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Weirdness: Sony Craftily Joins Dress Colour Debate

Sony Craftily Joins Dress Colour Debate

Introducing the new white and gold DualShock 4

Those that have topped up their Tumblr knowledge of late will be aware of the dress debate that's taken social media by storm. For those out of the loop, an image showing a white and gold dress has prompted an online rift, as some argue that it's actually black and blue. We'v

Opinion: How Reviews Can Colour a Game's Reception

How Reviews Can Colour a Game's Reception

Good and bad

There's a growing sentiment among the gaming press that sites like this one are an outdated concept. Apparently, people no longer want to read a considered critique of a game – they'd rather watch a playthrough on YouTube or Twitch, with some commentary from a popular personality. It's something that's constantly on this author's...

News: The Order: 1886's 256 Page Strategy Guide Is Pure Gold

The Order: 1886's 256 Page Strategy Guide Is Pure Gold

Push square

We're not ones to kick a game when it's down – after all, we really like parts of Ready at Dawn's inaugural PlayStation 4 exclusive – but The Order: 1886 is probably the last title on the planet that needed a 256 page strategy guide. Still, that's exactly what Brady Games has produced, and it's already proving a hit in some hardcore...

News: UK Publisher and Gamer Charity Weekend Includes World Exclusive Gameplay

UK Publisher and Gamer Charity Weekend Includes World Exclusive Gameplay

Gaming for all

If you hadn't noticed it already topping the trends on Twitter, this weekend marks GameBlast, a 24 hour charity gaming marathon by gamers, for gamers. Everyone is gaming hard all to help donate to Special Effect – a UK game charity devoted to helping those with physical disabilities play games. It isn't just streamers getting...

News: Wait a Minute, Sony Bought a PS4 for £85,000?

Wait a Minute, Sony Bought a PS4 for £85,000?

All for a good cause

Remember those 20th Anniversary Edition PlayStation 4s? The sleek grey consoles proved to be incredibly popular despite their extremely limited availability, with many machines getting resold for extortionate prices on websites like eBay. Sony recently held an auction for the very first 20th Anniversary unit, and the bidding...

Talking Point: How Important Is Game Length?

How Important Is Game Length?

Time to find out

The Order: 1886 has caused a bit of a kerfuffle this weekend for supposedly being short, but how much does game length really matter? Some would argue that there's no point in spending money on a release that can be wrapped up in an evening or two, but many of us simply don't have the time to work through a 100 hour epic. It's a...

Weirdness: This Abandoned Mall Looks Just Like the One from The Last of Us

This Abandoned Mall Looks Just Like the One from The Last of Us

Out of business

Spoilers: you spend a good chunk of The Last of Us: Left Behind in an abandoned mall. Here's the really, eerie bit, though: the derelict shopping centre appears to exist in real life. Cleveland-based photographer Seph Lawless recently snapped some shots of the snow blanketed Rolling Acres Mall in Ohio, which was shuttered in 2008...

News: Happy Birthday to Sony Executive Shuhei Yoshida

Happy Birthday to Sony Executive Shuhei Yoshida

Many happy returns

Are we doing birthday notices now? Gosh, this site's gone right down the pan – we'll be posting pictures of DualShock-themed tables on Twitter next. Still, we suppose that Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida is just about big enough to have his date of birth acknowledged on these hallowed pages – after all, he...

Talking Point: Do Review Scores Have a Future?

Do Review Scores Have a Future?

Number games

After an incredible 15 years – and more 8/10 jokes than we care to count – Eurogamer.net has dropped review scores. It's not the first site to do so – both Kotaku and Joystiq (RIP) ditched numbers and stars a while ago – but the news seems significant this time because our buddies from Brighton operate a more traditional...

News: EA: Games Are Still Too Hard to Learn

EA: Games Are Still Too Hard to Learn

Don't pull that face

A top executive from EA Games has suggested that most video games are still too difficult for the average person to learn. We suspect that this statement is going to go down like a lead balloon, but we reckon that chief creative officer Richard Hilleman, who was speaking at the 2015 DICE Summit, may actually have a point. "The...

Soapbox: Why We Need More Grounded Games

Why We Need More Grounded Games

Sammy Barker's sick of the surreal

I did something that I don't usually do last night: I cancelled my late night session at the Push Square coal face in order to finish Life Is Strange. The debut episode in DONTNOD's episodic escapade has received a mixed reception from critics, with some lauding it as a minor masterpiece, while others try not to...

News: Watch PlayStation Titles Get Destroyed in the Awesome Games Done Quick Marathon

Watch PlayStation Titles Get Destroyed in the  Awesome Games Done Quick Marathon

Supersonic

It's the start of a fresh new year full of gaming, and to help kickstart it into turbo gear is the bi-annual Awesome Games Done Quick marathon. Running from the 5th to the 10th January on Twitch to support the Prevent Cancer Foundation, an army of titles will be blasted through at speeds that may make you cry. The lineup ranges from old...

Weirdness: This Christmas Gift Is the PS4 Equivalent of Coal

This Christmas Gift Is the PS4 Equivalent of Coal

Stone the crows

If you reckon that you had a rough Christmas trying to connect to the PlayStation Network, then spare a thought for Igor Baksht's poor 13-year-old niece, who almost received a box of rocks for the big day. According to the Daily Mail, the aforementioned unfortunate shopper picked up a PlayStation 4 from Wal-Mart, but was sold a box...

News: Season's Greetings from PlayStation's Premium Developers

Season's Greetings from PlayStation's Premium Developers

They wish you a Merry Christmas

Christmas wouldn't be the same without more greetings cards than you know what to do with. Waltzing wintery streets with a square of cardboard that won't fit in your pocket is what the holidays are all about, so it kind of makes sense for game developers to acknowledge their fans with bits and pieces of custom art...

Feature: 10 PlayStation Gifts That Need to Be on Your Christmas List

10 PlayStation Gifts That Need to Be on Your Christmas List

Stocking fillers

We were going to produce a bog-standard buyer’s guide this Christmas, but we figured that we’d be re-treading old ground. After all, you can peruse what we think is hot on PlayStation courtesy of our nifty games page, and chances are you already have an idea what software you’d like Santa to lug down your chimney anyway...

Weirdness: Sony's Made a Watch Out of E-Paper

Sony's Made a Watch Out of E-Paper

Time for something different

Under the leadership of former PlayStation president Kaz Hirai, Sony is secretly exploring new methods that it hopes will propel it back to profitability in the future. One such subsidiary that it’s created on the quiet is Fashion Entertainments, a small startup consisting of five younger engineers, which has been...