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US Navy serviceman calls Xbox One’s 24-hour online check “a sin committed against all service members”

Thursday, 13 June 2013 22:19 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

United States Navy serviceman Jay Johnson, who in the last last two and a half years has been deployed or detached for a total of 18 months, has written a rather emphatic plea to publishers who wish to employ some form of online authentication program into its games through Xbox One. He also expresses disappointment in Microsoft’s new console, calling its 24-hour “check in” process the “greatest sin” it could have “committed against all service members.”

His post on Gamaustra doesn’t mince words, stating Microsoft has ” single-handedly alienated” the militaries of the entire world.

“The single greatest sin Microsoft has committed against all service members [is] their surprising decision to require the Xbox One to receive a message from the “mother ship” every 24 hours,” wrote Johnson. “The reason that I am so infuriated about it is that I, and my brothers and sisters in arms, will not ever be able to play Xbox One when deployed or on detachment.

“No longer will the sounds of Master Chief saving the human race echo through the hallowed halls of the USS Abraham Lincoln, or any other USS Ship, when we have a few hours respite. No longer will you see Marcus and Dom sawing through the Locust Horde at the bases in Afghanistan after the Marines have returned from patrol and want to escape their reality for a bit.

“Those days are now firmly behind us. Microsoft has single-handedly alienated the entire military, and not just the U.S. military, the militaries of the entire world.”

Johnson said that despite his preference for previous generations of Microsoft systems, he will “not be buying an Xbox One at launch.”

“In fact, the Xbox One might as well be called the Halo-Box, because I simply will not purchase it until the next Halo game drops,” he wrote. “With developers focusing, more and more, on the multi-platform model, how much will I really be missing out on? None of the exclusives from either Sony or Microsoft excited me, except for the Halo tease. Simply put, outside of Halo and Forza, Sony has better exclusives.

“With developers like Quantic Dream, Naughty Dog, and titles like The Last Guardian looming on the horizon, all exclusive to PS4, I feel like I will be in much better hands with Sony. So, how much will I really be missing out on? While I think Forza is superior (so far) to Gran Turismo, the GT series is still very good, and I can play it when embarked on the ship. While I am a diehard Halo fan, the wait for the next iteration and my eventual purchase of my Halo-Box will give me ample opportunity to explore the Killzone series. Everything else, from Assassin’s Creed to Call of Duty, I can experience on the PS4, offline and tucked away in my little room on the ship, and without the concern of the programming complications that faced developers with the PS3.”

Johnson said that while the the military represent “less than one percent of the nation’s populace,” he feels the alienation of service members by Microsoft will have “more of an impact than they realize.”

“Although the PS4 will not have an online requirement to run, developers will still be able to make games that require persistent online authentication. Do not do this to us,” he wrote. “Don’t alienate us with online requirements for games. It will cost you money and respect.

“This is a lesson that Microsoft is, tragically, about to learn.”

Xbox One is out in November and PS4 is slated for a release sometime before Christmas.

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126 Comments

  1. Aullah

    Ok.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Lengendaryboss

    Is this a PR message it seems like it, no disrespect.“With developers like Quantic Dream, Naughty Dog, and titles like The Last Guardian looming on the horizon, all exclusive to PS4.” Does he know something we don’t? :)

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Froseidon

    I mean no disrespect, but it is their job choice. It sucks I admit, but MS didn’t tell them to become servicemen, and funnily enough, they aren’t the only ones in the world a console needs to cater to. That said, I kinda feel sorry for them, but still.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Gigabomber

    @2 The last guardian still looming. sure.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. JackTheFaux

    If I’m not mistaken, someone from Microsoft said that they would “figure something out” for service members and the like.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. laughing-gravy

    Sony should send them some PS4′s. :-)

    #6 2 years ago
  7. SlayerGT

    @2 Sounds to me like a gamer. Like you or I its his hobby and he knows what he’s talking about is all.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. GregSolidus

    Shouldn’t soldiers be doing more important things like honing their skills to combat our enemies instead of complaining that they can’t hone their skills on Call of Duty Ghosts with the Xbox One?

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Lengendaryboss

    @SlayerGT
    Yeah but that paragraph just seemed like PR to me, but i am glad he is very vocal about PS4 and Xbox One and appreciate would they do (also knowing how men spend their time), so gaming without restrictions for these guys should be mandatory.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. zinc

    Hoorah!!

    On a serious note, the U.S. militery do have a habit of pulling up to schools on careers days with a van full of 360′s playing Gears.

    Wankers.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Lengendaryboss

    @Greg
    They are entitled to much more than that, for all they do for us.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. GregSolidus

    I think they can manage.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Sylrissa

    Some of these comments are down right disrespectful.

    People who put their lives at risk to project their country deserve a hell of a lot more then just to be able to play some video games in their free time of their choosing

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Erthazus

    I’m sure there will be a special Xbox One edition for military without Online function.

    All electronics companies make editions that are different so I don’t see what’s wrong here.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. _LarZen_

    My guess is that Microsoft can implement a feature that makes servicemen and women around the world not having to check in every 24h.

    Microsoft has the power to do whatever they want with their XBO, so I recon if they have any respect they will find a way for it.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Crussong

    @8 They arent freakin machines, dumbass. When they have a little free time, they can do and enjoy whatever they want. Theyre not 24 hours learning how to kill other people! Get some damn respect.
    Im not even from the US, but i know what it means to need a bit time for yourself. They are just people, some of them gamers and some of them not. Those who like to spent time playing some games, just got fucked by Microsoft. You just should get punched in the face for that CoD Ghosts bullshit too..

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Sylrissa

    @15 I’d certainly hope so, would be a nice sign to do that for them.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. lookingglass

    lol a product you can’t use in the middle of nowhere and it’s a sin because of that.

    I have friends and family in the military and I support the shit out of them, but this is dumb and its a shamefully biased article to post.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. jefedemuchanina

    Okay to start off im in the army (rangers) to be exact so its fair to say i get deployed far more often and in some cases longer and i have no problem with it. Why? Because well in south america and middle east i cant use my xbox wtf are doing while your deployed? I know your probably not doing the same type of missions i am but still deployed is just that. Sitting on a ship all day waiting to retire was your choice i mean while our brothers are out there dying your worried about playing xbox from your bunk? Ugh navy guys

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Nirvi

    I served in U.S. Army, 181st IR. This guy is an idiot. Gaming in the military is not right, it’s a luxury. Luxury if you have the time to game. Also I doubt this guy is really in the military, no one in their right mind serving would make a statement like that. Makes you look so childish.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. DSB

    Damn. I think this is gonna hurt more than anyone thought it would. I hope for the Xbox divisions sake that they’re planning to unfuck this up in the very near future.

    I don’t see how they have any option left beyond a retreat. It’s one thing to fuck over core gamers and former customers, it’s quite another to fuck over the military.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Fin

    Guys, don’t worry, he can just buy a 360.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. DSB

    ^^ Or deal with it!

    #23 2 years ago
  24. jefedemuchanina

    @23 he shouldnt have anything i be damned if i get to sit in my bunk and play xbox while deployed

    #24 2 years ago
  25. GregSolidus

    So everyone’s ok with them getting preferential treatment but being expected to fulfill the one a day check no matter what extenuating circumstances you have. I’m just curious since if they guy who signed up to be on a boat for 18 months gets a free pass why not the guy in Iowa who has spotty internet FOREVER? I don’t think it’s truly fair to discriminate, either all of us benefit or none of us do.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. zinc

    @19,20. A service man stands up & objects to a basic freedom being denied him by a greedy dictator & you object!?

    Some soldiers you guys are.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Biscuitpants

    “committed against all service members.”

    typical soldiers thinking about themselves

    pigs

    #27 2 years ago
  28. Malmer

    I read a quote somewhere that MS would have a solution for this special case. I could be mistaken ofc. But it seems doable.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. jefedemuchanina

    Lol you have to be kidding soldiers arent sitting on a boat playing xbox while deployed ive yet to have enough downtime to play xbox once. Either he’s the deck scrubber or the village idiot as the other guy said its a luxury. Do you feel comfortable knowing your army is in iraq playing xbox while marines die? I dont think so. So why should the navy while the rest of us bust ass?

    #29 2 years ago
  30. reask

    Deleted/
    By Me.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. manamana

    They should rename it into Xbox Boomerang.
    Okay, troll comment, I know.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. Nirvi

    @26 Playing video games is not right! It’s a luxury. There are alternatives if he insists on gaming where there is no internet access, get a 360, PS3 or later down the road PS4.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. ihatevry1

    I literally registered just to add this comment. I was deployed on the USS Abraham Lincoln when Halo 3 was set to release. The ENTIRE battle group…air squadrons, ships, and subs…stayed in and around naval air station Coronado for an extra few days SOLELY for the purpose of everyone having the opportunity to find themselves a copy. The ships “MWR” (morale and welfare resources department) bought ten copies themselves. The PEOPLE, not taxpayer money!! That department then started putting on giant halo tournaments after hours on the mess decks that culminated in the hangar bay being used for the final match. That was through a six month deployment. When MWR was able to, they started letting people check the game out just in case they missed it somehow. The online 24/7 is ridiculous for service members. Best times you have on board a ship is your few and far between downtimes where you system link your xbox’s and have a tournament with another department, or just sit in your shop and play a few rounds of tiger woods after taps. Then those poor guys with boots on the ground…it’s very near a slap to all service members, no matter how unintentional it is. Microsoft needs to realize that ALL taxpayers paid for my battle groups fuel and time SOLELY for the purpose to buy Halo 3. I can personally attest to seeing more 360′s than ps3′s of my 5000+ crew members, but ps4 will likely be the new console of choice for service members…that isn’t disturbing, but the lack of foresight from Microsoft, based VERY near THREE naval stations is an abomination.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. CaptPierce

    As a military child who lived with my family in Germany for 4 years, this guy has a point. Sure it’s a luxury, but servicemen don’t wake up in the morning wanting to shoot things. Them and others deployed are putting their lives on the line for us, I’d say they deserve to relax and enjoy something that won’t brick up on them without a day of Internet.

    And being deployed in different countries where Internet speed and region-locked coding is a major problem, especially seeing how limited its release will be.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. reask

    @33
    What were you doing in between?

    #35 2 years ago
  36. Tech-N9ne

    @26

    This is the dumbest post ever. “basic freedom”?, its a f..king video game for Christ sake.

    Talk about first world problems. We have people dying in lots of countries for (REAL) freedom of speech, religion, sexuality, racial equity and even freedom to walk down the street. And this fool is talking about freedom to play a video game that no one is forcing you to buy. Amazing!

    #36 2 years ago
  37. reask

    @36
    Plus 100

    #37 2 years ago
  38. Stephany Nunneley

    @30 – This is a gaming blog not a place for you to bitch about how much you hate the US or its military, surely where ever it is you live you have one as well. You want to spout stuff like this, go to Tumblr. This is not a political site. It’s about games.

    @the rest of you – one of the first things the majority of you said when the “always online” debate came about was “what about the servicemen and women?” Well now you have something from one’s perspective and you come out of the woodwork complaining.

    There is no winning with you guys. I give up.

    A personal note: As someone who lived with an ex-Marine for 10 years, whose father served two tours in Vietnam and whose grandfather was in WW2 and whose great-father was in WWI – etc etc and know FIRST HAND how war affects a person for the rest of their lives, I find some of these comments highly insulting.

    #38 2 years ago
  39. jefedemuchanina

    @36 exactly people have no clue the atrocities that go on in these countries until you see it yourself. Well without going into detail in the rangers we go to alot of these countries to train these militias to defend themselves against tyranny and hardly have time to play xbox lol

    #39 2 years ago
  40. zinc

    @29, Do I feel comfortable that service men/women are enjoying downtime watching tv, playing xbox or using the internet like all us other mortals do to relax?

    Yeah, i’m good with that.

    Am I comfortable that some dick pretending to be a Ranger (you love Con-Air right?) is defending bullshit business stratagems?

    No. Got a problem there.

    #40 2 years ago
  41. NeutralBlade

    Being a former service member myself, there is nothing wrong with using your downtime as you see fit. As another mentioned, they’re not machines, and should be able to enjoy themselves in the time they have off.

    He’s clearly a big Xbox supporter, major Halo fan. He feels betrayed, and when that happens, people react. Service members should just buy the competitions’ product, as MS certainly considered all the people they’ll be shutting out; and they went along with their Azure control system anyway.

    And MS’s response to similar complaints? Get a 360, they said. No, just buy something else. MS has already decided that they don’t care what you want. It’s too bad.

    #41 2 years ago
  42. reask

    @38
    My apologies so.
    I just found it very condescending tbh.

    #42 2 years ago
  43. manamana

    I didn’t realize that Halo made such a huge impact in the US Army. I loved it for shure but since 4 it’s all over for me. Yes, I can definitely see Microsoft backpaddeling before launch.

    #43 2 years ago
  44. Lengendaryboss

    @Steph
    Well Steph i am grateful, gives us insight into the lives of the gaming realm of soldiers who risk their lives for us.

    #44 2 years ago
  45. El_MUERkO

    Sony PR will be all over this like a Rash. “Halo you say? Have you tried Killzone 3? Here have a bunch on PS3′s with Killzone 3. Just to get yourself familiarized before the PS4 launch.”

    #45 2 years ago
  46. zinc

    @36, No, dumb is believing the bullshit the Chuck Norris wannabe is spewing.

    My issue is with that fantasist, not you.

    Though if military men/women are going to be unable to enjoy the xbone, simply because of MS’s silly DRM, well shit son, thats not good.

    #46 2 years ago
  47. Battler624

    servicemen worry not if you are X-1 fans, the system WILL BE BROKEN and SHALL BE SET FREE be it to make it better for the consumer or to simply step upon those anti-consumer companies pride the first step is to take the authentication method down and more steps to follow to a point where WE will open the system for all to use, be it that time when piracy hits and if it does region lock shall be no-more.

    #47 2 years ago
  48. Telepathic.Geometry

    Presumably the servicemen are adults, in which case they can find alternatives to playing X1, like PS4, chess, reading books, watching movies and HBO, table tennis, yoga…

    #48 2 years ago
  49. jefedemuchanina

    @46 well unfortunately for you i am in the army ranger and have been in the army for 8 years in november. Ask anyone deployed army marines what they did in a comabat zone sure was playing xbox. Way your talking must be one of those navy guys

    #49 2 years ago
  50. salarta

    @2: More than likely, his mentioning all those PS4 games is simply an impassioned fan of the Halo series trying to press the point home to Microsoft that they need to fix the mess they’ve made as soon as possible, and to urge other companies not to follow Microsoft’s path. Pointing out games the competitor will get is essentially saying “I would have bought your console if you knew better, but since you didn’t, I’d like to make you aware that I have a fantastic alternative where my money will be going instead of with you.”

    @5: If that’s true, then that’s a good thing, but it’s also really, really sad and pathetic. Microsoft is a big company, something like this should not have caught them with their pants down. They should’ve had a solution already planned and in place. Not having one shows just how little they truly give a shit about their end consumers, because they didn’t take even a smidgen of time to consider what situations could prevent people from being able to get online with the XBox One.

    @8: I don’t care if you’re trolling or serious, that was incredibly ignorant and disrespectful. And I suppose construction workers have to spend all day and night doing construction work, dentists aren’t allowed to do anything with their lives other than work on teeth, etc.

    @20: I’m glad you prefaced your comment by noting your personal experience, so we have context of where it’s coming from. I’m entirely serious about that, it’s important to know since we know it’s coming from someone of experience and not some random kid speaking from what he imagines the military to be. However, I find your assertion that a “real” military person wouldn’t express his frustration like this U.S. Navy serviceman to be questionable. Not everyone is the same, even after they’ve been rigorously trained in a fashion specifically meant to put duty and the group above the individual. If you think caring as much as this guy does about Microsoft’s policies with the XBox One would make you into a whiner, that’s your choice, but that doesn’t make him one.

    #50 2 years ago
  51. salarta

    @45: I doubt Sony PR will jump on this. They may offer a solution, like offering to provide the military with PS4s or something, but they aren’t going to use it to bash Microsoft.

    At least, I’d hope they wouldn’t. That would be tasteless exploitation of the military for marketing purposes.

    #51 2 years ago
  52. zinc

    @49, Way you’re talking, litaracy is not a requirement for Army Rangers.

    #52 2 years ago
  53. OwningXylophone

    “While an internet connection will be required for the console, the company is also experimenting with special exemption codes that could be given to select people in very particular, internet-free situations, like active-duty soldiers serving in war zones, sources tell Polygon.”

    http://www.polygon.com/2013/5/24/4362680/xbox-one-games-will-require-regular-authentication-checks-used-games

    #53 2 years ago
  54. Sylrissa

    @52 With the way he’s constantly bringing it up like that, I’m starting to think he’s just hiding behind that, and may not even be really a ranger.

    That or he really doesn’t want his brothers and sisters in arms to get any downtime to relax.

    #54 2 years ago
  55. manamana

    @53 thats it. End of story. Codes will be hacked and made available to all of us. Free the XB1!

    #55 2 years ago
  56. ps3fanboy

    a good fuck you to microsoft from the usa military… more letters like this please… its a joy to be at vg247 now days, i have just to sit back and read, people are hitting microsoft from left and right, hahaha… did i hear the word ‘trolling’ ???… i don’t think so, i guess the whiners shut up when its their own military that is doing the talking :D

    #56 2 years ago
  57. Silberluchs

    It’s probably better this way, I mean I wouldn’t want to have military or pro-military customers if I was Microsoft…

    #57 2 years ago
  58. GregSolidus

    You know,they could just play it when they get back.

    #58 2 years ago
  59. melonbuster1

    Oh please. .no one cares about your problems. . Don’t serve then. Simple. You want games or a job

    #59 2 years ago
  60. salarta

    @58: Oh, okay then. If you start, continue or go back to college, I’ll just be taking your favorite video game system off your hands for the whole of each semester. You can play it when you get back.

    #60 2 years ago
  61. OwningXylophone

    @55

    Should they go that route, I can see those codes sneaking out into the wild. That said, if they are going to accommodate the servicemen & women out there I’d expect them to do it with special versions of the console specifically for the military with that particular feature disabled. I only posted that link because I knew I had read somewhere pre-E3 that MS were looking into their options in that area.

    #61 2 years ago
  62. zinc

    @59, Y’see its that attitude that got MS into this mess.

    Go down the street, greeting everyone you meet with that, see how your day goes :)

    #62 2 years ago
  63. DSB

    @33 Awesome comment

    @Steph Surely living in Europe you ran into people with those kinds of views before?

    It’s nauseating, but I think the hateful hippies are in the minority at the end of the day.

    #63 2 years ago
  64. Sylrissa

    @DSB Oh I have no doubt about them being the minority, and I’d love to see some of them saying these things to a serviceman/woman without the safely and anonymity of the internet.

    #64 2 years ago
  65. Stephany Nunneley

    @63 Of course, and trust me, I have plenty to say about my country and it’s not all sunshine, puppies and roses; however a gaming website isn’t the place for things of that nature. Now, I am off to have some beer. Keep it nice in here and I will see you all tomorrow!

    #65 2 years ago
  66. salarta

    @65: I make no promises that you will not come back to smashed windows and beer all over the floor. :P

    #66 2 years ago
  67. brackster

    The greatest sin? It could be worse, Microsoft could send employees to sexually assault servicemen. Oh wait, servicemen do that yearly several thousand times over to other servicemen.

    #67 2 years ago
  68. POOP CRUSTY

    ^ So because a few idiots decide to do that you blame the lot? Get real.

    #68 2 years ago
  69. zinc

    @67, Yes… but you’d have to be a Gold subscriber :)

    #69 2 years ago
  70. Ireland Michael

    People responsible for the deaths of millions of innocent men, women and children really have no place preaching about what constitutes a sin.

    “Thou shalt not kill.”

    Killing people. That’s a sin.

    Being unable to play your video game in a inconvenience, and a goddamn insignificant one in comparison.

    This statement is either a giant pile of PR bullshit (not likely), or a man completely deluded by his own blind, obsessive patriotism. (most likely)

    #70 2 years ago
  71. Eddie Rodrigues

    If those men and women work to defend a country and manage to get free time (which is very little and rare in most cases) I believe they deserve to play some videogames without being restricted.

    #71 2 years ago
  72. zinc

    @70, Fuck off Michael.

    Fuck off & take your hysterical hyperbole with you.

    #72 2 years ago
  73. Ireland Michael

    @72 What hyperbole?

    #73 2 years ago
  74. Cobra951

    @70: Fuck you.

    #74 2 years ago
  75. brackster

    If you think just a few idiots contribute to thousands of sexual assaults, think again. Not everyone here is from the US, but we haven’t had to actually protect our freedom since WWII. Soldiers back then would laugh at this guy’s face and tell them to play poker (which they did).

    #75 2 years ago
  76. Ireland Michael

    I’m sorry. I’m not American. I don’t support American terrorism.

    #76 2 years ago
  77. Sylrissa

    @70 I generally agree with you across many topics on this site, however here you are just showing your biased hate of the military and I can’t support that, these men and women are protecting their country and your comments were uncalled for.

    They deserve to be able to watch tv/ play video games etc in what small amount of free time they get.

    @76 Oh and i’m not American either, I just have respect for people putting their lives at risk to project their country

    #77 2 years ago
  78. zinc

    @73, I think the “millions of deaths” counts as some particularly myopic hysteria chum.

    #78 2 years ago
  79. Cobra951

    @76: Fuck you again, you ungrateful prick. God, how I hate ignorant trash like you. Tell me that you and your family would have had the will and the power to preserve your easy way of life for the past 70 years, you myopic motherfucker. You don’t have to be American to understand the history of the 20th century. You just have to have a brain in your head.

    #79 2 years ago
  80. Silent Killer01

    Personally I hope MS releases the Xbox one the way they said they would just so when I switch to PS4 I will have zero buyers remorse.

    #80 2 years ago
  81. zinc

    @75, Actually they’d probably say:

    “Wow, whats that magical goggle box, where i can control the little people?”

    #81 2 years ago
  82. Ireland Michael

    @78 Nope, it’s a pretty damn accurate figure actually. In all its wars over the past century, America has killed millions of foreigners, the vast majority of which were civilian casualties.

    The figures for Iraq alone are astronomical. But what do those people matter? They’re not Americans, right? It doesn’t matter that they have wives, husbands, parents or children. There’s just “collateral damage” in your never ending question for “freedom”.

    All that matter is that our wonderful death dealing solders get to play their Ex Bawks games… which not surprisingly are about games death dealing soldiers.

    Spare me.

    #82 2 years ago
  83. DSB

    @70 What a load of sanctimonious bullshit.

    #83 2 years ago
  84. Uncontested

    Bunch of faggots in this here thread. I find this “jefe” guy hilarious “us army rangers training militias in 3rd world countries don’t have time to play xbox so I’m gonna hate on a Sailor who does.” Right bro. You’re probably some food service POG if you’re even in the Military at all.

    I did two deployments to Iraq. Marine Corps Infantry Battalion. There was time for video games. Even if it was only when you ended up at the MWR on one of the larger bases for a few hours, but it was still there. The fuckin SF guys played more video games than anyone and they damn well earned the privilege to do so.

    @70 Do the world a favor and go hang yourself you useless little fuckwit.

    #84 2 years ago
  85. polygem

    wow, guys this behaviour makes me want to hug you…

    calm down a little

    now let me +1 post # 70

    #85 2 years ago
  86. manamana

    Sylrissa +1

    It’s pretty comfortable sitting at home talking like that, knowing the bombs drop somewhere else in a faraway place, isn’t it?

    #86 2 years ago
  87. polygem

    @84: a guy with your attitude should never wear a gun. seriously. tame your anger first.

    #87 2 years ago
  88. Ireland Michael

    @79 I come from Ireland. My country was at civil war until the turn of the century. You were at risk of being killed just by walking down the street in the wrong country, based simply on your religious preferences and where you were born. Businesses and houses were bombed constantly, and many people died in that shit, including people I knew.

    Guess where half the weapons came from?

    I’ve probably seen more conflict in Belfast in a year than you have in your entire life. Never once did I condone the violence from either side. Never once did I believe a single person lifting a single weapon was ever justified, ever.

    America is a fascist, terrorist nation. I’m sorry if you don’t like that fact.

    Heroes don’t kill people. They save them.

    #88 2 years ago
  89. Uncontested

    @87 A guy with your attitude should never wear a gun. seriously. grow a pair of balls first.

    #89 2 years ago
  90. DSB

    @86 Mass murder has been a favored European spectator sport over the last 20 years though.

    Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Syria. Jolly good show!

    Seriously, say what you want about the US, they make loads of mistakes, but the willingness of Europe as a whole to simply stand by and watch people be slaughtered, even on our very own continent, is just disgraceful.

    #90 2 years ago
  91. polygem

    @89: you´re insulting female soldiers! they don´t have balls y´know. genius.

    #91 2 years ago
  92. Ireland Michael

    @90 When did I ever say I supported those countries?

    That doesn’t change the fact that when another country throws a little stone, America picks up a giant fucking boulder and beats them over the head with it until they’re a messy, bloody pulp.

    Hitler kills millions of Jews: Genocide
    America drops atomic bombs: Justice

    Oh please, don’t act like they’re doing it for the betterment of the people in those countries. That excuses didn’t cut it in Vietnam, and it sure as hell doesn’t cut it now.

    #92 2 years ago
  93. zinc

    @88, No, Michael your tarring a nation of millions with the same brush. Stop it before you come across as a total prick.

    & stop playing the Irish card you cunt. Your devaluing it.

    #93 2 years ago
  94. manamana

    You are absolutely correct DSB. That’s what the main problem in Europe is considering warzones: they treat them as if they don’t exist, whilst exporting weapons(Heckler&Koch) or vehicles to keep that machinery going.

    #94 2 years ago
  95. Ireland Michael

    @93 Then don’t play the American patriot card.

    American people are great. My issue isn’t with the average citizen. My issue is with any person who willingly lifts a gun, willingly goes to a foreign country, and willingly shoots an *innocent*’ human being in their own homeland.

    That’s not defending yourself. That’s being a terrorist.

    #95 2 years ago
  96. DSB

    @92 You’re comparing firing a laser guided bomb at a specific target with sending millions of unarmed women and children into a gaschamber to be euthanised?

    That’s sound reasoning.

    It serves no military purpose to kill civilians. If you did any sort of research on the subject you’d learn that every western military involved in Iraq and Afghanistan has had as a major priority to limit civilian casualties.

    That’s done at the expense of soldiers who will then have limited access to the weapons that typically cause a lot of civilian casualties, like air support and indirect fire, and who then take higher casualties of their own in order to protect the civilian population as much as possible.

    #96 2 years ago
  97. polygem

    maybe we should take stephs advice serious now. this is a gaming site. i am not a friend of military actions and i never was. that doesn´t automatically make me a coward by the way. i do not fear my own death. sometimes military actions are necessary but most of the time they aren´t. it´s a business too, let´s face it, a huge business. but i will stop it here. it´s depressing how agressive some of you guys are though. truly depressing.

    #97 2 years ago
  98. Ireland Michael

    @96 Both resulted in the *intentional* deaths of countless innocent lives, based entirely on what they were, not who they were.

    So yes, I’m comparing the two.

    The US didn’t even give a fuck until Pearl Harbour. They were more than happen to sit and watch the world born. Millions of Jews? Nada, nothing, squat. A handful of American soldiers? OH NOW IT’S A PROBLEM!

    “It serves no military purpose to kill civilians.”

    Well it sure as hell doesn’t seem to stop them.

    All life is precious. The problem with America is that the only life that seems to matters is an American one… if only to screw more money out of them for the sakes of the never ending pursuit of wealth.

    @97 I commented with my opinion on the TOPIC of the news story, which is exactly what the comment section is for. People don’t have to respond to me if they don’t want to.

    #98 2 years ago
  99. zinc

    @Michael, I’m not American dear boy.

    Merely pointing out that portryaing your (adopted) homelands as the *bad guy* because of all the nasty stuff you’ve read about them (Thanks to free media) is a distinctly Western trait.

    Obviously the rest of the world is peace, love & equal rights to women & gays.

    #99 2 years ago
  100. Brenna Hillier

    Reiterating that this is not the place for a political debate. Stop. Take it elsewhere.

    #100 2 years ago
  101. Ireland Michael

    @99 Much of Europe was bringing in laws to support gay marriage rights well before the US even considered the idea.

    I’m just sayin’.

    America is where freedom goes to die a slow and painful death.

    #101 2 years ago
  102. zinc

    @Michael, You’ve never had it so good :)

    Put your tired white male guilt to bed & finish your drink!

    ;)
    You big cunt ya!

    #102 2 years ago
  103. Ireland Michael

    Ell ooh ell.

    #103 2 years ago
  104. DSB

    @98 I think you need to look up the word intentional.

    And stop being a doe-eyed fool. The only thing that matters to any nation is that nations interests. Soldiers exist to protect and further those interests.

    And if they didn’t, then your values and my values would mean absolutely nothing, because much like it is in Africa, the only values that would count, would be those of men who are holding onto guns.

    It’s easy enough to sit in a country protected by one or several strong militaries who serve your interests, and yap about the many virtues of pacifism.

    #104 2 years ago
  105. zinc

    @Brenna, Where? I only know these guys from here!

    And why shouldn’t topics blur? You never been in a pub, with guys?

    This is what we do!

    *Gets Brenna a Stella*

    I only drink stella or kronenberg :)

    #105 2 years ago
  106. zinc

    @104, Those who believe in peace, should prepare for war.’

    said someguy.

    #106 2 years ago
  107. Ireland Michael

    @105 “Soldiers exist to protect and further those interests.”

    Of course they do.

    @106 “If nobody lifted a finger to anyone, nobody would have any reason to fight.”

    Said me.

    #107 2 years ago
  108. DSB

    Kumba-fucking-ya.

    #108 2 years ago
  109. zinc

    The sooner women rule the world & stop us guys ruining it, in our endless quest to prove who’s got the biggest dick, the better…

    p.s. Mines long, thick & I’ll nuke those who disagree!!

    #109 2 years ago
  110. Sylrissa

    @101 “Much of Europe was bringing in laws to support gay marriage rights well before the US even considered the idea.”

    As an Australian who will be moving to Norway in the future to marry my norwegian girlfriend, thanks to same-sex marriage being legal there, I very much agree with that point.

    HOWEVER all the frankly insulting comments you’ve made against people in the military I find quite distasteful and in very poor taste, and disagree with.

    #110 2 years ago
  111. Ireland Michael

    @110 As is your right to do so. *nods*

    #111 2 years ago
  112. Audacityscape

    I’m sorry but this is pretty ridiculous. “A sin committed against all service men”? Honestly, is this the sort of hyperbole we’re going to have to deal with for the next 6 months? MS has no responsibility to any particular group to make a product that satisfies them specifically. That’s like poor people getting mad at luxury car companies for making vehicles they can’t afford, or blind people getting mad at touch screen phone companies for making products they can’t use. Where did all this entitlement come from, exactly?

    MS is making a product that needs to be connected to the internet. If you don’t have the internet, you can’t use it, and that’s annoying and frustrating, sure, but they certainly didn’t do it to spite you. They don’t owe you anything.

    Also you think you’d be more mad about congress messing with veterans benefits or the insane number of homeless vets that don’t get the help they need when they get back from war. You’d think that’d be the greatest sin that you were upset about. Instead, it’s that you can’t play an xbox while you’re bored on a ship. Wow.

    #112 2 years ago
  113. DSB

    @112 The problem being that Microsoft, being a business, needs customers more than the customers need them. They don’t have a monopoly on videogame consoles, and we certainly don’t owe them anything either.

    Even disregarding the awful PR involved with cutting off the armed forces, expecting people to “deal with it” is a disastrous strategy, especially for a company trying to sell anything as a service.

    #113 2 years ago
  114. G1GAHURTZ

    They’re certainly well within their rights to have such a disastrous strategy if they so choose.

    I certainly don’t think anyone will be harmed as a result.

    #114 2 years ago
  115. Audacityscape

    @113 You’re exactly right. MS needs consumers, and I’d argue that the amount of servicemen and women who buy a video game console is negligible in their overall sales. Why should they change their entire product strategy to cater to this group? To me, this entire “anti-military” thing is a joke. MS isn’t “cutting off” the armed forces, or insulting them or purposefully attacking them. They’re simply making a product that coincidentally, military personnel will have a hard time using. And that’s OK, that’s their right. They didn’t set out saying “ok, what can we do to screw with soldiers?”

    And you’re also right that we don’t owe them anything. If you don’t like the XB1, don’t buy it. It’s really as simple as that. For the record, I expect to see some walking back of MS’ restrictions from them in the coming months, but that doesn’t make this whole “MS HATES THE MILITARY” meme any less ridiculous.

    #115 2 years ago
  116. stretch215

    I bet microsoft will change some of their policies before launch. Not because of this nonsense, but because it’s smart from a business standpoint. Edit: #115 beat me to it

    #116 2 years ago
  117. stretch215

    I want to call their policies outrageous, but that would make me a hypocrite as I’m most likely grabbing an xbx1 first. I want to see both platforms do well, though. Without competition we will have only stagnation. That’s what I don’t get about these people (basically) praying for the demise of MS.

    #117 2 years ago
  118. Ireland Michael

    Microsoft has a piece of hardware for people who don’t have access to the Internet.

    It’s called the Xbox 360.

    #118 2 years ago
  119. G1GAHURTZ

    People seem to think that if they make enough noise, MS will suddenly back down, and turn off the 24 hour check in, but I simply don’t think it’s possible.

    They are too deeply tied into their new system, and the online checks are an integral part of it.

    They have a system, where anyone of up to 10 different people can play one single copy of a game obtained through a single purchase. Anyone can also play any game that they own on any X1, simply by logging in.

    If they turn off the 24 hour/1 hour check, that entire system goes down the drain, because all anyone would have to do is sign in to every single one of their friend’s consoles, download every game that they own, then keep those consoles off the internet until all of those games had been finished.

    They’d be shooting themselves in the foot.

    I don’t see any way for MS to back out of this without dropping key X1 features, and that would have to be one of the worst ways to develop a product, ever.

    #119 2 years ago
  120. Ireland Michael

    @119 No, they’ll simply buy a PS4 instead.

    Giving your games to a friend is not a “feature”, and a check should only be required *once* at most. The complete inability to use a disc on more than one machine without logins is a straight up decision.

    Games do not have to rely on Azure. They don’t *need* not be online to function, unless they’re intentionally designed that way.

    Christ, you make ps3fanboy come off as a rational fan…

    #120 2 years ago
  121. G1GAHURTZ

    ^ Silence, troll.

    #121 2 years ago
  122. redwood

    does this mean that the us army is going to attack microsoft now?

    #122 2 years ago
  123. OmegaSlayer

    Gotta love Microsoft.

    #123 2 years ago
  124. Kieran

    theres people out there who wont hear a single thing about X1 until their friends buy it lol i see X1 getting a lot of returns never mind bad press

    #124 2 years ago
  125. brackster

    No, servicemen in WWII would think a video game device as almost meaningless until after the war, considering they were trying to save the world. I liked how one poster wrote soldiers don’t wake up wanting to shoot things, yet Halo is notably mentioned as examples of the games being played. Kind of ironic. Plus you wonder how many of these guys would be made fun if they didn’t play FPS or other more macho games. If Nintendo did this, I wonder how many servicemen would talk about how they couldn’t play Mario. Probably not many, but hey, maybe they’re cool and play all sorts of games, but something tells me I doubt it.

    #125 2 years ago
  126. Stephany Nunneley

    That is it. I warned everyone yesterday to not turn this article into a political debate, yet Brenna had to step in and warn everyone again.

    This thread is locked now.

    #126 2 years ago

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    Frogmind Games has announced it will be bringing its action-adventure game Badland to multiple platforms this spring with Badland: Game of the Year Edition. Initially released in 2013 on tablets, the game is a mix of physics-based gameplay with varying level designs and power-up featuring cloning, growing and slowing down time. Badland is set in […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront concept art shows Endor, map details teased

    With Star Wars Battlefront set for holiday 2015, it’s high time we were told something about the FPS. Today, a slight bit of information was released on the game, along with a piece of concept art. Finally. While we wait until spring for the first look at the game, we’ll have to be sated with […]

  • You can now catch Emboar and Serperior in Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire

    Two new Pokemon are now available for Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire through the official Pokemon website’s special event. You can pick up the fire, fighting type Pokemon Emboar from January 28 – November 30, per IGN, using the special code POKEMON500. Enter it into the Mystery Gift section from the main game menu to […]

  • Fight demons, save the world in The Awakened Fate Ultimatum this March

    A new set of videos for The Awakened Fate Ultimatum have been released by NIS America, showing off the roguelike RPG coming to PlayStation 3. In the game, player will guide a high school student named Shin Kamikaze as he comes to term with being a god. After having a dream featuring a girl talking […]

  • You can now pick up Heroes of Might & Magic 3 HD Edition on PC, tablets

    Heroes of Might & Magic 3 HD Edition is now available on PC as well as Android and iOS tablets. The fifteen year-old title has been revamped in full HD and includes the seven original campaign scenarios and 48 skirmish maps. Local multiplayer mode, a map editor and a Steam lobby are also included.

  • 50 finalists for Bohemia Interactive’s Make Arma Not War contest announced

    The 50 finalists for Bohemia Interactive’s €500,000 Make Arma Not War contest have been announced, after the firm combed through over 250 entries. Finalists chosen in the single-player category were chosen by Arma 3 players, and the add-on and multipkayer entries were selected by Bohemia Interactive. Winners for the next round will be evaluated by […]

  • Here’s a new batch of gruesome Killing Floor 2 screenshots

    Tripwire Interactive has released a new batch of screenshots for Killing Floor 2. The screens show various weapons as well as a variety of Zeds ready to tear you to shreds. Killing Floor 2 is slated for release this year on PC and PlayStation 4. It will also be made available for SteamOS.

  • Hatred is now available for pre-order, new video released

    Hatred is now available for pre-order through the game’s official website. There are two editions to choose from: Digital version with the official game soundtrack for €16.66; or the Digital version with the game soundtrack and a T-shirt for €36.66. The second edition is limited to 1,485 units. Hatred, which was handed an AO rating […]

  • This The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D TV spot is sort of creepy

    With The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D arriving on the first Friday the 13th of the year, it’s only fitting Nintendo would release a slightly creepy TV spot for it. The game’s concept is rather dark, and while it the commercial isn’t too creeptastic, for as short as it is the message is conveyed […]

  • GTA 5 “documentary” chronicles the life of a Tennis Pro

    Here’s another user created video featuring footage from GTA 5, but this one is a documentary instead of crazy stunts, mayhem and face-plants. Created by Bombastic Gamer Films, the documentary delves into the life of Tennis Pro Andreas Schmovakovic, who is both the “greatest player in the world, and the worst.” It’s rather good honestly. […]

  • World of Tanks Xbox 360 updated with console exclusive Pacific Island map, JapaneseChi-Nu Kai tank

    World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition has been updated with a new and exclusive console-only map called “Pacific Island”, which also comes with a Japanese tank. Players will be able to wreck havoc in their very own Japanese Chi-Nu Kai tank, which ca be picked up through the in-game store for Tier 5. It tank […]

  • Here’s the first trailer for OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood

    Roll 7 has released the first trailer for OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood. Gameplay in the second outing will include ramps, jumps and hills, allowing for plenty of air and split level routes. It comes with a deeper combo system with Manuals, Reverts, Revert Manuals and Grind Switching. The ‘Tricktionary’ has also been updated with new […]

  • Learn all about the single-player mode in this Evolve video

    A video showing off the single-player portion of Evolve has been released by 2K and Turtle Rock. All content in the game can be played in either online multiplayer or offline in single-player. The video below contains two matches of Defend mode played from both the Monster and Hunter perspective. AI obviously takes on the […]

  • Super Smash Bros. Wii U update comes with 15 extra stages

    An update for Super Smash Bros. Wii U has been released, and it comes with 15 new stages for the 8-player mode. The update, version 1.0.2., is 316MB in size and the stages are split with nine normal stages and six Omega stages. Here’s the list: Regular stages Animal Crossing – Smashville Animal Crossing – […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update includes Metroid Prime Trilogy, Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. demo

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with the Metroid Prime Trilogy, Shadow of the Ninja on Virtual Console and a demo for Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. Here’s your update: Metroid Prime: Trilogy – Wii U Rock ’N Racing Off Road – Wii U Frenchy Bird – Wii U Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. – […]

  • Battlefield Hardline open beta takes place next week on all systems

    Details and dates for the Battlefield Hardline open multiplayer beta were announced by EA and Visceral Games today. From February 3-8, the beta will be available to all players worldwide on Origin for PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. You’ll notice that the dates coincide with the Microsoft slip up earlier in […]

  • Transistor, Yakuza 4, Thief headline February PS Plus offerings

    Sony has announced your free PlayStation Plus games for the month of February. Come February 3 in North America and February 4 in Europe, Plus members on both side of the pond will be gifted with the following: Transistor (PS4) Apotheon (PS4) Yakuza 4 (PS3) Thief (PS3) Rogue Legacy (PS Vita|PS4|PS3) Kick & Fennick (PS […]

  • Life is Strange launch trailer and final dev diary released

    With the first episode of Life is Strange releasing tomorrow, Dontnod Entertainment has released the last developer diary for the title as well as the launch trailer. Titled Creating Arcadia Bay, the video provides more information on the licensed soundtrack as well as the voice actors behind Max and Chloe. It also touches upon how […]

  • LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers out this year

    LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers have been announced by Warner Bros., the former was outed by Toys R Us and then teased at the end of LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, if you recall. LEGO Jurassic World encompasses all four Jurassic Park films and will be made available in June for 3DS, PC, […]

  • Pokemon, Super Smash Bros. top Nintendo’s million units sales list for Q3

    Nintendo has posted a list of titles which have sold millions of units as part of its quarter three earnings release. Global unit sales of 3DS titles for the nine months ending December 31, 2014: Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire: 9.35 million (life-to-date, same) Super Smash Bros.: 6.19 million (life-to-date, same) Tomodachi Life: 2.11 […]

  • How to take a screenshot on Xbox One: a lesson in frustration

    Trying to do just one simple thing seems to have 360 steps with Microsoft – why is the Xbox One’s functionality such a car crash? “The Xbox One’s definition of usability is in fact the exact opposite – this is a console designed to make life inconvenient for its players unless they sign up for […]

  • Game of Thrones’ Westeros is being made in Minecraft by 125 people

    WesterosCraft, the project dedicated to creating the entirety of Game of Thrones’ Westros has resurfaced. There are more than a few ambitious Minecraft projects, but hardly any as impressive as WesterosCraft. We first came across it all the way back in January 2013, but it looks much better now. “I would say the world is […]

  • Dying Light exploit gives you unlimited money and items

    Dying Light has been out for just over a day and an infinite money and item exploit is already out there. A simple exploit has been discovered in Dying Light that lets you duplicate weapons, all of which you can sell for profit. Win/ win. YouTuber PowerPyx lays out the steps in the handy video […]

  • Sunset Overdrive concept art is as jovial as the game itself

    Sunset Overdrive is a colourful game which is partly due to its concept art. The concept art featured below is created by Vaughan Ling, one of the concept artsists who worked on Sunset Overdrive. Anyone who’s played the game will immediately recognise the locations, weapons, character designs and general atmosphere of the game through these. […]

  • Get an extended look at the PS4 version of Project CARS

    The PlayStation 4 version of Project CARS has been shown in 1080p 60fps. The video below is captured by racing game enthusiasts Team VVV from a preview build. You can see different racing disciplines being demonstrated here, on different circuits. The game’s impressive visuals get even better when the weather gets worse.

  • Battle Pod is the Star Wars arcade game you’ve waited your whole life for

    Star Wars: Battle Pod is an arcade game that lets you replay the battles of the original trilogy, and features an incredible cockpit. If you’ve never played a game at an arcade before, Star Wars: Battle Pod will definitely be the one to change your mind. It’s an arcade cabinet out of a classic Star […]

  • CoD Exo Zombies: how to unlock the Ride of the Valkyries Easter egg

    To no one’s surprise, Exo Zombies mode in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has some Easter eggs. The first Exo Zombies Easter egg, of surely many more to come, has been discovered. It’s a musical one that involves Richard Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries. How you unlock it is not as convoluted as you might […]

  • Dying Light is sub-1080p on Xbox One, full 1080p on PS4 – report

    Early analysis of Dying Light on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One has revealed a few technical details about both ports. Digital Foundry has produced some analysis of both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One ports of Dying Light based on some early testing. Both versions manage a solid 30 frames-per-second, only dipping below that in […]

  • Battlefield 4 Second Assault DLC free to all EA Access members

    EA is offering Battlefield 4′s Second Assault expansion free to anyone with an active EA Access subscription. Anyone with an active subscription to EA Access can download the Second Assault expansion pack for Battlefield 4 starting January 29 and through February 28, free of charge. All you need to do is find it on the […]

  • The Witcher 3 is getting optimised, but no visual downgrade

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is in the final stages of development and developer CD Projekt RED is making sure optimisation work doesn’t impact the game’s visuals. The Witcher 3 art producer, Michal Stec, spoke to Eternity in an interview and was asked whether the team will downgrade the visuals to get better performance. “No. […]

  • Can’t download Dying Light on PS4? Here’s a fix

    If you’ve bought Dying Light on PS4 and you’re having trouble downloading it, you’re not alone. Here’s how to beat the bug. Techland’s Dying Light is stumbling out of the blocks a little this week, with many PS4 users experiencing problems with their full-game downloads. A bug’s to blame. Your console thinks you’ve already installed […]

  • What The Witcher 3 owes to Skyrim – and how it surpasses it

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt owes more than a nod to Bethesda’s Skyrim. I went to see The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and had a great time. I went in a fan of the books but not very experienced with the first two games. I came out with The Witcher 3 top of my gaming […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online has great monsters

    Dragon’s Dogma Online looks pretty rad – an undesirable quality in a game unlikely to come west, from our perspective. The first Dragon’s Dogma trailer was released this afternoon; admire its beauty below. The free to play online RPG was announced for PC, PlayStation 3 and PS4 overnight, but Capcom doesn’t intend to bring it […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles X map about five times the size of last game’s

    Xenoblade Chronicles X is not a small game. This week’s Famitsu has a feature on Xenoblade Chronicles X giving some details on Monolith Soft’s next RPG and first Wii U game. According to Siliconera‘s translation of reports on the feature, the game’s map is about five times the size of that in Xenoblade Chronicles. The […]

  • Take on Mars expected to hit beta in April

    Take on Mars, the space sim from Bohemia Interactive will soon be reader for wider consumption. According to a new Take on Mars development roadmap, the sim will go into beta at the start of April, with full release expected in June. The project is currently available via Steam early Access, but between now and […]

  • Can you guess the next Mortal Kombat X character reveal from this fatality audio clip?

    Mortal Kombat X will have at least one very liquid-sounding fatality. NetherRealm is revealing Mortal Kombat X’s cats one character at a time, and has promised a new reveal during a community Twitch stream tomorrow. It also provided the following teaser video – it’s audio only, and apparently taken from a fatality sequence. What’s your […]

  • Nintendo Creators Program now recruiting YouTubers – PewDiePie, others weigh-in

    Nintendo has opened a Creators Program designed to ensure creators get a slice of ad revenue from videos featuring Nintendo assets, and some prominent YouTubers aren’t pleased with the company. Update “What Nintendo are missing out on completely is the free exposure and publicity that they get from YouTube,” wrote Felix Kjellberg (PewDiePie) on his […]

  • Xbox Live issues under investigation

    Can’t sign into Xbox Live? Microsoft is on the case. Xbox 360 and Xbox One users report being unable to sign in to Xbox Live. Microsoft is already aware of and working on the problem. “Our team is hard at work right now trying to get this resolved. Thank you for staying patient while we […]

  • Make money from your non-Valve mods with Steam Workshop

    Valve has opened the money-making side of Steam Workshop to third-party titles, giving enterprising modders more ways to make money. Steam now hosts curated Workshops for Dungeon Defenders: Eternity and Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, the first non-Valve games to support the scheme. What that means is that community members can create, vote on and eventually even […]

  • Check out DmC: Devil May Cry’s new manual lock-on

    DmC: Devil may Cry developer Ninja Theory has released a video showing off the new, controversial lock-on mode. The new manual lock-on is causing quite a stir, although its reception is probably better than the white-wigged Dante who makes fans even more upset than the original makeover. “The primary purpose of this video is to […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes looks pretty fun

    Dragon Quest Heroes is yet another Omega Force take on an existing property – like Hyrule Warriors or the One Piece games. And it looks pretty sweet. We haven’t heard much from Dragon Quest Heroes here in the west because it hasn’t been confirmed for release outside Japan. This isn’t terribly surprising as we still […]

  • Square Enix to reveal new PS4 game this weekend

    Square Enix is doing something pretty mysterious right now. The Final Fantasy publisher is teasing something called Project Code Z. The project, which Square Enix is tweeting about in Japanese, English and German, is due for reveal at Tokaigi 2015 on Saturday. It’s a PS4 game, but that’s all we know. There’s a website you […]

  • Tetris has crowned its first known western Grand Master

    Tetris fans have a new western champion. Tetris is one of those gaming obsessions that goes much deeper than you might expect. For example, did you know that some versions of the game assess your performance and over you the chance to become a “grand master”? Turns out that’s a thing, and according to Polygon […]

  • Ken Levine’s next game teased as “sci-fi-ish” small, open-world RPG

    A series of tweets from BioShock creator Ken Levine has shed a sliver of light upon his next project. According to Levine he and his team are considering something a bit sci-fi and contemplating first-person mode. The team is developing the game for PC with a large in scope, expandable, systems-based narrative where more can […]

  • Become a lynx in new Shelter 2 trailer

    Shelter 2 casts players in the role of a lynx, which makes for quite a different experience to the badger of the first game. The first Shelter game had you evading predators, but in the second, you becomes one yourself. That doesn’t mean there are no dangers to face, of course. Judging by the trailer […]

  • Why King of Fighters 13 isn’t coming back to Evo

    Evo, the premiere western fighting game tournament, has dropped support for a few previously favoured titles. King of Fighters 13 had a loyal following, but isn’t featured in the Evo 2015 line-up. “Many things go into what games makes it to Evo, but the most obvious one is, ‘Is the community playing this game?’” Evo […]