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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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    Dragon Age: Inquisition is getting a multiplayer expansion this week. BioWare has announced that all owners of Dragon Age: Inquisition will receive a new multiplayer expansion, for free. The expansion is called Dragonslayer and it’s centred around fighting dragons, hence the name. Three new playable characters will join the roster as you explore an all-new […]

  • Sonder is still happening, and this is the best news of the week

    Sonder is a really interesting-looking new indie adventure, which I am quite excited to remember exists. We first heard about Sonder in late 2013, when its debut trailer introduced us to a Kamai Media’s ambitious vision. In the intervening months Kamai has been hard at work on its space station management sim slash non-linear narrative […]

  • Twitter axes playable Internet Archive embeds

    The dream has died: Twitter has disabled Internet Archive game embeds. Remember how for a few days you could tweet a link to an a game on the Internet Archive and it was playable direct from that tweet? Well, Twitter has cancelled that. All those tweets now just show links. GamesIndustry suspects it has something […]

  • Lords of the Fallen, Divinity: Original Sin developers will reveal new games at E3 2015

    Lords of the Fallen developer Deck13 and Divinity: Original Sin developer Larian Studios have new projects in the works which will be revealed at E3 2015. Publisher Focus Home Interactive is behind both new games. In a French press release [PDF] spotted by RPG Codex, Focus said it will show off the two unrevealed titles […]

  • Rare game announce expected at E3 2015

    Rare’s new game will be shown off at E3 2015, apparently. Rare hasn’t announced a reveal, and neither has Microsoft, but it looks like the news has slipped out anyway. IGN cites a tweet from Rare creative director Simon Woodroffe in which he says that a new project from Rare designer Gregg Mayles will be […]

  • Batgirl expansion included in $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass

    Here’s what you get in the $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass. Batman: Arkham Knight’s season pass was announced last week, but apart from the news that it would cost a whopping $40/£33, we didn’t get many details of what it would include. Thankfully, Warner Bros. has since acknowledged the clamour this caused, as players […]

  • Star Wars Day Xbox sale discounts Force Unleashed, Lego games

    Star Wars Day is upon us, and here’s an Xbox sale to mark it. Microsoft is offering discounts on Xbox 360 games to celebrate May 4. From my desk here in Australia the sale is a bit light on content – two Lego games, plus The Force Unleashed and its DLC packs. Your mileage may […]

  • Here’s hoping this tease means we see Mass Effect at E3 2015

    Mass Effect boss Mike Gamble has shared a teaser image, which we’re more than happy to draw speculative conclusions from. The new Mass Effect game in the works at BioWare Edmonton is a mysterious beast. Judging by how long it’s been in development, it feels like we’re about due for a proper reveal, to clear […]

  • Watch almost a whole hour of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is almost here. Are you ready for old-school shooter action? Wolfenstein: The Old Blood publisher Bethesda livestreamed almost an hour of the Machine Games shooter recently, and has now uploaded the archive to YouTube. Check it out below: Wolfenstein: The Old Blood launches digitally on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on […]

  • Splatoon lacks voice chat to promote a positive online experience

    Nintendo’s multiplayer game Splatoon will not contain a voice chat option in order to “focus on the positive aspects” of online gaming. Speaking in the latest issue of Edge magazine (thanks, GamesRadar), Splatoon co-director Yusuke Amano said personal experience with negativity in online voice chat was one of the main reasons for excluding the feature. […]

  • D4 on PC: differences from Xbox One version, system specs announced

    D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die – Season 1 is coming to PC, and Access Games has provided a list of features different from the Xbox One version. We’ve pulled most of the changes off the game’s website and posted them below, along with the PC specs. D4 on PC Kinect gesture input controls replaced with […]

  • The Megalodon returns to Battlefield 4 with the latest CTE patch

    The Megalodon Easter Egg in Battlefield 4 may have been removed earlier this year from Naval Strike, but it has since resurfaced on the CTE with the latest patch. I’d make a Jaws reference, but it’s been done to death. The shark is shown in the video on the Paracel Storm map which was where […]

  • Survival horror game Kodoku has a new work-in-progress trailer

    Kodoku, the survival horror title from Carnivore Studio, has a new work-in-progress video available, showing you how the game is coming along. Announced for PlayStation 4 and Vita back in 2013, the game is slated for release sometime this year, and tasks the player with avoiding mythical Japanese ghosts using only magic and stealth. Thanks, […]

  • Current HoloLens prototype has noticeably “tighter” FoV compared to January build

    Microsoft’s augmented reality headset HoloLens is still very much in the prototype stage, according to various reports out of the Build Conference. Microsoft hasn’t discussed technical specs with the press yet as nothing is set in stone, but during a hands-on at Build, Ars Technica noticed the prototypes had a “x86 processor, 2GB RAM, 802.11ac […]

  • Silent Hills petition asking Konami to continue development has over 50,000 signatures

    A petition to save the Silent Hills game has been formed by fans in the hopes Konami will change its mind and bring the collaboration with Guillermo del Toro back from the dead. Konami confirmed on Monday the Silent Hill remake from film director Del Toro and Metal Gear’s Hideo Kojima had been cancelled, but […]

  • Attack on Titan has a US release date, title changed in EU over copyright claim

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains will be released under a different title in Europe, according to the publisher, and while a release date has been set for North America, the same cannot be said for fans across the pond. According to Atlus, a copyright claim in Europe has forced the company to publish the […]

  • Yooka-Laylee meets final Kickstarter Stretch Goal in less than 24 hours

    The Kickstarter for Playtonic’s Yooka-Laylee sailed beyond its final £1 million ($1.5 million) Stretch Goal overnight, which will allow for a simultaneous release on all announced platforms. Once funded, Yooka-Laylee was slated for release on Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, Wii U, and Xbox One; however, a simultaneous release on all platforms wasn’t guaranteed unless […]

  • Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, but not by much

    Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, according to an announcement from Roll7. Not to worry though, it’s only by a week. According to the developer, the delay is due to “having undergone super-secret upgrades to crank shit up to 60fps.” The extra week will provide the additional time needed for tweaking […]

  • Assassin’s Creed, The Crew, Far Cry 4, other Ubisoft titles on sale through the Humble Store

    Ubisoft has put a number of its games on sale through the Humble Store. Franchises Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry are on discount as are single release titles. The list of games on sale are below. For pricing in your region, head over to the Humble Store. Anno 2070 Complete Edition Assassin’s Creed 3 Assassin’s […]

  • Payday 2: Repeater rifle, Peacemaker pistol introduced with The Butcher’s Western Pack

    Overkill Software released the 21st DLC pack for Payday 2 yesterday, titled The Butcher’s Western Pack. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and other digital distribution channels. “For our 21st DLC we go back in time to visit the Wild West and the arsenal it was known for,” said the developers. “With it we’re introducing […]

  • The Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter just launched and has already met its funding goal

    Playtonic Games launched the Kickstarter campaign for Yooka-Laylee at 5pm UK, and in just over 30 minutes it already hit its $270,000 funding goal. You can watch the funding counter continue to roll over through the link. Yooka-Laylee is a 3D platformer where the characters use special moves such as Yooka’s tongue grapple and Laylee’s […]

  • Batch of hi-res Persona 5 screenshots released by PlayStation Japan

    A set of screenshots have been released for Persona 5, and while you’ve seen these before in magazines and on the official website, these are high-res versions. Some will even look familiar to those who watched the first gameplay trailer back in February. The shots were posted over on the PlayStation Japan Persona 5 game […]

  • Is Alien: Isolation getting HTC Vive support?

    Placeholder images for SteamVR icons have been found and it looks like there may be support for Alien: Isolation, so if you enjoy soiling yourself, get psyched! NeoGAF members found a thread on Reddit, where a little rooting around in a Steam directory unearthed the images. The list includes both games and apps, and as […]

  • Xbox Live multiplayer is free this weekend on Xbox 360

    Xbox 360 players in all Xbox Live regions can play multiplayer online for free this weekend. If you are a Silver member, this means you are Golden from May 1-3 and can play multiple games online with your buddies. All you have to do is log-in to Xbox Live.

  • Assassin’s Creed actor Michael Fassbender confirms film production starts September

    The Assassin’s Creed movie will start production this fall, actor Michael Fassbender (Prometheus, 300, X-Men:First Class) as confirmed. Speaking with ComingSoon.net, Fassbender said filming will start in September, which is inline with Ubisoft’s announcement in February. The actor will star in the film alongside Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard, both reuniting with their MacBeth director Justin […]

  • Eve Online boss states VR won’t be as big as we think next year

    I don’t think I’m the only one who wants VR to hurry up and manifest into a Sword Art Online-esque reality. Unfortunately, the chief executive officer at the studio behind Eve Online doesn’t think that will be happening any time soon. Talking to Venture Beat, Hilmar Veigar Pétursson touched on his excitement at the prospects […]

  • The Last of Us: Left Behind goes standalone in May on PS3, PS4

    Naughty Dog has announced that The Last of US DLC Left Behind will be released as a standalone experience next month. It can be purchased for both PlayStation 3 and PS4 through the PS Store and a two-hour demo of the Factions multiplayer will also be made available. “The Left Behind standalone game will have […]

  • EA’s annual E3 press conference takes place on June 15

    Electronic Arts has announced its annual E3 2015 press conference will take place the day before the show kicks off on June 15. EA, Microsoft, Sony and Ubisoft always hold press events the day before E3 officially starts, so this isn’t any surprise, really. The presser, dubbed “Live to Play”, will last one hour and […]

  • Steam exchange rate mix-up closes down community market

    The Steam community market was buggered up big time today after a mix-up with currency conversion had items selling from practically nothing, to millions of dollars. PC Gamer picked up on the news after a thread on Reddit appeared with screenshots depicting just how silly things were getting over there. The currency exchange rate data […]

  • Britney Spears signs five-year deal with Glu for new mobile game

    Pop star Britney Spears has signed a five-year deal with Glu mobile for a new, untitled game. The mobile game will feature her “voice, likeness, and creative influence,” and is due for release sometime next year. Glu also signed a deal with Katy Perry in February, so expect a game revolving around her to hit […]

  • Large Activision publisher sale on Steam discounts Call of Duty, Prototype, more

    Activision has put the majority of its library on sale through Steam this weekend, and if other titles weren’t included, it could be referred to as a Call of Duty sale. Below are a few standouts. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Gold Edition 25% off Call of Duty: Ghosts 67% off Call of Duty: […]

  • The Dota 2 International Compendium is out, second Stretch Goal almost complete

    The International Compendium has been released for Dota 2 with the prize pool sitting at a lovely $1,917,155 as of press time. Valve said over the weekend to expect the International Compendium to drop sometime this week. As with previous years, those who purchase the Compendium can earn rewards by completing challenges, making predictions and by […]

  • If permadeath RTS games are up your alley, check out indie project XO

    The Square Enix Collective showcases projects for a limited time to help drum up community support and potential backers, and RTS title XO from Jumpdrive Studios is worth taking a look at. The teaser trailer is fairly brief, but if you visit the page for XO over at the Square Enix Collective, it’s understandable – […]

  • GTA 5 PC patch disables mods. Here’s how to get them working again

    A new patch for the PC version of GTA 5 was released yesterday and, as it turns out, has wiped the ability to use mods with the game. The wasn’t great news for some players, but YouTuber taltigolt has already figured out how to play the PC version with mods after installing the patch. Matt […]

  • Xbox One ad stealth launches a mysterious Halo 5 competition

    A new Xbox One advert released today isn’t as straightforward as it appears. The trailer has a couple of pretty conspicuous ‘glitches’ throughout, and members of NeoGAF wasted no time in breaking it down. The first item of interest is the screen from the hunt the signal site, which displays an error message when accessed […]

  • Battlefield 4 Jungle map improved with latest update

    DICE LA has updated the Battlefield 4 Jungle map, adding more foliage and a new route. As demonstrated by Westie in the video above, the map now has the kind of foliage you’d expect in the jungle, helping to conceal infantry players. The update also tweaks positions of objective points and has added a concealed […]

  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate free DLC pack for May includes Metroid and Mega Man armour

    The May DLC pack for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate boasts some big ticket items, including Metroid, Street Fighter, and Mega Man gear. This big fat chunk of free DLC, detailed on the capcom unity blog, includes Hunter equipment: Metroid’s Varia Suit Metroid’s Zero Suit Metroid’s Arm Cannon Taiko Drum Master Hunting Horn USJ’s Star Rook […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for May 1, 2 – Hard Light edition

    Here he comes with his weird face, dealing goods and gear for Guardians. It’s Friday. Xur: Agent of the Nine is back in the Tower. Of Course he is. Got your Strange Coins? Here’s what’s in his bag this week: Ruin Wings [Exotic Titan gauntlets] – 13SC Don’t Touch Me [Exotic Hunter gauntlets] – 13SC […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition Jaws of Hakkon DLC drops for PS4 on May 26

    Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC has now been announced for May 26 for PS3, PS4 and Xbox 360. The announcement was made on Twitter via the official Dragon Age account. Mark your calendars! #DAIJawsOfHakkon pic.twitter.com/mU1WfkSrQV — Dragon Age (@dragonage) May 1, 2015 The DLC was released for PC and Xbox One back in March thanks to […]

  • New Witcher 3 screenshots highlight Geralt’s questionable fashion choices

    Even though The Witcher 3 release date is drawing closer, it still feels like a million year away. So here are some more screenshots to tide you over until then. We got to look at in-game shots yesterday, but these new screens show Geralt riding through some gorgeously vibrant mountains, in the midst of combat […]

  • Sims Gurus patch out pregnant men

    Say goodbye to The Sims 4 unique take on fatherhood, as The Sims Gurus confirm that male pregnancies are no more. The Sims 4 players have been reporting high numbers of alien abductions, leaving their male characters with sore bottoms and a bellyful of alien baby. Kotaku reports that not everyone was getting their knickers […]

  • Black Mesa countdown probably points to Half-life remake release date

    Half-life remake Black Mesa may have a release date at last. Black Mesa is a Source Engine remake of the original Half-life, which like everything related to Half-life feels like it’s taking forever to come out. The first part launched in September 2012, and it looks like we might have a release date for the […]

  • Spector puts down rumours of troubled Epic Mickey development

    Epic Mickey seemed like a surprising follow-up project from the man who made Deus Ex, but Warren Spector has put down rumours of a difficult relationship with Disney. Epic Mickey displays several qualities found in Spector’s other games and which he has always espoused in interviews – heck, this is the man whose dream it […]

  • Ubisoft makes good on Child of Light promise with free eBook

    Child of Light fans can check out a gorgeous new illustrated book set in the world of Lumeria. Earlier this month, creator Patrick Plourde confirmed that there were more Child of Light projects on the way. As we expected from the cagey wording, at least the first of these projects isn’t a game: it’s an […]

  • Half-life episode from Junction Point would have featured a magnet gun

    Half-life seems to be on near permanent hold, but at least we can glean some insight into what might once have been. Junction Point’s cancelled Half-life game came up in Warren Spector’s Reddit AMA overnight. Commenting that he isn’t sure whether he’ll get into legal trouble for discussing the project, Spector gave a few comments […]

  • Destiny: exclusive shader, emblem on offer with Nepal benefit shirt

    Destiny developer Bungie has asked Guardians to offer their aid, and they’ve already responded in troves. A new Destiny shirt added to the Bungie Store is the object of a fundraising drive to provide aid in Nepal following a devastating earthquake this week. Bungie popped the pretty stylish shirt on sale earlier today, offering an […]

  • What does the creator of Deus Ex think of Human Revolution and Mankind Divided?

    Deus Ex creator Warren Spector seems pretty positive about the direction the sci-fi series has followed under Square Enix’s hand. Deus Ex was created by Spector and his team at Ion Storm, and remained with Eidos after the developer shuttered. When Square Enix purchased the British publisher, it put new studio Eidos Montreal to work […]

  • Protest Goat secures future for Elite Dangerous destruction derbies

    One of the stranger and more beautiful stories to manifest in the gaming world this week, I think. Elite: Dangerous has given birth to an unintended, emergent style of gameplay; a destruction derby like affair where players gather in no combat areas to both race and gleefully smash into each other until a victor limps […]

  • Destiny’s stunning landscapes captured in panoramas

    Destiny has some beautiful environments, which screenshots don’t necessarily do justice to. Walking around Destiny exclaiming over the lighting effects and the tiny animated details is the best way to experience Bungie’s tremendous achievements, but these panorama images stitched together from in-game screenshots are a good second. Click to see them fullsize. Redditor CenturyEagle made […]

  • Star Wars Disney Infinity re-release on the cards – rumour

    Star Wars is a no-brainer for Disney Infinity, and at long last it looks like it’s happening. A Star Wars re-release called Disney Infinity 3.0 has reportedly leaked from German retailers. We have to lable this one a rumour as we haven’t seen the original source, but the story was originally reported by DisKingdom, which […]

  • Award-winning mobile indie Monument Valley out now on Windows Phone

    Windows Phone’s game selection can be a bit restrictive, but has expanded delightfully today: Monument Valley is now available. Monument Valley is one of those gorgeous, mind-bending puzzlers the indie scene produces on the regular, winning awards and consuming everyone’s lives for weeks on end. Developed by Ustwo Games, with beautiful, understated art from Ken […]

  • Old-school EverQuest servers safe from legal troubles thanks to Daybreak agreement

    EverQuest rights holder Daybreak Game Company given its blessing to the wonderful Project 1999. EverQuest: Project 1999 is one of those lovely ideas that it are all too often crushed by the realities of the games industry. An entirely fan-managed affair, it provides an emulated version of the classic EverQuest experience, which is no longer […]