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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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    Saints Row 4: Re-Elected has been recalled in Australia due to a mysterious manufacturing issue. An Australian PR representative said that the retail PS4 version of Saints Row 4: Re-Elected has “a serious manufacturing issue” and has been recalled nation-wide. Here’s what we were told (emphasis mine): “A manufacturing issue has caused an incorrectly classified […]

  • The Whispered World follow up now coming to PS4, too

    Deadalic’s gorgeous-looking adventure Silence has been confirmed for a fourth platform. Originally announced for Mac and PC with an Xbox One port one revealed at a later date, Silence is now on its way to PS4 as well. All versions are due later this year. Silence is Deadalic’s first multi-platform release and in my mind […]

  • Mythbusters to tackle DOOM this weekend

    DOOM is the subject of the next episode of Mythbusters. Having been airing for over ten years now, Mythbusters has pretty much run out of myths to bust, which is why we find ourselves in 2015 with an episode dedicating to answering the question “could DOOM be real?” Bethesda has rveealed that the January 31 […]

  • Destiny hosting a Bungie Bounty – go go go

    Destiny players have a chance to take down Bungie employees in return for one of the most exclusive vanity items in the game. Destiny’s Bungie Bounties usually feature guests from the community, and today’s event is no exception. Joining Bungie community manager David “Deej” Dague are several members of Bungie.org, the developer’s most staunch fan […]

  • Elite: Dangerous developer issues lay-offs

    Elite: Dangerous team Frontier Developments has had to let staff go. At least 15 staff have been laid off from the developer’s Halifax studio. According to an investor update, this decision will allow Frontier to focus its efforts at its primary studio in Cambridge, England. “With its business emphasis now on two major self-published franchises, […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition tavern songs free for a limited time

    Dragon Age: Inquisition tunes can be yours for the bargain price of zero cashmoney. The tavern songs from Dragon Age: Inquisition will be made available for purchase from various digital distributors sometime after February 9. Until then, though, you can have them for free – including their sheet music. To take advantage of this generous […]

  • Even the Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 teaser is frightening

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is probably going to be just as tense and uncomfortable as its two prequels. This teaser for Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is the first we’ve heard of the project since creator Scott Cawthon confirmed it is in the works. The third entry in the series is now up on […]

  • 6.6 million Xbox consoles shipped last quarter

    Xbox One and Xbox 360 console sales were strong last quarter, although Microsoft isn’t talking hard numbers yet. Microsoft shipped 6.6 million Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles to retailers in the quarter ending December 31, the company revealed in its latest financial briefing. This figure wasn’t broken down by platform, and Microsoft didn’t supply […]

  • Homeworld Remastered Collection: five minutes of b-roll footage

    We may not have proper, uncut gameplay footage of the Homeworld Remastered Collection, but we have the next best thing. Homeworld Remastered Collection was confirmed to release on February 25. Gearbox has only showed a trailer, but no extended gameplay demos. There was however a b-roll video showing at PAX South, and we’ve embedded it […]

  • Grim Fandango Remastered looks sharp in these new screens

    Grim Fandango will come back from the dead with the Remastered edition, and it’s looking great. Grim Fandango Remastered has a few new screens available to prove that even old games can look stunning with the right remaster, especially ones with an already well-defined art style. Have a look at them below and get excited. […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: beta weapons, maps, modes, progression system and more

    The Battlefield Hardline beta will include a third new map and a new game mode, on top of what’s already announced. You may remember last week DICE started a community mission for all Battlefield 4 players. The goal was to reach 2 billion points playing Rush mode. That goal has been achieved and as a […]

  • Dying Light launch trailer is one last display of its forte

    The launch trailer for Dying Light is here one day ahead of the game’s release. Techland and Warner Bros. have put out the launch trailer for Dying Light. The trailer is a short reminder of the game’s main selling points: free-running, weapon crafting, drop-kicking zombies. Reviews should start to come out tomorrow for the game […]

  • Watch The Witcher 3 developers stream new gameplay on Twitch

    The Witcher 3 developer CD Projekt RED is hosting a Twitch live-stream to show off brand new gameplay footage and answer some fan questions. The live-stream will start at 7:00pm GMT, 2:00pm EST, 11:00am PST. It will show off plenty of new footage, some of which was shown only to the press so far. The […]

  • Finally, some screens for Final Fantasy 15

    Patience is a virtue and we finally have our hands on a few gameplay screens from Final Fantasy 15. There’s not a lot of them, but they show the impressive lighting and they’re all gameplay as far as I can tell, so take a look. There is no release date for Final Fantasy 15 as […]

  • Here’s 15 minutes of gameplay from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in 1080p

    The Witcher 3 has a new direct-feed, 1080p video available that’s 100% gameplay. Would you like some gameplay of The Witcher 3 in beautiful 1080p? Why, of course you would! The gameplay below shows combat, conversations, travelling. In short, it’s a small sample of everything the game will offer. If you’re looking to learn much […]

  • Two Mortal Kombat X characters to be revealed this week

    Mortal Kombat X will get not one, but two character reveals this week. Mortal Kombat creator Ed Boon has been at again on Twitter, teasing all kinds of reveals over the past few days. Firstly, Boon tweeted this image, which at first glance appears to show a character holding a bow. However, further examination by […]

  • Planetside 2 successfully claims the Guinness World Record for biggest FPS battle

    The Planetside 2 community has successfully organised an online battle involving over 1000 players, breaking the previous Guinness World Record. The event, which was organised by Planetside Battles was pitched to the community last week. 1,158 players have answered the call, smashing the record for “Most Players Online in an FPS Battle.” The previous 999 […]

  • Microsoft aiming for Xbox One-to-PC streaming to function while you watch TV

    Streaming Xbox One games to PC while you watch TV on the console through the HDMI pass-through is something Microsoft is hoping to achieve when the service launches with Windows 10. Microsoft’s Phil Spencer has been on Twitter answering fan questions following last week’s Windows 10 event. One interesting bit that came out of those […]

  • Everything we know about The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is sure to be one of the biggest RPGs of the year, due for release in May on PC, Xbox One and PS4. Delayed since its target release of 2015, CD Projekt Red’s latest game takes the series to a true open world environment, and charges the player with tracking […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beta date leaked – rumour

    According to an email sent to some YouTubers, the upcoming beta for Battlefield Hardline is scheduled for February 3. The date for the Battlefield Hardline beta is believed to be February 3. It comes from an email that’s been sent by Ronku to various YouTubers reminding them of the starting date, February 3. Ronku is […]

  • The history of The Witcher: beyond the Road With No Return

    We take a look at The Witcher franchise, from the original short stories to its blockbuster video games. The world was first introduced to Geralt through a set of short stories called The Witcher (English translation) written by author Andrzej Sapkowski. The first short story was published in the Polish fantasy and science fiction magazine […]

  • Bringing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to life

    In The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, CD Projekt RED takes a whopping enormous map and fills it with stuff you actually want to see and do. Do you remember back before Oblivion came out there was a lot of chat about how much more lifelike and realistic the NPCs would be? Rather than just hanging […]

  • The big Witcher 3 questions answered: delays, playing as Ciri, and why enemies don’t scale

    Spending some time with The Witcher 3 level designer Miles Tost we were able to put some of our immediate questions to him after playing the game for over 4 hours. “That sense of improvement doesn’t happen if the monsters around you remain the same strength, there’s no sense of achievement.” Tost is a relaxed […]

  • The Witcher 3 sets a new generational standard for graphics

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the new standard in outrageously pretty. “The Witcher 3 is more than just eye-candy. Destiny, once the loveliest thing I had ever looked upon, has been outclassed.” The Witcher 3 is even better looking than the screenshots would have you believe, and until you see it in motion, running […]

  • The Witcher 3: hands-on with the RPG of the year

    Getting to know a bawdy hero; Geralt of Rivia’s third outing is accessible, untamed, and dripping with story. Warning: some spoilers are inevitable. “The Witcher 3 is horror and violence. It’s charming, witty and cheeky. Like Geralt, it knows what it wants and it’s going to grab it with both hands.” The Witcher 3: Wild […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel gets Lady Hammerlock DLC tomorrow

    The Lady Hammerlock DLC for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will be released on PS3 and Xbox 360 tomorrow, January 27. The new playable character comes with three skill trees and the action skill Cold As Ice. If you haven’t bought the season pass for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel you can download the DLC for $9.99, you lucky […]

  • A limited edition 20th Anniversary PS4 just sold for $128,000

    Sony has just auctioned one of its limited edition 20th Anniversary PS4 consoles for over $128,000. The model had the serial number 00001, according to the Wall Street Journal. “We appreciate all who participated in the auction and are surprised at the highest bid price, which was higher than our expectations,” said a rep for […]

  • Here’s Killer Instinct’s new Omen and Golem fighters in action

    Microsoft has revealed Killer Instinct Season 2′s fighter Omen in a new trailer. Stick around for the end of the video and you’ll also get a peek at another new fighter, Golem. Omen is a bonus character and as such isn’t available as part of the main season roster. He’s available for free to Ultra […]

  • Digital copies of Far Cry 4 are being deleted from Uplay

    Ubisoft appears to be deleting copies of Far Cry 4 bought through digital third-party retailers. According to the Ubisoft support forums, copies of the game acquired via G2Play and G2A are being removed from Uplay. Users had not been given any warning by publisher Ubisoft that the game will be removed, although it is now […]

  • Gearbox wants “badass” talent for the next Borderlands

    Borderlands 3 may not have been announced at PAX this weekend, but studio boss Randy Pitchford is currently recruiting for the next game in the series. We are recruiting for next Borderlands. This is the big one. Industry badass? E-mail me: heyrandy@gearboxsoftware.com pic.twitter.com/ZG9dLytX1B — Randy Pitchford (@DuvalMagic) January 26, 2015 A recruitment push would suggest […]

  • Destiny: less grind, fairer economy in House of Wolves DLC

    Destiny developer Bungie has said it aims to lessen the grind in House of Wolves, and it won’t repeat mistakes it made with rewards in The Dark Below. Gear rewards will be fairer, according to lead designer Luke Smith in a Neogaf thread. For example, buying from a vendor should not invalidate gear rewarded for […]

  • Halo: The Master Chief Disaster

    Over two months since release and Xbox One’s big Christmas game is still a turkey, says Rich Stanton. “The game has now been available for two-and-a-half months, including the blockbuster Christmas season, and by any reasonable standard it doesn’t work.” Halo: The Master Chief Collection launched worldwide on November 11, 2014. Intended as something of […]

  • Homeworld Remastered Collection dated, first gameplay footage released

    Homeworld Remastered Collection has a release date, and as promised, the gameplay footage of Gearbox Software’s remake has been released along with the news that Homeworld Shipbreaker development continues. The video was shown during the Inside Gearbox Software panel earlier this morning at PAX South. Last year, Gearbox had said hoped to release the title […]

  • Clock Tower spiritual successor Night Cry has landed on Kickstarter

    The Kickstarter for Clock Tower spiritual successor, Project Scissors, recently announced as Night Cry, has launched. A teaser directed by The Grudge director Takashi Shimizu was released for the game earlier this month, and the full short film can be viewed below. Shimizu is also creative director on the project and Silent Hill creative and environment […]

  • Toukiden Kiwami mission trailer released, pre-order bonuses detailed

    Pre-order bonuses for Toukiden Kiwami have been announced for PlayStation 4 and Vita. Here’s the pre-order bonus list for each participating retailer: North America GameStop – Armor inspired by new slayers Reki and Soma’s costumes and classic armor from Toukiden‘s six original NPC slayers. Amazon – 2 exclusive pieces of armor: a set of Tenko […]

  • More Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Final Fantasy 15 info doled out by Tabata

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD director Hajime Tabata took part in a Reddit AMA yesterday, and answered a variety of questions pertaining to the game and Final Fantasy 15. According to Tabata, the first playthrough of the game will last around 40 hours, but “the real fun” starts from the second playthrough which contains new events. […]

  • This video gives you an idea of what Borderlands Online is like

    A video for Borderlands Online, the China-exclusive title from 2K, Shanda Games and Gearbox, has been released. Posted on MMO Culture, the video was released to announce the “technical test” which started today. Borderlands Online is an instance-based online shooter, and will probably never reach western shores. Still, you can have a look anyway.

  • Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns is the MMO’s first expansion

    The first expansion for Guild Wars 2, Heart of Thorns, was announced today during PAX South, and ArenNet has posted a few content details for it on the official webiste. Heart of Thorns contains a reimagined progression with the new Mastery system, which provides new training opportunities for characters beyond level 80. Players will be […]

  • Turn-based action platformer Ronin has been polished up, nets a publisher

    Tomasz Waclawek has polished up his freeware title Ronin and will be releasing it through publisher Devolver Digital later this year. The turn-based action platformer stars a vengeful ninja who is determined to kill important memebers of a powerful corporation. Weapons at your disposal include razor wire and a katana, or you avoid combat by […]

  • Footage of cancelled Justice League brawler surfaces

    Footage of the cancelled Double Helix-developed Justice League brawler has surfaced online. The game was supposed to be a tie-in title for the also cancelled Justice League film directed by George Miller, according to leaked images and information from 2012. Jon Gwyn, the game’s artist and now Rockstar San Diego staffer, said at the time […]

  • Free Icona Vulcano DLC for DriveClub releases next week

    Sony has posted a video of the Icona Vulcano, which will be released as DLC next week for DriveClub. The video was posted on Facebook and we’ve embedded the video below courtesy of GamesHQMeida. It was announced earlier this week the Icona Vulcano would be released on the PS Store as a free download.

  • The Bard’s Tale 4 announced by inXile Entertainment at PAX South

    The Bard’s Tale 4 was announced today by inXile Entertainment CEO Brian Fargo during a panel at PAX South. inXile hinted around back in December that a sequel was in the works. Granted, The Bard’s Tale wasn’t mentioned. Still, everyone figured this was the game when Wasteland 2 project lead Chris Keenan stated the team […]

  • Here’s another Majora’s Mask 3DS vs N64 comparison video

    Last week, YouTube user Master0fHyrule uploaded a Majora’s Mask 3DS vs N64 comparison video, and we’ve embedded it for you below. The video shows 4.5 minutes of footage which appears before hitting the start button and the first meeting between Link and the Skull Kid. Another comparison video was released by another user back in […]

  • The Game Awards 2015 already in the planning stages

    The Game Awards 2015 are already in the planning stages, according to Geoff Keighley. The inaugural show took place on December 6, 2014. Keighley announced the 2015 show during his Storytime with Geoff Keighley panel at PAX South this weekend and through Twitter. He said more details will be announced in the spring. You can […]

  • Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered listed for January release

    It looks like Quantic Dream’s Indigo Prophecy is returning in remastered form next week, if an Amazon listing is any indication. According to the listing posted on NeoGAF, the uncut version of the game contains Steam DRM and will release January 29 at 12pm PST/3pm EST for a Linux, Mac and PC download. Titled Fahrenheit: […]

  • Indie Flash Sale kicks off on North American PS Store

    The North American end of the PlayStation Store is hosting a Flash Sale a beefy list of indie games and some films. The sales includes titles such as Resogun, Shadow Warrior, The Unfinished Swan, FEZ, Costume Quest 2, Joe Danger, Brothers: a Tale of Two Sons, and more for up to 80% off. The full […]

  • The Witcher 3 Twitch stream to show 15 minutes of new gameplay footage

    New The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt gameplay footage will be shown Monday, January 26 on GOG.com’s Twitch channel. Along with the footage, the developers will be answering questions from the community as well as providing commentary on the gameplay being shown. Live questions posted via Twitter chat will be answered by senior gameplay designer Damien […]

  • Borderlands 3 information teased for tomorrow’s Gearbox PAX South panel

    During PAX South this weekend, Gearbox Software is hosting a panel titled Inside Gearbox Software which will provide “the latest news and updates on Borderlands and upcoming Gearbox titles.” Yesterday during Gearbox’s panel called Question and Answer Time, CEO Rady Pitchford was asked “when or if” fans can expect Borderlands 3. “I’ll tell you what,” […]

  • Best Buy cancels multiple pre-order units of Limited Edition Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL

    Multiple sources reported overnight Best Buy has cancelled some pre-orders for the Limited Edition Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL. As of press time, it appears to only affect those who pre-ordered more than one system. Only one system was allotted per order, so the cancellation notices were sent out to comply with the restriction. Those […]

  • Rob Huebel is your KillCameraman in this CoD: Advanced Warfare video

    A live-action video for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Havoc has been released by Activision. Subtitled: Randall Higgins: KillCameraman gives you a look at the action from a different perspective. In the video, Higgins is played by comedic actor and writer Rob Huebel (Children’s Hospital, Parks and Rec, The Mindy Project). The first DLC […]

  • Xbox App features included with Windows 10 January build outlined

    The January build of the Windows 10 Technical Preview includes a basic version of the Xbox App announced earlier this week. With the initial preview release, the team at Microsoft wanted to only include the basics such as high resolution monitor support along with keyboard and mouse input. Additional functionality will be released with each […]

  • Standalone version of DayZ has sold 3 million units

    The standalone version of DayZ sold 3 million units, Bohemia Interactive has announced. Release Just over a year ago on Steam Early Access, the milestone was hit yesterday. The standalone version was created by Dean Hall as a Arma 2 modification which has been updated 24 times since its initial release. In 2014, the development […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt video shows gameplay clips, global hands-on events

    CD Projekt has released a video for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, giving a glimpse of gameplay and noting that hands-on impressions of the game will be bombarding the Internet next week. We’ll have extensive coverage of The Witcher 3 on Monday Jan 26 at 3pm GMT. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is coming to […]

  • Microsoft looking into possible HoloLens support for PC, Xbox One

    Microsoft’s HoloLens may be a dedicated device, but the company is obviously looking into how it could be used with PC and Xbox One. Speaking with Polygon, Xbox boss Phil Spencer said should the stand-alone product become a success, “specific scenarios” on how it could be used with Xbox One are already being brainstormed. “We […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD video compares PSP graphics to PS4, Xbox One

    A video for Final Fantasy Type-0 comparing the upcoming console version of the game to the original PSP version has been released by Square Enix. While comparing PSP graphics to those of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One seems rather unfair, it’s worth a watch anyway. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD releases March 17 in North America […]

  • Payday 2′s The Bomb Heists and Dragan Character Pack released

    In case you forgot, The Bomb Heists and Dragan Character content packs for Payday 2 were released yesterday. The new heist pack is available for $6.99/€6.99/£4.99 and the Dragan character will run you $4.99/€4.99/£3.99 through Steam and other digital distribution sites. Here’s the details: The Bomb Heists A new contact, called the Butcher, brought to […]