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Layoffs Hit PlayStation Europe

SIEE had no prior knowledge of PS5 reveal.

A new report from VGC says that Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe (SIEE) is undergoing a "restructuring" of several areas at the company, including marketing and PR. VGC says that they were informed of this unfortunate news from "people with knowledge of the situation."

As if that wasn't bad enough, VGC's report says that SIEE employees were informed about when American PlayStation directors visited SIEE in their London location. Those employees who were impacted by these layoffs...
 

Blizzard Employees Walkout in Protest of Unjust Ban on Pro-Hong Kong Hearthstone Player

A small group of Blizzard employees are protesting against the actions of their employer.

A small group of Activision-Blizzard employees staged a walkout on Tuesday afternoon of this week to protest against their employer. Earlier this week, Blizzard had banned a professional Hearthstone player, Chung "Blitzchung" Ng Wai, after he voiced his support for the pro-democracy Hong Kong protesters. Blitzchung voiced his support during a post-game interview during an official livestream.

Not only did Blizzard quickly cut away from the interview...
 

PlayStation 5 Confirmed for Holiday 2020 Release

Sony dishes more details about their next-gen console and controller.

The announcement of the next-gen consoles has been really, really weird. Sony first announced the PlayStation 5 via a Wired interview with Mark Cerny. Since then, there really hasn't been much revealed about the new console. In fact, it wasn't even known until today that the next console was actually going to be called the "PlayStation 5."

Today, a new PlayStation Blog entry was released alongside yet another exclusive Wired article that provides some additional details...
 

Blizzard Bends the Knee to China, Bans Hearthstone Pro Blitzchung

Pro player that voiced his support for the Hong Kong protests banned by Blizzard.

Yesterday, we brought you the story about Chung "Blitzchung" Ng Wai, a professional Hearthstone player that called for the liberation of Hong Kong during a post-game interview on the official Taiwanese Hearthstone stream. During the interview, Blitzchung wore a gasmask not completely dissimilar to the ones worn by protesters in Hong Kong. Blitzchung voice his support for those who have been protesting China's growing authoritarian control over Hong Kong.
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Sony Now Fully Supports Cross-play for PlayStation 4

The company quietly moved PS4 cross-play out of beta.

You are probably about to see more and more multiplayer focused multi-platform games add support for cross-play soon. Just today, we saw that PUBG added in cross-platform play between Xbox and PlayStation users. Even the recent Call of Duty: Modern Warfare test included some cross-play support. With these new changes, Modern Warfare may be the first game to actually ship with cross-play functionality right out of the box.

This move by Sony now means that the decision to support cross-platform...
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  • Fan-Favorite 'Zinogre' Returns in Monster Hunter World: Iceborne

    Fan-Favorite 'Zinogre' Returns in Monster Hunter World: Iceborne

    Capcom revealed the fan-favorite monster is returning.

    Zinogre is a thunder wolf wyvern monster thing that fans seemed to love doing battle with. As such, it's making a return in Monster Hunter World: Iceborne when the expansion releases on September 6 for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

    Today's new video not only shows off Zinogre but also provides a look at the Elder Dragon Namielle, a monster that dishes out water-based attacks. And finally, this new trailer shows off the other other fan-favorite, Elder Dragon subspecies, also returning, plus...
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  • Eight New Games Announced as Timed Exclusives for Epic Games Store

    Eight New Games Announced as Timed Exclusives for Epic Games Store

    Epic revealed these games at PAX West 2019.

    As part of a PAX West 2019 showcase, Epic Games revealed a list of eight titles that are launching on the Epic Games Store. These games will, as always, be a timed exclusive to the store before leaving that monopoly.

    There is a trailer for these games in addition to a brief written rundown of the upcoming titles. So far, release dates have not yet been revealed for any of the eight games shown here. As it stands, it also doesn't seem as though all of the games are actually available to purchase on the...
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  • New BDSM Footage is Sure to Titillate

    New BDSM Footage is Sure to Titillate

    Everyone likes a little innuendo now and then.

    A new trailer was released today for BDSM: Big Drunk Satanic Massacre, an upcoming action-RPG from Big Way Games. It's probably not the type of BDSM some of you wanted, but it could still prove to be a thrilling time.

    Today's newest trailer shows off Lou, the son of Satan, and his run-and-gun style of action. This trailer gives us a guided tour of the Inferno. You'll see "magic milk, mega-bosses, and mindless minions." You'll also see how Lou is dealing with the evil human corporation that...
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  • Why should a gamer buy a Gaming Headset?

    Why should a gamer buy a Gaming Headset?


    This question always came to mind until I carried out thorough research. You will marvel at the discoveries made about gaming headsets. Gaming headsets are the least purchased gaming accessories, but the advantage of getting one is enormous.

    Are you considering buying a gaming headset? Why don’t you take a minute or two to find out if it is good for nothing gaming accessory? Nobody wants to spend their hard-earned cash carelessly.

    Let’s see if a gaming headset is worth it.


    Blocks external noise
    Imagine playing...
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  • Several Game Devs Publicly Accused of Sexual Assault (Updated)

    Several Game Devs Publicly Accused of Sexual Assault (Updated)

    More may still be named.

    Update (August 28, 2019 at 9PM): As assumed yesterday when this story initially went up, there are indeed other people being named for gross behavior including but not limited to sexual assault.

    Today, accusations were publicly shared against Alexis Kennedy, Ken Wong, and Ben Judd.

    Kennedy is the co-founder of Failbetter Games (Sunless Sea). He has long since left the studio. ...
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    Last edited by Shawn Zipay; 08-28-2019, 08:02 PM.

  • 'Role Models' is the Final Game Revealed for The Jackbox Party Pack 6

    'Role Models' is the Final Game Revealed for The Jackbox Party Pack 6

    Find out who you really are.

    The final game coming in The Jackbox Party Pack 6 was revealed: Role Models. This game will allow you to see what people really think of you. How could this possibly go wrong?

    In Role Models, you and your friends choose a category then you match each of the players (including yourself) to a "role" within that category. In the example they provide of Alice in Wonderland, someone who is carefree may be cast as the Mad Hatter, while the weird one in the group is the Cheshire Cat. If there are disagreements...
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  • The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan Launch Trailer

    The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan Launch Trailer

    Set sails for for scares.

    A launch trailer is out today for The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan from Supermassive Games and Bandai Namco. Man of Medan is out on August 30, 2019 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam. We have covered the game quite a bit over the previous few months. Feel free to check out any of that coverage for a little refresher and additional media.

    At the time of this posting, early reviews for The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan place the game at a 71 average score, with only a 46% recommendation rate from critics. ...
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  • Proving Grounds Update Hits World War Z

    Proving Grounds Update Hits World War Z

    Marks the end of the first season of free content.

    The Proving Grounds update is out today for World War Z. This update offers up more free content for those that own the game, but marks the final free content drop for this "first season." Plans are already in the works for another season of content. From the trailer, it seems as though things like Horde mode, new maps, and more are planned for Season Two.

    This update includes the addition of the Weekly Challenge mode, which is a separate playlist that adds unique gameplay modifiers....
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  • Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford Accused of Contempt in New Court Filing

    Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford Accused of Contempt in New Court Filing

    "All (the Internet) care about is if my next video game is good or not."

    On Tuesday, former Gearbox lawyer, Wade Callender, filed a motion in Dallas County district court for contempt and has requested sanctions against Gearbox. The filing allegs "discovery abuse" and a failure to produce various court-ordered documents. This is the latest is a very long back-and-forth legal battle between Callender and Gearbox that started back in late 2018.

    In November 2018, Gearbox sued Callender. The company says that Callender had borrowed...
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  • The Surge 2 Combat Trailer

    The Surge 2 Combat Trailer

    Dodge, duck, dip, dive, and dodge.

    Deck13 released a new combat-focused gameplay trailer today for their upcoming action-RPG, The Surge 2. This new trailer will show how you will have to utilize a variety of combat techniques in order to survive in Jericho City. The trailer gives us a glimpse of some of the 80 different weapons in the game, the directional parry system, dodge mechanics, drone usage, and some of the execution moves.

    The Surge 2 is up for pre-order now for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. All pre-orders give players access...
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  • The Telltale Name is Returning

    The Telltale Name is Returning

    But don't call it a comeback.

    After being shut down last year, it appears as though Telltale Games is making a return. Well, at least the name is making a return. The assets that were still under the Telltale name were purchased by a company named LCG Entertainment. This company will sell some of Telltale's old titles and will reportedly work on new games based on old Telltale properties. These will be in addition to new licenses.

    The new Telltale is being led by Jamie Ottilie and Brian Waddle. The two say that some of the original Telltale Games...
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