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New study calls for online game developers to help prevent addiction, claims gamers are playing 90 hours at a time

Tuesday, 6 August 2013 11:12 GMT By Dave Cook

A new study into the addictive nature of online gaming has called on developers of MMOs and other online-enabled titles to do more to prevent addiction.

In this BBC report – which is illustrated with a photo of a man playing offline Super Mario Kart on SNES – online gaming was called a “pathological addiction” by researchers at Cardiff, Derby and Nottingham Trent universities.

Their study, which has been published in the Addiction Research and Theory journal claims that the constant nature of progression, the flow of loot and quests, as well as the abundance of other distractions cause players to sit down for up to 40-90 hours at a time.

It claims 11% of online gamer players are addicts and that the UK must now follow Asia’s rule of imposing limits on MMO play.

Cardiff Business School’s Dr Shumaila Yousafzai said, “These warning messages also suggest that the online video game industry might know how high the percentage of over-users is, how much time gamers spend playing and what specific features make a particular game more engrossing and addictive than others.

“While they do not directly admit this, by showing the warning messages, they do take some responsibility into their own hands.”

Cyber psychologist Dr Zaheer Hussain from the University of Derby added, “As a first step online game developers and publishers need to look into the structural features of the game design, for example the character development, rapid absorption rate, and multi-player features which could make them addictive and or problematic for some gamers.

“One idea could be to shorten long quests to minimise the time spent in the game obtaining a certain prized item.”

As a counter, Dr Jo Twist from UKIE argued that developers do enough to warn gamers about addiction. She said, “There is no medical diagnosis of game addiction but like anything enjoyable in life, some people play games excessively.

“We actively promote safe and sensible game playing through our askaboutgames.com site and encourage all players to take regular breaks of at least five minutes every 45-60 minutes.

“The games industry takes the health and wellbeing of all consumers very seriously and has a number of measures in place to ensure that games can be enjoyed safely and sensibly.

“There are also control systems available on all main games consoles that can be used to restrict the amount of time spent playing games, limit internet access and control access to age appropriate content.”

So then, do you know anyone who fits the study’s bill on an ‘addict’? Is there cause for concern with younger, impressionable minds? Let us know what you think below.

Thanks GAF.

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33 Comments

  1. Kieran

    remember that poor english fella who passed away due to being idle for longggggg periods due to gaming. sad reading that article !!! but they are right people will know about it when there older

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Hcw87

    It’s not humanly possible to sit down and play a game for 40-90 hours at a time. You have to get up to take a shit, get something to eat, prevent bloodclot.

    Whoever sits down for 40 hours without moving has more serious problems than video game addiction.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. GwynbleiddiuM

    Brace yourselves, TheWulf is coming!

    #3 1 year ago
  4. viralshag

    Hardcore Bros.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Hcw87

    I want my daily dose of ”zombified MMO players”/”Brand-zombies” remarks.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. silkvg247

    If someone is fucking stupid enough to sit for 40-90 hours.. natural selection at it’s best really.

    Sorry for lack of sympathy there but I don’t see why the rest of the world has to be treat like incompetent children due to the 0.00001% of the populace who apparently were born without common sense.

    Do we ban or limit alcohol? Surely we should? People die of liver failure far more than from gaming overdoses. What about cake? I hear obesity is a massive problem in some places, clearly we need tighter cake controls.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. Lengendaryboss

    @3
    http://img.pandawhale.com/27717-Zelda-Abandon-thread-gif-LwhD.gif

    #7 1 year ago
  8. Puggy

    I heard los of drowning accidents are tied to water. Maybe we should limit the height of it worldwide to about one foot? Or lower in case someone stumbles and falls flat on the nose in it.

    Seriously though, games are supposed to make you play them. And online games are supposed to make you play them “longer”. If it is boring and they can stop any moment and never return, you did something wrong in your whole development process and your P2P game will, as they call it, fail, which seems to be the equivalent as saying you did not make back the money you invested.

    Hm, I can’t really believe that 40-90 hours of playing. There seriously are people like that? I always thought they are urban legends like Big Foot or the next WoW killer.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. Jonabob87

    #6 Uh, yes we do limit alcohol. We tax alcohol pretty brutally. Right now the government is looking at setting up a minimum price for alcohol…

    #9 1 year ago
  10. silkvg247

    @9 If you use personal disposable income as a “limiter” then that applies to anything you pay for, including online gaming subscriptions, so by your own argument online gaming already has acceptable limiters.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. Digital Bamboo

    Self control is obviously a problem for some.

    Here in Korea, one of my teenage students told me that there used to be a serious problem with highschool students (who had burned through their money playing online games) waiting around outside PC rooms and robbing middle school students who were going in just so they could continue playing.

    Teens actually beating down younger teens to support their online gaming problem. Unreal.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. silkvg247

    @11 I don’t think gaming is the core problem there otherwise things like that would happen worldwide. Maybe said students were farming gold for cash or something.

    #12 1 year ago
  13. backup

    All of these addicted are PC gamers
    LOL,Dota,WOW, all other stupid MMO’s

    Console gamers have high standards especially PlayStation gamers

    #13 1 year ago
  14. KineticCalvaria

    @13, surely if that’s the case then pc has better games because we get addicted to things we like?

    Good logic, as always.

    #14 1 year ago
  15. deathm00n

    @12 I think the point here is the cultural difference. Haven’t you ever heard that in Korea, the popular kids are the ones who are top in an online game? While in the majority of the world they are saw as the faty nerdy. While in the rest of the worlds teens are robbing for drugs, there they are robbing for online games. That’s what I’ve read in some places. Don’t know if this is accurate.

    #15 1 year ago
  16. silkvg247

    @15 I should have been a Korean then, would have gotten all the ladies when I was in my teens/early 20s. :)

    #16 1 year ago
  17. MCTJim

    I can see the commercials now for Video Games Anonymous aka VGA… LOL.

    #17 1 year ago
  18. sebastien rivas

    It is hard to believe 40 to 90 hours sitting down just playing so hard core that a player forgets everything else such as tireness, need to eat, bio needs of course, and perhaps more….

    Maybe 12~14 hours yes, but after instincts kick in.

    The only way to forget time is to have a player set in a bunker with no window but again I do not how a player can pass 24 hours playing without natural needs kicking in.

    Regardless of the situation or outcome.
    Who is the kid’s kid? the game developers or the parents? Why do parents let their kid play for so long?
    uhhhhhhhh, I did not know he had a computer or a console.. huhhhh what’s that anyway?

    To me it is like saying Coca Cola, too many kids overdose on coca cola or heyyy Ford why did you let my kiddo purchase your car? Hey Marlboro don’t you know cigarettes are bad for you, why is my kid smoking?

    Seriously…

    #18 1 year ago
  19. backup

    @14

    that’s subjective and depends on individual’s taste

    but PC gamers are addicts that’s for sure
    lol,wow and Sc2 proves it

    #19 1 year ago
  20. MCTJim

    I am still laughing at this….come on..really..calling on developers to find a solution for this? LOL How this…its called put down the controller and go outside…this is not an illness..I am now waiting for people to go on disability, collect a check from the Gov’t and continue to play cause they are not able to work because they have a disability called videogameitis…when are people going to be responsible for themselves and their actions?

    #20 1 year ago
  21. bradk825

    I read the suggestions and to me they say this: “They need to take out some of the things that make the game fun, this way people will stop playing them.”

    It’s not a developers fault if there are some no-life people out there who do absolutely nothing but play games. There’s no reason to force devs to punish the rest of us by taking things out of the games that make them interesting and replayable.

    #21 1 year ago
  22. bradk825

    @3 I am kind of disappointed this did not happen.

    #22 1 year ago
  23. Vice

    Natural selection. Let them play and waste their lifes. Leave real world for the fittest. Those who knows when to play and when to go outside.
    Besides.. Isn’t it the main point of a good mmo? To keep you busy as long as only possible?

    #23 1 year ago
  24. TheWulf

    @2

    Bullshit. Read the article.

    It takes advantage of people who are weak-willed to various degrees by presenting them with a constant goal-reward chain that doesn’t end. Furthermore, there’s the use of operant conditioning to make you want to grind for the next step up the ladder, with the holy grail dangled far above you in the distance, telling you of your greatness if you invest just a little more time.

    The sad part is that from your past posts, I know you’re one of those people who already spends way too much time in MMOs, so of course you’re going to have a kneejerk response to this. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if you or some others around here had spent 20+ hour sessions in WoW without even realising why that might be a problem.

    People have died to it.

    And let me stress this one…

    A MOTHER BECAME SO ADDICTED TO WOW THAT SHE LEFT HER CHILDREN TO DIE FROM NEGLECT.

    The effects are very, very real.

    Not everyone is strong willed. You are one of the weak willed ones, so you should know this as much as anyone. But you’d rather stick your head in the sand and play for more 20+ hour sessions than admit you have a problem, whilst this at the same time has a negative impact on your social life, your work, and everything else.

    They have a point, you just don’t want to admit they have a point despite the fact that people have died to prove their point.

    Some of us can be weak willed, like you. Some of us, like you, can be prone to operant conditioning. Some of us, like you, can be willing to die to defend that which our addictive personality has latched onto.

    This isn’t a joke any more.

    The sooner this is investigated more, the better.

    #24 1 year ago
  25. TheWulf

    @3

    Wasn’t it Henry Buckle that said “The great mind considers the notion; The average mind discusses the event; The small mind gossips about the person.

    Yeah. I tackle big thoughts. And I get gossiped about.

    It’s kind of funny, really.

    #25 1 year ago
  26. TheWulf

    @21

    You can create a game that doesn’t have an operant conditioning-inspired chains of goals and rewards. You can pace it out and use story to separate it, and make sure that it’s handled sensibly. Some games can do that, and Portal 2 is a good example of it. Plus, you can have horizontal progression so that people aren’t compulsively driven to climb that ladder.

    You can look at Guild Wars 1 and The Secret World for examples of online games which don’t have vertical progression. For all their flaws, their horizontal systems were actually fun. There’s no ladder to climb, there, and thus no skinner-box, no compulsion. It’s just a fun game to play.

    They could just make fun games, instead of trying to condition the weak-willed into believing they’re fun with carrot-and-stick systems.

    #26 1 year ago
  27. TheWulf

    @20

    And people who have epilepsy should never buy games ever? Or, perhaps, should developers tone down the flashy effects and offer warnings?

    The logic here is flawed, and callous in a very Darwin sort of way.

    Yes, addictive personalities exist, but not all games take advantage of them. There should be legislation to deal with this, so that people can be warned and games can be fit into classifications of how much operant conditioning they contain.

    #27 1 year ago
  28. TheWulf

    @18

    Grown people have had sessions that long and died from it. And parents who should have known better have let their kids die due to their MMO addiction. This is a serious problem. You need to do your research.

    That you don’t know it’s a problem doesn’t actually make it a problem. You probably don’t understand how nicotine addiction and damage works, does that mean that that’s not a problem?

    Ignorance is not an excuse.

    There’s so much faulty logic, apologism, and kneejerking here it’s incredible.

    We need to man up and take responsibility when our hobby has a shitty area that results in health problems, because really, this is a problem. I’ve seen someone fall prey to it myself, so I’ve seen how real it can be. And we need to actually get something done about it.

    Or… hey… we could stick our heads in the sand some more.

    #28 1 year ago
  29. GwynbleiddiuM

    @25 Tunnel visioning the single instance of “A MOTHER BECAME SO ADDICTED TO WOW THAT SHE LEFT HER CHILDREN TO DIE FROM NEGLECT” does not make anyone a great mind. It makes one prejudicial and pretentious.

    #29 1 year ago
  30. Ireland Michael

    People are responsible for their own behaviour.

    Basic rule of adulthood.

    You don’t blame a slot machine if someone has a gambling problem.

    “And I get gossiped about.”

    You “get gossiped about” because you laze every post you make with an inflated ego and self adulation. People would treat you far more respectfully if every second post you made wasn’t about the inferiority of everyone else’s intelligence, and the superiority of your own.

    You would think someone who claims to be so deep and intelligence would appreciate the virtue of humility.

    #30 1 year ago
  31. Christopher Jack

    @30, “don’t blame a slot machine if someone has a gambling problem” well no but there’s a reason they’re not in every corner store- at least not in Australia, there’s plenty of regulations following gambling here. While the machine itself cannot be blamed for someone’s addiction, they’re designed to attempt just that.

    Frankly gaming addiction is taken too lightly imo, particularly amongst children. Regardless it’s ridiculous to blame the games.

    #31 1 year ago
  32. Ireland Michael

    @30 Its the parents job to handle that sort of stuff.

    #32 1 year ago
  33. world of warcraft game card

    Hi Dave, it was actually surprising to know that a person can play game 40 to 60 hours at a time, it is unbelievable. But it is really a serious problem and the people who are attempting such kind of unnatural activities must think at least once about their health. This kind of game addiction is harmful for entire body.

    Although, gaming is good activity and it refreshes our mind even I am very fond of games and used to purchase prepaid game cards from https://www.woyaomaika.com/ but limitations are always there.

    #33 1 year ago

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

  • Standalone version of DayZ has sold 3 million units

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Guild Wars 2 is $10 this weekend

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

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

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

  • Digital pet Animin gamecards get May release

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Bloodborne is getting two special edition PS4s in Japan

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

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

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

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

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

  • Check out Destiny’s new PvP mode, Doubles

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

  • Halo: New Blood novel launching digitally in March

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

  • Destiny players purchased 1.1 million Ice Breakers last week

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

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition nets GLAAD special recognition award

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

  • The Order: 1886 AR game is full of puzzles

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

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

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

  • What mysterious reveal is Xbox teasing for May 4?

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

  • 2011 PSN hack class action settlement claim forms available

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

  • Final Fantasy 15 has a true open world

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

  • Suikoden, Suikoden 2 EU PSN release date locked down

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

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

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

  • Free online multiplayer update now available for Trials Fusion

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

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

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

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

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

  • A Kickstarter for Underworld Ascendant will launch next month

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

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

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

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 2 -The Lost Lords arrives in February – video

    Release dates for Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series have been announced. A new video offering a “first look” has also appeared. Below is the story synopsis, which you may want to skip if you haven’t played Episode One. House Forrester is in disarray. Their liege lord and his heir are dead, and Ironrath […]

  • The open beta for Nosgoth has gone live

    Consider this a friendly reminder: the Nosgoth open beta has started. Announced last week, the open beta can be accessed through the official website. Once you link your Steam account, just log into the service and start downloading the client. Everyone that plays the tester will receive double XP through January 28. More information is […]

  • First gameplay footage of Homeworld Remastered Collection being shown this weekend

    Homeworld Remastered Collection news and the first gameplay footage of Gearbox Software’s remake will be revealed at PAX South this weekend. The news and video will be shown during the Inside Gearbox Software panel at 10.30am CST on Sunday. It will also be streamed on Twitch. Gearbox is hoping to have Homeworld Remastered released by […]

  • Latest Final Fantasy Type-0 HD video delves more into combat

    Square Enix has released its latest Orience News video for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, and it provides insight into character combat styles and techniques. In the video you will see the elite combat force of Class Zero going deeper into battle to improve their skills. Combat is party-based and each of the three characters in […]

  • Something really cool happens when you finish Resident Evil HD *spoiler*

    Those who finish Resident Evil HD will be met with a really nice surprise at the end. If you wish to find out what it is on your own, DO NOT head below the break. You have been warned. According to images posted by Reddit user omeganemesis28, a thank you message from Resident Evil creator […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain release date “should be” announced soon

    A release date for Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain “should be able” to be announced soon, according to the latest Kojima Station webcast. New information on the game will also be announced at the Taipei Game Show on January 31, per Game Spark (thanks, Gemtasu). “I know you’ve all been eagerly await for […]

  • Punch-Out!!, more Throwback offerings arrive on Nintendo US eShop

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Punch-Out!!, Citizens of Earth and Part Two of the Throwback Sale. Here’s the entire update: Nintendo eShop releases Punch-Out!! (originally for Wii) – also 50% off until January 29 Citizens of Earth – introductory price of $11.99 until January 27 Breezeblox (Wii) Midnight (Wii […]

  • The Witcher Battle Arena has arrived on the App Store and Google Play

    The Witcher Battle Arena, CD Projekt RED and Fuero Games’ mobile MOBA, has been released. In Battle Arena, two three-hero teams fight it out as they try to capture and hold conquest points. The game features “no pay-to-win elements”, instead it contains a “player-friendly monetization system.” Every item and functionality can be unlocked entirely through […]

  • Second wave of Star Wars titles arrive on GOG, third wave next week

    The second wave of Star Wars titles will arrive on GOG.com today with more coming January 27. Today you can pick up the following: Star Wars: Rogue Squadron 3D (digital distribution premiere) Star Wars Rebellion (digital distribution premiere) Star Wars Empire at War: Gold Pack On January 27, the final three games of this wave […]

  • If Microsoft is serious about PC games, Xbox One should be the real Steam Machine

    Forget the magic space goggles. Maybe Valve doesn’t have the wherewithal to realise PC gaming’s TV dream, but Microsoft holds all the keys. If Microsoft really wants to get into PC gaming full-time, it needs to get around the table with Mr Newell and its platinum chequebook. “It’s time for us to talk about gaming […]

  • Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 releases on Steam next week

    Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 will be released on Steam for PC next week. The PC version of the was announced earlier this month and contains upgraded graphics, runs in 1080p, and has both Japanese and English audio. It will release on January 28 for $14.99. Fairy Fencer F and Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2 also coming […]

  • Take a look at the controls and special abilities in The Order: 1886

    The Order: 1886 has a new trailer available that highlights the game’s controls and reveals the two special abilities the main protagonist has at his disposal. The game uses a similar control scheme to other shooters, but just in case you wanted to see more gameplay, we’ve got just the thing. The most interesting parts […]

  • These elderly people are better at GTA 5 than you’d expect

    Do old people get video games? Namely something known for its violence like GTA? Well, you’re about to find out. The latest REACT production sits a few elderly men and women in a room and lets them play GTA 5. The results are not what you’d expect, they start off getting a feel for the […]

  • More major Microsoft titles will be coming to PC

    Microsoft will bring more of its franchises to PC. Following on from yesterday’s big Windows stream, Microsoft has released a full recap on Xbox Wire. In the blog post, the firm hid a small bit of news revealing that Fable Legends will not be the only title to come to PC. “Today we announced that […]