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Fanbois to gamebois: Apple paperwork reveals iOS FUNPAD

Apple has been granted a patent in the US on a gaming controller pad for iOS-powered things. The iPhone giant's "novel" design describes a device with directional pads, buttons and speakers (that doesn't sound familiar at all.) Rather than include a display, the controller would have an open slot into which an iOS device could …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Jan 2015
Exploding Kitten Goal Cartoon

What gets the internet REALLY excited? Kittens? No. EXPLODING Kittens

Sysadmin Blog Let the internet run amok for long enough and you'll eventually find someone making millions with exploding kittens. Curious? Well look no further, because the internet has delivered! As of the time of publication, Exploding Kittens: The Card Game has achieved $3,207,001 of its $10,000 goal with 27 days left to go. Exploding …
Trevor Pott, 26 Jan 2015
Dead Nation

Game over? Sony FINALLY offers compensation to MEELLIONS of PSN hack victims

Millions of PSN gamers, who were hit by a massive data breach on Sony's Playstation network back in 2011, are finally being offered the opportunity to claim compensation from the company. Stateside victims of the hack attack – PSN, Qriocity and Sony Online Entertainment subscribers who held an account before 15 May 2011 – have …
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Jan 2015
Red-haired child in glasses looks thoughtful. Image via Shutterstock -  Copyright: Sofi photo

Brain-train kid game settles with FTC over 'unsupported' claims

The US Federal Trade Commission has struck a settlement with an educational games developer over a complaint regarding its claims about the effectiveness of its products. The FTC had accused Focus Education of loading its commercials with misleading claims that the company's software would improve the focus, attention and memory …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Jan 2015
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un

Kim Jong-Un shoot-em-up Glorious Leader! yanked

Game developer Money Horse Games has blamed vandals – supposedly inspired by the recent breach against Sony Pictures – for hacking into development servers used for a game featuring Kim Jong-Un and irreparably trashing its data. Glorious Leader!, a shoot-em-up, was due to feature North Korea's leader squaring off against the US …
John Leyden, 15 Jan 2015
Grand Theft Auto (1997)

Grand Theft Auto 1997: 'Sick, deluded and beneath contempt'

Antique Code Show Suddenly PC owners are playing catch-up with the console gamers. PC gamers have now been waiting over a year for one of gaming’s biggest and most controversial titles GTA V. I could have splashed out on the PS4 version but would prefer to wait and play it using my two new crossfired Vapor–X R9 290s. Amid rumours that I might …
Lucy Orr, 14 Jan 2015
Games for Windows Marketplace

Boomerang rebound: Site shut amid credit card securo-fears

Video game rental company Boomerang Rentals has pulled down the shutters on its websites amidst unconfirmed concerns that it have may have suffered a security breach that spilled customers' credit card details. Boomerang's homepage has been "down for maintenance" since Sunday. The move followed multiple customers reporting …
John Leyden, 12 Jan 2015
Scrooge McDuck

Frontier wipes credit of Elite: Dangerous 'billionaire' badboys

Players of the game Elite: Dangerous who were made overnight "billionaires" due to a credit refund glitch will get their "winnings" wiped, the game's maker, Frontier Developments, has said. Initially the company offered the affected "commanders" a choice over whether they kept their loot or had their credit reset in order to …
Kat Hall, 8 Jan 2015
Scrooge McDuck

Elite: Dangerous 'billionaire' gamers are being 'antisocial', moan players

A set of disgruntled owners of Elite: Dangerous have formed a Customer Action Group in order to pressure Frontier Developments over bugs, broken promises and a decision to allow players to retain unfairly acquired in-game gold. Elite: Dangerous' woes started last year when it cancelled a promised offline mode, angering some …
Elite

Elite:Dangerous goes TITSUP

Eight-bit classic space trading game revival Elite:Dangerous, has hit further strife after its servers experienced total inability to support usual performance over the holiday period. Elite:Dangerous has proven controversial since its makers decided not to offer an offline mode, as was promised in the Kickstarter campaign used …

By the power of Xbox, WE HAVE THE POWER! - Leakers publish One's SDK

An online group has released what it claims is the software development kit (SDK) for Microsoft's Xbox One console and, according to reports, may have access to games from Halo developers 343 Industries. The leakers released the kit over the festive break to encourage researchers to develop exploits required to gain full control …
Darren Pauli, 5 Jan 2015
Sony PS4

Sony grovels, offers freebies after PlayStation network spent Xmas TITSUP

Sony has offered free membership and discounts to its console gamers after the PlayStation Network fell off the interwebs for several days over Christmas. The troubled entertainment giant said it would offer those whose free trial of PlayStation Plus was interrupted by the outages five more free days, while all PlayStation …
Shaun Nichols, 3 Jan 2015
Sony PS4

PlayStation outage: Sony asks 'have you tried turning it off and on again?'

Sony's PlayStation Network (PSN) continues to give users headaches, as many are still unable to access the service with their consoles. Sony blamed a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack for a the protracted outage that plagued its service on Christmas Day, but by Saturday it seemed to indicate that the worst of it was …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Dec 2014

Spice up the Sheriff of Nottingham with pinched pepper and brie bribes

Board game review I love bluffing games. Most games have an element of bluffing, even simple games like Uno can be played with a bit of deception – a sneaky tactic is to change the colour to something different from your last card, but generally that's a poor decision to do odds wise. Games that focus on deceit have that extra human layer to them …
Adam Fowler, 28 Dec 2014
Kim Dotcom at Christmas

Dotcom 'saved' Xmas for Xbox – but no one can save Sony's titsup PlayStation Network

Updated A string of denial-of-service attacks that took down Xbox Live and Sony's PlayStation Network on Christmas Day appear to have stopped – and New Zealand-based file-sharing baron Kim Dotcom claims the ceasefire is all thanks to him. The portly polymath tweeted on December 25 that he was peeved at not being able to play Destiny on …
Iain Thomson, 26 Dec 2014
Samsung UE55ES8000 Series 8 SMART LED TV

Wanna play PlayStation games but don't have a console? Samsung's got a TV for that

Buyers of select Samsung Smart TVs in the first half of 2015 will be able to play Sony PlayStation games without buying a separate console. The TVs will ship with an app that can access Sony's PlayStation Now game streaming service, which offers a library of more than 200 PlayStation 3 titles that can be played over the internet …
Neil McAllister, 24 Dec 2014
Elite

Space Commanders lock missiles on Elite's Frontier Devs

Elite: Dangerous, the re-boot of the hit eighties space combat and trading game Elite, launched last week, but the biggest buzz in the wake of its arrival is from disgruntled fans who want a refund. Players want their cash back because, as we reported last month, developer Frontier Development made a late decision not to offer …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Dec 2014
Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham

Reviewed: LittleBigPlanet 3, Lara Croft's latest raid and more

Game Theory Christmas is all about interacting with people whether you like it or not. If you can’t convince your family to succumb to the new board gaming fad, here are three multiplayer video gaming options you can play as a family or that are more suitable for a younger audience than the forthcoming PC release of GTA V. All three of them …
Lucy Orr, 19 Dec 2014
Snowdonia on the new GB Minecraft 2 map

Finally kicked that Minecraft habit? Story time!

Minecraft's maker says it's working on a new "narrative-driven" follow up to the ultra-addictive world-building game. Microsoft-owned software house Mojang along with Telltale Games have kicked off work on Minecraft: Story Mode. The two developers said the title will be based in the Minecraft universe, but will give gamers a …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Dec 2014
Ralph Baer 1922-2014

RIP Ralph Baer: Father of the games console dies aged 92

Obit Ralph Baer, the engineer and inventor of the first home games console, has died. He was 92. Few modern gamers know of Baer, but all owe him a debt of gratitude for ushering in the first generation of home systems in the 1970s and helping to inspire the arcade and home console explosions in subsequent decades. Baer in the early …
Shaun Nichols, 8 Dec 2014
Candy Crush Saga

MP caught playing Candy Crush at committee meeting: I'll ‘try’ not to do it again

Conservative MP Nigel Mills has been caught playing the popular and addictive mobile game Candy Crush Saga for over two-and-a-half hours while supposedly actively participating in a discussion on national pension reforms. Images and a video were published (paywall) in The Sun of the politician playing the game on his iPad in a …
Free Realms

PlayStation Network blasted offline AGAIN. Just not Sony's decade

Sony's PlayStation Network has suffered yet another outage: the PlayStation store went titsup in the early hours of Monday, UK time. Hacktivist group the Lizard Squad claimed responsibility for flooding the servers off the internet using a distributed denial-of-service attack. The PlayStation giant said on its Twitter account …
Kelly Fiveash, 8 Dec 2014
GTA5

Furious GTA V gamers seek similar ban on violent, misogynistic title: the Holy Bible

Fuming gamers have hit back after Target and Kmart withdrew Grand Theft Auto V from sale in Australia. Last month campaigners started a petition on Change.org to get GTA5 banned by the big-box retail chains, claiming the game "encourages players to murder women for entertainment." The campaigners also claim the game trains …
Iain Thomson, 7 Dec 2014
Angry Birds for PC

Angry Birds to angry words: Rovio flings 14% of its staff out the door

Troubled Finnish gaming studio Rovio has sacked 110 staff, almost 14 per cent of its workforce, but is claiming success as it had planned to dump 130 people. "Rovio estimates that its workforce will be reduced by approximately 110 employees. As part of its reorganization, several positions have been opened for internal …
Iain Thomson, 5 Dec 2014
Rockstar Games – Grand Theft Auto V

Gaming's driving ambitions: The Crew and Grand Theft Auto V

Game Theory If only all of life's hiccups could be solved by driving really, really fast. Luckily for Alex Taylor, The Crew's rather wet-behind-the-ears lead, that would seem to be the case. Joining the race Murder, police corruption and gang warfare are as nothing, it would seem, in the presence of torque, horsepower and, presumably, new …
Mike Plant, 5 Dec 2014
Daffy duck, shot (Wabbit season)

#Gamergate folk load flamethrower, roast own feet over GTA V 'ban'

Gamergate has flared anew, and perhaps less coherently, after discount department store chain Target Australia decided to take Grand Theft Auto V off its shelves in response to a successful petition on Change.org (after initially resisting the request). The new flareup's lack of coherence comes from the fact that plenty of …

Microsoft: So sorry for NOT paying Xbox indie game devs on time

Making computer games can be a hard slog for indie developers. Big studios have piles of R&D and marketing cash, and it's easy to see your pride and joy fall into unplayed obscurity. Microsoft sought to help indie developers with the Xbox Live Indie Games (XBLIG) portal on its Live console marketplace, which was set up six years …
Iain Thomson, 4 Dec 2014
 The Sinclair Spectrum Vega design.

Sinclair is back with the Spectrum Vega ... just as rubbish as the ZX

Comment The Spectrum fanbois at Retro Computers have enlisted the help of Sir Clive to launch a new crowd-funded Spectrum clone. The Sinclair Spectrum Vega is a console that plays games from the '80s – complete with piezo speaker-generated sound and attribute clash. The Vega is being marketed by Retro Computers Ltd, a Luton-based …
Simon Rockman, 2 Dec 2014
Sony PSP Vita

FTC: Sony told big fat WHOPPERS in its PlayStation Vita ads – and now it has to pay

Sony will dish out cash and vouchers to PlayStation Vita gamers following allegations its ads for the handheld console were lies. Commissioners at US trade watchdog the FTC voted five to none to approve the refunds after it was claimed the toy's ad campaign in late 2011 and early 2012 was misleading. The Vita went on sale in …
Iain Thomson, 25 Nov 2014
World of Warcraft: Orcs and Humans

World of Warcraft then and now: From Orcs and Humans to Warlords of Draenor

Antique Code Show As The Dark Portal opens in the new World of Warcraft expansion Warlords of Draenor, and all manner of beasties descend upon Orgrimmar, Stormwind and Ashran, I think it’s about time to revisit the RTS game that spawned the franchise, Warcraft: Orcs and Humans. World of Warcraft: Orcs and Humans Prepared to be WoWed New …
Lucy Orr, 25 Nov 2014

Sony quietly POODLE-proofs Playstations

Sony has patched the POODLE SSL vulnerability in its Playstation 3 and 4 gaming consoles. The rolling patch, introduced over the last fortnight, brings Transport Layer Security into Playstation's browsers and apps. SSL 3.0 is dispelled, off the Padding Oracle on Downgrade Legacy Encryption attack. The patch is a 200MB mandatory …
Darren Pauli, 24 Nov 2014
BioWare – Dragon Age: Inquisition

Dragon Age, Inquisition: Our chief weapons are...

Game Theory Well done Bioware, you've obviously resisted any Borg-like assimilation into EA and have listened closely to the criticisms of Dragon Age II and its claustrophobic narrative. Suddenly, I’m feeling good about starting my epic RPG battle with rebellious mages and old gods. I’m in this game for the long haul. Be warned, any …
Lucy Orr, 21 Nov 2014
Far Cry 4

Far Cry 4 REVIEW: It's a far cry from Far Cry 3

Game Theory Games are rarely known for providing a roster of characters worthy of a best supporting cast nomination, but Far Cry 4’s medley of misfits and tragic freedom fighters breaks the mould. Far Cry 4 Meet Pagin Min, his interests are world domination, mass slaughter and working with animals (sort of) Top of the bill is Pagan Min. …
Mike Plant, 17 Nov 2014
PlayStation Vita

Sony SPILLS GUTS on OTT service, so far for PlayStations only

Analysis Sony has unveiled its widely expected PlayStation Vue OTT TV service, telling us everything we need to know except the most important part: the price. At present it is just a US phenomenon, which makes sense – if it can make it there it can make it anywhere. It is referred to as a cloud-based TV service and claims to reinvent …
Faultline, 17 Nov 2014
Elite

Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode

Elite:Dangerous, the revival of classic eight-bit space trading game Elite, won't have a single-player offline mode and space commanders are mad as hell. Frontier Developments, the game's developer, revealed the demise of offline mode in a recent newsletter in which it argues “A fully offline experience would be unacceptably …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Nov 2014
Assassin's Creed: Unity

Assassin's Creed bugs shift setting to LSD-drenched 1960s Paris

+Vids Shares in the French games developer Ubisoft have dipped after its new game Assassin's Creed: Unity shipped with huge numbers of crippling glitches. Ubisoft's share price has dropped since the game's release on Tuesday, dropping by more than 13 per cent before rallying. Ubisoft is now frantically working on a fix for the …
Jasper Hamill, 14 Nov 2014
Assassin's Creed: Unity

Shoot to THRILL: Assassin's Creed: Unity and Halo: Master Chief Collection

Game Theory Ubisoft left itself with an uphill struggle in trying to top last year's Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag, a game that blended the franchise's core gameplay with a swashbuckling style that its buccaneer subject matter demanded. Assassin's Creed: Unity The style council Black Flag’s Edward Kenway was more of a drunken sailor …
Mike Plant, 14 Nov 2014
Overwatch

Blizzard shows off Overwatch – yet another guardians of Earth FPS

Vids Blizzard Entertainment has unveiled its first new games franchise in over a decade at the BlizzCon jamboree in California. Youtube Video Overwatch is a classic first-person shooter that looks very like Team Fortress and Unreal in gameplay. Teams of six players per team fight it out in a variety of country-specific gaming zones …
Iain Thomson, 8 Nov 2014
Screenshot of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial for the Atari 2600

It's the WORST game ever, just pulled from a desert DUMP ... now ET can be yours for $500

In a world ... when video games were invading every home ... a legendary American company set out to create ... the most lucrative console game of all time ... It failed ... horribly ... and set the gaming industry on a path ... of annihilation. Atari Inc's 1982 game E.T. The Extra Terrestrial for its 2600 console bombed so bad …
Shaun Nichols, 6 Nov 2014
GTA IV

Call of Duty, GTA V DO NOT make YOUTH more VIOLENT

Millions of people are currently preparing to settle down and play the latest versions of Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto. But when it's game over, will they then put down the controller, pick up a weapon and go cause some mischief? Absolutely not, if you believe the findings of a new report exploring the relationship between …
Jasper Hamill, 5 Nov 2014

Oculus Rift tech-specs 'MANY MONTHS away' from hitting the shelves

The CEO of Oculus reckons his virtual reality upstart is sorta getting close to flogging a Rift headset that's ready for normal people to use. Speaking at a web tech conference in Ireland on Tuesday, Brendan Iribe said the techno-specs will be on general sale within months rather than years. A Rift headset for software …
Shaun Nichols, 4 Nov 2014
Ghouls 'n Ghosts

One hard ghoulie: 1985's Ghosts 'n Goblins

Antique Code Show In the build-up to the Halloween of 1985, Capcom lobbed this little box of horrors into the unsuspecting crowd of arcade dwellers. With mid-'80s goggles on, it’s easy to see why Ghosts ‘n Goblins gathered attention with its spooky but colourful visuals, alongside some memorably atmospheric ditties and effects. Ghosts 'n Goblins …
Giles Hill, 31 Oct 2014