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Iranian spy implicates game dev as US propaganda arm

Tuesday, 20 December 2011 16:51 GMT By Andrew Groen

Iranian state TV networks “revealed” that an alleged confessed spy has implicated a New York game developer as a propaganda arm of the US government. The game developer in question is Kuma Games, a New York-based FPS developer that makes the Kuma/War games which recreate significant acts in US military wars/conflicts in video game form. For instance, you can go play the assassination of Osama Bin Laden if you’re inclined to do so.

The supposed spy, Amir Mirza Hekmati, (who, for clarity, is saying he was a spy for the Americans that was discovered by the Iranians) says that Kuma is attempting to distort American views of the Middle-East by altering those events to be more favorable to Americans.

The claims don’t seem to be being taken very seriously though. Probably because it’s pretty obvious to anybody who takes even a cursory glance at Kuma that they have an interest in distorting global events to be pro-American. You don’t need to be a spy to make that allegation.

However, it’s just much more likely that Kuma is in the business of catering to gun-toting, staunchly Pro-America military fans. Nobody wants to play a morally conflicted military shooter (especially one that’s based on real events, which is a double bummer.) This issue is much more simply explained as a company profiting off of people who want an overly simplified view of the world.

Via Kotaku.

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32 Comments

  1. Phoenixblight

    It would be more believable if the game was actually known or played.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. YoungZer0

    “The supposed spy, Amir Mirza Hekmati, (who, for clarity, is saying he was a spy for the Americans that was discovered by the Iranians) says that Kuma is attempting to distort American views of the Middle-East by altering those events to be more favorable to Americans.”

    How is this news? The americans do it all the time with their movies.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Phoenixblight

    @2

    Not just AMericans, its everyone that is in power that will use this tactic and movies and video games =/= reality. If people are using movies or video games as a form of their truth we have larger issues than propaganda.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. YoungZer0

    @3: Right you are. I’m just saying, americans seem to do it more than other countries. Especially if the military is involved.

    The movie U-571 and Pearl Harbor being the biggest offenders.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Phoenixblight

    @4

    Well when a movie has anything to do with the US military the military has to watch it to see if it promotes the “right idea” about what the military is. I would suggest watching a documentary called “This film is not yet Rated”, very interesting stuff and there are plenty of books, sites that corroborate what the director is claiming.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. YoungZer0

    @5: Really? But has the military any say in it being released?

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Phoenixblight

    @6

    Yep they have a tribunal that watches the film, there was a documentary that was going to show actual stuff going on in the middle east and not the censored version and the director wanted to get the flick out but the military blocked it because it wasn’t showing the romantic version of being in the service.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. GwynbleiddiuM

    Lol, someone watches our TV! I don’t! except the times the show Real Madrid games or AC Milan, and that’s that. But this spy business is truly funny, hysterically funny.

    In middle-east from the moment you set foot in school they tell you how evil is the west and how they’re working day and night, tirelessly in fact to bring Islamic nations down. Phoenixblight you wanna know about how full of it my so-called government is you need to come and live here for at least a month. Observe and see how much anti-western propaganda is on EVERYTHING, TV, radio, newspaper, everything than can be used to talk shit about Europe and America, is being used, in less 5 hours you’ll hear more of this shit than you heard the western propaganda so to speak in your entire lifetime.

    Anyway, this kinda shit and conspiracy theories are not exclusive to Iran or USA, everyone has it, everyone use it to their advantage, it’s nothing new. And this Hekmati dude if he had a middle name like Steve or Johnathan or something would’ve been less suspicious than having a PLAIN middle-eastern name.

    What you need to know about Iran’s regime is that there is no LOW that they wont stoop and sink to.

    I can’t watch their shits on tv and not smash my head against the wall almost immediately.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Phoenixblight

    @8

    I wasn’t trying to claim that our system is based purely on propagand and is in a much worse(better?) state of it than Iran. I am sure Iran or the middle east do it because they feel they have to in order to keep that vision of the West is the devil. I was just discussing why movies are the way the are especially with military flicks.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. The_Red

    They did not capture a spy. Iranian government just likes to say they did catch someone every now and then just so they can feel good about themselves and pretend they matter. I know that as a fact because I happen to live there.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. G1GAHURTZ

    http://www.americasarmy.com/

    #11 3 years ago
  12. yoggesothothe

    @7 Ye-nooo. That’s not how it works. What happens is that all those helicopters and tanks and military hardware has to come from somewhere, and the cheapest thing for movie producers to do is to go to the army and ask for assistance.

    It’s not that the US military has overarching censoring powers or some such, it’s just that if a studio wants help staging realistic military action (unless they do everything CG), they need the army’s cooperation, which they won’t give beyond a point if the context looks bad. So studios self-censor. Simple economics. It’s really not more nefarious than that.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. YoungZer0

    @8:

    “In middle-east from the moment you set foot in school they tell you how evil is the west and how they’re working day and night, tirelessly in fact to bring Islamic nations down.”

    Which is very close to the truth. I’d also say that watching a few minutes of FOX News would show you how much your country has in common with the states.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. Old MacDonald

    I read that Bethesda is secretly funded by the Norwegian government. That explains Skyrim, doesn’t it? I say VG247 should investigate.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. Phoenixblight

    @12

    No that’s not how it works like I said go watch the documentary called ” This film is not yet Rated” it discusses this very thing. As I said a documentary which didn’t need to footage all the equipment like you are suggesting. It was a film centered on what really goes on with the soldiers in the middle east so just a film crew following the soldiers around as they did their day to day life was shut down because the military heads didn’t like what it was showing because it wasn’t romanticizing the military like so many AAA films do.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. DarkElfa

    The header pic is awesome.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. DSB

    @10 I think that’s slightly on the naive side. It’s common knowledge that the US military doesn’t lend aid unless you show a more than slightly positive image of their operations.

    If you look at something like Battlefield LA it’s basically like one long recruitment commercial, and if you’ve seen the actual recruitment commercials in the US, it’s quite obvious that the military is extremely fond of Hollywood theatrics.

    Whether it’s better or worse than Arby’s or Coca Cola or Citroen buying their way into a movie is up to the individual, but it’s usually pretty obvious when the US military gets “something for something”.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwY67LYzH7Q

    That’s perhaps one of the more tasteful, some of them look like they’re selling action figures :P

    I guess it’s better than some European commercials. The Danish military likes to make itself look like a summercamp full of smiling children.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. yoggesothothe

    @15 So that’s an entirely different thing you’re talking about then isn’t it? Specifically documenting military activity as opposed to, you know, a fictional portrayal in a Hollywood blockbuster. Why wouldn’t the army have say over that? That doesn’t make sense… especially if the film crew is tagging along at the pleasure of the army. It’s not like film crews are entitled to free reign within active military outposts stationed on foreign soil or something. Am I missing something here?

    #18 3 years ago
  19. DSB

    I think the US army has been groundbreaking in the access it allows journalists. Watching a documentary like Restrepo (which everyone should) should really assert as much.

    They have airborne troops crying on camera after they get ambushed and have guys killed, and soldiers speaking candidly about the costs.

    That’s just the most famous perhaps, but there are lots of similar documentaries. Some offer access and editing that the others don’t, but I haven’t seen anything similar within Europe.

    I don’t think there’s anything wrong with the non-fiction side in general.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. Phoenixblight

    @18

    THe footage was already taken all the work was already done when the film was given to the MPAA to be rated to be shown in theaters it was given access denied because of the military.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. yoggesothothe

    @20 Yes… and… ? Again, isn’t the point that the footage was taken at the pleasure of the military to begin with? I’d be hugely surprised if the US military gave out that access without some say in final cut, and really the producers shouldn’t have been either (if indeed they were).

    And again, you’re talking about non-fiction documentation there. The US military can’t just no-go a movie because it is portrayed poorly unless the movie was specifically produced with contractual agreements to procure the participation of the army.

    #21 3 years ago
  22. Phoenixblight

    @21

    WHatever this director had gone out of his way to go into a dangerous area to film the real day to day involvement of all the military which the soldiers who were filmed gave them rights to do so. But because of military tribunal’s fear of how their military may be portrayed because it may actually inform new recruits about the real life shit that goes on they had denied this film to be shown in theaters when the media has the freedom of speech. Done arguing with you because you obviously have no idea how it is supposed to work in the US.

    #22 3 years ago
  23. yoggesothothe

    @22 Hmm, ok not sure why you are offended. ???

    Seriously, the question is about whether the US military has censorship powers over all films that portray it, and the answer is that it doesn’t. It simply doesn’t.

    The only powers it has are given through contractual agreements which the producers themselves agree to when producing films with army participation. Simple.

    You seem to be upset that the military doesn’t want itself portrayed poorly. But really, that’s an entirely separate subject.

    #23 3 years ago
  24. Phoenixblight

    @23

    THe military does have the power thats the point especially if a director wants it to go on the big screen. That was my point entirely. This director had no contractual agreement with the military whatsoever other than the individuals that had devoted their life to it.

    #24 3 years ago
  25. DSB

    @23 It’s not a question of wrong or right, but rather truth versus fantasy.

    If the army leverages it’s capabilities towards the latter, that’s a problem. The army isn’t a corporation, it’s funded by the taxpayer.

    The army isn’t there to protect itself, and when the possibility is offered, it should always choose to educate the people it serves, rather than mislead them.

    That being said, there are plenty of documentaries out there showing US troops in bad situations. The US army has been groundbreaking in letting people see and hear the truth in that regard.

    The same certainly can’t be said for movies though.

    #25 3 years ago
  26. yoggesothothe

    @24 Really? They let an entire film crew in on an active military outpost without any sort of official consent? And that was legal? That’s really hard to believe, but I guess I’ll take your word for it on that. :O

    @25 Yeah, I’m really not debating whether or not it’s right or wrong. I’m just saying that there are no laws in the books that give the US military that much censorship power–only those agreed to by contract. Free speech laws and all that.

    #26 3 years ago
  27. Phoenixblight

    ” Really? They let an entire film crew in on an active military outpost without any sort of official consent? That’s really hard to believe, but I guess I’ll take your word for it on that. :O”

    Not an outpost but in the actual streets of Afghanistan. This director had used his own money with his own equipment to film the soldiers on the streets that do patrols.

    #27 3 years ago
  28. yoggesothothe

    @27 Hmm, that does make the situation much hazier–especially if it was just footage taken in open public. How exactly did they censor? I mean, what was the mechanism through which they enforced that censorship? (just curious)

    #28 3 years ago
  29. Phoenixblight

    @28

    TO get a film on the big screen each director has to submit it to the MPAA(Motion Picture Association of America) and then the MPAA rates it a review they feel the film is. The MPAA is pretty shady but they have 12 or so raters that watch the film along with clergy men and military personal. The director gets the rating back which in this case he got feedback saying this can’t be rated because it doesn’t portray the right vision of what the military is. Which means if the film is not yet rated they can’t put it on the big screen. Like I said look up “This Film is not yet Rated”, its a fantastic documentary that shows power and corruption of the MPAA especially for independent directors.

    #29 3 years ago
  30. yoggesothothe

    @29 Ahh, ratings denial. So they put pressure on MPAA and industry caved/self-censored? Yeah, that’s pretty shady and unfortunate. Wonder if that would have happened if it was a mega budget blockbuster, but yeah. That reminds me of China’s government run approval board that decides distribution rights.

    Still, I don’t think there’s an actual law or legal device which gives the US military overarching censorship powers (compared to China, for instance), but if the MPAA won’t stand up to pressure, pretty much the same thing I guess.

    It’s worth mentioning, though that MPAA is industry run (and ratings are voluntary), not government run. Which puts a lot of the blame here on the personal politics/discretion of the board, too.

    #30 3 years ago
  31. Phoenixblight

    @30

    The director has other ways of showing his footage it just not the same scope. Like through the IFC channel, internet, Sundance film festival, etc. That can’t be stopped.

    #31 3 years ago
  32. yoggesothothe

    @31 Right. That was actually my point from the start really. US military can’t just no-go a film because it doesn’t like it. But I guess you were arguing that it can impact distribution.

    #32 3 years ago

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  • 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 […]

  • EA explains why FIFA Ultimate Team transfer prices are now platform specific

    EA has posted a blog entry explaining its FIFA Ultimate Team transfer market price ranges which now include platform-specific pricing in order to best the coin sellers. EA said it has implemented the changes to FUT over the last several weeks because it should be “fair and fun for every player,” ultimately coming to the […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness now available

    In case you forgot, Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness was released today. It is available on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The third episode releases on iOS devices and Android tomorrow, March 26. The Sword in the Darkness finds Asher Forrester heading to Mereen […]

  • Bloodborne players are already documenting their crazy antics

    Bloodborne has been available for almost two days now in North America, and already players are posting interesting clips and character customization choices for the game. Below are interesting takes on creating a character and videos of a frustrating death and another full of blood coming from a very painful place – monster or not. […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team celebrates sixth year in existence with giveaways

    FIFA Ultimate Team is celebrating its sixth year in existence with special events running from today until March 29. According to EA, every FUT fan will be handed one free pack every day, and those who play at least one match in the FUT Birthday Cup will have a chance to win rare “tradable In-Forms” […]

  • Halo Online is a F2P PC game in development exclusively for Russia – video

    Halo Online is a free-to-play game which will launch this spring in Russia, and is in development with Saber Interactive. According the reveal event attended by IGN Russia, the game was designed to run well on lower-end PCs and runs on a modified Halo 3 engine. The game is set on a secret UNSC space […]

  • SteamWorld Dig Xbox One release expected in late May

    SteamWorld Dig is coming to Xbox One, developer Image & Form has announced. A firm release date hasn’t been announced, but the studio expects the title to arrive on the system in late May. “We’re preparing quite an elaborate Easter egg for the Xbox One version – a gaming thing that we really wanted to […]

  • SMITE celebrating first anniversary with a sale on skins, Ultimate God Pack

    Hi-Rez Studios is celebrating the first anniversary of SMITE with a sale. From today through Friday, March 27, the Ultimate God Pack, which includes all current and future Gods, will run you $19.99. Alll individual pre-launch skins are 50% off, and all Gem Packs will award bonus gems. In addition, from March 27-29, all SMITE […]

  • Borderlands 2 has sold around 12 million copies, says Gearbox

    Speaking with Microsoft’s Major Nelson in his podcast, Gearbox Software boss Randy Pitchford stated Borderlands 2 has sold somewhere around the 12 million mark. As of August 2014, it was announced by Take-Two in its financial report the 2012 game had sold-in 10 million units. Pitchford noted in the podcast he learned of the figures […]

  • Broken Age releasing on PS4 and Vita same day as Act 2 on PC

    Double Fine Productions has announced it will release Broken Age on the PlayStation Store next month. Act 2 will also be released on PC. The full Broken Age adventure will release on PlayStation 4 and Vita on April 28 in North America and April 29 in Europe. It features cross-buy and cross-save. Broken Age Act […]

  • Star Citizen earned another $1 million within two weeks – total hits $76 million

    Star Citizen continues its funding streak with backers pumping another $1 million into the game’s development in the last two weeks. The total earned for the space sim has now reached $76 million ($76,015,532 to be exact) with 851,395 backers contributing to the staggering figure. Star Citizen’s latest update was version 1.1 which included two […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline top Media Create charts

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline were the big ticket debuts during the March 16-2 period in Japan, with each game claiming the top three slots on the Media Create charts, respectively. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD moved 92,094 on PlayStation 4, while Resident Evil Revelations 2 moved 73,373 units on […]

  • You can now learn English or Spanish on Xbox One with the Rosetta App

    Want to learn English or Spanish? Rosetta Stone has an App for that on Xbox One. According to the language teaching firm, Rosetta Stone’s Discover Languages, the new application teaches English and Spanish by way of immersive simulation. Users will virtually travel to learn vocabulary and grammar “necessary for real-world interactions.” Here’s how it works: […]

  • PayDay 2 and PayDay: The Heist have sold over 9 million units combined

    The PayDay franchise is a lucrative IP for Starbreeze and Overkill, as both games combined have sold over 9 million copies as of November 2014. The company has also sold over 8 million paid DLC packages since PayDay 2 was released in 2013 (via NeoGAF). In its Q2 half year report issued in February, net […]

  • Nintendo wants to “surprise” customers with NX, not expand upon existing hardware

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has firm wants to “surprise” players with its new NX system. Speaking in an interview with Nikkei, translated by Kotaku, Iwata wouldn’t go into details on the new system, but stated expanding on a current gaming system would be “dull.” “In the past few years, the idea of what [encompasses] a […]

  • Kojima Station show suspended

    In another episode in the the ongoing kerfuffle between Hideo Kojima and Konami, the publisher has suspended the Kojima Station web show. Recent tweets from the newly created Japanese Metal Gear Solid account confirm that Kojima Station will not be broadcast tomorrow, but would not provide a date for the next episode. The Tweets were […]

  • Watch Battle Royale for free this weekend on Xbox Live

    Square Enix is celebrating the launch of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD by offering Xbox Live members in the UK a free rental of Battle Royale. Starting Saturday, March 28 and through Sunday, March 29, Xbox Live members in the UK will be able to rent Battle Royale through the Xbox Video Store, for free. The […]

  • Bloodborne journal, part 1: managing anxiety on the path to the Cleric Beast

    Bloodborne is both like and unlike the Souls games. Brenna descends into Yharnam with reluctance and trepidation. Need help succeeding in Bloodborne? You need our Bloodborne walkthrough and boss guide. Bloodborne isn’t Demon’s Souls or Dark Souls. Let’s get that out of the way right off. I enjoyed both Dark Souls games, but it was […]

  • PS Store Easter sale discounts MGS: Ground Zeroes, Far Cry 4, more

    The Easter Sale is live on the EU PS Store, with Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes for less than £10, FIFA 15 Deluxe Edition for £30 and other savings. Some of the PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita discounts are valid through April 8, other through April 15. PlayStation Plus members can also take an […]

  • Bloodborne video: how to unlock the first shortcut in Old Yharnam

    Here’s a video for Bloodborne players showing a quick way to unlock the first shortcut in Old Yharnam. It also provides a look at things you may have missed in Central Yharnam and The Sewers, courtesy of VaatiVidya. Don’t forget, we have guides posted for the game with more updates coming soon. Bloodborne released in […]

  • Bloodborne issue prevents summons at Vicar Amelia fight

    A Bloodborne bug has prevented players calling on help to take on one of the nasty early bosses. Bloodborne bosses are significantly easier to take down in co-op. Unfortunately, at least one of them is proving difficult to find help for – and not just because not many players have obtained the Small Resonant Bell […]

  • Mass Effect 3 on sale on EU PSN, but not free

    Mass Effect 3 is discounted on the European PSN, but it’s not free. Update 2: The option to add to cart now lets you choose between the free trial or full version. The full version is on sale for £6.49 or £5.84 for PlayStation Plus members. The free trial is of course is still available, […]

  • Elite: Dangerous Race to Elite winners announced, one player makes £10,000

    The winners of Elite: Dangerous’ Race To Elite competition have been announced, with one player receiving the grand prize of £10,000. Back when Elite: Dangerous launched, developer Frontier announced a competition that would award players to first reach Elite rank in trading, exploration, or combat, a prize of £1,000 each. The grand prize – £10,000 […]

  • GTA 5 Online Heists guide: How to make the most money with Special Bonuses and Elite Challenges

    You’re not hitting heists for the good of your health. Here’s how to max cash rewards. Money. GTA Online players love it. Greenbacks are the core of the entire experience, allowing you to buy the best weapons, vehicles and stupid haircuts. Heists, as promised, gives more opportunities than ever to earn serious cash, but once […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 coming tomorrow

    PlayStation 4 firmware 2.50, codenamed Yukimura, is due for release tomorrow, March 26. Firmware update 2.50 for PlayStation 4 will be launching tomorrow, March 26, Sony has announced. Codenamed Yukimura, the system update is promised to bring suspend/resume feature, trophy sync improvements, accessibility options, and much more. 2.50 has been in beta testing a while […]

  • GTA 5 Online Heists guide: adversary modes, daily objectives, free roam challenges and more

    Heists aren’t the only addition in GTA Online’s latest DLC – there’s a lot of content that can earn you big RP and cash payouts. GTA 5 Online Heists guide: adversary modes, daily objectives, free roam challenges While heists are the talking point and big payoff after more than a year of waiting, there’s a […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: what’s the best Police sniper rifle?

    What’s the best bolt-action, Police sniper rifle for the Professional class in Battlefield Hardline? Let us help you answer that question. As you’re probably aware, Battlefield Hardline weapons are class specific and faction specific. This makes deciding on a good weapon and loadout much harder than it was in Battlefield 4. Which is where Westie […]

  • Evolve 1.3 patch nerfs Wraith, adjusts Kraken

    Evolve is receiving a new patch that aims to put an end to the Wraith’s dominance. Evolve developer Turtle Rock outlined a few of the changes coming in patch 1.3. The patch brings balance changes to the monsters – mainly the Wraith – as well as other various changes to Hunters’ tools based on player […]

  • Bloodborne: watch the opening 40 minutes

    The opening minutes of Bloodborne really do set the stage for what’s to come. They’ll also help you decide if this game is for you. Arekkz Gaming has captured the first 40 minutes of Bloodborne. Complete with the opening cutscene, and the first few obstacles you’ll face. The video is commentary free, so wear headphones […]

  • YouTube will relaunch livestreaming service with focus on eSports and gaming – report

    According to industry sources, Google is preparing to relaunch YouTube’s livestreaming service with a focus on eSports and gaming. According to anonymous sources speaking to TheDailyDot, Google is planning to bring back YouTube’s livestreaming service. The company is said to have started recruiting around 50 engineers with experience in the field, “a pretty big statement […]

  • I think I’m too old for Final Fantasy 15

    Final Fantasy 15 was nine years in the making – and counting. Are we the same people we were in 2006? Final Fantasy 15: Episode Duscae A demo available for PS4 and Xbox One. Offers a couple of hours of gameplay. More if you jump over the borders. Bundled with Final Fantasy 15 Type-0 and […]