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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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  • FTC Loses Request to Extend Pause on Microsoft's Activision Blizzard Deal

    FTC Loses Request to Extend Pause on Microsoft's Activision Blizzard Deal

    Microsoft is now (almost) free to close the Activision Blizzard deal after 11:59PM (PT) today.

    The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals just denied the Federal Trade Commission's request to issue an emergency stay to extend a temporary restraining order. The current restraining order ends July 14, 2023 at 11:59PM (PT). This failure to get that temporary extension means that Microsoft, if they wanted to, could close the deal with Activision Blizzard tonight.

    The FTC made the...
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  • Gustavo Santaolalla Mentions Upcoming 'New Editions' of The Last of Us Part 2

    The music composer may have just let slip something he shouldn't have.

    There may be more of The Last of Us on the way. During a recent interview, series composer Gustavo Santaolalla mentioned that "new editions" of The Last of Us Part 2 are coming. Santaolalla says, "In the new editions, you can make me play certain themes and well, I can't tell you anything else."

    New editions of The Last of Us Part 2? Some media outlets have immediately jumped on...
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  • Exoprimal is Now Available

    Exoprimal is Now Available

    Fend off hordes of angry dinosaurs.

    Capcom's co-op focused dinosaur shooting game, Exoprimal, is now available. Created using their own RE Engine, Exoprimal can be yours for $59.99 (USD) on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Steam. It's also out now for Game Pass on PC and Xbox.

    The basic idea behind Exoprimal is that one day in 2040 a bunch of dinosaurs just show up all around the world. Their appearance threatens humanity's very existence....
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  • Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart Doesn't Need an SSD on PC

    Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart Doesn't Need an SSD on PC

    Though it will utilize DirectStorage to help make up the difference in performance.

    The system requirements for the upcoming PC release of Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart were shared earlier today in a now deleted Steam blog post. There are five separate configurations offered that show what sort of performance level you can expect.

    Notably, the absolute minimum configuration isn't using an SSD as you would expect, but rather one of those dusty (and probably smelly) HDD....
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  • Team Fortress 2 Hits New Concurrent Player Peak

    Team Fortress 2 Hits New Concurrent Player Peak

    This game came out in 2007.

    After yesterday's update that added 14 community-created maps, Team Fortress 2 is breaking records. The game, which came out in 2007, just broke its previous concurrent player record. SteamDB shows that Valve's free-to-player shooter hit an all-time concurrent user peak of 253,997 players. Even right now at a bit after 6PM (ET), there are almost 235,000 people playing Team Fortress 2. It's 2023. This game game out 16 years ago! This game is old enough to d...
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  • Baldur's Gate 3 Devs Warn Against Starting Early Access Now

    Baldur's Gate 3 Devs Warn Against Starting Early Access Now

    Progress is getting wiped in 3 weeks when the game launches.

    Baldur's Gate 3 studio Larian Studios says it would be kind of dumb for players to dive too deep into the current Early Access release. The studio says that no progress from the Early Access release will carry over to the full game when it launches on August 3rd. They instead say to look at a purchase of the Early Access release as "essentially a pre-order."

    Not only will all progress be wiped, but...
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  • Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown Delayed Again

    Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown Delayed Again

    Another delay hits this open-world racer.

    It won't be until "early 2024" when you can take your next test drive. Test Drive Unlimited: Solar Crown has once again been delayed, this time pushing the open-world racing game from a 2023 release into next year. First announced in 2020, Test Drive Unlimited: Solar Crown was first expected to release in September 2022 before being pushed into 2023.

    Today's delay was made during a livestream that featured about 20 minutes...
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  • Custom Games Added to Astroneer

    Custom Games Added to Astroneer

    The worlds are your sandbox.

    A free update just hit Astroneer that will allow players to do most anything they want to. The Custom Games Update is available now on PC via Steam, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, with the Switch version getting this update later in July.

    The Custom Games Update allows players to start from any planet they want, spawn in whatever items they want, customize biomes however they want, and then share these customized experiences with the world. Custom...
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  • Bungie Wins $500,000 in a Lawsuit Against Racist Loser that Threatened Employee

    This victory has also set a new precedent for employers to protect their employees from online harassers.

    Bungie scored another major court victory this week, winning almost $500,000 (USD) in damages and compensation from someone that repeatedly harassed one of their employees. The harasser in question is James Comer, who sent several racist and abusive calls to one of Bungie's community managers.

    Comer began his harassment campaign after becoming "incensed"...
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  • Behind the Scenes Gameplay for Atlas Fallen

    Behind the Scenes Gameplay for Atlas Fallen

    From audio design to traversing the sands, a look at Atlas Fallen from the devs.

    Deck13 and Focus Entertainment take fans behind the scenes of Atlas Fallen, their upcoming action-RPG. Today's video gives a little bit of a look at everything from audio design to dashing around on the sands, and even a look at the variety of approaches to combat encounters.

    Atlas Fallen is set to be released on August 10 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC. There is a Limited Edition of the game available through the Focus Entertainment Store that includes the game, Steelbook, metal poster, and the "Ruin Rising Pack" DLC. This Limited Edition is $79.99 (USD) with the standard edition of the game going for just $49.99. ...
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  • FTC Appeals Loss to Microsoft in Activision Blizzard Acquisition Case

    FTC Appeals Loss to Microsoft in Activision Blizzard Acquisition Case

    FTC commissioner Lina Khan about to put rack up another loss.

    Surprising many, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has actually decided to appeal a recent US federal court order that went in Microsoft's favor on July 11. That initial ruling, handed down by Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley, opened the doors for Microsoft to go ahead with their acquisition of Activision Blizzard.

    As part of Tuesday's ruling, Judge Corley said, "the Court finds the FTC has not shown a likelihood...
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  • Team Fortress 2 Summer Update Adds 14 New Maps

    Team Fortress 2 Summer Update Adds 14 New Maps

    That's like way more than getting 0 new maps!

    A new update for Team Fortress 2 was released. Included in the update is the addition of 14 new community maps, the Summer 2023 Cosmetic Case with 25 new community-made items, six new community-made taunts, and 20 new community-created Unusual effects.

    This update comes alongside the start of the Summer event, which will run until September 15, 2023. This update also includes several different fixes and updates to already existing...
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  • Gex is Back

    Gex is Back

    If that title sounded ominous to you, that's because it should be.

    Limited Run Games revealed a bunch of titles that will get new releases in the months ahead. As part of today's digital showcase, LRG3, over 20 new titles were revealed that will get physical releases.

    Included among those 20+ titles is Castlevania Advance Collection, Gargoyles Remastered, and Jurassic Park Classic Games Collection. The company also announced several games and collections that are getting...
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  • The Last of Us Nominated for 24 Emmys

    The Last of Us Nominated for 24 Emmys

    The HBO series is one of the most nominated shows of this year's Emmys.

    The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences didn't let the looming threat of a Screen Actors Guild strike get in the way of announcing the nominees for the 2023 Emmy Awards. HBO seems to be living it large with this year's nominations. The top two most nominated shows, Succession and The Last of Us, are products of HBO.

    Succession leads the charge with 27 nominations but The Last of Us isn't far...
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  • Final Fantasy 16 DLC Under Consideration

    Final Fantasy 16 DLC Under Consideration

    Who is Square Enix to deny the fans?

    Square Enix is thinking about adding some DLC to Final Fantasy 16. This change from not having any DLC planned for the game comes after Square Enix saw how much fans wanted it.

    Look at these fans, twisting Square Enix's arm to let them spend more money.

    A May 2023 interview with director Hiroshi Takai said that there were no plans for DLC and that Square Enix was instead waiting to see how fans would react before committing...
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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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