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Windows 8 “catastrophe for everyone in PC space”: Newell

Wednesday, 25 July 2012 20:38 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Gabe Newell has said the reason the Valve plans to provide a full Steam client for Linux users is because the lack of games available is holding Linux back.

Speaking during Casual Connect, attended by AllThingsD, Newell said many don’t realize how “critical games are,” when it comes tome for a consumer to choose an operating system.

“The big problem that is holding back Linux is games. People don’t realize how critical games are in driving consumer purchasing behavior,” he said. “We want to make it as easy as possible for the 2,500 games on Steam to run on Linux as well. It’s a hedging strategy.”

Newell also doesn’t seem to keen on Windows 8, which he said will cause many of the top-tier equipment manufacturers to exit the market.

“I think Windows 8 is a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space,” he said. “I think we’ll lose some of the top-tier PC/OEMs, who will exit the market. I think margins will be destroyed for a bunch of people. If that’s true, then it will be good to have alternatives to hedge against that eventuality.”

He also went on to discuss innovation, stating that in order for it to happen, platforms need to be more open instead of closed.

“In order for innovation to happen, a bunch of things that aren’t happening on closed platforms need to occur,” said Newell. “Valve wouldn’t exist today without the PC, or Epic, or Zynga, or Google. They all wouldn’t have existed without the openness of the platform.

“There’s a strong tempation to close the platform, because they look at what they can accomplish when they limit the competitors’ access to the platform, and they say ‘That’s really exciting.’

“We are looking at the platform and saying, ‘We’ve been a free rider, and we’ve been able to benefit from everything that went into PCs and the Internet, and we have to continue to figure out how there will be open platforms.’”

Through the link, Newell also discusses the future of digital distribution as well as alternative gaming controls.

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37 Comments

  1. Erthazus

    So Microsoft is looking at the more closed Windows this time?

    Are they nuts? Or i’m just talking bullshit?

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Lord Gremlin

    Windows 8 IS a catastrophe. It’s a closed OS for tablets, like iOS. Imagine that on PC. Yeah.
    Not sure what happens next. Probably Windows 9 and scrapping support for Win 8, unless someone swoops the market from Microsoft. Not impossible.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. freedoms_stain

    I used Linux for about a year, switched back to Windows full time when I started gaming heavily again.

    If Linux became a viable gaming platform I’d seriously consider going back.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Phoenixblight

    @2

    Well Apple is WIndows biggest threat so why wouldn’t they make a closed OS much like Apple.

    I don’t expect anyone to go with linus or other open source OS especially with the fact that 90% of devs use Windows with their software suites. People that use Linux have found a way to play games on their OS hell if they can use that OS there is no stopping them in what they can do.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Psychotext

    I’m just not seeing it. I’ve been using the preview and it’s Windows 7, but faster and with some fancy graphical addons (which you can get past if you prefer the old desktop).

    Have you actually used it LG? 7 is no more open than 8 is… Linux is that way ->

    I’m imagining it’s a catastrophe for Gabe mostly because it’s going to come with a built in app store. That’s direct, and heavy duty competition which will obviously take some dollars away from Steam (especially when Steam moves into movies and music).

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Edo

    Gaben knows stuff.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Mr Tom

    I’m using Win 8 at the moment as well. Just been playing some of the games I bought in the Steam sale last week!

    Not sure why Windows 8 is supposedly such a big catastrophe. It really is just 7 with a start page rather than a start menu…

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Phoenixblight

    Windows 8 is just a reengineered version of WIndows 7 its not doing anything really new other than faster index which means faster booting.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. roadkill

    Gabe might know his stuff but he is being a hypocrite right now. Windows might be a closed platform but so is Steam..

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Talkar

    ^This

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Old MacDonald

    Steam isn’t a platform. Steam can not exist unless there is a platform to run it on.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Gadzooks!

    Got to give props to Gabe for what he’s produced, but he does like a moan.

    He is scared of the integrated marketplace. I dont think he needs to be though, plus competition is good, ya?

    #12 3 years ago
  13. absolutezero

    Plus if GfWL and the Windows Phone Marketplace is anything to go by its going to be laughably inept.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. Da Man

    GZ hits the nail on the head.

    Fatty is a huge hypocrite, said PS3 was a waste of everybody’s time only to take his words back three years later, when he realized there’s money to be made there.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. absolutezero

    oh hay guys fancy seeing the two of you here.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. Da Man

    Same here.

    xoxo

    #16 3 years ago
  17. brotherhoodofthewolf

    Makes zero sense IMHO for MS to position themselves closer to Apple, by having a closed system. This mentality could let Linux get more of a foothold.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. Ireland Michael

    The problem with Windows 8 has absolutely nothing to do with its prowess, and absolutely everything to do with the interface.

    It’s trying to be everything for everyone and it canabilises both in the process. It’s a disaster especially for novice and beginner computer users, who don’t care about tech, and just want to use it for basic things. It’s a homogonized mess.

    Why the fuck they didn’t just design a tablet specific OS is beyond me.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. Phoenixblight

    @17

    Its the same system and all reviewers from developers to consumers have said WIndows 8 is far better than previous versions.

    WIndows has always had a closed platform. Nothing has changed from 7 to 8 since it is the same architecture with added tablet support.

    @18

    You can turn it back to classical mode. Apple is doing the exact same thing. They are making the OS very similiar from the PCs to the smart phones and Ipad.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. Gadzooks!

    #13

    I wouldnt say the WP marketplace is inept, in fact its a nice interface, but it is a bit more expensive and sparse than droid/ios, and MS just dont seem that interested. I think maybe they think it will be self-sustaining but that didnt work out to well for GFWL as you mentioned.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. DSB

    Considering that Newell made his initial fortune over 13 years at Microsoft, I think that’s worth listening to.

    I hope we aren’t heading for another Vista. I wouldn’t trust Microsoft further than I can throw ‘em.

    #21 3 years ago
  22. Gadzooks!

    #17

    That could end up being a good thing. Windows needs a viable competitor, imo.

    #22 3 years ago
  23. absolutezero

    I agree completely that its nice to navigate but theres just some basic things that are missing, like having to rely on user reviews to know if whatever you are about to purchase is going to run on the model of phone you own.

    I own a useless copy of Dodonpachi because it will not work on my HD7.

    Much like the Android MP the WP on is filled with bizarre Chinese app knock offs. Only they cost more. Not that im fussed about paying a couple of pounds more for a port of something from iOS. Its just a bit of a confused mess which I found is pretty much the same across all phone platforms.

    #23 3 years ago
  24. Ireland Michael

    @19 You shouldn’t have to. An OS should make the process simpler, not more cumbersome and difficult.

    The ommission of the Start Button especially is ten degrees of stupidity on Microsoft parts. You are forced into using a cluttered interfaced, optimized for touch screens, on a format not designed for it.

    #24 3 years ago
  25. Phoenixblight

    @21

    My wife has vista on her computer and having installed the preview I can say its no where near as bad as Vista infact its a vast improvement. My wife’s computer that is 5 years old runs so much faster and loads almost 60% faster.

    Wit Windows offering windows 8 for owners of previous versions for 40$ I will be definitely getting it for her and possibly for myself.

    @24

    You can easily change it to desktop where its very much like WIndows 7 minus the start button which for me it is easy to navigate. Most reviewers are giving it a great review and saying its an improvement upon WIndows 7. I have seen little to no difference but for my wife computer its a vast improvement and she doesn’t seem bothered by the interface. She is a lot less tech savy than myself.

    #25 3 years ago
  26. Gadzooks!

    #23

    I wasn’t aware of the compatibility issue. I have the Lumia 900 so probably wouldnt have encountered it anyway.

    I’ve also only downloaded a few games so far. Need more strategy games!

    #26 3 years ago
  27. MidlifeAxe

    @14 I can’t take you seriously when you refer to Gabe as ‘fatty’. It’s just juvenile.

    #27 3 years ago
  28. Telepathic.Geometry

    “…when it comes tIIIme for a consumer…”

    “Newell also doesn’t seem toOOO keen on…”

    Sorry for being a miserable pedant.

    #28 3 years ago
  29. OwningXylophone

    @ Absolute

    Really? Dodonpachi runs perfectly fine on my HD7.

    #29 3 years ago
  30. absolutezero

    mmmmhhmmm

    For me I just get a black screen then it “crashes to desktop”. I googled around a bit to see if theres a work around or if it was universal or whatever and I found out that alot of people had the same problem, no one really knows why though. Depressing.

    #30 3 years ago
  31. OwningXylophone

    It occasionally dumps me back to the ‘desktop’ when I first try and load it, but it usually works fine if I just try again… I feel for you, as it is one of the best games I have played on WP7.

    #31 3 years ago
  32. Ge0force

    Forcing Xbox Live into Windows 8 will certainly be a catastrophe for pc-gaming. It will only bring redicolous rules for devs, loads of payed DLC and further monetizing instead of creativity and free community content.

    #32 3 years ago
  33. CPC_RedDawn

    Gabe is onbviously going to bad mouth W8, I have used it and its a pile a crap, however it is still in Beta and is not final just yet but its not far off.

    People also have to realise that the new UI of W8 can be turned off and you can downscale it to look like W7, Vista, XP or even 2000 and W98.

    Gabe is VERY scared about the integrated marketplace that Microsoft want to implement into the OS. Thus taking away a potentially massive marketshare from Valve, GOG, Origin, etc, etc. If the average joe boots up his or her PC and the games or apps they want are right there in a little icon for sale then why would they go to the trouble of downloading STEAM or Origin and searching for it themselves.

    Even with STEAMS ridiculous sale periods it is still going to be hard to compete with Microsoft, as they have buckets of cash and can throw money at devs for exclusive deals.

    STEAM has grown a lot since its release and I have been there right from the start, its gone from 100,000 users to around 5+ million at peak times.

    Microsoft want to close out other sources, which is going to backfire BIG TIME!! Pushing other companies like Valve to the side and making the platform closed is the biggest mistake since releasing Vista. The other people (STEAM, GOG, Origin) will all just jump ship and move on to other OS’s. I would not be at all surprised if Google takes Android and does the exact same thing as Microsoft is doing with W8.

    I actually would not mind an Android based OS for my PC… at least it would be more open than W8.

    #33 3 years ago
  34. DSB

    @34 It’s 15 million users on Steam :P

    I don’t think he’s scared of Microsofts marketplace. Microsoft couldn’t sell popsicles in the Sahara right now. Why would they suddenly be smart enough to compete?

    I think he’s more concerned about what it signifies. Microsoft starting to close the platform down, instead of going the other way, which is obviously what all third parties on the PC would want them to do.

    Considering that Newell was a part of Microsoft for 13 years, I’m sure he has some insight in what that means.

    Other than that I totally agree.

    It’s been one of my wettest dreams ever since Android to see Google enter the PC OS space. I think that would completely revolutionize the platform, but at the same time it would probably be the biggest gamble in the company’s history.

    Certainly, Microsoft starting to pull back and close it down could be seen as a move to make Google back off. Microsoft are shitting themselves looking at that company. Google adapts where Microsoft always tries to dictate. It’s a huge disadvantage, and it’s only going to get larger.

    #34 3 years ago
  35. Badger

    Just noticed this story is currently the top most read news item on the BBC website. I wonder if Gabe is regretting being quite so blunt in his quotes now that it’s got a fair bit of coverage. I only hope Microsoft doesn’t now make it harder for Steam to exist effectively on Windows 8. Steam wouldn’t be the Steam we know if it were not for Windows.

    #35 3 years ago
  36. FabioPal

    I’m wondering about the use of the word “closed OS” in his sentence.

    Did Microsoft forbid Steam to be ran on Windows 8? No.
    Did Microsoft change anything in terms of source code availability in Windows 8? No.

    So I seriously cannot understand this sentence. It’s just another competitor in the “app store” market, is Steam SO scared about a competitor?

    I don’t think they should.

    #36 3 years ago
  37. Da Man

    Incidentally, I ‘m pretty sure most people (customers) don’t even know the meaning of that word, while constantly using it.

    #37 3 years ago

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    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a new TV spot that’s short and to the point. The latest Witcher 3 trailer comes in the form of TV spot. It’s all CGI, and it looks good. If you’re more into gameplay trailers, the latest one will serve you well. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is out […]

  • Steam roguelike sale is live, offers deep discounts on a stellar collection of titles

    If you’re into challenging, procedurally-generated, and infinitely-replayable games, Steam’s current sale will hook you up. Steam is hosting a sale on roguelike games. Plenty of titles in the genre are on sale for upwards of 75% off. Highlights include Risk of Rain at 75% off, Don’t Starve at 66% off, Spelunky at 75% off, FTL: […]

  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 finally gets online co-op in Raid Mode on Xbox One

    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 has been patched to support online play in Raid Mode on Xbox One. The Xbox One version of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 lacked online support in Raid Mode for a long time. Until today. A new patch has been released to bring that version in line with the rest of them. […]

  • A section in Killing Floor 2′s EULA about cyberbullying is riling up some fans

    Killing Floor 2 has recently got into a bit of trouble with some fans due to a clause in its EULA that gives the developer the right to revoke a user’s license without prior notice. The Killing Floor 2 EULA – just like many others found in modern games, has a section dedicated to cheating […]

  • World of Tanks: 2,000 free tanks and in-game cash to giveaway

    To celebrate the World of Tanks grand finals this weekend we’ve got some great freebies to give away to new players. We have 2,000 PC invite codes to giveaway, with each one offering new accounts a T2 Light Tank, 100 Gold and 1 Days Premium worth around €8.00. All you need to do is enter […]

  • Marvel announces partnership with Telltale, first game due in 2017

    Marvel and Telltale have entered into a partnership that will allow the developer to work on a new game series, due in 2017. Telltale has announced that it has partnered with Marvel Games, Marvel Entertainment’s video games division, for the development of a new game series. No indication was given as to what the new […]

  • Destiny: Bungie is not saying no to a player trading system

    Bungie has not completely ruled out the idea of bringing a trading system to Destiny. Destiny does not offer any way for players to trade items amongst themselves. But ever since the game’s release, players have never stopped asking Bungie to add one in. While the developer does not have a satisfying answer, it’s still […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for April 24, 25 – MIDA Multi-Tool edition

    The weekend Exotics market run by Xur: Agent of the Nine is now open for business. Destiny’s bizarre vendor, Xur, has arrived at the Tower. Xur is your man if you’re looking for Exotic armour or weapons. Not only that, but he will also let you exchange your old Exotic gear for new, upgraded versions. […]

  • Warcraft movie delayed yet again

    The Warcraft movie will no longer hit theatres in March 2016. The release date of the Warcraft movie has been pushed back by three months. The movie was expected in March 2016, but Legendary Pictures announced yesterday that it is now due on June 10, 2016. No reason was given for the delay. This is […]

  • Destiny: Iron Banner returns on April 28

    Destiny’s Iron Banner PvP event will return this Tuesday. Bungie has announced that the Iron Banner, it’s once-every-few-weeks PvP event, will make a return with next week’s weekly reset. It was initially due this week, but because of the recent Crucible changes that were implemented with patch 1.1.2, Bungie wanted to wait and see. That […]

  • Deus Ex devs take the piss out of Black Ops 3

    Deus Ex developers have been having a bit of a laugh at the expense of Call of Duty’s official Twitter account. You would be forgiven to think that yesterday’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 ‘Ember’ teaser was part of an ad campaign for a Deus Ex game, with all the biohacking, wearable tech, augmentation, […]

  • Bungie weekly update: Commendations begone

    Destiny’s weekly update is here to determine the fate of all those Commendations you’ve been earning in the past few months. Bungie started off this week’s update with a recap of the details revealed during the recent livestream. There wasn’t really anything on this front that they haven’t talked about already. With the exception of […]

  • This GTA 5 trainer lets you play as almost anything and it’s the best thing ever

    Want to play GTA 5 as a monkey, a cat, a fish, a deer or some other non-human thing that we eat or keep as a pet? ScriptHook has you covered. Not only can you play as critters, it change other game values, according to an explanation from PC Gamer. These values include making changes […]

  • EA Sports moves Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR release date to July

    EA Sports has announced Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR will be released in July. Originally announced for June, the golf game will now release the same week as the Open Championship at St. Andrews, on July 14. EA also provided some more color on gameplay features such as the ability to customize the game by borrowing […]

  • Jason Voorhees joins Mortal Kombat X in May, Kombat Pack owners get first dibs

    Jason Voorhees will arrive for Mortal Kombat X players in May, NetherRealm Studios announced today during the latest Kombat Kast. Jason will be shown for the first time on Monday, May 4 during a special Kombat Kast. According to EventHub which watched the livestream, the developer will also show off the character’s move and Variations. […]

  • The Witcher 3: Nvidia heads to Poland for a behind-the-scenes look – video

    A video for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been released, taking you behind-the-scenes with CD Projekt RED. Nvidia’s GeForce crew went to the firm’s studio in Poland to talk with the game’s executive producer John Mamais, who provides a look at the PC version of the upcoming RPG. CD Projekt, according to the video […]

  • Microsoft notes decline in Xbox unit sales for Q3 FY15 to 1.6 million

    Microsoft reported its Q3 FY15 earnings today, citing growth in Xbox Live usage as one of the contributing factors to the firm’s reported revenue. However, the firm noted a decline in units sales for its Xbox consoles during the quarter. Microsoft Q3 2014 (yoy comparison) Microsoft Q1 fiscal 2015 Microsoft Q2 fiscal 2015 The firm […]

  • Powerplay is a new feature included in the Elite: Dangerous May update

    The next update for Elite: Dangerous is coming next month and it includes a new feature called Powerplay. According to Frontier Developments, Powerplay allows players to participate in an ongoing battle that “enhances every aspect” of the game. Players can become allies with a number of galactic Powers and guide their strategy, pursue objectives in […]

  • Facebook says it’s “too early” to discuss large-scale shipments of Oculus Rift

    Facebook has said it is “too early” to discuss large-scale shipments of Oculus Rift as the VR headset is still in the development stages. Speaking during a call to investors, Facebook CFO David Wehner said the company had nothing to announce regarding the amount of stock it expected to ship. “We have not announced any […]

  • Battlefield Hardline’s first patch and rental server program hits next week

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch has a release date for both consoles and PC. PC & Console patch and RSP for Consoles coming April 28th. Fixes include TDM spawns and more: http://t.co/BZYJeomPlr pic.twitter.com/27TCiY8hmf — Battlefield (@Battlefield) April 23, 2015 The update will include fixes to Punkbuster, Nvidia DirectX drivers, TDM spawns, contains weapon balance tweaks and […]

  • Modders can now earn money through Steam Workshop starting today with Skyrim

    Valve has introduced a new functionality within Steam Workshop which will allow mod makers to earn money for their creations, starting with Skyrim. The update will allow content such as mods, items, or maps to be sold through Steam Workshop for titles which have the feature enabled. A new “streamlined process for listing” has been […]

  • Play Skyrim for free this weekend on Steam and take 75% off while you’re at it

    Skyrim is free this weekend on Steam providing wanna-be Dragonborns who have procrastinated on wetting their blades with Stormcloak blood the perfect opportunity to give the RPG a try. Head over to Steam and download the game and play for free until April 26 at 1am PDT. The game is also 75% off if you […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 “Ember” teaser video released ahead of full reveal

    Activision has released a Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 teaser video titled “Ember” and you can watch it right here. Here’s the video blurb: “In the next 50 years, technological advancements will lead us into a world where only those who risk going too far, will find out how far we can actually go.” […]

  • Dragon Age Keep update includes more customizability and control

    Bioware has updated Dragon Age Keep after listening to community feedback. The update includes more customization and control over heroes, world states, career and more. Players can now customize hero portraits or delete Dragon Age: Inquisition heroes from the Hero section. They can also remove playthrough states from the World State Manager and keep up […]

  • Here’s a look at some Conker community creations in Project Spark

    Conker’s Bug Reunion releases today, and below is a video showing some of the community creations you will be able to download using the creation pack. Project Spark is a free download on Xbox One and Windows 8.1, and you can download the Conker Creation Pack today. It contains 350 assets in order for users […]

  • Rainbow Six: Siege video shines spotlight on the British Counter Terrorist Unit

    Ubisoft has released a Rainbow Six: Siege video which gives you a look at the British Counter Terrorist Unit which features “the best of the Army, Navy, and Air Force.” The firm said that over the next few weeks it will introduce the public to each of the units in the game. Rainbow Six Siege […]

  • Mario Kart 8 DLC and Mewtwo for Super Smash Bros. headline eShop update in North America

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with an update and new DLC for Mario Kart 8 and the Mewtwo DLC for Super Smash Bros. Other highlights include Mario Kart DS on Wii U Virtual Console, the continuation of International StreetPass Week and more. Full update is below. Nintendo eShop Mario Kart […]

  • Square Enix host E3 2015 conference this year on June 16

    With Final Fantasy 15, Rise of the Tomb Raider and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided on the horizon, it should come as no surprise to learn that Square Enix will be hosting a dedicated E3 2015 conference this year. The presentation will take place Tuesday, June 16 at 9am PDT/12pm EDT/5pm UK. It will be broadcast […]

  • Final Fantasy 4: The After Years 3D remake releasing on Steam next month

    Final Fantasy 4: The After Years has been given a makeover and will be released on Steam of PC next month. You can now pre-order it on Steam and take 10% off for the time being. The game will be released on the digital service May 12 and will include trading cards and achievements. Thanks, […]

  • This Project Cars video shows off the racer’s multiplayer

    Project Cars developer Slightly Mad has released a new video giving you a look at the game’s multiplayer. The game is out next month, and if you would like to refresh yourself on the tracks included,  give this a look. While you are clicking links, here’s the minimum and recommended PC specifications which dropped last […]

  • Looks like Logitech is getting out of OEM mouse production business [Clarification]

    Logitech will no longer produce “low-end” mice, citing a decline in PC accessories. This story has been updated to include a clarification. According to a Reuters report, per MCV, the firm will instead focus on video accessories and streaming music, as its wireless Bluetooth speakers are now its best-selling product rage. This will help offset […]

  • Win! We have 1,000 Heroes of the Storm beta keys to give away

    Must have more MOBA? Win one of our 1,000 Heroes of the Storm beta keys and see if you’re more Blizzard than LoL. Can’t wait for June 2? Of course you can’t. We have 1,000 closed beta keys for Heroes of the Storm to give away this week, allowing you access before Blizzard’s MOBA goes […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles X Nintendo Direct airs tomorrow, April 24

    A Nintendo Direct devoted entirely to Xenoblade Chronicles X will air this Friday, April 24. The video showcase will start at 11am PDT/2pm EDT/7pm UK. After the showcase, a new Nintendo Treehouse: Live presentation featuring the game will air. This is the second Xenoblace Chronicles X Nintendo Direct, but the first in English. The first […]

  • Blizzard will have 500 game stations set up at gamescom 2015

    Blizzard is heading to gamescom 2015 in August and it will have 500 game stations set up for attendees to get their hands on five of its titles. The developer will be set up in Hall 7 and those who stop by will be able to get hands-on with the latest content for Heroes of […]

  • PS4 price cut to £299 in UK

    Sony has dropped the price of the PS4 in the UK. For a limited time only, you can grab the console for £299.99 from Argos, Game, Tesco and Very. Go to Amazon.co.uk and you’ll get it for £289. You’ve only got until April 28, then it goes back up to £349. Go, go, go. For […]

  • Mad Max: first ever gameplay footage revealed

    Today, we get to finally take our first look at gameplay from Mad Max. Avalanche and Warner Bros. have shown off the first gameplay trailer for Mad Max today. The trailer below offers a look at melee combat, car combat, customisation and much more. Give it a watch below: There are a few new screenshots […]

  • Overlord: Fellowship of Evil has four-player co-op like we figured

    Codemasters has pulled the veil back on the next Overlord game, and its a four-player co-op game called Overlord: Fellowship of Evil. Rhianna Pratchett is back to write the story. The game may be co-op at its core, but it can still be played single-player. Each of the four playable character have strengths and weaknesses, […]

  • Update now available for Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Pokemon X and Y

    Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire along with Pokemon X and Y are being updated by Nintendo to fix a few bugs and in-game text. There’s also the possibility of a few hacks and exploits being fixed. Per Nintendo Life (via Serebii), both patches are 250-270 blocks in size, and it’s a mandatory update which […]

  • Side-scrolling cover shooter Not a Hero gets a demo

    Not a Hero, the upcoming game from OlliOlli developer Roll7, has received a demo. The demo for Not a Hero was made available today on Steam. In the game, you play as Steve, the campaign manager for BunnyLord. A time-travelling rabbit who’s running for mayor of London. Think this is an absurd premise? This trailer […]

  • You have until April 30 to export your Green Day: Rock Band tracks to Rock Band 3

    Harmonix has announced that those looking to export their song collection from Green Day: Rock Band into Rock Band 3 can only do so until the end of the month. April 30 will be the cutoff date for anyone who wants to export tracks from Green Day: Rock Band into their Rock Band 3 library, […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight minimum, recommended, and ultra PC specs revealed

    Batman: Arkham Knight is looking like it’s going to be quite a taxing game. Nvidia has released a list of the minimum, recommended, and ultra PC requirements for Batman: Arkham Knight. Here’s the full thing: Minimum OS: Win 7 SP1, Win 8.1 (64-bit Operating System Required) Processor: Intel Core i5-750, 2.67 GHz | AMD Phenom […]

  • Bloodborne patch 1.03 is live, reduces loading times, fixes suspend/resume bugs, more

    Patch 1.03 is now live for Bloodborne. The patch reduces loading times, adds item descriptions to loading screens, and fixes other various bugs. From Software has pushed update 1.03 live to all Bloodborne owners. As promised, it reduces loading times by approximately 5 to 15 seconds. Another new addition is showing item descriptions instead of […]

  • Battlefield 4: first look at Community Map in action

    Get your first look at the map designed by the community of Battlefield 4. Battlefield 4′s community-designed map is a reality. DICE has recently updated CTE to include an early version of the map. It’s not fully textured as Westie is about to show you, but the layout is nearly finalised. Westie goes over the […]

  • Microsoft apologises for uploading misleading Witcher 3: Wild Hunt footage

    Xbox’s YouTube channel uploaded a video of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt yesterday that was captured from the PC build. The most recent gameplay video for the The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt appeared on the Xbox YouTube channel and showed a quest from the game’s opening section. A few minutes after it had gone live, […]