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Garriott: Consoles “fundamentally doomed”, tech advance makes for “shallow” games

Wednesday, 30 November 2011 02:48 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Legendary Ultima designer Richard Garriott, now Portalarium boss, thinks the console cycle is nearing its conclusion.

“I think we might get one more generation, might, but I think fundamentally they’re doomed,” Garriott told IndustryGamers.

“I think fundamentally the power that you can carry with you in a portable is really swamping what we’ve thought of as a console.”

Garriott admitted that some games do work better on home consoles than portables and smartphones, but said he’s “now more of a gamer” than ever before in his life, thanks to new ways of gaming.

“I play most of my games now on my iPhone and my iPad. In the last two years I’ve found more games that I’ve put way more hours into playing as a player than I have in any other period of my life,” he said.

“So I’m very excited about the new era, I’m a big believer in this new era, but it is very early on in this evolution, so there’s still a lot of work to do.”

That’s not to say that technology isn’t an important industry driver, but Garriott put forth his opinion that it’s only after the dust has stettled on a new tech that things get really interesting.

“There are also major moments of technological improvement. Things like going from floppy disk to hard drives, the invention of 3D graphics processors, the emergence of the Internet to connect people together,” he explained.

The designer said each new game in a genre – such as shooters – needs to have more depth to it than earlier titles if it is to capture gamers’ interest and spending money – until a new technology arrives.

“As soon as there’s one of those big technological upheavals, I’ll say, the emergence of the CD drive,” he said.

“Immediately the graphic quality of the way you would draw your hallways and corridors in a simple first-person shooter became so much more beautiful that the game design, it allowed a great-selling game to be nothing more than a run-around-the-maze-and-shoot-things.

“It went back to its simplest form again, you didn’t need the depth.”

Garriott said games that missed that first wave had to once more strive to be deeper than pre-existing efforts, only to go back once more to simplistic clones at the next technological revolution – 3D hardware.

“Every one of these inflection points resets gameplay back to where games are very shallow, but much more beautiful than they ever were before,” he mourned.

“But to a person who appreciates the art form of computer games, it’s during those periods of stability of the platform that force developers to compete not just on my game looks better than yours, but my game is more interesting than yours. It’s more compelling, and I’m more attached to it.”

Garriott also recounted his theory that we are in gaming’s third age. See the full interview through the link above.

Thanks, GoNintendo.

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25 Comments

  1. Colin Gallacher

    And that was Richard Garriott, speaking to IndustryGamers, from his brand new bed of money and unused Tabula Rasa boxes.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Phoenixblight

    @1

    And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. He is a very intelligent man and I have lots of respect for him for what he has done.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. DSB

    I don’t know what it is with these developers who were big in the 90′s, but they seem awfully overwhelmed by new technology. That’s as true for Garriott as it is for Molyneux.

    Although Richard Garriott is ten times funnier.

    “I purchased Lunokhod 21 from the Russians. I am now the world’s only private owner of an object on a foreign celestial body. Though there are international treaties that say, no government shall lay claim to geography off planet earth, I am not a government. Summarily, I claim the moon in the name of Lord British!”

    #3 3 years ago
  4. StolenGlory

    Any man who has an alter ego called ‘Lord British’ and proceeded to prance around his castle, whilst making some of my most favourite RPG’s of the 80′s and early 90′s gets my vote.

    Sure the guy is as mad as a bucket of frogs, but bless his socks he is an entertaining little fellow.

    @2 +1

    @1 Thou hast lost an eighth!

    #4 3 years ago
  5. MegaGeek1

    I’m sorry, but I really hope this guy is dead wrong. If the industry makes a huge push towards mobile gaming in the future, and we all know it will be because it makes more sense for the bottom line (re:$$$), then we as gamers will be taking one giant leap backwards. New tech makes for shallow games? Tell that to the fans of Skyrim, COD, Demon and Dark Souls, Fall Out, MGS, GTA, GOW (both Gears and God) etc, etc, etc.

    I for one look forward to new leaps in console (and PC) technology and cant wait to see where video games will take me into my 40s and 50s. But, if you are going to tell me that I will be playing games on an 6inch HD touch screen, then I might as well start investing my time and money in a new hobby.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. blackdreamhunk

    I am agree with him it’s the very reason I am going to be doping gaming after mass effect 3 and guild wars 2. the gaming Industry has gone down hill.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. unacomn

    @5 The games you have enumerated actually prove that gaming is becoming more shallow. GTA is possibly the only exception, well, apart from 4, but 5 will have planes again.

    One last console generation wouldn’t be that far fetched. If they do it right, and at how much technology has advanced in the last 5 years, they could still be a great venue for new content even in 2020. But that’s only if they don’t skimp on the tech again, and keep the price lower than a PC that can do the same thing.

    But yea, since consoles are closed systems that allow no customization, they will be replaced by cloud services. They’re cheaper in the long run, and really aren’t that different. What do you care if you get your game from GameStop and pop it into your machine, or you pop into your game that’s in a cloud? It’s the same thing.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. OrbitMonkey

    Guy must really love Angry Birds…

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Phoenixblight

    He is right though if you look at the evolution of tech things get smaller. PC, radios, phones, etc etc. But what will most likely happen is that the console will become a mobile device that you can plug in and play at home along with taking it with you. Its really not that far fetched. Unreal is going to tablets which means there will be a whole lot less 2d games. Just think a mobile device that has the power of a new gen but you can take it where you want and plug it to your TV. Anyways thats how I see it happening.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. ManuOtaku

    This is true… till we have holographic consoles, and then he will be saying consoles are the future and they will keep here forever because he will be playing those consoles to death more than the IPAD or IPHONE.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. OlderGamer

    +1 To Lord British

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Ireland Michael

    @5 I loving the irony at work when you say that newer technology isn’t making gaming mores shallow, then proceed to list off Skyrim and Call of Duty…

    On an immersive level, Skyrim is certainly spectacular, but on a gamelan level, it is a far simpler *game* than any of the previous titles. I believe that “less is more” in many cases, but if you back as far as Daggerfall, Skyrim is almost anorexic in comparison when it comes to actual depth.

    Call of Duty is probably the most basic and simplistic shooter on the entire market.

    Gears of War is horribly simplistic, especially compared to genuinely deep alternatives in the genre like Vanquish, and God of War is likewise one of the most simplistic games in the entire spectacle fighter genre. It has no depth.

    Fallout 3 and New Vegas are likewise far more simplistic games than 1 or 2, however good they may be.

    I couldn’t agree more with Garriot in regards to the point about technological leaps back with new hardware advances. It took until the PS2 era before we could even remotely capture the same visual uniqueness of the old 2D sprite based game in 3D games, simply because the hardware power wasn’t there to recreate people’s art at a high enough quality.

    I completely disagreed with him on the death of the format though. Consoles are hugely popular, even with the advent of tablets, and I don’t see that ever changing? They’re completely different markets.

    Handhelds may suffer, but consoles? No.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. YoungZer0

    @12: Did you just call Vanquish genuinely deep? Are you being serious? How is it deep? I never needed another weapon than the machine gun. Just shoot, strafe to cover, shoot.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. DSB

    I think he’s right in that miniaturization is going to hit a point where a console is just going to be a handheld you plug up to a larger screen.

    I don’t know if he’s right about the timeline, but I make a habit of never betting against technological advance.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. ManuOtaku

    #14 I dont know About the miniaturization of consoles because i think it will make the consoles very expensive for such small device to develop the graphics and physics needed to be like a home console, now new ways i agree like holographics or other ways that dont need tv and or other ways of interaction, something that Ipads or Mobiles cannot do.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. IL DUCE

    Mobile and social games are too basic and too imprecise to have any real industry consuming longevity…PCs and consoles have been around pretty much as long as gaming has so they’re here to stay…the only mobile game I’ve played that was worth a damn was Infinity Blade

    Plus your tablet doesn’t have a 50 inch screen so you can keep your mobile game…k, thanks!!!

    #16 3 years ago
  17. Ireland Michael

    @13 I never needed to change weapons in Gear of War. What’s your point? Changing a weapon once in a while is not depth.

    Vanquish has some of the tightest controls I’ve ever seen in a game full stop, never mind in this genre alone. The enemy placement, the scoring system and the tactics to win quickly all require a craptonne of precision, timing and speed to get the best out of, and actually trying to get a half decent score is a challenge in itself. The game is refined to within an inch of its life.

    Gears of War is slow and lumbering, and not in a god way. Hide behind wall. Shoot. Move to another wall. Shoot. *yawn* The higher difficulties are arbitrary and unimaginative jumps in damage taken, with no actual gameplay incentive to play better included either.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. Len

    @6 As I said before, we don’t believe you! You’ll be back for more like all of us…

    #18 3 years ago
  19. DaMan

    Funny really, Vanquish depth is that of a Contra game, it doesn’t even have a multiplayer. Shoot, roll, shoot again, slide occasionally. *yawn* Oh, and Max Payne bullet time as well.. only difference is that Max Payne required much better timing and tactics. It’s challenge is pathetically cheap and there’s zero to that game aside from overpowered finite state machines and their patterns.

    Vanquish is as deep as those ancient jap arcade games like Twin Bee. it’s fun and hard, but it’s just as much shallow, both psychology and reactions wise. It’s no Bayonetta.

    :p

    #19 3 years ago
  20. Ireland Michael

    @19 Come back to me again when you complete the first stage under in five minutes with a significantly decent high score, and then we can talk about depth and skill.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. DaMan

    #20 See, I have zero interest in wasting my time or money on the full game of Vanquish tbh. It’s not like I never played a videogame before. You just have everything upside down, playing against computer will never be remotely the same as against other players. Which was my whole point. Gears might be crap, but regardless there’s a whole level of depth to it, which Vanquish doesn’t even remotely approach. Oh, and even in campaign it had more than enough moments to break up the shoot/cover boredom, like tickers, setting up mines, bosses.

    Thank you for proving my points with the time/score btw. Exactly what I was saying. That’s not depth, that’s exercising the same pattern.

    Besides I wasn’t the one going on about Bayonetta vs God of War whilst not even having hard mode beaten..

    #21 3 years ago
  22. Fin

    Are games more shallow? Perhaps.

    Are game far better and far more fun? Definitely.
    Anyone who says different seriously needs to take off the nostalgia glasses.

    #22 3 years ago
  23. DSB

    @22 He’s not saying that 90′s games are better than odd’s games. He’s saying that developers in general haven’t been able to convert technological progress into design progress, which is absolutely true.

    It’s about proportionality. In the 90′s the feeling was very much one of being completely gobsmacked by how far games could really go, pretty much year after year. There would always be someone doing something completely amazing and new which would blow your mind.

    It isn’t that there weren’t a lot of “samey” games or copies of copies back then either, because there certainly was, but today you simply have a market that is open to fewer developers who are stuck copying eachother, so as a whole it becomes a lot less dynamic.

    Games aren’t visions today, as much as they are quite deliberate plans. The inspiration is really only there for a select number of big developers, the rest is left to the indies.

    #23 3 years ago
  24. Telepathic.Geometry

    Jesus fucking Christ, where’s the Vanquish love? That is a game with very deep gameplay. The controls are so tight, and the melee and slow-mo so nicely integrated and balanced, it’s unreal. And every weapon handles differently too. And as for beating the whole game with just the machine-gun, have a crack at the challenge missions and then tell me that shite again…

    /loves Vanquish

    #24 3 years ago
  25. Ireland Michael

    @24 <3

    #25 3 years ago

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    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 […]