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3:45 PM on 04.23.2014

Teen calls SWAT IRL in retaliation for Call of Duty loss

You've heard of playing SWAT games in Call of Duty, but what about actually sending SWAT to someone's house because you lost to them in a videogame? On a scale of one to fedora-tipping, how pathetic is that? An anonymous game...

Brittany Vincent


8:00 AM on 04.23.2013

Pizza Hut Kinect ordering coming to Xbox 360 today

Microsoft has added a new way to make cash aside from its advertisements, sponsored games, and Xbox Live Gold subscriptions, now offering an app that lets you order Pizza Hut food directly from your Xbox ... and it's better w...

Jim Sterling



Tomb Raider, Hitman, Sleeping Dogs all failed Square Enix photo
Tomb Raider, Hitman, Sleeping Dogs all failed Square Enix
by Jim Sterling

Despite each game clearing at least a million sales, Square Enix has revealed Tomb Raider, Hitman: Absolution and Sleeping Dogs all failed to meet their targets. This news comes on the same day the company projected a 13 billion yen loss and saw its president resign

Sleeping Dogs has sold an estimated 1.75 million copies to day, followed by Tomb Raider at 3.4 million and Hitman at 3.6 million. Square Enix blames these "slows sales" in part for its "extraordinary" financial losses this year. 

The company particularly points its finger at the North American market, claiming an "ineffective" sales force compared to Europe, where games performed two-thirds better. Another alleged problem is "price pressure," forcing Square Enix to spend more on such things as "price protection."

The publisher's report is yet more evidence of the so-called "AAA" market's downward spiral, where you can't even be considered a success in the face of selling millions of copies. This, along with Resident Evil 6 "failing" in spite of nearly five million sales and Dead Space 3 needing "five million" to survive, points to a market that's crashing and burning. 

Mainstream videogames have officially gone wrong. 

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8:00 AM on 02.27.2013

EA plans a future of micro-transactions (Update)

[Update: According to TheSixthAxis, EA's CFO "misspoke" on the subject of game prices, and is actually expecting games to cost between $49 and $59, rather than the $69 he original talked about. Don't worry, they can always ma...

Jim Sterling

8:30 AM on 01.22.2013

Dead Space 3 crafting system includes microtransactions

Dead Space 3 is going to see a fair few changes, boasting a faster pace, cover-based shooting, and a weapon crafting system. While I'm not a big fan of some of the alterations, the one thing I did find praiseworthy was that l...

Jim Sterling

9:00 AM on 01.08.2013

Videogames now accused of giving children cancer

British tabloid the Mirror has decided to try something a little different. With its peers implicating videogames in school shootings, this particular rag has a new approach -- blaming games for giving kids cancer. ...

Jim Sterling



Connecticut town physically destroying violent videogames photo
Connecticut town physically destroying violent videogames
by Jim Sterling

In the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting, yet more rudderless speculators have seized upon the opportunity to blame violent videogames, because that'll always be easier than trying to solve actual problems. So it is that one town's offering to physically destroy the things.

Polygon reports that SouthingtonSOS, a group dedicated to organizing help during times of crisis, has planned the destructive spectacle for January 12. Children are being invited to bring their games to the symbolic execution, where they can be exchanged for local restaurant coupons. Carelessly pass the buck for dangerous crimes, and get some free chicken strips out of it. What scamp could resist!?

"The group's action is not intended to be construed as statement declaring that violent video games were the cause of the shocking violence in Newtown on December 14th," said the group, before contradicting itself. "Rather, SouthingtonSOS is saying is that there is ample evidence that violent video games, along with violent media of all kinds, including TV and Movies portraying story after story showing a continuous stream of violence and killing, has contributed to increasing aggressiveness, fear, anxiety and is desensitizing our children to acts of violence including bullying.

"Social and political commentators, as well as elected officials including the president, are attributing violent crime to many factors including inadequate gun control laws, a culture of violence and a recreational culture of violence."

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Black Isle needs a Kickstarter to Kickstart a Kickstarter photo
Black Isle needs a Kickstarter to Kickstart a Kickstarter
by Jim Sterling

On this day, the concept of crowd-funded gaming has finally reached farce status, with a ridiculous proposition from Black Isle Studios. First off, the studio wants your money to become a studio, at which point it will ask for more to actually make a game. Yes, it needs a Kickstarter to Kickstart a Kickstarter.

We call this new business move, The KKK!

"Our goal at this stage is threefold." says Black Isle, "Prove to management that you want Black Isle Studios resurrected -- and all the history and tradition of excellence that goes with it; continue to staff up and complete our PV13 game design; and develop a tech demo / proof of concept for our design that will open the doors to additional funding."

Basically, Black Isle Studios isn't even a thing yet. It has no game, and the money you give it will be for no tangible product. The first round of funding will simply be to fully revive and staff the company. Only then will it move onto actually making a videogame -- which it will require more money for. 

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4:45 PM on 12.17.2012

Dynasty Warriors implicated in school shooting

As if the circular blame game surrounding violent crime wasn't bad enough, one particular British tabloid has decided to implicate Dynasty Warriors in the Adam Lanza school shooting. Yes, we've moved on from Mass Effect and a...

Jim Sterling

4:45 PM on 08.08.2012

Silent Hill HD Collection patch canceled on Xbox 360

Good news: Silent Hill HD Collection has been patched following reports of frankly grotesque problems with the unfinished code.  Bad news: This patch will only be available to PlayStation 3 customers. If you bought the X...

Jim Sterling

12:30 PM on 07.06.2012

New game invites players to beat up Anita Sarkeesian

Anita Sarkeesian is a name that many gamers really weren't familiar with before she became the latest gamer harassment target. Now she's everywhere, and her controversial opinions have led to things like this -- a game in whi...

Jim Sterling





8:00 AM on 06.11.2012

Kickstarter project leads to harassment and threats

In today's episode of "What the Hell, Gamers?" the creator of a Kickstarter project has become the target of harassment after planning to make a video series exploring female stereotypes in videogames. The abuse includes thre...

Jim Sterling

8:40 AM on 12.16.2011

EA selling a $100 DLC car in Need for Speed World

Usually I get angry or dismayed when one of Electronic Arts' shenanigans come to light, but when it comes to the downloadable content for Need for Speed World, I can't help but laugh. The free-to-play PC racer is offering car...

Jim Sterling

8:14 AM on 12.06.2011

EA's new Theme Park game is a rotten scam

Electronic Arts is resurrecting Theme Park on iOS, but if you think that's Bullfrog's charming little simulation game has returned, you're in for a sour awakening. EA has made it a "freemium" game, which wouldn't be so bad if...

Jim Sterling

8:00 AM on 12.02.2011

Oh, EA: Subscription charges added to Tetris mobile app

Oh, EA! What have you cheeky scamps gone and done now? It would seem you've added a subscription service to a Tetris app of all things. Now why would you go and do something as positively zany as that? Electronic Arts has rel...

Jim Sterling

10:00 AM on 09.16.2011

Cliffy B 'upset' by hateful 8/10 Gears of War 3 reviews

With any other videogame, scoring an 8/10 would be considered glowing praise. According to Epic Games' Cliff Bleszinski, however, that couldn't be further from the truth. In fact, according to him, anybody who dares give Gear...

Jim Sterling