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Xbox One: paid Machinima videos to be labelled as adverts, says Microsoft

Wednesday, 22 January 2014 10:30 GMT By Dave Cook

Microsoft has confirmed that it asked Machinima to label its paid Xbox One video content as adverts, after it was revealed that YouTubers would only be paid a higher rate for saying nice things about Xbox One in their videos.

We covered the initial Xbox One Machinima deal through the link. A clause in the initial incentive stated, “You may not say anything negative or disparaging about Machinima, Xbox One or any of its Games in your Campaign Video.” The line triggered a scathing response from gamers, who accused both firms for deceiving viewers through what are essentially, adverts.

We then posted a response from Microsoft, in which the company said that this kind of marketing deal is typical, and stressed, “The Xbox team does not review any specific content or provide feedback on content.”

Now, Microsoft has elaborated in a statement to Eurogamer, which reads, “Microsoft was not aware of individual contracts Machinima had with their content providers as part of this promotion and we didn’t provide feedback on any of the videos.

“We have asked Machinima to not post any additional Xbox One content as part of this media buy and we have asked them to add disclaimers to the videos that were part of this program indicating they were part of paid advertising.”

We’ll wait to see if such disclaimers are indeed labelled on videos. What do you make of the above?

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30 Comments

  1. Joe Musashi

    That seems a rather contrary tone to MS’s “This is typical stuff” response of yesterday.

    JM

    #1 1 year ago
  2. slk486

    Typical or not, they got caught, so damage control.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. SplatteredHouse

    @2 yeah. Someone’s knocked the inkwell over, and the text they were writing is in peril of becoming lost under the worsening spillage.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. dkpunk

    This horrible news! How dare they! Sony would never do something like this.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. TheBlackHole

    @1

    If people have only just started to realise that YouTube videos are often created with the funding of video game publishers, then they’ve all been very dense.

    This is not new or all that controversial, but unfortunately once people get up in arms about something you have no choice but to be reactive to it and try to mitigate that backlash.

    It IS typical, but that doesn’t stop people giving MS shit about it.

    Sony do the same though, make no mistake about that.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. Gheritt White

    I’ll just leave this here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TCxE0bWQeQ

    #6 1 year ago
  7. Marcus Gv

    I’m really suprised that people are surprised at this. It doesn’t bother me one bit, in fact, I think this type of funding will increase the production quality of the videos.

    The Youtubers concerned just need to realise that they need to advertise these products in an ethical manner (i.e. be honest about their opinion)

    #7 1 year ago
  8. The_Red

    @5
    Except that according to multiple YouTubers (Including Boogie and Northernlion), all other companies ask the video makers to MENTION the marketing / advertisement rather than hide it behind NDA.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. Joe Musashi

    Every single person that has uttered ‘it’s not new’ or some other dismissive defense has gone on to prove themselves to be blissfully unaware of the key difference that, in fact, makes this very new: the NDA.

    It’s a key differentiating detail from all that has gone before, and it is pivotal in the questionable legality of the practice.

    Hence all the fuss.

    If you have evidence of what you claim, then it would be helpful to provide it (perhaps show an earlier agreement from one of these other companies that shows how common the practice is).

    Adding speculative and unsupported claims to a topic only serves to muddy the waters. And on a topic such as this which has people questioning what they should trust when they see or read it, it really is a poor practice to fling out such claims so haphazardly.

    Even then, why the changing tone from Microsoft?? “Typical practice” one day, “reclassified as adverts” the next.

    Microsoft’s own behaviour shows that is far from ‘business as usual’.

    JM

    #9 1 year ago
  10. TheBlackHole

    @9

    Sorry, the NDA is also not new. The difference is that here somebody squealed. Usually, the NDA actually works and people don’t talk about it.

    I’m not sure where the questionable legality is. Perhaps you could elaborate?

    @8

    Patently not true. Many, like FreddieW, might say that ‘this game company gave us this cool access to a game’ but still fail to admit that it is tantamount to paid advertising, as they were paid to make a video designed to advertise a product in a positive way.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. Cobra951

    How is it illegal? “Reprehensible” is the worst term I can think for it. And the fallout is more publicity for them, which is seldom a bad thing.

    Was anyone here surprised? Really?

    #11 1 year ago
  12. Kreion

    @9

    No, the difference is that some people are well aware that all companies will do whatever they need to for good press – most especially big ones. They only difference here is that people have suddenly become aware that Youtubers are biased and not above being paid off.

    Go figure.

    This is perfectly legal – to suggest otherwise just shows how little you know about what companies actually get away with.

    #12 1 year ago
  13. Marcus Gv

    To all those who are upset by this, can I remind you that YouTube is a free service.

    I don’t understand this need to be told when and if someone is advertising to you. Do you get upset when you see Apple doing product placements in films & TV programmes?

    If you don’t like what a YouTuber is saying, don’t watch their channel.

    #13 1 year ago
  14. The_Red

    @10
    “I’m not sure where the questionable legality is. Perhaps you could elaborate?”

    FTC updated their guidelines last year to cover this exact same issue. The NDA for payment part is EXPLICITLY illegal.

    #14 1 year ago
  15. TheBlackHole

    “NDA for payment part is EXPLICITLY illegal”

    So if I pay for advertising I’m not allowed to have them not talk about it?

    Unless I misunderstood you.

    Link?

    #15 1 year ago
  16. The_Red

    @15
    If it is in the context of Machinima / MS contract (Influencer Deal), yes:

    http://blogs.computerworld.com/governmentindustries/23420/microsoft-breaking-law-its-secret-xbox-stealth-marketing-campaign

    http://www.ftc.gov/sites/default/files/attachments/press-releases/ftc-publishes-final-guides-governing-endorsements-testimonials/091005revisedendorsementguides.pdf

    FTC updated its guidelines last year to cover these influencer promotions.

    #16 1 year ago
  17. Joe Musashi

    TheBlackHole (and others), before asking for links from others how about you provide some evidence of your “Everybody else does it”.

    Making claims with no proof, challenging legalities with no proof and avoiding some very curious behaviour from Microsoft (their change in tone over the last 24 hours) doesn’t make for a very convincing argument.

    Let’s see some examples to back up your insistance of both:

    a) The specific NDA clause has been present before
    b) “Sony do the same though, make no mistake about that.”

    EDIT: Well it seem #16 has been courteous enough to provide the [further] evidence you requested. I’m sure you’ll reciprocate in respect of your own, as yet unsubstantiated, claims.

    JM

    #17 1 year ago
  18. TheBlackHole

    @17

    I’m not here to convince you of anything Joe, and nor am I about to reveal who I am by telling you about deals I’ve worked on for publisher’s in the past.

    Suffice to say that this is not new to video game marketing, nor to big publishers. I really can’t say I’m bothered either way whether you believe that or not. I’m joining a discussion, not a trial.

    But I am grateful to @16 for providing the links, which I was asking about through curiosity and clarification, rather than a need to prove him wrong.

    One thing to note though – YouTubers hold MASSIVE value to publishers. Just do the maths – They can either spend £50-100,000 for a 30-60 second ad during the champions league final (those numbers are not exaggerated btw) and get 12-14 million ‘eyeballs’ who are mostly taking a piss or making tea… OR, I could pay a YouTuber with a strong audience £20-30k and get 5-10 million views from legitimate viewers who have an active interest in the channel, the content, and are watching because they want to, not because someone has decided to shove an ad between the gaps in the program they are trying to watch.

    That’s why all of a sudden these channels and users have become golddust. Why you suddenly hear that x-developer or x-publisher has sent a Youtuber a brand new demo of an unreleased game. Massive. Advertising. Potential.

    Whatever you believe about this particular issue, make no mistake that channel holders are an advertising goldmine and this stuff goes on everywhere.

    #18 1 year ago
  19. s3ltzer

    Sleazy and cheap tactics…this is Microsofts way of doing business. Anyone who has professional dealings in a an industry where Microsoft does business, can fully attest that they bribe. They’ve bribed in the telecom world for sure.

    It really shows the confidence that they have in their new product…very little.

    #19 1 year ago
  20. Joe Musashi

    Hmm. Nobody asked for identities to be revealed, proof can be provided anonymously – as we’ve just seen. More side-stepping.

    Given that you disputed the the topic before you had grasped the specifics of it (the legalities) and had already insisted that other companies did the same before knowing what Microsoft had done, adding to the numerous side-steps of the rather puzzled change in Microsoft’s tone and now your refusal/inability to substantiate your words with anything other than more unsubstantiated words…

    ..yet all the time you’re posturing as someone with more knowledge and insider information??

    Sorry. That chain of events make your words very hollow indeed.

    In this topic of mistrust, you have presented yourself as a highly qualified candidate.

    JM

    #20 1 year ago
  21. dkpunk

    I think Boogie’s (aka Francis) response sums it up pretty well. It’s pretty candid stuff.

    http://kotaku.com/those-youtube-promo-plans-are-a-lot-more-common-than-yo-1506081459

    #21 1 year ago
  22. TheBlackHole

    @20

    Aside from the elongated response that doesn’t say a lot, what exactly is your point? You don’t believe me? Fine. I’ve no problem with that.

    Choose to believe it, or not. That’s the joy of the internet.

    Also, that Kotaku piece pretty much substantiates my point.

    #22 1 year ago
  23. Joe Musashi

    And Microsoft’s behaviour, the FTC and your absolute refusal to back up any single claim you’ve made (whilst you demonstrate ingorance but insist you know more than anyone else) substantiates mine.

    Nodding at links provided by others does not substantiate your claims. Not even close.

    JM

    #23 1 year ago
  24. TheBlackHole

    @23

    Of course it does, that’s a ridiculous thing to say. What difference does it make who the source is if the points being made are the same?

    That article quite clearly presents first hand evidence that this practice is both common and widespread. Why do I need to be the one to have posted that link for its contents to be valid?

    Also, where exactly do I insist that I know more than anybody else?

    #24 1 year ago
  25. DevilishSix

    This kind of activity became illegal last year with changes to FTC regulations. Doesn’t matter who is doing it, what matters is who gets caught. Oh and TheBlackHole you might not want to disclose that you worked for publishers and know this stuff happens first hand, it puts you in arms length of illegal business practices. Fraud Examiners and Regulators read forum posts like this one all over the internet all the time, so I wouldn’t act so proud of having first hand knowledge of such activity.

    #25 1 year ago
  26. Joe Musashi

    A link that doesn’t mention specific companies and does not mention the specific NDA aspect of these ‘common’ agreements in question absolutely does not substantiate your claims regarding the specific agreement and specific terms.

    Standing on the shoulders of others who have added substance and detail and asserting it applies to your spurious claims is disingenuous and inappropriate.

    It seems everything you say you expect people to take at face value, because the instant you actually look at the detail it is apparent that, so far, absolutely none of the claims you have made have anything to support them. If true then you could provide this substance, but instead you make excuses not to and repeatedly try to divert attention away from your unwillingness/inability to do so.

    JM

    #26 1 year ago
  27. TheBlackHole

    @25 It’s not about pride, it’s about making it clear to everyone who is up in arms towards Microsoft that they are neither the first, nor only offender. This is literally the only point I’m making.

    @26

    Let me just get one thing clear, so I’m absolutely sure I understand your stance. Do you genuinely believe that this is a new, isolated case, and that other publishers haven’t done this before?

    Really?

    #27 1 year ago
  28. Joe Musashi

    What I genuinely believe and what HAS been reported with evidence, is that Microsoft’s agreement has a key difference to other, more common agreements – specifically the NDA clause which makes its legality questionable.

    I also, genuinely believe that the change in Microsoft’s tone from ‘it’s typical’ to ‘we will reclassify them as adverts’ is a significant change in tone (and a significance that, despite repeated observations, you have never acknowledged).

    What I do not believe is that, specifically the same agreements are commonplace.

    Since all this has been proven to be different in this instance and that your hollow assertion that everyone, including a specifically named company was presented before you understood the specifics of what was being discussed, that others highlighted for your benefit, and that even though you didn’t know the specifics of what you were disputing at the time you still insist that your claims are correct – inspite of your demonstration of ignorance and your insistence at never substantiating anything you say.

    If you have the ability to substantiate anything you claim, you could do so anonymously. As was done by in the Machinema/Microsft story itself. It is perfectly possible to do so without compromising yourself.

    But you refuse to do any of that. Insisting we overlook your display of ignorance and accept that you are uniquely positioned and more highly informed than anyone else on the topic.

    I would be more than happy to believe your claims, but your actions prevent me from doing so.

    JM

    #28 1 year ago
  29. TheBlackHole

    @28

    Seven paragraphs and you still couldn’t answer the question.

    You should be a politician.

    #29 1 year ago
  30. Joe Musashi

    Ah, more side-stepping.

    I answered the question comprehensively adding detail rather than being evasive or distracting from the point.

    In fact, everyone apart from you has been gracious enough to provide detail and substance to what they have said.

    You have made many responses here and, at no time, have chosen to ever provide substance to your claims.

    Every additional response that follows your proven behaviour of side-stepping and refusing to back up your claims erodes your credibility further.

    JM

    #30 1 year ago

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    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 […]

  • Award-winning mobile indie Monument Valley out now on Windows Phone

    Windows Phone’s game selection can be a bit restrictive, but has expanded delightfully today: Monument Valley is now available. Monument Valley is one of those gorgeous, mind-bending puzzlers the indie scene produces on the regular, winning awards and consuming everyone’s lives for weeks on end. Developed by Ustwo Games, with beautiful, understated art from Ken […]

  • Old-school EverQuest servers safe from legal troubles thanks to Daybreak agreement

    EverQuest rights holder Daybreak Game Company given its blessing to the wonderful Project 1999. EverQuest: Project 1999 is one of those lovely ideas that it are all too often crushed by the realities of the games industry. An entirely fan-managed affair, it provides an emulated version of the classic EverQuest experience, which is no longer […]