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Why I can’t be arsed with MOBAs

Thursday, 15 May 2014 09:46 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

MOBAs like League of Legends are massively popular, and thanks to the dawn of eSports, they draw huge numbers of people into the fold. So why can’t a fantasy fan like Stephany Nunneley be arsed to play one?

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“I liken it to apes going on killing sprees for fun; hanging out at respawn points just to gank a player waiting for their health to regenerate.”

While games like League of Legends and Valve’s Dota 2 helped bring MOBAs into the gaming spotlight, you can blame or commend Blizzard for ushering in the genre as far back as 1998 with StarCraft. The strategy game’s editing tool StarEdit gave regular Joes the ability to create custom maps which led to a modder creating Aeon of Strife.

Now, 16 years later, MOBAs are being churned out left and right by indie, browser-based and triple-A developers. MMO players who relished in PvP now have a genre outside of a subscription plan to bask in an unrelenting PvP battle system with other players. Their own arena to fight, humiliate and scream in glory when victorious.

Despite the popularity of the genre and the fact online friends are constantly badgering me to play one with them, I can’t be arsed. Here’s why.

I don’t like large-scale PvP

I’ve played PvP in MMOs, and I hate it. I absolutely loathe it. For one thing, there is generally never fair play involved. I liken it to apes going on killing sprees for fun; hanging out at respawn points just to gank a player waiting for their health to regenerate. If you think this doesn’t happen, you’re wrong. I’ve had it happen to me numerous times, and while many MMOs have put code in place – or however they do it – to stop such keyboard smashing situations, it left a horrible taste in my mouth.

I suck at it

I have no problem admitting this. I honestly suck at it. While I can handle myself rather well mano-a-mano, I don’t do well in situations where groups are trying to wipe out another massive group of players. Granted, MOBA team sizes are much smaller than teams in MMO PvP, and it could be that I have been grouped with people who don’t have the slightest clue what they are doing or how to organize themselves. While that may be the case, I would probably still suck balls at it if a seasoned vet was leading the group. I just can’t hang.

It’s full of assholes

Other than the reason I pointed out in my first entry, we’ve all heard of cases or seen videos where players just have a complete meltdown and start screaming obscenities at their own teammates. It’s like Xbox Live on steroids with its users shooting up 400mg of testosterone daily instead of the recommended every two weeks. I just can’t be bothered playing with a bunch of assholes barraging each other with insults and virtual threats of anal rape. I deal with enough fuckwittage in real life as it stands.

They’re too overwhelming

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I have a hard enough time playing games which need endless macros assigned, or numerous F1-F12 key presses to pull off combos or hits. I like simplicity, and while there are a few out there which are more user friendly, it’s just too much work trying to perform ranged, AoE, and bash attacks at the same time. It makes my brain hurt. Give me something more streamlined and then we’ll talk. Then again, maybe not.

Unless you’re already playing it’s completely pointless

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MOBAs can be beyond intimidating to newcomers. There are too many seasoned veterans around who have no desire to help bring newbs into the fold. Many of these games also contain a steep learning curve, which can frustrate players who wish to try their hand. Turbine and Blizzard seem to have the right idea with Infinite Crisis and Heroes of the Storm, respectively, as both are aimed at bringing new players in slowly and into an environment where assholery is not tolerated. I’ve played Infinite Crisis. It’s fun, user friendly, and not too terribly busy, and I suspect HotS will be somewhat similar. Valve has also done a rather great job of curbing toxicity as well with Dota 2.

There’s too much going on

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Have you seen some of the battle videos? There’s so much going on it would give even a normal person an epileptic fit just trying to keep up with all the spellcasting, particle effects and explosions. It makes my head hurt. I’d get five minutes into it and my brain would force a hard reset, shutting my body down in the process until I am a drooling, vacant pile of limbs on the floor. I just can’t handle constants: there has to be a bit of lull someplace. I guess I’m just not “hardcore” enough.

No one over the age of 30 gives a fuck

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Seriously. Unless they are single, have loads of time on their hands, and don’t have to deal with responsibilities in real life, people don’t give a toss. Between work, being a “good wifey-poo”, car payments, stressing over bills, taking care of a clowder of cats, two dogs and the occasional stray which finds me no matter where I go, I just don’t have the time. I rarely have time enough to play regular games or my beloved MMOs as it stands. I can’t remember what a social life is, my Mom thinks I am dead half the time, and I haven’t seen my brothers in ages. I am sure there are many in my age group who just can’t find the time to get into MOBAs despite the fact arena fights last no more than 30 minutes, tops. There are always exceptions to the rule, but the majority of players are males between the ages of 20-25 with the ages of 16-20 rising. What 30-something wants to play with a massive group of people 10 or 20 years younger than them unless they are a habitual masochist?

Flame me all you want, but I just can’t be bothered with MOBAs. If you play them and enjoy them, I commend you for it and I sincerely hope you derive enjoyment out of it. That’s why video games are so awesome: there is something for everyone out there, but this particular genre is not for me, and I’m okay with it.

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24 Comments

  1. dazedonthemoon

    Hey I’m 26 and can’t see to get into them either. You are not alone!

    #1 11 months ago
  2. Stardog

    The entire gameplay concept just seems boring to me. I have no desire to play it.

    #2 11 months ago
  3. aseddon130

    best headline ever!

    Yeah i agree, i can’t be arsed with them either.

    #3 11 months ago
  4. Obernox

    I agree that the community is very toxic. I kinda like MOBAs but the the majority players are a bunch of dictating jerks that believe you should use only one build all the time.

    #4 11 months ago
  5. Patrick Garratt

    I can’t play them. I just saw my life ending one frame at a time.

    #5 11 months ago
  6. Gheritt White

    Fuck MOBAs and fuck people who *play* MOBAs,

    #6 11 months ago
  7. Judicas

    I started with dota in wc3, hated it. Every other one I’ve tried is really not fun and the communities are dogsh*t. I’ve been in infinite crisis testing since it started and can’t force myself to load it up after installing. Was looking forward to the transformers mmo until they decided to change it to a moba, promptly unsubscribed. Will try heroes of the storm when blizzard launches it, strictly because I love certain chars they have made even if the company has turned money hungry and no longer give a sh*t about gamers, but doubt it’ll make me think much differently about mobas.

    #7 11 months ago
  8. fihar

    I joked to my friends one time by saying that MOBAs are the videogame equivalent of daytime soaps.

    It wasn’t a joke actually.

    #8 11 months ago
  9. Johnnymaxx

    I have never stopped to think about it, but after reading this, I’ve noticed that I was a huge LoL fan, than changed it to HoN and really crunched my teeth on DotA 2…. untill I turned 31 and got engaged to my soon to be wife. Now there is simply not enough time to get into all that drama.

    And yes, I do have longer than 30 to 50 minutes gaming as one MOBA fight usually takes, but it is not only about the time spent… is about the quality of that time. MOBA players are so full of s***, so annoying, that every time I tried to play a match in the most recent months I felt like wasting 30 to 50 minutes of my life that I could have spent in a more enjoyable way by farming my crafter in a MMO or something.

    Now, I’m just into the whole International competition that Valve holds every year. This is amazing. So, I could say that MOBA is for me almost like soccer : I love to watch the greatest competitions, but I never play it myself.

    Anyway, cool article! Sharing in my favorite social media channels to my friends! ^^

    #9 11 months ago
  10. deathm00n

    I don’t know how it is in the rest of the world, but here in Brazil, if you say you play games, you HAVE to play either LoL or Dota, else you are a loser. It’s really annoying, and they try to convert you to the genre, with more enthusiasm than most religions out there.

    I have the same problems you described, the main one being too much happening at the same time and being overwhelming with it’s controls. MOBAs are the twitch shooters of the RPG genre.

    Let me cite Obernox here ” the majority players are a bunch of dictating jerks that believe you should use only one build all the time.” this really bothers me too. I hate games where if you don’t use the overpowered build, you are a noob. FFS let me play the way I want without saying you will sexually harass my parents.

    #10 11 months ago
  11. eTitan

    This article is so much bullshit and, you’re doing nothing but insulting one of the largest gaming communities. How much have you played MOBAs? Its not easy to learn but you say it like its impossible and anyone with a life can’t and shouldn’t play it.

    Please don’t write anymore articles about esport ever again, doesn’t matter if its a mobs or other genre. You clearly know nothing about esport.

    This article loses all credibility when you liken an organized matchup 5v5 in a game made purely for that purpose vs ganking/griefing,in MMOs. Just stop.

    #11 11 months ago
  12. deathm00n

    @eTitan Thanks for proving the points about toxicity. By the way, have you even read the whole article? Have you even seen the last pragraph?

    #12 11 months ago
  13. Darkfield

    Trust me Steph you’re not alone. I have DotA 2 on steam, LoL on my laptop and I gave the genre fair amount of time and I didn’t like it, I might give Blizzard All-Stars a try, on the account of having my favorite characters in a mush up in there but I’m sure I end up bored to death in the first 20 minutes or so.

    #13 11 months ago
  14. schnide

    I installed League of Legends, I tried it out, I didn’t see the enjoyment at all.. but I wouldn’t want to stop anyone playing them, and they’re great for developing countries because of the lower barriers to entry. COD has a ton of infantile manchilds on there but I wouldn’t say that the FPS should be abolished.

    VG247 seems to have a lot of these opinion pieces lately – are you trying to be like Kotaku? First the swearing creeps in to half your articles, then it’s more opinion pieces. I actually made VG247 my regular games site visit because others were lowering their standards (and I won’t say which it was).

    #14 11 months ago
  15. dizzygear

    Whats up with these “witty” lists on the VG247 lately? did i miss something?

    What pisses me off with MMO PVP is that you need to grind eternity just to get the right PVP gear that keeps you getting one-shot.
    I think Aion forever cured me from MMO PVP with the nonstop ganking and PVP that purely hinges on how awesome your gear is.

    #15 11 months ago
  16. Hcw87

    MOBA’s are for a select few people with the patience of a saint (to play a shitty repetitive and beyond boring game), and the millions of fangirls worshiping everything they do.

    So community-wise they’re bound to suck.

    #16 11 months ago
  17. eTitan

    @deathm00n The only part about my post that was “toxicity” was that I said it was bullshit, and it is. I stand by the word, the MOBA communities aren’t worse than any other. I’m surprised she tolerates all the toxicity and kids in MMOs (you won’t get away from stupid, assholes and kids unless you go top-level in MMOs).

    Yes, I read it all. It’s filled with ignorant statements about something she barely knows anything about. “Hey look, I tried football once but I hurt my knee and one of the guys said I should just man up, so the sport, fans and everyone involved in it have no life, are idiots and suck”

    The hate that MOBA receives in this comment makes me sad to be on this website, it’s not even justified or reasonable “dislikes” about the games. It’s just ignorance and stupidity in the majority.

    I’ve played MMOs from everywhere to casual and to top 100 guilds in WoW. I play MOBA’s on a casual level and I’ve also played it on a competetive level. I enjoy single-player games as well, especially some specific RPGs. But this article is an insult to me and everyone else who enjoys spending their free-time in front of dota (not matter how often you play it, a few times a week or a few times a day).

    You’re free to not get into them, I can understand that if you really wanna enjoy some of the MOBAs (especially dota 2) you have to put more time into it because it’s quite a heavy learning curve. But to completely bash the whole genre just shows the ignorance behind this.

    The fact that you’re also saying that Heroes of the Storm and infinite crisis are doing it “right” shows even more ignorance. Isn’t that completely up to the developer and who they want to aim the game for? Heroes of the Storm suits you because it takes a much easier approach and never really gets advanced, it keeps the simple. From the start to the end. You’re the toxicity of the gaming community. Trying to force your “casual” (in a non bad way) playstyle upon everyone who wants more of a challenge.

    You’re entitled to your opinion, but saying all this like it’s a fact and insulting one of the largest gaming communities in the process really makes you look unprofessional.

    I shouldn’t even have bothered to write this post, because from the look of earlier comments I’ll get no proper response.

    #17 11 months ago
  18. JB

    I don`t play them either, but they seem to attract and keep a lot of players that would otherwise annoy me greatly in other online games, so it`s a win/win.

    #18 11 months ago
  19. Stephany Nunneley

    @eTitan That’s fine. But don’t tell me not to get my knickers in a twist or call my intelligence into question when you are clearly the one whose panties are bunched up. If you can’t discern how firmly my tongue was placed in my cheek, that is your problem. I didn’t “insult” an entire group of gamers, just the inconsiderate children – which I would have no issue calling out at all in ANY gaming genre. And I said nothing disparaging of the sort regarding the eSports scene. The only time I even mentioned it was to say it was popular. Also, if not enjoying something that stresses me out to the point I want to bang my head on the desk until I am unconscious makes me ‘casual’, well then I guess I am ‘casual’. I shared my personal experience with the genre, tried to be a bit humorous about it. That is all it was. Hope the rest of your day goes peachy.

    #19 11 months ago
  20. digmouse

    The only reason MOBAs are on the rise is because people wants a way to be silly and yell at other ppl to cover their ass up. In other words, there are only two kinds of people in MOBAs: highly competitive and highly incompetitive, and what they have in common? Being assholes. Yes I’ve seen and met good people who play MOBAs but the majority (read: like 99%) are just impossible to deal with as a more mannered person. In China we have a saying “League is the game for elementary kids”, while not entirely true, the fact that if you queue during public holidays or summer/winter school break the amount of stupid people you encounter skyrockets kinda proves that.

    #20 11 months ago
  21. _LarZen_

    I think MOBA is for children. I think it looks dumb and boring. And just not worth my precious time.

    #21 11 months ago
  22. Telepathic.Geometry

    MMOs are completely out of the question for me, and MOBAs are even more so.

    It’s important for me that a game have a conclusion, that there be an end-game, a final goal, a completion target.

    I would be surprised if anyone with a job, a significant other or any kind of time constraints could enjoy a MOBA to be honest…

    #22 11 months ago
  23. YoungZer0

    Amen, sister.

    You’re definitely not alone here. Multiple people approached me, co-workers, etc. telling me how great MOBA’s are and I could not give a single fuck. It looks like the most boring gaming experience I could have, apart from sports games. Which if you think about, it actually is.

    I find it fascinating that there are already so many MOBA’s on the market and they all look the same. If there was at least with a none WoW-inspired art-direction, I would be thankful. But I’ve yet to be persuaded.

    #23 11 months ago
  24. AJacks92

    @Stephany Nunneley @eTitan I’d have to agree with eTitan to an extent. I, myself, am an avid League player. While I’m not as irate as eTitan, I at least agree with a bit of what he had to say. Unfortunately, this website lacks true coverage over MMOs. Granted it’s a lot to cover since there are more MMOs coming out than console and premium PC games nowadays but, nonetheless, you shouldn’t put such a vague, blanket statement over your own personal experience and state it as fact. While some of your points are valid, it holds just as much weight as any other accusation to another gaming community. I have my own personal reasons for not playing games like CoD anymore, but I wouldn’t be so ignorant as to state my opinions as fact nor to grab hold of the facts and blow them out of proportion just to make an article sound humorous. No offense, but this article itself is childish and holds no professionalism at all. It’s one to make a humorous post, but it’s another entirely to be humorous while insulting a genre. League, by itself, is the most played game in the world right now. You should probably do more research before insulting the largest gaming community out right now. There’s a reason why it is too. And even if you may not agree with it, you should at least respect the genre. I expect at least that much from an (until now) unbiased gaming new website. Represent VG247 better.

    #24 11 months ago

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  • Bloodborne and Dark Souls messaging – in real life

    Soapstone is a cool little app that mimics the messaging system found in Bloodborne, Dark Souls and Demon’s Souls. Bloodborne and Dark Souls fans will surely agree that the asynchronous multiplayer side of things, with players leaving anonymous tips, encouragement and jokes for each other, is one of the cooler aspects of the From Software […]

  • Mass Effect fans, get a load of this My Talking Elcor plushie

    I have been waiting to write about this all day because oh my god. Mass Effect attracted a devoted fanbase and Bioware has found tons of clever ways to satisfy that fanbase’s desire for clothes, collectibles, books, comics and toys related to the future world of Commander Shepard and company. The company has been so […]

  • Homeworld Remastered Collection headed to retail

    Homeworld fans can purchase a neat little package of gloriously remastered nostalgia soon. The Homeworld Remastered Collection has been available online since the end of February, but is now on its way to retail thanks to a deal between new rights holder Gearbox and Ubisoft. The PC exclusive will launch in physical form from May […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt download size lower than predicted

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a hefty install footprint, but it’s not as bad as we expected. The Witcher 3 was expected to be a 50GB download after a note to this effect was added to the PlayStation Store. It looks like that might have been a placeholder figure, as DualShockers noted today that […]

  • Bloodborne, beaten with a Guitar Hero controller

    Come on now, you didn’t expect anything less from the Souls community, did you? Bloodborne has been vanquished with a Guitar Hero controller, just a few weeks after its release. Kotaku reports Bearzly took nine hours to finish the game, which is probably less than many players using a Dual Shock. You can watch a […]

  • Vendors? New social space? Your House of Wolves questions will be answered

    Destiny players learned more about House of Wolves in this week’s Bungie update than you might realise at first glance. Resident Destiny expert Arekkz cast his eagle eye over this week’s Bungie Weekly Update, which announced next week’s Reef tour livestream. I personally am most excited to learn about gear upgrade paths, but Arekkz points […]

  • GTA 5 playable with Virtuix Omni VR treadmill

    You’ve seen GTA 5 with Oculus Rift, Now see GTA 5 with the Virtuix Omni. GTA 5 PC has unlocked a number of exciting possibilities. Modders and hackers are still working on making the game’s files accessible to third-party creation tools, but several cool things have been produced even with this barrier still in place. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: play as Rain and other locked characters on PC

    Mortal Kombat X players comfortable with tinkering with the game’s files can unlock unplayable characters. Mortal Kombat X includes a number of familiar fighters available only as opponents, not playable characters. if you’re super keen to try out Rain, Baraka and co, you can – with a bit of fiddling. Redditor XVermillion figured out that […]

  • Madden 16 release date set for August, of course

    Madden NFL 16 has a deeply unsurprising release date. Madden’s release date always falls at the end of US summer, and Madden 16 is no exception. EA Sports has announced that the NFL sim will release on PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on August 26. We have absolutely no further information at […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront won’t have Battlelog support

    Star Wars Battlefront is not just Battlefield in a Hallowe’en costume, so don’t expect the same suite of features. Star Wars Battlefront is the subject of intense anticipation and curiosity, so it’s not surprising a bunch of rumours have turned up. One of these rumours suggests that Battlefront will have its own version of Battlelog, […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beats Bloodborne to top March NPD chart

    PS4 had a good month but it was EA’s multi-platform Battlefield Hardline that was the best-selling game. March 2015 NPD at a glance Total spend down 6% YoY. Hardware and software both down. Console hardware blamed for significant hardware dip. Accessories up. Battlefield Hardline tops software chart. PS4 outsells other consoles. Wii U, 3DS and […]

  • Destiny: House of Wolves gear upgrade paths will be revealed next week

    Destiny developer Bungie will reveal new equipment upgrade paths during a livestream next week. Destiny: House of Wolves will release on May 19, the developer announced last week, promising a full schedule of reveals over the next few weeks. It also gave a broad outline of some of the things it will be discussing in […]

  • Don’t forget: the Elder Scrolls Online Welcome Back Weekend kicks off tomorrow

    Just a quick heads up to remind you that The Elder Scrolls Online Welcome Back Weekend kicks off tomorrow, April 17 at 10am EDT. The free weekend is an incentive to bring back beta players which tried the game, but decided not to pursue a purchase. You can play the MMO until 10am EDT on […]

  • Tale of Tales announces May release for Kickstarter success Sunset

    Those attending Kill Screen’s Two5six Festival next month will be able to play Tale of Tales upcoming title Sunset before it’s released. Along with the news provided to us by BeefJack, Tale of Tales have also released new set of lovely screenshots which we have posted below. Sunset will be released on Linux, Mac and […]

  • Take 50% off select racing titles through the Codemasters online store

    Codemasters has launched an online store and is celebrating by giving you 50% off the titles listed. Here’s what’s on sale: F1 2013 Classic Edition F1 2014 – F1 RACE STARS BUNDLE F1 2013 GRID 2 GRID 2 Reloaded GRID Autosport DIRT 3 Complete Edition DIRT Showdown Toybox Turbos F1 RACE STARS Hit up the […]

  • Spy_Watch coming to Apple Watch from Surgeon Simulator devs

    Surgeon Simulator developers Bossa Studios have announced its working on an Apple Watch game called Spy_Watch. Spy_Watch, according to the developer, has players heading up a spy agency which isn’t faring too well. Players will need to train a spy and then send him out on various missions to “reclaim the agency’s former glory.” Real-time […]

  • Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power hits Steam Early Access next week

    Frozenbyte has announced Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power will launch on Steam Early Access next week. The early access title will run you $19.99/€19.99/£14.99 and you can purchase it come April 21. If the short video above isn’t enough to tempt you, a video showing nine minutes of gameplay was released last week.

  • Journey, Flower, flOw trilogy to be released this summer on PS4 in 1080p at 60fps

    A remastered version of the Journey Collector’s Edition is coming to PlayStation 4 from ThatGameCompany. According to Gamespot, the trilogy will contain PS3 titles flOw, Flower and Journey on one disc, and it will run in 1080p at 60fps. A standalone version of Journey will arrive close to the trilogy’s release on PS4 through the […]

  • Here’s a few screenshots of PS4-exclusive Alienation from Housemarque

    Screenshots for Alienation, Housemarque’s four-player co-op PlayStation 4 exclusive, have been released and you can have a look at them in the gallery we’ve posted. Announced at gamescom 2014, the game features three main character classes, weapon customization, and various team set-ups. The game has players shooting at things with twin-stick gameplay with a top […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront website notes November 17 release, teaser video and first image hit

    The first Star Wars: Battlefront image has been posted, and apparently it appeared on the official website at some point this morning. The game will also be released on November 17, according to the official website’s source code. The release date is noted in the code located in the image below. Props to Gematsu for […]

  • Mortal Kombat X is the fastest selling entry in the series to date

    Mortal Kombat X has sold faster than any other game in the series to date, making it the “biggest launch” in Mortal Kombat history, according to creator Ed Boon. Speaking in a series of tweets, Boon said both the mobile and console versions have “literally millions of players getting online” resulting in the servers being […]

  • Shadow of the Beast reboot resurfaces with some new screenshots

    The Shadow of the Beast reboot, which was announced in 2013, has show its face once more with early screenshots. Screenshots of the Amiga classic remake show off the Karamoon’s desert and the main character, Aarbron. According Matt Birch, CEO and founder of Heavy Spectrum, the team is currently hard at work on the “core […]

  • Halo: Spartan Strike arrives on Windows 8, iOS and Steam today

    Halo: Spartan Strike is now available on Windows 8, Steam, iOS devices and Windows 8 phones. The mobile top-down shooter will run you $5.99. Halo: Spartan Strike tells a new story in the Halo universe set during the events of Halo 2 on New Mombasa in 2552. Those playing on Windows 8 devices can compete […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video shows highlights from the Episdoe Duscae demo

    Square Enix has released a Final Fantasy 15 video which shows highlights from the Episode Duscae demo included with launch editions of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. FFT0 has shipped over one million copies worldwide, and a player feedback survey is available for the Duscae demo until May 19. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is available on PlayStation […]

  • Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since release – SuperData

    PlayStation 4 exclusive Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since it was released on March 24, according to SuperData’s latest report. The figure produced by SuperData is worldwide and comes on the heels of the one million units sold announcement earlier this week. “After the release of the beautiful but terribly short game The […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Mega May returns, Super Smash Bros. update, Mii Fighter costumes

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a Super Smash Bros. update and the StreetPass Mii Plaza games Battleground Z and Ultimate Angler. The update is rather detailed, and a bit larger than normal, and you may wish to pay special attention to the activities listed. Here’s the full update: StreetPass […]

  • Here’s your first look at Sony boss Shuhei Yoshida in Super Time Force Ultra

    Sony Worldwide boss Shuhei Yoshida is a playable character in Super Time Force Ultra, and today, Capy Games has provided a couple images of the man himself in the game. Yoshida was announced as a playable character in the game during Sony’s PlayStation Experience event back in December 2014. The PS4 and Vita version will […]

  • The wait is almost over – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has gone gold

    CD Projekt RED has announced the news we’ve all been waiting to hear: The Witcher 3 has gone gold. This means Geralt’s latest, and possibly last, adventure has been sent to the factory to be pressed into lovely gaming discs. “We worked so damn hard over the past three years to bring you this game,” […]

  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is a “couple weeks out from beta,” new trailer

    Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is just a “couple of weeks out from beta,” according to development studio The Chinese Room, and a release date will be announced “shortly.” To give you an idea of how development has been coming along since it was announced at gamescom 2013, the team has released a new trailer […]

  • GTA 5 on PC looks incredible, but I can’t recommend it to console players

    As much as Matt Martin loves GTA 5, he can’t recommend upgrading from console to PC just for a slick editing suite and even prettier graphics. “This is the third time in as many years that I’ve bought GTA 5.” I have a Grand Theft Auto 5 obsession, as I’m sure you know if you’ve […]

  • The Forest engine updated to Unity 5, major graphical and gameplay improvements made

    The Forest’s latest patch added substantial improvements to the game. The Forest version 0.16 is now live on Steam with plenty of new additions. The game has been ported over to Unity engine version 5. The plant and skin shaders have been replaced or rewritten. Many other visual tweaks have been made, such as model […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront banner leaks from Star Wars Convention

    EA has been setting up the Battlefront booth at Star Wars Celebration, and one leaked picture shows what could be the game’s main art. Someone on Reddit posted a picture of the game banner at EA’s booth. Here it is: Lots of things happening here. There’s a Star Destroyer in the distance, TIE Fighters and […]

  • Get GTA 5 working with Oculus Rift using this tool

    There’s a way you can play GTA 5 in VR if you own an Oculus Rift Dev Kit and have a bit of cash to spare. VorpX, the go-to program for adding VR support to games has received an update recently to support GTA 5. This is far from perfect, as it only translates the […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team: week of April 15 team revealed

    This week’s Team of the Week is now available for anyone to challenge in FIFA Ultimate Team. The team members get selected each week based on their performance during the weekend matches. You can fire up FIFA Ultimate Team on any platform and challenge this squad. You’ll also find some Team of the Week items […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will let you stealth all encounters, including bosses

    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will bring back one of the original game’s major features. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is considered by many to be a great game and worthy of bearing the franchise name. One of its grating issues though was its boss fights. You only had one way to fight them: be confrontational. The […]

  • Project Cars PC specs and supported wheels announced

    The release date of Project Cars is inching ever closer and more details have been revealed to answer all your burning questions. Project Cars developer Slightly Mad Studios has revealed the full list of supported steering wheels on all platforms, as well as the minimum and recommended PC specs. Minimum specs CPU – 2.66 GHz […]

  • GTA 5 gets custom FOV mod on PC

    Those not satisfied with GTA 5′s built-in field of view slider can use a new mod to push the number even further. The PC versions of GTA 5 – just like its PS4 and Xbox One counterparts – lets you switch between third and first-person view in shooting and driving. The game has an FOV […]

  • Win! GTA 5 on PC!

    Want to win a Steam key for Grand Theft Auto 5 on PC? Just enter here. GTA 5 released on PC this week and is going down a storm. We like it a lot, which is why we’re giving away a Steam code for Rockstar’s latest. All you need to do is enter your email […]

  • GTA 5 topples Skyrim’s record for highest concurrent players on Steam

    Not factoring in Valve games, GTA 5 is the new king of concurrent player numbers on Steam. GTA 5 is very popular on PC, even more popular than games like Skyrim in its heyday. The number of concurrent players for GTA 5 has peaked today at 301,246. This makes it the only non-Valve game to […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: what does a modern fighting game look like?

    Mortal Kombat continues to evolve as NetherRealm adds RPG systems and daily challenges to a solid fighting game, says Sherif Saed. “Mortal Kombat X takes many cues from games like Destiny, Call of Duty, and GTA Online with hourly, daily and weekly events.” For as many of its familiar facets, Mortal Kombat X has enough […]

  • J-Stars Victory VS+ coming west in June – new trailer

    J-Stars Victory VS+ will make the jump (see what I did there) to the west after all. J-Stars Victory VS+ is the western title for the fighting game which stars characters from a variety of Shonen Jump-published manga. Bandai Namco has announced the fighter will release in Europe on June 26 and in the Americas […]

  • Codemasters F1 license good through 2016

    Codemasters has at least one more F1 game in it. F1 2015 isn’t out yet, so Codemasters is naturally not talking about what it might get up to in the future. We do know what it can get up to, though; Codemasters’ Steven Embling told Videogamer has the option to continue the series. “We have […]

  • Project Cars has pretty deep graphics options on consoles

    Project Cars offers players a wide variety of ways to customise their graphic settings on PS4 and Xbox One. Project Cars is a graphics showcase and all early indications suggest it’s going to be one of the best-looking games out there. Slightly Mad’s commitment to graphics seems to go deeper than making things pretty, though: […]

  • Super Smash Bros. patch nerfs Diddy Kong – report

    Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U is great but Diddy Kong is a beast and must be stopped. The latest Super Smash Bros. 3Ds and Wii U patch seems to have nerfed Diddy Kong, a character so over-powered that serious tournament players generate controversy by choosing to use him. Nintendo doesn’t publish patch notes, […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer shuttered

    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer 2K Australia has been closed down. Kotaku broke the news, and also had word from an anonymous source, who said that all staff have been let go. 2K responded to our request for comment with the following statement: We can confirm we have taken steps to begin the studio closure process […]

  • Samorost 3 trailer shows Amanita still in fine form

    Samorost 3 looks as delicately beautiful as its siblings. Samarost 3 developer Amanita Design has a reputation for gorgeous, slightly surreal world building. This new trailer for its latest adventure looks just as if not more lovely than the previous Samarost games and Botanicula. Samarost 3 is coming to Mac and PC later this year, […]

  • Amnesia dev’s new project SOMA now in beta

    SOMA is nearly here and I am torn between excitement and horrified dread. SOMA is the latest horror project from Frictional, the team behind Amnesia: The Dark Descent. We’re pretty excited to see what Frictional comes up with next, and we won’t have too long to wait, apparently; the developer has announced that SOMA is […]

  • Steam Guard mobile authenticator now in beta testing

    Steam is now testing its latest security measure. Steam helps you protect your account by offering two-factor authentication, a solution so beautifully elegant and effective that it’s astounding every gaming network doesn’t do the same (looking at you, Sony). Valve’s version is called Steam Guard, and it works via email. This isn’t always super convenient, […]

  • Godzilla battles Mothra in new trailer

    Godzilla lets you stomp around cities and battle classic kaiju. I’m in. Godzilla is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 in early July, but we haven’t seen a great deal of it since its December reveal. The new trailer below gives you an idea of just what Natsume has done with one of the biggest […]

  • Tales of Zestiria to launch this year – new trailer

    Tales of Zestiria continues Bandai Namco’s delightful new habit of bringing the popular JRPG series to the west before the shine wears off. Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, the publisher has announced. That’s not a bad turnaround, given it first hit Japan in January, and localisation of text-heavy titles is expensive […]

  • Project Cars release date locked down, new trailer released

    Project Cars finally has a release date. Project Cars will release on May 8, Bandai Namco UK has announced. We haven’t yet had an update from Namco Bandai’s other regional offices, but its probably safe to bet the racer will release around the same time in the Americas, Europe and ANZ region. We can now […]

  • Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains trailer shows combat, online multiplayer

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains has plenty to offer fans of the anime. Previously known as Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind, the Spike Chunsoft action game is coming west thanks to Atlus. Gematsu reports it’s due in both Europe and North America in May, via the 3DS eShop. The trailer below […]

  • Bloodborne stamina recovery rate affected by equip weight

    Bloodborne players have unearthed an important gameplay detail not mentioned in the game’s menus or manual. In Bloodborne, players need to manage their stamina carefully for best results. A far more aggressively-tuned affair than past Souls games, Bloodborne does away with equip weight limits, and items have no listed weight details. As far as players […]

  • Street Fighter’s Ryu, Fire Emblem’s Roy spotted in Super Smash Bros. patch – rumour

    Street Fighter’s Ryu is rumoured for future Super Smash bros DLC following datamining of the latest patch. Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U were updated recently, and hacker shinyquagsire23 claims to have found some interesting files while poking around in the 3DS patch data. As detailed on Reddit, the audio files included a new […]

  • Suikoden 3 PEGI rating suggests PS2 Classic re-release

    Suikoden. Suikoden 2. And now: Suikoden 3. Suikoden 3 has been rated by PEGI for PlayStation 3, presumably ahead of an upcoming re-release. Gematsu turned up the rating, and although we have no further information at this time, it’s not much a leap to assume the RPG will turn up as a PS2 Classic on […]