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Curiosity: Molyneux’s great cube caper begins

Tuesday, 6 November 2012 09:17 GMT By Dave Cook

Curiosity: What’s Inside The Cube has launched. VG247′s Dave Cook begins his cube tapping journey, and ponders if Peter Molyneux’s project is actually a work of genius.

I pause for a second to give my screen-tapping finger a rest. I’ve been chipping away at Molyneux’s box of mystery now for about half an hour, and my VG247 shift starts in ten minutes. Shit. Where did the time go?

People often find it easy to debunk Peter Molyneux’s harebrained pitches as dreamy-eyed fantasies that’ll never come to pass. In the olden days he’d likely be branded as some kind of male witch: today, he’s a free-thinker with independence, a new studio and a bloody big cube.

He’s looking on, like some mad baron, staring at his bank of monitors while we toil away at his cube like subservient ants. He’s the scientist: we’re the rats.

When I interviewed Molyneux in September, he told me that from the day Curiosity launches on iOS – it released this morning – he would be watching, in real-time, as hundreds and thousands of participants tap at their screens to chisel away the squares that makes up the cube.

It really is this simple. When you first download and start the app, you are greeted with a message that tells you how many players have registered – I’m the 1,680th – but then it reminds you that only one person will win the ‘life-changing’ prize in the middle.

Whoever taps the final square at the middle of the cube will “win,” and that’s the rub: no one knows what’s in there.

That’s the power of Curiosity. You’ll begin to chip away at the cube’s first layer – of which there are many – and if you get a good flow going you get a rhythm bonus that awards you with more coins. Once you clear a screen you get a bonus for your trouble. The uncovered green colour makes you feel almost accomplished. Doesn’t it?

The time passes away unnoticed, and you start to get into a hypnotic flow. Before you know it you’ve chipped away a decent-sized patch of square, and gained a hefty bank of coins with which to buy bombs and other square-busting power-ups.

“Not bad,” you think as you admire your handiwork. Maybe you’ll be the one after all. Then you zoom out to see how you’re doing compared to those penis-drawers and idiots on the other side of the cube:

Wait.

No.

Oh.

But.

Really?

Yes, it really is that big, and that tiny patch of squares took me about ten minutes to chisel away. You start to feel deflated until you spin the cube around at a fully zoomed-out glance and you see what other people are up to. Some are drawing cocks, others writing messages, and some are making neat designs.

It’s a social experiment, not just some naff cube. Molyneux’s watching you right now. Watching us finding this:

What is it? Molyneux has revealed that images are hidden under each layer of the cube, including the Facebook images of the cube’s biggest destroyers. He also said that clues of 22 Can’s first full game are hidden in there too, making this one of the maddest and potentially brilliant marketing campaigns for a game ever.

Note I said “potentially,” as people could get bored and the ploy could end up being a flop, but somehow I’m not sure. Over 2,000 people have registered now. The scientist built it. They will come.

What’s in the cube? Who knows? But the journey towards finding out could be as equally as interesting.

UPDATE: It’s been a few hours since I wrote this piece. Here’s a clearer look at what that mysterious image now looks like:

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47 Comments

  1. foofly

    Any news on the Android version.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Deacon

    I’m the most compulsive person I know, but I’m still not sold.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. viralshag

    Well I know I won’t be the one person to get the prize, simply because I don’t have the dedication or interest to do so.

    So I’m not even going to bother with this at all. I see this as being something people will do for 10-20 minutes and be like “wow! where did the time go?” and then never pick it up again.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Patrick Garratt

    I may seriously buy an iThing to play this. It’s not really about winning, right?

    #4 2 years ago
  5. freedoms_stain

    @4, draw a giant cock for us.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Dave Cook

    @3 it’s more than that. Molyneux will be adding things – like game-changers – whenever he feels like it, just to see how we all react. So instantly, he could make it that tapping adds square instead of taking them away, or that games of minesweeper or other interactive things might appear on the surface. I think it’ll be an interesting experiment to be a part of :)

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Patrick Garratt

    I pretty much do want to draw a massive cock on a square.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Dave Cook

    @8 it looks like the image on the first layer is a photo of a green apple. People are now chiselling away around it to see what it is. See, this is why the game is interesting, people working together to uncover its secrets :D

    #8 2 years ago
  9. viralshag

    @ Dave, maybe I just lack the overall curiosity needed to be interested in this.

    I can’t help but feel like this will end in disappointment.

    Edit: Hold up, this isn’t on Android?

    #9 2 years ago
  10. _LarZen_

    It’s really buggy…crashing all the time on 3rd gen iPad.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Dave Cook

    @9 Not yet, it will be :)

    #11 2 years ago
  12. mistermogul

    This is strangely satisfying though you are all mistaken if you think you are winning – I am!

    BTW – I am player 9453…

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Patrick Garratt

    I’ll be interested to know how long it actually takes. Molyneux tweeted earlier that a third of the first layer’s gone already.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. G1GAHURTZ

    Surely this is Molyneux’s way of saying, ‘Let’s see how much money we can squeeze out of these idiots!’.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. mistermogul

    @13 – Yeah it’s looking quite green now, don’t think it’ll be long before the first layer has gone though it’s gonna take quite a while as I reckon there are thousands of layers!

    #15 2 years ago
  16. mistermogul

    @14 – Not sure how he’s doing that as it’s a free app…

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Patrick Garratt

    I kind of wish there was a permanent livestream of it. Just so I could check in and see how it’s going.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. G1GAHURTZ

    @16:

    Out of the current top 10 from the Top Grossing chart on iOS, 8 are “free” apps.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. mistermogul

    @18 – I see but those apps must have in app purchases for revenue – don’t think this does…

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Puggy

    Well, should someone finish, tell me how the ending was. Seems like I lake the patience of doing it…. Guess I am getting old. and there I was thinking this would make me more patient.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Dave Cook

    @19 it does, but more fool the people who pay for it. Vote, wallet and all that ;)

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Ireland Michael

    There’s no paid features in this at all, far as I can tell. If they plan to include paid options, they’re not in the app yet.

    It’s oddly addictive, I’ll give it that. I’ll be checking in on this regularly, just out… well… curiosity.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Deacon

    This isn’t a million miles apart from revealing ‘something AMAZING’ when a website gets to 10,000 ‘likes’.

    Except you get to repeatedly tap / draw cocks / smiley faces / etc.

    I’d just like someone to convince me of the point of it all! – ie, what Molyneux supposes to learn from it.

    I like games, not tapping apps.

    Does it have sweet music? If so I take it all back.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. G1GAHURTZ

    http://www.vg247.com/2012/06/07/molyneux-to-offer-50000-dlc-with-curosity/

    In app purchases of up to £50,000, actually…

    #24 2 years ago
  25. viralshag

    I’m with Deacon on this. If I had my iPad on me, I might try it out but I only have my Android and it’s not on that yet. As I have Halo4 in my bag I think I will have better things to do tonight.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. G1GAHURTZ

    Watch out for the stealth edits…

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Ireland Michael

    @24, 26 I have the app running on my iPad. I don’t care what that article said – there are currently no IAPs in the app. I expressely said that could change in the future, but the option isn’t there right now.

    Get off your shiny pony. Christ.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. Noodlemanny

    I was just the 17,935th person to “embark on this unique experiment exploring the power of curiosity”.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Ireland Michael

    @24 http://i.imgur.com/Qgf9E.png

    You can collect coins to buy the power ups by breaking the little cubes, but none of the menus have any option to buy coins. That could change in the future, but I never said otherwise.

    @23 It’s an intriguing little concept purely for the interest of knowing whats inside in, but it’s definitely not a game.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. G1GAHURTZ

    Alright, alright, you never said that…

    Molyneux has talked extensively about this being an experiment, so maybe part of it is not bringing the purchases into the game until later on.

    This is the typical mobile game F2P model, though. Make the gameplay interesting, but tedious, then allow people to buy coins/credits to speed things up.

    I hate this sort of stuff, tbh. I see it as playing with people’s minds to make them think that throwing money away, when there’s absolutely no need to, is a good thing.

    But then I suppose Molyneux would claim that it’s all part of the experiment.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. Deacon

    I’ve figured out what’s gonna be at the centre!!!!

    - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ

    I would give so much fucking kudos to Molyneux if this was the case ;)

    #31 2 years ago
  32. Ireland Michael

    I better stealth edit my post before I get caught out! Oh wait…

    God, some people just can’t get over themselves.

    If you installed the app yourself you’d have seen that was the case yourself. But no, you just had to try and grab whatever opportunity you could to be a confrontational asshole, didn’t you?

    #32 2 years ago
  33. G1GAHURTZ

    Hey, don’t get happy, Mr ‘editing 2 year old comments’ O’Connor!

    I have no intention of being part of an experiment to manipulate people. If that’s your sort of thing, fill your boots.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. Dave Cook

    @30 I can confirm that the purchases haven’t begun yet. You can spend coins earned via tapping instead. It’s optional of course.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. G1GAHURTZ

    Yeah, I’m still not getting involved, though…

    At the moment, one of my most played games is Jetpack Joyride, which works on a similar system. You collect coins to spend on upgrades, but you can just buy a bunch of coins to speed things up. So I don’t have any problem with the optional part.

    The difference is that with JJ, I’m just going for a long distance high score that I can achieve (based on skill) with no upgrades, and compete against other people. The system in this ‘game’ is based on cooperation, so there is more pressure to spend that money, or be left feeling useless.

    It’s very manipulative. Bordering on gambling psychology, IYAM. That’s why I’m not interested.

    #35 2 years ago
  36. Ireland Michael

    @35 Most of us are just sitting and enjoying the view.

    Nor are we “gambling” anything.

    This isn’t a game, frankly. Labeling it as such is ridiculous. Even Molyneux himself has said its not a “real” game.

    #36 2 years ago
  37. G1GAHURTZ

    Oh wow! What a view. Looks like a badly modelled Borg ship on a SNES.

    Splendid.

    #37 2 years ago
  38. Ireland Michael

    @37 The top layer is black. The layers underneath will have different images, and I’m personally curious to see what those layers are.

    You seem to be taking an obviously casual, completely optional experience far too seriously.

    People need to stop labeling this something it isn’t.

    #38 2 years ago
  39. soqquatto

    I think the only sane reaction to this is downloading it, trying it around for a few minutes (after all, Curiosity), realise there’s no payoff to the grind and delete it.

    #39 2 years ago
  40. mojo

    it would be so epic if the last block reveals just a big trollface

    #40 2 years ago
  41. Ireland Michael

    A genuine question… what if whatever is in the centre does actually turn out to be something genuinely life changing for the person who gets it?

    What then?

    #41 2 years ago
  42. Patrick Garratt

    I’m 29,396. It’s out on Android now.

    http://www.vg247.com/2012/11/06/curiosity-22-cans-working-to-release-android-version-today/

    #42 2 years ago
  43. Dave Cook

    @41 Molyneux has said that the developer won’t reveal what’s inside, ever. That’s up to the winner to decide.

    Tease!

    #43 2 years ago
  44. Ireland Michael

    @43 Of course, but I’m still curious what it is, and just how big it will be? What if it does end up being something genuinely huge?

    #44 2 years ago
  45. Deacon

    Fable 3 Unfulfilled Wishes Edition.

    Or maybe a house in Nebraska.

    Sure, I’m curious too. But not enough to risk getting RSI in my main tapping finger.

    Yes Molyneux, we know that people like working together. We know that people like being creative. Minecraft was huge.

    What was the point again?

    —————————
    dammit, my shit jokes always seem to kill the comments ; (

    #45 2 years ago
  46. vormison

    Pretty interesting little experiment.

    It says that the “winner” will receive a link to a video which they can watch and keep for themselves or share to any online community, individual, etc. Hmmmm…

    #46 2 years ago
  47. viralshag

    The Android version doesn’t seem to work very well… or at least on my phone anyway.

    Do I have to sign into FB for it to track how many coins I get? Because I got a couple hundred, then tried to sign into FB and it crashed, once I finally got back in (because I can never seem to connect to the server) I had zero coins again?

    #47 2 years ago

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  • The Whispered World follow up now coming to PS4, too

    Deadalic’s gorgeous-looking adventure Silence has been confirmed for a fourth platform. Originally announced for Mac and PC with an Xbox One port one revealed at a later date, Silence is now on its way to PS4 as well. All versions are due later this year. Silence is Deadalic’s first multi-platform release and in my mind […]

  • Mythbusters to tackle DOOM this weekend

    DOOM is the subject of the next episode of Mythbusters. Having been airing for over ten years now, Mythbusters has pretty much run out of myths to bust, which is why we find ourselves in 2015 with an episode dedicating to answering the question “could DOOM be real?” Bethesda has rveealed that the January 31 […]

  • Destiny hosting a Bungie Bounty – go go go

    Destiny players have a chance to take down Bungie employees in return for one of the most exclusive vanity items in the game. Destiny’s Bungie Bounties usually feature guests from the community, and today’s event is no exception. Joining Bungie community manager David “Deej” Dague are several members of Bungie.org, the developer’s most staunch fan […]

  • Elite: Dangerous developer issues lay-offs

    Elite: Dangerous team Frontier Developments has had to let staff go. At least 15 staff have been laid off from the developer’s Halifax studio. According to an investor update, this decision will allow Frontier to focus its efforts at its primary studio in Cambridge, England. “With its business emphasis now on two major self-published franchises, […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition tavern songs free for a limited time

    Dragon Age: Inquisition tunes can be yours for the bargain price of zero cashmoney. The tavern songs from Dragon Age: Inquisition will be made available for purchase from various digital distributors sometime after February 9. Until then, though, you can have them for free – including their sheet music. To take advantage of this generous […]

  • Even the Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 teaser is frightening

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is probably going to be just as tense and uncomfortable as its two prequels. This teaser for Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is the first we’ve heard of the project since creator Scott Cawthon confirmed it is in the works. The third entry in the series is now up on […]

  • 6.6 million Xbox consoles shipped last quarter

    Xbox One and Xbox 360 console sales were strong last quarter, although Microsoft isn’t talking hard numbers yet. Microsoft shipped 6.6 million Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles to retailers in the quarter ending December 31, the company revealed in its latest financial briefing. This figure wasn’t broken down by platform, and Microsoft didn’t supply […]

  • Homeworld Remastered Collection: five minutes of b-roll footage

    We may not have proper, uncut gameplay footage of the Homeworld Remastered Collection, but we have the next best thing. Homeworld Remastered Collection was confirmed to release on February 25. Gearbox has only showed a trailer, but no extended gameplay demos. There was however a b-roll video showing at PAX South, and we’ve embedded it […]

  • Grim Fandango Remastered looks sharp in these new screens

    Grim Fandango will come back from the dead with the Remastered edition, and it’s looking great. Grim Fandango Remastered has a few new screens available to prove that even old games can look stunning with the right remaster, especially ones with an already well-defined art style. Have a look at them below and get excited. […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: beta weapons, maps, modes, progression system and more

    The Battlefield Hardline beta will include a third new map and a new game mode, on top of what’s already announced. You may remember last week DICE started a community mission for all Battlefield 4 players. The goal was to reach 2 billion points playing Rush mode. That goal has been achieved and as a […]

  • Dying Light launch trailer is one last display of its forte

    The launch trailer for Dying Light is here one day ahead of the game’s release. Techland and Warner Bros. have put out the launch trailer for Dying Light. The trailer is a short reminder of the game’s main selling points: free-running, weapon crafting, drop-kicking zombies. Reviews should start to come out tomorrow for the game […]

  • Watch The Witcher 3 developers stream new gameplay on Twitch

    The Witcher 3 developer CD Projekt RED is hosting a Twitch live-stream to show off brand new gameplay footage and answer some fan questions. The live-stream will start at 7:00pm GMT, 2:00pm EST, 11:00am PST. It will show off plenty of new footage, some of which was shown only to the press so far. The […]

  • Finally, some screens for Final Fantasy 15

    Patience is a virtue and we finally have our hands on a few gameplay screens from Final Fantasy 15. There’s not a lot of them, but they show the impressive lighting and they’re all gameplay as far as I can tell, so take a look. There is no release date for Final Fantasy 15 as […]

  • Here’s 15 minutes of gameplay from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in 1080p

    The Witcher 3 has a new direct-feed, 1080p video available that’s 100% gameplay. Would you like some gameplay of The Witcher 3 in beautiful 1080p? Why, of course you would! The gameplay below shows combat, conversations, travelling. In short, it’s a small sample of everything the game will offer. If you’re looking to learn much […]

  • Two Mortal Kombat X characters to be revealed this week

    Mortal Kombat X will get not one, but two character reveals this week. Mortal Kombat creator Ed Boon has been at again on Twitter, teasing all kinds of reveals over the past few days. Firstly, Boon tweeted this image, which at first glance appears to show a character holding a bow. However, further examination by […]

  • Planetside 2 successfully claims the Guinness World Record for biggest FPS battle

    The Planetside 2 community has successfully organised an online battle involving over 1000 players, breaking the previous Guinness World Record. The event, which was organised by Planetside Battles was pitched to the community last week. 1,158 players have answered the call, smashing the record for “Most Players Online in an FPS Battle.” The previous 999 […]

  • Microsoft aiming for Xbox One-to-PC streaming to function while you watch TV

    Streaming Xbox One games to PC while you watch TV on the console through the HDMI pass-through is something Microsoft is hoping to achieve when the service launches with Windows 10. Microsoft’s Phil Spencer has been on Twitter answering fan questions following last week’s Windows 10 event. One interesting bit that came out of those […]

  • Everything we know about The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is sure to be one of the biggest RPGs of the year, due for release in May on PC, Xbox One and PS4. Delayed since its target release of 2015, CD Projekt Red’s latest game takes the series to a true open world environment, and charges the player with tracking […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beta date leaked – rumour

    According to an email sent to some YouTubers, the upcoming beta for Battlefield Hardline is scheduled for February 3. The date for the Battlefield Hardline beta is believed to be February 3. It comes from an email that’s been sent by Ronku to various YouTubers reminding them of the starting date, February 3. Ronku is […]

  • The history of The Witcher: beyond the Road With No Return

    We take a look at The Witcher franchise, from the original short stories to its blockbuster video games. The world was first introduced to Geralt through a set of short stories called The Witcher (English translation) written by author Andrzej Sapkowski. The first short story was published in the Polish fantasy and science fiction magazine […]

  • Bringing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to life

    In The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, CD Projekt RED takes a whopping enormous map and fills it with stuff you actually want to see and do. Do you remember back before Oblivion came out there was a lot of chat about how much more lifelike and realistic the NPCs would be? Rather than just hanging […]

  • The big Witcher 3 questions answered: delays, playing as Ciri, and why enemies don’t scale

    Spending some time with The Witcher 3 level designer Miles Tost we were able to put some of our immediate questions to him after playing the game for over 4 hours. “That sense of improvement doesn’t happen if the monsters around you remain the same strength, there’s no sense of achievement.” Tost is a relaxed […]

  • The Witcher 3 sets a new generational standard for graphics

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the new standard in outrageously pretty. “The Witcher 3 is more than just eye-candy. Destiny, once the loveliest thing I had ever looked upon, has been outclassed.” The Witcher 3 is even better looking than the screenshots would have you believe, and until you see it in motion, running […]

  • The Witcher 3: hands-on with the RPG of the year

    Getting to know a bawdy hero; Geralt of Rivia’s third outing is accessible, untamed, and dripping with story. Warning: some spoilers are inevitable. “The Witcher 3 is horror and violence. It’s charming, witty and cheeky. Like Geralt, it knows what it wants and it’s going to grab it with both hands.” The Witcher 3: Wild […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel gets Lady Hammerlock DLC tomorrow

    The Lady Hammerlock DLC for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will be released on PS3 and Xbox 360 tomorrow, January 27. The new playable character comes with three skill trees and the action skill Cold As Ice. If you haven’t bought the season pass for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel you can download the DLC for $9.99, you lucky […]

  • A limited edition 20th Anniversary PS4 just sold for $128,000

    Sony has just auctioned one of its limited edition 20th Anniversary PS4 consoles for over $128,000. The model had the serial number 00001, according to the Wall Street Journal. “We appreciate all who participated in the auction and are surprised at the highest bid price, which was higher than our expectations,” said a rep for […]

  • Here’s Killer Instinct’s new Omen and Golem fighters in action

    Microsoft has revealed Killer Instinct Season 2′s fighter Omen in a new trailer. Stick around for the end of the video and you’ll also get a peek at another new fighter, Golem. Omen is a bonus character and as such isn’t available as part of the main season roster. He’s available for free to Ultra […]

  • Digital copies of Far Cry 4 are being deleted from Uplay

    Ubisoft appears to be deleting copies of Far Cry 4 bought through digital third-party retailers. According to the Ubisoft support forums, copies of the game acquired via G2Play and G2A are being removed from Uplay. Users had not been given any warning by publisher Ubisoft that the game will be removed, although it is now […]

  • Gearbox wants “badass” talent for the next Borderlands

    Borderlands 3 may not have been announced at PAX this weekend, but studio boss Randy Pitchford is currently recruiting for the next game in the series. We are recruiting for next Borderlands. This is the big one. Industry badass? E-mail me: heyrandy@gearboxsoftware.com pic.twitter.com/ZG9dLytX1B — Randy Pitchford (@DuvalMagic) January 26, 2015 A recruitment push would suggest […]

  • Destiny: less grind, fairer economy in House of Wolves DLC

    Destiny developer Bungie has said it aims to lessen the grind in House of Wolves, and it won’t repeat mistakes it made with rewards in The Dark Below. Gear rewards will be fairer, according to lead designer Luke Smith in a Neogaf thread. For example, buying from a vendor should not invalidate gear rewarded for […]

  • Halo: The Master Chief Disaster

    Over two months since release and Xbox One’s big Christmas game is still a turkey, says Rich Stanton. “The game has now been available for two-and-a-half months, including the blockbuster Christmas season, and by any reasonable standard it doesn’t work.” Halo: The Master Chief Collection launched worldwide on November 11, 2014. Intended as something of […]

  • Homeworld Remastered Collection dated, first gameplay footage released

    Homeworld Remastered Collection has a release date, and as promised, the gameplay footage of Gearbox Software’s remake has been released along with the news that Homeworld Shipbreaker development continues. The video was shown during the Inside Gearbox Software panel earlier this morning at PAX South. Last year, Gearbox had said hoped to release the title […]

  • Clock Tower spiritual successor Night Cry has landed on Kickstarter

    The Kickstarter for Clock Tower spiritual successor, Project Scissors, recently announced as Night Cry, has launched. A teaser directed by The Grudge director Takashi Shimizu was released for the game earlier this month, and the full short film can be viewed below. Shimizu is also creative director on the project and Silent Hill creative and environment […]

  • Toukiden Kiwami mission trailer released, pre-order bonuses detailed

    Pre-order bonuses for Toukiden Kiwami have been announced for PlayStation 4 and Vita. Here’s the pre-order bonus list for each participating retailer: North America GameStop – Armor inspired by new slayers Reki and Soma’s costumes and classic armor from Toukiden‘s six original NPC slayers. Amazon – 2 exclusive pieces of armor: a set of Tenko […]

  • More Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Final Fantasy 15 info doled out by Tabata

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD director Hajime Tabata took part in a Reddit AMA yesterday, and answered a variety of questions pertaining to the game and Final Fantasy 15. According to Tabata, the first playthrough of the game will last around 40 hours, but “the real fun” starts from the second playthrough which contains new events. […]

  • This video gives you an idea of what Borderlands Online is like

    A video for Borderlands Online, the China-exclusive title from 2K, Shanda Games and Gearbox, has been released. Posted on MMO Culture, the video was released to announce the “technical test” which started today. Borderlands Online is an instance-based online shooter, and will probably never reach western shores. Still, you can have a look anyway.

  • Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns is the MMO’s first expansion

    The first expansion for Guild Wars 2, Heart of Thorns, was announced today during PAX South, and ArenNet has posted a few content details for it on the official webiste. Heart of Thorns contains a reimagined progression with the new Mastery system, which provides new training opportunities for characters beyond level 80. Players will be […]

  • Turn-based action platformer Ronin has been polished up, nets a publisher

    Tomasz Waclawek has polished up his freeware title Ronin and will be releasing it through publisher Devolver Digital later this year. The turn-based action platformer stars a vengeful ninja who is determined to kill important memebers of a powerful corporation. Weapons at your disposal include razor wire and a katana, or you avoid combat by […]

  • Footage of cancelled Justice League brawler surfaces

    Footage of the cancelled Double Helix-developed Justice League brawler has surfaced online. The game was supposed to be a tie-in title for the also cancelled Justice League film directed by George Miller, according to leaked images and information from 2012. Jon Gwyn, the game’s artist and now Rockstar San Diego staffer, said at the time […]

  • Free Icona Vulcano DLC for DriveClub releases next week

    Sony has posted a video of the Icona Vulcano, which will be released as DLC next week for DriveClub. The video was posted on Facebook and we’ve embedded the video below courtesy of GamesHQMeida. It was announced earlier this week the Icona Vulcano would be released on the PS Store as a free download.

  • The Bard’s Tale 4 announced by inXile Entertainment at PAX South

    The Bard’s Tale 4 was announced today by inXile Entertainment CEO Brian Fargo during a panel at PAX South. inXile hinted around back in December that a sequel was in the works. Granted, The Bard’s Tale wasn’t mentioned. Still, everyone figured this was the game when Wasteland 2 project lead Chris Keenan stated the team […]

  • Here’s another Majora’s Mask 3DS vs N64 comparison video

    Last week, YouTube user Master0fHyrule uploaded a Majora’s Mask 3DS vs N64 comparison video, and we’ve embedded it for you below. The video shows 4.5 minutes of footage which appears before hitting the start button and the first meeting between Link and the Skull Kid. Another comparison video was released by another user back in […]

  • The Game Awards 2015 already in the planning stages

    The Game Awards 2015 are already in the planning stages, according to Geoff Keighley. The inaugural show took place on December 6, 2014. Keighley announced the 2015 show during his Storytime with Geoff Keighley panel at PAX South this weekend and through Twitter. He said more details will be announced in the spring. You can […]

  • Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered listed for January release

    It looks like Quantic Dream’s Indigo Prophecy is returning in remastered form next week, if an Amazon listing is any indication. According to the listing posted on NeoGAF, the uncut version of the game contains Steam DRM and will release January 29 at 12pm PST/3pm EST for a Linux, Mac and PC download. Titled Fahrenheit: […]

  • Indie Flash Sale kicks off on North American PS Store

    The North American end of the PlayStation Store is hosting a Flash Sale a beefy list of indie games and some films. The sales includes titles such as Resogun, Shadow Warrior, The Unfinished Swan, FEZ, Costume Quest 2, Joe Danger, Brothers: a Tale of Two Sons, and more for up to 80% off. The full […]

  • The Witcher 3 Twitch stream to show 15 minutes of new gameplay footage

    New The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt gameplay footage will be shown Monday, January 26 on GOG.com’s Twitch channel. Along with the footage, the developers will be answering questions from the community as well as providing commentary on the gameplay being shown. Live questions posted via Twitter chat will be answered by senior gameplay designer Damien […]

  • Borderlands 3 information teased for tomorrow’s Gearbox PAX South panel

    During PAX South this weekend, Gearbox Software is hosting a panel titled Inside Gearbox Software which will provide “the latest news and updates on Borderlands and upcoming Gearbox titles.” Yesterday during Gearbox’s panel called Question and Answer Time, CEO Rady Pitchford was asked “when or if” fans can expect Borderlands 3. “I’ll tell you what,” […]

  • Best Buy cancels multiple pre-order units of Limited Edition Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL

    Multiple sources reported overnight Best Buy has cancelled some pre-orders for the Limited Edition Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL. As of press time, it appears to only affect those who pre-ordered more than one system. Only one system was allotted per order, so the cancellation notices were sent out to comply with the restriction. Those […]

  • Rob Huebel is your KillCameraman in this CoD: Advanced Warfare video

    A live-action video for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Havoc has been released by Activision. Subtitled: Randall Higgins: KillCameraman gives you a look at the action from a different perspective. In the video, Higgins is played by comedic actor and writer Rob Huebel (Children’s Hospital, Parks and Rec, The Mindy Project). The first DLC […]

  • Xbox App features included with Windows 10 January build outlined

    The January build of the Windows 10 Technical Preview includes a basic version of the Xbox App announced earlier this week. With the initial preview release, the team at Microsoft wanted to only include the basics such as high resolution monitor support along with keyboard and mouse input. Additional functionality will be released with each […]

  • Standalone version of DayZ has sold 3 million units

    The standalone version of DayZ sold 3 million units, Bohemia Interactive has announced. Release Just over a year ago on Steam Early Access, the milestone was hit yesterday. The standalone version was created by Dean Hall as a Arma 2 modification which has been updated 24 times since its initial release. In 2014, the development […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt video shows gameplay clips, global hands-on events

    CD Projekt has released a video for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, giving a glimpse of gameplay and noting that hands-on impressions of the game will be bombarding the Internet next week. We’ll have extensive coverage of The Witcher 3 on Monday Jan 26 at 3pm GMT. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is coming to […]

  • Microsoft looking into possible HoloLens support for PC, Xbox One

    Microsoft’s HoloLens may be a dedicated device, but the company is obviously looking into how it could be used with PC and Xbox One. Speaking with Polygon, Xbox boss Phil Spencer said should the stand-alone product become a success, “specific scenarios” on how it could be used with Xbox One are already being brainstormed. “We […]