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The Last of Us devs accused of using graphic designer’s Boston transit map without permission [Update]

Tuesday, 25 June 2013 20:12 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

After accusing Naughty Dog of using his Transit Map of the Boston subway system in The Last of Us without permission, graphic designer Cameron Booth has updated his blog noting he has spoken to the developers on the matter.

Update:

“I’ve just spoken with Naughty Dog over the phone in a very constructive conversation,” wrote Booth. “Can’t say more at the moment, but it seems as if matters will be resolved to everyone’s satisfaction shortly. I can say that they do acknowledge their error in using my map and were very apologetic for it. I likewise apologized for my initial vitriolic post.”

Original story

According to his post, Cameron Booth said he wasn’t asked permission to use his work in the game, and he says he has reached out to Naughty Dog in order to find out how it ended up being used.

While Sony hasn’t responded to request for comment by GI International, it hasn’t taken long for the Internet mob to ascend on Booth’s Tumblr with pitchforks in hand.

While some say he should have handled the matter privately at first before “lambasting” the developer online, others have told him to be thankful someone uses a “map of a map” he created, and that he should just be happy his “work is good enough for someone to actually want to use and shut the fuck up.”

Gotta love the Internet.

Naughty Dog was recently scolded a bit by Ellen Page. They aren’t having a very good week it seems.

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30 Comments

  1. Joe_Gamer

    I don’t want to live in this world anymore…
    #firstworldproblems

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Crapgamer

    So Naughty Dog stole Ellen Page’s face, and now this…….These guys shouldn’t be allowed to get away with this stuff.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. monkeygourmet

    @1

    You’re too beautiful for this world…

    #3 2 years ago
  4. matirishhh

    Seriously? I didn’t even spot that bloody map anywhere. They should give him a free copy and he needs to shut the feck up! Obviously someone smelled good money in this…

    Regarding Ellen Page…she is right…I couldn’t shake the feeling she was playing Ellie through the whole game…

    #4 2 years ago
  5. xBASSxMONSTAx

    Well to be fair, this isn’t the first for naughtydog got caught doing this kind of thing.

    They should just compensate the guy and learn from there mistakes.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. YoungZer0

    Just googled “Boston transit map”. It’s one of the first entries. It lead to his website. Apparently this is all he does.

    http://www.cambooth.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/BostonT-Present_Bus_1200px.jpg

    I wonder though, did he ask for permission to use the official logo of the mbta?

    Seriously, how can you care about this? It’s a fucking transit map. If you wanted to make it clear that this is a redesign, maybe you shouldn’t have used the official logo and website on said map?

    @5: Hm?

    #6 2 years ago
  7. redwood

    @steph here is a comparison
    http://transitmaps.tumblr.com/image/53696766419

    IMO it’s not something to go crazy over.. the “graphic designer” is just trying to get some attention. He should be happy.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. laughing-gravy

    I smell the influence of BS. They tried this crap at the launch of PS3 with games like Resistance etc. I think we can all guess who is behind it.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. MadFingerz

    “Basically, I’m fucking furious.”

    More power to divas.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. wildBoar

    Why would shit like this even be copyrighted? I can’t think of a single reason, isn’t the whole point of a map to inform people?
    Is he afraid people are going to fire up the last of us whenever they’re going to use the subway? … And how the fuck did anyone find out about this?

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Stephany Nunneley

    Post updated.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. xxJPRACERxx

    I’m the designer of one of the trash can they use in the game… I want my millions!

    #12 2 years ago
  13. salarta

    I always just love how any time a game is made where it fits personal hype and interests, absolutely any behavior on the part of publishers and developers gets a pass. But the second it’s a company making a game with content they don’t like, suddenly every single thing they do is a cardinal sin.

    Dyack stole code for a couple games from another company, his company went bankrupt, he ended up having to take a lesser role at a different company, but his past crime that he’s already been punished for is still considered so bad that the company that’s hired him and all its employees apparently need to suffer.

    And yet, The Last Of Us using Ellen Page’s likeness and stealing a graphic designer’s Boston transit map is perfectly acceptable and “just whining” because The Last Of Us is a game people are hyping and and considering a masterpiece. And, of course, there’s Tomb Raider.

    It’s obvious, whether or not something a company does counts as wrong has absolutely nothing to do with the actual crime. As far as the public apparently sees things, the only deciding factor for if a crime counts as a crime is if the game the crime was committed for is good or bad in their eyes.

    You know what? I had no interest in The Last Of Us, but I was open to possibly playing in the future. Until now. I think I’m going to stay away from this game completely. And it has nothing to do with the things Naughty Dog has done wrong. I’m going to do it because of the asinine double standard of consumers to condemn and punish one crime even when the person that committed it has already been punished, only to turn around and make excuses for another company’s crimes just because they like the games that company makes.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. YoungZer0

    Oh boy, he mentioned Tomb Raider again.

    A game that had absolutely nothing to do with this story.

    Just can’t help yourself. Like that one dude from Sons of Anarchy who couldn’t stop masturbating.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Sanwiches

    @13, Salarta. Nobodys going to force you to play a really good game. And your concerns ? lol.

    “people are dumb so i wont play this game.”

    You wont change the world with these micro rebel actions.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. YoungZer0

    @15: I think he just hates famous or good games.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. manamana

    Salarta seems to enjoy comment sections more than games …

    #17 2 years ago
  18. DSB

    @14 Just imagine the day he caves and actually plays the game. Someone’s gonna feel mighty dumb.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. salarta

    @15: I’m not really expecting to change the world by me alone doing things, but hey, I can at least say I did something.

    @17: I just don’t comment much on the games I’ve been playing as I play them. I have a huge backlog I’m going through. I have Neptunia V in a pile with Deadly Premonition, White Knight Chronicles, the Prince of Persia trilogy, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, and I’ll eventually play my copy of inFAMOUS. It took me a year of owning the game before I played Xenoblade Chronicles, too. Oh, and of course I recently played and beat Remember Me, which was an excellent game, as well as Resident Evil: Revelations.

    @18: I’m not claiming The Last Of Us at all sucks, it may be the masterpiece everyone says it is. Who knows, maybe some day I’ll cave and get it really, really cheap. But right now, no.

    Also, I really hope this doesn’t devolve into talking about me instead of the points I make.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. DSB

    @19 I wasn’t referring to The Last of Us, but if you’re gonna demand to be taken seriously, then you should really play games before launching into passionate criticisms of them.

    Having a discussion where one party is informed and the other one isn’t is a bit like trying to talk to a deaf mute. No matter how loud you speak, he still won’t get it. And in your case you’re choosing to be that deaf mute, so I fail to see how that serves the argument in any way.

    I think it’s obvious how that might come off as pretty silly.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. salarta

    @20: How is it that I need to play The Last Of Us in order to judge that the developers using a graphic designer’s Boston transit map without permission is wrong?

    I’m playing dumb a little there. The thing you’re angling at was only named in passing, specifically because it contributes to my views in this matter. But it’s not the core focus of the matter, which is why I didn’t expound at length about it. And yet, mentioning that one thing in passing is enough for people to act like I’m practically ranting about that one thing for paragraphs. And then it’s used to bullshit that somehow, everything I say magically has no merit just because I don’t subscribe to the bullshit demands of people that are merely looking for an excuse to write off the criticisms I make about something they like.

    Just like here, where because people love The Last Of Us, that magically makes Ellen Page into a “whiner” for being concerned that another company used her likeness (which is a critical component of her career, and if used wrong could ruin her life), and that a graphic designer being upset that his map was used without permission somehow makes him into a greedy prick. Yet Dyack does the same thing with computer code, gets appropriately punished for it, and he’s still the worst thing ever. The precedent is that if these consumers personally like the games a company makes, the company gets carte blanche to do anything they want, but if these consumers think the company’s recent games suck, any crime deserves a paddlin’. Goes very well with EA being the worst company in America, as online passes are sure as hell worse than families losing their houses and being kicked out on the streets over bank policies, right?

    If you want to join the others in obsessing over how I mention a game in passing for six words out of five paragraphs, have fun doing it with them or by yourself.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. DSB

    @21 You’re dodging the issue again.

    I wasn’t referring to The Last of Us.

    And if you don’t feel like discussing something, then you’re free not to, or you could just refrain from going back to that one game in every post you make, on anything.

    Although the best thing would definitely be to actually play the game so you’d finally know what you were talking about.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Clupula

    @22 – Salarta will never play the games he bitches about, because it would make him realise what a fool he always comes off as.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Clupula

    @10 – Are you aware the NYC skyline is copyrighted?

    #24 2 years ago
  25. YoungZer0

    @21: “And then it’s used to bullshit that somehow, everything I say magically has no merit just because I don’t subscribe to the bullshit demands of people that are merely looking for an excuse to write off the criticisms I make about something they like.”

    As I said a few months ago, it’s not your annoying opinions that bother most people. It’s the fact that you repeat yourself so often. Stop that. Just. Stop. If are interested in a healthy community, stop repeating yourself.

    “which is a critical component of her career, and if used wrong could ruin her life”

    Really? There are hundereds of Porn stars that look like famous actors, or photoshopped naked pictures with the actors face glued on, yet that never scratched their image, nor will it ever. Your logic is highly flawed here. Second, she still doesn’t look like Ellie.

    “Yet Dyack does the same thing with computer code, gets appropriately punished for it, and he’s still the worst thing ever.”

    I can’t be the only one who hasn’t heard a word about this. Wiki doesn’t mention that at all.

    “If you want to join the others in obsessing”

    Yes, clearly we are ones that are obsessed.

    If you expect people to just sit and read your ignorant comments on games you’ve not played, backed up by highly flawed reasons that are not based on evidence but feels, then you might want to look for a different community.

    And if you want to talk about double standards, how about we start with you?

    I mean you basically sat there and tried to rap your head around the fact that the new Sniper in MGS V is wearing a bikini in a warzone. As if MGS games are not full of fanservice. Why are you not mad at Hideo? Why are you giving him a pass? For fucks sake Peace Walker allowed you X-Ray women clothes during cutscenes and date an underage girl. Talk about fucked up shit.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. salarta

    @22: And you either didn’t read the whole comment, or did but choose to pretend otherwise. Doesn’t matter which. I’m going to continue as I always have, saying what I feel I need to say, discussing fair points from the people that raise them and not abiding by excuses. End of discussion.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Clupula

    @26 – So the man who comments about games he never played now thinks it’s wrong for us to comment on posts we didn’t read. Hmmmmmmm…

    #27 2 years ago
  28. Cobra951

    Never mind! Story updated.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Rafa_L

    @13 Man, I do read most of your comments I come across and even when I disagree I mostly respect what you are saying (as with any other person who isn’t rude, troll, etc). If you don’t like what crystal did to tomb raider, don’t buy the game, make your stand, I endorse that, you did your part.

    But this time your speech is completely senseless, “I’ll deliberately not play a game because I don’t agree with the behavior of some consumers that may or may not like this game”, that makes absolutely no sense.

    Anyway, it’s a great game, you should try it out.

    @19 You played revelations?? What about the boycott?

    #29 2 years ago
  30. salarta

    @29: I completely understand people viewing my rant and the decision that came out of it this time as senseless. I would even agree that in many ways it’s a stupid line of thought, but it’s just about as stupid as the behavior I’m seeing out of consumers. :P I’m not saying it’s smart or that it’s even the right course of action, but it makes me feel better and makes just as much sense as what everyone else is saying and doing.

    As for my boycotts, maybe I’m getting soft these days, but I bought Resident Evil: Revelations because it technically stars Jill, therefore buying the game is a sign that Capcom needs to treat its old strong female protagonists with more respect than the crap they pulled with RE6. So, that bit is amended to “only buying Resident Evil games that star Jill and/or Claire until further notice,” which will be lifted immediately if RE7 stars both Jill and Claire and has none of the people from RE6 in it except maybe Sherry.

    I also bought Remember Me, which was published by Capcom, specifically because I’m sick of seeing support for games that treat old strong female protagonists poorly, so Remember Me is a vote for having more strong and respectable female characters in the industry again. Even with Squeenix, I was dead set on never buying another Squeenix game again until a proper Aya Brea game came out and made 3rd Birthday noncanon, but I think I’ll end up caving for FF15. And that’s a big deal for me. People I chat with regularly online were floored that FF15 got that reaction out of me, because they know how much Squeenix has increasingly pissed me off over the past decade.

    I think I said too much about myself this time, but I’m tired and not thinking straight. :P

    #30 2 years ago

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  • Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns is the MMO’s first expansion

    The first expansion for Guild Wars 2, Heart of Thorns, was announced today during PAX South, and ArenNet has posted a few content details for it on the official webiste. Heart of Thorns contains a reimagined progression with the new Mastery system, which provides new training opportunities for characters beyond level 80. Players will be […]

  • Turn-based action platformer Ronin has been polished up, nets a publisher

    Tomasz Waclawek has polished up his freeware title Ronin and will be releasing it through publisher Devolver Digital later this year. The turn-based action platformer stars a vengeful ninja who is determined to kill important memebers of a powerful corporation. Weapons at your disposal include razor wire and a katana, or you avoid combat by […]

  • Footage of cancelled Justice League brawler surfaces

    Footage of the cancelled Double Helix-developed Justice League brawler has surfaced online. The game was supposed to be a tie-in title for the also cancelled Justice League film directed by George Miller, according to leaked images and information from 2012. Jon Gwyn, the game’s artist and now Rockstar San Diego staffer, said at the time […]

  • Free Icona Vulcano DLC for DriveClub releases next week

    Sony has posted a video of the Icona Vulcano, which will be released as DLC next week for DriveClub. The video was posted on Facebook and we’ve embedded the video below courtesy of GamesHQMeida. It was announced earlier this week the Icona Vulcano would be released on the PS Store as a free download.

  • The Bard’s Tale 4 announced by inXile Entertainment at PAX South

    The Bard’s Tale 4 was announced today by inXile Entertainment CEO Brian Fargo during a panel at PAX South. inXile hinted around back in December that a sequel was in the works. Granted, The Bard’s Tale wasn’t mentioned. Still, everyone figured this was the game when Wasteland 2 project lead Chris Keenan stated the team […]

  • Here’s another Majora’s Mask 3DS vs N64 comparison video

    Last week, YouTube user Master0fHyrule uploaded a Majora’s Mask 3DS vs N64 comparison video, and we’ve embedded it for you below. The video shows 4.5 minutes of footage which appears before hitting the start button and the first meeting between Link and the Skull Kid. Another comparison video was released by another user back in […]

  • The Game Awards 2015 already in the planning stages

    The Game Awards 2015 are already in the planning stages, according to Geoff Keighley. The inaugural show took place on December 6, 2014. Keighley announced the 2015 show during his Storytime with Geoff Keighley panel at PAX South this weekend and through Twitter. He said more details will be announced in the spring. You can […]

  • Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered listed for January release

    It looks like Quantic Dream’s Indigo Prophecy is returning in remastered form next week, if an Amazon listing is any indication. According to the listing posted on NeoGAF, the uncut version of the game contains Steam DRM and will release January 29 at 12pm PST/3pm EST for a Linux, Mac and PC download. Titled Fahrenheit: […]

  • Indie Flash Sale kicks off on North American PS Store

    The North American end of the PlayStation Store is hosting a Flash Sale a beefy list of indie games and some films. The sales includes titles such as Resogun, Shadow Warrior, The Unfinished Swan, FEZ, Costume Quest 2, Joe Danger, Brothers: a Tale of Two Sons, and more for up to 80% off. The full […]

  • The Witcher 3 Twitch stream to show 15 minutes of new gameplay footage

    New The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt gameplay footage will be shown Monday, January 26 on GOG.com’s Twitch channel. Along with the footage, the developers will be answering questions from the community as well as providing commentary on the gameplay being shown. Live questions posted via Twitter chat will be answered by senior gameplay designer Damien […]

  • Borderlands 3 information teased for tomorrow’s Gearbox PAX South panel

    During PAX South this weekend, Gearbox Software is hosting a panel titled Inside Gearbox Software which will provide “the latest news and updates on Borderlands and upcoming Gearbox titles.” Yesterday during Gearbox’s panel called Question and Answer Time, CEO Rady Pitchford was asked “when or if” fans can expect Borderlands 3. “I’ll tell you what,” […]

  • Best Buy cancels multiple pre-order units of Limited Edition Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL

    Multiple sources reported overnight Best Buy has cancelled some pre-orders for the Limited Edition Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL. As of press time, it appears to only affect those who pre-ordered more than one system. Only one system was allotted per order, so the cancellation notices were sent out to comply with the restriction. Those […]

  • Rob Huebel is your KillCameraman in this CoD: Advanced Warfare video

    A live-action video for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Havoc has been released by Activision. Subtitled: Randall Higgins: KillCameraman gives you a look at the action from a different perspective. In the video, Higgins is played by comedic actor and writer Rob Huebel (Children’s Hospital, Parks and Rec, The Mindy Project). The first DLC […]

  • Xbox App features included with Windows 10 January build outlined

    The January build of the Windows 10 Technical Preview includes a basic version of the Xbox App announced earlier this week. With the initial preview release, the team at Microsoft wanted to only include the basics such as high resolution monitor support along with keyboard and mouse input. Additional functionality will be released with each […]

  • Standalone version of DayZ has sold 3 million units

    The standalone version of DayZ sold 3 million units, Bohemia Interactive has announced. Release Just over a year ago on Steam Early Access, the milestone was hit yesterday. The standalone version was created by Dean Hall as a Arma 2 modification which has been updated 24 times since its initial release. In 2014, the development […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt video shows gameplay clips, global hands-on events

    CD Projekt has released a video for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, giving a glimpse of gameplay and noting that hands-on impressions of the game will be bombarding the Internet next week. We’ll have extensive coverage of The Witcher 3 on Monday Jan 26 at 3pm GMT. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is coming to […]

  • Microsoft looking into possible HoloLens support for PC, Xbox One

    Microsoft’s HoloLens may be a dedicated device, but the company is obviously looking into how it could be used with PC and Xbox One. Speaking with Polygon, Xbox boss Phil Spencer said should the stand-alone product become a success, “specific scenarios” on how it could be used with Xbox One are already being brainstormed. “We […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD video compares PSP graphics to PS4, Xbox One

    A video for Final Fantasy Type-0 comparing the upcoming console version of the game to the original PSP version has been released by Square Enix. While comparing PSP graphics to those of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One seems rather unfair, it’s worth a watch anyway. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD releases March 17 in North America […]

  • Payday 2′s The Bomb Heists and Dragan Character Pack released

    In case you forgot, The Bomb Heists and Dragan Character content packs for Payday 2 were released yesterday. The new heist pack is available for $6.99/€6.99/£4.99 and the Dragan character will run you $4.99/€4.99/£3.99 through Steam and other digital distribution sites. Here’s the details: The Bomb Heists A new contact, called the Butcher, brought to […]

  • Rockstar offers tips on scaling GTA Online creations to support 30 players

    Rockstar has posted a tutorial of sorts on how to edit your GTA Online’s creations to support up to 30 players. According to the developer, when selecting Load Creation, users will be able to access any previously published Jobs and edit them in any way they wish. Users can also increase the Maximum Players races […]

  • Video for Life is Strange shows you how to rewind time

    If you could rewind time, would you change the events of your day or leave things be? In Life is Strange, you will make this choice. In the developer diary below, Dontnot Entertainment touches upon the main character’s ability to rewind time. How Max’s ability works and originated is also discussed. The first episode of […]

  • Take a look at one of the historical battles in Total War: Attila

    The Creative Assembly has revealed historical battles for Total War: Attila and shown off one of them. In the latest episode of Rally Point, developer Creative Assembly takes a look at one of the nine historical battles that will be included in Total War: Attila when it launches next month. But before you see the […]

  • ARMA 3 video lists 33 of its features, teases upcoming expansion

    ARMA 3 is an impressive military simulator, but that’s not the only thing impressive about it. In fact, this video lists 33 of the game’s most notable features. ARMA 3′s latest video gives you a tour of many of its strengths. It goes over the number of vehicles, weapons and playable area. But that’s not […]

  • No Man’s Sky dev explains what you actually do in the game

    No Man’s Sky is simultaneously the most intriguing mystery and the most scary. Developer Hello Games is asked some questions and gives some solid answers. Eurogamer asked Hello Games’ Sean Murray a number of questions that are on everyone’s mind when they think about No Man’s Sky. The biggest one being, what do you actually […]

  • Dying Light physical release set for February 27, Be The Zombie mode goes free

    The release date for the physical version of Dying Light has been confirmed for Europe, along with the release dates for all regions. Dying Light developer Techland has confirmed that the PC version of the game will release digitally, worldwide, on January 27. The physical version and the digital PS4 and Xbox One versions will […]

  • Guild Wars 2 is $10 this weekend

    ArenaNet is offering Guild Wars 2 for $10 this weekend only, and hosting a double XP event during the same period. The regular and Digital Deluxe editions of Guild Wars 2 are both offered at 75% off this weekend. The regular edition can be yours for just $10 while the Deluxe is $15. The offer […]

  • Cyberpunk 2077 development still going, but the focus is on The Witcher 3, says dev

    If you’re dying to hear anything about CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077, you’ll be waiting a while still. The focus is on The Witcher 3 right now. Ever since Cyberpunk 2077′s announcement all the way back in 2012 developer CD Projekt Red has been really quiet about the sci-fi RPG. We’ve not seen any gameplay […]

  • Digital pet Animin gamecards get May release

    With AR being all the go, it might be worth checking out virtual pet Animin for iOS and Android. Game-cards for Animin, the virtual pet for iOS and Android, are set to appear at UK retail this May, the developers have announced. Animin sits on your touch device and does cute stuff. The little dude […]

  • You won’t need a new GPU for DirectX 12, except for some features

    Microsoft has clarified that while you’ll need a new GPU to get the full potential of DirectX 12, existing hardware will support it just fine. Microsoft’s Mike Ybarra said in a press meeting following the Windows 10 event that you will need a new graphics card to get “the full benefits” of DirectX 12. “There […]

  • Assassin’s Creed Victory: fans speculate over characters and locations

    Ubisoft has not yet started talking about Assassin’s Creed: Victory, so some eager fans are speculating about everything they can just from those leaked screens. A very popular thread right now on the Ubisoft forums attempts to gather fans’ specualtion about characters, events and story of Assassin’s Creed: Victory. What followed was quite a lot […]

  • This is what co-op looks like in Dying Light

    Dying Light’s cop-op mode has been given a short demo by developer Techland. Dying Light supports drop-in/ drop-out co-op for up to four players. The entire campaign is playable in co-op, and there are special co-op challenges. Watch as four members of developer Techland take on the game’s zombie apocalypse. Dying Light is out January […]

  • Get Saints Row 2, Saints Row: The Third and all DLC for $5

    Bundle Stars’ latest bundle packs Saints Row 2 and the complete Saints Row: The Third for $5. The Saints Row bundle is priced $5. It is live now and for another 14 days. It comes with Saints Row 2, Saints Row: The Third – The Full Package, which is basically the game plus all the […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for January 23, 24

    Xur: Agent of the Nine has made the trek to Destiny’s Tower for another week of business. Destiny’s Exotics vendor, Xur: Agent of the Nine has arrived at the Tower as per the weekly schedule. Xur will sell you Exotic weapons and armour pieces if you have the Strange Coins to afford it. He also […]

  • Bloodborne is getting two special edition PS4s in Japan

    Sony will launch two limited-edition, Bloodborne-themed PlayStation 4 bundles in Japan. Two bundles are available, one in black and another in white, complete with a controller and a headset. The hard disk cover is engraved with the title and the cover shot. Both bundles come with the collector’s edition release of the game, which was […]

  • Best Destiny videos of the week – Xur vs Cryptarch rap battle

    Destiny has once more produced a slew of entertaining, educational and occasionally baffling videos. Destiny players have repeatedly sparked crazes by exploiting the game’s little foibles – Sparrow surfing is one example. This latest one is kind of mysterious; I don’t know how it’s done, or why you would want to, but Hidden Reach has […]

  • The Sims 4 free for 48 hours with Origin Game Time

    The Sims 4 is the latest game to be offered free through Origin’s Game Time promotion. The Sims 4 is now free to download from Origin, granting you a 48 hour window to try it out and see if you want to pay for the full game. The free time starts counting as soon as […]

  • Check out Destiny’s new PvP mode, Doubles

    Destiny Crucible players can enjoy a new kind of PvP action with Doubles. Destiny may not be as PvP focused as some Halo fans were hoping, but Bungie is slowly ramping up Crucible support, starting with better Iron Banner events. Some time ago the developer promised to introduce experimental game modes, and the latest Bungie […]

  • Halo: New Blood novel launching digitally in March

    A new Halo novel will explore the backstory of Gunnery Sergeant Edward Buck. Halo: New Blood is a digital-first short novel launching on March 2. The 60,000 word novel was penned by Matt Forbeck, an award-winning author of many licensed fantasy and sci-fi publications. It’s an all-new story, but fans of Halo 3: ODST will […]

  • Destiny players purchased 1.1 million Ice Breakers last week

    Destiny players know what’s hot, and Exotic sniper rifle Ice Breaker is definitely warm. Destiny vendor Xur offered Ice Breaker for sale last weekend, much to the delight of everyone yet to find this terrific bit of gear. According to the latest Bungle Weekly Update, Xur sold 1,143,320 Ice Breakers. He left the tower with […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition nets GLAAD special recognition award

    Dragon Age: Inquisition has been honoured for its diverse representation by LGBT advocacy body GLAAD. Dragon Age: Inquisition will receive a special recognition award for “the many complex and unique LGBT characters prominently integrated throughout the game”. GLAAD doesn’t normally honour video games (maybe one day, if we ever have enough that deserve it), but […]

  • The Order: 1886 AR game is full of puzzles

    The Order: 1886 has spawned a new promotional website with lots of info to ferret out. Called The Order Exposed, the new site pertains to be the blog of a missing researcher, who had been hoping to uncover the secrets of the alternate history. This on its own is quite interesting but it’s also full […]

  • Grow Home is the next game to follow Child of Light, Valiant Hearts

    Ubisoft has announced another small passion project in the wake of the success of recent releases. Child of Light, Valiant Hearts: The Great War and Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon are all the products of a new initiative at Ubisoft where the publisher lets key developers rest after big triple-A projects by working on something […]

  • What mysterious reveal is Xbox teasing for May 4?

    Xbox is teasing something we’ll be waiting quite a while to learn more about. Xbox community manager Raj Patel tweeted the following earlier today: Hmm… pic.twitter.com/4wBGu6xsDc — Raj Patel (@Rajio) January 22, 2015 NeoGAF users spotted the morse code in the background of the image, which translates as follows: “Presented by Xbox, 10am PDT, 1pm […]

  • 2011 PSN hack class action settlement claim forms available

    PlayStation Network members affected by the 2011 hack and downtime can now claim part of a $15 million settlement. The PSN was down for months on end in 2011 following a major hack, which resulted in user details being compromised. Sony apologised and provided free games as compensation, but unhappy gamers banded together in a […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 has a true open world

    Final Fantasy 15 doesn’t just have “open world gameplay”, it has a true open world – one continuous stretch of environment. “The world is connected by continuous land,” director Hajime Tabata told Gamespot. “If those areas were disconnected, it would feel distant from reality. You’ll find that you’ll be able to walk or drive or […]

  • Suikoden, Suikoden 2 EU PSN release date locked down

    Suikoden and its first sequel will be available via the European PlayStation Network soon. Suikoden publisher Konami has confirmed a February 4 release date for the two RPG classics. CONFIRMED! #Suikoden I & II EU #PSN release date is FEB 4TH! http://t.co/ObOIvZDJAK pic.twitter.com/aM760R2Gez — Konami UK (@KonamiUK) January 22, 2015 It’s been a long wait […]

  • Dying Light physical release set for February 20, says Gamestop Italy

    Dying Light’s physical release has been delayed, but at least one European retailer thinks it knows what’s going on. Dying Light’s physical release date is February 20, according to Gamestop Italy. According to Tmag (Italian, via Google Translate), there’s been no response from local representatives of publisher Warner Bros. Although the digital release will take […]

  • Free online multiplayer update now available for Trials Fusion

    Online multiplayer is now available as a free update to Trials Fusion. The online component includes three new four to eight player multiplayer modes on PC, PS4 and Xbox One and up to four players on Xbox 360. These are the three new gameplay modes included with the update can be found through a previous […]

  • This video for indie survival horror Monstrum features all in-game footage

    Monstrum launches on Steam Early Access January 29 and today, you can have a look at a video for it featuring all in-game footage. Developed by Team Junkfish the survival horror game set on a derelict cargo ship which combines roguelike elements, such as procedurally generated levels and permadeath thanks to AI driven predators. Monstrum […]

  • Here’s quick look at Dead Rising: Watchtower starring Rob Riggle

    A short look at the film adaptation of Dead Rising has surfaced. Transformers director Lorenzo di Bonaventura headed the project and it was directed by Zach Lipovsky. It stars comedy actor Rob Riggle as Frank West, along with Academy Awards nominated actress Virginia Madsen (Candyman, Sideways), Dennis Haysbert (24), Meghan Ory (Once Upon a Time), and […]

  • A Kickstarter for Underworld Ascendant will launch next month

    OtherSide Entertainment, an independent games studio fronted by Paul Neurath, has announced it’s developing Underworld Ascendant. Neurath is the founder and CEO of the new studio ad his resume includes franchises such as Thief, System Shock and 1992′s Underworld Underworld. The studio hopes Underworld Ascendant will “innovate and revitalize” the fantasy genre. More details will […]

  • APB Reloaded heading to PS4 and Xbox One during Q2 2015

    APB Reloaded will indeed be heading to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One during late Q2 this year, which puts its release sometime around the end of June. Reloaded Productions announced in September 2014 it was working on bringing the free-to-play PC title to consoles during the Digital Media Wire event in New York City. The […]