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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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years ago
  5. AmiralPatate

    Did someone say propaganda?

    #5 2 years 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 2 years ago
  7. Dave Cook

    In soviet Russia, game plays you.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. OwnedWhenStoned

    I was waiting for that, Dave.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. EdgizAwesome

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

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Dave Cook

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

    #10 2 years 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 2 years ago
  12. KineticCalvaria

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

    #12 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years ago
  16. KineticCalvaria

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

    #16 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years ago
  19. KineticCalvaria

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

    #19 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years ago
  23. absolutezero

    You aren’t making any sense Cheeki Breeki.

    #23 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years ago
  27. absolutezero

    http://youtu.be/afP71xwLI8Y

    #27 2 years ago
  28. polygem

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

    #28 2 years 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 2 years ago

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    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 […]

  • Silent Hills petition asking Konami to continue development has over 50,000 signatures

    A petition to save the Silent Hills game has been formed by fans in the hopes Konami will change its mind and bring the collaboration with Guillermo del Toro back from the dead. Konami confirmed on Monday the Silent Hill remake from film director Del Toro and Metal Gear’s Hideo Kojima had been cancelled, but […]

  • Attack on Titan has a US release date, title changed in EU over copyright claim

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains will be released under a different title in Europe, according to the publisher, and while a release date has been set for North America, the same cannot be said for fans across the pond. According to Atlus, a copyright claim in Europe has forced the company to publish the […]

  • Yooka-Laylee meets final Kickstarter Stretch Goal in less than 24 hours

    The Kickstarter for Playtonic’s Yooka-Laylee sailed beyond its final £1 million ($1.5 million) Stretch Goal overnight, which will allow for a simultaneous release on all announced platforms. Once funded, Yooka-Laylee was slated for release on Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, Wii U, and Xbox One; however, a simultaneous release on all platforms wasn’t guaranteed unless […]

  • Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, but not by much

    Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, according to an announcement from Roll7. Not to worry though, it’s only by a week. According to the developer, the delay is due to “having undergone super-secret upgrades to crank shit up to 60fps.” The extra week will provide the additional time needed for tweaking […]

  • Assassin’s Creed, The Crew, Far Cry 4, other Ubisoft titles on sale through the Humble Store

    Ubisoft has put a number of its games on sale through the Humble Store. Franchises Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry are on discount as are single release titles. The list of games on sale are below. For pricing in your region, head over to the Humble Store. Anno 2070 Complete Edition Assassin’s Creed 3 Assassin’s […]

  • Payday 2: Repeater rifle, Peacemaker pistol introduced with The Butcher’s Western Pack

    Overkill Software released the 21st DLC pack for Payday 2 yesterday, titled The Butcher’s Western Pack. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and other digital distribution channels. “For our 21st DLC we go back in time to visit the Wild West and the arsenal it was known for,” said the developers. “With it we’re introducing […]

  • The Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter just launched and has already met its funding goal

    Playtonic Games launched the Kickstarter campaign for Yooka-Laylee at 5pm UK, and in just over 30 minutes it already hit its $270,000 funding goal. You can watch the funding counter continue to roll over through the link. Yooka-Laylee is a 3D platformer where the characters use special moves such as Yooka’s tongue grapple and Laylee’s […]

  • Batch of hi-res Persona 5 screenshots released by PlayStation Japan

    A set of screenshots have been released for Persona 5, and while you’ve seen these before in magazines and on the official website, these are high-res versions. Some will even look familiar to those who watched the first gameplay trailer back in February. The shots were posted over on the PlayStation Japan Persona 5 game […]

  • Is Alien: Isolation getting HTC Vive support?

    Placeholder images for SteamVR icons have been found and it looks like there may be support for Alien: Isolation, so if you enjoy soiling yourself, get psyched! NeoGAF members found a thread on Reddit, where a little rooting around in a Steam directory unearthed the images. The list includes both games and apps, and as […]

  • Xbox Live multiplayer is free this weekend on Xbox 360

    Xbox 360 players in all Xbox Live regions can play multiplayer online for free this weekend. If you are a Silver member, this means you are Golden from May 1-3 and can play multiple games online with your buddies. All you have to do is log-in to Xbox Live.

  • Assassin’s Creed actor Michael Fassbender confirms film production starts September

    The Assassin’s Creed movie will start production this fall, actor Michael Fassbender (Prometheus, 300, X-Men:First Class) as confirmed. Speaking with ComingSoon.net, Fassbender said filming will start in September, which is inline with Ubisoft’s announcement in February. The actor will star in the film alongside Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard, both reuniting with their MacBeth director Justin […]

  • Eve Online boss states VR won’t be as big as we think next year

    I don’t think I’m the only one who wants VR to hurry up and manifest into a Sword Art Online-esque reality. Unfortunately, the chief executive officer at the studio behind Eve Online doesn’t think that will be happening any time soon. Talking to Venture Beat, Hilmar Veigar Pétursson touched on his excitement at the prospects […]

  • The Last of Us: Left Behind goes standalone in May on PS3, PS4

    Naughty Dog has announced that The Last of US DLC Left Behind will be released as a standalone experience next month. It can be purchased for both PlayStation 3 and PS4 through the PS Store and a two-hour demo of the Factions multiplayer will also be made available. “The Left Behind standalone game will have […]

  • EA’s annual E3 press conference takes place on June 15

    Electronic Arts has announced its annual E3 2015 press conference will take place the day before the show kicks off on June 15. EA, Microsoft, Sony and Ubisoft always hold press events the day before E3 officially starts, so this isn’t any surprise, really. The presser, dubbed “Live to Play”, will last one hour and […]

  • Steam exchange rate mix-up closes down community market

    The Steam community market was buggered up big time today after a mix-up with currency conversion had items selling from practically nothing, to millions of dollars. PC Gamer picked up on the news after a thread on Reddit appeared with screenshots depicting just how silly things were getting over there. The currency exchange rate data […]

  • Britney Spears signs five-year deal with Glu for new mobile game

    Pop star Britney Spears has signed a five-year deal with Glu mobile for a new, untitled game. The mobile game will feature her “voice, likeness, and creative influence,” and is due for release sometime next year. Glu also signed a deal with Katy Perry in February, so expect a game revolving around her to hit […]

  • Large Activision publisher sale on Steam discounts Call of Duty, Prototype, more

    Activision has put the majority of its library on sale through Steam this weekend, and if other titles weren’t included, it could be referred to as a Call of Duty sale. Below are a few standouts. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Gold Edition 25% off Call of Duty: Ghosts 67% off Call of Duty: […]

  • The Dota 2 International Compendium is out, second Stretch Goal almost complete

    The International Compendium has been released for Dota 2 with the prize pool sitting at a lovely $1,917,155 as of press time. Valve said over the weekend to expect the International Compendium to drop sometime this week. As with previous years, those who purchase the Compendium can earn rewards by completing challenges, making predictions and by […]

  • If permadeath RTS games are up your alley, check out indie project XO

    The Square Enix Collective showcases projects for a limited time to help drum up community support and potential backers, and RTS title XO from Jumpdrive Studios is worth taking a look at. The teaser trailer is fairly brief, but if you visit the page for XO over at the Square Enix Collective, it’s understandable – […]

  • GTA 5 PC patch disables mods. Here’s how to get them working again

    A new patch for the PC version of GTA 5 was released yesterday and, as it turns out, has wiped the ability to use mods with the game. The wasn’t great news for some players, but YouTuber taltigolt has already figured out how to play the PC version with mods after installing the patch. Matt […]

  • Xbox One ad stealth launches a mysterious Halo 5 competition

    A new Xbox One advert released today isn’t as straightforward as it appears. The trailer has a couple of pretty conspicuous ‘glitches’ throughout, and members of NeoGAF wasted no time in breaking it down. The first item of interest is the screen from the hunt the signal site, which displays an error message when accessed […]

  • Battlefield 4 Jungle map improved with latest update

    DICE LA has updated the Battlefield 4 Jungle map, adding more foliage and a new route. As demonstrated by Westie in the video above, the map now has the kind of foliage you’d expect in the jungle, helping to conceal infantry players. The update also tweaks positions of objective points and has added a concealed […]

  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate free DLC pack for May includes Metroid and Mega Man armour

    The May DLC pack for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate boasts some big ticket items, including Metroid, Street Fighter, and Mega Man gear. This big fat chunk of free DLC, detailed on the capcom unity blog, includes Hunter equipment: Metroid’s Varia Suit Metroid’s Zero Suit Metroid’s Arm Cannon Taiko Drum Master Hunting Horn USJ’s Star Rook […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for May 1, 2 – Hard Light edition

    Here he comes with his weird face, dealing goods and gear for Guardians. It’s Friday. Xur: Agent of the Nine is back in the Tower. Of Course he is. Got your Strange Coins? Here’s what’s in his bag this week: Ruin Wings [Exotic Titan gauntlets] – 13SC Don’t Touch Me [Exotic Hunter gauntlets] – 13SC […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition Jaws of Hakkon DLC drops for PS4 on May 26

    Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC has now been announced for May 26 for PS3, PS4 and Xbox 360. The announcement was made on Twitter via the official Dragon Age account. Mark your calendars! #DAIJawsOfHakkon pic.twitter.com/mU1WfkSrQV — Dragon Age (@dragonage) May 1, 2015 The DLC was released for PC and Xbox One back in March thanks to […]

  • New Witcher 3 screenshots highlight Geralt’s questionable fashion choices

    Even though The Witcher 3 release date is drawing closer, it still feels like a million year away. So here are some more screenshots to tide you over until then. We got to look at in-game shots yesterday, but these new screens show Geralt riding through some gorgeously vibrant mountains, in the midst of combat […]

  • Sims Gurus patch out pregnant men

    Say goodbye to The Sims 4 unique take on fatherhood, as The Sims Gurus confirm that male pregnancies are no more. The Sims 4 players have been reporting high numbers of alien abductions, leaving their male characters with sore bottoms and a bellyful of alien baby. Kotaku reports that not everyone was getting their knickers […]

  • Black Mesa countdown probably points to Half-life remake release date

    Half-life remake Black Mesa may have a release date at last. Black Mesa is a Source Engine remake of the original Half-life, which like everything related to Half-life feels like it’s taking forever to come out. The first part launched in September 2012, and it looks like we might have a release date for the […]

  • Spector puts down rumours of troubled Epic Mickey development

    Epic Mickey seemed like a surprising follow-up project from the man who made Deus Ex, but Warren Spector has put down rumours of a difficult relationship with Disney. Epic Mickey displays several qualities found in Spector’s other games and which he has always espoused in interviews – heck, this is the man whose dream it […]

  • Ubisoft makes good on Child of Light promise with free eBook

    Child of Light fans can check out a gorgeous new illustrated book set in the world of Lumeria. Earlier this month, creator Patrick Plourde confirmed that there were more Child of Light projects on the way. As we expected from the cagey wording, at least the first of these projects isn’t a game: it’s an […]

  • Half-life episode from Junction Point would have featured a magnet gun

    Half-life seems to be on near permanent hold, but at least we can glean some insight into what might once have been. Junction Point’s cancelled Half-life game came up in Warren Spector’s Reddit AMA overnight. Commenting that he isn’t sure whether he’ll get into legal trouble for discussing the project, Spector gave a few comments […]

  • Destiny: exclusive shader, emblem on offer with Nepal benefit shirt

    Destiny developer Bungie has asked Guardians to offer their aid, and they’ve already responded in troves. A new Destiny shirt added to the Bungie Store is the object of a fundraising drive to provide aid in Nepal following a devastating earthquake this week. Bungie popped the pretty stylish shirt on sale earlier today, offering an […]

  • What does the creator of Deus Ex think of Human Revolution and Mankind Divided?

    Deus Ex creator Warren Spector seems pretty positive about the direction the sci-fi series has followed under Square Enix’s hand. Deus Ex was created by Spector and his team at Ion Storm, and remained with Eidos after the developer shuttered. When Square Enix purchased the British publisher, it put new studio Eidos Montreal to work […]

  • Protest Goat secures future for Elite Dangerous destruction derbies

    One of the stranger and more beautiful stories to manifest in the gaming world this week, I think. Elite: Dangerous has given birth to an unintended, emergent style of gameplay; a destruction derby like affair where players gather in no combat areas to both race and gleefully smash into each other until a victor limps […]

  • Destiny’s stunning landscapes captured in panoramas

    Destiny has some beautiful environments, which screenshots don’t necessarily do justice to. Walking around Destiny exclaiming over the lighting effects and the tiny animated details is the best way to experience Bungie’s tremendous achievements, but these panorama images stitched together from in-game screenshots are a good second. Click to see them fullsize. Redditor CenturyEagle made […]

  • Star Wars Disney Infinity re-release on the cards – rumour

    Star Wars is a no-brainer for Disney Infinity, and at long last it looks like it’s happening. A Star Wars re-release called Disney Infinity 3.0 has reportedly leaked from German retailers. We have to lable this one a rumour as we haven’t seen the original source, but the story was originally reported by DisKingdom, which […]