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Nintendo is making games, not art, says Iwata

Friday, 2 August 2013 08:16 GMT By Dave Owen

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has stated that the company needs to focus on creating games that resonate that customers, rather than art. The point was made during a long interview with Toyo Keizai Online.

In the wake of recent dire financial results for the Wii U system, Iwata restated the beleaguered console’s place in the current game’s market with the belief that better software support in the coming months can revive its fortunes.

“It’s difficult to say ‘the Wii U is a system that does such and such’ in a simple manner, and understanding it takes time.” Iwata said. “While we unfortunately had a period in the first half of 2013 where releases were sparse and hardware sales have lulled, I don’t think that the concept and potential of the Wii U have been rejected.”

To bring customers to the platform, Iwata believes that Nintendo should not focus on making games into art, but on creating games that resonate strongly with their audience.

“Nintendo developers are extremely insatiable when it comes to whether what they make resonates with customers or not. They’ll do anything to achieve it.” Iwata said. “Both Miyamoto [Shigeru] and I repeatedly say, ‘It’s not like we are making pieces of art, the point is to make a product that resonates with and is accepted by customers’.

“Creating is like an expression of egoism,” Iwata went on to say. “People with a strong energy to create something have a ‘this is the strength I believe is right’ sort of confidence to start from. Their standpoint is that ‘this is the right thing to do, so this must be what’s good for the customer, as well.’ But the final goal of a product is to resonate with and be accepted by people. You can’t just force your way through. By saying ‘the point is to be accepted’, I mean, if you go to a customer with your idea and you realise they don’t understand it, it’s more important that they do, and you should shift your idea.”

This interview follows the news that the Wii U sold only 160,000 units worldwide between April and June. This means that, after strong launch sales, the system has shifted only 3.61 million in its lifetime.

Thanks, GameSpot.

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40 Comments

  1. Joe Musashi

    This is precisely the same straw-man logic that my wife uses when presenting me with a less than satisfactory meal.

    Iwata, get your ass back into the kitchen!

    JM

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Dragon246

    “Iwata believes that Nintendo should not focus on making games into art, but on creating games that resonate strongly with their audience.”

    Oh, okay. 8 Mario games in 2013 prove that. *cough*milking*cough*

    “It’s difficult to say ‘the Wii U is a system that does such and such’ in a simple manner, and understanding it takes time.”
    Uh, how ’bout making a console that resonate strongly with consumers?

    Really, Wii U is walking dead, with more dead less walking. 10k outside of Japan and US. That really says it all. Worse than Wii, 3DS, PSP, Vita, PS3,360.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. monkeygourmet

    Awww their being humble! :)

    This is a strange comment IMO. I find games like Pikmin, Mario Galaxy etc… Incredibly artistic.

    Maybe not as much as something like Journey, but Journey was created from the ground up for that kind of experience.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. KAP

    I was gonna draw a abracte portrait of every Nintendo IP on a large canvas, I was soon told I was infringing copyright laws and told to burn and bury it.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. monkeygourmet

    Also, it’s kind of ironic he should say this.

    With the Miiverse, Nintendo has created the biggest platform for art and artists in the videogame space.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. monkeygourmet

    @2

    How did Sony NOT manage to get the Vita to resonate with customers?

    At least with the Wii U, you can see their difficulties (a lot were brought on by themselves, name etc…).

    The Vita has 2 sticks for FPS, a touchscreen for casuals, online games and movie store, big name AND Indie releases etc… etc…

    I mean, how did they have all that and STILL manage too struggle?

    #6 2 years ago
  7. DrDamn

    @3
    “This is a strange comment IMO. I find games like Pikmin, Mario Galaxy etc… Incredibly artistic.”

    I think the point he is making is that they should be games first and foremost. If they are artistic too on some sort of level that’s not a bad thing, but make games which people want to play.

    @6
    Not really necessary to go in that direction is it? We have enough of *those* sort of threads already.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. redwood

    @6 IMO vita has longer legs than the wii U… just wait.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. spazman

    aw Iwata, u presided over a console built for 7 year old’s, and now the 7 year old’s have all grown up and want ps4′s – bless

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Bringit

    BREAKING NEWS: 7 Year Olds don’t exist anymore, says Spazman.

    The top forum commentator told VG247 that they’ve all grown up.

    When asked if it’s possible that there could be new 7 year-olds coming through Spazman just said ‘Aw bless.’

    #10 2 years ago
  11. monkeygourmet

    @7, 8

    Im not saying it won’t.

    Im just trying to bring it to people’s attention that sometimes you can have what looks like a sure fire success of a device on paper, then for whatever reason, the public doesn’t ‘bite’.

    It’s often not as simple as:

    “Uh, how ’bout making a console that resonate strongly with consumers?”

    For someone heavily into sales figures and such, that’s an incredibly childish view of a console launch.

    The Xbone’s introduction, even with all of MS’s marketing might and goodwill after the 360 is a good example of this.

    Likewise the PS3 after PS2.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Clupula

    Really, the quicker Nintendo can force this out-of-touch salaryman to resign, the better off they will be.

    Yes, we’re going to recover with disposable product. Wonderful. Let’s not strive to be anything more. Let’s not attempt to maybe branch out and get the attention of people who previously wrote you off.

    Let’s just make toys.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Clupula

    @6 – Price. I would probably pick one up if it was $150.

    At least in the States, $250 is home console price, not a portable, which carries the perception of not being worth the same type of investment.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. The_Red

    Of course. If Da Vinci had released 42 sequels and spin-offs for Mona Lisa, they wouldn’t have called him an artist.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Lengendaryboss

    @The_Red
    HAHAHA ;)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLxzXyZFj8M

    #15 2 years ago
  16. DrDamn

    @11
    Absolutely but it is simple to respond to Dragon’s points without dragging the Vita into the conversation which will inevitably derail the conversation.

    If the games resonate and the console is priced well then it’s moot, unless you’ve done something like created a console which stabs you in the eyes whilst you play.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Clupula

    @16 – Ah, you mean the Virtual Boy.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. monkeygourmet

    @12

    All consoles are ‘toys’ IMO. And; your right about price for the Vita, especially the memory sticks.

    Isn’t that the gamble though?

    Release older (cheaper) tech that makes profit sooner but has a shorter life span, or more cutting edge tech that has high R&D and manufacturing price, but has potentially more ‘shelf life’?

    The latter used to work, but these days, even cutting edge products are practically out of date by the time they get to market.

    By the time Vita picks up, people are not so ‘wowed’ by it’s features, which begs the question, why target such high end performance in a console?

    Im not saying the Wii U approach is right by the way, Im just pointing out there are positives and negatives to both sides.

    One negative I never agree with though, are idiots saying somethings for children because it isn’t crazy powerful.

    There has to be a good balance between power / price / services. So far the PS4 looks to be getting that right IMO.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Francis O

    @8
    PS Vita will have longer legs than the Wii U because Sony isn’t making another handheld gaming device.

    There will be a Wii U 2 or Wii 3.

    But on topic, Nintendo is about making games, and their games are good. No amount of bashing from the Vg247 drones can stop that. Sales have already increased due to Pikmin 3 and that’s just the start.

    Looking forward to picking up Pikmin 3 and Splinter Cell this month. Then The Wonderful 101 in September.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Clupula

    @19 – Oh, I’m afraid you seem to have not seen this week’s Japanese sales.

    The Wii U is back to being outsold by the PS3…a seven year old system with a very high profile successor on the way in a few months. And the Vita.

    Those sales increases you spoke of? They are gone.

    I’m afraid this station is very operati…

    Wait. Wrong speech.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Lengendaryboss

    @Francis
    “PS Vita will have longer legs than the Wii U because Sony isn’t making another handheld gaming device.”
    The exact same thing was echoed by Patcher and we both know how wrong he is right? So if PS Vita has long legs wouldn’t Wii U also being out? Oh but wait only when it concerns Nintendo right?

    http://www.nintendo-insider.com/2013/07/22/pachter-nintendo-dominate-handheld-make-great-first-party-software/

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKfceBq-j9Y
    Splinter Cell? is it not another shooter with stealth elements and action packed moments? ;) Thats the question :D

    All in good jest Francis :P

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Clupula

    @21 – Don’t you know shooters are bad…unless they’re on Nintendo systems? Duh!

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Francis O

    @LegendaryCommentStockingChump

    - I should rephrase what I meant.

    The PS Vita is strong enough to where Sony doesn’t have to make another handheld any time soon.

    ****Stealth*****
    Splinter Cell
    Metal Gear

    ****Shooter*****
    Battlefield
    Call of Duty

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Francis O

    @22

    Clupula, work on your failing YouTube channel.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Clupula

    Hahahahahaha…work on having something in your life other than the internet, son.

    There’s a whole world out there, outside your door. Might want to check it out sometime, instead of worrying about something I put very little effort or care into other than it being something kinda fun for me to do every now and then.

    I mean, the last video I did was basically me saying, “Oh hey. I’m not dead,” because I hadn’t had the time nor interest in doing one in two months.

    You, on the other hand, your entire self-worth seems to revolve around Youtube and that’s just really, really sad.

    Go out. Meet a girl. Meet a boy. Take a walk in a park. Go to a club. See a band. There’s so much more than the internet out there.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Lengendaryboss

    @Francis
    Good, good thats right backtrack. especially on MGS

    “And second, you don’t have to shoot people all the time in Watch Dogs, there are stealth and hacking elements. Metal Gear Solid 4 isn’t a shooter, yet there are plenty of guns and shooting.”

    So back then it wasn’t a shooter but includes lots of shooting and apparently didn’t have stealth and now it does. backtrack much further Francis and you will fall into a pit of your own hypocrisy :D :P :) ;)

    http://www.vg247.com/2013/07/25/call-of-duty-ghosts-confirmed-for-wii-u-november-release/#comment-515821

    Edit: you don’t have to shoot people in MGS, you can stun them (Stun Knife) punch X2 kick, CQC them, grenade them, sneak by. Shooting is a option and only to a point mandatory in boss fights lethal or otherwise. You clearly haven’t played MGS4.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Professor Zoom

    Wii u is crap. That’s all that needs to be said…

    #27 2 years ago
  28. Lengendaryboss

    @27
    False.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. viralshag

    I rate Clupula a 2/10 on the human scale based on his YouTube channel… Try harder!

    ;)

    #29 2 years ago
  30. Francis O

    @Clupula

    Son? Bitch please…

    Trust me, I’m not worrying about your shitty YouTube channel. You spend so much time bashing Nintendo on here, you could do that on YouTube and make a little extra money for a rainy day.

    It’s funny how you think you know my life or something? My work revolves around the internet, but I get plenty of time away from it.

    Meet a boy? Sorry, I’m not like you brokeback Legendarychump. Not that I have anything against gays.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. Clupula

    @29 – Really, I better start raising my subscriptions soon, before the UN does something about me. lol

    #31 2 years ago
  32. Lengendaryboss

    @Francis
    Thats right Francis stoop to cheap comebacks, you need something else besides blatant hypocrisy to fall back on.

    “Not that I have anything against gays.” Hmmm you imply me and him are that on more than one occasion when we are not and say you have nothing against gays even though you know its offensive.

    Yep i think we need a larger pit.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. Francis O

    Legendarychump

    Nobody is back-tracking. Look at how many threads where I said the PS Vita is fine. It just needs games.

    Like I said, MGS, Splinter Cell, Watch Dogs, have shooting, but they are not shooters. COD, Battlefield, Medal of Honor are pure shooters

    #33 2 years ago
  34. Professor Zoom

    #28 Not false…

    #34 2 years ago
  35. Lengendaryboss

    @Francis
    Keep telling yourself that.

    Edit: Do i have that link that infamous comment you made about Infamous SS? No i won’t.

    #35 2 years ago
  36. Lengendaryboss

    @34 and Francis as well.
    http://pleated-jeans.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/when-you-prove-that-you-are-right-in-an-argument.gif

    #36 2 years ago
  37. Clupula

    @30 – Hey, Francis, with how often you bring up the gay thing, I couldn’t be sure you weren’t projecting, so I tried to cover all the legal bases with my suggestion to you to just go out and do things that don’t revolve around the internet. You’re under the impression that this shit is important.

    And yes, I suppose I could start playing amateur Michael Pachter and giving my predictions and opinions on videogame stuff, if I wanted. It’s a hobby of mine, but it’s not a focus of my life. I’m too busy playing music, acting, and shopping scripts around to add being a self-proclaimed analyst to the list of things I do.

    On the other hand, I will say if I had good video capture software, I’d probably start putting up some reviews and recommendations of stuff I own, but that’d be the extent of it. This is a hobby. It’s something fun and therapeutic for me. I’m not interested in being your internet competition, although I can totally understand why you’d want me to be.

    What better way to make you the hero you style yourself to be than for you to have a nemesis? Any storyteller can tell you that a hero is nothing unless he has a strong villain to overcome.

    #37 2 years ago
  38. Sini

    it’s over people http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/en/sales/hard_soft/index.html
    only reason why nintendo is still in home console space instead of focusing only on handhelds is because they deluded themselves with wii that they could hold onto casuals. Nintendo decay has been plain to see for over a decade now. Wii U lost casuals and it’s following the trend of selling less than gamecube.

    #38 2 years ago
  39. Dragon246

    So…….I smell butthurt :D
    I was hoping for some popcorn stuff.

    #39 2 years ago
  40. Ireland Michael

    Because the current Microsoft and Sony lineup are so artistic, right?

    Please.

    I’ll give Sony credit for actually trying from time to time, but beyond them, gaming right now is about as artistic as a wet plastic bag floating in the wind.

    #40 2 years ago

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  • Win! Beta access to new MMORPG Skyforge and DLC worth $70

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  • PC gaming expected to be worth $35 billion by 2018

    PC gaming is alive and well. In fact, it’s expected to be worth $35 billion by 2018. According to game-business group Open Gaming Alliance, the PC gaming industry is expected to grow beyond its current $26 billion worth and to a massive $35 billion by the year 2018. The information is based on data collected […]

  • Advanced Warfare: new patch adds new weapon, Master Prestige ranks, more

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  • Destiny’s end game and raids explained

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  • Capcom adds local co-op to Resident Evil: Revelations 2 on PC

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  • New Destiny glitch spawns infinite Thralls on Earth

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  • Battlefield 4 Winter Patch is here with new game mode, netcode improvements and more

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  • HTC hopes to see Half-Life on VR headset Vive

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  • Make money easily in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

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  • This is how you claim free Xbox One games from your Xbox 360

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  • Destiny weekly reset for March 3: Heroic and Nightfall detailed

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  • Few Mass Effect FemShep cosplays are as elaborate as this one

    The internet is full of Female Commander Shepard cosplay from Mass Effect, but very few are as terrific as this one. Visual artist Freya Willia has spent over two years painstakingly creating the perfect suit of armour and the best weapons to make her cosplay of Female Shepard as authentic as possible, Omni tool and […]

  • Deals with Gold: Assassin’s Creed Unity, Red Dead Redemption and more discounted

    This week’s Deals with Gold titles for Xbox Live subscribers is a good mix of modern games and old favourites. The list of discounted games through this week’s Deals with Gold is live with discounts on Assassin’s Creed Unity, Amazing Spider-Man 2, Red Dead Redemption, Max Payne 3, and more. The deals are live now […]

  • Destiny guide: how to maximise your Grimoire Points

    Destiny players regularly compare the size of their Grimoire Points. Learn how to make yours the biggest. Destiny guide: how to earn Grimoire Points In Destiny, earning most Grimoire cards is just a matter of playing the game, maybe a little more attentively than usual. You’ll either need to complete a certain number of actions […]

  • Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows will let you play as a baddie

    Shovel Knight owners will benefit from the generosity of Kickstarter backers quite soon. Because Shovel Knight was overfunded during its Kickstarter campaign, developer Yacht Club Games committed to releasing free content updates. The first of these, Plague of Shadows, has now been detailed. The expansion stars baddy Plague Knight, who turns on his former allies, […]

  • GTA controversies, from Hot Coffee to PR manipulation

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  • Infamous 2 one of five new PlayStation Now additions for March

    PlayStation Now will expand to the tune of five new games this month. The March PS Now additions are Infamous 2, Twisted Metal, R-Type Dimensions, Alone in the Dark: Inferno and Operation Flashpoint: Red River. PS Now will set you back $20 per month or $45 for a three month subscription. It offers all you […]

  • Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster gets PS4 release date

    Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster hits PS4 in May. The PS4 release date for Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster is May 12 in North America and May 15 in Europe. Gematsu reports a special pre-order bonus calendar with art by Yoshitaka Amano is available through the Square Enix Store and participating retailers. In Europe, pre-ordering […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare getting 15 new Prestige levels

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players can now aspire to the ranks of Grand Master Prestige. Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games will add 15 more Prestige levels to the latest Call of Duty, giving players at max XP a chance to grow even further. According to the Sledgehammer Games blog, when you enter Master level […]

  • Destiny: Crota’s End recreated in Minecraft

    Destiny’s toughest challenge gets even nastier if you throw Creepers into the mix. The ultimate Destiny challenge – for now – is the Crota’s End raid. Taking place in an alternate dimension accessed through the Hellmouth on the Moon, the Raid takes Guardians through a pit of darkness to the resting place of Crota himself. […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3D trailer introduces the Heir to the Monado

    Xenoblade Chronicles 3D protagonist Shulk is the Heir to the Monado, his distinctive red sword. Let this trailer fill you in on what that means. Xenoblade Chronicles 3D releases for New 3DS on April 2 in Europe and April 10 in North America. As well as all the content of the Wii original, it has […]

  • The Elder Scrolls: Total War mod covers Morrowind, Oblivion and more

    The Elder Scrolls: Total War is a terrific mod allowing you get get intimately involved with the history of Bethesda’s detailed fantasy universe. The first release of The Elder Scrolls: Total War dropped on the weekend, giving players their first chance to try out LoRdNazgu1‘s creation. This version runs from 3E 427 to 4E 45, […]

  • Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 out now on Steam

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is out now. Yes, we’re surprised too. You can grab Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 on Steam for $8. Developer Scott Cawthon really doesn’t mess about; the game was only announced in early January. Here’s the blurb: Thirty years after Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza closed it’s doors, the events that took […]

  • EVE Online heister makes off with $13,000 worth of goods

    EVE Online is a hotbed of villainy, espionage and backstabbing, but one intrepid corporate thief has made waves even in this setting. The thing about EVE Online is that it’s a true sandbox: the game’s rules are very loose, and allow players to make careers out of theft, piracy, assassination and espionage in addition to […]

  • Marth Amiibo getting a stock refresh in North America

    Nintendo of America has announced a fresh supply of the difficult to find Marth Amiibo. The Marth Amiibo will be back in stock in the US in late April, the platform holder said on Twitter today. Planning to pick up Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. and don’t have a Marth amiibo? More are headed to stores in […]

  • Skyrim beta update upgrades creation kit file size

    Skyrim has been granted a new beta update – more than three years after launch! – to improve the experience for modders and those who use them. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim released in November 2011. I think that’s worth noting before we discuss the beta update that dropped today, even as Bethesda is working […]

  • Paradox’s next epic RPG is, uh, Knights of Pen & Paper 2

    Knights of Pen & Paper 2 is very serious business so please enjoy this very serious trailer. “Return to the dicey world of Knights of Pen & Paper for a new turn-based adventure, where players get to take on the role of players, and also of the game’s encounter-designing, rules-laywering GM in a fully customizable […]

  • Amplitude looks amazing in new gameplay trailer, has a team multiplayer mode

    Amplitude may have been delayed but we still get something this March: a fine new gameplay trailer. Amplitude is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 sometime in northern summer. It’s a reprisal of Harmonix’s classic rhythm action game, a forerunner to its later efforts with Guitar Hero and Rock Band, and was crowdfunded. Update: Turns […]

  • DayZ creator’s “crazy”, “esoteric” next game developed with Improbable

    DayZ creator Dean “Rocket” Hall has dropped the first vague details of his new game project. “I do not want to make safe games. I do not want to make games the way we have been making them. What if the most experienced video game staff in the world collaborated on the most esoteric and […]

  • Battlefield Hardline will support AMD’s Mantle

    AMD has confirmed what most Battlefield fans thought. Battlefield Hardline will indeed support Mantle. Battlefield Hardline will support Mantle, AMD has confirmed. Some players weren’t sure whether the retail version of the game will support AMD’s API, due to its absence from the recent PC beta. AMD did not say whether the feature will be […]

  • Unreal Engine 4 GDC 2015 sizzle reel shows what the tech can do

    Unreal Engine 4 is a pretty versatile bit of tech, as this new sizzle reel shows. As one of the more ubiquitous engines, Unreal will be on show at GDC this week. Developer Epic produced the following sizzle reel to quickly demonstrate what it can do – cutting edge graphics (there are very few games […]

  • Survarium’s latest patch removes limit on battle ammo, rebalances experience gain

    The latest Survarium patch has readjusted the value of experience and reputation points gained and removed the limit to the maximum amount of ammo you can use in combat. Survarium developer Vostok Games has released patch 0.27a to the public, having recently finished testing it. The patch is a major one and covers changes to […]

  • The Hunt Begins in new Bloodborne TV spot

    Bloodborne is so close you can almost smell its coppery tang on the wind – and also you can watch commercials for it. Bloodborne arrives on PS4 at the end of this month (March 24 North America, March 25 Europe, March 27 UK) so excitement is starting to build. Sony isn’t helping keep us calm […]

  • World of Warcraft: you’ll soon be able to buy game time with gold

    Blizzard will soon allow World of Warcraft players to exchange in-game gold for game time and vice versa. Blizzard has announced a new system that will launch soon for World of Warcraft. The system is called WoW Token. Using this system, players will be able to buy game time using in-game gold. Here’s how it […]

  • 3D Realms’ Bombshell returns with the first gameplay trailer

    Remember 3D Realms’ Bombshell? The isometric ARPG that was announced last year? Well, it’s back, and we get to see gameplay footage. The game stars Shelly “Bombshell” Harrison, a bomb technician turned mercenary with a mechanical arm. She will embark on a quest to rescue the president and save Earth, all while shooting aliens. The […]

  • Unreal Engine 4 is now free for everyone to use

    Epic Games has made Unreal Engine 4 available for anyone to download and use, for free. Unreal Engine 4 is now free. Anyone can download it and start using it, the developer announced today in a blog post. The download features the the full set of tools used by Epic, and includes 100% of the […]

  • Call of Duty European Championship winner announced

    The winner of the European round of the Call of Duty Championship has been announced. This past weekend, 28 teams representing UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, the rest of Europe and Middle East attended the final of the European round of the Call of Duty Championship. UK team Epsilon eSports was crowned […]

  • GOG brings back Insomnia sale with discounts up to 90% off

    GOG.com is bringing back its Insomnia sale event with even more games. GOG’s Insomnia sale is back with double the amount of games. This year, there will be two sets of games available at once. The sets are seasoned classics and fresh new titles. Each set will feature games with discounts up to 90% off, […]

  • 2K is shutting down NBA 2K14 online servers, won’t affect career save files

    2K will be shutting down the servers for NBA 2K14 this month. The publisher revealed yesterday that online servers for NBA 2K14 will be turned offline on March 31. “You will no longer be able to play ranked games/online association,” reads the announcement. NBA 2K14 relied on online servers to store save files for MyCareer […]

  • One Dead or Alive tournament organiser is proposing ban of “over-sexualised” costumes

    A Dead or Alive tournament organiser has suggested a soft ban on some of the game’s “over-sexualised” costumes, and not everyone is happy. Tournament organiser “The HuBBs” took to the FreeStepDodge forums to suggest a list of rules that other offline tournaments can follow. The list goes over stages, characters, moves, which is certainly in […]

  • Destiny: all the news from Bungie’s open house Q&A

    Bungie hosted an open house Q&A session with the community last week and lots of exciting news have come out of it. Arekkz Gaming has gathered all the information that came out of Bungie’s open house Q&A in one handy video. The list is massive, going over Exotic weapon balance, upcoming events, PVE, Crucible rewards, […]

  • Elite: Dangerous and Star Citizen to honour Nimoy with in-game memorials

    Developers behind space exploration games Elite: Dangerous and Star Citizen will honour the memory of Leonard Nimoy through in-game memorials. The develops of both games have confirmed separately that in-game memorials will be established to honour the memory of the late Star Trek actor, Leonard Nimoy, famous for playing Spock. Elite: Dangerous executive producer Michael […]

  • Deal: get a PlayStation 4 + three exclusives for $399

    Amazon’s latest PlayStation 4 deal is not one to miss. With purchase of a PlayStation 4 console from Amazon in the US, the online retailer will throw in digital codes for Infamous Second Son, Killzone Shadow Fall and The Last of Us: Remastered, all for the same MSRP of $399. The Last of Us Remastered […]

  • Destiny: this is how one player predicted House of Wolves details and Xur’s inventory

    The method one Redditor possibly used to leak some details from Destiny’s House of Wolves was the same one he used to predict the inventory of Xur: Agent of the Nine. Last week, Reddit user Megamanexe4 leaked a few pieces of House of Wolves expansion content. The leaks included strikes, new Crucible mode, and a […]

  • Mortal Kombat X is coming to iOS… as a card-battler

    Mortal Kombat X will be releasing on mobile devices in some form, just not the one you except. Mortal Kombat X is coming to Android and iOS devices as an extension of the main game. It will launch in April alongside the console versions. The mobile game will be part card collecting and part fighting […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain announcement coming this Wednesday

    Kojima Productions will unveil something about Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain this Wednesday. Metal Gear Solid fans should standby for a Phantom Pain-related announcement on Wednesday, March 4. According to developer Kojima Productions’ Twitter, there’s going to be an announcement at 2pm GMT on Wednesday. The developer posted the following image. The image […]

  • Reader survey: time to let us get to know you better!

    We’d really appreciate it if you could fill in this survey about the websites you read and the games you buy. It massively helps! You can fill out the survey right here and obviously all the information you supply is confidential. It helps us build a better picture of the people who read our site […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium: here’s everything you get for $50

    Battlefield Hardline’s Premium membership will give players access to 4 new features, early access to expansion packs and more. EA detailed the offer today – it costs $50 in total (£40 in the UK) and gives players a whole bundle of new gear and content. Check it all out in handy list form below: Masks […]

  • Hayter’s gonna hate: the voice of Solid Snake wouldn’t answer my Metal Gear question

    Voice actor and Hollywood writer David Hayter discusses the differences between movies and games. And politely declines my leading question. “It might be fun to do a crazy, over-the-top film version of Saint’s Row.” Yeah, that headline is a bit cheap but you’re reading the work of a man who once asked the maker of […]

  • Xbox One bundle gets £100 price cut in UK

    Microsoft has knocked up to £100 off Xbox One bundles in the UK. The Xbox One with Kinect Assassin’s Creed bundle is now £100 cheaper and comes with a free £20 voucher to be spent on the official Microsoft online store. Over on the Xbox online store there’s a £70 price cut on the white […]

  • Pokemon Shuffle downloaded 1m times, free stuff given out to celebrate

    Free-to-play 3DS title Pokemon Shuffle has been downloaded over 1 million times. As a reward for playing the match-3 puzzle game Nintendo has gifted players a Complexity -1 item for free. The item reduces the difficulty of a level, according to Eurogamer. By all accounts Pokemon Shuffle is a cynical game with poorly implemented microtransactions. […]