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SimCity marketing campaigns suspended temporarily – report

Friday, 8 March 2013 19:54 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

And in more SimCity news, EA has suspended its marketing campaign for the game in light of all the issues its launch has faced this week.

This is according an email handed over to Polygon which was apparently sent out to EA’s marketing affiliates.

The email states that affiliates “please remove any copy promoting SimCity from your website for the time-being.”

“To be clear we are continuing to payout commissions on all SimCity sales that are referred, however we are requesting that you please stop actively promoting the game,” the email reads.

“We will notify you as soon as the SimCity marketing campaigns have been resumed and our promotional links are once again live in the Linkshare interface. We apologize for any inconveniences that this may cause, and we thank you for your cooperation.”

Hopefully that will help alleviate extra potential stress on the servers until EA can finally get things sorted out.

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32 Comments

  1. Diingo

    Why is EA still alive? They don’t belong in the video game industry. All they do is plague whatever they touch.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. salarta

    @1: I think they’ve been trying to improve themselves, or at the very least their public image, over the past several years. I certainly don’t think they’re the worst company in America as that one poll suggested; there’s no way EA’s business practices are worse than Bank of America and the other big banks that are doing things that actively ruin lives, and even if you limit it just to video game companies, I think Activision, Capcom and Squeenix are worse. Unless EA has been doing things I’m not aware of, of course, and I don’t think we can still hold ea_spouses against them given how long ago that was and how their administration and management has changed since then.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. DSB

    Go die in a fire EA.

    That happens to a lot of sims, because for some reason fire engines can’t pass eachother. So unless you have a road to accomodate each and every engine leading into a fire, then quite a few places are gonna burn down while they sit happily in the traffic jam created by the first engine. Probably pondering things like life and death, but never that maybe they should go around.

    Emergent gameplay!

    #3 2 years ago
  4. freedoms_stain

    They must be seeing a shit-ton of refund demands and/or charge-backs if they’re taking this step.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. NightCrawler1970

    I dont blame Maxis, it’s EA that messed up big time…

    I hope Maxis leave from EA and be ya own company like when Maxis released the first SimCity, Sim Tower and other classic games.. and why in gods name have Internet intergraded in the game, Sim City 2000 and Sim City 3000 where fine games, no need internet(beside downloading extra landmarks)..

    And what is wrong to produce DVD with serial codes? those are much stable than…

    * sign in EA server
    * sign in at Origin
    * Sign in at Steam
    * login on SimCity server…. error 404… server doesn’t exist…

    For all those Sim City fans, they paid $60.-(pre-sale) and cant even enjoy every minutes of it because “INTERNET” = REQUIRED!!!! and the server is basicly shut down..

    Stick with Blue-ray Disk!!!! problem solves…

    #5 2 years ago
  6. ps3fanboy

    DIE EA YOU GREEDY FUCS!

    #6 2 years ago
  7. NightCrawler1970

    @6 LOL, you cracked me up!!!!

    I guess EA can join Activision they both greedy money grabbers bitches

    Im glad i still have the old SimCity 4 and deluxe edition…

    #7 2 years ago
  8. rusty_shackleford

    This is about shutting down all the criticism of the game

    its not ‘ho ho ho our game is so popular we need you to stop getting us more customers right now until we can meet demand’

    #8 2 years ago
  9. NightCrawler1970

    I was wondering how many servers EA used to launch the game on that night?

    I hopen’t 3 for world wide… *FACE-PALM*

    #9 2 years ago
  10. NightCrawler1970

    Here a copy from a page..
    Source:
    http://forum.ea.com/eaforum/posts/list/105/9342980.page

    EA made so many blatant mistakes it is hard to decide which one was a bigger failure. Here is my list of all the failures that should never have happened and options that should have been put in the game.

    1.They started with 4 US servers. It is asinine to think 4 servers would handle the stress that 500,000 preorders would put on them. I wouldn’t think that you should have more than 10,000 people on each server considering the huge amount of data that has to constantly be saved since time spent playing this type of game is so important.
    2. They seemed to have forgotten that most people buy games the day they come out. 4 servers?…Really?
    3. EA did not allow downloading and prestaging of game before the release. The stress added by people trying to download the game was bound to cause issues.
    4. The game was not created with offline mode.
    5. The game does not have the ability to save game yourself. You must rely on servers to save your information. Does anyone even know how often the servers save your city?
    6. You can’t remove abandoned cities from your region. In private regions the creator should have the option to remove someone in case they are no longer playing. In public regions everyone in the region should be able to vote for a kick in case someone has cities all over and stops playing that city. This would open the city up for someone else.
    7. Why put a 20 minute timer on before trying to reconnect? Why would you think it is acceptable to wait 20 minutes for a reconnect try? A queue would be acceptable but not this.
    8. Moderators talk to us like we are imbeciles. Don’t address us as fans and say we didn’t expect this. Talk to us like gamers. Tell us how moronic and idiotic the company was for not having nearly enough servers. Tell us you are about to add 20 servers right now to see if they can handle the load instead of 1 or 2 at a time. Don’t tell us we had no idea people really wanted to play this game and would want to download and play right away. Don’t tell us that you didn’t expect people to want to play for many hours. Never condescend us gamers and say that people loved playing so much that they didnt want to get offline so others could play.

    EA = after so many years in gaming still a bunch of NOOBS???
    it seems like it

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Talkar

    @9
    It’s impossible to tell. They most likely have a SimCity server farm and what we ingame see as 1 server might be a collection of 5 or more servers.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. xxJPRACERxx

    What #11 said.

    It’s funny to see people who have no idea what they’re talking about acting like they’re expert.

    It’s like for them you just add servers, press a couple of buttons and it’s done, simple as that….

    #12 2 years ago
  13. xxJPRACERxx

    I know EA is not popular, especially now. But for me Activision and Ubisoft is much worse, especially on PC.

    Those are BIG BUSINESSES, they don’t own you anything and they’re not your friend. If you want that then just buy indie games.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. DSB

    @13 They do owe people the 60 dollars worth of game that they paid for.

    But you’re right, more people should take that hint and not buy those games in the first place. EA hardly even care about their own products these days.

    They’re monetization platforms first, and entertainment second

    And fuck you, the customer, if the servers don’t work. That’s hardly EAs problem, they just need your 60 bucks, and after that they obviously won’t accept being held accountable by offering refunds or other such devilry.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. NightCrawler1970

    I have to admits i was a HUGE EA gamer from Soccer to The Sims,Sims 2, SimCity 3000, Sim City 4, NFS ,Porche, Most Wanted, Underground 2.

    Those are the time that EA was normal company(not greedy and specialy not messing up with servers like the launch of Sim City 5)

    EA bought up several companies such as:

    * Maxis
    * WestWood(early ages of Command & Conquer
    ===========================================
    * feel free to add more companies that EA bought over…

    They had servers that when i was playing NFS never or hardly no lags.. but now EA become a bunch of cheapo’s that just want to save money to run less than 5 servers…with Asuming it’s enough and hope that the server hold it…

    Assumption is for mother of all fucked ups…

    You lost me as valuable customer

    you also be shitlisted by “never buy a game” together with
    Activision…

    #15 2 years ago
  16. DSB

    @15 I think what takes the cake is that John Ricitiello oversaw the sale of Pandemic and Bioware to EA, possibly winning himself a CEO title in the process.. And then he shutters Pandemic just two years later.

    That is just straight up Bobby Kotick shit.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. NightCrawler1970

    Thats another thing that bother me the most, on consoles such as PS3 and Xbox, example, Tigerwood Golf 2010, and EA shut down the server after 2 years to save money… but totaly forgot that there are some people that want to buy that game(when price dropped), and play online agains friends but EA shut the server down

    #17 2 years ago
  18. xxJPRACERxx

    @14 If at the end of next week the game is still unplayable then I’ll stop defending EA because then that would be an unacceptable delay.

    I know people want everything to work the 1st time but that’s not how the world works and it’s impossible to do, shit happens. Some people can understand and accept that, some don’t.

    And about the $60 EA “stole” from customers. Do you really think EA will leave the game in this broken state forever? They will fix it and then people will have no reason to complain, except the category that expect everything to work the 1st time and people that like to complain since it’s EA…

    @17 100% agree with you on this one. That’s bad practice/business!

    #18 2 years ago
  19. DSB

    It’s impossible to take that defence seriously. Not even EA themselves are willing to try and cover their asses to that extent, because they know it’s completely hopeless at this point.

    Surely, you don’t expect consumers to be stupid enough to accept companies selling them products that are merely designed “to work eventually”. And if EA truly know that that’s impossible, then they have no right to be selling it in the first place. At best, that’s fraud.

    They aren’t using any of those arguments though, because they’re quite aware that they’re responsible for the most embarrassing launch since Diablo III.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. xxJPRACERxx

    “Surely, you don’t expect consumers to be stupid enough to accept companies selling them products that are merely designed “to work eventually”.”

    EA publish a lot of games. When was the last time they had such a bad launch? I don’t remember. So it’s not like it’s happening every time. If their next game have this much problems at launch then I’ll probably stop supporting them. But 1 bad launch of many, I can live with that. Of course I expect them to fix the game soon or they’ll lose my trust too.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. ifrit82

    #xxjpracerxx

    Come on, all people know that first day shit happen with on line game. But this isnt this kind of situation. This is worse than what happen with diablo 3.

    They know how much pre order they sell and how much games they shipped. Then they cant say “we cant imagine how much people will play sim city” . This is a lie.
    Then why they didnt do a big beta months ago with all preorder players to test their server ?
    If i can think this thing, someone that is paying thousand of dollars for year and work in video games marketing, could think too.

    Someone need be fired for this situation.

    I will buy the game only i can play the true game. I dont want await hours to play, because server are full or dont working and i can lose progress of my city.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. manamana

    @EARACER the thing with EA is, if it would be a small publisher that wouldn’t force people their own digital plattform down their throats, wouldn’t push microtransactions and hadn’t yearly iterations of the same old sports games to generate a steady income – it wouldn’t be as hard to digest. But EA is one of the biggest publishers on this planet. They generate tremendous amounts of money with games.

    And they aren’t capable to have an uprunning serverfarm 24/7?

    I know the matter, I worked seven years in a company in which their income was bound to a working serverfarm 24/7. It’s no small feat to realise that but it’s managable. And it’s costly.

    And that’s where those greedy EA bastards entr the stage. They have enough money, enough knowledge (one could hope so) and enough people (one could hope so) to keep a serverfarm running 24/7 and forealmost can take huge hits on new game releases.

    If not, they can be hacked like a sardine tin. Which is basically nothing else than what you do with a DDoS attack.

    This is serious shit and you, EARACER, shouldn’t defend a company that makes a lot of money but don’t seem to invest into it’s own ifrastructure, to give it back to the gamers. Which wouldn’t make them look like complete numb nuts. Man I can remember how the servers where down when BF3 launched, that is intolerable!

    #22 2 years ago
  23. manamana

    Btw. They are giving out a free PC game, for those who bought SimCity: http://kotaku.com/5989630/ea-will-give-a-free-pc-game-to-anyone-who-bought-simcity

    #23 2 years ago
  24. ps3fanboy

    @23

    And now people will roll over and forget it ever happened, because hey! Free game! And then they’ll go and get screwed YET again the next time, but hey! IT’S FREEEEEEE GAAAAAAAAME… ONLY IDIOTS BITE ON THIS!.

    How about people get a spine and actually stand up against these greedy bastards!. I see a lot of people here say i only will by this game and that game from EA. YOU will be a part of THIS problem if you do, SAY NO and vote with your wallet. Or else you are just going to get more of this bullshit in the future.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. DSB

    I think Grayson did the ultimate piece on this.

    If you add something to a game, which doesn’t add any kind of value for the customer, and may even take value away, then there’s no possible justification for its inclusion.

    It’s the same with boneheaded DRM. If you include a service that works for people and adds value, then people are fine with it. If you add a “service” that breaks games, or just adds another login screen, then you’re fucking Satan, and rightly so.

    @20 So which is it, first you’ve called it impossible, and now it’s an isolated incident?

    #25 2 years ago
  26. xxJPRACERxx

    What I’ve called impossible is for things to always work the 1st time. In anything, not just games, some things just don’t work the 1st time. It can be a new car, a problem with a brand new house, a new law, etc…

    Just to be clear, I’m not pro-EA. It could be any other company and I would do the same.

    When Sony servers were hacked and down I defended Sony while people were saying they would never buy a Sony product again and “Sony sucks”…

    Same thing with Activision and Diablo 3.

    I’m not defending EA just because it’s EA, I’m defending them because I hate when I read all these stupid comments by people that think they’re experts in technology, better than everyone and think they’re kings and everything should work how they decided it should. And if not they cry like little babies. Spoiled child!

    You can hate EA for many reasons but this launch is an isolated incident. I like EA games, they’re doing fine PC games and good ports and all my EA games work correctly, except SimCity. But considering all the other games I have from them that work correctly I know they’ll fix SimCity too. And it’s a good game.

    I’m sure EA learned their lesson with this. If something like this would happen again in a close time frame I won’t take their defense anymore. But like I’ve written plenty of time, shit happens and I can accept that!

    #26 2 years ago
  27. NightCrawler1970

    @26, with all due respect…

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EA
    Founded May 28, 1982 <—— and still launch less that 5 server to release Sim City 5??? being 31 years in gaming and make a fuckup like that???

    that should never happens at the first place….
    Im pretty sure EA pointed the fingers first to Origin…

    Giving people free games is conciderate "bribing" to "shut the fuck up"… and stop trashing the EA forum…

    #27 2 years ago
  28. DSB

    @26 The fact that you’re fine with a product that “works eventually” doesn’t have any bearing on anyone else.

    Most people will quite arguably want a product that works when they buy it. And there’s absolutely nothing spoiled about that. The least you can ask for when you buy a product is that it isn’t broken.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. YoungZer0

    So how many of you people bought Diablo III? =)

    #29 2 years ago
  30. DSB

    Zing and ouch :(

    I was just too fascinated by Diablo III to be honest. Back then it looked like a first step that could’ve been good, but at the end of the day it doesn’t matter. You can’t use novelty as an excuse for your shit not working.

    As a game Diablo III did look pretty good at first glance. The combat was fun, but close to everything else was resoundingly mediocre.

    Mea culpa.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. OrbitMonkey

    At the end of the day gamers will always buckle. The pubs have what you crave, you really gonna say no?

    #31 2 years ago
  32. NightCrawler1970

    @29, not me, cant run that game :(

    #32 2 years ago

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  • Dying Light reviews round-up, all the scores

    A few reviews of Dying Light have started going live and we’ve gathered them all. As you’re probably aware, review copies for Dying Light were sent to outlets only 24 hours before the release date. As a result, it’s taking most of them a while to play and asses the game. There are a few […]

  • Best Destiny videos of the week – epic kills and loot rage

    Destiny Guardians continue to prove they are the funniest, most talented and wildly handsome players around. This week’s top Destiny videos are a short but sweet bunch. We’ve mostly got Crucible material this time, kicking off with two particularly awesome kills. This first one comes from Steven Genore. I don’t want to call it a […]

  • Ouya scores $10 million cash injection – rumour

    Ouya has been granted a new lease on life thanks to a hefty investment. Ouya games and software may be added to Alibaba’s set top box following a $10 million investment, according to rumours out of the financial world. The Wall Street Journal cited “people familiar with the matter” for the news. No further details […]

  • Chinese console trial to expand nation-wide

    China will open its borders to video game consoles. Last year, the Chinese government allowed a trial of video game console sales in Shanghai, ending a 14 year ban. Bloomberg reports the trial went well enough that China has elected to allow the business nation-wide. Platform holders still have to wait on local governments, who […]

  • 3DS life to date sales top 50 million, Wii U at 9.2 million

    Nintendo has released update hardware life to date sales figures. According to figures released in Nintendo’s latest financial briefing, the 3DS has sold over 50 million units, and spawned 215 million software sales. The poor old Wii U is still languishing at under 10 million hardware sales, with 52 million software sales to its name. […]

  • Destiny heavy ammo bug to be fixed, probably won’t break everything else

    Praise the Sunbro, Bungie is finally going to fix the heavy ammo bug in Destiny. If Destiny has one bug that has gone too long unresolved, it’s the heavy ammo issue. For quite a while now Guardians wearing armour that increased heavy ammo capacity have found their supply emptied whenever they respawn, return to orbit […]

  • MLB 15 The Show continues year-to-year saves, has real time sun and shadows

    MLB 15 The Show is going to be oodles better than last year’s effort, judging by a list of planned improvements. SCE San Diego has released a list of features and improvements coming to MLB 15 The Show. For those keen on the franchise the news that year-to-year saves are making a return is an […]

  • Nintendo outlines 3DS and Wii U release dates for the upcoming year

    Nintendo has published a list of release dates for upcoming 3DS and Wii U games. There aren’t a great many surprises on offer, unfortunately, but if you’rew wondering what’s next for your faithful 3DS and Wii U, you can now consider yourself fully informed. It’s worth noting that these dates are subject to change, and […]

  • Majora’s Mask Hyrule Warriors DLC is just too, too cute

    Majora’s Mask might be the creepiest Zelda but its Hyrule Warriors incarnation is so adorable I don’t know whether to eat it or tuck it up in a little blankey. The Majora’s Mask DLC hits Hyrule Warriors is due on February 5, and includes a version of young Link so sweet that I need a […]

  • Fahrenheit remaster doesn’t play nicely with unusual Steam names, apparently

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  • Bloodborne PS4 bundle pops up on Amazon Spain

    Bloodborne should definitely get its own PS4 bundle. It just makes sense. A Bloodborne PS4 bundle has popped up online, although there’s been no official announcement form Sony. Amazon Spain listed the pack, which includes a 500GB console and goes for €440. In other words it’s very similar to existing game bundles and doesn’t include […]

  • Ermac joins Mortal Kombat X cast

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  • Badland: Game of the Year Edition coming this spring to multiple platforms

    Frogmind Games has announced it will be bringing its action-adventure game Badland to multiple platforms this spring with Badland: Game of the Year Edition. Initially released in 2013 on tablets, the game is a mix of physics-based gameplay with varying level designs and power-up featuring cloning, growing and slowing down time. Badland is set in […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront concept art shows Endor, map details teased

    With Star Wars Battlefront set for holiday 2015, it’s high time we were told something about the FPS. Today, a slight bit of information was released on the game, along with a piece of concept art. Finally. While we wait until spring for the first look at the game, we’ll have to be sated with […]

  • You can now catch Emboar and Serperior in Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire

    Two new Pokemon are now available for Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire through the official Pokemon website’s special event. You can pick up the fire, fighting type Pokemon Emboar from January 28 – November 30, per IGN, using the special code POKEMON500. Enter it into the Mystery Gift section from the main game menu to […]

  • Fight demons, save the world in The Awakened Fate Ultimatum this March

    A new set of videos for The Awakened Fate Ultimatum have been released by NIS America, showing off the roguelike RPG coming to PlayStation 3. In the game, player will guide a high school student named Shin Kamikaze as he comes to term with being a god. After having a dream featuring a girl talking […]

  • You can now pick up Heroes of Might & Magic 3 HD Edition on PC, tablets

    Heroes of Might & Magic 3 HD Edition is now available on PC as well as Android and iOS tablets. The fifteen year-old title has been revamped in full HD and includes the seven original campaign scenarios and 48 skirmish maps. Local multiplayer mode, a map editor and a Steam lobby are also included.

  • 50 finalists for Bohemia Interactive’s Make Arma Not War contest announced

    The 50 finalists for Bohemia Interactive’s €500,000 Make Arma Not War contest have been announced, after the firm combed through over 250 entries. Finalists chosen in the single-player category were chosen by Arma 3 players, and the add-on and multipkayer entries were selected by Bohemia Interactive. Winners for the next round will be evaluated by […]

  • Here’s a new batch of gruesome Killing Floor 2 screenshots

    Tripwire Interactive has released a new batch of screenshots for Killing Floor 2. The screens show various weapons as well as a variety of Zeds ready to tear you to shreds. Killing Floor 2 is slated for release this year on PC and PlayStation 4. It will also be made available for SteamOS.

  • Hatred is now available for pre-order, new video released

    Hatred is now available for pre-order through the game’s official website. There are two editions to choose from: Digital version with the official game soundtrack for €16.66; or the Digital version with the game soundtrack and a T-shirt for €36.66. The second edition is limited to 1,485 units. Hatred, which was handed an AO rating […]

  • This The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D TV spot is sort of creepy

    With The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D arriving on the first Friday the 13th of the year, it’s only fitting Nintendo would release a slightly creepy TV spot for it. The game’s concept is rather dark, and while it the commercial isn’t too creeptastic, for as short as it is the message is conveyed […]

  • GTA 5 “documentary” chronicles the life of a Tennis Pro

    Here’s another user created video featuring footage from GTA 5, but this one is a documentary instead of crazy stunts, mayhem and face-plants. Created by Bombastic Gamer Films, the documentary delves into the life of Tennis Pro Andreas Schmovakovic, who is both the “greatest player in the world, and the worst.” It’s rather good honestly. […]

  • World of Tanks Xbox 360 updated with console exclusive Pacific Island map, JapaneseChi-Nu Kai tank

    World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition has been updated with a new and exclusive console-only map called “Pacific Island”, which also comes with a Japanese tank. Players will be able to wreck havoc in their very own Japanese Chi-Nu Kai tank, which ca be picked up through the in-game store for Tier 5. It tank […]

  • Here’s the first trailer for OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood

    Roll 7 has released the first trailer for OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood. Gameplay in the second outing will include ramps, jumps and hills, allowing for plenty of air and split level routes. It comes with a deeper combo system with Manuals, Reverts, Revert Manuals and Grind Switching. The ‘Tricktionary’ has also been updated with new […]

  • Learn all about the single-player mode in this Evolve video

    A video showing off the single-player portion of Evolve has been released by 2K and Turtle Rock. All content in the game can be played in either online multiplayer or offline in single-player. The video below contains two matches of Defend mode played from both the Monster and Hunter perspective. AI obviously takes on the […]

  • Super Smash Bros. Wii U update comes with 15 extra stages

    An update for Super Smash Bros. Wii U has been released, and it comes with 15 new stages for the 8-player mode. The update, version 1.0.2., is 316MB in size and the stages are split with nine normal stages and six Omega stages. Here’s the list: Regular stages Animal Crossing – Smashville Animal Crossing – […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update includes Metroid Prime Trilogy, Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. demo

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with the Metroid Prime Trilogy, Shadow of the Ninja on Virtual Console and a demo for Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. Here’s your update: Metroid Prime: Trilogy – Wii U Rock ’N Racing Off Road – Wii U Frenchy Bird – Wii U Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. – […]

  • Battlefield Hardline open beta takes place next week on all systems

    Details and dates for the Battlefield Hardline open multiplayer beta were announced by EA and Visceral Games today. From February 3-8, the beta will be available to all players worldwide on Origin for PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. You’ll notice that the dates coincide with the Microsoft slip up earlier in […]

  • Transistor, Yakuza 4, Thief headline February PS Plus offerings

    Sony has announced your free PlayStation Plus games for the month of February. Come February 3 in North America and February 4 in Europe, Plus members on both side of the pond will be gifted with the following: Transistor (PS4) Apotheon (PS4) Yakuza 4 (PS3) Thief (PS3) Rogue Legacy (PS Vita|PS4|PS3) Kick & Fennick (PS […]

  • Life is Strange launch trailer and final dev diary released

    With the first episode of Life is Strange releasing tomorrow, Dontnod Entertainment has released the last developer diary for the title as well as the launch trailer. Titled Creating Arcadia Bay, the video provides more information on the licensed soundtrack as well as the voice actors behind Max and Chloe. It also touches upon how […]

  • LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers out this year

    LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers have been announced by Warner Bros., the former was outed by Toys R Us and then teased at the end of LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, if you recall. LEGO Jurassic World encompasses all four Jurassic Park films and will be made available in June for 3DS, PC, […]

  • Pokemon, Super Smash Bros. top Nintendo’s million units sales list for Q3

    Nintendo has posted a list of titles which have sold millions of units as part of its quarter three earnings release. Global unit sales of 3DS titles for the nine months ending December 31, 2014: Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire: 9.35 million (life-to-date, same) Super Smash Bros.: 6.19 million (life-to-date, same) Tomodachi Life: 2.11 […]

  • How to take a screenshot on Xbox One: a lesson in frustration

    Trying to do just one simple thing seems to have 360 steps with Microsoft – why is the Xbox One’s functionality such a car crash? “The Xbox One’s definition of usability is in fact the exact opposite – this is a console designed to make life inconvenient for its players unless they sign up for […]

  • Game of Thrones’ Westeros is being made in Minecraft by 125 people

    WesterosCraft, the project dedicated to creating the entirety of Game of Thrones’ Westros has resurfaced. There are more than a few ambitious Minecraft projects, but hardly any as impressive as WesterosCraft. We first came across it all the way back in January 2013, but it looks much better now. “I would say the world is […]

  • Dying Light exploit gives you unlimited money and items

    Dying Light has been out for just over a day and an infinite money and item exploit is already out there. A simple exploit has been discovered in Dying Light that lets you duplicate weapons, all of which you can sell for profit. Win/ win. YouTuber PowerPyx lays out the steps in the handy video […]

  • Sunset Overdrive concept art is as jovial as the game itself

    Sunset Overdrive is a colourful game which is partly due to its concept art. The concept art featured below is created by Vaughan Ling, one of the concept artsists who worked on Sunset Overdrive. Anyone who’s played the game will immediately recognise the locations, weapons, character designs and general atmosphere of the game through these. […]

  • Get an extended look at the PS4 version of Project CARS

    The PlayStation 4 version of Project CARS has been shown in 1080p 60fps. The video below is captured by racing game enthusiasts Team VVV from a preview build. You can see different racing disciplines being demonstrated here, on different circuits. The game’s impressive visuals get even better when the weather gets worse.

  • Battle Pod is the Star Wars arcade game you’ve waited your whole life for

    Star Wars: Battle Pod is an arcade game that lets you replay the battles of the original trilogy, and features an incredible cockpit. If you’ve never played a game at an arcade before, Star Wars: Battle Pod will definitely be the one to change your mind. It’s an arcade cabinet out of a classic Star […]

  • CoD Exo Zombies: how to unlock the Ride of the Valkyries Easter egg

    To no one’s surprise, Exo Zombies mode in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has some Easter eggs. The first Exo Zombies Easter egg, of surely many more to come, has been discovered. It’s a musical one that involves Richard Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries. How you unlock it is not as convoluted as you might […]

  • Dying Light is sub-1080p on Xbox One, full 1080p on PS4 – report

    Early analysis of Dying Light on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One has revealed a few technical details about both ports. Digital Foundry has produced some analysis of both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One ports of Dying Light based on some early testing. Both versions manage a solid 30 frames-per-second, only dipping below that in […]

  • Battlefield 4 Second Assault DLC free to all EA Access members

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  • The Witcher 3 is getting optimised, but no visual downgrade

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is in the final stages of development and developer CD Projekt RED is making sure optimisation work doesn’t impact the game’s visuals. The Witcher 3 art producer, Michal Stec, spoke to Eternity in an interview and was asked whether the team will downgrade the visuals to get better performance. “No. […]

  • Can’t download Dying Light on PS4? Here’s a fix

    If you’ve bought Dying Light on PS4 and you’re having trouble downloading it, you’re not alone. Here’s how to beat the bug. Techland’s Dying Light is stumbling out of the blocks a little this week, with many PS4 users experiencing problems with their full-game downloads. A bug’s to blame. Your console thinks you’ve already installed […]

  • What The Witcher 3 owes to Skyrim – and how it surpasses it

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt owes more than a nod to Bethesda’s Skyrim. I went to see The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and had a great time. I went in a fan of the books but not very experienced with the first two games. I came out with The Witcher 3 top of my gaming […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online has great monsters

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  • Xenoblade Chronicles X map about five times the size of last game’s

    Xenoblade Chronicles X is not a small game. This week’s Famitsu has a feature on Xenoblade Chronicles X giving some details on Monolith Soft’s next RPG and first Wii U game. According to Siliconera‘s translation of reports on the feature, the game’s map is about five times the size of that in Xenoblade Chronicles. The […]

  • Take on Mars expected to hit beta in April

    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 – PewDiePie, others weigh-in

    Nintendo has opened a Creators Program designed to ensure creators get a slice of ad revenue from videos featuring Nintendo assets, and some prominent YouTubers aren’t pleased with the company. Update “What Nintendo are missing out on completely is the free exposure and publicity that they get from YouTube,” wrote Felix Kjellberg (PewDiePie) on his […]

  • 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 […]