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Gone Home developer withdraws from PAX Prime

Saturday, 22 June 2013 17:00 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Gone Home developer The Fullbright Company has announced it will not be attending PAX Prime this year, due in part to remarks made by Penny Arcade co-founder Mike “Gabe” Krahulik regarding transgenders earlier this week.

According to a post written by Fullbright co-founder Steve Gaynor on the company’s page, the latest comments made by Krahulik were the last straw so to speak.

“First there was the “Dickwolves” debacle, during which Mike said that it “felt pretty good” to “support rape culture,” wrote Gaynor. “Then there were the Penny Arcade Kickstarters, one of which offered to let backers pay them $7,500 to work as a Penny Arcade intern for a day.

“[Then] when critics recently raised objections about the over-the-top depiction of female characters in Dragon’s Crown, [PA co-founder Jerry "Tycho" Holkins] referred to opinions that differed from his own as “censorship.” And then yesterday a panel was announced for PAX Australia entitled ‘Why So Serious?’”

The panel, the description of which has since been changed, originally featured rawDLC founders Dave Kozicki and Josh Philpott , AusGamers Stephen Farrelly, GameArena editor Joab Gilroy, Gameplanet NZ editor James Cullinane, and Rae Johnston gaming editor for TechLife discussing, in part, how: “Any titillation gets called out as sexist or misogynistic, and involve any antagonist race aside from Anglo-Saxon and you’re called a racist. It’s gone too far and when will it all end?”

The description was eventually changed to something less “inflamatory.”

“We believe that people’s opinions and actions on social issues and business ethics are important,” Gaynor stated. “We believe that agreeing to pay the organizers of PAX over $1,000 for booth space, and to present our game on their showfloor for four days, provides explicit support for and tacit approval of their publicly demonstrated positions on these subjects. And we have finally come to the conclusion that we cannot support Jerry, Mike, and their organization by participating in this event.

“We know that this will do them no harm; that’s not the point. Another developer will take our slot at the Megabooth; they won’t lose any ticket sales; we won’t hurt their feelings. If anything, we’re hurting ourselves– our ability to reach new fans who might not have heard of Gone Home, to connect with players, sell stuff, meet with press and video crews, and so on.

“But this is not something that we’re doing for practical reasons. We are a four-person team. Two of us are women and one of us is gay. Gone Home deals in part with LGBT issues. This stuff is important to us, on a lot of different levels. And Penny Arcade is not an entity that we feel welcomed by or comfortable operating alongside.

“We wish all the best to the organizers and participants in the Indie Megabooth, as we really do believe that it is an incredibly positive force for indie games and video games in general. We just wish it weren’t at PAX.”

We won’t go into the whole controversy on here. If you want to read up on it, you can do so through the links, and various op-eds on the net – but we’re sure you’ve heard about it already. Krahulik has since issued an apology on the matter.

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24 Comments

  1. Schwarzerwind

    Though I treat the comic itself as all non-serious shits and giggles, there have been some things that the two Wunder Men have said, etc, that have had me thinking the meteoric success of what they do (which didn’t really even exist before them) has begun to make them a wee bit… inflated.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. DSB

    People who are constantly looking for something to offend them, will be offended quite a lot. Sadly, those people have the easiest time getting publicity.

    You won’t see a lot of headlines dedicated to the people who can actually read something provocative without flipping their shit.

    Personally I applaud PA for being genuine. They don’t let political correctness get in the way of a good joke, and they don’t let the morality police get in the way of speaking their minds.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Ireland Michael

    @2 If being “genuine” involves making rape jokes, they can fuck off and go bankrupt.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. DSB

    @3 http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2010/8/11/

    If this to you is an overt attempt to validate or promote rape, then I think you have issues.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. onlineatron

    @2

    Your argument is that people should be able to be and think what they want to think without prosecution, right?

    Well, that’s all these Fullbright guys are doing. They’re exercising their right to not support people they think are actively against them.

    Unfortunately, Mike, the guy you support, believes that men who want to identify as women (and vice versa) can not. That they should be unable to call themselves what they want to. That directly, wholeheartedly contradicts your argument. And is a sentiment I cannot get behind at all.

    Bravo, Fullbright. Your game looks great, and your stance laudable.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. DSB

    @5 He’s said nothing of the sort. He merely said that if you have a penis you are biologically a dude, and if you have a vagina then you are biologically a woman.

    And while I’m sure that’s cause for MASSIVE speculation among the prissy pseudo-intellectual intelligentsia, keepers of the PC flame, I’m personally not bothered by that, and I don’t think it makes him Hitler.

    He actually stated the exact opposite by telling his transgendered female staffer Sophie Prell:

    “Wanna be a guy or a girl or a fox or whatever and I will be happy to treat you that way.”

    But as per usual, the hipster inquistion is too busy winding themselves up about form and confusing it with actual substance.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. onlineatron

    @4

    It’s not promoting rape. It’s promoting rape culture. The idea that the illegal, horrendous act of rape has become trivialised to the point of parody; that a lot of people view the act as acceptable under certain conditions; that Serena Williams can suggest that a 16-year-old rape victim was at fault for being out late and drunk. Any joke that makes light, makes fun of the act of rape–THE ACT not the rapist–is directly contributing to these pernicious attitudes in our society.

    The Penny Arcade guys are unable to admit fault or empathise with rape victims, even after all this time, is dangerous and damaging.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Ireland Michael

    @4 I never said they were validating it.

    That doesn’t make it any less sick.

    You can make a display out of a dead animal carcass and claim its art (this actually happened), but that doesn’t make it good art. You can make a joke out of rape and call it a joke… but that doesn’t make it funny.

    @5 “Unfortunately, Mike, the guy you support, believes that men who want to identify as women (and vice versa) can not. That they should be unable to call themselves what they want to. That directly, wholeheartedly contradicts your argument.”

    …what?

    #8 2 years ago
  9. onlineatron

    @6

    That’s exactly what he insinuated: “It was pointed out to me that not all women have vaginas and I will admit right here in front of everyone that this came as a big shock to me”

    Look, I don’t begrudge your right to defend those guys, to feel how you feel. But why must you belittle other people’s opinions and feeling in the process? Especially when they are egalitarian in nature.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. DSB

    @7 How can it possibly be promoting it? The “hero” is obviously the scumbag for not helping the slaves. Simply using the word rape in a comic doesn’t make you a part of any “debate” about rape, which to my mind makes every bit as much sense as a debate about murder.

    They’re both fucking unacceptable activities, they’re both completely fucking illegal, and yet you have these guys with hornrimmed glasses on Twitter who want to debate the fuck out of it while sucking on their pipes and quoting Kipling.

    It’s a total waste of everybody’s time.

    To say nothing of the fact that it wasn’t a rape joke. It was a joke about MMORPGs and how they actually design total player apathy towards NPCs who have to be in an unbearable position.

    Instead of freeing all of them, you only save five. Dickwolves or no dickwolves. I find that funny.

    @8 Again, it’s not a rape joke. That’s purely your own misguided idea of it. It’s a joke about MMORPGs that contains the word rape. It’s not political, it’s not value based, it’s provocative satire.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. onlineatron

    @8

    OOOOOPS!

    That was supposed to read like I was naming Mike, the Penny Arcade guy. Not you. Sorry for the confusion.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Ireland Michael

    @10 No, it’s a rape joke. It uses the act of someone being raped and physically violated for “lulz”. Intellectualise it all you want, it’s still a joke centred around rape.

    @11 Hahahaha. Whoops.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. DSB

    @12 The rape isn’t the point of the comic. Choosing to obsess about it is entirely on you.

    That’s exactly why this is ridiculous.

    You could choose to be equally incensed about the fact that it features prisoners who are beaten in captivity, in direct violation of the UN’s convention on torture and inhumane treatment.

    And you could suggest that the writers are somehow trying to promote violence in the criminal justice system by including it.

    … But it would be equally silly if you did.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Ireland Michael

    @13 Its also entirely on me to believe that rape should never, ever be made light of.

    As someone whose time is often spent around people dealing with deep emotional scars, I have a low tolerance for people who display apathy towards it. It’s very easy to laugh at suffering when you’re not the one being punched in the face.

    The joke was bad enough. The constantly snarky dismissal and follow up comic that basically *did* make light of rape, though… yeah, I don’t feel the need to respect that at all.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. DSB

    @14 Well, personally I think unreasonable accusations often provoke unreasonable responses.

    You may have a personal relationship to rape that makes you incapable of appreciating the comic, but I don’t think that’s any reason to accuse people of stuff they didn’t do, or to start assigning them motives they never had.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. onlineatron

    Exactly, Mike (you Mike not PA Mike)!

    This is all about empathy.

    I can not fathom how someone who has ever seen the effects of rape, or even heard about them second hand, could ever make light of it. No matter the context.

    It’s the refuge of the privileged and the psychopathic.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Ireland Michael

    @15 The only thing I’m personally accusing him of is making a tasteless joke. I don’t feel there’s anything to even remotely appreciate in that comic.

    I don’t have a personal relationship with murder, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to make jokes at the expense of someone’s death.

    @16 *nods*

    #17 2 years ago
  18. DSB

    Everybody’s had something bad happen to them.

    People can have problems with all kinds of shit. Churches being destroyed, housefires, whaling, the words gay or retarded – Seriously, you name it.

    That’s exactly why you can’t let stuff like comics, or any other form of expression be dictated by the most sensitive people in a society. It would become frightfully boring and monotone, instead of breaking down boundaries and moving us forward.

    I had a friend who committed suicide last year and that affected me a great deal, but that doesn’t mean I can’t find suicide funny as part of a comic.

    At some point you have to accept that you’re looking at fiction and entertainment, instead of forcefully turning it into an ideological manifest meant to promote or validate anything.

    That’s purely your own hysteria, and in my opinion that’s not fair to the author. You can object and disagree anyway, that’s a fair response, but attributing them all kinds of values and motives is not, and clearly serves to show who is actually holding onto an agenda.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. SplatteredHouse

    http://www.penny-arcade.com/2013/06/19/twiiter-sucks-sometimes
    I think Sophie Prell of PAR summed up well in her first message to Gabe the issue.

    Sophie concluded the same message on that page, with: “All I wanted to do was let you know that someone who has met you, who has worked for you, who admires the hell out of you is hurt by what you’ve said. You say what you need to say, and I say what I feel I need to in order to excise this tension.”

    http://business.financialpost.com/2013/06/21/download-code-penny-arcade-needs-to-fix-its-krahulik-problem/
    They are PA. They are PA in public. They are, have positioned themselves as public figureheads for their business. What was said, and the attitude adopted after does seem to stand completely at odds with the sort of message that Penny Arcade grew from.

    How can it be okay for Adam Orth to be viewed as a representative of Microsoft, on his own Twitter account. For his comments to cause offense, for the gaming population to largely call “foul” at what they saw as an insult/sleight, the result reflect poorly on Microsoft, and he gets fired in short order and MS takes a pr hit.

    (I’ll be clear on this beforehand, I’m not at all trying to suggest the two outcomes should have matched. Hopefully, this Krahulik affair gets just sorted through, there’s talk and whatever – but nothing like THAT!)

    However, in this instance, again, we have senior company man not conducting themselves well in public. It reflects poorly on his company (there’s at least a sense that PA is taking some of the flak for these repeated PR gaffes) as he’s speaking in a manner perceived to be at odds from values he previously championed, and removed from the community message the company had been pushing.

    There’s a bunch of stuff to it, and so there’s a summary. That comparison, btw, is mine alone. Im not having much success squaring off the reaction and comments to these two “incidents”.
    One circumstance occurs and a man is vilified. Another similar, a short time later, and the reaction markedly differs.

    I don’t think Mike’s defense of (basically) “me just stoopid comic guy” really holds up to much in relation to the impact of what that guy, with all his responsibility and placing said.
    I think there’s a level of “if that’s what he says, and view that’s held when the lights and cameras go away…” Some people are, clearly, not cool with that.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. DSB

    @19 Keyword being percieved.

    If Twitter wants to disregard the substantive issue and simply indulge in naming someone a rapeloving rape-promoter, then they’ll do that.

    It’s obviously pretty hard to stop, and common sense isn’t a match for the pseudo-intellectual intelligentsia. They clearly lack the concept.

    Saying that someone with a penis is a guy isn’t being anti-transgender in any way. Saying that someone who has a penis has no right to call himself a woman, would be.

    Again, the argument sprang from the fact that morons on Twitter were saying that a videogame was anti-LGBT because it was meant to teach women how to masturbate, but failed to include “women” with penises.

    Arguably that’s another incredibly unintelligent accusation.

    Personally I think it’s great that Penny Arcade takes a stand against being willfully misenterpreted by people who are obviously just looking for someone to thump with their politically correct bibles.

    People shouldn’t be allowed to read absolutely anything they want into a harmless statement, and simply expect anyone else to accept their premise or accomodate their problem, just because they have a big group of people repeating the same stupid things based on the same flawed assumption.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. zinc

    A company of 2 lesbians, a gay guy & a hetro guy?

    Guaranteed that its the hetro making the stand, proving his not one of “them”.

    Guy dude’s too busy having dick wolf parties with his mates.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. dkpunk

    Is this really a thing? I read over the convo between Sophi and Mike… Read the original statements. I still for the life of me can’t find anything insulting. Political correctness is starting to hit insane levels of hyper sensitivity. This SHOULD be a none issue but can now be used as an example the LGBT community over stepping it’s boundaries.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. YoungZer0

    Ugh, here we go again. If you think rape is something people should not be allowed to make fun of: Go fuck yourself.

    Really, who are you, the PC Police? Are you one of those people who says that we shouldn’t make fun of Hitler? Do you know what sarcasm is? Do you even understand how humor works?

    Fucking rape culture? Seriously? Please tell me you know the actual origin of the word, because it has nothing to do with the bullshit feminist use to silence people.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Clupula

    My god, are we still on the dickwolves joke? First, it’s a play on the name of the producer of Law & Order, Dick Wolf. Second, the rape is not the point of the joke. There is such a thing as being too sensitive and that is an example of it. The rape is not the punchline of the joke. The rape is not even the focal point of the joke.

    Compare that to the bullshit said by Daniel Tosh when he said to a woman in the audience of his standup, “Wouldn’t it be funny if you were raped by like 5 guys right now?” People made a huge deal of the dickwolves thing when it shouldn’t have been. There was a big deal about triggers, but having been around women who have recovered from the very real horror of sexual assault, pretty much anything can become a trigger. There was nothing malicious or insensitive about this particular comic strip, while I wouldn’t say the same about Tosh or even about Duke Nukem Forever.

    I don’t particularly find Penny Arcade funny most of the time, but I think it’s ridiculous that people gave them shit for that.

    #24 2 years ago

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    Pop star Britney Spears has signed a five-year deal with Glu mobile for a new, untitled game. The mobile game will feature her “voice, likeness, and creative influence,” and is due for release sometime next year. Glu also signed a deal with Katy Perry in February, so expect a game revolving around her to hit […]

  • Large Activision publisher sale on Steam discounts Call of Duty, Prototype, more

    Activision has put the majority of its library on sale through Steam this weekend, and if other titles weren’t included, it could be referred to as a Call of Duty sale. Below are a few standouts. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Gold Edition 25% off Call of Duty: Ghosts 67% off Call of Duty: […]

  • The Dota 2 International Compendium is out, second Stretch Goal almost complete

    The International Compendium has been released for Dota 2 with the prize pool sitting at a lovely $1,917,155 as of press time. Valve said over the weekend to expect the International Compendium to drop sometime this week. As with previous years, those who purchase the Compendium can earn rewards by completing challenges, making predictions and by […]

  • If permadeath RTS games are up your alley, check out indie project XO

    The Square Enix Collective showcases projects for a limited time to help drum up community support and potential backers, and RTS title XO from Jumpdrive Studios is worth taking a look at. The teaser trailer is fairly brief, but if you visit the page for XO over at the Square Enix Collective, it’s understandable – […]

  • GTA 5 PC patch disables mods. Here’s how to get them working again

    A new patch for the PC version of GTA 5 was released yesterday and, as it turns out, has wiped the ability to use mods with the game. The wasn’t great news for some players, but YouTuber taltigolt has already figured out how to play the PC version with mods after installing the patch. Matt […]

  • Xbox One ad stealth launches a mysterious Halo 5 competition

    A new Xbox One advert released today isn’t as straightforward as it appears. The trailer has a couple of pretty conspicuous ‘glitches’ throughout, and members of NeoGAF wasted no time in breaking it down. The first item of interest is the screen from the hunt the signal site, which displays an error message when accessed […]

  • Battlefield 4 Jungle map improved with latest update

    DICE LA has updated the Battlefield 4 Jungle map, adding more foliage and a new route. As demonstrated by Westie in the video above, the map now has the kind of foliage you’d expect in the jungle, helping to conceal infantry players. The update also tweaks positions of objective points and has added a concealed […]

  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate free DLC pack for May includes Metroid and Mega Man armour

    The May DLC pack for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate boasts some big ticket items, including Metroid, Street Fighter, and Mega Man gear. This big fat chunk of free DLC, detailed on the capcom unity blog, includes Hunter equipment: Metroid’s Varia Suit Metroid’s Zero Suit Metroid’s Arm Cannon Taiko Drum Master Hunting Horn USJ’s Star Rook […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for May 1, 2 – Hard Light edition

    Here he comes with his weird face, dealing goods and gear for Guardians. It’s Friday. Xur: Agent of the Nine is back in the Tower. Of Course he is. Got your Strange Coins? Here’s what’s in his bag this week: Ruin Wings [Exotic Titan gauntlets] – 13SC Don’t Touch Me [Exotic Hunter gauntlets] – 13SC […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition Jaws of Hakkon DLC drops for PS4 on May 26

    Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC has now been announced for May 26 for PS3, PS4 and Xbox 360. The announcement was made on Twitter via the official Dragon Age account. Mark your calendars! #DAIJawsOfHakkon pic.twitter.com/mU1WfkSrQV — Dragon Age (@dragonage) May 1, 2015 The DLC was released for PC and Xbox One back in March thanks to […]

  • New Witcher 3 screenshots highlight Geralt’s questionable fashion choices

    Even though The Witcher 3 release date is drawing closer, it still feels like a million year away. So here are some more screenshots to tide you over until then. We got to look at in-game shots yesterday, but these new screens show Geralt riding through some gorgeously vibrant mountains, in the midst of combat […]

  • Sims Gurus patch out pregnant men

    Say goodbye to The Sims 4 unique take on fatherhood, as The Sims Gurus confirm that male pregnancies are no more. The Sims 4 players have been reporting high numbers of alien abductions, leaving their male characters with sore bottoms and a bellyful of alien baby. Kotaku reports that not everyone was getting their knickers […]

  • Black Mesa countdown probably points to Half-life remake release date

    Half-life remake Black Mesa may have a release date at last. Black Mesa is a Source Engine remake of the original Half-life, which like everything related to Half-life feels like it’s taking forever to come out. The first part launched in September 2012, and it looks like we might have a release date for the […]

  • Spector puts down rumours of troubled Epic Mickey development

    Epic Mickey seemed like a surprising follow-up project from the man who made Deus Ex, but Warren Spector has put down rumours of a difficult relationship with Disney. Epic Mickey displays several qualities found in Spector’s other games and which he has always espoused in interviews – heck, this is the man whose dream it […]

  • Ubisoft makes good on Child of Light promise with free eBook

    Child of Light fans can check out a gorgeous new illustrated book set in the world of Lumeria. Earlier this month, creator Patrick Plourde confirmed that there were more Child of Light projects on the way. As we expected from the cagey wording, at least the first of these projects isn’t a game: it’s an […]

  • Half-life episode from Junction Point would have featured a magnet gun

    Half-life seems to be on near permanent hold, but at least we can glean some insight into what might once have been. Junction Point’s cancelled Half-life game came up in Warren Spector’s Reddit AMA overnight. Commenting that he isn’t sure whether he’ll get into legal trouble for discussing the project, Spector gave a few comments […]

  • Destiny: exclusive shader, emblem on offer with Nepal benefit shirt

    Destiny developer Bungie has asked Guardians to offer their aid, and they’ve already responded in troves. A new Destiny shirt added to the Bungie Store is the object of a fundraising drive to provide aid in Nepal following a devastating earthquake this week. Bungie popped the pretty stylish shirt on sale earlier today, offering an […]

  • What does the creator of Deus Ex think of Human Revolution and Mankind Divided?

    Deus Ex creator Warren Spector seems pretty positive about the direction the sci-fi series has followed under Square Enix’s hand. Deus Ex was created by Spector and his team at Ion Storm, and remained with Eidos after the developer shuttered. When Square Enix purchased the British publisher, it put new studio Eidos Montreal to work […]

  • Protest Goat secures future for Elite Dangerous destruction derbies

    One of the stranger and more beautiful stories to manifest in the gaming world this week, I think. Elite: Dangerous has given birth to an unintended, emergent style of gameplay; a destruction derby like affair where players gather in no combat areas to both race and gleefully smash into each other until a victor limps […]

  • Destiny’s stunning landscapes captured in panoramas

    Destiny has some beautiful environments, which screenshots don’t necessarily do justice to. Walking around Destiny exclaiming over the lighting effects and the tiny animated details is the best way to experience Bungie’s tremendous achievements, but these panorama images stitched together from in-game screenshots are a good second. Click to see them fullsize. Redditor CenturyEagle made […]

  • Star Wars Disney Infinity re-release on the cards – rumour

    Star Wars is a no-brainer for Disney Infinity, and at long last it looks like it’s happening. A Star Wars re-release called Disney Infinity 3.0 has reportedly leaked from German retailers. We have to lable this one a rumour as we haven’t seen the original source, but the story was originally reported by DisKingdom, which […]

  • Award-winning mobile indie Monument Valley out now on Windows Phone

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Competitive matchmaking support is coming to Team Fortress 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Splatoon Nintendo Direct airs Thursday, May 7

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Has Watch Dogs 2 been leaked?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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