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Battlefield 3 ban stings Iranian pirates

Tuesday, 29 November 2011 00:36 GMT By Brenna Hillier

The Daily Star reports Iran has instituted a ban on the sale of Battlefield 3 over controversial content set in capital city Iran. EA is actually quite pleased by this turn of events.

“In that Battlefield 3 is not available for purchase in Iran, we can only hope the ban will help prevent pirated copies reaching consumers there,” the publisher told IndustryGamers.

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24 Comments

  1. DSB

    Someone’s pretty gosh darn naive.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. jacobvandy

    LOL, yeah, because they don’t have the internet there. (Don’t they?)

    BTW, really lazy reporting as usual VG247… You have to go to the source story to see that the game was never available in Iran, and this ban is on the sale of pirated copies at street vendors.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Erthazus

    Dick move by Iran and Dick move by EA. But EA answer is retarded as hell and it’s not just retarded, it’s not polite.

    Because their game is set in the capital city of Iran, so EA should at least respect them.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. 0ldsnake1

    Ok it was hard only for the first few days to find a copy of BF3 , then it was like any other games
    Yes game shops aren’t allowed to sell the game officially , but vendors and small shops still sell it discreetly .

    #4 3 years ago
  5. solidlystated

    @Erthazus – in the same sentence you talk about respect/being polite and then call people “retarded.”

    class act there…

    #5 3 years ago
  6. GwynbleiddiuM

    Ignorant idiots, you have no freaking IDEA how many Iranians actually bought your freaking game through bloody broken Origin, and legit copies on PS3 and XBOX 360. So sod off stupid EA, YES, you have no official market in Iran but people fucking import your shit to be able to play them online. You just don’t have a clue.

    For your FUCKING information, buying and selling Battlefield 3 has 5 years prison sentence in Iran and people bought that because they loved to play Battlefield 3. You pretty much gave it a go ahead on people pirating your shit from now on. You know how many stupid EA titles are on my Steam ID? Guess what, thanks to your verbal support I wouldn’t be disappointing your expectations on piracy anymore…

    #6 3 years ago
  7. The_Red

    Fact: Iranian government doesn’t allow sale of legit retail copies so in a way, any official copy of any game is BANNED in there (And has been since a decade ago at the very least).

    The sad thing is that there are some people in Iran who pay for legit copies even though it’s actually the illegal thing to do here! After the situation with BF3, almost nobody can get their hands on a legit copy of the game (Right now that’s more dangerous than possession of drugs!)… And thus, BF3 an EA actually have lost some non-pirate customers.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Yukimura Sanada

    I don’t Play BF3. Because it is nothing againts MW3! But i Know a lot of people that play BF3

    @jacobvandy
    Iranian don’t have the internet?
    Shut up kid

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Ralinger

    here a Iranian talker, me.
    i am a pro journalist in video game. everyone played BF3 in Iran. you just don’t know it as just as you don’t know about Iran even a little.
    yes, selling BF3 is a crime in our country thanks to you. even though everyone, seriously everyone played this shit. because they just like FPS Games.
    but you know what EA? your game is Bullshit. and by the way you can see a online petition that Iranian gamers made it:
    http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/againstbattlefield3/

    @jacobvandy:
    if you don’t know something, pls shut up dude.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. GwynbleiddiuM

    @9 Yeah, true, pictures and videos of how “negative, brutal and unrealistic picture of what our country truly is” are all over the youtube and internet after 1388′s Election. They might not have a clue, but it seems you don’t have a clue neither. Shit is what shit is but sugar-coaters and sensitive ultra-nationalists like you are the worst.

    The problem is something else here, not how Iran was portrayed in bloody video game. Picture of Russians in Modern Warfare series is also false, you don’t see over sensitive cry babies running around with online petitions on the internet.

    So don’t shove that crap in my face cause it’s pathetic and doesn’t help your cause.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Sturmhardt

    We Germans dont start crying whenever they release a WW2 shooter :p

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Ralinger

    @11 there is a difference between this two. right now Iran is in attack of western news. but nazi’s aren’t.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Deacon

    @11 – exactly. Movies & books don’t seem to provoke this response (or maybe they do, I wouldn’t honestly know).

    It’s not EA that are fucked up, it’s Iran.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. GwynbleiddiuM

    @12 See, They were never off the list, since 1939, they were on the top of the to do list of authors, movie directors, producers, screenwriters and now game developers. They always anticipate the second coming of Nazis. Just like they are anticipating the second coming of Russian ultra-nationalists. So, as I said before, for a Pro-Journalist you don’t have much clues about anything.

    Every time Iran has a mention in a movie, tv show, book or now video game, Iranians go nuts about it yet they’re suffering at the hand of their own government and they shut up about it. Coward Iranians, that’s what we are today, so afraid of everything, the moment some stupid thing like this happens we shit ourselves in fear of “what ifs” and suddenly go vocal.

    @11 No you don’t, Russians don’t neither, but Iranians does, as I said a nation of cowards, that’s what we are today. We don’t have the guts to protest, because we are so broken, we are so afraid of what if we do that and things get worse? But guess what, things always get worse before they get better, that’s the nature of things. Maybe I shouldn’t talk about these here, cause they’re absolutely irrelevant but these are the things about my people that sickens me to my stomach.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. DaMan

    #13 Mein Kampf is banned, violent and many games with nazi references are banned in Germany.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. GwynbleiddiuM

    @15 It mainly is the violent content that is banned in Germany. That’s a different issue. When was the last time you saw a drip of blood in German TV shows? There are murders, kills and gun shots but you rarely see much blood.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. Sturmhardt

    @15: No, games with nazi references are not banned, the swastika is banned. It is forbidden to show the swastika in public in germany, so we get special versions of games where those swastikas are changed to crosses or something similar. Most people download the “Hakenkreuz patches” or english versions of such games (like the wolfenstein series) or import it from austria to get the experience the developer intended.
    That has nothing to do with crying about a videogame, it is the law that doesnt allow swastikas in the german public and I think that is reasonable, given our history.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. DaMan

    German government, not germans, ban swastika because they ‘re worried about country’s public image, Jap government ban nuclear bombs references because it insults their country’s ‘honor’ . And so on and so forth. I don’t like people who single out things.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. Ralinger

    @14 yes, they were never off the list. but right now is there any nazi out there? no. it’s gone. it’s history and germans are advanced people now.
    you can do anything with history. but right now Iran is a bad fucking country with dirty and retard people in western news. yes, right now we have a fucking government. but our people is not terrorist or retard.

    I myself pissed off about this game because i don’t want Iran to become like Afghanistan and Iraq in video games. every gamers in the world thinks about these two country that they saw in the video games.
    i don’t like it. if CoD rush on russia we know a truth about that. we know about russia. but people in the world how many knowledge they have about iran and iranian people?
    so think again.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. Sturmhardt

    @DaMan: I dont think it affects our country’s public image in any way if I play a game with or without nazis and or swastikas.
    The reson swastikas are banned is that there are some people who would raise that flag again right now and this law is preventing them from doing that. This has a strong historical background because in the 40s and 50s you had to get the nazi propaganda out of people’s heads, it was called “Entnazifizierung” – so it was banned.

    Oh and by the way: Mein Kampf is not banned in Germany, you can own it and get existing printed books. Thing is, that the Bavarian state holds the copyright to that book and won’t allow copys of it, but it is not banned.

    I just wanted to clarify things, but lets get back to topic now. This has nothing to do with the ban of a whole game in Iran because they are depicted as “the baddies”. They should be used to being the bad guys by now, forcing their nuclear program and stuff :p

    And Ralinger: It’s just a game. Dont take it too seriously :)

    #20 3 years ago
  21. DaMan

    Certainly, I’m saying noone wants to be the bad guys. When you have Nato encircling you from all sides and gradually ruining every single attempt of a country at remotely approaching the state of a superpower, you start thinking somewhat differently. It ‘s banned from bookshelves, isn’t it? Although let’s argue some law semantics again.

    But that’s indeed way off-topic, excuse me.

    #21 3 years ago
  22. GwynbleiddiuM

    @19 So, Correct me if I’m wrong here, you don’t think that “right now Iran is a bad fucking country with dirty and retard people”! For the love of bloody God, have you watched news today, stupid Basiji Students invaded British Embassy today to create another historical fuck-up that you and every other coward Iranians like you trying so hard to snow job.

    What that says? What should Iran look like in western news? It’s either our great leaders talking shit about them, or occasional ceremony of flag burning and people whom scream at the top of their lounges “DEATH TO AMERICAAAA”.

    They’re actually unbiased most of the time because they don’t even have to come up with anything and you know why? Simple, people that govern this country are as corrupt as corrupt can be, instead of inspiring people to do good, instead of inspiring unity and harmony and creating a better Iran (which of course was never their intention), They inspire fear and hatred and their goons immediately act on what their almighty Supreme Leader hints. Tell me if you’re unbiased and not a goon yourself, how do you expect the world feel about us? They only believe what they see and what they hear, what did we do to prove that it is indeed different that what their led to believe, yes there was the after election events, but it was suppressed. Pushed us further into the direction that the government want to lead our country, are people into.

    On the contrary, It is my fantasy that Iran end up like Afghanistan and Iraq, because we deserve it. Because as a nation we are so fucked up and divided that nothing can bring us together, we are so coward and gutless that we can’t take our destiny into our own hands and take back our country for ourselves.

    This, a torn up, devastated and ruined by the fire of war is in our future and it will happen one way or another, unless we as a nation decide to stand up and say we had enough of this crap, we are not the picture you have created of us. Instead of pandering to our great history of bloody 5000 year ago, we should stand up and act like the people we are so proud of, the people that have defined this land we call home. So, this is what we deserve now, those who live in the shadow of fear, they will die in it and that is for the better.

    #22 3 years ago
  23. DSB

    It’s the same story with most things that are banned in Iran. I used to talk to some Iranian metalheads, who would throw parties at risk of being beaten up by the Secret Police. I fear that after the green revolution, the risk is more than just getting roughed up.

    I think it all goes to show that the Iranian regime is no match for it’s own people, and it’s only a matter of time before it feels the ultimate consequence of that.

    @22 I wouldn’t pray for intervention. We don’t have the balls to finish the job in Afghanistan, and in Iraq, we’ve pretty much opened the door for religious fundamentalists, which is something that the Iranian regime is extremely pleased about.

    Pray that you’ll do it without our help :P

    #23 3 years ago
  24. GwynbleiddiuM

    @DSB, Oh how I miss those parties and the underground bands we had, some of them were actually really good. They used to perform in somewhat remote locations around Tehran or karaj in large gardens, it was magic, pity most of the guys I used to go with in these places are no longer in Iran and those who are no longer doing stuff like these. Last one I’ve been to ended well though. But A few years ago my friends were to one of them around Karaj and there was a band with female singer performing there, they smashed the party and took the poor girl away, never found out what happened to her.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’d have loved if we did it ourselves, but our nation is so divided, they don’t have the guts to stand up, and those of us who did, ended up in prison, or fled the country. And they always look for someone to lead them. The only time they just got fed up and marched into streets were after last times election. went on for a few days, I nearly got beaten up to death myself, a biker saved my skin by taking me away through the allies and I don’t even know his name.

    Those days I had so much hopes, it turned upside down few week after, when Mussavi produced himself as the leader of the protesters and then got locked up in his own house.

    It wont be like Afghanistan or Iraq here, Iranians in general are not like them, they’re more private with religion, the only extremists hardliners are in control now, if something like war happens they will all flee in a matter of days. But I Sincerely hope for a military retaliation a few bombs and everything will turn to chaos, then it cannot be contained by the government.

    #24 3 years ago

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    GTA Online’s new Heists content was previewed by various outlets at GDC 2015 this week, and according to hands-on with the free upcoming content, there’s over 20 hours worth of things to do and quite a bit of money to gain. Oh, and a VTOL Hydra jet too. According to a really informative piece from […]

  • Activision Blizzard makes Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list

    For the first time, Activision Blizzard has been named to Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list for 2015. The survey conducted by Fortune found the company “ranked highly with its employees” which felt the atmosphere was friendly and place in which they could “be themselves.” “We have always considered Activision Blizzard to be […]

  • Evolve Hunt for Gold Weekend nets players special monster skin

    A Evolve community event is taking place this weekend, and participants will receive a special skin for Goliath, Kraken, and Wraith. Dubbed the Evolve Hunt for Gold Weekend, it’s the first in a series of upcoming online community challenges and events taking place over the coming months. Those who log-in starting today at 9pm PST […]

  • This video teases contents of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 – Episode 3

    A teaser video and images for Resident Evil: Revelations 2 – Episode 3 have been posted by Capcom. The assets can be considered potential spoilers, so just be aware of that before having a look. The game’s Season Pass costs $20, and the disc version releases March 17 in North America and on March 20 […]

  • GTA Online Heists teaser video is extremely short

    With Heists coming to GTA Online next week, Rockstar has released one of the shortest teaser videos we’ve seen in ages. Hopefully you didn’t blink. Heists, along with Daily Objectives and Adversary Mode, arrive next week on March 10. The PC version of Heists will arrive on April 14 when the PC version of the […]

  • The Division rumors claim Dark Zones support up to 100 players – video

    With the recent leak of older, pre-alpha footage of the The Division, rumors over the game’s contents have been swirling, and today we have a video for you discussing said rumors. Once of the rumors pertain to the game is that it contains 50-100 Player Dark Zones, which are PvP areas. Supposedly, these areas also […]

  • Here’s a look at MGS5: The Phantom Pain emblem creation, limited edition bionic arm

    A look at how to create your own emblems in Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain was demonstrated in the latest Kojima Station broadcast, along with a look at the bionic arm replica included in the limited edition. A Venom Snake emblem will come with the limited edition version of the game, parts of […]

  • Elite: Dangerous coming to PS4 once Xbox One exclusivity period ends

    Elite: Dangerous was announced for Xbox One at GDC 2015 yesterday, and those disappointed over the lack of a PlayStation 4 announcement will be pleased to know it’s in the cards. According to Frontier boss David Braben the space-sim will head to PS4 at some point, once the console exclusivity deal with Microsoft has expired. […]

  • Here’s two new The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt screenshots to salivate over

    Two new screenshots from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt have been released, and they are gorgeous as always. The screenshots follow the two released over the weekend. You can look at the new images in full HD glory over on Only Single Player. CD Projekt Red is at PAX East this weekend showing off the latest […]

  • Microsoft looking into streaming PC games to Xbox One

    With Windows 10, Xbox One users will soon be able to stream their games to PC. Microsoft is also looking into streaming PC games to Xbox One, according to news out of GDC. Speaking with Polygon at GDC 2015, Xbox program director Mike Ybarra said the company is also looking into the ability to stream […]

  • Free! Vindictus Lann Revamp codes worth €25

    We have 400 Lann Revamp codes worth €25 to giveaway for free to VG247 readers. All you need to do is enter your details in the box below and you’ll be given a code to redeem in game. The codes are for warrior character Lann and offer a 7 day unlimited Inner Armour pass, battle […]

  • US eShop update: Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, OlliOlli, more

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, OlliOlli and a demo version of Azure Striker GUNVOL. Your full update is below. eShop Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars – Wii U, 3DS – Cross Buy OlliOlli – Wii U, 3DS – Cross-Buy Proun+ – Proun+ […]

  • Rock Band 4 confirmed for Xbox One and PS4: supports old instruments and 2,168 songs

    Harmonix has lifted the lid on the long-rumoured Rock Band 4, stating it will support 2,168 previously released tracks and last-gen instruments on PS4 and Xbox One. The game will be out this year. Harmonix has yet to reveal specific features for the game, but it has been built with a completely new engine. As […]

  • First run of Rodea the Sky Soldier copies on Wii U come with Wii version

    The first print run of Rodea the Sky Soldier on Wii U will come with the Wii version packed in, NIS America has confirmed. The publisher confirmed today in a press release that anyone who buys the first run of the retail version of Rodea the Sky Soldier on Wii U will find the Wii […]

  • Unreal Tournament 4 lets modders sell cosmetic items to players

    Unreal Tournament 4 is a game built with the help of the modding community. So it’s only natural that it will feature a marketplace where all cosmetic items can be sold. Epic Games has confirmed that it will allow modders from the community to sell the cosmetics items they’ve created on the game’s marketplace. The […]

  • D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die is coming to PC – rumour

    SWERY 65 has shown off D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die running on PC at GDC this week, teasing that a possible port may be on the way. D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die is SWERY 65′s latest project. An episodic detective affair, D4 came out on Xbox One last September and utilised Kinect as its main […]

  • Valve’s Lighthouse, VR controllers and more explained

    Valve’s less-talked about prototype VR controllers and its Lighthouse technology have been shown in more detail. When HTC announced Vive, the VR headset it’s working on with Valve, it mentioned “base stations” and ergonomic controllers. Now we know what they meant by that. The controllers are still in prototype phase, and will look better when […]

  • Listen to two professional Counter-Strike players explain why Dust2 is so popular

    Hear what makes iconic Counter-Strike map Dust2 one of the most popular maps in shooter history from two former eSports players. Sal “Volcano” Garozzo and Shawn “FMPONE” Snelling are both retired professional Counter-Strike players who are currently working as designers. At GDC this year, the pair hosted a panel titled “Community Level Design for Competitive […]

  • Core Morpheus hardware locked in, no plans for wireless version

    Sony has finalised the core hardware for its VR headset Project Morpheus, and does not currently plan on releasing a wireless version. SCE Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida spoke to Gamespot at GDC and confirmed that the core hardware of Morpheus is “pretty much done” but that “lots of tweaks and improvements” are still being […]

  • Watch the full Phil Spencer keynote from GDC 2015

    The full GDC 2015 keynote of Xbox boss Phil Spencer is now available to watch. In case you missed last nights’s Phil Spencer keynote at GDC 2015, the whole thing has been made available to watch on YouTube. The address is titled “The Future of Gaming Across the Microsoft Ecosytem,” and it’s where Spencer announced […]

  • Elite: Dangerous won’t be “dumbed down” for Xbox One

    The Xbox One version of Elite: Dangerous will in fact be the same as the PC one. Elite: Dangerous developer Frontier came out on stage last night at GDC to announce the game making its console debut on Xbox One. Some have feared that the port would not provide the same experience as the PC […]

  • Virtual reality: by gum, it’s really happening

    Virtual reality has exited the realm of peripheral gimmick and turned into something that just might go mainstream. VR has an uphill battle ahead of it. The tech is going to be expensive, and there are a number of problems that need to be solved before it could be considered an inclusive technology (motion sickness, […]

  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor takes Game of the Year at GDC Awards 2015

    And the winner is: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor beat out Alien: Isolation, Bayonetta 2, Destiny, and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft to win Game of the Year at the Game Developer’s Choice Awards 2015. Elsewhere in the awards, Ustwo’s mobile hit Monument Valley was a stand-out favourite, with wins in the Innovation, […]

  • Alien: Isolation was prototyped in third-person – video

    Alien: Isolation is one of the most effectively scary triple-A games in years, but it didn’t start off a perfect creation of pure terror. Creative Assembly prototyped Alien: Isolation in third-person perspective before they nailed down the final approach. The developer revealed this during a GDC 2015 presentation, and it’s a good reminder that games […]

  • Madden 15 added to EA Vault

    Madden 15 is now included in EA’s all-you-can-eat subscriber service. Madden 15 is the ninth game to be added to the EA Vault, a stash of games available on demand for EA Access subscribers. It's still Madden Season for EA Access members – Madden NFL 15 is now in The Vault for all members. Go […]

  • Source Engine 2 doesn’t have hidden costs or royalties – but is Steam exclusive

    Three major engines went free at GDC 2015, and each of them is monetising in a different way. There’s been a heck of a lot of discussion about development tools and the costs associated with them during GDC 2015. First Epic announced that Unreal Engine 4 would be free, bar royalities on successful releases. Then […]

  • Final Fantasy creator hates sequels

    Final Fantasy, a byword in prolific franchises, was created by a man who hates sequel. Final Fantasy games are famous for being reinvented with each core release, and it was not until series creator Hironobu Sakaguchi began to withdraw from the franchise after Final Fantasy 9 that we started seeing regular sequels and spin-offs. Speaking […]

  • Guardian complaints led to the closure of Destiny’s Loot Cave

    Destiny players are to blame for the shuttering of the much loved Loot Cave. Early in Destiny‘s history, many players got hugely excited about the “Loot Cave”. Accessible shortly after starting the game for the first time, this high-volume spawn point allowed players to stand in one place, taking out waves and waves of low-level […]

  • Xbox and PC games boss Phil Harrison to leave Microsoft – rumour

    Microsoft Interactive Entertainment Business VP and EMEA head of games Phil Harrison is rumoured to have thrown in the towel. Microsoft has not issued a statement on Harrison’s alleged departure, despite repeated questioning by press at GDC 2015. Instead, word comes via multiple sources speaking to GamesIndustry at the show. According to the rumours, Harrison […]

  • Metal Gear Online commentated trailer explains stuffed dog – but not invisibility

    Metal Gear Online developer Kojima Productions has provided significantly more insight into how the multiplayer side of The Phantom Pain works. Metal Gear Online is the online multiplayer component of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. Konami hasn’t shared a great deal about it yet, but we did see a very cool Metal Gear […]

  • Elite: Dangerous Xbox One trailer shows off space MMO

    If Elite: Dangerous looks this good on Xbox One we have nothing to complain about. Microsoft revealed Elite: Dangerous is coming to Xbox One this year during its GDC presentations today. We don’t know very much about the port, but I suppose we ought to have expected it; Frontier Developments has a very close relationship […]

  • Battletoads to appear in Shovel Knight Xbox One

    A Battletoads remake must be on the horizon. Right? Right?? The Battletoads will appear in the upcoming Xbox One version of Shovel Knight, Yacht Club Games revealed today. The Battletoads drop in for a fight! Shovel Knight is headed to Xbox One and meets up with @RareLtd brawling trio! pic.twitter.com/OCQIuWbH3W — Yacht Club Games (@YachtClubGames) […]

  • The Division pre-alpha footage leaks, Ubisoft says it’s well out of date

    The Division fans finally got a look at Ubisoft’s MMO this week, but the publisher has said the footage is not in any way representative. Pre-alpha footage of the The Division was leaked this week, but has since been thoroughly smacked down by takedown notices. All that remains are a few screenshots and a GIF: […]

  • Microsoft HoloLens designer killed in hit and run accident

    Very sad news out of Redmond this week, as Mike Ey was killed in a tragic accident. Ey, 30, was one of the key project designers on Microsoft’s HoloLens AR headset. He was killed on Saturday morning in a rear-end collision. The driver of the second vehicle fled the scene but was tracked down by […]

  • AMD throws support behind VR with new low-latency anti-nausea tech

    GPU manufacturer AMD has released a new SDK compatible with “a broad set of VR devices”. Called LiquidVR, the tech is designed to “bring better content, comfort, and compatibility to VR applications” including games, simulation, entertainment, education, social media, travel, medicine, real estate and ecommerce, apparently. AMD said maintaining comfort and realism in VR environments […]

  • Danganronpa 3 in the works, but a long way off yet

    A new Danganronpa is happening. Danganronpa 3 is in the very, very early production stages, writer Kodaka Kazutaka has confirmed. Nothing about the project is “set in stone”, Kazutaka told Polygon, so there are no details to share yet; the characters and story may change several times before being finalised. The writer said he’s weighing […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare MLG Pro League 2015 schedule announced

    Major League Gaming has announced the full schedule for the 2015 Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare MLG Pro League. The eSpots firm revealed two more seasons of Pro League, a live Relegation tournament for Season Three, and a season ending World Championship with $250,000 up for grabs You can watch all the action on MLG.tv […]

  • Happy Birthday PlayStation 2, you are almost old enough to drive

    Amidst all the GDC 2015 hoopla today, we forgot to wish PlayStation 2 a Happy Birthday. The system turned 15 years old today, going by its March 4, 2000 launch date in Japan. It was released in the west that autumn, and had shipped 100 million units in less than six years post launch. PS2 […]

  • Here’s what the final version of Valve’s Steam Controller looks like

    A look at the updated Steam Controller has surfaced via a hands-on post from Polygon. Valve said what you see in the images below is the final version of the controller. The controller has gone through numerous revisions since it was first revealed, but it seems Valve has decided on two touch pads which work […]

  • The Sims, SimCity developer closed down

    The Sims 4 developer Maxis has been shuttered, EA has confirmed. The Sims, SimCity and the rest of the Sim franchise has traditionally been helmed by Maxis, which had its flagship studio in Emeryville, California. Now EA has confirmed with Kotaku that this studio is being closed. “Today we are consolidating Maxis IP development to […]

  • Gigantic MOBA coming to Windows 10 and Xbox One with cross-play

    Today during GDC 2015, Microsoft announced that the new IP from Motiga called Gigantic will be cross-play enabled. Slated for Windows 10 and Xbox One, the five-on-five third-person battle arena game allows the player to select from an array of heroes with distinctive powers and play styles. Players will then make their way through areas […]

  • Here’s a look at Unreal Tournament DirectX 12 gameplay

    Epic Games is creating Unreal Tournament using Unreal Engine 4 running on DirectX 12, which Microsoft says “sets a new bar for visual fidelity.” DirectX 12 is a single API developers can access across Windows devices, which can result in a 20% improvement in performance over DX11 running on the same machine. The Unreal Tournament […]

  • Wireless adapter for Xbox One controllers out later this year

    Microsoft announced at GDC 2015 today it will that all wireless Xbox gaming accessories will be designed for and supported on both Xbox One consoles and Windows 10 PCs moving forward. Later this year, a wireless adapter will be released, allowing current Xbox controllers and future devices to be used wirelessly on PCs. This will […]

  • Microsoft offers up more details on Spencer’s GDC 2015 talk

    Microsoft has provided more details on Cross-Buy functionality between Windows 10 and Xbox One as well as the Xbox Live SKU and other announcements made during Phil Spencer’s talk today. During the session, the head of Xbox shared “the next step” in the company’s plans for a unified platform across all Windows 10 devices which […]

  • Wasteland 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 this summer

    Wasteland 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 as a Game of the Year Edition. inXile Entertainment announced the news on the PS Blog, noting the edition contains enhancements and improvements. The game has been ported to Unity 5, which was announced over the weekend, providing upgraded visual effects, “improved character models, upgraded environments, and Unity […]