The decade-long reigning Queen of young adult literature, J.K Rowling’s name is as synonymous with globally loved media as Michael Pachter’s is with fundamentally wrong analysis. Of course, you may not think that the insanely talented mind behind the Harry Potter series (and the reason why millions have spent billions on books and movie tickets) would have some sage advice for the video game industry but that’s where you’re wrong. Read on to find out why.
BioWare are hardly strangers to controversy (the Mass Effect 3 ending, anyone?) but rather than staying away from it, like the shy development team in the corner, they are more than happy to embrace it, with open arms and open hearts because often, the BioWare choices that cause the most flack are the ones that matter. This is according to David Gaider, the lead writer of their upcoming title, Dragon Age: Inquisition, discussing in-game romances, and he not so much kicks the hornet’s nest as he does punts it out the stadium. Read what he has to say after the break.
Like most other game sites, we run on willpower, a non-existent budget and a love of gaming, but unlike other sites, J Station X is also fuelled by a whole lot of anger and a little bit of indignation that the video game industry that we know and love still continuously fails to represent women in games, people of colour and those who identify as LGBTQ. It’s for that reason that I’ve put together the first annual Video Game Diversity Report so that we can yell back statistics when the mob bangs on the door protesting that gaming must stay as a Straight, White Boys Club. Read my findings after the break.
This just in: when Square Enix said that Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition would include “Subsurface scattering technology implemented to capture the most physically accurate lighting simulation”, they weren’t playing around. The ‘Definitive’ in that title, is, for the most part thanks to all of the extra DLC goodies that come packed in with the game, but as these Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition screenshots show, the graphics that the PS4 and Xbox One only game will offer up too, are hardly anything to turn your nose up at. You can see them after the break.
‘It’s the most wonderful time of the year!’ chimes the classic holiday tune over the in-store speakers, but you know better. You have a mottled bruise on the left side of your ribcage that says that shoppers at this time of the year are rabid, vicious and will gladly shove you in the side to get the last copy of Battlefield 4 and you’ve had painful shin splints for the last 48 hours from making a mad dash around the aisle in a last ditch attempt to get a half decent gift for your gamer friend who probably has it already anyway. But you don’t want to go through all of that do you? We thought not, which is why we’ve put together this 2013 holiday gift guide for the gamer who has it all.
It seems that when you put one crack in the damn, the entire thing will start leaking, as spilling info like a gossip who’s just been told the juiciest secret in the world, Alien: Isolation screenshots have now been leaked onto the web after a source detailed Sega’s yet unannounced title. We previously learnt that the game would be far better than franchise predecessor, Aliens: Colonial Marines, and now with these Alien: Isolation screenshots looking as intriguing as ever, we might finally start believing the hype.
Dragonborns grab your reinforced Viking helmets! Jarls drop your gauntlets! Peasants drop your…cabbages? Poor Skyrim references aside, Bethesda are working on Elder Scrolls Online, the massive multiplayer online game of the medieval fantasy world that we’ve come to know and love, this much we already know. What we now are also clued up on, thanks to an info and trailer drop is the Elder Scrolls Online release date, along with how the gameplay is shaping up. Find both after the break.
To be frank, the last game based on the Alien movie franchise, Aliens: Colonial Marines, was rubbish. Rated ‘a load of old cack’ by reviewers across the board (the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions are rated 43 and 48, respectively on Metacritic), what was promised to be the first decent video game outing under the Alien brand was a huge disappointment. Publisher of the game, Sega, however, wish to make amends by bringing a far better game to market with Alien: Isolation, which apparently involves including a female protagonist.
‘EA are the most gay friendly place to work in all of the games industry’, a bold statement? Absolutely. Is it one that can be backed up with real, actual, verifiable statistics? Again, yes. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), who like to keep tabs on companies doing good, non-discriminatory things to their employees and treating them like plain old human beings, no matter how they identify, have rated EA a 100 out of 100 for equality in the workplace. But what does the publisher’s gay friendly status mean for their games?
In a reveal that’s about as well concealed as an elephant hiding behind a curtain, Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition was announced for next-gen consoles, PS4 and Xbox One, this weekend at the Spike VGX Awards 2013. We saw this one coming a mile off, mostly down to the fact that Amazon Italy leaked it a few weeks ago but now, letting their inconspicuous cat out of the bag, Square Enix have released a Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition trailer and announced the release date.