The most popular channel on YouTube no longer allows viewer comments.
PewDiePie, whose real name is Felix Kjellberg, posted a video last week explaining that his decision to switch off comments was due to the nature of what was being posted – something he said YouTube hadn’t been able to help with.
"I go to the comments and it’s mostly spam, and people self-advertising, it’s people who are trying to provoke, and people replying to all these, just all this stuff to me, it doesn’t mean anything," said Kjellberg.
"I don’t care about it. I don’t want to see it. I just don’t care."
"It’s been bothering me for so long now, I’ve been trying to find solutions to it, I’ve been hoping it would get better, I was hoping YouTube would try to figure a way out, but it doesn’t seem like it, and I’m just sick of it," he added.
An ambitious dinosaur-themed multiplayer game has been pulled from Steam Early Access following months of silence from its creator.
The Stomping Land achieved some fame in May 2013 after securing six times its Kicktarter funding target of US$20,000. Creator and SuperCrit founder Alex "Jig" Fundora was an animator on The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Following its Kickstarter success the game launched on Steam Early Access for US$25.
However, updates on the game ceased shortly thereafter. SuperCrit's PR spokesperson confirmed in July that the game was still in development despite the silence. Shortly thereafter the PR person announced his or her departure, citing Fundora's uncommunicativeness.
More than 2000 games developers and publishers have signed an open letter calling for an end to hateful speech and harassment within the games community.
The letter was written by indie designer Andreas Zecher, and is a plea for equality, level-headedness, and calm in the video game industry.
Its publication follows a week when Tropes vs. Women in Games creator Anita Sarkeesian was forced from her home by death threats, discussions about Depression Quest creator Zoe Quinn turned nasty, and a bomb threat from a hacker group diverted the flight of Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley.
Valve has resubmitted Left 4 Dead 2 to the Australian Classification Board and reclassified R18+.
Left 4 Dead 2 was first released in 2009 and was rated MA15+, the highest possible rating for a videogame at the time. In order to be accepted at that rating, the game was significantly modified.
Valve's Doug Lombardi said he was pleased with the new classification.
A PlayStation 4 Trophy list for Beyond: Two Souls is the latest evidence that Quantic Dream's PlayStation 3 exclusive is coming to new-gen hardware.
The Beyond: Two Souls Trophy list for PlayStation 4 was leaked on Exophase, and is identical to the PlayStation 3 Trophy list.
Rumour of a PlayStation 4 edition of Beyond: Two Souls has also surfaced previously. Two German retailers briefly listed the game in July. A developer also posted images of himself working on a control schematic for the PlayStation 4's dualshock 4 pad. These were also taken down.
Gamers will have the option to play as Borderlands 2 villain Handsome Jack if they purchase the first downloadable content pack to the upcoming Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel.
In Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, Jack is not yet the evil one-lining antagonist players know from Borderlands 2. Moreover, players will actually control Jack's body-double, rather than Jack himself. Technically, he's also not yet "Handsome" Jack, as he still has his original, "un-reattached" face.
No information about Jack's playstyle or abilities was announced.
On the back of news yesterday that Grand Theft Auto V for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One was still on track for release later this year, two sources have now pegged the game for release in November.
A VG247 YouTube partner, HalcyonDeathSquad, has said it was told by a source close to the game's development that it would release in November. In addition, an employee of UK high street retailer GAME tweeted that Grand Theft Auto V for PC and new-gen would release on November 2. The tweet has since been removed, claimed the YouTuber.
Next, a NeoGAF user browsing the website of Rockstar's UK distributor, Gem Distribution, found that the game's release date had been changed from TBC to November. The date has since been returned to TBC, but not before sites including Videogamer were able to screengrab it.
Lemmings-style puzzle title Flockers is coming to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows PC later this month, developer Team 17 (Worms) has announced.
The game is currently available via Steam Early Access.
According to Team 17, Flockers is “a modern day take on the classic A to B puzzle genre with a generous helping of dark humour for good measure”.
Volition creative director Steve Jaros reckons its fair that Saints Row was called out in the latest video from Anita Sarkeesian.
Speaking with The Escapist, Jaros said that the earlier Saints games were problematic, but also pointed out that Volition has become more mindful of the way it represents women since then.
"I actually tweeted out the link to the video yesterday about women as background objects and said that every game developer should watch this and sometimes is guilty of it," he said.
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