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GameStop explains why MS and Sony shouldn’t restrict used games

Thursday, 7 March 2013 17:58 GMT By Phil Owen

GameStop president Tony Bartel had some words for Forbes about why the rumored always-online-never-play-used-games next Xbox might be a bad idea. “Console manufacturers understand that recent surveys indicate 60+ percent of video game consumers would be less likely to purchase a new console that did not play pre-owned games.”


But surveys aren’t always accurate or include a representative sample, somebody at Microsoft might say. To which Bartel would would reply with some more concrete numbers:

“Also, used games generate more than $1 billion of trade credit annually, 70 percent of which is credited towards purchasing new games and new hardware.”

That right there gets to the heart of it. More people buy more new games when they can sell or trade their old ones..

What do y’all think? Do you even care about the secondhand market? Does its existence influence your buying habits?

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17 Comments

  1. DSB

    “Because then we’d be even more fucked”.

    The end.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Cobra951

    It’s not only Gamestop who would be fucked, though. I would argue that every consumer would suffer. Certainly the less affluent ones would. I waste no love on GS and their ripoff policies, but I have to support them in this campaign.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. melonbuster1

    Can’t support bloodsuckers .they feed on the weak poor consumer. Used games will be there for the old systems. Used systems will always be there. But the developers need to get paid. Far too many of them had to close shop because of bootlegging and the used games market. Death to gamestop

    #3 2 years ago
  4. orakaa

    @3: I guess math was to hard for you in school?

    Try to get serious and intelligent for a minute there. Please. 70% of the money gathered by used game sales go DIRECTLY towards NEW GAMES. Used games money fuel new games market.

    Do you seriously think gamers would buy a new FIFA each year for 60 dollars if they couldn’t sell the old (useless) one? Do you think people’s pocket have magical money coming out of their wallet?
    Cut used games, prevent them and the only thing you’ll get is a MASSIVE shrink in the number of new games sold.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. DSB

    @4 A Gamestop survey that supports Gamestops argument? SHOCKING.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Stardog

    I bought 3/4 pre-owned PS3 games when I bought a PS3, including Heavy Rain.

    Now I’ll be buying Beyond on day one because I liked Heavy Rain…

    I wouldn’t have bought Heavy Rain at new price.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. orakaa

    @5: we are not talking about the survey, damnit!

    Look around you. I, personally don’t sell my old games but I’m one of the only gamer around me who isn’t doing so. In France we have many different video game shops and they’re filled with used games… and if you pay attention and just stay there a saturday and WATCH, you’ll see many gamers coming in to sell their games… and use that money to finance the purchase of new games.

    We don’t have Gamestop here, so I won’t even start to make a judgment on them, but they’re right on this subject: cut used games and gamers will suffer, and there will be less new games sold

    #7 2 years ago
  8. orakaa

    I work and have a good income, but amongst gamers, how many still live by their parents? How many are students or young workers with low income?

    Millions.

    Do you think their wallet (or their parents’) are unlimited? If a student with low money buy the last COD but can’t resell it, he’ll be stuck with it, and he won’t have that extra money (from the sale of the used game) to buy the next one.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Yoshi

    Look at them getting all cocky now because it’s not happening :P I bet they were shitting themselves a few months ago when Sony did that patent XD

    #9 2 years ago
  10. fearmonkey

    I don’t sell my games but I do buy used games from gamefly and very rarely at Gamestop. Most of the games I buy used I would never buy new unless severely marked down. So, if MS or Sony decide to limit used games, I’ll focus my buying power more on Steam or other digital download sites when they have major sales. This would only hurt them in the end.

    What is probably going to happen is that publishers will be allowed to make the choice on whether a game uses the tech or not, and this was probably something that EA and Activision demanded from both Sony and MS.
    This will benefit Madden and COD games, as they now can make you buy the game which enforces that “Subscription” type of system, where you have to pay to play, used wont help you. I would bet Bungie’s Destiny would be a good choice for this tech as well EA’s biggest sports franchises.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. mightyhokie

    I don’t really buy anything but new games. I occasionally do trade in games to get those new games. So basically this affects me zero amount. I’m a huge fan of my 360 and have been very excited to buy the new one when it comes out…until they said they were not going to allow people to play used games.

    Im one of those 360 fans totally unaffected by MS’s decision to ban used games that will NOT buy the 720 if that happens. I’m an artist and all for protecting intellectual properties. But there has to be a better way. I hope this is just a rumor to make people pissed then MS comes out and says ‘we will NOT be banning used games’ so it seems that much more happy news. I hope.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. DSB

    @7,8 I don’t think games are expensive enough to be considered luxury items. They’ve been a lot more expensive in my lifetime, and I’m 27. They’re more expensive on consoles than they should be, but nobody wants to critisize their beloved console manufacturers, so in all likelihood nobody’s going to complain enough to change that.

    There are a million things wrong with publishers and what they’re doing these days too, but the economic reality is that you only have an industry as long as people buy new. Since a used videogame doesn’t lose value compared to a new videogame it’s a hard argument to make, that it’s somehow a seperate economy.

    They both compete for the same customers, with the main difference being that the used game is cheaper, and only provides profits for the retailer, not the producer.

    That’s great if you want to see more Gamestops opening everywhere, but bad if you want newer and better games.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. salarta

    The only way used game restriction wouldn’t be an absolutely terrible thing is if 1) the “lock” on used games no longer after at most a few years, 2) special versions of these games were made available to rental stores and libraries and the like, and 3) they instituted a system similar to Apple’s iTunes where you could have it accessible from 5 devices or more with an ability to remove it from one device and “free up a slot” somewhere other than the device itself.

    If these three did not happen, then disallowing used games would hurt sales far more than any supposed gains. It would guarantee people not buying the consoles in favor of just getting a better PC and using Steam. If a system breaks down and it’s outside warranty or was never taken online to verify game purchases, does that mean you have to buy a whole new copy of a game just to play it? What if it’s 20 years from now when support for the system is dead, you want to play a game (or version of it) that has never been remade or re-released, and you want to use a new system to play a game you bought?

    And that’s not even taking into account how asinine video game publishers are these days. Any claims that prices of video games would go down with used game sales out of the way is a blatant lie, and it would be sheer idiocy for anyone to believe that. Nor would quality improve due to “greater budget” thanks to “higher revenues” (assuming that would even happen). In reality, video game publishers would mark up their prices higher because they don’t have the price of used games to rein them in; either you pay their full price five years after the game was released or you never get to play the game. Meanwhile, these companies wouldn’t add more bang for your buck in the main game because they know they can get away with withholding the content as DLC to make people pay extra. Not to mention companies like Capcom; they were seriously considering making fans of Mega Man pay for a demo of Mega Man Legends 3 to “prove they want the game.” Without having to worry about used games, what’s to stop companies from forcing consumers to pay to play a demo of a highly anticipated and desired game?

    No, unless an “anti-used games” policy was very lenient, it would be a disaster. It would also be extremely stupid on the part of console makers considering that video game publishers are scapegoating lower sales of many games as due to “console volatility.” These publishers are already considering abandoning the console market, an anti-used games policy isn’t going to change that.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. DSB

    @13 It would be quite the stroke of irony if everybody flocked to Steam and the PC, given that it has essentially annhilated the used game market. Maybe it isn’t the imperative that everybody wants to make it.

    The third paragraph doesn’t make any sense.

    There’s no way to control what a company spends, and there’s no way to make publishers not suck. So far I agree. The idea that it would drive prices up is just idiotic though.

    On the digital PC market, only very few stores offer you any kind of credit on the return of games, and a lot of stores don’t even allow you to go back on a sale, even though it’s EU legislation.. But it’s still the most competitive market that I can ever remember seeing.

    Digital services are actually selling games at zero percent margins, just to attract customers. You know that the competition is in a pretty good place when people actually sell products at a loss in the war for customers.

    If I was being facetious, I might say “That’s what getting rid of used games gets you!”, but the fact is just that publishers largely don’t have to worry about retailers cannibalizing their sales in the digital market, and the much better returns on every game sold (even if you don’t take into account the rampant competition) makes it very easy to keep prices lower for everyone involved.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. salarta

    @14: The reason for people flocking to Steam and the PC in the wake of an anti-used games policy on consoles is simple: if they’re too restricted on where they can play their physical disc, then why buy the console and the game on that console? If your access is going to be restricted, at least Steam restricts it by account instead of device, and you can get the games at a significantly lower price. And sure, PCs technically count as a “restriction by device,” but PCs can do more than just play video games, ultimately making a purchase of a stronger PC into a much better investment than paying for a separate video game console. This includes that you’re practically guaranteed backwards compatibility on a PC for the games you have on Steam, even if you have to take a few extra steps to make it happen.

    The digital PC market, and the sales and prices within it, are happening while the used game market is still running. There’s a vested interest in luring people to the digital end: people that buy digital can’t resell the game, and people buying digital means the publishers having to spend less on manufacturing which includes not only the disc and case but in some cases (though increasingly less so) instruction manuals. And this is pretty rare currently, but some companies such as EA are launching Steam-like environments of their own since they see digital as a way to possibly cut out the middlemen of brick and mortar stores and manufacturers to maximize profits.

    The idea that video game publishers are selling their products at a loss solely to “win a war for customers” is, and I’m sorry if this seems personal since it’s not intended that way, ridiculous. They know, or at least I hope they know, that any meaningful levels of consumers building “brand loyalty” only happens at the platform/hardware level, NOT at the software level. Yes, you have fanboys and fangirls for just about any video game publisher, but the average consumer isn’t going to go “Well this Capcom game looks like a masterpiece and I’m absolutely dying to play it, but no thanks, I’d rather have a less thrilling experience on this latest Squeenix game since I’m so devoted to them.” Good will from consumers buying and playing great games by a company only increases their chances of buying other games by that company; it doesn’t cause people to actively disregard what other companies put out.

    Or to put it shorter and simpler: making your games cheaper to the point where you don’t turn a profit doesn’t serve a long-term goal of putting the competition out of business or even at a significant disadvantage. You’d sooner put yourself out of business, because unlike the Sony-Microsoft-Nintendo trifecta, there are WAY too many options at the software level.

    Where selling games at a loss digitally DOES serve these companies is steering the industry in a direction where they get more revenue for lower cost in the future, on their terms and under their control. Again, fewer (and in the future, potentially no) middlemen, no manufacturing needs, consumers can’t resell a game since it’s locked to their account, and hell, Steam’s format shows it’s possible for these companies to deactivate access to the games whenever they want because as the agreement states, you’re not paying to OWN the game, only paying for the license to play it. When it’s on a physical disc, there’s still a chance that consumers, even with DRM restrictions, can play the game whenever they want with the right hardware. But when it’s on a cloud, these companies can set down rules that they can yank access any time they want. Doom 3 is being remade and re-released for purchase at full price? Disable access to the original game so that consumers have to buy the remake if they ever want to play the game again.

    Admittedly, I do not think companies would go so far as to actually disable access to an old game purely to force people to buy a newer version at full price.

    But I think I’ve made my point clear: promoting digital sales, and providing low prices of them, has nothing to do with beating the competition. It has to do with trying to seize fuller control of how and where consumers can access the games, and through that, greater control of pricing.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. DSB

    Quite a lot of that has absolutely no bearing on what I wrote.

    Publishers aren’t selling anything at a loss, there’s no way they’re going to forego their pound of flesh. The retailers are the ones who assume the loss. The idea you put forward was that curbing used game sales would lead to higher prices, which is nonsense, because cutthroat competition among the retailers ensure that it won’t.

    There’s no telling what a business will actually do, but it’s only logical that by keeping production costs low, and curbing measures that cannibalize profits, like used games or piracy (ie by putting it on Steam) you essentially provide them with the best possible environment to lower prices, not the opposite.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. monkees19

    I’ve always been on the used bandwagon. I buy a lot of games secondhand, even though usually I get them on eBay not GameStop. I’m part of that 60%+ that wouldn’t buy a console if I can’t play used games on it.

    #17 2 years ago

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  • Wasteland 2, Shovel Knight and more in big ole bunch of indies coming to Xbox One

    Xbox One owners are about to receive a pile of great new indie games. At GDC 2015, Microsoft revealed a list of new indie games headed to Xbox One. Some of these titles have already released on other platforms, so it looks like Microsoft has really relaxed the parity clause of ID@Xbox – or perhaps […]

  • Here’s an indie VR game made with Unreal Engine 4

    GDC 2015 is blowing up with indie games, VR and Unreal Engine 4, so here’s a video combining all three. Loading Human is a virtual reality adventure from indie developer Untold Games. It’s in the works for Mac and PC, and Sony has given an early green light for Project Morpheus, too, so expect it […]

  • GTA Online: Daily Objectives and Adversary Mode coming next week

    Heists aren’t the only thing coming to GTA Online next week: players can also expect Adversary Modes, new Daily Objectives and other Freemode activities. GTA Online’s Adversary Modes are new PvP modes which feature a range of competitive challenges and will unlock as players progress through Heists. Here’s a rundown straight from Rockstar: Come Out […]

  • Syndicate is the latest free game download on Origin

    The latest free title to be added to EA’s Origin service is 1993′s Syndicate. For a limited time, you can download the game for free and keep it, much like previous titles such as Theme Hospital. The isometric, real-time, tactical-action game was developed by Bullfrog Productions and released in June 1993. It is a favorite […]

  • Ancient Labyrinth DLC for Lords of the Fallen now available

    The Ancient Labyrinth DLC for Lords of the Fallen is now available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It will run you $7.99 and builds upon the existing lore, characters, and storyline. Have a look at some new screenshots in the gallery below.

  • Shadowrun Online gets a name change and release date

    Shadowrun Online developer Cliffhanger Productions has announced the game’s name has been changed to Shadowrun Chronicles: Boston Lockdown and a release date for April has been set. The new title was formed via the developer and its Kickstarter backers, with the goal being to let those unfamiliar with the game know by the title alone […]

  • Amazon hosting Rockstar and 2K Games sale

    Amazon is hosting a Rockstar Games and 2K Games sale with discounts Max Payne titles, Bully and more. Here’s just some of the offerings listed: Manhunt 2 PC Download $3.00 Max Payne 3 PC Download $4.00 Bully: Scholarship Edition PC Download $3.00 LA Noire Xbox 360 $2.95 L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition PC Download $6.00 […]

  • Destiny weekly reset video shows off Inferno Crucible gameplay

    We have a gameplay video featuring Inferno Crucible gameplay featured in the Destiny weekly reset for you. In it, Arekkz Gaming gives you a look at Inferno Crucible and goes over the various intricacies. You can read up on the weekly reset through the links.

  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 Episode 2 available from today

    Episode 2 for Resident Evil: Revelations 2 is now available. If you’ve purchased the Complete Season, you’ll be able to download Episode 2 on PS3, PS4 and Xbox One. Steam players should see the episode go live around 9-10pm PST, and Xbox 360 owners should be able to download very early tomorrow morning, per Capcom […]

  • Here’s a sneak peek video for Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide

    Fatshark Games has released a sneak peek video for its upcoming Games Workshop title, Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide. Vermintide is a FPS, co-op action title coming to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and its set during the End Times of the Warhammer universe in the city of Ubersreik. Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare video shows Ascendance DLC early access weapon

    As you know, Xbox Season Pass holders now have early access to the Ascendance DLC Pack bonus weapons for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Now you can watch a trailer for the weapon. The OHM directed energy hybrid weapon can switch between an LMG and Shotgun “on the fly,” and it also includes the OHM-Werewolf […]

  • March PS Plus games include OlliOlli 2, Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty, more

    March PlayStation Plus titles have popped up on the PS Plus page. Noticed by NeoGAF user skynidas, the titles include: OlliOlli2 (PS4/VITA) Valiant Hearts: The Great War (PS4) Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty (PS4) Counterspy (PS4/PS3) Papo & Yo (PS3) Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishment (PS3) A notice has also been posted on the EU PS […]

  • Sci-fi horror game Caffeine will release on Xbox One, PS4 alongside PC – new trailer

    Caffeine creator Dylan Browne has announced the Unreal Engine 4 game will be released on Xbox One. The game will be published through Microsoft’s Indie Program. As previously announced, it is also coming to PC and and now PlayStation 4. Caffeine is a sci-fi horror game which stars a young boy who has been abandoned […]

  • Xbox 360 Preview program invites going out this month

    Much like the Xbox One Preview program, starting early this month, invites for the Xbox 360 Preview program will start rolling out. Select invitees will be able to join program directly from their Xbox 360. A special Xbox Live message will be sent, directing users to head over to their Settings page. Further instructions are […]

  • Tron: Legacy director in negotiations for Gran Turismo film

    Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski is said to be in early negotiations to direct the Gran Turismo film. This is according to the Hollywood Reporter, which states Michael De Luca is still slated as one of the producers alongside Matt Milam, Dana Brunetti, Josh Bratman, DeVon Franklin and Elizabeth Cantillon. Plot details are still unknown […]

  • Fifth add-on pack for Alien: Isolation is available for download

    The Trigger, which is is the fifth add-on pack for Alien: Isolation, is available to download from today. In it, players will “compete against the clock” across three new maps in Survivor Mode. Set before the events of the main game, players step into the shoes of Sevastopol Station’s Ricardo who will do what he […]

  • HBO Go app now available on PlayStation 4

    Sony has announced the HBO Go app will be made available for download later today for PlayStation 4. The app works just like the PS version. Now you can watch True Detective, Game of Thrones, Veep and more through your console. Information on installation is available through the PS Blog.

  • Skyrim mods no longer restricted to 100MB in size

    Bethesda has announced a beta for Creation Kit update 1.9.33, lifts the 100MB size restriction for Skyrim mod makers. The beta is for both Skyrim’s PC launcher and the Creation Kit which will allow for unlimited file sizes. Here are the notes: Creation Kit 1.9.33 Update Creation Kit now supports unlimited file sizes for mods […]

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

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

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

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

  • Forza Horizon 2 Rockstar Energy Car Pack now available

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

  • 3DS firmware update kills web browser exploit

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

  • Unreal Tournament video shows updated textures on Outpost 23

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

  • Final add-on for Sunset Overdrive arrives in April

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

  • Heroes of the Storm playable at EGX Rezzed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Destiny’s end game and raids explained

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

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

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

  • New Destiny glitch spawns infinite Thralls on Earth

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

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

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

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

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

  • Make money easily in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Destiny guide: how to maximise your Grimoire Points

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

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

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

  • GTA controversies, from Hot Coffee to PR manipulation

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