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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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    Thinking of buying a new Xbox One? You might want to wait until October 27. Because Microsoft is planning to release a limited edition console alongside the game, as confirmed by 343 Industries studio head Josh Holmes. @juliocurt There is a limited edition console coming, yes. It hasn’t been revealed yet, but it’s pretty sweet. […]

  • Silent Hills is officially dead

    Konami’s collaboration with Del Toro is over, playable demo to disappear on Wednesday. Update 2: Konami has published a statement earlier confirming that it’s no longer working on Silent Hills. “Konami is committed to new Silent Hill titles, however the embryonic ‘Silent Hills’ project developed with Guillermo del Toro and featuring the likeness of Norman […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Zombies will be “totally unique, mind-blowing”

    Welcome back Treyarch’s “own unique brand of mind-fuckery” to Call of Duty. Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 developer Treyarch has said Zombies mode in this year’s game will be completely different to the campaign and multiplayer games. Speaking at a briefing last week, studio head Mark Lamia said players should expect something entirely different. […]

  • Meet the specialist classes of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 multiplayer

    Hands-on impressions of four new classes and their special abilities shaking up Call of Duty multiplayer. What’s exciting about this year’s Call of Duty is that we were able to get hands on with three different multiplayer maps and four of the new classes this early in development. Although the number of maps is still […]

  • Here’s the PC specs for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3

    The PC specs for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 have been confirmed well ahead of the game’s November 6 release. Releasing the specs over six months before the game is due highlights how far along the game is in development. The specs are designed with low end and high end builds in mind. Get […]

  • Open beta for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 ahead of Nov 6 release date

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 will offer an open beta to every player who pre-orders the game. The open beta is for the three supported formats – PC, Xbox One and PS4 – there is no version of Black Ops 3 for PS3 or Xbox 360. Solid details for the beta are yet to […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 brings back 4-player co-op campaign

    This year’s Call of Duty campaign is designed specifically for four players to experience together. Let’s get boots on the ground, soldier. Don’t call it an Exo skeleton. Call it the Direct Neural Interface. Okay, it’s a little less catchy, but the DNI biotechnology in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 will feel familiar to […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 – watch the first official trailer here

    Here’s the first full trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, due for release on November 6. Anyone who pre-orders the game will get access to the open beta. The game will be released on PS4, Xbox One and PC. You can read hands-on impressions of the multiplayer here, check out early info on […]

  • Dota 2 International Compendium out next week, three annual championships added

    Valve has announced its adding three, yearly Dota 2 championships to its eSports roster along with the new that a new International Compendium will launch next week alongside a balance update for MOBA. The firm said it was adding three extra championships to the schedule as it recognized there was “room for improvement” on a […]

  • Dungeons 2 is now available on PC, Mac, Linux – watch the launch trailer

    Dungeons 2, the dungeon-crawling strategy sequel to Realmforge Studios’ Dungeons, has been released on Steam by publisher Kalypso. It can be yours for $39.99 on Steam and is available for Windows, Linux, Mac and SteamOS. The first game was released in 2011 and heavily influenced by Dungeon Keeper. A boxed version will arrive in North […]

  • This Mortal Kombat X “hidden character intros” video is rather humorous

    YouTuber Maximilian Dood mad has created a Mortal Kombat X video featuring “hidden” character intros centering around Scorpion and Sub-Zero. Some of the dialogue is rather funny, and we particularly liked the affectionate line uttered by Sub-Zero at one point. Just something fun for your Saturday. Enjoy.

  • Art of the Catch creator sheds more light on why he pulled the Skyrim mod off Steam

    The creator of Skyrim mod Art of the Catch has taken to Reddit to explain why he pulled the paid mod off Steam Workshop. Yesterday, it was revealed Chesko had pulled the fishing mod off Steam Workshop, after mod creator Fore stated he didn’t endorse Chesko charging for the mod because it used his his […]

  • Tripwire adds clause to Killing Floor 2 EULA banning paid mods

    Tripwire Interactive has updated its EULA for Killing Floor 2 stating that any mods players create for the game must be distributed free-of-charge. The end user agreement update, via PCgamesN, went live a couple of days after Valve announced it would allow mod creators to start charging for their creations. Bethesda is the first company […]

  • Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 recreated in LittleBigPlanet 3 is rather eerie

    LittleBigPlanet 3 players have created some really interesting content with the game’s level builder, but sometimes, the creations go beyond cute and bright and venture into the realm of creepy, as is the case with this Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 build. Created by TheLittleBigPlanetShow, the rather ominous level can be played with up to […]

  • Final Fantasy 14: Heavensward benchmark trailer shows off flying mounts, more

    Square Enix has released a rather nice benchmark video for Final Fantasy 14: Heavensward showing a battle, flying mounts and some of the new environments. Heavensward is the first expansion for Final Fantasy 14 and is slated for release on June 23 for PC, PlayStation 3 and PS4. The mac version is being handled by […]

  • Have a look at some Xenoblade Chronicles X gameplay

    During yesterday’s Xenoblade Chronicles X Nintendo Direct showcase, many details pertaining to the Monolith Soft title were announced, and quite a bit of gameplay was shown. The Wii U-exclusive contains real-time menu-based combat and four-player online questing along with diverse environments and the ability to use Skells, which are transforming mechs. These mechs are called […]

  • Here’s a look at The Elder Scrolls Online running on Xbox One

    The Elder Scrolls Online has a limited public beta test running this weekend on PS4 and Xbox One, and Eurogamer has been playing around in it. Have a look at the Khajiit sorcerer below in the Xbox One version. There isn’t an NDA in place for the beta, so expect to see more videos as […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 leaks reveal Zombie progression system, four-player co-op, more

    More Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 details surfaced overnight thanks to a leaked pamphlet with information pertaining to Zombies XP progression, four-player co-op and more. Posted on NeoGAF, the pamphlet the shooter will contain a new movement system, a Specialist character system for multiplayer, tailored maps, “cinematic arena-style play,” and complete character customization. The […]

  • Gears of War Remaster in the works for Xbox One, according to testers – report

    Overnight, a rumor surfaced claiming a remastered version of the original Gears of War was coming to Xbox One. According to playtesters, it isn’t a rumor at all. Polygon first broke the story, citing a source who showed the site sreencaps of the Locust invasion with updated visuals. Screenshots of the multiplayer showing improved lighting […]

  • GameStop promo outs Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 for November, pre-order for access to beta

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 will be released in November, according to what appears to be a leaked GameStop store promo posted on Kotaku. The exact date is November 6, which isn’t a surprise to anyone. On the promo, it notes that those who pre-order will be granted beta access for PC, PlayStation 4 […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Double XP and Elite Bonus weekend has kicked off

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players can earn Double XP along with Elite Bonus on all platforms. There is even Double XP and Double Weapon XP on offer for Black Ops 2. The dry run is over. Prep for the Sunday reveal of #BlackOps3 begins now. 2XP/2XweapXP is live. pic.twitter.com/rn6SVtVJbY — Treyarch Studios (@Treyarch) April […]

  • Atlus makes “minor edits” to Dungeon Travelers 2 in order to avoid AO rating

    Atlus has announced it has made “minor edits” to four in-game images contained in Dungeon Travelers 2 to avoid an AO rating by the ESRB. According to a press release from the company, localization sometimes require changes to content in order for it to be “understood en masse,” which is why it worked closely with […]

  • Battlefield Hardline is 40% off through Origin this weekend

    The standard edition of Battlefield Hardline on PC is 40% off this weekend through EA’s Origin service. The Digital Deluxe Edition is also 40% off and includes various Battlepacks unavailable in the standard version. You can also pick up the Battlefield Hardline Ultimate edition for 23% off, which comes with all four planned expansions through […]

  • Submerged is an exploration-adventure game coming to multiple platforms

    Submerged is the latest title in development from Uppercut Games, and the exploration-adventure game is coming to PlayStation 4 and other platforms this year. The game takes place in a flooded city which Miku and her wounded brother Taku have reached by boat. Miku needs to find a safe place for her brother to rest […]

  • These screenshots for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt show superb attention to detail

    Some gorgeous new screenshots for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt have surfaced, and a couple are wallpaper worthy. Especially the one with the horse, but as you’re well aware, I’m horse crazed. The images below in the gallery have been scaled to fit properly, but if you head over to NeoGAF you can bask in […]

  • Namco kicks off Humble Store partnership with Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin

    Namco Bandai has started offering its PC titles on Humble Store, and this includes the recently released Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin. Other titles include Dragon Ball Xenoverse, and Project Cars. “In Japan, the Bandai Namco Group companies are known for supporting different charity programs and we are very happy to be […]

  • World of Tanks: 2,000 Bonus codes to give away

    Already have a World of Tanks account? We’ve got 2,000 codes for players to top up their Gold and Premium days. This weekend sees the World of Tanks Grand Finals take place in Poland, and we’ve got a bunch of game codes to give away to celebrate. Each Bonus PC code offers 150 Gold and […]

  • Mad Max contains Top Dog camps with boss fights

    Mad Max will have bases which vary in difficulty, some of which are considered a “finale” for a particular region and feature a boss fight. Speaking in the latest issue of GamesMaster via GamesRadar, the game’s producer John Fuller said this allows players to tailor their experience by deciding how much of a challenge they […]

  • Just Cause 3 gameplay trailer reveal coming next week

    Mark your calendars for Tuesday, April 28, because you won’t want to miss the gameplay reveal of Just Cause 3. Avalanche tweeted the date along with a teaser, as seen below. The box art has also made an appearance. Keep an eye on the game’s YouTube page, and we’ll be sure to post the video […]

  • First paid Skyrim Steam Workshop mod has been pulled

    Valve’s new incentive which allows modders to charge for their creations hasn’t been live for 24 hours yet, and already, one mod has been pulled. The mod in question was Chesko’s Fishing Mod for Skyrim, which the creator pulled after a community member questioned whether Chesko had permission from the creator of the character-idle animations […]

  • Resident Evil HD Remaster has sold over one million copies worldwide

    The HD remaster of Resident Evil has sold over one million copies worldwide since its January 20 release, Capcom has announced. The company attributed the sales milestone to producing a “great product” along with excellent word of mouth and praise from fans. In February, Capcom said Resident Evil HD Remaster was its fastest-selling digital title […]

  • The Crew: the Raid Car Pack and Raid Live Update now available for download

    The Crew players can now download the Raid Car Pack which is the last of four themes car packs. The Raid Live Update is also available, and it contains six new tuning specs. The car pack contains three new cars: the 2012 Cadillac Escalade, the off-road 2011 Volkswagen Touareg NF and the McLaren F1 supercar. […]

  • Geralt is very professional in the latest Witcher 3: Wild Hunt TV spot

    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 […]