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Violent games are “a kind of simulator”, and “enable” killers, says US senator

Friday, 12 April 2013 00:16 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Speaking on US TV, Dianne Feinstein seems to have suggested that games can be a kind of aid or crutch for those inclined towards violent acts.

“I think the really violent video game becomes a kind of simulator to practice on,” the democratic senator said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, as reported by Gamespot.

“And it enables the individual to become much more familiar with that depiction of death and blood.”

Interestingly, Feinstein was talking about games which portray violence in an exaggerated fashion.

“Of course it’s not the way it is in real life,” she said.

Feinstein said last week that games play a “very negative role” in young people’s lives, and that Congress should consider regulating games. However, she’s also bang hot on gun control, saying the NRA and gun manufacturers are bullying their way out of reforms.

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35 Comments

  1. Mineral4r7s

    Can someone explain to me why all the world wars started when there were no violent computer games back then? And whats with all the wars previous to that?
    I am confused as computer games seem to be the root of all evil.
    How about the witch hunts? Whats with Jack the Ripper, did he play violent video games too?
    Why am I so confused by this statement? Is my sense of reality so wrong?
    I mean it only can be as she is a Senator and I am just a normal citizen.
    Somethings off.
    Stop messing with my mind!

    (beware of wild irony)

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Djoenz

    I read two reports recently that 2 kids about 4 years old shot people by accident in America. One kid shot a woman and the other shot a friend I believe. Not only are guns allowed they seem to be lying around and loaded. One incident was actually at a cop’s house. He was showing his arsenal to someone.

    Nice. mentality gunslingers! Pointing fingers is easy.
    http://www.nationalpost.com/m/wp/news/world/blog.html?b=news.nationalpost.com/2013/04/10/woman-and-young-boy-die-after-being-shot-by-4-year-old-children-in-separate-incidents-just-days-apart

    #2 2 years ago
  3. YoungZer0

    To this I say:

    http://youtu.be/8DzDvYcT6yM?t=56s

    #3 2 years ago
  4. actuallyisnotafox

    i really wish we could ban all video games from these people and there familes and be like oh mario? it promotes jumping on peoples heads.. skylanders? well the fire creature promotes arson -.-

    #4 2 years ago
  5. povu

    Before videogames everything was caused by TV. Before that, rock ‘n roll music. Before that, probably books. Games is just the latest new form of media and that makes it the least understood, and easiest to blame for things with different underlying causes entirely.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. theevilaires

    Why doesn’t she try them out for herself instead of “thinking” they are. If I was a chosen representative of the people I wouldn’t think so much. I would know or I wouldn’t.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. zinc

    Well good luck to any wannabe murderer who is taking lessons from GTA. I would love to see the look on their face when the police still give chase AFTER their getaway car is resprayed.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Richenbaum

    @#6 Because that would instantly disprove her theory and she’d need to find some other way to lobby for media attention. She doesn’t give a shit about this, it’s just an easy way to rile up the ignorant everything-fearing masses (or as we call it here, the south) who would rather throw around blame than actually take parental responsibility. Everyone do a nice slow clap for the government employed troll.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Clupula

    It’s really sad to see this woman is still in power, considering back in high school, I had a videotape of a Dead Kennedys performance from the 80′s where Jello Biafra is going off on her for being a “banker-butt-licker” and a “dragon lady with no fucking heart” for closing down underground venues in the San Francisco area.

    At yet, here we are, thirty-something years later, and she’s still trying to get rid of things she doesn’t understand.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. theevilaires

    @8 Yea I know I’m just so amped up after my Assassin Creed’s killing simulation training earlier today I think I’m going to head to my nearest White Castle and climb to the top then jump off and stab somebody for their food cause I’m starving right about now :D

    #10 2 years ago
  11. tmac2011

    now i hate this senator too, those people are insane. i play video games and own an ar 15, and a 45 handgun CCL. i never watch msnbc either,dont get me started on those people. kids today dont know the differences between whats real and not real and thats the problem, also the parents dont pay attention to what their kids play. letting a 10 year old play call of duty or battlefield and gta isnt a good idea and thats why there are erbs, to let the parents know what game they should by for them. and my dad is in the marines so ive been trained on how to use guns.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. NightCrawler1970

    WHY DONT YOU STFU AND GO KNIT YA @SS OFF BIMBO!!!!

    Games are not violence, people are violence!!!!!

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Erthazus

    http://img8.joyreactor.cc/pics/post/maximum-trolling-trollface-38148.jpeg

    #13 2 years ago
  14. GwynbleiddiuM

    I suppose any idiot can become a US Senator these days, they should start installing some manner of filtration system so every motherfucker who can put a few words together don’t get the chance to become a US FUCKING SENATOR.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. YoungZer0

    @14: Then the US wouldn’t have any senators.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. MadFlavour

    This is retarded. Games aren’t to blame.

    Marylin Manson and the video nasties are. Also comic books, Rock ‘n’ Roll, the moving pictures, and Elvis’s pelvic gyrations.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. redwood

    Elvis’s pelvic gyrations for sure…

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Mjorh

    They can’t find anything 2 blame except Games !

    i’ve learned so much from games n i’m not a murderer ! ! !

    Lame excuses !

    #18 2 years ago
  19. silkvg247

    They have to blame something because if they don’t then they’d have to accept that we are flawed beings. Some more than others.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. deathm00n

    The parents are the one to blame, some weeks ago I was at a store and a kid of about 5 years old was crying with a God of War Ascension in his hand wanting his dad to buy it. Guess what, he bought it. It got a black 18 (meaning it’s the worst kind of shit only adults can play) stamped in the front cover!

    I played very brutal games when I was young. But back then there was not so much realism, so I wasn’t affected by it. But there’s executions in GoW multiplayer that are disturbing to say the least.

    Not that I’m saying that games really affect people, but if it does they are not the only one to blame.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Clupula

    @20 – Jesus Christ, so you’re not only annoying about PC gaming, but you’re one of those Alex Jones/David Icke lunatics, as well. Oh no! The lizard men are coming!

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Hcw87

    Fix your gun laws before blaming games. Every retard with half a brain can get their hands on a gun these days. I would hate to be living in the US, wouldn’t feel safe at all.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Clupula

    @23 – As someone who lives in the United States, I don’t fear people having guns, at all. It’s about the society itself, not the amount of firearms people have.

    Canada has more guns per person than the United States has, believe it or not, but you don’t see this sort of shit going on up there. It’s a problem with mental health funding, which had $80-something billion cut from it last year alone. And then you’ve got laws, like the one over here in New York City that say that you can’t forcibly commit someone who is visibly insane and visibly dangerous for than 24 hours until they actually do hurt or kill someone. Even then, they are usually just recycled through the system in a couple of years and then unsupervised because there isn’t enough funding to have someone do that.

    I also find it interesting that no one ever makes mention of the fact that the day a gunman opened fire on a group of innocent school children in the states, there was a similar incident in China, only the man used a knife.

    Crazy people will use whatever they have access to use. Disarming law abiding citizens is not the answer, although I will say that I hate this paranoia that so many pro-gun people have when it comes to waiting lists and background checks, which I think should be absolutely required.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Phoenixblight

    “I also find it interesting that no one ever makes mention of the fact that the day a gunman opened fire on a group of innocent school children in the states, there was a similar incident in China, only the man used a knife.”

    Yeah he did use a knife and guess what? No one died where Sandy hook a lot of people died because the killer was using guns.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Clupula

    @25 – you are absolutely right. No one has ever died from a knife.

    Wars were really about who could more mildly injure the other side up until the invention of gun powder.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. DSB

    @26 I don’t think you could make a much worse argument. Most of those wars killed far fewer soldiers than the ones of the gunpowder era.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. YoungZer0

    @26: Purposely missing his point or did you just misread his comment?

    Also wasn’t there just a mass-stabbing at Lone Star Community College campus in Cypress, Texas the other day? 14 injured, 2 critical. He was wrestled to the ground by fellow students.

    Think he would’ve killed more if it was a gun? I’d bet on it.

    Meanwhile a 4-year old boy shot and killed the wife of a Tennessee sheriff’s deputy over the weekend.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. Hcw87

    There is no reason why normal citizens should carry guns. Sure, it may be too late to disarm everyone now, but if you reinforce the gun laws, crime WILL go down.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. fearmonkey

    @29 – yeah that has worked so well for large cities like NY, Detroit, Philly, and Chicago where most gun violence is from non-registered and non-legal gun owners. The only thing that disarming would do is make sure that people are defenseless against thugs….

    I have a friend who got shot in New jersey while walking up the street, and he didn’t have a concealed carry. If he did, he probably wouldn’t have got shot and the guy that shot him wouldn’t be a danger to anyone else. I grew up in the country, everyone had guns, no one got shot, and there was little crime.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. Clupula

    @28 – And on the Long Island Railroad, a gunman named Colin Ferguson was wrestled to the ground by the passengers when he started shooting people.

    I’m not someone who believes that everyone should have unrestricted access to guns. I believe in background checks and in waiting periods and don’t believe you need an M4 for home protection. However, I don’t think there’s any purpose to preventing someone with no criminal record and no record of mental illness from being allowed to buy something for hunting or home protection. I live in New York City and it’s almost impossible to legally purchase a gun here.

    Yet, you know what? If I really wanted one to hurt people with, I know about five people, personally, I could illegally buy one from.

    The bottom line is that preventing the average citizen from holding just keeps the average citizen unprotected.

    As I said before, the major issue here is not the weapon, but the lack of mental help for those who use the weapons. Look it up. The Newton shooting was not performed by a licensed gun owner. Stricter laws wouldn’t have stopped him at all.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. DSB

    http://kotaku.com/im-a-game-designer-im-a-gun-owner-its-time-to-end-470868225

    I think that article frames it better than any others I’ve seen.

    It’s not black and white, but at the end of the day, the only way to get guns off the streets is to take them off the streets.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. Djoenz

    USA will never get rid of the weapons division/armsdeal/armstrade cause its a big ass income for them.

    Im dutch btw so what the hell do I know.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. bugmenot

    Feinstein is such a crook. She blames videogames while she funnels money from the defense department to her husband. So who is responsible for the most deaths in this country? A few videogamers with mental illness or the chair of the US war machine who sends our kids to die in a country that had nothing to do with 9/11?

    Source: http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Army-contract-for-Feinstein-s-husband-Blum-is-a-2621196.php

    #33 2 years ago
  34. Clupula

    @34 – Feinswine is a complete piece of shit, no doubt about it.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. YoungZer0

    @31: To be clear, my point was that he stabbed 14 people, yet no one died. If the Airport shooter would’ve had the chance to shoot 14 people, how high would be their chance of survival?

    “Yet, you know what? If I really wanted one to hurt people with, I know about five people, personally, I could illegally buy one from.”

    Ain’t that the bigger problem? Shouldn’t the police do something about that, instead of arresting people for minor offenses like drug possession? What does it matter to the privatized prison system?

    I just fail to understand how you need to invest more time and money into a drivers license than a gun license. I think the US needs better regulations, that’s all. Why the fuck can you buy an actual assault rifle for less than 200 euros? Even Airsoft weapons are much, much more expensive.

    What do you even need an assault rifle for? For sports? For hunting? What kind of lousy shot are you that you need an assault rifle to hunt a deer?

    Why can you buy 300-round magazines? What do you need it for? Why can you buy 1000 rounds on the internet. What do you need it for? Why does no one ask those questions when they sell people those things?!

    Right now, people on the terrorist watchlist can buy a fucking gun. Don’t fool yourself, Obama’s going to do Jackshit about any of that. I think both sides of the conflict need to calm the fuck down and focus on actually doing something.

    Every time a mass-shooting happens, the left demands the weapons to be taken off the streets and the right buys more guns in fear that they are taken all of their guns.

    Think about that for a second, the NRA benefits from mass shootings. Insanity. Complete and utter insanity.

    And politicians talk about videogames and gay marriage, instead of private prisons and gun violence.

    #35 2 years ago

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    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 […]

  • Kojima Station show suspended

    In another episode in the the ongoing kerfuffle between Hideo Kojima and Konami, the publisher has suspended the Kojima Station web show. Recent tweets from the newly created Japanese Metal Gear Solid account confirm that Kojima Station will not be broadcast tomorrow, but would not provide a date for the next episode. The Tweets were […]

  • Watch Battle Royale for free this weekend on Xbox Live

    Square Enix is celebrating the launch of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD by offering Xbox Live members in the UK a free rental of Battle Royale. Starting Saturday, March 28 and through Sunday, March 29, Xbox Live members in the UK will be able to rent Battle Royale through the Xbox Video Store, for free. The […]

  • Bloodborne journal, part 1: managing anxiety on the path to the Cleric Beast

    Bloodborne is both like and unlike the Souls games. Brenna descends into Yharnam with reluctance and trepidation. Need help succeeding in Bloodborne? You need our Bloodborne walkthrough and boss guide. Bloodborne isn’t Demon’s Souls or Dark Souls. Let’s get that out of the way right off. I enjoyed both Dark Souls games, but it was […]