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Review: 5-hour Energy Gamer Shot

You ever write a three-page review for an energy supplement?

In early May 2024, 5-hour ENERGY (hereto after shown as 5-hour Energy) released a new Gamer Shot line of energy drink supplements. We got some news about it because this is a video game website that posts video game related news. That is how these things work. These 5-hour Energy Gamer Shots are available in three flavors: Pineapple Charge, Rocket Raspberry, and Apple Bash. Unless things have suddenly changed in the fe...

Band Together in Terror: The Outlast Trials Review

The Outlast Trials proves that survival horror can be more fun with friends.

The Outlast Trials is a four-player PvE game taking place in the Cold War era. The game's opening moments and lore paint a gruesome and wicked scene that will be familiar to series veterans but disquieting to those new to the Outlast universe. Players work their way through a series of experiments, each of which plays out on various large maps like a police station, a courthouse, a carnival, and more. The g...

Microsoft Shutdown Arkane Austin, Tango Gameworks, Alpha Dog Games, and Roundhouse Games

The company valued at over $3 trillion just closed several game studios.

Arkane Austin, the studio behind Redfall and 2017's Prey, has been shutdown by Microsoft. Tango Gameworks, the studio behind The Evil Within series and the multiple award-winning Hi-Fi Rush, has been shutdown by Microsoft. Alpha Dog Games, the studio behind the mobile game Mighty Doom, has been shutdown by Microsoft. Roundhouse Studios will not be shutdown but will instead be absorbed by The Elder Scrolls Online...

TikTok Ban Signed Into Law by President Biden

Owner ByteDance has 270 days to sell off TikTok.

On April 24, President Joe Biden signed a foreign aid package that also included a bill that could ban TikTok in the United States. This ban can only be averted if the China-based company that owns TikTok, ByteDance, sells off the popular social media app before the 270 day time limit is up.

This gives ByteDance until January 19, 2025 to sell TikTok. An additional 90 day extension could be offered by President Biden if...

Ubisoft Pulls Licenses for The Crew, Makes the Game Completely Inaccessible to Buyers

From the same company trying to sell you a $130 version of Star Wars Outlaws.

From announcing a $130 edition of Star Wars Outlaws to pulling game licenses from those that bought The Crew, Ubisoft sure is on a roll this week.

The Crew was Ubisoft's open-world racing game that was pulled from sale back in December 2023. As of March 31, 2024, Ubisoft shut down the online servers for The Crew. This effectively made the game unplayable across all platforms, including: PC,...

Tim Sweeney Called Valve 'Assholes' in Email to Gabe Newell, Valve COO Says 'You Mad Bro?'

Tim Sweeney is always mad.

The antitrust lawsuit against Valve from Wolfire Games got a little spicy this week. To quickly get you up to speed: Wolfire claims that Valve uses its position with Steam to control game prices and muscle out competition. Though the initial lawsuit against Valve was dismissed, Wolfire amended their suit in May 2022 and the legal battle was back on.

It may have taken almost two years, but we are now starting to see some of the documents that...
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  • ZeniMax Employees Vote to Form Union

    ZeniMax Employees Vote to Form Union

    The union has already been recognized by Microsoft.

    A supermajority of quality assurance (QA) workers at ZeniMax just voted to approve the creation of the ZeniMax Workers United/Communications Workers of America. This makes it the first video game studio union under Microsoft. It also makes it the current largest union of video game workers in the United States.

    The official voting period ran from December 2 through December 31, 2022. Organization to create the union were...
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  • Nvidia RTX 4070 Ti Officially Announced

    Nvidia RTX 4070 Ti Officially Announced

    Remember the 12GB RTX 4080? It's back!

    Nvidia held their GeForce Beyond stream earlier today as part of CES 2023. During the presentation the company announced the fourth RTX 40-series desktop GPU, which will be the third 40-series card released.

    Today, the "unlaunched" 12GB RTX 4080 was brought back as the newly announced 12GB RTX 4070 Ti. This card is again built on the new Ada Lovelace architecture. The RTX 4070 Ti ships with 7,680 CUDA cores, a 2.61GHz clock,...
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  • Hitman and Hitman 2 to be Free to Hitman 3 Owners

    Hitman and Hitman 2 to be Free to Hitman 3 Owners

    There is also a new name for Hitman 3.

    IO Interactive is renaming Hitman 3 to Hitman World of Assassination. Along with this change is word that those that own Hitman 3, soon Hitman World of Assassination, get free access to both Hitman and Hitman 2 from the World of Assassination trilogy. This free upgrade will be available to everyone on all platforms starting January 26, 2023.

    This ties in with IO Interactive trying to simplify the purchase experience for new players....
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  • Steam Users Chose Some Interesting Winners for The Steam Awards 2022

    Steam Users Chose Some Interesting Winners for The Steam Awards 2022

    Do you agree or disagree with each winner?

    The Steam community has spoken and the winners of The Steam Awards for 2022 have been selected. Like all of the nominees, the winners were picked strictly by the Steam community. Surely, the Steam users have a good head about them and wouldn't pick something like the actually terrible VR version of Hitman 3 for VR Game of the Year, right?

    Yeah, about that.

    The winners can be found below. I have put all winners in...
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  • Games to Look Forward to in 2023

    Games to Look Forward to in 2023

    I won't lie. I fully expected there to be far more news to post today (January 2, 2023) given that it's the start of the week and the holidays are "technically" over. What I failed to realize is that a ton of people are still off work due to the New Year falling on a Sunday. Thus, here I am opting to do a little write-up about what games I'm looking forward to in 2023 instead of sitting around doing nothing. Who knows, maybe you're looking forward to these games as well. If I missed some games ...
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  • Payday 3 Expected in 2023

    Payday 3 Expected in 2023

    A Steam page went live this past weekend.

    2023 has been dubbed "the year of Payday 3" from the game's developers at Overkill Software. The next installment of this cooperative heist-focused franchise looks like it may finally be released this year. The news came alongside a new Steam page for Payday 3 that went live over the weekend.

    The page includes a short teaser video (seen below) showing off some fireworks going off over New York while some shadowy figures...
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  • 1 Button Games that are Fun

    1 Button Games that are Fun

    One-button games have a kind of mystical quality. Given how straightforward their controls are, you would have assumed that these games wouldn't provide much in the way of gameplay. What can you really accomplish with only one button, after all. Nevertheless, despite this significant restriction, one button games may feature remarkably intricate game mechanics (just look at the fully-fledged RPG in this list). Additionally, certain one-button games, like Poto and Cabenga, may really provide players...
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  • Total Gaming Network's 2022 Games of the Year

    Total Gaming Network's 2022 Games of the Year

    It is time once more to talk about the best games that have come out over the past year. As the case has been with previous years, this list of games only includes the titles that I have personally played to some degree. In addition, the games on this list are games that were released in 2022 unless otherwise stated for some specific reason. As I am the only one posting content on the site, this is as much a "Total Gaming Network Game of the Year" as it is my personal Game of the Year selection. ...
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  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chornobyl Trailer

    S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chornobyl Trailer

    A new look at gameplay from the Unreal Engine 5 powered title.

    A new trailer, entitled "Come to Me," for S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chornobyl was released today by GSC Game World. The new trailer shows off some gameplay for the upcoming open-world shooter sequel that is being built on Unreal Engine 5.

    Today's new gameplay video also comes with a small message about the war taking place in GSC Game World's home country of Ukraine. Earlier this year, we were given...
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  • The Best of Steam 2022

    The Best of Steam 2022

    The best of Steam, the best of you, the best of me.

    Valve has another little feature that they put together for every Steam user. You have the big Steam Winter Sale still going on. You also have your personal recaps to check out with the Steam Replay feature that went live right after Christmas. Now, you have the overall Steam "Best of 2022" to check out.

    Steam's Best of 2022 is a look back at the year's overall top sellers, the most-played games, the top new...
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  • PlayStation Plus Games for January 2023

    PlayStation Plus Games for January 2023

    A new year, new you, and some new(ish) games.

    Sony revealed their lineup of "free" PlayStation Plus titles that are going to be offered to subscribers in January 2023. These games are for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. They will all become available on January 3, 2023.

    Coming on January 3rd are a trio of titles. The games include Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Fallout 76, and Axiom Verge 2. All three titles will be available to all tiers of PlayStation Plus....
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  • Steam Replay Offers a Look Back at all the Questionable Gaming Choices You Made in 2022

    Now everybody knows how many hours you spent playing Cookie Clicker.

    Valve just dropped a nice little surprise on every Steam user today. As the Steam Winter Sale continues on in full force, Valve released the Steam Replay. This neat little feature shows Steam users a look back on their year of gaming for 2022.

    Steam Replay is a personalized look back at how you spent your time playing Steam games throughout 2022. See your most played games. See how many new Achievements...
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  • Get Death Stranding (Not Director's Cut) for Free Today Only

    Get Death Stranding (Not Director's Cut) for Free Today Only

    505 Games pulled a Control on everyone.

    For the duration of their Holiday Sale, Epic Games has been giving away a new free game daily through the Epic Games Store. Today's free game offering is Death Stranding, but it's not the Director's Cut version. It was, for a short period, Death Stranding: Director's Cut but that seems to have been a little whoopsie.

    Now, don't get me wrong, the base game of Death Stranding is still really good. Frankly, even if it wasn't spectacular,...
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  • Final Fantasy XIV Patch 6.3 to Release January 10

    Final Fantasy XIV Patch 6.3 to Release January 10

    Square Enix had one more gift to offer MMO fans.

    During the latest Letter from the Producer broadcast, Square Enix revealed that Patch 6.3 for Final Fantasy XIV Online will go live on Tuesday, January 10, 2023. This new update is called "Gods Revel, Lands Tremble," and will add in "a number of new activities."

    These new activities include new main scenario quests, alliance raid, trial, and more. If that wasn't enough for you, Square Enix also provided...
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  • Review: High on Life

    Review: High on Life

    A fun little adventure that fuses crass humor with some DOOM-style combat.

    High on Life opens strong and just gets better the further into the game you go. It was a game that I remember being on the fence about for the longest time. In fact, I did not even remember submitting for a review copy, but I apparently did! So, it was with a fair bit of hesitation that I accepted the code, downloaded the game, and started the journey. Any worry I might have had was quickly laid to rest within...
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