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DayZ Standalone: Hall discusses ‘depressing’ development pressure

Thursday, 20 December 2012 12:30 GMT By Dave Cook

DayZ creator Dean Hall has responded to a Reddit thread dedicated to giving Hall’s team some breathing space as it crunches on the game’s development. Hall has also added that he was – at one point – considered calling time on his involvement with the project.

Over on the DayZ Reddit, Hall responded to pressures of fans and press badgering him about the game. “I know I have been very quiet lately. So this will be really all I’ll say for the moment. I’ve been pretty depressed about the whole situation. From a personal standpoint, this whole “saga” of the development made me seriously question if I wanted to be involved in the industry and I gave serious thought to cutting my losses and not being involved in the project.

“At my Army Discharge medical this week, they noted I now have high blood pressure. Some things in life just aren’t worth worrying about. I’ve been getting hammered by a massive amount with requests for information about DayZ release, interviews and my reactions to this and stuff and such – but for my own sanity I retreated and have kept to myself.

“Right now I’m just at home doing bits and pieces on the DayZ development. The rest of the DayZ team is doing the same. I realize that I went back on my word about releasing an update, but went back into my shell for a bit last week, and I’ll come out when the dust is all settled.”

What’s your take on DayZ Standalone’s development. Let us know below.

Thanks PCGamesN.

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32 Comments

  1. Strange Sultan

    C’mon people ! There will be no respawns in a real zombie apocalypse. Nor will there be scattered M4s or skill trees and shit.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Stardog

    I’m tired of this Day Z guy and his “woe is me” attitude. His game is not an original concept and rides off of an entire other game.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Ireland Michael

    Sounds to me like he’s trying to deal with depression while working on the game.

    Not going to criticize someone for that.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Hunam

    It’s tough being in the spot light when you aren’t prepared for it and making games is tough. I think he just does need to take a few weeks off and regain his focus.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Maximum Payne

    I thought you would be happy considering your competition is dead on arrival ?

    #5 2 years ago
  6. DSB

    Coupled with the drama surrounding the security breach, they don’t look like the most stable group of guys.

    Probably a good idea to have someone run interference for him since he is the head of development though.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Ireland Michael

    @5 Not everyone is a selfish dick who wishes misfortune on others.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. SplatteredHouse

    “I’ve been getting hammered by a massive amount with requests for information about DayZ release, interviews and my reactions to this and stuff and such… ”

    That first part could be due to leaving people with too little information that they ask, to feed their enthusiasm. Instead of responding once, the creator retreats. Why didn’t he take control of the situation? He could have let people know the official page, and assure them that they can find major updates/news on there. For smaller points and that, he’ll use twitter or forum. How is that not a better situation to have than just leaving people expectant, in the dark while the sales come and go?

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Uncontested

    Guy is such a whiney bitch, seriously. First his little woe is me story about how he was ‘tortured’ in the military (Which sounds like a load of shit but whatever gets the sheep drooling), now he crys about his mod being massively successful and having people setting expectations after he swore up and down that he wasn’t going to sell out and make it a paid game.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. necachi

    No one has to buy this game. If you have a problem with any of the developers or the game then the solution is simple: don’t buy the game. Complaining about the developers or the game doesn’t make it come out any faster nor does it make you look cooler.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Christopher Jack

    Guy is depressed & people laugh it off & say he’s whining- & you people wonder what drives people to these massacres…

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Marine

    Sounds to me like some of these kids are whiney bitches. Doesnt matter if the idea is originally is his or not. He is making the game you are crying on threads about. Crying because he hasnt updated the game or released much info about his game. Id like to see any one of you please thousands of gamers who have all these WANTS. Needy bitches, the man will finish when he feels like it. HE DOESNT OWE ANY OF YOU SHIT not even an apology.

    I highly doubt you have served so what would a puss like you know about stress let alone judging someones military service? I have been down that road when it comes to your health, a man will question his priorities, even if that means dropping shit thats important to others. Leave him alone, let him finish on his own.

    WarZ is a prime example of a shitty rushed game. Who wants a repeat of that garbage?
    So shut the hell up, its almost Christmas for christ sake.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Dorian Herndon

    I really hope this guy works his way through his depression, I won’t try to rush nor question his problems because he knows what his going through, and I don’t. I really wanted the game for Christmas, but I guess I’ll just have to way a little longer, which is no problem at all; rather play a long waited, well done game, than a rushed and terrible game. My hope and prayers go to him.

    PS: Those questioning his statements about the Military, and his problems involving the game and its expectations, should really watch what they say. Ask yourself some questions, “Have I been in the Military?” “Have I ever made a video game?” “How much problems or things do I have to worry about?” Hope those people start thinking before typing BS.

    I totally agree with #11 Christopher Jack

    #13 2 years ago
  14. HauntaVirus

    Agree with #11, give him some room to breath FFS.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Maximum Payne

    @7 War Z was 100% rip off of their game so…

    #15 2 years ago
  16. seanman3001

    Firstly, I see where he is coming from. Huge success and hes excited. Hence him telling us he will keep us posted. If any of you actually do programming then you would know it takes time to do shit, especially when he started doing this all for fun, with no help. Secondly, Dayz IS pretty original, considering I’m not playing any other zombie games right now. Sure the stealth aspect has been done 1000 times before and isn’t new, the inventory is fine if you aren’t stupid, and if you don’t like hackers don’t join servers off the hive. But he doesn’t owe us anything, as a person who plays the mod, just wait for the game to release, expect nothing, and have you’re expectations broken when it launches. Chances are you will hate it anyway.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. pattyopotatopants

    Okay ladies and germs here’s the thing. We are all a bit dissapointed about the possible delay of our favorite zombie mod. But you have to consider that the guy started this thing off in his spare time, for fun. He never expected for it to get this big. Then it got that big. Have you ever had a deadline? Have you ever made something from scratch? Have you ever had to hold on to two jobs while still doing the thing you love? Some of you haven’t because you’re too young to have to. Still in high school. A lot of the older folk on here understand. And you younger fellas will soon enough. That kind of pressure would make anyone question if that is something that they really want to do. I am speaking from experience here. I’m a black smith. I love what I do, but sometimes the pressure of deadlines and work and no sleep just get to you. Also keep in mind that it normally takes years for a game to be completed from beginning to end. Show a little sympathy. I mean come on, the guy is depressed because he thinks that he is letting YOU down. That speaks bundles about his character. He cares about what he is doing, and your opinion. Maybe a little too much. In closing. Don’t be a twat. Be patient.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Gekidami

    I really wish a real dev studio, one with some weight to their name were behind a game like this. I mean props to the guy, he’s achieved something awesome, but it being a mod means he’s working on a wonky base. DayZ is sort of iffy with its teleporting zombies and dodgy animations, and even if the standalone has that stuff sorted, its still being made by a few guys doing it in their spare time, so it could take ages and i bet updates will be sparse. The alternative of course is WarZ, and even though its lazy with its reused assets and ripped off stuff, failing to deliver on whats been promised and being plagued with crappy business decisions, i have more hope for it being the overall better game in the long run simply because its being made by a dedicated dev. Of course they have shit to sort out, it might take a year or two to get things right but i’m pretty sure it’ll have more legs than DayZ.

    But really i want a more reputable dev on the case. Say Techland, Dead Island is a great game, why not make an MMO version? That would be awesome.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Erthazus

    Dead Islanbd is a great game lol.

    DayZ is in development at Bohemia Interactive. That is enough for the “Real Dev Studio”

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Uncontested

    I love when couch commandos make statements about how I never served, lol. My two combat deployments as a Marine Corps Infantryman to Iraq state otherwise but thanks there “Marine.” Only a tampon or POG would defend this guys whining, which I’m sure you are if you even made it past boot camp.

    Ohhh making games is soo hard. Really dude? Shut up and work on the game. If shits that bad go cry to some doctor someplace instead of coming up with these idiotic stories of being tortured during training, or crying that making video games are sooo hard. Especially now that you’ve sold out. Dude didn’t even deploy anywhere, never was in combat, and was a washout to boot.

    Nobody is forcing him to do this shit, if its that bad stop bitching and quit, do something else if you can’t handle the fame or the “depressing pressure.” Instead he just bitches and moans -every time- someone from the media talks to him. Hand the game over to someone else and go get a different job if you hate it so much.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. lolzomgz1337

    @#20: You lack compassion and empathy.
    While I would agree that him moaning does accomplish nothing in regards to the topic at hand, neither does yours. Depression is a genuine illness, and not an easy one to cope with: Take your arrogance else where.
    Furthermore you have no idea what’s actually happened with him, it is NOT within your right to claim it’s BS; your opinion on that matter means precisely nothing.

    Pressure is hard to deal with for anybody, especially if they are not used to it. While I do understand this I would say it’s better to look on the brighter side of things, this guy simply needs to take some time out and relax, absorb so of life’s more gentile motions.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Uncontested

    I have compassion and empathy, plenty of it, when it is deserved for real problems; for example the Sandy Hook Massacre which nearly brings tears to my eyes thinking about it. This is not a real problem. This is him caving under pressure.

    This just shows how sad our society has become today. The guy makes a massively successful mod, and instead of quietly turning it into a mega profit turner like was done with things like Counter Strike, DOTA, and plenty of others, all he does -every time- he is interviewed is bitch and whine ‘woe is me, feel pity on me, making this game is so hard and i can’t meet deadlines’

    If life is so bad turn the project over to someone who isn’t a weak minded tool. Put the sheep back in the pen somewhere in the corner with an easy job and let someone who has a pair take over. Not everyone is born to lead or be in charge. It is abundantly clear here that Mr. Hall is not cut out for it. If they’re not going to do that then at least, for gods sake, someone hire this guy a fucking PR team, some handlers, -anything- so he stops bitching and moaning talking about how they cant do it every time hes in the media.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Ireland Michael

    @22 You clearly don’t understand what empathy is then.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. yuvein

    Just give us summit to play to keep us all quiet even if its not finished :)

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Christopher Jack

    This misunderstanding of mental illnesses, especially in America, is a hugely underrated problem. Particularly people with autisms such as Aspergers- they are often forced to grow up the same as everyone else but they simply can’t handle it, they eventually snap. I wonder how many suicides & homicides could be prevented if people were capable of displaying a little empathy. I’m certainly not saying that this guy will go on a massacre but it still doesn’t hurt to be a little understanding.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Booze

    What I have to read here… unbelievable…
    “My two combat deployments as a Marine Corps Infantryman to Iraq state otherwise”
    You self-important, priggish, little wannabe hero… and you call HIM a “weak minded tool”… ooooh, the irony…
    if soldiers like you were deployed to Iran, it’s no wonder, why that operation was such a humanitarian failure. You have no clue, what’s behind his depression. Noone would ever tells his personal problems to an interviewer. Yet you speak of empathy… ridiculous…
    The work and passion he put in the project deserve credit and nothing else, but all he gets back is a bitching community.
    It’s disgusting to watch…

    #26 2 years ago
  27. crazyapeman

    After reading this a see alot of greedy whiney bitches who got everything they wanted as children and probably still are children, the sort of children who cry if they don’t get to suck on there mums titty. No half decent civilized man with half a brain tells a depressed person that they are a useless twat its just counterproductive it puts the person in a worse state, will probably drive him into suicide and you will never have the game. So how about all you useless wanna be man instead of bitching and telling Hall to grow a pair you do so instead and please ffs get a life, a job and buy a deck of cards and deal with it.

    PS: Show a little compassion you useless twats also stop doll bludging. (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=doll%20bludger) for those of you who dont no the term.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. YoungZer0

    @20: Nobody gives a fuck about you and your Iraq deployment, so stop crying, you egocentric cunt.

    @23, 25, 26, 27: *claps*

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Hunam

    I think you all need to stop acting like children at this point. Getting angry on the internet? Really?

    #29 2 years ago
  30. Amonbg

    Personally i don’t care when this game comes out.Just to come out properly.
    Don’t rush the good things take time.Give the guy space to work this out.
    BioWare rush things with Mass Effect 3 what happened.A big disappointment for the same people who wanted it “NOW”.
    I hope that he has a great year 2013 and leave all the bad staff in 2012.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. HauntaVirus

    @20
    Umm, good job on your rant??? Now stfu and gtfo.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. aaronjones

    “Sounds to me like some of these kids are whiney bitches. Doesnt matter if the idea is originally is his or not. He is making the game you are crying on threads about. Crying because he hasnt updated the game or released much info about his game. Id like to see any one of you please thousands of gamers who have all these WANTS. Needy bitches, the man will finish when he feels like it. HE DOESNT OWE ANY OF YOU SHIT not even an apology.

    I highly doubt you have served so what would a puss like you know about stress let alone judging someones military service? I have been down that road when it comes to your health, a man will question his priorities, even if that means dropping shit thats important to others. Leave him alone, let him finish on his own. ”

    WELL SAID

    I AM SO SICK OF THE f888 HACKERS AND TRY HARDS THAT RUIN GREAT GAMES.

    IF this guy comes up with a stand alone Day-Z he is an absolute legend – all these low lifes that try and prevent progress are also the twats holding up signs saying “GOD HATES GAYS”

    Absolute low lifes and a waste of good air.

    Stop bagging this game you are probably another hacking POS anyway.

    #32 2 years ago

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  • What does the creator of Deus Ex think of Human Revolution and Mankind Divided?

    Deus Ex creator Warren Spector seems pretty positive about the direction the sci-fi series has followed under Square Enix’s hand. Deus Ex was created by Spector and his team at Ion Storm, and remained with Eidos after the developer shuttered. When Square Enix purchased the British publisher, it put new studio Eidos Montreal to work […]

  • Protest Goat secures future for Elite Dangerous destruction derbies

    One of the stranger and more beautiful stories to manifest in the gaming world this week, I think. Elite: Dangerous has given birth to an unintended, emergent style of gameplay; a destruction derby like affair where players gather in no combat areas to both race and gleefully smash into each other until a victor limps […]

  • Destiny’s stunning landscapes captured in panoramas

    Destiny has some beautiful environments, which screenshots don’t necessarily do justice to. Walking around Destiny exclaiming over the lighting effects and the tiny animated details is the best way to experience Bungie’s tremendous achievements, but these panorama images stitched together from in-game screenshots are a good second. Click to see them fullsize. Redditor CenturyEagle made […]

  • Star Wars Disney Infinity re-release on the cards – rumour

    Star Wars is a no-brainer for Disney Infinity, and at long last it looks like it’s happening. A Star Wars re-release called Disney Infinity 3.0 has reportedly leaked from German retailers. We have to lable this one a rumour as we haven’t seen the original source, but the story was originally reported by DisKingdom, which […]

  • Award-winning mobile indie Monument Valley out now on Windows Phone

    Windows Phone’s game selection can be a bit restrictive, but has expanded delightfully today: Monument Valley is now available. Monument Valley is one of those gorgeous, mind-bending puzzlers the indie scene produces on the regular, winning awards and consuming everyone’s lives for weeks on end. Developed by Ustwo Games, with beautiful, understated art from Ken […]

  • Old-school EverQuest servers safe from legal troubles thanks to Daybreak agreement

    EverQuest rights holder Daybreak Game Company given its blessing to the wonderful Project 1999. EverQuest: Project 1999 is one of those lovely ideas that it are all too often crushed by the realities of the games industry. An entirely fan-managed affair, it provides an emulated version of the classic EverQuest experience, which is no longer […]

  • Free Dragon Age short stories fill us in on Corypheus’s followers

    Dragon Age: Inquisition developer BioWare invites you to learn more about the lore and characters that make up its beautiful role-playing setting. Dragon Age is set in Thedas, a world still only partially revealed by the three core games to date. BioWare puts a heck of a lot of work into its worldbuilding, employing a […]

  • Remember that gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo? It now utilizes DirectX 12

    Remember the gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo Square Enix showed off three years ago? The firm showed it again at Microsoft’s Build Conference, this time utilizing DirectX 12. The Witch Chapter 0 [cry] real-time tech demo was created from research Square conducted using real-time CG technology and DX12 in collaboration with Microsoft and Nvidia. The […]

  • Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones sneaks onto GOG and Steam services

    Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones can now be purchased through GOG and Steam. On both services it will run you £12.99/€14.99/$14.99. Links here and here. The game features: Fully explorable ‘Metroidvania’ style overworld, laying siege to a diabolical cloning facility with varied and detailed environments. A variety of special equipment to unlock new […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare DLC Ascendance has arrived on PC, PlayStation consoles

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players on PC and PlayStation consoles can now download the Ascendance DLC. The second content pack contains the OHM weapon, the OHM Werewolf custom variant, and the second entry in the Exo Zombies saga, Infection. Four new maps are also included: Perplex, Site 244, Climate, and Chop Shop. Ascendance was […]

  • Latest Xbox 360 system update is live, now supports 2TB hard drives

    Xbox 360 now supports 2TB hard drives via the latest system update for the console. Support for the drives was announced earlier this month and has been available for preview members. “In addition we will also no longer reserve space in advance on your hard drive,” said the firm. “If you are using 16GB of […]

  • Kickstarter for Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor Yooka-Laylee launches tomorrow

    Playtonic Games has announced the Kickstarter campaign for its spiritual successor to the Banjo Kazooie series, Yooka-Laylee, will launch tomorrow. The title of the game was announced today along with the Kickstarter date. Formerly known as Project Ukulele, the 3D platformer is said to be “between the size of Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie,” and stars Yooka […]

  • Console version of Mistwalker’s Terra Battle is in development

    Now that Mistwalker’s Terra Battle has surpassed 2 million downloads on mobile, the developer is now working on a console version of the tactical RPG. As part of the original Download Starter campaign, the 2 million milestone means the company will begin development on Terra Battle’s console version with details to be announced at a […]

  • Prison break game The Escapists is heading to PlayStation 4 from May 29

    The Escapists, Mouldy Toof’s prison break game originally released as a timed console exclusive Xbox One, has a release date for PlayStation 4. For those unfamiliar with the title, which is also a PC release, it tasks players’ time management skills as they do a bit of digging and crafting, and other prison-type stuff as […]

  • Dead Island 2 delayed into 2016 to ensure series is “taken to the next level”

    Dead Island 2 has been delayed into 2016 by Yager in order to ensure the sequel “takes Dead Island to the next level.” According to a tweet from the developer, it set “big goal” for the game, and in order to deliver what fans expect, the team needs more time to reach development goals. “We […]

  • Project Cars: here’s a list of all available cars at launch

    Project Cars will contain many, many cars and if we are counting correctly, there will be 74 total at launch. The standard edition contains 65 total, and when factoring the free car as well as the Modified and Limited Edition cars packs, you can add an additional nine cars to the mix. Comb through the […]

  • Competitive matchmaking support is coming to Team Fortress 2

    Team Fortress 2 will soon feature support for competitive matchmaking, which Valve says is a “high priority” project for it at the moment. According to a report from TeamFortress.tv, which visited Valve headquarters recently, Valve is looking into the possibility of 6v6 or 9v9 matches 9v9, a possible quick play option and it is also […]

  • GTA 5 PC patch fixes garage, Job crashes – full notes here

    Rockstar has pushed out a 353 MB patch for GTA 5 on PC The patch fixes a number of annoying bugs related to vehicles and garages, some deathmatch issues and purchase errors. It should also fix various freezing and crashing bugs, as well as a little issue with Steam. Time will tell if the patch […]

  • Fire Emblem If will come in White Kingdom and Black Kingdom versions with amiibo support

    We’ve finally got some juicy details on the next Fire Emblem game, but the most interesting aspect is that there will be two versions of the game. According to Siliconera, who translated an interview between Intelligent Systems and 4Gamer, there will a White Kingdom and a Black Kingdom version that offer different aspects of the […]

  • Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess heads west with “Golden Toilet” pre-order bonus

    Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess will debut on western PlayStation 4 systems this summer, Koei Tecmo has announced. It is also coming to PS3 and Vita. The game was produced by Keisuke Kikuchi of Fatal Frame fame and takes up where Deception 4: Blood Ties left off allowing players to relive Laegrinna’s pursuit to free […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario demo, Paper Mario, more

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a demo of Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition, Paper Mario on Virtual Console, and amiibo Tap. The full update is below. eShop update amiibo Tap – free – Wii U Star Wars Pinball DLC – Wii U Paper Mario – Wii U […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided PC port handed off to Nixxes

    The PC port of the new Deus Ex has been handed over to Netherlands based studio, Nixxes software. After the initial reveal trailer at the beginning of April, we’ve only had a few morsels in the way of additional news. The most intriguing tidbit to date has got to be the fact that you’ll be […]

  • First-ever PC Gaming Show to take place at E3 2015 in June

    PC gaming will finally have its very own E3 press conference this year, thanks to PC Gamer and AMD. The PC Gaming Show will take place on June 16 at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles and it will be livestreamed on Twitch. PC Gamer said speakers at the presentation will include representatives from Blizzard, […]

  • Majora’s Mask light available now on Club Nintendo for 6000 stars

    Club Nintendo shuts up shop on September 30 and members are being encouraged to spend accumulated stars before then. And what better to spend them on, than this adorable Majora’s Mask light? If you’re a member based in Europe you can nab it for 6000 stars. If you’re in Australia or New Zealand, it’ll only […]

  • Unity support announced for HoloLens, will work with Windows universal apps

    Microsoft is partnering with game engine developers Unity in order to make HoloLens compatible with apps and games which use the cross-platform engine. The partnership was announced yesterday during its Build Developer Conference. Universal apps for Windows 10 systems will also be available on Xbox One later this year, suggesting possible HoloLens functionality with the […]

  • Splatoon Nintendo Direct airs Thursday, May 7

    A Nintendo Direct focused on Splatoon, the Wii U multiplayer title, on May 7. It will kick off at 7am PDT/10am EDT/3pm UK and it can be watched via the Nintendo Direct website. You can also have a look at the game through Nintendo’s Twitch channel. The last game-specific presentation took place last week and […]

  • GTA 5 PC: clean up the streets as a member of the San Andreas PD with this new mod

    Remember the awesome mods for GTA 4 and San Andreas that let you run amok online as a member of the po-po? Well, dust off your taser and load up your gun, because it’s coming to GTA 5. The new mod for GTA 5 is currently in alpha and can be downloaded at palmbeachgames.com. You […]

  • Indie shoot ‘em up Project Root comes to Xbox One, PS4 and PSVita

    Project Root is a self-proclaimed rejig of the shoot ‘em up genre that was released on PC last year, and it’s finally coming to consoles. Combining free-roaming elements with the usual business of shooting things, Project Root was released this week for Xbox One, PS4 and the PSVita.

  • You can now bet on eSports online, starting with League of Legends

    If you’re getting bored with sticking a pony on the races, you can expand your gambling horizons at Unikrn where you can watch esports streams and get a little action on the side. The new platform was set up by Rahul Sood – previously the general manager of Microsoft Ventures. At the moment, customers are […]

  • Has Watch Dogs 2 been leaked?

    Ubisoft employee, Julien Risse, may have inadvertently confirmed Watch Dogs 2, thanks to his online CV over at LinkedIn. Videogamer.com spotted the slip up, in which Risse lists Watch Dogs, the DLC Bad Blood, and Watch Dogs 2 on his profile. Creative Director Jonathan Morin has already talked about his ideas for improvements for the […]

  • GTA 5′s Trevor makes his Jackass debut, complete with leopard-print knickers

    YouTuber Abstract Mode has shared his vision of what Trevor Philips’ life might have been like, had he not been completely batshit crazy. Watch Trevor get mauled, run over, and hit by a train, before taking a majestic swan-dive into someone else’s pool at the climax. Thanks, Kotaku.

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 season pass will cost you £35

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 isn’t released until November 6, but you can already hand over your cash for the Season Pass. The Season Pass is available for pre-purchase on Steam for £34.99, and will cover four DLC packs – although the details we have on the content are limited to ‘exciting’ at this […]

  • GTA Online’s cheating assholes are no match for this player’s vengeance

    Think you’re smart for using invisibility and infinite ammo glitches? You need to be taught a lesson, sucker. You can have all the hacks you want but if your GTA Online game is weak, you’ll still get your ass handed to you. As this fool discovered when attempting to hassle another player. There’s a fair […]

  • PS4 sales help Sony’s games division swing to profit

    Sony’s PlayStation business has made an operating profit of 48.1 billion yen ($404m / £261.5m) in the past 12 months. That’s thanks to stellar sales of the PlayStation 4 and PS Plus, even as sales of the PS3 have stalled and the company wrote off costs for the PSTV and PS Vita. The profit puts […]

  • New patch for Dirt Rally gives co-driver’s attitude a tune-up

    Dirt Rally gets a new patch three days after release on Steam. On Monday, we reported that the newest Dirt game has popped up on Steam’s Early Access and is available to pick up for £24.99, as well as giving you an eyeful of tasty screenshots. The patch – released yesterday – fixes some issues […]

  • New The Witcher 3 screenshots show combat, exploration and general carousing

    New screenshots released on the official facebook page for The Witcher 3 show Geralt annihilating a winged beast, out and about in the world exploring, and living the life of Reily amidst a bustling feast. We were already treated to some glorious screenshots a few days ago, but these new ones are in-game and give […]

  • Destiny: 14 things you might have missed during House of Wolves intel drops

    Destiny: House of Wolves does a great deal more than just slap some new content on the existing game structure. House of Wolves changes Destiny in a lot of interesting and very welcome ways. Bungie showed off many of these changes in its livestream, and let both me and Arekkz come and have a look […]

  • Scratch that cyberpunk itch with Technobabylon on May 21 – new trailer

    Technobabylon more like Wrecked-yo-babbling with my smooth flow about how good Wadjet Eye games are. I don’t know y’all, it’s clock off time and everything feels like a reach. Wadjet Eye makes pretty good adventure games – award winning, in fact. The latest project to spring forth from the benevolent, sheltering hand of the label […]

  • Skullgirls 2nd Encore brings exclusive new features to PS4, Vita in northern summer

    Skullgirls, the little indie fighter that could, is getting another crack at it. Skullgirls 2nd Encore is the second re-release of the one-time troubled 2D versus fighter from lab Zero Games. Having survived the shut down of its developer and collapse of its publishing contrast, Skullgirls re-emerged as Skullgirls: Encore, adding in a ton of […]

  • Danganronpa series generates “impressive” sales for Vita exclusive

    Danganronpa is selling quite nicely, thank you, says NIS America. Danganronpa is a series of murder mystery visual novel puzzlers in a similar vein to games like 999. Two of these have been released for Vita in the west – Trigger Happy Havoc and Goodbye Despair. Speaking to MCV, NIS America CEO and president Takuro […]

  • I have no idea what is going on in J-Stars Victory VS+ but I kind of like it

    In this J-Stars Victory VS+ trailer, we see – uhh. Well. We certainly see some things. Look y’all, I was a massive weaboo in high school, but that was back in the dark ages when we had to take out Manga Entertainment VHS tapes from dingy little specialist rental joints that were literally underground, and […]

  • Please just watch this terrific trailer for Toren

    Toren is the kind of game I dream about when I drift off to sleep at night. This indie puzzle adventure strikes a spark in my little soul in the same way as Ico and Tequila Works’ Rime do. Mysterious, almost ethereal fantasy setting – check. Chance to actually walk around in that setting – […]

  • Play classic MS-DOS games on your own tweets

    In today’s episode of “what will they think of next”, someone’s figured out how to post playable versions of classic games in tweets. For some time now, Twitter has allowed you to embed various forms of media in tweets, most noticeably YouTube videos, simply by pasting a URL into the compose field. Turns out this […]

  • VR: Unreal Engine to add HTC Vive support

    The biggest digital PC game distributor and the most popular game development engine have both backed VR. It’s going to happen. An upcoming Unreal Engine 4 update will expand the development suite’s support to the HTC Vive, Valve’s VR headset. In this glorious new future where work on one of the most important engines in […]

  • WWE 2K15 PC supports modding

    WWE 2K15 may be the series’ PC debut, but it’s already getting into the spirit of the platform. WWE 2K15 does indeed support mods on PC, 2K’s Marcus Stephenson has confirmed. @ElementGamesTV you can. Now buy. — Marcus Stephenson (@stephensonmc) April 28, 2015 As Destructoid points out, this opens the door to all sorts of […]

  • Overkill’s The Walking Dead coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One in 2016

    Overkill’s The Walking Dead is one step closer to your grasping little paws. Overkill’s The Walking Dead will be published by 505 Games, Overkill parent Starbreeze has announced. 505 also published Payday 2, Overkill’s previous title, so the two companies have established a working relationship. In a press release, the publisher said the co-op title […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 pre-orders net Advanced Warfare DLC

    Buy Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 for later, enjoy bonus Advanced Warfare content now. Blacks Ops 3 is being supported by a rather cunning pre-order incentive even more likely to get you to lay your cash down sooner than you might otherwise. Gamespot reports a Black Ops 3 pre-order will receive a couple of […]

  • Steam Game Ban system lets developers determine who to block

    Steam users can now be blocked from individual games by their developers. Steam has always supported multiplayer bans for disruptive users, but a newly-implemented system allows developers to ban users from individual games using their own anti-cheat systems. Game Bans are enforced by Valve, but are enacted at the developer’s request and discretion. This change […]

  • Far Cry 4 devs matching Red Cross donations up to $100K to aid Nepal earthquake victims

    Far Cry 4 developer Ubisoft Montreal will match any pledges made to The Red Cross up to $100,000 to aid Nepal after the 7.8 earthquake struck the area in and around Kathmandu in Nepal. According to Ubisoft: “Having spent the last few years working on Far Cry 4, a game heavily inspired by Nepal and […]

  • Tales of Zestiria retail listing notes September release date, PS4 version

    Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, and while it’s confirmed as a PlayStation 3 release, a Dutch retailer has it listed as coming to PS4 as well. Of course, listing it for PS4 could also be a typo, not that I would personally know about that sort of thing, really. However, according […]