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Lionhead dev predicts that 50% of gaming workforce will be female in ten years

Monday, 2 September 2013 12:14 GMT By Dave Cook

Lionhead creative director Gary Carr has predicted that the games development workforce will see a 50-50 split in male and female employees within the next ten years.

Speaking with OXM, Carr said, “Isn’t there a stat now that says that 55 per cent of gamers are now girls? I think handheld devices and things like the Nintendo DS, these are really accessible, and girls are drawn to the market perhaps more than in our day, where it was either a console or the Amiga or something like that, a PC.

“I think as developers, in terms of job applicants, we’re noticing now that we’re at last getting the diversity we want when you’re coming up with a creative team. I don’t want to sit in a studio full of blokes, I want to be part of a diverse team.

“I don’t just want guys making games for guys. I want guys and girls making games for guys and girls. You have to reflect that in your workforce, and it’s starting to happen. I think that five to ten years from now, it’ll be pretty much 50-50.”

It’s a commendable approach from Carr that’s for sure. What’s your view on how the workforce may shift in the next ten years? Let us know below.

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49 Comments

  1. GrimRita

    Well if you make it a requirement that you only hire women, what do you expect? A friend of mine applied for a job with Lionhead. He had more experience, familiar like you wouldnt believe in the franchise they wanted to hire for but instead chose a to hire a female who didn’t come close to most of the things they were looking for as standard.

    So, if excuse me Lionhead chief, you are talking out of arse. Applicants should be hired on their ability to do the job not to turn your work place in to a Playboy Mansion!

    #1 2 years ago
  2. VibraniumSpork

    @1 +1

    I also fail to see what difference this’ll make to the consumer. I strongly suspect that even if every game dev had a 50/50 gender split workforce, most video games would still be about shooting/stabbing people in the face.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. GrimRita

    @2 Indeed. Hiring someone should be based on their ability to meet the job requirements, regardless of Sex/age/bad hair cuts etc.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. polygem

    i hope so. this biz is too testosterone driven.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Gheritt White

    Yes please!

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Camfak

    The games will be worse in the future then.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. loci

    @1 Who is your “friend” (who had access to other applicants CV’s) and who was the female?

    #7 2 years ago
  8. DarkElfa

    Am I wrong that I read this news as…

    “We hope to hire more women in the games industry in the future as we can still pay them less than men for the same bone breaking amount of work.”

    According to the International Foundation for Made up Statistics, 90% of all business maneuvers made by the gaming industry are about cutting costs and stuffing more cash in the pockets of their already rich investors.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. schnide

    @6

    Here’s a fun game – why don’t you tell us why?

    @2

    Rubbish. Look at the kind of movies that women make compared to men, or the kind of books that they write. Are you seriously trying to say that the more violent tendencies attributed to men that bleed into games wouldn’t benefit from being countered by the inclusion of more (or indeed, any) female figureheads in the industry?

    #9 2 years ago
  10. viralshag

    @9, I think it would really depend on what position they were within the company/industry.

    What influence is a female programmer going to have in how a game turns out that would be different to a male programmer?

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Fin

    @7

    +1+1+1+1

    “familiar like you wouldnt believe in the franchise they wanted to hire”

    PROTIP: Playing a lot of games doesn’t automatically make you suitable for a role.
    Best programmer I know of in the games industry is female and hadn’t played a console since PS2 when she was hired.

    As an aside, given a male and female candidate with matching qualifications and skills, I’d hire the female. Less ego and other bullshit to deal with.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Dirk

    What we’re looking at is women getting jobs just because they’re women, that’s the very definition of sexism, you don’t fight sexism by being sexist. It will apply to both genders, someone will turn up hoping to get their dream job and will be told that they’re not suitable due to their gender, that’s going to turn very ugly, very quickly. Discrimination is discrimination regardless of the thinking behind it.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. DarkElfa

    Nearly every comment here that is against this happening simply because they’re women seems to be driven by a “boobs belong in my games, not making them” kind of though process.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. DarkElfa

    @12, I understand what you’re trying to say Dirk, that what need to change is people’s conceptions of women in the industry.

    However, until that magical day arrives, if the Chronicles of Riddick taught us anything, its that in normal times, evil would be fought with good. But in times like these, well, it should be fought by another kind of evil.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. redwood

    I really hope (if this happens) that game development quits it’s obsession with young male fantasies, (guns and girls) and we get games with a wider appeal. i know alot of people who have grown out of gaming simply cause of the macho-factor.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. DarkElfa

    @15 There will always be a place for big boobs and big guns as with all things media, but I think we are already starting to see gaming try new things.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. PEYJ

    @11

    “As an aside, given a male and female candidate with matching qualifications and skills, I’d hire the female. Less ego and other bullshit to deal with.”

    If that’s not a prejudiced social construction…

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Gheritt White

    @14: Agreed! Positive gender discrimination in the videogames industry workforce isn’t just a good thing™, it’s vitally necessary.

    Dirk, unless you’re in dev, you really don’t know what you’re talking about.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. YoungZer0

    @8: http://youtu.be/EwogDPh-Sow

    That is all.

    @11: “Less ego and other bullshit to deal with.”

    A+ for misandry.

    Dunno how many women you had in your workplace, but I had the complete opposite experience. A lot of drama, scheming and backstabbing. I’d still hire a woman if she was more qualified and social then the male part.

    The Personality of a person is not determined by their sex.

    @12: Word. Someone gets it. It’s already happening by the way. People being hired or refused for because of their sex.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. yeoung

    Regardless of your genitals, getting a job in this industry is hard as balls. The last thing we need is more divisive dogma, expecially when it’s based on anything other than craftsmanship or artistry.

    Modern society is built from the ground up to prepare young men and women for jobs they themselves choose, in whatever field of interest they choose. Would it be nice to have more women in gaming? More midgets? More Honolulians? Irrelevant. It is a non-issue.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Gheritt White

    @19&20: BALLS. The *only* people who would say it’s a non-issue are people who don’t actually work in the industry.

    We desperately need more women at all levels and in all disciplines across the industry – especially in design – and the sooner the better. The fact it’s so male dominated means we lose out on a valuable perspective – that of actually being female, rather than just approximating that insight or viewpoint.

    Also, you like Legacy of Kain or Uncharted? Well, you can thank Amy Hennig for that. Enjoyed Portal? That’s Kim Swift’s baby. Women have proven they can make GREAT games and I’d like to see more designed by them.

    PS: I know that games have to be credited to more than any single individual, but if you can attribute BioShock to Ken Levine or MGS to Hideo Kojima, then so can you do the same with Portal and Kim Swift etc.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. schnide

    Anyone with a viewpoint that even remotely resembles the idea that we don’t need more women in the games industry should seriously examine their relationships towards women.

    And I strongly suspect the answer that comes back will be that they don’t have any – which probably speaks for itself.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. YoungZer0

    @21: “We desperately need more women at all levels and in all disciplines across the industry – especially in design – and the sooner the better.”

    Sure that would be great. But hire them because they are qualified and not because they are women. Quotas are bullshit. I’ve seen it first hand.

    Is there a law in place that forbids women to work in those places? Have videogame developers made sure to exclude women from the studios? No?

    Then how is that the fault of the industry? They are not to blame if people do not apply or are not qualified enough. People are pushing for more women in the STEM field and although the majority college graduates are now women, they do not want to work in those fields. How is that their fault!?

    If these women decide not to apply for those jobs because they don’t want to, that’s their fucking decision.

    I love Amy Hennig, but she got the job because she’s a fantastic writer and not because she’s a woman. She stood out from the rest because she worked hard. As do other writers who happen to have a penis.

    Positive discrimination is bullshit. It lowers the standards for everyone.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Gheritt White

    @23: You’d soon change your tune if you worked for even just one month at a studio, for reals.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Phoenixblight

    @24

    I agree with YoungZero and I work in the studio. Its the simple fact we don’t get enough women applying and when we do they are not as qualified as their male counterparts. Its doesn’t matter what is between their legs. If they can’t pull their weight they aren’t getting hired. Gender equality works both ways.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. YoungZer0

    @24: You would too if you worked with under-qualified personnel that was hired because they had to fill in a quota.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Gheritt White

    @25: Then we’ll have to agree to disagree. I for one would appreciate a far more gender-neutral workplace, especially when it comes to issues such as female character design or how we make certain modes more inclusive etc.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. YoungZer0

    @27: Do you work at an indie studio? For a publisher? Do you work in the creative department?

    Because most of the time it’s not the character-artist who decides to make the armor sexy, it’s their art-director who might’ve gotten the order from the games director who heard it from the publisher who heard it from his marketing team that said “Sex sells”. It’s a big chain of bullshit.

    I don’t think character-designers go out of their way to make the most sexist armor possible. As long as chains like this exist, female character artists won’t change that. See Mari Shimazaki who designed the characters in Bayonetta.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. noamlol2

    i smell bullshit

    #29 2 years ago
  30. Gheritt White

    @28: I work on AAA, if you must know, and am intimately aware of the flow from the brand team downwards, thankyouverymuch.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. DSB

    @30 Yo Gheritt. Hey Gheritt. Hey Gheritt.

    Gheritt, I want to get in on the Destiny beta Gheritt.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. Gheritt White

    @31: So do I…

    #32 2 years ago
  33. DSB

    … Okay so it’s not Bungie.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJSSmjMN1nE

    #33 2 years ago
  34. yeoung

    @Gherrit:

    While I understand and share your appreciation for female designers, and could in fact name a few outstanding ones myself, it does not detract from the focus point of my message.

    [Currently working on my first indie project with a diverse (if small) team, genderwise (3/2 M/F). Great fun, btw.]

    Any craft could benefit from as you call it “a fresh perspective”, it is no different for carpenters or painters. That said, interest or realistic pursuit of these careers originate on a cultural level.

    Certain fields are dominated by certain genders largely due to cultural and sociologically stimulated interests. Favouring one gender over the other in any capacity on a corporate level is rendered axiomatically illogical by the motivation therefor being to introduce fresh perspectives.

    The supposition that a fresh perspective is gender dependent/specific is something I find hard to agree with as well. You of all people should know of the fierce competition around positions with AAA devs, as I myself am certainly familiar with it. For every woman that does not make that cut, 20 men also don’t make it. It’s a good thing the AAA scene in itself doesn’t constitute the gaming industry, wouldn’t you say?

    In short: Yes, I’d welcome an influx in female designers, artists, etc. Would I want this to be “regulated” in some way in order to create an illusion of gender-balance? No.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. DarkElfa

    @25, exactly what studio do you work in? We’ve been hearing about how you’re some magical studio insider for years.

    Either cough up some proof or shut up about it.

    #35 2 years ago
  36. Phoenixblight

    @35

    I don’t have to cough up shit. You either believe me or you don’t. The result is the same. Dealwithit.

    #36 2 years ago
  37. Fin

    Gheritt is right.

    I too work(ed) for AAA console dev. We need more women in the industry.

    Anyone who says otherwise plainly hasn’t worked in the fucking industry.

    #37 2 years ago
  38. Gheritt White

    @36: Damn straight, you’ve nothing to prove here.

    @37: Agreed 100%.

    #38 2 years ago
  39. yeoung

    @Fin/Gheritt:

    Honestly that’s more of a cop-out than a legitimate argument or base of your assertion, but ok, guess we’ll go with the agree to disagree thing then.

    #39 2 years ago
  40. Fin

    @39

    Let me explain this to you very simply, see if you understand:

    We all work in the industry.
    We all say the industry needs more women.

    What’s the problem with that? How can you disagree with a better gender balance being a good thing?

    Thing is, people harp on and on about how games are stagnating. About how every game looks the same. About how all we get is modern military shooters (which is not the case, it’s just what has the most marketing). Maybe if there’s a better gender balance, different games will be made.
    What’s so offensive to people about wanting more women in the industry, regardless of reason.

    #40 2 years ago
  41. Phoenixblight

    @40

    THat doesn’t mean just grabbing the first woman that applies for a job when her skills don’t match. THat is just filling a quota. Yes we need more women in the industry but that doesn’t mean they should take a position because of her chromosomes especially if she can’t pull her weight.

    #41 2 years ago
  42. Gheritt White

    @41: Oh Jesus, nobody’s saying that. Where did anybody say that? But, like the guy from Lionhead said, I don’t just want to work with guys making games for guys. I want work with guys and girls making games for guys and girls. At the moment, part of the reason the videogames industry is so male-dominated because it presents itself as being male-dominated – anything we can do to make the work more appealing on a gender-neutral basis would be fantastic.

    PS: I know FAR more guys who don’t pull their weight than girls… but that’s only because there are FAR more guys in the industry!

    #42 2 years ago
  43. Phoenixblight

    @42

    I am with you there 100%. I am a huge fan of Kim Swift and Amy Hennig. Their games have been the most interesting to me than dudeBro game #123098408.

    #43 2 years ago
  44. Gheritt White

    Well, precisely :)

    #44 2 years ago
  45. yeoung

    The point of contention is the practicality of the matter, not the intention. Skewing in-take procedures to favour female designers over male ones in an effort to broaden traditional gaming paradigm, seems to defeat its purpose.

    I’m merely questioning your logic of placing the responsibility of cultivating more female game designers in the hands of development studios. That is what I infer to be your solution to having a more gender neutral workplace. I appreciate the sentiment, but not the approach.

    Working in the games industry does not immediately grant one insight into proper business management.

    #45 2 years ago
  46. Fin

    Y’know where the first mention of quotas was? The fucking comments section.

    The article didn’t mention quotas, none of us mentioned quotas.

    @45

    I still don’t understand what you’re trying to say.

    “I’m merely questioning your logic of placing the responsibility of cultivating more female game designers in the hands of development studios.”

    What’s the problem with doing so? How else are they going to be cultivated?

    #46 2 years ago
  47. Gheritt White

    @45: Not working in the games industry means you don’t know what the fuck it is you’re actually talking about..

    #47 2 years ago
  48. Pitts

    Where is it mentioned in the article that there is some quota system?

    Like Affirmative Action, that would surely be shit. But since I don’t see that… all I see is a bunch of people inventing a reason to be offended.

    #48 2 years ago
  49. Phoenixblight

    @48

    Some commenters had mentioned and that is why I brought it up. I am not offended by this. I am just saying you can’t get a woman just because the industry needs women.

    #49 2 years ago

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  • The Witcher 3: live Q&A stream with CDP, new monster dev diary inside

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is out in just two weeks, and if you want to know more about Geralt’s latest adventure, CD Projekt is hosting a live Q&A now on Twitch. There’s also a new developer diary below which focuses on monster in the game. The Witcher 3 is out on May 19. Huzzah! […]

  • Forza Horizon 2′s Alpinestars Car Pack has five cars and is ready for download

    The Alpinestars Car Pack for Forza Horizon 2 is out now on Xbox One and its the only way you will ever be able to afford a 1992 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport. Unless, of course, you win the lottery or are left in some rich person’s will. In that case, I’ll take the ’53 Corvette, […]

  • Shadow of Mordor – Game of the Year Edition is now available in North America

    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor – Game of the Year Edition has been released in North America. It will be made available in the Europe on May 7 and in the UK May 8 for £49.99 on consoles and £34.99 on PC. As previously announced, this edition contains all previously released DLC content as well as […]

  • Two GAME exclusive versions of Halo 5: Guardians now available for pre-order

    GAME has announced two exclusive versions of Halo 5: Guardians, and both are now available for pre-order exclusively through one of the retail chain’s 318 stores or online. The £79.99 Limited Edition Halo 5: Guardians, which delivers new digital content wrapped in a steel book. There’s also the £199.99 Halo 5: Guardians Limited Collector’s Edition […]

  • Deals with Gold: Far Cry 4, Assassin’s Creed Unity, Bioshock Infinite, more

    Microsoft has announced its latest Deals with Gold discounts for Xbox Live Gold members. Franchises on sale include Far Cry, Call of Duty, along with individual titles Assassin’s Creed Unity and Bioshock Infinite. The full list is below. Bioshock Infinite discounts are available for both Xbox Live Gold and Silver members. Xbox One Far Cry […]

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood has released, watch the launch trailer here

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood has launched on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. You can watch the launch trailer for it below. Boxed copies in Europe arrive from May 15, and in Australia/New Zealand on May 14. You can grab digital copies from the following online services: Steam, PlayStation Network, Xbox Store.

  • GOG’s online service GOG Galaxy is now in open beta

    GOG Galaxy, the DRM-free online gaming platform from the folks at GOG, has left Alpha and is now in open beta for all to try. As previously announced, the online service, similar to Steam, is option. Players do not need to play online as all games are stored by the service and can be played […]

  • DayZ-inspired Goat Simulator DLC GoatZ is out this week on Steam

    Goat Simulator players can download DayZ-inspired DLC this week called GoatZ. According to Coffee Stain Studios, GoatZ is “the only survival game on Steam that isn’t in Early Access.” Jokingly of course. The DLC features: Mandatory crafting system because everyone else is doing it. Zombies that bug out. There’s a pun here about actual living […]

  • No, Far Cry 4 is not currently free on PSN

    You may have seen a few Tweets from people saying that the PS4 version of Far Cry 4 is available to download from PSN for free. This is not true. A few readers have tipped us off to what looked like a glitch on PSN that allowed players to download the full version of Far […]

  • Metal Gear Solid: The 1984 Collection confirmed to be a clothing line

    Konami is teasing a Metal Gear Solid thing called “The 1984 Collection.” The Metal Gear Solid Facebook page posted this image about an hour ago: The caption reads, “Step back into the 80′s with our new MGS collection coming very soon! Stay tuned!” This is supposedly in reference to the clothing line that was announced […]

  • Portal, The Simpsons, Jurassic World & Scooby Doo packs listed for Lego Dimensions

    Lego Dimensions is likely getting a few unannounced content packs. One of which is themed around Valve’s Portal. A set of unannounced content packs for the upcoming Lego Dimensions have been revealed by US retailer Walmart. The listings include packs for The Simpsons, Scooby Doo and Jurassic World, and most interestingly, Portal. The listings have […]

  • This is the most authentic recreation of GTA 2 in real life ever

    Affordable drones have many uses. Most of them are not nearly as exciting as recreating GTA 2 in real life. I am surprised it took us this long, but someone has finally captured footage using a drone that resembles the protagonist’s experience in the classic GTA 2. These aren’t just shots of cars from a […]

  • PlayStation 4 sales reach 2m in the UK

    Sony has sold 2 million PlayStation 4 consoles in the UK, faster than it did with the PlayStation 2 – the company’s best-selling machine in the country. MCVUK is reporting that as of last weekend, 2 million PlayStation 4s have been sold in the UK. The data is based on GfK Chart-Track estimates. This makes […]

  • H1Z1 gets female characters, skin colour options planned

    In an effort to improve diversity in the game, H1Z1 developer has added female characters. Female survivors can now be found throughout the world of H1Z1. Developer Daybreak added the new feature in a patch released last Friday. You will be able to choose a female avatar in the main game and in Battle Royale. […]

  • Possible teaser site for Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi’s new game opens

    Either Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi is working on a soon-to-be-launched Kickstarter for his new game, or someone is pulling an elaborate prank. At PAX Prime last year, during Keiji Inafune’s Mighty No. 9 panel, a flyer was handed out to attendees that showed what appeared to be a 2D game of some sort with […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for May 5: Heroic and Nightfall strikes detailed

    Tuesday is here and Destiny’s weekly reset is also here. Bungie announced that your weekly Destiny grind has now begun. The Nightfall and Heroic strikes are now live too. This week’s strike is Winter’s Run. Rainbow burn is back for the Nightfall, which means you do more damage with all elemental weapons, but also receive […]

  • PC version of Project Cars delayed in Australia due to severe weather

    Recent weather conditions in Sydney, Australia are responsible for a slight delay of the PC version of Project Cars in the country. Sydney recently suffered from storms that caused flooding in some areas. One of those is the place where publisher Namco Bandai was storing PC copies of Project Cars. The stock was “severely damaged,” […]

  • Twitch’s new process makes it easier for streamers to appeal flagged content

    Twitch has updated its appeals process concerning videos that have been flagged by the audio ID system. Towards the end of last year, Twitch introduced a new audio recognition system that scans archived streams and automatically mutes the audio whenever copyright music is identified. The system has been in-use ever since and Twitch has today […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a day one patch, but it’s not a major one

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will indeed have a day one patch, to make the first-time experience as smooth as possible. Like many modern games, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will have its day one patch. According to the developer however, it wasn’t born out of necessity. Miles Tost, level designer at developer CD Projekt […]

  • CoD: Advanced Warfare owners get free pistol today

    Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games is adding a new pistol to the game, free to all players. The M1 Irons is a new pistol that comes to Advanced Warfare starting today. The weapon is offered as a thank you gift from the developer. Sledgehammer says the Irons is good at range and packs a punch. […]

  • Fall down the Skullgirls Big Band music video rabbit hole with me

    Skullgirls is a pretty amazing fighting game, but did you know it’s also a passable music creation suite? Earlier today I was idly perusing an episode of PlayStation Underground showing off Skullgirls 2nd Encore, a re-release of the indie fighter packing in loads of new features and coming to PS4 – with full cross-play! – […]

  • The many uses of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood’s pipe weapon

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood adds a sick new weapon to BJ’s arsenal: a pipe. In Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a pipe is not just a pipe. Not only can you bash nazis with it, you can use it to climb walls, reach hatches, and even break through some walls. Plus? You can dual wield it. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X teaser gives first look at Predator

    Mortal Kombat X’s next celebrity guest was teased during the latest Kast. Today’s Mortal Kombat X Kast was mostly about all about Jason, but also included a very brief nod to Predator. You can watch the full livestream to see the tease in situ if you’re really keen, but IGN shared this convenient edit: There’s […]

  • Rock Band 4 has count-ins, drum fills and vocal harmonies

    Rock Band 4 will more closely emulate the feeling of being a real musician with some neat personalisation touches. For Rock Band 4, Harmonix elected to double down on player ownership of their experience rather than technical precision. To this end, it has implemented a number of cool new features. I am wildly envious of […]

  • Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, Lost Planet 3 developer shuttered

    Spark Unlimited has gone down with all hands. The Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z and Lost Planet 3 developer has been shuttered and all staff laid off. Chief technical officer John Butrovich confirmed the news in a statement issued to IGN. “Spark Unlimited is closing as a video game developer. The ongoing opportunities for smaller mobile […]

  • PS Now subscription available on PlayStation 3 this month, Vita coming soon

    PlayStation Now’s all you can eat service has finally been dated for PS3. Subscriptions to PS Now, Sony’s cloud-based gaming service, will be available on PS3 from May 12 in the US. The all you can eat package will also be made available on select Bravia TVs and Sony Blu-ray players on the same date. […]

  • GTA 5 is even better with a gravity gun

    GTA 5 modders have made a dream come true, adding a gravity gun to your arsenal of mayhem-causing weaponry. GTA 5 isn’t ready for this. It looks like a heck of a lot of fun, but the poor old Los Santos po po can’t deal with the resulting carnage at all. If Rockstar were ever […]

  • “Mod makers should be able to make money from their creations,” says DOOM creator

    DOOM co-creator John Romero has weighed in on the paid mods debate. Paid mods are a hot issue right now. For years, Valve has been enabling content creators to make money from their work on Counter-strike: Global offensive, Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2, but when it partnered with Bethesda to offer the same for […]

  • Watch WRC driver Kevin Abbring smash through a DIRT Rally challenge

    WRC driver Kevin Abbring has been participating in Dirt Rally’s daily events – and kicking ass. Dirt Rally seems to have ticked one of the most difficult to attain boxes of racing development – creating something professional drivers like to play, and which rewards their years of experience. Codemasters published the video below showing Hyundai […]

  • Mortal Kombat X patch to bring PC version up to console standard

    Mortal Kombat X PC will be fixed tomorrow, NetherRealm has promised. The PC version of Mortal Kombat X has come under fire for poor performance, including stuttering frame rate and bugs as plenty. About 45 minutes into a recent Twitch stream, NetherRealm boss Ed Boon said an update will drop tomorrow to address many of […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: all new Crucible maps detailed

    Destiny’s House of Wolves DLC will add four new maps to the Crucible, the game’s competitive multiplayer mode. Let’s take a look at all of them. Alex brings you new footage showing all of the four maps that will drop with House of Wolves. He goes over the layout, landmarks, gameplay styles, and other important […]

  • Custom Xbox One Star Wars controllers look very tempting

    Microsoft is celebrating May 4 by showing off concept designs for Star Wars-themed Xbox One controllers. May 4 is of course Star Wars Day and the controller concepts you’re about to see are just that, concepts. Or at least that’s what they said they are. There are four designs and they don’t look very practical. […]

  • Project Cars launch trailer is an anthology of race cars, set to the beats of Deadmau5

    Project Cars comes out this week and there’s just enough time for one last trailer. Project Cars, Slightly Mad Studios’ ambitious racer that has been in development for ages, is finally coming out this week. The racer received plenty of changes throughout its development based on community feedback and the final product will be in […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront dev reveals planet Sullust

    Sullust, a planet that has not been previously shown, will be featured in one of Star Wars Battlefront’s maps. Star Wars Battlefront developer DICE revealed today that planet Sullust will be one of the game’s locations. The planet was mentioned in the films and other Star Wars works, but was only shown today. DICE posted […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: Tower vendor changes

    House of Wolves will change the inventory of some of Destiny’s vendors and add new roles to others. Here’s everything that has been announced so far. You know that House of Wolves will bring a new social space to the game in the form of The Reef. But did you also know that the good […]

  • Nintendo apologises for Amiibo shortages, will reissue some out-of-stock figures

    Nintendo released a statement today to apologise for fan’s frustrations in finding some Amiibo figures and promised to handle distribution better going forward. Nintendo has been criticised recently for its lack of communication when it comes to new Amiibo figures. Something which has lead fans to not know if certain figures are limited to some […]

  • Halo: MCC “a black eye for us,” Halo 5 won’t suffer the same fate, says franchise director

    The development of Halo: The Master Chief Collection was of an “outrageous complexity,” which was one of the reasons it suffered a horrible launch. None of that will happen with Halo 5: Guardians, according to Frank O’Connor. Frank O’Connor, Halo franchise development director opened up to Xbox Achievements about the difficult task of developing The […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: weapon Reforging explained

    When House of Wolves drops in a couple of weeks, you’ll be able to change the stats of some in-game weapons. This process is called ‘Reforging’. Alex goes over all the details Bungie revealed about the new Reforging system. This covers the materials you need, the weapons that can be reforged and much more. Make […]

  • GTA 5 PC: control the in-game phone with your iPhone using this mod

    GTA 5′s latest mod lets you control the in-game phone with your real-life iPhone. Reddit user Planetleak wanted to see if he would succeed in getting his iPhone to control the phone in GTA 5. He did it and has a video to prove it. It’s not a mod per-se, but it emulates mouse and […]

  • SoulCalibur dev wants to know fans’ favourite characters for “something huge”

    SoulCalibur developers are probably working on a new game, because they’re asking fans to vote on their favourite characters. Project Soul, the longtime developer of the SoulCalibur series is soliciting feedback on fans’ favourite characters. The developer said as much in a post on its Facebook page. “Calling all SoulCalibur Fans! Project Soul would like […]

  • Jason Voorhees doesn’t look out of place in new Mortal Kombat X trailer

    Jason Voorhees comes to Mortal Kombat X starting tomorrow and it’s time to celebrate his arrival. Jason Voorhees, the first DLC character for Mortal Kombat X has been given the trailer treatment. Jason is part of the game’s Kombat Pack, owners of which can start using him tomorrow, May 5. Being an iconic horror character, […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition – Dragonslayer DLC announced, free to all this week

    Dragon Age: Inquisition is getting a multiplayer expansion this week. BioWare has announced that all owners of Dragon Age: Inquisition will receive a new multiplayer expansion, for free. The expansion is called Dragonslayer and it’s centred around fighting dragons, hence the name. Three new playable characters will join the roster as you explore an all-new […]

  • Sonder is still happening, and this is the best news of the week

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

  • Twitter axes playable Internet Archive embeds

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

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

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

  • Rare game announce expected at E3 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Splatoon lacks voice chat to promote a positive online experience

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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