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Report: GAME staff told to prepare for administration

Friday, 9 March 2012 15:44 GMT By Johnny Cullen

MCV‘s reporting that senior staff at GAME have been told to prepare for the potentiality of going into administration.

Senior reps were told in a meeting this week by CEO Ian Shepherd the store has about two weeks to turn its fortunes around.

The only way now to stop it entering into administration is if a buyout came from somewhere like US retailer GameStop, as previously rumoured. GS was reported to be interested in GAME’S Iberian arm yesterday morning.

GAME is also holding a firesale right now to get rid of sitting stock, including hardware, which could stave off administration for a short while.

However, if a GameStop deal or the firesale doesn’t work out, its thought it has already organised a pre-package acquisition for a potential buyer.

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32 Comments

  1. Patrick Garratt

    Dear me. This is going to be horribly messy.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Patrick Garratt

    I was told in San Francisco last week that GAME had four week’s money left. So this tallies.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Joe Musashi

    I’m still sticking with “GAME OVER” as the headline-du-jour for this fiasco.

    JM

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Patrick Garratt

    It seems like everyone’s studiously avoiding it.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Blerk

    No new releases in-store today at all. Stock’s looking decidedly patchy after the fire-sale, too. Seems over for high-street gaming retail, especially with HMV on the ropes too.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. mickey2002

    REALLY :O… Anyone who has half a brain cell that works at GAME would of already moved jobs or been on the look out for a new job for months.

    They are going down simple, their finances are DIRE! My mother did work for them untill a few months ago about time she left can get much higher pay elsewhere. (she works in finance to make that clear lol)

    Unless they get bailed out they are gone. They should of done major changes starting 12-18 month ago get rid of ton of stores and so forth. They’ve been asleep and now wake up abit oh **** we are in great huge hole etc etc. I mean why didn’t they get a loan out to pay for all the ME3′s they’d still able to pay it back the day of release and make money still meh even if they do recover it’ll be hard to make huge profits again as how many people have lost the trust of them.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Lahanas

    Isnt there any other big chain that can buy Game?

    #7 3 years ago
  8. G1GAHURTZ

    So I guess this means big showbiz midnight launches at Tesco from now on?

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Patrick Garratt

    To be honest, I think optimism at this point is misguided. Barring some kind of miracle, it’s finished.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Blerk

    @7, who’d want it? GAME already hoovered up all their high-street competitors anyway.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. G1GAHURTZ

    REALLY :O… Anyone who has half a brain cell that works at GAME…

    LOL!! Quality joke.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. mickey2002

    I need to get down to my local gamestation since got a cash hard aswell as “exp”, already spent all my game reward points on ms points.

    Funny: My quidco GAME trancations got confirmed today XD lol

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Johnny Cullen

    Man, that BBC interview I did really stands out now in hindsight. :(

    #13 3 years ago
  14. mickey2002

    Did that go up on the iplayer Johnny ?

    #14 3 years ago
  15. Johnny Cullen

    You can listen to it here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/nibusiness#playepisode3

    Click on the March 6 episode.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. StolenGlory

    This whole debacle really stands out as one of the worst examples of corporate hubris I think I have ever seen or been a part of. They simply put far too much faith in the boom bubbles that the business was caught in at the time; whether it was the ‘Playstation Era (Circa 1995-2006)’ or the Wii/DS explosion.

    A lot of folks have hit it right on the head when they said they weren’t forward thinking enough and it’s true – they weren’t. At all. On a very general level, they had little or no grasp of emergent market trends and utterly failed to find any sort of balance instore in regards to marketing their pre-orders (which took up far too much of the space they were meant to be selling actual product in), preowned (took far too much new-release space and wasn’t priced sensibly) and finally, back-catalogue (which suffered because of the first two and almost utterly killed of the PC side of things completely).

    On a store management level, they started fucking things up a LONG time ago ever since they enforced far too much conformity amongst store management practices. They effectively took Manager’s sales skills away from them (y’know, one of the KEY FUCKING CRITERIA that got them the position in the first place) by making them follow the exact same layout and template format that the other 400 stores did. If you didn’t have any political favours to call in (read: backs to stab), you couldn’t get away with trying to manage the store anywhere near to halfway as uniquely as you would like to.

    I actually recall when I first started back in 2000 (yes, I am an old and withered husk), that store managers were actually granted a significant amount of autonomy as to how they managed their store – they had freedom to arrange displays how they saw fit, POS, staff rotas etc… so long as their figures backed up their management styles which more often than not they did. Don’t get me wrong, they weren’t given absolute free reign over their store for obvious reasons and had to adhere to some fundamental procedural things, but by and large it made every store unique and genuinely gave customers almost completely different shopping experiences.

    Of course the upshot of everyone following identikit plans and creating identikit stores, was that it took that much longer to root out the idle, useless managers from the genuinely hardworking ones who had their creativity and innovations suffocated. So as you might reasonably infer, what started as snowflakes of incompetence soon turned into a great big motherfucking rolling snowball of ineptitude that slowly dragged each region down with only a few holdouts still managing to look decent.

    Then on-top of this forced unilateral conformity came the mismanagement that pretty much sealed the deal for staff and customers alike. The suits at head office went far too big on incentivising as which resulted in hard and often desperate ‘re-training’ of staff to achieve what were hugely inflated and sometimes just downright unachievable targets. As we all know, this made the staff miserable as sin because GAME never could properly analyse the individual strengths of store staff (some were better at fast throughput at the till, while some were better at succinct and effective up-selling on the shopfloor) and so naturally everyone struggled and little by little (despite how nice these staff may have been previously) the misery and disinterest gets passed onto the staff (often compounded by hour cutbacks which meant you couldn’t properly staff the shop floor anyway) and so you have a classic shit cascade where everybody was miserable and you only turned up to work because your friends were there and you enjoyed games, but no longer enjoyed selling them.

    In a classic case of life imitating art, it was like living in some twisted GAME version of Clerks – it really was. We all got hooked in because we had such a deep-seated and innocent love for games (we wanted everyone else to know about our favourite hobby; that’s why we were such good sales people for the most part because we just wouldn’t shut the fuck up) that it seemed like the dream job. For just about all of us, at least in the early days, it started out that way and then gradually, through conformity to common-sense barren practices, an over-zealousness to incentivize extra-curricular bullshit and just reams and reams of suffocating bureaucracy our love for the job (and some us our hobby) eroded and we just stopped giving a shit quite frankly.

    From the suits getting paid their 6-7 figure salaries (and then jumping off the ship when it all went to shit due to their chronically abysmal mismanagement *cough* LM *cough*) all the way through to every single bad and pointless thing that fucked up a job that originally was pretty enjoyable, the only thing that remained as I said were your friends and at that point you just knew, you KNEW, however far in the back of your mind that something would start to give. I’m just surprised it’s taken this long and like I have said before; I feel genuinely sorry and impassioned toward each and every friend that I made at GAME who was shit on by the senior management and who will also lose their jobs as the end result of their accumulative incompetence.

    It’s cliché’ but it holds true; many of those guys in my experience were too good for that place and I hope they’ve all found (or will find) opportunities beyond the purgatory that GAME has turned into for them.

    The quick-buck suits on the other hand, who didn’t give two shits about the product or the people who initally worked with such a bright enthusiasm (likely to never be seen again at bricks ‘n’ mortar retail), I hope all of those detestable fuckmuppets drown in the afterbirth of their collective incompetence and immorality.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. GrimRita

    You know something. Had been Gamestation(without GAMES involvement), I could probably swear that the gaming community would flock to their stores in order to help them continue in business.

    Because this is GAME – the same company who has shit over publishers and the gaming public, no bugger will lift a finger and this is the end. Clearly, they are selling everything at knock-down prices to get some revenue in to pay the Big Bosses salary, without a care for its staff on the shop floor.

    Yet another ‘big name’ retailer who failed to adapt their business model to the changing needs of its consumers.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. Patrick Garratt

    @16 – Great post.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. DuckOfDestiny

    I’ve ordered two things from their website recently, a cheap Wii game and some Microsoft points. Both have failed to be sent to me, better get my money back, quick.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. Goffee

    Sounds like a template for most UK retail – ever since Boots’ Spaceman store planning system, shops have become ever more cookie cutter and while the executives will think it “helps brand identity and eases the consumer experience” that won’t work in something as personal as gaming.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. SplatteredHouse

    @16: Yes, that was a super post. I felt sad reading it, because from my own experience then, to now of shopping there, it rings true to my own impression of things. A bit like checking rings on a tree to know its history.

    I recognised great people in there, who I didn’t know personally, but they were great to me. I saw a lot in them. Ambassadors for games. Knowledgable, breaths of fresh air (examples to other shops), willing and able to help people understand products as well as they were well-skilled at selling them. I wonder what became of them, The Manager and his Team, although I haven’t seen any of them for years, I still hold them in high regard. I have no such love for what came after, what would replace them. If I’m lucky, they just take my money, and hand me in return a filled box.

    #21 3 years ago
  22. xino

    :/
    i’ve got £4 worth of points!

    #22 3 years ago
  23. Cee

    Short and simple: GAME was too expensive compared to elsewhere
    They shouldn’t of wasted time, money and energy revamping their website.

    The lesson is High Street stores have their days well and truly Samantha Mumba’d

    #23 3 years ago
  24. LOLshock94

    Not sure if alot of you guys no this but they are selling psps and ds lites for £30 and also selling a shit load of cheap pre owned games.

    #24 3 years ago
  25. Cee

    Yesh..I do anyways…had my mrs phone me every two fucking minutes…. do you want this(such and such a game) for £1.98

    #25 3 years ago
  26. Cort

    @16 Comment of the year. Kudos to you.

    #26 3 years ago
  27. Psychotext

    I’m with Cort. A compelling read.

    #27 3 years ago
  28. Sublimeone

    I would find it laughable if they SURVIVE, seriously they have to go BURST. This should set a precedent for any retail business if they choose to ignore market (business model), behaviour of customers, and finally Online alternatives.

    If I recall correctly GAME’s troubles has been in the news going for about 1 – 2 YEARs (YES!) and I have not noticed any changes at all. As though they were praying for a miracle.

    #28 3 years ago
  29. dreamcastnews

    I bet this isn’t half as bad in reality, this whole thing is too public, my money is on Gamestop taking them

    #29 3 years ago
  30. Marx n Engels

    This does all sound a little familiar to the dying days of Woolworths a few years back – scrambling for quick sales, hoping someone will come and buy them out.

    http://joystuck.co.uk/news/3475-game-could-go-into-administration-in-two-weeks-time

    #30 3 years ago
  31. brotherhoodofthewolf

    comment on Eurogamer says that GAME is asking its staff to sign new contracts.
    the cynic in me says, if this is true, that GAME are blackmailing their staff to sign new contracts that won’t entitle them to as much redundancy pay – or, be made redundant.
    worth a canny journo looking into this further.

    #31 3 years ago
  32. dreamcastnews

    That’s bullshit, I work there and there have been no such contracts.

    #32 3 years ago

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    Rare’s new game will be shown off at E3 2015, apparently. Rare hasn’t announced a reveal, and neither has Microsoft, but it looks like the news has slipped out anyway. IGN cites a tweet from Rare creative director Simon Woodroffe in which he says that a new project from Rare designer Gregg Mayles will be […]

  • Batgirl expansion included in $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass

    Here’s what you get in the $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass. Batman: Arkham Knight’s season pass was announced last week, but apart from the news that it would cost a whopping $40/£33, we didn’t get many details of what it would include. Thankfully, Warner Bros. has since acknowledged the clamour this caused, as players […]

  • Star Wars Day Xbox sale discounts Force Unleashed, Lego games

    Star Wars Day is upon us, and here’s an Xbox sale to mark it. Microsoft is offering discounts on Xbox 360 games to celebrate May 4. From my desk here in Australia the sale is a bit light on content – two Lego games, plus The Force Unleashed and its DLC packs. Your mileage may […]

  • Here’s hoping this tease means we see Mass Effect at E3 2015

    Mass Effect boss Mike Gamble has shared a teaser image, which we’re more than happy to draw speculative conclusions from. The new Mass Effect game in the works at BioWare Edmonton is a mysterious beast. Judging by how long it’s been in development, it feels like we’re about due for a proper reveal, to clear […]

  • Watch almost a whole hour of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is almost here. Are you ready for old-school shooter action? Wolfenstein: The Old Blood publisher Bethesda livestreamed almost an hour of the Machine Games shooter recently, and has now uploaded the archive to YouTube. Check it out below: Wolfenstein: The Old Blood launches digitally on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on […]

  • Splatoon lacks voice chat to promote a positive online experience

    Nintendo’s multiplayer game Splatoon will not contain a voice chat option in order to “focus on the positive aspects” of online gaming. Speaking in the latest issue of Edge magazine (thanks, GamesRadar), Splatoon co-director Yusuke Amano said personal experience with negativity in online voice chat was one of the main reasons for excluding the feature. […]

  • D4 on PC: differences from Xbox One version, system specs announced

    D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die – Season 1 is coming to PC, and Access Games has provided a list of features different from the Xbox One version. We’ve pulled most of the changes off the game’s website and posted them below, along with the PC specs. D4 on PC Kinect gesture input controls replaced with […]

  • The Megalodon returns to Battlefield 4 with the latest CTE patch

    The Megalodon Easter Egg in Battlefield 4 may have been removed earlier this year from Naval Strike, but it has since resurfaced on the CTE with the latest patch. I’d make a Jaws reference, but it’s been done to death. The shark is shown in the video on the Paracel Storm map which was where […]

  • Survival horror game Kodoku has a new work-in-progress trailer

    Kodoku, the survival horror title from Carnivore Studio, has a new work-in-progress video available, showing you how the game is coming along. Announced for PlayStation 4 and Vita back in 2013, the game is slated for release sometime this year, and tasks the player with avoiding mythical Japanese ghosts using only magic and stealth. Thanks, […]

  • Current HoloLens prototype has noticeably “tighter” FoV compared to January build

    Microsoft’s augmented reality headset HoloLens is still very much in the prototype stage, according to various reports out of the Build Conference. Microsoft hasn’t discussed technical specs with the press yet as nothing is set in stone, but during a hands-on at Build, Ars Technica noticed the prototypes had a “x86 processor, 2GB RAM, 802.11ac […]

  • Silent Hills petition asking Konami to continue development has over 50,000 signatures

    A petition to save the Silent Hills game has been formed by fans in the hopes Konami will change its mind and bring the collaboration with Guillermo del Toro back from the dead. Konami confirmed on Monday the Silent Hill remake from film director Del Toro and Metal Gear’s Hideo Kojima had been cancelled, but […]

  • Attack on Titan has a US release date, title changed in EU over copyright claim

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains will be released under a different title in Europe, according to the publisher, and while a release date has been set for North America, the same cannot be said for fans across the pond. According to Atlus, a copyright claim in Europe has forced the company to publish the […]

  • Yooka-Laylee meets final Kickstarter Stretch Goal in less than 24 hours

    The Kickstarter for Playtonic’s Yooka-Laylee sailed beyond its final £1 million ($1.5 million) Stretch Goal overnight, which will allow for a simultaneous release on all announced platforms. Once funded, Yooka-Laylee was slated for release on Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, Wii U, and Xbox One; however, a simultaneous release on all platforms wasn’t guaranteed unless […]

  • Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, but not by much

    Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, according to an announcement from Roll7. Not to worry though, it’s only by a week. According to the developer, the delay is due to “having undergone super-secret upgrades to crank shit up to 60fps.” The extra week will provide the additional time needed for tweaking […]

  • Assassin’s Creed, The Crew, Far Cry 4, other Ubisoft titles on sale through the Humble Store

    Ubisoft has put a number of its games on sale through the Humble Store. Franchises Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry are on discount as are single release titles. The list of games on sale are below. For pricing in your region, head over to the Humble Store. Anno 2070 Complete Edition Assassin’s Creed 3 Assassin’s […]

  • Payday 2: Repeater rifle, Peacemaker pistol introduced with The Butcher’s Western Pack

    Overkill Software released the 21st DLC pack for Payday 2 yesterday, titled The Butcher’s Western Pack. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and other digital distribution channels. “For our 21st DLC we go back in time to visit the Wild West and the arsenal it was known for,” said the developers. “With it we’re introducing […]

  • The Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter just launched and has already met its funding goal

    Playtonic Games launched the Kickstarter campaign for Yooka-Laylee at 5pm UK, and in just over 30 minutes it already hit its $270,000 funding goal. You can watch the funding counter continue to roll over through the link. Yooka-Laylee is a 3D platformer where the characters use special moves such as Yooka’s tongue grapple and Laylee’s […]

  • Batch of hi-res Persona 5 screenshots released by PlayStation Japan

    A set of screenshots have been released for Persona 5, and while you’ve seen these before in magazines and on the official website, these are high-res versions. Some will even look familiar to those who watched the first gameplay trailer back in February. The shots were posted over on the PlayStation Japan Persona 5 game […]

  • Is Alien: Isolation getting HTC Vive support?

    Placeholder images for SteamVR icons have been found and it looks like there may be support for Alien: Isolation, so if you enjoy soiling yourself, get psyched! NeoGAF members found a thread on Reddit, where a little rooting around in a Steam directory unearthed the images. The list includes both games and apps, and as […]

  • Xbox Live multiplayer is free this weekend on Xbox 360

    Xbox 360 players in all Xbox Live regions can play multiplayer online for free this weekend. If you are a Silver member, this means you are Golden from May 1-3 and can play multiple games online with your buddies. All you have to do is log-in to Xbox Live.

  • Assassin’s Creed actor Michael Fassbender confirms film production starts September

    The Assassin’s Creed movie will start production this fall, actor Michael Fassbender (Prometheus, 300, X-Men:First Class) as confirmed. Speaking with ComingSoon.net, Fassbender said filming will start in September, which is inline with Ubisoft’s announcement in February. The actor will star in the film alongside Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard, both reuniting with their MacBeth director Justin […]

  • Eve Online boss states VR won’t be as big as we think next year

    I don’t think I’m the only one who wants VR to hurry up and manifest into a Sword Art Online-esque reality. Unfortunately, the chief executive officer at the studio behind Eve Online doesn’t think that will be happening any time soon. Talking to Venture Beat, Hilmar Veigar Pétursson touched on his excitement at the prospects […]

  • The Last of Us: Left Behind goes standalone in May on PS3, PS4

    Naughty Dog has announced that The Last of US DLC Left Behind will be released as a standalone experience next month. It can be purchased for both PlayStation 3 and PS4 through the PS Store and a two-hour demo of the Factions multiplayer will also be made available. “The Left Behind standalone game will have […]

  • EA’s annual E3 press conference takes place on June 15

    Electronic Arts has announced its annual E3 2015 press conference will take place the day before the show kicks off on June 15. EA, Microsoft, Sony and Ubisoft always hold press events the day before E3 officially starts, so this isn’t any surprise, really. The presser, dubbed “Live to Play”, will last one hour and […]

  • Steam exchange rate mix-up closes down community market

    The Steam community market was buggered up big time today after a mix-up with currency conversion had items selling from practically nothing, to millions of dollars. PC Gamer picked up on the news after a thread on Reddit appeared with screenshots depicting just how silly things were getting over there. The currency exchange rate data […]

  • Britney Spears signs five-year deal with Glu for new mobile game

    Pop star Britney Spears has signed a five-year deal with Glu mobile for a new, untitled game. The mobile game will feature her “voice, likeness, and creative influence,” and is due for release sometime next year. Glu also signed a deal with Katy Perry in February, so expect a game revolving around her to hit […]

  • Large Activision publisher sale on Steam discounts Call of Duty, Prototype, more

    Activision has put the majority of its library on sale through Steam this weekend, and if other titles weren’t included, it could be referred to as a Call of Duty sale. Below are a few standouts. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Gold Edition 25% off Call of Duty: Ghosts 67% off Call of Duty: […]

  • The Dota 2 International Compendium is out, second Stretch Goal almost complete

    The International Compendium has been released for Dota 2 with the prize pool sitting at a lovely $1,917,155 as of press time. Valve said over the weekend to expect the International Compendium to drop sometime this week. As with previous years, those who purchase the Compendium can earn rewards by completing challenges, making predictions and by […]

  • If permadeath RTS games are up your alley, check out indie project XO

    The Square Enix Collective showcases projects for a limited time to help drum up community support and potential backers, and RTS title XO from Jumpdrive Studios is worth taking a look at. The teaser trailer is fairly brief, but if you visit the page for XO over at the Square Enix Collective, it’s understandable – […]

  • GTA 5 PC patch disables mods. Here’s how to get them working again

    A new patch for the PC version of GTA 5 was released yesterday and, as it turns out, has wiped the ability to use mods with the game. The wasn’t great news for some players, but YouTuber taltigolt has already figured out how to play the PC version with mods after installing the patch. Matt […]

  • Xbox One ad stealth launches a mysterious Halo 5 competition

    A new Xbox One advert released today isn’t as straightforward as it appears. The trailer has a couple of pretty conspicuous ‘glitches’ throughout, and members of NeoGAF wasted no time in breaking it down. The first item of interest is the screen from the hunt the signal site, which displays an error message when accessed […]

  • Battlefield 4 Jungle map improved with latest update

    DICE LA has updated the Battlefield 4 Jungle map, adding more foliage and a new route. As demonstrated by Westie in the video above, the map now has the kind of foliage you’d expect in the jungle, helping to conceal infantry players. The update also tweaks positions of objective points and has added a concealed […]

  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate free DLC pack for May includes Metroid and Mega Man armour

    The May DLC pack for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate boasts some big ticket items, including Metroid, Street Fighter, and Mega Man gear. This big fat chunk of free DLC, detailed on the capcom unity blog, includes Hunter equipment: Metroid’s Varia Suit Metroid’s Zero Suit Metroid’s Arm Cannon Taiko Drum Master Hunting Horn USJ’s Star Rook […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for May 1, 2 – Hard Light edition

    Here he comes with his weird face, dealing goods and gear for Guardians. It’s Friday. Xur: Agent of the Nine is back in the Tower. Of Course he is. Got your Strange Coins? Here’s what’s in his bag this week: Ruin Wings [Exotic Titan gauntlets] – 13SC Don’t Touch Me [Exotic Hunter gauntlets] – 13SC […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition Jaws of Hakkon DLC drops for PS4 on May 26

    Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC has now been announced for May 26 for PS3, PS4 and Xbox 360. The announcement was made on Twitter via the official Dragon Age account. Mark your calendars! #DAIJawsOfHakkon pic.twitter.com/mU1WfkSrQV — Dragon Age (@dragonage) May 1, 2015 The DLC was released for PC and Xbox One back in March thanks to […]

  • New Witcher 3 screenshots highlight Geralt’s questionable fashion choices

    Even though The Witcher 3 release date is drawing closer, it still feels like a million year away. So here are some more screenshots to tide you over until then. We got to look at in-game shots yesterday, but these new screens show Geralt riding through some gorgeously vibrant mountains, in the midst of combat […]

  • Sims Gurus patch out pregnant men

    Say goodbye to The Sims 4 unique take on fatherhood, as The Sims Gurus confirm that male pregnancies are no more. The Sims 4 players have been reporting high numbers of alien abductions, leaving their male characters with sore bottoms and a bellyful of alien baby. Kotaku reports that not everyone was getting their knickers […]

  • Black Mesa countdown probably points to Half-life remake release date

    Half-life remake Black Mesa may have a release date at last. Black Mesa is a Source Engine remake of the original Half-life, which like everything related to Half-life feels like it’s taking forever to come out. The first part launched in September 2012, and it looks like we might have a release date for the […]

  • Spector puts down rumours of troubled Epic Mickey development

    Epic Mickey seemed like a surprising follow-up project from the man who made Deus Ex, but Warren Spector has put down rumours of a difficult relationship with Disney. Epic Mickey displays several qualities found in Spector’s other games and which he has always espoused in interviews – heck, this is the man whose dream it […]

  • Ubisoft makes good on Child of Light promise with free eBook

    Child of Light fans can check out a gorgeous new illustrated book set in the world of Lumeria. Earlier this month, creator Patrick Plourde confirmed that there were more Child of Light projects on the way. As we expected from the cagey wording, at least the first of these projects isn’t a game: it’s an […]

  • Half-life episode from Junction Point would have featured a magnet gun

    Half-life seems to be on near permanent hold, but at least we can glean some insight into what might once have been. Junction Point’s cancelled Half-life game came up in Warren Spector’s Reddit AMA overnight. Commenting that he isn’t sure whether he’ll get into legal trouble for discussing the project, Spector gave a few comments […]

  • Destiny: exclusive shader, emblem on offer with Nepal benefit shirt

    Destiny developer Bungie has asked Guardians to offer their aid, and they’ve already responded in troves. A new Destiny shirt added to the Bungie Store is the object of a fundraising drive to provide aid in Nepal following a devastating earthquake this week. Bungie popped the pretty stylish shirt on sale earlier today, offering an […]