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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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  • Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective Out Now

    Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective Out Now

    A remaster of the puzzle-solving mystery adventure is out now.

    Out now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam is the remake of Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective. The remake from Capcom arrives about 13 years after the release of the original game. New to this release are updated visuals and some quality of life improvements for modern audiences and platforms.

    Players take control of Sissel, a ghost that is "on a journey to unravel the mystery...
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  • Battlefield 2042 Update 5.1.0 Changes Detailed

    Battlefield 2042 Update 5.1.0 Changes Detailed

    DICE details the new update plus a special July event.

    Details on Update 5.1.0 for Battlefield 2042 were shared, though the update itself will not drop until the first week of July. A specific release date for this update was not offered, but it can probably be assumed that it will be out in the first half of next week.

    Update 5.1.0 looks to be more of a fine-tuning and fixes update for existing content. The update notes for 5.1.0 also include yet another teaser for the...
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  • BlizzCon 2023 Tickets Going for as Much as $800

    BlizzCon 2023 Tickets Going for as Much as $800

    Just sell your phones to afford these tickets.

    Blizzard announced today that BlizzCon 2023 is returning to Anaheim, California. This year's event is expected to take place from November 3-4 and will include the usual stuff like the Opening Ceremony, various panels, art contest, cosplay competitions, and more.

    The good news here is that BlizzCon 2023 will be live-streamed free of charge! An optional Virtual Ticket will grant those at home some exclusive in-game items, early...
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  • Double Dragon Gaiden Tag-Team Combat Gameplay

    Double Dragon Gaiden Tag-Team Combat Gameplay

    Plus a look at new playable characters and gameplay mechanics.

    We have for you a fresh look at the upcoming Double Dragon Gaiden: Rise of the Dragons. This new gameplay video features a taste of some tag-team combat, some of the new playable characters, and other new gameplay mechanics.

    Double Dragon Gaiden will be out on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, and PC on July 27th. ...
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  • Dying Light 2 Update Brings Improved Physics, Darker Nights

    Dying Light 2 Update Brings Improved Physics, Darker Nights

    Improvements have been made to the parkour mechanics in the game.

    The "Good Night, Good Luck" update for Dying Light 2 Stay Human is now available. This update brings "major" changes to the game's parkour system along with an overhaul to the nighttime gameplay experience. That is to say, nights are now darker and far more dangerous.

    The nights have now been made darker and now have a "heavier, almost horror-like feel" to them. Visibility is...
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  • RuneScape's New Necromancy Skill Arrives August 7th

    RuneScape's New Necromancy Skill Arrives August 7th

    Control the dead soon in this ancient MMO.

    Jagex says that the new combat skill, Necromancy, will arrive in RuneScape on August 7, 2023. The Necromancy skill is the first new standalone combat skill to be added to RuneScape in its nearly two-decade long history.

    Jagex released a new cinematic trailer to show off the "arcane and dark powers players will be harnessing later this summer." The trailer will show you Death pleading for "the heroes of Gielinor...
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  • 9 Things To Think About When Purchasing Virtual Gaming Goods

    9 Things To Think About When Purchasing Virtual Gaming Goods

    Serious gamers are aware that there are virtually infinite options for virtual gaming merchandise available. There are so many options, from physical components to cosplay accessories, that it might be daunting. It's crucial for you to take your time and consider your purchase carefully if your objective is to get the most out of your trip without going overboard with your spending. In order to make the most of their purchase and make sure they have all the digital stuff needed to successfully accom...
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  • Steam Summer Sale Includes 20% Discount on Steam Deck

    Steam Summer Sale Includes 20% Discount on Steam Deck

    Plus discounts on tons of games.

    The Steam Summer Sale is now live and you know what that means? It means you get another news post about a Steam sale that begins with, "and you know what that means?"

    The Steam Summer Sale is live right now and runs until July 13, 2023 at 10AM (PT). This sale includes discounts on thousands of titles that work on PC, Mac, Linux, and Steam Deck.

    Speaking of Steam Deck, this Summer Sale includes up to 20% off of new...
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  • Baldur's Gate 3 Release Date was Just Delayed and Moved Up at the Same Time

    Baldur's Gate 3 Release Date was Just Delayed and Moved Up at the Same Time

    Good news for PC players, bad news for PlayStation 5 players.

    Larian Studios just announced that Baldur's Gate 3's release date has been changed for both PC and PlayStation 5. Unlike many release date changes, this one is a little bit different from the norm.

    Baldur's Gate 3 will now be out on August 3 for PC, or a month earlier than what was previously announced. This move was presumably done to ensure that those on PC had plenty of time to dive into Baldur's Gate 3 before...
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  • Mojang Leaves Reddit

    Mojang Leaves Reddit

    The Minecraft developer no longer feels Reddit is an "appropriate place" to post official content to.

    At over 7.3 million subscribers, r/Minecraft is among the largest game-specific communities on Reddit. Minecraft developer Mojang, like many other game developers, often used Reddit as a means of sharing new information with their community. All of that is now coming to an end, according to statements shared by Mojang.

    Mojang's Java technical lead for Minecraft,...
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  • RumorBits: Star Wars Eclipse in 2026, Red Dead Redemption Rated in Korea, and Fortnite FPS Mode

    A quick hit of the latest gaming rumors.

    Let's take a quick look at some of the week's biggest rumors, at least the biggest rumors for the week thus far. This new RumorBits includes word that Star Wars Eclipse won't be out until 2026, some new first-person Fortnite screenshots, and a little something about Red Dead Redemption getting a new rating in Korea. Star Wars Eclipse in 2026A new rumor from Tom Henderson suggests that the Quantic Dream developed Star Wars title may not be rea...
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  • Fans are Livid About New Starfield Announcement

    Fans are Livid About New Starfield Announcement

    AMD sponsored titles are notorious for not including DLSS support.

    AMD announced that they have entered into a partnership with Bethesda for the latter's upcoming release of Starfield. This announcement just happens to come at a really bad time for AMD.

    Team Red recently avoided answering whether they block the use of alternative scaling technologies like Nvidia DLSS and Intel XeSS in their partnership terms with developers. It has been noted by several outlets and fans...
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  • Guild Wars 2: Secrets of the Obscure Expansion Announced

    Guild Wars 2: Secrets of the Obscure Expansion Announced

    A new expansion comes with new story, new threats, new locations, and plenty more.

    ArenaNet and NCSOFT just announced that a new expansion kicks off on August 22nd for Guild Wars 2. This expansion, Secrets of the Obscure, takes players to the skies above Tyria, where a new enemy has emerged from the Mists.

    This expansion looks to change things up a slight bit when compared to previous Guild Wars 2 expansions. Old expansions typically had a major release with a "complete"...
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  • Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty - Interview with Keanu Reeves and Black Market Tour

    Reeves talks about reprising his Johnny Silverhand role.

    Two new videos are out today from CD Projekt Red that focus on the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty expansion. The first video is an interview with Keanu Reeves. The second video shares a look at the black market area of "Night City's most dangerous district, Dogtown." Some of this already premiered earlier this month during the Xbox Games Showcase Extended.

    Keanu Reeves talks about coming back...
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  • New Hot Wheels Unleashed 2: Turbocharged Gameplay

    New Hot Wheels Unleashed 2: Turbocharged Gameplay

    Big gameplay. Little cars.

    Get a new look at the upcoming racing game Hot Wheels Unleashed 2: Turbocharged. This sequel is coming out on October 19 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, and on PC via Steam and Epic Games Store. ...
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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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