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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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  • Video Unlimited to be re-branded as PlayStation Video starting in February

    Like Music Unlimited, Sony’s Video Unlimited service is being replaced and re-branded PlayStation Video. PlayStation Video will become part of PlayStation Network to streamline digital services for the over 64 million PSN users. PlayStation Video and PlayStation Music will be added to PSN which is already a destination point for the PlayStation Store, PlayStation Plus, […]

  • Spotify arrives on PlayStation Music this spring, Music Unlimited closing

    Spotify will launch on PlayStation Network this spring as part of a new music destination called PlayStation Music. PlayStation Music is a replacement for Music Unlimited, and those with a PSN account can link to Spotify which can be used just for music, or when playing games on PlayStation 4. Existing playlists from current Spotify […]

  • Closed beta for Alone in the Dark: Illumination starts tomorrow

    The private beta period for Alone in the Dark: Illumination starts on January 29. Those who pre-order the game via Steam, will automatically be included in the beta, enabling them to provide feedback on the first campaign in single-player mode. An additional beta period will be announced in the weeks leading up to launch. The […]

  • Majora’s Mask Special Edition New 3DS XL available once more on UK store

    UK residents who want to get their hands on the shiny Majora’s Mask Special Edition New 3DS XL can once again pre-purchase it through the Nintendo UK Store. If you want one, you better hurry because units will likely go rather fast. Only one per customer is allowed, and once you drop £209.99 on it, […]

  • Nintendo Q3: 1.9M New 3DS models sold, Wii U lifetime sales hit 9.2M

    New 3DS XL has sold 1.3 million units as of December 31, 2014, Nintendo announced in its Q3 financial results today. New 3DS moved 580,000 units by the end of the same period. Lifetime sales of both systems combined total a little under 1.9 million. Combined global sales for current 3DS models available in Europe […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s exo zombies reanimate a familiar format

    Advanced Warfare’s exo suits manage to bring an undead format back to life. Dave Cook welcomes zombies back to Call of Duty. “The challenges start to spike early so seasoned zombie slayers needn’t worry about being coddled.” Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s first DLC went live this week, dropping four very solid maps for multiplayer […]

  • YouTube app and Maps will be removed from PS Vita

    Sony said that it will end support for the YouTube and Maps apps, as well as remove the “near” feature in an upcoming firmware update. Sony has revealed that a system update releasing in March will remove the Maps app and prevent the “near” feature from obtaining location address or display maps, making it redundant. […]

  • There is a Destiny loot cave Easter egg in Dying Light

    Dying Light is the latest game to take a jab at Destiny by having its own loot cave. Destiny’s infamous loot cave has been recreated in Dying Light, sort of. Of course the loot cave in Dying Light is only an Easter egg and doesn’t actually net you any loot. Instead, upon entering it, you […]

  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 supports co-op in story mode, but only offline

    You can play the campaign of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 in co-op, but not online. 4gamer spoke to producers of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 and made out with a few details concerning story, setting and more. The site confirmed that while you will be able to switch between characters in the single player, and have […]

  • The Witcher 3 may have a permadeath “Insanity” mode

    Although not yet confirmed, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt developer CD Projekt RED is working on a difficulty mode dubbed “Insanity” that will delete your save if you die. During Monday’s Twitch stream, the developer took a few questions from the chat and we’ve got a bunch of answers. There are many interesting little bits […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition is the most successful launch for BioWare, based on sales

    Dragon Age: Inquisition is responsible for the most successful launch in developer BioWare’s history, according to EA. During last night’s EA Q3 2015 earnings call, the publisher said that Dragon Age: Inquisition was the most successful launch for developer BioWare. Today, we get a bit more detail. “In particular, Dragon Age: Inquisition had by far […]

  • Here’s a walkthrough of one mission from Far Cry 4 Hurk Deluxe DLC

    Far Cry 4′s latest DLC pack, Hurk Deluxe, seems like good fun, judging from this video. The Hurk Deluxe Pack was released today on all platforms. It comes with five new missions. The video below takes a look at the “Call of the Wild” mission. In the walkthrough you’ll get to see some of the […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beta date confirmed on Xbox Store

    The beta date for Battlefield Hardline has popped up on the Xbox Store, confirming the rumoured date. The listing for the Battlefield Hardline beta is available for anyone to see right now on the Xbox Store. Granted, it’s for Xbox 360, but unless EA is starting this beta early on Xbox 360, this will pretty […]

  • GTA player flies jets backwards in impressive stunts

    Doing stunts with jets in GTA 5 can be impressive, but it’s nothing like flying them backwards. Making videos of your jet stunts has become too mainstream. Which is why the latest video from YouTube channel GTA5Videos is all about defying that. The video below features some insane stunts mostly done by flying jets backwards, […]

  • CoD: Advanced Warfare balance patch out, System Hack nerfed, HBRa3 buffed

    The latest patch to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is here with some major changes to game balance. Making good on the promise to nerf System Hack, developer Sledgehammer Games has released the latest patch to Advanced Warfare to do just that, and much more. The patch is out now on Xbox platforms, with PlayStation […]

  • Grinding three purples in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel may crash your game [UPDATE]

    Update: Gearbox Software has announced there’s currently a hot-fix in place for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel as a temporary solution to crashes caused with the DLC update. Until a permanent fix can be made, the hotfix should correct crashing issues. All will be fixed in the next major game update. Original Story A bug that snuck […]

  • Havoc maps up the tempo for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

    Dave Cook dons his Exo suit to find the new Havok DLC maps a great change of pace for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Given that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare places great emphasis on verticality, it’s little wonder that Sledgehammer Games has designed the first of its four DLC map packs with elevation and […]

  • G2A responds to deactivated Far Cry 4 keys debacle

    G2A, one of the third-party sellers that were named in the ongoing episode of deactivated Far Cry 4 keys has decided to release a statement. G2A is a well known third-party key sellers online. Most users know it through its sponsorship deals with many YouTube and Twitch channels. The service sells keys both through its […]

  • Petroglyph’s Victory resurfaces with Korean co-developer

    End of Nations, Mytheon and Grey Goo developer Petroglyph Games seems to have salvaged a stalled project. Victory popped up back in early 2013 after Trion Worlds took End of Nations in-house. Petroglyph’s attempt to crowdfund the unusual strategy title ended in iniquity, but it vowed to do whatever it could to bring the game […]

  • Far Cry 4 Hurk Deluxe DLC now available

    Far Cry 4′s latest DLC pack adds new story missions and a pile of new weapons. Far Cry 4: Hurk Deluxe is now available on PC and Xbox platforms, and is rolling out to the PSN in line with local network updates. The pack bundles five story missions, including Yak Farm, Blood Ruby and Hurk’s […]

  • Yes, Resident Evil: Revelations 2 has microtransactions

    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 has microtransactions, but thankfully they’re not as outrageous as initial reports suggested. The subject of Resident Evil: Revelations 2′s microtransactions arose earlier today with reports filtering out of a European press event that you’ll be able to pay to keep playing after your character dies. The ramifications of this are pretty […]

  • Play mini-games to unlock Magicka 2 content

    Magicka 2 publisher Paradox Interactive has invited fans to earn in-game rewards by playing other games. The Magicka website will host various mini-games in the build up to Magicka 2′s launch later this year on PC and PS4. Playing these games controbutes to a community score total which will eventually unlock in-game content as well […]

  • Deactivated Far Cry 4 keys were purchased through Origin

    Far Cry 4 owners who found their games deactivated without warning may be surprised to learn where they came from. Many copies of Far Cry 4 purchased through third-party re-sellers have been deactivated without notice. Although resellers affected by the deactivations argued that they had made authorised purchases, Ubisoft has denied this. The publisher told […]

  • Will Assassin’s Creed visit Japan in 2016?

    The next Assassin’s Creed game after Victory may finally bring ninja and assassins together. An Assassin’s Creed fan has spotted what certainly looks like a heavy hint that the next game after Victory will be set in Japan. Ubisoft forums member Cornik22 was looking through the Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag official art book when […]

  • Resident Evil HD modder aims to restore original, terrible voice acting

    Resident Evil and its early sequels are justifiably famous for their simply dire voice acting. Some Resident Evil fans feel they just can’t enjoy the experience of exploring Umbrella facilities if someone isn’t talking at them with absolutely no regard for pacing, content or tone. As a result, modder Bunny has stepped up to the […]

  • Record iPhone sales drive Apple to revenue spike

    The iPhone is still going strong – in fact, it’s selling better than ever. Apple has announced its financial results for the quarter ending December 27 2014, exceeding expectations with a 29.5% increase in revenues to $74.6 billion. This was a new record for the company. One of the key factors in this spike is […]

  • HoloLens has “mind-blowing” potential for games, says Microsoft CEO

    Microsoft’s VR wearable HoloLens is going to be great for games, according to CEO Satya Nadella. Speaking to investors, Nadella made Microsoft’s entertainment plans for the device explicit. “It’s also getting clearer how the games people love today will evolve to mind-blowing experiences in the future when designed for the mixed reality that Windows 10 […]

  • EA Q3: Battlefield 5 still on for holiday 2016, PGA Tour 15 spring release confirmed

    EA announced its financial results for its Q3 fiscal year 2015 quarter, ended December 31, 2014, noting total net revenue $1.13 billion in total net revenue compared to $808 million year-over-year. For the nine months ending December 31, total net revenue came in at $3.3 billion. Net revenues were up 39% and net income came […]

  • Players logged 113M single-player hours in Dragon Age: Inquisition, other EA games stats

    Ahead of its Q3 2015 earnings release, Electronic Arts has released a game infographic showing some interesting stats compiled through gameplay from October – December 2014. For FIFA 15, over 3.3 billion goals were made; 73 million knockouts occurred in EA SPORTS UFC; over 10 million families were created in The Sims 4; 113 million […]

  • Hyrule Warriors has shipped 1 million units worldwide

    Koei Tecmo has announced shipments of its Wii U hack and slash action title, Hyrule Warriors, has shipped one million units worldwide. The Omega Force-developed title was released in Japan on August 14 and in the west on September 26. Two packs of DLC for the game are slated for February alongside the version 1.5.0 […]

  • Xbox Games Store discounts Never Alone, Dragon Age: Inquisition, more

    This week’s deals available through the Xbox Games Store will be valid until February 2 with titles such as Battlefield 4, Dragon Age Inquisition, Never Alone, and Titanfall discounted. Discounted titles with an asterisk are for Xbox Live Gold members only. Xbox One Just Dance 2015* – 40% Another World* – 50% Never Alone* – […]

  • Say hello to Mortal Kombat X’s latest character: Reptile

    As promised, one of two character reveals this week for Mortal Kombat X has occurred: it’s the acid-spitting Reptile. Nice! Watch the video above. Mortal Kombat X is slated for release on April 14 and will be available on PC, PS3, PS4,Bxo 360 and Xbox One. Thanks, MrTGJelly (Trent).

  • Twisted fairy tale Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries hits Steam Early Access

    Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries, the successful Kickstarter from GRIN Studios, has launched on Steam Early Access. The PC title is described as a “cinematic fable featuring a vengeful Red Riding Hood,” who armed with an axe sets out on a quest to avenge the murder of her parents. Gameplay features action-platforming, combo-based hack ‘n […]

  • Dead or Alive 5: Last Round delayed to late March on Steam

    Koei Tecmo has announced it is delaying the PC release of Dead or Alive 5: Last Round to March. According to an updated listing on Steam (thanks, AGB), the fighter was delayed “in order to provide you with the best experience possible.” To apologize for the delay, Team Ninja will offer the Halloween 2013 Set, […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online will be F2P “no plans” for western release

    Dragon’s Dogma Online will be a free-to-play title for PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3. Set for release this year, Dragon’s Dogma Online has a lobby which will support up to 100 players, is open-world, and the executive producer is Hiroyuki Kobayashi. Players can form groups with up to four players or pawns while raids […]

  • Watch this release video for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel DLC Lady Hammerlock

    The Lady Hammerlock DLC for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel releases today on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and coinciding with the release is the launch trailer. In the Lady Hammerlock DLC, players are introduced and will be able to step into the shoes of Sir Hammerlock’s sister, Lady Aurelia the Baroness. The DLC will run […]

  • Free DLC for Tales of Zestiria takes place after main storyline

    Free DLC will be released in Japan for Tales of Zestiria, and while Bandai Namco has yet to state whether it will be released westward with the core game this summer, it’s an interesting slice of content. According to information from Jump posted by Siliconera, the DLC Alisha After Episode: What Is Reflected In The […]

  • This video of a Paris flat looks the real deal, but it’s all Unreal Engine 4

    I’m not entirely sure when, or how, this fella managed to sneak into my secret flat in Paris and film it, but since it’s out there I may as well share it with you. All joking aside, this video is rather amazing. It provides a virtual tour of a flat located in Paris; however, it’s […]

  • The Witness passes key development milestone, still no release date

    The Witness has seemingly come back from the dead. Creator Jonathan Blow has posted an update on the game’s development. Surely you still remember The Witness? Jonathan Blow’s follow-up to Braid, which was shown during the PlayStation 4 reveal event all the way back in February 2013? Well, today we got our first development update […]

  • You can now take selfies in World of Warcraft

    The latest patch to World of Warcraft has added a S.E.L.F.I.E. Camera to the game. And it does exactly what it sounds like it does. Patch 6.1 is currently being deployed to World of Warcraft’s Public Test Realms (PTR). There’s a massive list of patch notes, but the most pressing one, other than Twitter integration, […]

  • Hellblade: early gameplay and prototype footage revealed

    The latest developer diary for Hellblade is here with a look at some early gameplay prototypes and a peek at some polished areas. Hellblade developer Ninja Theory has revealed even more details of how game development works behind the scenes. The eighth part of this ongoing diary shows early gameplay footage along with some intriguing […]

  • Resident Evil Revelations 2: Raid mode offline-only on launch, more details

    Capcom has revealed a tonne of new details about Raid mode in Resident Evil: Revelations 2. Capcom has confirmed that Raid mode will launch with the first episode of Revelations 2 in February. You will be playing it offline only though, either solo or in split-screen co-op. As for the online portion, Capcom promised it […]

  • Watch the first 20 minutes of Life is Strange

    The first 20 minutes of Life is Strange have been posted online for anyone to watch. The opening 20 minutes of Life is Strange set the stage for what kind of game it is. The kind that you’ll probably like if you’re a fan of Telltale games. The video is courtesy of consolewarsofficial and you […]

  • Don’t blame Ubisoft for cancelling keys – blame the culture of overpriced games

    Publishers need to drop PC games prices in order to stem the flourishing grey market, says Matt Martin. “How are you going to sell me Far Cry 4 for £45 when I can pick up Far Cry, Far Cry 2, Far Cry 3, Far Cry: Blood Dragon and extra DLC for just £30?” Some players […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online is real, full reveal in this week’s Famitsu

    What’s been heavily-rumoured to be the next instalment in the Dragon’s Dogma franchise, Dragon’s Dogma Online, will be fully revealed this week. According to a recent post by Famitsu, the magazine’s upcoming weekly issue, which releases January 29, will contain a massive feature on Dragon’s Dogma Online. The magazine will dedicate 18 pages to all […]

  • Valve responds to recent Counter-Strike match-fixing scandal, bans offenders

    Valve has investigated the recent case of match-fixing involving two teams in the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive professional scene and decided to ban those involved from future tournaments. Recent allegations involving match-fixing between iBUYPOWER and NetcodeGuides.com – two of the professional teams that played in Cevo Season 5 – came to light. Valve has took notice […]

  • Having issues playing Grim Fandango Remastered on PS4? Sony is offering help

    Sony has offered a few steps to help those who are having issues with their pre-loaded PS4 installs of Grim Fandango Remastered. A few reports have started to appear online from users who’ve pre-ordered and pre-loaded Grim Fandango Remastered on their PS4 consoles. Sony has since posted a support thread on the official forums, to […]

  • Get Dragon Age: Inquisition for $36 and more in EA’s Xbox One sale

    Many EA digital games are being offered at considerable discounts on Xbox One right now. The latest EA sale is pretty good, offering sales on many AAA titles. It’s only available on Xbox One, with extra savings for Xbox Live Gold subscribers. The list below covers prices for Gold Subscribers. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare […]

  • Grim Fandango Remastered reviews round-up, all the scores

    Grim Fandango Remastered is a classic game brought into the new generation, so it’s time for everyone to know how great it is. The reviews for Grim Fandango Remastered have started popping up and as per usual, we’ve collected a few of them below. Grim Fandango Remastered is, as the name suggests, a remastered version […]

  • The Witcher 3: latest build is 1080p on PS4, 900p on Xbox One

    The recent preview build of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was running at full-HD resolution on PlayStation 4 and 900p on Xbox One. German website Gamestar attended the recent preview event for The Witcher 3 and examined the three versions that were on offer, PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Here’s the quote, courtesy of Google […]

  • Joystiq is likely to close – rumour

    AOL is rumoured to be closing its video game site, Joystiq. Re/code is reporting that AOL is likely to close its video game site Joystiq soon, according to “various sources.” The move is part of a company-wide restructuring that will affect Joystiq and other “under-performing content properties.” Joystiq is one of the most renowned sites […]

  • The Last of Us movie will be “pretty faithful” to the game

    The Last of Us will bring many of the same elements to the big screen as the small one, according to writer Neil Druckmann. Although The Last of Us will have to be adapted in various ways to make the transition from lengthy interactive adventure to cinema-friendly story arc, Druckmann is hoping to keep the […]

  • Microsoft is fixing Xbox One’s slow controllers

    Xbox One control pads have many charms, but quick start up is not one of them. The Xbox One controller currently takes up to five seconds to connect to your console after switching on, which is an eternity for someone with an attention span as short as mine. Luckily, Microsoft is working to fix this […]

  • Lucius 2 releases on Friday the 13th (of course)

    Lucius 2 has a really fitting release date. Lucius developer Shiver Games has produced a follow-up to the dark tale of an evil child, and it’s coming your way on February 13 – which just so happens to be a Friday. Lucius 2: The Prophecy will set you back $20, and release through Steam. As […]

  • Saints Row 4: Re-Elected PS4 recalled in Australia, incorrect content to blame

    Saints Row 4: Re-Elected has been recalled in Australia due to a mysterious manufacturing issue. An Australian PR representative said that the retail PS4 version of Saints Row 4: Re-Elected has “a serious manufacturing issue” and has been recalled nation-wide. Here’s what we were told (emphasis mine): “A manufacturing issue has caused an incorrectly classified […]

  • The Whispered World follow up now coming to PS4, too

    Deadalic’s gorgeous-looking adventure Silence has been confirmed for a fourth platform. Originally announced for Mac and PC with an Xbox One port one revealed at a later date, Silence is now on its way to PS4 as well. All versions are due later this year. Silence is Deadalic’s first multi-platform release and in my mind […]

  • Mythbusters to tackle DOOM this weekend

    DOOM is the subject of the next episode of Mythbusters. Having been airing for over ten years now, Mythbusters has pretty much run out of myths to bust, which is why we find ourselves in 2015 with an episode dedicating to answering the question “could DOOM be real?” Bethesda has rveealed that the January 31 […]

  • Destiny hosting a Bungie Bounty – go go go

    Destiny players have a chance to take down Bungie employees in return for one of the most exclusive vanity items in the game. Destiny’s Bungie Bounties usually feature guests from the community, and today’s event is no exception. Joining Bungie community manager David “Deej” Dague are several members of Bungie.org, the developer’s most staunch fan […]