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You ever have think, "Hey, it's 1AM, let's do something stupid!" Because let me tell you, I sure as hell had that thought last night. Let's just say mistakes, actually several of them, were made. One such mistake was the fact that I neglected to perform a full site backup before I proceeded to do several more stupid things. This led to just being unable to do anything with the server.

My plan was to restore a backup from earlier in the week. I decided, after I broke everything, to make a backup at that point just in case restoring the backup failed or someone smarter than me (Tim) would possibly be able to fix my mistakes. I started the backup process and decided to go to bed around 4AM or so. The backup usually takes a couple of hours.

Woke up to see that even the backup failed because of something I did. Oops!

Without anything to lose, I started the process of restoring the backup, having never personally done this before. This process also takes a few hours. It eventually finished. Site was still broken. I quickly found out what I had to do, which ended up being something else I never did before, and a few moments later the site was back.

After all of that, I figured it'd be a good time to update vBulletin to the new release. I did that. Everything works. I don't want to hear anything to the contrary.

With all this said, it's time for the NewsBits. These NewsBits are going to be a super quick recap of all the news I put up this week that is now lost to the ether. They will go up in reverse order. That means the news I put up last night before my colossal fuckup will be listed first in the bits seen below.

Cheat Maker Discontinues Battlefield 2042 Support Due to Poor Game Performance
If nothing else, DICE managed to create the best anti-cheat in the world: Battlefield 2042 itself. Battlefield 2042's performance is so damn bad that it's preventing a cheat from functioning properly. The cheat maker also says that the game is so dead that not enough people are renewing their cheat subscriptions to make it worth their time and effort.


Valve Says Steam Deck Shipments Still on Track for February
Valve confirms that the Steam Deck isn't delayed again and will begin shipping by the end of February 2022.


Microsoft Stopped Making Xbox One Consoles in 2020
Microsoft just revealed to The Verge that they officially stopped making all forms of the Xbox One in 2020. Nobody seemed to really notice nor care as retail supplies of the console has been plentiful enough to allow them to keep selling throughout 2021.


Dying Light 2 Addresses Major Fan Complaint from First Game
You can now finish the game in co-op. That was it. You couldn't do that in the first game, which is why this was important. Also, there's a new launch trailer.


Rugby 22 Gameplay Trailer
No, I still do not know what rugby is outside of the word "scrum." No, I also don't know anything about cricket. Here's that new Rugby 22 gameplay trailer.


Shadow Man: Remastered Out Now on Consoles
Play this classic action game on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S in resolutions up to 4K and 60fps. A Switch release is out on January 17. A PC release happened last year.


Hitman 3 Year 2 Includes Steam Release, PC VR, and More
Hitman 3 Year 2 begins on January 20. On this date the game will get an Elusive Target Arcade, Freelancer Mode, it will be released on Steam, and include PC VR support. The trilogy hits Game Pass on the same day. Later in year 2 there will be ray tracing added into the PC release and a new map released.


Astroneer Released on Nintendo Switch
Explore and mine alien plantes on the go. Astroneer is out on the Switch for $29.99 through the eShop.


Monster Hunter Rise is Having a Bit of a Rough PC Launch
Monster Hunter Rise is now available on Steam. Just be warned that some users are having an issue creating the initial save and thus cannot even play.


Stalker 2 Delayed Until December 8
The game was delayed by seven months. That sucks. The full statement is available on Twitter.


The Anacrusis Preview
Ah damn, this doesn't belong here. I need to repost that in its entirety. Go read that instead of these NewsBits once it's up.


Assassin's Creed: The Ezio Collection is Coming to Switch
A collection that includes Assassin’s Creed II, Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, and Assassin’s Creed Revelations and all single-player DLC will be out on the Nintendo Switch on February 17. Ubisoft has more details if you want.


LEGO Delays Overwatch 2 Set as Company Evaluates Relationship with Activision Blizzard
LEGO has decided to delay a new Overwatch 2 themed set as they evaluate their partnership with the blackhole of toxicity and sexual misconduct that is Activision Blizzard. Thanks to The Brick Fan for this one.


PUBG: Battlegrounds is Now Free-to-Play
PUBG is now free-to-play. There are now a lot more cosmetic microtransactions as a result as well as some bonuses for those who previously purchased the game. You can read more about that in the Steam announcement.


Elex II Combat Trailer
A new combat trailer for Elex II came out. Mix and match melee, ranged, and spell combat however you like. If you played Piranha Bytes games like Risen or Gothic you probably know what to expect.


Fix Incoming for Halo Infinite Big Team Battle
This one is actually new from what you may have read previously. On Friday, January 14, 343 Industries updated their news to let fans know that a fix for BTB is coming around the middle of next week. They're also giving everyone five free XP Boosts and 5 free Challenge Swaps as an apology.


Razer Removes Misleading N95 Claims from Zephyr Marketing Materials
Razer was caught lying in marketing materials for their Zephyr masks that claimed the filters were "N95-grade." They are not. That's a big no-no and could (still) potentially land them in hot water with regulatory agencies. Tech YouTuber Naomi Wu, aka: RealSexyCyborg, has been super busy calling out Razer's dangerous lies on the N95 claims.


Take-Two Acquires Zynga for $12.7 Billion
Microsoft only spent $7.5 billion when they bought Bethesda. Think about that one. Take-Two wants to use Zynga to make more mobile games.


Serious Sam: Siberian Mayhem Announced
A standalone expansion for Serious Sam 4 is coming out. There will be snow.


Gamers are Losing Their Minds Over Dying Light 2's Length
The Dying Light 2 Twitter staid it'd take you 500 hours to 100% the game. Gamers got real mad. Techland then clarified that the main campaign alone is only about 20 hours.

And now... I rest.

Have a great weekend! Sorry about the everything that happened. I'll get my preview for The Anacrusis up shortly as well.