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Mass Effect gameplay designer urges industry to push back against social injustices in games

Thursday, 20 March 2014 11:33 GMT By Dave Cook

Mass Effect gameplay designer Manveer Heir told his GDC audience to challenge social injustice in the games industry.

It follows Brenna’s impassioned opinion piece on the lack of female player-characters in Capcom’s Deep Down.

In an address that received a standing ovation, Heir said, “Wherever we may stand today as an industry,” he continued, “I am confident that we will stand somewhere far better tomorrow as long as you, right here, are willing to be an agent of change. I sincerely hope that you are ready for that challenge, because I sure as hell am!”

He added that characters – notably minorities, females and LGBT cast members – are being portrayed in a stereotypical light, and continued, “These negative stereotypes effect the identity of individuals in these groups. They affect the way people think and treat others in the real world, and [they] perpetuate the social injustices that occur in these different groups.”

BioWare series Mass Effect and Dragon Age have gone some way to open the floor to such issues through their portrayal of same-sex romance options and a string of realistic gay characters that do not bend to stereotypes.

What’s your view on the above?

Via Polygon.

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37 Comments

  1. Fin

    Daaaaamn right.

    #1 12 months ago
  2. JoshuaOak

    Um, “queerphobia”? Is that a thing? Sounds like a insult tbh…

    On point, i think whats needed alongside a greater depth & variety in characters, is simple subtlety in the portrayal of non-hetro, male characters.

    I don’t need mini-skirts & doubleD’s to differenciate the ladies, or leather chaps & mincing to point out the gays.

    #2 12 months ago
  3. Legendaryboss

    “It follows Brenna’s impassioned opinion piece on the lack of female player-characters in Capcom’s Deep Down.”

    Thats it Dave, relight the fire: reawaken it!

    #3 12 months ago
  4. Michael Ireland

    @JoshuaOak Queer isn’t generally considered a derogatory term in LGBT circles.

    #4 12 months ago
  5. lexph3re

    Interesting, so why does mass effect have only 1 black guy but anyone can have a sexual preference? Honestly, games need to stop being stereotypical period. Write some stories into games that develop the characters as well as the plot. Don’t just focus on one group and throw in the cliches of those people. Looking at you prototype 2, make the cast diverse but let the player focus on what they are comfortable with don’t force feed people your agenda.

    Let people explore your games the way they want. And be shocked for the hidden elements. I hate when writers do things for shock value looking at you left behind

    #5 12 months ago
  6. ij 44

    Bioware are so far up there own asses they might choke – what are they really doing – in reality – they’re milking teenagers, and the pink dollar by churning out sub-pulp “human interest” narratives, rather than actually making up to date games.

    They’re the ones that are exploiting naive young people, not some imaginary misoginist, racist, ageist foe.

    Question – why are the leads in Bioware games always young and attractive? – if this blowjob wants to talk the talk they should walk the walk. Canadians are full of shit.

    #6 12 months ago
  7. MFBB

    I think its only a money question.

    Since creating characters and animations/text/voice actors/adjusting scenes (the whole game) for male and female characters etc….. so much extra work and money.

    So they rather use only 1 character for all story driven/voice heavy etc kind of game.

    Thats why in most RPGs we can pick a gender and create characters, they are not that cinematic and it dosnt matter who you are.

    Like if Nathan Drake could also be a woman or the woman from Remember Me could be a guy…they would have to adjust so much in the whole game and do a lot of extra work.

    #7 12 months ago
  8. Fin

    @ij 44

    LOL
    Can I have some of what you’re smoking bro?

    @MFBB

    You’re completely missing the point.

    It’s not “let’s give players a choice of playing male or female”, it’s “let’s be more inclusive with our character designs”.

    #8 12 months ago
  9. Llewelyn_MT

    @3: +1

    Ad rem. Let me state once more, that the male gay “romance” in ME3 might be the worst piece of derogatory crap in romance history. Porn movies have better excuses for sex.

    In some places in DA and ME gay “romance” is nigh-unavoidable, while your character is never able to be nice to party members without provoking romance.

    #9 12 months ago
  10. YoungZer0

    You know, if there’s one thing I love about the Witcher series, is how ballsy it is. I mean you have people on the “good side” actually calling female enemies ‘Whores’. Shocking, I know; you might actually have team members that are assholes or just plain ignorant.

    Of course that doesn’t fit into the PC World of Bioware. Naturally, their games suffer from it.

    #10 12 months ago
  11. zoopdeloop

    @Legendaryboss
    he’s more like rekindling it to get more Estus flasks :P

    #11 12 months ago
  12. roadkill

    I’m not sure I get it. I mean, women are like that. Most of them, ARE whores. Not that guys are awesome. They are not. But they are the way they are because women like them like that. Women love it when their are beaten or when their boyfriends cheat on them. Think about it, how many nice guys have girlfriends? and now think how many bad boys have girlfriends! And all this is not coming from me. I actually had girls telling me that. I was dumb struck. Always will. But this is reality. And the sad thing is, the better person you are, the better boyfriend, the more the girl will push you away. They like fooling around, because just like I’ve said, in reality, they are whores, but at the first “I love you, I want you to be the mother of my children” they’ll run away.

    #12 12 months ago
  13. Fin

    @roadkill

    Dude, ever think you were the asshole?

    Enjoy your ban!

    #13 12 months ago
  14. YoungZer0

    @roadkill

    Are you fucking mental?

    #14 12 months ago
  15. salarta

    @roadkill Shut up.

    Even though I support the right of people to say what they want to say, there’s using free speech, and then there’s being a colossal dick. Your comment is you being a colossal dick, and not even in a halfway redeemable way of “He said something harsh, but hey, it’s the truth.” You’re wrong, and insulting to boot.

    If you had girls that told you those things, that’s a problem with those specific girls, not all girls. Just like you being a colossal dick with no heart doesn’t make Dave a colossal dick because he has a penis too.

    #15 12 months ago
  16. Legendaryboss

    @roadkill Da Fuck did I just read?

    #16 12 months ago
  17. DarkElfa

    Question, if a game has a gay person not doing anything stereotypically gay or having gay interactions in the game, then how would you even tell him or her apart from a straight person?

    In other words, a gay person not behaving as a gay person would be just another character who’s sexual preferences are unknown and therefor unimportant to the story.

    #17 12 months ago
  18. DarkElfa

    @DarkElfa Unless of course you point out that the character is gay but why do that other than to announce you have a gay character unless it contributes to the narrative in some fashion?

    #18 12 months ago
  19. roadkill

    Wow! Guys! Calm down! Not aaall of them are whores! Just, most of them. How do you not know that!? You should talk more often to girls. Or, not! Most of them are too dumb to take part in a normal conversation anyway.

    And I didn’t have girls like that. I just talked, actually, they were talking to a friend of mine and I heard them. Kind of explain everything really.

    And about what Manveer said. What, does he want more girls into shooters? News flash! Wars are for men. We are the only ones that can do the necessary things. Plus, girls distract our attention. I would never, ever, fight with a girl by my side. That would mean I’m already dead. They don’t have that sense of honor, of pride, of protecting the one near them.

    #19 12 months ago
  20. JoshuaOak

    @DarkElfa

    Its a well known fact gay people have to tell you their gay. Its a similar rule vegans live by :)

    #20 12 months ago
  21. OneLifeCycle

    He’s an idiot. Games focus on their primary audience. Here’s the deal. It’s hetero males.

    Brenna can continue to cry herself to sleep on her Deep Down game case for all I care. There are females in many games. They’re not in every one. Oh the horror.

    #21 12 months ago
  22. roadkill

    @OneLifeCycle Point!

    #22 12 months ago
  23. Michael Ireland

    I’m pretty sure roadkill is trolling. I’m also pretty sure his remarks are banworthy, but that probably won’t happen.

    #23 12 months ago
  24. DarkElfa

    @Michael Ireland Sadly there are many men who do believe exactly what he’s posting. They are sad people, but they do exist.

    #24 12 months ago
  25. Fin

    @roadkill

    “Girls don’t like me, ergo all girls are whores.”

    SOUNDS LEGIT

    #25 12 months ago
  26. salarta

    @OneLifeCycle Flawed logic is flawed. And questionable at the logic part. We’re not talking about penis pumps or tampons here, we’re talking about video games. The reality is that even if we presume the primary audience of shooters IS heterosexual males, it got that way because of how the games were marketed. When you deliberately create an atmosphere in which it’s implied you have to be a man to enjoy it, is it any wonder that you wouldn’t have a lot of women getting involved?

    These are arbitrary restrictions, and the ongoing boom in women buying guns and going hunting is proof that these presumptions about how things like shooters are “only for men” are complete bullshit. Makeup is heavily suggested as a market primarily for women, so is it any wonder that men don’t wear makeup? Especially when Western society is deliberately set up to shame the idea of men “girlifying” themselves by doing things like wearing makeup?

    #26 12 months ago
  27. DarkElfa

    @salarta Maybe studios are afraid to create triple A games targeted fairly at both sexes and have not enough female players care and their bread and butter, males, turned off.

    In the end, creating and selling games is about making money and you try and limit the risk involved by squarely aiming at a known quantity. Not many studios will get investors to pony up a hundred million when they’re purposefully targeting an unknown demographic return.

    #27 12 months ago
  28. DarkElfa

    @salarta If you go back to politics in America, politicians didn’t really give much a of a crap about women’s rights and such until women started voting. Then they had a reason to start caring. Women were complaining about their plight long before that happened but didn’t listen or take action till women were a large part of who decided their election.

    In parallel, while many women are vocal about games becoming equally targeted at both sexes, women still make up a small part of the buying power of these kinds of games. Until that changes, they have no reason to change their current targeting because it will net them little proven return.

    What they want is fair, but business is not about fairness, its about what sells.

    #28 12 months ago
  29. roadkill

    Actually, girls like me, or not, depending on the their whore level. In real life, most of the girls around here are massive whores, so very few would actually talk to me, if I’d like to talk to them that is. Online though, nearly half of my GW friends are girls, but they are much smarter than the average cunt.

    And Michaela! when are you going to learn that I’m not trolling? And more importantly, when are you growing to grow some ballz? Or your wife keeps cutting them every time they dare to grow even a little bit? Fuck me man you have remained the most whipped male around here.

    #29 12 months ago
  30. Michael Ireland

    @roadkill Ell ooh ell.

    #30 12 months ago
  31. JoshuaOak

    @roadkill

    Actually, girls *do* like me. FTFY.

    Unless of course you are a girl..?

    #31 12 months ago
  32. salarta

    @DarkElfa I understand that line of logic, and while I think it’s incredibly stupid and insensitive and a very vividly displayed evil aspect of business, it makes sense. The problem is that OneLifeCycle at least framed the matter in a way to suggest that it’s not about what demographic they’ve marketed to in the past, but about intrinsic interest each sex has in certain things. There’s nothing about any genres that inherently restrict them to one sex or the other, which is the suggestion I was rebuking.

    Also, saying “Brenna can cry herself to sleep” doesn’t do any favors toward dissuading that interpretation of what he said, considering it’s part of gender assumptions of women being emotionally weak and weepy; based on Brenna’s writing in past articles, a more accurate insult would’ve talked about her raging about deep Down, not an imaginary inconsolable depression. But I’m nitpicking at this point. :)

    Your example of women and voting is a very good illustration of where things currently are. In order to become able to vote, women had to do a lot of campaigning, and a lot of women ended up getting jailed and essentially abused and tortured for trying to gain the right to vote for their whole sex. Obviously women don’t have that level of severity for opposition when it comes to video games and modern day, but there are definitely still things done to try and keep women from speaking out. It’s just that these days, it involves being called a slut and receiving a ton of death threats from pathetic excuses for men, along with the risk of losing their jobs and the like. It’s easy to end up letting things slide when it seems like it’s all being done just for a form of entertainment.

    #32 12 months ago
  33. salarta

    @roadkill http://www.nytimes.com/1998/04/26/magazine/on-language-the-emerging-word-actually.html

    #33 12 months ago
  34. ududy

    Bioware, stop preaching your PC drivel to your admiring colleagues. Write good stories instead of the self-flattering “we are so sensitive to current issues” fluff that you produce in your factory. Until then, you are only marketing guys dressing up as authors.

    #34 12 months ago
  35. Druined

    Mass Effect is great game.

    #35 12 months ago
  36. roadkill

    I like it how everyone understands exactly what they want to. vg247 community, I have not missed you! Sometimes, having internet only 2/6 months is a good thing. :D

    #36 12 months ago
  37. DarkElfa

    @salarta Nicely said. Yes, it is a bit of chicken or egg here isn’t it? They won’t play fair till they know it will pay off and it won’t pay off unless they play fair. Catch 22 always bugs me.

    #37 12 months ago

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    Some days you write a headline and it makes you so happy that that you have to do a little chair dance, you know what I mean? Papo & Yo developer Minority Media, whom I would personally go to the wall for after they cut out my heart and stomped on it via the medium […]

  • Wasteland 2, Shovel Knight and more in big ole bunch of indies coming to Xbox One

    Xbox One owners are about to receive a pile of great new indie games. At GDC 2015, Microsoft revealed a list of new indie games headed to Xbox One. Some of these titles have already released on other platforms, so it looks like Microsoft has really relaxed the parity clause of ID@Xbox – or perhaps […]

  • Here’s an indie VR game made with Unreal Engine 4

    GDC 2015 is blowing up with indie games, VR and Unreal Engine 4, so here’s a video combining all three. Loading Human is a virtual reality adventure from indie developer Untold Games. It’s in the works for Mac and PC, and Sony has given an early green light for Project Morpheus, too, so expect it […]

  • GTA Online: Daily Objectives and Adversary Mode coming next week

    Heists aren’t the only thing coming to GTA Online next week: players can also expect Adversary Modes, new Daily Objectives and other Freemode activities. GTA Online’s Adversary Modes are new PvP modes which feature a range of competitive challenges and will unlock as players progress through Heists. Here’s a rundown straight from Rockstar: Come Out […]

  • Syndicate is the latest free game download on Origin

    The latest free title to be added to EA’s Origin service is 1993′s Syndicate. For a limited time, you can download the game for free and keep it, much like previous titles such as Theme Hospital. The isometric, real-time, tactical-action game was developed by Bullfrog Productions and released in June 1993. It is a favorite […]

  • Ancient Labyrinth DLC for Lords of the Fallen now available

    The Ancient Labyrinth DLC for Lords of the Fallen is now available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It will run you $7.99 and builds upon the existing lore, characters, and storyline. Have a look at some new screenshots in the gallery below.

  • Shadowrun Online gets a name change and release date

    Shadowrun Online developer Cliffhanger Productions has announced the game’s name has been changed to Shadowrun Chronicles: Boston Lockdown and a release date for April has been set. The new title was formed via the developer and its Kickstarter backers, with the goal being to let those unfamiliar with the game know by the title alone […]

  • Amazon hosting Rockstar and 2K Games sale

    Amazon is hosting a Rockstar Games and 2K Games sale with discounts Max Payne titles, Bully and more. Here’s just some of the offerings listed: Manhunt 2 PC Download $3.00 Max Payne 3 PC Download $4.00 Bully: Scholarship Edition PC Download $3.00 LA Noire Xbox 360 $2.95 L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition PC Download $6.00 […]

  • Destiny weekly reset video shows off Inferno Crucible gameplay

    We have a gameplay video featuring Inferno Crucible gameplay featured in the Destiny weekly reset for you. In it, Arekkz Gaming gives you a look at Inferno Crucible and goes over the various intricacies. You can read up on the weekly reset through the links.

  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 Episode 2 available from today

    Episode 2 for Resident Evil: Revelations 2 is now available. If you’ve purchased the Complete Season, you’ll be able to download Episode 2 on PS3, PS4 and Xbox One. Steam players should see the episode go live around 9-10pm PST, and Xbox 360 owners should be able to download very early tomorrow morning, per Capcom […]

  • Here’s a sneak peek video for Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide

    Fatshark Games has released a sneak peek video for its upcoming Games Workshop title, Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide. Vermintide is a FPS, co-op action title coming to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and its set during the End Times of the Warhammer universe in the city of Ubersreik. Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare video shows Ascendance DLC early access weapon

    As you know, Xbox Season Pass holders now have early access to the Ascendance DLC Pack bonus weapons for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Now you can watch a trailer for the weapon. The OHM directed energy hybrid weapon can switch between an LMG and Shotgun “on the fly,” and it also includes the OHM-Werewolf […]

  • March PS Plus games include OlliOlli 2, Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty, more

    March PlayStation Plus titles have popped up on the PS Plus page. Noticed by NeoGAF user skynidas, the titles include: OlliOlli2 (PS4/VITA) Valiant Hearts: The Great War (PS4) Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty (PS4) Counterspy (PS4/PS3) Papo & Yo (PS3) Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishment (PS3) A notice has also been posted on the EU PS […]

  • Sci-fi horror game Caffeine will release on Xbox One, PS4 alongside PC – new trailer

    Caffeine creator Dylan Browne has announced the Unreal Engine 4 game will be released on Xbox One. The game will be published through Microsoft’s Indie Program. As previously announced, it is also coming to PC and and now PlayStation 4. Caffeine is a sci-fi horror game which stars a young boy who has been abandoned […]

  • Xbox 360 Preview program invites going out this month

    Much like the Xbox One Preview program, starting early this month, invites for the Xbox 360 Preview program will start rolling out. Select invitees will be able to join program directly from their Xbox 360. A special Xbox Live message will be sent, directing users to head over to their Settings page. Further instructions are […]

  • Tron: Legacy director in negotiations for Gran Turismo film

    Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski is said to be in early negotiations to direct the Gran Turismo film. This is according to the Hollywood Reporter, which states Michael De Luca is still slated as one of the producers alongside Matt Milam, Dana Brunetti, Josh Bratman, DeVon Franklin and Elizabeth Cantillon. Plot details are still unknown […]

  • Fifth add-on pack for Alien: Isolation is available for download

    The Trigger, which is is the fifth add-on pack for Alien: Isolation, is available to download from today. In it, players will “compete against the clock” across three new maps in Survivor Mode. Set before the events of the main game, players step into the shoes of Sevastopol Station’s Ricardo who will do what he […]

  • HBO Go app now available on PlayStation 4

    Sony has announced the HBO Go app will be made available for download later today for PlayStation 4. The app works just like the PS version. Now you can watch True Detective, Game of Thrones, Veep and more through your console. Information on installation is available through the PS Blog.

  • Skyrim mods no longer restricted to 100MB in size

    Bethesda has announced a beta for Creation Kit update 1.9.33, lifts the 100MB size restriction for Skyrim mod makers. The beta is for both Skyrim’s PC launcher and the Creation Kit which will allow for unlimited file sizes. Here are the notes: Creation Kit 1.9.33 Update Creation Kit now supports unlimited file sizes for mods […]

  • Mad Max release date set for September, PS3 and Xbox 360 versions canned

    Mad Max from Just Cause developer Avalanche Studios has been given a September release date, along with the new of a last-gen cancellation. The axing of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions were announced via Game Informer. Mad Max is the magazine’s featured game for the April issue. Avalanche, according GI, nixed development on […]

  • MGS 5: The Phantom Pain out in September, Kojima “closing the loop” on saga

    Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will be released in September, according to an IGN Italy video, which also features Hideo Kojima discussing “With Metal Gear Solid 5, I’m finally “closing the loop” on the Metal Gear saga. The video has since been removed, but an image cap of the date is posted above. […]

  • Forza Horizon 2 Rockstar Energy Car Pack now available

    The Rockstar Energy Car Pack for Forza Horizon 2 for Xbox One is available now, alongside the free car for March. The free car is the Acura Integra Type-R, and the Rockstar pack included the following vehicles: 2014 Volkswagen Beetle GRC 2015 Subaru WRX STI 1996 BMW 850CSi 2015 Jaguar XFR-S 1970 Volkswagen #1107 Desert […]

  • 3DS firmware update kills web browser exploit

    Nintendo has issued a 3DS firmware update which fixes a web browser exploit that was being used to run pirated Game Boy Color ROMs since January as well as inject code within downloadable games. Another piece of code, per Eurogamer, changed the setting on the handheld to make it region-free. The exploit was only available […]

  • Unreal Tournament video shows updated textures on Outpost 23

    The latest footage from Epic’s new Unreal Tournament has surfaced, and it shows off the game’s first high-textured map which is called Outpost 23. As you can see from Zaccubus’ video, its the same are which Epic showed in the flythrough video from last year, only with updated textures and some new areas outside. The […]

  • Final add-on for Sunset Overdrive arrives in April

    The final add-on for Sunset Overdrive, Dawn of the Rise of the Fallen Machines, will be released in April. On April 1 to be exact. No, that’s not an April Fool’s joke from Insomniac Games either. Below, you can watch a fist-look at the new story, area, and traversal mechanic.

  • Heroes of the Storm playable at EGX Rezzed

    Heroes of the Storm will be playable at EGX Rezzed. This will be the first UK public hands-on with the online team brawler. Blizzard will also host giveaways and friendly tournaments at its stand. Tickets for all three days of Rezzed are still available, and you can purchase a pass through the official website. EGX […]

  • PES 2015 Data Pack 4 coming next week with Winter Transfers, new faces

    Data Pack 4 for Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 has been dated, and it updates the game with Winter Transfers, new player faces, and additional stadiums. The latest free update contains real-time player transfers made within the January window, and player ratings have also been updated. Additionally, a number of improved likenesses to key players will […]

  • Here’s the changelog for Dragon Age: Inquisition Patch 5

    Notes for upcoming Patch 5 for Dragon Age: Inquisition have been posted, noting improvements to gameplay and stability, and the new features outlined back in early February. Along with the new party storage system added to the Undercroft at Skyhold, players also have the ability to adjust the size of subtitles. Below you will find […]

  • Game of Thrones, Mortal Kombat X, Batman mobile games on the way

    Warner Bros. has announced free-to-play mobile titles spanning its DC Comics, Mortal Kombat and Game of Thrones properties. The following five new games under development are: Mortal Kombat X from NetherRealm Studios: The game blends fighting and card collection with cinematic gameplay and Fatalities. Play as both classic and fighters, and if you own the […]

  • Win! Beta access to new MMORPG Skyforge and DLC worth $70

    We have ten Wrath of the Gods Founders Packs to giveaway for new RPG Skyforge, worth over $70. All you need to do to win a Wrath of the Gods pack is enter your details in the form below and we’ll pick 10 winners at random on Thursday, March 5, after 3pm GMT. Skyforge is […]

  • PC gaming expected to be worth $35 billion by 2018

    PC gaming is alive and well. In fact, it’s expected to be worth $35 billion by 2018. According to game-business group Open Gaming Alliance, the PC gaming industry is expected to grow beyond its current $26 billion worth and to a massive $35 billion by the year 2018. The information is based on data collected […]

  • Advanced Warfare: new patch adds new weapon, Master Prestige ranks, more

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has received a new patch that gives season pass holders early access to a new weapon and everyone else a myriad of fixes and additions. The patch went live today on Xbox 360 and Xbox One, without any official notes. CharlieIntel reports that among the new additions is the new […]

  • Destiny’s end game and raids explained

    Destiny’s end game can be a bit obtuse to those not used to MMO games. Fear not, we’ve got a few quick tips on how to crack it. Arekkz Gaming has a video for new players of Destiny or those who are looking to brush up on their knowledge of the game. Today’s theme is […]

  • Capcom adds local co-op to Resident Evil: Revelations 2 on PC

    Following fan outrage over lack of local co-op support for the PC version of Resident Evil: Revelations 2, Capcom has now added it. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 now officially supports split-screen local co-op in both campaign and raid mode. The update is currently in beta on Steam, but anyone can opt-in to try it. Capcom […]

  • New Destiny glitch spawns infinite Thralls on Earth

    Destiny’s latest glitch spawns infinite Thralls to help fuel your bounty hunting and loot lust. The glitch is simple to replicate. You’ll need to start The Dark Within mission on Earth, on any difficulty. Then follow the steps in the video below (Via DualShockers) to get to an area out of the map. You’ll then […]

  • Battlefield 4 Winter Patch is here with new game mode, netcode improvements and more

    DICE has released the Winter Patch for Battlefield 4. The patch brings an eSports focus with new game mode Squad Obliteration and plenty more. Battlefield 4 Winter Patch is now live on all platforms. It’s just over 400MB on PC and 1.34GB on consoles. The patch adds new game mode Squad Obliteration and more customisation […]

  • HTC hopes to see Half-Life on VR headset Vive

    Vive manufacturer HTC said that it hopes to see Valve games, including Half-Life, on the virtual reality headset. Speaking to the BBC, HTC chairwoman Cher Wang said that Valve is keen on having its games available on the VR headset. “I think Valve’s best game is Dota, right, and Portal and [Team Fortress] and I […]

  • Make money easily in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

    If you’re looking to buy a fell set of armour for your character in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate but keep falling short on Zenny, this video will show you an easy way to make lots of it. Arekkz Gaming has a very handy tip for all Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate players: how to make Zenny […]

  • This is how you claim free Xbox One games from your Xbox 360

    Microsoft is giving everyone the ability to claim their free Xbox One Games with Gold titles from their Xbox 360 console, even without owning an Xbox One. If you don’t yet own an Xbox One and want to make sure you don’t miss out on all those free Games with Gold games, you’ll be pleased […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for March 3: Heroic and Nightfall detailed

    Bungie has reset the weekly cap of Crucible and Vanguard marks and added new Heroic and Nightfall strikes, now with burn. From now until next Tuesday, the weekly Heroic strike will be The Devil’s Lair with Heroic and Lightswitch modifiers. As for the Nightfall, you’ll be fighting Sepiks Prime with the help of Arc burn. […]

  • Few Mass Effect FemShep cosplays are as elaborate as this one

    The internet is full of Female Commander Shepard cosplay from Mass Effect, but very few are as terrific as this one. Visual artist Freya Willia has spent over two years painstakingly creating the perfect suit of armour and the best weapons to make her cosplay of Female Shepard as authentic as possible, Omni tool and […]

  • Deals with Gold: Assassin’s Creed Unity, Red Dead Redemption and more discounted

    This week’s Deals with Gold titles for Xbox Live subscribers is a good mix of modern games and old favourites. The list of discounted games through this week’s Deals with Gold is live with discounts on Assassin’s Creed Unity, Amazing Spider-Man 2, Red Dead Redemption, Max Payne 3, and more. The deals are live now […]

  • Destiny guide: how to maximise your Grimoire Points

    Destiny players regularly compare the size of their Grimoire Points. Learn how to make yours the biggest. Destiny guide: how to earn Grimoire Points In Destiny, earning most Grimoire cards is just a matter of playing the game, maybe a little more attentively than usual. You’ll either need to complete a certain number of actions […]

  • Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows will let you play as a baddie

    Shovel Knight owners will benefit from the generosity of Kickstarter backers quite soon. Because Shovel Knight was overfunded during its Kickstarter campaign, developer Yacht Club Games committed to releasing free content updates. The first of these, Plague of Shadows, has now been detailed. The expansion stars baddy Plague Knight, who turns on his former allies, […]

  • GTA controversies, from Hot Coffee to PR manipulation

    GTA has a long history of controversy. The latest Did You Know Gaming tells the full stories behind the sensational headlines. Grand Theft Auto is such a byword for controversy that it’s easy to forget the full context of what actually happened to bring mainstream press, politicians and interest group awareness to the Rockstar series. […]

  • Infamous 2 one of five new PlayStation Now additions for March

    PlayStation Now will expand to the tune of five new games this month. The March PS Now additions are Infamous 2, Twisted Metal, R-Type Dimensions, Alone in the Dark: Inferno and Operation Flashpoint: Red River. PS Now will set you back $20 per month or $45 for a three month subscription. It offers all you […]