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Review: 5-hour Energy Gamer Shot

You ever write a three-page review for an energy supplement?

In early May 2024, 5-hour ENERGY (hereto after shown as 5-hour Energy) released a new Gamer Shot line of energy drink supplements. We got some news about it because this is a video game website that posts video game related news. That is how these things work. These 5-hour Energy Gamer Shots are available in three flavors: Pineapple Charge, Rocket Raspberry, and Apple Bash. Unless things have suddenly changed in the fe...

Band Together in Terror: The Outlast Trials Review

The Outlast Trials proves that survival horror can be more fun with friends.

The Outlast Trials is a four-player PvE game taking place in the Cold War era. The game's opening moments and lore paint a gruesome and wicked scene that will be familiar to series veterans but disquieting to those new to the Outlast universe. Players work their way through a series of experiments, each of which plays out on various large maps like a police station, a courthouse, a carnival, and more. The g...

Microsoft Shutdown Arkane Austin, Tango Gameworks, Alpha Dog Games, and Roundhouse Games

The company valued at over $3 trillion just closed several game studios.

Arkane Austin, the studio behind Redfall and 2017's Prey, has been shutdown by Microsoft. Tango Gameworks, the studio behind The Evil Within series and the multiple award-winning Hi-Fi Rush, has been shutdown by Microsoft. Alpha Dog Games, the studio behind the mobile game Mighty Doom, has been shutdown by Microsoft. Roundhouse Studios will not be shutdown but will instead be absorbed by The Elder Scrolls Online...

TikTok Ban Signed Into Law by President Biden

Owner ByteDance has 270 days to sell off TikTok.

On April 24, President Joe Biden signed a foreign aid package that also included a bill that could ban TikTok in the United States. This ban can only be averted if the China-based company that owns TikTok, ByteDance, sells off the popular social media app before the 270 day time limit is up.

This gives ByteDance until January 19, 2025 to sell TikTok. An additional 90 day extension could be offered by President Biden if...

Ubisoft Pulls Licenses for The Crew, Makes the Game Completely Inaccessible to Buyers

From the same company trying to sell you a $130 version of Star Wars Outlaws.

From announcing a $130 edition of Star Wars Outlaws to pulling game licenses from those that bought The Crew, Ubisoft sure is on a roll this week.

The Crew was Ubisoft's open-world racing game that was pulled from sale back in December 2023. As of March 31, 2024, Ubisoft shut down the online servers for The Crew. This effectively made the game unplayable across all platforms, including: PC,...

Tim Sweeney Called Valve 'Assholes' in Email to Gabe Newell, Valve COO Says 'You Mad Bro?'

Tim Sweeney is always mad.

The antitrust lawsuit against Valve from Wolfire Games got a little spicy this week. To quickly get you up to speed: Wolfire claims that Valve uses its position with Steam to control game prices and muscle out competition. Though the initial lawsuit against Valve was dismissed, Wolfire amended their suit in May 2022 and the legal battle was back on.

It may have taken almost two years, but we are now starting to see some of the documents that...
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  • This is (Probably) the Xbox Series S

    This is (Probably) the Xbox Series S

    Straight from the mouth of Brad Sams.

    Brad Sams, the golden boy when it comes to gaming leaks, just leaked what is very probably the Xbox Series S aka: Lockhart. The Series S has been a long-rumored "baby brother" to the upcoming Xbox Series X that has been all but confirmed by Microsoft at this point.

    Sams says that the Xbox Series S is expected to be announced "sometime soon" but he's just going to go and share the design right now. Because screw...
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  • Review: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2

    Review: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2

    Feeling younger in my mind.

    When you think of the heyday of Tony Hawk titles, you probably think back to the games prior to weird skateboard controllers and the abysmal Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5. You think back to a time in your childhood when you would turn on your old CRT television, power on the PlayStation, and digitally pull off some sick tricks while Goldfinger's Superman blasted in the background. The first couple of Tony Hawk games hold a special place in a lot of our hearts...
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  • Marvel's Avengers is Now Available

    Marvel's Avengers is Now Available


    Today marks the official release date for Marvel's Avengers on the PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Stadia. Marvel's Avengers combines a lengthy single-player focused campaign with additional multiplayer missions that you can play with friends or the Avengers' community.

    Each mission in the campaign, dubbed Reassemble, is "designed to showcase one or more hero's unique abilities." The story focuses on Kamala Khan, also known as Ms. Marvel, as she attempts...
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  • Paradise Killer is an Open-World Whodunit

    Paradise Killer is an Open-World Whodunit

    The killer could be anyone, and it's up to you to figure out who.

    Indie developer Kaizen Game Works just released their open-world murder-mystery game called Paradise Killer. It is available now for the Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam.

    Paradise Killer is an open-world "whodunit" mystery and it's up to you to sift through the clues to try to figure out, well, who did it. Paradise is actually the name of an island that "regenerates every few millennia."...
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  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Moves to Next-Gen Consoles

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Moves to Next-Gen Consoles

    Next-gen version is current in development.

    CD Projekt Red announced today that they are currently working on a next-gen version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. This next-gen version is slated to arrive on the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and even the PC at some point in the future. It will feature a range of visual and technical improvements including real-time ray tracing and faster load times. These improvements are being made to the base game, both major expansions, and all additional...
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  • Why Egyptian Themed Slot Machines Are So Popular

    Why Egyptian Themed Slot Machines Are So Popular

    Slot games have a wide variety of themes. From pirates to aliens and fruits to animals, you can be sure to find a slot machine for every theme you can imagine. Still, among all these themes, it is possible to say that Ancient Egypt is more popular than others. Moreover, this is not a new situation - since the early years of slot machines, Ancient Egypt has always been the most popular theme. Well, what is the reason for this? What attracts players to Ancient Egypt? Below, we will try to answer this...
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  • Microsoft Flight Simulator Becomes the Biggest Game Launch on Xbox Game Pass for PC

    One million pilots and counting.

    The Xbox Wire announced today that Microsoft Flight Simulator is the biggest game launch ever in the history of Xbox Game Pass for PC. Thus far, over one million players have played Microsoft Flight Simulator since its release on August 18th.

    In addition to this impressive figure are even more impressive figures. Get ready for some sick statistics!

    The Microsoft Flight Simulator community has flown more than 26 million flights...
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  • Despite Poor Reviews, Madden NFL 21 Sales Surpass Last Year's Release

    Despite Poor Reviews, Madden NFL 21 Sales Surpass Last Year's Release

    Madden NFL 21 is also being played more in its first week of availability.

    Madden NFL 21 has not reviewed well, and that is putting it nicely. It has been eviscerated in the Metacritic user reviews, becoming the lowest rated game of all time. However, even if you ignore the user reviews (and honestly, who pays attention to those at Metacritic when all you see are 0's or 10's from users), it's also sitting at an average of 63 from professional reviewers, which also isn't all that great....
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  • WRC 9 is Out Now for Sim Racing Fans

    WRC 9 is Out Now for Sim Racing Fans

    PC owners get the game now, console owners get it a bit later.

    If you are a PC gamer and have been eagerly awaiting the release of the next sim-focused rally racing game, your time has come. Starting today, WRC 9 is now available for you to pick up and play whenever you are ready. If, however, you are on the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, you will have to wait just a few more days for the game to be released. Specifically, you will have to wait until September 8 in order to get your sim...
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  • Snapshot VR is an Arena Shooter that is Now Available on Steam

    Snapshot VR is an Arena Shooter that is Now Available on Steam

    This game comes to you from Giant Scam, a totally legit studio.

    Giant Scam Industries are happy to announce the release of their new "quick-fire VR arena shooter" that they're calling Snapshot VR. The game is now available through Steam Early Access after having had a previous Early Access release on Viveport. Snapshot VR looks to have a retail price of just $19.99 (USD).

    Since the Viveport release, the team at Giant Scam (I love their name) have been working...
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  • DirectStorage Announced from DirectX Devs

    DirectStorage Announced from DirectX Devs

    Faster load times for those with NVMe SSDs.

    The DirectX developer blog was updated with details on a project that they're calling DirectStorage. This will be a new feature coming to those who have NVMe SSDs on their Windows' machines. With this system, DirectStorage supported games will have "vastly reduced load times." The devs at DirectX are currently working with partners in order to finish the API for DirectStorage.

    This almost sounds like a response to the...
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  • Hitman 3 Pre-Orders Open Today

    Hitman 3 Pre-Orders Open Today

    Pre-orders are opening across all platforms starting today.

    There is some good news for fans of the HITMAN franchise. Today, pre-orders are starting to open for HITMAN 3 across all platforms. So far, it seems as though not all storefronts have the pre-orders available. The ones that are available right now include the Xbox One and PC via the Epic Games Store (use affiliate creator code "zips" at checkout!). The PlayStation Store and Stadia do not have pre-orders available...
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  • New Stronghold: Warlords Gameplay from Gamescom

    New Stronghold: Warlords Gameplay from Gamescom

    New footage with developer commentary coming in hot.

    There was some new gameplay footage shown off this past weekend at Gamescom for Stronghold: Warlords. The new footage provides a first look at Stronghold: Warlords Japanese single player campaign following Toyotomi Hideyoshi.

    The footage is accompanied by new developer commentary with details on the game's new "Warlord System." It provides a closer look at the Ninja and Warrior Monk units coming to the game...
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  • Vlambeer Celebrates 10th Anniversary by Promptly Shutting Down

    Vlambeer Celebrates 10th Anniversary by Promptly Shutting Down

    10 years and not a day more.

    Independent game studio, Vlambeer, is busy celebrating its 10 year anniversary today! It's also shutting down. Despite this odd and surprise announcement, the studio says that their upcoming game, Ultrabugs, is still going to be released.

    Vlambeer did not really go into any specifics about what the two co-founders would be moving on to next. The studio was formed 10 years ago by Jan Willem Nijman and the every outspoken Rami Ismail. All we...
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  • Nvidia Announces 30 Series GPUs

    Nvidia Announces 30 Series GPUs

    Say hello to the RTX 3070, 3080, and 3090.

    Nvidia has officially revealed its new GeForce RTX 30xx series of video cards today. Specifically, they unveiled the RTX 3070, RTX 3080, and RTX 3090 graphics cards as part of a special online reveal event. CEO of Nvidia, Jensen Huang, donned his iconic jacket from the comfort of his kitchen in order to make today's reveal.

    These cards are coming roughly two years after the release of their 20xx series of cards. The 20xx series...
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