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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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  • 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 […]

  • Free Dragon Age short stories fill us in on Corypheus’s followers

    Dragon Age: Inquisition developer BioWare invites you to learn more about the lore and characters that make up its beautiful role-playing setting. Dragon Age is set in Thedas, a world still only partially revealed by the three core games to date. BioWare puts a heck of a lot of work into its worldbuilding, employing a […]

  • Remember that gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo? It now utilizes DirectX 12

    Remember the gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo Square Enix showed off three years ago? The firm showed it again at Microsoft’s Build Conference, this time utilizing DirectX 12. The Witch Chapter 0 [cry] real-time tech demo was created from research Square conducted using real-time CG technology and DX12 in collaboration with Microsoft and Nvidia. The […]

  • Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones sneaks onto GOG and Steam services

    Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones can now be purchased through GOG and Steam. On both services it will run you £12.99/€14.99/$14.99. Links here and here. The game features: Fully explorable ‘Metroidvania’ style overworld, laying siege to a diabolical cloning facility with varied and detailed environments. A variety of special equipment to unlock new […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare DLC Ascendance has arrived on PC, PlayStation consoles

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players on PC and PlayStation consoles can now download the Ascendance DLC. The second content pack contains the OHM weapon, the OHM Werewolf custom variant, and the second entry in the Exo Zombies saga, Infection. Four new maps are also included: Perplex, Site 244, Climate, and Chop Shop. Ascendance was […]

  • Latest Xbox 360 system update is live, now supports 2TB hard drives

    Xbox 360 now supports 2TB hard drives via the latest system update for the console. Support for the drives was announced earlier this month and has been available for preview members. “In addition we will also no longer reserve space in advance on your hard drive,” said the firm. “If you are using 16GB of […]

  • Kickstarter for Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor Yooka-Laylee launches tomorrow

    Playtonic Games has announced the Kickstarter campaign for its spiritual successor to the Banjo Kazooie series, Yooka-Laylee, will launch tomorrow. The title of the game was announced today along with the Kickstarter date. Formerly known as Project Ukulele, the 3D platformer is said to be “between the size of Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie,” and stars Yooka […]

  • Console version of Mistwalker’s Terra Battle is in development

    Now that Mistwalker’s Terra Battle has surpassed 2 million downloads on mobile, the developer is now working on a console version of the tactical RPG. As part of the original Download Starter campaign, the 2 million milestone means the company will begin development on Terra Battle’s console version with details to be announced at a […]

  • Prison break game The Escapists is heading to PlayStation 4 from May 29

    The Escapists, Mouldy Toof’s prison break game originally released as a timed console exclusive Xbox One, has a release date for PlayStation 4. For those unfamiliar with the title, which is also a PC release, it tasks players’ time management skills as they do a bit of digging and crafting, and other prison-type stuff as […]

  • Dead Island 2 delayed into 2016 to ensure series is “taken to the next level”

    Dead Island 2 has been delayed into 2016 by Yager in order to ensure the sequel “takes Dead Island to the next level.” According to a tweet from the developer, it set “big goal” for the game, and in order to deliver what fans expect, the team needs more time to reach development goals. “We […]

  • Project Cars: here’s a list of all available cars at launch

    Project Cars will contain many, many cars and if we are counting correctly, there will be 74 total at launch. The standard edition contains 65 total, and when factoring the free car as well as the Modified and Limited Edition cars packs, you can add an additional nine cars to the mix. Comb through the […]

  • Competitive matchmaking support is coming to Team Fortress 2

    Team Fortress 2 will soon feature support for competitive matchmaking, which Valve says is a “high priority” project for it at the moment. According to a report from TeamFortress.tv, which visited Valve headquarters recently, Valve is looking into the possibility of 6v6 or 9v9 matches 9v9, a possible quick play option and it is also […]

  • GTA 5 PC patch fixes garage, Job crashes – full notes here

    Rockstar has pushed out a 353 MB patch for GTA 5 on PC The patch fixes a number of annoying bugs related to vehicles and garages, some deathmatch issues and purchase errors. It should also fix various freezing and crashing bugs, as well as a little issue with Steam. Time will tell if the patch […]

  • Fire Emblem If will come in White Kingdom and Black Kingdom versions with amiibo support

    We’ve finally got some juicy details on the next Fire Emblem game, but the most interesting aspect is that there will be two versions of the game. According to Siliconera, who translated an interview between Intelligent Systems and 4Gamer, there will a White Kingdom and a Black Kingdom version that offer different aspects of the […]

  • Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess heads west with “Golden Toilet” pre-order bonus

    Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess will debut on western PlayStation 4 systems this summer, Koei Tecmo has announced. It is also coming to PS3 and Vita. The game was produced by Keisuke Kikuchi of Fatal Frame fame and takes up where Deception 4: Blood Ties left off allowing players to relive Laegrinna’s pursuit to free […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario demo, Paper Mario, more

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a demo of Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition, Paper Mario on Virtual Console, and amiibo Tap. The full update is below. eShop update amiibo Tap – free – Wii U Star Wars Pinball DLC – Wii U Paper Mario – Wii U […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided PC port handed off to Nixxes

    The PC port of the new Deus Ex has been handed over to Netherlands based studio, Nixxes software. After the initial reveal trailer at the beginning of April, we’ve only had a few morsels in the way of additional news. The most intriguing tidbit to date has got to be the fact that you’ll be […]

  • First-ever PC Gaming Show to take place at E3 2015 in June

    PC gaming will finally have its very own E3 press conference this year, thanks to PC Gamer and AMD. The PC Gaming Show will take place on June 16 at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles and it will be livestreamed on Twitch. PC Gamer said speakers at the presentation will include representatives from Blizzard, […]

  • Majora’s Mask light available now on Club Nintendo for 6000 stars

    Club Nintendo shuts up shop on September 30 and members are being encouraged to spend accumulated stars before then. And what better to spend them on, than this adorable Majora’s Mask light? If you’re a member based in Europe you can nab it for 6000 stars. If you’re in Australia or New Zealand, it’ll only […]

  • Unity support announced for HoloLens, will work with Windows universal apps

    Microsoft is partnering with game engine developers Unity in order to make HoloLens compatible with apps and games which use the cross-platform engine. The partnership was announced yesterday during its Build Developer Conference. Universal apps for Windows 10 systems will also be available on Xbox One later this year, suggesting possible HoloLens functionality with the […]

  • Splatoon Nintendo Direct airs Thursday, May 7

    A Nintendo Direct focused on Splatoon, the Wii U multiplayer title, on May 7. It will kick off at 7am PDT/10am EDT/3pm UK and it can be watched via the Nintendo Direct website. You can also have a look at the game through Nintendo’s Twitch channel. The last game-specific presentation took place last week and […]

  • GTA 5 PC: clean up the streets as a member of the San Andreas PD with this new mod

    Remember the awesome mods for GTA 4 and San Andreas that let you run amok online as a member of the po-po? Well, dust off your taser and load up your gun, because it’s coming to GTA 5. The new mod for GTA 5 is currently in alpha and can be downloaded at palmbeachgames.com. You […]

  • Indie shoot ‘em up Project Root comes to Xbox One, PS4 and PSVita

    Project Root is a self-proclaimed rejig of the shoot ‘em up genre that was released on PC last year, and it’s finally coming to consoles. Combining free-roaming elements with the usual business of shooting things, Project Root was released this week for Xbox One, PS4 and the PSVita.

  • You can now bet on eSports online, starting with League of Legends

    If you’re getting bored with sticking a pony on the races, you can expand your gambling horizons at Unikrn where you can watch esports streams and get a little action on the side. The new platform was set up by Rahul Sood – previously the general manager of Microsoft Ventures. At the moment, customers are […]

  • Has Watch Dogs 2 been leaked?

    Ubisoft employee, Julien Risse, may have inadvertently confirmed Watch Dogs 2, thanks to his online CV over at LinkedIn. Videogamer.com spotted the slip up, in which Risse lists Watch Dogs, the DLC Bad Blood, and Watch Dogs 2 on his profile. Creative Director Jonathan Morin has already talked about his ideas for improvements for the […]

  • GTA 5′s Trevor makes his Jackass debut, complete with leopard-print knickers

    YouTuber Abstract Mode has shared his vision of what Trevor Philips’ life might have been like, had he not been completely batshit crazy. Watch Trevor get mauled, run over, and hit by a train, before taking a majestic swan-dive into someone else’s pool at the climax. Thanks, Kotaku.

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 season pass will cost you £35

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 isn’t released until November 6, but you can already hand over your cash for the Season Pass. The Season Pass is available for pre-purchase on Steam for £34.99, and will cover four DLC packs – although the details we have on the content are limited to ‘exciting’ at this […]

  • GTA Online’s cheating assholes are no match for this player’s vengeance

    Think you’re smart for using invisibility and infinite ammo glitches? You need to be taught a lesson, sucker. You can have all the hacks you want but if your GTA Online game is weak, you’ll still get your ass handed to you. As this fool discovered when attempting to hassle another player. There’s a fair […]

  • PS4 sales help Sony’s games division swing to profit

    Sony’s PlayStation business has made an operating profit of 48.1 billion yen ($404m / £261.5m) in the past 12 months. That’s thanks to stellar sales of the PlayStation 4 and PS Plus, even as sales of the PS3 have stalled and the company wrote off costs for the PSTV and PS Vita. The profit puts […]

  • New patch for Dirt Rally gives co-driver’s attitude a tune-up

    Dirt Rally gets a new patch three days after release on Steam. On Monday, we reported that the newest Dirt game has popped up on Steam’s Early Access and is available to pick up for £24.99, as well as giving you an eyeful of tasty screenshots. The patch – released yesterday – fixes some issues […]

  • New The Witcher 3 screenshots show combat, exploration and general carousing

    New screenshots released on the official facebook page for The Witcher 3 show Geralt annihilating a winged beast, out and about in the world exploring, and living the life of Reily amidst a bustling feast. We were already treated to some glorious screenshots a few days ago, but these new ones are in-game and give […]

  • Destiny: 14 things you might have missed during House of Wolves intel drops

    Destiny: House of Wolves does a great deal more than just slap some new content on the existing game structure. House of Wolves changes Destiny in a lot of interesting and very welcome ways. Bungie showed off many of these changes in its livestream, and let both me and Arekkz come and have a look […]

  • Scratch that cyberpunk itch with Technobabylon on May 21 – new trailer

    Technobabylon more like Wrecked-yo-babbling with my smooth flow about how good Wadjet Eye games are. I don’t know y’all, it’s clock off time and everything feels like a reach. Wadjet Eye makes pretty good adventure games – award winning, in fact. The latest project to spring forth from the benevolent, sheltering hand of the label […]

  • Skullgirls 2nd Encore brings exclusive new features to PS4, Vita in northern summer

    Skullgirls, the little indie fighter that could, is getting another crack at it. Skullgirls 2nd Encore is the second re-release of the one-time troubled 2D versus fighter from lab Zero Games. Having survived the shut down of its developer and collapse of its publishing contrast, Skullgirls re-emerged as Skullgirls: Encore, adding in a ton of […]

  • Danganronpa series generates “impressive” sales for Vita exclusive

    Danganronpa is selling quite nicely, thank you, says NIS America. Danganronpa is a series of murder mystery visual novel puzzlers in a similar vein to games like 999. Two of these have been released for Vita in the west – Trigger Happy Havoc and Goodbye Despair. Speaking to MCV, NIS America CEO and president Takuro […]

  • I have no idea what is going on in J-Stars Victory VS+ but I kind of like it

    In this J-Stars Victory VS+ trailer, we see – uhh. Well. We certainly see some things. Look y’all, I was a massive weaboo in high school, but that was back in the dark ages when we had to take out Manga Entertainment VHS tapes from dingy little specialist rental joints that were literally underground, and […]

  • Please just watch this terrific trailer for Toren

    Toren is the kind of game I dream about when I drift off to sleep at night. This indie puzzle adventure strikes a spark in my little soul in the same way as Ico and Tequila Works’ Rime do. Mysterious, almost ethereal fantasy setting – check. Chance to actually walk around in that setting – […]

  • Play classic MS-DOS games on your own tweets

    In today’s episode of “what will they think of next”, someone’s figured out how to post playable versions of classic games in tweets. For some time now, Twitter has allowed you to embed various forms of media in tweets, most noticeably YouTube videos, simply by pasting a URL into the compose field. Turns out this […]

  • VR: Unreal Engine to add HTC Vive support

    The biggest digital PC game distributor and the most popular game development engine have both backed VR. It’s going to happen. An upcoming Unreal Engine 4 update will expand the development suite’s support to the HTC Vive, Valve’s VR headset. In this glorious new future where work on one of the most important engines in […]

  • WWE 2K15 PC supports modding

    WWE 2K15 may be the series’ PC debut, but it’s already getting into the spirit of the platform. WWE 2K15 does indeed support mods on PC, 2K’s Marcus Stephenson has confirmed. @ElementGamesTV you can. Now buy. — Marcus Stephenson (@stephensonmc) April 28, 2015 As Destructoid points out, this opens the door to all sorts of […]

  • Overkill’s The Walking Dead coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One in 2016

    Overkill’s The Walking Dead is one step closer to your grasping little paws. Overkill’s The Walking Dead will be published by 505 Games, Overkill parent Starbreeze has announced. 505 also published Payday 2, Overkill’s previous title, so the two companies have established a working relationship. In a press release, the publisher said the co-op title […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 pre-orders net Advanced Warfare DLC

    Buy Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 for later, enjoy bonus Advanced Warfare content now. Blacks Ops 3 is being supported by a rather cunning pre-order incentive even more likely to get you to lay your cash down sooner than you might otherwise. Gamespot reports a Black Ops 3 pre-order will receive a couple of […]

  • Steam Game Ban system lets developers determine who to block

    Steam users can now be blocked from individual games by their developers. Steam has always supported multiplayer bans for disruptive users, but a newly-implemented system allows developers to ban users from individual games using their own anti-cheat systems. Game Bans are enforced by Valve, but are enacted at the developer’s request and discretion. This change […]

  • Far Cry 4 devs matching Red Cross donations up to $100K to aid Nepal earthquake victims

    Far Cry 4 developer Ubisoft Montreal will match any pledges made to The Red Cross up to $100,000 to aid Nepal after the 7.8 earthquake struck the area in and around Kathmandu in Nepal. According to Ubisoft: “Having spent the last few years working on Far Cry 4, a game heavily inspired by Nepal and […]

  • Tales of Zestiria retail listing notes September release date, PS4 version

    Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, and while it’s confirmed as a PlayStation 3 release, a Dutch retailer has it listed as coming to PS4 as well. Of course, listing it for PS4 could also be a typo, not that I would personally know about that sort of thing, really. However, according […]