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Cardboard museum: the nostalgia of moving home

Wednesday, 24 April 2013 08:07 GMT By Dave Cook

It’s amazing what you can find when moving home. VG247′s Dave Cook takes stock of his forgotten gaming treasures as he heads back to Scotland, and reflects on the state of the industry today.

I’m in the process of moving back to Scotland after staying in England for over three years. Much has happened in the games industry during that time, and right now my flat is a maze of dusty cardboard boxes bound together with shoddily-cut packing tape.

Inside you’ll find several relics, such as the Mega Drive I’ve owned since 1990, my fledgling NES collection and two Streets of Rage 2 cartridges – just in case one of them breaks. Dusting these things off and packing them away really made me take stock of everything that has happened in the last few years.

I took a massive pay-cut to come to England in 2010 and give the old ‘games journalism’ thing a try after years of trying to break into the paid circuit. I started to see the industry in a new light and I’ve been lucky enough to have met many game developers I worshipped like gods when I was a kid. It was absolutely worth it.

Looking back I realise I was pretty ungrateful at the start. I took the free press trips for granted – I no longer accept them however – I viewed meeting game developers as just another unexciting part of the job, and I didn’t realise the implications of accepting free merchandise. To me it was just the done thing, one of the unspoken rules of the industry.

But over time – and thanks to the old Doritosgate meltdown last year – I can see how far I’ve come in terms of appreciating the job and how much the industry has changed.

I get now that taking freebies has implications and that it’s much better to act as independently as possible in the name of integrity. Truth be told, the job just got me excited to the point of honest, genuine ignorance. In short, I was an aloof idiot.

The industry really has moved on in many ways, and I was reminded of this constantly as I taped up all my eBay spoils. All of my 16-bit cartridges alone took up two pretty hefty boxes, which is a problem you don’t get on Nintendo’s Virtual Console and other digital channels. Where once I cherished these pieces of plastic like future unborn sons I now viewed them as a cumbersome annoyance.

Be it age, or just the fact that I’m getting used to my lovely digital libraries I really didn’t feel that emotionally attached to my boxed copy of Vagrant Story any more. I could happily bin the box and keep the disc, or worse still flog it on eBay back whence it came. I didn’t go through with it though.

Then I started to imagine how the rest of you felt about this issue. As publishers seem hell-bent on re-releasing the meat of their back catalogues on digital platforms, is there a chance that the physical boxes really are losing relevance? I used to laugh off this notion until I binned all of my current-gen boxes in favour of a single, easily-stored CD wallet.

It didn’t hurt to do that as much as it might have done – say – five years ago. Seriously, if you tried to prize the Dreamcast out of my hands in 2008 you would have found the corner of my Power Stone box lodged in your eye. But now, in all honesty I don’t care any more. I really don’t.

That’s not to say the games themselves have lost their value, as I’ve said many times on this site that I’m one of the least-cynical game critics you could ever meet. Seriously, the slight hint of a teaser trailer for some new project gets me bouncing in my seat like a moron. The hard fact is that I love games.

If that’s the case then shouldn’t I be more cut up about binning all my game boxes? Probably, but perhaps this is the digital, switched-on world we live in now? Perhaps it’s OK to part ways with the past and look towards new, exciting things in the future?

As I thumbed through my CD wallets full of old PSone games that I scrimped and saved for over the years since my teens, I realised that it’s not the box I’m attached to, or even the disc itself. But it’s the memories attached to the experience that I’ll never forget.

Be it on a physical disc or delivered through the wire over Steam, I truly believe that no matter what happens to the games industry in these volatile times, the experience is the one constant that will always make this hobby – and the industry that provides it – such an incredible phenomenon to be a part of.

I feel lucky to be here.

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21 Comments

  1. Brenna Hillier

    I think I’m gonna sell all my less-rare games next time I move; if I can get it on Steam or the PSN, why hold onto it?

    I would like to bin all the cases and just keep the discs, but I’ve always really loved the way my games line up on the shelf, and it seems a shame to deny another fan the chance to take on my collection if they want to.

    After four international moves in the last decade, plus god knows how many domestic ones, I’m really over carting around my games for the memories in the boxes and manuals. I can always load up FF7 on my Vita and rediscover the memories in my brain.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. salarta

    @1: “I think I’m gonna sell all my less-rare games next time I move; if I can get it on Steam or the PSN, why hold onto it?”

    Depends on your priorities and interests. You can get them on Steam or PSN, sure, but there are a few things to consider. Will the game remain accessible and compatible with your hardware well into the future on Steam or PSN? What if you lose your internet connection and want to play the game at that point (we’re assuming there will be no ludicrous always-online requirement for other concerns)? And then of course, there’s purists, for whom playing it on a different control scheme that the original one just isn’t the same.

    As you said, you’re talking about doing this for less rare games, so maybe none of these are that big of a concern. But while today we can’t imagine Steam or PSN ever going away, times do change things, and companies that were huge do eventually go under. And there’s one more element to keep in mind: passing the game on to someone else, perhaps a son or daughter. You can give them a game disc, and they can get hardware for it or something to rip the software from the disc. You wouldn’t be able to pass a digital game on to them unless the company is perfectly fine handing it down in that manner, but even then we go back to access to the games being reliant on Steam or PSN staying in operation for a long, long time.

    Western culture has gotten stuck in the mindset of instant gratification consumer behavior, without considering long-term effects. I’m not saying physical media is the only acceptable form, I’m only saying that the decisions between physical or digital should keep in mind issues like future accessibility and if it’s important enough to be passed on through generations. Even the most famous material can stop getting re-released over time. There are movies out there that were put out on VHS and have never received a DVD or Blu-Ray re-release, for example.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Stace Harman

    I’ve come to bemoan the utter waste of physical components of retail PC games whose Steam activation renders the packaging and physical media redundant.

    Conversely, I’ve found that I’ve developed a growing appreciation of well constructed collector’s editions that offer more than DLC or a hefty piece of physical merchandise. Off the top of my head, the CEs of The Witcher 2, Halo ODST, Fallout 3 and Machinarium all tap into the lore of their worlds and offer physical bits and pieces that appeal to me. I’ve also developed a bit of a thing for video game art books.

    In this sense, I’ve replaced an attachment to one lot of physical media for an attachment to another lot of even bulkier items.

    I think I’m doing it wrong.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. friendlydave

    “is there a chance that the physical boxes really are losing relevance?”

    Probably, but I hope not. I have always gone for a physical copy over digital.

    I just love having all my games on display. To me the box, manual cover are just as much a part of the game as the content on the disc/cartridge. The only downside is I’m running out of space ^^

    #4 2 years ago
  5. BraveArse

    I’m finding myself more and more accepting of digital downloads for most media. The waste issue is actually a really big one with me, although I do still like to feel that I own a thing, even if it’s just digital.

    There was a time when my happiest days were spent browsing the wonderful shelves of FOPP ( Rose St was my main one ) for my music and videos. Now I’ll happily stream my music through Spotify, Grooveshark et al. Although I’ve recently started buying albums in digital form again, as I felt I was turning music into a grab bag, rather than appreciating the album itself.

    I’ll rent movies online, and love Netflix. I’m currently ripping my DVD collection to my HDD because it takes up so much physical space, it just needs to be boxed and stored away. Buy I still won’t /buy/ a movie online, because of the proprietary formats they come in.

    I’ve ditched most physical books in favour of Kobo ( not proprietary ), save for reference books and photo books which I think will always look far better in print. Magazines, I’m still struggling with digital versions of those. But I’m sure I’ll make the switch soon.

    Games have resisted longest. But they’re crumbling now. Mostly because of Plus. My broadband speed is such now that it’s quicker to download than go to the shop. Especially with Fife ( where I live ) pretty much having nothing except GAME to buy from now and Edinburgh not being much better. It’s something that even last year, I was quite strongly against, so the turnaround has been very fast in my case.

    I agree with Stace though. Collectors editions still make my wallet twitch, but then I was a designer so nice packaging and design will always get me. :)

    #5 2 years ago
  6. viralshag

    I’ve already started replacing older games from this gen with the Steam versions. I have never had a problem with digital purchases and in fact, I would say I much prefer them.

    I love on-demand services like renting movies from Virgin or using Netflix. Owning cases and discs of things that will not get contantly used is becoming a pain for me.

    That said the one thing I haven’t come around to yet is e-books. I will take the feel of a book in my hands over my iPad or a Kindle any day of the week.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. BraveArse

    @6

    Yeah, I know you mean re ebooks. I can’t persuade my Mrs to give them a try at all. She practically hisses at my kobo. =) It’s taken me a while to come round to the idea, but now it’s up there with Spotify et al, as a part of my daily life.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. friendlydave

    @6 I agree with books too, seeing people with kindles or reading magazines on a tablet really bugs me, Although outside of Art/Work related books I don’t own that many myself.

    Music and Films I have no problem with digital. I sold my DVD collection as soon as broadband was available in our area. Likewise with music. Games to me are more than Entertainment so that’s probably why I’m pretty attached to the physical versions.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. viralshag

    @7,8, I reckon I will eventually come around to the idea of e-books. Maybe if I got something smaller than my iPad, like a Kindle. I won’t deny that I see the obvious ease of carrying a book collection with you, I just like the feel of books.

    And the content of the case has always been more important to me than the actual case itself, so I’ve never been that attached to most of the newer tech. I’m sure I still have my SNES knocking about though, and perhaps the original Gameboy but that’s purely for childhood nostalgia.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. ps3fanboy

    when things goes 100% digital the memory most of people have for older systems will be gone in the future. newer generation of gamers will not feel attached to gaming like dave here. reason for this is the physical object where you can touch and smell. without having this the newer generation of gamers, will have no attachment of their earlier systems and its games. it is just how we humans are build, its the physical object that we once had that created the memories.

    you can just look at music when it did go digital and most of the people didnt care anymore. now we have brought back the vinyl again and even if the music scene are shattered it is getting better and better.

    the sames goes for real books too, the digital books you read on your ipad, is not the same… you cant replace the smell and feel of a fresh printed book or a old one for that matter…

    only thing i see that did okay when getting to the digital age was movies. the move from vhs tapes to dvd and then blu-ray.. but that is as far it will go… most of us want to own their favorite movies, than watching it on a rented cable tv…

    as a publisher or record company i hope they have learned. the short and easiest and costless route will only hurt you in the end. it all about the physical object where you can touch and smell. to get people attached to your product.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. silkvg247

    I sold off a load of rare RPG like panzer dragoon saga some time ago. It was a little painful boxing them up and sending them off, but I have to say I haven’t missed them since.

    I still have a few ps1 classics to sell on if we have any collectors here.. ;)

    #11 2 years ago
  12. ps4some

    I think it’s an age thing. I used to keep all my games but now I always trade mine in and never have more than 4 or 5.

    The problem with digital is you can’t trade them in.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. DeyDoDoughDontDeyDough

    Isn’t it great that we’re all better people now?

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Dave Cook

    @13 well, some of us ;)

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Samoan Spider

    I was once the same. A huge collection of game boxes all stored carefully but now I have an almost entirely digital collection on the PC and my consoles went a few weeks back. Certainly since I was younger I have gone from hoarding games and their packaging to a distinctly minimalist approach and I not unhappy about that. But as far as sanity is concerned, there’s no way that I could have the huge boxes each with a half dozen or so 5.25″ or 3.5″ floppies or CD’s/DVD’s knocking around all over the house.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Len

    Sold my whole collection going back 30 years when we bought a new place 3 years back (I was such a hoarder) – most liberating thing ever. Kept 10 – 15 titles with the best memories attached and made enough money to buy a new uber pc. :)

    They were just cluttering up the place anyway, thoroughly recommend it to everyone.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. OlderGamer

    I also think age plays a role.

    When we are younger we identify ourself with the games we play. It is as much of our image as the clothes we were. But as you get older, you start to care less about that trivial stuff. If the clothes fit, are neat and clean, and you look decent…good enough. I don’t freat over what label is on the back of the pants I wear anymore. I also don’t care to continualy stock my shelves with new boxes. Not like it actualy impresses anyone anyways.

    So long as I get to play the games I enjoy, I am happy.

    I am very leary about PSN and XBLA and Wii/U VC. Because once those systems are retired those digital offerings(esp the ones requiring online authetication to work) will be gone. So In a sense it is like throwing money away. Steam, however, I don’t feel like it is going anywhere any time soon. But then again where older games are concerned and PC is mentioned, you have to consider emulation.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. friendlydave

    @17 Although I disagree with your example, [I can't speak for others but I did not go around waving my games about as a form of identity] I do agree with your overall point about age being a factor, I’ve found that I’ve started to care less about a lot of things as the years go by.

    There’s also the difference between someone who simply buys a lot of games and has kept them over the years compared to someone who actively seeks out and collects games.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Stephany Nunneley

    With older systems I still have my Intellevision and all the games my Mom and I played on them as well as my Atari 2600 with two games left. No idea where the others went.

    I still have my non-working SNES (4 games) N64 (8 games) my GameCube (2 games) my Xbox (4 games) my PS2 (10 games). You will have to pry my pre- Wii Zelda games out of my cold dead hands if you want them.

    My Sega and Gameboy (non color) and all the games that I got for them were sold in “my parents are getting divorced so we’re having a yard sale” type event.

    Most of my last and current-gen games were traded in, but I still have a whole drawer full of 360 and PS3 games I will probably never play again, so I should probably head to GameStop with them. I just feel they are worth more than $2 each though. I am probably wrong, but they won’t fetch a thing on eBay so I will hold on to them for a while.

    I have a rather large box full of PC game boxes in the closet as well. Should probably go through it – no one uses floppies anymore anyway (do they even make the drives anymore?). Plus, with the discs, I don’t want to try and get my PC to run a Windows 98 game anyway no matter how much I love Titan Quest etc.

    I find I play on PC more than anything anymore – with the exception of Dishonored, Borderlands 2, Far Cry 3 and BioShock Infinite on PS3. Everything else was bought through Steam, and has yet to be played. I can’t figure out why I haven’t even installed 3/4 of the games I bought through the service. I just don’t have much free time anymore I guess, and what time I do have, I want to spend it unwinding in front of the TV with a cider.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. viralshag

    Jeez, maybe I should get rid of my patterned Voi and Moschino jeans… What about my Ben Sherman shirts and Reebok Classics?

    /pukes ;)

    #20 2 years ago
  21. aleph31

    @Dave: be careful if you decide to sell your stuff. Before something becomes a relic / antiquity, it must spend a lot of time being considered an old and obsolete crap. Maybe in 25 years you could regret it (just don’t apply this reasoning to everything, or you will end up with diogenes syndrome :) )

    #21 2 years ago

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  • The Whispered World follow up now coming to PS4, too

    Deadalic’s gorgeous-looking adventure Silence has been confirmed for a fourth platform. Originally announced for Mac and PC with an Xbox One port one revealed at a later date, Silence is now on its way to PS4 as well. All versions are due later this year. Silence is Deadalic’s first multi-platform release and in my mind […]

  • Mythbusters to tackle DOOM this weekend

    DOOM is the subject of the next episode of Mythbusters. Having been airing for over ten years now, Mythbusters has pretty much run out of myths to bust, which is why we find ourselves in 2015 with an episode dedicating to answering the question “could DOOM be real?” Bethesda has rveealed that the January 31 […]

  • Destiny hosting a Bungie Bounty – go go go

    Destiny players have a chance to take down Bungie employees in return for one of the most exclusive vanity items in the game. Destiny’s Bungie Bounties usually feature guests from the community, and today’s event is no exception. Joining Bungie community manager David “Deej” Dague are several members of Bungie.org, the developer’s most staunch fan […]

  • Elite: Dangerous developer issues lay-offs

    Elite: Dangerous team Frontier Developments has had to let staff go. At least 15 staff have been laid off from the developer’s Halifax studio. According to an investor update, this decision will allow Frontier to focus its efforts at its primary studio in Cambridge, England. “With its business emphasis now on two major self-published franchises, […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition tavern songs free for a limited time

    Dragon Age: Inquisition tunes can be yours for the bargain price of zero cashmoney. The tavern songs from Dragon Age: Inquisition will be made available for purchase from various digital distributors sometime after February 9. Until then, though, you can have them for free – including their sheet music. To take advantage of this generous […]

  • Even the Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 teaser is frightening

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is probably going to be just as tense and uncomfortable as its two prequels. This teaser for Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is the first we’ve heard of the project since creator Scott Cawthon confirmed it is in the works. The third entry in the series is now up on […]

  • 6.6 million Xbox consoles shipped last quarter

    Xbox One and Xbox 360 console sales were strong last quarter, although Microsoft isn’t talking hard numbers yet. Microsoft shipped 6.6 million Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles to retailers in the quarter ending December 31, the company revealed in its latest financial briefing. This figure wasn’t broken down by platform, and Microsoft didn’t supply […]

  • Homeworld Remastered Collection: five minutes of b-roll footage

    We may not have proper, uncut gameplay footage of the Homeworld Remastered Collection, but we have the next best thing. Homeworld Remastered Collection was confirmed to release on February 25. Gearbox has only showed a trailer, but no extended gameplay demos. There was however a b-roll video showing at PAX South, and we’ve embedded it […]

  • Grim Fandango Remastered looks sharp in these new screens

    Grim Fandango will come back from the dead with the Remastered edition, and it’s looking great. Grim Fandango Remastered has a few new screens available to prove that even old games can look stunning with the right remaster, especially ones with an already well-defined art style. Have a look at them below and get excited. […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: beta weapons, maps, modes, progression system and more

    The Battlefield Hardline beta will include a third new map and a new game mode, on top of what’s already announced. You may remember last week DICE started a community mission for all Battlefield 4 players. The goal was to reach 2 billion points playing Rush mode. That goal has been achieved and as a […]

  • Dying Light launch trailer is one last display of its forte

    The launch trailer for Dying Light is here one day ahead of the game’s release. Techland and Warner Bros. have put out the launch trailer for Dying Light. The trailer is a short reminder of the game’s main selling points: free-running, weapon crafting, drop-kicking zombies. Reviews should start to come out tomorrow for the game […]

  • Watch The Witcher 3 developers stream new gameplay on Twitch

    The Witcher 3 developer CD Projekt RED is hosting a Twitch live-stream to show off brand new gameplay footage and answer some fan questions. The live-stream will start at 7:00pm GMT, 2:00pm EST, 11:00am PST. It will show off plenty of new footage, some of which was shown only to the press so far. The […]

  • Finally, some screens for Final Fantasy 15

    Patience is a virtue and we finally have our hands on a few gameplay screens from Final Fantasy 15. There’s not a lot of them, but they show the impressive lighting and they’re all gameplay as far as I can tell, so take a look. There is no release date for Final Fantasy 15 as […]

  • Here’s 15 minutes of gameplay from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in 1080p

    The Witcher 3 has a new direct-feed, 1080p video available that’s 100% gameplay. Would you like some gameplay of The Witcher 3 in beautiful 1080p? Why, of course you would! The gameplay below shows combat, conversations, travelling. In short, it’s a small sample of everything the game will offer. If you’re looking to learn much […]

  • Two Mortal Kombat X characters to be revealed this week

    Mortal Kombat X will get not one, but two character reveals this week. Mortal Kombat creator Ed Boon has been at again on Twitter, teasing all kinds of reveals over the past few days. Firstly, Boon tweeted this image, which at first glance appears to show a character holding a bow. However, further examination by […]

  • Planetside 2 successfully claims the Guinness World Record for biggest FPS battle

    The Planetside 2 community has successfully organised an online battle involving over 1000 players, breaking the previous Guinness World Record. The event, which was organised by Planetside Battles was pitched to the community last week. 1,158 players have answered the call, smashing the record for “Most Players Online in an FPS Battle.” The previous 999 […]

  • Microsoft aiming for Xbox One-to-PC streaming to function while you watch TV

    Streaming Xbox One games to PC while you watch TV on the console through the HDMI pass-through is something Microsoft is hoping to achieve when the service launches with Windows 10. Microsoft’s Phil Spencer has been on Twitter answering fan questions following last week’s Windows 10 event. One interesting bit that came out of those […]

  • Everything we know about The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is sure to be one of the biggest RPGs of the year, due for release in May on PC, Xbox One and PS4. Delayed since its target release of 2015, CD Projekt Red’s latest game takes the series to a true open world environment, and charges the player with tracking […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beta date leaked – rumour

    According to an email sent to some YouTubers, the upcoming beta for Battlefield Hardline is scheduled for February 3. The date for the Battlefield Hardline beta is believed to be February 3. It comes from an email that’s been sent by Ronku to various YouTubers reminding them of the starting date, February 3. Ronku is […]

  • The history of The Witcher: beyond the Road With No Return

    We take a look at The Witcher franchise, from the original short stories to its blockbuster video games. The world was first introduced to Geralt through a set of short stories called The Witcher (English translation) written by author Andrzej Sapkowski. The first short story was published in the Polish fantasy and science fiction magazine […]

  • Bringing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to life

    In The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, CD Projekt RED takes a whopping enormous map and fills it with stuff you actually want to see and do. Do you remember back before Oblivion came out there was a lot of chat about how much more lifelike and realistic the NPCs would be? Rather than just hanging […]

  • The big Witcher 3 questions answered: delays, playing as Ciri, and why enemies don’t scale

    Spending some time with The Witcher 3 level designer Miles Tost we were able to put some of our immediate questions to him after playing the game for over 4 hours. “That sense of improvement doesn’t happen if the monsters around you remain the same strength, there’s no sense of achievement.” Tost is a relaxed […]

  • The Witcher 3 sets a new generational standard for graphics

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the new standard in outrageously pretty. “The Witcher 3 is more than just eye-candy. Destiny, once the loveliest thing I had ever looked upon, has been outclassed.” The Witcher 3 is even better looking than the screenshots would have you believe, and until you see it in motion, running […]

  • The Witcher 3: hands-on with the RPG of the year

    Getting to know a bawdy hero; Geralt of Rivia’s third outing is accessible, untamed, and dripping with story. Warning: some spoilers are inevitable. “The Witcher 3 is horror and violence. It’s charming, witty and cheeky. Like Geralt, it knows what it wants and it’s going to grab it with both hands.” The Witcher 3: Wild […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel gets Lady Hammerlock DLC tomorrow

    The Lady Hammerlock DLC for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will be released on PS3 and Xbox 360 tomorrow, January 27. The new playable character comes with three skill trees and the action skill Cold As Ice. If you haven’t bought the season pass for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel you can download the DLC for $9.99, you lucky […]

  • A limited edition 20th Anniversary PS4 just sold for $128,000

    Sony has just auctioned one of its limited edition 20th Anniversary PS4 consoles for over $128,000. The model had the serial number 00001, according to the Wall Street Journal. “We appreciate all who participated in the auction and are surprised at the highest bid price, which was higher than our expectations,” said a rep for […]

  • Here’s Killer Instinct’s new Omen and Golem fighters in action

    Microsoft has revealed Killer Instinct Season 2′s fighter Omen in a new trailer. Stick around for the end of the video and you’ll also get a peek at another new fighter, Golem. Omen is a bonus character and as such isn’t available as part of the main season roster. He’s available for free to Ultra […]

  • Digital copies of Far Cry 4 are being deleted from Uplay

    Ubisoft appears to be deleting copies of Far Cry 4 bought through digital third-party retailers. According to the Ubisoft support forums, copies of the game acquired via G2Play and G2A are being removed from Uplay. Users had not been given any warning by publisher Ubisoft that the game will be removed, although it is now […]

  • Gearbox wants “badass” talent for the next Borderlands

    Borderlands 3 may not have been announced at PAX this weekend, but studio boss Randy Pitchford is currently recruiting for the next game in the series. We are recruiting for next Borderlands. This is the big one. Industry badass? E-mail me: heyrandy@gearboxsoftware.com pic.twitter.com/ZG9dLytX1B — Randy Pitchford (@DuvalMagic) January 26, 2015 A recruitment push would suggest […]

  • Destiny: less grind, fairer economy in House of Wolves DLC

    Destiny developer Bungie has said it aims to lessen the grind in House of Wolves, and it won’t repeat mistakes it made with rewards in The Dark Below. Gear rewards will be fairer, according to lead designer Luke Smith in a Neogaf thread. For example, buying from a vendor should not invalidate gear rewarded for […]

  • Halo: The Master Chief Disaster

    Over two months since release and Xbox One’s big Christmas game is still a turkey, says Rich Stanton. “The game has now been available for two-and-a-half months, including the blockbuster Christmas season, and by any reasonable standard it doesn’t work.” Halo: The Master Chief Collection launched worldwide on November 11, 2014. Intended as something of […]

  • Homeworld Remastered Collection dated, first gameplay footage released

    Homeworld Remastered Collection has a release date, and as promised, the gameplay footage of Gearbox Software’s remake has been released along with the news that Homeworld Shipbreaker development continues. The video was shown during the Inside Gearbox Software panel earlier this morning at PAX South. Last year, Gearbox had said hoped to release the title […]

  • Clock Tower spiritual successor Night Cry has landed on Kickstarter

    The Kickstarter for Clock Tower spiritual successor, Project Scissors, recently announced as Night Cry, has launched. A teaser directed by The Grudge director Takashi Shimizu was released for the game earlier this month, and the full short film can be viewed below. Shimizu is also creative director on the project and Silent Hill creative and environment […]

  • Toukiden Kiwami mission trailer released, pre-order bonuses detailed

    Pre-order bonuses for Toukiden Kiwami have been announced for PlayStation 4 and Vita. Here’s the pre-order bonus list for each participating retailer: North America GameStop – Armor inspired by new slayers Reki and Soma’s costumes and classic armor from Toukiden‘s six original NPC slayers. Amazon – 2 exclusive pieces of armor: a set of Tenko […]

  • More Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Final Fantasy 15 info doled out by Tabata

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD director Hajime Tabata took part in a Reddit AMA yesterday, and answered a variety of questions pertaining to the game and Final Fantasy 15. According to Tabata, the first playthrough of the game will last around 40 hours, but “the real fun” starts from the second playthrough which contains new events. […]

  • This video gives you an idea of what Borderlands Online is like

    A video for Borderlands Online, the China-exclusive title from 2K, Shanda Games and Gearbox, has been released. Posted on MMO Culture, the video was released to announce the “technical test” which started today. Borderlands Online is an instance-based online shooter, and will probably never reach western shores. Still, you can have a look anyway.

  • Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns is the MMO’s first expansion

    The first expansion for Guild Wars 2, Heart of Thorns, was announced today during PAX South, and ArenNet has posted a few content details for it on the official webiste. Heart of Thorns contains a reimagined progression with the new Mastery system, which provides new training opportunities for characters beyond level 80. Players will be […]

  • Turn-based action platformer Ronin has been polished up, nets a publisher

    Tomasz Waclawek has polished up his freeware title Ronin and will be releasing it through publisher Devolver Digital later this year. The turn-based action platformer stars a vengeful ninja who is determined to kill important memebers of a powerful corporation. Weapons at your disposal include razor wire and a katana, or you avoid combat by […]

  • Footage of cancelled Justice League brawler surfaces

    Footage of the cancelled Double Helix-developed Justice League brawler has surfaced online. The game was supposed to be a tie-in title for the also cancelled Justice League film directed by George Miller, according to leaked images and information from 2012. Jon Gwyn, the game’s artist and now Rockstar San Diego staffer, said at the time […]

  • Free Icona Vulcano DLC for DriveClub releases next week

    Sony has posted a video of the Icona Vulcano, which will be released as DLC next week for DriveClub. The video was posted on Facebook and we’ve embedded the video below courtesy of GamesHQMeida. It was announced earlier this week the Icona Vulcano would be released on the PS Store as a free download.

  • The Bard’s Tale 4 announced by inXile Entertainment at PAX South

    The Bard’s Tale 4 was announced today by inXile Entertainment CEO Brian Fargo during a panel at PAX South. inXile hinted around back in December that a sequel was in the works. Granted, The Bard’s Tale wasn’t mentioned. Still, everyone figured this was the game when Wasteland 2 project lead Chris Keenan stated the team […]

  • Here’s another Majora’s Mask 3DS vs N64 comparison video

    Last week, YouTube user Master0fHyrule uploaded a Majora’s Mask 3DS vs N64 comparison video, and we’ve embedded it for you below. The video shows 4.5 minutes of footage which appears before hitting the start button and the first meeting between Link and the Skull Kid. Another comparison video was released by another user back in […]

  • The Game Awards 2015 already in the planning stages

    The Game Awards 2015 are already in the planning stages, according to Geoff Keighley. The inaugural show took place on December 6, 2014. Keighley announced the 2015 show during his Storytime with Geoff Keighley panel at PAX South this weekend and through Twitter. He said more details will be announced in the spring. You can […]

  • Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered listed for January release

    It looks like Quantic Dream’s Indigo Prophecy is returning in remastered form next week, if an Amazon listing is any indication. According to the listing posted on NeoGAF, the uncut version of the game contains Steam DRM and will release January 29 at 12pm PST/3pm EST for a Linux, Mac and PC download. Titled Fahrenheit: […]

  • Indie Flash Sale kicks off on North American PS Store

    The North American end of the PlayStation Store is hosting a Flash Sale a beefy list of indie games and some films. The sales includes titles such as Resogun, Shadow Warrior, The Unfinished Swan, FEZ, Costume Quest 2, Joe Danger, Brothers: a Tale of Two Sons, and more for up to 80% off. The full […]

  • The Witcher 3 Twitch stream to show 15 minutes of new gameplay footage

    New The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt gameplay footage will be shown Monday, January 26 on GOG.com’s Twitch channel. Along with the footage, the developers will be answering questions from the community as well as providing commentary on the gameplay being shown. Live questions posted via Twitter chat will be answered by senior gameplay designer Damien […]

  • Borderlands 3 information teased for tomorrow’s Gearbox PAX South panel

    During PAX South this weekend, Gearbox Software is hosting a panel titled Inside Gearbox Software which will provide “the latest news and updates on Borderlands and upcoming Gearbox titles.” Yesterday during Gearbox’s panel called Question and Answer Time, CEO Rady Pitchford was asked “when or if” fans can expect Borderlands 3. “I’ll tell you what,” […]

  • Best Buy cancels multiple pre-order units of Limited Edition Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL

    Multiple sources reported overnight Best Buy has cancelled some pre-orders for the Limited Edition Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL. As of press time, it appears to only affect those who pre-ordered more than one system. Only one system was allotted per order, so the cancellation notices were sent out to comply with the restriction. Those […]

  • Rob Huebel is your KillCameraman in this CoD: Advanced Warfare video

    A live-action video for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Havoc has been released by Activision. Subtitled: Randall Higgins: KillCameraman gives you a look at the action from a different perspective. In the video, Higgins is played by comedic actor and writer Rob Huebel (Children’s Hospital, Parks and Rec, The Mindy Project). The first DLC […]

  • Xbox App features included with Windows 10 January build outlined

    The January build of the Windows 10 Technical Preview includes a basic version of the Xbox App announced earlier this week. With the initial preview release, the team at Microsoft wanted to only include the basics such as high resolution monitor support along with keyboard and mouse input. Additional functionality will be released with each […]

  • Standalone version of DayZ has sold 3 million units

    The standalone version of DayZ sold 3 million units, Bohemia Interactive has announced. Release Just over a year ago on Steam Early Access, the milestone was hit yesterday. The standalone version was created by Dean Hall as a Arma 2 modification which has been updated 24 times since its initial release. In 2014, the development […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt video shows gameplay clips, global hands-on events

    CD Projekt has released a video for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, giving a glimpse of gameplay and noting that hands-on impressions of the game will be bombarding the Internet next week. We’ll have extensive coverage of The Witcher 3 on Monday Jan 26 at 3pm GMT. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is coming to […]

  • Microsoft looking into possible HoloLens support for PC, Xbox One

    Microsoft’s HoloLens may be a dedicated device, but the company is obviously looking into how it could be used with PC and Xbox One. Speaking with Polygon, Xbox boss Phil Spencer said should the stand-alone product become a success, “specific scenarios” on how it could be used with Xbox One are already being brainstormed. “We […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD video compares PSP graphics to PS4, Xbox One

    A video for Final Fantasy Type-0 comparing the upcoming console version of the game to the original PSP version has been released by Square Enix. While comparing PSP graphics to those of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One seems rather unfair, it’s worth a watch anyway. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD releases March 17 in North America […]

  • Payday 2′s The Bomb Heists and Dragan Character Pack released

    In case you forgot, The Bomb Heists and Dragan Character content packs for Payday 2 were released yesterday. The new heist pack is available for $6.99/€6.99/£4.99 and the Dragan character will run you $4.99/€4.99/£3.99 through Steam and other digital distribution sites. Here’s the details: The Bomb Heists A new contact, called the Butcher, brought to […]

  • Rockstar offers tips on scaling GTA Online creations to support 30 players

    Rockstar has posted a tutorial of sorts on how to edit your GTA Online’s creations to support up to 30 players. According to the developer, when selecting Load Creation, users will be able to access any previously published Jobs and edit them in any way they wish. Users can also increase the Maximum Players races […]

  • Video for Life is Strange shows you how to rewind time

    If you could rewind time, would you change the events of your day or leave things be? In Life is Strange, you will make this choice. In the developer diary below, Dontnot Entertainment touches upon the main character’s ability to rewind time. How Max’s ability works and originated is also discussed. The first episode of […]

  • Take a look at one of the historical battles in Total War: Attila

    The Creative Assembly has revealed historical battles for Total War: Attila and shown off one of them. In the latest episode of Rally Point, developer Creative Assembly takes a look at one of the nine historical battles that will be included in Total War: Attila when it launches next month. But before you see the […]

  • ARMA 3 video lists 33 of its features, teases upcoming expansion

    ARMA 3 is an impressive military simulator, but that’s not the only thing impressive about it. In fact, this video lists 33 of the game’s most notable features. ARMA 3′s latest video gives you a tour of many of its strengths. It goes over the number of vehicles, weapons and playable area. But that’s not […]