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The final nail in the Aussie retail coffin has been hammered, big-name retailer Kmart has joined its brother Target in removing the latest Rockstar Games release, GTA V, off their shelves. But wait, there's more!
In the latest breaking news, GTA IV has fallen victim to the wide sweep against the apparent misogynist, sexist and rape culture values that GTA are allegedly demonstrating through their campaign and free play modes. This was all started through a Change.org petition by former sex workers, claiming that GTA V was "sickening" which brought people to ask - why have you waited until now to protest and why only this singular game?
Some months ago, pornography website 'YouPorn' teased that they were interested in entering the wide world of eSports - speaking publicly on their Twitter about this topic which urged multiple big name players, commentators and personalities throughout various gaming scenes to reply in haste, asking for their game of choice to be supported.
Well it's finally happening as YouPorn has just announced their sponsorship of a Spanish competitive gaming team team named Play2Win.
Although it's always nice to see more sponsors entering the scene, many people have expressed negative opinions on this matter - explaining that although having these kind of sponsors in the gaming world may help provide teams with funding in flights and accommodation, having these companies names associated with gaming might further perpetuate the 'basement nerd' stereotype and also bar competitive gaming from different kinds of A-grade sponsors such as seen in the 'real-world' sporting scene.
The 'Glacier 2' engine that powered Hitman: Absolution has been modified, with a new version being rolled out dubbed Dawn Engine. Dawn Engine will be powering the upcoming Deus Ex title, which still doesn't have a name.
The demo screenshot looks like it will be an incredibly perfect fit for the Deus Ex world, but I think we're seeing an incredible amount of detail that will be watered down before it makes it into the game. Eidos Montreal has teased: "We wanted to share a first glimpse of what we aim to achieve, with a screenshot taken directly from the Dawn Engine. Keep in mind - despite any hints you may pick up from this image, this screenshot was only taken in order to display the level of detail and artistic fidelity that is possible with the Dawn Engine".
After looking at the 2.3MB image in full quality, it looks absolutely incredible; a truly next-gen Deus Ex game could be upon us. But, as I said above, I think we'll see it watered down considerably, to be run on the consoles. We've seen virtually every other game debut this year running at much less than 1080p, closer to 720p, with nowhere near the level of intricate detail we see in the screenshot for the Dawn Engine. It's a shame.
Capcom says its "definitive version" Resident Evil remake will be released on January 20, running in 720p on last-generation and 1080p on next-generation consoles. The title includes support for both classic controls and new settings so character control is based on the analogue stick. Gamers will be able to switch between 16:9 widescreen and 4:3 ratio.
This is good news for gamers, as the title will be available for $20 and launch on the following platforms: Microsoft Xbox 360, Xbox One, Sony PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC.
The original Resident Evil launched for the original PlayStation console in 1996, and was quite popular.
It's been a heavy three days for Grand Theft Auto 5 and Rockstar Games in Australia. Firstly a petition was made by former sex workers claiming that this blockbuster game release "encourages players to commit sexual violence and kill women", once this project had received around 40,000 supporters, Target Australia decided to remove the title from their shelves, seeing Kmart Australia follow suit less than 24 hours later.
This has sparked major outrage among many 'gamer' social circles, with people citing multiple games that are based around the beheading, maiming and/or murder of males - further claiming that this GTA V fight isn't so much about social justice, as it is about 'radical feminism'.
In order to fight back, one man named Stephen Ogden has opened up his own GoPetition, urging the large Australian retailers to remove other offensive content from their shelves, including some legitimate and also some very 'troll' requests.
Target Australia had only just announced they are pulling all copies of Rockstar games' GTA V off their shelves, now another Aussie retailer has joined the pledge. K-Mart has vowed to also remove all support for this controversial title, disclosing this information to Kotaku today over the phone.
As online activists gathered a 41,000 signature petition together, Australian retail giants have started to quiver. K-marts official statement on this matter was: "Following a significant review of all content in Grand Theft Auto Games Kmart has taken the decision to remove this product immediately, Kmart apologises for not being closer to the content of this game."
Reports have brought to light that both Target and K-Mart are owned by the same corporate group, Wesfarmers, so for those in the know - this shouldn't be a huge shock as we're sure the executives are covering their behinds against some kind of apparent public uproar. Who's going to fall next? In other news, this is great for online retailers as customers will now likely take their business to the internet in search for this massively popular title.
If you thought that Saints Row couldn't get weirder, the trailer below has Satan singing his emotions away as his daughter fights with him about marrying a boy without her father's approval. This is Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell, everyone:
Yes, it's coming, and yes it looks like some damn fun. The trailer above is a nice touch from the developer, going all musical on the world, having Satan sing is just hilarious. The new Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell will be released on January 23, 2016 for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4 and PC.
Just yesterday we wrote about a Change.org petition to remove Rockstar's controversial next-gen release, GTA V, off popular retail chain 'Target' shelves. The petition claimed that the game was sexist, containing misogynist values and promoted violence towards and rape of women.
Target has just pushed a media release, claiming that due to public outcry the game has now been pulled from all shelves.
Free-to-play games might be increasing in popularity along with freemium games, but don't count Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick as a fan. Zelnick says a low number of paying gamers can lead to bad game quality, saying most free-to-play games "aren't really high quality content."
"The problem with the free-to-play model is 95-97 percent of people who engage with your content don't pay for it," Zelnick recently said at the Credit Suisse Annual Technology Conference. "3-5 percent do; on a good day, 10 percent. The other thing that's problematic with free-to-play games is in many instances, although not all, they're vastly less engaging."
Despite Take-Two suddenly jumping into the free-to-play market, Zelnick did say the model is very different and there is a certain potential - especially in free mobile games - that will continue to make it appealing.
Social justice has been steadily creeping its way more and more into gaming culture, seeing many people fight back on social media and news outlets posting opinion articles damning certain games, developers and personalities who express views that are alleged as misogynist, promoting senseless violence and/or rape culture.
In recent news, since the next-gen and PC release of Rockstar Studio's latest hit, Grand Theft Auto 5, there has been a major public outcry globally against the game. This passionate dislike for the game and it's morals has seeing peoples social media feeds explode with petitions to take the game off the shelves, alongside many negative opinions of the game they have worked so hard to produce.
The latest group targeting this game is a group of former sex workers, who are spearheading a Change.org petition to remove this title from the popular Australian department store, named Target. Their allegations include the statement that it "encourages players to commit sexual violence and kill women".