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Retail husks: inside Edinburgh’s last indie game stores

Friday, 25 January 2013 13:12 GMT By Dave Cook

The high street is in disarray right now with Blockbuster, HMV and Game experiencing turbulent times. VG247′s Dave Cook visits his home city’s remaining indie game stores and asks why they’ve survived.

Scotland is known for many things, and I’m not talking the old stereotypes of ginger hair, Groundskeeper Willie’s or the shrill caterwauling of bagpipes. In reality we’re a nation of creators and tinkerers. We’re also populated by game developers. We invented GTA, Lemmings and Crackdown to name a few. We also invented TV. No need to thank us.

Last week I went back for a long overdue visit to my home city of Edinburgh – which is Scotland’s capital, geography fans – and the scene as I walked down the high street was familiar. Shuttered stores lined what used to be a bustling strip of commerce and leisure, while the shops that remained felt empty and were devoid of customers.

The Gamestation store that I used to work at was now closed under lock and key, and its dusty window displays were empty. I used to clean and shrink-wrap old retro consoles – and about a million traded-in Donkey Konga bongo sets – and sit them proudly on those shelves, but now that was all gone. Retro stores that I used to visit have now become cafes or Tesco Express shops.

Trendy bars had re-opened as even trendier bars with shorter, one word, one syllable names, frequented by people who appear to get their fashion advice from the cast of TOWIE. As news broke of the demise of Blockbuster and HMV, I started to ask myself how the games industry – and indeed entertainment retail in general – had reached this point.

Meanwhile, just 15 minutes away from my last flat, Rockstar North was putting the finishing touches to Grand Theft Auto 5, what will assuredly be one of the most lucrative releases of the generation. Within a short walk you can be standing next to both ends of the spectrum – the rich multi-million pound developer, and the burned out husk of a doomed business.


Oh, to be a fly on those walls.

I started asking my friends back home if they knew of any indie game stores still open in the city, and after much discussion, we found out that only two remained. That’s sad to hear as we used to have many back in the day. Determined to see what sort of state they were in, I paid them both a visit.

The first was Gamez 4 U, which I’m sure is new because I had never been to it before. I wish I had known about it before, because it was rather ace. Shelves of old, un-alphabetised games from the PSone era to the modern day lined the walls, ripe for rummaging, while display cases of rarer retro treasures sat behind the counter next to a stack of old comics.

I was left to myself to search the shelves, with no staff butting in and asking me if I had anything to trade in – although I used to be a Gamestation employee myself, so I know how awful it is to have to ask that question to every single person who walks through the door.

It’s the kind of calm perusing you can’t do in a loud HMV. I went in my local HMV earlier, and was met with the sound of Prodigy mainstay Keith Flint’s waggling tongue blasting my ear drums into a fine powder, several decibels over the safe consumption limit. It was also surprisingly busy and I just couldn’t be arsed. I then remembered that I turn 30 in August. I left afraid.

There’s a certain excitement to leisurely scanning what’s on offer in an indie game shop in the hope that a rare find will leap out at you. This used to be a feeling you could get at many shops across Edinburgh, but here I was, in one of the two remaining indie game stores in the city. Truth be told it was a little sad, but I was having fun leafing through about ten copies of the first Halo in search of a rare bargain.

While the thought of spending a good half hour searching high and low for an evasive copy of Contra: Shattered Soldier on PS2 might appeal to me, it’s not exactly grounds for a solid business model. Why did this shop still exist, and how was is still standing while the big retail players topple one by one?


I bought Onimusha 2 for £1. Maybe this is the answer?

On my way to the second of Edinburgh’s remaining indie stores Games Masters – near-mint condition copy of Onimusha 2 in one hand, piping hot Scotch Pie in the other – some things became clear. If I had to wait for Capcom to one day bundle all three Onimusha games in an HD compilation, I’d probably have to pay £24.99 for the pleasure of playing them. Sod that.

At Gamez 4 U I could have bought them all for £5. In Edinburgh, no high street game stores carry retro titles any more, while eBay prices set by cheeky bastards continue to spiral for rare retro fodder, even though we can now buy many old-school titles digitally or – sacrilege alert – emulate them for free. As a result, indie game shops – in a weird way, now have more relevance than ever.

When I got to Games Masters – a shop I’ve frequented since I was young – there was a surprisngly long queue of people waiting to be served that ran right to the door. They stood by row after row of games just waiting to be rifled through, and to kill some time while the queue thinned out, I took photos of the store for this article. Gotta love that wood panelling.


Ah, memories.

The store’s window was – as ever – filled with retro delights. I bought a House of the Dead 2 light gun bundle for Dreamcast from this very display once. It worked a treat too.


Suffer like G did?

When I was able to speak with the owner, he told me that the store had been in business for over 21 years and confirmed that it had always seen a great deal of trade. We both discussed and agreed that eBay sellers still took the piss when pricing up retro titles – particularly boxed code – when stores like Games Masters could sell them for a decent price and still make a living.

Plus, second hand stores were always a staple of this area of town, but because even the local Cash Generator store had scaled back on its retro trade-ins, shops like Games Masters suddenly had a niche, an angle, a reason to exist among the pack. The shop also dealt in new code whenever someone traded it in, giving it relevancy to gamers of all ages and creed.

While many gamers seem happy to wait for HD repacks of their favourite retro titles, there’s nothing stopping you from buying an old PSone, SNES or Mega Drive from an indie store and saving a lot of money in games. Why would I pay £24.99 for DmC HD Collection when I could have bought all three games for under a tenner at Games Masters? Does HD really warrant £15?

Not to me it doesn’t, but then I’m of a different generation, one that will fondly remember the thrills of browsing indie gaming stores and discovering unexpected hidden treasures among their shelves until I die. Of course I also understand why others like HD re-packs, and as such there’s no right or wrong answer here, but for me there’s no contest. I’m just a soft nostalgic at heart.

But I wanted to open the up the floor to you, the readers, now – what is your take on the demise of indies and indeed the high street? Do you have a local indie game store that continues to survive despite the economic turmoil around us today? Finally, would you rather buy HD repacks over old releases, or is retro still the way forward for you?

Let us know below, and please do share your memories of your local retro store with us, I’d love to hear them.

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29 Comments

  1. Optimaximal

    How much was that Master System going for?

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Prof.Dr.Moertel

    I can vaguely remember trying to peek between the blinds at Rockstar North one night when I was in Edinburgh…

    Oh, I’ve been to the local HMV, too. It was horrible. There also was some closed GAME store downtown, I think. Still, I noticed a much more “vibrant” gaming culture than in most German towns… hard to find any independent game stores here.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. dotty_84

    Aw man i haven’t been in Games Master for maybe 15 years. My dad took me for years, back then i think we only had Electronic Boutique(Who Game took over) so we traveled to Edinburgh (40 minutes) just to look at their stock. It was gaming heaven back then. I’ve walked past it a few times in recent years and i always remembered it but i had no reason to go in because you don’t really think it’ll be of any use. Just goes to show sometimes you need swayed, just to give it a chance. Nice article Dave.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. absolutezero

    I think theres still one indie store in Aberdeen, that would be the nearest. Its tiny but the guys inside it have always been really informed, nice and willing to listen to my stupid importing questions.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. OlderGamer

    I live between medium sized towns, an hours drive from two good sized cities. Over the years I have been to each and every game store within driving distance. Each of the towns in the area large enough to suport one, have a Gamestop. Walmart also does a lot of video game biz. I only know of two indie game stores in the region. Both owned by the same guy and both stores are on the brink.

    In their case I think it is their fault.

    I used to sell on Ebay, I know what what it takes to move retro games. Not every copy of an old game is worth Ebay prices. But these second hand stores act like that. They have rare/hard to find games going from 85usd to 300usd. I have sold games like that. Like Panzer Dragoon Saga. But the games need to be in mint, not workable or even nice condition. The copies in indea stores are almost NEVER in that type of condition.

    Your average gamer just wants a copy to enjoy and play. The guys spending hundreds on old games are looking to collect. I had guys that said they wouldn’t even play the games. I had one guy that didn’t even want to buy if the disc had been spun/played. Guys like that, don’t scour second hand racks at an indie store.

    My local shops can’t figure that out. So instead of paying 140usd for a Saturn copy of Gaurdian Hereos, I simply purchased the XBLA one for 15usd. It is better to move a SNES cart for 5usd then have it priced at 40usd and sit on your shelf for never selling.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. deathm00n

    This is so interesting. I think you are sick of me talking this, “but here in Brazil” it’s weird how gaming is treated, only this gen stores like Walmart began selling games, before it the only alternative was to go for these indie shops and still it was so expensive that it’s no wonder why 8 in 10 people here pirates games, how about 150 US dollars for Crash Bandicoot 2 years after it’s release?

    We don’t have any big company with a focus on gaming. We can only get games from indie stores or internet stores(way more cheap). It’s very different from what you have there. I’m yet to see a big game store, in stores of 4×4 meters I get lost in so many options, imagine something like Gamestop…

    #6 2 years ago
  7. DeyDoDoughDontDeyDough

    “Near-mint copy of Onimusha 2 in one hand.”

    Couldn’t you have posted a photo of that then instead of a photo of one that’s been dragged behind a milkfloat for 46 hours?

    :P

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Dave Cook

    @7 Hah :D I meant that the disc was mint. The box looks a bit scabby eh?

    #8 2 years ago
  9. themadjock

    Dave, I didn’t know you were from Edinburgh, did you ever go to Reality-X in Broughton Street run by Paul Younger who now runs incgamers?

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Samoan Spider

    There’s still an indie in Canterbury which I have a browse in whenever I’m in town. Although I’m 30 miles away so its hardly a place to ‘pop’into though which is a shame. Glad this one is surviving despite where the trend is heading.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Dave Cook

    @9 I didn’t actually no. How was it?

    #11 2 years ago
  12. KrazyKraut

    Awesome. I like stores like this one. They have used games, forgotten or rare gems. Old figures, merchandise and all the awesome stuff for collectors and people who look to refresh their old memories about old times in front of their tube televisions. A good magazine I can really recommend is the Retro Games Magazine from UK. Subscribed the physcial copy and they sent it every month even to Germany.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Dave Cook

    @12 Do you mean Retro Gamer? If so I used to sit across from them when I worked at NowGamer. I even wrote an Alien Trilogy feature for them last year :) They’re great guys.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. DSB

    Great idea for a piece Dave. That was great.

    I remember following my brother into stores like that back in the day. It was the kinda place where you’d ask the clerk about a game and he would actually tell you to put it back on the shelf because it was crap.

    Today it’s all franchises, and it seems to me like they can’t even offer proper prices, in spite of buying those games by the truckload.

    Goodbye and good riddens, if you ask me.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Dave Cook

    @14 Thanks man, I’m a retro fan at heart :) Absolutely adore it.

    Yeah, I prefer indie stores over chains any day, it was inevitable that they’d dwindle however. Shame.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. BraveArse

    I used to go to an indie store at the bottom of Gorgie Road
    Moved out of Edinburgh and it seemed to go bust at the same time. =/

    Dave, I must have bought games from your very hands. Still can’t believe that GameStation is gone. =(

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Dave Cook

    @16 I used to shop there too man, Pained over buying a PSone copy of Riven because I didn’t know anything about it. Never got it in the end.

    I’ve worked in the Game at the Gyle centre, the Gamestation on St John’s Road and the Gamestation on Princes Street :)

    #17 2 years ago
  18. themadjock

    Dave, it was probably ahead of it’s time back in ’96 with the original VRheadsets. Paul and Ellie started big time on Diablo content then went on to bigger things, I lost touch with them about 97-98

    #18 2 years ago
  19. BraveArse

    @18 i still tell people about that and they don’t believe me! Playing the original Doom. With a huge, neck-breaking vr headset, mercury tilt switch controller and a wooden post to grab should feel like you were going to fall over. And it really made me feel sick too.

    I couldn’t remember the name though, you’ve just filled a hole in my memory. =)

    #19 2 years ago
  20. sb319

    I live in Edinburgh, but don’t think I’ve ever noticed any of those shops tbh

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Dave Cook

    @20 Games Mastera is down the bottom of Leith Walk, Games 4 U is on Easter Road

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Jet Black

    Another great article Dave, keep them coming. Did you shop in Neo-Gen? it used be up by the Kings Theatre on Leven Street and had a great range of import games. I got my “spice orange” GameCube from there :-).

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Dave Cook

    @22 I used to aye, when I worked in Game at the Gyle we used to always check them to see if they’d broken the street date on new games so we could as well. Ace times. I also love G-Force in Glasgow.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Digital Bamboo

    Great article. I love this kind of store, but they are getting harder and harder to find.

    Microplay was the closest thing to an indie game store in my home town growing up. While technically a chain, it was independently owned, and sold retro games & systems. Closed a long time ago, sadly. Now there’s an EB Games, but those are everywhere.

    If anyone should find themselves in the university district of Toronto, this place is a gem: http://www.acgamesonline.com/home/
    It may be small, but as you can see from the pictures it’s absolutely jammed with retro games, staff is great, and the outside is painted in the style of Super Mario Bros./Kart.

    Haven’t yet found an indie game store in Korea, but I did find an entire floor of a building dedicated to gaming in Seoul, some of which sold PS2 & GBA games. Also, $1500 figurines, if you’re into those.

    One remarkable thing about the best counter there, (other than the fact that the owner spoke perfect English & had great prices) is that they will try to track down titles you want but they don’t have, call you when they find it, and then have it fucking DELIVERED to your front door!

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Dave Cook

    @25 now that’s amazing service :D really admirable.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Cort

    When the bricks ‘n’ mortar stores are gone, and an army of consumers say “who cares, online is cheaper”, Amazon (corporate tax payment rate of about 0% over the past three financial years) will hike their prices in the absence of any competition.

    Or are you that fucking stupid to think Amazon is cheap only because of a sense of public service and charity?

    #26 2 years ago
  27. freedoms_stain

    @26, do you think Amazon are only in competition with brick and mortar?

    #27 2 years ago
  28. BraveArse

    Play.com would probably answer yes to that question now.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Cort

    @27, Yes, mostly. And as @28 has pointed out, even Play has given up. My point stands.

    #29 2 years ago

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    Advanced Warfare’s exo suits manage to bring an undead format back to life. Dave Cook welcomes zombies back to Call of Duty. “The challenges start to spike early so seasoned zombie slayers needn’t worry about being coddled.” Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s first DLC went live this week, dropping four very solid maps for multiplayer […]

  • YouTube app and Maps will be removed from PS Vita

    Sony said that it will end support for the YouTube and Maps apps, as well as remove the “near” feature in an upcoming firmware update. Sony has revealed that a system update releasing in March will remove the Maps app and prevent the “near” feature from obtaining location address or display maps, making it redundant. […]

  • There is a Destiny loot cave Easter egg in Dying Light

    Dying Light is the latest game to take a jab at Destiny by having its own loot cave. Destiny’s infamous loot cave has been recreated in Dying Light, sort of. Of course the loot cave in Dying Light is only an Easter egg and doesn’t actually net you any loot. Instead, upon entering it, you […]

  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 supports co-op in story mode, but only offline

    You can play the campaign of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 in co-op, but not online. 4gamer spoke to producers of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 and made out with a few details concerning story, setting and more. The site confirmed that while you will be able to switch between characters in the single player, and have […]

  • The Witcher 3 may have a permadeath “Insanity” mode

    Although not yet confirmed, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt developer CD Projekt RED is working on a difficulty mode dubbed “Insanity” that will delete your save if you die. During Monday’s Twitch stream, the developer took a few questions from the chat and we’ve got a bunch of answers. There are many interesting little bits […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition is the most successful launch for BioWare, based on sales

    Dragon Age: Inquisition is responsible for the most successful launch in developer BioWare’s history, according to EA. During last night’s EA Q3 2015 earnings call, the publisher said that Dragon Age: Inquisition was the most successful launch for developer BioWare. Today, we get a bit more detail. “In particular, Dragon Age: Inquisition had by far […]

  • Here’s a walkthrough of one mission from Far Cry 4 Hurk Deluxe DLC

    Far Cry 4′s latest DLC pack, Hurk Deluxe, seems like good fun, judging from this video. The Hurk Deluxe Pack was released today on all platforms. It comes with five new missions. The video below takes a look at the “Call of the Wild” mission. In the walkthrough you’ll get to see some of the […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beta date confirmed on Xbox Store

    The beta date for Battlefield Hardline has popped up on the Xbox Store, confirming the rumoured date. The listing for the Battlefield Hardline beta is available for anyone to see right now on the Xbox Store. Granted, it’s for Xbox 360, but unless EA is starting this beta early on Xbox 360, this will pretty […]

  • GTA player flies jets backwards in impressive stunts

    Doing stunts with jets in GTA 5 can be impressive, but it’s nothing like flying them backwards. Making videos of your jet stunts has become too mainstream. Which is why the latest video from YouTube channel GTA5Videos is all about defying that. The video below features some insane stunts mostly done by flying jets backwards, […]

  • CoD: Advanced Warfare balance patch out, System Hack nerfed, HBRa3 buffed

    The latest patch to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is here with some major changes to game balance. Making good on the promise to nerf System Hack, developer Sledgehammer Games has released the latest patch to Advanced Warfare to do just that, and much more. The patch is out now on Xbox platforms, with PlayStation […]

  • Grinding three purples in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel may crash your game [UPDATE]

    Update: Gearbox Software has announced there’s currently a hot-fix in place for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel as a temporary solution to crashes caused with the DLC update. Until a permanent fix can be made, the hotfix should correct crashing issues. All will be fixed in the next major game update. Original Story A bug that snuck […]

  • Havoc maps up the tempo for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

    Dave Cook dons his Exo suit to find the new Havok DLC maps a great change of pace for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Given that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare places great emphasis on verticality, it’s little wonder that Sledgehammer Games has designed the first of its four DLC map packs with elevation and […]

  • G2A responds to deactivated Far Cry 4 keys debacle

    G2A, one of the third-party sellers that were named in the ongoing episode of deactivated Far Cry 4 keys has decided to release a statement. G2A is a well known third-party key sellers online. Most users know it through its sponsorship deals with many YouTube and Twitch channels. The service sells keys both through its […]

  • Petroglyph’s Victory resurfaces with Korean co-developer

    End of Nations, Mytheon and Grey Goo developer Petroglyph Games seems to have salvaged a stalled project. Victory popped up back in early 2013 after Trion Worlds took End of Nations in-house. Petroglyph’s attempt to crowdfund the unusual strategy title ended in iniquity, but it vowed to do whatever it could to bring the game […]

  • Far Cry 4 Hurk Deluxe DLC now available

    Far Cry 4′s latest DLC pack adds new story missions and a pile of new weapons. Far Cry 4: Hurk Deluxe is now available on PC and Xbox platforms, and is rolling out to the PSN in line with local network updates. The pack bundles five story missions, including Yak Farm, Blood Ruby and Hurk’s […]

  • Yes, Resident Evil: Revelations 2 has microtransactions

    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 has microtransactions, but thankfully they’re not as outrageous as initial reports suggested. The subject of Resident Evil: Revelations 2′s microtransactions arose earlier today with reports filtering out of a European press event that you’ll be able to pay to keep playing after your character dies. The ramifications of this are pretty […]

  • Play mini-games to unlock Magicka 2 content

    Magicka 2 publisher Paradox Interactive has invited fans to earn in-game rewards by playing other games. The Magicka website will host various mini-games in the build up to Magicka 2′s launch later this year on PC and PS4. Playing these games controbutes to a community score total which will eventually unlock in-game content as well […]

  • Deactivated Far Cry 4 keys were purchased through Origin

    Far Cry 4 owners who found their games deactivated without warning may be surprised to learn where they came from. Many copies of Far Cry 4 purchased through third-party re-sellers have been deactivated without notice. Although resellers affected by the deactivations argued that they had made authorised purchases, Ubisoft has denied this. The publisher told […]

  • Will Assassin’s Creed visit Japan in 2016?

    The next Assassin’s Creed game after Victory may finally bring ninja and assassins together. An Assassin’s Creed fan has spotted what certainly looks like a heavy hint that the next game after Victory will be set in Japan. Ubisoft forums member Cornik22 was looking through the Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag official art book when […]

  • Resident Evil HD modder aims to restore original, terrible voice acting

    Resident Evil and its early sequels are justifiably famous for their simply dire voice acting. Some Resident Evil fans feel they just can’t enjoy the experience of exploring Umbrella facilities if someone isn’t talking at them with absolutely no regard for pacing, content or tone. As a result, modder Bunny has stepped up to the […]

  • Record iPhone sales drive Apple to revenue spike

    The iPhone is still going strong – in fact, it’s selling better than ever. Apple has announced its financial results for the quarter ending December 27 2014, exceeding expectations with a 29.5% increase in revenues to $74.6 billion. This was a new record for the company. One of the key factors in this spike is […]

  • HoloLens has “mind-blowing” potential for games, says Microsoft CEO

    Microsoft’s VR wearable HoloLens is going to be great for games, according to CEO Satya Nadella. Speaking to investors, Nadella made Microsoft’s entertainment plans for the device explicit. “It’s also getting clearer how the games people love today will evolve to mind-blowing experiences in the future when designed for the mixed reality that Windows 10 […]

  • EA Q3: Battlefield 5 still on for holiday 2016, PGA Tour 15 spring release confirmed

    EA announced its financial results for its Q3 fiscal year 2015 quarter, ended December 31, 2014, noting total net revenue $1.13 billion in total net revenue compared to $808 million year-over-year. For the nine months ending December 31, total net revenue came in at $3.3 billion. Net revenues were up 39% and net income came […]

  • Players logged 113M single-player hours in Dragon Age: Inquisition, other EA games stats

    Ahead of its Q3 2015 earnings release, Electronic Arts has released a game infographic showing some interesting stats compiled through gameplay from October – December 2014. For FIFA 15, over 3.3 billion goals were made; 73 million knockouts occurred in EA SPORTS UFC; over 10 million families were created in The Sims 4; 113 million […]

  • Hyrule Warriors has shipped 1 million units worldwide

    Koei Tecmo has announced shipments of its Wii U hack and slash action title, Hyrule Warriors, has shipped one million units worldwide. The Omega Force-developed title was released in Japan on August 14 and in the west on September 26. Two packs of DLC for the game are slated for February alongside the version 1.5.0 […]

  • Xbox Games Store discounts Never Alone, Dragon Age: Inquisition, more

    This week’s deals available through the Xbox Games Store will be valid until February 2 with titles such as Battlefield 4, Dragon Age Inquisition, Never Alone, and Titanfall discounted. Discounted titles with an asterisk are for Xbox Live Gold members only. Xbox One Just Dance 2015* – 40% Another World* – 50% Never Alone* – […]

  • Say hello to Mortal Kombat X’s latest character: Reptile

    As promised, one of two character reveals this week for Mortal Kombat X has occurred: it’s the acid-spitting Reptile. Nice! Watch the video above. Mortal Kombat X is slated for release on April 14 and will be available on PC, PS3, PS4,Bxo 360 and Xbox One. Thanks, MrTGJelly (Trent).

  • Twisted fairy tale Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries hits Steam Early Access

    Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries, the successful Kickstarter from GRIN Studios, has launched on Steam Early Access. The PC title is described as a “cinematic fable featuring a vengeful Red Riding Hood,” who armed with an axe sets out on a quest to avenge the murder of her parents. Gameplay features action-platforming, combo-based hack ‘n […]

  • Dead or Alive 5: Last Round delayed to late March on Steam

    Koei Tecmo has announced it is delaying the PC release of Dead or Alive 5: Last Round to March. According to an updated listing on Steam (thanks, AGB), the fighter was delayed “in order to provide you with the best experience possible.” To apologize for the delay, Team Ninja will offer the Halloween 2013 Set, […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online will be F2P “no plans” for western release

    Dragon’s Dogma Online will be a free-to-play title for PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3. Set for release this year, Dragon’s Dogma Online has a lobby which will support up to 100 players, is open-world, and the executive producer is Hiroyuki Kobayashi. Players can form groups with up to four players or pawns while raids […]

  • Watch this release video for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel DLC Lady Hammerlock

    The Lady Hammerlock DLC for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel releases today on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and coinciding with the release is the launch trailer. In the Lady Hammerlock DLC, players are introduced and will be able to step into the shoes of Sir Hammerlock’s sister, Lady Aurelia the Baroness. The DLC will run […]

  • Free DLC for Tales of Zestiria takes place after main storyline

    Free DLC will be released in Japan for Tales of Zestiria, and while Bandai Namco has yet to state whether it will be released westward with the core game this summer, it’s an interesting slice of content. According to information from Jump posted by Siliconera, the DLC Alisha After Episode: What Is Reflected In The […]

  • This video of a Paris flat looks the real deal, but it’s all Unreal Engine 4

    I’m not entirely sure when, or how, this fella managed to sneak into my secret flat in Paris and film it, but since it’s out there I may as well share it with you. All joking aside, this video is rather amazing. It provides a virtual tour of a flat located in Paris; however, it’s […]

  • The Witness passes key development milestone, still no release date

    The Witness has seemingly come back from the dead. Creator Jonathan Blow has posted an update on the game’s development. Surely you still remember The Witness? Jonathan Blow’s follow-up to Braid, which was shown during the PlayStation 4 reveal event all the way back in February 2013? Well, today we got our first development update […]

  • You can now take selfies in World of Warcraft

    The latest patch to World of Warcraft has added a S.E.L.F.I.E. Camera to the game. And it does exactly what it sounds like it does. Patch 6.1 is currently being deployed to World of Warcraft’s Public Test Realms (PTR). There’s a massive list of patch notes, but the most pressing one, other than Twitter integration, […]

  • Hellblade: early gameplay and prototype footage revealed

    The latest developer diary for Hellblade is here with a look at some early gameplay prototypes and a peek at some polished areas. Hellblade developer Ninja Theory has revealed even more details of how game development works behind the scenes. The eighth part of this ongoing diary shows early gameplay footage along with some intriguing […]

  • Resident Evil Revelations 2: Raid mode offline-only on launch, more details

    Capcom has revealed a tonne of new details about Raid mode in Resident Evil: Revelations 2. Capcom has confirmed that Raid mode will launch with the first episode of Revelations 2 in February. You will be playing it offline only though, either solo or in split-screen co-op. As for the online portion, Capcom promised it […]

  • Watch the first 20 minutes of Life is Strange

    The first 20 minutes of Life is Strange have been posted online for anyone to watch. The opening 20 minutes of Life is Strange set the stage for what kind of game it is. The kind that you’ll probably like if you’re a fan of Telltale games. The video is courtesy of consolewarsofficial and you […]

  • Don’t blame Ubisoft for cancelling keys – blame the culture of overpriced games

    Publishers need to drop PC games prices in order to stem the flourishing grey market, says Matt Martin. “How are you going to sell me Far Cry 4 for £45 when I can pick up Far Cry, Far Cry 2, Far Cry 3, Far Cry: Blood Dragon and extra DLC for just £30?” Some players […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online is real, full reveal in this week’s Famitsu

    What’s been heavily-rumoured to be the next instalment in the Dragon’s Dogma franchise, Dragon’s Dogma Online, will be fully revealed this week. According to a recent post by Famitsu, the magazine’s upcoming weekly issue, which releases January 29, will contain a massive feature on Dragon’s Dogma Online. The magazine will dedicate 18 pages to all […]

  • Valve responds to recent Counter-Strike match-fixing scandal, bans offenders

    Valve has investigated the recent case of match-fixing involving two teams in the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive professional scene and decided to ban those involved from future tournaments. Recent allegations involving match-fixing between iBUYPOWER and NetcodeGuides.com – two of the professional teams that played in Cevo Season 5 – came to light. Valve has took notice […]

  • Having issues playing Grim Fandango Remastered on PS4? Sony is offering help

    Sony has offered a few steps to help those who are having issues with their pre-loaded PS4 installs of Grim Fandango Remastered. A few reports have started to appear online from users who’ve pre-ordered and pre-loaded Grim Fandango Remastered on their PS4 consoles. Sony has since posted a support thread on the official forums, to […]

  • Get Dragon Age: Inquisition for $36 and more in EA’s Xbox One sale

    Many EA digital games are being offered at considerable discounts on Xbox One right now. The latest EA sale is pretty good, offering sales on many AAA titles. It’s only available on Xbox One, with extra savings for Xbox Live Gold subscribers. The list below covers prices for Gold Subscribers. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare […]

  • Grim Fandango Remastered reviews round-up, all the scores

    Grim Fandango Remastered is a classic game brought into the new generation, so it’s time for everyone to know how great it is. The reviews for Grim Fandango Remastered have started popping up and as per usual, we’ve collected a few of them below. Grim Fandango Remastered is, as the name suggests, a remastered version […]

  • The Witcher 3: latest build is 1080p on PS4, 900p on Xbox One

    The recent preview build of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was running at full-HD resolution on PlayStation 4 and 900p on Xbox One. German website Gamestar attended the recent preview event for The Witcher 3 and examined the three versions that were on offer, PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Here’s the quote, courtesy of Google […]

  • Joystiq is likely to close – rumour

    AOL is rumoured to be closing its video game site, Joystiq. Re/code is reporting that AOL is likely to close its video game site Joystiq soon, according to “various sources.” The move is part of a company-wide restructuring that will affect Joystiq and other “under-performing content properties.” Joystiq is one of the most renowned sites […]

  • The Last of Us movie will be “pretty faithful” to the game

    The Last of Us will bring many of the same elements to the big screen as the small one, according to writer Neil Druckmann. Although The Last of Us will have to be adapted in various ways to make the transition from lengthy interactive adventure to cinema-friendly story arc, Druckmann is hoping to keep the […]

  • Microsoft is fixing Xbox One’s slow controllers

    Xbox One control pads have many charms, but quick start up is not one of them. The Xbox One controller currently takes up to five seconds to connect to your console after switching on, which is an eternity for someone with an attention span as short as mine. Luckily, Microsoft is working to fix this […]

  • Lucius 2 releases on Friday the 13th (of course)

    Lucius 2 has a really fitting release date. Lucius developer Shiver Games has produced a follow-up to the dark tale of an evil child, and it’s coming your way on February 13 – which just so happens to be a Friday. Lucius 2: The Prophecy will set you back $20, and release through Steam. As […]

  • Saints Row 4: Re-Elected PS4 recalled in Australia, incorrect content to blame

    Saints Row 4: Re-Elected has been recalled in Australia due to a mysterious manufacturing issue. An Australian PR representative said that the retail PS4 version of Saints Row 4: Re-Elected has “a serious manufacturing issue” and has been recalled nation-wide. Here’s what we were told (emphasis mine): “A manufacturing issue has caused an incorrectly classified […]

  • The Whispered World follow up now coming to PS4, too

    Deadalic’s gorgeous-looking adventure Silence has been confirmed for a fourth platform. Originally announced for Mac and PC with an Xbox One port one revealed at a later date, Silence is now on its way to PS4 as well. All versions are due later this year. Silence is Deadalic’s first multi-platform release and in my mind […]

  • Mythbusters to tackle DOOM this weekend

    DOOM is the subject of the next episode of Mythbusters. Having been airing for over ten years now, Mythbusters has pretty much run out of myths to bust, which is why we find ourselves in 2015 with an episode dedicating to answering the question “could DOOM be real?” Bethesda has rveealed that the January 31 […]

  • Destiny hosting a Bungie Bounty – go go go

    Destiny players have a chance to take down Bungie employees in return for one of the most exclusive vanity items in the game. Destiny’s Bungie Bounties usually feature guests from the community, and today’s event is no exception. Joining Bungie community manager David “Deej” Dague are several members of Bungie.org, the developer’s most staunch fan […]

  • Elite: Dangerous developer issues lay-offs

    Elite: Dangerous team Frontier Developments has had to let staff go. At least 15 staff have been laid off from the developer’s Halifax studio. According to an investor update, this decision will allow Frontier to focus its efforts at its primary studio in Cambridge, England. “With its business emphasis now on two major self-published franchises, […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition tavern songs free for a limited time

    Dragon Age: Inquisition tunes can be yours for the bargain price of zero cashmoney. The tavern songs from Dragon Age: Inquisition will be made available for purchase from various digital distributors sometime after February 9. Until then, though, you can have them for free – including their sheet music. To take advantage of this generous […]

  • Even the Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 teaser is frightening

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is probably going to be just as tense and uncomfortable as its two prequels. This teaser for Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is the first we’ve heard of the project since creator Scott Cawthon confirmed it is in the works. The third entry in the series is now up on […]

  • 6.6 million Xbox consoles shipped last quarter

    Xbox One and Xbox 360 console sales were strong last quarter, although Microsoft isn’t talking hard numbers yet. Microsoft shipped 6.6 million Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles to retailers in the quarter ending December 31, the company revealed in its latest financial briefing. This figure wasn’t broken down by platform, and Microsoft didn’t supply […]