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Xbox One reveal: “They totally screwed it up” – Bushnell

Wednesday, 3 July 2013 10:18 GMT By Dave Cook

Xbox One’s reveal and subsequent policy u-turn saw Microsoft screw up. That’s the opinion of Atari founder Nolan Bushnell who, in an interview with VG247 stressed that despite its recent u-turn Microsoft no longer wants to sell you products; it wants you to rent them instead.

As part of an interview you can read here on VG247 soon, I asked the Atari founder for his thoughts on Microsoft’s Xbox One reveal and subsequent policy reversal, to which he replied, “They totally screwed it up. When I heard some of the announcements and the analysis of it, I’m shaking my head and saying, ‘What in the hell were they thinking?’ Of course that wasn’t going to go down well.”

He added that Microsoft’s interest in the cloud and the rationale behind its initial DRM policies was so it can block piracy, resulting in a content stream that rents digital copies of software, rather than letting you own a product outright.

“They want to sell Office as a service,” Bushnell added. “They want it all to be in the cloud, they want to rent you stuff, not sell you. And when you look at some of the things about systems and procedures, they really don’t like software as an object because it’s too easy to get it ripped off.”

He cited China’s rampant piracy rate as a potential catalyst for Microsoft’s initial policy, and continued, “In the back of their mind they look at a billion Chinese people, and they sell less software there than a small town in Texas.”

I then asked him about the whole trade-in issue, suggesting that although Microsoft may have reversed its own policies, that this doesn’t mean publishers still don’t want used-sales to disappear. I offered that we could face a similar discussion and backlash over used-blockers in years to come.

“I actually think that trade-ins are good and they bring in more money,” he replied, “now here’s the following thread: I believe that in a lot of ways, a $50 game is discontinuity. There are more people who can’t afford a $50 game than can. And so what has always been an ability to do is, if you can’t afford to get a new pair of jeans you go to thrift shop and buy a used pair of jeans, and the same thing goes with games.”

“Some people are willing to be the person who is the first on their block to a game and pay full price. if you’re willing to wait a month or two you can get it for half price. What happens in that case is that the person who bought the first instance has a little bit of money so he can continue to buy new games at a higher rate than he would have otherwise.

“I think the industry gets more money if you look at the whole picture because I think that people will spent what they can afford, and if you make the hurdle too high for people who are not as well off, they just won’t be able to buy the game at all.”

What’s your take on the above? Would a lower starting price-point for new games combat second-hand sales? Did Microsoft drop the ball with its initial strategy? Let us know below, and stay tuned for the full interview with Bushnell soon.

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49 Comments

  1. Erthazus

    “He added that Microsoft’s interest in the cloud and the rationale behind its initial DRM policies was so it can block piracy, resulting in a content stream that rents digital copies of software, rather than letting you own a product outright.”

    I said it since the online option was in discussion that they are doing it ONLY for piracy protection.

    and If some idiot will say again that I’m wrong somewhere he can pretty much shut his pie hole for the rest of his life. Really.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. ps3fanboy

    i said all this before mister nolan said it. over at micro$hafts its clearly more about the money than anything else. if they can rob their own customers and get away with it, they do it without even blinking… you gotta give some not just take, that is a given in any business. but the greed at micro$hafts is at mammoth proportions. micro$hafts is like a bad joke business-wise!

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Lengendaryboss

    @1
    Last sentence = LOL :D

    @2
    He makes more sense than coming across as a biased Playstation loving fanboy :)

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Lengendaryboss

    He makes valid points: I especially liked the comparison between used jeans and used games, to prove that it really is the cheaper option.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. ps3fanboy

    @3 Legendarychump, you the peecee master race should keep shut… your own idiocy dont help you a bit. :)

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Gekidami

    B-but, Mr. Bushnell… http://www.vg247.com/2013/04/04/microsoft-will-win-next-gen-war-sonys-online-infrastructure-is-god-awful-bushnell/

    You should actually link that in there just to show his post position.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. actuallyisnotafox

    i guess that don mattrick was theyre mark cerney? so yup id say so too :p

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Lengendaryboss

    @5
    What exactly is the “peace master race”? My idiocy? Look at your sentences grammar and punctuation and see who is the idiot. :)

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Eregol

    @7 Wha?

    #9 2 years ago
  10. actuallyisnotafox

    @9 i guess don mattrick was microsofts mark cerney so i guess him leaving was them saying yup we’re even getting rid of our mine guy so we screwed up :p *i should elaborate more ._.*

    #10 2 years ago
  11. manamana

    @6 good one. And he is just beating a dead dog. We all know by now, that Microsoft screwed up big time.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. SplatteredHouse

    Mattrick was Microsoft’s GIR to Sony’s SIR (when speaking in public).

    #12 2 years ago
  13. rafterman83

    Suppose the man who over saw Atari going from a 2 billion company to nothing knows a bit of about failure. Still this Microsoft bashing must end. Getting so old now. Both companies want your money trying suggest one is evil and the other isn’t is just naivety.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. tCruzin

    Definitely getting ridiculous now. How many articles are going to be posted about the same topic over & over? No wonder this site has received a huge buzz lately.
    But I’m sure there is plenty of more interesting stuff to write about in the gaming world than this.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Gheritt White

    @1 You’re wrong, somehow.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Dahak

    This nolan guy is flip flopping all over the place,first xbox will win now they screw up,make up your mind.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Digital Bamboo

    Man, Bushnell + Kojima interviews. VG247 is a pretty big deal.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Dave Cook

    @14 what are you talking about? It’s a big, pressing issue that won’t be going away for ages?

    Plus, it came from an interview I did with Nolan about many topics, not just Xbox One.

    If you don’t like it, don’t read it, but please don’t accuse us of flogging the issue. It’s all around you.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. rafterman83

    @18 pressing issue? – both companies now have the exact same DRM policy, console architecture, almost the same games, the same everything – where’s this pressing issue you talk of?

    It would seem the gaming community is being torn apart over what? certain game journalist’s pre-disposition towards Sony or Microsoft. *not you Dave but in general*

    How are we, the gamers, able to make an informed decision when all we get is hit baiting rubbish from people who clearly have axes to grind.

    The media coverage of next-gen has almost ruined the whole concept of a new console before they’re even out for me.

    I, for one, would be happy with either console, as would 99% of the people here.

    This Us vs Them is getting really boring.

    THEY ARE THE SAME – even more so than X360/PS3 – yet that doesn’t produce an exciting narrative does it.

    You’re trying to find an angle that doesn’t really exist. I understand with less than 6 months to go to launch no other content will compete but how long do we have to suffer my console is better than yours tripe.

    Rant over.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. DeyDoDoughDontDeyDough

    @18

    Call him a twat, too. Call them all twats. Damn readers. Wish they’d all just shit off.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. super3001

    poor poor sonygamer247 boohoo we dont like being criticise but attract most critical group onIinternet due to heavy bias and flamebait article

    YOU vg247 all of you writers created the flame war dont be damn childs and cry now if you cant stand heat

    #21 2 years ago
  22. FeaturePreacher

    If publishers want to combat used games, just have a digital only pre-release window along with exclusive single player dlc and perhaps a 16% discount.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. karma

    #14: This is quite literally THE most important gaming industry news of the last 7-8 years. What is happening now is determining how healthy the following 8 years will be.
    And Bushnell is correct, its nice to hear sense coming from industry professionals and not just gamers.

    Also i’ll add to the positives of used games in that they encourage gamers to take risks with untried IP’s, that they don’t know if they will like or not. In the past i’ve tried a few used games I wasn’t sure about, for instance, Batman Arkham Asylum. I had heard good things about it from other gamers, but since I’m not a fan of fighting games I didn’t want to fork out the full £50 and find out that I didn’t like it. But buying used was a much lesser risk, and what I found out was that it is an amazing game, so I was in-line day 1 for the sequel and purchased it brand new.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Clupula

    @21 – Why isn’t this “person” banned by now?

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Ireland Michael

    @24 Because he didn’t make a homophobic / sexist remark or insult a minority group a staff member happens to be a part of.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Dave Cook

    @19 “How are we, the gamers, able to make an informed decision when all we get is hit baiting rubbish from people who clearly have axes to grind.”

    I’d disagree that he has an axe to grind, but I thought some people might like to hear the opinion of a man who has proved instrumental of games as a commercial business.

    Although he’s not done much for years the man’s still a legend. This isn’t aimed at you personally, but It’s my bad if I thought folk would be interested in what he had to say, but you’ll see soon that the full interview is more about industry life back in the ’80s compared to today.

    @21 How did we create the flame war? Also, who’s crying? What are you actually talking about?

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Gheritt White

    @19: The Xbox One still comes with mandatory Kinect, a $100 more expensive price tag than PS4 while carrying inferior hardware components inside the box, plus big question marks around indie developer support.

    (Oh yeah, and an apparent focus on live TV services, none of which will be available outside the USA for launch.)

    So I’d say that there are still *big* differences between the two next-gen console platforms right now.

    And yes, this is coming from somebody how has been playing exclusively on an Xbox and Xbox 360 for the past decade.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. Lengendaryboss

    @Dave
    For goodness sake Dave, he/she is a troll. In fact he/she was banned before right here on VG247 for these exact conspiracy theories, he/she is preaching now.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. super3001

    boohoo someone dont agree with me ban them

    get a life legendarycrybaby or go play kinky persecution games with francis and fanboy

    #29 2 years ago
  30. ps3fanboy

    i’m just waiting for that Francis O guy from india to arrive any moment now and tell Lengendarychump to grow a pair…

    #30 2 years ago
  31. Lengendaryboss

    @29
    It has nothing to do with the fact i may or may not agree you, it has to do with the fact that you accusing this site of being biased towards one platform holder.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. Lengendaryboss

    @30
    You have got that covered, no need to retread old ground.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. super3001

    31

    site is heavy biased fact. you dont agree so you cry like a little bitch

    find someone else to cry over

    #33 2 years ago
  34. stretch215

    Another day, another deja vù comments section. This is the same shit over and over, and it does feel a bit like “click” generation at this point. By now it’s common knowledge that ms royally fucked up their reveal, yet we’re still getting “stories” about it that offer no new perspectives or opinions. Just some guy saying the same thing as the last guy, yet it manages to get top billing on this site. When you do things like that, you shouldn’t be surprised when people call you on it.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. Lengendaryboss

    Why is practically everyone calling me a “little bitch?” Would make me feel sad if i actually cared what virtual strangers thought of me.
    http://mrwgifs.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Pikachu-Crying-Reaction-Gif-In-Pokemon-The-First-Movie.gif

    #35 2 years ago
  36. Gheritt White

    @33: You do realise that the only person who sounds like a whiny little bitch with teeny tiny hairless balls and a face so full of acne they’ve resorted to typing on the internet as their sole means of communication, while furiously masturbating themselves into oblivion over pictures of their own mother – cursing themselves all the while for the bleeding chafe and burn marks on their pathetic, withered excuse for a phallus – is YOU, right?

    Now fuck off and grow up, you miserable little turd.

    #36 2 years ago
  37. ps3fanboy

    @25 do that include hookers living lavishly outside pizza hut at saturdays?… just asking.

    #37 2 years ago
  38. stretch215

    @33 I wouldn’t say the site is biased, but some of the writers may be. Either way, they’re human, and we’re all biased in some form.

    #38 2 years ago
  39. Cobra951

    Reality check: This story has absolutely nothing to do with Sony. Not one word.

    #39 2 years ago
  40. MangoMantang

    @1 Console piracy is near non-existent.

    #40 2 years ago
  41. Cee

    @40

    Keep telling yourself that and you might actually believe it.

    If that’s the case then why are Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo trying so hard to stop piracy.

    #41 2 years ago
  42. bigterj216

    Do any of the writers for VG247 have their articles proofread before posting or are the articles just blasted out like water from a fire hose?

    #42 2 years ago
  43. MCTJim

    Yea they screwed up the PR, may have well been a 4 year old doing it, but their games were the best of the show hands down.

    #43 2 years ago
  44. Noodlemanny

    Xbox One reveal: “They totally screwed it up” – Bushnell
    Really?
    Amazon pre-orders at 12 to 1 in favor of PS4. ———- (Till Microsoft changed the policies)
    No shit sherlock.

    #44 2 years ago
  45. DarkElfa

    I think I’m about done wanting to participate in this community. Its gone straight to hell with all these asshats and their never ending fanboy/troll garbage and nobody is doing shit about it.

    #45 2 years ago
  46. Maabren

    MS consulted a drunk monkey for PR management. Turned out real well. Lets hope their next choise do a better job.

    #46 2 years ago
  47. RocknRolla

    #8 Lengendaryboss

    That @ps3fanboy is always a douche, just IGNORE the little prick that tries to write something and thinks it looks smart.. :) works for me :D

    #47 2 years ago
  48. Lengendaryboss

    @47
    Sometimes you have to throw even the most annoying and idiotic dogs a bone :D

    #48 2 years ago
  49. metahuman

    @13: Bushnell was in charge of Atari for six years, from 1972 when the company was founded to 1978 when he quit. Atari was acquired by Warner Communications two years earlier in 1976. Bushnell’s successors, like Ray Kassar, tanked the company and Atari crashed the market in 1983. Bushnell rejoined Atari as a member of the board of directors in 2010, but he hit eject less than a year later.

    #49 2 years ago

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    Erron Black, the gunslinger which was outed for Mortal Kombat X in the achievements listing last week, was featured in the latest livestream from NetherRelam Studios yesterday evening. Along with gameplay, fatalities and variations for Black, the developer also provided a look at gameplay for: Ermac vs Mileena; Ermac’s brutality and fatality moves; Lui Kang […]

  • The Legend of Zelda Wii U: 2015 release not a “priority”, skipping E3

    The Legend of Zelda franchise producer Eiji Aonuma is featured in the latest video update on the status of The Legend of Zelda for Wii U, stating a 2015 release is no longer a “number one priority” for the team. While Aonuma never specifically says the game has been delayed into 2016, the announcement confirms […]

  • Destiny gameplay designer exits for Bethesda

    Destiny’s senior gameplay designer Josh Hamrick announced on Twitter overnight he would be leaving the company in a week’s time for Bethesda. Hamrick joined Bungie in 2009 after working two years at Midway Austin, where he created multiplayer maps, modified single-player levels, and other designer functions. He was in charge of fixing bug in code […]

  • What to expect from the Call of Duty Championship this weekend

    Just settling down to the Call of Duty Championship this weekend? Here’s a rundown of today’s matches and what else to expect over the next three days. The Call of Duty Championship is taking place in LA this weekend until Sunday, with 32 four-player teams battling it out for a prize pot of $1 million. […]

  • MLB 15 The Show video highlights improved graphics, updated grass patterns

    Sony has released a video for MLB 15 The Show which provides a look at graphical improvements made to the game. Along with the visual upgrade over MLB 14 The Show, the game contains new minor league stadiums, dynamic sun generated in real-time, and upgraded grass patterns which reflect each stadium’s unique look. MLB 15 […]

  • Valve to offer HTC Vive Developer Edition free to qualified developers

    Valve has said it will offer the HTC Vive Developer Edition for free to qualified developers in an effort to buoy projects before the tech launches commercially. Surgeon Simulator developer Bossa Studios and The Room studio Fireproof Games are just some of the developers which already have a free Vive in-hand. According to Valve’s Doug […]

  • DriveClub gameplay video features MotorStorm’s off-road buggies

    Some gameplay footage of MotorStorm’s off-road buggies in DriveClub has surfaced. Pictures of the buggies were shown on the Japanese PlayStation Blog earlier this month, which considering the game was developed by Evolution Studios – which developed MotorStorm – this isn’t too much of a surprise. The buggies were first spotted by Videogamer, which pulled […]

  • Mortal Kombat X live-action TV spot features the track Chop Suey

    The TV sport for Mortal Kombat X has been released, and not only does it contain a “spontaneous fight circle” taking over an entire city, but it features the System of a Down track Chop Suey. Mortal Kombat X will be released on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One April 14. The […]

  • Bloodborne Forbidden Woods progression bug caused by multiplayer summon

    A progression bug in Bloodborne is in the works, according to Sony and From Software. The issue occurs when players activate a multiplayer session in the Forbidden Woods using the Sinister Resonant Bell or Small Resonant Bell. It also appears the Lunarium Key won’t appear because of the multiplayer bug, and without the key you […]

  • Yo-Kai Watch game franchise has sold over 7 million copies

    The Yo-Kai Watch IP has sold over 7 million copies, according to developer Level-5. The figure included both physical and digital download sales. Yo-Kai Watch 3 will be unveiled during Level-5 Vision 2015 next month. The first title is in the works for the west but is still without a release window. Thanks, Gematsu.

  • Bloodborne trademark returned to Sony after accidentally losing it

    In case you were worried or anything, Sony has once again obtained the Bloodborne trademark. Earlier this week it was revealed that Sony mistakenly abandoned the Bloodborne trademark along with four others registered with US Patent and Trademark Office: Guns Up!, Kill Strain; How Games Were Made to Sound, and No Heroes Allows: No Puzzles […]

  • GTA 5 PC official trailer coming next week, 15 new screenshots released

    New PC screenshots of GTA 5 have been released along with word of a new trailer coming on Monday. The screens below are from the PC version and you can view them in 4K glory over on Rockstar Newswire. The PC version of GTA 5 releases on April 14.

  • PSN real-time server status page launching in Europe soon

    PlayStation users in Europe will soon have its own a PSN Service Status Indicator. It was released earlier this month in North America. The indicator makes it easier to check whether PlayStation services are down or running as planned. This includes account management, PlayStation Now, the store, social services, etc. Sony told Eurogamer the service […]

  • Exclusivity contract prevents Bioware from revealing Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC release on PS4

    Bioware is unable to discuss when the Jaws of Hakkon DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition will arrive on platforms other than PC and Xbox One. According to various tweets from executive producer Mark Darrah, due to the exclusivity contract between EA and Microsoft, the studio is unable to announce a release date for PlayStation 3 […]

  • LEGO Batman 3 demo, Namco Museum, more added to North American eShop

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a demo for LEGO Batman 3, Namco Museum on Wii U Virtual Console, and various sales. Below is the full update. Nintendo eShop Dot Arcade – Wii U LEGO Ninjago – 3Ds LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Demo – Wii U Harvest Moon: The […]

  • Square Enix’s Easter Surprise bundle contains five mystery PC games

    Square Enix offering another mystery bundle to customers in the UK, which comes with five mystery PC games for £3.99. As before, customers will be unaware of the games they are purchasing in the mystery bundle, but the bundle contains triple-A titles worth £40 combined. One of Square’s previous mystery bundles contained Tomb Raider, Just […]

  • From Software’s PSone game Shadow Tower coming to PSN

    Shadow Tower, the first-person action-RPG developed for the original PlayStation by From Software, will be released on PlayStation Network. In the 1998 title, players took on the role of a mercenary who has returned home to the Holy Land of Zeptar to find the place has been sucked into the Underworld. He must use the […]

  • PlayStation TV gets price cut in the UK, now £44.99

    PlayStation TV has received a price cut in the UK. After several retailers started offering the console for less than the RRP of £84.99, users on DealSpwn began to wonder whether this is an official price cut, and not just regular deals or stock clearance. Sony later confirmed the new price of £44.99. “Starting from […]

  • Fast & Furious expansion for Forza Horizon 2 is now available, for free

    You can download Forza Horizon 2 expansion Fast & Furious starting right now. Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious is available to download now through Xbox Live for Xbox One and Xbox 360. The expansion is standalone, so you don’t need to own Forza Horizon 2 to play it. It’s also free from now […]

  • Fire-based weapons come to PayDay 2 with the Butcher’s BBQ Pack

    The 20th DLC for PayDay 2, the Butcher’s BBQ Pack, is now available on Steam. The DLC will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: Piglet Grenade Launcher, 12G Steakout Shotgun and Mk1 Flamethrower Molotov cocktails and incendiary ammo Four new masks, patterns, materials and achievements The Butcher’s BBQ Pack is another co-development between Overkill and Croatian […]

  • Lords of the Fallen developer offers Hideo Kojima a job

    Amid the current turmoil between Hideo Kojima and publisher Konami, one studio has offered the legendary designer a position. Lords of the Fallen developer Deck 13 took to Twitter to extend a job offer to Hideo Kojima. Dear Mr. @HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN In case you are currently searching, we have an open position as Head of Game […]

  • Destiny Xur update: should you buy MIDA Multi Tool?

    The question on every Destiny player’s lips today. And the answer, supplied by resident Destiny expert Paul Davies, is… Yes! We asked Paul whether or not he thought Xur’s Exotic weapon this week was worth the 23 Strange Coins. Here’s what he said: “It was already a great gun to own for PVP owing to […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 has an all-male cast to make it “more approachable”

    According to Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata, the main cast of the game is all-male because it makes the game “more approachable.” Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata spoke to Gamespot about the reason for his choice of making the core cast an all-male affair. “Speaking honestly, an all-male party feels almost more approachable […]

  • Hearthstone Blackrock Mountain is coming April 2

    Blizzard has given Hearthstone expansion Blackrock Mountain a solid release date. Hearthstone’s Blackrock Mountain adventure pack will be released April 2 in the Americas region, and April 3 in Europe, Korea, Taiwan, and China. Blackrock Depths is the first wing to be released, others will follow one week apart. Other than the 31 new cards, […]

  • Bloodborne: if you can’t load your save after installing firmware 2.50, this will help

    If you’re having issues loading your Bloodborne save after applying firmware update 2.50 to your PS4, this should help you out. Reddit user KBALLZZ encountered an issue after installing update 2.50 on his PlayStation 4. Bloodborne started reinstalling the day one patch again and when it was done he couldn’t continue his game or load […]

  • Use this code to get 10% off on PSN purchases

    Sony is offering a 10% discount coupon to anyone looking to buy games on PlayStation Store this weekend. Sony’s latest discount coupon code is here. You’ll receive 10% off your cart total when buying from the PSN Store. The offer is not valid on purchases made on PS Vita, PlayStation TV, PSP, or in-game stores. […]

  • Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin upgrade path announced, system specs revealed

    Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin will offer returning customers a chance to upgrade at a discounted price. Those who already own Dark Souls 2 on Steam and are interested in picking up the Scholar of the First Sin edition will be happy to know that publisher Bandai Namco is offering them an […]

  • Bloodborne: this is what happens when you have 40 Insight

    Insight is one of the currencies in Bloodborne, but it’s also a mechanic that affects the gameplay. There are MASSIVE SPOILERS below, so turn back now or one of Bloodborne’s gameplay mechanics will be SPOILED for you. Just like Blood Echoes in Bloodborne, Insight is used to purchase certain items from vendors in the game. […]

  • Phase two of Xbox One April update brings voice messages, dedicated servers for party chat, more

    The second phase of the April update for Xbox One is now open to members of the Preview programme and and it looks like there are even more features in store. Phase one of Xbox One’s April firmware update started a few days ago with improvements to party chat and achievements notifications. Today, phase two […]

  • GTA 5′s graphical “downgrade” is a bug, will be fixed in upcoming patch

    As of patch 1.8 for GTA 5 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, a few graphical issues have cropped up leading some to believe there has been a stealth downgrade to the game’s overall graphics. Over the past couple of days, Reddit went nuts over a video showing what appears to be a downgrade to […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for March 27, 28 – MIDA Multi-Tool edition

    Xur: Agent of the Nine has arrived at The Tower in Destiny to rid you of your Strange Coins. Xur: Agent of the Nine has once again made it to Destiny’s Tower to sell you Exotic weapons and gear in exchange for Strange Coins and Motes of Light. For this weekend, Xur can be found […]

  • Destiny vault space upgrade will have enough room for every Exotic

    Destiny is finally getting the vault space upgrade players have been begging for almost since launch week. Destiny players can currently use vault space to store 20 pieces of amour, 20 weapons and 20 general item stacks. In the latest Bungle Weekly Update, the developer revealed that as of patch 1.1.2, due before House of […]

  • Half-Life 2: Update mod applies some sparkle to the original title

    Half-Life 2: Update will be available tomorrow, and thanks to the modding community, those who own the vanilla version of the game can apply a visual update to the 2004 title. The comparison video shows you the differences between the original version, and the version with Half-Life 2: Update applied. Here’s what the mod includes: […]

  • Neverwinter MMO can now be pre-downloaded on Xbox One

    You can now pre-download the free-to-play Neverwinter MMO on Xbox One. The game launches on March 31, but you will still need an Xbox Live Gold account to play it. Based on the Dungeons & Dragons franchise, the game can be downloaded from the Xbox Store.

  • Destiny of Spirits will go offline starting next month

    Sony will be ending service for Destiny of Spirits starting next month, Sony has announced. The free-to-play Destiny of Spirits was released in late March 2014 on Vita, and tasked players with collecting supernatural forces appropriate to their geographical location, and then trading them with others online. Gravity Rush spirits were added to the game […]

  • MotoGP 15 is out this spring on PC, last and current-gen consoles

    MotoGP 15 will be released in June on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, Milestone has announced. Bike, rider and team customization are part of the latest release in the franchise, along with time-trials and enhanced career options. The game features over 20 bike models divided into three classes: MotoGP, Moto 2 […]

  • Cities: Skylines players should check out Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises

    Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises can now be yours in Cities: Skylines. Die Hard fans will be familiar with Nakatomi Plaza. Those who have never watched the first film and live in Los Angeles know it by its real-life name, FOX Plaza. It was created by Enos Shenk and is available through Steamworks. Those who […]

  • Call of Duty franchise has sold 175M copies, players have thrown 300B grenades

    With the Call of Duty Championship kicking off tomorrow, Activision has sent over a series infographic full of interesting figures such as the number of copies sold over 10 years and how many grenades players have tossed. According to the stats below, the Call of Duty franchise has sold 175 million copies across all platforms […]

  • Save up to 75% on select SEGA games on Steam this weekend

    SEGA has put many of its games on sale through Steam this weekend and the firm has also announced Eastside Hockey Manager is now available through Early Access. The sale runs through March 30. The entire Total War, Company of Heroes and Dawn of War back catalogs are discounted 75% and all associated DLC is […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight PC confirmed as digital download-only in UK

    Batman: Arkham Knight will indeed be a download-only title on PC in the UK, Warner Bros. has confirmed to VG247. Batman: Arkham Knight will be available as both a physical and digital release for PS4, Xbox One and PC in North America and Europe. Again, in the UK, the PC version will be “available as […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege release date set for October per GameStop Italy – report

    GameStop Italy may have let the release date for Rainbow Six Siege slip if a recent listing is accurate. According to the listing, the game will release on October 16. While this could be a placeholder date, October 16 is a Friday in the UK, the usual day new releases land at retail. The release […]

  • Watch the $1 million Call of Duty Championship right here

    The The Call of Duty Championship takes place this weekend, and you can watch all the action as it unfolds right here. The event takes place in Los Angeles tomorrow March 27 and runs through March 29, and the livestreams are below. 32 teams from five continents and 11 countries will be competing in Call […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: Battlefest kicks off this weekend with Double XP

    A new season of Battlefest kicks off this weekend, and starting today, you will earn Double XP in Battlefield Hardline. Battlefest for Hardline is similar to the event held for Battlefield 4 last year. For the entire month of April and into May, in-game events and competitions will be held by the developers and player […]

  • Don’t forget: the GTA 5 PC pre-order bonus cutoff is March 31

    Just a friendly reminder to those planning on purchasing GTA 5 for PC: you have until March 31 to pre-order if you want all the bonuses on offer. Those who pre-order will be handed $1 million in-game cash plus a bonus $300,000. It is split between GTA 5 and GTA Online: $500,000 for Grand Theft […]

  • Games with Gold offers doubled for April – six games instead of three

    Microsoft’s April Games with Gold collection is being doubled. For the month Xbox Live Gold members will receive six instead of three games free. Here’s what’s on offer: Pool Nation FX: Available all month on Xbox One Child of Light: Available all month on Xbox One Gears of War: Judgment: Available from April 1-15 on […]

  • Pokemon players can grab a code for Shiny Charizard at GAME in April

    Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire players along with Pokemon X and Y owners can grab a free, rare Shiny Charizard from April 3 at one of GAME’s 320 stores in the UK. The redeemable codes for the character will be made available upon request and no purchase is necessary. Those who pop into one […]

  • F1 2015 will arrive on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in June, includes Mexico circuit

    Codemasters has announced its F1 franchise will make its series debut on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this June with the release of F1 2015. The game was developed using a new engine and contains improved handling and physics for all vehicles and parts attached. This includes: engine, transmission, aerodynamics, fuel tank, force feedback, suspension […]

  • Mortal Kombat X video confirms Liu Kang as playable character

    Liu Kang has been confirmed as a playable character in Mortal Kombat X in the latest video. You’ll also notice Bo’ Rai Cho in there as well. In the Shaolin trailer above you also get a look at Kung Lao and Kung Jin who is new to the series. Apparently, Raiden’s past champions of the […]

  • Short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront shows the Battle of Hoth

    A short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront has been posted by EA on Twitter. Well, that speeder isn't going anywhere. Can someone give us a lift to @SW_Celebration http://t.co/srEVrAA0zl #SWCA https://t.co/4W4LG8myke — EAStarWars (@EAStarWars) March 25, 2015 The teaser shows vehicles which we could be using in the game, but it mainly shows the snowy landscape […]

  • Pillars of Eternity releases today – get all the review scores here

    Pillars of Eternity, which still stands as the second most-funded video game on Kickstarter, finally releases today. It’s also getting some rather positive reviews scores, which we’ve rounded up for you. The isometric, party-based RPG from Obsidian Entertainment was one of the first video game projects to take to Kickstarter, and hit its $1.1 million […]

  • Take an in-depth look at Evolve’s Behemoth monster and four new hunters

    Evolve’s fourth monster, the Behemoth, as well as the four new hunters are shown off in new gameplay video. Evolve’s latest gameplay trailer gives everyone a good look at each of the four new hunters and the massive Behemoth monster. The hunters can be bought either separately or though the hunting pass, while the monster […]