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Bleszinski: next-gen console winner will embrace “connectivity, sharing, user content”

Saturday, 11 May 2013 20:55 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

When in comes to next-gen systems, Cliff Bleszinski feels Sony’s really embraced the indie and sharing scenes, and he’s really interested in what Microsoft has to show on May 21.

Speaking with Engadget in a wide-ranging interview, Bleszinski feels that other than better graphics, console manufacturers “who get it” will succeed if connectivity and user content is embraced.

“I think those who get it with the next generation will get the idea of connectivity and sharing and allowing the user to build the content,” he said. “I have a very good relationship with Microsoft, but [there are] a lot of TCRs you’d have to go through, all the stuff you’d have to go through to get your game on Xbox Live Arcade, or even issue updates on; it was a nightmare.

“They just announced that they’re doing some sort of presser with some of their future plans. I’m curious to hear some of them because it feels like Sony’s embraced a lot of that vibe thus far, as far as indie games go and whatnot. I feel like Sony’s really embraced that vibe, and [the] homebrewed and homegrown movement that’s really taken over, and what a cool thing that somebody in his garage made as a mod that is going to go viral tomorrow.

“Somebody I think posted a video at the top of Reddit of somebody [doing] a 50-limo race in Just Cause 2 and it was hilarious. Bugs notwithstanding, there’s a direct correlation between how great your game is and how many viral videos it can make. Honestly, whoever embraces that for this next generation of games on console is going to win.

“The other thing about next-generation consoles and whatever wins is it’s not just about having the better hardware; it’s also about what your ecosystem is. I mean, once you announce next-generation consoles, that’s pretty much [the start of] the death toll for people playing whatever generation is out there right now — because of a lot of us core gamers will not buy what’s out there right now because they’re saving their dollars for what’s coming next.

“Releasing a next-generation console into the upcoming market is still a decent risk because there are, like I said, more platforms than ever. Am I going to want another dedicated box? I’ll play the hell out of it, but will it catch fire? I don’t know if we’ll ever see the same level of success that the PlayStation 2 saw, which is one of the number-one-selling consoles of all time. So it’s a very risky endeavor right now. I’ll still check it out and play it.

“This generation’s ending with a whimper, not a bang, it feels like.”

Bleszinski also feels indies are using Kickstarter not only for funding their game, but just as as much for the community aspect and the PR which automatically comes from it.

“People don’t recognize Kickstarter is only one-third about the money. It’s also about the community; you get it instantly built and the PR marketing you get. You have “boom.” People invested their money, and now they care. They’re reading your updates,” he said.

“Here’s the thing about crowdsourcing and Kickstarter: I’ve mentioned this before, but I enjoy reiterating because it’s important to me. There was this controversial thing where there was a woman who was allegedly a millionaire or multi-millionaire, and she wanted to kick-start some money for her nine-year-old daughter for her to do her own video game and things like that.

“And the internet of course attacks her, and there was probably some weird misogynistic, you know, purpose behind it: ‘How dare she ask for crowdfunding money? She’s already a millionaire.’ And yet at the same time, nobody gets mad at Richard Garriott when he asked for a million dollars to do an Ultima-style game when he’s the guy who spent $30 million to go to space. And I love Richard, and I think he’s brilliant and he’s one of my development heroes.”

The interview can be read in full through the link, and it covers quite a few other subjects such as his investment in Oculus Rift, why he never developed games for Nintendo (“They never called.”), his opinion regarding “always on” amid the SimCity connection fiasco, and many many other things.

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22 Comments

  1. noamlol2

    microsoft new logo is really out of place…

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Templar_Dante

    Jazz Jackrabbit
    Gears 1
    Gears 2
    Gears 3
    Bulletstorm

    Why should we take his opinion seriously again?

    #2 2 years ago
  3. The_Red

    @2
    Actually, he wasn’t really responsible for Bulletstorm. It was produced by Epic but People Can Fly developed it. Also that is why Bulletstorm is better than all the games mentioned above (except for maybe Jazz).

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Francis O

    The next gen console winner will have the best games that attract the most amount of users.

    A large majority of people who play Madden or COD don’t give a F*ck about sharing content and stuff. They just want to play their game and get on with their life.

    Wii was the most successful because Nintendo embraced bringing in new customers. The Xbox 360 has been very successful because of Kinect. Bringing in new consumers with dancing games.

    Out of the PS4, Xbox 720, and Wii U, whoever can get the most of the expanded consumers to purchase the system will “win”

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Lengendaryboss

    @Francis
    Those new customers were most likely families/casual crowd which is an easy target for the Big Three to chase after.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. hitnrun

    @4:

    “A large majority of people who play Madden or COD don’t give a F*ck about sharing content and stuff. They just want to play their game and get on with their life.”

    And funnily enough, the people who play JRPGs and indie games are the same way.

    Bleszinski, unsurprisingly, has the cart before the horse. The winner of the next console gen will be – or rather, would be – the team that makes people give a flying futz about sharing and liking. Most likely, that will be nobody. That crap is a way of monetizing existing social networks, not something anyone has actually sought out in five years. Bleszinski sounds like a prophet from 2005.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. CPC_RedDawn

    @4,5,&6

    You guys are right, but what you have to realize is that a lot of those casual gamers have now fled from home consoles and are playing games on their PC’s (facebook, indie games, etc), or they are playing free games on their Iphones, Android phones, and tablets where they get that quick and easy pick up and play feeling with Wii and Kinect games but for a much much less price and that price is mostly free. These games also have sharing/connectivity as well such as challenging friends/family on integrated social networks. This is one of the biggest and most booming gaming markets around now. If one of these console embraced say the android market place and had a smaller premium for the actual console then it might catch those millions of casual gamers who would love to play their freemium games on the go on their devices then come home and pick up a controller and continue where they left off. Then they would realize that they had a better choice of games on said console with the likes of Killzone, Uncharted, Halo, COD, etc.

    I will be buying a PS4 at launch as I am a gamer and I prefer the exclusives that Sony offer over Microsoft (this might change come May 21st though). I will pick up a WiiU down the line when they are cheaper and have the Mario and Zelda games I love too. But Microsoft just seem too focused on the mass market side of things, its as if they are trying to appeal to too many demographics and honestly they can’t please everyone. They will end up alienating a certain group of people and by the looks of it that group will be gamers as they seemed too focused on the TV/Cable side of things and the Kinect side of things. May 21st can’t come soon enough though, I want Microsoft to put their cards on the table and prove to us what they have been working on is worthwhile.

    There is only one winner in the long run, and that is us, the consumer. We have so much to choose from and it is pretty funny seeing these billion dollar companies scramble for our attention and money.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Mjorh

    Casual gamers piss me off!

    Btw i’m with CPC_RedDawn in this . the large group of people are playing free(or 1$) bullshit indie games n there are lots of money n marketing in that department.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Djoenz

    @7

    Wisely spoken sir. I couldnt agree more.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. SlayerGT

    “This generation’s ending with a whimper, not a bang, it feels like.”

    This fellas must not own a Playstation 3 me thinks.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Shuklar

    @10 – Yeah, he definitely needs to look into The Last of Us and Beyond: Two Souls

    #11 2 years ago
  12. ps3fanboy

    @10 agree… i guess this guy is usa based and are up mickey$oft arse… because the ps3 will go out with a bang this gen. you must be pretty blind not to see that…

    #12 2 years ago
  13. SlayerGT

    @11 Right? The Last of Us, Beyond Two Souls, Puppeteer, GT6..I wish I had this guys time and money. I’m also looking at EDF, Splinter Cell, and god knows GTAV. Actually I don’t think there are any bigger “bangs” then GTA. I don’t know why I read these articles. Maybe he only plays shooters..

    #13 2 years ago
  14. _LarZen_

    I see the Keyboard Warriors are here.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. ps3fanboy

    @14 nintendo fanboys like you are no match for the ‘f12′ key…

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Erthazus

    Console fanboys know Blezinski for Gears Of War and Jazz Jackrabbit and someone even thought that he made Bulletstorm…

    Wow… Speechless. No wonder why we get mainstream shit in our games…

    #16 2 years ago
  17. SlayerGT

    @16 Yeah its funny he didn’t think his own franchise, out this year, was going out with a bang??

    #17 2 years ago
  18. G1GAHURTZ

    A large majority of people who play Madden or COD don’t give a F*ck about sharing content and stuff.

    Oh wow.

    There are hardly any games more focused than CoD and FIFA on connectivity and sharing user content.

    Right now (at least in my region), the most popular gaming vids on YouTube are Minecraft, then Black Ops II, then FIFA, then Black Ops.

    You clearly have zero idea about these games if you think that the people who play them don’t like sharing their experiences.

    In fact, connectivity and sharing are pretty much the ONLY reasons why these two games are so popular in the first place!

    Edit:
    Here in the KSA, the most popular YouTube vids are as described above. In the UK, they are: Mincraft, then FIFA, then Black Ops II, then Black Ops. Same games, slightly different order.

    I can’t check the US or any other region from here, but I wouldn’t expect to see much difference.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Richenbaum

    Arguably, every console generation ends with a “whimper” though. The closer you get to the end the more the companies start moving away from the current gen to concentrate on their next gen efforts. It’s nothing new. Doesn’t mean there are zero good new games until then either.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Digital Bamboo

    To say that this gen is ending with a whimper is a pretty ridiculous statement on Blezinski’s part, considering all the big games dropping this year.

    As for his other comments, meh, he may be right about the majority of players, though personally, I don’t care a great deal about connectivity or sharing, or expect to see MS or Sony allow much in the way of user content.

    Also, while I don’t entirely agree with it, I did enjoy his use of the phrase “death toll” probably more than I should have, for its double meaning…considering the games he’s worked on…just me? Ok.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. ScouseSte

    Think you’ll find hes made all this as well Templar or credit with some input on them.

    Video games [edit]
    Gears of War: Judgment (2013), Microsoft Game Studios
    Gears of War 3 (2011), Microsoft Game Studios[7]
    Bulletstorm (2011), Electronic Arts
    Lost Planet 2 (2010), CE Europe Ltd.[7]
    Fat Princess (2009), Sony Computer Entertainment America, Inc.[7]
    Shadow Complex (2009), Microsoft Game Studios[7]
    Gears of War 2 (2008), Microsoft Game Studios[7]
    Unreal Tournament III (2007), Midway Home Entertainment, Inc.[7]
    Gears of War (2006), Microsoft Game Studios[7]
    Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30 (2005), Ubisoft, Inc.[7]
    Unreal Championship 2: The Liandri Conflict (2005), Midway Home Entertainment, Inc.[7]
    Unreal Tournament 2004 (2004), Atari, Inc.[7]
    Devastation (2003), HD Interactive B.V.[7]
    Jazz Jackrabbit (2002), Jaleco Entertainment, Inc.[7]
    Unreal Championship (2002), Infogrames, Inc.[7]
    Unreal Tournament 2003 (2002), Infogrames, Inc.[7]
    Unreal Tournament (Game of the Year Edition) (2000), Infogrames, Inc.[7]
    Jazz Jackrabbit 2: The Secret Files (1999), Gathering, Project Two Interactive BV[7]
    Tyrian 2000 (1999), XSIV Games[7]
    Unreal Tournament (1999), GT Interactive Software Corp.[7]
    Jazz Jackrabbit 2 (1998), Gathering, Project Two Interactive BV[7]
    Unreal (1998), GT Interactive Software Corp.[7]
    Jazz Jackrabbit: Holiday Hare 1995 (1995), Epic MegaGames, Inc.[7]
    Tyrian (1995), Epic MegaGames, Inc.[7]
    Jazz Jackrabbit: Holiday Hare 1994 (1994), Epic MegaGames, Inc.[7]
    Jazz Jackrabbit CD-ROM (1994), Epic MegaGames, Inc.[7]
    Jazz Jackrabbit (1994), Epic MegaGames, Inc.[7]
    Dare to Dream Volume One: In a Darkened Room (1993), Epic MegaGames, Inc.[7]
    The Palace of Deceit: the Dragon’s Plight (1992), Game Syndicate Productions[7]

    #21 2 years ago
  22. pwnftw

    Just FYI, the whole “Xbox Infinity” thing was a hoax.

    http://www.reddit.com/r/gaming/comments/1e2s0u/discovered_that_everyone_thinks_a_fake_xbox/

    #22 2 years ago

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    Windows Phone’s game selection can be a bit restrictive, but has expanded delightfully today: Monument Valley is now available. Monument Valley is one of those gorgeous, mind-bending puzzlers the indie scene produces on the regular, winning awards and consuming everyone’s lives for weeks on end. Developed by Ustwo Games, with beautiful, understated art from Ken […]

  • Old-school EverQuest servers safe from legal troubles thanks to Daybreak agreement

    EverQuest rights holder Daybreak Game Company given its blessing to the wonderful Project 1999. EverQuest: Project 1999 is one of those lovely ideas that it are all too often crushed by the realities of the games industry. An entirely fan-managed affair, it provides an emulated version of the classic EverQuest experience, which is no longer […]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Competitive matchmaking support is coming to Team Fortress 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Splatoon Nintendo Direct airs Thursday, May 7

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Has Watch Dogs 2 been leaked?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Danganronpa series generates “impressive” sales for Vita exclusive

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

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

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

  • Please just watch this terrific trailer for Toren

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

  • Play classic MS-DOS games on your own tweets

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

  • VR: Unreal Engine to add HTC Vive support

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

  • WWE 2K15 PC supports modding

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

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

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

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

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

  • Steam Game Ban system lets developers determine who to block

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

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

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