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Inside the UK’s Largest Fighter Tournament – Part One

Thursday, 13 October 2011 13:25 GMT By Alex Donaldson

In this in-depth two-parter on Super VS Battle 2011, Alex Donaldson talks to its founding father about what makes Britain’s biggest fighting game tournament tick.

Super VS Battle 2011

Held on Friday August 12-Sunday August 14, at the Harrow Leisure Centre, Middlesex.

This year’s tournament featured Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition, Marvel vs Capcom 3, Mortal Kombat, Tekken 6 and BlazBlue Continuum Shift 2, plus several more “friendly” and exhibition titles supplied by attendees.

The UK’s largest competitive fighter event with a cash prize pool drawn largely from participant and door fees.

All tournament battles captured; catch all the action on NeoEmpire’s YouTube Channel.

Part two available here.

It’s August 2011 and screams are erupting from a leisure centre in North West London. Hundreds of voices are cheering, whooping and hollering – and it’s nothing to do with the London Riots. Instead it’s all over Marvel vs. Capcom 3, where a major comeback has just taken place during the Pools phase of Super VS Battle 2011, the largest fighting game tournament in the UK.

“I’m not doing this like an interview – does that matter?” Richard ‘Shin Dragon’ Denton, one of the key organizers of SvB asks me as we sit down halfway through the tournament to discuss its birth. Compared to interviewing people like Bioware boss Greg Zeschuk or SEGA’s Yakuza boss-man Tashihiro Nagoshi, Denton is just an incredibly normal bloke.

He’s part of the core team of four responsible for Super VS Battle alongside his twin brother Marc, aka ‘Sho Dragon’, 33, Inti Lagos Brown, 29 and tournament mastermind and owner of NeoEmpire.com Simeon ‘Bullet Proof’ Lansicout, 34.

“Simeon doesn’t like to be in the limelight so much, so basically he’s the backbone,” Denton explains. “We run around and make sure things look good on event days, we manage the people – because we have a lot of volunteers for events too. Simeon puts it together, and then he trusts us to make it look pretty.

“Inti does all the groups and brackets and stuff. We just stick him in a corner and he does all that, he knows all 54 Street Fighter groups off the top of his head, he knows everything. He does an amazing job, and with him doing that we’re free to focus on the production and event-day running while Simeon handles the planning side.”

With competitor attendance and the presence of major special guests and sponsors put in jeopardy by the London Riots and fear of violence spilling over into the event, you’d expect Super Vs Battle to have a quiet year, but over 500 people show up – something Richard’s glad of, given all the planning.

“Simeon goes in there and sets stuff up. He talks to people, sponsors, companies, whatever, for about three months – and then we go in. That’s when we do the graphics, marketing, Facebook, Twitter, all that – we spend a good half a year on it. I’ll be jumping onto social networks once a day, creating hype, hinting at stuff. It’s a lifestyle – it’s all the time, non-stop.

“We do most of the front facing and Simeon does a lot of the back work,” I’m told. “I think it works quite well, because he’ll talk to a lot of the businesses and does a lot of the negotiation and then he turns to us and says ‘right, you have this to work with’ and we’ll do what we’ve gotta do to get this thing moving.”

Community Spirit
The Denton brothers have been at this tournament business for some time now, and when asked exactly how long it’s been, Richard struggles to remember. “I lose count now. Jesus,” he says, before doing a bit of mental arithmetic to jog his memory.

“Neo Empire was started in 2005. The multi-day big events like this one or Battle of Destiny, which was the first event in the western world to have Street Fighter IV cabinets outside of Japan – that was 2008. It’s really hard to count – there’s different sorts of events. We do small monthlies around London and we actually do weeklies as well called WFO; that isn’t technically ours actually, but we stream it and support it.”

While at its most base level Super VS Battle is a bunch of fightsticks, players, consoles and TVs crammed into a leisure centre’s indoor sports hall, there’s a sense of community spirit that outstrips anything I’ve seen at other events. When sticks break down, others are on hand with a screwdriver to get inside and rewire them, and players crowd around consoles to watch and support each other during both tournaments and friendly matches.

The amount of equipment doesn’t look like much spread out across the sprawling room, but you quickly realize there’s an awful lot of gear for an event put on by a four-man squad. That’s due to careful planning and the help of others, Richard tells us.

“There are 25 volunteers this year. It changes year-on-year, and this year we’ve been affected by the riots and stuff, people being unable to come. Around 12 of us have been here since the beginning, too.”

“All it boils down to is that we’ve taken a massive financial risk. It’s a gamble. Again, it’s all self-generated. We take a lot of the profit and plough it back in.”

Equipment doesn’t come as easily as volunteers, though. Getting their hands on the TVs, consoles and games required to run an event like this even on a yearly basis has involved major investment from the core crew.

“All it boils down to is that we’ve taken a massive financial risk,” it’s explained. “It’s a gamble. Again, it’s all self-generated. A lot of money has gone into the screens and stuff. We actually own all of the screens out in that room; they’re not borrowed. That means we’re set now for another three or four years, because they’re lag-free 19 inch monitors.

“We actually looked at that carefully, and we found out that the average monitor size is 22 inch if they’re going to be lag-free. These are lag-free and 19 inch. It would’ve been nice to get bigger, but obviously we had to consider the price. We take a lot of the profit and plough it back in. Every year we’ve got to buy equipment, replace cables, all that stuff.”

For an event of this size I was surprised at how much the Neo Empire crew have to provide themselves, especially in comparison to the larger-scale American Tournaments. EVO 2011 saw Capcom give free copies of Super Street Fighter IV for PC to every single entrant. “We do get given games, but not on such a scale that we can run the entire tournament that way,” Denton tells us.

“Plus there’s DLC – we don’t get that either. Imagine 30 Mortal Kombats with 4 new characters in – we’re not that privileged to get the DLC free. So that, too, we have to invest. And then there’s the time, as we have to sit there and update 30 machines for that game and make sure they’re in the right places for the tournament matches on the day.”

Going Nationwide
While the American tournaments are much larger, Neo Empire and Super Vs Battle represent the biggest and the best the UK has to offer, though Denton believes the UK fighting game scene needs to see wider expansion country-wide if an event like SvB is to become anything like the behemoth that is the Evolution Championship Series, which takes place in Las Vegas every July.

“I find that the HMV GamerBase in Manchester is better than ours – I’ve never been, but I’ve been told – bigger, better, more equipment. I’ve been told by some of their staff who are members of our forums, but what are they doing? Nothing. I don’t want to talk badly of them, but they’ve got all this equipment and they’re doing nothing with it,” Denton says.

“Bigger, better, more equipment – but what are they doing? Nothing. I don’t want to talk badly of them, but they’ve got all this equipment, but they’re doing nothing with it.”

GamerBase is a selection of gamer-oriented LAN centres located inside a select few HMV stores across the country, and is a key supporter of Neo Empire’s efforts with both Super Vs Battle and its more regular weekly tournaments. As well as the London ones that support Neo Empire, GamerBase has outlets in Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh, who, despite having major fighting game players as regulars, do not put on events.

“We’ve put our money down so we can show what London is doing and do something for the community. I don’t like that right now this stuff is happening mostly in London only. I want to see other groups, other areas of the country step up to the plate and show off what they can do. There’s us, there’s ECL; but it’s limited.”

“I feel like I want to take a trip up to some of the other places like GamerBase Manchester and say, ‘What are you guys doing? There’s talented players there you could show off. You already hold some basic events. You don’t even need to live-stream; you can just record them and upload them to YouTube later.’

“We are one of the only groups that does this stuff, but that isn’t our fault – we want to see more do it.”

With that said, Denton’s quick to admit and understand why some people might struggle to get involved in spite of their love for the scene.

“Like I say, it’s a risk. I’ve lost money hand over foot in this,” he admits with a shrug.

“We’ve sacrificed a lot to do this. I’m always around people’s houses saying, ‘That monitor’s been sitting there for six months, what are you doing with it? Nothing? Can I have it?’ That works, because then we get another 4:3. A lot of the fighting games are being ported up now, but think about Street Fighter III: Third Strike. Until Capcom announced the port, we were playing it on the PS2. People don’t want to play that game stretched out to widescreen, so we find old 4:3s to keep it as it was.”

The eclectic, magpie-like nature of the equipment collected for the venue is endearing. Compared to other heavily officially-sponsored events the room is packed with TVs and consoles of all shapes and sizes, from Dreamcasts running Street Fighter III and Power Stone to a large crowd of people congregated around a Wii hooked up to a huge tube TV alternating between Super Smash Bros Brawl and Melee.

“We have to build from where we are now. It’s very hardcore. Let’s not beat around the bush here, right: 90 percent of people in a tournament go home out of pocket, but they still come back year after year.”

Denton sees it as a way to save money and be green, too. “When people – friends, members of the community get rid of stuff we try to take what we can. We’ve picked stuff up off GumTree and found these amazing screens at great value and give them a new home. It’s recycling, in a way.”

It’s a necessary process without the large-scale sponsorship of the major American tournaments, and with the UK scene in its infancy, Denton sees it as a way to survive and grow. He admits, though, SvB is slightly more hardcore-focused as a result of its smaller scale.

“Evo is incredible and they’ve got all that sponsorship, millions of views on their live stream – those things obviously let them do things that we can’t even dream of right now. We have to build from where we are now.

“It’s very hardcore. Let’s not beat around the bush here, right: 90 percent of people in a tournament go home out of pocket, but they still come back year after year, because they’re into it. It’s interesting to see people who will go out in the first round return, because they’re trying to get into it. Getting more people interested and visiting even if they’re not playing is something we’re interested in and want to do.

“That is the direction we’re going in: we want to grow the scene.”

The Professional Touch
While players are free to bring consoles and games to hook up to the screens, the main event at Super Vs Battle comes in the tournament games. This year Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition, Marvel vs Capcom 3, Mortal Kombat, Tekken 6 and BlazBlue Continuum Shift 2 take centre stage. Split across the three days with an exacting schedule, you’re greeted upon entrance to the venue with a professional program which lays out exactly when stuff should be going down.

“We’re both graphic designers,” Denton explains of himself and his brother. “We work in the entertainment and club industry – we’re basically music entertainment designers; internal signage for events, and things like that. My brother currently works for a marketing company that owns four bars. I’m actually working at a printers, so I get my boss to run off all the big banners for us.

“One thing we’re really proud of at Neo Empire is that we polish everything up so nicely – we’ll get the standing banners, the large banners, the program, and we’ll do it ourselves. In fact, I wouldn’t trust anyone else. We do it ourselves. I want to make it look brilliant on paper. Hopefully as we grow we’ll get the support to make the events look better.”

If there was any year for mega-growth for Super VS Battle, this felt like it might be the one. Then something unthinkable happened.

If there was any year for mega-growth for Super VS Battle, this felt like it might be the one. Professional-grade fliers and banners are printed, volunteers are drafted in and Capcom’s Street Fighter boss-man Yoshinori Ono is set to attend the event alongside Tekken creator Katsuhiro Harada. Fight stick manufacturers Hori and Mad Catz were both keen to attend and show off their latest wares, while tournament players were packing their cases ready to fly in from Europe and even further afield to compete.

Capcom had decided not to show Street Fighter X Tekken at the event, but Rising Star Games and Zen United had planned to bring early builds of King of Fighters XIII and Arcana Heart 3 for fans to try out. All the numbers indicated that Super VS Battle 2011 would smash all their records and help to boost the UK fighting game scene to new heights.

And then, less than week before the event was due to begin, something unthinkable happened.

London was on fire.

“I remember watching on Sunday, and I wasn’t really grasping what was going on,” Denton tells me. “Then Monday, it moved. It was in Ealing, which was getting closer, and towns nearby got evacuated. Even Harrow was shut down for a while, people couldn’t get into the town. I thought, ‘Jesus. We’re in real trouble.’”

Next: Riot Act – How SVB survived the riots

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4 Comments

  1. Electric Leo

    Infinite props to the twins for being the enduring public face of Neo Empire and taking all the shit that comes with being the public face of anything.

    And also Simeon and Inti, obviously, though I’m sure they don’t get as much shit.

    I just wish the twins were good at fighting games. I mean, it must be heartbreaking to be so integral to the scene but do so badly in tournaments.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Alex Donaldson

    @Leo Oooo burn. I never saw them play Super, actually – just KOFXIII. One of the twins, I can’t remember which, has a badass stick with light-up buttons.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Electric Leo

    I’m just teasing in the hope that they’d bite :)

    #3 3 years ago
  4. richarddentonuk

    Mr E Leo this is such an old joke please get a new one ;-)

    lol

    #4 3 years ago

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    Magicka 2 publisher Paradox Interactive has invited fans to earn in-game rewards by playing other games. The Magicka website will host various mini-games in the build up to Magicka 2′s launch later this year on PC and PS4. Playing these games controbutes to a community score total which will eventually unlock in-game content as well […]

  • Deactivated Far Cry 4 keys were purchased through Origin

    Far Cry 4 owners who found their games deactivated without warning may be surprised to learn where they came from. Many copies of Far Cry 4 purchased through third-party re-sellers have been deactivated without notice. Although resellers affected by the deactivations argued that they had made authorised purchases, Ubisoft has denied this. The publisher told […]

  • Will Assassin’s Creed visit Japan in 2016?

    The next Assassin’s Creed game after Victory may finally bring ninja and assassins together. An Assassin’s Creed fan has spotted what certainly looks like a heavy hint that the next game after Victory will be set in Japan. Ubisoft forums member Cornik22 was looking through the Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag official art book when […]

  • Resident Evil HD modder aims to restore original, terrible voice acting

    Resident Evil and its early sequels are justifiably famous for their simply dire voice acting. Some Resident Evil fans feel they just can’t enjoy the experience of exploring Umbrella facilities if someone isn’t talking at them with absolutely no regard for pacing, content or tone. As a result, modder Bunny has stepped up to the […]

  • Record iPhone sales drive Apple to revenue spike

    The iPhone is still going strong – in fact, it’s selling better than ever. Apple has announced its financial results for the quarter ending December 27 2014, exceeding expectations with a 29.5% increase in revenues to $74.6 billion. This was a new record for the company. One of the key factors in this spike is […]

  • HoloLens has “mind-blowing” potential for games, says Microsoft CEO

    Microsoft’s VR wearable HoloLens is going to be great for games, according to CEO Satya Nadella. Speaking to investors, Nadella made Microsoft’s entertainment plans for the device explicit. “It’s also getting clearer how the games people love today will evolve to mind-blowing experiences in the future when designed for the mixed reality that Windows 10 […]

  • EA Q3: Battlefield 5 still on for holiday 2016, PGA Tour 15 spring release confirmed

    EA announced its financial results for its Q3 fiscal year 2015 quarter, ended December 31, 2014, noting total net revenue $1.13 billion in total net revenue compared to $808 million year-over-year. For the nine months ending December 31, total net revenue came in at $3.3 billion. Net revenues were up 39% and net income came […]

  • Players logged 113M single-player hours in Dragon Age: Inquisition, other EA games stats

    Ahead of its Q3 2015 earnings release, Electronic Arts has released a game infographic showing some interesting stats compiled through gameplay from October – December 2014. For FIFA 15, over 3.3 billion goals were made; 73 million knockouts occurred in EA SPORTS UFC; over 10 million families were created in The Sims 4; 113 million […]

  • Hyrule Warriors has shipped 1 million units worldwide

    Koei Tecmo has announced shipments of its Wii U hack and slash action title, Hyrule Warriors, has shipped one million units worldwide. The Omega Force-developed title was released in Japan on August 14 and in the west on September 26. Two packs of DLC for the game are slated for February alongside the version 1.5.0 […]

  • Xbox Games Store discounts Never Alone, Dragon Age: Inquisition, more

    This week’s deals available through the Xbox Games Store will be valid until February 2 with titles such as Battlefield 4, Dragon Age Inquisition, Never Alone, and Titanfall discounted. Discounted titles with an asterisk are for Xbox Live Gold members only. Xbox One Just Dance 2015* – 40% Another World* – 50% Never Alone* – […]

  • Say hello to Mortal Kombat X’s latest character: Reptile

    As promised, one of two character reveals this week for Mortal Kombat X has occurred: it’s the acid-spitting Reptile. Nice! Watch the video above. Mortal Kombat X is slated for release on April 14 and will be available on PC, PS3, PS4,Bxo 360 and Xbox One. Thanks, MrTGJelly (Trent).

  • Twisted fairy tale Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries hits Steam Early Access

    Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries, the successful Kickstarter from GRIN Studios, has launched on Steam Early Access. The PC title is described as a “cinematic fable featuring a vengeful Red Riding Hood,” who armed with an axe sets out on a quest to avenge the murder of her parents. Gameplay features action-platforming, combo-based hack ‘n […]

  • Dead or Alive 5: Last Round delayed to late March on Steam

    Koei Tecmo has announced it is delaying the PC release of Dead or Alive 5: Last Round to March. According to an updated listing on Steam (thanks, AGB), the fighter was delayed “in order to provide you with the best experience possible.” To apologize for the delay, Team Ninja will offer the Halloween 2013 Set, […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online will be F2P “no plans” for western release

    Dragon’s Dogma Online will be a free-to-play title for PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3. Set for release this year, Dragon’s Dogma Online has a lobby which will support up to 100 players, is open-world, and the executive producer is Hiroyuki Kobayashi. Players can form groups with up to four players or pawns while raids […]

  • Watch this release video for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel DLC Lady Hammerlock

    The Lady Hammerlock DLC for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel releases today on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and coinciding with the release is the launch trailer. In the Lady Hammerlock DLC, players are introduced and will be able to step into the shoes of Sir Hammerlock’s sister, Lady Aurelia the Baroness. The DLC will run […]

  • Free DLC for Tales of Zestiria takes place after main storyline

    Free DLC will be released in Japan for Tales of Zestiria, and while Bandai Namco has yet to state whether it will be released westward with the core game this summer, it’s an interesting slice of content. According to information from Jump posted by Siliconera, the DLC Alisha After Episode: What Is Reflected In The […]

  • This video of a Paris flat looks the real deal, but it’s all Unreal Engine 4

    I’m not entirely sure when, or how, this fella managed to sneak into my secret flat in Paris and film it, but since it’s out there I may as well share it with you. All joking aside, this video is rather amazing. It provides a virtual tour of a flat located in Paris; however, it’s […]

  • The Witness passes key development milestone, still no release date

    The Witness has seemingly come back from the dead. Creator Jonathan Blow has posted an update on the game’s development. Surely you still remember The Witness? Jonathan Blow’s follow-up to Braid, which was shown during the PlayStation 4 reveal event all the way back in February 2013? Well, today we got our first development update […]

  • You can now take selfies in World of Warcraft

    The latest patch to World of Warcraft has added a S.E.L.F.I.E. Camera to the game. And it does exactly what it sounds like it does. Patch 6.1 is currently being deployed to World of Warcraft’s Public Test Realms (PTR). There’s a massive list of patch notes, but the most pressing one, other than Twitter integration, […]

  • Hellblade: early gameplay and prototype footage revealed

    The latest developer diary for Hellblade is here with a look at some early gameplay prototypes and a peek at some polished areas. Hellblade developer Ninja Theory has revealed even more details of how game development works behind the scenes. The eighth part of this ongoing diary shows early gameplay footage along with some intriguing […]

  • Resident Evil Revelations 2: Raid mode offline-only on launch, more details

    Capcom has revealed a tonne of new details about Raid mode in Resident Evil: Revelations 2. Capcom has confirmed that Raid mode will launch with the first episode of Revelations 2 in February. You will be playing it offline only though, either solo or in split-screen co-op. As for the online portion, Capcom promised it […]

  • Watch the first 20 minutes of Life is Strange

    The first 20 minutes of Life is Strange have been posted online for anyone to watch. The opening 20 minutes of Life is Strange set the stage for what kind of game it is. The kind that you’ll probably like if you’re a fan of Telltale games. The video is courtesy of consolewarsofficial and you […]

  • Don’t blame Ubisoft for cancelling keys – blame the culture of overpriced games

    Publishers need to drop PC games prices in order to stem the flourishing grey market, says Matt Martin. “How are you going to sell me Far Cry 4 for £45 when I can pick up Far Cry, Far Cry 2, Far Cry 3, Far Cry: Blood Dragon and extra DLC for just £30?” Some players […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online is real, full reveal in this week’s Famitsu

    What’s been heavily-rumoured to be the next instalment in the Dragon’s Dogma franchise, Dragon’s Dogma Online, will be fully revealed this week. According to a recent post by Famitsu, the magazine’s upcoming weekly issue, which releases January 29, will contain a massive feature on Dragon’s Dogma Online. The magazine will dedicate 18 pages to all […]

  • Valve responds to recent Counter-Strike match-fixing scandal, bans offenders

    Valve has investigated the recent case of match-fixing involving two teams in the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive professional scene and decided to ban those involved from future tournaments. Recent allegations involving match-fixing between iBUYPOWER and NetcodeGuides.com – two of the professional teams that played in Cevo Season 5 – came to light. Valve has took notice […]

  • Having issues playing Grim Fandango Remastered on PS4? Sony is offering help

    Sony has offered a few steps to help those who are having issues with their pre-loaded PS4 installs of Grim Fandango Remastered. A few reports have started to appear online from users who’ve pre-ordered and pre-loaded Grim Fandango Remastered on their PS4 consoles. Sony has since posted a support thread on the official forums, to […]

  • Get Dragon Age: Inquisition for $36 and more in EA’s Xbox One sale

    Many EA digital games are being offered at considerable discounts on Xbox One right now. The latest EA sale is pretty good, offering sales on many AAA titles. It’s only available on Xbox One, with extra savings for Xbox Live Gold subscribers. The list below covers prices for Gold Subscribers. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare […]

  • Grim Fandango Remastered reviews round-up, all the scores

    Grim Fandango Remastered is a classic game brought into the new generation, so it’s time for everyone to know how great it is. The reviews for Grim Fandango Remastered have started popping up and as per usual, we’ve collected a few of them below. Grim Fandango Remastered is, as the name suggests, a remastered version […]

  • The Witcher 3: latest build is 1080p on PS4, 900p on Xbox One

    The recent preview build of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was running at full-HD resolution on PlayStation 4 and 900p on Xbox One. German website Gamestar attended the recent preview event for The Witcher 3 and examined the three versions that were on offer, PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Here’s the quote, courtesy of Google […]

  • Joystiq is likely to close – rumour

    AOL is rumoured to be closing its video game site, Joystiq. Re/code is reporting that AOL is likely to close its video game site Joystiq soon, according to “various sources.” The move is part of a company-wide restructuring that will affect Joystiq and other “under-performing content properties.” Joystiq is one of the most renowned sites […]

  • The Last of Us movie will be “pretty faithful” to the game

    The Last of Us will bring many of the same elements to the big screen as the small one, according to writer Neil Druckmann. Although The Last of Us will have to be adapted in various ways to make the transition from lengthy interactive adventure to cinema-friendly story arc, Druckmann is hoping to keep the […]

  • Microsoft is fixing Xbox One’s slow controllers

    Xbox One control pads have many charms, but quick start up is not one of them. The Xbox One controller currently takes up to five seconds to connect to your console after switching on, which is an eternity for someone with an attention span as short as mine. Luckily, Microsoft is working to fix this […]

  • Lucius 2 releases on Friday the 13th (of course)

    Lucius 2 has a really fitting release date. Lucius developer Shiver Games has produced a follow-up to the dark tale of an evil child, and it’s coming your way on February 13 – which just so happens to be a Friday. Lucius 2: The Prophecy will set you back $20, and release through Steam. As […]

  • Saints Row 4: Re-Elected PS4 recalled in Australia, incorrect content to blame

    Saints Row 4: Re-Elected has been recalled in Australia due to a mysterious manufacturing issue. An Australian PR representative said that the retail PS4 version of Saints Row 4: Re-Elected has “a serious manufacturing issue” and has been recalled nation-wide. Here’s what we were told (emphasis mine): “A manufacturing issue has caused an incorrectly classified […]

  • The Whispered World follow up now coming to PS4, too

    Deadalic’s gorgeous-looking adventure Silence has been confirmed for a fourth platform. Originally announced for Mac and PC with an Xbox One port one revealed at a later date, Silence is now on its way to PS4 as well. All versions are due later this year. Silence is Deadalic’s first multi-platform release and in my mind […]

  • Mythbusters to tackle DOOM this weekend

    DOOM is the subject of the next episode of Mythbusters. Having been airing for over ten years now, Mythbusters has pretty much run out of myths to bust, which is why we find ourselves in 2015 with an episode dedicating to answering the question “could DOOM be real?” Bethesda has rveealed that the January 31 […]

  • Destiny hosting a Bungie Bounty – go go go

    Destiny players have a chance to take down Bungie employees in return for one of the most exclusive vanity items in the game. Destiny’s Bungie Bounties usually feature guests from the community, and today’s event is no exception. Joining Bungie community manager David “Deej” Dague are several members of Bungie.org, the developer’s most staunch fan […]

  • Elite: Dangerous developer issues lay-offs

    Elite: Dangerous team Frontier Developments has had to let staff go. At least 15 staff have been laid off from the developer’s Halifax studio. According to an investor update, this decision will allow Frontier to focus its efforts at its primary studio in Cambridge, England. “With its business emphasis now on two major self-published franchises, […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition tavern songs free for a limited time

    Dragon Age: Inquisition tunes can be yours for the bargain price of zero cashmoney. The tavern songs from Dragon Age: Inquisition will be made available for purchase from various digital distributors sometime after February 9. Until then, though, you can have them for free – including their sheet music. To take advantage of this generous […]

  • Even the Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 teaser is frightening

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is probably going to be just as tense and uncomfortable as its two prequels. This teaser for Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is the first we’ve heard of the project since creator Scott Cawthon confirmed it is in the works. The third entry in the series is now up on […]

  • 6.6 million Xbox consoles shipped last quarter

    Xbox One and Xbox 360 console sales were strong last quarter, although Microsoft isn’t talking hard numbers yet. Microsoft shipped 6.6 million Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles to retailers in the quarter ending December 31, the company revealed in its latest financial briefing. This figure wasn’t broken down by platform, and Microsoft didn’t supply […]

  • Homeworld Remastered Collection: five minutes of b-roll footage

    We may not have proper, uncut gameplay footage of the Homeworld Remastered Collection, but we have the next best thing. Homeworld Remastered Collection was confirmed to release on February 25. Gearbox has only showed a trailer, but no extended gameplay demos. There was however a b-roll video showing at PAX South, and we’ve embedded it […]

  • Grim Fandango Remastered looks sharp in these new screens

    Grim Fandango will come back from the dead with the Remastered edition, and it’s looking great. Grim Fandango Remastered has a few new screens available to prove that even old games can look stunning with the right remaster, especially ones with an already well-defined art style. Have a look at them below and get excited. […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: beta weapons, maps, modes, progression system and more

    The Battlefield Hardline beta will include a third new map and a new game mode, on top of what’s already announced. You may remember last week DICE started a community mission for all Battlefield 4 players. The goal was to reach 2 billion points playing Rush mode. That goal has been achieved and as a […]

  • Dying Light launch trailer is one last display of its forte

    The launch trailer for Dying Light is here one day ahead of the game’s release. Techland and Warner Bros. have put out the launch trailer for Dying Light. The trailer is a short reminder of the game’s main selling points: free-running, weapon crafting, drop-kicking zombies. Reviews should start to come out tomorrow for the game […]

  • Watch The Witcher 3 developers stream new gameplay on Twitch

    The Witcher 3 developer CD Projekt RED is hosting a Twitch live-stream to show off brand new gameplay footage and answer some fan questions. The live-stream will start at 7:00pm GMT, 2:00pm EST, 11:00am PST. It will show off plenty of new footage, some of which was shown only to the press so far. The […]

  • Finally, some screens for Final Fantasy 15

    Patience is a virtue and we finally have our hands on a few gameplay screens from Final Fantasy 15. There’s not a lot of them, but they show the impressive lighting and they’re all gameplay as far as I can tell, so take a look. There is no release date for Final Fantasy 15 as […]

  • Here’s 15 minutes of gameplay from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in 1080p

    The Witcher 3 has a new direct-feed, 1080p video available that’s 100% gameplay. Would you like some gameplay of The Witcher 3 in beautiful 1080p? Why, of course you would! The gameplay below shows combat, conversations, travelling. In short, it’s a small sample of everything the game will offer. If you’re looking to learn much […]

  • Two Mortal Kombat X characters to be revealed this week

    Mortal Kombat X will get not one, but two character reveals this week. Mortal Kombat creator Ed Boon has been at again on Twitter, teasing all kinds of reveals over the past few days. Firstly, Boon tweeted this image, which at first glance appears to show a character holding a bow. However, further examination by […]