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Microsoft Acquires ZeniMax for $7.5 Billion

It's official.

Microsoft has confirmed that they are in the process of acquiring ZeniMax Media for a cool $7.5 billion (USD) in cash. ZeniMax is the parent company of studios like Bethesda, creator of The Elder Scrolls, as well as id Software, the developer behind DOOM.

This acquisition is reportedly the "biggest video game purchase ever" for Microsoft.

At present, Bethesda has two games that are slated to arrive in 2021. Those include Deathloop...
 

PlayStation 5 Starting at $400, Launches Starting November 12

$400 for digital-only, $500 for the full system.

The next-gen is now fully in gear. With Microsoft announcing the price and release date of their Xbox Series X, the only piece of the puzzle that remained was what Sony would do with the PlayStation 5. Today, the company announced that the Digital Edition will retail for $399.99 (USD) while the "regular" version with a disc drive will retail for $499.99.

Both consoles are expected to launch in select countries...
 

EA Kills Off Origin

Origin to be replaced by more generic naming convention.

First, EA ditched their EA Access and Origin Access branding in favor of EA Play. This happened almost exactly one month ago in August 2020. Now, EA is ready to ditch their Origin desktop client with something a little more generic.

EA is changing the name of their Origin client to "EA Desktop." EA is calling their new app a "next-generation PC gaming platform."

This renaming will...
 

Xbox Series X Officially Launches on November 10 for $499

Next-gen begins on November 10.

Microsoft has kicked down the doors of the next-gen waiting room and come out swinging. Yesterday, they revealed that the Xbox Series S would be released on November 10 for a price of just $299 (USD). Today, Microsoft reveals that the more powerful Xbox Series X will also launch on November 10 for a very affordable $499 (USD).

Pre-orders for both consoles will begin on September 22.

In addition to this, Microsoft announces that...
 

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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  • Devil May Cry HD Collection Announced for PS4, XB1, and PC Releasing on March 13, 2018

    On March 13, 2018, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC owners will get to purchase the Devil May Cry HD Collection. This collection includes HD remasters of Devil May Cry, Devil May Cry 2, and Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition. Where is Devil May Cry 4 or even DMC?

    The price for this collection is just $29.99 (USD).
    Devil May Cry (2001)
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  • Newly Announced Doomsday Heist Brings Jetpacks to GTA Online

    Newly Announced Doomsday Heist Brings Jetpacks to GTA Online

    Rockstar did the unthinkable today and announced that a new heist is coming to GTA Online. They're calling it "The Doomsday Heist" and it promises to bring you "from the bustling streets of downtown" to the "ocean floor" and even to the "inner depths of Mount Chiliad."

    Well that sure sounds interesting!
    A billionaire tech mogul, an idealistic intelligence agent, a socially awkward conspiracy theorist and a neurotic supercomputer have been forced into an unlikely alliance
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  • Bridge Constructor Portal Announced, You Monster

    Bridge Constructor Portal Announced, You Monster

    When I think of Bridge Constructor, I think about how great it would be with some of that hot Portal content. What do you know, they went ahead and made that dream come true.

    Bridge Constructor Portal is a real game and it's really coming out on December 20, 2017 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and mobile devices. Consoles will get to play this in early 2018. I have no idea yet how much it will be, but you can at least check out the Steam page for pricing updates.
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  • Santa Set to Sleigh Some Fools in Fight of Gods

    Santa Set to Sleigh Some Fools in Fight of Gods

    Santa is set to take on Jesus and all other Gods today as he was just added as a playable fighter in Fight of Gods.
    This extra-special present, delivered free on Saint Nicholas' Day for every new and existing Fight of Gods player, sets up the scuffle of the season as the God Of Christmas does battle with the other God Of Christmas for the ultimate glory: complete ownership of the holiday. Forget logs on the fire and gifts on the tree: it's a Silent Night, Holy Fight in the Nort
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  • PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' Upcoming Desert Map Now has a Name

    PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' Upcoming Desert Map Now has a Name

    The PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds team revealed the name of their upcoming desert map today in a lengthy Steam Community blog post. The name is Miramar and in addition to the name reveal, the team shined a light on a number of the major cities and locations you'll get to try to survive in.
    When we decided to create a new map, we focused on creating an environment that is very different from Erangel. We wanted to go the opposite direction of having lush fields and forests and arrived
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  • Destiny 2: Curse of Osiris Expansion Out Now

    Destiny 2: Curse of Osiris Expansion Out Now

    Bungie and Activision released Destiny 2: Curse of Osiris this afternoon. With it comes a wealth of new updates, balance changes, and fixes courtesy of the 1.1.0 title update for the game. This update is for all platforms. Curse of Osiris is included with the Expansion Pass and all versions of the game that include the Expansion Pass.
    STORY & CHARACTERS Continue your Guardian's journey through all-new missions and adventures that explore a brand-new world, Mercury. Uncover the t
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  • Life is Strange: Before the Storm Episode 3 Releasing on December 20

    Life is Strange: Before the Storm Episode 3 Releasing on December 20

    The third and final episode for Life is Strange: Before the Storm will be released on December 20. The episode, entitled "Hell is Empty," will complete the series of events that lead into Life is Strange. A new teaser trailer for Hell is Empty shows off literally a few seconds of the upcoming episode. You can find that below.

    Do keep in mind that there will be a bonus "Farewell" episode released later on that focuses on a younger Chloe and Max. However, as far as this particular...
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  • The Surge: A Walk in the Park Expansion Out Today

    The Surge: A Walk in the Park Expansion Out Today

    The Surge: A Walk in the Park is the first major expansion for the Deck 13 developed "Souls-like-but-not-actually-Dark-Souls" game. This expansion takes you to a love, cheerful, amusement park. Sounds lovely!
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  • Blade & Soul's Biggest Update Ever - Dawn of the Lost Continent - Arrives December 6

    A short time ago, NCSOFT announced that the "largest update to Blade & Soul since the game's launch" will arrive tomorrow, December 6. The update is entitled "Dawn of the Lost Continent" and will allow players to visit Solak for the next chapter of content. The level cap has also been bumped up to 55 for players and the cap for Hongmoon is up to 25. I don't know who or what a "Hongmoon" is, but you can level it up more. There's a new solo dungeon, two new six-player dungeons, and even a ...
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  • Get Festive in Guild Wars 2 - Wintersday Event Begins December 12

    Get Festive in Guild Wars 2 - Wintersday Event Begins December 12

    From December 12 through to January 12, 2018, Guild Wars 2 players can once again partake in some special holiday events with the return of Wintersday.
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  • Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator is a Free Teaser for Five Nights at Freddy's 6

    Scott Cawthon just stealth released a new game on Steam. The developer, known primarily for the Five Nights at Freddy's series, just released Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator for free through Steam.
    Presenting a fun Five Nights at Freddy's adventure with a lighter touch for the holidays, Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator puts you in charge of developing your own restaurant! Design pizzas, feed kids, and get high scores!
    By all accounts, this game serves as a teaser (demo? actu...
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