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Company that Spends Millions on Timed Exclusives Lays Off 16% of Employees

Around 16% of all Epic employees laid off.

Epic Games is laying off around 16% of all employees, as confirmed today by Epic Games founder and CEO Tim Sweeney. This 16% comes out to roughly 900 employees that have been laid off from the company that is responsible for Unreal Engine, Fortnite, and the Epic Games Store.

In Sweeney's letter to Epic employees, he says, "For a while now, we've been spending way more money than we earn." He blames Fortnite's push towards...

Counter-Strike 2 is Out Now

Counter-Strike is dead, long live Counter-Strike!

Without a press release in sight, Valve has launched Counter-Strike 2 to the world. This free-to-play release is available right now and will replace your current installs of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. True to Valve tradition, today's release is actually a little bit later than initially expected. During its initial announcement in March, Valve said Counter-Strike 2 would be out in summer. It is now fall, but they only missed...

Sony Allegedly Hacked... Again

"All of Sony Systems" was allegedly infiltrated by a new ransomware group.

A new group of baddies claims that they have "successfully compromised all of Sony systems" in a new ransomware attack.

This report comes from Australian cybersecurity site Cyber Security Connect in a new post made on September 25. The report says that Sony was infiltrated by some hackers calling themselves, a group that reportedly began operations in September. Cyber...

RIG 600 PRO HS Headset Review

A solid sounding headset with dual-mode wireless, but what's the catch?

The RIG 600 PRO HS is a wireless gaming headset that offers excellent sound quality, comfort, and features at an affordable price. Though the HS model is geared mainly towards use with the PlayStation platform, it is compatible with Nintendo Switch, mobile devices, and PC. The RIG 600 PRO HS features dual-mode wireless connectivity, so you can use it with either the included USB-C dongle for 2.4GHz wireless or Bl...

Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 Officially Announced... Again

Development has shifted to The Chinese Room.

It lives once again. Paradox Interactive just released a new announcement trailer to re-announce Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2. The game and its development is alive and well here in September 2023. What's more is that there is a new trailer out for this fresh announcement and we're told that Bloodlines 2 will be coming in fall 2024.

To catch you up real quick on the saga of Bloodlines 2, we need to go all the way back...
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  • Activision Blizzard Stockholders Vote in Favor of Microsoft Acquisition

    Activision Blizzard Stockholders Vote in Favor of Microsoft Acquisition

    The FTC hurdle has still yet to be overcome.

    Activision Blizzard stockholders voted today in favor of the pending acquisition by Microsoft. Of course, this really doesn't mean that it's all a done deal just yet as Microsoft still needs to get approval from the FTC and other regulating bodies.

    According to a press release sent out today, over 98% of the owners voted in favor of the acquisition. Microsoft is hopeful that the deal will close in their next fiscal year, which...
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  • Steam Announces Rogue- Festival for May

    Steam Announces Rogue- Festival for May

    Roguelike, roguelite, and everything in between.

    Valve just announced a special event that will run from May 2 at 10AM (PT) to May 9. The event, Going Rogue: A Festival of Persistence, will offer discounts on games that can commonly fall under the roguelike and roguelite genres of video games.

    Confused about what the differences are between roguelike and roguelite? Valve has you covered here as well. The team created a long writeup about the differences that you can check...
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  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Confirmed

    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Confirmed

    The logo was revealed.

    After teasing fans for a little bit on their social media channels, Infinity Ward revealed the official logo today for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. This will be the 2022 sequel to the 2019 reboot of the first Modern Warfare, which came out in 2007. The first Modern Warfare 2 came out in 2009.

    Confused yet?

    Why am I rambling on about release dates? Because there isn't anything to talk about today besides this new logo reveal. This...
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  • PSA: Original Elder Scrolls and Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory Free on Steam

    PSA: Original Elder Scrolls and Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory Free on Steam

    Plus, you can now migrate your Launcher account to Steam.

    Bethesda has begun their shift over to Steam today. In February, the studio announced that they were retiring their Launcher and moving everyone over to Steam. Part of this move includes bringing over some of Bethesda's older titles that weren't yet on Steam.

    Starting today, you can pick up the first two The Elder Scrolls games for free. In addition, you can also pick up Wolfenstein: Enemy...
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  • Elden Ring Patch Fixes Broken Malenia Fight

    Elden Ring Patch Fixes Broken Malenia Fight

    She's still difficult, don't worry.

    A new update for Elden Ring came out earlier today. The update, listed as Update 1.04.1, addresses a few issues that either cropped up in the recent 1.04 patch or didn't get fixed in time to make it into that update.

    Most notably, today's update fixes a bug with Malenia, Blade of Miquella. This super tough, but optional, boss fight had an issue introduced in 1.04 that allowed her to heal her health when engaging her in some jolly online...
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  • Call of Duty Cheaters Will Now Be Unable to See Other Players

    Call of Duty Cheaters Will Now Be Unable to See Other Players

    ...But other players can still see the cheaters.

    Activision just revealed a rather unique way they are starting to deal with cheaters caught by their Ricochet anti-cheat system. A new update for the Call of Duty: Vanguard and Call of Duty: Warzone anti-cheat will now drastically impede how cheaters can play the games.

    The new system introduced today is called Cloaking. With Cloaking, players that are supposedly cheating will be unable to see other players in the game world....
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  • Quantic Dream Releases Update on Studio Culture

    Quantic Dream Releases Update on Studio Culture

    The studio reveals the steps they have taken, and will take, to tackle a toxic workplace.

    Quantic Dream, the studio behind games such as Fahrenheit, Omikron, Detroit: Become Human, and the upcoming Star Wars: Eclipse, just released a statement today talking about how they are addressing their toxic workplace culture.

    Their statement includes a number of steps that they are taking or will be taking soon to "ensure the culture of our studio remains supportive, safe,...
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  • Twitch Looking to Increase Ads and Decrease Streamer Cuts

    Twitch Looking to Increase Ads and Decrease Streamer Cuts

    Twitch is considering changes to how it pays their top talent.

    A new report by Bloomberg suggests that Twitch, the Amazon owned streaming website, is looking at potential changes to payout amounts for streamers while also increasing the number of ads that viewers see. The Bloomberg report cites "people familiar with the planning" at Twitch.

    This potential update suggests that Twitch will offer more incentives for streamers to run ads for their viewers, while...
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  • Steam Deck Update Adds in New Lock Screen

    Steam Deck Update Adds in New Lock Screen

    Now you can rest assured that nobody will see your questionable games.

    A new feature update for the Steam Deck was released on April 25. There are several changes and additions included in the update, such as a new lock screen feature, more localized keyboard support, updated Achievements page, and so much more.

    Of these new features, one of the biggest additions was a lock screen mechanic. This optional feature allows users to set a PIN. This code can be used when the...
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  • Sega to Delist Sonic Games Ahead of Sonic Origins Release

    Sega to Delist Sonic Games Ahead of Sonic Origins Release

    Better get them fast.

    Sega says they are delisting the individual versions of Sonic titles from digital storefronts in anticipation of the release of Sonic Origins. This includes Sonic the Hedgehog 1, 2, Sonic 3 & Knuckles, and Sonic CD.

    There are a few exceptions to this. The first two Sonic titles will remain available via Sega Ages on the Nintendo Switch. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 will also still be available through the Sega Genesis on Nintendo Switch Online +.
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  • Map Builder Being Removed from Gears 5

    Map Builder Being Removed from Gears 5

    The team will shift their focus to future projects.

    The Coalition says that they are removing the Map Builder feature from Gears 5. This is being done in order to allow the team to shift their focus to future projects.

    Those who have not yet earned the achievements associated with the Map Builder shouldn't cry foul. The Coalition says that they are unlocking all achievements related to the mode for all players as they will be otherwise unobtainable. There are just two...
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  • Next-gen Patch for GTA 5 Includes Many Quality of Life Improvements

    Next-gen Patch for GTA 5 Includes Many Quality of Life Improvements

    An option to remove motion blur is just one of many additions made.

    Today's Update 1.56 for Grand Theft Auto V includes some of the more highly requested features from fans. This update, mainly targeting the next-gen release of Grand Theft Auto V includes new options for players to adjust, fixes some smaller bugs, and makes other tweaks here and there.

    Some of the improvements offered in Update 1.56 include even shorter load times on the newer platforms. Music will now...
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  • Difficulty Options Coming to Sifu

    Difficulty Options Coming to Sifu

    New content arrives in early May.

    Those who are finding Sifu a bit too difficult may be happy to hear that martial arts action game will get an easier difficulty mode on May 3. Those who already find the game to be too easy will also have a more challenging mode to tackle. These are coming alongside other new content.

    Developer Sloclap says that the May 3 update includes an advance training mode, outfit selection, and the aforementioned difficulty options. The three difficulty...
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  • Into the Starfield - Episode 3: The Sound of Adventure

    Into the Starfield - Episode 3: The Sound of Adventure

    In Starfield, everyone can hear you scream.

    The latest episode of "Into the Starfield," a behind the scenes series documenting the development of Starfield, just went live earlier today. The latest episode is entitled "The Sound of Adventure" and, as you can guess, it focuses on the audio that you will experience while adventuring through space.

    This episode features Bethesda Game Studios audio director Mark Lampert and Starfield composer Inon Zur....
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  • Unpopular Casino Games

    Unpopular Casino Games

    Casinos have popular games, meaning that the ones which people ignore fall under the bracket of being unpopular games. These games aren’t necessarily bad but are ones that have been ignored solely because other games are widely talked about.

    So it’s time to reverse the scales and shine a light on some of the unpopular casino games that you have ignored.

    • 21 Duel Blackjack
    There might be plenty of online Blackjack games. But for now, let’s focus on 21 Duel Blackjack,...
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  • Poll: Are You a Fan of Paying More to Play Early?
    by Shawn Zipay
    Get that Premium Edition and play three days early!

    Looks like the latest growing trend with game releases is to offer a more expensive Premium or Gold or whatever edition that grants you access to a game a few days ahead of its official release.

    Starfield did it with their $99.99 (USD) Premium Edition. Today, Payday 3 is doing an "Early Access" release with their Silver and Gold editions. Diablo 4 did the same thing earlier in the year, as did Madden NFL 24,...
    I don't mind. If people want to spend more to play early, let them!
    I'm indifferent to the whole idea.
    I think it's kind of dumb that people get to play earlier. Spending more shouldn't offer a "head start" on other paying customers.
    Other (describe below)
    09-18-2023, 07:19 PM
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