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Valve is Giving Away a Steam Deck Every Minute of The Game Awards

For the first time ever, you'll be cheering for those long musical performances.

Valve just sent out a press release announcing that they are giving away one 512GB Steam Deck every minute during the live airing of The Game Awards.

Entry is relatively simple. Head on over to the Steam Deck giveaway page, click on the giant blue button to register, and maybe set yourself a reminder to watch the show. That's pretty much it for now.

During the live airing of The...
 

Ubisoft Confirms Return to Steam with Assassin's Creed Valhalla

Ubisoft to return to Steam's "unrealistic" distribution model.

Ubisoft is returning to Steam after they took their ball and went home about two years ago. In 2019, Ubisoft decided to stop releasing their games through Steam, instead opting to sell their PC releases exclusively through Ubisoft Connect (formerly Uplay) and the Epic Games Store. In the same year, Ubisoft vice president for partnerships and revenues, Chris Early, said that Steam's distribution model was "unrealistic."...
 

Microsoft Pauses Windows 11 22H2 Rollout Due to Game Stutters

The 22H2 update may result in "lower than expected performance" or stuttering in games.

In early October, Microsoft publicly released the 22H2 update for Windows 11. This update brought several new features to the operating system, the return of several features common to Windows that were common in older versions, and several bug fixes. Unfortunately for those that play video games, which is probably you if you're reading this, it also introduced several performance issues....
 

Meta Lays Off Over 11,000 Employees

This is a reduction of roughly 13% of its total workforce.
Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Meta, just announced that they have let go more than 11,000 employees across many divisions. This reduction is equal to about 13% of Meta's total workforce.

The message shared with Meta employees was also shared publicly by Zuckerberg. In the remarks issued, he says that some discretionary spending will be cut and there will be a hiring freeze at Meta through Q1 2023. This is being done, according...
 

AMD Announces Radeon RX 7000 Desktop GPUs

The new cards are built on AMD's new RDNA 3 architecture.

As part of their "together we advance_gaming" event, AMD announced their new RDNA 3 desktop GPUs. After only a handful of rumors and even fewer leaks, AMD announced the first two GPUs in the Radeon RX 7000 series: Radeon RX 7900 XTX and Radeon RX 7900 XT.

Here is a quick rundown of the major specs and pricing for these cards. The current release date for both of these cards is December 13, 2022.
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  • Battlefield 2042 Update 3.1 Arrives Tomorrow with Updated Manifest

    Battlefield 2042 Update 3.1 Arrives Tomorrow with Updated Manifest

    See what changes are coming in Update 3.1.

    DICE and EA put out word that Update 3.1 for Battlefield 2042 will be released on Wednesday, December 6 at 8AM (UTC; 3AM ET). Key highlights of this update include the release of the reworked version of Manifest. New Vault weapons like the M416, M240B, and M93R will also be added. There will also be some improvements made to gameplay responsiveness, weapon reload animations, and audio.

    Later this month, DICE will launch a new Mid-Season...
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  • Season 5 for Battlefield 2042 Confirmed

    Season 5 for Battlefield 2042 Confirmed

    Plus, details about upcoming new and revised maps, the final new Specialist, and more.

    Though Season 3 for Battlefield 2042 began just about a week and a half back, that hasn't stopped DICE from talking about what's coming next for the game. Season 4 details were shared with fans, plus the studio confirmed that Season 5 will be coming in 2023. Perhaps the most enticing thing mentioned here is that the map set to arrive in Season 5 will be based on a map we last saw in Battlefield 4. T...
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  • Battlefield 2042 Season 3 Launch Update Changelog

    Battlefield 2042 Season 3 Launch Update Changelog

    Things are about to escalate in Season 3 of Battlefield 2042.
    Battlefield 2042's third season, Escalation, launches tomorrow (November 22) and with it will come Update 3.0.0 for the online multiplayer shooter. This new season will obviously bring new content such as a new Specialist, map, weapons, gadget, vault weapons, and Battle Pass. We already talked about a lot of that (see the previous link).

    A few additional Season 3 details were shared today. That includes the fact that...
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  • Travel to Sweden in Battlefield 2042 Season 3: Escalation

    Travel to Sweden in Battlefield 2042 Season 3: Escalation

    Details on the new map, new Specialist, weapons, tank, Battle Pass, Specialist rework, and more.

    DICE and EA let the cat out of the bag today for Battlefield 2042 Season 3, Escalation. This new Season, which begins on November 22, will include a bunch of new content that should be familiar to those who have seen what has been added in the previous two seasons already. There's a new map, new Specialist, new tank, new weapons, the Specialist rework, and more. There is, naturally, also...
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  • Battlefield 2042 Free Trials Happening in December

    Battlefield 2042 Free Trials Happening in December

    A series of free access periods are coming in December.

    As part of their latest development update, DICE and EA say that there will be a series of free access periods throughout December for Battlefield 2042. These periods will be available on each platform to experience all of what Battlefield 2042 has to offer for a limited time.

    Those who play during the Free Access periods will get a few bonuses. First off is the Battlefield 2042 Welcome Pack, which includes a collection...
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  • Battlefield 2042 Double XP Weekend Now Underway

    Battlefield 2042 Double XP Weekend Now Underway

    You have until Monday to get some faster ranks.

    DICE just kicked off a double XP event for Battlefield 2042. From today (November 10th) through to Monday, November 14 at 10AM (UTC; 5AM ET) players will be able to earn double XP across all game modes.

    DICE says that this is the first of what will be "more" double XP events coming in Season 3 and beyond.

    Right now, this would be a decent time to hop into the game if you really care about your rank....
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  • Battlefield 2042 Update 2.2.0 Patch Notes

    Battlefield 2042 Update 2.2.0 Patch Notes

    This is the one with the revamped version of Orbital.

    DICE has shared the list of changes coming with Update 2.2.0 coming October 20 at 4AM (ET) for Battlefield 2042. This update includes the reworked version of Orbital, three new Vault Weapons added to All-Out Warfare, the previously mentioned Persistent Servers feature in Portal, and better looking laser sights on weapons.

    The three new Vault Weapons are the ACW-R, AKS-74u, and the MP412 REX. As far as Orbital is concerned,...
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  • Persistent Servers Coming to Battlefield 2042

    Persistent Servers Coming to Battlefield 2042

    Persistent servers are coming to Battlefield 2042, but maybe not in the way you wanted.

    DICE put up a new news update today wherein they announce that persistent servers are coming to Battlefield 2042. Unfortunately for you, these persistent servers are only coming to Battlefield Portal. DICE says that these persistent servers have been "a much requested community feature." Persistent servers will be added to Portal as part of the upcoming 2.2 update.

    Currently,...
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  • Most of the New Cosmetics for Battlefield 2042's Liquidators Event are Locked Behind a Paywall

    What? You thought the promoted cosmetics were going to be unlockable just by playing?

    The promised Liquidators Event for Battlefield 2042 is here and, like most things concerning the game, it has proven to be rather disappointing for many players.


    First off, let's just address the elephant in the room. Most of the event skins that were used in the marketing and promotional materials for the event are locked behind a paywall. That's right, all but five skins (2 Specialists,...
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  • Battlefield 2042 Update 2.1.1 Details

    Battlefield 2042 Update 2.1.1 Details

    The update will focus on weapon balance.

    DICE details the Update 2.1.1 coming October 11 for Battlefield 2042. This update is a smaller Quality of Life update and will arrive at around 4AM (ET) tomorrow morning. DICE says that the main focus of this update is to improve gunplay. As such, there are several weapon balance changes and various bug fixes included with the patch.

    The changelog is quite a bit shorter than what you are probably used to seeing, but that kind of...
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  • The Liquidators Event Begins October 11 in Battlefield 2042

    The Liquidators Event Begins October 11 in Battlefield 2042

    A limited time event with earnable cosmetics and a focus on close-quarters combat.

    DICE announced a new in-game event coming very soon to Battlefield 2042. During their new Battlefield Briefing Blog, DICE detailed what fans can expect when The Liquidators kicks off on October 11.

    This limited time event, which ends on October 25, will feature special close-quarter combat variants of the existing maps that should make fans of the Domination game type very happy. It will...
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  • Battlefield 2042 Update 2.1 Arrives on Tuesday

    Battlefield 2042 Update 2.1 Arrives on Tuesday

    This update will include the reworked version of Renewal among other things.

    The changelog for the upcoming Update 2.1 for Battlefield 2042 was just revealed. This update is slated to go live on Tuesday, September 27 at 8AM (UTC) or 4AM (ET) for those in the States.

    Update 2.1 will introduce the reworked version of Renewal, which we first got a good look at back in August. It was at that same time where we learned that the rework of Orbital will be next in line for release....
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  • Narrative Campaigns to Return to Battlefield via Newly Formed Ridgeline Games

    Newly formed Ridgeline Games will dedicate themselves to new narrative campaigns for Battlefield.

    EA just announced that they have added another studio to their plethora of development teams. Their new studio is the Seattle-based Ridgeline Games, and it is being led by Halo co-creator Marcus Lehto. Ridgeline Games "will be focused on developing a narrative campaign set in the Battlefield universe."

    Over the past several weeks, Lehto has been making his presence...
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  • Battlefield 2042 Season 2 Update 2.0 Changelog

    Battlefield 2042 Season 2 Update 2.0 Changelog

    The list of nerfs and buffs is far and wide.

    The second season for Battlefield 2042 begins tomorrow on August 30th. With the start of Season 2 for the multiplayer-only game comes a lengthy list of changes, additions, buffs, and nerfs courtesy of Update 2.0. DICE has detailed most of the changes in their patch notes, though there are some things that may be "stealth updated" without making their way into the public facing notes.

    New for Season 2 are items like...
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  • Battlefield 2042 Season 2 'Master of Arms' Detailed by DICE

    Battlefield 2042 Season 2 'Master of Arms' Detailed by DICE

    Get a look at the new map, new Specialist, new vehicles, and new weaponry.

    DICE officially revealed a lot of the new content coming when Battlefield 2042's second season, Master of Arms, launches on August 30. Yes, Season 2 starts in just five days, so if you have any lingering things to finish in Season 1, you best get a move on.

    In Season 2, Stranded will be the new map added to the game. This map has a greater focus on close quarters combat but will still feature plenty...
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  • Poll: Best Part of The Game Awards?
    by Shawn Zipay
    With The Game Awards being literal days away now, I'm just curious to know what your favorite parts are of the show. You know, assuming you have a favorite part to begin with.

    Might have a second poll this month to see get your opinion on this year's event after the show airs on December 8th.
    The actual awards
    33.33%
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    World Premiere game trailers
    33.33%
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    The musical performances
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    Geoff Keighley
    33.33%
    1
    Hideo Kojima
    66.67%
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