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IDGA on GDC party controversy: “We regret that the IGDA was involved in this situation”

Thursday, 28 March 2013 21:19 GMT By Phil Owen

The International Game Developer Association issued a statement today regarding the GDC party they held this week in conjunction with YetiZen that led to the resignation of Brenda Romero from her co-chair position with the organization. That and comments from the IGDA executive director inside.



The statement, given to Gamasutra: “As many of you know, the IGDA was a co-presenter of the Yetizen party Tuesday evening. We recognize that some of the performers’ costumes at the party were inappropriate, and also some of the activities they peformed were not what we expected or approved. We regret that the IGDA was involved in this situation. We do not condone activities that objectify or demean women or any other group of people. One of the core values of the IGDA is encouraging inclusion and diversity. Obviously we need to be more vigilant in our efforts. We intend to be so in the future.”

At the IGDA’s annual meeting at GDC, executive director Kate Edwards fielded questions, and she had this to say about Romero and others who resigned today:

“We regret [their reactions]. We do hope that they continue to work with the IGDA, we’d hate to lose their participation. It’s their decision, but we continue to hope that they’ll work with us to do what we need to do to make better decisions in the future.

“We need them more than ever.”

Romero tweeted this in response to the news:

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53 Comments

  1. Fin

    Can we all agree that the party was wrong, Brenda Romero was right, there is a problem with sexism in the industry, and women need to be involved more?

    Or is that too divisive for you lot.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Clupula

    @1 – I can agree that there is a problem with sexism in the industry and that women do need to be involved more. I was not at the party, so I can’t speak of whether or not it was right or wrong to have. I’ve been at some really bawdy parties in my time. If it was an official event, it probably should have been kept PG-rated. If it was just a bunch of people letting off steam in a non-work environment, I am more on the fence.

    As for whether she was right to resign or not, as I said in the other thread, you solve nothing from your couch. You want to make a difference, you have to be on the front lines.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. FeaturePreacher

    I don’t agree there’s a problem with sexism in the industry. There is a problem however of ladies with psychological issues that are too easily offended at the site of ladies that are more attractive than they are. But I guess that’s a problem that can be solved by better parenting.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Gnosis

    Everytime I read comments that tell the women “to stop making such a fuss”, I always have to think about pictures like this: http://humon.deviantart.com/art/The-New-Barmaid-302750467?q=gallery%3Ahumon%2F9478118&qo=94

    Self explaining.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Clupula

    @4 – That’s what it feels like onstage, sometimes. lol

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Telepathic.Geometry

    @FeaturePreacher: You are the problem.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Fin

    @6

    His comment was too on the nose to be anything other than sarcasm/satire.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. FeaturePreacher

    I’m the problem? Sweet! That makes me feel like whipping out my sword and yelling “I have the power!!!” Oh, by the way, it wasn’t sarcastic.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Telepathic.Geometry

    Yeah, you’re probably right. But ya get all types on here, so I could just about believe anything… (Edit: Heh, nice timing)

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Gnosis

    @6: No, just a pretty obvious troll. Not a very good one either.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. FeaturePreacher

    I’m not really a troll. I’m just not going along with the cliched story of victimization that some go with when faced with the presence of ladies that are more attractive than others. This whole situation seems a lot like how some female sports reporters manage not to fall apart when they see the scantily clad cheerleaders at sports events. Somehow they manage to just get on with reporting on the guys doing the sports. Perhaps they should be sought out for advice for all these other ladies with extremely fragile minds.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Fin

    @11

    Perhaps you should stop being a cunt.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. FeaturePreacher

    @12
    Perhaps, but when there’s such riveting arguments like yours, it keeps me going.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Fin

    @13

    Nah bro, I’m on your side! We should have semi-naked women everywhere in games, if women themselves complain, they’re just insecure. Who gives a fuck about their feelings anyway, amirite? I’m not saying games should be men only, but isn’t a woman’s proper place in the home and/or kitchen?

    #14 2 years ago
  15. FeaturePreacher

    @14
    Some semi-naked women should be in games like gta iv and most likely v. I’m sure they’ll be sold to a lot of women since they sell more copies than games like tomb raider. Who’s to say that some women don’t want that. While we’re on the topic of feelings, what about the feelings of the ladies who out of their own volition chose to do this job of being scantily clad. Where’s the sympathy for them who are just trying to do a job they willingly accepted to do? But like you said who gives a care about feelings, bro. I don’t think women should just be in the home or kitchen, but if they choose to do that, there is some nobility in caring for the place they reside and making sure that meals are nutritious and delectable. As for the complaints, they’re free to make them, but the industry should not stifle itself with pointless social programs just because a few less attractive ladies have issues with more attractive ones. Their going to have these problems no matter what the industry does.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. DSB

    It’s just hard to figure out whether people are offended by the fact that it was only women, or whether people are offended by sex in general.

    It’s kinda hard to believe that people would just shrug this off if there had been scantily clad guys there as well, isn’t it?

    There’s some kind of neo-puritan undercurrent there that just makes me not want to jump on that bandwagon.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. FeaturePreacher

    It’s not very hard to believe at all that people would just shrug this off it there had been scantily clad guys there. Just look at that pax that had the Lollipop chainsaw chick and that muscular destructoid guy that was completely bare chested. No one talked about sexism with the guy since most of the guys’ minds aren’t so fragile. But they made the Lollipop chainsaw chick change outfits because too much of her chest cleavage was being revealed.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. DSB

    @17 That’s my point though, it wouldn’t make a difference because it seems that gender is really being used as a proxy for sexualization.

    Some people feel like it’s a perfectly good time, others are put off by it.

    The problem with that is that you’re perfectly within your rights not to attend a party with sexual content if you’re offended by it, which would be an effective way of standing against it. But the idea from those opposing seems to be that “if I’m not going, neither should you”.

    That’s where it jumps from a perfectly acceptable point of view, to wanting to tell other people how to feel and act.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. FeaturePreacher

    Oh. OK.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Richenbaum

    Must be nice though, to be able to throw your job away without worry just to make a political point. Too bad most of the rest of us don’t have such options. I’ve seen worse things at jobs that I sure wish I could have quit over.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Phoenixblight

    @20
    Not how IGDA works most members have actual jobs outside of this I know that the people that run the chapter out here either run their own studio or work for one.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. G1GAHURTZ

    I completely agree with FeaturePreacher that some women certainly do come across as having psychological issues when it comes to seeing sexism where there is none.

    An obsession with finding offence where it doesn’t exist is an attribute more indicative of someone suffering from paranoid personality disorder, rather than someone with a balanced mind.

    See this video for a detailed deconstruction of some of the more recent headline grabbing sexism claims: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJeX6F-Q63I

    #22 2 years ago
  23. xxJPRACERxx

    English is not my 1st language and because of that my sentences and wording are very basic and I can’t clearly explain my thoughts, but I 100% agree with you FeaturePreacher and DSB.

    People that are easily offended want to control what other people can and can’t see. Instead of that I think they should seek a doctor because they suffer from hyper-sensitivity or something…

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Cobra951

    Stamp out the demeaning of fictional characters? If their sensibilities matter, then we need to ban more extreme acts against them first, like murder, dismemberment, and zombification. Once that censorship is in place, we can discuss banning sexism in the fictional workplace.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Richenbaum

    @#21 Well in that case…sure why not.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. roadkill

    There’s a thing that bugs me about this though.. so many women and their tools complain and scream about gender inequality or w/e but they forget that the girls who came dancing at that party did that of their own accord. No one forced them. Girls in general do w/e for money. So anyway.. make up your minds women! What do you actually want? You never seem to know that. :)

    edit: @3 Oh snap! Nailed it budy! :))

    edit: @Preacher I’ve just read all your comments and Oh Snap again! :))

    #26 2 years ago
  27. zinc

    Erm, I doubt it was the scantily clad dancers that caused offence. It was probably how some of the men present were acting or commenting that caused offense.

    But, hey, I wasn’t there so who knows right?

    #27 2 years ago
  28. G1GAHURTZ

    ^ How did you manage to come to that conclusion?

    #28 2 years ago
  29. roadkill

    @27 You know this is the problem. We weren’t there. We don’t know all the details. e have no idea what happened. So why the f**k are arguing about this!?

    #29 2 years ago
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    #30 2 years ago
  31. PatrickBateman

    @Preacher & fans, nothing I’ve seen here tells me you’ll have the intelligence to get to the end of this article, but I’ll post it anyway in the hope that there’s a glimmer of open-mindedness in there somewhere: http://bit.ly/YIfYih

    #31 2 years ago
  32. G1GAHURTZ

    ^ Good job at being a condescending idiot.

    How very ‘open minded’ of you…

    …or not.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. PatrickBateman

    Did you read the article?

    #33 2 years ago
  34. G1GAHURTZ

    Are you just trying to see if your thinly veiled attempt at reverse psychology actually worked?

    #34 2 years ago
  35. PatrickBateman

    No, I’m really just wondering if you read the article.

    #35 2 years ago
  36. G1GAHURTZ

    Oh, very well…

    Yes.

    Yes I did indeed read the article, Mr Bateman.

    I may have responded to you in a more reasonable manner, but for your insulting comments…

    #36 2 years ago
  37. FeaturePreacher

    To shed more light on the situation, these are the offending ladies that caused such a unnecessary fuss.

    http://b-i.forbesimg.com/carolpinchefsky/files/2013/03/IGDA2013Photo.jpg

    Taken from this article:
    http://www.forbes.com/sites/carolpinchefsky/2013/03/27/really-igda-party-at-gdc-brings-on-the-female-dancers/

    I would like to bring attention to how the lady writing the article even states how they were dancing in a pg-13 manner.

    #37 2 years ago
  38. Clupula

    My god, with how everybody’s acting, at the very least, I expected bikinis or something. That’s not even anywhere close to being “scantily clad.”

    #38 2 years ago
  39. zinc

    I guess it’s hard for some guys to understand that a female professional in the gaming industry, who’s probably worked hard to get ahead, might be a little pissed off to see ladies used as cheap titillation.

    To be honest they should stop using them, or at least employ some male go-go dancers. Then everyone can feel uncomfortable.

    #39 2 years ago
  40. Clupula

    @39 – Did you look at the outfits? How is that titillation? I see women dressed in less than that, walking down the street, on any given Spring day.

    #40 2 years ago
  41. roadkill

    @39 But they are not used. Not for titillation anyway. Not with those outfits. What Clupula said. Also they want to be there! :)

    #41 2 years ago
  42. zinc

    Well one definition of titillation is: To excite (another) pleasurably, superficially or erotically.

    And really what else were the dancers there for? A lecture on Just Dance? Nothing game related I bet.

    Just simple eye-candy.

    #42 2 years ago
  43. Gnosis

    @40: I think that the core problem is not how much skin they were showing. That’s what ppl keep saying. There’s nothing wrong with finding a woman sexy or a woman dressing herself in sexy outfits. It’s about the IDGA and what it stands for. They were the co-presenters of the party, on which one of their main guidelines was… well, “disregarded”. It was simply highly unprofessional and has nothing to do with gaming.

    #43 2 years ago
  44. Clupula

    Honestly, if it had been women in thongs grinding against poles, I might have seen this as highly inappropriate, but from what I’m seeing, it looks pretty innocent. At least, as far as a party for adults would go.

    #44 2 years ago
  45. Da Man

    Patrick Baitman, you’re lame. Your login is terrible too.

    #45 2 years ago
  46. FeaturePreacher

    Here’s some more info. Guess what!? The C.E.O. of yetizen is a lady named Sana Choudary.

    http://yetizen.com/staff/

    Not only that, this is the 2nd time there’s been a nontreversy with this company.

    #46 2 years ago
  47. Sini

    I agree with @3

    Also this is gaming industry, press and industry people need to stop justifying their lives by pretending it’s anything more than that and blowing things out of proportions. If there is a lifeboat call, you don’t get to be in one of the limited seats on it in the scheme of life. Brutal truth but there it is.

    #47 2 years ago
  48. xxJPRACERxx

    Ok, after thinking about this a little I think this was not a really good idea. But the way people react negatively about it is way, way too much.

    #48 2 years ago
  49. gordon

    Sana Choudary, CEO of YetiZen has released her official statement on the YetiZen IGDA GDC party. You can read it here:

    YetiZen’s Official Statement

    #49 2 years ago
  50. Clupula

    “After our party last year Brenda Romero personally called us and threatened to ‘destroy YetiZen.’ She did not attend the party last year or this year.”

    Very telling about Romero’s motives behind her behavior this year, if you ask me.

    #50 2 years ago
  51. zinc

    Oh the dancers were avid gamers? Explains why they were all female then. Nothing kills a party like sweaty moobs & neck beard :-S

    #51 2 years ago
  52. Clupula

    God forbid someone should actually want to have a good time at a party.

    Especially a woman! Why, she should sit there with her shirt buttoned to the very top button and her hands gently folded in her lap, so as not to offend her betters. To allow her to let loose would be the height of sexism.

    And I certainly hope her dress covers her ankles. There are no harlots in gaming!

    #52 2 years ago
  53. xxJPRACERxx

    Wow, I just read YetiZen’s Official Statement… Brenda Romero is a fucking bitch! I hope they sue her!

    #53 2 years ago

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    As of patch 1.8 for GTA 5 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, a few graphical issues have cropped up leading some to believe there has been a stealth downgrade to the game’s overall graphics. Over the past couple of days, Reddit went nuts over a video showing what appears to be a downgrade to […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for March 27, 28 – MIDA Multi-Tool edition

    Xur: Agent of the Nine has arrived at The Tower in Destiny to rid you of your Strange Coins. Xur: Agent of the Nine has once again made it to Destiny’s Tower to sell you Exotic weapons and gear in exchange for Strange Coins and Motes of Light. For this weekend, Xur can be found […]

  • Destiny vault space upgrade will have enough room for every Exotic

    Destiny is finally getting the vault space upgrade players have been begging for almost since launch week. Destiny players can currently use vault space to store 20 pieces of amour, 20 weapons and 20 general item stacks. In the latest Bungle Weekly Update, the developer revealed that as of patch 1.1.2, due before House of […]

  • Half-Life 2: Update mod applies some sparkle to the original title

    Half-Life 2: Update will be available tomorrow, and thanks to the modding community, those who own the vanilla version of the game can apply a visual update to the 2004 title. The comparison video shows you the differences between the original version, and the version with Half-Life 2: Update applied. Here’s what the mod includes: […]

  • Neverwinter MMO can now be pre-downloaded on Xbox One

    You can now pre-download the free-to-play Neverwinter MMO on Xbox One. The game launches on March 31, but you will still need an Xbox Live Gold account to play it. Based on the Dungeons & Dragons franchise, the game can be downloaded from the Xbox Store.

  • Destiny of Spirits will go offline starting next month

    Sony will be ending service for Destiny of Spirits starting next month, Sony has announced. The free-to-play Destiny of Spirits was released in late March 2014 on Vita, and tasked players with collecting supernatural forces appropriate to their geographical location, and then trading them with others online. Gravity Rush spirits were added to the game […]

  • MotoGP 15 is out this spring on PC, last and current-gen consoles

    MotoGP 15 will be released in June on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, Milestone has announced. Bike, rider and team customization are part of the latest release in the franchise, along with time-trials and enhanced career options. The game features over 20 bike models divided into three classes: MotoGP, Moto 2 […]

  • Cities: Skylines players should check out Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises

    Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises can now be yours in Cities: Skylines. Die Hard fans will be familiar with Nakatomi Plaza. Those who have never watched the first film and live in Los Angeles know it by its real-life name, FOX Plaza. It was created by Enos Shenk and is available through Steamworks. Those who […]

  • Call of Duty franchise has sold 175M copies, players have thrown 300B grenades

    With the Call of Duty Championship kicking off tomorrow, Activision has sent over a series infographic full of interesting figures such as the number of copies sold over 10 years and how many grenades players have tossed. According to the stats below, the Call of Duty franchise has sold 175 million copies across all platforms […]

  • Save up to 75% on select SEGA games on Steam this weekend

    SEGA has put many of its games on sale through Steam this weekend and the firm has also announced Eastside Hockey Manager is now available through Early Access. The sale runs through March 30. The entire Total War, Company of Heroes and Dawn of War back catalogs are discounted 75% and all associated DLC is […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight PC confirmed as digital download-only in UK

    Batman: Arkham Knight will indeed be a download-only title on PC in the UK, Warner Bros. has confirmed to VG247. Batman: Arkham Knight will be available as both a physical and digital release for PS4, Xbox One and PC in North America and Europe. Again, in the UK, the PC version will be “available as […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege release date set for October per GameStop Italy – report

    GameStop Italy may have let the release date for Rainbow Six Siege slip if a recent listing is accurate. According to the listing, the game will release on October 16. While this could be a placeholder date, October 16 is a Friday in the UK, the usual day new releases land at retail. The release […]

  • Watch the $1 million Call of Duty Championship right here

    The The Call of Duty Championship takes place this weekend, and you can watch all the action as it unfolds right here. The event takes place in Los Angeles tomorrow March 27 and runs through March 29, and the livestreams are below. 32 teams from five continents and 11 countries will be competing in Call […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: Battlefest kicks off this weekend with Double XP

    A new season of Battlefest kicks off this weekend, and starting today, you will earn Double XP in Battlefield Hardline. Battlefest for Hardline is similar to the event held for Battlefield 4 last year. For the entire month of April and into May, in-game events and competitions will be held by the developers and player […]

  • Don’t forget: the GTA 5 PC pre-order bonus cutoff is March 31

    Just a friendly reminder to those planning on purchasing GTA 5 for PC: you have until March 31 to pre-order if you want all the bonuses on offer. Those who pre-order will be handed $1 million in-game cash plus a bonus $300,000. It is split between GTA 5 and GTA Online: $500,000 for Grand Theft […]

  • Games with Gold offers doubled for April – six games instead of three

    Microsoft’s April Games with Gold collection is being doubled. For the month Xbox Live Gold members will receive six instead of three games free. Here’s what’s on offer: Pool Nation FX: Available all month on Xbox One Child of Light: Available all month on Xbox One Gears of War: Judgment: Available from April 1-15 on […]

  • Pokemon players can grab a code for Shiny Charizard at GAME in April

    Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire players along with Pokemon X and Y owners can grab a free, rare Shiny Charizard from April 3 at one of GAME’s 320 stores in the UK. The redeemable codes for the character will be made available upon request and no purchase is necessary. Those who pop into one […]

  • F1 2015 will arrive on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in June, includes Mexico circuit

    Codemasters has announced its F1 franchise will make its series debut on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this June with the release of F1 2015. The game was developed using a new engine and contains improved handling and physics for all vehicles and parts attached. This includes: engine, transmission, aerodynamics, fuel tank, force feedback, suspension […]

  • Mortal Kombat X video confirms Liu Kang as playable character

    Liu Kang has been confirmed as a playable character in Mortal Kombat X in the latest video. You’ll also notice Bo’ Rai Cho in there as well. In the Shaolin trailer above you also get a look at Kung Lao and Kung Jin who is new to the series. Apparently, Raiden’s past champions of the […]

  • Short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront shows the Battle of Hoth

    A short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront has been posted by EA on Twitter. Well, that speeder isn't going anywhere. Can someone give us a lift to @SW_Celebration http://t.co/srEVrAA0zl #SWCA https://t.co/4W4LG8myke — EAStarWars (@EAStarWars) March 25, 2015 The teaser shows vehicles which we could be using in the game, but it mainly shows the snowy landscape […]

  • Pillars of Eternity releases today – get all the review scores here

    Pillars of Eternity, which still stands as the second most-funded video game on Kickstarter, finally releases today. It’s also getting some rather positive reviews scores, which we’ve rounded up for you. The isometric, party-based RPG from Obsidian Entertainment was one of the first video game projects to take to Kickstarter, and hit its $1.1 million […]

  • Take an in-depth look at Evolve’s Behemoth monster and four new hunters

    Evolve’s fourth monster, the Behemoth, as well as the four new hunters are shown off in new gameplay video. Evolve’s latest gameplay trailer gives everyone a good look at each of the four new hunters and the massive Behemoth monster. The hunters can be bought either separately or though the hunting pass, while the monster […]

  • PS4 firmware update 2.50 causing issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall

    The suspend/resume feature in PlayStation 4′s 2.50 firmware update is causing some issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall. Killzone: Shadow Fall developer Guerrilla has said that the game is experiencing some issues in some instance where the suspend/resume feature is used. The timing of when players put the game in suspend mode does have an effect, […]

  • Bungie on Destiny matchmaking: “We believe there’s no substitute for a pre-made team”

    Crazy though this may seem, it’s possible that Destiny shipped according to plan. History points to community as a crucial component, far from the contingency that many now suspect. Paul Davies spoke to Bungie for clarity. “The community always engineers the best solutions for bringing players together. While Matchmaking is a great resource for introducing […]

  • Bloodborne works with suspend/resume, but only offline

    PlayStation 4′s newly-added suspend/resume feature works with Bloodborne as you’d expect, but only while offline. PlayStation 4 received the long-awaited suspend/resume feature today as part of firmware 2.50, and people are starting to test it out with various games. Bloodborne does work with the feature, but only if you play offline. Playing online is arguably […]

  • This is what Crossy Road looks like in first-person

    Crossy Road is fun and addictive. But in first-person, it’s mostly frightening. YouTube user Andy Front Films likes Crossy Road so much he decided to show off what it would look like in first-person. If crossing roads quickly and watching around for cars and trains, all of this as the camera chases you felt intense […]

  • Take a small behind-the-scenes peek at Mass Effect 4

    BioWare cinematic director Ken Thain has given us a very slim look behind the scenes at some motion capture work from the upcoming Mass Effect game. The upcoming Mass Effect game, whether it ends up being called Mass Effect 4 or not, will most definitely incorporate some form of motion capture work. How do we […]

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – 8GB day one patch on PS4, 16GB on Xbox One

    Day one patches for Borderlands: The Handsome Collection are pretty hefty. Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Borderlands: The Handsome Collection require players to download lots of gigabytes to make the experience as smooth as possible. The PlayStation 4 version has an 8.31GB day one patch. The Xbox One version however has […]

  • Get a PlayStation 4 with Bloodborne and The Last of Us for $435

    If you’ve been waiting for the perfect game to get to buy a PlayStation 4, there’s no better time than the present. Amazon is offering a good PlayStation 4 bundle at the moment. For $434.99, you get a PlayStation 4 console, The Last of Us, and Bloodborne. The Last of Us is of course the […]

  • Upcoming Battlefield Hardline patch to nerf the K10, buff battle rifles

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch will focus on weapon balance and a few changes have been proposed. Battlefield Hardline lead multiplayer designer Thaddeus Sasser posted a few of the balance changes that the team is considering for the next patch. K10: reduce bullet damage to 33 Saiga and PTR: reduce recoil to bring more in line […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and a new Resident Evil game coming this year, according to research firm

    According to digital games analyst SuperData, a new Resident Evil game is due this fall and that this year’s Call of Duty is Black Ops 3. In its latest report on digital console games, research and analytics firm SuperData revealed that a new Resident Evil is coming this fall. “We anticipate this month’s downturn to […]

  • Bloodborne: you can add gestures to your messages

    As players get deeper into Bloodborne, they keep uncovering so many of its little new additions, including this one. Bloodborne, like all of the Souls games before it, allows players to leave messages for other players. These messages could be used to point players towards impending doom, treasure, or just be sarcastic and witty. What […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 is now live

    PlayStation 4 firmware update version 2.50 has started rolling out. Reports are coming in saying that Yukimura, PlayStation 4′s firmware 2.50 has been made available to download. The update is clocking in at just 245mb, so get downloading. 2.50 brings with it many new additions, including the suspend/resume feature, backup and restore, accessibility options and […]

  • Harley Quinn DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight is a prequel

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s Harley Quinn pre-order DLC is set before the events of the main game, according to Amazon’s description. Today we learned a few details about the pre-order DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight, namely the Harley Quinn one. According to the description on Amazon, the DLC takes place in the lead-up to the events […]

  • Bloodborne Vicar Amelia summon mystery solved

    Bloodborne players unable to summon near Vicar Amelia: here’s your solution. Bloodborne’s secrets are unfolding by the hour as clever players piece together From Software’s cunning design. Yesterday we reported problems summoning in the Cathedral Ward, before the Vicar Amelia boss fight. It turns out this isn’t a bug – or if it is, it’s […]

  • Steven Spielberg will direct film adaption of Ready Player One

    Steven Spielberg will direct the film adaption of the sci-fi, virtual world, video game themed novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Warner Bros. bought the rights to the film in June 2010 and hired screenwriter Zak Penn to rewrite the previous draft written by Eric Eason, according to Deadline. The book takes place in […]

  • Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets shouldn’t forget about the custom audio

    Here’s a friendly reminder for Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets: be sure to download the Headset Companion App from the PlayStation store if you haven’t already. As previously reported, the game supports a custom Bloodborne audio mode which can be uploaded. It contains custom audio created by developers specifically tuned to enhance the audio. This […]

  • EA explains why FIFA Ultimate Team transfer prices are now platform specific

    EA has posted a blog entry explaining its FIFA Ultimate Team transfer market price ranges which now include platform-specific pricing in order to best the coin sellers. EA said it has implemented the changes to FUT over the last several weeks because it should be “fair and fun for every player,” ultimately coming to the […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness now available

    In case you forgot, Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness was released today. It is available on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The third episode releases on iOS devices and Android tomorrow, March 26. The Sword in the Darkness finds Asher Forrester heading to Mereen […]

  • Bloodborne players are already documenting their crazy antics

    Bloodborne has been available for almost two days now in North America, and already players are posting interesting clips and character customization choices for the game. Below are interesting takes on creating a character and videos of a frustrating death and another full of blood coming from a very painful place – monster or not. […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team celebrates sixth year in existence with giveaways

    FIFA Ultimate Team is celebrating its sixth year in existence with special events running from today until March 29. According to EA, every FUT fan will be handed one free pack every day, and those who play at least one match in the FUT Birthday Cup will have a chance to win rare “tradable In-Forms” […]

  • Halo Online is a F2P PC game in development exclusively for Russia – video

    Halo Online is a free-to-play game which will launch this spring in Russia, and is in development with Saber Interactive. According the reveal event attended by IGN Russia, the game was designed to run well on lower-end PCs and runs on a modified Halo 3 engine. The game is set on a secret UNSC space […]

  • SteamWorld Dig Xbox One release expected in late May

    SteamWorld Dig is coming to Xbox One, developer Image & Form has announced. A firm release date hasn’t been announced, but the studio expects the title to arrive on the system in late May. “We’re preparing quite an elaborate Easter egg for the Xbox One version – a gaming thing that we really wanted to […]

  • SMITE celebrating first anniversary with a sale on skins, Ultimate God Pack

    Hi-Rez Studios is celebrating the first anniversary of SMITE with a sale. From today through Friday, March 27, the Ultimate God Pack, which includes all current and future Gods, will run you $19.99. Alll individual pre-launch skins are 50% off, and all Gem Packs will award bonus gems. In addition, from March 27-29, all SMITE […]

  • Borderlands 2 has sold around 12 million copies, says Gearbox

    Speaking with Microsoft’s Major Nelson in his podcast, Gearbox Software boss Randy Pitchford stated Borderlands 2 has sold somewhere around the 12 million mark. As of August 2014, it was announced by Take-Two in its financial report the 2012 game had sold-in 10 million units. Pitchford noted in the podcast he learned of the figures […]

  • Broken Age releasing on PS4 and Vita same day as Act 2 on PC

    Double Fine Productions has announced it will release Broken Age on the PlayStation Store next month. Act 2 will also be released on PC. The full Broken Age adventure will release on PlayStation 4 and Vita on April 28 in North America and April 29 in Europe. It features cross-buy and cross-save. Broken Age Act […]

  • Star Citizen earned another $1 million within two weeks – total hits $76 million

    Star Citizen continues its funding streak with backers pumping another $1 million into the game’s development in the last two weeks. The total earned for the space sim has now reached $76 million ($76,015,532 to be exact) with 851,395 backers contributing to the staggering figure. Star Citizen’s latest update was version 1.1 which included two […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline top Media Create charts

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline were the big ticket debuts during the March 16-2 period in Japan, with each game claiming the top three slots on the Media Create charts, respectively. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD moved 92,094 on PlayStation 4, while Resident Evil Revelations 2 moved 73,373 units on […]

  • You can now learn English or Spanish on Xbox One with the Rosetta App

    Want to learn English or Spanish? Rosetta Stone has an App for that on Xbox One. According to the language teaching firm, Rosetta Stone’s Discover Languages, the new application teaches English and Spanish by way of immersive simulation. Users will virtually travel to learn vocabulary and grammar “necessary for real-world interactions.” Here’s how it works: […]

  • PayDay 2 and PayDay: The Heist have sold over 9 million units combined

    The PayDay franchise is a lucrative IP for Starbreeze and Overkill, as both games combined have sold over 9 million copies as of November 2014. The company has also sold over 8 million paid DLC packages since PayDay 2 was released in 2013 (via NeoGAF). In its Q2 half year report issued in February, net […]

  • Nintendo wants to “surprise” customers with NX, not expand upon existing hardware

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has firm wants to “surprise” players with its new NX system. Speaking in an interview with Nikkei, translated by Kotaku, Iwata wouldn’t go into details on the new system, but stated expanding on a current gaming system would be “dull.” “In the past few years, the idea of what [encompasses] a […]