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Nintendo’s anti-used games policy: make games people don’t trade

Thursday, 13 June 2013 23:31 GMT By Brenna Hillier

If game makers feel used game sales are eating into their profit margins maybe they should think about making games people want to keep, Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aime reasons.

Speaking to Polygon, Fils-Aime said the used games cycle doesn’t affect Nintendo very much.

“That impacts games that are annualized and candidly also impacts games that are maybe undifferentiated much more than [it] impacts Nintendo content,” he said.

“Why is that? Because the replayability of our content is super strong. The consumer wants to keep playing Mario Kart. The consumer want to keep playing New Super Mario Bros. They want to keep playing Pikmin. So we see that the trade-in frequency on Nintendo content is much less than the industry average – much, much less.

“So for us, we have been able to step back and say that we are not taking any technological means to impact trade-in and we are confident that if we build great content, then the consumer will not want to trade in our games.”

Interestingly, Fils-Aime also said that an anti-used games stance isn’t something he has noticed behind the scenes, which lines up with EA’s protest that it had nothing to do with Microsoft’s increasingly bizarre-seeming licensing system.

“We will see what happens with publishers, but it seems to me that every major publisher has come and said we don’t mind used games,” he said.

Elsewhere in the interview, Fils-Aime reiterated Nintendo’s message that disc-based retail isn’t going anywhere.

Thanks, GameInformer.

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47 Comments

  1. MadFlavour

    Someone should carve this into a baseball bat and try to imprint it on Cliffy B’s dopey fucking head.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. melonbuster1

    Make systems people want and developers support. REGGIE

    #2 2 years ago
  3. ps3fanboy

    nintendo is making a lot of sense lately, so a buy of the wii-u is on the do list…

    #3 2 years ago
  4. L.O.R.D

    the people don’t want to play more of of zombieU
    the gamer don’t want to play more of Metroid: Other M , Epic Mickey,Mario Super Sluggers,no ore heroes,Pokemon Battle Revolution….etc

    but yah… he is right, this the same what was thinking to prevent selling your games, game must have very high replay value to make you think about selling your games

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Sini

    Don’t you need to figure out how to make third parties release games on your console first, then how to make customers buy said games, before you have to worry about used games?

    #5 2 years ago
  6. zinc

    ^ Reggies got a point. More people are keeping their GameCube to play Super Smash Bros, than are keeping their Xbox to play Halo.

    Hell, i’d bet the trade-in value of Smash Bros, is twice that of Halo!

    #6 2 years ago
  7. manamana

    What #1 said +100

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Francis O

    Makes sense.Generic shooters lose value quickly, so a majority of American publisher want to do away with use games so they can push out the same shit all the other companies are doing.

    Nintendo’s games are so unique and good, I never want to trade them in.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Phoenixblight

    @8

    Traded all my nintendo products a few years ago and haven’t looked back. Thankfully I have friends that buy every system under the sun and his wii is typically free for me to play that is how I have played the Wii U games and Skyward Sword.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. salarta

    If you’re having problems with used games, make games people don’t trade… oh, but don’t let the people that want those games have them, because that would just be silly.

    Okay, maybe I’m giving Nintendo of America too much flak since they did… eventually… listen to Operation Rainfall. But it’s still a sore spot for me, because it was really annoying that for a while there, Nintendo of America was essentially saying I wasn’t allowed to play the few games I wanted to play on their console even if other regions got them.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Lengendaryboss

    @Francis
    More generalisations, perfect :D

    #11 2 years ago
  12. SlayerGT

    Nintendo = what happens when you have no competition. (imo)

    #12 2 years ago
  13. zinc

    @9, Traded all your Ninty games, no regrets…

    Gratefull your mates had a Ninty system you could borrow, so you can play the games you won’t get elsewhere?

    Wut?

    #13 2 years ago
  14. polygem

    exactly. i always crave to play nintendo games again at some point. always. i´ve learned that the hard way. every time i traded a ninty game in i bought it again later…don´t know what it is, let me just use the words nintendo magic please.

    seriously, i don´t know what it is but these games are charming and really give you the feeling of true value, i don´t want to let them go and i am not a games collector. there are a few other non ninty games i feel the same about but with the ninty ones it´s different, all of them have that special “pleease keep me” face in the box.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Joe Musashi

    It’s a pithy remark and the docile followers will swallow the implicit suggestion quite readily – we already have evidence of that.

    But, the fact of the matter is, I’ve seen first party games on second hand shelves from all the console manufacturers. That includes Nintendo. So, whilst the sentiment may be sound, it’s not got the real-world evidence to back it up.

    A little less conversation, a little more action, Reggie.

    JM

    #15 2 years ago
  16. polygem

    joe, look at my story…these greedy bastards make you fall in love with their games and when you sell them anyway you will end up buying the same game brandnew again later. happened to me not once, not twice, several times. always nintendo. true story. your second hand game will infect another poor victim too in the meantime. it´s not a trick – it´s a ninty game.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. DeVitowned

    Nintendo doesn’t always do everything right, but what they have done consistently well is make great games. How else could they continue to make, and sell, the same franchises for 30 years? They take a simple format and still find a way to make it innovative and addicting. That’s where most of these big publishers have got it wrong. They bloat their budgets and focus on flash, but they don’t focus on the core gameplay which is what makes games sell and stay as part of your library. I will never get rid of my Uncharteds, my Metal Gears, my Metroids or my Marios.

    While I agree that Queefy B, and quite a few of these ignorant ball lickers who run their mouths quite ignorantly as of late deserve a bat across their faces, I played the hell out of the first Gears of War game. Even Halo, as simple a shooter and cornball as it is, gets the core mechanics down right and sells.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Ireland Michael

    @15 Pithy? Docile?

    He’s completely right, whether referring to their own games or someone else’s. If I enjoy a game enough to get long term value out of it… I won’t trade it in. It really is that simple.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. zinc

    ^ Pfft, Joes using “anecdotal” evidence poly & as he’s told us, thats worth squat :)

    Some nerd needs to compile a list of game depreciation values of console games, across the platforms …

    Not that we should be able to trade them (seeing as we don’t own them), as Joe has informed us, ad nueseam ;)

    But, evidence withstanding, i’m betting Ninty games, keepingp their worth.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. dreamcastnews

    @15 don’t be so stupid, he wasn’t saying ‘nobody has ever traded our games in’ of course people have just people seem to trade in less of Nintendo’s first party stuff, I worked in retail for years and learnt the games always hold their value because hardly anyone trades them in. There you go.

    DN

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Francis O

    @Joe

    Go look at how many copies of Mario Galaxy 2 are used compared to COD, Medal of Honor, or Assassin’s Creed.

    And I like the fact that you think you know more than Reggie when it comes to their games being traded in more than the competition or not.

    He didn’t say none of their games are traded-in. He just said it was “much much less” than the competition. Which is 100% true. That’s why they don’t give a sh*t about the used game market.

    Now if you can track me down a reasonably priced copy of Xenoblade that would be nice :)

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Ireland Michael

    @21 I’ve got one going for about $250 if you want it…

    *whistles innocently*

    #22 2 years ago
  23. polygem

    every time i read a post from joe i imagine an aristocat…no offense joe. if that pisses you off tell me but seriously though, this come to my mind:

    https://i.chzbgr.com/maxW500/5972066560/h46D33766/

    #23 2 years ago
  24. dreamcastnews

    @23 I envision a samurai sat with the bumper book of the internet code of honour for some reason……Internet samurais, do they even exist?

    #24 2 years ago
  25. zinc

    ^ I always imagine Joe in a smoking jacket & wearing a monocle :)

    #25 2 years ago
  26. dreamcastnews

    Certainly keeps us captivated.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. DeVitowned

    @Francis O
    My advice, when a game releases exclusively from a retailer, or in limited edition, jump on it. I bought Xenoblade Chronicles a month before I even got my Wii U, and I had to pay a premium to get Metroid Prime Trilogy! I’m waiting for the price to drop on Pandora’s Tower before I get it, but hope I don’t miss out.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. manamana

    DeVitowned nailed it.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Lengendaryboss

    @Francis
    3 games equal the competition? two of which you made clear you hate, you can’t prove your game has been traded in less than the competition that would require intensive tracking in all retail outlets which could be legal or illegal, bottomline no real way of proving that. I could walk in one store i find one copy of the Killzone trilogy versus five copies of Pokemon Black and White, which did actually happen. Proves nothing.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. polygem

    i actually didn´t want to confess that – ever…but i traded in my metroid prime triology a few months ago for a good but still fair (for the buyer and me) price. it was just there on my shelf and i didn´t play it for a while. i thought, whatever, you´ll get some cash back and someone else will be happy with it. i don´t really collect games. I REGRET IT ALREADY.
    i really was a bad boy current gen. bought tons of stuff new and used and traded lots of stuff in too. my homework for the nextgen is: focus more. keep your shit together.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. zinc

    @poly, You just broke Samus’s heart…

    I hope you can live with that :/

    #31 2 years ago
  32. Francis O

    @ Legendaryboss

    GameStop works supply vs demand system. The more supply they have, the lower the value.

    Nintendo games are constantly priced higher than Xbox and PlayStation games because of supply and demand. Look at Assassin’s Creed 3 MSRP compared to Mario Galaxy 2.
    http://www.gamestop.com/wii/games/super-mario-galaxy-2/75083
    http://www.gamestop.com/xbox-360/games/assassins-creed-iii/99633

    MG2 is still full priced will you can find AC3 for as low as 39.99 new. and 34 used.

    Mass Effect 3, Army of Two, ect all of those game are years newer than Mario Galaxy or Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword yet both Zelda and Mario cost more than them.
    http://www.gamestop.com/wii/games/the-legend-of-zelda-skyward-sword/76865
    http://www.gamestop.com/xbox-360/games/mass-effect-3/89162

    This even happens in the new game market as well. First party game don’t lose their value cause their “evergreen” titles. Meaning they sell over many many years.

    Most Nintendo games are not even worth buying used because there price only $5 below the new price

    Concerning Pokemon, those game might be traded in, but it’t usually to get the newest one, plus they still hold their new value.
    http://www.gamestop.com/ds/games/pokemon-black-version-2/101472

    Pokemon Gold on the DS is still full price at GameStop
    http://www.gamestop.com/ds/games/pokemon-heartgold/75774

    I think this proves Nintendo’s games hold their value longer, and are traded in less. Otherwise they wouldn’t be priced so high.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. zinc

    ^ Agreed. Nintend 1st party titles could replace pork-belly’s on the stock-market, their prices are so good.

    Plus, if Ninty went belly up, these titles would increase in value!

    #33 2 years ago
  34. Lengendaryboss

    @Francis
    Gamestop in the US? Is a good source for Global used games, makes sense. I said this applies to all retail outlets as they all support used games not just Gamestop, one region does not dictate trends globally.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. Francis O

    US is the largest region for video games in the world and Nintendo’s games have universal appeal. Mario sells here, in Europe, and Japan.

    I’m fairly confident these trends apply to Europe as well.

    #35 2 years ago
  36. Lengendaryboss

    @Francis
    Be that as it may you’re making assumptions on whether trends are applicable worldwide based on the US which is not factual, just because you perceive confidence on something doesn’t make it true.

    #36 2 years ago
  37. zinc

    ^ Well you could just try comparing 3DS game trade-ins to Vita trade-ins.

    :)

    #37 2 years ago
  38. Lengendaryboss

    @Zinc
    That has no relevance to what i said, their games are on Wii, DS, 3DS and Wii U and their competition are publishers of games which spans on Sony, Nintendo and MS platforms, thats what they were comparing it to. Besides they are being vague what competition? games on various platforms or games on hardware rivals.

    #38 2 years ago
  39. machy

    he made some strong point ans I can relate to that I guess

    #39 2 years ago
  40. The_Red

    After lunatic rant from Cliffy, it’s nice to see a man like Reggie talk liek a human. Still not a Wii U fan but my body is definitely ready to get Bayonetta 2 AND keep it for good.

    #40 2 years ago
  41. Joe Musashi

    @19 And my point is proved. You don’t get to decide what the genuine owners of the games permit you to do, they do. Just because what Nintendo allow you to do happens to suit your preferences don’t assume it’s a result of any power of yours. They still control the content, not you. It’s their choice, not yours.

    And, when a spokesman make a bold, universal claim in the way Reggie has – you, me or anyone that sees evidence to the contrary sees just how relevant that claim is in the real world. The anecdotal nature of that evidence doesn’t change that. The error is in making such fatuous claim in the first place.

    JM

    #41 2 years ago
  42. Ireland Michael

    @41 Its all anecdotal in the end, honestly.

    My own personal experience is that yes, Nintendo games do tend to have a lot more replayability. I find myself enjoying on the couch multiplayer with people I know and Nintendo titles long after most of my Triple A stuff has run its relatively short (but still enjoyable course).

    Unless we have numbers to back up our claims, this is all based on our own personal experiences. That’s as much true for you as it is for us.

    One thing I’ve always wonder is… do Nintendo games seem to keep their retail prices high for so long because of the demand for them, or because of a deliberate pricing strategy by Nintendo? I’m genuinely curious if anyone has any information regarding this.

    #42 2 years ago
  43. Dave Cook

    As someone who has had little luck tracking down copies of Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow / Ecclesia, DK Country Returns, Phoenix Wright 2&3, Kirby Squeak Squad / Canvas Curse, and more Ninty games in trade in shops over the years. I may have to agree from a strictly personal experience perspective.

    #43 2 years ago
  44. Dave Cook

    Also my copies of Mario Galaxy 1 & 2, No More Heroes 1 & 2, Smash Bros Brawl / Melee, Pikmin 1 & 2, Eternal Darkness, Madworld, Tatsunoko vs Capcom, Killer7, Wind Waker and more arent being traded in. Ever. They’d be too hard to get again at a reasonable price.

    And yes I bought them all before I was able to get review code from Ninty. Actual money folks.

    #44 2 years ago
  45. Ireland Michael

    @43 If you’re still looking for some or those, I could probably be convinced to part with them… for large brawn bags full of dollar bills.

    Either way, I applaud your impeccable taste. That is a fine list of superb titles.

    #45 2 years ago
  46. mistermogul

    I must admit if I ever do trade a game in it’s never my Nintendo ones. Reggie may have a point here…

    #46 2 years ago
  47. Strato

    I would never ever trade my Metroid Prime Trilogy.

    #47 2 years ago

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    Sega won’t even have a booth at E3 2015. The end times approach, hey. Sega games will be on show at partner’s booths, but the publisher itself is missing from the attendees list. Ars Technica reports Sega hasn’t missed an E3 since the show launched in 1995, but will break tradition this year. Sega doesn’t […]

  • GTA 5 car gun mod is ridiculous, awesome

    Today, the Internet is in love with a particularly ridiculous GTA 5 mod. GTA 5 has a lot of cool weapons and mods have added even more. Topping yesterday’s excellent gravity gun is the vehicle cannon, which fires cars instead of bullets. Cars. Instead of bullets. Here’s a video of the mod in action courtesy […]

  • Mortal Kombat X PC patch pulled after erasing save files

    Mortal Kombat X was updated on PC overnight, but it wasn’t exactly what fans were hoping for. The PC version of Mortal Kombat X has come under criticism for a number of reasons, but NetherRealm said recently that a major patch would make it just as good as the console version. It’s not clear whether […]

  • PS4 and Xbox One to hit 50 million sales within a year – EA

    EA is absolutely positive on the future of the current generation of consoles, as well as the the digital sphere. During a conference call following a financial release earlier today, EA executives made several interesting comments and predictions on the state of the industry. The publisher expects an install base of close to 50 million […]

  • EA making “incubation efforts” in virtual reality space

    EA isn’t ready to make a massive commitment to virtual reality, but when the time comes it intends to be a market leader. During a post-earnings release conference call today, one caller asked if EA had any plans for VR. CEO Andrew Wilson said EA intends to “lead from the front” when VR comes into […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront expected to shift 9-10 million units in FY 2016

    Star Wars: Battlefront will sell strongly, but not make a lot of money for EA this financial year, the publisher has warned. Star Wars: Battlefront isn’t just a license to print money, EA emphasised in a post-earnings release conference call this morning. Judging by the series’s historical sales, and by sales of Battlefield 4, EA […]

  • Don’t expect Titanfall 2 for at least nine months

    Titanfall 2 is still quite a long way out. Titanfall 2 wasn’t listed in EA’s upcoming release slate in its financials release this morning. Answering a query in a conference call following the release, EA said we can safely assume the Respawn sequel won’t release in fiscal 2016. “You assumption should be 17,” an executive […]

  • Mirror’s Edge 2 due early 2016, new Need for Speed in Q4 2015

    EA has indicated general release windows for a number of anticipated new titles. Mirror’s Edge 2 has an early 2016 release date. EA confirmed the release plan in today’s financials release, also noting that a new Need for Speed and a new Plants vs Zombies are coming in the same window. Mirror’s Edge 2 is […]

  • EA financials highlight millions of hours played in Battlefield Hardline, Dragon Age: Inquisition

    Electronic Arts reported its Q4 and year end FY15 financial results today, highlighting the amount of hours played in Battlefield Hardline and Dragon Age: Inquisition. Selected Operating Highlights and Metrics: For fiscal year 2015 EA was the #1 publisher on PlayStation4 and Xbox One consoles in the world, driven by the success of Battlefield Hardline, […]

  • Black Mesa can now be acquired through Steam Early Access

    Black Mesa, the re-imagining of Half-Life 1 from Crowbar Collective, has entered Steam Early Access. At present, 85% of the campaign is complete with around 10 hours worth of gameplay. Early Access users will be helping test the multiplayer deatmatch and team deathmatch modes via six maps as well as the single-player portion. As will […]

  • Three Easter Eggs spotted in Wolfenstein: The Old Blood – video

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood has been released in North America, as you know, and it contains some fun Easter Eggs which you can take a look at in the video below. Don’t watch or read any further if you don’t want to be spoiled. Eurogamer’s Ian Higton spotted three Easter Eggs so far, and there […]

  • Destiny: Prison of Elders – here’s what to expect from tomorrow’s livestream

    Bungie today released its Destiny teaser for tomorrow’s livestream, which focuses on Prison of Elders. Below is a breakdown of the teaser and what to expect tomorrow. Arekkz Gaming gives you the lowdown above. You can watch the full stream tomorrow here on the site. House of Wolves is out on May 19.

  • The 3D Realms Anthology is now available on Steam for PC and Mac

    The 3D Realms Anthology, announced back in October, is now available on Steam for PC and Mac for a limited-time price of $29.99. After the introductory period has ended, it will run you $39.99. The collection contains 32 games, which if purchased individually would you run more than $120. Here’s the list in case you […]

  • A Portal-themed pinball table is coming to Zen Pinball later this month

    Valve and Zen Studios have announced a Portal-themed pinball table is coming to Zen Pinball. The table will be made available on all pinball platforms, including Zen Pinball 2 and Pinball FX2, from May 25. Called the “Aperture Science Heuristic Portal Pinball Device”, it contains the characters Chell, Wheatley and of course GLaDOS. Portal Pinball […]

  • Star Wars characters coming with release of Disney Infinity 3.0: Play Without Limits

    Star Wars characters are coming to Disney Infinity 3.0: Play Without Limits. Disney says it will contain “many favorite characters and include more gameplay content and variety than ever before.” There will be three Star Wars Play sets: Twilight of the Republic set in the Episodes 1-3 timeline, Rise Against the Empire set during the […]

  • Hearthstone has been played by 30 million people

    Blizzard’s strategy game Hearthstone has 30 million players, the developer announced on Twitter. The figure doesn’t breakdown players numbers by platform, but Activision will release its recent financial report tomorrow, so maybe more information will be forthcoming. Hearthstone was releases on PC March 14, 2014 followed by Mac, phones, and tablets. Blackrock Mountain, the latest […]

  • Tomorrow’s Destiny livestream focuses on Prison of Elders – here’s a teaser

    Another Destiny: House of Wolves livestream takes place tomorrow, and it will focus on Prison of the Elders. The Prison of Elders is a prison facility in The Reef which is watched over by Variks and is part of the new Arena game mode which is limited to three players. The livestream will be hosted […]

  • Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 has been announced for current and last-gen

    Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 has been announced by Activision, which isn’t shocking in the slightest. Correction: My stupid brain has EA on it due to the financials release later today. The game is being published by Activision. Not EA and I previously stated. I apologize, and have reprimanded myself in a most sever manner. […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Collector’s Edition is sold out in the UK

    Hopefully, you pre-ordered the Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Collector’s Edition in the UK already. If not, you are likely out of luck. According to GAME, the pack which contains the Half Scale Replica of Snake’s Bionic Arm has sold out in the UK. The retailer confirmed the news to Videogamer this morning. […]

  • Far Cry 4 Complete Edition coming June 19 for PC, PS4 to the UK

    A Far Cry 4 Complete Edition has been announced and it includes the full game as well as the Season Pass. This is the sku which popped up on Amazon Germany earlier in the week. The Season Pass provides access to five separate pieces of DLC. Here’s a refresher on the DLC content: The Syringe: […]

  • The Witcher 3: live Q&A stream with CDP, new monster dev diary inside

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is out in just two weeks, and if you want to know more about Geralt’s latest adventure, CD Projekt is hosting a live Q&A now on Twitch. There’s also a new developer diary below which focuses on monster in the game. The Witcher 3 is out on May 19. Huzzah! […]

  • Forza Horizon 2′s Alpinestars Car Pack has five cars and is ready for download

    The Alpinestars Car Pack for Forza Horizon 2 is out now on Xbox One and its the only way you will ever be able to afford a 1992 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport. Unless, of course, you win the lottery or are left in some rich person’s will. In that case, I’ll take the ’53 Corvette, […]

  • Shadow of Mordor – Game of the Year Edition is now available in North America

    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor – Game of the Year Edition has been released in North America. It will be made available in the Europe on May 7 and in the UK May 8 for £49.99 on consoles and £34.99 on PC. As previously announced, this edition contains all previously released DLC content as well as […]

  • Two GAME exclusive versions of Halo 5: Guardians now available for pre-order

    GAME has announced two exclusive versions of Halo 5: Guardians, and both are now available for pre-order exclusively through one of the retail chain’s 318 stores or online. The £79.99 Limited Edition Halo 5: Guardians, which delivers new digital content wrapped in a steel book. There’s also the £199.99 Halo 5: Guardians Limited Collector’s Edition […]

  • Deals with Gold: Far Cry 4, Assassin’s Creed Unity, Bioshock Infinite, more

    Microsoft has announced its latest Deals with Gold discounts for Xbox Live Gold members. Franchises on sale include Far Cry, Call of Duty, along with individual titles Assassin’s Creed Unity and Bioshock Infinite. The full list is below. Bioshock Infinite discounts are available for both Xbox Live Gold and Silver members. Xbox One Far Cry […]

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood has released, watch the launch trailer here

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood has launched on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. You can watch the launch trailer for it below. Boxed copies in Europe arrive from May 15, and in Australia/New Zealand on May 14. You can grab digital copies from the following online services: Steam, PlayStation Network, Xbox Store.

  • GOG’s online service GOG Galaxy is now in open beta

    GOG Galaxy, the DRM-free online gaming platform from the folks at GOG, has left Alpha and is now in open beta for all to try. As previously announced, the online service, similar to Steam, is option. Players do not need to play online as all games are stored by the service and can be played […]

  • DayZ-inspired Goat Simulator DLC GoatZ is out this week on Steam

    Goat Simulator players can download DayZ-inspired DLC this week called GoatZ. According to Coffee Stain Studios, GoatZ is “the only survival game on Steam that isn’t in Early Access.” Jokingly of course. The DLC features: Mandatory crafting system because everyone else is doing it. Zombies that bug out. There’s a pun here about actual living […]

  • No, Far Cry 4 is not currently free on PSN

    You may have seen a few Tweets from people saying that the PS4 version of Far Cry 4 is available to download from PSN for free. This is not true. A few readers have tipped us off to what looked like a glitch on PSN that allowed players to download the full version of Far […]

  • Metal Gear Solid: The 1984 Collection confirmed to be a clothing line

    Konami is teasing a Metal Gear Solid thing called “The 1984 Collection.” The Metal Gear Solid Facebook page posted this image about an hour ago: The caption reads, “Step back into the 80′s with our new MGS collection coming very soon! Stay tuned!” This is supposedly in reference to the clothing line that was announced […]

  • Portal, The Simpsons, Jurassic World & Scooby Doo packs listed for Lego Dimensions

    Lego Dimensions is likely getting a few unannounced content packs. One of which is themed around Valve’s Portal. A set of unannounced content packs for the upcoming Lego Dimensions have been revealed by US retailer Walmart. The listings include packs for The Simpsons, Scooby Doo and Jurassic World, and most interestingly, Portal. The listings have […]

  • This is the most authentic recreation of GTA 2 in real life ever

    Affordable drones have many uses. Most of them are not nearly as exciting as recreating GTA 2 in real life. I am surprised it took us this long, but someone has finally captured footage using a drone that resembles the protagonist’s experience in the classic GTA 2. These aren’t just shots of cars from a […]

  • PlayStation 4 sales reach 2m in the UK

    Sony has sold 2 million PlayStation 4 consoles in the UK, faster than it did with the PlayStation 2 – the company’s best-selling machine in the country. MCVUK is reporting that as of last weekend, 2 million PlayStation 4s have been sold in the UK. The data is based on GfK Chart-Track estimates. This makes […]

  • H1Z1 gets female characters, skin colour options planned

    In an effort to improve diversity in the game, H1Z1 developer has added female characters. Female survivors can now be found throughout the world of H1Z1. Developer Daybreak added the new feature in a patch released last Friday. You will be able to choose a female avatar in the main game and in Battle Royale. […]

  • Possible teaser site for Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi’s new game opens

    Either Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi is working on a soon-to-be-launched Kickstarter for his new game, or someone is pulling an elaborate prank. At PAX Prime last year, during Keiji Inafune’s Mighty No. 9 panel, a flyer was handed out to attendees that showed what appeared to be a 2D game of some sort with […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for May 5: Heroic and Nightfall strikes detailed

    Tuesday is here and Destiny’s weekly reset is also here. Bungie announced that your weekly Destiny grind has now begun. The Nightfall and Heroic strikes are now live too. This week’s strike is Winter’s Run. Rainbow burn is back for the Nightfall, which means you do more damage with all elemental weapons, but also receive […]

  • PC version of Project Cars delayed in Australia due to severe weather

    Recent weather conditions in Sydney, Australia are responsible for a slight delay of the PC version of Project Cars in the country. Sydney recently suffered from storms that caused flooding in some areas. One of those is the place where publisher Namco Bandai was storing PC copies of Project Cars. The stock was “severely damaged,” […]

  • Twitch’s new process makes it easier for streamers to appeal flagged content

    Twitch has updated its appeals process concerning videos that have been flagged by the audio ID system. Towards the end of last year, Twitch introduced a new audio recognition system that scans archived streams and automatically mutes the audio whenever copyright music is identified. The system has been in-use ever since and Twitch has today […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a day one patch, but it’s not a major one

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will indeed have a day one patch, to make the first-time experience as smooth as possible. Like many modern games, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will have its day one patch. According to the developer however, it wasn’t born out of necessity. Miles Tost, level designer at developer CD Projekt […]

  • CoD: Advanced Warfare owners get free pistol today

    Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games is adding a new pistol to the game, free to all players. The M1 Irons is a new pistol that comes to Advanced Warfare starting today. The weapon is offered as a thank you gift from the developer. Sledgehammer says the Irons is good at range and packs a punch. […]

  • Fall down the Skullgirls Big Band music video rabbit hole with me

    Skullgirls is a pretty amazing fighting game, but did you know it’s also a passable music creation suite? Earlier today I was idly perusing an episode of PlayStation Underground showing off Skullgirls 2nd Encore, a re-release of the indie fighter packing in loads of new features and coming to PS4 – with full cross-play! – […]

  • The many uses of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood’s pipe weapon

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood adds a sick new weapon to BJ’s arsenal: a pipe. In Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a pipe is not just a pipe. Not only can you bash nazis with it, you can use it to climb walls, reach hatches, and even break through some walls. Plus? You can dual wield it. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X teaser gives first look at Predator

    Mortal Kombat X’s next celebrity guest was teased during the latest Kast. Today’s Mortal Kombat X Kast was mostly about all about Jason, but also included a very brief nod to Predator. You can watch the full livestream to see the tease in situ if you’re really keen, but IGN shared this convenient edit: There’s […]

  • Rock Band 4 has count-ins, drum fills and vocal harmonies

    Rock Band 4 will more closely emulate the feeling of being a real musician with some neat personalisation touches. For Rock Band 4, Harmonix elected to double down on player ownership of their experience rather than technical precision. To this end, it has implemented a number of cool new features. I am wildly envious of […]

  • Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, Lost Planet 3 developer shuttered

    Spark Unlimited has gone down with all hands. The Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z and Lost Planet 3 developer has been shuttered and all staff laid off. Chief technical officer John Butrovich confirmed the news in a statement issued to IGN. “Spark Unlimited is closing as a video game developer. The ongoing opportunities for smaller mobile […]

  • PS Now subscription available on PlayStation 3 this month, Vita coming soon

    PlayStation Now’s all you can eat service has finally been dated for PS3. Subscriptions to PS Now, Sony’s cloud-based gaming service, will be available on PS3 from May 12 in the US. The all you can eat package will also be made available on select Bravia TVs and Sony Blu-ray players on the same date. […]

  • GTA 5 is even better with a gravity gun

    GTA 5 modders have made a dream come true, adding a gravity gun to your arsenal of mayhem-causing weaponry. GTA 5 isn’t ready for this. It looks like a heck of a lot of fun, but the poor old Los Santos po po can’t deal with the resulting carnage at all. If Rockstar were ever […]

  • “Mod makers should be able to make money from their creations,” says DOOM creator

    DOOM co-creator John Romero has weighed in on the paid mods debate. Paid mods are a hot issue right now. For years, Valve has been enabling content creators to make money from their work on Counter-strike: Global offensive, Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2, but when it partnered with Bethesda to offer the same for […]

  • Watch WRC driver Kevin Abbring smash through a DIRT Rally challenge

    WRC driver Kevin Abbring has been participating in Dirt Rally’s daily events – and kicking ass. Dirt Rally seems to have ticked one of the most difficult to attain boxes of racing development – creating something professional drivers like to play, and which rewards their years of experience. Codemasters published the video below showing Hyundai […]

  • Mortal Kombat X patch to bring PC version up to console standard

    Mortal Kombat X PC will be fixed tomorrow, NetherRealm has promised. The PC version of Mortal Kombat X has come under fire for poor performance, including stuttering frame rate and bugs as plenty. About 45 minutes into a recent Twitch stream, NetherRealm boss Ed Boon said an update will drop tomorrow to address many of […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: all new Crucible maps detailed

    Destiny’s House of Wolves DLC will add four new maps to the Crucible, the game’s competitive multiplayer mode. Let’s take a look at all of them. Alex brings you new footage showing all of the four maps that will drop with House of Wolves. He goes over the layout, landmarks, gameplay styles, and other important […]

  • Custom Xbox One Star Wars controllers look very tempting

    Microsoft is celebrating May 4 by showing off concept designs for Star Wars-themed Xbox One controllers. May 4 is of course Star Wars Day and the controller concepts you’re about to see are just that, concepts. Or at least that’s what they said they are. There are four designs and they don’t look very practical. […]

  • Project Cars launch trailer is an anthology of race cars, set to the beats of Deadmau5

    Project Cars comes out this week and there’s just enough time for one last trailer. Project Cars, Slightly Mad Studios’ ambitious racer that has been in development for ages, is finally coming out this week. The racer received plenty of changes throughout its development based on community feedback and the final product will be in […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront dev reveals planet Sullust

    Sullust, a planet that has not been previously shown, will be featured in one of Star Wars Battlefront’s maps. Star Wars Battlefront developer DICE revealed today that planet Sullust will be one of the game’s locations. The planet was mentioned in the films and other Star Wars works, but was only shown today. DICE posted […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: Tower vendor changes

    House of Wolves will change the inventory of some of Destiny’s vendors and add new roles to others. Here’s everything that has been announced so far. You know that House of Wolves will bring a new social space to the game in the form of The Reef. But did you also know that the good […]

  • Nintendo apologises for Amiibo shortages, will reissue some out-of-stock figures

    Nintendo released a statement today to apologise for fan’s frustrations in finding some Amiibo figures and promised to handle distribution better going forward. Nintendo has been criticised recently for its lack of communication when it comes to new Amiibo figures. Something which has lead fans to not know if certain figures are limited to some […]