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Valve Celebrates Half-Life's 25th Anniversary with Giveaway and a Massive New Update

Happy birthday, Half-Life!

On Sunday, November 19, 2023, Half-Life officially turns 25 years old. To commemorate this crazy milestone for this awesome game and franchise, Valve is giving away the original game along with releasing a major update.

First up, Valve has made the original Half-Life free to keep to anybody that adds it to their Steam library this weekend. If you somehow do not own the original Half-Life, take this opportunity to add it to your account now and...

Alan Wake 2 Review: A Must-Play Psychological Horror Experience

Easily, the best horror game in years.

In 2010 Remedy Entertainment released Alan Wake, a game where a writer is pulled into a horrifying world seemingly of his own creation. Alan Wake was a game that I bounced off at least two times. Despite the game being well received by critics and fans, I felt like its gameplay was just a repetitive slog that even its unique story could not overcome. When a sequel was announced by Remedy, I found myself extremely indifferent to the news. Still...

It's Finally Over - Activision Blizzard Joins Xbox

As it turns out, this corporate version of Mr. Bones' Wild Ride does actually end.

Activision Blizzard King are now officially a part of Team Xbox. As of today, all Activision Blizzard studios and their teams are a part of the Xbox division at Microsoft. This also means that Activision Blizzard IPs such as Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, Overwatch, Candy Crush Saga, and hundreds more are now owned by Microsoft.

This entire saga of a tale began back on January 18, 2022...

Review: RIG 900 MAX HX Wireless Headset

My new daily driver.

We are once again delving into the world of gaming headsets, this time with a spotlight shining brightly on Nacon's RIG 900 MAX HX. Priced at $249.99 (USD), the 900 MAX HX aims to be a more premium and feature-filled offering than the RIG 600 PRO HS we recently reviewed. Featuring the same dual-wireless connectivity as the 600 PROs, the 900 MAX HX sets itself apart thanks to Dolby Personalized audio support with Dolby Atmos 3D, plus a charging base station, a more...

Review: Starfield

A safe, if not soulless, journey through the cosmos.

Bethesda Game Studios releases are safe. They are familiar. You know almost exactly what to expect when a major new release from them rolls around. They instill a feeling of "I know this game won't be groundbreaking, but I know I'll have fun." Yes, there are some obvious differences, but the heart of each Bethesda game is almost universally the same. The recent release of Starfield is no different. To put it bluntly: Starfield is Fall...
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  • Espire 1: VR Operative Update Brings PC Version in Line with Quest Version

    Espire 1: VR Operative Update Brings PC Version in Line with Quest Version

    It seems as though the PC version was about three updates behind the Meta Quest release.

    A new update for Espire 1: VR Operative is out today for the Steam and Rift platforms. This update is called the Convergence Update and includes all of the content from updates 1.7, 1.8, and 1.9 that were already released for the Meta Quest version of the game. Publisher Tripwire Presents and developer Digital Lode say that there are some additional PC features that are also included in this update....
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  • Battlefield 2042: Season 6 'Dark Creations' Reveal Trailer

    Battlefield 2042: Season 6 'Dark Creations' Reveal Trailer

    Season 6 launches October 10.

    The reveal trailer for the sixth season of Battlefield 2042 is here. Season 6 is called "Dark Creations" and it involves... zombies? It seems like it involves zombies. Whatever the case is, we'll find out more soon because Season 6: Dark Creations is set to launch on October 10th for all platforms.

    While you can see the trailer below, there have been some bits and pieces about new content coming in Season 6 pulled from the trailer...
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  • AMD's FSR 3 is Finally Here, but Only in Two Games

    AMD's FSR 3 is Finally Here, but Only in Two Games

    AMD's frame generation tech makes its debut today.

    AMD has officially launched AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution 3 (FSR 3) today, complete with their own go at frame generation. FSR 3 is so far only available in two games: Forspoken and Immortals of Aveum. However, there are plans to include support for FSR 3 in dozens of upcoming titles.

    AMD announced FSR 3 a fair number of months back and then remained near totally silent about it ever since. Then they kind of surprised...
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  • G FUEL Collabs with Friday the 13th

    G FUEL Collabs with Friday the 13th

    They're offering a flavor that's to die for. Get it? Do you get it?

    G FUEL announces a new collaboration with Friday the 13th. Friday the 13th is a big franchise that had a decent asymmetrical multiplayer game at one point, so this seems at least tangentially related to gaming. Also, gamers drink G FUEL. I drink G FUEL and I play games. See? Full circle.

    The flavor is called Hack 'N' Slash Citrus Fruit Punch and will be available as part of a special Collector's Box on...
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  • SAG-AFTRA and Game Studios Fail to Reach New Agreement

    SAG-AFTRA and Game Studios Fail to Reach New Agreement

    The threat of a strike looms ever nearer.

    Word came in late in the day on September 28 that scheduled talks between SAG-AFTRA and members of the video game industry have come to an end. Unfortunately, those talks led nowhere as no new deal or terms were agreed upon by both parties.

    The studios in discussions with SAG-AFTRA include: Activision, Blindlight, Disney Character Voices, Electronic Arts, Epic Games, Formosa Interactive, Insomniac Games, Take 2 Productions, VoiceWorks...
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  • Steam Next Fest: October Edition Announced

    Steam Next Fest: October Edition Announced

    Valve going one week without a Fest challenge (impossible).

    Valve just announced that the next Steam Next Fest will begin on October 9th. Unlike the previous Fest, which is the still ongoing Steam SHMUP Fest, this one is a Fest for everything. Everything? Everything. The Steam Next Fest: October Edition will run from October 9 through October 16 at 10AM (PT).

    As is the case with all Fests, big and small, this Steam Next Fest will feature tons of free demos for you to try...
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  • Sega Cancels Hyenas from Creative Assembly

    Sega Cancels Hyenas from Creative Assembly

    Other projects have also been cancelled.

    Sega has shutdown development on Hyenas, the multiplayer extraction shooter that was in development at Creative Assembly. This development stoppage comes shortly after a few beta periods for Hyenas were held online for testers. The latest test having just ended on September 11th.

    This comes as Sega warns investors that they are recording a loss for the current financial year, saying, "profitability has been lowered mainly in...
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  • Battlefield 2042 to Utilize New EA Anticheat in Season 6

    Battlefield 2042 to Utilize New EA Anticheat in Season 6

    A new anti-cheat has entered the battlefield.

    Electronic Arts just announced that they are working on implementing their own anti-cheat (or anticheat), into their current and upcoming multiplayer titles. Much like the simply named EA app, EA's new anticheat is called EA anticheat. Yes, that lack of capitalization is correct and slightly frustrating to look at.

    The Battlefield 2042 team at DICE says that come the launch of Season 6 in October, the game will switch over...
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  • Mortal Kombat Patch Coming to Fix Player 1 Advantage

    Mortal Kombat Patch Coming to Fix Player 1 Advantage

    NetherRealm Studios says a patch is coming soon.

    This past week, a bug was discovered in Mortal Kombat 1 that unintentionally gives whomever is Player 1 an unfair advantage over their competition. The issue is that Player 1 is able to pull off combos that are impossible for Player 2 to pull off. It doesn't matter which direction the player is facing, only that they be Player 1.

    Obviously, this is a pretty severe issue for a fighting game that can be played competitively....
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  • Lords of the Fallen Overview Trailer

    Lords of the Fallen Overview Trailer

    This action-RPG is just a couple weeks from release.

    Hexworks just shared another new look at their upcoming Unreal Engine 5 powered action-RPG, Lords of the Fallen. This one is set to launch on October 13 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC. ...
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  • Teardown Console Release Date and New DLC Reveal

    Teardown Console Release Date and New DLC Reveal

    Four new DLC packs announced.

    November 15, 2023 is when PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S players will get to destroy, steal, and heist their way through the fully destructible environments of Teardown. The console release includes a complete 40-mission heist-focused campaign, Sandbox Mode, the new Creative Mode, the "Art Vandals" campaign expansion, special challenges, and more.

    Pre-orders are available now on Xbox, complete with some bonuses (listed below)....
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  • Company that Spends Millions on Timed Exclusives Lays Off 16% of Employees

    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...
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  • Meta Quest 3 Starts at $500 and Out October 10

    Meta Quest 3 Starts at $500 and Out October 10

    More powerful, better resolution, and more.

    Meta revealed details on the upcoming Meta Quest 3 VR headset today. This new virtual reality set is out on October 10 at prices starting at $499.99 (USD) for a 128GB model. There is also a 512GB model for $649.99.

    The Meta Quest 3 comes in at 515 grams, or 12 grams more than the Quest 2. It features six camera sensors that provide full color mixed reality features (10x the resolution of Quest 2, 2x the resolution of Quest Pro...
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  • FTC Plans to Renew Case Against Microsoft in Activision Blizzard Buyout

    FTC Plans to Renew Case Against Microsoft in Activision Blizzard Buyout


    The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) says that they will more forward with an administrative case against Microsoft's $69 billion purchase of Activision Blizzard. This plan was announced by the FTC (PDF) themselves on September 26, 2023. The good news here is that the FTC's tomfoolery cannot prevent Microsoft from closing the deal before the deadline of October 18, 2023.

    The FTC's decision to continue wasting taxpayer money on a battle they've already lost, comes after...
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  • PlayStation Boss Jim Ryan to Retire in March 2024

    PlayStation Boss Jim Ryan to Retire in March 2024

    Hiroki Totoki to take over as interim CEO.

    Jim Ryan, the president and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE), will step down from his position in March 2024. Ryan has been president and CEO at SIE since 2019.

    Prior to leading SIE, Ryan began at Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe (SIEE) in 1994. He then worked his way up through the ranks and held a number of senior positions such as president of SIEE, head of global sales and marketing at SIE, and deputy president...
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    by Shawn Zipay
    2023 has been a banger year for new game releases.

    2023 has already been an absolutely incredible year when it comes to new game releases. In 2023 alone, Metacritic lists 25 game releases that have amassed an average score of 90 or higher. The previous best year, again according to Metacritic, was back in 2011.

    Let's just take a little glimpse at some of the games that came out this year that scored a 90 or higher. We had Baldur's Gate 3 in August, The Legend of Zelda:...
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