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Origin executive aiming to “differentiate”, be “better” than Steam

Wednesday, 13 June 2012 00:42 GMT By Brenna Hillier

EA’s digital distribution service has to offer something different than Steam, according to Origin senior vice president David DeMartini.

“There’s one Steam. I think what people want to see is, they want to have another viable option. They want us to differentiate in a way that sets us apart,” DeMartini told Gamasutra.

The executive compared the digital distribution services’ rivalry with that of big-ticket games – not necessarily aiming to deliver the same experiences.

“Battlefield 3 isn’t Call of Duty. Battlefield 3 is great, it’s a shooter, but it’s a great shooter in its own right. I want Origin to be the exact same thing,” he said.

“That doesn’t mean Call of Duty is bad. I don’t want to see Steam become bad. They’re a partner. They do a lot of good things. What I want is Origin to be differentiable and better as a service, which is similar to what Steam does.”

As for how EA intends to achieve this, DeMartini said the publisher hopes to leverage EA’s multiplatform capabilities.

“We need to be able to visualize that in the service in a way that allows you amongst your circle of gaming friends to differentiate yourself or demonstrate your skills multiplatform versus other people you game with or who you are interested in their opinion,” he said.

If Origin is to be a major alternative to Steam, then it has to live up to Valve’s more established service, and DeMartini echoed colleague Peter Moore in asking gamers to be patient.

“Give us a few more years, and maybe we’ll be better than Steam,” he said.

“Steam took eight years to get where it is. We’re not going to take eight years, but we’re going to get there and go beyond.”

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16 Comments

  1. freedoms_stain

    They should have left it in the oven until it was a genuine competitor.

    Really, you can’t take any feature of Origin, hold it up to Steam and give the win to Origin.

    Steam has this “News” window that opens up when you 1st start Steam – if there’s any NEWS, if you click through a particular item you’ll never see it again. Origin has a similar “Featured Today” window that opens up when you start Origin, but unlike Steam Origin is pretty happy to have the same 1 or 2 ads on there for weeks at a time. Chances are if I didn’t want BF Premium or MoH Warfighter Digital Deluxe preorder yesterday or any of the preceding 6 days, probably don’t want them today either. Oh yeah, Origin also has no (obvious that I can find) way of turning the useless shit off, unlike Steam.

    On Steam, when a game or piece of content is available for pre-order there’s a handy-dandy green bar that gives you minimum of an approximate release date (i.e. summer 2012), and if the release date is know it gives you the unlock time in months, weeks, days and hours. Origin, jack-fucking-shit. The Battlelog forums have been swamped with “When does Close Quarters release?” threads since Premium went live because EA decided that publishing release dates in obvious places (like their store pages) is too much effort for them.

    Origin forgets my login password probably every other login, 1 in 3 at absolute best. Steam? never.

    Little annoyances that stack up to the point where you’re like “ok, fuck this shit”. I haven’t mentioned that the design is absolute turd yet have I? The design is absolute turd. Why is the friends list permanently there? It’s not even properly supported by BF3 – the game they used to unload Origin on the PC gaming world.

    The lack of actual content on Origin is painfully obvious from their storefront page. There are 3 banner ads on there, 2 of them are for BF3 Premium, BF3 Premium is also on their rotating ad space, it’s also at the head of their new releases block and it’s the only thing that is “Featured Today!”. There are 2 incredibly pointless lists towards the bottom of the page, one titled “The Sims” full of Sims shit, and another titled “Best Shooters” all of which are at least a year old and all of which are insanely overpriced given their age and their current physical retail prices.

    Individual store pages for titles are just barren. You’ve got the option to really sell the game here and really there’s little more than what you’d typically find on the back of a dvd box in-store.

    Ok, they don’t have to copy Steam nod for nod, but they could at least have taken a look to see what they were competing with.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. TheWulf

    Good luck with that, EA. But unfortunately you lack the everything that makes Valve great.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. DSB

    I think the fact that so many people despise Origin speaks volumes about EAs strategy in general.

    They’re trying to apply a console strategy to an open platform, making it a unilateral thing, completely focused on forcing the 100% margins, when that’s really not the best way to get results.

    The best way to get results would be to focus on the service, focus on the design, and focus on the user.

    Until that happens, people have a lot of better options.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. HauntaVirus

    @2
    Couldn’t agree more.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. TheBlackHole

    “Good luck with that, EA. But unfortunately you lack the everything that makes Valve great.”

    God I hate this attitude.

    *I love VALVE, therefore Steam gets a free pass*

    Don’t get me wrong, I love Valve as a developer – their games are some of the best in the industry.

    Steam is a great service for the most part, but is becoming a dangerously powerful monopoly that now holds way too much control over the PC retail sector.

    Problem is, most gamers (as evidenced by 2 of the 4 previous posts) would rather feed the beast and quash potential competitors, while simultaneously shouting ‘down with the man!’.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. back_up

    hahahahah
    PC gamers are biggest jokers
    wanna play BF3 run origin
    wanna play L4D run steam
    wanna play Diablo run B.net
    net down can’t play game LMAO
    hahahahah can’t stop laughing at PC losers

    #6 3 years ago
  7. GrimRita

    @5 Until Valve/Steam abuse their position, they will always remain the number 1 DD service for PC gaming. Lets not forget EA and the whole Spygate saga with their shitty Origin service.

    How they pulled their titles from Steam and then decided to attempt(and failed) to blame Valve for it, only cemented my hatred for their offering and as such, didnt buy BF3 and any future games released only on Origin.

    The truth is, Origin HAS and continues to abuse its position by selling DD games at stupid prices – BF3 was £40, Digital Deluxe versions – £70+. So if you want to blame someone for shafting the competition – look at EAs doorstep first.

    Calling Origin a competitor to Steam must be the joke of 2012. It cant compete with any features offered by Steam. If Origin had some neat design features or community tools, then fine but it doesnt. You cant even call it a service – it does fuck all apart from sell over priced games.

    That day will never come because Steam is always evolving and if it wasnt for Valve/Steam believing in the PC as a format, the PC gamer would be fucked.

    Every day on VG247 you see stories of how Steam helped Indie titles sell thousands of copies, returning a decent profit. So if Indies like it, main stream like it, and importantly, the players like it, it must be doing something right.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. TheBlackHole

    “How they pulled their titles from Steam and then decided to attempt(and failed) to blame Valve for it”

    Valve want 30% of every game sale, plus 30% of any associated DLC or microtransactions related to those accounts, whether sold on Steam or not. This is partly why Minecraft is not on Steam, btw. THAT is why EA pulled out. Also, Valve spent 10 years not allowing their titles to be sold via other digital retailers, and only now have it in limited places, so that’s really not a point you can push as a negative against EA.

    “Origin HAS and continues to abuse its position by selling DD games at stupid prices – BF3 was £40, Digital Deluxe versions – £70+.

    All EA games are available via other digital distributors at much cheaper prices – GamersGate, Green Man, D2D, Metaboli… there’s no reason to ever pay EA direct. That’s like buying full price titles from GAME rather than looking online for a cheaper alternatives.

    “It cant compete with any features offered by Steam.”

    Of course not, but then if you remember when Steam was a year old, it was also pretty fucking awful. Ten years of development and R&D is a pretty big head start.

    “Every day on VG247 you see stories of how Steam helped Indie titles sell thousands of copies, returning a decent profit.”

    And every day you DON’T hear about the discussions publishers have about whether or not to put their games on Steam. It’s not always that they want to, they HAVE to, otherwise they simply won’t sell enough copies. They don’t want to give away their users to Steam – giving up customers to a competitor service is suicide, but Steam’s sheer size makes it a necessity.

    I’m not stupid enough to suggest Steam isn’t a brilliant, innovative, groundbreaking service. Much like Google though, it’s the biggest because it’s the best, but it has such a grip on its relative market that no competitor can even begin to compete.

    It IS a monopoly. Epitomised by the fact that almost all other third party digital retailers sell STEAM KEYS, meaning even when Steam isn’t the retailer of choice, they still end up with a new user and % of revenue.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. GrimRita

    @8 Publishers dont have to. If they dont like the terms on Steam, as you claim are 30%, they could go elsewhere.

    The probable reason why they dont is because Steam is more than just a store, its a community and a fantastic one at that. Sure, sometimes I see games that cost more then they do on Amazon but again, I dont mind paying a bit more for a decent service and thus far, Steam delivers on all counts.

    Personally, it all reminds me of the music industry blaming the pirates for downloading music, killing the industry off – then along came itunes and showed that people WILL pay for the music THEY want, not the shit shoved down their throats by out of touch marketing departments.

    The same is true of the PC games industry and Steam. Retailers and publishers were all quick to kick the PC in the bollocks when the truth of the matter was, Steam was growing proving all the idiots out there wrong.

    Now, that Steam have built a solid business, others are quick to slate it. Like I said earlier, until they abuse their position in the market, Steam will ALWAYS be the only DD service I use and if publishers arent on it, thats their problem.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Panda

    @6#

    hahahahah Console gamers are biggest jokers
    wanna play Diablo 3 on console? can’t
    wanna play any mods on console? can’t
    wanna play any strategy game on console? can’t
    wanna play next gen games on full resolution? can’t
    net down? can’t play game
    Server hacked, credit card details gone –>priceless

    hahahahah can’t stop laughing at Console losers

    -_-

    #10 3 years ago
  11. back_up

    @10
    MR POO

    diablo 3 game requires online connection to play even SP LMAO

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Erthazus

    @11, True and your PS3 does not require anything because it can’t play Diablo III at all.

    SCHWING!

    #12 3 years ago
  13. back_up

    @12
    false diablo 3 might come to PS3 as blizzard said might be not but whatever

    i can say same for Uncharted series PC version

    point is why the hell people need internet connection to play SP ?

    schwing!

    #13 3 years ago
  14. Panda

    @13 Hey smart arse

    Blizzard is one of the few publishers who are exclusively releasing on PC platform.
    They probably develop good add ons like LOD first. No one will hassle about PS3 release!!!!

    Swing

    #14 3 years ago
  15. Talkar

    @14
    Blizzard once developed for consoles, it is only the most recent titles that didn’t release on any consoles, which may or may not be the case with a PS3 version of D3 ;)

    #15 3 years ago
  16. DSB

    @8 1) Minecraft isn’t on Steam because it’s one of very few games that doesn’t need retail support. As far as I know, the only third parties used to distribute Minecraft is Google, Apple and Microsoft on Android, I/OS and 360.

    And that’s because those platforms aren’t open.

    There are very few games you can say that about.

    2) Steam hasn’t been ethical in the way they sell their products either, but two wrongs do not make a right, and since Steam is peoples preferred client, you’re not going to make people happy by excluding it from your chain of supply.

    30% is nothing compared to brick and mortar, and I’m guessing that if anyone is offering a better deal, it’s because they have to, to compete.

    3) How hard is it to implement those features? We’re not talking about rocket science. It may have taken Steam half a decade to really bring the service into it’s own, but that can’t possibly be a reason why Origin apparently needs the same amount of time to rip off those ideas.

    -

    I don’t disagree with the last part. A market where corporations focus on their needs before the consumers certainly won’t do any of us any favors, but sadly that’s how a lot of executives minds work these days.

    A corporation is a fortress within society, not an active part of it.

    But that’s also handing another advantage over to Steam. As a private company, they can do everything those executives think they can’t. Gabe Newell is easily worth more than Bobby Kotick and John Ricitiello.

    Maybe it wouldn’t be a terrible idea for them to learn a thing or two.

    #16 3 years ago

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    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 […]