So the Xbox One now has an official Kinect-less SKU. From June 9th customers will be able to waltz into a store and pick up the console free from its hands-free voice and gesture controlled camera. Whilst many will claim to have seen this coming a mile off, with many…
This week, Steam removed a game from sale from their Greenlight service -- a system that enlists the community's help in picking some of the new games to be released on Steam. Earth: Year 2066 was quoted, by its creator, to be a “first person sci-fi apocalyptic open-world RPG game…
Yesterday, Activision confirmed their new IP Destiny’s development and marketing budget was to be $500 million. That’s half a billion dollars to create and market a single game. For a while now, video games have been rising in mainstream cultural relevance. Equal, if not more so, than that of the…
Activision is setting the expectation bar high for Bungie's shooter, Destiny. The publisher confirmed the cost includes "marketing, packaging, infrastructure support, royalties and other costs", making Destiny the most expensive single video game to develop. Activision signed a 10-year contract with Bungie in 2010 that gives it worldwide distribution rights and significant…
There needs to be some sort of definitive gold standard of games - a game of which all others can be judged accordingly. In reality, game reviewing rarely works like that: it’s full of subjectivity. Whilst we have our “Citizen Kane” of shooters or a platformer that has stood the…
This April 23d Ubisoft released an 8 minute video showing the three key multiplayer elements of the open-world hack-em up Watch Dogs. In the trailer, we saw a classic team-based capture the flag style game, a clever pairing between the main game and a companion app as well as one-on-one…
The first map from Titanfall's Expedition Pack DLC has been shown on their official site. The map takes place in the Pilot training simulator players use during Titanfall's tutorial mode. War Games has influences from previous maps such as Angel City and Rise, along with areas that are "glitching out"…
Today marks St George's Day in England. The completely 100% true story goes that St George slayed the last dragon in England to stop fair maidens being sacrificed for it. Now we have no dragons, but a shed load of fair maidens. Maybe if the dragon was a bit different…
The European Commission has today approved a tax break available for UK game studios. The tax break allows studios to claim up to 25% back off production costs for a game. Many big studios have recently been setting up shop in countries such as Canada and France who have similar tax…
What’s your earliest memory of gaming? I don’t just mean what’s the furthest point in time you can recall playing a specific game or system. But what’s your earliest memory of games themselves? Your view on this great big new world you were stepping into? For most of us, this’ll…