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The Lion King is dead: Peter Molyneux and the paper napkin incident

Thursday, 8 March 2012 13:58 GMT By Patrick Garratt

Microsoft’s loss is gaming’s gain. The news that Peter Molyneux has decided to revert to indie development is the best you’re likely to hear this year, says Patrick Garratt.

He’s sold untold millions of games in his time; he’s a member of the AIAS Hall of Fame; he holds an OBE; he’s a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres; he holds the GDCA Lifetime Achievement Award; and he’s now the owner of that tear-stained BAFTA Fellowship. He made Populous, for God’s sake.

Yesterday’s news that Peter Molyneux has left Lionhead and Microsoft is by far the cheeriest story to yet emerge from games in 2012. The big cat has finally escaped the circus.

I spoke to Peter in San Francisco last week. He was at Microsoft’s Spring Showcase doing PR duties for Fable: The Journey. I tried to get some time with him on the first day of the show, but he was being filmed with Geoff Keighley. Lydia from Microsoft UK managed to get me a 15 minute slot on the second day, however, for which I’m eternally grateful. Being creative director of Microsoft Game Studios Europe means your time’s at a premium.

Peter never recognises me. I must have interviewed him a dozen times. I was the only British reporter to speak to him at E3 2010, after which we shared a conspiratorial conversation about Milo and its suspicious absence. I spent over an hour with him and lifelong PR Cathy Campos at Lionhead once, talking about his career for a Sunday Mail feature that never aired thanks to some fuck-up with a photographer. He told me about how he’d received death threats and had to be guarded by US security forces, and how he loves his Nissan Skyline but can’t drive it for shit. I think I’ve interviewed him for every Fable game. Every time I speak to him it’s the same. I’m introduced, and I always make as if I know him, just to see if my face or name has yet seeped into his memory any further than those of the hundreds of people he’s given the same answers to month after month, year after year. This time was no different.

“This is Patrick Garratt from VG247. Have you met Peter before?”

“We’ve met, yes. Hi, Peter. How are you?”

“Yes, we’ve met,” he says, but his expression belays the lie. “Pleased to meet you,” he adds as he shakes my hand and looks at the floor.

Wake-up call

Peter Molyneux is always tired, and this is one of the reasons I’m so pleased to hear he’s finally kicked his time at Microsoft to the curb. He’s a very nice man. He’s mad as a bat. I’ve never worked with him, obviously, but he comes across as a genuine, emotional person. He actually cried during his BAFTA Fellowship acceptance speech last year. You can tell he cares. That this energy will now be focused back into pure creation rather than management is obviously for the greater good.

I have a cold at the moment, and half way through the interview last week, during which I was fluffing some nonsense about the future of Kinect while apologising through a film of snot, he got up from his chair and fetched me a tissue, a paper napkin lying on the carpet. He didn’t have to. He wanted to, because it was a considerate thing to do. Further, his brain doesn’t suffer all the bullshit of oh no I can’t blow my nose on this napkin what the fuck will people think and if I can’t blow my nose on this napkin a piece of paper which isn’t designed for nose-blowing but rather mouth-wiping then I’m sure this guy won’t want to blow his nose on it either. He just solved a problem without pretense. Logic. As I went about happily blowing my nose, he talked about walking round the horse in Fable: The Journey and how it would have been stupid, and how he always has to have something that arrives as a product of your personality during play, because that’s how he can connect to you emotionally. When you talk to him about games it’s never about level design and box-checking. It’s always about psychological engagement and concept. Peter Molyneux is not your average games developer.

He also clearly isn’t that bothered about his appearance. He was staying at the same hotel as us, the Mark Hopkins up on San Francisco’s hill, and he appeared for breakfast wearing a sloppy grey sweat-top and some nondescript trainers. He was wearing the same later for interviews. What he does care a great deal about, however, is creating the content he wants to create and being lauded for it. I think that’s important to him, as it’s important to any creative. He’s a self-professed “believer” in games and the future of games, but you don’t further a medium in a bubble. Everyone wants to be told how good they are. He may not care about floor-trampled napkins and what shoes he has on, but that’s because he’s not seeking approval for his dress sense or his hygiene habits. He’s seeking approval for his games. Maybe he realised cranking out Fable into every niche Microsoft supplied for it wasn’t the best use of his remaining time.

The king is dead

I’m sure we’ll discover in the coming days what his reasoning was for leaving Microsoft, but I’m equally sure it’ll have something to do with being able to work on creative projects with a great deal of freedom and getting back to what he loves: making games. For you and I, Peter’s decision to move on is incredible news. There are exceedingly few developers that can boast success levels remotely close to Molyneux’s. He’s sold untold millions of games in his time; he’s a member of the AIAS Hall of Fame; he holds an OBE; he’s a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres; he holds the GDCA Lifetime Achievement Award; and he’s now the owner of that tear-stained BAFTA Fellowship. He made Populous, for God’s sake.

No one deserves the accolades more. Peter Molyneux is British gaming’s national treasure, a genius creative who’s pushed games in areas no one else has dared. Yes, he’s failed on more than one occasion, but that’s because he’s tried. In such a risk-averse industry, that’s rare. If you push you will fall, but he never stops. Going it alone again means he can experiment in ways a large corporation would never allow, that he can remain on the road of innovation. I sincerely hope that the next time I sit down with him he doesn’t know me from Adam. And I hope he pretends he remembers me, because that means he still doesn’t want to offend people. I hope he continues to seek approval, because that means we’ll see his best work. I hope he stays true to the revolution. I hope he continues to believe.

Because no one was ever immortalised for putting names to faces, were they?

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17 Comments

  1. Johnny Cullen

    Look at his Twitter today. As Brenna touched upon in a tweet already, it’s great to see him so enthused and approachable again. I don’t think you would have got that from a Molyneux tweet if he was still at MS.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. DSB

    The thing that puzzles me is that the Microsoft thing is virtually identical to what he did with EA.

    He sells his studio to a soulless publisher who won’t let it breathe, then he leaves, starts a new one, only to repeat the same sequence of events.

    Pretty much as soon as he sold to Microsoft, everything went to shit. At EA they managed to make a few proper titles before going that way, but it’s still extremely consistent.

    I’d press him on that in an interview. If nothing else then off the record.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Telepathic.Geometry

    Although I openly admit that PM’s hyperbolae about what his games are going to be (and then don’t become) winds me up dead bad, I think that anyone can see that he’s genuinely a nice guy in person, and loves games, and I loved Black and White back in the day, and as a gamer, I have to like this guy…

    Good luck Peter. Make something new.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Patrick Garratt

    I think it’s just the reality of indie triple-A, really. There are so few studios left. I guess Epic’s the biggest, and that’s supported by Unreal Engine. It’s really great that he’s gone indie. Very exciting.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Deacon

    I’ve done a fair bit of Pete-bashing over the years, but even I can see that he is a truly nice guy, with great vision.

    Does this mean he can stop copulating with Kinect and get back to what some of us people like to call ‘proper games’?

    #5 3 years ago
  6. DSB

    @PatGar Gearbox, Bungie, Insomniac, Respawn.

    It’s never going to be perfect I suppose. They all need to work with publishers to stay alive, but at least they don’t live or die by the whims of a single CEO.

    @5 I’m an avid Molynaysayer (I just invented that) but I agree, he obviously has his heart in the right place. He’s not offensive in any way, just kind of Asperger in his approach sometimes.

    *edit*

    Oh, I just remembered when he was hyping Black and White back in the day. I do hate him a little bit for that.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Lahanas

    Actually, it’s not a loss for Microsoft, it’s a gain. The guy is the most overrated developer in the industry, all the time his mouth writing checks his ass can’t cash.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Patrick Garratt

    @6 – Yeah, you’re right. I dunno why he does it. I’ll ask him next time.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. ukslim

    All the praise is well deserved. But I don’t know whether to submit the paper napkin story to Pseuds Corner or OBN.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Moonwalker1982

    I’m sorry, he may be a real good guy and what not. But after reading this…i just think he’s a huge idiot as well.

    http://beefjack.com/news/molyneux-slams-controllers-as-tedious-and-boring/

    People keep blaming MS…but are we forgetting he was Creative director of MS studios Europe? Not just some positiion….it was him always having a big mouth about revolutionary features, and while several of those made it into the games..they just never felt revolutionary at all. They felt simplistic and flat out boring. It was him who was clearly a big Kinect supporter, also as you can read in the link above.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Moonwalker1982

    @8

    Might as well ask him why he did the same for Fable 1,Fable 2 , Fable 3 and also Fable: The Journey. Its just my opinion, but i think he’s getting way too much praise here. Yes Populous was no doubt amazing, not my kind of game but i can see why it was something special. Black & White was special too. Fable was fun, but it already started to go downhill there. There was so much mediocre stuff in Fable 2, not even funny. Don’t even get me started on that….final….boss? And Fable 3? No fucking comment!

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Joe Musashi

    Looking at the current header images, there’s a strange sort of symmetry :o

    JM

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Da Man

    I remember reading a long time ago about his first game and how he was so disappointed he couldn’t make a quick buck, when he was certain it’ll be that easy, he went somewhere doing database programming.. And then been doing that for a decade or something.

    Comes across like a whimsical pompous overrated person imo. Not that he’s the only one of course. Perhaps for once since 2004 we’ll have a great Fable game now.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. fearmonkey

    I have always loved Molyneux’s enthusiasm and love for gaming. I would love to have a few hours to talk with him and Warren Spector, that would be an amazing discussion. I don’t understand people’s animosity toward him, yes he has over promised in the past, but its due to his enthusiasm that I feel enriches the game industry.

    I am a bit saddened to see him leave MS, as after Peter Moore left, Molyneux was the only person that is interesting at MS. During the original Xbox’s days and the early 360 days they had Ed Fries, Peter Moore, J allard, etc, Now they have talking suits that have absolutely no personality at their E3 conventions, they bring up people like Cliff B from epic to fill in that gap. They need to hire someone that knows how to talk to a crowd.
    Even if you don’t like Sony, They have a much more entertaining group of people to watch these days, and Kevin Butler is genius, the Bruce Campbell of gaming.

    I have always loved the fable games, though I still like the original the best. The story in the first one is still the best, though the sequels have the graphics and gameplay improvements, the original is still the best.

    I wonder where this leaves RARE. Wasn’t Molyneux placed in charge of not only Lionhead but Rare last year or the year before, to help guide them rather than dictate how they do their games?
    I imagine like Halo, Fable will continue, but I will miss Molyneux doing the demos at E3 with his charming personality.
    Fable the Journey doesnt interest me as its a Kinect game, But Im looking forward to Fable 4, and when It releases, I’ll silently say a toast to peter and the Carter brothers who are also no longer at Lionhead.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. Psychotext

    The guy is awesome. I hope more than anything that he has fun doing whatever he chooses to do. He’s clearly never really been suited to corporate life and I think it would be nice if Microsoft was the last time he’d find himself in that situation.

    Now go and create something batshit mental Pete. :)

    #15 3 years ago
  16. Da Man

    Problem though is that 343 have the key people from Bungie who were around since the beginning, like Frank O’Connor. I don’t know if there’re any at Lionhead.

    J Allard and Peter Moore were the epitomes of corporate suits.. I don’t see how having a personality helps here.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. Moonwalker1982

    And people are still blaming it on MS? Wow..just wow.

    #17 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.