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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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  • FTC Really Wants to Block Microsoft's Acquisition of Activision Blizzard

    FTC Really Wants to Block Microsoft's Acquisition of Activision Blizzard

    The FTC just filed a complaint to stop the acquisition.

    The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) of the United States of America (USA) just filed a new complaint today that aims to block Microsoft's $69 billion (USD) acquisition of Activision Blizzard. This complaint is essentially a lawsuit, or a legal block, that will place at least a temporary stop to the acquisition being approved until such a point that this complaint is settled. This news comes in an email that the FTC sent to me this...
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  • Vehicle Changes Coming to Battlefield 2042

    Vehicle Changes Coming to Battlefield 2042

    Everything from tank turret speed, to Active Protection Systems, to a reduction in height limits are coming.

    The latest developer update from DICE focuses on various aspects to the combat vehicles in Battlefield 2042. The changes, largely positive, look like they will be rolled out over the remainder of this season, that being Season 3.

    The first new feature DICE talks about here is the addition of the Active Protection System to more vehicles. The Active Protection system...
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  • Microsoft Offers 10-Year Commitment to Bring Call of Duty to Nintendo

    Microsoft Offers 10-Year Commitment to Bring Call of Duty to Nintendo

    This commitment will start with the Nintendo Switch.

    As the day came to a close on December 6, Xbox head Phil Spencer took to Twitter to announce a "10-year commitment" to bring Call of Duty games to Nintendo platforms. This commitment would begin with bringing titles to the Nintendo Switch. This would, of course, depend on whether or not the Microsoft acquisition of Activision Blizzard is approved.

    Curiously, Spencer also revealed that they are making an identical...
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  • Epic Announces Safer, Kid-Friendly Fortnite Accounts

    Epic Announces Safer, Kid-Friendly Fortnite Accounts

    Cabined Accounts will create a safer and more inclusive place for younger gamers to play.

    Epic Games just announced a new type of Epic account that will offer "a tailored experience that is safe and inclusive for younger players." They're called Cabined Accounts and they will let children play Fortnite without having to deal with the larger, and often not very "PG," community.

    Epic says that players all around the world will see a one-time request for...
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  • Days Gone Director Blames Poor Reception on 'Woke Reviewers'

    Days Gone Director Blames Poor Reception on 'Woke Reviewers'

    Those damn reviewers just couldn't handle playing as a "gruff white biker looking at his date's ass."

    I liked Days Gone, at least when I played through it again recently on PC. Did it have some issues? Oh, absolutely. The pacing was rather terrible throughout, but was especially poor in the opening few hours. The melee combat was also lacking. There were some other nitpicks here and there, but I generally had a good time with it. The acting was stellar in spite of some poor...
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  • PvP Colosseums Coming to Elden Ring

    PvP Colosseums Coming to Elden Ring

    A free update brings more PvP to the Tarnished masses.

    On December 7 (hey, that's tomorrow!), FromSoftware will release a new and free update for Elden Ring players. This one is probably only going to excite those who enjoy participating in PvP battles because that's literally all this new update is focusing on.

    When this update drops, various Colosseums around The Lands Between will open their gates, doors, and what have you to invite players to engage in a variety of...
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  • Here are The Witcher 3 Mods Working with the Next-gen Update

    Here are The Witcher 3 Mods Working with the Next-gen Update

    CD Projekt Red offers a lit of what popular mods do and do not work with the upcoming update.

    The next-gen update for The Witcher 3 arrives in just over a week. For those on PC, this probably has some worrying about which of their mods will and will not work. Thankfully, CD Projekt Red started doing some of the work for everyone ahead of this update. They have released a breakdown of how the upcoming update will impact some of the most popular mods available for The Witcher 3.
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  • Cyberpunk 2077 Multiplayer is Cancelled

    Cyberpunk 2077 Multiplayer is Cancelled

    CD Projekt Red confirms what most of us already expected.

    During an interview with Eurogamer, CD Projekt Red designer Philipp Weber shares some unfortunate news about the proposed multiplayer component for Cyberpunk 2077. In short, it's not happening anymore.

    In 2013, CD Projekt Red said that Cyberpunk 2077 would include some form of multiplayer component. Later, that multiplayer component was going to simply become a separate standalone release. Then it was said that...
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  • EverQuest: Night of Shadows Expansion Released

    EverQuest: Night of Shadows Expansion Released

    Time to explore more of the war-torn area of Luclin.

    The latest expansion for EverQuest was released today. The Night of Shadows expansion takes players back to the war-torn continent of Luclin.

    There are four packs that will get you access to this new expansion, with prices starting at $34.99 (USD) for the Standard edition. Other packs include the Collector's Edition ($69.99), Premium Edition ($139.99), and the Family & Friends Edition ($249.99). Details on the differences...
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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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  • Destiny 2: Season of the Seraph is Live

    Destiny 2: Season of the Seraph is Live

    Ra-Ra-Rasputin is back.

    Season of the Seraph just launched today for Destiny 2. This new Season brings with it new seasonal activities, weekly missions that lead to a new Exotic weapon, a new dungeon, various PvP updates, "and more."

    Starting today, fans of both Assassin's Creed and Destiny can et special in-game cosmetics in each game. In Destiny 2 you will be able to pick up "assassin-themed ornaments for each class" and a few other items that are...
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  • Halo Infinite Now Has a Custom Game Browser, Free Armor Cores, The Pit, and More

    343 delivered a nice holiday gift to fans.

    The December update for Halo Infinite just dropped and wow is it ever a good one. This update offers up a bunch of new features, a custom game browser, some free cosmetic items, a new map, and several improvements for all available platforms. Best of all, this update is free to everyone.

    Today's update includes the addition of the Custom Game Browser. This will let you start and join custom games using any map or mode combination....
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  • New Gwent: The Witcher Card Game Content to End in 2024

    New Gwent: The Witcher Card Game Content to End in 2024

    Support will be scaled back significantly going forward.

    CD Projekt Red says that they are ending new content support for Gwent: The Witcher Card Game after 2023. Though new content may come to an end, the studio says that they plan to keep the game online for the foreseeable future.

    New card releases and more eSports tournaments will continue through 2023 for Gwent. Once 2024 rolls around, the game will switch to a community-focused approach. Internally, this move is...
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  • Star Wars Jedi: Survival Seemingly Given March 2023 Release Date

    Star Wars Jedi: Survival Seemingly Given March 2023 Release Date

    An official announcement is expected at The Game Awards.

    The Steam listing for Star Wars Jedi: Survivor has been updated with a March 15, 2023 release date. Prior to this recent change, the game was merely expected to be out at some point in 2023.

    It seems somebody with access to Star Wars Jedi: Survivor's Steam page jumped the gun a bit because that March 15, 2023 date has been altered yet again to a vague "Coming Soon." Thankfully, as this is the Internet and...
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  • Dead Space Remake - The First 18 Minutes

    Dead Space Remake - The First 18 Minutes

    This remake is shaping up quite nicely.

    IGN just put up one of their latest "First" videos and it's for none other than the upcoming remake of the classic space survival horror game Dead Space. According to the video description from IGN, this footage is from the PC version of Dead Space. It's running at 4K resolution and 60FPS.

    This seems like it will be just the first of several different media releases for the Dead Space remake that IGN will release throughout...
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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
    World Premiere game trailers
    The musical performances
    Geoff Keighley
    Hideo Kojima
    12-01-2022, 06:10 PM
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