FRC up in arms over same-sex relationships in SWTOR

Saturday, 28 January 2012 16:31 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

The Family Research Council has taken great umbrage to the fact Star Wars: The Old Republic will eventually allow same-sex relationships in the MMO. So much so, its president, Tony Perkins, lambasted the game on a radio broadcast stating that “in a new Star Wars game, the biggest threat to the empire may be homosexual activists.”

Here’s a excerpt from the broadcast, pulled by GamePolitics, via Opposing Views:

“In a new Star Wars game, the biggest threat to the empire may be homosexual activists! Hello, I’m Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. In a galaxy not so far far away, Star Wars gamers have already gone to the dark side.

“The new video game, Star Wars: The Old Republic, has added a special feature: gay relationships. Bioware, the company that developed the game, said it’s launching a same-sex romance component to satisfy some complaints. That surprised a lot of gamers, since Bioware had made it clear in 2009 that “gay” and “lesbian” don’t exist in the Star Wars universe.

“Since the announcement, homosexuals have been celebrating the news, but parents sure aren’t. On the game’s website, there are more than 300 pages of comments–a lot of them expressing anger that their kids will be exposed to this Star Warped way of thinking.

“You can join them by logging on and speaking up. It’s time to show companies who the Force is really with!”

We’re unsure if Perkins also attacks the heterosexual love scenes in SWTOR, which as usual in a Bioware game, go to a black screen, because we’ve yet to listen to his session.

However, if you are in the mood to listen to such hate-spewing trash, by all mean do so by clicking here.


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  1. LOLshock94

    those parents should get with the times those old cunts

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Stoopid_Snot

    Everybody knows that Aliens like to probe everybody and does not care about their gender :P

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Elrood

    This is fucking disgusting.


    100% behind you on that one.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. DSB

    It would be very easy to mistake that for a Christwire article.

    But I agree with mr. Christian Sexual Insecurity up there. Time has always been on the side of the people who try to keep other people from claiming their civil rights. And history has traditionally been kind to those who tried. You really showed those n****rs and k*kes, didn’t you?

    #4 3 years ago
  5. LOLshock94

    “But I agree with mr. Christian Sexual Insecurity up there.”

    #5 3 years ago
  6. GrimRita

    Wait a second. something isnt right here. The limited SWTOR game does NOT include same sex relationships and/or marriages.

    They have ‘plans’ to, like they have ‘plans’ to add other things that are missing from the game.

    Star Wars Galaxies did have same sex marriages back in 2003, so I fail to see how this is shocking. EA PR bullshit machine in action?

    PS – Love the pic..

    #6 3 years ago
  7. YoungZer0

    “Since the announcement, homosexuals have been celebrating the news, but parents sure aren’t.”

    Remember people, all parents hate gays. Even the gay parents.

    Get with the time, douchebag. Some of us actually like to have a proper democracy.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. KrazyKraut

    geez…those primitive US gov fags again…

    #8 3 years ago
  9. absolutezero

    “It’s time to show companies who the Force is really with!”

    The Force is with Jesus.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. TheWulf

    Are there really still people like this in the world?

    I suppose it’s just xenophobia rearing its head again, I guess. It seems that there are some types of person who’re unable to enjoy life without putting something down in order to do so. Of all my pet peeves, this is the one that irks me the most. Think about it, you’ll realise how true it is. Most of the time, when I get really annoyed, it’s about this.

    “I have such a substandard, shitty life. I’m going to go and pick on some gay types, or some handicapped people, or some minority ethnicities, or some goth types, or some furries just to make myself feel better. Because that’s who I am.”

    It’s usually projection regarding a lack of personal self-worth – because I find that the more self-worth a person has, the more intellectually charged they are, the more of a xenophile they are. If they feel that their own burgeoning shittiness is getting on top of them, then they’re more than likely going to express that as discrimination.

    The flavour of that discrimination doesn’t matter.

    And you can’t criticise a person’s lifestyle, after all, so it is all just discrimination. And I just tend to ask myself that, hey, if someone’s got to discriminate like this – how horrible is their life? I don’t have an easy time of it myself, being handicapped. I really don’t. But geez, you’d have to be a special kind of weak-willed, nurtured type to express your own life issues that way.

    So at the end of the day I just feel kind of sorry for them. I can’t bring myself to be angry about this.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Stephany Nunneley

    @6 Ah so it sin’t in there just yet. Thanks Grim. I added the word “eventually” in there to be clearer.

    I remember the hoopla over this on the SWTOR forums resulting in a removal of the thread like most things that are considered “out of hand” by the forum bosses. I also remember the backtracking on the subject and the studio saying it would be added post launch – so I assumed by all the hate being spewed it was in there already.

    Considering I stopped playing the game, I didn’t really notice. But I suppose it would have been “front page news” once it had been added. Like a same-sex relationship option being added to a game is still something that everyone should make a big deal over – (sarcasm, not bitchiness, intended). It’s old hat by now.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. DSB

    This would really have added a whole new dimension to WoW back when I was playing.

    We had a former GM who was a really softspoken, non-authoritative type who would always take the most bitch-like view of anything we discussed, so my whole thing was calling him “Gay” “Gayfag” or “Bitch” at every possible opportunity.

    It would’ve been so much better if I could’ve spammed him with marriage invites while doing it.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. TheWulf


    I can kind of see that. It’s the lack of inclusion that it’s fair enough to make a big deal over because the inequality of it is shitty. So it makes sense to cover that because it proves that videogames are really still in the dark ages, sometimes.

    You know, compared to even comic books, we’re still in the dark ages. Are you familiar with Jean-Paul Beaubier? Northstar by his superhero name. His story is old now, but back in the day he was a breath of fresh air, he was brilliantly written, and his story was mainstream comics writers and publishers saying that they’re open-minded, consequences be damned.

    And as Jean-Paul went on, his character acquired more and more depth, he ended up becoming one of the more interesting characters in the Marvel Universe. And this was a long, long time ago.

    It’s a big deal to cover inequality since, really, inequality is such a old issue that it doesn’t even matter to television, film, books, or even comic books any more. It only seems to apply to games – and not because of discrimination, perhaps, but because of cheap developers. But it’s something that should be spoken up about just because of how ridiculous not allowing equality is in this day and age.

    But once that has been won? There’s not much point in covering it or making a big deal about it because it’s something that should have been there in the first place. It’s like praising someone and thanking them for getting off their arse and finally fixing/doing something they should have done a long while ago. (Since this should have been present at release.)

    #13 3 years ago
  14. TheWulf


    That’s not so bad. I’m soft spoken, I have a high-pitched voice, and I’m Welsh. I get named Pippin by people in MMOs. In many MMOs my official guild rank has been ‘Pippin.’

    I will do terrible things to them. One of these days.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. GrimRita

    @11 – no worries. SWG has same sex marriages from day 1 so I just cant see why some ‘council’ would be up in arms now.

    And yes, you are spot on. The forum ban bots were out in force over this, in typical ‘lets over react’ fashion.

    I was in LA just before Xmas and I was shocked at how backward the USA can be/still is – even with those running for elections, making a big deal over a trival matter – when they clearly have much tougher things to deal with.

    Its about time the US pulled themselves out of the dark ages

    #15 3 years ago
  16. Stephany Nunneley

    @13 I suppose you are right. I guess I just feel being able to have a same-sex relationship in a game isn’t headline news because of my personal feelings on the matter. It isn’t a big deal to me because to me it is the norm (which is not how most “older” people feel in my region of the country). People love who they love and that is that – nothing unusual about it. Unfortunately, not everyone feels this way – so you’re absolutely correct: until it “has been won” it’s worth the headline. xxxoo

    #16 3 years ago
  17. KrazyKraut

    I understand that most ppl on the planet are hetero…okay. But a RPG is what it is: a ROLE-PLAYING-GAME. And when someone wants to play a role….okay. To be gay or straight is not a role, its a natural, sexual orientation. I really dont get it why those parents cry like that. Oh yes…its written in the Bible…

    #17 3 years ago
  18. DSB

    @14 Well, since you’re welsh, I would’ve gone with sheep jokes. Your rank would be Timmy Time.

    @15 I guess it depends where you visit. I spend my time in the South, and I always feel like the reverse is in effect when I come home to Europe.

    I come home to people complaining about the smallest things while they have high pay, powerful unions, free healthcare and education. In the southern US people are more concerned about just keeping their job, feeding their kids and paying for gas. Going to the doctor and educating their kids is a luxury they often can’t afford.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. TheWulf

    @16 (Whoops, got the number wrong!)

    Yeah, I don’t think it’s worth rubbing it in their faces.

    The victory isn’t a huge one. The victory is more of an intellectual one, and it’s a victory against inequality, but it’s not something that should be sung or praised about. It was a change made to this world of ours, for the more fair, and we have a game now expressing fairness.

    But shouldn’t that game have been expressing fairness in the first place? If we make a big deal about same-sex marriages being added in an ex-post facto way, then we’re just encouraging developers to release games with straight options only, and then to add gay options later, because this results in more advertising. Sure, there might be a negative PR burst at first, but then you have all the sites praising it later.

    I don’t think it should work that way. I think it should be mentioned as a surprised note if a game is released that way, you know, ‘hey, look, this game isn’t stuck in the dark ages!’ But beyond that? It’s not something that we should make a big deal about unless the inequality is obvious.

    So I agree with making a big deal about the lack of inequality there, but I also agree with not making a big deal about the victory. That might not make a lot of sense, but it’s how I feel.

    I just don’t want to encourage future developers that this is an okay thing to do. In future, if you’re going to add relationship options, then do it right and just remove the barriers from the start. In this day and age you shouldn’t be having barriers in that area anyway. And frankly. Frankly? A good portion of their audience isn’t going to be straight, anyway.

    I’m not just talking homosexual people here, but bisexual, transgender, and pansexual people included. All of them benefit from these barriers being removed. But the game should be built that way.

    It shouldn’t be praised for adding it as an afterthought.

    “Fine, you did it, finally. Do a better job next time.”

    That’s my sentiment, and it may be harsh but I also think it’s fair. Because like I said, it’s not like their entire audience is straight these days. And honestly, I think I’d prefer to just see relationships left out of games because the whole thing opens a can of worms.

    Or you could just do it like Bethesda did and homogenise the whole thing.

    I admit, that leads to some pretty great feats of hilarity.

    So yeah, I married Sinding in Skyrim and I’m greeted with “I never thought I’d see you again.” every time I come home.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. TheWulf


    The sheep. Always the sheep.

    I’m really glad that the rest of the world doesn’t know about that.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. TheWulf


    Gods, so much typing!

    That’s actually a good point! It’s kind of silly to insinuate that all straight people are closed minded. You can be facetious about it, but it’s not the case. I know one guy who’s… well, completely depraved in utterly entertaining ways. His personality is bizarre, eclectic, and eccentric.

    I really value his friendship. I like open-minded people, and he just has this laid-back attitude regarding everything. You just can’t razz him at all, you can’t shake him. You can change the conversation to joke vore in an entirely facetious way, but it just doesn’t get him. Nothing does. I’m incredibly entertained by him.

    He’s really a bit of a role model for open-mindedness for me.

    I hope he doesn’t read VG247. So awkward.

    Anyway, what I’m saying is that that’s a fair point. I could totally see an open-minded person playing things from different viewpoints. Hell, I can see a straight person playing a straight relationship from the female perspective really easily. I have no trouble seeing that. I think that this is something that happens all the time.

    So yeah.

    #21 3 years ago
  22. TheWulf

    Also, awesome conversation is awesome.


    Let’s see if I missed anything I can still poke before deciding not to type anything more.

    #22 3 years ago
  23. TheWulf


    That’s not entirely fair.

    I’ve met some pretty closed-minded people over here in Britain, but the friend I’ve just described above who isn’t shaken by anything is American. In fact, he’s Texan. ALL YOUR STEREOTYPES ARE DEAD, HA!

    It really doesn’t matter. I know that there are some places in the world where there are concentrations of people like this, but it’s usually just crazed towns here and there who tends to ‘speak with the voice of the state’ or whatever. They don’t reflect the views of their state, and definitely not the views of America as a whole. (America is a huge place!)

    It’s just the squeaky wheel, you know? The squeaky wheel gets more oil. The more noise they make, the more attention they get, even if they only account for an infinitesimal amount of their state’s population.

    Same over here, too.

    I mean, discrimination is everywhere. It takes all sorts, and you basically have to take things on a person to person basis. I know it’s easy to lash out because I’ve done it in the past, but you really have to hold yourself back from doing it, because logically it’s just not true.

    #23 3 years ago
  24. TheOutcastWolf

    People like you that make the world be shittier, saying that something is wrong and horrible and that everyone is going to hell just because it’s different than your patterns.
    In real life it happens all the time, and like @17 said (in other words), why the f*ck not it cannot happen in a ROLE-PLAYING GAME?
    This also happened when Mass Effect came out and NOTHING happened besides tons of idiots like President I-Hate-You-All from Everyone-Is-Gonna-Suffer Club being sued for obvious reasons and Bioware getting even more money.

    #24 3 years ago
  25. TheWulf

    ‘kay. Shutting up now. :P

    #25 3 years ago
  26. burrsalem

    Kudos to Bioware.

    #26 3 years ago
  27. Virginityrocks

    Uh oh. Looks like Jesus is at it again!

    #27 3 years ago
  28. silkvg247

    Wish he lived in the UK, I’d have the cops beating down his door for inciting hate crime.

    #28 3 years ago
  29. minxamo

    They also have inter-species sex in mass effect (and presumably TOR), which is comparable to bestiality.
    Why is nobody complaining about that?

    Fucking Hepler…

    #29 3 years ago
  30. speedxl01

    Thank you Bioware for being inclusive!

    #30 3 years ago
  31. Paladin_Rage

    Well, this is good news for the straight guys who would like to jack off to some interspecies lesbians in the galaxy far, far away.

    #31 3 years ago
  32. Hunam

    I like the fact that the guy says the biggest threat to the Empire is homosexuality. Clearly that guy likes to roll darkside points with the evil faction. The torture and slavery stuff seems perfectly fine with him I guess.

    #32 3 years ago
  33. freedoms_stain

    With every passing year the ranks of these small minded fools thin out. I only hope that I get to see them extinct by the time I’m gone. Until then I’m sure they’ll continue to make arses of themselves with this sort of increasingly irrelevant bullshit on the public stage.

    #33 3 years ago
  34. HeavyD-Love

    Only 2 mentions of Skyrim in all these comments? Skyrim has same sex marriages and I definitely commend Bethesda for this. These anti same sex marriage people are ancient history.

    #34 3 years ago
  35. Noodlemanny

    Fuck My Life. Fuck all our lives.
    Are some of us really so incompetent that can we warp things like this into things that we say actually matter in any way?
    Seriously aliens would have every right to totally annihilate us from the solar system. Rage face.

    #35 3 years ago
  36. Kabby

    Pretty sure Darth Baras is gay.

    #36 3 years ago
  37. OrbitMonkey

    So some random guy gets bent out of shape over Biowares lesbian aliens for teenage boys schtick and the internet goes into *right on* rage mode?

    Predictable ;-)

    #37 3 years ago

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  • Finally, we get a look at Necropolis in action – video

    No longer content with releasing only gifs of Necropolis, Harebrained Schemes has decided to provide a short video. The upcoming third-person action rogue-like with procedurally generated levels is headed to Linux, Mac and PC sometime next year, with a possible console release as well. If you made to PAX East despite the weather, don’t forget […]

  • Super Dungeon Bros will be one of the first cross-play titles for Xbox One, Windows 10

    Another cross-device multiplayer game for Windows 10 and Xbox One has been announced, and it’s Super Dungeon Bros – a “rock-themed, co-op dungeon brawler” from React Games. Super Dungeon Bros tasks four “bros” with raiding underground crypts built by the gods through an ever-changing layout. There, they will be up against “dangerous foes, deadly obstacles, […]

  • Pre-ordering State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition in US nets an in-game knife

    Those who pre-order the State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition will net a bonus, according to Undead Labs. Select retailers in the US will offer the following knives as in-game pre-order bonus content: GameStop -  The Avalonian :  A true work of art, taken off the body of a fantasy enthusiast whose excitement at having […]

  • Rollercoaster Tycoon World gameplay teaser video released

    Today, Atari has provided a look at gameplay for Rollercoaster Tycoon World. Set for release during the first part of this year, the game allows players to build their own rides and which can be shared with other players. It will also feature four-player co-op.

  • One Heist challenge in GTA Online pays out $10 million in cash

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

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

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

  • Evolve Hunt for Gold Weekend nets players special monster skin

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

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

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

  • GTA Online Heists teaser video is extremely short

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Microsoft looking into streaming PC games to Xbox One

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

  • Free! Vindictus Lann Revamp codes worth €25

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Unreal Tournament 4 lets modders sell cosmetic items to players

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

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

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

  • Valve’s Lighthouse, VR controllers and more explained

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

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

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

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

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

  • Watch the full Phil Spencer keynote from GDC 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Madden 15 added to EA Vault

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

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

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

  • Final Fantasy creator hates sequels

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Elite: Dangerous Xbox One trailer shows off space MMO

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

  • Battletoads to appear in Shovel Knight Xbox One

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

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

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

  • Microsoft HoloLens designer killed in hit and run accident

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Sims, SimCity developer closed down

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

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

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

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

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

  • Wireless adapter for Xbox One controllers out later this year

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

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

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

  • Wasteland 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 this summer

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

  • Cross-Buy detailed for Windows 10 and Xbox One; Elite: Dangerous coming to Xbox One

    During Xbox boss Phil Spencer’s session at GDC 2015 today, it was announced Elite: Dangerous would release on Xbox One. Spencer also outlined cross-buy functionality across Windows 10 and Xbox One. Spencer’s talk started off with Frontier Developments announcing Elite: Dangerous for release this summer as a console debut on Xbox One, suggesting the Elite: […]

  • Longbeards Culture Pack available now for Total War: Attila

    The Longbeards Culture Pack is now available for Total War: Attila and it comes with three new playable factions. The Langobards, the Burgundians and the Alamans can be played in both single and multiplayer campaign modes as well as custom and multiplayer battles. A new feature called The Lay of Ybor is also included. It […]

  • Nvidia unveils Titan X as world’s “most advanced GPU” – video

    Nvidia revealed Titan X as “the world’s most advanced GPU” during Epic founder Tim Sweeney’s State of Unreal session a t GDC 2015 today. Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang took the stage during the panel stating it contains “8 billion transistors,” and has 12GB of RAM. Pricing wasn’t announced, but it was rumored back in January […]

  • Steam sale discounts titles announced for SteamOS

    With many of the year’s most popular games heading to SteamOS, Valve has decided to host sale in celebration. Here’s a short list of titles on sale. The full list of PC, Linux, Mac and SteamOS discounts can be found through the link. The Banner Saga Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Batman: Arkham […]

  • PayDay 2 announced for SteamOS, celebrating with franchise sale

    PayDay 2 is coming to SteamOS, Overkill has announced. Still under development, a release date will be announced at a later date. “Making sure PAYDAY 2 is available on SteamOS felt like a no-brainer,” said Bo Andersson Klint, CEO of Starbreeze in the press release. “With PAYDAY 2: Crimewave Edition coming to the next generation […]

  • Magicka 2 has a release date and a crazy new trailer

    Magicka 2 has a release date for PC and the PlayStation 4, and Paradox Interactive has released a trailer featuring “Vlad’s latest lyrical triumph,” which is his rendition of the Game of Thrones theme. Magicka arrived on PC and PS4 May 26 and the game can be pre-ordered on PC beginning today, with PS4 pre-orders […]

  • Nintendo eShop schedule: Don’t Starve: Giant Edition, Never Alone, others

    Nintendo has sent over a list of titles heading to the eShop in 2015. The schedule contains titles such as Affordable Space Adventures, Runbow, Swords & Soldiers 2, Don’t Starve: Giant Edition, Never Alone and Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars. Below a preliminary list of games scheduled to launch in the Nintendo eShop on […]