it since its December reveal. The new trailer below gives you an idea of just what Natsume has done with one of the biggest […]

  • Tales of Zestiria to launch this year – new trailer

    Tales of Zestiria continues Bandai Namco’s delightful new habit of bringing the popular JRPG series to the west before the shine wears off. Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, the publisher has announced. That’s not a bad turnaround, given it first hit Japan in January, and localisation of text-heavy titles is expensive […]

  • Project Cars release date locked down, new trailer released

    Project Cars finally has a release date. Project Cars will release on May 8, Bandai Namco UK has announced. We haven’t yet had an update from Namco Bandai’s other regional offices, but its probably safe to bet the racer will release around the same time in the Americas, Europe and ANZ region. We can now […]

  • Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains trailer shows combat, online multiplayer

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains has plenty to offer fans of the anime. Previously known as Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind, the Spike Chunsoft action game is coming west thanks to Atlus. Gematsu reports it’s due in both Europe and North America in May, via the 3DS eShop. The trailer below […]

  • Bloodborne stamina recovery rate affected by equip weight

    Bloodborne players have unearthed an important gameplay detail not mentioned in the game’s menus or manual. In Bloodborne, players need to manage their stamina carefully for best results. A far more aggressively-tuned affair than past Souls games, Bloodborne does away with equip weight limits, and items have no listed weight details. As far as players […]

  • Street Fighter’s Ryu, Fire Emblem’s Roy spotted in Super Smash Bros. patch – rumour

    Street Fighter’s Ryu is rumoured for future Super Smash bros DLC following datamining of the latest patch. Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U were updated recently, and hacker shinyquagsire23 claims to have found some interesting files while poking around in the 3DS patch data. As detailed on Reddit, the audio files included a new […]

  • Suikoden 3 PEGI rating suggests PS2 Classic re-release

    Suikoden. Suikoden 2. And now: Suikoden 3. Suikoden 3 has been rated by PEGI for PlayStation 3, presumably ahead of an upcoming re-release. Gematsu turned up the rating, and although we have no further information at this time, it’s not much a leap to assume the RPG will turn up as a PS2 Classic on […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront gameplay reveal to be streamed live, new Instagram tease

    The Star Wars Battlefront gameplay reveal will be live-streamed during a panel hosted by EA as part of the Star Wars Celebration festivities this Friday. This is according to an announcement from Verizon and Disney courtesy of MP1ST. The main stream for the event kicks off at 10am PDT/1pm EDT on Thursday, April 16. It […]

  • GameStop to launch retro game and console trade-in experiment

    GameStop wants to get into the retro game and console business, providing it’s a worthwhile endeavor. To test the possibility, it will soon allow customers in Birmingham, Alabama and New York City to trade-in classic consoles and games in-store. Speaking with IGN, a spokesperson for the company said the initiative will kick off on April […]

  • Battlefield Hardline’s first patch addresses five priority issues requested by the community

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch is in the works, and today, Visceral Games has added Punkbuster and Nvidia DirectX driver fixes to the list of issues to be addressed. Miscellaneous fixes for “the most frequent crashes” will be included in the patch, as well as the following “top five priority” issues voiced by the community. Punkbuster […]

  • GTA 5 user videos: Franklin’s exploits, a traffic jam tickle our funny bone

    Since GTA 5 was released on PC this week, the amount of videos being created with the new editing tools are releasing at a quick rate. Below, are three in particular I found amusing. The first one is from James McVinnie, originally posted on Reddit, showing what occurs after he happens upon vehicles in a […]

  • Invisible Inc. is coming to PS4 and has left Steam Early Access

    Invisible Inc., from Don’t Starve developers Klei Entertainment, has been announced for PlayStation 4 and the game has also a release date on PC. The game has now left Steam Early Access and will arrive on PC May 12. Per a post from studio founder Jamie Cheng on the PS Blog, the game will contain […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Ascendance DLC dated for PC and PlayStation

    The Ascendance DLC pack for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare now has a release date for PC, PlayStation 3 and PS4. It contains four new maps, the OHM 2-in-1 directed energy light machine gun, the OHM Werewolf custom variant, and the new Exo Grapple ability and playlist. The Infection episode of the exo Zombies saga […]

  • Killing Floor 2 PC specs and Digital Deluxe Edition contents announced by Tripwire

    A Digital Deluxe Edition for Killing Floor 2 along with PC specs for the title have been announced, along with the new of a Steam Early Access launch later this month. According to Tripwire Interactive, the Digital Deluxe Edition will run you $39.99/£26.99/€36.99 starting on April 21 on Steam. This edition contains the following additions […]

  • Content in Wolfenstein: The Old Blood tips its hat to Return to Castle Wolfenstein

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, the standalone prequel to last year’s Wolfenstein: The New Order, will contain a few nods to the franchise classic Return to Castle Wolfenstein, according to the developers. According to developer MachineGames, the setting works “well with the pulp B-movie thing we’re going for,” and created a prequel instead of DLC for […]

  • Bloodborne is the latest to receive the Honest Game Trailers treatment

    Smosh Games has released another entry in its Honest Game Trailers series, and this time, it’s poking Bloodborne. According to the trailer, the game is “more disturbing” than the scene in South Park: The Stick of Truth where you are “crushed by your own Dad’s balls.” It also has more “stupid top hats than a […]