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Watch Dogs PR stunt brings the bomb squad out


I like turtles
May 28
Between sending brass knuckles for the Godfather II release, sending out $300 checks to represent greed for Dante's Inferno, and sending copies of Mass Effect 3 into space, you have to wonder how fun the world of games PR can... read
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Here's one good and one sad GTA V related story


The sad story is REALLY sad
Sep 17
First the good news by way of Breakfast Television: Two teen brothers helped attempt to save the life of an elderly man trapped in his home due to a fire. 17-year-old Colten and 16-year-old Luke were on their way back home af... read
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Volition weren't fans of THQ's porn star marketing push


There will be over 100 tracks spanning seven radio stations too
Aug 07
Volition's associate producer Kate Nelson spoke with Edge Online about all things Saints Row, and specifically brought up how the team weren't fans of THQ's marketing push using porn stars. “I did not always love how mu... read
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The boob wars continue
The Dragon's Crown "thing" shows no sign of stopping, with vehement and sometimes venomous opinions flying this way and that. To bring you up to speed, Vanillaware's upcoming brawler features a big-boobed Sorceress, the desig... read feature

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The Last of Us focus test had to be made to include women


Marketers didn't want the opinions of smelly girls
Apr 09
Naughty Dog has revealed it had to force the hand of its focus testers in order to get them to acknowledge a female perspective. Originally, The Last of Us was exclusively using male gamers to gauge audience interest, until t... read
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On dubious morals and dubious presentation
In what may be considered a storm in a teacup, not quite gaining the same traction as other controversies, God of War: Ascension has caused a bit of a stir with a "misogynistic" Trophy, an award you get as part of the main ca... read feature

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Anonymous Aliens whistle blower blows whistle anonymously
It's fair to say the Aliens: Colonial Marines story has been a fascinating one. From the years of hype, to the negative reviews, to the later confusion over who actually developed the game, there's a lot of mystery and contro... read feature

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Gearbox 'looking at' an explanation for Colonial Marines


Pitchford claims there are 'stakeholders' to think of first
Feb 19
After breaking his radio silence this morning to respond to lots of praise for Aliens: Colonial Marines, Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford went on a bit of a blocking spree, cold-shouldering yours truly and a number of other people... read
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Are mouse & keyboards, control over saves, and health packs a thing of the past?
A lot of news on Bungie's new shooter Destiny has come out this morning, and while it looks like an interesting game, there hasn't been a PC version announced by the Halo developer. Something said by the studio... read feature

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A rundown of all the known (and not-so-known) events so far
Aliens: Colonial Marines has turned out to be more than just a bad game. It's a confusing story of allegations, outsourcing, and potential deception on a considerable level. The biggest mystery to come out of this debacle is ... read feature

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Rayman Legends

Rayman Legends developers want their game out now!


Michel Ancel joins the cause!
Feb 12
Continuing to prove it has no love for Ubisoft's decision to delay Rayman Legends, the dev team behind the former Wii U exclusive is campaigning for a swifter release date. Developers have situated themselves outside Ubisoft ... read
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Rayman Legends delay

Anonymous Rayman Legends dev angry about delay (Update)


Takes to forum to argue his studio's case
Feb 08
[Update: Anonymous no more! It appears that this comment comes from Xavier Piox, the Ubisoft managing director who recently said that "gaming is no longer just for geeks." Errr... guess not. It's just a random dev who left th... read
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Rayman Legends delay

Ubisoft tries to explain Rayman Legends delay


Admits multiplatform decision pushed it back
Feb 07
So, Rayman Legends has been pushed back to September, and news of the delay just so happened to coincide with its multiplatform announcement. As many disappointed fans suspected, the two are entirely linked, with Ubisoft hold... read
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Borderlands 2's Tiny Tina viewed as racist? [Update]


'Verbal Blackface'
Feb 04
[Update: Mike Sacco no longer works with Cryptozoic Entertainment, seemingly as a result of his discussion over Borderlands 2. At first, Sacco stated, "I'm gonna confirm two things: That people tried to pressure Cryptozoic in... read
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Splinter Cell torture

Ubisoft was right to nix Splinter Cell: Blacklist torture


If it's worth doing, it's worth doing right
Feb 01
This week, a Splinter Cell: Blacklist producer confirmed that the game’s controversial torture scene, used as part of Ubisoft’s E3 presentation last year, has been removed from the game. “Definitely we are n... read
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Ni no Kuni Wizard's Edition orders issues abound [update]


Sound off if you've had issues with your order
Jan 25
[Update: As you can see from our comments section below, this has been a messy issue. It got nasty when word got out that one buyer got over 200 copies and is now selling them on eBay. Disgusting. Thanks to our readers for in... read
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South Park Studios fighting THQ for IP rights


Legal stuff
Jan 22
South Park Studios has filed an objection in court to prevent the sale of South Park: The Stick of Truth in THQ's bankruptcy asset sale taking place later today unless certain conditions are met. South Park Studios wants the ... read
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Company apologizes after fan backlash
Dead Island has turned heads since its very inception, but Deep Silver bit off more than it could chew today with its latest promotion for the series. The publisher received a torrent of negative feedback upon unveiling ... read feature

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Twelve months of outrage
Another year, another round of videogame controversies! 2012 was perhaps one of the biggest years ever for scandal and strife, filled with sexism, lies, and ... Doritos?  We've compiled the most outrageous outrages of th... read feature

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Hitman: Absolution's death threat stunt goes very wrong


Latest marketing campaign terminated after two hours
Dec 04
It seems controversy and Hitman: Absolution are destined are go hand-in-hand. Square Enix drew fire earlier this year for a trailer in which Agent 47 beat the crap out of fetishized nuns, and was criticized incredibly harshly... read
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Dishonored region-locked in Russia, just like Borderlands


Bethesda acts without honor
Oct 12
Eastern European gamers are being diddled again, this time by Bethesda. Hot off the heels of Borderlands 2's controversial Russian-version region lock, it's become apparent that Dishonored is also using a locked version in Ea... read
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Modern Warfare 2 map removed after Muslim complaints


Allah's not longer in the toilet
Oct 08
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has removed a map from its servers after Muslim gamers complained (in fairness, quite politely) of offense. The problem lies in two paintings hung in a bathroom in the Favela map, containing the... read
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Russian Borderlands 2 problems officially resolved


Russia and its neighbors get international version
Sep 20
Borderlands 2 caused a commotion in the East when it was revealed that Russia and surrounding territories would be forced to buy a locked-down, Russian-only version of the game, despite not being warned before purchase. After... read
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Weird Metacritic user reviews tear Darksiders II to bits


Sleeping Dogs and Dark Souls PC also attacked
Sep 01
[Update 3: A Russian speaking friend of mine went through the site and believes it to be a highly detailed troll. The cult is dedicated to keeping alive the memory of an old Soviet actor from the 50s, who they openly ac... read
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Hitman: Absolution adding depth to its 'sexy nuns'


Aug 16
The controversy that surrounded Hitman: Absolution and its violent "sexy nuns" trailer has caused the team to add more content to the game, revealed director Tore Blystad. The Saints -- the PVC-flavored assassins that Ag... read
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EA backs away from real-life weapon endorsement


Aug 16
Electronic Arts was in the center of a very odd controversy earlier this week when it was found to be promoting real-life weapon sales on its Medal of Honor website. The MoH-branded tomahawk has now been removed from sale, an... read
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Kamiya: PlayStation All-Stars is just an immoral rip-off


Aug 06
Bayonetta and Viewtiful Joe designer Hideki Kamiya has given Sony a stern finger-wagging, criticizing PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale for being nothing more than a rip-off. The developer went so far as to try and shame th... read
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Tomb Raider devs: 'Rape' is not in our vocabulary


Jun 30
The Tomb Raider "R-word" controversy just won't quit, especially with Kotaku poking at it with a big stick. The outlet recently spoke to Crystal Dynamics' Karl Stewart, attempting to push him further on the whole issue o... read
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Console war infographic says Xbox 360 beats PS3


Jun 29
As this generation draws to a close, literally everybody is asking who "won" the battle between the Xbox 360 and PS3 (nobody includes the Wii because that wouldn't be sporting). With that in mind, here's a delicious little in... read
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Tekken producer to fans: stop whining


Jun 26
Namco Bandai's chief fighting game producer, Katsuhiro Harada, has had enough of the fans. After drowning in requests to revive characters and use original voice actors in the new Tekken, the developer took to Twitter&nb... read






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