Sections

Cheer up: it’s only a game

Wednesday, 9 July 2014 14:32 GMT By Dave Cook

Flame wars, trolling, forum arguments and fanboy format armageddon have been reignited with the coming of the latest console generation, but sometimes we all just need to chill out and remember that they’re only games. Right?

oculus fun times

”There are no “hardcore gamers,” “girl gamers,” or “casual gamers,” in my mind. To categorise our fellow hobbyists in such a manner is to deem them somehow different or inferior.”

Today is my last day on VG247 and as a games writer.

I struggled over what the focus of my final blog should be for some time. I wondered if one of those big, long-winded “how I got here, and why I entered this mad, mad industry” stories would be appropriate, but then I remembered that I’m not an important person or going to linger in the memory of the masses for longer than, oh, I’d say a week after today.

So no, I won’t be going down the back-slapping route. It just feels self-serving, you know?

Instead, I wanted to talk about you. That’s right, you sitting there reading these words. You might be male, female, trans-gendered, black, white or a member of another ethnicity. You may be religious, atheist, politically-minded or indifferent. Perhaps you consider yourself a hardcore gamer, or maybe you just enjoy playing phone apps for a few minutes a day.

There’s a lot of debate about inclusion and representation in gaming today, but I don’t care who you are or where you come from, just like you probably don’t care about my life story and reasons for being here today. All that matters is that you’re a gamer; a member of the biggest interactive medium this planet has ever known. This is an inclusive club with no entry requirements or pre-requisites that say “you must do this or be that” to enjoy the hobby.

dark_souls

You died. Probably because you’re a casual n00b who sucks at games. AMRITE? LOL!!1

There are no “hardcore gamers,” “girl gamers,” or “casual gamers,” in my mind. To categorise our fellow hobbyists in such a manner is to deem them somehow different or inferior. You may have even used these descriptors to put someone down or to exert rank over another player.

The truth is we live in a time now where those tags mean nothing. We are all just “gamers.”

To you sitting there reading these words, whoever you are, I say “welcome, fancy a game of something?”

”As a games writer you have little choice but to roll up your sleeves and plunge your writing hands into the sewer of gaming’s darkest, most hateful recesses. You really need a thick skin.”

However, while I hope you’ve enjoyed your time as a game enthusiast so far, I have to admit that – thanks in large part to the advent of the internet – that this hobby has grown incredibly toxic over the years. I’m speaking specifically about the social media space (forums, Facebook, comment feeds and the like). It’s a damn shame too.

Chances are if you’re a happy, content gamer who simply plays games and enjoys them, you won’t have seen the ugly side of the medium that I have. In this job you can’t avoid the screaming, angered, puerile, nasty and downright poisoned exchanges that go on between fellow gamers in the online space.

As a games writer you have little choice but to roll up your sleeves and plunge your writing hands into the sewer of gaming’s darkest, most hateful recesses. You really need a thick skin when putting out articles that might be read by thousands to millions of people, and I’ll admit that I’ve failed in that aim on a few occasions. That’s because I wear my heart on my sleeve and my name is on these pages. Whatever I or other game writers say is instantly at the mercy of the masses. Backlash is inevitable when expressing an opinion on hot topics.

wario

An inaccurate depiction of every game journalists everywhere, bathing in bribe money

During my seven years as a published writer I’ve been called every name under the sun – ‘shill, corrupt, misleading, liar, not a gamer, bribed, paid off, fanboy’ – just for doing my job or daring to have a public opinion. I’m always open for a right to reply however, and where possible I’ll speak with those giving me shit to politely talk about the dispute. Nine times out of ten we talk about it calmly, and once the issue is resolved we remain followers and even friends on Twitter.

That’s heart-warming. But what about you, the gamer sitting there? Do you possess the capacity to to forgive and calmly debate whenever such arguments kick off? When someone expresses their interest in Sony consoles, do you instantly defend your preferred Xbox format? Do you feel everyone who owns a Wii U is an idiot? Are fans of mobile games casual idiots or elderly people? Do you feel PC gaming is dying?

My best piece of advice to you is to calm down and remember that they’re only games.

I don’t mean this to discredit the power of gaming as a medium. Of course, to say they’re “only games” is to overlook the emotional effect of some titles, as well as the hard work, dedication and sheer artistry that goes into making the games so many of you, sitting there, profess to hate with such passion.

This is an incredible medium, one that triggers immense feeling and causes us to lay awake at night while pondering a plot twist or shock ending. It makes us converge at expos and wait in line for hours to play something we can’t wait to own, decorate our play spaces with figurines, posters and other merchandise. We buy the companion novels, watch the cartoon tie-ins, buy the DLC and play together online as friends, comrades.

When gamers rally together and support the medium as keen fans, instead of acting like angry children towards each other, we can achieve excellence. Those are the moments where I’d sit back from my keyboard and genuinely smile, because I can tell you for certain that seeing all of you game for charity, petition for positive change or simply share in your collective enthusiasm is a shining light amid a sea of negative darkness. You’re doing it right.

sick kids

My local charity Sick Kids Save Point sees gamers raising mad-cash for children’s hospitals each year, just for playing games.

Regular readers will know I’m always ready to give games the benefit of the doubt, because I believe that if you stay close minded you’ll be missing out on some superb experiences and who knows, maybe even your new favourite game of all time? Don’t rule it out, seriously.

It’s disheartening then, to see people commenting on a game’s one minute, cinematic reveal trailer and saying something like, “this game will be shit.” That game is dead on arrival to that person, and the work of hundreds of talented coders, artists and designers has been written off with a few keyboard taps. I’m sure many of you out there cannot imagine a world where you are like that person. I know I could never be so down about a past time I love this much.

For such a progressive, engrossing and entertaining medium I just can’t help but feel that such negativity doesn’t belong, but then I remember that we all have opinions. You can’t win them all, although in the majority it’s your passion, enjoyment and genuine keenness for gaming that have kept me in this job for so long. I just feel it’s simply time to tackle a new challenge.

To anyone who has read my silly words and kept my faith in both humanity, as well as the gaming fanbase flickering all this time, thank you, sincerely.

Remember: they’re just games and they exist to be enjoyed in the first instance, not used as ammunition to hurt or discredit your fellow hobbyist. Don’t close yourself off from the joy that this medium so regularly dispenses, I promise you will feel richer for it.

Bye!

yay its ONO

Latest

  • Watch the Evolve Chappie Challenge tomorrow on Twitch

    Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2K and Turtle Rock Studios have announced a tournament being hosted by ESL, which will see Evolve players take on newest movie robot, Chappie. The ESL has teamed up with Twitch for the live 4 on 1 competitive event, and you can watch as it all unfolds tomorrow, March 1 at 3pm […]

  • If you’re attending PAX East, stop and have a look at Necropolis

    We haven’t heard much on Harebrained Schemes’ latest since it was announced in November, but today, the team has seen fit to release some interesting gifs of its a new project, Necropolis. Necropolis is a third-person action rogue-like with procedurally generated which can be “re-rolled mid-playthrough” and is headed to Linux, Mac and PC sometime […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online really is lovely, as these screenshots prove

    More Dragon’s Dogma Online screenshots have been released, and this batch is just as lovely as the last gallery we posted. Since this game will likely never leave Japan, the images are a bit of a salt rub for fans of the IP, but hopefully another entry in the series will be released at some […]

  • Action-RPG Death’s Gambit has a classic-Castlevania feel to it

    How would you like to become an agent of Death and rid the world of immortals? Then Death’s Gambit may just be the game for you. Announced by LA-based studio White Rabbit, the action-RPG with platforming elements tasks players with fighting gigantic enemies on an alien, medieval planet. Players will also encounter formidable beasts, knights, […]

  • Modder adds offline co-op into Resident Evil: Revelations 2

    PC users lamenting the lack of local, offline co-op in Resident Evil: Revelations 2 will be pleased to know a modder has remedied the omission. The mod, created by FluffyQuack, adds offline co-op mode to Episode 1 but the only caveat is players will need to use gamepads instead of mouse and keyboard (via Gamespot). […]

  • Number of Steam accounts with Dota 2 installed hits over 42 million

    Dota 2 has seen its installation rate jump 85% year-over-year, resulting in the MOBA now having close to 43 million installations worldwide. The figures were published via a report from video game research and consulting firm EEDAR, which studied Steam accounts daily to better understand the service’s player behavior and title performance. According to statistics […]

  • Nintendo issuing Eon Ticket codes for Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

    Nintendo is handing out an Eon Ticket to Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire owners which will allow them to visit the Southern Island. Once a player arrives, depending on which version of the game they own, Pokemon Latios and Latias are able to be caught. The Eon Ticket was originally issued via StreetPass, but […]

  • Here’s a couple The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt screenshots to brighten your day

    Two images for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt have surfaced on the game’s Facebook page. Grabbed by Gamekyo, the images show Gerlat and Vesemir chatting with a fellow, and the other shows Geralt riding up to some ruins where some people have been hanged. CD Projekt Red will make an appearance at PAX East next […]

  • Hyrule Warriors Boss Pack DLC contains unlockable character – potential spoilers

    While you already know the next DLC for Hyrule Warriors will allow you to play as the gigantic beast Ganon, there’s a rather humorous unlockable character contained in it as well. Potential spoilers follow below. When the DLC arrived in Japan February 26, YouTuber moccos-tan IsedelicaAs posted a video of the unlockable character, which is […]

  • Star Trek Online players gather on Vulcan to pay respects to Leonard Nimoy

    Star Trek Online players paid tribute to Leonard Nimoy yesterday by gathering around a fountain on Vulcan, the home planet of Spock in the Star Trek series. According to a post by barnacle999 on reddit, when he logged into the MMO “there were around 20 full instances and several partial,” culminating in around 1000 players […]

  • Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin gameplay video shows invasion of The Forlorn

    A new Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin gameplay video has been released, and provides the viewer with a look at the NPC invader system. Watch below as The Forlorn hunts down the player through the game with “with deadly skill and tenacity.” He even teams up with other enemies, making your fight […]

  • Visual upgrade for Wasteland 2, improved modding tools in the works

    A visual upgrade and improved mod tools are in the works for Wasteland 2, according to a blog post from inXile Entertainment. The upgrades will come about as the game’s codebase is migrated from Unity 4.5 to Unity 5. “A major benefit of moving to Unity 5 is that 5 will include many of the […]

  • Battlefield Hardline brings “Hollywood crime drama” to single-player campaign

    In the fifth developer diary for Battlefield Hardline, the team discusses how it’s bringing “Hollywood crime drama” to the shooter’s single-player campaign. The video was released a couple of days ago, so apologies are in order if this has been posted already, but I promise I searched the site and never found it. Visceral Games […]

  • Masquerada: Songs and Shadows is a pause for tactics isometric RPG coming in 2016

    Masquerada: Songs and Shadows is a 2.5D isometric RPG, built in the vein of Baldur’s Gate and Dragon Age in the works at Withing Hour Studios. The game allows the player to pause combat to plan party tactics. “Set in the Venetian-inspired fantasy city of Ombre where rare masks are the key to casting magic, […]

  • Underworld Ascendant surpasses Kickstarter goal

    Underworld Ascendant which was launched on Kickstarter earlier this month, has met its  $600,000 funding goal. With six days left 10,786 backers pledged $610,541 In light of being funded, the team has also switched up the stretch goals as bit, as you can see in the image below. The studio, OtherSide Entertainment, is fronted by Paul Neurath, […]

  • Latest Evolve patch fixes progress and save game data loss on Xbox One

    A patch for Evolve has been released on Xbox One which fixes lost progress and save game data users had reported. The patch also fixes an issue with shadows and flashlight, makes incremental improvements to matchmaking, invites, and rejoining, and there were progressions balance changes. “The issue with lost progress and saved games was mostly […]

  • Online servers for Ridge Racer Unbounded shut down in Europe

    Online functionality for Ridge Racer Unbounded is no longer available, Namco Bandai Europe has announced. Solo mode and the track editor are still playable, minus the sharing options. Ridge Racer Unbounded was released on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in March 2013. Thanks, MCV.

  • OlliOlli will be a cross-buy title on 3DS and Wii U

    Curve Digital has announced OlliOlli will be a cross-buy title when it releases on 3DS and Wii U. The Roll7 title will be the first third-party title to offer the functionality on the systems. OllliOlli will be released on the eShop March 5 The game launches on Nintendo’s eShop on March 5th, followed by Xbox […]

  • Darkbeast electrifies latest Bloodborne video

    The latest Bloodborne video shows off another monster in the game. This one is Darkbeast and he’s full of electricity. The video is the last of IGN’s month-long coverage of the title.

  • Future Assassin’s Creed games will have greater focus on modern timeline

    Ubisoft plans to focus more on modern timelines in future Assassin’s Creed games, the company suggested during its latest community livestream. During the Twitch stream, one of the lead writers for the Assassin’s Creed series, Darby McDevitt, said the modern timeline for Brotherhood’s town of Monteriggioni could inspire future development. “That only came about because […]

  • Fruit Ninja Kinect 2 is coming to Xbox One next month

    Halfbrick has announced Fruit Ninja Kinect 2 for Xbox One will release next month. The mobile title made its way onto Xbox 360 garnering 1 million downloads as of March 2012. It has a new multiplayer mode for up to four players with Battle and Party modes along with a new progression system. An announcement […]

  • New GTA 5 PC screens – shit the bed!

    Rockstar has pumped out 15 new screens for the PC version of Grand Theft Auto 5. Don’t touch them, because they’re electric. And if you touch them, you’ll get shocked. The PC version of GTA 5 has been delayed until April 14, which both sucks and blows. BUT! There’s a new trailer coming between now […]

  • Sony Japan accidentally erases 20th Anniversary PS4 contest entries

    Sony Japan has accidentally erased all information obtained from PlayStation owners who entered to win a 20th Anniversary PlayStation 4. Those who purchased PlayStation 3, PS4, Vita or Vita TV between December 4 – January 15 were handed a calendar with a code which entered them into the contest. Somehow, all data collected from the […]

  • Hearthstone datamine suggests Blackrock Mountain expansion on the way

    Hearthstone’s next update may be based on World of Warcraft’s Molten Core raid, if datamined information posted on Hearthpwn is spot-on. According to files mined from the latest patch, three new cosmetic card backs are on the way, one of which is called Molten Core. The data suggests that pre-ordering the Blackrock Mountain expansion will […]

  • Using Battlefield Hardline single-player gadgets increases your metagame rewards

    Gadgets contained in Battlefield Hardline’s campaign mode have been detailed, and each provides the player with various ways in which to solve crimes. According to design director Scott Warner, one way to “diffuse” a conflict when confronted with criminal activity is to flash your badge and ordering the criminal to freeze. Putting your gun on […]

  • Mortal Kombat X video is all about story mode, new characters

    After promising a new Mortal Kombat X reveal “soon”, NetherRealm Studios has made good on said promise by releasing the story trailer. The video shows parts of the story mode featuring Mileena, which takes place 25 years after the events of 2011′s Mortal Kombat. Outworld has become a larger threat and new fighters joining the […]

  • Destiny’s shotgun and pulse rifle buffs mean it’s time to rethink your load-out

    Destiny’s most-ignored weapons got major boosts this week. It’s time to start thinking about how to work them into your set-up. Even if you’re used to using scout rifles and sniper rifles as a general loud-out (neither class was touched by 1.1.1), the buffs to pulse rifles and shotguns should make you rethink your contextual […]

  • Battlefield Bad Company 2: five years later, what did it do so right?

    It’s been five years since the release of Battlefield Bad Company 2. What did the much-loved entry in the franchise do for the Battlefield series? Westie’s played Battlefield Bad Company 2 for over 1,260 hours on PS3 and PC. That’s dedication. In his latest video he discusses the stand out moments from a FPS classic, […]

  • War is hell in this Zombie Army Trilogy gameplay trailer

    Here’s five minutes of headshots, shambling zombies and an undead Hitler from Rebellion’s upcoming Zombie Army Trilogy. The Sniper Elite spin-off arrives on PS4, PC and Xbox One March 6 and includes three games (obviously) and a new Horde mode.

  • Titan Souls releases on PS4, Vita, PC on April 14

    Ace indie giant-slayer Titan Souls will be released on PS4, Vita and PC on April 14. Publisher Devolver confirmed the date to Eurogamer. Those of us in Europe will have to wait until a day later for release. Titan Souls is a tough-as-nails indie game where you have one life to slay a giant enemy. […]

70 Comments

  1. Dragon

    What!
    WHAAAAAAT!

    Its over guys…

    “Bye!”
    Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

    #1 8 months ago
  2. Dragon

    http://abload.de/img/wsmpaycosss1.gif

    http://i.minus.com/iAVAnzdJjaY9a.gif

    #2 8 months ago
  3. Michael Ireland

    Here here. Truer words have never been spoken.

    Sadly, that kind of hate and vitriol now seaps into every facet of this site. First it was the community. Then it became a part of the articles and news itself. If you keep fuelling the fire, the forest will burn sooner or later.

    You were the best thing about this place since the day you arrived. Informed, friendly, and willing to stand up against bullshit and ego. Though I had the smarts to leave months ago, I know it won’t be the same for a lot without you approachable banter. Whose left to be positive about gaming now?

    Catch you around outside of here, Dave. I’ve enjoyed your writing more than anyone else on the internet in the past few years. No joke.

    #3 8 months ago
  4. Legendaryboss

    http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m9rweavvPR1rb9imko6_r1_500.gif Big Boss salute. Disappointments levels are over 9000! Yeah good luck Dave.

    Now this is where VG247 will take a turn, which will be interesting to watch.

    #4 8 months ago
  5. Dave Cook

    @Dragon sorry dude, duty calls :) Thanks for reading and all the discussion these past two years.

    @Michael yeah dude keep in touch for sure. I’ll still be lurking in gaming’s undergrowth

    Oh and as a shameless plug, you can keep up to date with my novel here. Looking to release in Oct/Nov

    http://theseventhcircle.co.uk/about/

    #5 8 months ago
  6. Dave Cook

    @Legendaryboss Thanks Boss, cheers for all the comments and for reading my waffle :)

    #6 8 months ago
  7. Talkar

    Sad to see you go Dave.
    You and Steph were the last proper writers on this site…

    Keep up your damn good work, and good luck with your future projects :D

    #7 8 months ago
  8. Dave Cook

    @Talkar Thanks dude, I appreciate that :)

    #8 8 months ago
  9. salarta

    It seems like the article is a little torn between “video games are just a form of entertainment, it’s not worth all the hate people put into it” and “video games are major catalysts for deep thought and meaningful change.” It seems trapped between two opposing perspectives. But I think the intent is that while games can be awesome, they’re not worth the really crazy extremes that can come out.

    I disagree about the divisions. It’s true that everyone that plays games is a gamer no matter what games they play or how often, but there’s a marked difference between a person who will join petitions, push for change in the medium or boycott/support a game due to the company’s past actions, compared to a person that only cares enough to buy a quick and cheap game for their phone and leave it at that. There’s a reason the term “Trekkie” exists for big Star Trek fans, and it’s not because all fans are equally obsessed with Star Trek. There are different levels of interest in the medium, and attempts to talk about those different levels require terms for them. The only point where it becomes a problem is when the terms for those levels are used to suggest a person is automatically “not a gamer” or “not playing games right” for fitting the term.

    Anyway, good article all around. See ya Dave, and good luck wherever your plans and career take you.

    #9 8 months ago
  10. Dave Cook

    @salarta Cheers, thanks for reading!

    #10 8 months ago
  11. boskoz

    *Dave Cook has left the game*

    -wut?
    -noooo
    -fucking leaver, reported.

    #11 8 months ago
  12. Dave Cook

    @boskoz I rage quit ;)

    #12 8 months ago
  13. The_Red

    Dammit Dave, dammit.
    Even after learning about it via your superb From Software article, it still hurts.

    Goodbye and best of luck.

    #13 8 months ago
  14. salarta

    @Dave Cook God, I remember the earlier days of online console gaming where kids would unplug their ethernet cords if they were about to lose so they would keep a perfect record. I wonder if any games still have that problem. Last I checked, the person starts getting penalties if it happens too often.

    #14 8 months ago
  15. boskoz

    Just remember Dave that no decision is forever.
    If you feel, in some months, that you were used to this writings and you miss them and maybe you have something more to add to this website, well… just return!
    This can be a pause to detoxify

    #15 8 months ago
  16. Dave Cook

    @The_Red I know dude it hasn’t sunk in just yet but will come 5pm. URK! :O

    You can keep in touch on Twitter @davescook though :)

    @boskoz we’ll see :) thanks for the support!

    #16 8 months ago
  17. ChilliPSco

    Dave, a brilliant article. Thanks for making my reading of your articles for the past few years, the most enjoyable. I wish you well for the future.

    #17 8 months ago
  18. fengato

    Truly sad to see you go Dave – I don’t want to belittle the efforts of other staff, though your articles were the reason I popped in each day. :( Here’s to your future endeavours!

    #18 8 months ago
  19. Dave Cook

    @ChilliPSco Thanks dude, I’m humbled that you liked and followed my work for so long :) It means a lot!

    @fengato cheers, and thank you for reading my words, seriously :)

    #19 8 months ago
  20. fengato

    @Dave Cook – Must feel good (from a gaming) perspective to be moving on. Turning something that you love into a career can stifle the romance!

    #20 8 months ago
  21. Hcw87

    Hopefully this site won’t die down further because of this. Good luck with whatever you’re doing next (think i read something about a book/novel or something).

    I haven’t always agreed with you as i’m a BF gamer and you’re more on the CoD side, but i guess we can both agree that Titanfall is a pretty awesome game, am i right?

    It’s a shame to see an unbiased journalist platform-wise leave this site. There aren’t many of you here.

    #21 8 months ago
  22. Dave Cook

    @fengato Yeah it feels really good :)

    @Hcw87 hell yeah on Titanfall :D YOu can keep up with my book here, lots of details – http://theseventhcircle.co.uk/about/

    #22 8 months ago
  23. FinalStar

    Judging from the way the quality and frequencey of news posts on here has clearly gone down already over the last few weeks coupled with the rise of click-baity mutli-page lists and similar stuff, I fear the worst now that you’re gone as well.

    Good luck with your YouTube stuff and whatever else you’re going to do.

    #23 8 months ago
  24. Dave Cook

    @FinalStar Thanks Final, I appreciate that :)

    #24 8 months ago
  25. Digital Bamboo

    Well, shit.

    Gamers everywhere, lose today.

    Best of luck, Dave. I’ll be keeping an eye out for your book(s).

    #25 8 months ago
  26. Dave Cook

    @Digital Bamboo Cheers dude, that means a lot, sincerely. It’s been a pleasure to do my best to inform you guys over the years and hopefully you all got a laugh out of the words or found fun with a new game because of something I wrote :)

    #26 8 months ago
  27. polygem

    Worst news this site has posted in years.

    Serioulsy.

    Good luck with your future plans and all the best.

    Let´s see where this site is heading to now.

    It still does a pretty good job in keeping people updated with vg news, even with some of these pesky and questionable changes that happened in the last year or two – i always return to vg247 because in the news department, you guys just are the best on the whole wide internet. still. the success is deserved…but the site definitely is in danger to lose it´s authenticity and soul for quite some time now.

    if i criticise the site i don´t do it because i just like to moan and complain / sometimes that´s fun though :D but because i think that this page has been and still kind of is – something special. criticism is important. i would really appreciate more feedback and interaction from the staff in general.

    you´ve been trying to do just that from day one – it was great and a welcome change in interaction. it really benefited the page.

    i always thought that you balanced this out quite well.

    you´ll be missed for sure but moving on in your work life is pretty damn important imo…otherwise life can get boring.

    Good luck and good game man!

    #27 8 months ago
  28. JAMBO4170

    Well you were bloody good at this so I wish you all the best in your next job. Your articles were always brilliant and offered an interesting point of view and opinion, as did this one. Which was totally on the mark, comment sections are only filled by people brave and willing enough to have someone attack them for any reason imaginable. We all have at least one thing in common…an appreciation of gaming!

    #28 8 months ago
  29. Dave Cook

    @polygem Thanks Poly, I appreciate the kind words, and have nothing but love for the VG247 crew. We part ways on good terms :)

    Shameless plug but you can follow my novel Seventh Circle here, it’s one of the things I’m doing next:
    http://theseventhcircle.co.uk/about/

    @JAMBO4170 Cheers :D I just like to be balanced and nice about games instead of sneering and unfairly critical. I’m glad it got through to so many of you guys and it worked to a degree :)

    #29 8 months ago
  30. Zedex

    As a long-time lurker, I felt compelled to sign you off Dave. This industry really isn’t for the faint-hearted, and after seeing all the poisonous sludge you, everyone else on this site, and a fair amount of people in the industry have waded through, it’s truly inspiring to see that your passion and love for the medium is still intact. It really is a beautiful hobby, one I’m sure I’ll be sure I’m taking with me through the rest of my life.

    Hope you have a great time wherever life takes you!

    #30 8 months ago
  31. Dave Cook

    @Zedex Thanks Zedex, it has been tough at times to see people act so despicably towards each other through an industry that exists for fun. It’s a damn shame, but that happens in many avenues of life.

    My love of the game remains, that’s for sure :D Cheers for reading!

    #31 8 months ago
  32. cubone285

    See ya around Dave, wish you luck with your future endeavors and all that. :D

    #32 8 months ago
  33. mickeytorrez

    Good luck, Dave! Site won’t be the same without ya

    #33 8 months ago
  34. JonFE

    Anyone crazy enough to get an O&S tattoo is a force to be reckoned with, me thinks!

    Best of luck with the book, Dave!

    #34 8 months ago
  35. TheWulf

    Not going to over-exaggerate or engage in hyperbole, none of that. Just going to say that you did a good job, Dave. You provided the news, and you were humble in its delivery. What more could one ask for?

    You will be missed.

    #35 8 months ago
  36. Dave Cook

    @cubone285 @mickeytorrez Thanks, much appreciated :D

    @JonFE Hah! and most certainly not the last Dark Souls tattoo that’s for sure!

    @TheWulf I’m a humble writer that’s for sure. I worked here to serve you guys, always :) Cheers for all your comments and reading mate!

    #36 8 months ago
  37. CyberMarco

    Nice read as always from you Dave. Yeah, sometimes things get a bit heated regarding gaming controversies, some justified other not. I too tend to express my opinion most of the times but I don’t take the issues too seriously.

    It’s a shame you are leaving this site, you are one of the really few that gladly engages with his readership among several gaming-news sites. Good luck with your future endeavors and I hope to catch you on Steam. :D

    Btw thanks again for the headset! hehehe

    #37 8 months ago
  38. ManuOtaku

    Great job you did here, because you put a lot of your soul on yout posts, and because of that i know whatever you do next you will suceed, thats the most important ingridient in life, put something of you in what you do, an sure as heck you did it, thanks for everything, i will follow you on twitter, and perhaps i will play a few rounds of whatever game with you, god willing.

    As For the issues touch by this piece, i agree, we gamers segregate big time among ourselfs, to the point it seems we hate us, and hate companies, that are part of what we love, which i dont see in other hobbies like anime, movies, and sports, we need to evolve in order to be one happy family, to enjoy the success of sony, microsoft, nintendo, or any other manufacturer, without seeing our personal preferences. We need to feel empathy for all gaming related things.

    #38 8 months ago
  39. Gama_888

    Damn, Bye dave. as others have said your articles have been good and iv enjoyed them.

    i think i may take my leave from this site with you though.

    i can still vaguely remember when i first found this place, it was awesome, all the VG news i wanted, up to date and in order, from the tiniest stories to the blockbuster announcements.

    but now iv really lost my interest here, the breaking news is given a tiny bit on the side, while the big $ per click stories are highlighted as big and bold as can be.
    For years this site was the second tab that opened when i started chrome, but recently kotaku has found its way to its place.

    Im honestly amazed that Erthazus is still spamming with the same messages article to article, year to year, and your still running from wordpress which doesnt allow ignoring if im right?

    shame, real shame

    #39 8 months ago
  40. Gama_888

    Sorry for doube post, but i cant find the edit button, if there is one anymore? xD

    but whats with all the list articles aswell??

    theres always a 10 things you should know, or 10 things we , or 10 things you didnt know about so and so,
    in the headline list???

    #40 8 months ago
  41. Triggerhappy

    Sad to see you go Dave :( Always admired your willingness to get your hands dirty in the comments section and never taking any shite (in a nice way) You’ll be sorely missed. Soooo, only Brenna and Steph left… I’m sure they’ll hold the fort. PS: Bring back Johnny Cullen!

    #41 8 months ago
  42. RandomTiger

    Sorry to see you go, Best of luck for whatever is next.

    #42 8 months ago
  43. OlderGamer

    Good luck with your next chapter of life Dave.

    #43 8 months ago
  44. TD_Monstrous69

    You shall be missed Dave, and I can’t agree with you more about the vitriol within the gaming community, as well as the elitist categorization that can surround the gaming community. Wherever you’re going next, I wish you well.

    #44 8 months ago
  45. fearmonkey

    Wow…..
    Didnt see this coming…

    Good luck on your future endeavors Dave! May your gaming always be great!
    You will be missed!

    #45 8 months ago
  46. Dave Cook

    @CyberMarco Thanks dude and congrats again on winning the competition :D

    @ManuOtaku Love that comment mate, thank you. I do indeed put a lot of myself into my words, because I never once saw myself as above the reading, playing public. I’ve always been one of you guys, to the point that your frustrations are also mine and your enjoyment is as well. I like to think I never lost that passion :)

    @Gama_888 sorry to hear you’re going, but I appreciate all of the kind words and for reading my articles :)

    @Triggerhappy Thanks dude, I always thought there was little benefit in ignoring the community. Felt pointless and bad for the image :)

    @RandomTiger Cheers! You can keep up to date with what I’m doing on @davescook and follow my book’s progress at http://www.theseventhcircle.co.uk It’s out this year.

    @OlderGamer many thanks! :D

    @TD_Monstrous69 I just figure they’re games you know? They exist fore fun, so I’m going to have some damn fun :D

    @fearmonkey it all happened so fast admittedly, with my new job and such. Didn’t expect it to happen so quickly. Cheers for all the comments and for reading my pieces these few years!

    #46 8 months ago
  47. newtain

    Haven’t been using the site for long but whenever I opened an article, I knew it would be a good read if your name was at the top.

    You get your point across without it ever seeming inflamatory or bias, and that’s the sign of a great writer.

    Whatever the future holds for you, I wish you every success.

    #47 8 months ago
  48. redwood

    gonna miss your Darksoul adventures man :\ what will we do when bloodborne comes out? all the best with your future… God speed!

    #48 8 months ago
  49. Revolting

    Good work, Dave. Good work.

    I know what it’s like to have a hobby soured by becoming a thankless labour. Hopefully you’ll continue to enjoy gaming all the more once you’ve stepped away from the more vitriolic side of the community. Time to relax and just have fun with those games. That’s what they’re there for, after all.

    Good luck, and hey, the book looks really interesting!

    #49 8 months ago
  50. Dave Cook

    @newtain thanks dude that’s really humbling :) I always tried my best no matter what the subject.

    @revolting thanks and cheers for the book feedback. It should launch this year. Stay tuned.

    @redwood don’t worry about Bloodborne, i’m doing a video playthrough on my youtube channel http://www.youtube.com/thecookieshooter :D

    #50 8 months ago
  51. Game Hunter

    thank you for all the great articles,Dave.good luck with your future career.I hope I get the chance to have a jolly cooperation in a game with you buddy.Lead On,and Praise The Sun!

    #51 8 months ago
  52. dazedonthemoon

    What a sad post to read today. You were by far my favorite writer of this site Dave and your unbias and level headed approach to gaming journalism is still unmatched by what I have seen elsewhere.

    Though I am slightly afraid to see where VG24/7 will go from here, I will try to stay positive and hope that I and the rest of the community here takes the good advice from this article and stop differentiating ourselves as gamers. We all enjoy this wonderful hobby and need take a breather sometimes before hitting that comment button to read what we actually wrote.

    I wish you the best Dave! Thanks for all your time and effort on this site. We will be looking forward to a future drunk post talking about the good ol’ days. (Or at least I will) Haha! Cheers.

    #52 8 months ago
  53. Darkfield

    Damn good stuff, I’m gonna miss all this. I’m gonna drink a big pint of beer to your health and success Dave. Thanks for the fantastic articles and your involvement with the community all this time. It really is depressing to know the next time I’ll be browsing VG247 there wont be a brand new Dave Cook article to read through but then there’s gonna be your novel which is gonna be great. Which suddenly makes the whole thing not so grim after all. Looking forward to your future work, already bookmarked and subscribed everything, so I’m gonna be waiting to see what happened next. :D

    Cheers mate, and thanks. And you tend to that beard.

    #53 8 months ago
  54. Dragon

    @Dave Cook ,
    Nah, don’t be sorry. Your life your choice. I just wanted to tell you that what you were doing (game journo) was great too.

    Its just that your great work made VG247 a better place. For VG247, it seems to me (as a reader) that things are going downhill. The articles, the news reporting, the headlines, the dead forums, everything seems to be changing for the worse. With you leaving, it seems that the trend is just continuing.

    Well, enough with negativity! You have my sincere thanks for the great 2 years of dedicated work you have put here and also wishing you god speed for your future endeavours.
    I will buy your novel definitely. And sorry that I couldn’t create your second anniversary thread in forums like last year :(

    #54 8 months ago
  55. szu

    You will be missed Mr. Cook.
    Good luck with everything.
    Take care.

    #55 8 months ago
  56. Conqueror994

    I Remeber your first post here when you came into this site, I always don’t have good feelings about new comers but i did about you from your first post.

    I’m gonna follow your twitter to know what you doing next :) and support it whenever i can.

    Good luck (Sorry for my bad english)

    #56 8 months ago
  57. YoungZer0

    Oh that’s just fucking great! Yeah, you just go and leave us here! Yeah, you do that, Dave!

    Fucking Hell. You know you’re the ONLY writer that got me interested whenever you released one of your articles? Even if it’s a topic I don’t care about. Even if it’s a topic and opinion I disagree with (Dark Souls, hm? :)), it was always a pleasure to read your stuff, Dave.

    Your articles always had that kind of down-to-earth-hey-iam-just-here-to-have-fun style of writing. Seeing you go is tough.

    I was already asking myself for months as to why I stay on this website and you just made it that much harder to answer that. Guess we’ll see how long it will take me to say bye, bye.

    You’ll be missed, Dave. I wish you all the luck in the world for your future project.

    #57 8 months ago
  58. onefivefive

    Thanks for all the great writing and a fantastic send-off article. Best ‘o luck in the future.

    #58 8 months ago
  59. Armitage Shanks

    Sad to see you go Dave,but i cant blame you,it genuinely seems like the constant negativity and douchebaggery gets to you.You are best thing about this site by far,i dont post much on here but check the site every day for the past few years,Unfortunately the people who constantly spout negativity pretty damn militantly will always be the most vocal…you know who they are,enjoyed reading your backhanded reply’s to them especially, that one time you outright told king troll himself to f**k off ahhh good times.

    #59 8 months ago
  60. Rafa_L

    Hey Dave, you were the writer here that I liked the most, you will be missed.

    #60 8 months ago
  61. Dave Cook

    @Game Hunter praise the sun dude :) thank you!

    #61 8 months ago
  62. Dave Cook

    @dazedonthemoon thanks dude, I really appreciate the feedback :) cheers for reading all my work!

    @darkfield that’s cool that you came here to check out my new articles. Feedback like that always makes me smile :D Thanks on the novel too. It should be out this year :) cheers dude!

    @dragon man those two years felt like they flew by too. I genuinely believe that was down to it always being fun. Appreciate the feedback and thanks for your words on the book. I’ve been working on it for three years and it’s almost done. Incredible feeling :D

    #62 8 months ago
  63. Dave Cook

    @szu thank you! :D

    @conqueror it’s awesome I was able to give off a good first impression :) you can also check out my new novel at http://www.theseventhcircle.co.uk it should be out this year. Cheers for the support!

    @youngzero this is amazing feedback! yeah I always tried to keep it humble and down to earth, never really thinking I was above you guys. I liked to think I was.always right there among the gamers because I love this hobby so much :) it’s been a pleasure.writing for all of you!

    #63 8 months ago
  64. Dave Cook

    @oneonefive thanks for reading dude! :)

    @armitage yeah the negativity often wore me down as it’s counter to how I feel about gaming. Thanks for the nice words on my writing too, that truly means a lot.

    @rafa thanks mate, I’ll miss being here too!

    #64 8 months ago
  65. Llewelyn_MT

    Thanks for your quality writing. It was a privilege to read it. Great loss for the website and e-journalism at large. See your out there. Best of luck.

    Wherever life takes you, game on!

    #65 8 months ago
  66. Docker Al

    Cheers Dave. It has been wonderful having a massive FPS fan writing on these pages and your writings on this subject in particular will be greatly missed – even if I didn’t always agree with you. I will be keeping tabs on your YouTube channel for sure. Thanks for all the informative and entertaining reads you’ve provided and all the best for the future.

    #66 8 months ago
  67. silkvg247

    How sad for the site! I wish you luck in your future endeavours. I have always enjoyed reading your articles, and you’re a down to earth, good, honest bloke.

    Will you still be posting on the forums here as a part of the community?

    #67 8 months ago
  68. Belmont

    Thanks Dave, for all the amazing articles you posted here over the time. And for your positivity and your relaxed and calm attitude. Best wishes!
    and I will keep an eye on your novel thing (The Seventh Circle). Thanks again and Best wishes for best writer on VG247 !

    #68 8 months ago
  69. lama

    all the best to you dave…

    #69 8 months ago
  70. Clupula

    This makes me incredibly sad. Dave, you were my favorite writer on the site. I loved how you always took the time to interact with us all. I always found you fair, honest, and entertaining. Most importantly, those times where we’d have vastly differing opinions always felt like a debate between friends, rather than a fight. I know I can be confrontational and I neverfelt the need with you. I will definitely miss your work. If you ever find yourself in NYC, get in touch. We’ll get a mug (pints are metric and we don’t do metric in the land of football-in-plastic-armor-where-you-also-use-your-hands)of weak-ass American beer. USA! USA! Seriously, though, safe travels and good luck with the novel.

    #70 8 months ago

Comments are now closed on this article.

  • Mortal Kombat X: which character will be revealed tomorrow?

    Mortal Kombat X director Ed Boon is teasing a new character reveal. During today’s Mortal Kombat X livestream, NetherRealm said that a new character would be revealed “very soon”. Boon followed up with this teasing tweet suggesting the reveal will occur tomorrow: Very soon? As in tomorrow? :/ — Ed Boon (@noobde) February 26, 2015 […]

  • Halo played by Twitch is an exercise in great patience

    TwitchPlaysHalo is ridiculous. Halo: Combat Evolved is the latest game to be sucked into the “TwitchPlays” phenomenon, and the results are somewhat painful to spectate. If you’re not familiar with the setup, which debuted with TwitchPlaysPokemon, the game accepts commands from the channels’ chat stream. Although it doesn’t have the strategic RPG elements of Pokemon, […]

  • Gold Amiibo sold out, selling at five times RRP on auction sites

    Gold Mario Amiibo are expected to sell for pretty astounding profits on eBay and other auction sites. The Walmart-exclusive Gold Mario Amiibo is already completely sold out. Plenty of people managed to snaffle them to resell, though. There are now dozens of listings on eBay and other auction sites. One of the average asking prices […]

  • Canadian new game prices jump to $75

    Canadian gamers are in for an unpleasant price hike. As spotted by HardcoreGamer, the local Canadian branches of Amazon and EB Games have raised the prices of upcoming games to CAD$75. The CAD$5 increasing comes within a year of prices hitting the CAD$70 point. CAD$75 (£38/€53) currently exchanges for $60, the standard US pricing. The […]

  • New Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows weather, day-night cycle

    The latest Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows off a gloriously beautiful world. Xenoblade Chronicles X is Monolith Soft’s first solo Wii U game, and the developer is clearly enjoying being able to build a big open world with all the features we’ve come to expect. Missed the whole Xenoblade thing? Chronicles X is a sort […]

  • Dead Rising: Watchtower teaser talks up the benefits of Zombrex

    Live-action Dead Rising movie Watchtower is almost upon us. Dead Rising: Watchtower will release on Crackle on March 27, and via other digital distributors thereafter. Enjoy the short teaser below, courtesy of IGN.

  • We Happy Few debut hits you upside the face with a frying pan

    Contrast developer Compulsion Games has revealed its next project – the delightfully creepy-looking We Happy Few. We Happy Few is set in “a drug-fuelled, retrofuturistic city in an alternative 1960s England” where “a plucky bunch of moderately terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful denial”. Players are tasked with blending in with […]

  • Slender: The Arrival creeping onto PS4, Xbox One in March

    Slender: The Arrival sold like hotcakes on PC and last-gen consoles, so why not terrify yourself on PS4 and Xbox One, too? Slender: The Arrival will release on PS4 on March 24 and on Xbox One on March 25, developer Blue Isle Studios has announced, for $10. No word on that Wii U version, though. […]

  • GOG weekend sale celebrates German debut

    DRM-free games vendor GOG is celebrating its German-language launch with a tasty sale. The sale offers discounts over 25 “German favourites”. Highlights inclue 97% off Deponia, and less steep but still tasty savings on Memoria and Blackguards 1 and 2. The sale will run through March 3, and you do not have to be, speak, […]

  • Humble Weekly Bundle goes back to Japan

    The latest Humble Weekly Bundle is called Made in Japan, and I’m sure you can guess the theme. Pay what you want for Cherry Tree High Complete Pack (PC; Steam or DRM free), Fairy Bloom Freesia (PC; Steam or DRM free) and Influent + Language Pack (Linux, Mac, PC; Steam or DRM free). Pay more […]

  • Capcom “looking into” solutions to Resident Evil: Revelations PC co-op issue

    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 fans should sit tight for a bit, as Capcom is working on some sort of solution to the co-op issue. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 doesn’t have local co-op on PC and fans are pretty mad about that, as it was advertised ahead of release as a key feature. Although Capcom has […]

  • The games industry is disruption, says Assassin’s Creed producer

    Former Assassin’s Creed producer Jade Raymond has characterised the games industry as one long series of upsets. The games industry changes all the time, and that’s one of its best qualities, Raymond said. The ex-Ubisoft leader told Polygon that the reason seh got into games in the first place was because it “is this undefined […]

  • GTA 5 made $31 million in digital revenue in January

    GTA 5 is the highest-grossing title at the moment in terms of digital revenue, and the PSN is absolutely minting it. Digital games industry analyst Superdata has extended its scope to include console games, which means we suddenly have access to a whole bunch of data we’ve only been able to guess at, or extrapolate […]

  • Destiny: Inferno playlists debut next week

    Destiny PvP will shake things up next week with a new way to slaughter your mates in the Crucible. Destiny is already a skilled PvP game, but the new Inferno playlists will turn things up a notch with a focus on “basic gunplay”. The first of these, Inferno Control, kicks off on March 3 and […]

  • First-person camera coming to Guild Wars 2 next month

    ArenNet has announced its adding nonrestrictive first-person view to Guild Wars 2. Here’s what top expect come March 10: First-person Camera: Zooming in all the way will allow players to experience a first-person view. First-person mode is available while standing in place, walking, running, jumping, playing PvP and just about anything else. There aren’t any […]

  • Shadowrun Online signs on with Nordic

    Shadowrun Online has been given a nice little boost thanks to a distribution deal with Nordic Games. Shadowrun Online is a new team tactical RPG from Cliffhanger Productions. Although it’s already available through Steam Early Access, Nordic has agreed to distribute the finished version, which is due on Linux, Mac and PC in the second […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, game world ten times the size of demo

    Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, according to director Hajime Tabata. Speaking with IGN, Tabata said development will kick into high gear once the Episode Duscae demo is released. “It’s about 60% now. People may look at that and say ‘well, you’ve only done five more percent!’ [since 55% in September] but it’s actually a […]

  • Destiny: you don’t need to visit the tower to access your vault

    Destiny players, you asked for it and Bungie has delivered it: you can now swap items in and out of the vault using the companion app. “Destiny needs more vault space” you cry – and yes, this is true. But while we all struggle with the limitations imposed on us by Bungie, we face all […]

  • Mortal Kombat X will contain over 100 Brutalities

    During the Mortal Kombat X stream today, NetherRealm Studios revealed Brutalities are back for the game, and stated there will be over 100 to pull off. You won’t gain any extra experience for being overly cruel with your painful moves, but you will at least get to laugh at some and “cringe” at others, according […]

  • Numenera: Strand is a film based on the game up on Kickstarter

    Numenera, the 2012 Kickstarter success and foundation for Torment: Tides of Numenera, could become a film if the Kickstarter for the movie is successful. With five days left, Monte Cook Games and Swedish film company Valdes/Eriksdotter needs £22,542 to reach its goal. Titled Numenera: Strand, it tells the tale of a drifter who “roams a […]

  • Gran Turismo 6 update adds MINI Clubman Vision, more

    A Mini Cooper has invaded Gran Turismo 6 via a new update. The Mid-Field Raceway track has also been added, and its a new and improved version of the original track from previous Gran Turismos. The new B-Spec Mode feature has also been added which allows the AI driver to race on your behalf. Additional […]

  • Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and some playable titles to PAX East

    Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and Splatoon with it to PAX East next month. The E3 2014 build of the game lets eight players transform into squids in a race for “splattered-paint dominance.” Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will also be playable and featured in stage presentations at the Nintendo booth. Upcoming or newly released Nintendo […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium information seems to have slipped out early

    Battlefield Hardline Premium perks have apparently leaked a bit early, according to a post on Reddit. Over on the Hardline subreddit is an image which was take at a GameStop location, noting two week early access to content additional Battlepacks and more. Here’s the rundown: Four expansions Two weeks early access 12 additional Battlepacks Exclusive […]

  • Final Fantasy: Record Keeper arrives in the US this spring

    Final Fantasy: Record Keeper will be released in the US on iOS and Android this spring, DeNA and Square Enix today. The mobile titles allows players to “relive favorite moments” across all Final Fantasy installments and build a team of classic characters from across the entire franchise. If you sign up for email updates, you […]

  • Battlefield Hardline now available for pre-order, pre-download on Xbox One

    Battlefield Hardline is now available for pre-order and pre-download on Xbox One. You can pre-order it now from the Xbox Store and once you have paid for it, you can start your pre-download. Battlefield Hardline releases on March 17, and will be made available to pre-downloaders come 12.01am EDT. Check pricing and availability for your […]

  • Dying Light interactive video allows you switch between day and night

    A new video for Dying Light has been released, which allows you to hit the Z key to change between day and night. Titles Life and Death in the Quarantine Zone, the interactive story video showcases how the game changes between day and night. Daytime and nighttime are shown side-by-side but the z key allows […]

  • Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare out on PS3, PS4; PC delayed

    The Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is now available for PlayStation 3 and PS4. Havoc contains the four multiplayer maps Core, Drift, Sideshow, and Urban along with the AE4 directed energy assault rifle, its custom variant, and the Exo Zombies cooperative mode. You can purchase the DLC separately or pick up the […]

  • Here’s a teaser for Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2

    A teaser video for the second episode of Resident Evil Revelations 2 is available, so if you’ve yet to play the first episode, you may want to skip this. Resident Evil Revelations 2′s first episode is out now. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • North American eShop update is full of Donkey Kong games

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Titan Attacks, Donkey Kong Land, Donkey Kong Country and more. eShop on 3DS Ironfall Invasion Titan Attacks! Donkey Kong Land – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 2 – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 3 – Virtual Console Luv Me Buddies Wonderland Around the World […]

  • Venture into the Valley of the Yetis next week in Far Cry 4

    The next batch of Far Cry 4 DLC, Valley of the Yetis, releases in March and Ajay Ghale will be tasked with surviving violent cultists and the mythical Yeti. Apparently the cult is looking for a secret hidden in the valley, and Ajay has discovered their motives. The DLC features co-op with a friend taking […]

  • The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack out for Payday 2, has dino masks

    The 19th DLC pack for Payday 2 title The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack is available on Steam from today. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: 11 new weapon modifications for the AK rifles in the game 11 new weapon modifications for the CAR rifles in the game Four new masks together with their […]

  • Battle Chasers slated for PC, consoles; comic picks up where 2001 storyline left off

    Darksiders creator Joe Madureira and Vigil co-founder Ryan Stefanelli have confirmed a Battle Chasers game and a new comic are in the works at their new studio Airship Syndicate. Speaking to Polygon, Madureira and Stefanelli wouldn’t provide details on the the game, but did divulge it will be an adventure RPG with player-controlled Battle Chasers […]

  • Shovel Knight, Hotline Miami 2 discounted for Sony’s annual Spring Fever Sale

    Sony is hosting its annual Spring Fever Sale which runs for eight weeks and features a new title each week. The sale starts next week on March 3 with the launch of Helldivers. Here’s just a few items included in the sale: HELLDIVERS (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March 3 Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March […]

  • The gold Super Mario amiibo is a Walmart exclusive

    The Super Mario Gold amiibo which surfaced via a CPSIA certificate earlier this month will be a Walmart-exclusive, Nintendo has announced. The gold-colored Mario amiibo will be released the same day as the Mario Party 10 game for Wii U and will run you $12,96 at 3,000 participating Walmart stores in the US. Along with […]

  • Here’s an overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

    As new gameplay overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, culled from the Active Time Report, stream has been sent over by Square Enix. The video provides a look at the history and environments of the Kingdom of Orience; the 14 memebers of Class Zero; the battle system with customizable magic spells; and the ability […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video gives you a look at the game’s wildlife

    A new video shown by Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata during the latest Active Time Report, contains a look at the game’s wildlife and ecology. You can watch the full stream two hour stream through here, or a smaller clip courtesy of GamesHQMedia below.

  • Lionhead ventures into the free-to-play space with Fable Legends

    Fable Legends will be free-to-play when it launches on PC and Xbox One. According to Lionhead, the one versus four cross-platform title borrows from MOBA games such as Dota 2 and League of Legends as it will contain free, rotating heroes which will be added to a roster for a two week period. Once the […]

  • Win! 5 pairs of tickets to the Call of Duty European Championships

    We have five pairs of tickets to giveaway for the Call of Duty European Championships, taking place in London this weekend. The event takes place this Saturday February 28 and Sunday March 1 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Winners can watch teams will go head to head for a $10,000 prize pot […]

  • Republique Remastered has released on Mac and PC

    Republique Remastered, which was announced earlier this month, is now available for Mac and PC. The game is 20% off through Steam, GOG and the Humble Store for $19.99 until March 4. Thereafter, it will run you $24.99. The Remastered edition contains all five episodes of the game, with 1-3 available now and the remaining […]

  • LA Cops coming to Xbox One in March

    Isometric shooter LA Cops is coming to Xbox One on March 13. Already on Steam Early Access, the game looks like it’s been heavily inspired by Hotline Miami. Walk into a room, open fire, leave bloody puddles in your wake. It’s being published by Team 17. Check out the video below for some 70s cop […]

  • We have $500 of Steam Wallet funds to giveaway!

    We’re giving away 10 Steam Wallet prizes worth $50 each to VG247 readers, courtesy of Bundle Stars. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning $50 Steam credit is to enter your details below. Join the Bundle Stars Steam group for entry in the sweepstake, and gain extra entries for […]

  • Lapsed Final Fantasy 14 players tempted back with 10 day freebie

    Square is offering lapsed FF 14: A Realm Reborn players a chance to come back to the game for 10 days worth of free adventuring. Provided you’ve already bought and registered an account you’ll be able to play free of charge from Feb 27 to March 9. Square wants you to sample the new content […]

  • Advanced Warfare: Sledgehammer looking at “opportunities” to recreate classic Call of Duty maps

    Sledgehammer Games has told VG247 it’s looking at opportunities to recreate classic Call of Duty maps in Advanced Warfare. According to co-founder Michael Condrey, players of the latest Havoc DLC are asking how Exo abilities and verticality can be added to classic franchise maps. “We’re taking a look at some opportunities to really highlight the […]

  • GTA Online reader playlist week 7: and the winner is…

    Stuff was shot. But only one player emerged victorious. GTA Online player e031271 won last night’s VG247 reader playlist, beating myself, Matt and regulars solidorwot and Revolting. Congratulations, Mr e031271. A deserved victory. We play a GTA Online playlist in an open session every Wednesday on PS4, because it’s both funny and fun. Anyone’s welcome […]

  • Leaked screens reveal The Reef as Destiny’s new “social space”

    A handful of leaked Destiny screens seem to confirm that The Reef location will be the new social space in Destiny. The new addition is likely to be revealed as part of the upcoming House of Wolves expansion. Reddit user Megamanexe4 dropped the screens on the site earlier this morning, along with grabs that reveal […]

  • Darksiders creator teases Battle Chasers game

    Joe Madureira, creator of Darksiders, has released art that strongly suggests a Battle Chasers game is in the works. Battle Chasers was a comic book from the late 1990s that suffered notorious production problems between issues and was never finished. Madureira formed Airship Syndicate after the collapse of THQ, where he co-created Darksiders. His latest […]

  • Infamous video nasty Axe recreated in GTA 5

    The trailer for notorious horror movie Axe has been recreated in GTA 5. The shot for shot remake is the work of gigerbrick who has previously recreated exploitation flicks like Machete and Hostel using Lego. The original Axe movie was banned in 1984 in the UK but passed with cuts in the late 1990s. Movie […]

  • Payday 2 for PS4 and Xbox One includes “a year’s worth of paid DLC” for free

    Payday 2: Crimewave Edition will include a year’s worth of paid DLC from the PC version of the game for free. The new-gen version of the game will be available June 2015, and includes almost all of the paid and free DLC released so far for Overkill’s popular first-person shooter. That DLC includes The Big […]

  • Yes, Mortal Kombat X will require Xbox Live Gold or PS Plus

    Mortal Kombat X won’t bypass Microsoft and Sony’s premium online play requirements. Reports that Mortal Kombat X wouldn’t require PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold started circling earlier this week thanks to a communications error. Answering fan questions on Twitter, producer Shaun Himmerick accidentally gave the impression that premium console subs would not be required […]

  • This is what Destiny players most want next

    Destiny patch 1.1.1 has resolved or at least addressed a number of complaints voiced by the community, but there are plenty more. des Destiny community manage David “Deej” Dague has put out a call for Guardians to share their concerns – or rather, what they think the community is most concerned about. “Set aside your […]

  • Google AI can play games now, so we’re probably all going to die

    Google has brought us one step closer to our inevitable slaughter or enslavement by machine overlords. Google has developed an AI that can learn to play video games and devise brand new strategies. Let me just rephrase that: Google has created an AI that can teach itself new skills, including how to play video games. […]

  • First footage of Renowned Explorers: International Society surfaces

    Renowned Explorers: International Society is a turn-based strategy game from the team behind Reus, and it looks great. Renowned Explorers was announced almost a full year ago, but has been pretty quiet since then. Developer Abbey games has now announced that the game has hit alpha, and will be open to select testers soon. You […]

  • Cities: Skylines developer commits to mod support

    Cities: Skylines will fully support the modding community. Hailing from famously mod-friendly publisher Paradox, Cities: Skylines is a no-brainer for mod support – especially as a lack of mod support is one of the things SimCity was so heavily criticised for when it firts launched. In the developer diary below, Paradox’s Jakob Munthe is joined […]

  • Nosgoth update adds Vanguard, many fixes

    Nosgoth, the free-to-play multiplayer brawler set in the Legacy of Kain universe, has been given a significant makeover. The major feature of the latest Nosogth game update is a new playable human character called the Vanguard. “Equipped with mighty throwing axes and a shield, the Vanguard can take more punishment than any human class that […]

  • Xbox Live Gold 12 month sub $40 on Microsoft store

    Microsoft is offering $20 off 12 month Xbox Live Gold subscriptions at the moment. An Xbox Live Gold 12 month subscription will normally set you back $60, but a Microsoft Store promotion has it on offer for $40. The offer is restricted to the US store. Although you can opt to grab your sub as […]

  • Tomb Raider movie script to be penned by TMNT writer

    Tomb Raider will be Evan Daugherty’s second reboot of an established universe. The Tomb Raider movie reboot has signed on a writer and a distributor. Deadline reports Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Divergent, Snow White And The Huntsman and G.I. Joe 3 writer Daugherty will write the film. Additionally, Warner Bros. has signed on to distribute, […]

  • Shelter 2 pre-orders open, launch trailer debuts early

    Shelter 2 is a game in which you are a mother lynx and must protect a den of kittens. Yes, it’s delightful. Shelter 2 is coming to Mac and PC on March 9. Pre-orders are now available on Steam at 10% off or on GOG.com with a free skin and soundtrack, or 20% off if […]

  • That Batman: Arkham Knight trailer is full of codes

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s trailer is like a Transformer – there’s more than meets the eye. The new Batman: Arkham Knight trailer contains a number of codes. Eagle-eyed users have spotted four so far, and work on cracking their meaning is progressing. According to an /r/games thread rounding up results so far, the codes pertain to […]

  • Assassin’s Creed haystacks won’t save you from a fall

    Assassin’s Creed fans, don’t try this at home. Assassin’s Creed characters can survive falls of almost any distance as long as they aim for the haystacks scattered handily throughout the environment. As you probably deduced from your familiarity with common sense, this isn’t a real thing: falling from heights kills you, the same way a […]

  • Why are people buying PS4 and not Xbox One?

    PS4 is outselling Xbox One – but why? A new report may have the answer. Last month, the PS4 outsold the Xbox One in the US again, returning it to the top of the charts after just two months away. Why? What has caused this reversal in fortunes in Microsoft’s home territory? According to a […]