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Microsoft Acquires ZeniMax for $7.5 Billion

It's official.

Microsoft has confirmed that they are in the process of acquiring ZeniMax Media for a cool $7.5 billion (USD) in cash. ZeniMax is the parent company of studios like Bethesda, creator of The Elder Scrolls, as well as id Software, the developer behind DOOM.

This acquisition is reportedly the "biggest video game purchase ever" for Microsoft.

At present, Bethesda has two games that are slated to arrive in 2021. Those include Deathloop...
 

PlayStation 5 Starting at $400, Launches Starting November 12

$400 for digital-only, $500 for the full system.

The next-gen is now fully in gear. With Microsoft announcing the price and release date of their Xbox Series X, the only piece of the puzzle that remained was what Sony would do with the PlayStation 5. Today, the company announced that the Digital Edition will retail for $399.99 (USD) while the "regular" version with a disc drive will retail for $499.99.

Both consoles are expected to launch in select countries...
 

EA Kills Off Origin

Origin to be replaced by more generic naming convention.

First, EA ditched their EA Access and Origin Access branding in favor of EA Play. This happened almost exactly one month ago in August 2020. Now, EA is ready to ditch their Origin desktop client with something a little more generic.

EA is changing the name of their Origin client to "EA Desktop." EA is calling their new app a "next-generation PC gaming platform."

This renaming will...
 

Xbox Series X Officially Launches on November 10 for $499

Next-gen begins on November 10.

Microsoft has kicked down the doors of the next-gen waiting room and come out swinging. Yesterday, they revealed that the Xbox Series S would be released on November 10 for a price of just $299 (USD). Today, Microsoft reveals that the more powerful Xbox Series X will also launch on November 10 for a very affordable $499 (USD).

Pre-orders for both consoles will begin on September 22.

In addition to this, Microsoft announces that...
 

Review: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2

Feeling younger in my mind.

When you think of the heyday of Tony Hawk titles, you probably think back to the games prior to weird skateboard controllers and the abysmal Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5. You think back to a time in your childhood when you would turn on your old CRT television, power on the PlayStation, and digitally pull off some sick tricks while Goldfinger's Superman blasted in the background. The first couple of Tony Hawk games hold a special place in a lot of our hearts...
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  • Sony is Not Offering an Upgrade Path for Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered

    Sony is Not Offering an Upgrade Path for Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered

    Only available to Miles Morales Ultimate Edition owners.

    If you weren't already aware, Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales will have a special Ultimate Edition of the game available for the PlayStation 5. This Ultimate Edition of the game includes the Miles Morales game alongside a special release of Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered. However, as it currently stands, Sony says there is no plans to offer this special remaster as a standalone release for PS5 owners.

    This means...
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  • Rocket League is Now Free to Play

    Rocket League is Now Free to Play

    As the headline says.

    If you have yet to pick up and try Rocket League, now would be the best time to do so. The game is now officially free to play across PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. This also means that Rocket League is no longer able to be added through Steam and is only available on PC through the Epic Games Store.

    Bummer, right? I believe that those that paid for the game previously now have some bonus legacy content available to them? I'm not 100% sure of this...
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  • No Man's Sky 'Origins' Update is Massive

    No Man's Sky 'Origins' Update is Massive

    Update 3.0 brings tornadoes, more planet diversity, cloud cover and more.

    The team at Hello Games sure do know how to release a major update for No Man's Sky. Today's 3.0 update, dubbed "Origins" sounds like the kind of update that fans have been waiting a while for.

    We're talking about an update that brings new and more diverse planets to the game, binary and ternary star systems, more diverse flora, new wildlife to discover, improved cloud rendering quality...
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  • 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim is Out Now on PlayStation 4

    13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim is Out Now on PlayStation 4

    Get the day 1 patch for English VO.

    PlayStation 4 owners can now purchase and download 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim right now. It features a story written by some of the crew behind Odin Sphere and Dragon's Crown. Moreover, if you are wanting some of that English voiceover work, all you need to do is download the day one patch which is also now available.

    13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim is a mystery that spans "across time, space, and humanity spanning thirteen intertwining stories."...
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  • Second Extinction Early Access Release is October 13

    Second Extinction Early Access Release is October 13

    Get ready to make the dinosaurs extinct... again.

    A three-person co-op title, Second Extinction, will have you hunting down mutated dinosaurs. It just so happens that these dinosaurs have taken over the planet again and it's up to us humans to put them back in the ground. Each team member will get to make use of a unique combination of weapons, abilities, and skills to take on the dinosaur horde.

    An early access release is planned for the PC on October 13. ...
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  • Baldur's Gate 3 Early Access Release Delayed by a Week

    Baldur's Gate 3 Early Access Release Delayed by a Week

    Plus get a new look at in-game romance options.

    Larian Studios today revealed some new details concerning the early access release of Baldur's Gate 3. Let's just tackle the elephant in the room right now: Baldur's Gate 3's early access release has been delayed by a week. Instead of releasing on September 30th, it will now be released on October 6.

    However, along with this bad news comes a bit of new and updated news concerning the game. Specifically, we are given a fresh...
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  • Maneater Promises Ray Tracing, 4K, and 60fps on Next-gen Consoles

    Maneater Promises Ray Tracing, 4K, and 60fps on Next-gen Consoles

    Also coming to PC.

    Tripwire Interactive announced today that they will have some nice graphical upgrades coming to the next-gen release of their "open-water, action-RPG," Maneater. Maneater on the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X will get native 4K HDR support and run at a smooth 60FPS.

    Not only that, but the team at Tripwire promises to include real-time ray tracing to the game, which should look pretty wild given that there is a lot of reflective surfaces...
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  • Effective Tips for Optimizing and Cleaning up Your Mac

    Effective Tips for Optimizing and Cleaning up Your Mac


    Macs are very well known for their fast speed and for the ways it can help you increase your productivity. But even Macs are not immune to factors like time, even though these computers are quite long-lasting. So if one day your Mac starts running slower and slower, you may wonder why.

    Most likely, there is nothing to worry about. All your precious Mac needs is some clean up and optimization. And in other words - some regular maintenance work. And the macOS is also known for...
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  • Buying a OnePlus 6T Screen Protector

    Buying a OnePlus 6T Screen Protector


    Features

    OnePlus offers a variety of screen protectors for its collection of phones. For the OnePlus 6T, they provide the 6T 3D tempered glass screen protector. With CNC engraving and a fused design it offers edge-to-edge protection, warranting against screen cracking and chipping.

    The glass screen features 9H hardness which refers to its durability rank on the Moh scale.

    The Moh scale is a qualitative scale of mineral hardness that ranks objects by...
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  • Xbox Confident xCloud will Eventually Gain iOS Support

    Xbox Confident xCloud will Eventually Gain iOS Support

    Head of Xbox Phil Spencer is confident it will happen.

    In speaking with CNBC (relayed by Gamasutra), Phil Spencer says that he is "sure" that Microsoft and Apple will be able to resolve their differences and get xCloud support on iOS sooner rather than later. When asked about what those differences are, Spencer says that they aren't of a financial matter but rather "philosophical."

    The problem goes back to September when Apple changed its guideline...
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  • Activision Says Reports of Call of Duty Account Hack are False

    Activision Says Reports of Call of Duty Account Hack are False

    Activision denies recent reports of hacked accounts.

    On September 21, news broke that as many as 500,000 Activision accounts may have been compromised. This information was backed by several third parties that say the hack was legitimate. Today, Activision flat out denies those claims and says that no Call of Duty accounts have been compromised.

    Activision released a statement via Twitter that says, "reports suggesting Activision Call of Duty accounts have been compromised...
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