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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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    Speaking with Microsoft’s Major Nelson in his podcast, Gearbox Software boss Randy Pitchford stated Borderlands 2 has sold somewhere around the 12 million mark. As of August 2014, it was announced by Take-Two in its financial report the 2012 game had sold-in 10 million units. Pitchford noted in the podcast he learned of the figures […]

  • Broken Age releasing on PS4 and Vita same day as Act 2 on PC

    Double Fine Productions has announced it will release Broken Age on the PlayStation Store next month. Act 2 will also be released on PC. The full Broken Age adventure will release on PlayStation 4 and Vita on April 28 in North America and April 29 in Europe. It features cross-buy and cross-save. Broken Age Act […]

  • Star Citizen earned another $1 million within two weeks – total hits $76 million

    Star Citizen continues its funding streak with backers pumping another $1 million into the game’s development in the last two weeks. The total earned for the space sim has now reached $76 million ($76,015,532 to be exact) with 851,395 backers contributing to the staggering figure. Star Citizen’s latest update was version 1.1 which included two […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline top Media Create charts

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline were the big ticket debuts during the March 16-2 period in Japan, with each game claiming the top three slots on the Media Create charts, respectively. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD moved 92,094 on PlayStation 4, while Resident Evil Revelations 2 moved 73,373 units on […]

  • You can now learn English or Spanish on Xbox One with the Rosetta App

    Want to learn English or Spanish? Rosetta Stone has an App for that on Xbox One. According to the language teaching firm, Rosetta Stone’s Discover Languages, the new application teaches English and Spanish by way of immersive simulation. Users will virtually travel to learn vocabulary and grammar “necessary for real-world interactions.” Here’s how it works: […]

  • PayDay 2 and PayDay: The Heist have sold over 9 million units combined

    The PayDay franchise is a lucrative IP for Starbreeze and Overkill, as both games combined have sold over 9 million copies as of November 2014. The company has also sold over 8 million paid DLC packages since PayDay 2 was released in 2013 (via NeoGAF). In its Q2 half year report issued in February, net […]

  • Nintendo wants to “surprise” customers with NX, not expand upon existing hardware

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has firm wants to “surprise” players with its new NX system. Speaking in an interview with Nikkei, translated by Kotaku, Iwata wouldn’t go into details on the new system, but stated expanding on a current gaming system would be “dull.” “In the past few years, the idea of what [encompasses] a […]

  • Kojima Station show suspended

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

  • Watch Battle Royale for free this weekend on Xbox Live

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

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

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

  • PS Store Easter sale discounts MGS: Ground Zeroes, Far Cry 4, more

    The Easter Sale is live on the EU PS Store, with Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes for less than £10, FIFA 15 Deluxe Edition for £30 and other savings. Some of the PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita discounts are valid through April 8, other through April 15. PlayStation Plus members can also take an […]

  • Bloodborne video: how to unlock the first shortcut in Old Yharnam

    Here’s a video for Bloodborne players showing a quick way to unlock the first shortcut in Old Yharnam. It also provides a look at things you may have missed in Central Yharnam and The Sewers, courtesy of VaatiVidya. Don’t forget, we have guides posted for the game with more updates coming soon. Bloodborne released in […]

  • Bloodborne issue prevents summons at Vicar Amelia fight

    A Bloodborne bug has prevented players calling on help to take on one of the nasty early bosses. Bloodborne bosses are significantly easier to take down in co-op. Unfortunately, at least one of them is proving difficult to find help for – and not just because not many players have obtained the Small Resonant Bell […]

  • Mass Effect 3 on sale on EU PSN, but not free

    Mass Effect 3 is discounted on the European PSN, but it’s not free. Update 2: The option to add to cart now lets you choose between the free trial or full version. The full version is on sale for £6.49 or £5.84 for PlayStation Plus members. The free trial is of course is still available, […]

  • Elite: Dangerous Race to Elite winners announced, one player makes £10,000

    The winners of Elite: Dangerous’ Race To Elite competition have been announced, with one player receiving the grand prize of £10,000. Back when Elite: Dangerous launched, developer Frontier announced a competition that would award players to first reach Elite rank in trading, exploration, or combat, a prize of £1,000 each. The grand prize – £10,000 […]

  • GTA 5 Online Heists guide: How to make the most money with Special Bonuses and Elite Challenges

    You’re not hitting heists for the good of your health. Here’s how to max cash rewards. Money. GTA Online players love it. Greenbacks are the core of the entire experience, allowing you to buy the best weapons, vehicles and stupid haircuts. Heists, as promised, gives more opportunities than ever to earn serious cash, but once […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 coming tomorrow

    PlayStation 4 firmware 2.50, codenamed Yukimura, is due for release tomorrow, March 26. Firmware update 2.50 for PlayStation 4 will be launching tomorrow, March 26, Sony has announced. Codenamed Yukimura, the system update is promised to bring suspend/resume feature, trophy sync improvements, accessibility options, and much more. 2.50 has been in beta testing a while […]

  • GTA 5 Online Heists guide: adversary modes, daily objectives, free roam challenges and more

    Heists aren’t the only addition in GTA Online’s latest DLC – there’s a lot of content that can earn you big RP and cash payouts. GTA 5 Online Heists guide: adversary modes, daily objectives, free roam challenges While heists are the talking point and big payoff after more than a year of waiting, there’s a […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: what’s the best Police sniper rifle?

    What’s the best bolt-action, Police sniper rifle for the Professional class in Battlefield Hardline? Let us help you answer that question. As you’re probably aware, Battlefield Hardline weapons are class specific and faction specific. This makes deciding on a good weapon and loadout much harder than it was in Battlefield 4. Which is where Westie […]

  • Evolve 1.3 patch nerfs Wraith, adjusts Kraken

    Evolve is receiving a new patch that aims to put an end to the Wraith’s dominance. Evolve developer Turtle Rock outlined a few of the changes coming in patch 1.3. The patch brings balance changes to the monsters – mainly the Wraith – as well as other various changes to Hunters’ tools based on player […]

  • Bloodborne: watch the opening 40 minutes

    The opening minutes of Bloodborne really do set the stage for what’s to come. They’ll also help you decide if this game is for you. Arekkz Gaming has captured the first 40 minutes of Bloodborne. Complete with the opening cutscene, and the first few obstacles you’ll face. The video is commentary free, so wear headphones […]

  • YouTube will relaunch livestreaming service with focus on eSports and gaming – report

    According to industry sources, Google is preparing to relaunch YouTube’s livestreaming service with a focus on eSports and gaming. According to anonymous sources speaking to TheDailyDot, Google is planning to bring back YouTube’s livestreaming service. The company is said to have started recruiting around 50 engineers with experience in the field, “a pretty big statement […]

  • I think I’m too old for Final Fantasy 15

    Final Fantasy 15 was nine years in the making – and counting. Are we the same people we were in 2006? Final Fantasy 15: Episode Duscae A demo available for PS4 and Xbox One. Offers a couple of hours of gameplay. More if you jump over the borders. Bundled with Final Fantasy 15 Type-0 and […]

  • New multiplayer mode for Splatoon announced

    Nintendo has sent over three screenshots for Splatoon along with information on the Wii U another of the title’s multiplayer modes. Called Ranked Battle, it keeps track of each player’s online ranking. Splat Zones is one of the additional ways to play online in this mode. It differs from Turf War, which is the main […]

  • 2015 WoW Arena World Championship has a $250,000 prize pool

    Blizzard has announced the WoW Arena World Championship will culminate at BlizzCon 2015. World of Warcraft 3v3 Arena teams from around the globe will compete for spot at the 2015 WoW Arena World Championship and for a share in the $250,000 prize pool. Online qualifiers will be held for North America, Southeast Asia, Australia, New […]

  • The Crew two-hour demo now available in US, tomorrow in the UK

    Ubisoft has announced a free trial of its driving MMO The Crew will be available tomorrow, March 25 in the UK. It’s live today in North America. For current players, the Vintage Car Pack and Vintage Live Update, including a new PvP mode, are now available. The Vintage Car Pack included the Chevrolet Corvette C2 […]

  • Minecraft Mass Effect Mash-Up and Pattern Texture Pack out from today

    A Mass Effect Mash-up pack and the Pattern Texture Pack will release on PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita today in North America and tomorrow in Europe. The Pattern Texture Pack is also available for Xbox consoles today. The Mass Effect Mash-Up pack contains the Mars Facility from Mass Effect 3 plus textures and craftable items […]

  • The Talos Principle expansion pack Road to Gehenna announced

    An expansion for The Talos Principle has been announced titled Road to Gehenna. The expansion follows the narrative of Uriel, Elohim’s messenger, as he explores a “strange, hidden part of the simulation” on a mission of “mercy and redemption.” Uriel is attempting to free the souls of the damned “at all costs.” Road to Gehenna […]

  • Twitch Plays Pokemon finally catches ‘em all – even the rare Mewtwo

    Twitch Plays Pokemon players have captured all 151 original Pokemon which were included in a modified version of Pokemon Red, and this includes the rare Mewtwo. It took 39 days for Twitch players to catch ‘em all. Have a look at the impressive feat for yourself below. Thanks, Polygon.

  • GameStop will have limited units of Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL back in stock

    Those who missed out on the Limited Edition Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL will have another opportunity to purchase it outside of eBay. Tomorrow only, GameStop stores in the United States will have four units in stock, according to and internal memo sent to Kotaku. This is every store in the country, and again, only […]

  • Second phase of Fortnite closed Alpha launches today

    Fortnite’s second closed Alpha test will go live this afternoon, according to the official website. Those currently participating will have until April 14 to test the online aspects for 12 hours per day (noon -12am EDT). All progress from the previous Alpha test will be wiped, and other changes are listed in the patch notes. […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition: Jaws of Hakkon out now on PC, Xbox One

    As promised yesterday, the single-player DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition, Jaws of Hakkon, is now available on PC and Xbox One. It will run you or £11.99 or your regional equivalent. The new content expands the land of Thedas with mountainous regions and forests, and it is full of “vicious enemies.” Players will also be […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare trailer shows Ascendance gameplay

    Activision has released a new gamepay trailer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare to support the Ascendance DLC which releases next week. Ascendance, will release first on Xbox consoles March 31 and includes the next chapter of the Exo Zombies Saga, Infected, along with four new multiplayer maps: Perplex, Site 244, Climate and Chop Shop. […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight will be a digital only release on PC – report

    It appears Batman: Arkham Knight will not see a physical release on PC, according to ShopTo. The retailer was told by its buyer the Rocksteady game will only be released on PC in digital form. ShopTo is currently double checking the information. If accurate, it is unknown if this will be case in North America […]

  • Bloodborne patch focusing on load times, performance optimizations in the works

    A patch for Bloodborne which will address load times is in the works, Sony has said The load times were one of the issues noted in Digital Foundry’s report on the From Software title. Sony told Eurogamer the patch would also explore other issues as well. “The development team is currently exploring another patch for […]

  • Gearbox would “love” to have entire Borderlands collection on current-gen

    An Xbox One and PlayStation 4 version of the original Borderlands game is something Gearbox Software is interested in, according to studio boss Randy Pitchford. Speaking in the latest Major Nelson podcast, Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford said should Borderlands: The Handsome Collection prove successful, 2K Games might consider a current-gen version. “The fact that The […]

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood artwork shows the catacombs, dock, more

    Over the weekend we posted Wolfenstein: The Old Blood artwork along with news of a retail release in Europe. Today, we have better quality images of said artwork to share with you. Enjoy. The standalone prequel will be released digitally on May 5 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in North America, and digitally on […]

  • Slender: The Arrival terrorizes PS4 and Xbox One this week

    In case you forgot, what with Bloodborne out today and other high profile releases of late, Slender: The Arrival is out today on PlayStation 4 in North America. The scary game will arrive on Xbox One tomorrow, March 25, and in Europe on PS4. Slender: The Arrival is an expansion on the original Slender game […]

  • World of Warcraft’s WoW Token rollout slated after launch of patch 6.1.2

    Blizzard has announced it will start rollout its WoW Token option in the weeks following the launch of patch 6.1.2 on March 24. WoW Token allows players to exchange in-game gold for game time and vice versa. Blizzard will release WoW Token first in realms serving North America, Oceania, and Latin America and will expand […]

  • The Evil Within: The Consequence dated for April, teaser video released

    Part 2 of Juli Kidman’s adventure in The Evil Within will arrive next month with the release of The Consequence. Above is a brief teaser showing some of the “madness” Kidman will encounter. The Consequence will arrive on Tuesday, April 21 on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. European PlayStation players will […]

  • Bloodborne sometimes “struggles to run at a smooth frame-rate” per performance analysis

    Bloodborne has been analyzed by Digital Foundry and according to the report, even with a 30fps cap the game sometimes “struggles to run at a smooth frame-rate.” The game’s day-one 2.69GB update 1.01 is “essential” as it contains improvements to game performance and stability and the frame-rate tests run by Digital Foundry were in single-player […]

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection reviews round-up

    Borderlands: The Handsome Collection reviews are out in the wild so we decided to catch a few of them for you. Borderlands: The Handsome Collection is out today on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The collection packages Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel along with each game’s DLC content on one disc. Better graphics and […]

  • Evolve, Forza Horizon 2, WWE 2K15 are this week’s Deals with Gold

    Evolve, Forza 2 Horizon and WWE 2K15 are just some of the games which are part of this week’s Xbox Deals with Gold. You can also pick up the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Pro Edition for 20% off as well as the standard edition for 33% off. For the Xbox 360 crowd, there’s also […]

  • Xbox 360 2015 Spring Value bundles now available starting at $250

    Microsoft is offering a discount on three Xbox 360 bundles with prices starting at $250. The Xbox 360 2015 Spring Value bundles feature various content such as a Kinect, 500GB console bundle and one month of Xbox Live Gold. Xbox 360 500GB Spring Value Bundle: comes with Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare download and Fable […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege beta sign ups now open

    Ubisoft is letting everyone register for the upcoming Rainbow Six Siege closed beta. Rainbow Six Siege is due for a closed beta sometime this year. Ubisoft has opened registration to everyone. All you need to do is enter your preferred platform and log in using your Uplay account. You will be entered into a waiting […]

  • Advanced Warfare: Exo Zombies map Infection is creepy

    The upcoming chapter in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s Exo Zombies mode is called ‘Infection’ and Activision has been slowly revealing bits and pieces about it. A few teasers have been dropping ahead of Ascendance launch this month. The teasers are about the second episode in the Exo Zombie story, Infection. First off, the map. […]

  • This is the Bloodborne press kit in all its glory

    Bloodborne is a gorgeous game so it’s only fitting that the press kit it came in is a reflection of that. The pictures capture the many amazing bits of the Bloodborne press kit. A press kit is what’s usually sent to the reviewers alongside the review copy. They’re usually very ornate and almost all of […]

  • This Hearthstone turn is taking over 40 hours and you can watch it happen

    A very smart Hearthstone player has rigged his game to make one turn take over 40 hours, and it has been going for over 22 already. Hearthstone player Mamytwink set up a game against his friend to try and achieve the record for the longest turn in Hearthstone ever. Basically, Mamytwink set the game up […]

  • The Witcher 3: Geralt’s beard grows over time, but not Gandalf-long

    The beard of The Witcher 3 protagonist Geralt will grow over time, but you can trim it if you choose to. As part of a recently published impressions piece by German magazine Gamestar (translated by NeoGAF), The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt developers revealed that Geralt’s beard will in fact grow over time. Not content with […]

  • Sony mistakenly abandons Bloodborne trademark in the US

    The administration side of Sony Computer Entertainment has not been in the best of shapes recently. Sony has abandoned four game trademarks yesterday, one of which is for Bloodborne. The trademarks were all registered with US Patent and Trademark Office. All of the games trademarks pertain to unreleased games and Sony would’ve had to either […]

  • Payday 2 will be supported until 2017

    Payday 2 developer has announced that it will continue to support the game for the next two years. Payday 2 developer Overkill has revealed today that it’s planning to support the game until 2017. What this means is that more free content as well as paid DLC are in the works for release later. Payday […]

  • These are the top Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare weapons, according to the developer

    Based on their overall kill-to-death ratio, what are the best guns in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare? Developer Sledgehammer reveals the top 5. Sledgehammer’s Michael Condrey has revealed on Twitter the top 5 weapons in Advanced Warfare based on their overall kill-to-death ratio. Here’s the list: ARX-160 – Hole Puncher Ameli – Heavy HBRa3 – […]

  • H1Z1 has sold more than 1 million copies

    H1Z1 has already sold over 1 million copies on Steam. H1Z1 may still be in Early Access on Steam, but it has already sold more than 1 million copies. Daybreak president John Smedley announced on Twitter earlier. H1Z1 launched in January and instantly became a hit. The game has consistently been on Steam’s top 10 […]