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7:30 PM on 08.31.2014

Why does the term 'gamer' feel important?

Earlier this morning I told my Twitter followers I was thinking of starting a post about why the term gamer might be "dying" or an article about positive representations of schizophrenia in videogames (like, all two of them)....

Jonathan Holmes


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Mistwalker Celebrates Terra Battle's 500K Downloads Milestone

Having now surpassed 500,000 downloads, Terra Battle fans will soon enjoy new characters from the original character and dragon model designer of Panzer Dragoon, Manabu Kusunoki. For more information on upcoming milestones and recently unlocked milestones, please visit Terra Battle's Download Starter.




9:00 AM on 10.09.2013

Gamers: The Official Picture

Screenshot taken of the comment section of BF4Central.com, in a post about the upcoming Battlefield 4 Battle Packs.  As you can see, it manages to capture absolutely everything about the modern gamer in just two short statements.

Jim Sterling

1:30 PM on 07.18.2013

Adventure Time skips PS Vita, Namco trolls system fans

The new Adventure Time game is coming to Xbox 360, PS3, 3DS, and Wii U, noticeably omitting the long-suffering PlayStation Vita from its lineup. As you might expect, Vita owners are a bit upset at the snub, and have taken to ...

Jim Sterling



Who wants to pay taxes in Grand Theft Auto V? photo
Who wants to pay taxes in Grand Theft Auto V?
by Jim Sterling

Grand Theft Auto may place players in a large, expansive, living world, but one couldn't ever accuse it of being realistic. Death and punishment are slaps on the wrist, you can enjoy life in the city without paying bills, or needing to eat to survive, and you never go the toilet. Some fans wish that easy lifestyle to end. 

Over on the GTA forums (thanks, Racecarlock!), a number of fans express some surprising wishes for a crazy realistic Grand Theft Auto V experience. From having to pay taxes to serving full jail sentences, there are all sorts of wacky suggestions for turning GTA from sandbox nuttiness to full-on life simulator. 

Take a look at some of these community suggestions (along with responses for and against), and decide for yourself whether they're fun ideas or millstones that would make the experience less fun. Can realism be too realistic? Is the freedom to live a full life ironically limiting? You decide!

All posts are quotes with their original grammar and potentially offensive turns of phrase.

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Xbox One kills game ownership, here's what Xbox fans say photo
Xbox One kills game ownership, here's what Xbox fans say
by Jim Sterling

Microsoft finally clarified much of its policy on used games and online restrictions with the Xbox One, and the news is grim for those who actually believe in consumer rights. With its new system, Microsoft will take the final step in stripping gamers of their property ownership, and control every moment of their experience. 

Making you check in every 24 hours like a groveling lapdog, restricting your ability to lend and rent games, and effectively pursuing the industry dream of keeping goods long after they've been sold, the Xbox One is a corporation's fantasy machine that flips off the common end user. 

The Xbox brand's most vocal fans, those posting on Major Nelson's blog, were among the first to react to the news, and even among such die-hards, the reactions weren't pleasant. Gamers from all sides seem furious at Microsoft's publisher-friendly, consumer-kicking policies, with only a scant few gathering the nerve to defend them. 

Here's what folks have been saying. 

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11:45 AM on 04.26.2013

'Who the f*ck gives a sh*t about f*cking Xbox 360?'

It's an innocuous enough little blog post -- an article on Battlelog aiming to help Xbox 360 users save space on their hard-drives by deleting obsolete Battlefield 3 update files. Fair enough, right? Wrong!  The otherwis...

Jim Sterling

1:00 PM on 03.08.2013

SimCity Metacritic user reviews are brutal brutal brutal!

Big game releases these days are almost always going to be subject to some literary abuse via the outlet of Metacritic user reviews, especially when a major publisher like Electronic Arts is concerned. In the case of SimCity,...

Jim Sterling

6:00 PM on 02.27.2013

PSN is better than Steam due to Bronies and pro gamers?

Every now and then, I stumble upon something written by somebody else that I find interesting enough to share with you, my lovely readers. They needn't be written by developers or pundits, either. Take, for example, this humb...

Jim Sterling

2:45 PM on 02.07.2013

'Fans' FURIOUS over Rayman Legends PS3/360 news

The news that Rayman Legends would no longer be exclusive to Wii U was certainly a blow to Nintendo, no matter how happy it might have made PS3 and Xbox 360 fans. While Nintendo's keeping a poker face about the situation, how...

Jim Sterling

12:00 PM on 11.19.2012

Uncharted 'fans' FUUUUURIOUS at card game spin-off

Uncharted: Fight for Fortune was only officially revealed this morning, but already the "fanbase" is up in arms and inconsolable at the idea that a spin-off game would dare to actually spin off from something. THE VERY IDEA! ...

Jim Sterling

11:15 AM on 11.13.2012

Metacritic user reviews do the usual poop on Black Ops II

Another hyped "AAA" game, another round of vengeful user reviews from those wishing to put said game in its place. This time, Call of Duty: Black Ops II is ready to receive its punishment.  As always, gamers have marched...

Jim Sterling





6:00 PM on 11.10.2012

There is now a 'Fake Nerd Girl Detector'

Game developer and Sup, Holmes guest Zoe Quinn has a new quiz game out, and it may be relevant to your interests. As someone who thinks that the concept of "gamer cred" is awful, and the idea that we have to se...

Jonathan Holmes

12:00 PM on 10.02.2012

Metacritic user reviews and Resident Evil 6 ... you know

Yep, it's happened again! Resident Evil 6 is the newest game to be torn to shreds via Metacritic's user reviews, following a rare instance of there being a large number of press reviews that agree with the fan rage. The game ...

Jim Sterling

11:30 AM on 09.23.2012

What gamers say about DmC: Devil May Cry's latest trailer

DmC: Devil May Cry is easily one of the most controversial releases in a good long time. Although a large section of the fanbase has been slowly won over by Capcom and Ninja Theory's promotion, there is still a highly dedicat...

Jim Sterling

11:15 AM on 09.11.2012

Terraria coming to XBLA/PSN, PC users PISSED

Terraria has today been announced for consoles, coming to Xbox Live Arcade and the PlayStation Network with extra content. PC users, expecting a major announcement and feeling gypped, are absolutely furious. Justified? Maybe....

Jim Sterling

1:30 PM on 09.07.2012

What gamers say about Capcom's Remember Me

Capcom released a new gameplay demo video of Remember Me yesterday, and the response from gamers was ... rather cynical. Whether it's due to residual resentment of Capcom or the actual quality of the game is for you to decide...

Jim Sterling