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Russian government in talks to develop “patriotic” games – report

Wednesday, 9 October 2013 02:33 GMT By Brenna Hillier

The Russian government is negotiating the development of “patriotic” video games, and is considering a ban on internationally-produced titles which “distort history”.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, an aide to Russia’s culture minister Vladimir Medinsky discussed the government’s plans with daily newspaper Izvestiya.

“The main thing we expect from the producers of video games is the realistic and historically truthful representation of events,” Arseny Mironov said.

“A video game has to have not only an entertainment value, but it also has to teach and be conducive to patriotic education.”

Medinsky is head of the Russian Military History Society, which will be put in charge of the Russian government’s video game project. The first game will be about the first Russian warplanes in World War I, and is expected in 2014. A developer has not been chosen but several local teams have been included in talks.

The government also plans to introduce grants for “patriotic” video games.

Meanwhile, internationally-produced games which “discredit the Russian soldier” and “distort historic facts” may be banned from import.

The report noted Company of Heroes 2 and Belgian indie You Don’t Mess With Putin as examples of games that wouldn’t be allowed.

As detailed on Polygon, Company of Heroes 2 was poorly-received by many Russian players, who described its depiction of Russian history as offensively inaccurate and stereotyped. Russian distributor 1C stopped selling the game as a result.

Thanks, Polygon.

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29 Comments

  1. salarta

    … So Russia is transforming itself into Nazi Germany more and more every day. Nice.

    And I don’t use the Nazi Germany comparison lightly. It’s accurate here. Actions against Pussy Riot and Greenpeace already ring alarm bells, then we get the censorship of media to gin up blind nationalism, one with a leader that is increasingly trying to promote himself as a cult of personality not unlike Hitler did. The only thing currently missing from the equation is an obvious minority in the same vein as the Jewish population that Germany had at the time, but I’m sure they have something.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. DSB

    It’s an illiberal democracy.

    Jailing a few feminists, gays and Greenpeace activists is ridiculously far short of anything that happened in Nazi Germany. It’s not good, but comparing the two is completely disregarding what actually happened.

    Under Medvedev they were actually making progress, but if Putin stays in power, and the US elects another Republican president, the West and Russia is really gonna be at odds.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Vedenov Michail

    #1, do you have any idea what are you talking about? Stop watching TV because you are being brainwashed. I’m living in Russia and I’m 100% sure that there are no reasons to compare Nazi Germany and Russia. In fact the comparison you made is abusive, because russian people were fighting against Nazi and were dying during the World War II. So please don’t judge Russia because you don’t like Putin.

    I agree that there are too many games that distorting Rissia history. And the vast majority of Russian gamers are teenagers, so it’s really a good idea to make our own patriotic videogame that will remain true to history. But as always our government is taking the wrong steps. Ban on internationally-produced titles will not help at all. It will make things worse. It’s known that forbidden fruit is sweet…

    #3 1 year ago
  4. Llewelyn_MT

    I’m confused. Are they going to ban games that distort the history of Russia or games not supporting the history decreed by The Kremlin? I doubt there is a notable country in the world beside Russia that is at odds with its own history.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. AmiralPatate

    Did someone say propaganda?

    #5 1 year ago
  6. polygem

    Patriotism is for idiots. If anything especially russia and the us need less of that. Being proud of a country you are living in? The root of all wars. Burn down the flags.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. Dave Cook

    In soviet Russia, game plays you.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. OwnedWhenStoned

    I was waiting for that, Dave.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. EdgizAwesome

    @1 There’s already a minority Russia is against, Homosexuals. The laws in that country sicken me.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. Dave Cook

    @9 Yeah I saw the news reports on that. Fucking disgraceful.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. Dunno

    hahahahaha you, westerners are so eager to prove how stupid and ignorant you are every time. Not knowing anything or listening to your media is equally stupid.
    As for videogames. I’m fine with unrealistic depiction as long as a game doesn’t claim otherwise. Pointing at your COH2.

    @3 don’t waste your breath, comrade! hahaha

    #11 1 year ago
  12. KineticCalvaria

    @11, that’s amazing. Your first sentence sounds exactly like every Russian antagonist in a game ever.

    #12 1 year ago
  13. Lord Gremlin

    It’s all because of CoH2. I was pissed myself (being Russian and all). I mean, by all means make up any crazy history you want but don’t label it as based on true history. Put a warning at the start – events taking place in this game are a work of fiction.
    @3 and 11 I think sometimes it’s worth wasting your breath just a little. Analogy to Nazi Germany, lemme think…
    An aggressive country that wages wars and commits war crimes to try and gain dominant position… That’s United States of America. Except instead of Jewish it’s native Americans they put in concentration camps. Other than that, yup.
    Should be a game about that. Something cyberpunk.
    @10 Good sir, our views on the matter may be fundamentally different. There’s lots of stuff in western countries that I find outrageous and/or insane, but I respect the right of each nation to shape their homeland the way they like. I fully support those Russian laws you dislike so much – bear in mind that we don’t jail homosexuals or anything. Only public propaganda of homosexuality as something normal is banned. Which is fair.

    #13 1 year ago
  14. Ireland Michael

    @3 “I’m living in Russia and I’m 100% sure that there are no reasons to compare Nazi Germany and Russia.”

    I don’t know about you, but deciding the right and privileges of an entire minority group (in this case, gay people), is pretty damn Nazi like. Okay, nobody is being gassed alive, but that doesn’t change the fact that they’re being targeted and criminalised simply for being different.

    I *don’t* like Putin, and I don’t understand why anyone with a moral conscience would.

    @11 You arbitrarily insult the intelligence of a whole sector of the planet, and then proceed to call others stupid? The irony is lost on us.

    You two are not doing much to present your country in any sort of positive light.

    ——

    That said, the average American really cannot criticise anyone about the concept of a “patriotic game”, considering that’s what almost every warfare based first person shooter in the past decade has been – American patriotic wank fantasies, where Americans are the saviours and everyone else is the villain.

    Russia. Germany. Middle East. China. Take your pick. It’s easy pickings when you’re Hollywood or a video game.

    #14 1 year ago
  15. Lord Gremlin

    @KineticCalvaria Well, sometimes people can’t help it. Maybe if westerners grew just a wee bit smarter…
    Oh boy, the next generation war is the war of information and propaganda. My advise – don’t trust any media of any country.

    #15 1 year ago
  16. KineticCalvaria

    @15, yeah okay. Russians are clearly the smartest people in the world…

    #16 1 year ago
  17. YoungZer0

    @1: Oh boy, so shortsighted. Most of the things you complain about apply to other countries as well. Putin is imprisoning terrible musicians, Obama so called “traitors” that inform their country of what the government is doing. Russia is hateful towards gays, America towards muslims.

    E-Fucking-CETERA.

    THAT SAID, the amount of neo-nazis in russia (and … america) is really worrying.

    @4: “I doubt there is a notable country in the world beside Russia that is at odds with its own history.”

    What exactly do you mean?

    #17 1 year ago
  18. Old MacDonald

    From Ben Johnson…”Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.”

    Similarly, from Thoreau, “Patriotism is a maggot in their heads.”

    George Bernard Shaw has said…”You’ll never have a quiet world till you knock the patriotism out of the human race.”

    Oscar Wilde said “Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.”

    Leo Tolstoy described patriotism as “the principle that will justify the training of wholesale murderers”.

    http://www.skeptic.ca/meaning_of_patriotism.htm

    #18 1 year ago
  19. KineticCalvaria

    Old MacDonald had a farm, e, i, e, i, o and on that farm he spoke the truth!

    #19 1 year ago
  20. absolutezero

    Its really quite odd that Russia seems to seriously believe that no one outside of the country can know its actual history. That anything fucking negative they did throughout the past was actually just distortion.

    The Red Army was the heroic liberation army of God-men and not at all a rabid mess of rape rolling through Berlin.

    #20 1 year ago
  21. Ireland Michael

    @18 America is one of the few countries I can think of where the concept of patriotism is generally considered a positive character trait and not a derogatory insult.

    #21 1 year ago
  22. Dunno

    @12 hahaha Now I think about it, kinda true LOL except this time you’re not gonna win this (the arguement, in this case) cos it’s not a game :P

    @13 No it’s not :P You can when people know something about the subject in question. This is clearly not the case. Look at the comments haha

    @14 blablaba My opinion is the only right one, yeah? hahah We’ve been there already, kiddo with an arrogant attitude

    LOL Weeeel on the contrary I don’t need to call you or anyone else stupid. You do it yourself by saying the things you do.
    Moreover, you’ve presented your country very well indeed. hahahaha and you’re talking about irony hahaha

    #22 1 year ago
  23. absolutezero

    You aren’t making any sense Cheeki Breeki.

    #23 1 year ago
  24. Dragon

    LOL JAPAN.
    LOL RUSSIA
    LOL “Insert country here”.

    Do I see a trend? Is this another “bash this country” thread by pointing out non-essential things?

    On patriotism, its supposedly a thing were I should be grateful to a piece of land which has been demarcated randomly by someone. Sorry, but I would much rather be grateful to living human beings than a piece of land.
    That said, patriotism has its quirks. Human history has progressively moved towards larger and larger associations, and countries are a natural evolution of that concept. I wont be surprised if few decades/hundreds of years down the line, patriotism for country is replaced by something bigger.
    From a sanskrit sloka – The world is my family.

    #24 1 year ago
  25. Ireland Michael

    @22 “blablaba My opinion is the only right one, yeah? hahah We’ve been there already, kiddo with an arrogant attitude.”

    1) You’re practically a walking poster child for the definition of arrogant.
    2) I’m very likely your senior, “kiddo”.

    #25 1 year ago
  26. salarta

    @3: I know what I’m talking about better than you think I do.

    There are plenty of reasons to compare Russia to Nazi Germany, as long as you remember one very important thing: I said transforming. As in, it’s in the process of becoming, not that it has already turned into that. Nazi Germany did not become the monstrous country it did out of the blue, it was a gradual development across time that included locking up groups deemed too dissident to state aims, massive amounts of propaganda which included the construction of Hitler youth, censorship of material based on how it affects perception of the state and its goals, the building of a cult of personality around their leader, and increasing prejudice toward the Jews.

    Russia is not as bad as Nazi Germany was… yet. But it’s getting further along on that path every day. I already mentioned Pussy Riot and Greenpeace, both dissidents to state aims that are getting excessive punishments (“undermined the moral foundations,” yeah right). The Nashi youth group, while being pro-Putin, initially began (at least according to them) as a defense against Nazism and skinheads, but over time it’s transforming more into a youth propaganda wing for Putin, which lends it the dangerous direction where a few more turns could change it from simply being a youth group heavily supportive of Putin to a youth group made for indoctrinating youth to Putin. And I couldn’t remember it at the time of my post, but what @9 points out is the clincher: prejudice against homosexuality to the point of laws specifically aimed at punishing people for even talking about it.

    Saying “the public supports these things” is irrelevant; the German public supported the Nazi party and the transition of the country into becoming Nazi Germany, after all. And saying it’s “abusive” to say these things because Russians fought in World War II is also irrelevant, because what a country did 70 years ago is not the same as what it does today. Not to mention, the only reason Russia actually fought Germany in World War II was because Germany broke the anti-aggression pact between the two countries, just like the U.S. really only fought World War II because of Pearl Harbor and the U.S. people didn’t really want to fight Germany until after the war effort got going.

    The solution to “video games don’t paint Russia in a way accurate to history” isn’t “let’s ban video games that don’t make Russia look like a golden ray of sunshine.” The answer is to allow the games to continue to be made and purchased as they are part of the media, BUT to also provide means of understanding actual Russian history by other means. We don’t ban Inglorious Basterds because idiots might think Hitler got shot up in a movie theater by American forces, we let the film go out there but try to make sure they know what actually happened through the education system. It’s not the job of government to decide how fiction is allowed to depict people or groups. That’s for the public to decide, through what they’re willing to buy and what they choose to protest against. If the government is censoring media for “distorting historic facts” (which basically everything in fiction does, unless you believe 300 is a proper representation of Sparta and Persia) and trying to enforce only media that is “patriotic,” then it’s that much closer to becoming Nazi Germany. The limiting of perspectives of any sort, especially perspectives that can make the country look bad and do not propagandize the state, is critical to the framework that creates such a country. Ignorance is power.

    The only plus I can say about Russian government at the moment is that it’s somewhat sheltering Snowden, because Snowden’s reveals are critical to keeping the U.S. government in check as the government is overstepping its bounds here. But that’s really only happening because of U.S.-Russia conflict, not because Snowden did the right thing.

    #26 1 year ago
  27. absolutezero

    http://youtu.be/afP71xwLI8Y

    #27 1 year ago
  28. polygem

    @24: wow, i could actually totally relate to your post. a premiere :)

    #28 1 year ago
  29. DSB

    It’s just amazing that people can be so oblivious about what actually happened in the 1930′s and 40′s.

    In Nazi Germany you had a state that was built on race. Annihilating all others, while purifying and furthering the one. It’s mindboggling that people can somehow equate Russia with that.

    Russian policy isn’t based on race, it’s just a corrupt, illiberal banana republic with a superiority complex dating all the way back to Tzarist times. It isn’t even a dictatorship, it’s just a corrupt democracy.

    There’s a huge, huge, huge difference. All you’re doing is proving Godwin’s law.

    #29 1 year ago

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    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 […]

  • Someone is attempting to recreate Dark Souls’ Lordran in Minecraft

    Lordran, the land of the ancient lords will soon be explorable in Minecraft thanks to a passionate modder. Davweed is a talented modder attempting to recreate the entire world of Lordran in Minecraft. Lordran is the land where the entire Dark Souls game is set. The goal is to make it a 1:1 scale of […]

  • Elite: Dangerous is getting Community Goals with update 1.1 – all the details

    Patch 1.1 is Elite: Dangerous’ first major update. Developer Frontier has detailed Community Goals, the big change coming with the patch, and more. We were told last week that big additions are coming with patch 1.1, due in February. Today, we learn in more detail what those features are. Namely, what the developer is calling […]

  • Sunset Overdrive, Skyrim and Dead Rising 3 highlight this week’s Deals with Gold

    A new week, a new set of deals for Xbox Live Gold subscribers and we’ve got the full list. Major Nelson posted the deals which are live now and run through Monday, January 26. Highlights include Sunset Overdrive, Dead Rising 3, Skyrim, Final Fantasy 13-2 and more. Check the full list below. Xbox One Dead […]

  • Survarium: 10,000 FREE Premium account keys to give away

    We have 10,000 codes to give away for MMOFPS Survarium, granting the player a Premium account for 24 hours along with 5,000 Silver coins. Each key gives the player a Premium account for 24 hours along with 5,000 Silver in-game currency. A Premium account gives you 50 percent more experience, income and reputation for 24 […]

  • “I don’t like people thinking we’re doing underhanded, dirty shit,” says Evolve dev

    Despite what it looks like, Evolve developers did not intend to give out the wrong signals when it comes to the game’s DLC plan. Evolve creative director Phil Robb spoke to Destructoid in an interview that was conducted late last year about the studio’s approach to DLC, map packs and more. Robb’s idea is that […]

  • Clock Tower spiritual successor Night Cry gets first screens

    Night Cry is coming along nicely and today we get our first look at it. Ever since the announcement of Project Scissors (at the time) last September, and then the name change to Night Cry, we’ve been waiting to see what the game looks like, especially since it’s developed with mobile platforms in mind. Today, […]

  • Tekken X Street Fighter is still happening, 40 people working on it

    Tekken X Street Fighter is definitely not vaporware. A team of 40 developers is currently working on it, according to director Katushiro Harada. Harada was interviewed by Polygon. In the interview, he touched on many topics, one of which is the status of the seemingly-never-coming-out Tekken X Street Fighter. “It’s very difficult to talk about,” […]

  • From Game of Thrones to Borderlands: all of Telltale’s adventure games rated

    Telltale Games has an impressive back catalogue of licensed adventure games to its name, and we have opinions about all of them. Note that this rundown doesn’t include bundles, the non-adventure games or games published by Telltale but created by other developers. It’s also got a fair bit of speculation in it, since at least […]

  • There is probably a new Battletoads game coming

    If you’ve watched last night’s Windows presentation you knew you recognised that logo on Phil Spencer’s t-shirt. Wearing a t-shirt with a logo of an upcoming game is an antic we’ve come to expect from Xbox boss Phil Spencer now. Based on that, we wouldn’t be alone in predicting that a new Battletoads game is […]

  • Here’s a short, 60fps trailer for DmC: Definitive Edition

    DmC: Definitive Edition has a new video available that shows the game running at 60 frames-per-second. Capcom has put out a short new trailer for the Definitive Edition of DmC: Devil May Cry that takes a look at different stages and boss fights. The video begs to watched in 1080p60 quality, if your connection can […]

  • Xbox One to PC streaming targeting 1080p, 60fps

    Microsoft has revealed that it’s looking to achieve 1080p resolution at 60 frames-per-second when the Xbox One game streaming launches later this year. The question of what final resolution and framerate Xbox One game streaming will operate at was on a lot of people’s minds when the demo was shown. Thankfully, Microsoft’s Mike Ybarra has […]

  • Microsoft is looking at offering PC to Xbox streaming

    Having announced Xbox One to PC streaming as part of its Windows event last night, Microsoft said that making the process a two-way street is on the cards. Microsoft’s Phil Spencer sat down to do a group interview following the Windows event and talked a little bit about the firm’s plans for streaming, including a […]

  • Watch John Romero play Doom

    John Romero made DOOM, and now you can watch him play it, dropping many a delightful gem of insight regarding one of the most important shooters of all time. This video was organised by Double Fine as part of its Devs Play series, a thing I only just discovered and now want to marathon all […]

  • World of Speed has gotten fairly pretty over the past year

    World of Speed has produced a new trailer, showing off the racing MMO’s progress over the past year. Announced one year ago, World of Speed is looking pretty damn shiny now. Check it out in this trailer, which introduces the Mountain Spiral Road location and teases several yet to be revealed. World of Speed comes […]

  • Minecraft user data leaked in plain text – change your passwords

    Minecraft users should change their passwords and those of any accounts using the same log-in details. Minecraft’s user data servers have apparently been compromised, with user names and passwords leaked online in plain text. 1,800 Mojang accounts were affected. The news comes via German source Heise and The Guardian and has been treated quite seriously […]

  • Resident Evil: The Final Chapter will commence filming in August

    The sixth Resident Evil movie is back on track. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter will begin filming in August, having been delayed to accomodate star Milla Jovovich’s pregnancy. In a Facebook post, Jovovich said she’s currently being very mindful of gaining enough weight to ensure a healthy birth for her second child, without the risk […]

  • Nintendo bosses “do not really understand modern gaming”, says former executive

    Former Nintendo executive Dan Adelman has provided frank insight into the Japanese platform holder’s inner workings. Adelman, who was one of Nintendo’s most important developer liaisons, left in August 2014. One of the first things he did was say that Nintendo had issued a gag order on his social media use, and shortly thereafter called […]

  • Sony’s 10% apology discount doesn’t apply to pre-orders

    Sony has updated the terms and conditions of its apology discount to exclude pre-orders. PSN members have been offered a 10% discount voucher as an apology for downtime over the holidays due to DDoS attacks. In an update to the PlayStation Blog announcement post, Sony clarified that you can’t use this for pre-orders. So. That […]

  • 343 to beta test Halo: The Master Chief Collection matchmaking fix

    Halo: The Master Chief Collection is still broken, believe it or not. The next Halo: The Master Chief Collection update is, like most of the others so far, designed to resolve the shooter collection’s ongoing matchmaking woes. 343 Industries is determined to get it right, apparently, as it’s gone so far as to elect to […]

  • Here’s the release schedule for Star Citizen’s story and first-person modules

    Star Citizen lead Chris Roberts has shared release windows for several modules of the space simulation sandbox. Star Citizen was the focus of a BAFTA Masterclass presentation yesterday, during which Roberts outlined the game’s current development milestone goals. Polygon captured the details. The first person shooter, planetside and social elements on the game are expected […]

  • Destiny: Crota’s End Hard Mode has already been beaten

    Destiny’s toughest challenge got extra tough today, but a troop of willing Guardians stepped up to the line of duty. Destiny developer Bungie has verified the identities of the first Guardians to beat hard mode for the Crota’s End raid, which launched earlier today. Bungie User Research has confirmed the World First finishers for the […]

  • All maps and modes for Battlefield Hardline detailed

    A third map and mode has been announced for Battlefield Hardline which means all modes and maps have been revealed. The new mode is Crosshair, a second competitive mode in which a former criminal “turned state’s witness” is on the run. His former buddies, who are criminals, are trying to kill him and the cops […]

  • Alien: Isolation has sold over 1 million copies

    Alien: Isolation has sold over 1 million copies, Creative Assembly and SEGA announced today, and probably in joyous fashion, although PR mails never denote the writer’s mood. The quote included from creative lead, Alistair Hope does sound as though he is super pleased with the milestone. “It has been fantastic to watch the reviews come […]

  • Fable Legends launching on PC alongside Xbox One with cross-platform play

    Fable Legends was announced for PC today during Microsoft’s Windows 10 event, along with the news it would contain cross-platform play with Xbox One. The game will allow you to play with up to four of your friends online across both platforms. A video from the team at Lionhead, which goes into more detail, was […]