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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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    Take on Mars, the space sim from Bohemia Interactive will soon be reader for wider consumption. According to a new Take on Mars development roadmap, the sim will go into beta at the start of April, with full release expected in June. The project is currently available via Steam early Access, but between now and […]

  • Can you guess the next Mortal Kombat X character reveal from this fatality audio clip?

    Mortal Kombat X will have at least one very liquid-sounding fatality. NetherRealm is revealing Mortal Kombat X’s cats one character at a time, and has promised a new reveal during a community Twitch stream tomorrow. It also provided the following teaser video – it’s audio only, and apparently taken from a fatality sequence. What’s your […]

  • Nintendo Creators Program now recruiting YouTubers

    Nintendo has opened a Creators Program designed to ensure creators get a slice of ad revenue from videos featuring Nintendo assets. The Nintendo Creators Program will launch on May 27, but is currently in beta and taking registrations. This is Nintendo’s answer to the knotty question of YouTubers making money on videos featuring its assets […]

  • Xbox Live issues under investigation

    Can’t sign into Xbox Live? Microsoft is on the case. Xbox 360 and Xbox One users report being unable to sign in to Xbox Live. Microsoft is already aware of and working on the problem. “Our team is hard at work right now trying to get this resolved. Thank you for staying patient while we […]

  • Make money from your non-Valve mods with Steam Workshop

    Valve has opened the money-making side of Steam Workshop to third-party titles, giving enterprising modders more ways to make money. Steam now hosts curated Workshops for Dungeon Defenders: Eternity and Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, the first non-Valve games to support the scheme. What that means is that community members can create, vote on and eventually even […]

  • Check out DmC: Devil May Cry’s new manual lock-on

    DmC: Devil may Cry developer Ninja Theory has released a video showing off the new, controversial lock-on mode. The new manual lock-on is causing quite a stir, although its reception is probably better than the white-wigged Dante who makes fans even more upset than the original makeover. “The primary purpose of this video is to […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes looks pretty fun

    Dragon Quest Heroes is yet another Omega Force take on an existing property – like Hyrule Warriors or the One Piece games. And it looks pretty sweet. We haven’t heard much from Dragon Quest Heroes here in the west because it hasn’t been confirmed for release outside Japan. This isn’t terribly surprising as we still […]

  • Square Enix to reveal new PS4 game this weekend

    Square Enix is doing something pretty mysterious right now. The Final Fantasy publisher is teasing something called Project Code Z. The project, which Square Enix is tweeting about in Japanese, English and German, is due for reveal at Tokaigi 2015 on Saturday. It’s a PS4 game, but that’s all we know. There’s a website you […]

  • Tetris has crowned its first known western Grand Master

    Tetris fans have a new western champion. Tetris is one of those gaming obsessions that goes much deeper than you might expect. For example, did you know that some versions of the game assess your performance and over you the chance to become a “grand master”? Turns out that’s a thing, and according to Polygon […]

  • Ken Levine’s next game teased as “sci-fi-ish” small, open-world RPG

    A series of tweets from BioShock creator Ken Levine has shed a sliver of light upon his next project. According to Levine he and his team are considering something a bit sci-fi and contemplating first-person mode. The team is developing the game for PC with a large in scope, expandable, systems-based narrative where more can […]

  • Become a lynx in new Shelter 2 trailer

    Shelter 2 casts players in the role of a lynx, which makes for quite a different experience to the badger of the first game. The first Shelter game had you evading predators, but in the second, you becomes one yourself. That doesn’t mean there are no dangers to face, of course. Judging by the trailer […]

  • Why King of Fighters 13 isn’t coming back to Evo

    Evo, the premiere western fighting game tournament, has dropped support for a few previously favoured titles. King of Fighters 13 had a loyal following, but isn’t featured in the Evo 2015 line-up. “Many things go into what games makes it to Evo, but the most obvious one is, ‘Is the community playing this game?’” Evo […]

  • An average Evolve match takes less than ten minutes

    Evolve players are pretty quick at hunting each other down. Evolve developer Turtle Rock has released an infographic brimming with statistics garnered from its recent beta test. One of the key takeaways is that all three monsters, and all four classes, are working as intended – their performance in game matches Turtle Rock’s designs. If […]

  • Super Mario Amiibo can be pre-ordered on Nintendo UK, Mario and Peach sold out

    The latest set of Amiibo in the Super Mario series is now available for pre-purchase through the Nintendo UK Store. Each of the following sports a red base and will run you £10.99: Bowser, Luigi, Mario, Peach, Toad and Yoshi. It looks like Peach and Mario are both sold out, though. All six can be […]

  • The Music of League of Legends Vol. 1 free to download now

    League of Legends has excellent music, and now you can have it too. The Music of League of Legends Vol. 1 collects 15 tracks from the MOBA’s history, and is available for free. You can grab the music from iTunes, Google Play or via direct download. Tere’s an example track below to get you in […]

  • Super Bowl 49 update arrives on Madden NFL Mobile

    With Super Bowl 49 occurring this coming Sunday, February 1, EA Sports has updated Madden NFL Mobile with new feature enhancements and Super Bowl-themed Live Events. Updates include: League vs League Tournaments Obstacle Course Super Bowl Bonus Players Tom Brady and Richard Sherman Super Bowl Legends Super Bowl Moments Upgraded Auction House The Super Bowl […]

  • See Super Smash Bros.’ unused custom moves

    Super Smash Bros. was originally intended to have 16 custom moves per character. The final version of Super Smash Bros. only features 12 custom moves per fighter, but Nintendo left animations for some of the cut moves in place. A Youtuber called RED has dug these cut mvoes out of the brawler’s code, and displayed […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt contains 16 hours of sex scene mo-cap data

    Sex is nothing new to the The Witcher games, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is no exception. In fact, it contains 16 hours of sex scene motion capture data. Giggity. There’s a reason for the bedroom dalliances though, as Geralt is a flesh and blood human, or a modified human at any rate, with […]

  • Here’s the launch trailer for Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered

    A launch trailer for Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered has been released after an Amazon listing was revealed for it over the weekend. Key upgrades include: High-definition Graphics — All of the in-game textures have been meticulously recreated in HD for mobile and desktop. Widescreen Support – A true widescreen (not cropped) view strengthens the game’s […]

  • The open beta for Battlefield Hardline will be dated tomorrow

    The exact dates as well as more information on the Battlefield Hardline open beta will be shared tomorrow. This is according to the latest blog post from developer Visceral Games. “We’ll share the exact dates and info on the Battlefield Hardline open beta tomorrow,” wrote Visceral boss Steve Papoutsis. “Stay tuned, thanks again, and keep […]

  • Upcoming Hearthstone patch to apply balance change to Undertaker

    An upcoming Hearthstone patch will apply a balance change to the Undertaker card, Blizzard has announced. After the release of Goblins vs Gnomes, Blizzard said it kept an “eye on the state of game balance” as more matches were played using the additional cards. Released with The Curse of Naxxramas, Undertaker is considered an overly […]

  • February Games with Gold offers up Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

    The free games on offer in February via Xbox Live Games with Gold have been announced. Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox One can download #IDARB during February. Xbox 360 users can grab Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons from February 1-15, when it will be replaced by Sniper Elite V2 from February 16 -28. […]

  • Kinguin blames unidentified Russian for deactivated Far Cry 4 keys

    Third-party game key seller Kinguin is issuing refunds to those who found their games deactivated through Ubisoft’s Uplay service. Customers which purchased keys for Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Far Cry 4, The Crew and Watch Dogs are affected. Kinguin said 4,600 customer tickets were submitted over the last 72 hours and 35 out of 3,400 of […]

  • Video Unlimited to be re-branded as PlayStation Video starting in February

    Like Music Unlimited, Sony’s Video Unlimited service is being replaced and re-branded PlayStation Video. PlayStation Video will become part of PlayStation Network to streamline digital services for the over 64 million PSN users. PlayStation Video and PlayStation Music will be added to PSN which is already a destination point for the PlayStation Store, PlayStation Plus, […]

  • Spotify arrives on PlayStation Music this spring, Music Unlimited closing

    Spotify will launch on PlayStation Network this spring as part of a new music destination called PlayStation Music. PlayStation Music is a replacement for Music Unlimited, and those with a PSN account can link to Spotify which can be used just for music, or when playing games on PlayStation 4. Existing playlists from current Spotify […]

  • Closed beta for Alone in the Dark: Illumination starts tomorrow

    The private beta period for Alone in the Dark: Illumination starts on January 29. Those who pre-order the game via Steam, will automatically be included in the beta, enabling them to provide feedback on the first campaign in single-player mode. An additional beta period will be announced in the weeks leading up to launch. The […]

  • Majora’s Mask Special Edition New 3DS XL available once more on UK store

    UK residents who want to get their hands on the shiny Majora’s Mask Special Edition New 3DS XL can once again pre-purchase it through the Nintendo UK Store. If you want one, you better hurry because units will likely go rather fast. Only one per customer is allowed, and once you drop £209.99 on it, […]

  • Nintendo Q3: 1.9M New 3DS models sold, Wii U lifetime sales hit 9.2M

    New 3DS XL has sold 1.3 million units as of December 31, 2014, Nintendo announced in its Q3 financial results today. New 3DS moved 580,000 units by the end of the same period. Lifetime sales of both systems combined total a little under 1.9 million. Combined global sales for current 3DS models available in Europe […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s exo zombies reanimate a familiar format

    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 […]