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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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  • First Gameplay Trailer for Dark Envoy

    First Gameplay Trailer for Dark Envoy

    Get a taste of this non-linear RPG.

    A new trailer for Dark Envoy shows us some of the gameplay that awaits Gamescom visitors this week. This is an upcoming non-linear RPG developed by Event Horizon. It has an "emphasis on tactical combat layered with lore and strategy."

    Players will get to explore the world using a Skyship. This also serves as the main base of operations. Players will get to seek out new and exciting locations, dive into procedurally generated...
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  • Marvel's Avengers 'A-Day' Gameplay Footage from Gamescom

    Marvel's Avengers 'A-Day' Gameplay Footage from Gamescom

    Footage shows off some of the game's first level.

    Square Enix and Marvel just showed off some new gameplay for Marvel's Avengers this week at Gamescom. You'll get a taste of the game's opening level where you will see Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk, Black Widow, and Thor battling Taskmaster. This opening level is very much a tutorial area where you get a little taste of the unique powers of the Avengers.

    Marvel's Avengers is an upcoming third-person action-adventure game...
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  • FIFA 20: What's New and What are People's Early Opinions on It?

    FIFA 20: What's New and What are People's Early Opinions on It?


    Soccer has been getting more and more popular in America for quite a few years now. Many think that it will one day break into the top echelons of US sports to sit alongside football as the most popular around. While US NFL fans look for the best PA sportsbooks for football to bet on as the season gears up for another year, soccer fans will also be looking forward to seeing how this season pans out. Alongside the start of a new season, the big event around this time of year for any soc...
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  • The Rise of Online Bingo and Its Advantages

    The Rise of Online Bingo and Its Advantages


    So many traditional games that have been played for centuries got their online versions as soon as that was made possible by technology. Some of the online variants became more popular than their conventional counterparts, other games weren’t as successful, but it is clear that the internet changed the way we look at games and gaming in general.

    Bingo is a game that many thought wouldn’t do well online. In fact, when the first online bingo sites were launched more than 15...
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  • The 2019 International Main Event Begins

    The 2019 International Main Event Begins

    Over $33 million is up for grabs.

    Valve just passed along word that the Main Event festivities for The International Dota 2 Championships for 2019 have officially kicked off. This is all going down at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, China.

    This is the ninth annual event and, once again, it has broken all sorts of records by having the biggest community-driven prize pool of over $33 million. First place is looking to get $15,276,981 once all is said and done. I think...
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  • Blair Witch 'Insanity' Story Trailer

    Blair Witch 'Insanity' Story Trailer

    This trailer is... insane.

    This past Friday, we were given a little teaser of an upcoming story trailer for Blair Witch. Today, we get the full meal. A new story trailer for the upcoming horror game from Bloober Team gives you a look at some of the thrills and chills coming in this first-person psychological horror game.

    This trailer originally made its debut during the special Gamescom 2019 edition of Inside Xbox. In it, you will get a look at the original story for Blair...
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  • New GreedFall 'Companions' Trailer

    New GreedFall 'Companions' Trailer

    This is one adventure you won't be making alone.

    A new trailer was released today for Spiders upcoming RPG GreedFall. We last saw GreedFall only a short time back when we got a nice new gameplay overview trailer. Today, we're getting a look at some of the party members that will accompany you on your adventures.

    These companions will have unique abilities, you can form relationships with them, and you'll get to experience their different stories.

    GreedFall...
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  • Ion Fury Devs Apologize for Numerous Sexist, Homophobic, and Transphobic Remarks

    Sweeping changes are promised as a result.

    Voidpoint, the studio behind the just released Ion Fury, has apologized for a series of "incidents" wherein multiple developers were found to use transphobic, ableist, homophobic, and sexist language in the game's official Discord channel. This is on top of some homophobic language found within the game itself.

    Over the weekend, a thread had popped up on gaming forum ResetEra that showed multiple instances where the...
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  • Respawn Apologizes to Ass-hat Gamers for 'Ass-hat' Remarks

    Respawn Apologizes to Ass-hat Gamers for 'Ass-hat' Remarks

    Statement issued from Respawn's Vince Zampella.

    Respawn's CEO Vince Zampella issued a bit of an apology today after members of the Apex Legends development team called a bunch of toxic ass-hat gamers, well... they called them ass-hats. Donning their biggest surprised Pikachu face possible, these Gamers™ got extra angry when they realized they couldn't just keep dishing it out and not expect some form of retaliation in return. Some continued to throw tantrums, others called for boycots,...
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  • Final Fantasy VIII Remastered Releases on September 3

    Final Fantasy VIII Remastered Releases on September 3

    Just revealed by Square Enix.

    Just a few minutes ago, the official Final Fantasy Twitter account revealed that Final Fantasy VIII Remastered will be released on September 3. As this is the best Final Fantasy game (don't @ me), this news should make everybody very excited.

    This release bumps up the visuals of the game (full HD 1080p), improved character models, and more texture details. In addition, it also adds in some customization options that allow you to play the game...
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  • The Surge 2 Gamescom Overview Trailer

    The Surge 2 Gamescom Overview Trailer

    Just one month to go until release.

    A new Gamescom Overview trailer is out today for The Surge 2. In case you couldn't make it all the way over to Germany to see it first-hand, you can just watch it from the comfort of your bed right now.

    This trailer sort of sets the stage and gives you an idea of what to expect in this upcoming action-RPG from Deck13 and Focus Home Interactive. The Surge 2 is about a month away from its September 24 release on the PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation...
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