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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 Ransomed.vc, 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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  • Deathloop PC Requirements and Launch Details

    Deathloop PC Requirements and Launch Details

    See if your PC can even run this at 1080P and 60FPS.

    Bethesda just busted out the system requirements for 1080p/60FPS and the recommended specs for Ultra settings for the upcoming release of Deathloop. With the game's date of September 14 rapidly approaching, there isn't much time left to make sure your rig is up to the task. If it isn't, you can always pick up the game for the PlayStation 5 if you happen to be lucky enough to have snagged one of those already.

    Before...
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  • There's a Free Trial Available for Madden NFL 22

    There's a Free Trial Available for Madden NFL 22

    Well, this is highly unusual.

    EA says that they are celebrating the start of the 2021 NFL Season by offering up a "global Free-to-Play trial" for Madden NFL 22. This free trial will run from September 9 through September 12 on the Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, PC via Steam, and Google Stadia. Strangely, this press release does not seem to suggest that the trial is available through Origin. Weird one that is.

    Anyway, this trial will allow...
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  • What's the Deal with Insurance in America?

    What's the Deal with Insurance in America?


    Finding adequate insurance in America sure can be an annoying process. First you got your life insurance. That's the kind of insurance that means if you or someone you know passes away, there will be some sort of financial compensation given to family afterwards. They have things like "premiums" that need to be paid and it's a whole thing. Not only that, but there are several different types of life insurance such as whole life insurance, term insurance, pension plans, and so on...
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  • Call of Duty: Vanguard Multiplayer Reveal Trailer

    Call of Duty: Vanguard Multiplayer Reveal Trailer

    Get a look at the multiplayer for the Activision published game.

    Activision, the publisher on the upcoming Call of Duty: Vanguard, just released a new trailer today for the multiplayer component included with the game. We have a few details to share about the multiplayer before you jump into the new multiplayer trailer below.

    The game will ship with 20 maps included at launch. There will be some advanced weapon customization. There will be new social options included....
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  • No Man's Sky Finally Hits 'Mostly Positive' Reviews on Steam

    No Man's Sky Finally Hits 'Mostly Positive' Reviews on Steam

    One of the greatest comeback stories in the industry.

    Five years ago, No Man's Sky from Hello Games was released and man was it ever a massive disappointment. It sat at an "Overwhelmingly Negative" score on Steam for quite a while around the game's launch.

    However, in those five years Hello Games never gave up on the title. In fact, they just released their latest massive content update, Frontiers, that adds in the ability to run your own settlements. It's one...
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  • Alan Wake Remastered Announced

    Alan Wake Remastered Announced

    Will be released on consoles and on Epic Games Store for PC.

    Remedy creative director Sam Lake just confirmed a long running rumor that his studio was busy working on a remaster of Alan Wake. The new release will simply be called Alan Wake Remastered and, according to Sam Lake, is "nearing its completion."

    This will mark the first time that Alan Wake will be released on a PlayStation platform. The original was only released on the Xbox 360 and then later on the...
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  • Tripwire President John Gibson Steps Down After Voicing Support of Texas Abortion Law

    He fucked around and found out.

    This weekend, the president and co-founder of Tripwire Interactive, John Gibson, made some rather idiotic remarks on Twitter. Gibson took to the social media platform to voice his support for the recent abortion ban in Texas, a ban that effectively takes away basic rights from women throughout the state. He also voiced his support for the Supreme Court of the United States for giving the go-ahead for that draconian ban to take place.

    His...
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  • The Psychology Behind Online Games

    The Psychology Behind Online Games


    Online gaming has fast become one of the world’s biggest ways to pass the time. In 2021, there are an estimated 1 billion people around the world playing online games of some variety. Not only that, but online gaming is a global phenomenon that is expected to hit total revenues surpassing $23 billion this year alone.

    Despite the financial constraints imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the predicted growth for online casino gaming in particular is expected to be over 11% compared...
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  • Tripwire President Happily Supports New Texas Law that Removes Basic Human Rights from Women

    Letting those true colors shine, John.

    Over the weekend, Tripwire Interactive president John Gibson tweeted out that he is in favor of the new six-week abortion ban in Texas and that he was "Proud of the #USSupremeCourt" for giving the okay for that ban to be in place. Gibson continued on to say, "As an entertainer I don't get political often. Yet with so many vocal peers on the other side of this issue, I felt it was important to go on the record as a pro-life game...
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  • Sony Backtracks on Horizon Forbidden West Upgrade, Will Now be Free from PS4 to PS5

    Sony also commits to $10 upgrade paths for future releases.

    Just a few days back, we reported that the upcoming release of Horizon Forbidden West would not have a free upgrade path from the Standard PlayStation 4 version to the PlayStation 5 version. In fact, there wasn't even a direct paid upgrade route. The only way you could possibly be given a dual entitlement was to purchase the $80 (USD) Digital Deluxe Edition at a bare minimum. So, if you own a PS4 now and think that maybe you'll...
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  • Take-Two Files Lawsuit Against Team that Reversed Engineered GTA 3 and Vice City

    Take-Two is suing a group that reverse engineered the source code for Grand Theft Auto 3 and Vice City.

    Take-Two has filed a lawsuit in California that is targeting 14 developers from all over the world that have been working together on what is known as the re3 project. This project has reverse engineered the source code for Grand Theft Auto 3 and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. The project also made some improvements to the original games including bug fixes, a better camera, better...
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  • New Battlefield 2042 Gameplay Trailer Gives Better Look at Specialists

    New Battlefield 2042 Gameplay Trailer Gives Better Look at Specialists

    DICE provides a fresh look at Battlefield 2042 Specialists in action in latest gameplay reveal.

    Battlefield 2042 fans finally got a little morsel thrown their way today. After weeks of radio silence, the Battlefield Twitter finally provided some new gameplay footage that will have to do for now.

    Today's new look from DICE provides us all a look at the four Specialists that were initially revealed when the game was announced. These include the Assault based Webster Mackay,...
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  • Lost Judgment Post-Release Content Roadmap

    Lost Judgment Post-Release Content Roadmap

    Some of this will be available at launch as well.

    Sega and Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio detailed the digital content roadmap for Lost Judgment. Those that pre-order the Digital Deluxe and Ultimate editions of the game will get bonus content both at launch and afterwards. There will also be an Early Access period starting on September 21 for the game that technically won't be out until September 24.

    Those picking up those editions of the game can look forward to additional content...
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  • Poll: Should Next-Gen Upgrades be Free?

    Poll: Should Next-Gen Upgrades be Free?

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    Yes, the upgrades should be free!
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    Making the jump from PS4 to PS5? Well, ya gotta pay.

    This seems to be a bit of a hot topic lately. Imagine you've owned a PlayStation 4 and amassed quite the game collection. Suddenly, you get a shiny new PlayStation 5. We don't know how or why and we don't want to know. The fact is: You got one. It's yours. Now, those games you've been enjoying on the PlayStation 4 have special PlayStation5 upgrades, but the problem is, you gotta pay.

    Want to play at higher resolutions?...
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  • Far Cry 6 PC Requirements

    Far Cry 6 PC Requirements

    Plus a look at some of the PC specific features.

    Far Cry 6 is set to be released on October 7 for the PC along with Amazon Luna, Stadia, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S. Today's focus is on the PC experience players will have with the game.

    Ubisoft has released a full suite of recommended specs needed for various settings, features, and resolutions. You can see the specs either in an image format, posted below, or a text only format further down....
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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!
    33.33%
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    I'm indifferent to the whole idea.
    33.33%
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    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.
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