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Microsoft Buys Activision Blizzard in Deal Worth Almost $70 Billion

The dream of Candy Crush on Game Pass is that much closer to a reality.

Microsoft is a stone's throw away from finalizing a deal for the purchase of Activision Blizzard. The deal sees Microsoft picking up the Call of Duty and Candy Crush developer for a staggering $68.7 billion (USD). Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer spilled the beans in a new posting at the Xbox Wire earlier today.

This deal seems to have been made at the "perfect" time, at least for Microsoft....
 

Preview: The Anacrusis Early Access Release

What to expect from this Early Access release of the latest four-player cooperative shooter.

Stray Bombay has been hard at work developing what could be the next true successor to Left 4 Dead with their upcoming cooperative PvE title, The Anacrusis. While I'm sure they want to avoid those sorts of direct comparisons, it is a little difficult to avoid them given how much of the same DNA is shared between the two franchises. Hell, one of Stray Bombay's founders, Chet Faliszek, used to...
 

PlayStation VR2 Offers 4K HDR with Foveated Rendering

PSVR2 is shaping up to be one of the most powerful VR experiences.

During their late evening CES 2022 conference, Sony revealed technical specs for PlayStation VR2 and the PlayStation VR2 Sense controller.

Sony says that PSVR2 will offer a "true next-gen experience with high-fidelity visuals, new sensory features, and enhanced tracking." Given the impressive specifications that they revealed tonight, we're inclined to believe it.

This thing will...
 

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 Devs Double Down and then Backtrack on NFT Idea

Yet another company has backtracked on using NFTs after seeing the immense public backlash.

On Wednesday, GSC Game World announced that they will hold an auction to win an NFT that would eventually lead to the owner becoming an in-game NPC for S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl called a "metahuman." On Thursday (that's today), GSC Game World announced that they would not include any NFT related items in connection with S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl.

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Peter Molyneux's Next Scam is a Blockchain Business Sim

I'm seriously already tired of this.

Grifter and master of hyperbole, Peter Molyneux, just announced his newest "game." It's called Legacy and it will be the first foray for the beguiled creator into the world of blockchain gaming. Legacy will be built entirely around the idea of blockchain technologies, NFTs, and "crypto gaming."

This weekend at the Gala Games' Galaverse in Las Vegas, Molyneux announced Legacy to the world. He's calling it a "blockchain...
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  • Major Twitch Data Breach Leaves All Accounts Vulnerable, Exposes Streamer Revenues

    Major Twitch Data Breach Leaves All Accounts Vulnerable, Exposes Streamer Revenues

    Over 125GB of Twitch data has been leaked online.

    An anonymous hacker has just leaked a 125GB torrent of hacked and stolen Twitch data on Wednesday, October 6. This is allegedly just the first part of a larger data breach. According to a report from VGC, the leak was done in an attempt to "foster more disruption and competition in the online video streaming space" since Twitch's "community is a disgusting toxic cesspool."

    According to reports, the leaked...
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  • Battlefield 2042 Beta is a Few Months Old, List of Known Issues

    Battlefield 2042 Beta is a Few Months Old, List of Known Issues

    Expect to encounter some issues that have already been addressed.

    On October 6, the open beta for Battlefield 2042 will begin for those who have pre-ordered the game and also for those with EA Play. Before you dive into the game, it needs to be noted that there are issues with the beta. DICE is aware of them and have already noted a fair number of them in a new posting from PartWelsh on the official EA Answers HQ page.

    I have also included a list of those known issues...
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  • How to Pre-load Battlefield 2042 Ahead of This Week's Beta

    How to Pre-load Battlefield 2042 Ahead of This Week's Beta

    In case you still haven't done it yet.

    The pre-load for Battlefield 2042's upcoming beta went live last night. If you have not yet downloaded the content in preparation for tomorrow, here is how you can do it.

    It is important to note that the beta will not show up automatically in your game library. You will need to visit specific parts of your storefront of choice. For instance, Steam has an option to "Request Access" to the Battlefield 2042 open beta. You will...
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  • Kingdom Hearts Series Coming to Switch

    Kingdom Hearts Series Coming to Switch

    The entire series will be playable through the power of the cloud.

    Nintendo and Square Enix announce that the Kingdom Hearts series is coming to the Nintendo Switch. Specifically, ten Kingdom Hearts titles will be released on the Switch as three different standalone cloud releases. You can purchase the games separately or buy all of them at once with the Kingdom Hearts Integrum Masterpiece for Cloud version.

    Why can't they just do normal names for these?

    Anyway,...
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  • New Ghost Recon Battle Royale Announced

    New Ghost Recon Battle Royale Announced

    This is the future that Tom Clancy envisioned.

    Ubisoft announced Ghost Recon Frontline today, a new PvP, FPS, free-to-play battle royale game that is currently in development. The game will support over 100 players and beyond just being a typical battle royale game, will feature some objective-based gameplay. This game is set to be released on the Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Stadia, Amazon Luna, and PC via Ubisoft Connect. There will be full cross-play...
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  • Rockstar Launcher Update Contains Hidden Code for GTA Remastered Trilogy

    Rockstar Launcher Update Contains Hidden Code for GTA Remastered Trilogy

    Still not announced yet, but it might as well be.

    In August 2021, rumors about a Grand Theft Auto Trilogy Remaster really started to gain momentum. That particular rumor was fueled by a report from Kotaku that said Rockstar Games is working on remastering Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

    Today, more fuel was added to the fire when Rockstar released a new update for their Rockstar Games Launcher. Twitter user, @videotech_,...
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  • Final Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC Character is Sora from Kingdom Hearts

    Final Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC Character is Sora from Kingdom Hearts

    Where does this fit into the lore though?

    The final DLC character for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is none other than Sora from the Kingdom Hearts series. This reveal came a short time ago today from series creator Masahiro Sakurai in what was called the "Final Presentation."

    A new trailer released today included this new reveal. Mario tosses a fireball that opens a portal that somehow brings Sora into the Smash Bros. universe. The lore behind Kingdom Hearts is...
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  • ASUS Teamed Up with Noctua to Make New RTX 3070 Graphics Cards

    ASUS Teamed Up with Noctua to Make New RTX 3070 Graphics Cards

    Another card you won't be able to buy.

    ASUS and Noctua just announced that they have teamed up to create a new and rather unique new GPU based off of the Nvidia RTX 3070 cards. The ASUS GeForce RTX 3070 Noctua Edition combines a 3070 with Noctua fans, specifically two NF-A12x25 120mm fans, and a custom heatsink that has been co-engineered by Noctua.

    This GPU is said to reduce noise levels by up to 15dB(A) in certain conditions. A comprehensive breakdown of noise and cooling...
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  • Epic Games Store Takes One Step Closer to Steam Parity Next Week

    Epic Games Store Takes One Step Closer to Steam Parity Next Week

    Baby steps for the multi-billion dollar company.

    Next week, the Epic Games Store will get a feature that has long been in development for the storefront. No, it's not a shopping cart. No, it's not user reviews, support forums, the ability to gift games, a newsfeed, Linus and MacOS support, or even local streaming. Nope, it's achievements.

    Epic announced, via their blog, that they are about to rollout the first go at the Epic Achievements system. This system will be released...
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  • Amazon Games Cracking Down on New World AFK Abusers

    Amazon Games Cracking Down on New World AFK Abusers

    An anti-AFK system is being implemented to reduce the strain on servers.

    On Sunday, New World from Amazon Games surpassed 913,000 concurrent players. The new MMO has been going quite strong ever since its release on Tuesday of last week. However, the servers are still suffering a bit.

    Since release, Amazon has taken some great strides to try to reduce the player queue times around the world. They have added a lot of additional servers. They have also increased the server...
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  • Elden Ring in Final Stages of Development

    Elden Ring in Final Stages of Development

    FromSoftware continues to keep relatively quiet about the game.

    In speaking with Famitsu during the Tokyo Game Show, Elden Ring producer Yasuhiro Kitao remarked that the game is in the "final stages of development." He continues on to say that development is "moving forward quietly" towards the game's planned January 21, 2022 release date.

    A rough translation of Kitao's remarks were shared through the Elden Ring subreddit. We learn that Elden Ring will...
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  • Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier - New Gameplay Trailer

    Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier - New Gameplay Trailer

    Remember, this is the battle royale mobile game.

    Square Enix showed off some new gameplay footage this past weekend during their Tokyo Game Show presentation. The company showed off a new trailer along with a look at the game's fifth combat style: Ninja.

    The new Ninja style joins the likes of the Warrior, Sorcerer, Monk, and Ranger. The Ninja is highly mobile and comes with a double jump ability. You can throw shuriken stars while stealthily ambushing enemies.
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  • Valve Cancels Ticket Sales for The International 2021

    Valve Cancels Ticket Sales for The International 2021

    Blame the rising Covid rates for this one.

    This weekend, Valve announced that they are suspending sales of tickets for The International 2021 Dota 2 tournament. The reason, as cited in a new blog post, is due to the rising Covid rates in Romania.

    Back in July, Valve announced that The International 2021 would be held in Bucharest, Romania. This was the second venue announced for the tournament, with the first choice being Stockholm, Sweden. At the time, the Swedish Sports...
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  • What is Your Favorite Candy?

    What is Your Favorite Candy?

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    Peanut Butter Cups
    16.67%
    1
    Snickers
    0%
    0
    Starburst
    16.67%
    1
    Skittles
    33.33%
    2
    Kit Kat
    0%
    0
    Butterfinger
    0%
    0
    Twix
    16.67%
    1
    Candy Corn
    0%
    0
    M&Ms
    16.67%
    1
    Other (Leave a comment below)
    50.00%
    3

    The poll is expired.

    A little something different for Spooktober.

    It's October and you know what that means: Scary costumes, frights, chills, creepy games, spooky movies, and yes, lots of candy.

    Despite this being a gaming focused site, let's mix up this month's poll, shall we? Instead of doing the obvious question of asking what your favorite scary game is, let's find out what your favorite Halloween candy might be. Now, there are a LOT of options out there. I'm just going to list some of...
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  • Rumor: Konami is Reviving Metal Gear, Castlevania, and Silent Hill

    Rumor: Konami is Reviving Metal Gear, Castlevania, and Silent Hill

    Let's just hope these end up better than eFootball.

    A number of different sources have reported on a new rumor that Konami is working to revive some of their biggest franchises. These franchises include Metal Gear, Castlevania, and Silent Hill.

    There have been tons of rumors over the past however many months now that Silent Hill was coming back, or there was some Metal Gear game coming, and so on. Those rumors were typically based off of speculation and usually only from...
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    The start of something amazing or a terrible fit?

    With news that Ubisoft is rolling out a beta for their blockchain powered NFT program, named Ubisoft Quartz, it seems only right to ask this question: Are you excited for this weird NFT-infused metaverse that developers and publishers are starting to push?

    Are you all about this idea of earning "limited" items in games that can possibly be sold for cryptocurrencies?

    Or are you against this idea, believing...
    Yes, I love this idea! Give me NFTs in my video games! I love blockchain technology and our metaverse future!
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    No, I hate this idea! This is the start of something terrible and has no business being added to video games!
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