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US President wants Congress to “fund research” on violent video games

Wednesday, 16 January 2013 17:36 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

US President Barack Obama announced during a press conference today that he has tasked the Center for Disease Control to study the causes of violent behavior, and that Congress “should fund research into the effects violent video games,” on “young minds.”

Obama didn’t mention games much at all in the press briefing as it was mainly focused on the gun control issue.

“We don’t benefit from ignorance. We don’t benefit from not knowing the science of this epidemic of violence,” he said, before outlining his gun control wishlist for the House of Representatives to consider.

Obama wants Congress to hand over $10 million to the CDC to study the “relationship between video games, media images and violence.”

“The entertainment and video game industries have a responsibility to give parents tools and choices about the movies and programs their children watch and the games their children play,” the White House said in a statement to the Washington Times.

US VP Joe Biden met with various gaming industry experts and executives last week to hear its side of the violence games debate, and gain research material on the matter.

He said at the time he was not singling the industry out, as he had met with other pundits of entertainment mediums during the week.

A video is below – skip to the 30 minute mark to miss out on the dead air.

Thanks, Venture Beat.

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47 Comments

  1. SlayerGT

    Jesus here we go.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. OlderGamer

    Better buckle up, could be a bumpy ride. Politicans from both political regimes are singling out games.

    It seems to me that if you are concerned about and trying to control gun violence, you might want to start with the guns. Or am I just going crazy in my old age?

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Stephany Nunneley

    Video added. Skip to 30 minute mark as it is full of dead air.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. onefivefive

    I’m alright with this. Perhaps it’s time a discussion on the effects of violent games is opened up.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Ireland Michael

    @4 *ten bazillion thumbs up*

    #5 2 years ago
  6. theevilaires

    Its official Biden and Obama have gotten there early copies of GTA5 and are addicted to the game and can’t put it down. Making the hardcore gangstas.

    This is what happens when you play GTA5 72 hours straight.
    http://ametia.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/pbo-biden-clinton-krunkin.gif

    #6 2 years ago
  7. OlderGamer

    I agree with onefivefive as well. However, it seems unfair to me to signel games out. The amount of gun violence on TV is staggering. Kids don’t live in bubbles, they don’t all consume G-rated TV, Music and Movies, and if not for video games their lives would be somehow free of violent influences.

    I think it may well be time to have a few meaningful studies. However I think it also smells of political grandstanding, scapegoatism all the while polishing your public(and political) image.

    Like I said start with Guns.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. absolutezero

    I thought it already had been.

    Multiple times.

    How ’bout those Video Nasties causing serial killers. How ’bout that Human Centipede 2. How ’bout that not learning from the past in the slightest.

    There have been multiple scientific examinations of video game violence on a variety of age groups, they have completely different results all over the board. One year it was certain they had an identifiable effect, the next they were perfectly safe.

    Much like Video Nasties and the Marquis de Sade.

    Lolita makes you pedo. True story look into it.

    My two nephews played Wii U Mario today for the first time, the resulting shit storm as both of them used the WiiU pad to create platforms specifically designed to kill one another was the closest I have come to seeing a video game incite violence.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. onefivefive

    I believe the conference was largely focused on reviewing gun control policies.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Stephany Nunneley

    @9 “Obama didn’t mention games again in the press briefing as it was mainly focused on the gun control issue.”

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Da Man

    I really look forward to them banning violent videogames and the rest of those shitty entertainment bullshit, perhaps all the ugly, barely articulate nerds will have to look elsewhere and read some books made of paper.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. DGOJG

    Correct me if I’m wrong but hasn’t there already been several studies into effects of video games already?
    Why are the US even considering spending $10 million on this research when they have just avoided a fiscal cliff?

    Edit: Removed rest of my comment due to my misinterpretation of the proposed intentions of the research.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. onefivefive

    Are people reading the post before commenting?

    #13 2 years ago
  14. hives

    How about “Let’s teach parents how to control what their kids are playing because probably it’s a lot of 18+ games”.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. DSB

    @12 It’s to make themselves seem fair and balanced in the eyes of an opposition that has an entirely different view, isn’t it?

    If they didn’t do it, the Republicans could launch a campaign saying that they haven’t taken enough care to weigh all the options.

    I don’t really picture an educated person subscribing that kind of significance to entertainment media, but if the other side are using it as a smokescreen, then why not put a dent in it if you can, and strengthen your own argument?

    #15 2 years ago
  16. blackdreamhunk

    how about then they ban violent movies and books too like the bible,qurran and Torah.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. uomoartificiale

    @4 a “discussion” happens in a public arena within representative of the world of sociaty, culture and the arts. Funding research that basically cannot but say that there’s no connection between real violence and videogame violence (as clearly there’s no connection between real violence and movie violence), doesn’t amount to a “discussion”. It’s just a political bargain to make the majority of americans happy and concede to the irrationality of the right.
    The aggressive stance the far-right took against videogames lately is just to divert the attention from gun control regulation. This has nothing to do with a mature and fact-based discussion. I don’t necessarily like violent games or violent movies (quite the contrary, if you ask me), and I would be actually really interested in a “real” debate about the topic from a cultural standpoint. The only way to approach such a task would be to enlist the most brillant mind of our generation and stick to the facts. Sadly I don’t think that this is what it’s happening here.

    On a side note, the middle ground between one opinion on one side and some craziness on the other, is still not the truth. You need several diverging but QUALIFIED opinions on a issue to fruitfully debate and discuss. Otherwise you may easily end up trying to balance darwinism and creationism as they were on the same level. I really hope that this is not the kind of “balance” the violence in games debate is going to seek…

    #17 2 years ago
  18. SlayerGT

    @OG its like you read my mind. Couldn’t agree more.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Ireland Michael

    @10 Careful with the common sense there Steph. It might cause the community to implode in on itself.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. monkeygourmet

    Ban all consoles and games apart from Nintendo systems.

    Nintendo’s child like approach to gaming will help and their awful grasp of online gaming will stop pedophiles trying to ‘groom’ your children.

    And don’t worry about them getting hold of violent material, the e-shop is only activated when children are asleep.

    Worried about your child getting fat? Simply pop in Wii Fit, and hey presto, one healthy child.

    Kids nagging you in the car on the way to Grandma’s?

    Simply chuck them a couple of 3DS’s, that will shut them up! (Make sure you turn the 3D down, don’t want them to lose there eyesight and not be able to spot Pedophiles catching them!)

    Problem Solved

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Ireland Michael

    Its hilarious watching people making mountains out of molehills.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. onefivefive

    @21 Agreed. If we ever expect groups like the NRA to respect any question of gun policies, surely we must be open to the idea that violent games are looked at too. Fact is that there are MANY people out there who believe that violent games are to be blamed. It’s a responsible move to at least look into it. If it was my kid in one of those shootings you can be damn sure I’d want no stone unturned.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Phoenixblight

    @22

    There have been multiple studies done with violent videos games and none are affiliated with the government which is good because government is not going to say “Hey we found nothing so all the money we spent on this has only shown us what other studies have shown so yeah sorry about all that tax money being spent on nada.”

    No they are going to skew the facts so they can get what they want.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. onefivefive

    @23 I respectfully disagree.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. uomoartificiale

    @22 because we really don’t know what to look for, we are at a loss, uh? Clearly we want “to leave no stone unturned”, otherwise how can we know what caused that tragic outcome. I think you americans are completely just out of any plausible reality and your idea of a “balanced approach” is to take into consideration absurdities coming from every source and then find the common ground. Guess what: it’s another absurdity!

    the discussion about videogame violence is a cultural endavior that should stay as close as possible to the source, that is the videogame development community, gamer community and critics. Do you want to open that discussion to the NRA?!

    #25 2 years ago
  26. onefivefive

    @25 If you’d like a brief idea of what a “Gamer community” discussion looks like I’d recommend taking a peak at the comments section of a recent VG247 post about the Devil May Cry fan backlash. I wouldn’t trust most of the gaming community with a pair of scissors.

    From what I can see the two fingers of blame from these shootings are being pointed at the access to guns and violent video games. Last I checked the NRA (and other gun lobby groups) have diverted their blame at violent video games. The president of the US has decided to fund research into games while also attempting to reform gun restrictions (no small task given the Republican attitude towards the Second Amendment). I feel this is an opportunity for the “gaming community” to be the mature group, lead by example and just, for the sake of the greater good, see this as an opportunity to take a step back and look at what we’re so desperately defending objectively and open a healthy discussion (research, field test, whatever),

    #26 2 years ago
  27. monkeygourmet

    How can a government or any organisation complain about violent games when gaming’s current ‘poster boy’, Call of Duty is the most accessible form of gun violence currently available.

    Underage Call of Duty players are rife, it regularly contains missions that are provocative or sensationalise violence without being thought provoking.

    (I haven’t got a problem with this by the way)

    It makes me laugh.

    It’s like when people complain about child hood obesity when places like McDonalds and their business practices are never questioned.

    The only thing ever likely to arise from this is games will gather some form of taxation. I.E. violent games will be lumped in with booze and cigarettes, nothing will change but a lot of people will make a lot more money.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. monkeygourmet

    We know its fucking stupid for young kids to play violent games or watch violent films.

    We know its fucking stupid to let kids eat shit and stay in front of the TV, no studies are needed.

    However, filling people’s heads with shit TV and advertising then complaining when bad things happen in later life is a bit fucking rich.

    It’s all a reflection on society we (or so called governments) have created.

    If you don’t like it, don’t fuck it up in the first place.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. absolutezero

    http://youtu.be/XCywGhHQMEw

    #29 2 years ago
  30. DSB

    @27 Can’t be done.

    Videogames are expression, and while you can tax the production of those, you can’t actually tax videogames for portraying something specific, without violating the First Amendment.

    “You can show whatever you want, but if you show something like this, we’ll need a dollar”.

    Would never hold up. Booze and cigarettes aren’t protected by the constitution as far as I know.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. monkeygourmet

    @29

    :D

    Great show!

    @30

    Hopefully not, weird shit can happen though, especially when you scare the shit out of idiots.

    Modern day witch hunts are a complete reality, thankfully games just bring in so much revenue these days they are probably pretty safe.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. Emabulator

    Great work Stephany!

    #32 2 years ago
  33. Cobra951

    Let’s ban violent videogames. But why stop there? What about the effects of sex in videogames? Maybe we need to ban that as well. But why stop there? What about the effects of violence in movies and TV shows? Let’s ban that. Oh, wait. Sex is a lot more prevalent in movies and especially cable-TV shows. If we’re going to ban videogame sex, we have to ban sex in other media as well, for even better reasons. But why stop there? Once these things get banned, the violence will continue unabated anyway. So we have to find new scapegoats. How about books? I hear books have been getting by unscathed for many years. Isn’t it time we looked at that? Burn them! Make a big bonfire in every city, and burn all media with violence or sex.

    Oh, but wait. There’s this nasty First Amendment that says we can’t do that. Shit! We HAVE to do something about that. Constitutional convention! Let’s do away with this troublesome freedom of speech. It’s destroying our schools! It’s destroying our kids!

    #33 2 years ago
  34. onefivefive

    @33 Have you ever considered joining the NRA?

    #34 2 years ago
  35. Ireland Michael

    @33 This was an tiny part of a long conversation, 99% of which actually *was* about gun control laws.

    I have to wonder if anyone actually bothered to watch the video.

    This whole thing is a case of the media picking something for the sake of some easy, sensationalist journalism.

    #35 2 years ago
  36. Cobra951

    @34, no, given that I don’t own any firearms. Not sure what that has to do with threatened censorship of an artform, though.

    #36 2 years ago
  37. Stephany Nunneley

    @32 Thanks! <3

    #37 2 years ago
  38. onefivefive

    @36 Nobody said anything about censorship. And if gamers are so unwilling to allow their artform to be inspected then we’re every bit as problematic as the gun toting Second Amendment bashing NRA whackjobs.

    #38 2 years ago
  39. monkeygourmet

    @38

    Of course you can inspect them, as long as you also inspect things like showing the 360 control pad controlling a Bombing Drone on the UK Army recruitment adverts.

    #39 2 years ago
  40. onefivefive

    @39 Well not really. Considering that has absolutely nothing to do with, say, the effect of a game like Call of Duty will have on a nine year old boy who plays an average of four hours per day over the course of two years.

    #40 2 years ago
  41. onefivefive

    @39 Also, UK advertisement has nothing to do with US inquiry.

    #41 2 years ago
  42. Gekidami

    The ESA has issued a response:
    http://www.gamepolitics.com/2013/01/16/esa-issues-statement-president-obamas-call-cdc-research-video-games#.UPcedyd2Qj4

    #42 2 years ago
  43. onefivefive

    @42 Good news. Hope we learn a lot from this.

    @39 If you get a moment I highly recommend this little article (literally only three minutes worth of reading in it).

    http://penny-arcade.com/report/editorial-article/after-tragedy-its-healthy-to-talk-about-our-culture-of-violence

    #43 2 years ago
  44. NeoSquall

    I’m speechless.
    There have been almost ten other studies in the last years on this subject, yet Obama is going to use taxpayers money to fund another.
    I wonder is sen. Rockefeller’s proposed study will still be reintroduced on the next Senate session.

    #44 2 years ago
  45. monkeygourmet

    @43

    Thanks for the article link. Just had a read, although I didn’t real feel it did anything ultimately.

    No research is needed regarding a nine year old boy playing COD everyday, the same way we don’t really need anymore research surrounding shitty foods poisoning our children.

    For society to move on much bigger factors need to be tackled first, you are literally chipping away a tiny bit of ice off the iceberg focussing on this.

    To judge the recent tragedy (or any for that matter), you have to study a huge amount of variables and analyse what may have caused a trigger. It gets even more complex when studying brain states, emotional distress or abuse etc…

    You end up going down a rabbit hole with it although I see why people always want to find a reason “why?”

    #45 2 years ago
  46. DSB

    @44 Try to look at the broader context though.

    It’s no secret that Republicans have little to no respect for science.

    Almost 50% of Americans reject the theory of evolution in favor of a collection of mostly unsupported personal accounts from 2000 years ago, and I guarantee you a considerable majority of those guys are Republican voters. They don’t like being told how stupid they are by politicans, so instead the politicians pretend to be stupid themselves.

    In other words, any study that doesn’t have specific, Republican fingerprints on it, which you can remind them of in an argument, is utterly invalid, because science means nothing to them, because science means nothing to their voters.

    I definitely see this in the context of trying to create a definition of the issue, where even the Republicans can’t run from scientific fact, and that’s definitely a good thing. I don’t see a single indication that Democrats truly seem to agree with them, or buy their premise.

    #46 2 years ago
  47. GwynbleiddiuM

    This is worth watching, or reading whichever you prefer. http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/01/16/the-politics-of-violence

    #47 2 years ago

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  • GTA 5 PC official trailer coming next week, 15 new screenshots released

    New PC screenshots of GTA 5 have been released along with word of a new trailer coming on Monday. The screens below are from the PC version and you can view them in 4K glory over on Rockstar Newswire. The PC version of GTA 5 releases on April 14.

  • PSN real-time server status page launching in Europe soon

    PlayStation users in Europe will soon have its own a PSN Service Status Indicator. It was released earlier this month in North America. The indicator makes it easier to check whether PlayStation services are down or running as planned. This includes account management, PlayStation Now, the store, social services, etc. Sony told Eurogamer the service […]

  • Exclusivity contract prevents Bioware from revealing Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC release on PS4

    Bioware is unable to discuss when the Jaws of Hakkon DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition will arrive on platforms other than PC and Xbox One. According to various tweets from executive producer Mark Darrah, due to the exclusivity contract between EA and Microsoft, the studio is unable to announce a release date for PlayStation 3 […]

  • LEGO Batman 3 demo, Namco Museum, more added to North American eShop

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a demo for LEGO Batman 3, Namco Museum on Wii U Virtual Console, and various sales. Below is the full update. Nintendo eShop Dot Arcade – Wii U LEGO Ninjago – 3Ds LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Demo – Wii U Harvest Moon: The […]

  • Square Enix’s Easter Surprise bundle contains five mystery PC games

    Square Enix offering another mystery bundle to customers in the UK, which comes with five mystery PC games for £3.99. As before, customers will be unaware of the games they are purchasing in the mystery bundle, but the bundle contains triple-A titles worth £40 combined. One of Square’s previous mystery bundles contained Tomb Raider, Just […]

  • From Software’s PSone game Shadow Tower coming to PSN

    Shadow Tower, the first-person action-RPG developed for the original PlayStation by From Software, will be released on PlayStation Network. In the 1998 title, players took on the role of a mercenary who has returned home to the Holy Land of Zeptar to find the place has been sucked into the Underworld. He must use the […]

  • PlayStation TV gets price cut in the UK, now £44.99

    PlayStation TV has received a price cut in the UK. After several retailers started offering the console for less than the RRP of £84.99, users on DealSpwn began to wonder whether this is an official price cut, and not just regular deals or stock clearance. Sony later confirmed the new price of £44.99. “Starting from […]

  • Fast & Furious expansion for Forza Horizon 2 is now available, for free

    You can download Forza Horizon 2 expansion Fast & Furious starting right now. Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious is available to download now through Xbox Live for Xbox One and Xbox 360. The expansion is standalone, so you don’t need to own Forza Horizon 2 to play it. It’s also free from now […]

  • Fire-based weapons come to PayDay 2 with the Butcher’s BBQ Pack

    The 20th DLC for PayDay 2, the Butcher’s BBQ Pack, is now available on Steam. The DLC will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: Piglet Grenade Launcher, 12G Steakout Shotgun and Mk1 Flamethrower Molotov cocktails and incendiary ammo Four new masks, patterns, materials and achievements The Butcher’s BBQ Pack is another co-development between Overkill and Croatian […]

  • Lords of the Fallen developer offers Hideo Kojima a job

    Amid the current turmoil between Hideo Kojima and publisher Konami, one studio has offered the legendary designer a position. Lords of the Fallen developer Deck 13 took to Twitter to extend a job offer to Hideo Kojima. Dear Mr. @HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN In case you are currently searching, we have an open position as Head of Game […]

  • Destiny Xur update: should you buy MIDA Multi Tool?

    The question on every Destiny player’s lips today. And the answer, supplied by resident Destiny expert Paul Davies, is… Yes! We asked Paul whether or not he thought Xur’s Exotic weapon this week was worth the 23 Strange Coins. Here’s what he said: “It was already a great gun to own for PVP owing to […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 has an all-male cast to make it “more approachable”

    According to Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata, the main cast of the game is all-male because it makes the game “more approachable.” Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata spoke to Gamespot about the reason for his choice of making the core cast an all-male affair. “Speaking honestly, an all-male party feels almost more approachable […]

  • Hearthstone Blackrock Mountain is coming April 2

    Blizzard has given Hearthstone expansion Blackrock Mountain a solid release date. Hearthstone’s Blackrock Mountain adventure pack will be released April 2 in the Americas region, and April 3 in Europe, Korea, Taiwan, and China. Blackrock Depths is the first wing to be released, others will follow one week apart. Other than the 31 new cards, […]

  • Bloodborne: if you can’t load your save after installing firmware 2.50, this will help

    If you’re having issues loading your Bloodborne save after applying firmware update 2.50 to your PS4, this should help you out. Reddit user KBALLZZ encountered an issue after installing update 2.50 on his PlayStation 4. Bloodborne started reinstalling the day one patch again and when it was done he couldn’t continue his game or load […]

  • Use this code to get 10% off on PSN purchases

    Sony is offering a 10% discount coupon to anyone looking to buy games on PlayStation Store this weekend. Sony’s latest discount coupon code is here. You’ll receive 10% off your cart total when buying from the PSN Store. The offer is not valid on purchases made on PS Vita, PlayStation TV, PSP, or in-game stores. […]

  • Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin upgrade path announced, system specs revealed

    Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin will offer returning customers a chance to upgrade at a discounted price. Those who already own Dark Souls 2 on Steam and are interested in picking up the Scholar of the First Sin edition will be happy to know that publisher Bandai Namco is offering them an […]

  • Bloodborne: this is what happens when you have 40 Insight

    Insight is one of the currencies in Bloodborne, but it’s also a mechanic that affects the gameplay. There are MASSIVE SPOILERS below, so turn back now or one of Bloodborne’s gameplay mechanics will be SPOILED for you. Just like Blood Echoes in Bloodborne, Insight is used to purchase certain items from vendors in the game. […]

  • Phase two of Xbox One April update brings voice messages, dedicated servers for party chat, more

    The second phase of the April update for Xbox One is now open to members of the Preview programme and and it looks like there are even more features in store. Phase one of Xbox One’s April firmware update started a few days ago with improvements to party chat and achievements notifications. Today, phase two […]

  • GTA 5′s graphical “downgrade” is a bug, will be fixed in upcoming patch

    As of patch 1.8 for GTA 5 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, a few graphical issues have cropped up leading some to believe there has been a stealth downgrade to the game’s overall graphics. Over the past couple of days, Reddit went nuts over a video showing what appears to be a downgrade to […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for March 27, 28 – MIDA Multi-Tool edition

    Xur: Agent of the Nine has arrived at The Tower in Destiny to rid you of your Strange Coins. Xur: Agent of the Nine has once again made it to Destiny’s Tower to sell you Exotic weapons and gear in exchange for Strange Coins and Motes of Light. For this weekend, Xur can be found […]

  • Destiny vault space upgrade will have enough room for every Exotic

    Destiny is finally getting the vault space upgrade players have been begging for almost since launch week. Destiny players can currently use vault space to store 20 pieces of amour, 20 weapons and 20 general item stacks. In the latest Bungle Weekly Update, the developer revealed that as of patch 1.1.2, due before House of […]

  • Half-Life 2: Update mod applies some sparkle to the original title

    Half-Life 2: Update will be available tomorrow, and thanks to the modding community, those who own the vanilla version of the game can apply a visual update to the 2004 title. The comparison video shows you the differences between the original version, and the version with Half-Life 2: Update applied. Here’s what the mod includes: […]

  • Neverwinter MMO can now be pre-downloaded on Xbox One

    You can now pre-download the free-to-play Neverwinter MMO on Xbox One. The game launches on March 31, but you will still need an Xbox Live Gold account to play it. Based on the Dungeons & Dragons franchise, the game can be downloaded from the Xbox Store.

  • Destiny of Spirits will go offline starting next month

    Sony will be ending service for Destiny of Spirits starting next month, Sony has announced. The free-to-play Destiny of Spirits was released in late March 2014 on Vita, and tasked players with collecting supernatural forces appropriate to their geographical location, and then trading them with others online. Gravity Rush spirits were added to the game […]

  • MotoGP 15 is out this spring on PC, last and current-gen consoles

    MotoGP 15 will be released in June on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, Milestone has announced. Bike, rider and team customization are part of the latest release in the franchise, along with time-trials and enhanced career options. The game features over 20 bike models divided into three classes: MotoGP, Moto 2 […]

  • Cities: Skylines players should check out Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises

    Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises can now be yours in Cities: Skylines. Die Hard fans will be familiar with Nakatomi Plaza. Those who have never watched the first film and live in Los Angeles know it by its real-life name, FOX Plaza. It was created by Enos Shenk and is available through Steamworks. Those who […]

  • Call of Duty franchise has sold 175M copies, players have thrown 300B grenades

    With the Call of Duty Championship kicking off tomorrow, Activision has sent over a series infographic full of interesting figures such as the number of copies sold over 10 years and how many grenades players have tossed. According to the stats below, the Call of Duty franchise has sold 175 million copies across all platforms […]

  • Save up to 75% on select SEGA games on Steam this weekend

    SEGA has put many of its games on sale through Steam this weekend and the firm has also announced Eastside Hockey Manager is now available through Early Access. The sale runs through March 30. The entire Total War, Company of Heroes and Dawn of War back catalogs are discounted 75% and all associated DLC is […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight PC confirmed as digital download-only in UK

    Batman: Arkham Knight will indeed be a download-only title on PC in the UK, Warner Bros. has confirmed to VG247. Batman: Arkham Knight will be available as both a physical and digital release for PS4, Xbox One and PC in North America and Europe. Again, in the UK, the PC version will be “available as […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege release date set for October per GameStop Italy – report

    GameStop Italy may have let the release date for Rainbow Six Siege slip if a recent listing is accurate. According to the listing, the game will release on October 16. While this could be a placeholder date, October 16 is a Friday in the UK, the usual day new releases land at retail. The release […]

  • Watch the $1 million Call of Duty Championship right here

    The The Call of Duty Championship takes place this weekend, and you can watch all the action as it unfolds right here. The event takes place in Los Angeles tomorrow March 27 and runs through March 29, and the livestreams are below. 32 teams from five continents and 11 countries will be competing in Call […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: Battlefest kicks off this weekend with Double XP

    A new season of Battlefest kicks off this weekend, and starting today, you will earn Double XP in Battlefield Hardline. Battlefest for Hardline is similar to the event held for Battlefield 4 last year. For the entire month of April and into May, in-game events and competitions will be held by the developers and player […]

  • Don’t forget: the GTA 5 PC pre-order bonus cutoff is March 31

    Just a friendly reminder to those planning on purchasing GTA 5 for PC: you have until March 31 to pre-order if you want all the bonuses on offer. Those who pre-order will be handed $1 million in-game cash plus a bonus $300,000. It is split between GTA 5 and GTA Online: $500,000 for Grand Theft […]

  • Games with Gold offers doubled for April – six games instead of three

    Microsoft’s April Games with Gold collection is being doubled. For the month Xbox Live Gold members will receive six instead of three games free. Here’s what’s on offer: Pool Nation FX: Available all month on Xbox One Child of Light: Available all month on Xbox One Gears of War: Judgment: Available from April 1-15 on […]

  • Pokemon players can grab a code for Shiny Charizard at GAME in April

    Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire players along with Pokemon X and Y owners can grab a free, rare Shiny Charizard from April 3 at one of GAME’s 320 stores in the UK. The redeemable codes for the character will be made available upon request and no purchase is necessary. Those who pop into one […]

  • F1 2015 will arrive on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in June, includes Mexico circuit

    Codemasters has announced its F1 franchise will make its series debut on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this June with the release of F1 2015. The game was developed using a new engine and contains improved handling and physics for all vehicles and parts attached. This includes: engine, transmission, aerodynamics, fuel tank, force feedback, suspension […]

  • Mortal Kombat X video confirms Liu Kang as playable character

    Liu Kang has been confirmed as a playable character in Mortal Kombat X in the latest video. You’ll also notice Bo’ Rai Cho in there as well. In the Shaolin trailer above you also get a look at Kung Lao and Kung Jin who is new to the series. Apparently, Raiden’s past champions of the […]

  • Short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront shows the Battle of Hoth

    A short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront has been posted by EA on Twitter. Well, that speeder isn't going anywhere. Can someone give us a lift to @SW_Celebration http://t.co/srEVrAA0zl #SWCA https://t.co/4W4LG8myke — EAStarWars (@EAStarWars) March 25, 2015 The teaser shows vehicles which we could be using in the game, but it mainly shows the snowy landscape […]

  • Pillars of Eternity releases today – get all the review scores here

    Pillars of Eternity, which still stands as the second most-funded video game on Kickstarter, finally releases today. It’s also getting some rather positive reviews scores, which we’ve rounded up for you. The isometric, party-based RPG from Obsidian Entertainment was one of the first video game projects to take to Kickstarter, and hit its $1.1 million […]

  • Take an in-depth look at Evolve’s Behemoth monster and four new hunters

    Evolve’s fourth monster, the Behemoth, as well as the four new hunters are shown off in new gameplay video. Evolve’s latest gameplay trailer gives everyone a good look at each of the four new hunters and the massive Behemoth monster. The hunters can be bought either separately or though the hunting pass, while the monster […]

  • PS4 firmware update 2.50 causing issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall

    The suspend/resume feature in PlayStation 4′s 2.50 firmware update is causing some issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall. Killzone: Shadow Fall developer Guerrilla has said that the game is experiencing some issues in some instance where the suspend/resume feature is used. The timing of when players put the game in suspend mode does have an effect, […]

  • Bungie on Destiny matchmaking: “We believe there’s no substitute for a pre-made team”

    Crazy though this may seem, it’s possible that Destiny shipped according to plan. History points to community as a crucial component, far from the contingency that many now suspect. Paul Davies spoke to Bungie for clarity. “The community always engineers the best solutions for bringing players together. While Matchmaking is a great resource for introducing […]

  • Bloodborne works with suspend/resume, but only offline

    PlayStation 4′s newly-added suspend/resume feature works with Bloodborne as you’d expect, but only while offline. PlayStation 4 received the long-awaited suspend/resume feature today as part of firmware 2.50, and people are starting to test it out with various games. Bloodborne does work with the feature, but only if you play offline. Playing online is arguably […]

  • This is what Crossy Road looks like in first-person

    Crossy Road is fun and addictive. But in first-person, it’s mostly frightening. YouTube user Andy Front Films likes Crossy Road so much he decided to show off what it would look like in first-person. If crossing roads quickly and watching around for cars and trains, all of this as the camera chases you felt intense […]

  • Take a small behind-the-scenes peek at Mass Effect 4

    BioWare cinematic director Ken Thain has given us a very slim look behind the scenes at some motion capture work from the upcoming Mass Effect game. The upcoming Mass Effect game, whether it ends up being called Mass Effect 4 or not, will most definitely incorporate some form of motion capture work. How do we […]

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – 8GB day one patch on PS4, 16GB on Xbox One

    Day one patches for Borderlands: The Handsome Collection are pretty hefty. Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Borderlands: The Handsome Collection require players to download lots of gigabytes to make the experience as smooth as possible. The PlayStation 4 version has an 8.31GB day one patch. The Xbox One version however has […]

  • Get a PlayStation 4 with Bloodborne and The Last of Us for $435

    If you’ve been waiting for the perfect game to get to buy a PlayStation 4, there’s no better time than the present. Amazon is offering a good PlayStation 4 bundle at the moment. For $434.99, you get a PlayStation 4 console, The Last of Us, and Bloodborne. The Last of Us is of course the […]

  • Upcoming Battlefield Hardline patch to nerf the K10, buff battle rifles

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch will focus on weapon balance and a few changes have been proposed. Battlefield Hardline lead multiplayer designer Thaddeus Sasser posted a few of the balance changes that the team is considering for the next patch. K10: reduce bullet damage to 33 Saiga and PTR: reduce recoil to bring more in line […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and a new Resident Evil game coming this year, according to research firm

    According to digital games analyst SuperData, a new Resident Evil game is due this fall and that this year’s Call of Duty is Black Ops 3. In its latest report on digital console games, research and analytics firm SuperData revealed that a new Resident Evil is coming this fall. “We anticipate this month’s downturn to […]

  • Bloodborne: you can add gestures to your messages

    As players get deeper into Bloodborne, they keep uncovering so many of its little new additions, including this one. Bloodborne, like all of the Souls games before it, allows players to leave messages for other players. These messages could be used to point players towards impending doom, treasure, or just be sarcastic and witty. What […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 is now live

    PlayStation 4 firmware update version 2.50 has started rolling out. Reports are coming in saying that Yukimura, PlayStation 4′s firmware 2.50 has been made available to download. The update is clocking in at just 245mb, so get downloading. 2.50 brings with it many new additions, including the suspend/resume feature, backup and restore, accessibility options and […]

  • Harley Quinn DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight is a prequel

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s Harley Quinn pre-order DLC is set before the events of the main game, according to Amazon’s description. Today we learned a few details about the pre-order DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight, namely the Harley Quinn one. According to the description on Amazon, the DLC takes place in the lead-up to the events […]

  • Bloodborne Vicar Amelia summon mystery solved

    Bloodborne players unable to summon near Vicar Amelia: here’s your solution. Bloodborne’s secrets are unfolding by the hour as clever players piece together From Software’s cunning design. Yesterday we reported problems summoning in the Cathedral Ward, before the Vicar Amelia boss fight. It turns out this isn’t a bug – or if it is, it’s […]

  • Steven Spielberg will direct film adaption of Ready Player One

    Steven Spielberg will direct the film adaption of the sci-fi, virtual world, video game themed novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Warner Bros. bought the rights to the film in June 2010 and hired screenwriter Zak Penn to rewrite the previous draft written by Eric Eason, according to Deadline. The book takes place in […]

  • Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets shouldn’t forget about the custom audio

    Here’s a friendly reminder for Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets: be sure to download the Headset Companion App from the PlayStation store if you haven’t already. As previously reported, the game supports a custom Bloodborne audio mode which can be uploaded. It contains custom audio created by developers specifically tuned to enhance the audio. This […]