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ESA re-affirms SOPA support, mindful of “concerns”

Tuesday, 3 January 2012 17:48 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

US lobby group ESA has issued a statement re-affirming its support of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) bill currently floating around in the US House and Senate, following the removal of EA, Nintendo and Sony from a list of companies which specifically support the move.

Said ESA: “As an industry of innovators and creators, we understand the importance of both technological innovation and content protection, and do not believe the two are mutually exclusive.

“Rogue websites – those singularly devoted to profiting from their blatant illegal piracy – restrict demand for legitimate video game products and services, thereby costing jobs. Our industry needs effective remedies to address this specific problem, and we support the House and Senate proposals to achieve this objective.

“We are mindful of concerns raised about a negative impact on innovation. We look forward to working with the House and Senate, and all interested parties, to find the right balance and define useful remedies to combat willful wrongdoers that do not impede lawful product and business model innovation.”

The statement follows a developing story earlier today, which noted that, despite reports over the holidays that EA, Nintendo and Sony have dropped support for SOPA, the firms have only been removed from a list of official supporters compiled by the House Judiciary Committee and are still members of ESA (via The Raw Story and Blue).

ESA’s anti-piracy stance is similar to that of the movie industry’s MPAA and the music industry’s RIAA.

ESA has a piracy monitoring division, and lobbies Washington representatives each year on behalf of gaming companies that are members of the association. ESA has said previously it supports the bill.

However, not all large tech and gaming firms are completely behind the bill. Back in November, the Business Software Alliance (BSA) which includes members such as Apple, Microsoft and Adobe, requested the bill be altered in a way which would fight copyright infringement without censoring freedom of speech. BSA president Robert Holleyman admitted SOPA needs work and “valid and important questions have been raised” regarding the bill.

Meanwhile, hackivist group Anonymous has said it plans to target Sony over its support of the bill, but intends to do it in a manner that will avoid the public backlash it received over PSNgate last year.

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24 Comments

  1. Gekidami

    List of ESA members:
    505 Games
    Atari
    Capcom
    Crave Entertainment
    Deep Silver
    Disney Interactive Studios
    Eidos Interactive
    Electronic Arts
    Epic Games
    Her Interactive
    Ignition Entertainment
    Koei
    Konami
    Microsoft
    MTV Games
    Namco Bandai Games
    Natsume
    Nintendo
    Nival America
    Nvidia
    O-Games
    Playlogic Entertainment
    Sega
    Sony Computer Entertainment
    Sony Online Entertainment
    SouthPeak Interactive
    Square Enix
    Take-Two Interactive
    THQ
    Trion World Network
    Ubisoft
    Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
    Xseed Games

    lol But lets just focus on three of them.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Stephany Nunneley

    The “focus on three of them” is probably because it was “reported” the three had withdrawn backing.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Gekidami

    Did any of them actually state that they were backing out?

    #3 3 years ago
  4. DSB

    It’s called a rebuttal, it’s a complex thing.

    Looks like Anonymous have a pretty serious Sony-boner – Maybe they’re planning to launch a console?

    RIAA should be one of the most used examples of industry lobbying actually managing to hurt the industry itself. It not only allows the music industry to continue down the road of incompetence without accepting responsibility for their parade of failures in business, it also manages to make them look like greedy scum to the general public.

    I’m kinda hoping that gamers are more aware, to a point where the ESA can be named and shamed into considering their customers before their own online sovereignty.

    At least they don’t represent everyone.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Stephany Nunneley

    No. It was reported out of speculation because as the posts states, their names were removed from a list of official supporters compiled by the House Judiciary Committee.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Gekidami

    So no lies were told, three names just got moved to under their associative umbrella… What exactly is the story here again?

    Look, if you want to point out that these 3 are still for SOPA, fine. But at least have the decency and integrity to point out that the names were moved to a list with over 29 other game publishers on it.

    At worst this is biased, at best half baked.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Stephany Nunneley

    @6 As usual, thanks for your opinion.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Patrick Garratt

    Give it a rest, Geki. Stephany has plenty of “decency and integrity”. You have no excuse to be rude to her.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Patrick Garratt

    @7 – Really? I’ve half a mind to ban him for trolling.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Gekidami

    How exactly am i trolling? By not agreeing with the article? Like i said, there was confusion over what EA, Nintendo, and Sony’s positions on SOPA are, and i agree that it should be addressed, but not by falsehoods like suggesting it was as good as confirmed they dropped out only to return in disguise.

    Its also worth pointing out that ESA does more than just back SOPA, and publishers can be members with them for any number of reasons. Do all of those 33 game publishers support SOPA? I dont know, maybe, “By proxy”, as the source puts it. But wouldnt it actually be better not jump to conclusions? Especially when Microsoft is a ESA member yet is apparently opposed to SOPA, this is clear evidence that a publisher can be a member of the ESA (probably for another service) and not support the bill.

    Conclusions are being jumped to, slow down and actually think about this.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Patrick Garratt

    You’re being abusive. You can make your points without being rude.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Gekidami

    Fair enough, i admit i was brash and i apologise.

    But you cant overlook the fact that Sony, EA & Nintendo have been members with the ESA for years along with the other publishers, and the association does offer multiple services for members like other means of IP protection, IP legal info, the ESA’s consumer surveys, marketplace intelligence, and E3 advantages like being able to pick floor space, presser times & locations and lower prices. Microsoft being a member yet being opposed to SOPA is clear evidence that its members dont all automatically support the bill.

    I think my case is pretty strong, i maintain that not all of the facts have been taken into account here.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Stephany Nunneley

    @12 Fair enough Gek, and we all know the ESA does great things for the industry, but the article is not a sumerization about what it does and does not do – the piracy bit was included because this is what the post is about. If I were writing an article on Joe Johnson supporting a ban on eating meat on Fridays, stating that he also supports underwater basket weaving would be silly to include.

    The only reason EA, Sony, and Nintendo were called attention to, is because it has been reported that they had backed off support of the bill – something none of the firms ever officially announced.

    It was speculation. Good for Microsoft desite being members of the ESA coming out and saying they don’t support it – fully. But the entire point was that Sony never said they decided not to support it – someone out there in internet land just assumed so because a government official removed company names from the list is all. Which is exactly what was said in the source I sourced and other sites have drawn attention to this very fact as well.

    Now, can we please move on to something else?

    #13 3 years ago
  14. Unlimax

    OH NO ! The entire Internet world will be over .. Say Good-bye for your Freedom … And say hi for your Life .. Again .

    #14 3 years ago
  15. Gekidami

    @13
    It really isnt about summarizing what the ESA does and doesnt do but what being a ESA member means and doesnt mean. “EA, Nintendo, and Sony still support SOPA [...]“ Do they? Thats quite a bold assertion with little proof to it other than the fact they havent said outright that they dont any more, maybe someone should just ask what their position on SOPA is now that they’ve been taken off the list as an individual company.
    “[...] albeit in proxy” Going off this reasoning, doesnt that mean that every other ESA member therefore supports SOPA ‘by proxy’ too? I mean, would you agree to this: ‘US declares war on Iraq, Stephany Nunneley as a US resident supports Iraq war by proxy’.?

    See, this is where the problem is; To many assumptions, not enough facts. Theres doubt and that should be clear in the article; Do EA, Nintendo, and Sony really still support SOPA? Do they just happen to be members of a multi service group that does? We just dont know. You may think its not that important but when groups with checkered pasts start making threats, it really isnt the moment to be sketchy on what we really know and what we dont.

    Anyway, this could go on forever, so as you say, lets just move on.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. Stephany Nunneley

    @15 Let’s.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. Moonwalker1982

    This video(about SOPA) really made me go…WTF?!!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJIuYgIvKsc&feature=g-all-f&context=G2fd17d7FAAAAAAAABAA

    #17 3 years ago
  18. Patrick Garratt

    I’ve edited it to refocus on the new statement.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. TheWulf

    This is hilarious. The thing about SOPA? There’s absolutely no way it’s enforceable, and anyone who works with the Internet infrastructure business will tell you the same. Oh, certainly, it’s going to cause a whole lot of trouble, but that’s all it’ll do. That’s why more smartypants companies like Google are against it.

    What’s worse is that this is the dictation of old, rich men who’ve not the first clue as to how the Internet works. And it doesn’t have anything to do with piracy really, oh no, the motivations are much more insidious: Censorship of all possible competition.

    See, it works like this…

    “Hi, I’m a publisher and I believe that it should be my right to publish all creative works and profit off of it, whilst the creative people involved see next to no profits, because this is The Way of Things and it must never change.

    “Oh, I know that some people are under the delusion that they can self-publish and handle marketing through the Whotubes or whatever they are, but that’s nonsense! Ha. Oh they’re just merely delusional and they’ll come running to us with open arms when we shut their Whotubes down. (Which we can do just by claiming that nasty faux-pirates inhabit it.) They’ll beg us to publish for them, and if they’re doing something that’s competing with what we’re doing… well, without their Whotubes they’ll just disappear quietly into the night.

    “And I am right. So I control the Whotubes! I control the Internets! I control all of the Internets! Also the horizontal and the vertical. And I see yooou. I AM NOT A SENILE OLD MAN.”

    It’s pretty much that.

    Why are these people in power again?

    (Also, is faux too clever a word for any of them to actually use?)

    #19 3 years ago
  20. freedoms_stain

    SOPA is insane. There are already plenty of examples of supposed “Rights Holders” abusing existing tools that allow them to take down content that violates their copyright from a variety of file and video hosting sites, clearly taking down files and videos that they do not hold the rights to (in many cases creative commons or other open licensed material). Now you want to hand them a tool that lets them knock out entire sites based on accusation without evidence?

    But hey, politicians know where their campaign cash comes from, and that’s more important to them than common sense, equality or freedom.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. Freek

    Want to watch somebody inteligent say something thoughtfull about the future of computing and stuff like SOPA:

    http://youtu.be/yYqkU1y0AYc

    Watch that instead of the crazy beard guy.

    Or this one
    http://youtu.be/HriNzsp89lM

    also verry good.

    #21 3 years ago
  22. Moonwalker1982

    @21

    That was a very good lecture, but English isn’t my mother language, so i didn’t get all of that. But as for SOPA…by the sound of it, they sound like a bunch of idiots who have no idea.

    #22 3 years ago
  23. ManuOtaku

    “However, not all large tech and gaming firms are completely behind the bill. Back in November, the Business Software Alliance (BSA) which includes members such as Apple, Microsoft and Adobe, requested the bill be altered in a way which would fight copyright infringement without censoring freedom of speech. BSA president Robert Holleyman admitted SOPA needs work and “valid and important questions have been raised” regarding the bill”

    If they are strongly concern about the freedom of speech, and if they wanted the SOPA to be altered in order to protect freedom of speech , they could just leave out ESA and resign, and if they wont do this, at least make a treat saying this, because if the SOPA bill, the one that will be going to the senate to be approve, is without this, or any modifications at all, well theres a possibility that they are indeed supporting this back doors, and not up front, so us common joe will think they are really concern about freedom of speech, when in reality they are not, IMHO

    #23 3 years ago
  24. freedoms_stain

    @22, it’s worse than that, it’s a greedy bunch of idiots with no clue being lead by a bigger, greedier bunch of idiots with no clue.

    #24 3 years ago

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    Cities: Skylines players can now fly over their creations thanks to the Flight Cimulator mod. Created by Ulysius and available through the Steam Workshop, the mod allows the user to simulate flight through simple controls. According to the mod notes, it is still a work in progress as Ulysius plans to add building collisions , […]

  • The Walking Dead, Better Call Saul arrive on PlayStation Vue

    Sony has announced the addition of AMC to its PlayStation Vue service, which soft launched in Chicago, New York City and Philadelphia earlier this month. Those who use the service can now get their Better Call Saul and The Walking Dead fix, and also watch the Sundance channel, WEtv and IFC. AMC and WEtv are […]

  • Play the first level of Super Mario 64 in your browser

    Thanks to Roystan Ross and the Unity engine, you can play the first level of Super Mario 64 in your browser. This little nugget came to my attention yesterday, and unfortunately it became lost on my worksheet. Better late than never, I suppose. Anyway, the level is free-to-play and if you don’t wish to play […]

  • Steam’s Discovery Update has helped increase revenue for smaller titles

    Valve has said its Discovery Queue has increased product page views across Steam by 30% since the company launched the Discovery Update. According to Valve, 75% of those views come from the Discovery Queue, and 16% of product views can be attributed to the Discovery Queue. Even Steam Tags clicks have increased. The system is […]

  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection April update includes “more ranked playlists”

    The next content update for Halo: The Master Chief Collection will “address a variety of issues across the game,” according to 343 Industries, including specific improvements to ranking. New quit and betrayal penalties are also in the works as the development team prepares to roll out ranks to additional playlists. According to 343, the latest […]

  • Get Spec Ops: The Line for free through 2K Games sale on Humble Store

    A 2K Games sale is going on this weekend on the Humble Store with up to 83% off on select titles. Games on sale include Evolve, Bioshock, Civilization and other franchises. Plus, Spec Ops: The Line can be yours for free with the purchase of any -2K title on sale. To see the full list […]

  • Dota 2 The International 2015 tickets are sold out

    Tickets to Dota 2 The International 2015 are now sold out, which shouldn’t surprise anyone. The tickets went on sale in two phases starting March 27. Phase one sold out in six minutes, and phase two sold out in four minutes. Each round of sales offered the same quantity of General Admission tickets priced at […]

  • Here’s what’s expected in Battlefield 4′s Weapon Crate DLC – video

    A new Battlefield 4 drop is on the horizon, and to give you an idea of what to expect, we have a video for you below featuring information on the Weapon Crate DLC. According to Battlefield expert Westie, players can expect five new weapons along with the return of the Gun Master game mode. The […]

  • Pillars of Eternity issues to be addressed in patch 1.03, expected next week

    Obsidian Entertainment plans to release a Pillars of Eternity patch next week to combat issues users have reported. Until the patch is released, the developers have posted workarounds for some of the most common issues. The issues reported span framerate drops, inability to launch the game unless in administrator mode, crashes on 32-bit machines, animal […]

  • Mortal Kombat X videos show Erron Black gameplay, Ermac fatalities, more

    Erron Black, the gunslinger which was outed for Mortal Kombat X in the achievements listing last week, was featured in the latest livestream from NetherRelam Studios yesterday evening. Along with gameplay, fatalities and variations for Black, the developer also provided a look at gameplay for: Ermac vs Mileena; Ermac’s brutality and fatality moves; Lui Kang […]

  • The Legend of Zelda Wii U: 2015 release not a “priority”, skipping E3

    The Legend of Zelda franchise producer Eiji Aonuma is featured in the latest video update on the status of The Legend of Zelda for Wii U, stating a 2015 release is no longer a “number one priority” for the team. While Aonuma never specifically says the game has been delayed into 2016, the announcement confirms […]

  • Destiny gameplay designer exits for Bethesda

    Destiny’s senior gameplay designer Josh Hamrick announced on Twitter overnight he would be leaving the company in a week’s time for Bethesda. Hamrick joined Bungie in 2009 after working two years at Midway Austin, where he created multiplayer maps, modified single-player levels, and other designer functions. He was in charge of fixing bug in code […]

  • What to expect from the Call of Duty Championship this weekend

    Just settling down to the Call of Duty Championship this weekend? Here’s a rundown of today’s matches and what else to expect over the next three days. The Call of Duty Championship is taking place in LA this weekend until Sunday, with 32 four-player teams battling it out for a prize pot of $1 million. […]

  • MLB 15 The Show video highlights improved graphics, updated grass patterns

    Sony has released a video for MLB 15 The Show which provides a look at graphical improvements made to the game. Along with the visual upgrade over MLB 14 The Show, the game contains new minor league stadiums, dynamic sun generated in real-time, and upgraded grass patterns which reflect each stadium’s unique look. MLB 15 […]

  • Valve to offer HTC Vive Developer Edition free to qualified developers

    Valve has said it will offer the HTC Vive Developer Edition for free to qualified developers in an effort to buoy projects before the tech launches commercially. Surgeon Simulator developer Bossa Studios and The Room studio Fireproof Games are just some of the developers which already have a free Vive in-hand. According to Valve’s Doug […]

  • DriveClub gameplay video features MotorStorm’s off-road buggies

    Some gameplay footage of MotorStorm’s off-road buggies in DriveClub has surfaced. Pictures of the buggies were shown on the Japanese PlayStation Blog earlier this month, which considering the game was developed by Evolution Studios – which developed MotorStorm – this isn’t too much of a surprise. The buggies were first spotted by Videogamer, which pulled […]

  • Mortal Kombat X live-action TV spot features the track Chop Suey

    The TV sport for Mortal Kombat X has been released, and not only does it contain a “spontaneous fight circle” taking over an entire city, but it features the System of a Down track Chop Suey. Mortal Kombat X will be released on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One April 14. The […]

  • Bloodborne Forbidden Woods progression bug caused by multiplayer summon

    A progression bug in Bloodborne is in the works, according to Sony and From Software. The issue occurs when players activate a multiplayer session in the Forbidden Woods using the Sinister Resonant Bell or Small Resonant Bell. It also appears the Lunarium Key won’t appear because of the multiplayer bug, and without the key you […]

  • Yo-Kai Watch game franchise has sold over 7 million copies

    The Yo-Kai Watch IP has sold over 7 million copies, according to developer Level-5. The figure included both physical and digital download sales. Yo-Kai Watch 3 will be unveiled during Level-5 Vision 2015 next month. The first title is in the works for the west but is still without a release window. Thanks, Gematsu.

  • Bloodborne trademark returned to Sony after accidentally losing it

    In case you were worried or anything, Sony has once again obtained the Bloodborne trademark. Earlier this week it was revealed that Sony mistakenly abandoned the Bloodborne trademark along with four others registered with US Patent and Trademark Office: Guns Up!, Kill Strain; How Games Were Made to Sound, and No Heroes Allows: No Puzzles […]

  • GTA 5 PC official trailer coming next week, 15 new screenshots released

    New PC screenshots of GTA 5 have been released along with word of a new trailer coming on Monday. The screens below are from the PC version and you can view them in 4K glory over on Rockstar Newswire. The PC version of GTA 5 releases on April 14.

  • PSN real-time server status page launching in Europe soon

    PlayStation users in Europe will soon have its own a PSN Service Status Indicator. It was released earlier this month in North America. The indicator makes it easier to check whether PlayStation services are down or running as planned. This includes account management, PlayStation Now, the store, social services, etc. Sony told Eurogamer the service […]

  • Exclusivity contract prevents Bioware from revealing Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC release on PS4

    Bioware is unable to discuss when the Jaws of Hakkon DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition will arrive on platforms other than PC and Xbox One. According to various tweets from executive producer Mark Darrah, due to the exclusivity contract between EA and Microsoft, the studio is unable to announce a release date for PlayStation 3 […]

  • LEGO Batman 3 demo, Namco Museum, more added to North American eShop

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a demo for LEGO Batman 3, Namco Museum on Wii U Virtual Console, and various sales. Below is the full update. Nintendo eShop Dot Arcade – Wii U LEGO Ninjago – 3Ds LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Demo – Wii U Harvest Moon: The […]

  • Square Enix’s Easter Surprise bundle contains five mystery PC games

    Square Enix offering another mystery bundle to customers in the UK, which comes with five mystery PC games for £3.99. As before, customers will be unaware of the games they are purchasing in the mystery bundle, but the bundle contains triple-A titles worth £40 combined. One of Square’s previous mystery bundles contained Tomb Raider, Just […]

  • From Software’s PSone game Shadow Tower coming to PSN

    Shadow Tower, the first-person action-RPG developed for the original PlayStation by From Software, will be released on PlayStation Network. In the 1998 title, players took on the role of a mercenary who has returned home to the Holy Land of Zeptar to find the place has been sucked into the Underworld. He must use the […]

  • PlayStation TV gets price cut in the UK, now £44.99

    PlayStation TV has received a price cut in the UK. After several retailers started offering the console for less than the RRP of £84.99, users on DealSpwn began to wonder whether this is an official price cut, and not just regular deals or stock clearance. Sony later confirmed the new price of £44.99. “Starting from […]

  • Fast & Furious expansion for Forza Horizon 2 is now available, for free

    You can download Forza Horizon 2 expansion Fast & Furious starting right now. Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious is available to download now through Xbox Live for Xbox One and Xbox 360. The expansion is standalone, so you don’t need to own Forza Horizon 2 to play it. It’s also free from now […]

  • Fire-based weapons come to PayDay 2 with the Butcher’s BBQ Pack

    The 20th DLC for PayDay 2, the Butcher’s BBQ Pack, is now available on Steam. The DLC will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: Piglet Grenade Launcher, 12G Steakout Shotgun and Mk1 Flamethrower Molotov cocktails and incendiary ammo Four new masks, patterns, materials and achievements The Butcher’s BBQ Pack is another co-development between Overkill and Croatian […]

  • Lords of the Fallen developer offers Hideo Kojima a job

    Amid the current turmoil between Hideo Kojima and publisher Konami, one studio has offered the legendary designer a position. Lords of the Fallen developer Deck 13 took to Twitter to extend a job offer to Hideo Kojima. Dear Mr. @HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN In case you are currently searching, we have an open position as Head of Game […]

  • Destiny Xur update: should you buy MIDA Multi Tool?

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

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

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

  • Hearthstone Blackrock Mountain is coming April 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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