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  • Sony responds to claim PS4 used for terrorist communications

  • Eoin 16/11/2015

    You know what else can be used to send clandestine messages?

    Every single form of human communication that has ever been invented, or that ever will be invented.
    Reply +161
  • Itagaki's Valhalla Game Studios faces trademark dispute with Valhalla Motion Pictures

  • Eoin 10/11/2015

    @riceNpea It may not directly be worth the legal cost to Valhalla (the film studio) but one of the annoyances of trademark law is that companies are effectively obliged to defend their trademarks.

    If they don't, and another company infringes, in a potential lawsuit that other company could justify the infringement on the basis that the trademark wasn't previously defended.

    This is one reason why so many companies are trigger-happy with trademark lawsuits. In this case, there's enough similarities between the marks that a suit was virtually guaranteed from the beginning.
    Reply +2
  • You can now buy PSN avatars on PlayStation 4

  • Eoin 04/11/2015

    US$2 a pop for sub-WordArt level image files? How do I get in on this racket? Reply +34
  • Activision acquires Candy Crush company King for $5.9bn

  • Eoin 03/11/2015

    It might be worth contextualising US$5.9bn.

    So here's the market cap of various other (bigger and publicly listed) companies in the industry (not including stupidly huge companies that do vast amounts of business outside games, like Apple, Disney, Warner, Sony, Microsoft, Google, Facebook and Tencent):

    Activision Blizzard: US$25.34bn
    Nintendo: US$22.8bn
    EA: US$22.47bn
    Bandai Namco: US$5.3bn (probably mostly due to Bandai's toy business)
    Square Enix: US$3.3bn
    Konami: US$3.3bn
    Ubisoft: US$3bn
    Take Two: US$2.83bn
    Sega Sammy Holdings: US$2.8bn (this is Sega + Sammy, not just Sega)
    Zynga: US$2.2bn
    Koei Tecmo: US$1.6bn
    Capcom: US$1.4bn

    Those aren't the prices Activision Blizzard (or another company) would have had to pay for those companies - King's market cap is "only" US$4.7bn, so an acquisition of the companies above might realistically require ~20%+ more than the market cap.

    The price that Activision Blizzard paid for King, could (potentially, in a non-hostile acquisition) have bought pretty much any company in the console industry except for console manufacturers, EA, and companies attached to media giants like Disney and Warner. The Activision Blizzard valuation of King at US$5.9bn means Activision Blizzard think that King have the approximate value of Ubisoft and Take Two combined.
    Reply +20
  • There are a few things you need to know about Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 on PS3 and Xbox 360

  • Eoin 02/11/2015

    Full list of changes:

    - No single-player
    - Frame-rate varies between 60FPS and 30FPS
    - Features removed from multi-player
    - Front cover of the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions has been changed from "emo soldier image" to plain text saying "BUY THE REAL VERSION NEXT YEAR" (the back cover just says "WE DON'T LIKE YOU")
    - graphics are wireframe-only on Mondays through Thursdays
    - one in 15 boxes contains live bees (compared to 1 in 30 for the PS4 and Xbox One versions)
    Reply +51
  • The new Need for Speed remembers what's great about the series, but why is it always online?

  • Eoin 02/11/2015

    This MX5 is an abomination, but it's my abomination.
    It isn't though. If you move house and need a new internet connection, you lose it (for days or weeks). If someone at your ISP spills coffee over the wrong thing, you lose it (for however long it takes to fix things up). If (when) EA decide to release a new Need For Speed, you lose it (forever).
    Reply +58
  • Come and work for Gamer Network!

  • Eoin 29/10/2015

    Please find my application below:

    Reply +60
  • Developer of canned Darth Maul game plots EA revival pitch

  • Eoin 26/10/2015

    Star Wars head honcho George Lucas decided he did not like the game's premise.
    What I read about the game suggested not just that he didn't like the premise, but that he wanted it replaced with a nonsensical one that he invented on the spot with zero thought towards how it would work as a game or fit into the Star Wars universe.

    From here:

    The biggest vision shift, however, came from George Lucas himself. According to one source, Lucas took statues of Darth Maul and Darth Talon - a character from the Star Wars comics from Dark Horse - faced them toward one another, and declared, "They're friends!" When it was brought to Lucas' attention that Maul and Talon lived more than a century and a half apart from one another, Lucas reportedly suggested it could be a clone or descendant that players controlled instead of the original Maul.
    Reply +7
  • PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight back on sale this week

  • Eoin 26/10/2015

    Missed opportunity to use a Batman Returns headline. Reply +57
  • GAME manager accidentally orders company's entire stock of gift cards

  • Eoin 23/10/2015

    If you go down to GAME today you will have trouble buying a store gift card.
    Except in one store where you'll probably find it remarkably easy.
    Reply +35
  • All signs point to a PS4 price cut in the UK today

  • Eoin 21/10/2015

    As a PS4 owner, I'm happy that more people are going to be able to buy the console at this price. As someone half-considering an Xbox One purchase, I'm interested to see whether Microsoft will respond to try to keep their price advantage. Reply +22
  • Remaining Batman Arkham Knight Season Pass content revealed

  • Eoin 16/10/2015

    I'm glad I don't buy season passes in general, but I'm gladder that I didn't buy this one in particular. Reply +59
  • Super Mario Advance 4's rare e-Reader levels recreated in Mario Maker

  • Eoin 06/10/2015

    @Baban_Iesu 1-1: 6C1C-0000-0047-C688
    1-2: 5DF8-0000-0047-C8E3
    1-3: 4E96-0000-0047-D686

    (The game gets considerably more difficult to recreate from there, and the two shmup stages aren't possible to recreate in any recognisable way, but I do also have 2-1, 2-2 and 3-1 done).
    Reply +6
  • Eoin 06/10/2015

    @Malek86 I have recreations of six or seven levels from Super Mario Land (the first Super Mario game on Game Boy).

    They're not quite "exact" copies (the level size limitation makes that impossible and a few enemies behave in ways impossible to replicate in Super Mario Maker) but large parts are block-for-block identical to Super Mario Land.

    They've remained uploaded, untouched by Nintendo, since shortly after the game's release.
    Reply +14
  • Capcom pulls Ghost Trick from iOS App Store purchase history

  • Eoin 06/10/2015

    There is a fairly typical example of how bad games companies are at basic communication.

    Recent iOS updates have caused compatibility issues for many apps and games. That's part of the nature of OS updates, even on mobile, and most people would have a higher level of patience for developers in that position if only they would just say what their plans were.

    The message being sent by delisting the game is "the game has problems that we probably don't intend to ever fix and also we probably aren't ever going to let you download it again even though it's yours".

    They should instead be communicating with their players, telling them that they're sorry that they're delisting the game but that it's better than selling a broken game, giving any plans that they have for fixing the game (and the timeframe of those plans) and letting people know how the refund process works for those who suddenly find themselves deprived of their own property.
    Reply +2
  • Pokémon lawyers pursue party-planning Pokéfan for $4k payout

  • Eoin 05/10/2015

    @walale12 That would be true if this were a trademark infringement case. It's not - it's a copyright infringement case. Copyright and trademark law are not interchangeable. Reply +26
  • Laura is a brand new character for Street Fighter 5

  • Eoin 02/10/2015

    Could Laura replace Blanka in the Street Fighter 5 roster?
    It seems kind of unlikely. Ono's favourite character is Blanka. His Twitter avatar is one hint towards that, but he also occasionally cosplays as Blanka:

    and carries a tiny Blanka toy with him pretty much everywhere he goes:

    plus he's depicted as Blanka in SFxT:

    I think it's quite possible that Laura will be one of the first batch of characters and that Blanka won't be, but I think Blanka's eventual appearance in the game is just about guaranteed.
    Reply +2
  • Square Enix cans convoluted Deus Ex: Mankind Divided pre-order program

  • Eoin 01/10/2015

    Good. It's bad enough that some games need huge data tables to explain what you're getting (and not getting) depending on when you buy the game (and the retailer it was bought from and the phase of the moon).

    The Deus Ex system added enough extra complexity that for the people who pre-ordered it must have been an ongoing hassle just to keep track of what they were going to get. Pre-order systems are bad enough already - this would have made them worse and it's good to see it collapse.
    Reply +6
  • Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 has a day-one update larger than game itself

  • Eoin 29/09/2015

    So, last-minute changes to major aspects of the game, a day-one patch bigger than the download, review copies not being sent out until after release and a developer that has made poorly-received Tony Hawk games no fewer than three times.

    This game is flying just about every possible red flag.
    Reply +17
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 won't have a campaign on Xbox 360, PS3

  • Eoin 25/09/2015

    @Cold_Waste I guess they technically weren't wrong when they said that the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions would include campaign gameplay. They just neglected to say which campaign.

    The gesture of the Black Ops download does seem like it's going to be redundant for most people though. I can't imagine that Black Ops 3 on PS3 and Xbox 360 is going to attract huge numbers of people who didn't buy Black Ops.
    Reply +2
  • Mobile RPG Star Wars: Uprising out now

  • Eoin 10/09/2015


    Android (Play Store)
    Apple App Store
    Reply +1
  • Batman: Arkham Knight mod lets you play as Alfred

  • Eoin 31/07/2015

    Makes sense.

    Reply +12
  • Ultra Street Fighter 4 on PS4 continues to improve

  • Eoin 07/07/2015

    @Cold_Waste I would say yes. The patches have now fixed virtually all of the complaints with this version. Reply +10
  • That Fallout 4 Xbox One plus free Fallout 3 deal needs a pre-order

  • Eoin 02/07/2015

    Right now, it looks like to secure the deal you need to pre-order the download version of the game through the Xbox Store, where Fallout 4 on Xbox One costs a hefty £59.99.
    Fallout 4 on Amazon is a little under UK£43, so it sounds like instead of getting Fallout 3 for free, you're getting Fallout 3 for ~£17. You'd probably be able to buy Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas for that price and still have a bit of change left over.
    Reply +38
  • Nintendo asked Burnout dev to make Wii U F-Zero

  • Eoin 23/06/2015

    @vert1go What you posted about EA wanting to run Nintendo's network is bullshit. It's based on a set of lies posted on Reddit by a zero-credibility user, contradicts several known facts, and the lie, as told, requires both EA and Nintendo to be stupid beyond belief (EA to think that Nintendo would hand over the keys for their entire network, Nintendo for actually considering it as the Reddit lie says that they did).

    What you have posted is someone else's fan fiction, their attempt to explain the lack of EA support for the Wii U despite it being obvious that they (along with all other major publishers) were being ultra-cautious about committing resources to the Wii U after third party sales on the Wii failed to meet their expectations.
    Reply +2
  • Fallout Shelter making more money than Candy Crush Saga on the App Store

  • Eoin 18/06/2015

    This makes me wonder how much money they're leaving on the table by not releasing simultaneously on Android. Hundreds of thousands of dollars a day seems a certainty. Reply +7
  • PlayStation Store reveals Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection

  • Eoin 04/06/2015

    This could end up needing to be a multi-disc game. On PS3, the first two Uncharted games are around 20GB each and Uncharted 3 is close to 50GB. There probably aren't a whole lot of shared assets, so unless they cut out things like the multiplayer modes, it might be a bit difficult to fit the whole lot into 50GB. Reply +7
  • FIFA 16 features female national teams for first time

  • Eoin 28/05/2015

    @L_A_G Licensing international teams for football games is a bit of a mess. Some teams require separate licensing agreements. 22 of the international teams in FIFA 15 are described by EA as having "Authentic player names. Generic team crests and kits" - the names of the players presumably come from the same licensing deals that allow EA to use player likenesses for the club teams, and country names are unprotected so can be freely used, but kits and crests can be licensed by the national associations rather than by FIFA.

    As a minor note, teams aren't individually motion-captured. Including Japan wouldn't mean any more motion capture work than not including them. To bring that back to the subject of the article, the motion capture for the female players was all done by one player (Abby Wambach).
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  • Eoin 28/05/2015

    @JackBauer2007 That's a totally backwards argument. Leaving out women teams just because sexism exists is not particularly different from leaving out black players because racism exists.

    The way to deal with sexism is not to do exactly what sexists want. Let the idiots show that they are idiots. Let them whine and moan and fume in impotent rage at the fact that there are women in FIFA now. Let them see that their pointless fury has no effect. They deserve nothing else.
    Reply +43
  • Capcom pulls PS4 Ultra Street Fighter 4 from its own tournament

  • Eoin 28/05/2015

    This is an embarrassment in general for Capcom and Sony (and Other Ocean). It's not quite as bad as when Ubisoft managed to totally fuck up Tetris last year, but the PS4 version of USFIV should have been unquestionably the definitive version of the game, and instead it looks like being the worst at any kind of remotely competitive level. Reply +5
  • From Torchlight to the stars: a morning with Rebel Galaxy

  • Eoin 18/05/2015

    The impression I got from the preview videos of this was that it was something along the lines of the naval parts of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, except in space. I'm probably buying it the moment it comes out on that basis. Reply +10
  • Digital Foundry on the Assassin's Creed Syndicate reveal

  • Eoin 14/05/2015

    Plus stealth mode involved crouching down and taking off your hat. I mean, what's up with that?
    My guess is that all of the walls in the game are built to exactly the height that will hide you when you're crouched and hatless (while a hatted character would be visible).

    It probably also helps evade the police:

    Reply +52
  • Eoin 14/05/2015

    If NPCs have been dialled back for the sake of framerate, then that is a trade-off that I am very willing to make. Reply +19
  • Alien: Isolation sales reach 2.1m, FM15 810K

  • Eoin 11/05/2015

    Just as a contrast:

    Number of "packaged" games Sega intends to release in Japan in the next year: 14
    Number of mobile games Sega intends to release in Japan in the next year: 47
    Reply +11
  • Batman: Arkham Knight's Batgirl is Barbara Gordon

  • Eoin 07/05/2015


    I know Rocksteady didn't make Arkham Origins, but do they even consider that as canon or are they ignoring it completely?
    They've been referring to Arkham Knight as "The Epic Conclusion to the Arkham Trilogy". That suggests that they probably view Arkham Origins as the equivalent of fan-fiction.
    Reply 0
  • Zynga to reduce its work force by 18 per cent, again

  • Eoin 07/05/2015

    If that sounds familiar, it's because Zynga made the exact same announcement nearly two years ago.
    So even their layoff announcements are rehashes?
    Reply +18
  • Mortal Kombat X PC patch pulled after it deleted saves

  • Eoin 06/05/2015

    Is the PC version of MKX intended to be some kind of weird new artistic form of comedy? Maybe the next patch could randomly remove characters, or turn the gravity down to zero. Reply +10
  • Batman: Arkham Knight season pass lets you play as Batgirl

  • Eoin 05/05/2015

    @jamyskis1981 The Arkham storyline does indeed include that, but the article says Warner are describing this as "a prequel story expansion", so my guess would be that the playable Batgirl part is set pre-wheelchair. Reply +11
  • Face-Off: Mortal Kombat X

  • Eoin 18/04/2015

    a clear graphical leap over the previous instalments on the 360 and PS3, and last year's PS4 and Xbox One release of Injustice.
    There wasn't any Xbox One release of Injustice.
    Reply +53
  • Flower, FlOw and Journey headed to PS4 on disc

  • Eoin 17/04/2015

    Sony has yet to confirm whether Journey will also be a cross-buy release.
    They confirmed it here
    Reply +23
  • Don Mattrick leaves Zynga

  • Eoin 08/04/2015

    This hard work for our mobile players has resulted in bookings growing from 27% mobile when Don joined to 60% by the end of last year.
    Translation: "I am obliged to say something nice about this guy but there's nothing good to say, so I am choosing to pretend that the collapse in our Facebook/browser revenues is really growth in our mobile revenues".
    Reply +103
  • It's over: PlayStation Home has closed

  • Eoin 01/04/2015

    Silly note: from launch right up until closure, PlayStation Home was described as being a beta.

    others were angry that they had spent real money in Home on things now lost forever
    I have to wonder what they thought would happen. Did they imagine that PlayStation Home would exist forever?
    Reply +1
  • PSN Europe Service Status indicator coming soon

  • Eoin 27/03/2015

    "Status indicator? No, we don't have that, what is it? Oh, SCEA have one? Yes, yes, of course we're planning one. We've been planning one since at least the beginning of this sentence. We'll have it up and running as soon as we can convince them to email us the code, and hopefully we'll remember to find/replace the US server names with the EU ones. Leave us alone, it's Friday". Reply +15
  • Google Play adopts PEGI ratings

  • Eoin 17/03/2015

    The international free age-rating service is long overdue and is a big win for smaller developers.

    A lot of the time, smaller indies are released in North America first because the developer can't afford to immediately pay the fees to have a game rated by PEGI (and the USK in Germany), so they release in North America first (where getting an ESRB rating is free) and use some of the money to get the game rated in Europe.

    A more central, free rating system should mean that we get fewer delays and more simultaneous releases.
    Reply +7
  • Mortal Kombat X for PS3 and Xbox 360 delayed

  • Eoin 13/03/2015

    This is probably going to start becoming more common, as publishers push the last-generation versions of their games onto other (smaller) teams, with lower priority. The PS3 and Xbox 360 won't be forgotten for a while, but they'll certainly be sidelined. Reply +2
  • Editor's blog: We've revised our editorial policy

  • Eoin 09/03/2015

    @Bedders Might be a bit tricky to answer that one - I'm in Ireland, but currently on a proxy that will make me appear to be in the UK, France, Germany or the USA. Currently it'll appear to anyone checking via IP that I'm in Germany.

    Not sure whether this will help, but here's which flavour of Amazon each of the links leads me to:

    Bayonetta 2: US
    DKC: US
    Wind Waker HD: US
    MK8: US
    MH3: UK
    Nintendo Land: US
    Pikmin 3: US
    Rayman Legends: UK
    3D World: US
    Smash: US
    Wii Sports: US
    ZombiU: UK
    Reply +8
  • Eoin 09/03/2015

    Some of the Amazon links in the Wii U article yesterday pointed to Amazon.com (rather than one of the European variants of Amazon). That's not just unusual, but also produces weird results. For example, the Smash Bros link goes to a seller charging US$140 for the game. There's surely a better way? Reply +41
  • Future Assassin's Creed games will have "more robust modern day" than Unity

  • Eoin 27/02/2015

    Can we have a more robust frame rate as well? Reply +6
  • PS4 exclusive The Order: 1886 number one in UK chart

  • Eoin 23/02/2015

    @bigfriendlygamer The different versions of Minecraft have different publishers so Chart-Track count them separately. Reply +1
  • Super Stardust Ultra release date set for next week

  • Eoin 06/02/2015

    @IronSoldier While I agree with you that "more" doesn't always mean "better"....have you played Super Stardust Delta on the Vita?

    It's an excellent sequel to Super Stardust HD, and although it does add modes, it is very careful to stick to things that work, to the point of streamlining the weapon choice. The way that Delta was handled gives me plenty of confidence that Ultra will be an improvement also.
    Reply +1