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Windows 8 debate: ‘Microsoft has Apple envy’ – developers weigh in

Thursday, 8 November 2012 10:55 GMT By Dave Cook

Windows 8 has received a bit of a bashing lately from several developers, including Valve’s Gabe Newell. Several developers have come together via Eurogamer to discuss the problems at hand with Microsoft’s new operating system.

Speaking with Eurogamer, Introversion Software’s Chris Delay stated, “They’ve got Apple envy, big style. In the past they were the successful ones, but then they sat down and watched while Apple took over. It’s left Microsoft looking old and behind the times. They look at Apple and the iOS Store and see the royalties they’re taking on this closed platform.”

The closed nature of Windows 8′s marketplace has been a common talking point among gamers and the development community, and wasn’t helped by Microsoft’s recent about-face on its refusal to stock mature-rated content on its store front.

Delay’s comments follow Serious Sam developer Alen Ladavac’s recent tirade against Windows 8 on the Steam forums, in which he claimed, “Gabe Newell did not overreact. What you don’t see here is that, under the hood, the new tiled UI is a means for Microsoft to lock Windows applications into a walled garden, much like the one on iOS,

“If it was just about ‘being downloaded from Windows store’, it would not be a problem. It would be nice to have a common hub to download things from. But to get an app onto that store, it has to be certified by Microsoft. So far, we know that they’ve banned mature games, like Skyrim, Call of Duty, and Serious Sam [a policy that is being revoked]. They have forbidden modding. They could very well forbid Open Source if they want.”

What’s your take on the nature of Windows 8? Is the walled approach damaging to consumers and gamers alike? Let us know below.

Hit up Eurogamer for the full roundtable on Windows 8.

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18 Comments

  1. The Auracle

    It’s one thing to complain about the walled garden style that Apple have popularised but for me, the complaints aren’t legitimate. They sound more like whinging without suggesting a viable alternative to the closed platform style… as if Mac OS, iOS, Windows, and Windows Phone have EVER been an open-platform. They haven’t and these devs are making themselves look silly here.

    Fact is each of the developers that have moaned about the ‘walled garden’ approach of iOS caved and now use the platform to generate revenue. From the big players all the way down to the indie lot, they all had reservations about iOS. Before you knew it everyone’s all aboard the bandwagon.

    Sure, Microsoft want to compete with The App Store with Windows Store and who can blame them? If they didn’t change, these devs would then be critising MS for not adapting to the way the market delivers content now. MS had to do this, plain and simple. They know it, the devs know it, the consumers know it.

    All in all, far too much ire is thrown MS’ way over what has always been a closed platform. “Apple envy?” Possibly. Means to an end? Absolutely.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. mojo

    its just too gay

    #2 2 years ago
  3. mistermogul

    @2 – lol!

    Microsoft have been behind the times for years. They rarely innovate and always follow the leaders when the competition get it right:

    MacIntosh OS > Windows
    Wii > Kinect
    iOS > WP7 (eventually after the embarrassment that was WP6!)
    iPad > Surface
    blah > blah > blah

    They need to get rid of Ballmer and hire a CEO that takes risks and will lead the company to the success it is capable of…

    #3 2 years ago
  4. roadkill

    Well I’ve tried Linux yesterday and I have to say that I’m impressed. I’m switching operating systems as soon as developers start making games for Linux. Apple got a store and look how many games they have available. Microsoft will be in the same situation at some point. I’m not going to support them.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Freek

    The Windows 8 app store does not equal the whole of Windows 8.
    It is just that: an app store, nothing more.
    It has policies, same as Steam does, they do not aply to your entire computer.
    You can download from anywhere and instal anything you want, same as you have always done on a PC.
    The whole debate is rather silly.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. setohayato

    @4 I guess once steam for linux is available you will have good number of games to play.Well actually I think the steam beta has a fair number available.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Stardog

    @1 “Sure, Microsoft want to compete with The App Store with Windows Store and who can blame them? If they didn’t change, these devs would then be critising MS for not adapting to the way the market delivers content now. MS had to do this, plain and simple. They know it, the devs know it, the consumers know it.”

    You’re talking absolute nonsense. Developers WANT Microsoft to deliver content this way. The Google Play store is completely open. Queue weak excuses about the quality of the content.

    Microsoft knew that a closed app store would give them totalitarian control is, the dev’s don’t want that, and the consumers don’t know jack shit about anything and will take what they’re fed – the same thing you’re eating.

    Ultimately, MS is just copying Apple and has no ideas of its own. Windows 8 will be a failure bigger than Vista.

    Non-developer comments on this issue are typically ignorant and will lead us down a slippery slope.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. The Auracle

    @7 – “The devs don’t want that,” yet they go against their principles and submit their content to The App Store and even the likes of Facebook for review. Microsoft does the same thing, everyone’s up in arms. Double standard, much? Each of these entities – no matter how totalitarian/draconian/eeeeeeeeevil they are/percieved to be – have the fundamental right to administrate what goes up on their platform and what doesn’t. It’s theirs. If you don’t like closed-platforms, don’t support them… but don’t go having a whinge when your favourite software isn’t compatible or even available on your preferred open platform.

    By the way, freek’s (#5 entry) spot on. I’ve been using Steam on Windows 8 since the Consumer Preview. I have the full version of Windows 8 and am still able to download software the traditional way.

    Finally, this is technology. There are no ideas original, just ideas made better after they’ve been passed from pillar to post.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. The Auracle

    @3 – You make some interesting points but it’s not Mac OS that has the market share that Windows enjoys. The Wii > Kinect example was a bit better but also slightly non-sequitur. Nintendo passed on the technology that ultimately became Kinect and Microsoft got their own success out of it. Furthermore, Kinect does what the Wiimote, Wii Motion Plus and Wii Sensors cannot do. One could argue that Microsoft furthered the idea Nintendo successfully introduced to the marketplace. A better example of direct replication of the same idea would be Sony’s PlayStation Move.

    Additionally, it’s not that the competition got it right that influences companies like Microsoft to follow suit but more the fact that the business generates a substantial amount of profit and that there is a market to try and replicate said success.

    I would suggest reviewing your statement about innovation where Microsoft and Apple are concerned. I think you’ll find Apple have rarely invented anything.

    Thanks for the discussion. ^_^

    #9 2 years ago
  10. TheWulf

    I’m going to be blunt. Most people actually aren’t bright enough to understand what worries developers, hackers, and modders.

    I’m sorry to have to point this out, but this is true, and most of you would happily throw away every right you had for your next shot of entertainment. And honestly? This worries me. There are things in Windows 8 which should scare you guys, and you should actually be bothered enough to want to educate yourself on the potential issues.

    Okay, let’s start at the beginning. Microsoft has a history of monopolies and trying to lock people out. This new approach looks like the most insidious effort yet. With things like UEFI and software signing, they could essentially turn the PC space into a closed platform. They have that power. This isn’t just doomsaying, all the pieces are there.

    Now, if you’ll shush for a bit and read, I’ll educate you.

    The Unified Extensible Firmware Interface

    On the surface, this looks to be a system to make computers boot into Windows faster. What you don’t know is that it’s also a way to lock all PC hardware into running windows. If you want a computer to run something else, then an OS developer needs to buy an OS license from Microsoft. If they don’t have one, then your computer won’t boot their OS.

    The obvious problem with this is that Microsoft aren’t obligated to sell such licenses. At any point they could legally refuse an OS developer a license. So if they felt that Ubuntu or Linux Mint was offering them too much competition, then all they would have to do is refuse them a license for nebulous, made up reasons.

    Another issue is that they could price licenses so ridiculously high that hobbyist OS developers wouldn’t be able to afford to buy one. The same issue would occur for non-profit OS devs. So this could be another way that they could completely crush all non-Microsoft operating systems. Consider this: You don’t use Linux, but most of the Internet does.

    Almost every web server you visit is running Linux. I have no doubt that VG24/7 is on a set of Linux server farms. This is because Linux is very good at this. But what if server farms started to only run Windows? What if to get updated hardware, you had to get a Windows server OS?

    Software Signing

    Microsoft has put in place some weird software signing systems in Windows 8. These are similar to their driver signing systems in Windows 7. Right now, these seem innocuous and are simply used for certification into Metro. But what if they decided that their Metro interface (which I hear they don’t like me calling Metro, so I’ll continue to call it Metro) was the way to use Windows?

    All it would take is a sizeable service pack to actually make it so that Windows 8 will only run signed applications. In other words, you’d need a license from Microsoft to run a certain application on your computer. In this way Microsoft could take complete control of your software library, and any piece of software that they felt was in competition with them, they could refuse the installation of on nebulous grounds.

    They could refuse Steam, Firefox, Chrome, and so on. Your torrent software? They could refuse to allow that. Your non-DRM ridden media players? They could refuse to allow those. They could essentially pick and choose what your OS looks like, they could shape your OS usage by dictating to you what you are and are not allowed to use.

    Will they do these things?

    Yes. It’s distinctly possible. They’d have to be careful as to how they introduced each of these, and they’d have to try to make the pill as easy to swallow as possible. But do you honestly think that microsoft wouldn’t love this control? That they have these systems ready to roll out actually bothers me.

    Your OS isn’t Microsoft? Too bad.

    Your app isn’t Metro? Too bad.

    Right now, things look rosy on Windows 8. But that could change very quickly if Microsoft decided that their best way forward was to, with successive service packs, phase out the traditional Windows desktop and remove your ability to run old-style applications. “It’s for the best,” they’d say, “signing is for your security. It’s easy for a developer to get a license.”

    But then they can keep a developer in license-acquisition limbo. Valve could apply for one for Steam and could still be waiting six months later.

    I’m sorry, I really don’t like this.

    What people don’t understand is that the problem isn’t what Windows 8 is right now. The problem is what Windows 8 could become if Microsoft decided it was in their best interests. This is why I’m sticking with Windows 7 for now.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. NiceFellow

    @10 nicely put. Couldn’t agree more.

    Buoyed by their current brand strength and the success of Xbox as a closed platform I believe MS are indeed gearing up to make a big push to make the Windows platform closed and turn the market from a choice of closed ecosystem (Apple) vs open ecosystem (PC) to a choice between two closed systems.

    TBH If things do go this way I’ll probably switch to Apple. I don’t like the idea of closed systems but if there’s no choice then I’ll go with the one that’s most mature, organized and furthest ahead that was at least open about being a closed ecosystem.

    Of course, if they do go this route the time might finally be right for Google to work with PC hardware makers to offer a new open ecosystem – with the relative dominance of Android on mobile devices this would make a very interesting counter.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. apollyonbob

    @10 You can claim that you know more than everyone else with regards to Windows 8 development, but your actual statements indicate you don’t really know as much as you claim.

    Seriously software signing is not “weird”, it’s not Microsoft-only, it isn’t Windows 8 only … quite the opposite. It’s very standard software security. The idea that Chrome/Firefox isn’t signed already is kind of laughable to anyone who knows anything about development.

    As for UEFI … who makes that? Let see … board is run by 11 ‘promoter’ companies, “AMD, American Megatrends, Apple, Dell, HP, IBM, Insyde Software, Intel, Lenovo, Microsoft, and Phoenix Technologies” Oh man, I bet Apple and IBM are really into the idea of Microsoft owning everything everywhere forever.

    Of course, the real problem was Microsoft having requirements from OEMs that could potentially stifle other OSes from being installed, by requiring secure boot. They changed those requirements so that’s not the case anymore, but still, eeeeevil right?

    But by all means, please, explain it all to us Clarissa.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. apollyonbob

    @10 Also, pro-tip, Windows XP 64-bit required drivers to be signed.

    There were ways around it, but the point is that the idea of software signatures is not new to Windows 8. Moreover, now it just gives you a warning, it doesn’t require it.

    In otherwords, they got less strict with their signature requirements.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Kalain

    @10

    Wow.. Not to be funny, but you really are just spreading rubbish.

    UEFI is from a consortium of hardware and software vendors, which doesn’t include MS. One of MS’s requirements for hardware certification for Win 8, is that secureboot must be enabled for x86/64 hardware, but with a provision to turn it off, which you can do in the bios. Secureboot cannot be turned off on ARM processors. Other companies have said this could cause problems if a normal user wants to install another OS, but it hasn’t stopped Apple, HP and IBM.

    Software signing in Win 8 is only on a driver level, and not an application level. If you want to build applications for Metro/Modern UI and sell it on the MS APP store, then you need to go through certification, which is to be expected. This is a route they will not go down, so please don’t scare monger. Going down that route would be commercial suicide, which is why Apple/IBM/HP hasn’t gone down that route.

    For someone who considers themselves above the intellect of us normal people and has considerable knowledge in all things, you provide very little insight into actually researching what you’re saying instead of all this hogwash..

    #14 2 years ago
  15. G1GAHURTZ

    @12:

    Clarissa Explains it All, eh? Now there’s a blast from the past! Lol!

    #15 2 years ago
  16. OrbitMonkey

    Well let’s say Microsoft went the evil empire route & sized all the internets bases… How long would it be before they got charged with creating a monopoly and ordered to stop?

    A day? Maybe 2?

    Hell it’s probably illegal in the EU.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. GrimRita

    Ive got Windows 8 and pretty much enjoying it. Didn’t think I would but for a £30 upgrade to Pro, I couldn’t turn that bargain down

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Hybridpsycho

    @3

    >implying microsoft doesn’t innovate
    >says apple is good :3

    Oh you, tell me something new that apple has contributed to the mark in the past 10 years.

    SPOILER: You can’t say iPod, iPhone, iPad or any of the releases they’ve had btw. Cause they’re not innovations. Other companies were doing all that before, just that apple starts trend cause of their faggot fanboys.

    Oh, and apple is “shiny”.

    #18 2 years ago

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    Praise the Sunbro, Bungie is finally going to fix the heavy ammo bug in Destiny. If Destiny has one bug that has gone too long unresolved, it’s the heavy ammo issue. For quite a while now Guardians wearing armour that increased heavy ammo capacity have found their supply emptied whenever they respawn, return to orbit […]

  • MLB 15 The Show continues year-to-year saves, has real time sun and shadows

    MLB 15 The Show is going to be oodles better than last year’s effort, judging by a list of planned improvements. SCE San Diego has released a list of features and improvements coming to MLB 15 The Show. For those keen on the franchise the news that year-to-year saves are making a return is an […]

  • Nintendo outlines 3DS and Wii U release dates for the upcoming year

    Nintendo has published a list of release dates for upcoming 3DS and Wii U games. There aren’t a great many surprises on offer, unfortunately, but if you’rew wondering what’s next for your faithful 3DS and Wii U, you can now consider yourself fully informed. It’s worth noting that these dates are subject to change, and […]

  • Majora’s Mask Hyrule Warriors DLC is just too, too cute

    Majora’s Mask might be the creepiest Zelda but its Hyrule Warriors incarnation is so adorable I don’t know whether to eat it or tuck it up in a little blankey. The Majora’s Mask DLC hits Hyrule Warriors is due on February 5, and includes a version of young Link so sweet that I need a […]

  • Fahrenheit remaster doesn’t play nicely with unusual Steam names, apparently

    Fahrenheit will reportedly not work for you if you have special characters in your Steam name. Fahrenheit, or Indigo Prophecy as it is sometimes known, has been re-released on iOS, Linux, Mac and PC thanks to Aspyr Media. It’s not much of an upgrade, but it is pretty cheap and a great way to experience […]

  • Bloodborne PS4 bundle pops up on Amazon Spain

    Bloodborne should definitely get its own PS4 bundle. It just makes sense. A Bloodborne PS4 bundle has popped up online, although there’s been no official announcement form Sony. Amazon Spain listed the pack, which includes a 500GB console and goes for €440. In other words it’s very similar to existing game bundles and doesn’t include […]

  • Ermac joins Mortal Kombat X cast

    Mortal Kombat X will see the return of the red-clad ninja with origins in myth and glitches. Today’s Mortal Kombat X Twitch stream made good on NetherRealm’s promise of a new roster reveal. As a few of you guessed from the teasers, the latest character to be announced is Ermac, another of the ninjas. Like […]

  • Badland: Game of the Year Edition coming this spring to multiple platforms

    Frogmind Games has announced it will be bringing its action-adventure game Badland to multiple platforms this spring with Badland: Game of the Year Edition. Initially released in 2013 on tablets, the game is a mix of physics-based gameplay with varying level designs and power-up featuring cloning, growing and slowing down time. Badland is set in […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront concept art shows Endor, map details teased

    With Star Wars Battlefront set for holiday 2015, it’s high time we were told something about the FPS. Today, a slight bit of information was released on the game, along with a piece of concept art. Finally. While we wait until spring for the first look at the game, we’ll have to be sated with […]

  • You can now catch Emboar and Serperior in Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire

    Two new Pokemon are now available for Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire through the official Pokemon website’s special event. You can pick up the fire, fighting type Pokemon Emboar from January 28 – November 30, per IGN, using the special code POKEMON500. Enter it into the Mystery Gift section from the main game menu to […]

  • Fight demons, save the world in The Awakened Fate Ultimatum this March

    A new set of videos for The Awakened Fate Ultimatum have been released by NIS America, showing off the roguelike RPG coming to PlayStation 3. In the game, player will guide a high school student named Shin Kamikaze as he comes to term with being a god. After having a dream featuring a girl talking […]

  • You can now pick up Heroes of Might & Magic 3 HD Edition on PC, tablets

    Heroes of Might & Magic 3 HD Edition is now available on PC as well as Android and iOS tablets. The fifteen year-old title has been revamped in full HD and includes the seven original campaign scenarios and 48 skirmish maps. Local multiplayer mode, a map editor and a Steam lobby are also included.

  • 50 finalists for Bohemia Interactive’s Make Arma Not War contest announced

    The 50 finalists for Bohemia Interactive’s €500,000 Make Arma Not War contest have been announced, after the firm combed through over 250 entries. Finalists chosen in the single-player category were chosen by Arma 3 players, and the add-on and multipkayer entries were selected by Bohemia Interactive. Winners for the next round will be evaluated by […]

  • Here’s a new batch of gruesome Killing Floor 2 screenshots

    Tripwire Interactive has released a new batch of screenshots for Killing Floor 2. The screens show various weapons as well as a variety of Zeds ready to tear you to shreds. Killing Floor 2 is slated for release this year on PC and PlayStation 4. It will also be made available for SteamOS.

  • Hatred is now available for pre-order, new video released

    Hatred is now available for pre-order through the game’s official website. There are two editions to choose from: Digital version with the official game soundtrack for €16.66; or the Digital version with the game soundtrack and a T-shirt for €36.66. The second edition is limited to 1,485 units. Hatred, which was handed an AO rating […]

  • This The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D TV spot is sort of creepy

    With The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D arriving on the first Friday the 13th of the year, it’s only fitting Nintendo would release a slightly creepy TV spot for it. The game’s concept is rather dark, and while it the commercial isn’t too creeptastic, for as short as it is the message is conveyed […]

  • GTA 5 “documentary” chronicles the life of a Tennis Pro

    Here’s another user created video featuring footage from GTA 5, but this one is a documentary instead of crazy stunts, mayhem and face-plants. Created by Bombastic Gamer Films, the documentary delves into the life of Tennis Pro Andreas Schmovakovic, who is both the “greatest player in the world, and the worst.” It’s rather good honestly. […]

  • World of Tanks Xbox 360 updated with console exclusive Pacific Island map, JapaneseChi-Nu Kai tank

    World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition has been updated with a new and exclusive console-only map called “Pacific Island”, which also comes with a Japanese tank. Players will be able to wreck havoc in their very own Japanese Chi-Nu Kai tank, which ca be picked up through the in-game store for Tier 5. It tank […]

  • Here’s the first trailer for OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood

    Roll 7 has released the first trailer for OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood. Gameplay in the second outing will include ramps, jumps and hills, allowing for plenty of air and split level routes. It comes with a deeper combo system with Manuals, Reverts, Revert Manuals and Grind Switching. The ‘Tricktionary’ has also been updated with new […]

  • Learn all about the single-player mode in this Evolve video

    A video showing off the single-player portion of Evolve has been released by 2K and Turtle Rock. All content in the game can be played in either online multiplayer or offline in single-player. The video below contains two matches of Defend mode played from both the Monster and Hunter perspective. AI obviously takes on the […]

  • Super Smash Bros. Wii U update comes with 15 extra stages

    An update for Super Smash Bros. Wii U has been released, and it comes with 15 new stages for the 8-player mode. The update, version 1.0.2., is 316MB in size and the stages are split with nine normal stages and six Omega stages. Here’s the list: Regular stages Animal Crossing – Smashville Animal Crossing – […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update includes Metroid Prime Trilogy, Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. demo

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with the Metroid Prime Trilogy, Shadow of the Ninja on Virtual Console and a demo for Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. Here’s your update: Metroid Prime: Trilogy – Wii U Rock ’N Racing Off Road – Wii U Frenchy Bird – Wii U Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. – […]

  • Battlefield Hardline open beta takes place next week on all systems

    Details and dates for the Battlefield Hardline open multiplayer beta were announced by EA and Visceral Games today. From February 3-8, the beta will be available to all players worldwide on Origin for PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. You’ll notice that the dates coincide with the Microsoft slip up earlier in […]

  • Transistor, Yakuza 4, Thief headline February PS Plus offerings

    Sony has announced your free PlayStation Plus games for the month of February. Come February 3 in North America and February 4 in Europe, Plus members on both side of the pond will be gifted with the following: Transistor (PS4) Apotheon (PS4) Yakuza 4 (PS3) Thief (PS3) Rogue Legacy (PS Vita|PS4|PS3) Kick & Fennick (PS […]

  • Life is Strange launch trailer and final dev diary released

    With the first episode of Life is Strange releasing tomorrow, Dontnod Entertainment has released the last developer diary for the title as well as the launch trailer. Titled Creating Arcadia Bay, the video provides more information on the licensed soundtrack as well as the voice actors behind Max and Chloe. It also touches upon how […]

  • LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers out this year

    LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers have been announced by Warner Bros., the former was outed by Toys R Us and then teased at the end of LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, if you recall. LEGO Jurassic World encompasses all four Jurassic Park films and will be made available in June for 3DS, PC, […]

  • Pokemon, Super Smash Bros. top Nintendo’s million units sales list for Q3

    Nintendo has posted a list of titles which have sold millions of units as part of its quarter three earnings release. Global unit sales of 3DS titles for the nine months ending December 31, 2014: Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire: 9.35 million (life-to-date, same) Super Smash Bros.: 6.19 million (life-to-date, same) Tomodachi Life: 2.11 […]

  • How to take a screenshot on Xbox One: a lesson in frustration

    Trying to do just one simple thing seems to have 360 steps with Microsoft – why is the Xbox One’s functionality such a car crash? “The Xbox One’s definition of usability is in fact the exact opposite – this is a console designed to make life inconvenient for its players unless they sign up for […]

  • Game of Thrones’ Westeros is being made in Minecraft by 125 people

    WesterosCraft, the project dedicated to creating the entirety of Game of Thrones’ Westros has resurfaced. There are more than a few ambitious Minecraft projects, but hardly any as impressive as WesterosCraft. We first came across it all the way back in January 2013, but it looks much better now. “I would say the world is […]

  • Dying Light exploit gives you unlimited money and items

    Dying Light has been out for just over a day and an infinite money and item exploit is already out there. A simple exploit has been discovered in Dying Light that lets you duplicate weapons, all of which you can sell for profit. Win/ win. YouTuber PowerPyx lays out the steps in the handy video […]

  • Sunset Overdrive concept art is as jovial as the game itself

    Sunset Overdrive is a colourful game which is partly due to its concept art. The concept art featured below is created by Vaughan Ling, one of the concept artsists who worked on Sunset Overdrive. Anyone who’s played the game will immediately recognise the locations, weapons, character designs and general atmosphere of the game through these. […]

  • Get an extended look at the PS4 version of Project CARS

    The PlayStation 4 version of Project CARS has been shown in 1080p 60fps. The video below is captured by racing game enthusiasts Team VVV from a preview build. You can see different racing disciplines being demonstrated here, on different circuits. The game’s impressive visuals get even better when the weather gets worse.

  • Battle Pod is the Star Wars arcade game you’ve waited your whole life for

    Star Wars: Battle Pod is an arcade game that lets you replay the battles of the original trilogy, and features an incredible cockpit. If you’ve never played a game at an arcade before, Star Wars: Battle Pod will definitely be the one to change your mind. It’s an arcade cabinet out of a classic Star […]

  • CoD Exo Zombies: how to unlock the Ride of the Valkyries Easter egg

    To no one’s surprise, Exo Zombies mode in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has some Easter eggs. The first Exo Zombies Easter egg, of surely many more to come, has been discovered. It’s a musical one that involves Richard Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries. How you unlock it is not as convoluted as you might […]

  • Dying Light is sub-1080p on Xbox One, full 1080p on PS4 – report

    Early analysis of Dying Light on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One has revealed a few technical details about both ports. Digital Foundry has produced some analysis of both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One ports of Dying Light based on some early testing. Both versions manage a solid 30 frames-per-second, only dipping below that in […]

  • Battlefield 4 Second Assault DLC free to all EA Access members

    EA is offering Battlefield 4′s Second Assault expansion free to anyone with an active EA Access subscription. Anyone with an active subscription to EA Access can download the Second Assault expansion pack for Battlefield 4 starting January 29 and through February 28, free of charge. All you need to do is find it on the […]

  • The Witcher 3 is getting optimised, but no visual downgrade

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is in the final stages of development and developer CD Projekt RED is making sure optimisation work doesn’t impact the game’s visuals. The Witcher 3 art producer, Michal Stec, spoke to Eternity in an interview and was asked whether the team will downgrade the visuals to get better performance. “No. […]

  • Can’t download Dying Light on PS4? Here’s a fix

    If you’ve bought Dying Light on PS4 and you’re having trouble downloading it, you’re not alone. Here’s how to beat the bug. Techland’s Dying Light is stumbling out of the blocks a little this week, with many PS4 users experiencing problems with their full-game downloads. A bug’s to blame. Your console thinks you’ve already installed […]

  • What The Witcher 3 owes to Skyrim – and how it surpasses it

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt owes more than a nod to Bethesda’s Skyrim. I went to see The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and had a great time. I went in a fan of the books but not very experienced with the first two games. I came out with The Witcher 3 top of my gaming […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online has great monsters

    Dragon’s Dogma Online looks pretty rad – an undesirable quality in a game unlikely to come west, from our perspective. The first Dragon’s Dogma trailer was released this afternoon; admire its beauty below. The free to play online RPG was announced for PC, PlayStation 3 and PS4 overnight, but Capcom doesn’t intend to bring it […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles X map about five times the size of last game’s

    Xenoblade Chronicles X is not a small game. This week’s Famitsu has a feature on Xenoblade Chronicles X giving some details on Monolith Soft’s next RPG and first Wii U game. According to Siliconera‘s translation of reports on the feature, the game’s map is about five times the size of that in Xenoblade Chronicles. The […]

  • Take on Mars expected to hit beta in April

    Take on Mars, the space sim from Bohemia Interactive will soon be reader for wider consumption. According to a new Take on Mars development roadmap, the sim will go into beta at the start of April, with full release expected in June. The project is currently available via Steam early Access, but between now and […]

  • Can you guess the next Mortal Kombat X character reveal from this fatality audio clip?

    Mortal Kombat X will have at least one very liquid-sounding fatality. NetherRealm is revealing Mortal Kombat X’s cats one character at a time, and has promised a new reveal during a community Twitch stream tomorrow. It also provided the following teaser video – it’s audio only, and apparently taken from a fatality sequence. What’s your […]

  • Nintendo Creators Program now recruiting YouTubers – PewDiePie, others weigh-in

    Nintendo has opened a Creators Program designed to ensure creators get a slice of ad revenue from videos featuring Nintendo assets, and some prominent YouTubers aren’t pleased with the company. Update “What Nintendo are missing out on completely is the free exposure and publicity that they get from YouTube,” wrote Felix Kjellberg (PewDiePie) on his […]

  • Xbox Live issues under investigation

    Can’t sign into Xbox Live? Microsoft is on the case. Xbox 360 and Xbox One users report being unable to sign in to Xbox Live. Microsoft is already aware of and working on the problem. “Our team is hard at work right now trying to get this resolved. Thank you for staying patient while we […]

  • Make money from your non-Valve mods with Steam Workshop

    Valve has opened the money-making side of Steam Workshop to third-party titles, giving enterprising modders more ways to make money. Steam now hosts curated Workshops for Dungeon Defenders: Eternity and Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, the first non-Valve games to support the scheme. What that means is that community members can create, vote on and eventually even […]

  • Check out DmC: Devil May Cry’s new manual lock-on

    DmC: Devil may Cry developer Ninja Theory has released a video showing off the new, controversial lock-on mode. The new manual lock-on is causing quite a stir, although its reception is probably better than the white-wigged Dante who makes fans even more upset than the original makeover. “The primary purpose of this video is to […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes looks pretty fun

    Dragon Quest Heroes is yet another Omega Force take on an existing property – like Hyrule Warriors or the One Piece games. And it looks pretty sweet. We haven’t heard much from Dragon Quest Heroes here in the west because it hasn’t been confirmed for release outside Japan. This isn’t terribly surprising as we still […]

  • Square Enix to reveal new PS4 game this weekend

    Square Enix is doing something pretty mysterious right now. The Final Fantasy publisher is teasing something called Project Code Z. The project, which Square Enix is tweeting about in Japanese, English and German, is due for reveal at Tokaigi 2015 on Saturday. It’s a PS4 game, but that’s all we know. There’s a website you […]

  • Tetris has crowned its first known western Grand Master

    Tetris fans have a new western champion. Tetris is one of those gaming obsessions that goes much deeper than you might expect. For example, did you know that some versions of the game assess your performance and over you the chance to become a “grand master”? Turns out that’s a thing, and according to Polygon […]

  • Ken Levine’s next game teased as “sci-fi-ish” small, open-world RPG

    A series of tweets from BioShock creator Ken Levine has shed a sliver of light upon his next project. According to Levine he and his team are considering something a bit sci-fi and contemplating first-person mode. The team is developing the game for PC with a large in scope, expandable, systems-based narrative where more can […]

  • Become a lynx in new Shelter 2 trailer

    Shelter 2 casts players in the role of a lynx, which makes for quite a different experience to the badger of the first game. The first Shelter game had you evading predators, but in the second, you becomes one yourself. That doesn’t mean there are no dangers to face, of course. Judging by the trailer […]

  • Why King of Fighters 13 isn’t coming back to Evo

    Evo, the premiere western fighting game tournament, has dropped support for a few previously favoured titles. King of Fighters 13 had a loyal following, but isn’t featured in the Evo 2015 line-up. “Many things go into what games makes it to Evo, but the most obvious one is, ‘Is the community playing this game?’” Evo […]