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EA wins Worst Company in America poll for second year

Tuesday, 9 April 2013 17:05 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

EA has once again taken home the title of Worst Company in America, after winning a consumer poll posted by The Consumerist. The win came despite a heartfelt letter issued by EA COO Peter Moore over the weekend, which was countered by a Consumerist analysis which said consumers were tired of EA’s focus on “microtransactions, online passes” and asked it to prove the ire this year was brought on by the Madden cover athlete and conservative groups upset over the publisher’s support of LGBT issues.

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55 Comments

  1. SameeR_Fisher

    yahoooooooooooooooooo LOL

    #1 2 years ago
  2. DSB

    I bet they blame Hitler. Hitler hates EA, because they’re so nice to everyone.

    Don’t be like Hitler. Don’t hate EA.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. OlderGamer

    Well if the shoe fits and all of that.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Giskard

    Utter bullshit. EA may do unpopular things, but worst company? They “won” over companies that caused oil spills, ruined the world economy and are diccking people over in ways one can hardly imagine, and EA wins it for making an always online SimCity? Come on.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. viralshag

    @4, My thoughts exactly. It’s a complete joke.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. OlderGamer

    Different focus, we are talking about consumer end products/services. Second place was Bank of America. And by focus I mean people voting, fields of interest. No one is saying EA kills babies, ruins the eviroment, slept with your mom, or starts wars.

    But:

    “Until EA stops sucking the blood out of games in order to make uninspiring sequels, or at least until they begin caring about how much gamers hate their lack of respect for our money and intelligence, this is going to continue,” writes Penny Arcade’s Kuchera. “We don’t hate them because we’re homophobes, we hate them because they destroy companies we love. We hate them because they release poor games. We hate them because they claim our hate doesn’t matter as long as we give them our money.”

    Pretty much sums it up.

    People hate them, when people hate something people speak out.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Erthazus

    EA is worse then Bank Of America.

    Yeah, right.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. fearmonkey

    @4 go read the website’s counter to what peter moore said, which is essentially what you are saying too.

    The simple fact is they have a bad rep and people dislike them for their actions. Whether they are truly the worst company is a matter of debate, but for them to win it twice shows people are disgusted with them. They need to own up to it and try not to win it next year.

    EA really could be better and hopefully they take this as a lesson.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Giskard

    @6 Yes, Bank of America, which makes money off the poor, and helped cause the financial crisis of 2008, and has done nothing to improve since. EA’s far worse.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Erthazus

    Kids were just dissapointed that Bioware forgot to make decent ending for Mass effect 3 so they voted. LOL.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. OlderGamer

    Erth just touched on it, Giskard. It is about focus. Do you think Bank of America users where waiting for this poll to vote? Prolly not. But I bet EA users/gamers were.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. CyberMarco

    @6 Yeah, because EA is doing such evil acts to humanity, long live ‘Merica… -.-

    #12 2 years ago
  13. salarta

    Welp, voters have now completely invalidated the Worst Company in America poll. EA being on the list, sure, but winning the top spot over companies that actively ruin lives, that just says the results should be completely ignored.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. ps3fanboy

    hahaha! what a shocker….NOT. it is well deserved, i stopped buying games from these ea butt heads long time ago.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. GrimRita

    Damn the image on that website and ‘Achievement unlocked’ made me LOL.

    But hey, at least they are now believing in equal opportunities because right now in SWTOR, since they dont actually read feedback or test anything, you can now pvp totally naked and be STRONGER than your fully armoured opponent.

    Some of you on here jump on the band wagon about ‘Oil spills, morals etc etc’ well EA DO destroy lives. Think about all those people they hire then fire when a project fails. Not because its the contracted staff – but those who probably changed jobs, re located etc etc, only to be shown the door because EA can.

    Sums them up really – stark raving bonkers! Award deserved.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. viralshag

    Hate is such a strong word and the fact that people “hate” a company because they release games they don’t like seems a little extreme, surely?

    The only way you could truly “hate” EA is if somehow they kept forcing or manipulating you into buying their games. But if you hate them, why would you buy their games? If you don’t buy their games, why would you hate them?

    I tried oysters once, I didn’t like them. I guess I hate them. That doesn’t mean I jump at every opportunity to eat them, spit them out, and then complain they’re the worst oysters ever of the chef is the worst ever. I simply avoid them because I don’t like them.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. deadstoned

    EA may be a rotten company, but they aren’t the worst in America imho.

    They did not help cause the financial crash by selling 99% mortgages like Bank of America they knew people could never pay back. They didn’t help cause the sub prime mortgage crisis like any of the banks or rating agencies.

    They do not cause massive pollution like Exxon Mobil or cause huge environmental damage through fracking where water supplies are contaminated and air is degraded.

    They do not attempt to patent genes and crops like Monsanto who insist that if they find a crop with one of their plant genes they will sue you until you pay patent fees. Whether you use their crop or not. Which can easily cause bankruptcy their so high for smaller farmers.

    They don’t help keep America’s internet infrastructure backwards like AT&T, Time Warner or Comcast. Then milk consumers dry on poor service, whilst investing nothing in faster speeds or better infrastructure. Despite taking massive tax breaks in the last decade to improve it, yet doing virtually nothing.

    They are not like Walmart who deliberately pay the minimum wage, revel in the fact they give no health coverage, treat their employees terribly, their suppliers like crap and destroy competition.

    They do not deny health insurance to 10,000′s of people each year in critical health whom without their insurance would die, like health insurance companies.

    My point being they’re dicks and they may destroy entertainment, but they don’t destroy peoples lives.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Richenbaum

    @#15 Except those people can get other jobs and aren’t penniless and living on the streets. It’s a tough situation, but their lives aren’t actually “destroyed”. but yeah you keep telling yourself that’s way worse than something like having your house repossessed so that you and your family have to go live on the streets over a paperwork error because you’re angry that your little mmo is unbalanced.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Richenbaum

    @#16 dude they put dudes with guns in Dead Space bro even Hitler wouldn’t do that!

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Dendroball

    I can’t help feeling this poll is kind of amateurish. Firstly you’re able to vote several times in a row for the same contender so multiple votes for one individual is possible for each tier concerned and secondly the website is just not giving the exact numbers of unique voters involved in the poll. Yea Consumerist let’s try to make a real poll next time with a real context behind.

    While I may understand why EA won this year because of Sim City troubled launch, I can’t wrap my head around the fact people only came to the realization last year that EA is the worst company in America (nothing to see with ME3 ending I assure you …) while EA stayed pretty much true to its current strategy for the last 5 years and the poll is existing for nearly 8 years now.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. GwynbleiddiuM

    @2 lol man xD

    It’s natural for everyone to hate them, their customer support is bloody awful, they put microtransactions to every damned title, they realize half-arsed DLCs.

    @4 Always-on DRM, and microtransactions aside, they do have the worst customer support in the history of customer support. There were Witchdoctors in 4000 B.C who’d provide their customers with better aftermarket support. Even Pope John Paul II apologised for the bad conduct of the Catholic church throughout the history…

    #21 2 years ago
  22. DSB

    @16 Hate is rarely that literal, but it’s perfectly possible to despise a company even if you don’t use their product.

    Lots of people hate BP even though they’ve never bought their petrol, lots of people hate Lehman Brothers even though they’ve never traded in stock, lots of people hate Enron even though they never bought electricity from them.

    Ultimately it’s a question of what kind of impact that company makes.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. G1GAHURTZ

    It’s not just America…

    #23 2 years ago
  24. viralshag

    @22, And what kind of impact does EA really make in people’s lives?

    Other than maybe offering a disappoint few hours in your free time.

    People act like EA are punching babies and burning kittens.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. DSB

    @24 EA is taking flak for an industry that is collectively shit.

    They’ve been very good at painting themselves as a target. Gibeau, DeMartini and Riccitiello have been awesome at making people think they were complete assholes.

    This is a company that came out, straight faced, and attacked their competition for having sales. Because the competition was letting people buy games, for less.

    On what planet was that ever a good idea? This didn’t come about by accident.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Djoenz

    Has Southpark already made an episode dedicated to EA?

    Not EA sports btw: http://kotaku.com/5805766/south-park-shreds-ea-sports-and-peter-moore

    @27
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Electronic_Arts_games

    #26 2 years ago
  27. viralshag

    @25, Yeah, fine, at a marketing level and business level they might make some mistakes.

    But at the end of the day, they are a game company and call me crazy for thinking this but I don’t think their games are THAT bad.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. DSB

    @27 I think it’s less about the relative nature of who’s the most evil, because obviously that’s not EA.

    Honestly I don’t even want to start on all the things they’re doing wrong, especially in terms of PR, because that would lead to a post that would make salartra jealous – Just ask one question: What has EA actively done to justify any of the major business decisions that they have made over the last 5 years?

    Has there really been any attempt at getting the backing of their customers? I don’t see it. Online passes, the Steam debacle, mobile, micro-transactions.

    The only thing you ever hear from EA is “We need this money – So deal with it”. That’s not ever going to work for them, unless they truly intend to win polls like this one.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Rafa_L

    Ridiculous

    #29 2 years ago
  30. salarta

    @28: I am already jealous. I’m getting your voodoo doll as I type this!

    #30 2 years ago
  31. The_Red

    @28
    “We need this money – So deal with it”.
    I knew it! EA and MS are the same person!

    #31 2 years ago
  32. Talkar

    @28
    Awesome sales on Origin to justify Origin? Kinda like Valve and Steam :P

    #32 2 years ago
  33. heroes159

    WOW just wow, What a shitty Poll. people really should find a something new to hate. Its a freaking Video game company. If u like EA games , you can buy them. If u don’t like EA games , you can clearly stay out of it. its not like EA forcing you it to buy it huh.. its your Choice. gaming is not your life. This really makes me laugh.. EA is not the worst company.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. Shuklar

    Damn. EA killed more people last year then cigarette companies. Those bastards…

    #34 2 years ago
  35. Bomba Luigi

    Yeah, there are much more Terrible Companys. But that dosn’t make EA a good one.

    Anyway, Congrats EA. You not really the Worst Company, but hey, its a silly not really serious Price, So it hasn’t to be a Serious winner. You are the Perfect Silly-Winner for a Silly-Price.

    And now just do it better and shut up with all your excuses for Tons of Worse stuff.

    #35 2 years ago
  36. DSB

    @32 After you’ve gone out and attacked everybody else for doing sales? I don’t exactly see that as an example of a well executed public relations strategy.

    #36 2 years ago
  37. viralshag

    @28, what’s wrong with online passes? They’re only a problem if you buy pre-owned games and I think it’s a relatively small price to pay considering what you can save on some pre-owned titles.

    #32 is right about Origin and MTs seem to be doing quite well in their games profit wise despite what people think. Obviously I have no numbers to back that up but unless you have numbers that prove no one is using MTs its a non-debate.

    What real harm have their decisions caused their customers? Origin is shit, granted, but its hardly a huge inconvenience. All I’m saying is if a games company is people’s choice as worst company, I think they seriously need to take a look at their life.

    #37 2 years ago
  38. pbvider

    What can I say…congratz EA!

    #38 2 years ago
  39. zinc

    ^ Well the people ruined by the Bank of America probably can’t afford internet now, so couldn’t vote.

    Yeah oil companies pollute… But who doesn’t drive in America? And cars need petrol.

    #39 2 years ago
  40. DeVitowned

    I’ll throw my vote in for Walmart being a life ruining, soul crushing, worker exploiting (and bullying), supplier extorting pile of dog shit. It is the Rome of free enterprise and I so wish to see it crumble under the weight of its management’s stupidy.

    #40 2 years ago
  41. DSB

    @37 They never gave anyone a compelling argument as to why they were needed. No one has actually tried to make a case as to just how much used games cost the industry. If it’s such a problem, then why not take the opportunity – while launcing your new expense – to educate people on that, and give them a chance to be on your side?

    Ubisoft ran into the same problem with piracy. Supposedly it was a huge problem for the company, but they never came close to establishing what that problem was. Fast forward to today, and no one knows what piracy cost Ubisoft, they only know that Ubisofts response to piracy cost them most of their revenue on the PC.

    Micro-transactions making money isn’t a justification onto itself. The fact that EA are making money, doesn’t make their games more attractive to me.

    To say nothing for the fact that Dead Space 3 was a commercial failure. The fact that people bought stuff from the ingame storefront seems like quite the pyrrhic victory to me.

    Stuff like that is the reason I don’t buy EA games. I’m not interested in establishing 60 dollar games as just another storefront working towards a publishers bottomline. I’m not making money, or even saving money on that, and I see absolutely no way in which it improves the games themselves. Quite the opposite.

    I’m really only interested in games being the best form of entertainment that they can be. Until EA commits to the same, me and them are not gonna be friendly.

    #41 2 years ago
  42. NightCrawler1970

    I thought Activision was my worst company.. but EA deserve it…they placed a NOOB as CEO that doesn’t have any clue about games, make a slip-up get booted and now a new monkey runs the company to fix it…

    and start naming other companies like UBI-SOFT.. guess what… UBI doesn’t received a GOLDEN POO.. EA did… nuff said…

    #42 2 years ago
  43. Talkar

    I’ll just leave this here http://www.dorkly.com/article/51363/eas-reponse-to-being-named-the-worst-company-in-america

    #43 2 years ago
  44. RocknRolla

    Amazing! it´s crazy what the world can achieve when working together right guys? :) This is great! NO MORE MICROTRANSACTIONS!!! Name of the article is beautiful haha :D

    #44 2 years ago
  45. DeVitowned

    @43 TALKAR

    http://www.ea.com/news/we-can-do-better

    #45 2 years ago
  46. DSB

    @45 Never actually saw the full release.

    “The tallest trees catch the most wind. At EA we remain proud and unbowed.”

    Oh dear.

    The comments really nail it though. Mostly negative, and the ones that are positive have about 90+ downvotes. Think positive Peter Moore.

    #46 2 years ago
  47. Rosseu

    So is Crapcom the runner up?

    #47 2 years ago
  48. Richenbaum

    @#44 I don’t understand. What is it that you think has been achieved here? Why in the world do you think EA cares about this and is going to change anything because of it?

    #48 2 years ago
  49. NightCrawler1970

    As peter Moore said…. it’s all about $$$$$$$$$$ billion of billions of dollars to fill my pockets..

    btw Peter moore may be a new monkey in town, but he wasn’t the previous CEO that was booted he runs and maked EA as the “WORST COMPANY OF AMERICA”….

    Now the new monkey is assigned, he will make a change… lets see when the next year POLL will resulted… we as gamers will wait patiently….

    #49 2 years ago
  50. Richenbaum

    @#49 EA gives absolutely zero shits about your pointless internet vote. you want to “vote” on them? stop buying their games.

    #50 2 years ago
  51. DSB

    If EA gives absolutely zero shits, maybe they should ask their COO to shut up about it, rather than, you know, using their official website to make a statement about it.

    #51 2 years ago
  52. Richenbaum

    Because that’s not how PR, which is not at all the same thing as caring, works.

    #52 2 years ago
  53. DSB

    Well, I guess you have a point. Moore doesn’t seem to care that they’ve posted losses for the last three years. In fact he pretty much says they’re proud of it.

    Either way, posting a statement on your official website signed by one of your top three executives isn’t the best way to show everyone just how relaxed you are about something.

    #53 2 years ago
  54. NightCrawler1970

    @50, i didn’t voted anyway, and yes, why should you buy a EA game to give you 2 years to play online, and after that EA shut down the server…. and what about if ya traded the game in, who-ever buy it less than 60 bucks, they cant play online even they pay what they called “GAME-PASS”… EA will say, oooh we shut down the server due lack of activities….

    If EA and other game-devs wanna get rid of “GAME-STOP”, than DO IT, Game-Stop is crooked anyway according your(in general, gamers opion) that Game-Stop are nothing but crooked and a bunch off ripp-off company, that makes Billions to fill there pockets…

    #54 2 years ago
  55. Talkar

    @45
    Dude, i know what i linked is a parody, it is from dorkly, how can anyone think that is the real thing given the source? xD

    #55 2 years ago

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    Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2K and Turtle Rock Studios have announced a tournament being hosted by ESL, which will see Evolve players take on newest movie robot, Chappie. The ESL has teamed up with Twitch for the live 4 on 1 competitive event, and you can watch as it all unfolds tomorrow, March 1 at 3pm […]

  • If you’re attending PAX East, stop and have a look at Necropolis

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    More Dragon’s Dogma Online screenshots have been released, and this batch is just as lovely as the last gallery we posted. Since this game will likely never leave Japan, the images are a bit of a salt rub for fans of the IP, but hopefully another entry in the series will be released at some […]

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  • Number of Steam accounts with Dota 2 installed hits over 42 million

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  • Nintendo issuing Eon Ticket codes for Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

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  • Here’s a couple The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt screenshots to brighten your day

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  • Hyrule Warriors Boss Pack DLC contains unlockable character – potential spoilers

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  • Star Trek Online players gather on Vulcan to pay respects to Leonard Nimoy

    Star Trek Online players paid tribute to Leonard Nimoy yesterday by gathering around a fountain on Vulcan, the home planet of Spock in the Star Trek series. According to a post by barnacle999 on reddit, when he logged into the MMO “there were around 20 full instances and several partial,” culminating in around 1000 players […]

  • Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin gameplay video shows invasion of The Forlorn

    A new Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin gameplay video has been released, and provides the viewer with a look at the NPC invader system. Watch below as The Forlorn hunts down the player through the game with “with deadly skill and tenacity.” He even teams up with other enemies, making your fight […]

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  • Masquerada: Songs and Shadows is a pause for tactics isometric RPG coming in 2016

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  • Underworld Ascendant surpasses Kickstarter goal

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  • Latest Evolve patch fixes progress and save game data loss on Xbox One

    A patch for Evolve has been released on Xbox One which fixes lost progress and save game data users had reported. The patch also fixes an issue with shadows and flashlight, makes incremental improvements to matchmaking, invites, and rejoining, and there were progressions balance changes. “The issue with lost progress and saved games was mostly […]

  • Online servers for Ridge Racer Unbounded shut down in Europe

    Online functionality for Ridge Racer Unbounded is no longer available, Namco Bandai Europe has announced. Solo mode and the track editor are still playable, minus the sharing options. Ridge Racer Unbounded was released on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in March 2013. Thanks, MCV.

  • OlliOlli will be a cross-buy title on 3DS and Wii U

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  • Darkbeast electrifies latest Bloodborne video

    The latest Bloodborne video shows off another monster in the game. This one is Darkbeast and he’s full of electricity. The video is the last of IGN’s month-long coverage of the title.

  • Future Assassin’s Creed games will have greater focus on modern timeline

    Ubisoft plans to focus more on modern timelines in future Assassin’s Creed games, the company suggested during its latest community livestream. During the Twitch stream, one of the lead writers for the Assassin’s Creed series, Darby McDevitt, said the modern timeline for Brotherhood’s town of Monteriggioni could inspire future development. “That only came about because […]

  • Fruit Ninja Kinect 2 is coming to Xbox One next month

    Halfbrick has announced Fruit Ninja Kinect 2 for Xbox One will release next month. The mobile title made its way onto Xbox 360 garnering 1 million downloads as of March 2012. It has a new multiplayer mode for up to four players with Battle and Party modes along with a new progression system. An announcement […]

  • New GTA 5 PC screens – shit the bed!

    Rockstar has pumped out 15 new screens for the PC version of Grand Theft Auto 5. Don’t touch them, because they’re electric. And if you touch them, you’ll get shocked. The PC version of GTA 5 has been delayed until April 14, which both sucks and blows. BUT! There’s a new trailer coming between now […]

  • Sony Japan accidentally erases 20th Anniversary PS4 contest entries

    Sony Japan has accidentally erased all information obtained from PlayStation owners who entered to win a 20th Anniversary PlayStation 4. Those who purchased PlayStation 3, PS4, Vita or Vita TV between December 4 – January 15 were handed a calendar with a code which entered them into the contest. Somehow, all data collected from the […]

  • Hearthstone datamine suggests Blackrock Mountain expansion on the way

    Hearthstone’s next update may be based on World of Warcraft’s Molten Core raid, if datamined information posted on Hearthpwn is spot-on. According to files mined from the latest patch, three new cosmetic card backs are on the way, one of which is called Molten Core. The data suggests that pre-ordering the Blackrock Mountain expansion will […]

  • Using Battlefield Hardline single-player gadgets increases your metagame rewards

    Gadgets contained in Battlefield Hardline’s campaign mode have been detailed, and each provides the player with various ways in which to solve crimes. According to design director Scott Warner, one way to “diffuse” a conflict when confronted with criminal activity is to flash your badge and ordering the criminal to freeze. Putting your gun on […]

  • Mortal Kombat X video is all about story mode, new characters

    After promising a new Mortal Kombat X reveal “soon”, NetherRealm Studios has made good on said promise by releasing the story trailer. The video shows parts of the story mode featuring Mileena, which takes place 25 years after the events of 2011′s Mortal Kombat. Outworld has become a larger threat and new fighters joining the […]

  • Destiny’s shotgun and pulse rifle buffs mean it’s time to rethink your load-out

    Destiny’s most-ignored weapons got major boosts this week. It’s time to start thinking about how to work them into your set-up. Even if you’re used to using scout rifles and sniper rifles as a general loud-out (neither class was touched by 1.1.1), the buffs to pulse rifles and shotguns should make you rethink your contextual […]

  • Battlefield Bad Company 2: five years later, what did it do so right?

    It’s been five years since the release of Battlefield Bad Company 2. What did the much-loved entry in the franchise do for the Battlefield series? Westie’s played Battlefield Bad Company 2 for over 1,260 hours on PS3 and PC. That’s dedication. In his latest video he discusses the stand out moments from a FPS classic, […]

  • War is hell in this Zombie Army Trilogy gameplay trailer

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  • Titan Souls releases on PS4, Vita, PC on April 14

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  • Destiny weekly update: lowdown on Inferno Crucible, Vault Transfer improvements

    Destiny’s weekly update has made some pretty significant changes – let Arekkz Gaming take you through them. Bungie has revealed the first release date for the new Inferno Crucible mode, and made it a lot easier to access your vault. You should subscribe to Arekkz Gaming. It will improve your life.

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory Feb 27, 28

    It’s Xursday again – what treats does he have for you this week? He’s in the North Tower, to the right of the Stranger’s room. Let’s take a look at the latest weapons and gear from your favourite Destiny trader. No Backup Plans [Titan Gauntlets] – 13SC ATS/8 Arachnid [Hunter Helmet] – 13SC Heart of […]

  • Battlefield Hardline will be stable on PC at launch, Visceral assures

    PC format is “by far the best gaming platform around,” says Hardline producer. “We’re doing what we can to take advantage of people’s different system with the graphics, framerate, controls, etc. We’re not just porting it over.” Battlefield Hardline developer Visceral is reassuring players that there will not be a repeat of the disastrous Battlefield […]

  • Win Pneuma: Breath of Life for Xbox One

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  • Life is Strange Episode 2 delayed

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  • Mortal Kombat X: which character will be revealed tomorrow?

    Mortal Kombat X director Ed Boon is teasing a new character reveal. During today’s Mortal Kombat X livestream, NetherRealm said that a new character would be revealed “very soon”. Boon followed up with this teasing tweet suggesting the reveal will occur tomorrow: Very soon? As in tomorrow? :/ — Ed Boon (@noobde) February 26, 2015 […]

  • Halo played by Twitch is an exercise in great patience

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  • Gold Amiibo sold out, selling at five times RRP on auction sites

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  • Canadian new game prices jump to $75

    Canadian gamers are in for an unpleasant price hike. As spotted by HardcoreGamer, the local Canadian branches of Amazon and EB Games have raised the prices of upcoming games to CAD$75. The CAD$5 increasing comes within a year of prices hitting the CAD$70 point. CAD$75 (£38/€53) currently exchanges for $60, the standard US pricing. The […]

  • New Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows weather, day-night cycle

    The latest Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows off a gloriously beautiful world. Xenoblade Chronicles X is Monolith Soft’s first solo Wii U game, and the developer is clearly enjoying being able to build a big open world with all the features we’ve come to expect. Missed the whole Xenoblade thing? Chronicles X is a sort […]

  • Dead Rising: Watchtower teaser talks up the benefits of Zombrex

    Live-action Dead Rising movie Watchtower is almost upon us. Dead Rising: Watchtower will release on Crackle on March 27, and via other digital distributors thereafter. Enjoy the short teaser below, courtesy of IGN.

  • We Happy Few debut hits you upside the face with a frying pan

    Contrast developer Compulsion Games has revealed its next project – the delightfully creepy-looking We Happy Few. We Happy Few is set in “a drug-fuelled, retrofuturistic city in an alternative 1960s England” where “a plucky bunch of moderately terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful denial”. Players are tasked with blending in with […]

  • Slender: The Arrival creeping onto PS4, Xbox One in March

    Slender: The Arrival sold like hotcakes on PC and last-gen consoles, so why not terrify yourself on PS4 and Xbox One, too? Slender: The Arrival will release on PS4 on March 24 and on Xbox One on March 25, developer Blue Isle Studios has announced, for $10. No word on that Wii U version, though. […]

  • GOG weekend sale celebrates German debut

    DRM-free games vendor GOG is celebrating its German-language launch with a tasty sale. The sale offers discounts over 25 “German favourites”. Highlights inclue 97% off Deponia, and less steep but still tasty savings on Memoria and Blackguards 1 and 2. The sale will run through March 3, and you do not have to be, speak, […]

  • Humble Weekly Bundle goes back to Japan

    The latest Humble Weekly Bundle is called Made in Japan, and I’m sure you can guess the theme. Pay what you want for Cherry Tree High Complete Pack (PC; Steam or DRM free), Fairy Bloom Freesia (PC; Steam or DRM free) and Influent + Language Pack (Linux, Mac, PC; Steam or DRM free). Pay more […]

  • Capcom “looking into” solutions to Resident Evil: Revelations PC co-op issue

    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 fans should sit tight for a bit, as Capcom is working on some sort of solution to the co-op issue. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 doesn’t have local co-op on PC and fans are pretty mad about that, as it was advertised ahead of release as a key feature. Although Capcom has […]

  • The games industry is disruption, says Assassin’s Creed producer

    Former Assassin’s Creed producer Jade Raymond has characterised the games industry as one long series of upsets. The games industry changes all the time, and that’s one of its best qualities, Raymond said. The ex-Ubisoft leader told Polygon that the reason seh got into games in the first place was because it “is this undefined […]

  • GTA 5 made $31 million in digital revenue in January

    GTA 5 is the highest-grossing title at the moment in terms of digital revenue, and the PSN is absolutely minting it. Digital games industry analyst Superdata has extended its scope to include console games, which means we suddenly have access to a whole bunch of data we’ve only been able to guess at, or extrapolate […]

  • Destiny: Inferno playlists debut next week

    Destiny PvP will shake things up next week with a new way to slaughter your mates in the Crucible. Destiny is already a skilled PvP game, but the new Inferno playlists will turn things up a notch with a focus on “basic gunplay”. The first of these, Inferno Control, kicks off on March 3 and […]

  • First-person camera coming to Guild Wars 2 next month

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  • Shadowrun Online signs on with Nordic

    Shadowrun Online has been given a nice little boost thanks to a distribution deal with Nordic Games. Shadowrun Online is a new team tactical RPG from Cliffhanger Productions. Although it’s already available through Steam Early Access, Nordic has agreed to distribute the finished version, which is due on Linux, Mac and PC in the second […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, game world ten times the size of demo

    Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, according to director Hajime Tabata. Speaking with IGN, Tabata said development will kick into high gear once the Episode Duscae demo is released. “It’s about 60% now. People may look at that and say ‘well, you’ve only done five more percent!’ [since 55% in September] but it’s actually a […]

  • Destiny: you don’t need to visit the tower to access your vault

    Destiny players, you asked for it and Bungie has delivered it: you can now swap items in and out of the vault using the companion app. “Destiny needs more vault space” you cry – and yes, this is true. But while we all struggle with the limitations imposed on us by Bungie, we face all […]

  • Mortal Kombat X will contain over 100 Brutalities

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  • Gran Turismo 6 update adds MINI Clubman Vision, more

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  • Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and some playable titles to PAX East

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  • Battlefield Hardline Premium information seems to have slipped out early

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  • Final Fantasy: Record Keeper arrives in the US this spring

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  • Battlefield Hardline now available for pre-order, pre-download on Xbox One

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