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David Cage: “Games still have to deal with some kind of sexism”

Friday, 1 March 2013 12:38 GMT By Dave Cook

Beyond: Two Souls writer David Cage has stated that he didn’t consciously make the game’s star female, and that the games industry still needs to think hard about the issue of gender. He believes the tide is slowly changing, however.

Speaking with MCV, Cage said of his decision to cast Ellen Page as his lead in Beyond, “I don’t feel I consciously ‘opted’ for a female character, it is just the story I wanted to tell that drove the decision.

Cage continued, “What always surprises me is that this is not a question anyone would ask to a novelist or a film director. Their audiences would never question that a female character could make their story as interesting and powerful.

“Games still have to deal with some kind of sexism, especially as a lot of the time they’re focused on violence. Male characters tend to have more muscles and fighting capabilities. Female characters usually have an impressive breast and primitive psychology, they are the reward for the brave male hero.

“Gamers are also mainly male, and some of them may not find a female character appealing, unless she is as sexy as Lara Croft. This is changing: partially because gamers are demanding stronger characters and better scripts.”

Recently Cage also stated that there should be no difference in content between games and films.

What do you make of the above? Are we starting to see a real shift in the way women are portrayed in games or is are the above problems still rife in the industry?

Let us know below.

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20 Comments

  1. Tavarish

    Ripley from Aliens, there is one example of strong female lead for action oriented role. BioWare, in my opinion, also gave strong female lead in form of female Shepard. So yeah, personally I’m all for strong and deep female characters in games and not some dolled up sex figurines.

    On whole “Lara Croft is sexy” thing I’m not sure if those PS 2 era triangle breasts made anyone “sexy”, heh.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. _LarZen_

    I think there is still a good way to go. And what I find strange is that we can have so much violence in games and most people don’t react to it.

    But as fast as there is some sexual themes in a game there is big noise about how horrible this is.

    On that part games has a long long way to go.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. ItsMe

    I can’t even listen to David Cage anymore. He could end world famine and I’d still think he’s annoying and arrogant.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. alterecho

    Recently, i’ve started seeing females as a spirit in a female avatar and males as a spirit in male avatar. So just shut up and enjoy the game :)

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Tavarish

    @2 At least in US sex is That big shameful thing, even thing like showing bare breast in TV is big NO NO, but violence is somehow seen as ok-ish thing to show even to kids. Just today laughed how CSI in latest episode, that airs in prime time, showed decapitation like nothing.

    That “Sex and sexuality is shameful thing, but even brutal violence is ok-ish” -thinking is crossing over more and more to Europa. That must be said tho that Europa is very splintered on this front and how said things are seen, handled etc. varies from country to country.

    Handling of sexual and violence themes needs to be discussed on cultural level across the western countries and not just on gaming level as it’s effecting all levels society and not just us, gamers.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. silkvg247

    I don’t think games are generally much of a problem, I think the media is.

    Booth babes. I mean seriously.. Why? Why do they even exist?

    Game promos.. cosplaying semi naked chicks to help with “promotions”. Why? Why do girls never get portrayed as normal civilized human beings in any video game promotion.

    I can look at most “video game news” photo shoots and literally play a game of “spot the normal gamer chick”. It’s like they don’t exist. Or they’re hidden in the background behind the massive tits of some cosplaying promo chick who has her breasts in focus of the shot, naturally.

    We haven’t moved on in the slightest from the days where slapping a half naked hot chick on a car would help it sell.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Espers

    @1 re-watch the video of bioware mass effect 3 and notice the ” strong ” female Shepard … she looks like a male, she’s animated like a male, she walks like a male ….. this is NOT what the gamers want, they try to give the illusions that this is what the gamers want …. female are females and that’s why we like them as gamers because of their nature … you can make a female carry a gun but you can let her stay as a female and this is what they were aiming for in the reboot of tomb raider … this is why she was appealing because she looked and acted like a female

    .. but then again .. they re-posted the opening in another video with these people saying, ” I am strong, I am courageous, I am .. bla bla bla ” <== you blew up the experience …. gamers are not gonna buy the game due to this crappy video but because of other elements that make the game appealing.. tomb raider didn't need this kind of cheap promotion !!

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Tavarish

    @7 Sure BW could have done better job with fem Shepard render. Give her own set of animations, but when you say “she looks like a man” I disagree and think you haven’t seen custom fem Shepards. Those look really nice. I would also argue that we can model and animate that Awesome Female rather easily if effort put into it, but writing her and making her authentic is tricky part.

    Also on whole “New Tomb Raider looks like a female, acts like a female I kinda disagree”. To my eye she looks like a girl and acts like girl, when she isn’t slaughtering tens of men without flinch. I can see where they wanted to take her as person, but whole trying to be cinematic story about personal growth is some what ruined by whole murder spree before and after mental struggles. Or how she is wounded, cold, afraid etc., but in next second she is running, jumping, sliding and killing around like any other action hero.

    Tho as men, I assume you are a man, making “authentic female leads” can be hard because… well we are mean. Argument could be made that gaming need more women as writers and input makers. Let women shape women in games.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. PEYJ

    A lot of interesting points here.

    @ Tavarish

    I agree about your point on TR but I don’t believe it is necessary to have a woman shape female characters. In fact, that would be just as sexistic, only here it would be towards men.

    @ _LarZen_

    “I think there is still a good way to go. And what I find strange is that we can have so much violence in games and most people don’t react to it.”

    Agreed. It’s a growing problem that is being ignored by many because “it’s just a game”. Exept when a lunatic goes on a killing spree, then it’s caused by COD. Two treches with no chance of reaching each other.

    @ silkvg247

    Yup, they are relics and should be a thing of the past. Personally I find it patronizing towards me as a man, as I feel that they are their to blind and attract me.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. DSB

    @silkvg247 I know you’re not a feminist inquisitor, but I think a lot of feminists are truly hostile and demeaning to women.

    They’re not allowed to make a living looking pretty, they’re not allowed to make a living being sexual, they’re not allowed to dress up for anyone or anything, and if you ask a feminist why, they tell you it’s humiliating on behalf of those women, and it makes them look stupid.

    In other words, if you don’t do like the feminist, you’re a stupid bitch, who can’t handle herself.

    Really, those people are the ones who think less of those girls, and since men are both simple and horny enough to be blamed for liking something as harmless as goodlooking women selling products, we are somehow criminal in doing so.

    Why is there a reason to think that those women aren’t perfectly capable of serving their own interests? Isn’t that a basic right for all of us? They can say no at any point, and personally I have a hard time accepting that a booth babe is somehow a powerless, unwilling little child in need of rescue. I think they’re perfectly capable of handling themselves.

    Is it really too much to ask for a little respect for those women instead of always patronizing them and victimizing them? I’m not saying that’s you, just that that’s the usual approach to those subjects.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. silkvg247

    @DSB: It’s not that I particularly mind that they’re out there, nor do I judge or have any opinion about the women themselves for picking that career. Nor do I care much if guys are more likely to buy “sexualised” products (though I personally think it’s an insult to their intelligence).

    My beef is it’s pretty much the *only* time I will see women in games or tech media. There is no coverage of normal everyday girls. There has to be ying to the yang, you know? It’s like they don’t exist, it’s like I don’t exist. The media forces me to be, and remain, a minority; because I’m either a hotty tottie flashing my pikachu boobs or I don’t exist at all.

    It would be the equivalent of say, never showing a single shot of a geeky guy outside a game store, instead showing oiled up Hercules guys grinning at a cam. Every time. On every news story. There’s no grey area for bog standard gamer women like there is for bog standard gamer men.

    Also, regarding booth babes specifically, surely you can see how their presence, en masse, would only ever put off “bog standard girls” from attending? We’re not daft, we know it’s aimed at guys, and so it makes us feel like we’re entering a space that is reserved for men. Thus the problem of tech/geek girls being a silent minority remains a problem, repeat.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. salarta

    I think David Cage referring to the whole “Lara Croft being sexy” thing is one of the reasons the series started to die out, because that detracted from the actual character, but I’m honestly glad that he didn’t talk about the new “Tomb Raider” at all. It breaks far more of the things that were good about the series and character than it fixes things that were bad.

    @11: As a guy, I’m disappointed we don’t see more of normal female representation as well. However, at the same time I think that a lot of times the “normal” women will start turning themselves into those more physically attractive types once they start getting noticed, because our society prizes physical appearance so much for women. I’m considering how Morgan Webb eventually started wearing sexually appealing clothes on FHM covers for her articles, and I think even Felicia Day to some extent fits this issue. She doesn’t go around in bikinis or anything, but her costume for The Guild (admittedly following RPG tropes so it may not count) shows a lot of skin including cleavage.

    Truthfully, any more specific ideas of “normal female representation” to me are probably different in a lot of ways from what you mean, but I agree on the general concept. We don’t need all represented women to look like or become models.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. MadFingerz

    @10 Agreed, I imagine that many girls like prancing around like that and are totally happy about it and what is demeaning for them is seeing other women shove their ideals and morals on people’s throaths while pretending they are doing so on the pretty chicks’ behalfs.

    @11 That is true too but I think things are changing, albeit slowly. But the other day I was surprised when on the day after the PS4 reveal a tv show had a specialist talking about it and what it would mean for the industry and the specialist was….a woman. And she knew more about tech and stuff than your average bloke. I should say, I wasn’t surprised that such a woman exists, but in seeing that the show invited her and not some guy.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Bomba Luigi

    Man like Boobs. Man creating 3D-Model Woman for Videogame. Man make what he like.

    Primitiv, Simple, Man. You can’t Change that over Night.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. DSB

    @11 I know that’s the case, like I said, I wasn’t putting you in with “that crowd”, it just made me think of it.

    Although I do strongly disagree with some of it. Sexuality still doesn’t serve to exclude intelligence, power of will, or anything else. You can do and possess all of that at the very same time.

    That’s a notion that people like to project onto sexuality, and I have no idea why. I don’t think sex is stupid, I think it’s often quite deep, I don’t feel any dumber for desiring women, and it also doesn’t run my life or change my decisions, even if it may be a welcome part in them.

    In terms of beauty being oppressive to normal people, that’s hardly a crime, is it? Should Monet make himself worse at painting because it might upset people who suck at it? Should Coppolla deliberately dumb down his scripts because they might make lesser writers feel inadequate?

    I would hate a world that worked like that, and I think most people would too. People have every right to worship ideals, they have every right to strive and excel, even if they’re just biologically lucky winners.

    Aren’t we the ones responsible for how we feel about that? Personally I love normal women, they have nothing to feel bad about. We’re all insecure, but being insecure because of a boothbabe is silly.

    I do fervently agree that it’s a shame if boothbabes were somehow to become the only feminine attachment to tech and games. But singling them out just because some companies suck at targeting and portraying women also isn’t fair.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Clupula

    @7 – Never met a woman who was in the military, I see.

    Did you honestly expect a female Shepard to be skipping and giggling when Jacob flirted with her? Maybe ask Garrus if he can hold her gun for her while she and Miranda go shoe shopping?

    Christ.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Clupula

    @6 – At the same time, as I disagree with 7, I disagree that booth babes don’t serve a purpose. And if a woman likes to dress up like a character, let her. If she gets paid for it, all the better.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. manamana

    I’m still in love with Faith. She is my one and only.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Rafa_L

    I’m all about being happy the way you want, as long as people don’t deceive eachother, if a girl wants to marry a rich guy, and said guy wants a beutiful wife for show, good for them. If a girl (or guy) wants to live out of looks, go ahead. People judge too much. Saying that, no problem with beautiful people living the way they want or being “used” in any way.

    The only problem I think is what silkvg247 said, in the current scenario, it’s hard to find “normal girls”, in the sense of they are not rewards or just boobs. And that alienate lots of people.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. DSeer49

    @18 same here :)

    #20 2 years ago

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  • 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 […]