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NSA: new report unearths spying on Xbox Live, WoW, more

Monday, 9 December 2013 14:06 GMT By Dave Cook

America’s National Security Agency is reportedly spying on players using Xbox Live, World of Warcraft, Second Life and other services.

The report follows a joint investigation carried out by The Guardian, New York Times, ProPublica, and backed bydocumentsunearthed by whistleblower Eric Snowden.

NSA records indicate that the agency sent agents into World of Warcraft under the guise of avatars to snoop on players, and in some cases attempt to recruit seasoned players to the cause. The paper, entitled ‘Exploiting Terrorist Use of Games & Virtual Environments’ shows that the agency also has the means to collect mass data from Xbox Live’s 48 million players.

The documents warn that leaving online game services unchecked renders them ideal for terrorists or wrongdoers looking to, “hide in plain sight”. They reveal that so many NSA agents and other third-party agencies were snooping around in games, that the task forces had to be properly measured to ensure they weren’t disrupting each other’s projects.

One page suggests that online games can be used to offer weapons training. An excerpt reads, “These games offer realistic weapons training (what weapon to use against what target, what ranges can be achieved, even aiming and firing, military operations and tactics, photorealistic land navigation and terrain familiarization, and leadership skills. While complete military training is best achieved in person, perfection is not always required to accomlish the missions. Some of the 9-11 pilots had never flown a real plane, they had only trained using Microsoft’s Flight Simulator.

“When the mission is expensive, risky or dangerous, it is often a wiser idea to exercise virtually, rather than really blow an operative up assembling a bomb or exposing a sleeper agent to law enforcement scrutiny. Militaries around the world use virtual simulators with great success and the Hizballah even hooked up a PlayStation controller to a laptop in order to guide some of its real missiles.”

There is also mention of Al Qaida using Xbox Live, Second Live and World of Warcraft, along with Chinese hackers, an Iranian nuclear scientist, Hizballah and Hamas members.

It has been suggested that by infiltrating games in this manner, the NSA can catch wind of hacking attempts, make friends with suspects, build their real-world profile, find out their location and earn enough of their trust to see their profile pictures. Gaining access to voice and text chat logs appears to be instrumental to this process.

The Guardian in particular notes that the documents fail to disclose any known instances of when online gaming was used as a meeting place to discuss terrorist activity, or if indeed the NSA’s attempts were successful in uncovering suspects. The site adds that it isn’t clear exactly how the agency gained access to said data, or if it managed to avoid spying on innocent players.

World of Warcraft developer Blizzard has since pleaded that it was in the dark surrounding NSA activity. The studio said in a statement, “We are unaware of any surveillance taking place. If it was, it would have been done without our knowledge or permission.”

Second Life developer Linden Lab did not reply to comment requests, but Microsoft issued the following statement to Polygon:

“We’re not aware of any surveillance activity. If it has occurred as reported, it certainly wasn’t done with our consent.”

The NSA’s sister agency GCHQ did respond however, and stated, “All GCHQ’s work is carried out in accordance with a strict legal and policy framework which ensures that its activities are authorised, necessary and proportionate, and there is rigorous oversight, including from the secretary of state, the interception and intelligence services commissioners and the Intelligence and Security Committee.”

An excerpt from the NSA documents reads, “Al-Qaida terrorist target selectors and … have been found associated with XboxLive, Second Life, World of Warcraft, and other GVEs [Games and Virtual Environments]. Other targets include Chinese hackers, an Iranian nuclear scientist, Hizballah, and Hamas members.”

However, The Guardian offers that this is inconclusive, seeing as someone could have used the same computer or IP address – perhaps at an internet cafe – as these suspects to play games, and is no guarantee that the players and suspects are one and the same.

Regardless, by September 2008, the GCHQ was able to successfully obtain discussions between players conducted on Xbox Live. At the same time, the FBI, CIA, and the Defense Humint Service were infiltrating Second Life amid fears that the Linden Dollar currency was being used to launder the money of terrorists.

Read the documents in full via the first link and let us know what you think below.

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42 Comments

  1. ddtd

    You know its bad when US based companies are publicly announcing that they’re actively trying to block the NSA from their services, but this takes the cake. :p

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Fin

    wtf

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Tiucaner

    This doesn’t surprise me in any way.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. Dragon

    WoW….. not really.

    This may sound clichéd, but is happening and will continue to happen.
    #youmayjusthavetodealwithit

    “fear of the unknown” at its finest.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. viralshag

    Yeah, you’d have to be amazingly naive to be surprised by this.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. pukem0n

    let the paranoia train roll….chew chew

    #6 1 year ago
  7. TrickyAudio

    Bin Laden was an Orc. Loved abit of leveling between terrorising. Not much else you could do in a cave for 10 years, tbf.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. foofly

    Wasn’t it Club Penguin in Four Lions?

    #8 1 year ago
  9. Panthro

    QUICK! Shut off your Kinects!

    Oh… They haven’t even been taken out of the box yet? Never-mind then.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. G1GAHURTZ

    So ‘No Russian’ was a terrorist baiting trap all along…

    Who knew…?

    #10 1 year ago
  11. xxxGamesMasterxxx

    I knew it! *throws xbox one kinect out the window*

    #11 1 year ago
  12. manamana

    We all know by now that even terrorists must play games…
    Get the fuck outta here, you US Nazi NSA bastards!

    #12 1 year ago
  13. polygem

    this is the new fascism. obey the leader.

    #13 1 year ago
  14. polygem

    …damn, now they’ve tracked me…

    #14 1 year ago
  15. Cobra951

    Snowden may just be the best whistleblower yet. We need exposures like these to shine some light on the darker agencies at play here, and keep them in check. The scary problem is that, to some degree, the NSA is right. It’s not about whether terrorists play games. Obviously they do. It’s about figuring out new ways of detecting them and catching them. The world is now a borderless war zone, basically. Innocents will get caught in the crossfire now and then. The alternative is to just let the bad guys do the shooting.

    #15 1 year ago
  16. lolatfanboys

    It´s getting harder and harder to be seen as paranoid :&

    @15 if innocents get caught in the crossfire anyway than why care and let the government spy on all people? Let the police and border patrol take care of it, now and then a few death through bombing is nothing compared to the death by car, cancer, alcohol …guns, etc. So why spend billions of dollars and take away one right after the other? Think about it.

    @ NSA You deserve every penny up your arse that you get…oh that came out wrong…please don´t take a way my freedom of speech please please I love sarcasm and irony so much :(

    #16 1 year ago
  17. angry_nation

    *Edward* Snowden
    #corrections

    #17 1 year ago
  18. Ireland Michael

    It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.

    #18 1 year ago
  19. Cobra951

    @16: I’ve spent about 30 years thinking about it, ever since the kind of evil Western civilization faces became clear to me. If we don’t take the trash out, it takes us out. The greatest challenge is finding it. I’m not saying it’s OK to dismiss our liberties. I’m saying it’s a generations-long high-stakes game where mistakes will be made. We can expose and rectify mistakes–to wit, this story. Freedom of speech is intact.

    Let’s not equate the intentional slaughter of innocents with deadly, unintended mistakes, yes?

    #19 1 year ago
  20. manamana

    @19 because spying on other politicians like Merkel prevents from terror acts. Sorry but no. This has gotten out of hand and quite dramatically so.

    #20 1 year ago
  21. deathm00n

    @5 Hey viral, let’s create a corp in EVE called “Not NSA people at all” and begin asking personal questions to other players, it will be fun.

    @topic The people saying the Xbox One would be supplying NSA with info must be really proud now.

    #21 1 year ago
  22. JB

    http://nypost.com/2013/12/08/fbi-can-turn-on-your-web-cam/

    #22 1 year ago
  23. fearmonkey

    Not surprised at this at all, one reason I am not crazy about the Kinect and the PS4 camera. If there is a way for the NSA to use it, you know they will, with or without MS’s or Sony’s permission. Ms gave the NSA it’s permission for Skype, so why would the new kinect be any different.

    #23 1 year ago
  24. thiz

    No suprise. And again, it doesnt matter to the people or else they would start revolutions and force them to stop this kind of stuff, but we don’t so humanity obviously has no problem with it.

    #24 1 year ago
  25. OneLifeCycle

    @23 Yup, agree completely. It’s the main reason I passed on the Xbone this go-round and now have a PS4 sitting next to my TV.

    The NSA spies one everyone, not for “terrorists” but for dissenters. They’re extremely paranoid.

    #25 1 year ago
  26. salarta

    You know what would be (not) hilarious? If it turned out the NSA was one of the biggest gold-buyers in MMOs so they could shortcut their way into groups.

    Also.

    “These games offer realistic weapons training”

    …What. What. WHAT? I’m seriously sitting here trying to stop myself from laughing at this. I get that some games can prepare you for such things, but no way in hell most MMOs are any better than actual physical training routine.

    This is blatantly some people at the NSA that play video games realizing that video games aren’t heavily monitored, then realizing how stupid it would be for terrorists to use online games for their dealings but going ahead with it anyway so they can pretend that playing WoW is work. I mean seriously, when you have so many agents on a case like this that you need a way to track how many agents you have on a case like this, they’re doing it to get paid to play games.

    The ONLY one of these that comes anywhere close to making sense is Second Life, only because businesses have actually used it to conduct business meetings and it’s free.

    Dear lord does the NSA need to be reined in, bad.

    #26 1 year ago
  27. Phasmatis75

    Please, the NSA doesn’t go after terrorists. Most terrorists are manipulated or directly controlled by the CIA, Mussad, and M16 and pose very little threat unless the government wants a law passed. No, what this is about is control, it’s about maintaining control over the citizenry who are quickly wising up to the fact that maybe the US government is corrupt beyond measure and will likely be the benchmark for corruption for the next 1000 years.

    Also the it’s about keeping America’s position on top for as long as possible. This is why these spy agencies are going after foreign corporations to give “our” corporations benefits in negotiations. They spy on governments so when they want to push their latest illegal war they have leverage against that nation (Germany).

    If you don’t believe me, start reading what analysts have had to say.

    #27 1 year ago
  28. Obernox

    @27 what? i think you need to put on your tin foiled hat, the Illuminati might be beaming junk into your head.

    #28 1 year ago
  29. monkeygourmet

    @18

    It’s December and clocks only go up to 12…

    Epic fail…

    #29 1 year ago
  30. Ireland Michael

    @29 Seriously?

    #30 1 year ago
  31. monkeygourmet

    @30

    ;)

    Sorry, couldn’t resist!

    #31 1 year ago
  32. drewbles82

    bomb bomb bomb bomb bomb, murder lots of bombs, murder

    *Smashed window*

    Sh*t its the feds

    #32 1 year ago
  33. lolatfanboys

    Well one thing for sure, the next uprising will be more violent than ever before in history. And we will have sometime in the future Skynet (fighting against Drones) in the next history textbooks (possibly paperless Pads xD)but we all know how evolutionary our school are, always pushing the edge on how to even more efficiently not teach us anything relevant.

    #33 1 year ago
  34. bradk825

    Meh. Still not worried. I don’t really interact with anyone online if I don’t know them in real life, and I am not arrogant enough to think the NSA gives a fuck what I am doing in my living room. Even if they could turn on a magic spycam and have access to the camera, the worst they will see is me changing diapers. (not my own diaper, come on now)

    Still though, I sincerely doubt they will ever get access to those cameras. It would be too highly illegal, especially without a warrant, and even more especially because I don’t live in the USA.

    #34 1 year ago
  35. DSB

    The funniest thing about the Snowden docs is that most of it is common knowledge. Nobody seems to give a fuck until it’s splashed on CNN and social media.

    When I was playing back in 2007 it was common knowledge that US intelligence were monitoring WoW, we talked about it in the guild. I’m pretty sure it was based on a news story that a cell had been broken up because they’d been trying to use WoW to communicate.

    Here we go, old fricken news:

    http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2008/02/nations-spies-w/

    @27 Kill yourself.

    #35 1 year ago
  36. sebastien rivas

    Yeah well, probability doesn’t make up for certainty.
    Do you see terrorists recruiting wow players or any RPGs for that matter and alike… seriously.
    NSA really need to smoke the pipe to decompress.
    It just does not make sense and gamers are a different bred than masstv viewers
    Therefore NSA, TURN THE DAM SPY OFF, period!!!

    Btw, that’s how Americans get bad, bad rep. Check @ 12.
    Again gamers are not mass TV viewers, creating fear does not work, it pisses people off and me included.

    #36 1 year ago
  37. lolatfanboys

    @ 34 “It would be too highly illegal, especially without a warrant, and even more especially because I don’t live in the USA.”

    ever heard of something called patriot act? Hint: it has nothing to do with Mel Gibson xD

    And if you don´t live in the USA you are fair game anyway. Like the US gives a flying fuck about other countries lol

    #37 1 year ago
  38. bradk825

    I don’t live in Syria, it’s cool. Not worried about the patriot act.
    You worry too much. Hakuna Mattatta.

    #38 1 year ago
  39. spangar11

    lol the pilots of 9/11 were trained on MS flight simulator. people still falling for the 9/11 shit? and since when do MMO’s and shooters train people for combat. fuck boot camp just get a kid who plays call of duty or bf all day

    #39 1 year ago
  40. AlainEgli

    my Aunty Audrey just got a new cream Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid just by some parttime working online with a laptop. look at here now DOMAIN.com
    http://goo.gl/AOGQuD

    #40 1 year ago
  41. lolatfanboys

    People are always told that they worry too much, until they don´t have to worry anymore at all xD

    #41 1 year ago
  42. Puggy

    Hm, so People in the US pay taxes, in order for some of their official bodies to Play MMOs? Honestly, that is awesome. What do you have to do to sign up there, because I think there are a lot of people who would love to get paid for playing WoW or whatever game there might be.

    And this whole thing sounds somehow like a whole division just slacking off and masking it as hard work. How did they coordinate their forces so they do not interfere with each other? A TS Server for their Raids Err, I mean Operations of course.

    Sorry, but this sounds less like conspiracy and more like a giant waste of tax money… your money!
    Making Friends with people, getting to their profile and getting pictures… I mean really? They get paid for that? O.o
    If you need new agents, we have schools full of Kids who do only that for years now. Just saying.

    #42 1 year ago

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  • Modders can now earn money through Steam Workshop starting today with Skyrim

    Valve has introduced a new functionality within Steam Workshop which will allow mod makers to earn money for their creations, starting with Skyrim. The update will allow content such as mods, items, or maps to be sold through Steam Workshop for titles which have the feature enabled. A new “streamlined process for listing” has been […]

  • Play Skyrim for free this weekend on Steam and take 75% off while you’re at it

    Skyrim is free this weekend on Steam providing wanna-be Dragonborns who have procrastinated on wetting their blades with Stormcloak blood the perfect opportunity to give the RPG a try. Head over to Steam and download the game and play for free until April 26 at 1am PDT. The game is also 75% off if you […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 “Ember” teaser video released ahead of full reveal

    Activision has released a Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 teaser video titled “Ember” and you can watch it right here. Here’s the video blurb: “In the next 50 years, technological advancements will lead us into a world where only those who risk going too far, will find out how far we can actually go.” […]

  • Dragon Age Keep update includes more customizability and control

    Bioware has updated Dragon Age Keep after listening to community feedback. The update includes more customization and control over heroes, world states, career and more. Players can now customize hero portraits or delete Dragon Age: Inquisition heroes from the Hero section. They can also remove playthrough states from the World State Manager and keep up […]

  • Here’s a look at some Conker community creations in Project Spark

    Conker’s Bug Reunion releases today, and below is a video showing some of the community creations you will be able to download using the creation pack. Project Spark is a free download on Xbox One and Windows 8.1, and you can download the Conker Creation Pack today. It contains 350 assets in order for users […]

  • Rainbow Six: Siege video shines spotlight on the British Counter Terrorist Unit

    Ubisoft has released a Rainbow Six: Siege video which gives you a look at the British Counter Terrorist Unit which features “the best of the Army, Navy, and Air Force.” The firm said that over the next few weeks it will introduce the public to each of the units in the game. Rainbow Six Siege […]

  • Mario Kart 8 DLC and Mewtwo for Super Smash Bros. headline eShop update in North America

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with an update and new DLC for Mario Kart 8 and the Mewtwo DLC for Super Smash Bros. Other highlights include Mario Kart DS on Wii U Virtual Console, the continuation of International StreetPass Week and more. Full update is below. Nintendo eShop Mario Kart […]

  • Square Enix host E3 2015 conference this year on June 16

    With Final Fantasy 15, Rise of the Tomb Raider and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided on the horizon, it should come as no surprise to learn that Square Enix will be hosting a dedicated E3 2015 conference this year. The presentation will take place Tuesday, June 16 at 9am PDT/12pm EDT/5pm UK. It will be broadcast […]

  • Final Fantasy 4: The After Years 3D remake releasing on Steam next month

    Final Fantasy 4: The After Years has been given a makeover and will be released on Steam of PC next month. You can now pre-order it on Steam and take 10% off for the time being. The game will be released on the digital service May 12 and will include trading cards and achievements. Thanks, […]

  • This Project Cars video shows off the racer’s multiplayer

    Project Cars developer Slightly Mad has released a new video giving you a look at the game’s multiplayer. The game is out next month, and if you would like to refresh yourself on the tracks included,  give this a look. While you are clicking links, here’s the minimum and recommended PC specifications which dropped last […]

  • Looks like Logitech is getting out of OEM mouse production business [Clarification]

    Logitech will no longer produce “low-end” mice, citing a decline in PC accessories. This story has been updated to include a clarification. According to a Reuters report, per MCV, the firm will instead focus on video accessories and streaming music, as its wireless Bluetooth speakers are now its best-selling product rage. This will help offset […]

  • Win! We have 1,000 Heroes of the Storm beta keys to give away

    Must have more MOBA? Win one of our 1,000 Heroes of the Storm beta keys and see if you’re more Blizzard than LoL. Can’t wait for June 2? Of course you can’t. We have 1,000 closed beta keys for Heroes of the Storm to give away this week, allowing you access before Blizzard’s MOBA goes […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles X Nintendo Direct airs tomorrow, April 24

    A Nintendo Direct devoted entirely to Xenoblade Chronicles X will air this Friday, April 24. The video showcase will start at 11am PDT/2pm EDT/7pm UK. After the showcase, a new Nintendo Treehouse: Live presentation featuring the game will air. This is the second Xenoblace Chronicles X Nintendo Direct, but the first in English. The first […]

  • Blizzard will have 500 game stations set up at gamescom 2015

    Blizzard is heading to gamescom 2015 in August and it will have 500 game stations set up for attendees to get their hands on five of its titles. The developer will be set up in Hall 7 and those who stop by will be able to get hands-on with the latest content for Heroes of […]

  • PS4 price cut to £299 in UK

    Sony has dropped the price of the PS4 in the UK. For a limited time only, you can grab the console for £299.99 from Argos, Game, Tesco and Very. Go to Amazon.co.uk and you’ll get it for £289. You’ve only got until April 28, then it goes back up to £349. Go, go, go. For […]

  • Mad Max: first ever gameplay footage revealed

    Today, we get to finally take our first look at gameplay from Mad Max. Avalanche and Warner Bros. have shown off the first gameplay trailer for Mad Max today. The trailer below offers a look at melee combat, car combat, customisation and much more. Give it a watch below: There are a few new screenshots […]

  • Overlord: Fellowship of Evil has four-player co-op like we figured

    Codemasters has pulled the veil back on the next Overlord game, and its a four-player co-op game called Overlord: Fellowship of Evil. Rhianna Pratchett is back to write the story. The game may be co-op at its core, but it can still be played single-player. Each of the four playable character have strengths and weaknesses, […]

  • Update now available for Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Pokemon X and Y

    Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire along with Pokemon X and Y are being updated by Nintendo to fix a few bugs and in-game text. There’s also the possibility of a few hacks and exploits being fixed. Per Nintendo Life (via Serebii), both patches are 250-270 blocks in size, and it’s a mandatory update which […]

  • Side-scrolling cover shooter Not a Hero gets a demo

    Not a Hero, the upcoming game from OlliOlli developer Roll7, has received a demo. The demo for Not a Hero was made available today on Steam. In the game, you play as Steve, the campaign manager for BunnyLord. A time-travelling rabbit who’s running for mayor of London. Think this is an absurd premise? This trailer […]

  • You have until April 30 to export your Green Day: Rock Band tracks to Rock Band 3

    Harmonix has announced that those looking to export their song collection from Green Day: Rock Band into Rock Band 3 can only do so until the end of the month. April 30 will be the cutoff date for anyone who wants to export tracks from Green Day: Rock Band into their Rock Band 3 library, […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight minimum, recommended, and ultra PC specs revealed

    Batman: Arkham Knight is looking like it’s going to be quite a taxing game. Nvidia has released a list of the minimum, recommended, and ultra PC requirements for Batman: Arkham Knight. Here’s the full thing: Minimum OS: Win 7 SP1, Win 8.1 (64-bit Operating System Required) Processor: Intel Core i5-750, 2.67 GHz | AMD Phenom […]

  • Bloodborne patch 1.03 is live, reduces loading times, fixes suspend/resume bugs, more

    Patch 1.03 is now live for Bloodborne. The patch reduces loading times, adds item descriptions to loading screens, and fixes other various bugs. From Software has pushed update 1.03 live to all Bloodborne owners. As promised, it reduces loading times by approximately 5 to 15 seconds. Another new addition is showing item descriptions instead of […]

  • Battlefield 4: first look at Community Map in action

    Get your first look at the map designed by the community of Battlefield 4. Battlefield 4′s community-designed map is a reality. DICE has recently updated CTE to include an early version of the map. It’s not fully textured as Westie is about to show you, but the layout is nearly finalised. Westie goes over the […]

  • Microsoft apologises for uploading misleading Witcher 3: Wild Hunt footage

    Xbox’s YouTube channel uploaded a video of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt yesterday that was captured from the PC build. The most recent gameplay video for the The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt appeared on the Xbox YouTube channel and showed a quest from the game’s opening section. A few minutes after it had gone live, […]

  • Assassin’s Creed creator’s new game is Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey

    Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is the game Assassin’s Creed creator Patrice Desilets has been working on. Patrice Desilets has just announced that the next game his indie studio Panache Digital Games is making is called Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey. The announcement comes from Desilets’s keynote at the Reboot Develop event in Croatia. The trailer started […]

  • Bloodborne: Cathedral Ward closed door mystery solved

    The mystery of the locked door at the bottom of the Cathedral Ward in Bloodborne has been solved. Bloodborne, like earlier From Software games, is filled with doors that don’t open the first time you try them. Some will give you “locked” messages, others “does not open from this side”. Some of these will open […]

  • Assassin’s Creed creator Patrice Desilets is revealing his next game now [UPDATE: ended]

    Patrice Desilets, one of the original creators of Assassin’s Creed is hosting a presentation where he’s expected to talk about his next project. Patrice Desilets has emerged once again. This time he’s attending development conference in Croatia. Desilets is giving a live keynote and there’s a good chance we’re going to hear about his next […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: everything you need to know about gear upgrades & The Reef

    Bungie revealed plenty of important details in last night’s Destiny stream. Let’s go over everything. Alex wants to make sure you don’t miss any of the information revealed yesterday. Most of it affects all Destiny players too, even those who don’t intend on buying House of Wolves. During the first stream, Bungie explained the armour […]

  • Mod-friendly Galactic Civilizations 3 will leave Steam Early Access in May

    Galactic Civilizations 3 will leave Steam Early Access next month for a full release, Stardok has announced. The developer called the game the “largest and most diverse strategy sandbox to date,” as players have a variety of tools such as diplomatic treaties to resource exchanges, and United Planets resolutions to hundreds of research directions for […]

  • Ys 6: The Ark of Napishtim is out next week on PC – here’s the pre-order trailer

    Ys 6: The Ark of Napishtim will be released next week on PC, and today, we have a pre-order trailer for you. The game will be made available on April 28 for $19.99/€17.99/£13.99 on GOG, the Humble Store and Steam. Along with improvements over the original PSP version, it will contain less backtracking, controller support […]

  • Destiny: House of Wolves – full gear set up to level 34 in PvP and PvE, upgrades, more

    The Destiny: House of Wolves livestream this afternoon was chock full of information. Read onward for our full report. According to Bungie, Petra Venj, who serves the Queen, is the main story agent who leads the player through the main series of quests. Players who complete bounties will be able to level up in her […]

  • Destiny: House of Wolves – watch the livestream right here

    Bungie will host a Destiny: House of Wolves livestream at 2pm EDT today, and you can watch it right here. Watch live video from Bungie on www.twitch.tv The stream will introduce the new social space, The Reef, as well as gear upgrade paths. House of Wolves contains new Strike missions, The Prison of Elders three-player […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team: week of April 22 team includes Barcelona, Chelsea players

    This week’s FIFA 15 Team of the Week is now available for FIFA Ultimate Team players. Each team member, as with previous weeks, is selected base on the previous weekend’s matches. Here’s the list of players now available: Starting GK: Claudio Bravo – FC Barcelona (Spain) CB: Leonardo Bonucci – Juventus (Italy) CB: Ömer Toprak […]

  • Sony’s Spring Fever Sale winds down with Shovel Knight and Call of Duty discounts

    It’s the final week of Sony’s Spring Fever Sale which means more games have been added to the mix. Shovel Knight, which launches today is one offer, and the rest are all Cal of Duty titles. The Taken movie series is on sale as well. With Shovel Knight available today on PlayStation 3, PS4 and […]

  • Drivers for Xbox controllers, voice messages, more features available in Xbox One preview

    Microsoft has announced new features coming to Xbox One and the Xbox App on Windows 10 through the preview program this month. Some of the new features have been requested by the community for both Xbox One and Xbox One SmartGlass. Here’s what to expect, straight from the horse’s mouth: Xbox on Windows 10 Game […]

  • Total War: Warhammer has been announced for PC, Mac, SteamOS

    Total War: Warhammer has been announced after previous teases from The Creative Assembly touched upon it. The game will contain “gigantic monsters, flying creatures, legendary heroes and storms of magical power.” It is also the first in a trilogy which includes two additional standalone titles and extra content packs. It will feature thousands of warriors […]

  • This video for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt features a quest from the prologue

    A new video for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been released, showing off the Precious Cargo quest contained in the game’s prologue. The quest tasks Geralt with helping a merchant retrieve a mysterious box from the swamps. The scene looks familiar, but we’ve seen so many videos for the game it’s hard to tell […]

  • Limited public beta for The Elder Scrolls Online kicks off tomorrow on consoles

    The limited public beta for The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited will launch on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One tomorrow, and Sony has provided details on the tester for those who’ve been invited to participate. The beta test contains the full version of the game and will run from April 23-27, and will start and […]

  • Dying Light debuts in second place on Media Create charts

    Techland’s Dying Light made its debut in Japan lats week, coming in a respectable second place behind Nintendo’s Girls Mode 3: Kirakira Code. The zombie shooter sold 25,530 units on PlayStation 4, while the top earner for the week moved a little over 55,000 units on 3DS. Another western release when landed on the chart, […]

  • Lord of Magna: Maiden Heaven will release in the west this June

    Lord of Magna: Maiden Heaven has been given a release date by XSEED Games, which announced the localization back in February. The title will launch for 3DS in North America on June 2 digitally and through retail. It will be an eShop only title in Europe and Australia when it releases on June 4. A […]

  • This Overlord video teases four new faces of evil

    A new Overlord game is in the works, going by the previous teasing and this video – which teases the possibility of four-payer co-op. Or just four characters to choose from. We don’t know just yet – all we know is the team is asking you to “join the fellowship.” A new entry in the […]

  • GTA movie will star Daniel Radcliffe as Rockstar’s Sam Houser, the BBC confirms

    The GTA movie Game Changer will star Daniel Radcliffe as Rockstar co-founder and president Sam Houser, theBBC has confirmed. The BBC also confirmed Bill Paxton will play Jack Thompson, a role Paxton already confirmed last week when speaking with Deadline. Here’s the synopsis per the BBC: “Conceived for an adult audience, this special 90-minute drama […]

  • Take a look at Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold’s Classic Mode

    Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold’s Classic Mode has received a trailer today. Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold will come with two modes, Classic and Story. Classic Mode was trailered today and in it, you’ll get to make your party by choosing from 13 classes. You’ll be able to customise them too using the character creation tool. Revamped […]

  • Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows to come with new challenge mode

    Shovel Knight’s upcoming expansion Plague of Shadows will bring with it a new challenge mode. Shovel Knight developer Yacht Club Games has revealed the challenge mode, one of the new additions coming to the game with the free Plague of Shadows expansion. “Are you more into digging than distillation? Already have your Feats book long […]

  • Nvidia releases complete graphical guide for GTA 5

    Those with GeForce cards will be happy to know that Nvidia has released a comprehensive graphical tweaks guide for GTA 5. Nvidia usually produces graphical guides for the big AAA games, and GTA 5 is no different. Their guides offer in-depth coverage of each in-game setting, how much they affect framerate, if they can be […]

  • Cthulhu voodoo: why Bloodborne is the best Lovecraftian game

    Sherif Said tackles Bloodborne’s links to Lovecraftian horror, explaining why you should face the madness and immerse yourself in its lore. Spoilers inside. No other game could commit to its themes so religiously without feeling the need to compromise its vision and veer towards accessibility. Bloodborne stands tall above any game that dares attach itself […]

  • WWE 2K15 is coming to PC this year

    WWE 2K15 will make its way to PC this spring. WWE announced that WWE 2K15 will make its debut on PC in the spring. The game will be based on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions, both of which came out in November. MyCareer and 2K Showaces modes are included, as well as all […]

  • GTA 5 PC: new mod adds snow to GTA Online

    If you’re looking to get some snow in your GTA Online, someone figured out a way. Modder ECB2 created a mod that works with GTA Online on PC. The mod is called “Snow in GTA Online” and it does what it says on the tin. YouTube channel imperfectplayers captured a video showing it in action. […]

  • Deals with Gold: Call of Duty edition

    Xbox Live Deals with Gold for the week of April 20 are now live with mostly Call of Duty games. Various Call of Duty games are on sale on Xbox One and Xbox 360 through Xbox Live this week. Indie games Never Alone and We Are Doomed managed to sneak in as well. With the […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: PSN sign in problems fixed in new patch

    Patch 1.03 is now live for Mortal Kombat X and it brings an end to the aggravating sing in issue encountered by some users on PS4. Mortal Kombat X 1.03 patch has been released. The patch fixes bug CE-34878-0, which affected the PlayStation 4 version. The bug caused users to have to log in and […]

  • GTA 5 PC: new patch fixes Windows Media Player issue, getting stuck in the clouds

    GTA 5 has received a new patch on PC to fix issues caused by the lack of Windows Media Player and getting stuck between online matches. Patch 335.1 is now available to all owners of GTA 5 on PC. The strange issue that affected those who didn’t have Windows Media Player installed, has been fixed. […]