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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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    Sonder is a really interesting-looking new indie adventure, which I am quite excited to remember exists. We first heard about Sonder in late 2013, when its debut trailer introduced us to a Kamai Media’s ambitious vision. In the intervening months Kamai has been hard at work on its space station management sim slash non-linear narrative […]

  • Twitter axes playable Internet Archive embeds

    The dream has died: Twitter has disabled Internet Archive game embeds. Remember how for a few days you could tweet a link to an a game on the Internet Archive and it was playable direct from that tweet? Well, Twitter has cancelled that. All those tweets now just show links. GamesIndustry suspects it has something […]

  • Lords of the Fallen, Divinity: Original Sin developers will reveal new games at E3 2015

    Lords of the Fallen developer Deck13 and Divinity: Original Sin developer Larian Studios have new projects in the works which will be revealed at E3 2015. Publisher Focus Home Interactive is behind both new games. In a French press release [PDF] spotted by RPG Codex, Focus said it will show off the two unrevealed titles […]

  • Rare game announce expected at E3 2015

    Rare’s new game will be shown off at E3 2015, apparently. Rare hasn’t announced a reveal, and neither has Microsoft, but it looks like the news has slipped out anyway. IGN cites a tweet from Rare creative director Simon Woodroffe in which he says that a new project from Rare designer Gregg Mayles will be […]

  • Batgirl expansion included in $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass

    Here’s what you get in the $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass. Batman: Arkham Knight’s season pass was announced last week, but apart from the news that it would cost a whopping $40/£33, we didn’t get many details of what it would include. Thankfully, Warner Bros. has since acknowledged the clamour this caused, as players […]

  • Star Wars Day Xbox sale discounts Force Unleashed, Lego games

    Star Wars Day is upon us, and here’s an Xbox sale to mark it. Microsoft is offering discounts on Xbox 360 games to celebrate May 4. From my desk here in Australia the sale is a bit light on content – two Lego games, plus The Force Unleashed and its DLC packs. Your mileage may […]

  • Here’s hoping this tease means we see Mass Effect at E3 2015

    Mass Effect boss Mike Gamble has shared a teaser image, which we’re more than happy to draw speculative conclusions from. The new Mass Effect game in the works at BioWare Edmonton is a mysterious beast. Judging by how long it’s been in development, it feels like we’re about due for a proper reveal, to clear […]

  • Watch almost a whole hour of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is almost here. Are you ready for old-school shooter action? Wolfenstein: The Old Blood publisher Bethesda livestreamed almost an hour of the Machine Games shooter recently, and has now uploaded the archive to YouTube. Check it out below: Wolfenstein: The Old Blood launches digitally on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on […]

  • Splatoon lacks voice chat to promote a positive online experience

    Nintendo’s multiplayer game Splatoon will not contain a voice chat option in order to “focus on the positive aspects” of online gaming. Speaking in the latest issue of Edge magazine (thanks, GamesRadar), Splatoon co-director Yusuke Amano said personal experience with negativity in online voice chat was one of the main reasons for excluding the feature. […]

  • D4 on PC: differences from Xbox One version, system specs announced

    D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die – Season 1 is coming to PC, and Access Games has provided a list of features different from the Xbox One version. We’ve pulled most of the changes off the game’s website and posted them below, along with the PC specs. D4 on PC Kinect gesture input controls replaced with […]

  • The Megalodon returns to Battlefield 4 with the latest CTE patch

    The Megalodon Easter Egg in Battlefield 4 may have been removed earlier this year from Naval Strike, but it has since resurfaced on the CTE with the latest patch. I’d make a Jaws reference, but it’s been done to death. The shark is shown in the video on the Paracel Storm map which was where […]

  • Survival horror game Kodoku has a new work-in-progress trailer

    Kodoku, the survival horror title from Carnivore Studio, has a new work-in-progress video available, showing you how the game is coming along. Announced for PlayStation 4 and Vita back in 2013, the game is slated for release sometime this year, and tasks the player with avoiding mythical Japanese ghosts using only magic and stealth. Thanks, […]

  • Current HoloLens prototype has noticeably “tighter” FoV compared to January build

    Microsoft’s augmented reality headset HoloLens is still very much in the prototype stage, according to various reports out of the Build Conference. Microsoft hasn’t discussed technical specs with the press yet as nothing is set in stone, but during a hands-on at Build, Ars Technica noticed the prototypes had a “x86 processor, 2GB RAM, 802.11ac […]

  • Silent Hills petition asking Konami to continue development has over 50,000 signatures

    A petition to save the Silent Hills game has been formed by fans in the hopes Konami will change its mind and bring the collaboration with Guillermo del Toro back from the dead. Konami confirmed on Monday the Silent Hill remake from film director Del Toro and Metal Gear’s Hideo Kojima had been cancelled, but […]

  • Attack on Titan has a US release date, title changed in EU over copyright claim

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains will be released under a different title in Europe, according to the publisher, and while a release date has been set for North America, the same cannot be said for fans across the pond. According to Atlus, a copyright claim in Europe has forced the company to publish the […]

  • Yooka-Laylee meets final Kickstarter Stretch Goal in less than 24 hours

    The Kickstarter for Playtonic’s Yooka-Laylee sailed beyond its final £1 million ($1.5 million) Stretch Goal overnight, which will allow for a simultaneous release on all announced platforms. Once funded, Yooka-Laylee was slated for release on Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, Wii U, and Xbox One; however, a simultaneous release on all platforms wasn’t guaranteed unless […]

  • Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, but not by much

    Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, according to an announcement from Roll7. Not to worry though, it’s only by a week. According to the developer, the delay is due to “having undergone super-secret upgrades to crank shit up to 60fps.” The extra week will provide the additional time needed for tweaking […]

  • Assassin’s Creed, The Crew, Far Cry 4, other Ubisoft titles on sale through the Humble Store

    Ubisoft has put a number of its games on sale through the Humble Store. Franchises Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry are on discount as are single release titles. The list of games on sale are below. For pricing in your region, head over to the Humble Store. Anno 2070 Complete Edition Assassin’s Creed 3 Assassin’s […]

  • Payday 2: Repeater rifle, Peacemaker pistol introduced with The Butcher’s Western Pack

    Overkill Software released the 21st DLC pack for Payday 2 yesterday, titled The Butcher’s Western Pack. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and other digital distribution channels. “For our 21st DLC we go back in time to visit the Wild West and the arsenal it was known for,” said the developers. “With it we’re introducing […]

  • The Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter just launched and has already met its funding goal

    Playtonic Games launched the Kickstarter campaign for Yooka-Laylee at 5pm UK, and in just over 30 minutes it already hit its $270,000 funding goal. You can watch the funding counter continue to roll over through the link. Yooka-Laylee is a 3D platformer where the characters use special moves such as Yooka’s tongue grapple and Laylee’s […]

  • Batch of hi-res Persona 5 screenshots released by PlayStation Japan

    A set of screenshots have been released for Persona 5, and while you’ve seen these before in magazines and on the official website, these are high-res versions. Some will even look familiar to those who watched the first gameplay trailer back in February. The shots were posted over on the PlayStation Japan Persona 5 game […]

  • Is Alien: Isolation getting HTC Vive support?

    Placeholder images for SteamVR icons have been found and it looks like there may be support for Alien: Isolation, so if you enjoy soiling yourself, get psyched! NeoGAF members found a thread on Reddit, where a little rooting around in a Steam directory unearthed the images. The list includes both games and apps, and as […]

  • Xbox Live multiplayer is free this weekend on Xbox 360

    Xbox 360 players in all Xbox Live regions can play multiplayer online for free this weekend. If you are a Silver member, this means you are Golden from May 1-3 and can play multiple games online with your buddies. All you have to do is log-in to Xbox Live.

  • Assassin’s Creed actor Michael Fassbender confirms film production starts September

    The Assassin’s Creed movie will start production this fall, actor Michael Fassbender (Prometheus, 300, X-Men:First Class) as confirmed. Speaking with ComingSoon.net, Fassbender said filming will start in September, which is inline with Ubisoft’s announcement in February. The actor will star in the film alongside Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard, both reuniting with their MacBeth director Justin […]

  • Eve Online boss states VR won’t be as big as we think next year

    I don’t think I’m the only one who wants VR to hurry up and manifest into a Sword Art Online-esque reality. Unfortunately, the chief executive officer at the studio behind Eve Online doesn’t think that will be happening any time soon. Talking to Venture Beat, Hilmar Veigar Pétursson touched on his excitement at the prospects […]

  • The Last of Us: Left Behind goes standalone in May on PS3, PS4

    Naughty Dog has announced that The Last of US DLC Left Behind will be released as a standalone experience next month. It can be purchased for both PlayStation 3 and PS4 through the PS Store and a two-hour demo of the Factions multiplayer will also be made available. “The Left Behind standalone game will have […]

  • EA’s annual E3 press conference takes place on June 15

    Electronic Arts has announced its annual E3 2015 press conference will take place the day before the show kicks off on June 15. EA, Microsoft, Sony and Ubisoft always hold press events the day before E3 officially starts, so this isn’t any surprise, really. The presser, dubbed “Live to Play”, will last one hour and […]

  • Steam exchange rate mix-up closes down community market

    The Steam community market was buggered up big time today after a mix-up with currency conversion had items selling from practically nothing, to millions of dollars. PC Gamer picked up on the news after a thread on Reddit appeared with screenshots depicting just how silly things were getting over there. The currency exchange rate data […]

  • Britney Spears signs five-year deal with Glu for new mobile game

    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 […]