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Dead Rising 3 designed to appeal to Call of Duty fans


UGH UGH UGH UGH UGH
Jun 12
// Jim Sterling
In a GameSpot report, Capcom demonstrated exactly how terminally bloody stupid the mainstream game industry truly is, confessing that Dead Rising 3 is planning to appeal to Call of Duty fans. Because of course, following the ...
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MS says gamers will buy everything, including Xbox One


What was it Skywalker said about confidence?
May 28
// Jim Sterling
Angry about the Xbox One? Put off by Microsoft's increasingly anti-consumer attitude? Company man Phil Spencer isn't worried. In fact, he's confident you'll buy anything it puts out, because that's what gamers do.  "We b...
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Microsoft: Xbox One reports 'inaccurate and incomplete'


Vague Microsoft doesn't know why we misunderstand its vague statements
May 25
// Jim Sterling
Microsoft, by way of mouthpiece Major Nelson, has criticized reports on its Xbox One used game policy as "inaccurate and incomplete," seeming to miss the fact they're based entirely on Microsoft's own statements -- which have...
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Biden: No legal reason why 'violent' games can't be taxed


Vice President tells Reverend Asshole that'd be just fine
May 14
// Jim Sterling
Vice President Joe Biden recently had a meeting with religious leaders to discuss gun control, and violent media was discussed. God forbid we don't obfuscate the gun discussion with more demented strawmen.  Reverend Fran...

Star Trek on PC is broken as f*ck!

Apr 21 // Jim Sterling
Most insultingly of all, the game's official PR channels have decided to try and diminish the problems of those affected, claiming "only a fraction" of users have experienced problems. When that "fraction" seems to include anybody attempting to review the thing and loads of customers, I don't think we're dealing with a tiny handful.  Even if it were the case, having a "tiny fraction" of users unable to play the game's only real draw is fucking shameful, and absolutely nothing to boast about. It especially doesn't help when a developer for the game, Kenneth Lindenbaum, is posting on the Steam forums that it works fine for him and there isn't a problem.  And this is all before we get into the accusations of the development team flooding Metacritic with fake positive user reviews. While it promises to be looking into the issues, Digital Extremes has so far displayed a lackluster and slow response to complaints, as well as a bad attitude it's in no position to have.  So yes, Star Trek for PC is broken, unable to do what it advertised itself as doing. We'll have a review coming from Ian Bonds, but my personal recommendation is to ignore this crude waste of time.  You had one job. One.
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The sole reason the game exists ... doesn't work
The latest Star Trek release has its fair share of problems -- chief among them being that it's kind of boring -- but PC users are in for an altogether more shocking problem. The online co-op, arguably the entire point of th...

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Company's biggest recent releases proved unable to meet targets
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 bill...

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Sandy Hook shooter allegedly trying to beat a high score


The only game hurting society is the blame game
Mar 18
// Jim Sterling
An anonymous "law enforcement veteran" claims the Sandy Hook shooter was comparing "high scores" of previous mass murderers and intended to beat a record. According to this totally responsible and not-at-all reckless source, ...
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EA being EA

EA censors its own support number on its forums


If nobody calls, it must mean nobody has any complaints!
Mar 16
// Tony Ponce
[Editor's note: As I indicated in the third paragraph, I assumed that blocking the phone number on the forums has likely been a long-standing practice. As ZiggyMoff posted in the comments, Valve does something similar -- repl...

Teen shoots parents with pistol, blames violent games

Mar 14 // Jim Sterling
As we saw with Norway shooter Anders Brevik, it's looking like killers have taken note of the fact they can shift accusing eyes away from themselves by pointing at violent videogames -- a tactic eagerly swallowed up by news sources, parents, and politicians. Thanks entirely to the efforts of FOX News, CNN, Leland Yee, and a host of other reckless disseminators of assumption-posing-as-fact, videogames are an easy way for a criminal to pass the buck and take some of the heat off themselves. It might not be a "get out of jail free" card -- yet -- but it's demonstrably effective in allowing murderers respite from their own responsibility.  That someone can kill people in cold blood, blame videogames ... and actually have that blame accepted by influential people, is beyond atrocious. Nathan Brooks won't be the last one to try it, either, and he won't be the last to find a society more than willing to hear him out. Utterly disgusting.  14-Year-Old Shoots Parents, Blames Video Games [GamePolitics] [Image source]
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This is what killers have learned to do now
A Washington state teen has been charged with murder, the 14-year-old having shot his mother and father in the head after he was grounded from electronic devices. Nathon Brooks may be tried as an adult for the crime, tho...

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Zynga silliness

Zynga: Copying games is no big deal, don't worry about it


Who has time to be creative when you are providing a "service"?
Mar 12
// Tony Ponce
"Zynga is often accused of copying games, which is mostly true." Those were the words spoken by Dan Porter, General Manager of Zynga New York. It's no secret to anyone with the capacity for rational thought that the social ga...
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Donkey Kong rip-off

Donkey Kong also got ripped off for an iOS game


Apple's Seal of Quality
Mar 04
// Tony Ponce
What was that saying again? "When it rains, it pours"? The Android developer who released a game unwittingly starring Yoshi may have been able to cover his ass -- albeit barely -- but there is no way in hell that the mastermi...
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EA micro-transactions

EA plans a future of micro-transactions (Update)


Customers apparently 'embracing' EA's shakedown
Feb 27
// Jim Sterling
[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...
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Square Enix confirms new Final Fantasy game for PS4


Says nothing else
Feb 20
// Jim Sterling
... and that's LITERALLY all Square Enix did.  "Be excited for E3," said the publisher.  Yes, an announcement of an announcement. We're heading to a new generation ... but apparently plenty of old behavior is carrying over. 
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Hyrule Historia jerk

This ass is selling 40+ copies of Hyrule Historia LE


Wow, what a douche nozzle
Feb 16
// Tony Ponce
I've got myself a copy of the Zelda series bible Hyrule Historia, and it's as amazing as everyone says. However, for highly appealing ancillary game merch such as art books, I like to splurge a little extra on fancy collector...

CNN host tries and fails to link videogames to violence

Feb 01 // Jim Sterling
"You kill a prostitute, and that's a big thing, you get to win points," lied Burnett. "I find that offensive. But does that mean that those people who play that game are more likely to kill people?" Pollack's answer? No. He said there was absolutely no evidence, though admitted gamers may be less willing to break up fights and may engage in domestic violence. As questionable and alarmist as even that is, it clearly wasn't the answer the CNN reporter had hoped for.  As the interview concludes, I urge you to take a moment to observe Erin Burnett, stuttering, dejected, and visibly disappointed -- a far cry from the look of petulant smugness she begins the interview wearing. She wanted a psychologist to say violent videogames cause killers, and got one who said they don't. She wanted her assumptions to be backed up, and was told there no evidence supported her opinion. The sorrow on her face says it all.  Naturally, Erin and her sordid ilk will continue to bang on the same drum, and can find any number of alleged psychologists who will say anything they want. With that in mind, it's a small comfort, but it is nice to see a panic-mongering hack squirm after utterly failing to get the story she so pitifully and obviously tried to claw for herself.
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Erin Burnett wants psychologist to say things he doesn't believe
CNN's Erin Burnett last night tried desperately to make a psychologist blame videogames for gun violence, attempting to coerce him into agreeing with her that "violent" games make people more likely to kill.  "There's a...

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US senator definitively claims games are worse than guns


Idiot moron says something idiotically moronic
Jan 30
// Jim Sterling
Many politicians will heavily imply that videogames are far more lethal than weapons designed to be lethal, but U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander has taken the idiot ball and ran for the hills with it clasped in his gnarled t...
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Resident Evil Revelations

Capcom: No RE Revelations on Vita because REASONS


Can't capture the hi-end home console experience
Jan 24
// Tony Ponce
After dancing around the rumors for a while, Capcom finally announced that Resident Evil Revelations for the 3DS is being ported to PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, and PC. As inconspicuous as a gushing head wound is PS Vita's total abs...
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Says we should all just be quiet while men like him do the talking
Leland Yee, a man famous for lying about videogames and draining huge amounts of tax money in his war on the industry, has suggested those affected by his bullshit should keep their mouths shut. According to the hypocritical ...

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Ralph Nader: videogames are electronic child molesters


Games compared to pedophiles, because that's not irresponsible!
Jan 22
// Jim Sterling
Former politician and consumer advocate Ralph Nader has decided to throw his lot in with the perpetrators of moral panic, writing off videogames as "electronic child molesters." Talk about a socially responsible statemen...
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NRA launchs iOS game for children aged four and up


Get 'em when they're young
Jan 14
// Jim Sterling
Despite slamming the videogame industry -- and the nature of free expression -- for promoting gun violence, the National Rifle Association isn't afraid to double down on its hypocrisy. The gun advocacy group has released a sh...
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Videogames now accused of giving children cancer


British tabloid does a British tabloid thing again
Jan 08
// Jim Sterling
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. ...

Connecticut town physically destroying violent videogames

Jan 03 // Jim Sterling
Once again, there was no mention of the news media, or other forms of grief pornography, that go beyond what games and movies to in order to portray story after story revolving around real violent crimes, and glorifying real violent criminals. Something tells me, if I showed up with some FOX News and CNN tapes, SouthingtonSOS wouldn't be snapping those in two and tossing them in a big pile destined for the furnace.  And what kind of message is this sending to kids, anyway? If you don't like something, your first action should be to destroy it? Wonderful message, that. Let's not encourage creativity, or work together to build something in the aftermath of a tragedy. Let's break shit. Let's burn stuff. The answer to destruction is more destruction, obviously. AMERICA, BITCHES! But no, these guys are probably right. Maybe videogames actually have malevolent hexes woven into their code, and when we finally destroy the last one, the curse shall be lifted and schizophrenia will suddenly be cured, while guns turn to dust and crumble in the hands of anybody not using them to kill terrorists (because guns are smart like that).  Fucking dicks.  Connecticut town holds drive to collect and destroy violent video games [Polygon] [Image]
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Welcome to New Salem
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...

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Company of awful ideas has awful idea
We're only a few days into 2013, but Sony's already vying for the Asshole of the Year award in a competitive fashion. It's been discovered that the company has patented a method of "tagging" games played on multiple systems, ...

NRA attacks videogames in Sandy Hook response

Dec 21 // Jim Sterling
He would also go on to attack such recently released films as American Psycho and Natural Born Killers, as well as music videos that, "portray life as a joke and murder as a way of life."  "But is that what it really is," he continued. "Isn't fantasizing about killing people as a way to get your kicks really the filthiest form of pornography? "In a race to the bottom, media conglomerates compete with one another to shock, violate and offend every standard of civilized society by bringing an ever-more-toxic mix of reckless behavior and criminal cruelty into our homes -- every minute of every day of every month of every year." In this statement, the National Rifle Association has successfully exposed itself as the craven, spineless organization it really is. Unable to simply defend his group on its own merit, LaPierre instead tried to deflect blame, passing the buck onto a safe and easily identifiable target in the pathetic hope that people would stop paying attention to guns. And what's he fucking going on about, claiming the media has tried to "conceal" violence in entertainment? Within moments of the Sandy Hook news breaking, we had mainstream media falling over itself to criticize videogames. LaPierre knows this, and at once hopes to exploit the media's scapegoating of modern entertainment while claiming he's the only man brave enough to scapegoat modern entertainment. A liar, a hypocrite, and a fucking invertebrate. What a lovely combo.  Also, good job reaching for a 10-year-old flash game that nobody's ever heard of in order to try and make a point. Free advertising for an incredibly obscure game, plus a nice public indicator of how desperate you are to find some sort of vague connection between games and Sandy Hook. Mind you, that was undermined the moment you brought up a 20-year-old fighting game that doesn't have guns in it.  Whether you agree with gun control or not, the malingering attempts to drag videogames into the debate is intellectually offensive. Here we have a group that claims to stand for the constitution, while attacking one of America's most envied rights -- the right to free expression. The two-faced pusillanimity of these lily-livered poltroons ranks highly among the most nauseating examples of accountability deflection I've ever witnessed in my career -- and I've seen most of them.  Feel free to read the whole thing, in which one proposed solution to gun violence in schools is to put more guns in schools. In any case, I'd like to thank the NRA for eradicating whatever shreds of sympathy I might have ever had for its cause.  Fuck you very much.  [Image source: woodleywonderworks]
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Lies and hypocrisy reach record levels
The National Rifle Association today held a press conference to cover its apparently cowardly hide in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting, which media pundits have already gleefully pinned the blame for on violent videogames....

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Dynasty Warriors implicated in school shooting


Camp hack n' slash can feed your 'Darkest Thoughts'
Dec 17
// Jim Sterling
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...
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Mass Effect and more attacked over school shooting


Angry mob goes after games when media misleads them
Dec 15
// Jim Sterling
Yesterday, the mainstream media sunk to a new low in its rush to build the latest death circus. Following a horrific school shooting in a Connecticut kindergarten, news sources -- chiefly CNN -- jumped to dangerous speculatio...
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Racists call BioShock Infinite a white-killing simulator


'Looks like a Jew trying to piddle on old small America'
Dec 14
// Jim Sterling
The BioShock series has never been shy of offering political critique, and BioShock Infinite is biting closer to home than previous installments. The game themes itself around nationalism, racism, and what can happen when the...
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Nintendo blames Germany for dumb Wii U eShop restrictions


18-rated games locked until 11pm each night
Dec 10
// Jim Sterling
Nintendo has confirmed German law as the reason for a stupid restriction that stops European eShop customers buying 18-rated games like ZombiU during the day. Because Nintendo of Europe is based in Germany, all of Europe is l...
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Europe: 18-rated Wii U eShop games locked until 11pm


Adults forced to wait up to buy games
Dec 07
// Jim Sterling
Reports around the Internet, including NeoGAF, have revealed an irritating age restriction on the European Wii U eShop. Regardless of whether you have a child account or not, you're unable to purchase 18-rated games until 11p...
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Hollywood desperate enough to do Company of Heroes movie


Movie makers scrabble pitifully for ANY existing IP
Dec 04
// Jim Sterling
The film industry has become a pathetic hive of regurgitation and desperation lately, as a world of competing entertainment drives producers to commission endless reboots and sequels -- anything that an audience will instant...

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