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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 2 years 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 2 years ago
  3. GwynbleiddiuM

    Brace yourselves, TheWulf is coming!

    #3 2 years ago
  4. viralshag

    Hardcore Bros.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Hcw87

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

    #5 2 years 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 2 years ago
  7. Lengendaryboss

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

    #7 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years ago
  17. MCTJim

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

    #17 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years ago
  22. bradk825

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

    #22 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years ago
  32. Ireland Michael

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

    #32 2 years 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 2 years ago

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    Unity 5 looks amazing, and you can download and faff about with it for free right now. “We’re not nickel-and-diming people. When we say it’s free, it’s free. We’re not charging a royalty, which I think is akin to looking for whales.” Unity Technologies announced the release of the fifth version of its popular, simple, […]

  • Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 may be the end of the series

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 released yesterday, and many fans theorise that it marks the end of the series. Five Nights at Freddy’s developer Scott Cawthon has released a new teaser image on his website, but rather than pointing to a new game, many fans believe the teaser signals the end of the series. The […]

  • Source 2 announced, will also be free

    Valve has formally unveiled Source Engine 2, the third major engine to go free to developers at GDC 2015. Source 2 is the successor to the engine Valve has been using since Counter-Strike: Source and Half-Life 2. Valve didn’t have much to say about the technicalities of this long-awaited release. It is apparently focused on […]

  • SteamVR: Valve’s Lighthouse tech allows you to walk around while playing

    SteamVR’s key differentiator is a piece of tech allowing headsets to connect with other devices for extra accurate, room-scale tracking. Valve has announced a new bit of technology called Lighthouse, which it is making freely available to any hardware manufacturer. Like the extra tracking LEDs on Sony’s updated Project Morpheus, Lighthouse improves the headset’s accuracy, […]

  • Steam Machines, Controller, streaming box to launch in November

    Steam Machines will finally become a reality before the end of the year. Valve’s living room PC systems will release in November, the company announced today. Well, I say Valve’s – the idea behind Steam Machines is that a number of manufacturers will offer variously priced systems. Alienware and Falcon Northwest are among the dozen […]

  • Telltale veterans form new team, announce teen thriller Oxenfree

    Oxenfree is a supernatural teen thriller from some of the team behind Telltale Games’ award-winning adventures. New indie Night School Studios unveiled Oxenfree at GDC 2015. It tells the story of a group of friends who accidentally open a “ghostly rift” at an overnight party on the coast. Night School, which is made up of […]

  • PS4 global sales now stand at over 20.2 million

    The PS4 has sold 20.2 million units worldwide. Sony announced the new PS4 sales milestone at GDC 2015 today. It’s a hell of an achievement and salt in the wounds for Microsoft, which hasn’t updated us on Xbox One sales since it shipped “almost” 10 million back in November last year, and has fallen back […]

  • PS4 VR headset Morpheus out in 2016, capable of 120 FPS – video

    Sony’s VR headset Project Morpheus has some impressive grunt. Virtual reality and Morpheus were the heart of Sony’s GDC 2015 presentation today, ahead of its newly announced first-half 2016 comemrcial launch. SCE Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida detailed the headset’s impressive capabilities, notably the fact that it can handle 120 FPS VR games. The PS4 […]

  • Papo & Yo developer making a VR game about dinosaurs

    Some days you write a headline and it makes you so happy that that you have to do a little chair dance, you know what I mean? Papo & Yo developer Minority Media, whom I would personally go to the wall for after they cut out my heart and stomped on it via the medium […]

  • Wasteland 2, Shovel Knight and more in big ole bunch of indies coming to Xbox One

    Xbox One owners are about to receive a pile of great new indie games. At GDC 2015, Microsoft revealed a list of new indie games headed to Xbox One. Some of these titles have already released on other platforms, so it looks like Microsoft has really relaxed the parity clause of ID@Xbox – or perhaps […]

  • Here’s an indie VR game made with Unreal Engine 4

    GDC 2015 is blowing up with indie games, VR and Unreal Engine 4, so here’s a video combining all three. Loading Human is a virtual reality adventure from indie developer Untold Games. It’s in the works for Mac and PC, and Sony has given an early green light for Project Morpheus, too, so expect it […]

  • GTA Online: Daily Objectives and Adversary Mode coming next week

    Heists aren’t the only thing coming to GTA Online next week: players can also expect Adversary Modes, new Daily Objectives and other Freemode activities. GTA Online’s Adversary Modes are new PvP modes which feature a range of competitive challenges and will unlock as players progress through Heists. Here’s a rundown straight from Rockstar: Come Out […]

  • Syndicate is the latest free game download on Origin

    The latest free title to be added to EA’s Origin service is 1993′s Syndicate. For a limited time, you can download the game for free and keep it, much like previous titles such as Theme Hospital. The isometric, real-time, tactical-action game was developed by Bullfrog Productions and released in June 1993. It is a favorite […]

  • Ancient Labyrinth DLC for Lords of the Fallen now available

    The Ancient Labyrinth DLC for Lords of the Fallen is now available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It will run you $7.99 and builds upon the existing lore, characters, and storyline. Have a look at some new screenshots in the gallery below.

  • Shadowrun Online gets a name change and release date

    Shadowrun Online developer Cliffhanger Productions has announced the game’s name has been changed to Shadowrun Chronicles: Boston Lockdown and a release date for April has been set. The new title was formed via the developer and its Kickstarter backers, with the goal being to let those unfamiliar with the game know by the title alone […]

  • Amazon hosting Rockstar and 2K Games sale

    Amazon is hosting a Rockstar Games and 2K Games sale with discounts Max Payne titles, Bully and more. Here’s just some of the offerings listed: Manhunt 2 PC Download $3.00 Max Payne 3 PC Download $4.00 Bully: Scholarship Edition PC Download $3.00 LA Noire Xbox 360 $2.95 L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition PC Download $6.00 […]

  • Destiny weekly reset video shows off Inferno Crucible gameplay

    We have a gameplay video featuring Inferno Crucible gameplay featured in the Destiny weekly reset for you. In it, Arekkz Gaming gives you a look at Inferno Crucible and goes over the various intricacies. You can read up on the weekly reset through the links.

  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 Episode 2 available from today

    Episode 2 for Resident Evil: Revelations 2 is now available. If you’ve purchased the Complete Season, you’ll be able to download Episode 2 on PS3, PS4 and Xbox One. Steam players should see the episode go live around 9-10pm PST, and Xbox 360 owners should be able to download very early tomorrow morning, per Capcom […]

  • Here’s a sneak peek video for Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide

    Fatshark Games has released a sneak peek video for its upcoming Games Workshop title, Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide. Vermintide is a FPS, co-op action title coming to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and its set during the End Times of the Warhammer universe in the city of Ubersreik. Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare video shows Ascendance DLC early access weapon

    As you know, Xbox Season Pass holders now have early access to the Ascendance DLC Pack bonus weapons for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Now you can watch a trailer for the weapon. The OHM directed energy hybrid weapon can switch between an LMG and Shotgun “on the fly,” and it also includes the OHM-Werewolf […]

  • March PS Plus games include OlliOlli 2, Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty, more

    March PlayStation Plus titles have popped up on the PS Plus page. Noticed by NeoGAF user skynidas, the titles include: OlliOlli2 (PS4/VITA) Valiant Hearts: The Great War (PS4) Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty (PS4) Counterspy (PS4/PS3) Papo & Yo (PS3) Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishment (PS3) A notice has also been posted on the EU PS […]

  • Sci-fi horror game Caffeine will release on Xbox One, PS4 alongside PC – new trailer

    Caffeine creator Dylan Browne has announced the Unreal Engine 4 game will be released on Xbox One. The game will be published through Microsoft’s Indie Program. As previously announced, it is also coming to PC and and now PlayStation 4. Caffeine is a sci-fi horror game which stars a young boy who has been abandoned […]

  • Xbox 360 Preview program invites going out this month

    Much like the Xbox One Preview program, starting early this month, invites for the Xbox 360 Preview program will start rolling out. Select invitees will be able to join program directly from their Xbox 360. A special Xbox Live message will be sent, directing users to head over to their Settings page. Further instructions are […]

  • Tron: Legacy director in negotiations for Gran Turismo film

    Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski is said to be in early negotiations to direct the Gran Turismo film. This is according to the Hollywood Reporter, which states Michael De Luca is still slated as one of the producers alongside Matt Milam, Dana Brunetti, Josh Bratman, DeVon Franklin and Elizabeth Cantillon. Plot details are still unknown […]

  • Fifth add-on pack for Alien: Isolation is available for download

    The Trigger, which is is the fifth add-on pack for Alien: Isolation, is available to download from today. In it, players will “compete against the clock” across three new maps in Survivor Mode. Set before the events of the main game, players step into the shoes of Sevastopol Station’s Ricardo who will do what he […]

  • HBO Go app now available on PlayStation 4

    Sony has announced the HBO Go app will be made available for download later today for PlayStation 4. The app works just like the PS version. Now you can watch True Detective, Game of Thrones, Veep and more through your console. Information on installation is available through the PS Blog.

  • Skyrim mods no longer restricted to 100MB in size

    Bethesda has announced a beta for Creation Kit update 1.9.33, lifts the 100MB size restriction for Skyrim mod makers. The beta is for both Skyrim’s PC launcher and the Creation Kit which will allow for unlimited file sizes. Here are the notes: Creation Kit 1.9.33 Update Creation Kit now supports unlimited file sizes for mods […]

  • Mad Max release date set for September, PS3 and Xbox 360 versions canned

    Mad Max from Just Cause developer Avalanche Studios has been given a September release date, along with the new of a last-gen cancellation. The axing of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions were announced via Game Informer. Mad Max is the magazine’s featured game for the April issue. Avalanche, according GI, nixed development on […]

  • MGS 5: The Phantom Pain out in September, Kojima “closing the loop” on saga

    Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will be released in September, according to an IGN Italy video, which also features Hideo Kojima discussing “With Metal Gear Solid 5, I’m finally “closing the loop” on the Metal Gear saga. The video has since been removed, but an image cap of the date is posted above. […]

  • Forza Horizon 2 Rockstar Energy Car Pack now available

    The Rockstar Energy Car Pack for Forza Horizon 2 for Xbox One is available now, alongside the free car for March. The free car is the Acura Integra Type-R, and the Rockstar pack included the following vehicles: 2014 Volkswagen Beetle GRC 2015 Subaru WRX STI 1996 BMW 850CSi 2015 Jaguar XFR-S 1970 Volkswagen #1107 Desert […]

  • 3DS firmware update kills web browser exploit

    Nintendo has issued a 3DS firmware update which fixes a web browser exploit that was being used to run pirated Game Boy Color ROMs since January as well as inject code within downloadable games. Another piece of code, per Eurogamer, changed the setting on the handheld to make it region-free. The exploit was only available […]

  • Unreal Tournament video shows updated textures on Outpost 23

    The latest footage from Epic’s new Unreal Tournament has surfaced, and it shows off the game’s first high-textured map which is called Outpost 23. As you can see from Zaccubus’ video, its the same are which Epic showed in the flythrough video from last year, only with updated textures and some new areas outside. The […]

  • Final add-on for Sunset Overdrive arrives in April

    The final add-on for Sunset Overdrive, Dawn of the Rise of the Fallen Machines, will be released in April. On April 1 to be exact. No, that’s not an April Fool’s joke from Insomniac Games either. Below, you can watch a fist-look at the new story, area, and traversal mechanic.

  • Heroes of the Storm playable at EGX Rezzed

    Heroes of the Storm will be playable at EGX Rezzed. This will be the first UK public hands-on with the online team brawler. Blizzard will also host giveaways and friendly tournaments at its stand. Tickets for all three days of Rezzed are still available, and you can purchase a pass through the official website. EGX […]

  • PES 2015 Data Pack 4 coming next week with Winter Transfers, new faces

    Data Pack 4 for Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 has been dated, and it updates the game with Winter Transfers, new player faces, and additional stadiums. The latest free update contains real-time player transfers made within the January window, and player ratings have also been updated. Additionally, a number of improved likenesses to key players will […]

  • Here’s the changelog for Dragon Age: Inquisition Patch 5

    Notes for upcoming Patch 5 for Dragon Age: Inquisition have been posted, noting improvements to gameplay and stability, and the new features outlined back in early February. Along with the new party storage system added to the Undercroft at Skyhold, players also have the ability to adjust the size of subtitles. Below you will find […]

  • Game of Thrones, Mortal Kombat X, Batman mobile games on the way

    Warner Bros. has announced free-to-play mobile titles spanning its DC Comics, Mortal Kombat and Game of Thrones properties. The following five new games under development are: Mortal Kombat X from NetherRealm Studios: The game blends fighting and card collection with cinematic gameplay and Fatalities. Play as both classic and fighters, and if you own the […]

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

    We have ten Wrath of the Gods Founders Packs to giveaway for new RPG Skyforge, worth over $70. All you need to do to win a Wrath of the Gods pack is enter your details in the form below and we’ll pick 10 winners at random on Thursday, March 5, after 3pm GMT. Skyforge is […]

  • 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

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has received a new patch that gives season pass holders early access to a new weapon and everyone else a myriad of fixes and additions. The patch went live today on Xbox 360 and Xbox One, without any official notes. CharlieIntel reports that among the new additions is the new […]

  • Destiny’s end game and raids explained

    Destiny’s end game can be a bit obtuse to those not used to MMO games. Fear not, we’ve got a few quick tips on how to crack it. Arekkz Gaming has a video for new players of Destiny or those who are looking to brush up on their knowledge of the game. Today’s theme is […]

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

    Following fan outrage over lack of local co-op support for the PC version of Resident Evil: Revelations 2, Capcom has now added it. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 now officially supports split-screen local co-op in both campaign and raid mode. The update is currently in beta on Steam, but anyone can opt-in to try it. Capcom […]

  • New Destiny glitch spawns infinite Thralls on Earth

    Destiny’s latest glitch spawns infinite Thralls to help fuel your bounty hunting and loot lust. The glitch is simple to replicate. You’ll need to start The Dark Within mission on Earth, on any difficulty. Then follow the steps in the video below (Via DualShockers) to get to an area out of the map. You’ll then […]

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

    DICE has released the Winter Patch for Battlefield 4. The patch brings an eSports focus with new game mode Squad Obliteration and plenty more. Battlefield 4 Winter Patch is now live on all platforms. It’s just over 400MB on PC and 1.34GB on consoles. The patch adds new game mode Squad Obliteration and more customisation […]

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

    Vive manufacturer HTC said that it hopes to see Valve games, including Half-Life, on the virtual reality headset. Speaking to the BBC, HTC chairwoman Cher Wang said that Valve is keen on having its games available on the VR headset. “I think Valve’s best game is Dota, right, and Portal and [Team Fortress] and I […]

  • Make money easily in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

    If you’re looking to buy a fell set of armour for your character in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate but keep falling short on Zenny, this video will show you an easy way to make lots of it. Arekkz Gaming has a very handy tip for all Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate players: how to make Zenny […]

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

    Microsoft is giving everyone the ability to claim their free Xbox One Games with Gold titles from their Xbox 360 console, even without owning an Xbox One. If you don’t yet own an Xbox One and want to make sure you don’t miss out on all those free Games with Gold games, you’ll be pleased […]