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Blizzard President J. Allen Brack is Leaving the Company

He's leaving to "pursue new opportunities."

Blizzard president J. Allen Brack has officially stepped down just a couple of weeks after he was named and shamed as part of a larger Activision Blizzard lawsuit. The lawsuit specifically named Brack as one of the numerous people involved in the widespread sexual harassment and discrimination happening within the company.

Official confirmation of Brack's departure came via the Blizzard website. The statement notes...
 

A Look Inside Blizzard Developers' Disgusting 'Cosby Suite'

It's real and it's perhaps worse than you could have ever imagined.

Last week, Activision Blizzard was sued by the state of California after the state conducted a two-year long investigation and found countless cases of sexual harassment and discrimination at the company. Included in the legal filing by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing was a mention of the "Cosby Suite."

Today, while Blizzard employees were staging a walkout in support...
 

Activision Blizzard Sued by California After Two Year Investigation into Rampant Sexual Harassment

The harassment is so bad it drove at least one person to suicide.

After a two-year long investigation by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the state has filed a lawsuit against Activision Blizzard due to the constant sexual harassment that female employees have been subjected to over the years. According to a report from Bloomberg, Activision Blizzard is said to foster a "frat boy" culture.

This culture, left unchecked and unpunished for...
 

Battlefield Portal Brings Many Eras of Battlefield Together in One Place

Ok, but like, what if we played all the Battlefields?

Battlefield Portal was officially announced today during EA Play Live. Rumors about this mode for Battlefield 2042 have been circulating for a while now, but today the news was officially confirmed. Battlefield Portal is billed as a "community-driven platform within Battlefield 2042 that will let you create and find fantastic experiences made by the series' creative and passionate community."

Players will...
 

Valve Announces Steam Deck, A Handheld PC Starting at $399

This new device is the first in a new series of handheld PC from Valve.

Back in May 2021, a rumor came out suggesting that Valve was working on a new handheld PC device called the SteamPal. While that is partially true, the one thing that didn't stick through to the end was the name. These devices are officially called Steam Deck and they start at a pretty affordable $399 (USD) MSRP.

Valve says that Steam Deck is a "powerful all-in-one portable PC." It has a...
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  • Tell Me Why is Free for Pride Month

    Tell Me Why is Free for Pride Month

    Dontnod's adventure game is free for the entire month of June.

    Throughout the entirety of June, Dontnod has made the entirety of Tell Me Why available for free on Xbox and Steam. This free offer runs from today through to June 30th in celebration of Pride Month. It is possible to download this episodic adventure game from the Microsoft Store for either Xbox or PC and through Steam for the PC.

    Once you add the game to your account, regardless of where you redeem it, it's...
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  • New Four-player Co-op Shooter Perish Announced

    New Four-player Co-op Shooter Perish Announced

    Four-player co-op shooters are making a comeback.

    PERISH is a newly announced four-player FPS co-op game that tasks players with battling through hordes of enemies in order to ascent to the heavens. Players will face "eternal doom" (I see what you did there) as they take on tons of demonic creatures in Purgatory. You will be able to upgrade your melee and firearms as you progress through the levels. There are also bosses to fight. It's a four-person co-op FPS, you know what...
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  • Ghosts 'n Goblins Resurrection Out Now on PS4, XB1, and Steam

    Ghosts 'n Goblins Resurrection Out Now on PS4, XB1, and Steam

    A modern reboot of a classic.

    Ghosts 'n Goblins Resurrection was released a little while back for the Nintendo Switch. Today, the game is available to a number of additional audiences thanks to its release on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam.

    This game is a modern reboot of the classic Ghosts 'n Goblins series that dates back to 1985. This latest release is running on the RE Engine, the same engine behind the latest Resident Evil releases and Devil May Cry...
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  • Crysis Remastered Trilogy Announced for this Fall

    Crysis Remastered Trilogy Announced for this Fall

    "Can your PC run Crysis?" * 3

    Crytek announced the Crysis Remastered Trilogy today. This triple pack of games is coming to consoles and PC (no storefronts specified) this Fall and includes single-player remasters of Crysis, Crysis 2, and Crysis 3. Crytek is working with Saber Interactive on these remasters.

    The games will be released on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC. Those on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S will get "improved...
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  • The Witcher 3 is Available Now on PlayStation Now

    The Witcher 3 is Available Now on PlayStation Now

    When? Now. Where? Now.

    CD Projekt Red just announced that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is available to those subscribed to PlayStation Now. This release is the "Game of the Year Edition" that includes all of the popular base game along with the equally popular DLC releases: Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine. You play as Geralt of Rivia as he ventures out to find Ciri "all against the backdrop of the imminent invasion of the fearsome Wild Hunt."

    The game...
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  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Blackwood Available Now on PC

    The Elder Scrolls Online: Blackwood Available Now on PC

    A return to Oblivion.

    PC, Mac, and Stadia players can now dive into the next chapter of The Elder Scrolls Online with today's release of Blackwood. This new expansion is said to offer up over 30 hours of new story content as players explore the new region of Blackwood. There will also be some "iconic locations" brought back that will be familiar to fans of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.

    Those of you playing Elder Scrolls Online on the Xbox or PlayStation platforms...
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  • Wreckfest Arrives on Next-gen Consoles Today

    Wreckfest Arrives on Next-gen Consoles Today

    It's out for both PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S.

    Starting at $39.99 (USD), players on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S will be able to pick up Wreckfest. Already own this car crash filled game on the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One? You can upgrade your copy to a next-gen release for just $9.99 (USD). Sorry, there doesn't seem to be any free upgrade path on this one.

    The month of June will also see some new content coming to all versions of the game. This new content...
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  • Part 1 of Minecraft's Caves and Cliffs Update Hits June 8

    Part 1 of Minecraft's Caves and Cliffs Update Hits June 8

    The update will be out for both Bedrock and Java.

    June 8th is the release date for the "Caves & Cliffs: Part 1" mega-update for Minecraft. This date was announced today by Mojang alongside a nice write-up on some of things fans can expect to see when this release comes out.

    Caves & Cliffs will be out on the 8th for the Java and Bedrock versions of the game. This means the update will be out for the Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation...
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  • Watch Dogs: Legion of the Dead Announced, Releases Tomorrow

    Watch Dogs: Legion of the Dead Announced, Releases Tomorrow

    Know what we need more of? Zombies.

    The first details on Legion of the Dead were revealed today via IGN. What is Legion of the Dead? It's the name of the new zombie-themed DLC pack coming June 1 (tomorrow) for Watch Dogs: Legion. This content is coming alongside title update 4.5 for the open-world hacking game from Ubisoft.

    IGN has the first and only details about this new content. They also have a 21-minute long video showing off some alpha gameplay from tomorrow's release....
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  • Old Need for Speed Titles Delisted Today

    Old Need for Speed Titles Delisted Today

    Online services shutting down August 31.

    EA is pulling the plug and delisting a number of older Need for Speed titles today. This means that the games will no longer be available for sale, their in-game stores closed, and their online services will be shuttered. EA says that this decision was made as it is "shifting gears (GET IT?!) to focus on the future of Need for Speed." These removals seem to have come without any advance warning that we've seen.

    The titles,...
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  • Net Profits are Down for CD Projekt Red in Q1 2021

    Net Profits are Down for CD Projekt Red in Q1 2021

    Fixing a broken game takes time and money.

    CD Projekt Red revealed that its Q1 2021 net profits fell well below expectations. The studio says that net profits fell 65% to just $32.5M (PLN; $8.84M USD) due to costs associated with fixing Cyberpunk 2077. This was shared as part of CD Projekt Red's Q1 2021 earning's presentation.

    Despite this reduction in net profits, the company says that they saw "record-breaking positive cash flow." The company's balance of cash,...
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  • Review: RIG 500 Pro HX Gen 2 Headset for Xbox

    Review: RIG 500 Pro HX Gen 2 Headset for Xbox

    Fantastic audio quality at an affordable price.

    I was recently given the opportunity to review some new hardware from RIG (they are owned by NACON now). You already saw what I thought about the RIG Pro Compact Wired Controller. It was a solid device with a lot working in its favor. Now, we are looking at the second generation of their 500 Pro headset. Specifically, this review is about the 500 Pro HX, a headset designed for use with the Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Windows 10....
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  • Judge Shuts Down Valve's Request for a New Trial After Steam Controller Lawsuit Loss

    Valve is ordered to pay SCUF Gaming $4 million for patent infringement.

    Back in February, Valve was ordered to pay $4 million to SCUF Gaming parent company Ironburg Inventions. The case focused on the back paddles on the Steam Controller. Valve was found to have violated Ironburg's patent on the implementation of back paddles. Valve was warned about the infringement back in 2014, but went ahead with making the Steam Controller anyway. Valve claimed that the buttons were different from...
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  • Microsoft Flight Simulator Install Size Cut in Half in New Update

    Microsoft Flight Simulator Install Size Cut in Half in New Update

    That's some impressive optimization there.

    Microsoft flight Simulator is a gigantic game. After all, it's a flight simulator that lets you fly literally anywhere on planet Earth. The minimum storage requirement for the game is a whopping 150GB but the installed size is often much higher than that, upwards of 170+GB in size. This probably annoys a lot of people regardless of whether of not they have monthly download caps from their ISP.

    Fortunately, the latest update to...
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  • Far Cry 6 Release Date Set for October 7

    Far Cry 6 Release Date Set for October 7

    Ubisoft also says they're not trying to make a political statement about Cuba... in a game based on Cuba.

    Ubisoft had a big reveal stream today for Far Cry 6, wherein they showed off some new gameplay and story elements. The company also revealed that the game will be released on October 7, 2021 for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Stadia, Amazon Luna, and PC via the Epic Games Store and Ubisoft Connect.

    Today's reveal sure did show off a game...
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  • Has Your Most Anticipated Title Been Delayed Out of 2021?
    by Shawn Zipay
    It is inevitable.

    Tis the season for delays. With a number of games being delayed back in 2020, 2021 has continued that unfortunate trend. This begs the question: Has your most anticipated game been delayed out of its originally planned 2021 release date?

    Feel free to share in the comments below what your most anticipated title, or titles, are that are coming out.
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