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Tameem Antoniades and the trouble with tits

Thursday, 22 March 2012 06:46 GMT By Brenna Hillier

An outrageous quote from Ninja Theory boss Tameem Antoniades has highlighted a problem plaguing the games industry: an assumption that all of us are teenage willy wavers or desperately lonely man children.

He’s speaking to a particular audience here, and an audience that is not necessarily representative of all, or even the majority of, gamers: the kind of gamer who is looking for a girlfriend.

Tameem Antoniades is the head of a developer known for its restrained, respectful narratives, now in charge of a franchise somewhat notorious for being the opposite of that in every way.

Speaking to PSM3, Antoniades said his team had thrown out the Devil May Cry’s previous approach to female character design because it’s not actually that attractive.

“If it’s true that the average console gamer is over 30 – which I totally believe – then you can’t use those cheap tricks to titillate people into wanting to buy your game,” he said.

“I’ve nothing against big tits – I’d rather have my head resting on a pair right now – but if you’re going to try and stimulate someone on different levels, there’s better ways to do it. If you look at the stars in movies, the women people find really attractive are often not the ones with the biggest tits. You’ve got to be attractive on a different level.

“We did that in Enslaved with Trip. People loved her, not because she had big breasts and high heels, but because she felt like someone who could be your girlfriend. That to me is more attractive than a prostitute walking around with a big gun. Not to demean prostitutes.”

CVG dutifully reprinted the whole interview, and Kotaku picked the quote, which makes for a fantastic headline. It’ll be everywhere by the end of the week, I suspect.

In some ways what Antoniades said has hit the nail bang on the head and he deserves our applause. The average age of gamers is rising. The industry’s reliance on over-sexualised, impossible female design is somewhat insulting to those who’ve grown past the point of getting erections from passing bra stores. A man (or woman, let’s not forget) of a certain age might admire a rounded bosom or rump but a sparkling personality on an attractive lady of more reasonably sized assets takes a short cut right to the libido. It’s to Antoniades’s credit that he acknowledges that we’re not all slavering sex addicts.

But at the same time, he’s speaking to a particular audience here, and an audience that is not necessarily representative of all, or even the majority of, gamers: the kind of gamer who is looking for a girlfriend.

That’s nice love, now put it away

It’s bad enough that a lot of games assume that their target demographic of straight blokes think of women as having no greater value than as repositories for your genitals, and enjoys their constant depiction as such. But many of the games that manage to put that behind them do so with the idea that we’re all sad, lonely gits who just want to be loved by virtual maidens.

There’s growing evidence that the hardcore gaming demographic – formerly almost entirely composed of straight, young males – is increasingly varied. Gamers aren’t nerdy, under-sexed youths locked up in their bedrooms fapping over cover art any more. They’re happily married. They’re dads. They’re straight women. They’re gay men. They’re hundreds of different kinds of people who – and this is the key point – don’t necessarily view women as potential mates first, and people second.

It’s human nature to judge people based on their sexual and romantically attractive qualities. We all do it, don’t we? You don’t have to be a mad lecherous sex fiend to make a snap judgement on whether you would or wouldn’t. There’s no shame in that. It doesn’t mean you think of the person you’re viewing as nothing more than a piece of meat, an outlet for your needs – it’s biology. It’s a split second reaction and it rapidly takes a back seat to more pressing concerns, like conducting whatever business brought you into contact with them.

Games aren’t dating services and they aren’t pornography, two things that have an important role in our society which is adequately provisioned for outside the games industry. It’s time the whole industry got that through its head and moved on.

Where games – and many other media – go wrong is by assuming that appealing to this initial snap judgement is all you need to do to create a great female character. For those poor sods at home without companionship in their lives, maybe it is, but for the rest of us, we want the female party members to contribute something. We want them to be somebody, and to have a reason for existing beyond looking good in minuscule amounts of leather bikini or being there to hold our hands and have our babies.

It’s insulting to all gamers that so many depictions of women in gaming are just eye candy. It assumes we’re too stupid to see that a pair of big tits doesn’t make up for shitty writing, or a total lack of characterisation. It assumes we’re all wired up to our genitals so strongly that we’ll let everything else slide. But even when we get past that rubbish and get to what they’ve got between their ears, it’s insulting to assume that what we want is life companionship – “girlfriend material”.

Surely most gamers don’t play video games because they’re looking for female companionship. They play games because they want to blow something up, or drive a fast car, or be enthralled by a beautifully realised fantasy world. Even acknowledgements like Antoniades’s, which give us some credit for adult taste, fail to take in the fact that we can enjoy female characters as people who exist in a greater capacity than as romantic interests.

Games aren’t dating services and they aren’t pornography, two things that have an important role in our society which is adequately provisioned for outside the games industry. It’s time the whole industry got that through its head and moved on.

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26 Comments

  1. JPickford

    What was the outrageous quote?

    #1 3 years ago
  2. KAP

    Don’t look at us mate look at the artists who make these characters, there the lonely man-child.
    Only today, there getting paid to design what they used to wank to.

    Personally no gamer asks for a shaved head space marine or a big chested 14 year old school girl, its what they think might sell.

    Freeman & Shepard* are testiment to that.

    *Fem shep obviously.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. The_Red

    Well spoken words. I think every game dev should remember this part: “Games aren’t dating services and they aren’t pornography”

    Bayonetta was an UBER sexualized character with over the top personality that didn’t even remotely try to be a girlfriend and yet she is the best female character made during the entirety of this generation (At least in my humble opinion). It was 3 things at the same time: A satire of sexulizied game heroines, A tribute to AND example of the said sexualization and finally, a decent example of a powerful female character with a few feminist elements (I know, outrageous but that’s how I felt about that character and her game).

    #3 3 years ago
  4. sb319

    A bit unfair to take a comment out of context and then proceed construct a one-sided argument about issues the original quote never intended. Did you ask Tameem for further comment?

    The original point is entirely reasonable. To create an interesting, engaging, attractive female lead character with sex appeal we should look beyond the rather dumb busty vixens so omni-present in Japanese titles and try for more nuanced characters.

    Personally I think Tameem over-estimates Ninja Theory’s own success: Trip in Enslaved DID look a bit too much like a perfectly made-up glamour-puss / page three girl (with an ability for computers, admittedly), as did Nariko in Heavenly Sword.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. TimClark

    Really enjoyed this, but politely wonder whether the provocative use of ‘tits’ in the title (rather than say ‘sexism’) isn’t all about hooking the same sort of audience Tameem is accused of talking to in the original PSM3 piece.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. OrbitMonkey

    I think the silliest piece of tit-ilation I’ve seen was in Lost PLanet. A icy, cold world, but the ladies still wore artic gear that showed off the fun bags…. Er, I mean fun bags in a totally respectful way obviously ;-)

    #6 3 years ago
  7. knuck

    I’ve been a VG247 reader for a good while now. I love this site, it’s my #1 place for gaming news. It used to be Kotaku, but I left it because of all the tabloid bullshit they kept posting. Like this article.

    Please VG247, I BEG YOU, don’t become just another shitty videogame tabloid, leave that to Kotaku! :(

    #7 3 years ago
  8. silkvg247

    Best female character in a game ever? Alis, from Phantasy Star. :)

    Well not “best”, but I’d argue the first that wasn’t sexualised. Also first ever RPG female lead character..

    We dont’ have enough strong female role models. I’d like to see that change, for sure. And by strong I don’t mean burly biceps, I mean a strong personality, a heroine.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. YoungZer0

    @2: You obviously don’t know how this works. The artists usually listen to what the directors tell them, and they tell your what their directors tell them.

    Really? You’re bringing up Shepard? Considering that her boob-size grew with every entry?

    #9 3 years ago
  10. viralshag

    Like #1 said, what was the “outrageous” quote? I think this is taking a fairly obvious quote, that any normal gamer would say, and blowing it up a little bit.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. OlderGamer

    If the only music you every heard was American County Western. You would listen to it. And you would enjoy it. It wouldn’t make the music good. Or bad. It would be all you would know.

    Thats a lot like objectifying females in video games. You accept it because you don’t know any better. Even expect it. Works the same in other mediums as well. From music, magazines, web, tv, movies, just about everything. I am sure it has some deeply rooted fruedian motivations. Mostly it is just human nature. The games industry is feeding that.

    Never going to change, not in games or anything else.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Freek

    The outragouse quote being that all gamers are looking for a girlfriend bitt.
    Thinking that replacing one stereotype with another stereotype is the basis for good character design is missing the mark and showing a profound misunderstanding of who your audiance actually is and what he/she is looking for in a game and/or a story.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. YoungZer0

    Oh and i’m with him on the whole topic and i applaud what he said. And yes, while Trip was sexy she never was that porn-actress that we’ve seen in previous titles.

    It’s not even the design that pisses me off. It’s the representation. Just remind yourself how Sheva in RE5 was introduced. Exactly, she wasn’t. Her ass was. The first thing we saw of her, was her ass. Then some guard touches her ass or something and she’s all like “Oh no didn’t!” Like in some parallel universe this would be a strong women or something.

    She’s supposed to be a soldier for fucks sake. Have you ever seen a female soldier on the battlefield wearing high heels? I blame the director of RE4 for this one. It was his idea to let Ada wear a red dress in a middle of a infected village. With high heels.

    Best example of everything what’s wrong about female character-design is the new Kingdoms Under Fire. G-Sized tits with Nipple-Armor an ridiculous breast-physics. What kind of women would want to look like that?

    #13 3 years ago
  14. viralshag

    @11, Honestly, what on earth are you basing that on? We have plenty of female film, music and even game stars/characters that are not over-sexualised , attractive maybe, but not with a pair of boobs over-flowing from their outfits.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. OlderGamer

    See thats the trouble with the internet, viralshag. Every word is taken, by someone, to be exact. There is no allowence for generalities. Sure there are strong female leads in film. One of my all time fav lines is “Get away from her you bitch!”, Aliens, S. Weaver. She is drenched in sweat, holding a child in one arm, and huge gun in the other and staring down a monster that would make most people(man or women) run the other way.

    There are examples for both sides of the coin. For every Riply there is some scantily clad late teen/early twenty something female on the screen. Sex sells. And considering your demigraphic is important. A teen scream/slasher movie is going to have a lot of sex compared to a mystry film aimed at 50somethings.

    So, of course I was speaking in generalities.

    As gamers we should be slightly offended at what games offer. The devs/pubs must think we are all a bunch of teens. As a general rule we are sold female sex objects. Yes there are examples of games that treat females like regular people.

    Also, I have voice some concern over the influence it has over younger gamers. Both boys and girls. Its not healthy for girls to think they need to look like L. Croft from Tomb Raider. Its unatainable for the overwhelming majority of real females. Just as it is for boys to expect that their someday female parteners will look or act like video game chars. And yes same problem exsists across most mediums(that was my point btw). We can see some steps being made here and there like trying to make it hard from runway models to be clinicly anerexic(sp) and still model.

    I think it is an issue. Not just in games.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. viralshag

    Well I’m sorry if you were talking in generalities but my main concern was your last line of “Never going to change, not in games or anything else.”

    That’s a pretty finite sentence. One which I don’t really believe in. Considering the quote this entire story is based on. That and the fact that most people, based on the comments here, do not turn around and simply say “you’re all wrong, sexy big boobed women are the best!”

    I would agree there is an issue overall but I personally do not find the games industry to be the worst culprit.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. absolutezero

    “The average age of gamers is rising.”

    Exactly and you know what, theres far more pressing problems surrounding this than simply bad female character design.

    When was the last time that a game had an actual adult storyline, not just aimed at late teenagers. The mature tag is thrown about a hell of alot but when your games story reads like it was written by a 16 year old who the fuck cares if its mature or not?

    Also this entire article could more or less be flipped on its head about male designs. No one gives a shit about that though. ONWARDS!

    #17 3 years ago
  18. minxamo

    As much as I hate this guy, he’s absolutely fucking right.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. YoungZer0

    @17: I thought Witcher 2 had a pretty mature story.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. absolutezero

    It had casual sex in it though.

    MY MIND HAS BEEN BLOWN.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. Freek

    Yes, but not a silly way. The Witcher operates in that kind of shady world and he’s a bitt of a playboy, but in a believable way. The depth of the world and the character probably has allot to do with the fact that it’s an RPG based on a book series. It was a good story with interesting characters before it became a game.

    #21 3 years ago
  22. absolutezero

    I know I was just being an ass. The Witcher 1 and 2 both contain overtly sexual female characters, not in the girlfriend mode but out and out sexual beings. It never suffered because of this. Well the first game suffered from that horrible card collecting mechanic which was insulting. What im trying to say is that having the big breasted sterotype does not instantly lessen the quality of your game.

    That and the far more important issue of an ageing majority for a player base. If developers cannot create games aimed at their largest market what use is there in homing in one precise fault?

    More games like The Witcher 2 more games like the best of Human Revolution (and less of the worst parts please).

    #22 3 years ago
  23. fearmonkey

    I would argue that the Spike video game awards and what G4TV has become is much worse than being titillated in a video game. Adult scenes such as what is found in the witcher games, Mass effect series, etc arent that much different than a PG-13 to NC-17 movie these days.
    If a non gamer watches Soul Calibur, Bayonetta or the Dead or Alive series being played they might roll their eyes, and view it as the same as modern comic books. If a non gamer watches Spike TV’s VGA’s or attack of the show they would think far worse of us

    #23 3 years ago
  24. Dragon246

    Personally I like characters like Alicia from Valkyria Chronicles. Characters who have rewarding qualities in their character. They are not the people who I would like a relationship ( they are unfortunately just fictional characters) but you feel a bond with these kind of people and hope that they get a good life (a good ending in a game). A character made just to arouse sexual feelings cant possibly generate feelings like that.

    #24 3 years ago
  25. jldoom

    @Oldergamer I can see what you mean by it will never change. Not just talking about videogames here either, it’s every where. You’ve heard it before and you’ll never stop hearing it, sex sells. Doesn’t matter if it’s in videogames, movies, music etc. It’s just the way the media portrays everyone, male and female alike.

    Honestly though, I feel as if it’s one sided, but it’s as another poster mentioned, no one says shit about the over developed male characters. Going back to RE5, Chris, are you kidding me? This guy looks like Arnold in his prime. Which he was hitting the gym 2 times a day, 5 days a week, sometimes 6. He’s a soldier mostly deployed in the field, how the hell does he keep up such a muscular frame? Maybe I’m looking into it too much, but you can’t really mention one and not the other. Leon on the other hand makes sense, he look’s athletic, and fit. Not like a contender for the Mr. Olympia.

    Either way, it really doesn’t matter to me whether the female has G sized breasts, or an A cup. As long as the game is fun, I’m comfortable enough with my sexuality that they can show whatever the hell they want in videogames, it doesn’t affect me in the slightest.

    #25 3 years ago
  26. Mike

    I really think you’ve over-interpreted here. The girlfriend thing is just a short, perhaps lazy, way of saying “realistic, intelligent, humourous, deep, caring, sensitive.” Which is basically what you’re saying you want in a female character; someone who isn’t 2-dimensional, and is just there to keep the chaps happy.

    Now, your other argument about females being portrayed in games in general is valid, but I can’t see what Tameem says is wrong. I, too, a gamer of over 30 years, a real job, house and two kids, want the females in my games to be attractive. (attractive i it’s literal sense not sexy, or lewd).

    If I’m going to spend a lot of time with a female character, then she’s going to have to be someone whom I’d want to spend time with – you know, like a girlfriend. Doesn’t mean it’s a requisite that my character will sleep with her – but then again, in tales with heroes and heroines that’s often the case, and so what?

    Again, I’m not really following here.

    #26 3 years ago

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    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.

  • Destiny of Spirits will go offline starting next month

    Sony will be ending service for Destiny of Spirits starting next month, Sony has announced. The free-to-play Destiny of Spirits was released in late March 2014 on Vita, and tasked players with collecting supernatural forces appropriate to their geographical location, and then trading them with others online. Gravity Rush spirits were added to the game […]

  • MotoGP 15 is out this spring on PC, last and current-gen consoles

    MotoGP 15 will be released in June on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, Milestone has announced. Bike, rider and team customization are part of the latest release in the franchise, along with time-trials and enhanced career options. The game features over 20 bike models divided into three classes: MotoGP, Moto 2 […]

  • Cities: Skylines players should check out Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises

    Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises can now be yours in Cities: Skylines. Die Hard fans will be familiar with Nakatomi Plaza. Those who have never watched the first film and live in Los Angeles know it by its real-life name, FOX Plaza. It was created by Enos Shenk and is available through Steamworks. Those who […]

  • Call of Duty franchise has sold 175M copies, players have thrown 300B grenades

    With the Call of Duty Championship kicking off tomorrow, Activision has sent over a series infographic full of interesting figures such as the number of copies sold over 10 years and how many grenades players have tossed. According to the stats below, the Call of Duty franchise has sold 175 million copies across all platforms […]

  • Save up to 75% on select SEGA games on Steam this weekend

    SEGA has put many of its games on sale through Steam this weekend and the firm has also announced Eastside Hockey Manager is now available through Early Access. The sale runs through March 30. The entire Total War, Company of Heroes and Dawn of War back catalogs are discounted 75% and all associated DLC is […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight PC confirmed as digital download-only in UK

    Batman: Arkham Knight will indeed be a download-only title on PC in the UK, Warner Bros. has confirmed to VG247. Batman: Arkham Knight will be available as both a physical and digital release for PS4, Xbox One and PC in North America and Europe. Again, in the UK, the PC version will be “available as […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege release date set for October per GameStop Italy – report

    GameStop Italy may have let the release date for Rainbow Six Siege slip if a recent listing is accurate. According to the listing, the game will release on October 16. While this could be a placeholder date, October 16 is a Friday in the UK, the usual day new releases land at retail. The release […]

  • Watch the $1 million Call of Duty Championship right here

    The The Call of Duty Championship takes place this weekend, and you can watch all the action as it unfolds right here. The event takes place in Los Angeles tomorrow March 27 and runs through March 29, and the livestreams are below. 32 teams from five continents and 11 countries will be competing in Call […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: Battlefest kicks off this weekend with Double XP

    A new season of Battlefest kicks off this weekend, and starting today, you will earn Double XP in Battlefield Hardline. Battlefest for Hardline is similar to the event held for Battlefield 4 last year. For the entire month of April and into May, in-game events and competitions will be held by the developers and player […]

  • Don’t forget: the GTA 5 PC pre-order bonus cutoff is March 31

    Just a friendly reminder to those planning on purchasing GTA 5 for PC: you have until March 31 to pre-order if you want all the bonuses on offer. Those who pre-order will be handed $1 million in-game cash plus a bonus $300,000. It is split between GTA 5 and GTA Online: $500,000 for Grand Theft […]

  • Games with Gold offers doubled for April – six games instead of three

    Microsoft’s April Games with Gold collection is being doubled. For the month Xbox Live Gold members will receive six instead of three games free. Here’s what’s on offer: Pool Nation FX: Available all month on Xbox One Child of Light: Available all month on Xbox One Gears of War: Judgment: Available from April 1-15 on […]

  • Pokemon players can grab a code for Shiny Charizard at GAME in April

    Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire players along with Pokemon X and Y owners can grab a free, rare Shiny Charizard from April 3 at one of GAME’s 320 stores in the UK. The redeemable codes for the character will be made available upon request and no purchase is necessary. Those who pop into one […]

  • F1 2015 will arrive on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in June, includes Mexico circuit

    Codemasters has announced its F1 franchise will make its series debut on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this June with the release of F1 2015. The game was developed using a new engine and contains improved handling and physics for all vehicles and parts attached. This includes: engine, transmission, aerodynamics, fuel tank, force feedback, suspension […]

  • Mortal Kombat X video confirms Liu Kang as playable character

    Liu Kang has been confirmed as a playable character in Mortal Kombat X in the latest video. You’ll also notice Bo’ Rai Cho in there as well. In the Shaolin trailer above you also get a look at Kung Lao and Kung Jin who is new to the series. Apparently, Raiden’s past champions of the […]

  • Short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront shows the Battle of Hoth

    A short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront has been posted by EA on Twitter. Well, that speeder isn't going anywhere. Can someone give us a lift to @SW_Celebration http://t.co/srEVrAA0zl #SWCA https://t.co/4W4LG8myke — EAStarWars (@EAStarWars) March 25, 2015 The teaser shows vehicles which we could be using in the game, but it mainly shows the snowy landscape […]

  • Pillars of Eternity releases today – get all the review scores here

    Pillars of Eternity, which still stands as the second most-funded video game on Kickstarter, finally releases today. It’s also getting some rather positive reviews scores, which we’ve rounded up for you. The isometric, party-based RPG from Obsidian Entertainment was one of the first video game projects to take to Kickstarter, and hit its $1.1 million […]

  • Take an in-depth look at Evolve’s Behemoth monster and four new hunters

    Evolve’s fourth monster, the Behemoth, as well as the four new hunters are shown off in new gameplay video. Evolve’s latest gameplay trailer gives everyone a good look at each of the four new hunters and the massive Behemoth monster. The hunters can be bought either separately or though the hunting pass, while the monster […]

  • PS4 firmware update 2.50 causing issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall

    The suspend/resume feature in PlayStation 4′s 2.50 firmware update is causing some issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall. Killzone: Shadow Fall developer Guerrilla has said that the game is experiencing some issues in some instance where the suspend/resume feature is used. The timing of when players put the game in suspend mode does have an effect, […]

  • Bungie on Destiny matchmaking: “We believe there’s no substitute for a pre-made team”

    Crazy though this may seem, it’s possible that Destiny shipped according to plan. History points to community as a crucial component, far from the contingency that many now suspect. Paul Davies spoke to Bungie for clarity. “The community always engineers the best solutions for bringing players together. While Matchmaking is a great resource for introducing […]

  • Bloodborne works with suspend/resume, but only offline

    PlayStation 4′s newly-added suspend/resume feature works with Bloodborne as you’d expect, but only while offline. PlayStation 4 received the long-awaited suspend/resume feature today as part of firmware 2.50, and people are starting to test it out with various games. Bloodborne does work with the feature, but only if you play offline. Playing online is arguably […]

  • This is what Crossy Road looks like in first-person

    Crossy Road is fun and addictive. But in first-person, it’s mostly frightening. YouTube user Andy Front Films likes Crossy Road so much he decided to show off what it would look like in first-person. If crossing roads quickly and watching around for cars and trains, all of this as the camera chases you felt intense […]

  • Take a small behind-the-scenes peek at Mass Effect 4

    BioWare cinematic director Ken Thain has given us a very slim look behind the scenes at some motion capture work from the upcoming Mass Effect game. The upcoming Mass Effect game, whether it ends up being called Mass Effect 4 or not, will most definitely incorporate some form of motion capture work. How do we […]

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – 8GB day one patch on PS4, 16GB on Xbox One

    Day one patches for Borderlands: The Handsome Collection are pretty hefty. Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Borderlands: The Handsome Collection require players to download lots of gigabytes to make the experience as smooth as possible. The PlayStation 4 version has an 8.31GB day one patch. The Xbox One version however has […]

  • Get a PlayStation 4 with Bloodborne and The Last of Us for $435

    If you’ve been waiting for the perfect game to get to buy a PlayStation 4, there’s no better time than the present. Amazon is offering a good PlayStation 4 bundle at the moment. For $434.99, you get a PlayStation 4 console, The Last of Us, and Bloodborne. The Last of Us is of course the […]

  • Upcoming Battlefield Hardline patch to nerf the K10, buff battle rifles

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch will focus on weapon balance and a few changes have been proposed. Battlefield Hardline lead multiplayer designer Thaddeus Sasser posted a few of the balance changes that the team is considering for the next patch. K10: reduce bullet damage to 33 Saiga and PTR: reduce recoil to bring more in line […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and a new Resident Evil game coming this year, according to research firm

    According to digital games analyst SuperData, a new Resident Evil game is due this fall and that this year’s Call of Duty is Black Ops 3. In its latest report on digital console games, research and analytics firm SuperData revealed that a new Resident Evil is coming this fall. “We anticipate this month’s downturn to […]

  • Bloodborne: you can add gestures to your messages

    As players get deeper into Bloodborne, they keep uncovering so many of its little new additions, including this one. Bloodborne, like all of the Souls games before it, allows players to leave messages for other players. These messages could be used to point players towards impending doom, treasure, or just be sarcastic and witty. What […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 is now live

    PlayStation 4 firmware update version 2.50 has started rolling out. Reports are coming in saying that Yukimura, PlayStation 4′s firmware 2.50 has been made available to download. The update is clocking in at just 245mb, so get downloading. 2.50 brings with it many new additions, including the suspend/resume feature, backup and restore, accessibility options and […]

  • Harley Quinn DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight is a prequel

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s Harley Quinn pre-order DLC is set before the events of the main game, according to Amazon’s description. Today we learned a few details about the pre-order DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight, namely the Harley Quinn one. According to the description on Amazon, the DLC takes place in the lead-up to the events […]

  • Bloodborne Vicar Amelia summon mystery solved

    Bloodborne players unable to summon near Vicar Amelia: here’s your solution. Bloodborne’s secrets are unfolding by the hour as clever players piece together From Software’s cunning design. Yesterday we reported problems summoning in the Cathedral Ward, before the Vicar Amelia boss fight. It turns out this isn’t a bug – or if it is, it’s […]

  • Steven Spielberg will direct film adaption of Ready Player One

    Steven Spielberg will direct the film adaption of the sci-fi, virtual world, video game themed novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Warner Bros. bought the rights to the film in June 2010 and hired screenwriter Zak Penn to rewrite the previous draft written by Eric Eason, according to Deadline. The book takes place in […]

  • Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets shouldn’t forget about the custom audio

    Here’s a friendly reminder for Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets: be sure to download the Headset Companion App from the PlayStation store if you haven’t already. As previously reported, the game supports a custom Bloodborne audio mode which can be uploaded. It contains custom audio created by developers specifically tuned to enhance the audio. This […]

  • EA explains why FIFA Ultimate Team transfer prices are now platform specific

    EA has posted a blog entry explaining its FIFA Ultimate Team transfer market price ranges which now include platform-specific pricing in order to best the coin sellers. EA said it has implemented the changes to FUT over the last several weeks because it should be “fair and fun for every player,” ultimately coming to the […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness now available

    In case you forgot, Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness was released today. It is available on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The third episode releases on iOS devices and Android tomorrow, March 26. The Sword in the Darkness finds Asher Forrester heading to Mereen […]

  • Bloodborne players are already documenting their crazy antics

    Bloodborne has been available for almost two days now in North America, and already players are posting interesting clips and character customization choices for the game. Below are interesting takes on creating a character and videos of a frustrating death and another full of blood coming from a very painful place – monster or not. […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team celebrates sixth year in existence with giveaways

    FIFA Ultimate Team is celebrating its sixth year in existence with special events running from today until March 29. According to EA, every FUT fan will be handed one free pack every day, and those who play at least one match in the FUT Birthday Cup will have a chance to win rare “tradable In-Forms” […]

  • Halo Online is a F2P PC game in development exclusively for Russia – video

    Halo Online is a free-to-play game which will launch this spring in Russia, and is in development with Saber Interactive. According the reveal event attended by IGN Russia, the game was designed to run well on lower-end PCs and runs on a modified Halo 3 engine. The game is set on a secret UNSC space […]

  • SteamWorld Dig Xbox One release expected in late May

    SteamWorld Dig is coming to Xbox One, developer Image & Form has announced. A firm release date hasn’t been announced, but the studio expects the title to arrive on the system in late May. “We’re preparing quite an elaborate Easter egg for the Xbox One version – a gaming thing that we really wanted to […]

  • SMITE celebrating first anniversary with a sale on skins, Ultimate God Pack

    Hi-Rez Studios is celebrating the first anniversary of SMITE with a sale. From today through Friday, March 27, the Ultimate God Pack, which includes all current and future Gods, will run you $19.99. Alll individual pre-launch skins are 50% off, and all Gem Packs will award bonus gems. In addition, from March 27-29, all SMITE […]

  • Borderlands 2 has sold around 12 million copies, says Gearbox

    Speaking with Microsoft’s Major Nelson in his podcast, Gearbox Software boss Randy Pitchford stated Borderlands 2 has sold somewhere around the 12 million mark. As of August 2014, it was announced by Take-Two in its financial report the 2012 game had sold-in 10 million units. Pitchford noted in the podcast he learned of the figures […]

  • Broken Age releasing on PS4 and Vita same day as Act 2 on PC

    Double Fine Productions has announced it will release Broken Age on the PlayStation Store next month. Act 2 will also be released on PC. The full Broken Age adventure will release on PlayStation 4 and Vita on April 28 in North America and April 29 in Europe. It features cross-buy and cross-save. Broken Age Act […]

  • Star Citizen earned another $1 million within two weeks – total hits $76 million

    Star Citizen continues its funding streak with backers pumping another $1 million into the game’s development in the last two weeks. The total earned for the space sim has now reached $76 million ($76,015,532 to be exact) with 851,395 backers contributing to the staggering figure. Star Citizen’s latest update was version 1.1 which included two […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline top Media Create charts

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline were the big ticket debuts during the March 16-2 period in Japan, with each game claiming the top three slots on the Media Create charts, respectively. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD moved 92,094 on PlayStation 4, while Resident Evil Revelations 2 moved 73,373 units on […]

  • You can now learn English or Spanish on Xbox One with the Rosetta App

    Want to learn English or Spanish? Rosetta Stone has an App for that on Xbox One. According to the language teaching firm, Rosetta Stone’s Discover Languages, the new application teaches English and Spanish by way of immersive simulation. Users will virtually travel to learn vocabulary and grammar “necessary for real-world interactions.” Here’s how it works: […]

  • PayDay 2 and PayDay: The Heist have sold over 9 million units combined

    The PayDay franchise is a lucrative IP for Starbreeze and Overkill, as both games combined have sold over 9 million copies as of November 2014. The company has also sold over 8 million paid DLC packages since PayDay 2 was released in 2013 (via NeoGAF). In its Q2 half year report issued in February, net […]

  • Nintendo wants to “surprise” customers with NX, not expand upon existing hardware

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has firm wants to “surprise” players with its new NX system. Speaking in an interview with Nikkei, translated by Kotaku, Iwata wouldn’t go into details on the new system, but stated expanding on a current gaming system would be “dull.” “In the past few years, the idea of what [encompasses] a […]

  • Kojima Station show suspended

    In another episode in the the ongoing kerfuffle between Hideo Kojima and Konami, the publisher has suspended the Kojima Station web show. Recent tweets from the newly created Japanese Metal Gear Solid account confirm that Kojima Station will not be broadcast tomorrow, but would not provide a date for the next episode. The Tweets were […]

  • Watch Battle Royale for free this weekend on Xbox Live

    Square Enix is celebrating the launch of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD by offering Xbox Live members in the UK a free rental of Battle Royale. Starting Saturday, March 28 and through Sunday, March 29, Xbox Live members in the UK will be able to rent Battle Royale through the Xbox Video Store, for free. The […]

  • Bloodborne journal, part 1: managing anxiety on the path to the Cleric Beast

    Bloodborne is both like and unlike the Souls games. Brenna descends into Yharnam with reluctance and trepidation. Need help succeeding in Bloodborne? You need our Bloodborne walkthrough and boss guide. Bloodborne isn’t Demon’s Souls or Dark Souls. Let’s get that out of the way right off. I enjoyed both Dark Souls games, but it was […]