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News: Sony Agrees to Review Investigation Process after BBC Report

Sony Agrees to Review Investigation Process after BBC Report

Lessons have been learned, apparently

BBC's long-running consumer rights programme Watchdog took PlayStation to task as part of its latest episode this evening, reporting on two cases in which fraudulent account charges had left customers out of pocket. The first, regarding John Lappin's inability to obtain a refund for a game that he never...

News: PlayStation Taken to Task in BBC's Watchdog Programme

PlayStation Taken to Task in BBC's Watchdog Programme

The weakest link

Sony's no stranger to Watchdog, the BBC consumer awareness show that's been running in the UK for over 30 years. One legendary report saw the PlayStation 3 taken to task following the yellow light of death scandal, but it's the PlayStation Network that will be subject to an Anne Robinson-fronted grilling in tonight's episode. The...

News: SEGA Classics to Receive Vinyl Soundtracks

SEGA Classics to Receive Vinyl Soundtracks

What year is it?

SEGA smashes Shenmue and Streets of Rage are set to receive special edition vinyl soundtracks this September – and just so you don't panic, you're definitely still reading this in 2015. London-based record label Data Discs will be handling the uber-limited LPs. We imagine that the firm's based in Shoreditch and only hires...

News: Rockstar Games Is Suing the BBC Over a TV Drama About Grand Theft Auto

Rockstar Games Is Suing the BBC Over a TV Drama About Grand Theft Auto

Game changer

BBC's planned television drama, currently titled Game Changer, is about the controversy surrounding Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto series. The plot follows the long dispute between Sam Houser, Rockstar's president, and Jack Thompson, the outspoken lawyer and critic who says that video games cause real world violence. Rockstar has now...

News: Canadian Kid Goes Crazy Over Confiscated PS4

Canadian Kid Goes Crazy Over Confiscated PS4

Don't do this at home

We suspect that the majority of you learned at an early age that you can't always get everything that you want in life – but we hope that you didn't smash up your house with a baseball bat when the realisation set in. That's exactly what one Canadian kid got up to over the weekend, after his parents confiscated his...

News: We're Keeping Quiet About This Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Figure

We're Keeping Quiet About This Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Figure

Insert Björk lyrics here

We're not going to give you a reason to assemble with pitchforks outside Push Square Towers: we're going to play this article safe. Under-fire director Hideo Kojima has revealed an action figure for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain based upon controversial character Quiet. According to the ousted executive, the toy...

News: Marilyn Manson's New Album Was Put on PlayStation Discs to Represent Change

Marilyn Manson's New Album Was Put on PlayStation Discs to Represent Change

This is the new s***

Here's something unusual: Marilyn Manson – yes, the controversial rocker who rose to popularity in the late '90s – released his new album on old PlayStation discs. It was more of an artistic decision than anything, as the self-proclaimed Antichrist Superstar's latest record, fittingly named The Pale Emperor, is supposed...

Soapbox: You Should Stop Pre-Ordering Games

You Should Stop Pre-Ordering Games

Sammy Barker's against this scary trend

We've got a problem, readers – and it pertains to pre-ordering games. I never used to be opposed to this practice: I'd regularly drop a fiver at my local GAME on titles that I was looking forward to, and would waltz home happily with a receipt and a pre-order pack – the DVD that came with Metal Gear...

News: You Need This Journey Record in Your Life

You Need This Journey Record in Your Life

No, not that Journey

You're not a true hipster until you have a sizeable vinyl collection – preferably spanning indie hits such as thatgamecompany's outstanding Journey. It's a good thing for your coffee shop street cred, then, that iam8bit has teamed up with Sony to create this stunning double LP set for Austin Wintory's soaring score. The...

Soapbox: We Need More New Game Plus

We Need More New Game Plus

Robert Ramsey wants to start over, but not from scratch

Just a couple of days ago, I started a new playthrough of Dragon Age: Inquisition, in preparation for the first slice of DLC that's hitting PlayStation consoles in May. Having already completed the game once, I was looking forward to slogging through the adventure again while making use of...

Feature: The Seven Deadly Sins of Game Design

The Seven Deadly Sins of Game Design

You should know better

Frustration is an emotion that none of us want to feel, especially when we're playing video games. The problem is, of course, that frustration is always lurking just around the corner, unless you're like the gaming equivalent of the most meditative monk in the world – in which case, we salute your patience and...

Weirdness: Some Idiot Traded in Their Ultra Rare 20th Anniversary PS4 at CEX

Some Idiot Traded in Their Ultra Rare 20th Anniversary PS4 at CEX

Just another unloved appliance

Sometimes you need a quick sale, and stores like CEX are always available to purchase your unwanted goods. This is fine if we're talking about your crusty old PlayStation 2 and scratched copy of Pro Evolution Soccer 3, but if you're offloading your 20th Anniversary PlayStation 4 at the high street store – well, you...