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2:30 PM on 07.27.2013

Phil Fish has meltdown on Twitter, rashly cancels FEZ II

[Update: Phil Fish has posted on Twitter: "to be clear, im not cancelling FEZ II because some boorish fuck said something stupid, im doing it to get out of games. and im getting out of games because i choose not to put u...

Patrick Hancock

6:30 PM on 07.10.2013

Shantae FINALLY boogies onto 3DS on July 18

Good news, everyone! The critically acclaimed Game Boy Color gem, Shantae, was originally scheduled to release on the 3DS Virtual Console on June 20, but unsuspecting technical hiccups delayed the launch until some time this ...

Tony Ponce

10:47 AM on 07.10.2013

When worlds collide, heroes return

The PlayStation Twitter account teased a couple of images this morning. First it was this eclipse looking thing, and now this one that looks like some kind of portal. "When worlds collide, heroes return," it says. Insomniac's Twitter is copied in one of the tweets, too. What could this be for? A new Ratchet project? Any guesses, folks? Insomniac says that "big news" is coming tomorrow.

Dale North

8:00 AM on 07.05.2013

Dreams come true: FEZ to be patched on Xbox 360

Phil Fish, fancy lad and angry boy, has proclaimed to the world that FEZ will be patched once more on Xbox Live Arcade. As Gabrielle herself sung in the 90s, dreams can come true (look at me, babe, I'm here with you).&nb...

Jim Sterling

12:15 PM on 07.01.2013

Pitchford encourages Aliens: Colonial Marines PR tactics

Randy Pitchford is far from ashamed that Aliens: Colonial Marines looked nowhere near as good in real life as it did in highly scripted showcase demos, going so far as to encourage the industry to do it more. According to the...

Jim Sterling

9:00 PM on 06.29.2013

Rumor: Mario Kart 8 drifts onto Wii U in April 2014

After Wii Sports, which had the benefit of being bundled with all non-Japanese Wiis for the longest time, Mario Kart Wii is the best-selling game for Nintendo's white wonder -- it's moved over 34 million units as of this past...

Tony Ponce





2:00 PM on 06.29.2013

Hideo Kojima suggests starting with Metal Gear Solid 3

I'm so behind with the Metal Gear Solid series it's bordering on pathetic. Since playing through the famous bait n' switch in MGS 2, I've maybe only given the franchise a few hours of my life. I made it across to the bri...

Wesley Ruscher

8:30 PM on 06.28.2013

CONFIRMED! Bayonetta's Enzo = Danny DeVito + Joe Pesci

If you play the original Bayonetta and don't immediately think of Joe Pesci the moment Enzo opens his mouth, you haven't been getting enough Vinny in your life. Some people find his manner of speech annoying, but like former ...

Tony Ponce

8:00 AM on 06.24.2013

Gamers campaign to end Wii U region locking

With Microsoft reversing all its content control policies on Xbox One, and Sony already planning a region-free PlayStation 4, Nintendo is insisting on keeping all the territories separated on Wii U. Fans are now taking the pl...

Jim Sterling



An industry that needs Xbox One DRM is a failed industry photo
An industry that needs Xbox One DRM is a failed industry
by Jim Sterling

It looks like we're going to do this dance again. So soon. In the wake of Microsoft reversing its Xbox One DRM policies, brave corporate warrior Cliff Bleszinski wasted little time in telling us how this would be a bad thing for the industry and gamers. Make no mistake -- he's not the only one. Disconcertingly, his views are echoed by angry press members and naive customers alike.

"More studios WILL close and you’ll see more PC and mobile games," warned Bleszinski, preparing us from the grim darkness of the 21st Century. "... Brace yourselves. More tacked on multiplayer and DLC are coming. You’re also about to see available microtransactions skyrocket. HATS FOR EVERYONE."

Bleszinski is joined by Gizmodo in his portents of despair and misery. Claiming that "we" all made the Xbox One worse as a result of our complaints, writer Kyle Wagner used no evidence to claim Microsoft's DRM would definitely have been great for everybody, and would lead to a world of cheaper games. Because the game industry has demonstrated many times that, when it has a monopoly, consumers benefit. Except, y'know, not. 

It takes a lot of naivety to trust so willingly in Microsoft, a company that's done absolutely nothing to earn our trust. It takes even more to believe that an industry so dependent on heavy-handed consumer control deserves to survive. Frankly, any industry that suffers due to the reversal of ONE console's DRM policies is an industry that deserves to suffer. 

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8:00 AM on 06.19.2013

Game magazine scrubs Ellie from The Last of Us artwork

I've talked at length about the Creepy Cull of female protagonists in the game industry, where women are shunted off promotional materials and deemed unworthy to act as playable characters. It seems the scythe is wielded not ...

Jim Sterling

4:45 PM on 06.03.2013

Telltale Games teases mystery title via Vine

Today, Telltale Games posted a mystery video of an unknown game on its Vine account. No doubt taking some notes from Bethesda's last Vine tease, it should be no surprise that developers are taking advantage of the short video...

Alessandro Fillari

11:00 AM on 05.27.2013

Blow: Microsoft's lying about Xbox One cloud power

Microsoft has been making a big deal about the "infinite power of the cloud," claiming it'll make the Xbox One more powerful, with enhanced, superior games. Jonathan Blow, the man behind Braid and The Witness, disagrees, goin...

Jim Sterling

8:30 AM on 05.27.2013

Gamers make it clear to Sony they want a DRM-free PS4

While Microsoft continues to flop around following the revelation of its Xbox One user restrictions, gamers have sensed an opportunity to suggest Sony steal some free PR points, campaigning for a DRM-free PlayStation 4. ...

Jim Sterling



Devs express disappointment with Xbox One over Twitter photo
Devs express disappointment with Xbox One over Twitter
by Tony Ponce

Microsoft's Matt Booty affirmed earlier today that digital publishing policies on Xbox One would be no different than they were on Xbox 360. Any hope that Microsoft would right the ship that has inconvenienced a good number of former XBLA devs went down the drain after we learned that indies still won't be able to self-publish their wares. Never mind that just about every other viable platform gives them flexible options, because Microsoft is having none of it.

You don't have to take my word for it! Those devs and others have taken to Twitter to express their disappointment in Microsoft's stubbornness. Maybe if enough of them speak out, Microsoft will reconsider its plans, but I somehow doubt it.

Below are just a few choice tweets. I'm sure there are more if you search around, but this should serve as a tasty appetizer.

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6:30 PM on 05.17.2013

EA Sports dev says 'The Wii U is crap'

We already knew that EA wasn't working on any Wii U games, but we weren't made privy to the exact reasons for that decision. Other than the puzzling report that EA's Frostbite 2 doesn't test well on the console (despite the f...

Jonathan Holmes