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August2017

  • News Sony Snaps Up Anime Distributor Funimation for $143 Million

    One for the weeaboos

    Sony has purchased a 95 per cent stake in anime distributor Funimation for $143 million, essentially acquiring the company. The remaining five per cent will be retained by current CEO Gen Fukunaga, who will continue to serve in his current role despite the takeover. In addition to selling DVDs and merchandise, Funimation...

July2017

  • News Gaming Greats Pay Respects to George A. Romero

    Filmmaker passes away aged 77

    George A. Romero, the legendary director behind the Living Dead series of movies, has passed away. The veteran – who appeared as a character in Call of Duty: Black Ops – is considered by many to be the father of the zombie genre, and his enormous influence can be felt all over the video game industry. It’s...

June2017

May2017

  • News PlayStation Chief Shawn Layden Doesn't Enjoy Gaming Exec Fame

    Meme streak

    They get turned into superheroes in GIFs and some even idolise them, but it’s important to remember that gaming executives are exactly that: gaming executives. They’re hired to make difficult (and, honestly, often boring) business decisions – not act like rock stars. And in a wide-ranging interview with Polygon, current PlayStation...

  • News Grab Some PlayStation Goodies from the New UK Gear Store

    Merch mania

    Once upon time, Sony cut the ribbon on the PlayStation Gear store in the UK – and then swiftly shut up shop. Now it’s back! Live in Britain – as well as France and Germany – the outlet is home to a cavalcade of branded goods, allowing you to bear the logo of your corporate overlords on your hoodie as well as your heart...

  • News UK Retailer GAME's New Elite Scheme Sucks

    Oh dear

    We try to defend specialist stores like GameStop as much as possible here at Push Square because we believe it’s important for the industry to have a major high street presence, but sometimes you’ve got to call a spade a spade, and UK outlet GAME’s new Elite loyalty card absolutely sucks. Like, it beggars belief it’s so bad. So...

  • News This Is What Crash Bandicoot PS4's Case Should Look Like

    Phwoar

    Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy is all about N. Ostalgia. Meh, that gag didn’t really work, did it? Anyway, the point is that Naughty Dog’s iconic ‘coot is coming to the PlayStation 4 because so many fans – now with crow’s feet and greying hair – grew up with the character in the 90s. But while we like the title’s boxart,...

  • Video The 7 Best Beards on PS4

    Hot fuzz

    The PlayStation 4 plays host to some pretty impressive facial hair, and we figured it would be fun to round-up the very best beards that can be found on the console. From the feral forests of Kratos’ fuzz to the sultry salt and pepper of Joel’s facial fungus, there’s a style for all on display here – assuming you can actually sprout...

April2017

March2017

  • News Horizon: Zero Dawn's Aloy Looks Incredible in Hama Beads

    Beaded brilliance

    Remember that gorgeous side-scrolling Horizon: Zero Dawn demake that we posted about a few days ago? Well, now hama bead extraordinaire Dan Silver has transformed it into a glorious work of pixel art hobbycraft. Incredible, right? This isn't the first piece of pixel art that Dan's brought to life using beads, and you can check out...

  • News JonTron's Yooka-Laylee Cameo to Be Patched Out by Playtonic

    In the aftermath of controversial comments

    Playtonic has announced that it will patch out popular YouTube personality Jon 'JonTron' Jafari's cameo from platformer Yooka-Laylee as part of an update. The game – which recently went gold ahead of its 11th April launch date – has presumably already been submitted to platform holders for printing and...

  • News Horizon: Zero Dawn Still Looks Amazing in Pixel Art

    Focus on this

    Horizon: Zero Dawn is hands-down one of the best looking video games ever released, but what if it opted for an almost Game Boy Advance-esque aesthetic? That's what this mock-up by Japanese artist Toyaken21 aims to illustrate – and it's got us drooling over some kind of side-scroller starring Aloy as a result. What do you reckon?...

  • News Meet the Real-Life Aloy from Horizon: Zero Dawn

    Based on Dutch actress Hannah Hoekstra

    We all know that Ashly Burch lent her larynx to bring Horizon: Zero Dawn protagonist Aloy to life, but one thing we weren't aware of is that the character's based upon the likeness of Dutch actress Hannah Hoekstra. Guerrilla Games revealed earlier in the year that it scanned the star's facial features in order...

  • News Horizon: Zero Dawn Accused of Cultural Appropriation

    Guerrilla's latest criticised

    Horizon: Zero Dawn is one of the most progressive games that we've played in some time. We're not going to fawn over it for that reason alone – it also happens to be a brilliant adventure built around some incredibly compelling fiction – but its representation of genders, sexuality, and race is second to none as far...

  • News PlayStation's Still Patting Nintendo on the Back

    Corporate congrats

    Sony congratulated Nintendo on the success of Zelda's reviews yesterday, and it's returned to acknowledge the release of the Switch today. Writing on its official Twitter account to over 13 million followers, it shared the following message: "Today's a big day for Nintendo! Congratulations on launch, we can't wa

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  • E3 2016 EA Play Hosting Charity Initiative, Play to Give

    Five charities to benefit from

    Hidden away among the game announcements and gameplay –or, er, behind the scenes footage – EA unveiled a new scheme entitled Play to Give. During the publisher's pre-E3 2016 event, EA Play, gamers will be able to try and complete various challenges across a handful of games, earning in-game rewards in the...

  • News Geoff Keighley's The Game Awards Will Return on 1st December

    On every gaming screen and VR

    Oh, great. As we mentally prepare ourselves for a week of exorbitantly late night streams, industry icon Geoff Keighley has revealed that we can look forward to one more on 1st December, when The Game Awards will return. We thought that last year's show was just about as good as one could reasonably expect an awards...

  • News There's a PlayStation E3 Headline Generator

    And it's glorious

    E3 is a time of fierce format wars and – if you happen to work in the games industry – intense stress. Scientists often say that laughing is a good way of dealing with tough situations, and this PlayStation E3 headline generator certainly got a giggle out of us. Some of our favourites so far: Shawn Layden bursts from a...

  • News This Modded Uncharted 4 PS4 Is Pretty Amazing

    Golden

    It's incredible how creative some people are when it comes to constructing modified consoles, and this Uncharted 4: A Thief's End-themed system is yet another example of that. Made by Romanian gamer Vulpe Adrian Andrei, the system employs a shirt similar to the one worn by protagonist Nathan Drake as well as leather bounding and pistole...

  • News Learn Why Shenmue Is Held in Such High Regard

    Courage shall determine his fate

    Not going to lie: Shenmue III's reveal almost had your humble host in tears last year. It's a game series that's had a profound effect on this author, as illustrated in this soapbox article. But many who missed out on the original – or perhaps were too young to play it – may not understand why Yu Suzuki's...

May2016

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  • News Move Over, Angelina! Here's Your New Lara Croft

    Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander to play the iconic character

    Swedish actress Alicia Vikander, perhaps best known for her roles in Ex Machina and The Danish Girl, will play Lara Croft in Warner Bros and MGM's forthcoming Tomb Raider movie reboot. The Oscar-winning actress has secured the role despite it being heavily linked with Star Wars' Daisy...

  • News UK Magazine Play Calls Paper Based Issues a Day

    Play another day

    As someone whose entire career was founded off the back of spending hundreds of hours reading Official PlayStation Magazine, EDGE, and GamesTM, it's always sad to hear that a UK institution is pulling out of newsagents. Play, admittedly, wasn't this author's regular read – but your humble host still has multiple issues littered...

  • News Finally! Now You Can Play Your NES with a PS4 Pad

    Playing with power

    For many, the NES is a legendary console – even if ours spent more time on the blink than actually running games. If you happen to have one where the cartridge connectors aren't all mangled, however, then you may be interested in this exciting accessory: the Retro Receiver NES allows you to play your 8-bit games wirelessly...

  • News Now We've Truly Reached the End of an Era

    Sony Interactive Entertainment presents

    We knew that the day was coming, but it's still sad all of the same. Sony announced earlier in the year that it would be formally renaming the division that runs PlayStation to Sony Interactive Entertainment starting 1st April, and we've been waiting for that most famous of boot screens to be replaced...

  • News Ratchet & Clank Fans, You're Going to Want Some of This Swag

    Oven gloves! Vinyl records! Sticker packs!

    Well, we haven't forgotten Ratchet & Clank – and nor should you have. With the new game launching in North America next week, I Am 8 Bit is flogging a stack of gear starting today – including a vinyl soundtrack and a Groovitron oven glove. You know you want them. Also up for grabs is a sticker...

  • News Sony Mods PS4 Controller for Fan with Cerebral Palsy

    For the players

    One thoughtful Sony employee has specially modified a DualShock 4 controller for a PlayStation fan with cerebral palsy. Peter Byrne contacted the platform holder after experiencing issues with the touchpad on the PlayStation 4 peripheral. Alex Nawabi, who works for PlayStation's research and development team, spent ten hours coming...

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  • News Sony's Dropped a Clanger with This Let's Play Lark

    Company tries to trademark YouTube term

    Sony, why?! The early success of the PlayStation 4 can be assigned to the feel-good factor that the Japanese giant built around the format: the gamer-centric marketing, the agreeable policies, the Jack Tretton smackdown – so why the heck is the company jeapordising that by trying to trademark the popular...

  • Feature What Did We Learn from Hideo Kojima's Sony Tech Tour?

    Ac!d trip

    For the past week and a bit, Metal Gear maker Hideo Kojima has been touring the world with PlayStation 4 system architect Mark Cerny. The uber-intelligent twosome – who must surely have a combined IQ nearing the 300s – have been hitting the headquarters of practically all PlayStation studios,

  • News Let's Remember the Iconic PSone Start Screen Together

    Sony Computer Entertainment presents

    Much like Polygon Man at an E3 event eons ago, Sony Computer Entertainment is being taken out into the parking lot and shot. The Japanese giant announced today that it will be merging the iconic organisation with Sony Network Entertainment to create a new company called Sony Interactive Entertainment. It'

  • Reaction What Does the Death of Sony Computer Entertainment Mean?

    Going through changes

    Sony Computer Entertainment, the iconic company that gave birth to the billion dollar PlayStation brand, is dead – or, at least, it will be when the new financial year begins on 1st April. The Japanese giant has announced its intention today to merge the PlayStation maker with Sony Network Entertainment, a companion...

  • News Say Goodbye to Sony Computer Entertainment

    PlayStation now operates under Sony Interactive Entertainment

    This is not the news that we expected to wake up to on a chilly Tuesday morning: Sony Computer Entertainment is no more. Don't panic, PlayStation is very much alive – but the iconic organisation housing the billion dollar brand has been renamed Sony Interactive Entertainment. It's...

  • Feature This Man's PS4 Collection Is Bigger Than Yours

    Size matters

    Hidden inside Valtteri Hyttinen's unassuming Finnish home lives a treasure: a PlayStation 4 collection so large that it spans an entire wall, and is growing by the day. The digital specialist lives and breathes Sony's new-gen box, spending his day building the PlayStation brand's social media presence, while his evenings are dedicated...

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