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Car Crash: Why VGAs are in a serious need of change

Monday, 12 December 2011 06:54 GMT By Johnny Cullen

The 2011 Spike VGAs were meant to celebrate the year’s best games and hype future releases. Instead, Johnny Cullen argues, they played to stereotypes in the worst possible way.

For every step Sunday night took forward – Miyamoto, Blizzard, some of the unveils – the VGAs took 20 back. We’ll still be getting up in the middle of the night for the announcements next year – every games news journalist will – but there needs to be change. A re-run of this year’s show would be less than welcome.

On Saturday night – early hours of Sunday morning UK time – Spike held its annual Video Game Awards in Santa Monica, promising its usual mix of world premieres and accolades.

It delivered on the former. The awards themselves? Not so much.

Given previous form this isn’t much of a surprise, but 2011′s VGAs took stereotypical stupidity to an entirely new level. Put it like this: I don’t want to see Felicia Day doing some silly gimmicks; I don’t want to see some dude who ripped at last year’s awards on YouTube turn up and trash talk at a Spike exec as if he was cutting a WWE promo; and I don’t want to see a bunch of kids from some unknown TV show shout about what they won before showing a new game (the group I’m referring to introduced Alan Wake’s American Nightmare).

I don’t care about how much LL Cool J likes Mass Effect, and I sure as hell don’t care about teabagging live on stage. Was there any need for it? If there was one thing that stood out, that played right into mainstream gamer stereotype. We don’t need these things in a gaming awards ceremony. A bit of humour in a show is fine, but this was beyond cringeworthy.

Hollywood Invasion

Do we need celebrities in game award ceremonies? Do we really need Hulk Hogan, will.i.am, Charlie Sheen and others presenting awards and unveiling games?

On the one hand, we want to see the developers get their 15 seconds of fame rather than those who’ve had it for most of their lifetime. On the other hand, the majority of the VGA audience probably isn’t that well versed in the industry. They won’t know – and in all likelihood, care – about the Ken Levines, Hideo Kojimas or Cliff Bleszisnkis of the world as much as the hardcore does.

I’m still undecided on the subject, but there needs to be at least some sort of balancing act. On Sunday, we didn’t get it.

And what about the actual awards? This was a shambles. Very few of them got handed out on stage. By my count, there were only three: Rocksteady appeared for Batman; Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer for Modern Warfare 3; and Bethesda Game Studios for Skyrim to pick up GOTY. For everything else, it was held either pre-event or shown in a quick edit.

Fair enough; there won’t be time to do all of the awards on stage. That’s the reality of it, as is the case for most ceremonies. But you have a big gaping problem if you go through a majority of them before and during the show and have them run in a montage to secure more time for announcements and stupid antics. The “awards” part of this year’s Video Game Awards was an afterthought.

In fact, it was something picked up on by Batman: Arkham City VOs Mark Hamil and Tara Strong. Both nominated for their roles as Joker and Harley Quinn in the Best Performance by a Human Male and Female categories respectively, the pair lost out to Stephen Merchant and Ellen McLain of Portal 2 for their roles as Wheatley and GLaDOS.

Hamil said in one tweet: “Weird VGAs! Don’t mind losing but I’d like to know when it happens. Did I miss something? Award given off-camera? Tara and I in lousy seats – BOO!”

Spike Video Game Awards

Saturday marked the eighth VGA event since its debut in 2003.

The show is fronted by US journalist and GameTrailers TV host, Geoff Keighley.

Skyrim, Batman: Arkham City, Uncharted 3 and Portal 2 were the big winners this year.

Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us, Metal Gear Rising from Platinum Games, Epic’s Fortnite and BioWare’s Command & Conquer: Generals 2 were the major announces.

Strong then added in another: “I’m sorry, but to have @HamillHimself sit way up in the bleachers and not even MENTION his nomination? Shame on VGA…”

But here’s the kicker: Strong’s category – which McLain picked up in person – was awarded at the pre-show, streamed online on Spike’s website. Meanwhile, Hamil’s nomination was mentioned in a quick montage.

It’s an awards show. It’s in the name: Video Game Awards. You either do the awards or you don’t.

Or here’s a better solution, seeing as the ceremony itself seems to be a event for unveils and trailers rather than awards: hold a separate showcase. One weekend in December, hold two separate events and air them on Spike and online.

On the Saturday, have the Video Game Awards, but without the announcements. No celebrities; just let the developers host the awards, categories and let them do their speeches. Let them have their limelight for creating the best games of the year.

A great example of that is Machinima’s Inside Gaming Awards. Held the night before the VGAs, the mainly YouTube-fronted network focussed on awarding the games rather than make a song and dance about other things. OK, there weren’t any developers to MC each category – only Machinima personalities – but the IGAs format of focussing on awards clearly works.

And then on a Sunday, hold a showcase for announcements and trailers. Have a mix of developers and celebrities. Satisfy more people in the process.

The only genuine moment of decency on the night was Miyamoto’s appearance for Zelda’s Hall of Fame induction. I don’t think anyone was expecting him to appear personally. Considering the recent retirement speculation, it was lovely and heartwarming to see him on that stage with all his trademark enthusiasm.

Unfortunately, just as we were building a rosy glow, we realised Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of some of the best-loved characters, franchises and games in history, was sharing the same stage as Charlie Sheen.

Professional courtesy

And there were Blizzard’s three co-founders – Mike Morhaime, Frank Pierce and Alan Adam – getting their Gamer God award. No doubt deserving. Why am I griping with this? It was presented by American Pie’s Jason Biggs and Shaun William Scott, who appeared to punch Biggs in the balls after signaling Morhaime, Pierce and Adam to the stage. Stay classy, guys.

Given we had ball-punching, it was no surprise the press was also sidelined. It’s just a shame that 25 of America’s most prominent games journalists – including Brian Crecente and Stephen Totilo of Kotaku, Chris Grant of Joystiq, Andy McNamara of Game Informer and OXM US EiC Francesca Reyes – picked the best games of this year, only to have their work overshadowed by teabagging, reenacting Fruit Ninja and too many unveils.

The saddest thing? This is all being organised by one of those 25 journos. Geoff Keighley has said countless times that this is a serious awards show for gamers. If that’s the case, I sure as hell didn’t see it on Sunday morning.

Just no.

I met Geoff briefly at gamescom earlier this year on the way to the Sony press conference, when myself, Alex Donaldson and ex-VG247 contributor Joe Anderson were chatting to him about the work he’d done on The Final Hours features with Portal 2 and Metal Gear Solid 2.

Don’t let the awards fool you: Keighley is certainly worth his weight as a journalist. He can write some astonishing stuff, as you’ve probably seen with the Final Hours of Portal 2, can be hard-pressing in interviews – as you’ll see in this interview with Reggie Fils-Aime of Nintendo at E3 about Wii U – and he is, obviously, a well known face in PR circles.

How else could he get exclusives for GameTrailers? How else was he able to get the unveil of Naughty Dog’s new IP? How else was he able to get Kojima to announce Metal Gear Rising was now in the hands of Platinum Games? And BioWare with C&C: Generals 2 and Epic’s Fortnite?

Yet, for all his worth, Keighley organises an event that fails at its most basic level.

We need mainstream ceremonies that take games seriously. Do you see teabagging at the Golden Globes?

For every step Sunday night took forward – Miyamoto, Blizzard, some of the unveils – the VGAs took 20 back. We’ll still be getting up in the middle of the night for the announcements next year – every games news journalist will – but there needs to be change. A re-run of this year’s show would be less than welcome.

[Miyamoto Pic]

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30 Comments

  1. Ireland Michael

    The Spike VGAs have *always* been a lowest-common-denominator “awards” show aimed at the dreaded “casual” gamer. The kind of people whose entire knowledge of gaming extends to the release schedules for the FPS and TPS games, and little else.

    As long as it continues to pander to that kind of an audience, it will never be taken seriously. How can Geoff even try to suggest that it’s a serious awards show when one quick glance at the nominee lists shows nothing but gross lack of acknowledgement for the wider breath of games in the industry?

    Yes, Geoff can be a great journalist, no denying that. The problem with Geoff is that he’s almost a complete whore merchant. The guy is either a genius when it comes to generating hype, or he doesn’t actually realise he’s doing it. I’m veering towards the former though.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Bam007

    I agree with this article. While they tried to be funny and make the show enjoyable to watch, it was not about the awards. Can’t remember exactly which award it was (maybe for Portal 2?), but in between that and the previous award was a good 15-20 minutes of nothing.

    This is the night of nights for video games and complete randoms (as noted in the article) take the stage.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. OrphanageExplosion

    Keighley doesn’t organise the event and his input into the tone and content is limited – his unenviable job is to get the “premieres” and to sell the event to the industry – and in a truly credibility-challenging task, to sell it to gamers. If you want to understand Keighley, watch his brilliant event coverage where nobody – and I mean, nobody – does it better.

    To understand the VGAs you need to spend some time watching Spike TV and to see how it fits into the schedule. It’s almost exclusively retarded, adolescent nonsense aimed at mentally sub-normal teenage boys. In this respect, the VGAs are masterpieces.

    It’s down to developers, publishers and sponsors to realise that video games are now a mainstream property not compatible with the Spike demographic, and to withdraw support from this horrific spectacle.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. KAP

    Your right it was all over the place, that’s the Americans, they must of loved that format.
    It’s not aimed at us low key, tea drinking, soccer playing, people such as our selfs right? Lol

    I for one liked it, apart from the awards bits. Lol

    #4 3 years ago
  5. WFMMK

    No wonder the awards were undeserved half of the judges are Xbox fanboys…

    #5 3 years ago
  6. ASBI

    @5 I wouldnt say undeserved :/

    lets just say there were far too many good games that were overshadowed by batman + skyrim + portal 2 :/

    #6 3 years ago
  7. mathare92

    Yup. Like someone tweeted yesterday, it’s a legitimate shame that someone like Charlie Sheen was invited to speak on the same stage Miyamoto had just occupied.

    Alex Navarro pretty much summed up everything that was wrong with the show in his scathing Giant Bomb piece.

    Nothing’s going to change. If you want a real video game awards show, I can only recommend the Tim Schafer-hosted GDC awards. The sad thing is, a show like that would never make it to tv.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Freek

    For all of those things to happen it needs to be NOT on TV. If it’s on TV it needs to be low brow MTV bullshit to justify it’s existance.
    And those awards actually exist already. Peer reviewed and classy. They’re handed out during GDC and nobody knows or cares about them.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. SplatteredHouse

    Interesting you mention Jason Biggs in your article. He was responsible for one of my low-lights from the VGAs. To suggest that guy was just there to collect a cheque would be too complimentary. He was utterly vacant and disinterested. At least Scott took the effort to turn up in character. I got the impression even he wasn’t too impressed with his co-star’s attitude that left him having to save their appearance.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. mojo

    i dont like to be so stereotypical but what do u expect?
    its the american way of artificialy bloating events to the point where u need to be super-mainstream to enjoy them.
    just look at theirs sports events.
    ur going to a show, not a match. and ur also going to a show, not an award cerenomy.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Erthazus

    Hardcore-mainstream?

    LOL. There is no hardcore-mainstream. There is mainstream and there is Hardcore. Nothing in between.
    Just because you played Skyrimn for 4-15 hours does not make you a hardcore gamer.

    Show is trash and thats why we have GDC. End of story.

    Besides, VGA is actually better than E3. Why? Because there are more surprises than at E3.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. mojo

    u misunderstood me.
    i didnt use it in a gaming related context.

    edit: i changed it

    #12 3 years ago
  13. DSB

    Really, the most futile thing you can do is critisize one of these things.

    An awards show is not made to be fair, or tasteful, and it’s not made to pay tribute to it’s medium or it’s artists, it’s purely an industry putting in a little extra for an evening of high exposure. It’s the same as the Oscars or the Grammies, where good movies and good music also mean absolutely nothing.

    I think those priorities are more than obvious. Especially once they start adding showcases for future products to the mix. How can there be any doubt? I don’t watch any of that crap for the same reason – it’s advertising, not tribute – but this sounds absolutely par for the course.

    Quite obviously they’re doing everything they need to do to gain exposure. They’re going for a young audience, and they’re paying for every pseudo-celebrity under the sun. Like the MTV awards.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. mongbatstar

    Oh Erth, your desire to cause controversy where there is none never ceases to amaze. I think it’s pretty obvious what “hardcore-mainstream” meant in this context. He has a valid point too.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. WFMMK

    E3 has way more surprises than VGAs. At least for Playstation fans it does.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. YoungZer0

    Why did you people even watch this? That’s the big question.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. absolutezero

    WORLF EXCULSUIVE.

    that and so bad its good. Kojima, Miyamoto being kicked off stage and Seth Greens sheer disgust at everything made it worthwhile.

    I enjoy the industry making fools of themselves, reflects the majority of games rather well, also pretty well relfects what they still think the main audeince for games is.

    Actually thinking about it most games are developed with a teenage male audience in mind anyway.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. freedoms_stain

    Lets be honest now, gaming has risen from a profitable niche hobby 10-15 years ago to a gigantic mega-business. and when you become a gigantic mega-business you have to crowd yourself with a load of bollocks, because that’s what the fat cats who’re now running the mega-business think the mindless plebs they’re looking to bleed cash out of want.

    And maybe that IS what the lowest common denominator want, they’re where the money is so they will always be pandered to while the rest of us who don’t fit into that category will feel ostracised because we’re no longer being pandered to.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. viralshag

    I didn’t watch it… was this worse than the Grainger Games debacle a few months ago?

    #19 3 years ago
  20. Johnny Cullen

    Oh good god no. I think I can safely nothing will EVER top the GMAs. EVER..

    #20 3 years ago
  21. TD_Monstrous69

    All I can say about this is what’d you expect from a network owned by Viacom? Most of the programming on their network is complete shit, that playcates to the stereotypes of douchebags, “angst-ridden and sex-crazed” teens, and glorifies problems that many people face everyday, without network money backing them from behind the scenes. I don’t mind the celebrities too much at these shows, but I can’t say that they’re needed (though I will say, the people who were there at this year’s VGA’s were better than last year). Though after watching this, all I can say is that though games have come a far way into the main-stream pop-culture subconscious, they still have a way to go until they’re truly taken seriously by network TV (outside of G4 that is).

    #21 3 years ago
  22. IL DUCE

    @Johnny Those guys who announced Alan Wake aren’t unknown to most Americans (especially young males prob 15-30)…they were relatively big on the net before they got the show Workaholics which is a Comedy Central show that is actually funny as hell…so give the guys some credit, no need to randomly take shots @ people for no reason…

    And while Felicia Day’s gimmicks were stupid…she looked fine as hell when she announced that new BioShock Infinite trailer…

    The whole VGAs were completely underwhelming though…reveals and trailers weren’t even that big or impressive whatsoever besides The Last of Us and the Mass Effect 3 trailer…and while the Rainbow 6 Patriots trailer was cool also, the Hitman trailer on the pre-show was probably better than the rest of the trailers shown…no surprises and was therefore, very disappointing

    And maybe they should focus on actually giving out some more awards…I feel like they gave out 2 or 3 awards on stage the whole night

    EDIT: Ok, finished reading…as a whole great article and I agree with pretty much everything said

    #22 3 years ago
  23. HeavyD-Love

    I actually kinda enjoyed this years show. Thought they did a decent job given the subject matter and target audience.

    #23 3 years ago
  24. fearmonkey

    How can anyone be shocked at what SpikeTV has done with the VGA’s?
    The VGA’s have always been like this. I watched the first or second VGA’s, and it made me feel embarrassed as a gamer, and I have never watched it again.
    What can we expect from a channel that has Manswers in it’s lineup, they are catering to the low brow demographic, and so is G4TV with a few exceptions.
    I miss the days of TechTV and G4 when it really was about games and serious about them, not about sex, Ninjas, wrestling, and titillation.

    #24 3 years ago
  25. Ireland Michael

    @19 The sad thing is, the GMAs themselves are infinitely better when it comes to genuinely awarding the industry for its efforts and achievements. The Grainger Games debacle was just a very unfortunate situation.

    #25 3 years ago
  26. HighWindXIX

    Any chance they’ll start streaming the GDC awards online so we can have an actual awards show that non-industry folk can enjoy?

    #26 3 years ago
  27. Phoenixblight

    @26

    No because that is how the company that does the show gets money is through the tickets and the attendees.

    #27 3 years ago
  28. Johnny Cullen

    @26, @27 GameSpot streams the GDC awards every year.

    #28 3 years ago
  29. Phoenixblight

    Hmm must of not saw them when I was volunteering because the rules were said that no one can record any of the conferences or sessions, guess that rule doesn’t apply to the awards.

    #29 3 years ago
  30. bluemanrule

    First off, Johnny, great write-up. Secondly, @ #3, Keighley has been the producer the last two years and has petitioned that he does, in fact, organize the content on the show. I really agree with Johnny and seems like I caught the only three award presentations of the night by chance.

    I really like the DICE awards and hope that, one day, its format will expand beyond G4-only broadcasts. I’ll take that show over this one any day.

    Again, great article Johnny. I’m also really impressed with level of maturity on these comment threads. Well done.

    #30 3 years ago

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    The 3D Realms Anthology, announced back in October, is now available on Steam for PC and Mac for a limited-time price of $29.99. After the introductory period has ended, it will run you $39.99. The collection contains 32 games, which if purchased individually would you run more than $120. Here’s the list in case you […]

  • A Portal-themed pinball table is coming to Zen Pinball later this month

    Valve and Zen Studios have announced a Portal-themed pinball table is coming to Zen Pinball. The table will be made available on all pinball platforms, including Zen Pinball 2 and Pinball FX2, from May 25. Called the “Aperture Science Heuristic Portal Pinball Device”, it contains the characters Chell, Wheatley and of course GLaDOS. Portal Pinball […]

  • Star Wars characters coming with release of Disney Infinity 3.0: Play Without Limits

    Star Wars characters are coming to Disney Infinity 3.0: Play Without Limits. Disney says it will contain “many favorite characters and include more gameplay content and variety than ever before.” There will be three Star Wars Play sets: Twilight of the Republic set in the Episodes 1-3 timeline, Rise Against the Empire set during the […]

  • Hearthstone has been played by 30 million people

    Blizzard’s strategy game Hearthstone has 30 million players, the developer announced on Twitter. The figure doesn’t breakdown players numbers by platform, but Activision will release its recent financial report tomorrow, so maybe more information will be forthcoming. Hearthstone was releases on PC March 14, 2014 followed by Mac, phones, and tablets. Blackrock Mountain, the latest […]

  • Tomorrow’s Destiny livestream focuses on Prison of Elders – here’s a teaser

    Another Destiny: House of Wolves livestream takes place tomorrow, and it will focus on Prison of the Elders. The Prison of Elders is a prison facility in The Reef which is watched over by Variks and is part of the new Arena game mode which is limited to three players. The livestream will be hosted […]

  • Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 has been announced for current and last-gen

    Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 has been announced by Activision, which isn’t shocking in the slightest. Correction: My stupid brain has EA on it due to the financials release later today. The game is being published by Activision. Not EA and I previously stated. I apologize, and have reprimanded myself in a most sever manner. […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Collector’s Edition is sold out in the UK

    Hopefully, you pre-ordered the Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Collector’s Edition in the UK already. If not, you are likely out of luck. According to GAME, the pack which contains the Half Scale Replica of Snake’s Bionic Arm has sold out in the UK. The retailer confirmed the news to Videogamer this morning. […]

  • Far Cry 4 Complete Edition coming June 19 for PC, PS4 to the UK

    A Far Cry 4 Complete Edition has been announced and it includes the full game as well as the Season Pass. This is the sku which popped up on Amazon Germany earlier in the week. The Season Pass provides access to five separate pieces of DLC. Here’s a refresher on the DLC content: The Syringe: […]

  • The Witcher 3: live Q&A stream with CDP, new monster dev diary inside

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is out in just two weeks, and if you want to know more about Geralt’s latest adventure, CD Projekt is hosting a live Q&A now on Twitch. There’s also a new developer diary below which focuses on monster in the game. The Witcher 3 is out on May 19. Huzzah! […]

  • Forza Horizon 2′s Alpinestars Car Pack has five cars and is ready for download

    The Alpinestars Car Pack for Forza Horizon 2 is out now on Xbox One and its the only way you will ever be able to afford a 1992 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport. Unless, of course, you win the lottery or are left in some rich person’s will. In that case, I’ll take the ’53 Corvette, […]

  • Shadow of Mordor – Game of the Year Edition is now available in North America

    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor – Game of the Year Edition has been released in North America. It will be made available in the Europe on May 7 and in the UK May 8 for £49.99 on consoles and £34.99 on PC. As previously announced, this edition contains all previously released DLC content as well as […]

  • Two GAME exclusive versions of Halo 5: Guardians now available for pre-order

    GAME has announced two exclusive versions of Halo 5: Guardians, and both are now available for pre-order exclusively through one of the retail chain’s 318 stores or online. The £79.99 Limited Edition Halo 5: Guardians, which delivers new digital content wrapped in a steel book. There’s also the £199.99 Halo 5: Guardians Limited Collector’s Edition […]

  • Deals with Gold: Far Cry 4, Assassin’s Creed Unity, Bioshock Infinite, more

    Microsoft has announced its latest Deals with Gold discounts for Xbox Live Gold members. Franchises on sale include Far Cry, Call of Duty, along with individual titles Assassin’s Creed Unity and Bioshock Infinite. The full list is below. Bioshock Infinite discounts are available for both Xbox Live Gold and Silver members. Xbox One Far Cry […]

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood has released, watch the launch trailer here

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood has launched on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. You can watch the launch trailer for it below. Boxed copies in Europe arrive from May 15, and in Australia/New Zealand on May 14. You can grab digital copies from the following online services: Steam, PlayStation Network, Xbox Store.

  • GOG’s online service GOG Galaxy is now in open beta

    GOG Galaxy, the DRM-free online gaming platform from the folks at GOG, has left Alpha and is now in open beta for all to try. As previously announced, the online service, similar to Steam, is option. Players do not need to play online as all games are stored by the service and can be played […]

  • DayZ-inspired Goat Simulator DLC GoatZ is out this week on Steam

    Goat Simulator players can download DayZ-inspired DLC this week called GoatZ. According to Coffee Stain Studios, GoatZ is “the only survival game on Steam that isn’t in Early Access.” Jokingly of course. The DLC features: Mandatory crafting system because everyone else is doing it. Zombies that bug out. There’s a pun here about actual living […]

  • No, Far Cry 4 is not currently free on PSN

    You may have seen a few Tweets from people saying that the PS4 version of Far Cry 4 is available to download from PSN for free. This is not true. A few readers have tipped us off to what looked like a glitch on PSN that allowed players to download the full version of Far […]

  • Metal Gear Solid: The 1984 Collection confirmed to be a clothing line

    Konami is teasing a Metal Gear Solid thing called “The 1984 Collection.” The Metal Gear Solid Facebook page posted this image about an hour ago: The caption reads, “Step back into the 80′s with our new MGS collection coming very soon! Stay tuned!” This is supposedly in reference to the clothing line that was announced […]

  • Portal, The Simpsons, Jurassic World & Scooby Doo packs listed for Lego Dimensions

    Lego Dimensions is likely getting a few unannounced content packs. One of which is themed around Valve’s Portal. A set of unannounced content packs for the upcoming Lego Dimensions have been revealed by US retailer Walmart. The listings include packs for The Simpsons, Scooby Doo and Jurassic World, and most interestingly, Portal. The listings have […]

  • This is the most authentic recreation of GTA 2 in real life ever

    Affordable drones have many uses. Most of them are not nearly as exciting as recreating GTA 2 in real life. I am surprised it took us this long, but someone has finally captured footage using a drone that resembles the protagonist’s experience in the classic GTA 2. These aren’t just shots of cars from a […]

  • PlayStation 4 sales reach 2m in the UK

    Sony has sold 2 million PlayStation 4 consoles in the UK, faster than it did with the PlayStation 2 – the company’s best-selling machine in the country. MCVUK is reporting that as of last weekend, 2 million PlayStation 4s have been sold in the UK. The data is based on GfK Chart-Track estimates. This makes […]

  • H1Z1 gets female characters, skin colour options planned

    In an effort to improve diversity in the game, H1Z1 developer has added female characters. Female survivors can now be found throughout the world of H1Z1. Developer Daybreak added the new feature in a patch released last Friday. You will be able to choose a female avatar in the main game and in Battle Royale. […]

  • Possible teaser site for Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi’s new game opens

    Either Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi is working on a soon-to-be-launched Kickstarter for his new game, or someone is pulling an elaborate prank. At PAX Prime last year, during Keiji Inafune’s Mighty No. 9 panel, a flyer was handed out to attendees that showed what appeared to be a 2D game of some sort with […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for May 5: Heroic and Nightfall strikes detailed

    Tuesday is here and Destiny’s weekly reset is also here. Bungie announced that your weekly Destiny grind has now begun. The Nightfall and Heroic strikes are now live too. This week’s strike is Winter’s Run. Rainbow burn is back for the Nightfall, which means you do more damage with all elemental weapons, but also receive […]

  • PC version of Project Cars delayed in Australia due to severe weather

    Recent weather conditions in Sydney, Australia are responsible for a slight delay of the PC version of Project Cars in the country. Sydney recently suffered from storms that caused flooding in some areas. One of those is the place where publisher Namco Bandai was storing PC copies of Project Cars. The stock was “severely damaged,” […]

  • Twitch’s new process makes it easier for streamers to appeal flagged content

    Twitch has updated its appeals process concerning videos that have been flagged by the audio ID system. Towards the end of last year, Twitch introduced a new audio recognition system that scans archived streams and automatically mutes the audio whenever copyright music is identified. The system has been in-use ever since and Twitch has today […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a day one patch, but it’s not a major one

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will indeed have a day one patch, to make the first-time experience as smooth as possible. Like many modern games, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will have its day one patch. According to the developer however, it wasn’t born out of necessity. Miles Tost, level designer at developer CD Projekt […]

  • CoD: Advanced Warfare owners get free pistol today

    Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games is adding a new pistol to the game, free to all players. The M1 Irons is a new pistol that comes to Advanced Warfare starting today. The weapon is offered as a thank you gift from the developer. Sledgehammer says the Irons is good at range and packs a punch. […]

  • Fall down the Skullgirls Big Band music video rabbit hole with me

    Skullgirls is a pretty amazing fighting game, but did you know it’s also a passable music creation suite? Earlier today I was idly perusing an episode of PlayStation Underground showing off Skullgirls 2nd Encore, a re-release of the indie fighter packing in loads of new features and coming to PS4 – with full cross-play! – […]

  • The many uses of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood’s pipe weapon

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood adds a sick new weapon to BJ’s arsenal: a pipe. In Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a pipe is not just a pipe. Not only can you bash nazis with it, you can use it to climb walls, reach hatches, and even break through some walls. Plus? You can dual wield it. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X teaser gives first look at Predator

    Mortal Kombat X’s next celebrity guest was teased during the latest Kast. Today’s Mortal Kombat X Kast was mostly about all about Jason, but also included a very brief nod to Predator. You can watch the full livestream to see the tease in situ if you’re really keen, but IGN shared this convenient edit: There’s […]

  • Rock Band 4 has count-ins, drum fills and vocal harmonies

    Rock Band 4 will more closely emulate the feeling of being a real musician with some neat personalisation touches. For Rock Band 4, Harmonix elected to double down on player ownership of their experience rather than technical precision. To this end, it has implemented a number of cool new features. I am wildly envious of […]

  • Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, Lost Planet 3 developer shuttered

    Spark Unlimited has gone down with all hands. The Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z and Lost Planet 3 developer has been shuttered and all staff laid off. Chief technical officer John Butrovich confirmed the news in a statement issued to IGN. “Spark Unlimited is closing as a video game developer. The ongoing opportunities for smaller mobile […]

  • PS Now subscription available on PlayStation 3 this month, Vita coming soon

    PlayStation Now’s all you can eat service has finally been dated for PS3. Subscriptions to PS Now, Sony’s cloud-based gaming service, will be available on PS3 from May 12 in the US. The all you can eat package will also be made available on select Bravia TVs and Sony Blu-ray players on the same date. […]

  • GTA 5 is even better with a gravity gun

    GTA 5 modders have made a dream come true, adding a gravity gun to your arsenal of mayhem-causing weaponry. GTA 5 isn’t ready for this. It looks like a heck of a lot of fun, but the poor old Los Santos po po can’t deal with the resulting carnage at all. If Rockstar were ever […]

  • “Mod makers should be able to make money from their creations,” says DOOM creator

    DOOM co-creator John Romero has weighed in on the paid mods debate. Paid mods are a hot issue right now. For years, Valve has been enabling content creators to make money from their work on Counter-strike: Global offensive, Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2, but when it partnered with Bethesda to offer the same for […]

  • Watch WRC driver Kevin Abbring smash through a DIRT Rally challenge

    WRC driver Kevin Abbring has been participating in Dirt Rally’s daily events – and kicking ass. Dirt Rally seems to have ticked one of the most difficult to attain boxes of racing development – creating something professional drivers like to play, and which rewards their years of experience. Codemasters published the video below showing Hyundai […]

  • Mortal Kombat X patch to bring PC version up to console standard

    Mortal Kombat X PC will be fixed tomorrow, NetherRealm has promised. The PC version of Mortal Kombat X has come under fire for poor performance, including stuttering frame rate and bugs as plenty. About 45 minutes into a recent Twitch stream, NetherRealm boss Ed Boon said an update will drop tomorrow to address many of […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: all new Crucible maps detailed

    Destiny’s House of Wolves DLC will add four new maps to the Crucible, the game’s competitive multiplayer mode. Let’s take a look at all of them. Alex brings you new footage showing all of the four maps that will drop with House of Wolves. He goes over the layout, landmarks, gameplay styles, and other important […]

  • Custom Xbox One Star Wars controllers look very tempting

    Microsoft is celebrating May 4 by showing off concept designs for Star Wars-themed Xbox One controllers. May 4 is of course Star Wars Day and the controller concepts you’re about to see are just that, concepts. Or at least that’s what they said they are. There are four designs and they don’t look very practical. […]

  • Project Cars launch trailer is an anthology of race cars, set to the beats of Deadmau5

    Project Cars comes out this week and there’s just enough time for one last trailer. Project Cars, Slightly Mad Studios’ ambitious racer that has been in development for ages, is finally coming out this week. The racer received plenty of changes throughout its development based on community feedback and the final product will be in […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront dev reveals planet Sullust

    Sullust, a planet that has not been previously shown, will be featured in one of Star Wars Battlefront’s maps. Star Wars Battlefront developer DICE revealed today that planet Sullust will be one of the game’s locations. The planet was mentioned in the films and other Star Wars works, but was only shown today. DICE posted […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: Tower vendor changes

    House of Wolves will change the inventory of some of Destiny’s vendors and add new roles to others. Here’s everything that has been announced so far. You know that House of Wolves will bring a new social space to the game in the form of The Reef. But did you also know that the good […]

  • Nintendo apologises for Amiibo shortages, will reissue some out-of-stock figures

    Nintendo released a statement today to apologise for fan’s frustrations in finding some Amiibo figures and promised to handle distribution better going forward. Nintendo has been criticised recently for its lack of communication when it comes to new Amiibo figures. Something which has lead fans to not know if certain figures are limited to some […]

  • Halo: MCC “a black eye for us,” Halo 5 won’t suffer the same fate, says franchise director

    The development of Halo: The Master Chief Collection was of an “outrageous complexity,” which was one of the reasons it suffered a horrible launch. None of that will happen with Halo 5: Guardians, according to Frank O’Connor. Frank O’Connor, Halo franchise development director opened up to Xbox Achievements about the difficult task of developing The […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: weapon Reforging explained

    When House of Wolves drops in a couple of weeks, you’ll be able to change the stats of some in-game weapons. This process is called ‘Reforging’. Alex goes over all the details Bungie revealed about the new Reforging system. This covers the materials you need, the weapons that can be reforged and much more. Make […]

  • GTA 5 PC: control the in-game phone with your iPhone using this mod

    GTA 5′s latest mod lets you control the in-game phone with your real-life iPhone. Reddit user Planetleak wanted to see if he would succeed in getting his iPhone to control the phone in GTA 5. He did it and has a video to prove it. It’s not a mod per-se, but it emulates mouse and […]

  • SoulCalibur dev wants to know fans’ favourite characters for “something huge”

    SoulCalibur developers are probably working on a new game, because they’re asking fans to vote on their favourite characters. Project Soul, the longtime developer of the SoulCalibur series is soliciting feedback on fans’ favourite characters. The developer said as much in a post on its Facebook page. “Calling all SoulCalibur Fans! Project Soul would like […]

  • Jason Voorhees doesn’t look out of place in new Mortal Kombat X trailer

    Jason Voorhees comes to Mortal Kombat X starting tomorrow and it’s time to celebrate his arrival. Jason Voorhees, the first DLC character for Mortal Kombat X has been given the trailer treatment. Jason is part of the game’s Kombat Pack, owners of which can start using him tomorrow, May 5. Being an iconic horror character, […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition – Dragonslayer DLC announced, free to all this week

    Dragon Age: Inquisition is getting a multiplayer expansion this week. BioWare has announced that all owners of Dragon Age: Inquisition will receive a new multiplayer expansion, for free. The expansion is called Dragonslayer and it’s centred around fighting dragons, hence the name. Three new playable characters will join the roster as you explore an all-new […]

  • Sonder is still happening, and this is the best news of the week

    Sonder is a really interesting-looking new indie adventure, which I am quite excited to remember exists. We first heard about Sonder in late 2013, when its debut trailer introduced us to a Kamai Media’s ambitious vision. In the intervening months Kamai has been hard at work on its space station management sim slash non-linear narrative […]

  • Twitter axes playable Internet Archive embeds

    The dream has died: Twitter has disabled Internet Archive game embeds. Remember how for a few days you could tweet a link to an a game on the Internet Archive and it was playable direct from that tweet? Well, Twitter has cancelled that. All those tweets now just show links. GamesIndustry suspects it has something […]

  • Lords of the Fallen, Divinity: Original Sin developers will reveal new games at E3 2015

    Lords of the Fallen developer Deck13 and Divinity: Original Sin developer Larian Studios have new projects in the works which will be revealed at E3 2015. Publisher Focus Home Interactive is behind both new games. In a French press release [PDF] spotted by RPG Codex, Focus said it will show off the two unrevealed titles […]

  • Rare game announce expected at E3 2015

    Rare’s new game will be shown off at E3 2015, apparently. Rare hasn’t announced a reveal, and neither has Microsoft, but it looks like the news has slipped out anyway. IGN cites a tweet from Rare creative director Simon Woodroffe in which he says that a new project from Rare designer Gregg Mayles will be […]

  • Batgirl expansion included in $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass

    Here’s what you get in the $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass. Batman: Arkham Knight’s season pass was announced last week, but apart from the news that it would cost a whopping $40/£33, we didn’t get many details of what it would include. Thankfully, Warner Bros. has since acknowledged the clamour this caused, as players […]

  • Star Wars Day Xbox sale discounts Force Unleashed, Lego games

    Star Wars Day is upon us, and here’s an Xbox sale to mark it. Microsoft is offering discounts on Xbox 360 games to celebrate May 4. From my desk here in Australia the sale is a bit light on content – two Lego games, plus The Force Unleashed and its DLC packs. Your mileage may […]

  • Here’s hoping this tease means we see Mass Effect at E3 2015

    Mass Effect boss Mike Gamble has shared a teaser image, which we’re more than happy to draw speculative conclusions from. The new Mass Effect game in the works at BioWare Edmonton is a mysterious beast. Judging by how long it’s been in development, it feels like we’re about due for a proper reveal, to clear […]

  • Watch almost a whole hour of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is almost here. Are you ready for old-school shooter action? Wolfenstein: The Old Blood publisher Bethesda livestreamed almost an hour of the Machine Games shooter recently, and has now uploaded the archive to YouTube. Check it out below: Wolfenstein: The Old Blood launches digitally on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on […]

  • Splatoon lacks voice chat to promote a positive online experience

    Nintendo’s multiplayer game Splatoon will not contain a voice chat option in order to “focus on the positive aspects” of online gaming. Speaking in the latest issue of Edge magazine (thanks, GamesRadar), Splatoon co-director Yusuke Amano said personal experience with negativity in online voice chat was one of the main reasons for excluding the feature. […]

  • D4 on PC: differences from Xbox One version, system specs announced

    D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die – Season 1 is coming to PC, and Access Games has provided a list of features different from the Xbox One version. We’ve pulled most of the changes off the game’s website and posted them below, along with the PC specs. D4 on PC Kinect gesture input controls replaced with […]