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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    Tales of Zestiria will exit rumour limbo quite soon. Tales of Zestiria is rumoured for PS4 release, but Bandai Namco has so far refused to comment on the matter. In a Facebook post inaccessible in many territories but screengrabbed by Gematsu, the publisher’s Asian branch said it would be able to comment on rumours related […]

  • Sega is skipping E3 for the first time ever

    Sega won’t even have a booth at E3 2015. The end times approach, hey. Sega games will be on show at partner’s booths, but the publisher itself is missing from the attendees list. Ars Technica reports Sega hasn’t missed an E3 since the show launched in 1995, but will break tradition this year. Sega doesn’t […]

  • GTA 5 car gun mod is ridiculous, awesome

    Today, the Internet is in love with a particularly ridiculous GTA 5 mod. GTA 5 has a lot of cool weapons and mods have added even more. Topping yesterday’s excellent gravity gun is the vehicle cannon, which fires cars instead of bullets. Cars. Instead of bullets. Here’s a video of the mod in action courtesy […]

  • Mortal Kombat X PC patch pulled after erasing save files

    Mortal Kombat X was updated on PC overnight, but it wasn’t exactly what fans were hoping for. The PC version of Mortal Kombat X has come under criticism for a number of reasons, but NetherRealm said recently that a major patch would make it just as good as the console version. It’s not clear whether […]

  • PS4 and Xbox One to hit 50 million sales within a year – EA

    EA is absolutely positive on the future of the current generation of consoles, as well as the the digital sphere. During a conference call following a financial release earlier today, EA executives made several interesting comments and predictions on the state of the industry. The publisher expects an install base of close to 50 million […]

  • EA making “incubation efforts” in virtual reality space

    EA isn’t ready to make a massive commitment to virtual reality, but when the time comes it intends to be a market leader. During a post-earnings release conference call today, one caller asked if EA had any plans for VR. CEO Andrew Wilson said EA intends to “lead from the front” when VR comes into […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront expected to shift 9-10 million units in FY 2016

    Star Wars: Battlefront will sell strongly, but not make a lot of money for EA this financial year, the publisher has warned. Star Wars: Battlefront isn’t just a license to print money, EA emphasised in a post-earnings release conference call this morning. Judging by the series’s historical sales, and by sales of Battlefield 4, EA […]

  • Don’t expect Titanfall 2 for at least nine months

    Titanfall 2 is still quite a long way out. Titanfall 2 wasn’t listed in EA’s upcoming release slate in its financials release this morning. Answering a query in a conference call following the release, EA said we can safely assume the Respawn sequel won’t release in fiscal 2016. “You assumption should be 17,” an executive […]

  • Mirror’s Edge 2 due early 2016, new Need for Speed in Q4 2015

    EA has indicated general release windows for a number of anticipated new titles. Mirror’s Edge 2 has an early 2016 release date. EA confirmed the release plan in today’s financials release, also noting that a new Need for Speed and a new Plants vs Zombies are coming in the same window. Mirror’s Edge 2 is […]

  • EA financials highlight millions of hours played in Battlefield Hardline, Dragon Age: Inquisition

    Electronic Arts reported its Q4 and year end FY15 financial results today, highlighting the amount of hours played in Battlefield Hardline and Dragon Age: Inquisition. Selected Operating Highlights and Metrics: For fiscal year 2015 EA was the #1 publisher on PlayStation4 and Xbox One consoles in the world, driven by the success of Battlefield Hardline, […]

  • Black Mesa can now be acquired through Steam Early Access

    Black Mesa, the re-imagining of Half-Life 1 from Crowbar Collective, has entered Steam Early Access. At present, 85% of the campaign is complete with around 10 hours worth of gameplay. Early Access users will be helping test the multiplayer deatmatch and team deathmatch modes via six maps as well as the single-player portion. As will […]

  • Three Easter Eggs spotted in Wolfenstein: The Old Blood – video

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood has been released in North America, as you know, and it contains some fun Easter Eggs which you can take a look at in the video below. Don’t watch or read any further if you don’t want to be spoiled. Eurogamer’s Ian Higton spotted three Easter Eggs so far, and there […]

  • Destiny: Prison of Elders – here’s what to expect from tomorrow’s livestream

    Bungie today released its Destiny teaser for tomorrow’s livestream, which focuses on Prison of Elders. Below is a breakdown of the teaser and what to expect tomorrow. Arekkz Gaming gives you the lowdown above. You can watch the full stream tomorrow here on the site. House of Wolves is out on May 19.

  • The 3D Realms Anthology is now available on Steam for PC and Mac

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

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

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

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

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

  • Hearthstone has been played by 30 million people

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • PlayStation 4 sales reach 2m in the UK

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

  • H1Z1 gets female characters, skin colour options planned

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • CoD: Advanced Warfare owners get free pistol today

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

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

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

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

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

  • Mortal Kombat X teaser gives first look at Predator

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • GTA 5 is even better with a gravity gun

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Destiny House of Wolves: all new Crucible maps detailed

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

  • Custom Xbox One Star Wars controllers look very tempting

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

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

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

  • Star Wars Battlefront dev reveals planet Sullust

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

  • Destiny House of Wolves: Tower vendor changes

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

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

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