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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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    Battlefield Hardline is now available for pre-order and pre-download on Xbox One. You can pre-order it now from the Xbox Store and once you have paid for it, you can start your pre-download. Battlefield Hardline releases on March 17, and will be made available to pre-downloaders come 12.01am EDT. Check pricing and availability for your […]

  • Dying Light interactive video allows you switch between day and night

    A new video for Dying Light has been released, which allows you to hit the Z key to change between day and night. Titles Life and Death in the Quarantine Zone, the interactive story video showcases how the game changes between day and night. Daytime and nighttime are shown side-by-side but the z key allows […]

  • Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare out on PS3, PS4; PC delayed

    The Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is now available for PlayStation 3 and PS4. Havoc contains the four multiplayer maps Core, Drift, Sideshow, and Urban along with the AE4 directed energy assault rifle, its custom variant, and the Exo Zombies cooperative mode. You can purchase the DLC separately or pick up the […]

  • Here’s a teaser for Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2

    A teaser video for the second episode of Resident Evil Revelations 2 is available, so if you’ve yet to play the first episode, you may want to skip this. Resident Evil Revelations 2′s first episode is out now. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • North American eShop update is full of Donkey Kong games

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  • Venture into the Valley of the Yetis next week in Far Cry 4

    The next batch of Far Cry 4 DLC, Valley of the Yetis, releases in March and Ajay Ghale will be tasked with surviving violent cultists and the mythical Yeti. Apparently the cult is looking for a secret hidden in the valley, and Ajay has discovered their motives. The DLC features co-op with a friend taking […]

  • The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack out for Payday 2, has dino masks

    The 19th DLC pack for Payday 2 title The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack is available on Steam from today. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: 11 new weapon modifications for the AK rifles in the game 11 new weapon modifications for the CAR rifles in the game Four new masks together with their […]

  • Battle Chasers slated for PC, consoles; comic picks up where 2001 storyline left off

    Darksiders creator Joe Madureira and Vigil co-founder Ryan Stefanelli have confirmed a Battle Chasers game and a new comic are in the works at their new studio Airship Syndicate. Speaking to Polygon, Madureira and Stefanelli wouldn’t provide details on the the game, but did divulge it will be an adventure RPG with player-controlled Battle Chasers […]

  • Shovel Knight, Hotline Miami 2 discounted for Sony’s annual Spring Fever Sale

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  • The gold Super Mario amiibo is a Walmart exclusive

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  • Here’s an overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

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  • Final Fantasy 15 video gives you a look at the game’s wildlife

    A new video shown by Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata during the latest Active Time Report, contains a look at the game’s wildlife and ecology. You can watch the full stream two hour stream through here, or a smaller clip courtesy of GamesHQMedia below.

  • Lionhead ventures into the free-to-play space with Fable Legends

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  • Win! 5 pairs of tickets to the Call of Duty European Championships

    We have five pairs of tickets to giveaway for the Call of Duty European Championships, taking place in London this weekend. The event takes place this Saturday February 28 and Sunday March 1 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Winners can watch teams will go head to head for a $10,000 prize pot […]

  • Republique Remastered has released on Mac and PC

    Republique Remastered, which was announced earlier this month, is now available for Mac and PC. The game is 20% off through Steam, GOG and the Humble Store for $19.99 until March 4. Thereafter, it will run you $24.99. The Remastered edition contains all five episodes of the game, with 1-3 available now and the remaining […]

  • LA Cops coming to Xbox One in March

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  • We have $500 of Steam Wallet funds to giveaway!

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  • Lapsed Final Fantasy 14 players tempted back with 10 day freebie

    Square is offering lapsed FF 14: A Realm Reborn players a chance to come back to the game for 10 days worth of free adventuring. Provided you’ve already bought and registered an account you’ll be able to play free of charge from Feb 27 to March 9. Square wants you to sample the new content […]

  • Advanced Warfare: Sledgehammer looking at “opportunities” to recreate classic Call of Duty maps

    Sledgehammer Games has told VG247 it’s looking at opportunities to recreate classic Call of Duty maps in Advanced Warfare. According to co-founder Michael Condrey, players of the latest Havoc DLC are asking how Exo abilities and verticality can be added to classic franchise maps. “We’re taking a look at some opportunities to really highlight the […]

  • GTA Online reader playlist week 7: and the winner is…

    Stuff was shot. But only one player emerged victorious. GTA Online player e031271 won last night’s VG247 reader playlist, beating myself, Matt and regulars solidorwot and Revolting. Congratulations, Mr e031271. A deserved victory. We play a GTA Online playlist in an open session every Wednesday on PS4, because it’s both funny and fun. Anyone’s welcome […]

  • Leaked screens reveal The Reef as Destiny’s new “social space”

    A handful of leaked Destiny screens seem to confirm that The Reef location will be the new social space in Destiny. The new addition is likely to be revealed as part of the upcoming House of Wolves expansion. Reddit user Megamanexe4 dropped the screens on the site earlier this morning, along with grabs that reveal […]

  • Darksiders creator teases Battle Chasers game

    Joe Madureira, creator of Darksiders, has released art that strongly suggests a Battle Chasers game is in the works. Battle Chasers was a comic book from the late 1990s that suffered notorious production problems between issues and was never finished. Madureira formed Airship Syndicate after the collapse of THQ, where he co-created Darksiders. His latest […]

  • Infamous video nasty Axe recreated in GTA 5

    The trailer for notorious horror movie Axe has been recreated in GTA 5. The shot for shot remake is the work of gigerbrick who has previously recreated exploitation flicks like Machete and Hostel using Lego. The original Axe movie was banned in 1984 in the UK but passed with cuts in the late 1990s. Movie […]

  • Payday 2 for PS4 and Xbox One includes “a year’s worth of paid DLC” for free

    Payday 2: Crimewave Edition will include a year’s worth of paid DLC from the PC version of the game for free. The new-gen version of the game will be available June 2015, and includes almost all of the paid and free DLC released so far for Overkill’s popular first-person shooter. That DLC includes The Big […]

  • Yes, Mortal Kombat X will require Xbox Live Gold or PS Plus

    Mortal Kombat X won’t bypass Microsoft and Sony’s premium online play requirements. Reports that Mortal Kombat X wouldn’t require PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold started circling earlier this week thanks to a communications error. Answering fan questions on Twitter, producer Shaun Himmerick accidentally gave the impression that premium console subs would not be required […]

  • This is what Destiny players most want next

    Destiny patch 1.1.1 has resolved or at least addressed a number of complaints voiced by the community, but there are plenty more. des Destiny community manage David “Deej” Dague has put out a call for Guardians to share their concerns – or rather, what they think the community is most concerned about. “Set aside your […]

  • Google AI can play games now, so we’re probably all going to die

    Google has brought us one step closer to our inevitable slaughter or enslavement by machine overlords. Google has developed an AI that can learn to play video games and devise brand new strategies. Let me just rephrase that: Google has created an AI that can teach itself new skills, including how to play video games. […]

  • First footage of Renowned Explorers: International Society surfaces

    Renowned Explorers: International Society is a turn-based strategy game from the team behind Reus, and it looks great. Renowned Explorers was announced almost a full year ago, but has been pretty quiet since then. Developer Abbey games has now announced that the game has hit alpha, and will be open to select testers soon. You […]

  • Cities: Skylines developer commits to mod support

    Cities: Skylines will fully support the modding community. Hailing from famously mod-friendly publisher Paradox, Cities: Skylines is a no-brainer for mod support – especially as a lack of mod support is one of the things SimCity was so heavily criticised for when it firts launched. In the developer diary below, Paradox’s Jakob Munthe is joined […]

  • Nosgoth update adds Vanguard, many fixes

    Nosgoth, the free-to-play multiplayer brawler set in the Legacy of Kain universe, has been given a significant makeover. The major feature of the latest Nosogth game update is a new playable human character called the Vanguard. “Equipped with mighty throwing axes and a shield, the Vanguard can take more punishment than any human class that […]

  • Xbox Live Gold 12 month sub $40 on Microsoft store

    Microsoft is offering $20 off 12 month Xbox Live Gold subscriptions at the moment. An Xbox Live Gold 12 month subscription will normally set you back $60, but a Microsoft Store promotion has it on offer for $40. The offer is restricted to the US store. Although you can opt to grab your sub as […]

  • Tomb Raider movie script to be penned by TMNT writer

    Tomb Raider will be Evan Daugherty’s second reboot of an established universe. The Tomb Raider movie reboot has signed on a writer and a distributor. Deadline reports Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Divergent, Snow White And The Huntsman and G.I. Joe 3 writer Daugherty will write the film. Additionally, Warner Bros. has signed on to distribute, […]

  • Shelter 2 pre-orders open, launch trailer debuts early

    Shelter 2 is a game in which you are a mother lynx and must protect a den of kittens. Yes, it’s delightful. Shelter 2 is coming to Mac and PC on March 9. Pre-orders are now available on Steam at 10% off or on GOG.com with a free skin and soundtrack, or 20% off if […]

  • That Batman: Arkham Knight trailer is full of codes

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s trailer is like a Transformer – there’s more than meets the eye. The new Batman: Arkham Knight trailer contains a number of codes. Eagle-eyed users have spotted four so far, and work on cracking their meaning is progressing. According to an /r/games thread rounding up results so far, the codes pertain to […]

  • Assassin’s Creed haystacks won’t save you from a fall

    Assassin’s Creed fans, don’t try this at home. Assassin’s Creed characters can survive falls of almost any distance as long as they aim for the haystacks scattered handily throughout the environment. As you probably deduced from your familiarity with common sense, this isn’t a real thing: falling from heights kills you, the same way a […]

  • Why are people buying PS4 and not Xbox One?

    PS4 is outselling Xbox One – but why? A new report may have the answer. Last month, the PS4 outsold the Xbox One in the US again, returning it to the top of the charts after just two months away. Why? What has caused this reversal in fortunes in Microsoft’s home territory? According to a […]

  • Toejam and Earl are back with a new Kickstarter

    The early 90′s are alive and well in a new bid to bring back Toejam and Earl. Toejam and Earl released for Mega Drive (Genesis, Americans) in 1991, and the eponymous characters went on to count among Sega’s best-known characters. They appeared in a platformer, a light gun shooter and finally a 2002 Xbox game […]

  • New Wander trailer shows off Azertash form

    Wander is a collaborative, non-combat MMO in which you can take on a number of unique forms. Wander players begin as an ambulant tree called an Oren and can progress through several different bodies as they explore the environment, learning its secrets. One of these, which we’d not seen before this trailer, is the amphibious […]

  • SOMA approaching beta phase on PC and PS4

    SOMA, the new horror game from the Amnesia: The Dark Descent crew, is getting close to playable. Frictional Games has apologised for its recent silence over the project, but said it’s focused on reaching beta. Sorry all for the silence! We're closing in on Beta and everyone's working hard to get there. Once that's done, […]

  • Square Enix does not condone Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest HD Remaster

    Square Enix has said it’s not involved with a fan remake of Final Fantasy spin-off Mystic Quest. 1992 SNES game Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest is being remade by Dark Design as Mystic Quest HD Remaster. The developer is even taking pre-orders for the project. Unfortunately, it looks like it is in no position to be […]

  • New Hunger teaser released by LittleBigPlanet Vita co-developers

    LittleBigPlanet Vita co-developers Tarsier Studios have released a teaser trailer for Hunger, which was announced in May 2014 at the Nordic Game Conference. The game has been rumored to be the firm’s unannounced Sony project since 2010. Platforms are still to be announced, but the studio became a first-party SCE developer a few years back, […]

  • Here’s two Mario Party 10 overview videos, one featuring amiibo

    Overview videos for Mario Party 10 and the amiibo which work with the title have been released by Nintendo Japan. Obviously each one is in Japanese, but you get the gist all the same. Mario Party 10 releases on Wii U March 20 in North America and Europe. Thanks, AGB.

  • Clan Raids announced for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Companion App

    Activision has announced a new Clan Raids mode will be made available through the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Companion App. According to the CoD community blog, raids are time-based challenges where success earns you a spot on the Clan Raids leaderboards and new Clan Raid-exclusive in-game gear like the Equilibrium set. Clan members will […]

  • Play Battlefield Hardline starting March 12 through EA Access

    Xbox One users with an EA Access subscription will be able to play 10 hours worth of Battlefield Hardline starting March 12. EA Access members will are being granted access to the game five days before the street date, with full multiplayer and all saves transferring over into the main game. It was announced yesterday […]

  • This video summarizes the contents of Destiny patch 1.1.1

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  • Destiny 1.1.1 patch notes out, update is live

    Destiny’s 1.1.1 patch arrives today, so if you have been kicked from activities, it means you will need to download the patch now that it’s live. We will be pushing the 1.1.1 patch for Destiny shortly. Players will be kicked from activities and required to download the patch. — Bungie Help (@BungieHelp) February 25, 2015 […]

  • Payday 2 packs based on Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number coming

    Starbreeze has announced another collaboration with Dennaton Games which will see masks based on Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number appear in Payday 2. The collaboration consists of two free updates when you acquire Hotline Miami 2 or its deluxe version on Steam from February 25. The two updates, called Hotline Miami Mask Pack and Jacket […]

  • Velocity 2X making its way onto Linux, Mac, PC and Xbox One

    Velocity 2X will be released on Linux, Mac, PC and Xbox One Futurlab has announced. The developer is in charge of the port, which will be published by Sierra. According to Futurlab, the deal with Sierra came about when self-publishing proved to be difficult due to spending “more time doing PR and marketing on Velocity […]

  • Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number finally has a release date

    A release date for Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number has been announced, finally. The game will arrive on Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita March 10. It is now available for pre-order on GOG, Humble and Steam for 10% off for $13.49/£10.99. There’s also a Digital Special Edition available which includes tracks from […]