The Entertainment Software Association has criticised a UN report on cyberviolence for promoting "outdated notions of video games and gamers."
Entitled "Cyber Violence Against Women and GIrls: A World-Wide Wake-Up Call," the UN report delves into the "systemic societal concern" of gender-motivated cyberviolence.
Though the report does not focus on video games (GamerGate is merely one example cited), the video game industry's trade association and lobby group took exception to one of the few paragraphs that do.
Its disagreement concerns the citation of an opinion piece from 2000 entitled "The Mark of the Beast: America’s Children Are in Mortal Danger," which describes the video game industry as "a truly Satanic oligarchy" and says Pokemon "sucks the souls" out of children.
"If the overall issue was not so serious, it would be laughable that the U.N. is citing this work. It is willful ignorance to utilize such incredibly outlandish and outdated data," said ESA CEO Michael Gallagher.
Cult horror favourite Pathologic will receive the HD remaster treatment later this year, in addition to an all-new remake, says developer Ice-Pick Lodge.
Pathologic Classic HD brings with it improved graphics, numerous bug fixes, and most importantly, a new English translation, with redone voice acting.
The original game's poor translation (from Russian) was, in the developer's own words, "the major issue that had previously disallowed international audiences from accessing it."
Halo 5's Forge mode comes out in December and will continue to gain features over time, says developer 343 Industries.
In a Halo Waypoint post today, the studio outlined the new features included in the map-building mode, and the plans for its future development.
Taking feedback from the community from previous games' Forge incarnations, plus a weeklong collaboration with five community map-builders, a host of new features have been added to the mode.
Many PS4 owners may have seen Destiny appear in their libraries this week, despite not owning the game.
But though the icon may appear as usual for a game, clicking on it will merely take players to the PSN store page for the NZ$115 title.
Sony dubs the addition "featured content": theoretically, it pre-downloads games Sony believes players will like, so as to reduce download times in the event of a purchase.
Multiplayer is finally rolling out for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.
Players must download the latest patch to access the FOB and Online game modes, which are going live territory by territory throughout today.
FOB mode allows players to build and invade Forward Operating Bases, in high-risk/high-reward heist gameplay that can net huge amounts of loot.
Microsoft demoed a new augmented-reality game prototype for its HoloLens AR headset at its Windows 10 devices event today.
Codenamed "Project X-Ray," the game has players using an arm-mounted holographic weapon to fight off robots flying around the player's real-life surroundings.
The demo showed robots interacting with furniture and architecture, and even bursting through walls.
Destiny will get a microtransaction-based in-game store on October 13th, Bungie announced today.
Accessible via the Tower hub, the Eververse Trading Company will only sell emotes and (eventually) other cosmetic items, and will not impact gameplay.
The eighteen emotes can be purchased using "Silver," a new in-game currency itself purchased with real money; some "free" Silver will be deposited into all accounts when the store launches.
EA today announced the minimum and recommended PC system requirements for Star Wars: Battlefront, via the game's Origin listing.
At first glance, the specs might seem somewhat steep:Minimum PC System Requirements:
“It’s no exaggeration to say that the core gameplay sets a new standard for the genre – it’s a shining example of puzzle gaming done well.”
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