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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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  • Mad Max release date set for September, PS3 and Xbox 360 versions canned

    Mad Max from Just Cause developer Avalanche Studios has been given a September release date, along with the new of a last-gen cancellation. The axing of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions were announced via Game Informer. Mad Max is the magazine’s featured game for the April issue. Avalanche, according GI, nixed development on […]

  • MGS 5: The Phantom Pain out in September, Kojima “closing the loop” on saga

    Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will be released in September, according to an IGN Italy video, which also features Hideo Kojima discussing “With Metal Gear Solid 5, I’m finally “closing the loop” on the Metal Gear saga. The video has since been removed, but an image cap of the date is posted above. […]

  • Forza Horizon 2 Rockstar Energy Car Pack now available

    The Rockstar Energy Car Pack for Forza Horizon 2 for Xbox One is available now, alongside the free car for March. The free car is the Acura Integra Type-R, and the Rockstar pack included the following vehicles: 2014 Volkswagen Beetle GRC 2015 Subaru WRX STI 1996 BMW 850CSi 2015 Jaguar XFR-S 1970 Volkswagen #1107 Desert […]

  • 3DS firmware update kills web browser exploit

    Nintendo has issued a 3DS firmware update which fixes a web browser exploit that was being used to run pirated Game Boy Color ROMs since January as well as inject code within downloadable games. Another piece of code, per Eurogamer, changed the setting on the handheld to make it region-free. The exploit was only available […]

  • Unreal Tournament video shows updated textures on Outpost 23

    The latest footage from Epic’s new Unreal Tournament has surfaced, and it shows off the game’s first high-textured map which is called Outpost 23. As you can see from Zaccubus’ video, its the same are which Epic showed in the flythrough video from last year, only with updated textures and some new areas outside. The […]

  • Final add-on for Sunset Overdrive arrives in April

    The final add-on for Sunset Overdrive, Dawn of the Rise of the Fallen Machines, will be released in April. On April 1 to be exact. No, that’s not an April Fool’s joke from Insomniac Games either. Below, you can watch a fist-look at the new story, area, and traversal mechanic.

  • Heroes of the Storm playable at EGX Rezzed

    Heroes of the Storm will be playable at EGX Rezzed. This will be the first UK public hands-on with the online team brawler. Blizzard will also host giveaways and friendly tournaments at its stand. Tickets for all three days of Rezzed are still available, and you can purchase a pass through the official website. EGX […]

  • PES 2015 Data Pack 4 coming next week with Winter Transfers, new faces

    Data Pack 4 for Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 has been dated, and it updates the game with Winter Transfers, new player faces, and additional stadiums. The latest free update contains real-time player transfers made within the January window, and player ratings have also been updated. Additionally, a number of improved likenesses to key players will […]

  • Here’s the changelog for Dragon Age: Inquisition Patch 5

    Notes for upcoming Patch 5 for Dragon Age: Inquisition have been posted, noting improvements to gameplay and stability, and the new features outlined back in early February. Along with the new party storage system added to the Undercroft at Skyhold, players also have the ability to adjust the size of subtitles. Below you will find […]

  • Game of Thrones, Mortal Kombat X, Batman mobile games on the way

    Warner Bros. has announced free-to-play mobile titles spanning its DC Comics, Mortal Kombat and Game of Thrones properties. The following five new games under development are: Mortal Kombat X from NetherRealm Studios: The game blends fighting and card collection with cinematic gameplay and Fatalities. Play as both classic and fighters, and if you own the […]

  • Win! Beta access to new MMORPG Skyforge and DLC worth $70

    We have ten Wrath of the Gods Founders Packs to giveaway for new RPG Skyforge, worth over $70. All you need to do to win a Wrath of the Gods pack is enter your details in the form below and we’ll pick 10 winners at random on Thursday, March 5, after 3pm GMT. Skyforge is […]

  • PC gaming expected to be worth $35 billion by 2018

    PC gaming is alive and well. In fact, it’s expected to be worth $35 billion by 2018. According to game-business group Open Gaming Alliance, the PC gaming industry is expected to grow beyond its current $26 billion worth and to a massive $35 billion by the year 2018. The information is based on data collected […]

  • Advanced Warfare: new patch adds new weapon, Master Prestige ranks, more

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has received a new patch that gives season pass holders early access to a new weapon and everyone else a myriad of fixes and additions. The patch went live today on Xbox 360 and Xbox One, without any official notes. CharlieIntel reports that among the new additions is the new […]

  • Destiny’s end game and raids explained

    Destiny’s end game can be a bit obtuse to those not used to MMO games. Fear not, we’ve got a few quick tips on how to crack it. Arekkz Gaming has a video for new players of Destiny or those who are looking to brush up on their knowledge of the game. Today’s theme is […]

  • Capcom adds local co-op to Resident Evil: Revelations 2 on PC

    Following fan outrage over lack of local co-op support for the PC version of Resident Evil: Revelations 2, Capcom has now added it. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 now officially supports split-screen local co-op in both campaign and raid mode. The update is currently in beta on Steam, but anyone can opt-in to try it. Capcom […]

  • New Destiny glitch spawns infinite Thralls on Earth

    Destiny’s latest glitch spawns infinite Thralls to help fuel your bounty hunting and loot lust. The glitch is simple to replicate. You’ll need to start The Dark Within mission on Earth, on any difficulty. Then follow the steps in the video below (Via DualShockers) to get to an area out of the map. You’ll then […]

  • Battlefield 4 Winter Patch is here with new game mode, netcode improvements and more

    DICE has released the Winter Patch for Battlefield 4. The patch brings an eSports focus with new game mode Squad Obliteration and plenty more. Battlefield 4 Winter Patch is now live on all platforms. It’s just over 400MB on PC and 1.34GB on consoles. The patch adds new game mode Squad Obliteration and more customisation […]

  • HTC hopes to see Half-Life on VR headset Vive

    Vive manufacturer HTC said that it hopes to see Valve games, including Half-Life, on the virtual reality headset. Speaking to the BBC, HTC chairwoman Cher Wang said that Valve is keen on having its games available on the VR headset. “I think Valve’s best game is Dota, right, and Portal and [Team Fortress] and I […]

  • Make money easily in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

    If you’re looking to buy a fell set of armour for your character in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate but keep falling short on Zenny, this video will show you an easy way to make lots of it. Arekkz Gaming has a very handy tip for all Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate players: how to make Zenny […]

  • This is how you claim free Xbox One games from your Xbox 360

    Microsoft is giving everyone the ability to claim their free Xbox One Games with Gold titles from their Xbox 360 console, even without owning an Xbox One. If you don’t yet own an Xbox One and want to make sure you don’t miss out on all those free Games with Gold games, you’ll be pleased […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for March 3: Heroic and Nightfall detailed

    Bungie has reset the weekly cap of Crucible and Vanguard marks and added new Heroic and Nightfall strikes, now with burn. From now until next Tuesday, the weekly Heroic strike will be The Devil’s Lair with Heroic and Lightswitch modifiers. As for the Nightfall, you’ll be fighting Sepiks Prime with the help of Arc burn. […]

  • Few Mass Effect FemShep cosplays are as elaborate as this one

    The internet is full of Female Commander Shepard cosplay from Mass Effect, but very few are as terrific as this one. Visual artist Freya Willia has spent over two years painstakingly creating the perfect suit of armour and the best weapons to make her cosplay of Female Shepard as authentic as possible, Omni tool and […]

  • Deals with Gold: Assassin’s Creed Unity, Red Dead Redemption and more discounted

    This week’s Deals with Gold titles for Xbox Live subscribers is a good mix of modern games and old favourites. The list of discounted games through this week’s Deals with Gold is live with discounts on Assassin’s Creed Unity, Amazing Spider-Man 2, Red Dead Redemption, Max Payne 3, and more. The deals are live now […]

  • Destiny guide: how to maximise your Grimoire Points

    Destiny players regularly compare the size of their Grimoire Points. Learn how to make yours the biggest. Destiny guide: how to earn Grimoire Points In Destiny, earning most Grimoire cards is just a matter of playing the game, maybe a little more attentively than usual. You’ll either need to complete a certain number of actions […]

  • Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows will let you play as a baddie

    Shovel Knight owners will benefit from the generosity of Kickstarter backers quite soon. Because Shovel Knight was overfunded during its Kickstarter campaign, developer Yacht Club Games committed to releasing free content updates. The first of these, Plague of Shadows, has now been detailed. The expansion stars baddy Plague Knight, who turns on his former allies, […]

  • GTA controversies, from Hot Coffee to PR manipulation

    GTA has a long history of controversy. The latest Did You Know Gaming tells the full stories behind the sensational headlines. Grand Theft Auto is such a byword for controversy that it’s easy to forget the full context of what actually happened to bring mainstream press, politicians and interest group awareness to the Rockstar series. […]

  • Infamous 2 one of five new PlayStation Now additions for March

    PlayStation Now will expand to the tune of five new games this month. The March PS Now additions are Infamous 2, Twisted Metal, R-Type Dimensions, Alone in the Dark: Inferno and Operation Flashpoint: Red River. PS Now will set you back $20 per month or $45 for a three month subscription. It offers all you […]

  • Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster gets PS4 release date

    Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster hits PS4 in May. The PS4 release date for Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster is May 12 in North America and May 15 in Europe. Gematsu reports a special pre-order bonus calendar with art by Yoshitaka Amano is available through the Square Enix Store and participating retailers. In Europe, pre-ordering […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare getting 15 new Prestige levels

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players can now aspire to the ranks of Grand Master Prestige. Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games will add 15 more Prestige levels to the latest Call of Duty, giving players at max XP a chance to grow even further. According to the Sledgehammer Games blog, when you enter Master level […]

  • Destiny: Crota’s End recreated in Minecraft

    Destiny’s toughest challenge gets even nastier if you throw Creepers into the mix. The ultimate Destiny challenge – for now – is the Crota’s End raid. Taking place in an alternate dimension accessed through the Hellmouth on the Moon, the Raid takes Guardians through a pit of darkness to the resting place of Crota himself. […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3D trailer introduces the Heir to the Monado

    Xenoblade Chronicles 3D protagonist Shulk is the Heir to the Monado, his distinctive red sword. Let this trailer fill you in on what that means. Xenoblade Chronicles 3D releases for New 3DS on April 2 in Europe and April 10 in North America. As well as all the content of the Wii original, it has […]

  • The Elder Scrolls: Total War mod covers Morrowind, Oblivion and more

    The Elder Scrolls: Total War is a terrific mod allowing you get get intimately involved with the history of Bethesda’s detailed fantasy universe. The first release of The Elder Scrolls: Total War dropped on the weekend, giving players their first chance to try out LoRdNazgu1‘s creation. This version runs from 3E 427 to 4E 45, […]

  • Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 out now on Steam

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is out now. Yes, we’re surprised too. You can grab Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 on Steam for $8. Developer Scott Cawthon really doesn’t mess about; the game was only announced in early January. Here’s the blurb: Thirty years after Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza closed it’s doors, the events that took […]

  • EVE Online heister makes off with $13,000 worth of goods

    EVE Online is a hotbed of villainy, espionage and backstabbing, but one intrepid corporate thief has made waves even in this setting. The thing about EVE Online is that it’s a true sandbox: the game’s rules are very loose, and allow players to make careers out of theft, piracy, assassination and espionage in addition to […]

  • Marth Amiibo getting a stock refresh in North America

    Nintendo of America has announced a fresh supply of the difficult to find Marth Amiibo. The Marth Amiibo will be back in stock in the US in late April, the platform holder said on Twitter today. Planning to pick up Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. and don’t have a Marth amiibo? More are headed to stores in […]

  • Skyrim beta update upgrades creation kit file size

    Skyrim has been granted a new beta update – more than three years after launch! – to improve the experience for modders and those who use them. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim released in November 2011. I think that’s worth noting before we discuss the beta update that dropped today, even as Bethesda is working […]

  • Paradox’s next epic RPG is, uh, Knights of Pen & Paper 2

    Knights of Pen & Paper 2 is very serious business so please enjoy this very serious trailer. “Return to the dicey world of Knights of Pen & Paper for a new turn-based adventure, where players get to take on the role of players, and also of the game’s encounter-designing, rules-laywering GM in a fully customizable […]

  • Amplitude looks amazing in new gameplay trailer, has a team multiplayer mode

    Amplitude may have been delayed but we still get something this March: a fine new gameplay trailer. Amplitude is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 sometime in northern summer. It’s a reprisal of Harmonix’s classic rhythm action game, a forerunner to its later efforts with Guitar Hero and Rock Band, and was crowdfunded. Update: Turns […]

  • DayZ creator’s “crazy”, “esoteric” next game developed with Improbable

    DayZ creator Dean “Rocket” Hall has dropped the first vague details of his new game project. “I do not want to make safe games. I do not want to make games the way we have been making them. What if the most experienced video game staff in the world collaborated on the most esoteric and […]

  • Battlefield Hardline will support AMD’s Mantle

    AMD has confirmed what most Battlefield fans thought. Battlefield Hardline will indeed support Mantle. Battlefield Hardline will support Mantle, AMD has confirmed. Some players weren’t sure whether the retail version of the game will support AMD’s API, due to its absence from the recent PC beta. AMD did not say whether the feature will be […]

  • Unreal Engine 4 GDC 2015 sizzle reel shows what the tech can do

    Unreal Engine 4 is a pretty versatile bit of tech, as this new sizzle reel shows. As one of the more ubiquitous engines, Unreal will be on show at GDC this week. Developer Epic produced the following sizzle reel to quickly demonstrate what it can do – cutting edge graphics (there are very few games […]

  • Survarium’s latest patch removes limit on battle ammo, rebalances experience gain

    The latest Survarium patch has readjusted the value of experience and reputation points gained and removed the limit to the maximum amount of ammo you can use in combat. Survarium developer Vostok Games has released patch 0.27a to the public, having recently finished testing it. The patch is a major one and covers changes to […]

  • The Hunt Begins in new Bloodborne TV spot

    Bloodborne is so close you can almost smell its coppery tang on the wind – and also you can watch commercials for it. Bloodborne arrives on PS4 at the end of this month (March 24 North America, March 25 Europe, March 27 UK) so excitement is starting to build. Sony isn’t helping keep us calm […]

  • World of Warcraft: you’ll soon be able to buy game time with gold

    Blizzard will soon allow World of Warcraft players to exchange in-game gold for game time and vice versa. Blizzard has announced a new system that will launch soon for World of Warcraft. The system is called WoW Token. Using this system, players will be able to buy game time using in-game gold. Here’s how it […]

  • 3D Realms’ Bombshell returns with the first gameplay trailer

    Remember 3D Realms’ Bombshell? The isometric ARPG that was announced last year? Well, it’s back, and we get to see gameplay footage. The game stars Shelly “Bombshell” Harrison, a bomb technician turned mercenary with a mechanical arm. She will embark on a quest to rescue the president and save Earth, all while shooting aliens. The […]

  • Unreal Engine 4 is now free for everyone to use

    Epic Games has made Unreal Engine 4 available for anyone to download and use, for free. Unreal Engine 4 is now free. Anyone can download it and start using it, the developer announced today in a blog post. The download features the the full set of tools used by Epic, and includes 100% of the […]

  • Call of Duty European Championship winner announced

    The winner of the European round of the Call of Duty Championship has been announced. This past weekend, 28 teams representing UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, the rest of Europe and Middle East attended the final of the European round of the Call of Duty Championship. UK team Epsilon eSports was crowned […]

  • GOG brings back Insomnia sale with discounts up to 90% off

    GOG.com is bringing back its Insomnia sale event with even more games. GOG’s Insomnia sale is back with double the amount of games. This year, there will be two sets of games available at once. The sets are seasoned classics and fresh new titles. Each set will feature games with discounts up to 90% off, […]

  • 2K is shutting down NBA 2K14 online servers, won’t affect career save files

    2K will be shutting down the servers for NBA 2K14 this month. The publisher revealed yesterday that online servers for NBA 2K14 will be turned offline on March 31. “You will no longer be able to play ranked games/online association,” reads the announcement. NBA 2K14 relied on online servers to store save files for MyCareer […]

  • One Dead or Alive tournament organiser is proposing ban of “over-sexualised” costumes

    A Dead or Alive tournament organiser has suggested a soft ban on some of the game’s “over-sexualised” costumes, and not everyone is happy. Tournament organiser “The HuBBs” took to the FreeStepDodge forums to suggest a list of rules that other offline tournaments can follow. The list goes over stages, characters, moves, which is certainly in […]

  • Destiny: all the news from Bungie’s open house Q&A

    Bungie hosted an open house Q&A session with the community last week and lots of exciting news have come out of it. Arekkz Gaming has gathered all the information that came out of Bungie’s open house Q&A in one handy video. The list is massive, going over Exotic weapon balance, upcoming events, PVE, Crucible rewards, […]

  • Elite: Dangerous and Star Citizen to honour Nimoy with in-game memorials

    Developers behind space exploration games Elite: Dangerous and Star Citizen will honour the memory of Leonard Nimoy through in-game memorials. The develops of both games have confirmed separately that in-game memorials will be established to honour the memory of the late Star Trek actor, Leonard Nimoy, famous for playing Spock. Elite: Dangerous executive producer Michael […]

  • Deal: get a PlayStation 4 + three exclusives for $399

    Amazon’s latest PlayStation 4 deal is not one to miss. With purchase of a PlayStation 4 console from Amazon in the US, the online retailer will throw in digital codes for Infamous Second Son, Killzone Shadow Fall and The Last of Us: Remastered, all for the same MSRP of $399. The Last of Us Remastered […]

  • Destiny: this is how one player predicted House of Wolves details and Xur’s inventory

    The method one Redditor possibly used to leak some details from Destiny’s House of Wolves was the same one he used to predict the inventory of Xur: Agent of the Nine. Last week, Reddit user Megamanexe4 leaked a few pieces of House of Wolves expansion content. The leaks included strikes, new Crucible mode, and a […]