With reactions like these, it’s no wonder gamers have a bad reputation

Monday, 16 June 2014 00:56 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Developer tries to protect paying customers while still allowing others to profit from their hard work. Gamers chuck a tanty. And people wonder why we’re stereotyped as unsocialised basement dwellers.


Something pretty stupid is happening at the moment: there’s a public hue and cry against Mojang, the independent developer of Minecraft, over changes it made to its EULA that benefit everybody.

Here’s the executive summary: the end user license agreement for Minecraft forbids users from profiteering on Mojang’s hard work by walling off parts of the game for users. That seems pretty fair, right?

But Mojang understands that hosting Minecraft servers costs money, and it doesn’t want those users who support the community by hosting to be out of pocket as a result. As a result, Mojang has always permitted hosts to charge a fee for others to access their hardware. (You’re also allowed to monetise YouTube videos of Minecraft, by the way; this exception was added to the EULA post-launch.)

This hasn’t stopped people breaking the EULA in various ways; for example, some hosts charge users for access to things like game modes, in-game items and XP boosts. Mojang does not approve of this at all, because as far as it’s concerned if someone has bought Minecraft they deserve access to everything and shouldn’t have to pay for content.

According to a blog post by Markus “Notch” Persson, the company hasn’t cracked down on this practice because of the huge amount of work it generates. Nevertheless, Mojang does suffer as a result of these unscrupulous individuals, as customers who get fleeced by server hosts generally complain to and about Mojang, not understanding the distinction between the creator and host.

Still with me so far? Okay. Here’s where it gets stupid.

According to Notch, who admits he might not have the full story, somebody asked a Mojang staff member about the terms of the game’s EULA, and whether it was forbidden to charge for anything that changes gameplay for some users and not others. As this has always and forever been the case, the staff member replied that it yes, that sort of thing isn’t allowed under the EULA.

That was when things exploded. Tweets, forum posts, blogs – a small number of Minecraft users got very, very angry, and very, very vocal.

“A lot of people got the impression that we’re changing the EULA somehow to only now disallow these things, but they were never allowed. A lot of people voiced their concerns. A few people got nasty. Someone said we’re literally worse than EA,” Notch wrote, linking to a Wikipedia page detailing add-ons and expansions for The Sims.

Nobody’s really sure why this uproar happened, but presumably it hinges on some sort of misunderstanding of what Mojang is trying to do – protect gamers and allow server hosts to make money in ethical ways.

As a result of this backlash, Mojang sat down and worked out a new set of rules, to be developed into a new EULA. The heart of the agreement is the same, and a plain speak outline makes things pretty clear for those who don’t enjoy legalese (ie, everyone). You should click through and read the full explanations, especially regarding what can and can’t be sold by server hosts, but in short:

  • You are allowed to charge players to access your server.
  • You are allowed to accept donations.
  • You are allowed to provide in-game advertising or sponsorship opportunities.
  • You are allowed to sell in-game items so long as they don’t affect gameplay.
  • You cannot charge real-world cash for in-game currency.
  • Don’t pretend to be Mojang. Provide your customers with loads of info.

“There are new rules. These are new exceptions to the EULA. All of these make the rules more liberal than things were before,” Notch wrote.

“People are still asking me to change back to the old EULA. That makes me sad.”

It makes me sad, too. The Internet, eh? Can’t live with it, can’t set it on fire and go live in a cave.

Thanks, Joystiq.


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  1. TD_Monstrous69

    Wow, this is quite honestly one of the dumbest things I’ve ever heard. On how some people who exist are this stupid is beyond me. Thank you Brenna, for making my day.

    #1 11 months ago
  2. Brenna Hillier

    @TD_Monstrous69 ha ha, when I first started reading this comment I thought you meant my article. Massive D: moment.

    #2 11 months ago
  3. Blackened Halo

    @Brenna Hillier he did :DDDD …..joke ;)

    #3 11 months ago
  4. FreeZZa

    The last bit is so true. I love the internet for many things, but these idiots are the reason why I also hate at least as much. Also the YOLO children, but that’s another story…

    #4 11 months ago
  5. TheWulf

    Mojang: We’ve changed our EULA to restate what we’ve already said — that we don’t want anyone exploiting our gamers. Minecraft isn’t a freemium service, exploitation is not allowed!

    Gamers: You [crass, and probably racist or homophobic expletive], Mojang! You’re more evil than EA!!!

    Why is that way, way too easy to imagine? Well, probably the stuff I’ve seen recently about Ubisoft that proves beyond the shadow of a doubt, factually, that there’s not only a weird conglomeration of sociopaths amongst gamers, but that sociopathy itself (that is to say, anti-social personality disorder, which implies a distinct lack of empathy) is a far, far more common illness than I ever realised.

    I mean, I always thought that sociopathy was common, but I never realised that it was as common as this. The funny thing is is that usually I’m all for the ethical treatment of people, but I’m a very golden rule person — if I see you being a sociopath, I’m going to treat you as a person should treat a sociopath.

    What I wish is that there weren’t so many sociopaths amongst the gaming masses.

    Funnily, it didn’t used to be this way. Back in the ’90s, up to the early ’00s, it was cool to have women as playable characters, it was something that everyone appreciated. All you have to do to realise the truth in this is look at the popularity of Beyond Good & Evil, The Longest Journey, the 2000 version of Aliens vs Predator, et cetera. No one had sexist remarks about it.

    But ever since the mainstream shifted and we’ve had an extroverted flood rush into gaming, things have become ever more hostile, and ever more horrible. If this were the ’90s or early ’00s, almost every gamer would have nodded their head at Mojang understandingly and thanked them for considering them. Because, hey, as an intelligent person I realise that exploitation isn’t cool.

    I remember one person who was decidedly awful in their defence of King’s exploitation, just as I can remember too many people who’ve been incredibly awful in defence of the exploitation of WoW. You see? The herd is like this, and when others realise that their tremendously herd-like tendencies have been taken advantage of, the herd doesn’t get angry at the people who so thoroughly exploited their stupidity, no! No, no no. The reaction is much different, and bizarre.

    They defend the people exploiting them! WoW players defend Blizzard, no matter how much Blizzard exploits them; Casual game players defend their freemium developers who’re taking them for all they’re worth; And now Minecraft players are defending freemium servers whose only purpose is to exploit people to get as much money as they possibly can.

    And extroverts love to be exploited! As an insightful, introspective introvert, I just do not get this. I don’t think that being exploited is in any way enjoyable. I don’t want that, and I wouldn’t defend that. And more, I wouldn’t defend it happening to others, out of empathy, and ethics, and what’s right. I always want to be on the side of ethics and what’s right.

    The thing is is that what I’m finding, more and more, is that the divide actually is something like this: Extroverts are happier, yet less intelligent and informaed, and sociopathic. Introverts are less happy, but more intelligent and informed overall, and empathic. My favourite axiom that covers this is ‘ignorance is bliss, knowledge is an ulcer.’ Essentially, the extrovert defends their own ignorance, even if other extroverts are harmed by it, because they don’t want to have to think about how they were exploited. They’d have to admit to being exploited, then.

    And more, they’d have to admit to just how much their herd-like nature leads them to be exploited. If you were to gather a sample of introverts and extroverts and ask them if they liked freemium or found it exploitative and horrible, 99 per cent of the extroverts would reply that they like freemium, and 99 per cent of the introverts would tell you that they dislike it. Because an introvert can look inward for analysis and thus realise that they’re being exploited.

    An interesting example of this is, bizarrely, The Secret World. What I never expected with that game was that their game is almost focused entirely at introverts. I dismissed it at first because it seemed like another dumb MMO, and I was tired of being exploited by such. But an introverted friend pestered me to give it a go, anyway, so I did (out of trust for them) and I found out that they were right.

    What really got me, though, is that at the end of quest arcs they actually give you shop money, to buy things, from the shop. I was floored by this. And the shop was really non-exploitative stuff. It was a breath of fresh air. Really, the only stuff worth getting was cosmetic, and some of the cosmetic stuff was fairly damned awesome. So I began to understand that Funcom had designed this with the mindset of ‘if you like it, please give us money to help us keep this going.’

    That’s the introverted perspective, they’re asking us from a point of empathy, rather than trying to exploit us. I can respect that, so I did share some money with them. I feel that this is the best approach. The problem is is that if you try exploitation in a game that’s staffed by more introverts than extroverts, you end up with a ghost town (Champions Online et al). The game has been geared towards needing to buy to win, lately, so everyone’s left.

    I warned them that this would happen. That in the end, only their tiny cadre of extroverts, their loud voices, would win over. That it was a game for a more introverted audience and that they needed to market towards that. It was so weird being right, and watching how every time they ham-fistedly nerfed it more, or included another lockbox, the server populations would drop by another hundred. I guess they were trying to make it appealing to extroverts, but there are MMOs out there that fit extroverts much, much better. They failed to understand what The Secret World understood from the outset, and that’s a damned shame. I loved what Champions Online was.

    It’s just sad that they didn’t understand their market in the way that TSW does. You can’t exploit an introvert, they’re too smart for that, much sooner rather than later they’re going to catch on, no matter how clever you are, and they’re just going to be annoyed and they’ll want some form of recompense or justice. Extroverts tend to lack a capability for self-analysis, though, which is why even big business bosses tend to like Angry Birds. But more than that, the extroverts I’ve known are emotionally manipulative, in that they use their outward emotional sensing to screw with people, so exploitation is just a way of life for them.

    All these reasons and more are why I prefer introverted company, any day of the week!

    I’m just genuinely sad that extroverts got into gaming, because — for a time — things were better. The extroverts felt that gaming was a past-time of losers, loners, and shy nerds with pocket protectors. Well, I’m a shy nerd, of an engineering mindset, and I liked it when games were insightful, interesting, and clever. I’m the kind of person who liked Myst. Back then, a lot of people liked Myst, weirdly the Myst-hate seems to have occurred ex-post facto, by extroverted gamers who fail to understand the fuss about older games. Games not meant for them.

    But yeah, this is hardly surprising.

    As I said, we had one such person defending King’s exploitation, and it wasn’t until VG24/7 started running articles about King’s exploitative nature that that person shut up. I could smell what they were up to from a mile away, it was basically a clever confidence plot in the form of a game that pretended to be a skill game, but arcing up the difficulty in such a way that you felt like you needed ‘just a bit of help,’ or ‘just a little bit more help.’ It was a con, an exploitation.

    If someone says ‘you liked my game, please give me money,’ I’ll give them money! I’ll give them a lot of money if I really liked their game because I can be very generous with my money. Generosity is part of my personality. I wish more people were like me in that regard because that would make the world a better place, but most people aren’t. They just do stuff that has charities involved once in a while to help themselves feel good, rather than having their own charities and societal systems that they support. Most of them are too cut-throat for even that, though.

    There’s a reason why almost all rich people or politicians (people in power) are extroverts (do your research on this, it’s a truth). It’s because of their manipulative, cut throat, exploitative nature. As an introvert, I just don’t have that killer instinct. I’m not primal enough. Sometimes I feel that Nietzsche is right, you know? It’s not the most benign, benevolent, and empathic ones who survive, despite their advancements over other peoples, it’s the ones who like to kill shit, be aggressive, and so on.

    It makes me sad to think that the Manosphere will probably last longer than the works of William Shakespeare, but there you go, that’s what humanity is, now. We enabled the extroverts, it’s our fault.

    So… yeah. Extroverts are going to defend people who exploit because exploitation is second nature to extroverts. Introverts are going to speak out against it because, frankly, when we weigh it internally against our sense of ethics, our morality, our own feelings and empathy for other people, we realise it’s wrong, terribly wrong.

    And that’s the difference.

    There isn’t a day that goes by when I’m not glad that I’m more of a nerdy, shy introvert. People who want to socialise too much just want something out of it, anyway. I mean, look at social networks, it’s all about getting people to help you play your games, or being able to brag to a large group of people, or being able to brag about a large group of people as friends. They aren’t friends, they’re just units to be used to measure personal worth, and to obtain things from. And that’s what a lot of social networking is these days.

    This is why my only social networking site is tumblr, which is social networking for introverts, where you can subscribe to a number of art blogs (of all forms and mediums) and be spammed with immense creativity. One of the fun things I learned from tumblr is that most creative people are introverts — even actors! That was the one that surprised me.

    I’ve read a number of actors saying that they like to separate the job from their lives, and they prefer to be away from people, spending time with a good book when they’re not acting, because they find the whole act draining. And this has come from sources I never would have expected. Robert Picardo (Voyager’s Doctor) pretty much said this in an interview. So, yeah, it seems like creativity is tied into introversion, too. Whereas the imagination of extraversion is tied into… well, plots and schemes, social ideas, social planning, getting to the top of the herd, et cetera.

    So, yeah, this just confirms everything I’ve come across in my research and reading. Every book and source I’ve read on the topic continues to reinforce this idea. I’m just beginning to see extroverts as the parasites of our species. And it doesn’t begin and end with how they need other humans to leech off of (which introverts don’t), but how they feel the need to exploit in general, and defend exploitation.

    This one’s going ‘in the file.’ :P

    #5 11 months ago
  6. TheWulf


    Not cool. Really. Not cool.

    Adding ‘joke’ to the end of something doesn’t make it even remotely less of a shitty thing to say.

    #6 11 months ago
  7. FragileSurface

    @TheWulf Extroverts bad, Introverts good? It’s not that simple. It really isn’t. People are much more complex than that. Would 2000 words of digression from the article topic be considered an act of extroversion or introversion?

    #7 11 months ago
  8. ManuOtaku

    Well i do agree with the article, however, even if a company is doing it for the right reasons, i do still believe there should be a international body that watchs and rules this, in order to protect the consumer. Companies should not be allowed to change tos and eulas that easily and without an overwatch. Because most of the time they might apply unfair terms to their users. Companies Should not have that kind of power imo.

    #8 11 months ago
  9. eTitan

    Not even gonna bother reading what TheWulf said, go make your own website please.

    Also, I get that the people who react like this are fucking silly to say the least. However, don’t report on it like it’s something unique to gamers. Everybody in the whole fucking world acts this retarded over stupid shit.

    #9 11 months ago
  10. bradk825

    Even if this had been a change, it wouldn’t have been wrong. Like Notch said, nobody should be able to restrict the content when someone has bought the game. Completely ridiculous situation.

    #10 11 months ago
  11. NocturnalB

    Jesus Christ, sometimes humanity really depresses me. How are the hosts going to sit there and bitch over something like that? How about they get to steppin’ right on down the digital fucking road and go make their own game? Then they can charge for whatever the hell they feel like.

    #11 11 months ago
  12. sebastien rivas

    Hi guys,
    This a good article but I fear the point is taken away from subject matter.

    A simple question:
    -If you love a game so much, would you pay for others to join your game.

    Now should profit on it?

    The answer really did not matter but here is what matters!
    if you pay to open a server, whether you profit on it or not. Would you allow the game devers dictate what you should or must do while knowing the dam developers is likely not spending a fucking dime on servicing the game through server(s)?

    Servers are expensive or can quickly become. On top of it, your server shall likely be on 24/7 if you hope keeping user base.

    Ho yeahhhh, the point is around Minecraft but definitely not the only one.
    Dice/EA BF franchises for example could open their own servers 24/7 which until today I did not see a single one beside rented servers for pre-launch.
    But why they don’t keep doing it?
    Because it cost fucking money
    So they rather let the game be fucked left and right rather than keeping some control and pride in what they do.

    Therefore and in comparison, perhaps Mojang should fairplay instead of lashing out or to not use the term hypocrisy….

    Let me get the butter and keep the money for the butter too… yeeeehaaaaaa

    #12 11 months ago

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    Star Wars characters are coming to Disney Infinity 3.0: Play Without Limits. Disney says it will contain “many favorite characters and include more gameplay content and variety than ever before.” There will be three Star Wars Play sets: Twilight of the Republic set in the Episodes 1-3 timeline, Rise Against the Empire set during the […]

  • Hearthstone has been played by 30 million people

    Blizzard’s strategy game Hearthstone has 30 million players, the developer announced on Twitter. The figure doesn’t breakdown players numbers by platform, but Activision will release its recent financial report tomorrow, so maybe more information will be forthcoming. Hearthstone was releases on PC March 14, 2014 followed by Mac, phones, and tablets. Blackrock Mountain, the latest […]

  • Tomorrow’s Destiny livestream focuses on Prison of Elders – here’s a teaser

    Another Destiny: House of Wolves livestream takes place tomorrow, and it will focus on Prison of the Elders. The Prison of Elders is a prison facility in The Reef which is watched over by Variks and is part of the new Arena game mode which is limited to three players. The livestream will be hosted […]

  • Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 has been announced for current and last-gen

    Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 has been announced by Activision, which isn’t shocking in the slightest. Correction: My stupid brain has EA on it due to the financials release later today. The game is being published by Activision. Not EA and I previously stated. I apologize, and have reprimanded myself in a most sever manner. […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Collector’s Edition is sold out in the UK

    Hopefully, you pre-ordered the Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Collector’s Edition in the UK already. If not, you are likely out of luck. According to GAME, the pack which contains the Half Scale Replica of Snake’s Bionic Arm has sold out in the UK. The retailer confirmed the news to Videogamer this morning. […]

  • Far Cry 4 Complete Edition coming June 19 for PC, PS4 to the UK

    A Far Cry 4 Complete Edition has been announced and it includes the full game as well as the Season Pass. This is the sku which popped up on Amazon Germany earlier in the week. The Season Pass provides access to five separate pieces of DLC. Here’s a refresher on the DLC content: The Syringe: […]

  • The Witcher 3: live Q&A stream with CDP, new monster dev diary inside

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is out in just two weeks, and if you want to know more about Geralt’s latest adventure, CD Projekt is hosting a live Q&A now on Twitch. There’s also a new developer diary below which focuses on monster in the game. The Witcher 3 is out on May 19. Huzzah! […]

  • Forza Horizon 2′s Alpinestars Car Pack has five cars and is ready for download

    The Alpinestars Car Pack for Forza Horizon 2 is out now on Xbox One and its the only way you will ever be able to afford a 1992 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport. Unless, of course, you win the lottery or are left in some rich person’s will. In that case, I’ll take the ’53 Corvette, […]

  • Shadow of Mordor – Game of the Year Edition is now available in North America

    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor – Game of the Year Edition has been released in North America. It will be made available in the Europe on May 7 and in the UK May 8 for £49.99 on consoles and £34.99 on PC. As previously announced, this edition contains all previously released DLC content as well as […]

  • Two GAME exclusive versions of Halo 5: Guardians now available for pre-order

    GAME has announced two exclusive versions of Halo 5: Guardians, and both are now available for pre-order exclusively through one of the retail chain’s 318 stores or online. The £79.99 Limited Edition Halo 5: Guardians, which delivers new digital content wrapped in a steel book. There’s also the £199.99 Halo 5: Guardians Limited Collector’s Edition […]

  • Deals with Gold: Far Cry 4, Assassin’s Creed Unity, Bioshock Infinite, more

    Microsoft has announced its latest Deals with Gold discounts for Xbox Live Gold members. Franchises on sale include Far Cry, Call of Duty, along with individual titles Assassin’s Creed Unity and Bioshock Infinite. The full list is below. Bioshock Infinite discounts are available for both Xbox Live Gold and Silver members. Xbox One Far Cry […]

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood has released, watch the launch trailer here

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood has launched on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. You can watch the launch trailer for it below. Boxed copies in Europe arrive from May 15, and in Australia/New Zealand on May 14. You can grab digital copies from the following online services: Steam, PlayStation Network, Xbox Store.

  • GOG’s online service GOG Galaxy is now in open beta

    GOG Galaxy, the DRM-free online gaming platform from the folks at GOG, has left Alpha and is now in open beta for all to try. As previously announced, the online service, similar to Steam, is option. Players do not need to play online as all games are stored by the service and can be played […]

  • DayZ-inspired Goat Simulator DLC GoatZ is out this week on Steam

    Goat Simulator players can download DayZ-inspired DLC this week called GoatZ. According to Coffee Stain Studios, GoatZ is “the only survival game on Steam that isn’t in Early Access.” Jokingly of course. The DLC features: Mandatory crafting system because everyone else is doing it. Zombies that bug out. There’s a pun here about actual living […]

  • No, Far Cry 4 is not currently free on PSN

    You may have seen a few Tweets from people saying that the PS4 version of Far Cry 4 is available to download from PSN for free. This is not true. A few readers have tipped us off to what looked like a glitch on PSN that allowed players to download the full version of Far […]

  • Metal Gear Solid: The 1984 Collection confirmed to be a clothing line

    Konami is teasing a Metal Gear Solid thing called “The 1984 Collection.” The Metal Gear Solid Facebook page posted this image about an hour ago: The caption reads, “Step back into the 80′s with our new MGS collection coming very soon! Stay tuned!” This is supposedly in reference to the clothing line that was announced […]

  • Portal, The Simpsons, Jurassic World & Scooby Doo packs listed for Lego Dimensions

    Lego Dimensions is likely getting a few unannounced content packs. One of which is themed around Valve’s Portal. A set of unannounced content packs for the upcoming Lego Dimensions have been revealed by US retailer Walmart. The listings include packs for The Simpsons, Scooby Doo and Jurassic World, and most interestingly, Portal. The listings have […]

  • This is the most authentic recreation of GTA 2 in real life ever

    Affordable drones have many uses. Most of them are not nearly as exciting as recreating GTA 2 in real life. I am surprised it took us this long, but someone has finally captured footage using a drone that resembles the protagonist’s experience in the classic GTA 2. These aren’t just shots of cars from a […]

  • PlayStation 4 sales reach 2m in the UK

    Sony has sold 2 million PlayStation 4 consoles in the UK, faster than it did with the PlayStation 2 – the company’s best-selling machine in the country. MCVUK is reporting that as of last weekend, 2 million PlayStation 4s have been sold in the UK. The data is based on GfK Chart-Track estimates. This makes […]

  • H1Z1 gets female characters, skin colour options planned

    In an effort to improve diversity in the game, H1Z1 developer has added female characters. Female survivors can now be found throughout the world of H1Z1. Developer Daybreak added the new feature in a patch released last Friday. You will be able to choose a female avatar in the main game and in Battle Royale. […]

  • Possible teaser site for Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi’s new game opens

    Either Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi is working on a soon-to-be-launched Kickstarter for his new game, or someone is pulling an elaborate prank. At PAX Prime last year, during Keiji Inafune’s Mighty No. 9 panel, a flyer was handed out to attendees that showed what appeared to be a 2D game of some sort with […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for May 5: Heroic and Nightfall strikes detailed

    Tuesday is here and Destiny’s weekly reset is also here. Bungie announced that your weekly Destiny grind has now begun. The Nightfall and Heroic strikes are now live too. This week’s strike is Winter’s Run. Rainbow burn is back for the Nightfall, which means you do more damage with all elemental weapons, but also receive […]

  • PC version of Project Cars delayed in Australia due to severe weather

    Recent weather conditions in Sydney, Australia are responsible for a slight delay of the PC version of Project Cars in the country. Sydney recently suffered from storms that caused flooding in some areas. One of those is the place where publisher Namco Bandai was storing PC copies of Project Cars. The stock was “severely damaged,” […]

  • Twitch’s new process makes it easier for streamers to appeal flagged content

    Twitch has updated its appeals process concerning videos that have been flagged by the audio ID system. Towards the end of last year, Twitch introduced a new audio recognition system that scans archived streams and automatically mutes the audio whenever copyright music is identified. The system has been in-use ever since and Twitch has today […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a day one patch, but it’s not a major one

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will indeed have a day one patch, to make the first-time experience as smooth as possible. Like many modern games, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will have its day one patch. According to the developer however, it wasn’t born out of necessity. Miles Tost, level designer at developer CD Projekt […]

  • CoD: Advanced Warfare owners get free pistol today

    Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games is adding a new pistol to the game, free to all players. The M1 Irons is a new pistol that comes to Advanced Warfare starting today. The weapon is offered as a thank you gift from the developer. Sledgehammer says the Irons is good at range and packs a punch. […]

  • Fall down the Skullgirls Big Band music video rabbit hole with me

    Skullgirls is a pretty amazing fighting game, but did you know it’s also a passable music creation suite? Earlier today I was idly perusing an episode of PlayStation Underground showing off Skullgirls 2nd Encore, a re-release of the indie fighter packing in loads of new features and coming to PS4 – with full cross-play! – […]

  • The many uses of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood’s pipe weapon

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood adds a sick new weapon to BJ’s arsenal: a pipe. In Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a pipe is not just a pipe. Not only can you bash nazis with it, you can use it to climb walls, reach hatches, and even break through some walls. Plus? You can dual wield it. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X teaser gives first look at Predator

    Mortal Kombat X’s next celebrity guest was teased during the latest Kast. Today’s Mortal Kombat X Kast was mostly about all about Jason, but also included a very brief nod to Predator. You can watch the full livestream to see the tease in situ if you’re really keen, but IGN shared this convenient edit: There’s […]

  • Rock Band 4 has count-ins, drum fills and vocal harmonies

    Rock Band 4 will more closely emulate the feeling of being a real musician with some neat personalisation touches. For Rock Band 4, Harmonix elected to double down on player ownership of their experience rather than technical precision. To this end, it has implemented a number of cool new features. I am wildly envious of […]

  • Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, Lost Planet 3 developer shuttered

    Spark Unlimited has gone down with all hands. The Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z and Lost Planet 3 developer has been shuttered and all staff laid off. Chief technical officer John Butrovich confirmed the news in a statement issued to IGN. “Spark Unlimited is closing as a video game developer. The ongoing opportunities for smaller mobile […]

  • PS Now subscription available on PlayStation 3 this month, Vita coming soon

    PlayStation Now’s all you can eat service has finally been dated for PS3. Subscriptions to PS Now, Sony’s cloud-based gaming service, will be available on PS3 from May 12 in the US. The all you can eat package will also be made available on select Bravia TVs and Sony Blu-ray players on the same date. […]

  • GTA 5 is even better with a gravity gun

    GTA 5 modders have made a dream come true, adding a gravity gun to your arsenal of mayhem-causing weaponry. GTA 5 isn’t ready for this. It looks like a heck of a lot of fun, but the poor old Los Santos po po can’t deal with the resulting carnage at all. If Rockstar were ever […]

  • “Mod makers should be able to make money from their creations,” says DOOM creator

    DOOM co-creator John Romero has weighed in on the paid mods debate. Paid mods are a hot issue right now. For years, Valve has been enabling content creators to make money from their work on Counter-strike: Global offensive, Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2, but when it partnered with Bethesda to offer the same for […]

  • Watch WRC driver Kevin Abbring smash through a DIRT Rally challenge

    WRC driver Kevin Abbring has been participating in Dirt Rally’s daily events – and kicking ass. Dirt Rally seems to have ticked one of the most difficult to attain boxes of racing development – creating something professional drivers like to play, and which rewards their years of experience. Codemasters published the video below showing Hyundai […]

  • Mortal Kombat X patch to bring PC version up to console standard

    Mortal Kombat X PC will be fixed tomorrow, NetherRealm has promised. The PC version of Mortal Kombat X has come under fire for poor performance, including stuttering frame rate and bugs as plenty. About 45 minutes into a recent Twitch stream, NetherRealm boss Ed Boon said an update will drop tomorrow to address many of […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: all new Crucible maps detailed

    Destiny’s House of Wolves DLC will add four new maps to the Crucible, the game’s competitive multiplayer mode. Let’s take a look at all of them. Alex brings you new footage showing all of the four maps that will drop with House of Wolves. He goes over the layout, landmarks, gameplay styles, and other important […]

  • Custom Xbox One Star Wars controllers look very tempting

    Microsoft is celebrating May 4 by showing off concept designs for Star Wars-themed Xbox One controllers. May 4 is of course Star Wars Day and the controller concepts you’re about to see are just that, concepts. Or at least that’s what they said they are. There are four designs and they don’t look very practical. […]

  • Project Cars launch trailer is an anthology of race cars, set to the beats of Deadmau5

    Project Cars comes out this week and there’s just enough time for one last trailer. Project Cars, Slightly Mad Studios’ ambitious racer that has been in development for ages, is finally coming out this week. The racer received plenty of changes throughout its development based on community feedback and the final product will be in […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront dev reveals planet Sullust

    Sullust, a planet that has not been previously shown, will be featured in one of Star Wars Battlefront’s maps. Star Wars Battlefront developer DICE revealed today that planet Sullust will be one of the game’s locations. The planet was mentioned in the films and other Star Wars works, but was only shown today. DICE posted […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: Tower vendor changes

    House of Wolves will change the inventory of some of Destiny’s vendors and add new roles to others. Here’s everything that has been announced so far. You know that House of Wolves will bring a new social space to the game in the form of The Reef. But did you also know that the good […]

  • Nintendo apologises for Amiibo shortages, will reissue some out-of-stock figures

    Nintendo released a statement today to apologise for fan’s frustrations in finding some Amiibo figures and promised to handle distribution better going forward. Nintendo has been criticised recently for its lack of communication when it comes to new Amiibo figures. Something which has lead fans to not know if certain figures are limited to some […]

  • Halo: MCC “a black eye for us,” Halo 5 won’t suffer the same fate, says franchise director

    The development of Halo: The Master Chief Collection was of an “outrageous complexity,” which was one of the reasons it suffered a horrible launch. None of that will happen with Halo 5: Guardians, according to Frank O’Connor. Frank O’Connor, Halo franchise development director opened up to Xbox Achievements about the difficult task of developing The […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: weapon Reforging explained

    When House of Wolves drops in a couple of weeks, you’ll be able to change the stats of some in-game weapons. This process is called ‘Reforging’. Alex goes over all the details Bungie revealed about the new Reforging system. This covers the materials you need, the weapons that can be reforged and much more. Make […]

  • GTA 5 PC: control the in-game phone with your iPhone using this mod

    GTA 5′s latest mod lets you control the in-game phone with your real-life iPhone. Reddit user Planetleak wanted to see if he would succeed in getting his iPhone to control the phone in GTA 5. He did it and has a video to prove it. It’s not a mod per-se, but it emulates mouse and […]

  • SoulCalibur dev wants to know fans’ favourite characters for “something huge”

    SoulCalibur developers are probably working on a new game, because they’re asking fans to vote on their favourite characters. Project Soul, the longtime developer of the SoulCalibur series is soliciting feedback on fans’ favourite characters. The developer said as much in a post on its Facebook page. “Calling all SoulCalibur Fans! Project Soul would like […]

  • Jason Voorhees doesn’t look out of place in new Mortal Kombat X trailer

    Jason Voorhees comes to Mortal Kombat X starting tomorrow and it’s time to celebrate his arrival. Jason Voorhees, the first DLC character for Mortal Kombat X has been given the trailer treatment. Jason is part of the game’s Kombat Pack, owners of which can start using him tomorrow, May 5. Being an iconic horror character, […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition – Dragonslayer DLC announced, free to all this week

    Dragon Age: Inquisition is getting a multiplayer expansion this week. BioWare has announced that all owners of Dragon Age: Inquisition will receive a new multiplayer expansion, for free. The expansion is called Dragonslayer and it’s centred around fighting dragons, hence the name. Three new playable characters will join the roster as you explore an all-new […]

  • Sonder is still happening, and this is the best news of the week

    Sonder is a really interesting-looking new indie adventure, which I am quite excited to remember exists. We first heard about Sonder in late 2013, when its debut trailer introduced us to a Kamai Media’s ambitious vision. In the intervening months Kamai has been hard at work on its space station management sim slash non-linear narrative […]

  • Twitter axes playable Internet Archive embeds

    The dream has died: Twitter has disabled Internet Archive game embeds. Remember how for a few days you could tweet a link to an a game on the Internet Archive and it was playable direct from that tweet? Well, Twitter has cancelled that. All those tweets now just show links. GamesIndustry suspects it has something […]

  • Lords of the Fallen, Divinity: Original Sin developers will reveal new games at E3 2015

    Lords of the Fallen developer Deck13 and Divinity: Original Sin developer Larian Studios have new projects in the works which will be revealed at E3 2015. Publisher Focus Home Interactive is behind both new games. In a French press release [PDF] spotted by RPG Codex, Focus said it will show off the two unrevealed titles […]

  • Rare game announce expected at E3 2015

    Rare’s new game will be shown off at E3 2015, apparently. Rare hasn’t announced a reveal, and neither has Microsoft, but it looks like the news has slipped out anyway. IGN cites a tweet from Rare creative director Simon Woodroffe in which he says that a new project from Rare designer Gregg Mayles will be […]

  • Batgirl expansion included in $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass

    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 […]