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Valve Celebrates Half-Life's 25th Anniversary with Giveaway and a Massive New Update

Happy birthday, Half-Life!

On Sunday, November 19, 2023, Half-Life officially turns 25 years old. To commemorate this crazy milestone for this awesome game and franchise, Valve is giving away the original game along with releasing a major update.

First up, Valve has made the original Half-Life free to keep to anybody that adds it to their Steam library this weekend. If you somehow do not own the original Half-Life, take this opportunity to add it to your account now and...

Alan Wake 2 Review: A Must-Play Psychological Horror Experience

Easily, the best horror game in years.

In 2010 Remedy Entertainment released Alan Wake, a game where a writer is pulled into a horrifying world seemingly of his own creation. Alan Wake was a game that I bounced off at least two times. Despite the game being well received by critics and fans, I felt like its gameplay was just a repetitive slog that even its unique story could not overcome. When a sequel was announced by Remedy, I found myself extremely indifferent to the news. Still...

It's Finally Over - Activision Blizzard Joins Xbox

As it turns out, this corporate version of Mr. Bones' Wild Ride does actually end.

Activision Blizzard King are now officially a part of Team Xbox. As of today, all Activision Blizzard studios and their teams are a part of the Xbox division at Microsoft. This also means that Activision Blizzard IPs such as Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, Overwatch, Candy Crush Saga, and hundreds more are now owned by Microsoft.

This entire saga of a tale began back on January 18, 2022...

Review: RIG 900 MAX HX Wireless Headset

My new daily driver.

We are once again delving into the world of gaming headsets, this time with a spotlight shining brightly on Nacon's RIG 900 MAX HX. Priced at $249.99 (USD), the 900 MAX HX aims to be a more premium and feature-filled offering than the RIG 600 PRO HS we recently reviewed. Featuring the same dual-wireless connectivity as the 600 PROs, the 900 MAX HX sets itself apart thanks to Dolby Personalized audio support with Dolby Atmos 3D, plus a charging base station, a more...

Review: Starfield

A safe, if not soulless, journey through the cosmos.

Bethesda Game Studios releases are safe. They are familiar. You know almost exactly what to expect when a major new release from them rolls around. They instill a feeling of "I know this game won't be groundbreaking, but I know I'll have fun." Yes, there are some obvious differences, but the heart of each Bethesda game is almost universally the same. The recent release of Starfield is no different. To put it bluntly: Starfield is Fall...
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  • Twitter is Finally Dead

    Twitter is Finally Dead

    It's apparently been replaced by a unicode character.

    The good news here is that Twitter is finally dead! The bad news is that it's only because Elon Musk is rebranding Twitter to X. Or to be more specific, it's ๐•. That is to say, it's simply the unicode character U+1D54F. Yes, Musk and cohorts continue to take what already existed instead of creating something new themselves.

    The change comes because Musk is apparently the biggest fan of the letter "X", that...
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  • Diablo 4's Battle Pass Doesn't Offer Enough Currency to Buy Cheapest Store Item

    You would need to save for at least two seasons to afford even one in-game purchase.

    The first season of Diablo 4 has certainly encountered more than a few issues already. Released about a week ago, Season of the Malignant, first had a very controversial and nerf-filled update, which angered a lot of players. Now, fans are discovering that the premium Battle Pass track doesn't even give you enough premium currency, Platinum, to be able to afford even the cheapest item from the in-game...
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  • Shohreh Aghdashloo Reprises Role in Special Bonus Episode of Telltale's Expanse Series

    A bonus episode of the upcoming series was announced at Comic-Con.

    Last week at San Diego Comic-Con, Telltale Games announced a special bonus episode for The Expanse: A Telltale Series. This bonus episode will star Shohreh Aghdashloo as she reprises her role of Chrisjen Avasarala, the Secretary-General of the United Nations in The Expanse.

    This bonus episode, entitled Archangel, is only included for those that get the Deluxe Edition of The Expanse: A Telltale Series. You...
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  • Trine 5 to Release in August

    Trine 5 to Release in August

    Your next adventure is just about a month away.

    Trine 5: A Clockwork Conspiracy is expected to be out on August 31, 2023 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

    Today's release date announcement comes alongside a new trailer focusing on Pontius the Knight. Pontius is just one of a few characters you and some friends can choose to play as in this upcoming sequel from Frozenbyte and THQ Nordic. ...
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  • Steam Stealth Fest is Live

    Steam Stealth Fest is Live

    Kept ya waiting, huh?

    As promised last week, Valve has officially kicked off the Steam Stealth Fest today on none other than Steam. From July 24th and up to July 31st at 10AM (PT), you can save big on a bunch of games that have some stealth elements included. Not only that, but there will be various demos for upcoming games with stealth elements and also "more."

    I do not know what that "more" could be outside of maybe some developer streams? So probably...
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  • Blizzard Admits Mistakes Were Made in Season 1 Patch for Diablo 4

    Blizzard Admits Mistakes Were Made in Season 1 Patch for Diablo 4

    The studio promises to never do a patch like it ever again.

    The latest major patch for Diablo 4 nerfed the every living hell out of several key abilities across every class in the game. The update, version 1.1.0a that came out on July 18th ahead of the start of Season 1: Season of the Malignant, has been heavily criticized by players for days now. The update nerfed several abilities across every class that, for many players, made the game just unfun to play.

    Blizzard has...
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  • PSA: Play Meet Your Maker for Free this Weekend on Xbox

    PSA: Play Meet Your Maker for Free this Weekend on Xbox

    Build and survive for free this weekend only.

    Xbox owners have a free weekend underway right now for Meet Your Maker. This free weekend will run from today, July 20th through to July 24th at 11:59PM (ET). You will be able to play content from the full base game along with content from the newly released Sector 1: Dreadshore update.

    With full access to all of the game's features and tools, players will get to build their own deadly, trap filled Outpost, share it online,...
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  • Second Behind the Scenes Dev Diary for The Invincible

    Second Behind the Scenes Dev Diary for The Invincible

    Check out some of the development process behind The Invincible.

    The second behind the scenes development diary for The Invincible was shared today by 11 bit studios and Starward Industries. This new behind the scenes peek from these studios should keep your interest in this upcoming narrative adventure high.

    This new video comes after a couple of very successful demo periods for The Invincible on Steam.

    So far, a release date for The Invincible has not yet...
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  • Atlas Fallen Combat Trailer

    Atlas Fallen Combat Trailer

    A trailer focused on combat.

    This one is rather self-explanatory if you read the headline. A new trailer is out today for Atlas Fallen that focuses on the game's combat. The trailer comes to you from the Atlas Fallen devs at Deck13 Interactive and publisher Focus Entertainment.

    Atlas Fallen is coming out on August 10 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC. Pre-orders ($49.99) are available on all of these platforms right now. There are also Limited Editions ($79.99)...
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  • Steam Stealth Fest Begins July 24th

    Steam Stealth Fest Begins July 24th

    Not a very stealthy fest if it's announcing itself this early.

    Valve just announced that the Steam Stealth Fest will run from July 24 through July 31. This Fest, like all the ones that came before it, will include discounts, demos, and more all focused on games that have some measure of stealth included.

    As with the thousand (give or take) previous Steam Fests that have occurred, this one comes with a preview trailer to give a sample of what's to come.

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  • The Walking Dead: Betrayal is a New Multiplayer Social Deception Game

    The Walking Dead: Betrayal is a New Multiplayer Social Deception Game

    Seems pretty sus.

    Skybound Entertainment just announced a new multiplayer social deception game set in The Walking Dead universe. The Walking Dead: Betrayal will offer cooperation and competition for up to eight players.

    Players will have to work together to try to survive, oh but wait, there are traitors among them that will try to put a stop to that whole survival thing. The game itself is being developed by Other Ocean Interactive, the team that made another social...
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  • Overwatch 2 Coming to Steam, More Blizzard Titles Also Possibly Coming

    Overwatch 2 Coming to Steam, More Blizzard Titles Also Possibly Coming

    The hero-based shooter arrives in August.

    Well this is certainly an interesting little twist. A Steam page for Blizzard's Overwatch 2 was just put up. The planned release date listed on the Steam Overwatch 2 page is August 10, 2023 even though it has been available on and consoles since at least October 4, 2022. The August 10th release date on Steam is the same day that its next season, Season 6: Invasion, is slated to begin.

    The Steam release of Overwatch 2...
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  • Exploring Proven Strategies for Playing Online Casino Games

    Exploring Proven Strategies for Playing Online Casino Games

    When playing online casino games, itโ€™s essential to have a strategy in place before you start. While it's important to remember that the house always has the edge and luck is a huge factor in betting, there are still ways to make smart bets.

    This article offers tips and guidance on popular strategies that will allow you to make informed betting decisions.

    Make the Most of Casino Free SpinsCasino free spins are a great way to get some extra value out of your gaming ex...
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  • Snakebyte to Offer a Range of Hall Effect Equipped Xbox Controllers

    Snakebyte to Offer a Range of Hall Effect Equipped Xbox Controllers

    They will be some of the first officially licensed Xbox gamepads with Hall-effect sensors.

    If you ever experienced stick drift on any of your gamepads over the years, you know just how annoying it can be. Thankfully, peripheral designer and manufacturer Snakebyte is trying to get rid of that annoyance once and for all with a series of new, officially licensed Xbox controllers with Hall effect sensors.

    Hall effect sensors are the best sensor type that you can possibly get...
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  • Raytracing and DLSS 3 Added to Portal Prelude

    Raytracing and DLSS 3 Added to Portal Prelude

    This mod has been updated with RTX Remix.

    Nvidia announced and released Portal: Prelude RTX, a remaster of a 2008 mod. This update includes updated visuals, support for raytracing, DLSS 3 support, and is the first game to publicly use RTX I/O.

    Raytracing and DLSS 3 are both rather self-explanatory as several games have come out featuring these technologies already. RTX I/O stands for RTX Input/Output and is a new way for your GPU to reduce the load times for large amounts...
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    2023 has been a banger year for new game releases.

    2023 has already been an absolutely incredible year when it comes to new game releases. In 2023 alone, Metacritic lists 25 game releases that have amassed an average score of 90 or higher. The previous best year, again according to Metacritic, was back in 2011.

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