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Inside the UK’s Largest Fighter Tournament – Part Two

Monday, 17 October 2011 06:03 GMT By Alex Donaldson

Alex Donaldson continues the story of Super Versus Battle 2011, battling on amid the smoke of the London Riots.

SUPER VERSUS 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 one can be found here.

One of the most well-known pieces of gaming trivia is that Street Fighter’s Balrog is called M. Bison in Japan, and is an obvious tribute to Mike Tyson. Scared of lawsuits, Capcom switched the names around for the Western release, and he became Balrog.

A quote from Balrog’s inspiration actually best explains what happened to the team at Super vs Battle 2011. With everything planned and ready and raring to go, the tournament was hit with the revelation of shocking scenes of rioting and mass disorder mere miles from their location.

“Everybody’s got plans… until they get hit,” Tyson famously said during his boxing career. For Richard Denton and the rest of the Super vs Battle team, the quote suddenly carried a significant amount more weight. With the riots in London, best-laid plans for SvB were falling to pieces.

“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.’”

Worse, the team had already spoken to the police, and the word from the powers that be wasn’t looking too positive either. “The police were telling us they were going to just cancel it anyway,” Denton explains. “It was gonna be out of our hands.”

The police’s reaction was with good reason. The riots saw 3100 people arrested, 5 people killed and scores of property damaged, sometimes beyond repair. Police worried that hundreds of mostly-young people and a bunch of expensive gaming equipment in one place could become a target.

“We had the idea of not doing it… but, we can’t. What about our players?”

“We all sat down and we had a conversation via Skype. When it calmed down – as we were watching it Monday, Tuesday were bad but then it got to Wednesday and it calmed down, we had this conversation and we had the idea of not doing it…but, we can’t,” Denton says, shaking his head animatedly and gesturing towards the bustling, busy event in the next room.

“It’s not just a case of we can’t structurally; it would be hard but not impossible to move it to September or October, but what about our players? What about all the Europeans who have bought plane tickets out here and booked hotels to stay? There’s at least 100 of them here, and, y’know, and people that were looking forward, or even travelling to the UK… it was just, the idea of – nah.”

“We couldn’t do that to them,” he states. To him it’s as simple as that. Everything about the way he says it oozes pure passion and dedication to this community and the people that make it up – and it’s hard not to admire.

“As long as it was our decision we were still gonna do it. Always.”

Safety First
The determination from the team behind the actual tournament went a long way to help push it through, but some people previously involved would now pull out for the safety of their staff. The loss of Capcom was perhaps the most significant, meaning Street Fighter series Producer Yoshinori Ono, who attended SvB in 2010, would not attend.

“Funnily enough, I first found out that Ono-san wasn’t coming via twitter – someone close to us tweeted it. Capcom told us shortly after I read that,” Denton tells me, the tone of his voice clearly showing the team was strained by some of the losses sustained. “It slipped out, then MarkMan (Mark Julio) from Mad Catz put a statement out saying he can’t come because of work issues.”

“Then Ono-san was saying via social networking to the wider public that he wasn’t attending, [Tekken Series Producer] Harada-san from Namco – same kind of deal. It was a shame.”

Capcom UK’s PR rep Leo Tan spoke to me before the show about Ono’s presence, citing that the “volatility” in the UK meant that Ono would no longer be attending. Safety of their creative staff, after all, is crucial to publishers.

SFIVAE Grand Final: Andreas vs LLL P.Son

Mad Catz’ Global Communications and PR Head Alex Verrey told me after the event that they had wanted and intended to be there but “the show took part in a perfect storm of activity” alongside Comic Con, MLG, GamesCom, PAX and various managers’ conferences of companies like GameStop and Best Buy. Team Mad Catz sponsored players Ryan Hart and Kayane still attended the event, but unlike last year the company didn’t show to demo or sell their products.

The loss of these key names in the world of fighting games from the event and overall fear from potential competitors about the state of London cost the event dearly. “In the end, we’ve probably lost around 30% attendance,” Denton estimates, rolling his shoulders as he does.

“I’ve had emails from people saying ‘I want a refund,’ and it’s hard to say but we have to say no. We always said no refunds under any circumstances because we need to pay for the event, and I think a lot of those people acted too soon and were silly because Harrow itself never had riots and stayed safe. “

“They decided not to come – and I’m not being funny – but Harrow’s not a danger area and there are over 500 people here. I can understand if you’re a young boy whose parents now don’t think the trip is safe, but we have to have one rule for everyone – no refunds. That’s the rule we’ve always had.”

In addition to companies and special guests skipping the event, the riots meant other partners failed to follow through on promises of loans of equipment including consoles, TVs and even copies of games. Again, though, what Denton later described as community spirit and drive helped the event to stay on its feet.

“This year has proven that the community always comes along and saves the day,” he says, again gesturing to the hundreds of players out in the main hall. “Out of the blue, 30 machines turned up when sponsors failed to bring hardware due to the riots – the fans rescued us there.”

“Ultimately it’s all about them – it’s a partnership. We can’t do it without them and they can’t do it without us.”

Mortal Kombat Grand Finals – Mustrad vs Sim

The fans aren’t the only partners that remained on-board with the event, though. Fighting peripheral makers Hori still attended with their latest products for people to demo, while Rising Star Games were on hand demoing the upcoming King of Fighters XIII, even putting up cash prizes for a mini-tournament of the game.

Zen United also braved London to attend, bringing their new anime fighter Arcana Heart 3. Zen’s Geraint Evans took some time out to tell me exactly why they decided to stick to their guns and attend in the face of the riots.

“It’s absolutely vital,” Evans said of events like Super vs Battle. “It’s a chance to get to know our core audience. Playing our games alongside them, listening to their suggestions and answering their grievances face to face – when you have an audience that cares so much about your products it’s unthinkable that we wouldn’t do them the honour of attending.”

“I have a huge amount of respect for this kind of passion, and for us to not support that, get involved with it, would do it a disservice. I can’t think of a single genre that really fosters this kind of face to face community – to rally community members to get together, in person, to enjoy these games together. I think fighting games are unique in this way – and that’s something to celebrate.”

Fan-made vs. Official
Despite that attitude from Zen, Denton does seem to worry about the future of events that aren’t wholly controlled by the large publishers.

“In the past we’ve been lucky with exclusive products,” he offers as an example. “Look at last year; we had Marvel vs. Capcom 3 ages before its release. We also got Super Street Fighter IV before that. We’ve always fallen on dates where we can get accessible builds from the companies for our attendees to play the games.”

“Now Capcom have started doing what their official Fight Clubs I think there’s less need for them to bring stuff to us anymore. I think that they might feel that the hardcore will buy it anyway, so they don’t really need to play it ahead of time. I think that’s a bit harsh. “

Despite that, Denton admits he understands Capcom’s reasoning if what he has been told is true. “If we were to do the Fight Club, new players would see these ridiculous people just obliterating everyone over and over again. We can share people off. Those events are about promotion, and us being there doesn’t allow the casual gamers to get on as much. I get that. They’d see some of our guys playing and think ‘oh my god’ – those guys watch stuff on YouTube before the game is out and analyse it in their head – they’re ridiculous.”

Despite his worries, Denton remains optimistic time will see balance restored, allowing the two styles of event to co-exist.

“Capcom’s got a massive drive on their Fight Clubs and stuff at the moment. Maybe next year when it balances out and they’ve been doing that for a while we may get some of the products back. The riots didn’t help with Capcom – Ono-san having to drop out and that – but they were never bringing any products anyway.”

Fight for the Future
One way to ensure the survival of events like Super vs Battle is to grow the event without the support of external companies, and Denton and the team have plenty of plans for that. One thing that’s stopped many fans of competitive gaming struggle to follow SVB is the lack of an online stream, and there are plans in place to remedy that. “We really want a stream up for all three days next year,” he tells us, the excitement at the idea pretty clear as he gestures towards the rest of the hall.

“We want to be able to stream as an actual show. We’d cut to different games. We’d bring up certain people out of the pools to play on the ‘stream’ machine. Pre-recorded segments during breaks in the matches… we want to be able to do all that, but we’d probably have to double the team to do that.”

“We stream on Thursday nights from Gamerbase in London – we do winner stays on tournament. People don’t realize it’s a Neo Empire thing because it’s somebody else’s thing – he runs the tournament and we stream it for them. If we can get a venue with high quality internet, at a weekend, at the size we need, at a price we can afford – we’d be streaming today.”

Evo’s stream this year was ran by Team Sp00ky and was a real incredible piece of work, and Denton’s admiration is clear. “The thing about Evo was it was just so professional looking and it was just astonishing that it stayed on – no matter who you are or where you were, it just stayed on. My internet connection is diabolical because I’m at the end of an exchange – but it just stayed up constantly. It was amazing.”

“We want a new venue so we can do more.”

The team also intend to focus their efforts on production. “We want a new venue so we can do more,” Denton says, later admitting that the current venue, a leisure centre, is now inadequate. A new venue would go a long way to fixing some of the major issues some had with the event.

“For example at a smaller event we used Milford Arts Center in North London – we used the full theatre. One of our players, Liam Hoy – Agent Hoy – he works for that theatre. It was awesome. We had full production – lights, introduction music, all that… it was amazing.”

“We did that a bit at Battle of Destiny, as well. We had a sound engineer – so in our finals we had entrance music for the players. The room was pitch black when the finals started, and there was smoke and then the lights came up – that’s what I love, the production.”

“This event is much more focused on the games themselves because of the size versus how many people we have to run it, but in an ideal world we’d want to bring like a concert and a boxing match and video games together – give us the equipment, and yeah, done. That’s what I want to do in the future if we can, but right now it’s really hard – I get worn out because by the time we’ve got the hardware in, got all the printing done, promoted the event – all that – I get worn out and run out of time.”

“That’ll be our planning over the coming months. When we get to the venue in theory it should be a product in a box – then we just need to open the box. We know what we’re doing and how to do it – some our meetings are very blaze because we know what we’re doing, we just need the capital, the support, the equipment, the venue and the staff and then we can do it. But that’s a big ask, I know.”

One other ambition for Denton and the SvB crew is to get involved in other, larger events, like the growing behemoth that is Eurogamer Expo. “We’re gonna be at MCM Expo, but me and my brother have always talked about being at Eurogamer. We just don’t know how to go about it.”

“We’re gonna be at MCM Expo, but me and my brother have always talked about being at Eurogamer. We just don’t know how to go about it.”

Ambitions for the future will have to wait, though – Denton’s being dragged away again to the hustle and bustle of the tournament to help keep the cogs behind the scenes turning to keep everything as close to on-time as possible.

The event has had its fair share of non-riot related issues, exacerbated by a lack of equipment and staff. Post-event discussion on the Neo Empire forums would go on to be highly critical but also thankful for the team’s efforts. There’s a long way to go next year, but from Denton’s comments its clear he believes more external help is needed to grow this event further.

Asked how he’d convince others who aren’t big fans to come and check it out next time he launches with ease into a promotional spiel that’s good enough that for a moment I’m reminded of a major publisher PR representative.

“It’s an exciting weekend. There’s nothing like it. Playing people in person – I know a lot of people picked up Street Fighter IV and play online – that’s not bad, it’s really cool online – but there’s nothing like offline. When you’ve got 500 people screaming at each other in excitement – you don’t get that in your headphones.

“Come down and watch. Come down for grand finals and watch that. Come down and play casually without competing – you won’t see a show like this in many places in this country. Arcades might be dead and online might be the big thing, but we must be doing something right to get this many people to come down to a leisure centre in Harrow a few days after the riots, right?”

There’s a problem with the power at the event, and he can’t keep talking to me for much longer – but even as he runs off to deal with even more problems, Denton’s still grinning wide.

“We’re quite bare-bones sometimes, but at the end of the day if there’s a TV and a console and the players bring their sticks or pads and it all works and people can sit down and hear it and see it and play in a tournament… we’re in business. That’s all that matters in the end.”

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    The question on every Destiny player’s lips today. And the answer, supplied by resident Destiny expert Paul Davies, is… Yes! We asked Paul whether or not he thought Xur’s Exotic weapon this week was worth the 23 Strange Coins. Here’s what he said: “It was already a great gun to own for PVP owing to […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 has an all-male cast to make it “more approachable”

    According to Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata, the main cast of the game is all-male because it makes the game “more approachable.” Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata spoke to Gamespot about the reason for his choice of making the core cast an all-male affair. “Speaking honestly, an all-male party feels almost more approachable […]

  • Hearthstone Blackrock Mountain is coming April 2

    Blizzard has given Hearthstone expansion Blackrock Mountain a solid release date. Hearthstone’s Blackrock Mountain adventure pack will be released April 2 in the Americas region, and April 3 in Europe, Korea, Taiwan, and China. Blackrock Depths is the first wing to be released, others will follow one week apart. Other than the 31 new cards, […]

  • Bloodborne: if you can’t load your save after installing firmware 2.50, this will help

    If you’re having issues loading your Bloodborne save after applying firmware update 2.50 to your PS4, this should help you out. Reddit user KBALLZZ encountered an issue after installing update 2.50 on his PlayStation 4. Bloodborne started reinstalling the day one patch again and when it was done he couldn’t continue his game or load […]

  • Use this code to get 10% off on PSN purchases

    Sony is offering a 10% discount coupon to anyone looking to buy games on PlayStation Store this weekend. Sony’s latest discount coupon code is here. You’ll receive 10% off your cart total when buying from the PSN Store. The offer is not valid on purchases made on PS Vita, PlayStation TV, PSP, or in-game stores. […]

  • Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin upgrade path announced, system specs revealed

    Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin will offer returning customers a chance to upgrade at a discounted price. Those who already own Dark Souls 2 on Steam and are interested in picking up the Scholar of the First Sin edition will be happy to know that publisher Bandai Namco is offering them an […]

  • Bloodborne: this is what happens when you have 40 Insight

    Insight is one of the currencies in Bloodborne, but it’s also a mechanic that affects the gameplay. There are MASSIVE SPOILERS below, so turn back now or one of Bloodborne’s gameplay mechanics will be SPOILED for you. Just like Blood Echoes in Bloodborne, Insight is used to purchase certain items from vendors in the game. […]

  • Phase two of Xbox One April update brings voice messages, dedicated servers for party chat, more

    The second phase of the April update for Xbox One is now open to members of the Preview programme and and it looks like there are even more features in store. Phase one of Xbox One’s April firmware update started a few days ago with improvements to party chat and achievements notifications. Today, phase two […]

  • GTA 5′s graphical “downgrade” is a bug, will be fixed in upcoming patch

    As of patch 1.8 for GTA 5 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, a few graphical issues have cropped up leading some to believe there has been a stealth downgrade to the game’s overall graphics. Over the past couple of days, Reddit went nuts over a video showing what appears to be a downgrade to […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for March 27, 28 – MIDA Multi-Tool edition

    Xur: Agent of the Nine has arrived at The Tower in Destiny to rid you of your Strange Coins. Xur: Agent of the Nine has once again made it to Destiny’s Tower to sell you Exotic weapons and gear in exchange for Strange Coins and Motes of Light. For this weekend, Xur can be found […]

  • Destiny vault space upgrade will have enough room for every Exotic

    Destiny is finally getting the vault space upgrade players have been begging for almost since launch week. Destiny players can currently use vault space to store 20 pieces of amour, 20 weapons and 20 general item stacks. In the latest Bungle Weekly Update, the developer revealed that as of patch 1.1.2, due before House of […]

  • Half-Life 2: Update mod applies some sparkle to the original title

    Half-Life 2: Update will be available tomorrow, and thanks to the modding community, those who own the vanilla version of the game can apply a visual update to the 2004 title. The comparison video shows you the differences between the original version, and the version with Half-Life 2: Update applied. Here’s what the mod includes: […]

  • Neverwinter MMO can now be pre-downloaded on Xbox One

    You can now pre-download the free-to-play Neverwinter MMO on Xbox One. The game launches on March 31, but you will still need an Xbox Live Gold account to play it. Based on the Dungeons & Dragons franchise, the game can be downloaded from the Xbox Store.

  • Destiny of Spirits will go offline starting next month

    Sony will be ending service for Destiny of Spirits starting next month, Sony has announced. The free-to-play Destiny of Spirits was released in late March 2014 on Vita, and tasked players with collecting supernatural forces appropriate to their geographical location, and then trading them with others online. Gravity Rush spirits were added to the game […]

  • MotoGP 15 is out this spring on PC, last and current-gen consoles

    MotoGP 15 will be released in June on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, Milestone has announced. Bike, rider and team customization are part of the latest release in the franchise, along with time-trials and enhanced career options. The game features over 20 bike models divided into three classes: MotoGP, Moto 2 […]

  • Cities: Skylines players should check out Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises

    Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises can now be yours in Cities: Skylines. Die Hard fans will be familiar with Nakatomi Plaza. Those who have never watched the first film and live in Los Angeles know it by its real-life name, FOX Plaza. It was created by Enos Shenk and is available through Steamworks. Those who […]

  • Call of Duty franchise has sold 175M copies, players have thrown 300B grenades

    With the Call of Duty Championship kicking off tomorrow, Activision has sent over a series infographic full of interesting figures such as the number of copies sold over 10 years and how many grenades players have tossed. According to the stats below, the Call of Duty franchise has sold 175 million copies across all platforms […]

  • Save up to 75% on select SEGA games on Steam this weekend

    SEGA has put many of its games on sale through Steam this weekend and the firm has also announced Eastside Hockey Manager is now available through Early Access. The sale runs through March 30. The entire Total War, Company of Heroes and Dawn of War back catalogs are discounted 75% and all associated DLC is […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight PC confirmed as digital download-only in UK

    Batman: Arkham Knight will indeed be a download-only title on PC in the UK, Warner Bros. has confirmed to VG247. Batman: Arkham Knight will be available as both a physical and digital release for PS4, Xbox One and PC in North America and Europe. Again, in the UK, the PC version will be “available as […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege release date set for October per GameStop Italy – report

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Mortal Kombat X video confirms Liu Kang as playable character

    Liu Kang has been confirmed as a playable character in Mortal Kombat X in the latest video. You’ll also notice Bo’ Rai Cho in there as well. In the Shaolin trailer above you also get a look at Kung Lao and Kung Jin who is new to the series. Apparently, Raiden’s past champions of the […]

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

    A short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront has been posted by EA on Twitter. Well, that speeder isn't going anywhere. Can someone give us a lift to @SW_Celebration http://t.co/srEVrAA0zl #SWCA https://t.co/4W4LG8myke — EAStarWars (@EAStarWars) March 25, 2015 The teaser shows vehicles which we could be using in the game, but it mainly shows the snowy landscape […]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Bloodborne works with suspend/resume, but only offline

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Bloodborne: you can add gestures to your messages

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

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 is now live

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

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

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

  • Bloodborne Vicar Amelia summon mystery solved

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

  • Steven Spielberg will direct film adaption of Ready Player One

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

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

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