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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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    Rockstar has pumped out 15 new screens for the PC version of Grand Theft Auto 5. Don’t touch them, because they’re electric. And if you touch them, you’ll get shocked. The PC version of GTA 5 has been delayed until April 14, which both sucks and blows. BUT! There’s a new trailer coming between now […]

  • Sony Japan accidentally erases 20th Anniversary PS4 contest entries

    Sony Japan has accidentally erased all information obtained from PlayStation owners who entered to win a 20th Anniversary PlayStation 4. Those who purchased PlayStation 3, PS4, Vita or Vita TV between December 4 – January 15 were handed a calendar with a code which entered them into the contest. Somehow, all data collected from the […]

  • Hearthstone datamine suggests Blackrock Mountain expansion on the way

    Hearthstone’s next update may be based on World of Warcraft’s Molten Core raid, if datamined information posted on Hearthpwn is spot-on. According to files mined from the latest patch, three new cosmetic card backs are on the way, one of which is called Molten Core. The data suggests that pre-ordering the Blackrock Mountain expansion will […]

  • Using Battlefield Hardline single-player gadgets increases your metagame rewards

    Gadgets contained in Battlefield Hardline’s campaign mode have been detailed, and each provides the player with various ways in which to solve crimes. According to design director Scott Warner, one way to “diffuse” a conflict when confronted with criminal activity is to flash your badge and ordering the criminal to freeze. Putting your gun on […]

  • Mortal Kombat X video is all about story mode, new characters

    After promising a new Mortal Kombat X reveal “soon”, NetherRealm Studios has made good on said promise by releasing the story trailer. The video shows parts of the story mode featuring Mileena, which takes place 25 years after the events of 2011′s Mortal Kombat. Outworld has become a larger threat and new fighters joining the […]

  • Destiny’s shotgun and pulse rifle buffs mean it’s time to rethink your load-out

    Destiny’s most-ignored weapons got major boosts this week. It’s time to start thinking about how to work them into your set-up. Even if you’re used to using scout rifles and sniper rifles as a general loud-out (neither class was touched by 1.1.1), the buffs to pulse rifles and shotguns should make you rethink your contextual […]

  • Battlefield Bad Company 2: five years later, what did it do so right?

    It’s been five years since the release of Battlefield Bad Company 2. What did the much-loved entry in the franchise do for the Battlefield series? Westie’s played Battlefield Bad Company 2 for over 1,260 hours on PS3 and PC. That’s dedication. In his latest video he discusses the stand out moments from a FPS classic, […]

  • War is hell in this Zombie Army Trilogy gameplay trailer

    Here’s five minutes of headshots, shambling zombies and an undead Hitler from Rebellion’s upcoming Zombie Army Trilogy. The Sniper Elite spin-off arrives on PS4, PC and Xbox One March 6 and includes three games (obviously) and a new Horde mode.

  • Titan Souls releases on PS4, Vita, PC on April 14

    Ace indie giant-slayer Titan Souls will be released on PS4, Vita and PC on April 14. Publisher Devolver confirmed the date to Eurogamer. Those of us in Europe will have to wait until a day later for release. Titan Souls is a tough-as-nails indie game where you have one life to slay a giant enemy. […]

  • Destiny weekly update: lowdown on Inferno Crucible, Vault Transfer improvements

    Destiny’s weekly update has made some pretty significant changes – let Arekkz Gaming take you through them. Bungie has revealed the first release date for the new Inferno Crucible mode, and made it a lot easier to access your vault. You should subscribe to Arekkz Gaming. It will improve your life.

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory Feb 27, 28

    It’s Xursday again – what treats does he have for you this week? He’s in the North Tower, to the right of the Stranger’s room. Let’s take a look at the latest weapons and gear from your favourite Destiny trader. No Backup Plans [Titan Gauntlets] – 13SC ATS/8 Arachnid [Hunter Helmet] – 13SC Heart of […]

  • Battlefield Hardline will be stable on PC at launch, Visceral assures

    PC format is “by far the best gaming platform around,” says Hardline producer. “We’re doing what we can to take advantage of people’s different system with the graphics, framerate, controls, etc. We’re not just porting it over.” Battlefield Hardline developer Visceral is reassuring players that there will not be a repeat of the disastrous Battlefield […]

  • Win Pneuma: Breath of Life for Xbox One

    We have 10 download codes for new indie puzzler Pneuma: Breath of Life for Xbox One to give away. The be in with a chance of winning a code, just enter your details below and we’ll pull the winners from the hat on Monday March 2nd, after 2pm GMT. Pneuma: Breath of Life is a […]

  • Life is Strange Episode 2 delayed

    Life is Strange Episode 2 won’t make its expected release date. The first Life is Strange episode released on January 30, and we had expected the second to follow on March 13. Square Enix has since confirmed to Destructoid that the next chapter won’t make its release date. There’s been no word of the new […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: which character will be revealed tomorrow?

    Mortal Kombat X director Ed Boon is teasing a new character reveal. During today’s Mortal Kombat X livestream, NetherRealm said that a new character would be revealed “very soon”. Boon followed up with this teasing tweet suggesting the reveal will occur tomorrow: Very soon? As in tomorrow? :/ — Ed Boon (@noobde) February 26, 2015 […]

  • Halo played by Twitch is an exercise in great patience

    TwitchPlaysHalo is ridiculous. Halo: Combat Evolved is the latest game to be sucked into the “TwitchPlays” phenomenon, and the results are somewhat painful to spectate. If you’re not familiar with the setup, which debuted with TwitchPlaysPokemon, the game accepts commands from the channels’ chat stream. Although it doesn’t have the strategic RPG elements of Pokemon, […]

  • Gold Amiibo sold out, selling at five times RRP on auction sites

    Gold Mario Amiibo are expected to sell for pretty astounding profits on eBay and other auction sites. The Walmart-exclusive Gold Mario Amiibo is already completely sold out. Plenty of people managed to snaffle them to resell, though. There are now dozens of listings on eBay and other auction sites. One of the average asking prices […]

  • Canadian new game prices jump to $75

    Canadian gamers are in for an unpleasant price hike. As spotted by HardcoreGamer, the local Canadian branches of Amazon and EB Games have raised the prices of upcoming games to CAD$75. The CAD$5 increasing comes within a year of prices hitting the CAD$70 point. CAD$75 (£38/€53) currently exchanges for $60, the standard US pricing. The […]

  • New Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows weather, day-night cycle

    The latest Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows off a gloriously beautiful world. Xenoblade Chronicles X is Monolith Soft’s first solo Wii U game, and the developer is clearly enjoying being able to build a big open world with all the features we’ve come to expect. Missed the whole Xenoblade thing? Chronicles X is a sort […]

  • Dead Rising: Watchtower teaser talks up the benefits of Zombrex

    Live-action Dead Rising movie Watchtower is almost upon us. Dead Rising: Watchtower will release on Crackle on March 27, and via other digital distributors thereafter. Enjoy the short teaser below, courtesy of IGN.

  • We Happy Few debut hits you upside the face with a frying pan

    Contrast developer Compulsion Games has revealed its next project – the delightfully creepy-looking We Happy Few. We Happy Few is set in “a drug-fuelled, retrofuturistic city in an alternative 1960s England” where “a plucky bunch of moderately terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful denial”. Players are tasked with blending in with […]

  • Slender: The Arrival creeping onto PS4, Xbox One in March

    Slender: The Arrival sold like hotcakes on PC and last-gen consoles, so why not terrify yourself on PS4 and Xbox One, too? Slender: The Arrival will release on PS4 on March 24 and on Xbox One on March 25, developer Blue Isle Studios has announced, for $10. No word on that Wii U version, though. […]

  • GOG weekend sale celebrates German debut

    DRM-free games vendor GOG is celebrating its German-language launch with a tasty sale. The sale offers discounts over 25 “German favourites”. Highlights inclue 97% off Deponia, and less steep but still tasty savings on Memoria and Blackguards 1 and 2. The sale will run through March 3, and you do not have to be, speak, […]

  • Humble Weekly Bundle goes back to Japan

    The latest Humble Weekly Bundle is called Made in Japan, and I’m sure you can guess the theme. Pay what you want for Cherry Tree High Complete Pack (PC; Steam or DRM free), Fairy Bloom Freesia (PC; Steam or DRM free) and Influent + Language Pack (Linux, Mac, PC; Steam or DRM free). Pay more […]

  • Capcom “looking into” solutions to Resident Evil: Revelations PC co-op issue

    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 fans should sit tight for a bit, as Capcom is working on some sort of solution to the co-op issue. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 doesn’t have local co-op on PC and fans are pretty mad about that, as it was advertised ahead of release as a key feature. Although Capcom has […]

  • The games industry is disruption, says Assassin’s Creed producer

    Former Assassin’s Creed producer Jade Raymond has characterised the games industry as one long series of upsets. The games industry changes all the time, and that’s one of its best qualities, Raymond said. The ex-Ubisoft leader told Polygon that the reason seh got into games in the first place was because it “is this undefined […]

  • GTA 5 made $31 million in digital revenue in January

    GTA 5 is the highest-grossing title at the moment in terms of digital revenue, and the PSN is absolutely minting it. Digital games industry analyst Superdata has extended its scope to include console games, which means we suddenly have access to a whole bunch of data we’ve only been able to guess at, or extrapolate […]

  • Destiny: Inferno playlists debut next week

    Destiny PvP will shake things up next week with a new way to slaughter your mates in the Crucible. Destiny is already a skilled PvP game, but the new Inferno playlists will turn things up a notch with a focus on “basic gunplay”. The first of these, Inferno Control, kicks off on March 3 and […]

  • First-person camera coming to Guild Wars 2 next month

    ArenNet has announced its adding nonrestrictive first-person view to Guild Wars 2. Here’s what top expect come March 10: First-person Camera: Zooming in all the way will allow players to experience a first-person view. First-person mode is available while standing in place, walking, running, jumping, playing PvP and just about anything else. There aren’t any […]

  • Shadowrun Online signs on with Nordic

    Shadowrun Online has been given a nice little boost thanks to a distribution deal with Nordic Games. Shadowrun Online is a new team tactical RPG from Cliffhanger Productions. Although it’s already available through Steam Early Access, Nordic has agreed to distribute the finished version, which is due on Linux, Mac and PC in the second […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, game world ten times the size of demo

    Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, according to director Hajime Tabata. Speaking with IGN, Tabata said development will kick into high gear once the Episode Duscae demo is released. “It’s about 60% now. People may look at that and say ‘well, you’ve only done five more percent!’ [since 55% in September] but it’s actually a […]

  • Destiny: you don’t need to visit the tower to access your vault

    Destiny players, you asked for it and Bungie has delivered it: you can now swap items in and out of the vault using the companion app. “Destiny needs more vault space” you cry – and yes, this is true. But while we all struggle with the limitations imposed on us by Bungie, we face all […]

  • Mortal Kombat X will contain over 100 Brutalities

    During the Mortal Kombat X stream today, NetherRealm Studios revealed Brutalities are back for the game, and stated there will be over 100 to pull off. You won’t gain any extra experience for being overly cruel with your painful moves, but you will at least get to laugh at some and “cringe” at others, according […]

  • Numenera: Strand is a film based on the game up on Kickstarter

    Numenera, the 2012 Kickstarter success and foundation for Torment: Tides of Numenera, could become a film if the Kickstarter for the movie is successful. With five days left, Monte Cook Games and Swedish film company Valdes/Eriksdotter needs £22,542 to reach its goal. Titled Numenera: Strand, it tells the tale of a drifter who “roams a […]

  • Gran Turismo 6 update adds MINI Clubman Vision, more

    A Mini Cooper has invaded Gran Turismo 6 via a new update. The Mid-Field Raceway track has also been added, and its a new and improved version of the original track from previous Gran Turismos. The new B-Spec Mode feature has also been added which allows the AI driver to race on your behalf. Additional […]

  • Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and some playable titles to PAX East

    Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and Splatoon with it to PAX East next month. The E3 2014 build of the game lets eight players transform into squids in a race for “splattered-paint dominance.” Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will also be playable and featured in stage presentations at the Nintendo booth. Upcoming or newly released Nintendo […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium information seems to have slipped out early

    Battlefield Hardline Premium perks have apparently leaked a bit early, according to a post on Reddit. Over on the Hardline subreddit is an image which was take at a GameStop location, noting two week early access to content additional Battlepacks and more. Here’s the rundown: Four expansions Two weeks early access 12 additional Battlepacks Exclusive […]

  • Final Fantasy: Record Keeper arrives in the US this spring

    Final Fantasy: Record Keeper will be released in the US on iOS and Android this spring, DeNA and Square Enix today. The mobile titles allows players to “relive favorite moments” across all Final Fantasy installments and build a team of classic characters from across the entire franchise. If you sign up for email updates, you […]

  • Battlefield Hardline now available for pre-order, pre-download on Xbox One

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • North American eShop update is full of Donkey Kong games

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Titan Attacks, Donkey Kong Land, Donkey Kong Country and more. eShop on 3DS Ironfall Invasion Titan Attacks! Donkey Kong Land – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 2 – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 3 – Virtual Console Luv Me Buddies Wonderland Around the World […]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Sony is hosting its annual Spring Fever Sale which runs for eight weeks and features a new title each week. The sale starts next week on March 3 with the launch of Helldivers. Here’s just a few items included in the sale: HELLDIVERS (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March 3 Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March […]

  • The gold Super Mario amiibo is a Walmart exclusive

    The Super Mario Gold amiibo which surfaced via a CPSIA certificate earlier this month will be a Walmart-exclusive, Nintendo has announced. The gold-colored Mario amiibo will be released the same day as the Mario Party 10 game for Wii U and will run you $12,96 at 3,000 participating Walmart stores in the US. Along with […]

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

    As new gameplay overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, culled from the Active Time Report, stream has been sent over by Square Enix. The video provides a look at the history and environments of the Kingdom of Orience; the 14 memebers of Class Zero; the battle system with customizable magic spells; and the ability […]

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

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

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

    Fable Legends will be free-to-play when it launches on PC and Xbox One. According to Lionhead, the one versus four cross-platform title borrows from MOBA games such as Dota 2 and League of Legends as it will contain free, rotating heroes which will be added to a roster for a two week period. Once the […]

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

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

  • Republique Remastered has released on Mac and PC

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

  • LA Cops coming to Xbox One in March

    Isometric shooter LA Cops is coming to Xbox One on March 13. Already on Steam Early Access, the game looks like it’s been heavily inspired by Hotline Miami. Walk into a room, open fire, leave bloody puddles in your wake. It’s being published by Team 17. Check out the video below for some 70s cop […]

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

    We’re giving away 10 Steam Wallet prizes worth $50 each to VG247 readers, courtesy of Bundle Stars. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning $50 Steam credit is to enter your details below. Join the Bundle Stars Steam group for entry in the sweepstake, and gain extra entries for […]