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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 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 […]

  • No Man’s Sky dev explains what you actually do in the game

    No Man’s Sky is simultaneously the most intriguing mystery and the most scary. Developer Hello Games is asked some questions and gives some solid answers. Eurogamer asked Hello Games’ Sean Murray a number of questions that are on everyone’s mind when they think about No Man’s Sky. The biggest one being, what do you actually […]

  • Dying Light physical release set for February 27, Be The Zombie mode goes free

    The release date for the physical version of Dying Light has been confirmed for Europe, along with the release dates for all regions. Dying Light developer Techland has confirmed that the PC version of the game will release digitally, worldwide, on January 27. The physical version and the digital PS4 and Xbox One versions will […]

  • Guild Wars 2 is $10 this weekend

    ArenaNet is offering Guild Wars 2 for $10 this weekend only, and hosting a double XP event during the same period. The regular and Digital Deluxe editions of Guild Wars 2 are both offered at 75% off this weekend. The regular edition can be yours for just $10 while the Deluxe is $15. The offer […]

  • Cyberpunk 2077 development still going, but the focus is on The Witcher 3, says dev

    If you’re dying to hear anything about CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077, you’ll be waiting a while still. The focus is on The Witcher 3 right now. Ever since Cyberpunk 2077′s announcement all the way back in 2012 developer CD Projekt Red has been really quiet about the sci-fi RPG. We’ve not seen any gameplay […]

  • Digital pet Animin gamecards get May release

    With AR being all the go, it might be worth checking out virtual pet Animin for iOS and Android. Game-cards for Animin, the virtual pet for iOS and Android, are set to appear at UK retail this May, the developers have announced. Animin sits on your touch device and does cute stuff. The little dude […]

  • You won’t need a new GPU for DirectX 12, except for some features

    Microsoft has clarified that while you’ll need a new GPU to get the full potential of DirectX 12, existing hardware will support it just fine. Microsoft’s Mike Ybarra said in a press meeting following the Windows 10 event that you will need a new graphics card to get “the full benefits” of DirectX 12. “There […]

  • Assassin’s Creed Victory: fans speculate over characters and locations

    Ubisoft has not yet started talking about Assassin’s Creed: Victory, so some eager fans are speculating about everything they can just from those leaked screens. A very popular thread right now on the Ubisoft forums attempts to gather fans’ specualtion about characters, events and story of Assassin’s Creed: Victory. What followed was quite a lot […]

  • This is what co-op looks like in Dying Light

    Dying Light’s cop-op mode has been given a short demo by developer Techland. Dying Light supports drop-in/ drop-out co-op for up to four players. The entire campaign is playable in co-op, and there are special co-op challenges. Watch as four members of developer Techland take on the game’s zombie apocalypse. Dying Light is out January […]

  • Get Saints Row 2, Saints Row: The Third and all DLC for $5

    Bundle Stars’ latest bundle packs Saints Row 2 and the complete Saints Row: The Third for $5. The Saints Row bundle is priced $5. It is live now and for another 14 days. It comes with Saints Row 2, Saints Row: The Third – The Full Package, which is basically the game plus all the […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for January 23, 24

    Xur: Agent of the Nine has made the trek to Destiny’s Tower for another week of business. Destiny’s Exotics vendor, Xur: Agent of the Nine has arrived at the Tower as per the weekly schedule. Xur will sell you Exotic weapons and armour pieces if you have the Strange Coins to afford it. He also […]

  • Bloodborne is getting two special edition PS4s in Japan

    Sony will launch two limited-edition, Bloodborne-themed PlayStation 4 bundles in Japan. Two bundles are available, one in black and another in white, complete with a controller and a headset. The hard disk cover is engraved with the title and the cover shot. Both bundles come with the collector’s edition release of the game, which was […]

  • Best Destiny videos of the week – Xur vs Cryptarch rap battle

    Destiny has once more produced a slew of entertaining, educational and occasionally baffling videos. Destiny players have repeatedly sparked crazes by exploiting the game’s little foibles – Sparrow surfing is one example. This latest one is kind of mysterious; I don’t know how it’s done, or why you would want to, but Hidden Reach has […]

  • The Sims 4 free for 48 hours with Origin Game Time

    The Sims 4 is the latest game to be offered free through Origin’s Game Time promotion. The Sims 4 is now free to download from Origin, granting you a 48 hour window to try it out and see if you want to pay for the full game. The free time starts counting as soon as […]

  • Check out Destiny’s new PvP mode, Doubles

    Destiny Crucible players can enjoy a new kind of PvP action with Doubles. Destiny may not be as PvP focused as some Halo fans were hoping, but Bungie is slowly ramping up Crucible support, starting with better Iron Banner events. Some time ago the developer promised to introduce experimental game modes, and the latest Bungie […]

  • Halo: New Blood novel launching digitally in March

    A new Halo novel will explore the backstory of Gunnery Sergeant Edward Buck. Halo: New Blood is a digital-first short novel launching on March 2. The 60,000 word novel was penned by Matt Forbeck, an award-winning author of many licensed fantasy and sci-fi publications. It’s an all-new story, but fans of Halo 3: ODST will […]

  • Destiny players purchased 1.1 million Ice Breakers last week

    Destiny players know what’s hot, and Exotic sniper rifle Ice Breaker is definitely warm. Destiny vendor Xur offered Ice Breaker for sale last weekend, much to the delight of everyone yet to find this terrific bit of gear. According to the latest Bungle Weekly Update, Xur sold 1,143,320 Ice Breakers. He left the tower with […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition nets GLAAD special recognition award

    Dragon Age: Inquisition has been honoured for its diverse representation by LGBT advocacy body GLAAD. Dragon Age: Inquisition will receive a special recognition award for “the many complex and unique LGBT characters prominently integrated throughout the game”. GLAAD doesn’t normally honour video games (maybe one day, if we ever have enough that deserve it), but […]

  • The Order: 1886 AR game is full of puzzles

    The Order: 1886 has spawned a new promotional website with lots of info to ferret out. Called The Order Exposed, the new site pertains to be the blog of a missing researcher, who had been hoping to uncover the secrets of the alternate history. This on its own is quite interesting but it’s also full […]

  • Grow Home is the next game to follow Child of Light, Valiant Hearts

    Ubisoft has announced another small passion project in the wake of the success of recent releases. Child of Light, Valiant Hearts: The Great War and Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon are all the products of a new initiative at Ubisoft where the publisher lets key developers rest after big triple-A projects by working on something […]

  • What mysterious reveal is Xbox teasing for May 4?

    Xbox is teasing something we’ll be waiting quite a while to learn more about. Xbox community manager Raj Patel tweeted the following earlier today: Hmm… pic.twitter.com/4wBGu6xsDc — Raj Patel (@Rajio) January 22, 2015 NeoGAF users spotted the morse code in the background of the image, which translates as follows: “Presented by Xbox, 10am PDT, 1pm […]

  • 2011 PSN hack class action settlement claim forms available

    PlayStation Network members affected by the 2011 hack and downtime can now claim part of a $15 million settlement. The PSN was down for months on end in 2011 following a major hack, which resulted in user details being compromised. Sony apologised and provided free games as compensation, but unhappy gamers banded together in a […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 has a true open world

    Final Fantasy 15 doesn’t just have “open world gameplay”, it has a true open world – one continuous stretch of environment. “The world is connected by continuous land,” director Hajime Tabata told Gamespot. “If those areas were disconnected, it would feel distant from reality. You’ll find that you’ll be able to walk or drive or […]

  • Suikoden, Suikoden 2 EU PSN release date locked down

    Suikoden and its first sequel will be available via the European PlayStation Network soon. Suikoden publisher Konami has confirmed a February 4 release date for the two RPG classics. CONFIRMED! #Suikoden I & II EU #PSN release date is FEB 4TH! http://t.co/ObOIvZDJAK pic.twitter.com/aM760R2Gez — Konami UK (@KonamiUK) January 22, 2015 It’s been a long wait […]

  • Dying Light physical release set for February 20, says Gamestop Italy

    Dying Light’s physical release has been delayed, but at least one European retailer thinks it knows what’s going on. Dying Light’s physical release date is February 20, according to Gamestop Italy. According to Tmag (Italian, via Google Translate), there’s been no response from local representatives of publisher Warner Bros. Although the digital release will take […]

  • Free online multiplayer update now available for Trials Fusion

    Online multiplayer is now available as a free update to Trials Fusion. The online component includes three new four to eight player multiplayer modes on PC, PS4 and Xbox One and up to four players on Xbox 360. These are the three new gameplay modes included with the update can be found through a previous […]

  • This video for indie survival horror Monstrum features all in-game footage

    Monstrum launches on Steam Early Access January 29 and today, you can have a look at a video for it featuring all in-game footage. Developed by Team Junkfish the survival horror game set on a derelict cargo ship which combines roguelike elements, such as procedurally generated levels and permadeath thanks to AI driven predators. Monstrum […]

  • Here’s quick look at Dead Rising: Watchtower starring Rob Riggle

    A short look at the film adaptation of Dead Rising has surfaced. Transformers director Lorenzo di Bonaventura headed the project and it was directed by Zach Lipovsky. It stars comedy actor Rob Riggle as Frank West, along with Academy Awards nominated actress Virginia Madsen (Candyman, Sideways), Dennis Haysbert (24), Meghan Ory (Once Upon a Time), and […]

  • A Kickstarter for Underworld Ascendant will launch next month

    OtherSide Entertainment, an independent games studio fronted by Paul Neurath, has announced it’s developing Underworld Ascendant. Neurath is the founder and CEO of the new studio ad his resume includes franchises such as Thief, System Shock and 1992′s Underworld Underworld. The studio hopes Underworld Ascendant will “innovate and revitalize” the fantasy genre. More details will […]

  • APB Reloaded heading to PS4 and Xbox One during Q2 2015

    APB Reloaded will indeed be heading to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One during late Q2 this year, which puts its release sometime around the end of June. Reloaded Productions announced in September 2014 it was working on bringing the free-to-play PC title to consoles during the Digital Media Wire event in New York City. The […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 2 -The Lost Lords arrives in February – video

    Release dates for Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series have been announced. A new video offering a “first look” has also appeared. Below is the story synopsis, which you may want to skip if you haven’t played Episode One. House Forrester is in disarray. Their liege lord and his heir are dead, and Ironrath […]

  • The open beta for Nosgoth has gone live

    Consider this a friendly reminder: the Nosgoth open beta has started. Announced last week, the open beta can be accessed through the official website. Once you link your Steam account, just log into the service and start downloading the client. Everyone that plays the tester will receive double XP through January 28. More information is […]

  • First gameplay footage of Homeworld Remastered Collection being shown this weekend

    Homeworld Remastered Collection news and the first gameplay footage of Gearbox Software’s remake will be revealed at PAX South this weekend. The news and video will be shown during the Inside Gearbox Software panel at 10.30am CST on Sunday. It will also be streamed on Twitch. Gearbox is hoping to have Homeworld Remastered released by […]