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DICE Shares What They Learned from the Battlefield 2042 Beta

Specialists are still here to stay though.

DICE has a new and rather lengthy write-up about what they learned from the recent Battlefield 2042 beta that took place. First and foremost, the Specialists are here to stay. You may want to get used to them now because the "traditional" classes as you have come to know them from previous titles are no more.

DICE says that they "see Specialists as the next evolution of the classic Battlefield class system that will...
 

Call of Duty's New Anti-cheat has Apparently Leaked Online Just One Day After Being Announced

It's already being reverse engineered by cheat makers.

Over the span of just three days, we had Activision issuing a threat against cheaters, the reveal of Ricochet, the new kernel-level anti-cheat coming to Call of Duty, and now today that anti-cheat has apparently already been leaked. Not only that, but Ricochet is apparently already being reverse engineered by "pay to cheat" (P2C) developers.

Ricochet as it is known was announced just yesterday for Call of...
 

Activision Blizzard Lawsuits Hit a Major Snag

There may be a conflict of interests that are muddying the waters.

Stick with me on this, because this is probably going to be a little confusing. At the end of September 2021, Activision Blizzard settled a lawsuit brought on by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for the lowly amount of $18 million (USD). This lawsuit would be used to "compensate and make amends" for employees impacted by the rampant sexual discrimination and harassment that has been...
 

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...
 

Battlefield 2042 Beta Begins October 6

It's coming.

DICE and EA finally lifted the lid on information concerning the upcoming open beta for Battlefield 2042. It has been a long time coming and it's great to finally get some news about this. I know the fanbase has been getting a little, let's just say antsy, with each day that passed by where we did not hear anything.

In the latest Battlefield Briefing, the team announced that the Beta for Battlefield 2042 will run from October 6 through October 9. Specifically,...
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  • Xbox Game Pass Growth Misses Microsoft's Target

    Xbox Game Pass Growth Misses Microsoft's Target

    The subscription service is growing, but not as Microsoft hoped for.

    Some subscriber growth data for Xbox Game Pass were revealed today in a new financial filing by Microsoft. According to the filing, growth of Xbox Game Pass subscribers has been slower than what Microsoft hoped for over the past 12 months.

    According to the document, Xbox Game Pass subscriber growth was up 37% for the 12 months ending on June 30th. However, Microsoft apparently had a growth goal for that...
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  • New Splinter Cell Game Reportedly in Development

    New Splinter Cell Game Reportedly in Development

    Hey look, it's this rumor again.

    It is once again time to toss out another new rumor about a Splinter Cell game being in active development at Ubisoft. The latest one comes from VGC who cites multiple anonymous "development sources" that claim a new Splinter Cell game is in the earliest stages of development. These sources suggest that there's a small chance that the game will maybe be announced in 2022.

    The VGC article, written by Tom "let's toss a bunch...
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  • Microsoft Announces 20th Anniversary Xbox Event

    Microsoft Announces 20th Anniversary Xbox Event

    Just don't expect to see any new games.

    Courtesy of the Xbox Wire, Microsoft announced that they will hold a special Xbox Anniversary Celebration on November 15 at 1PM (ET). This event will celebrate 20 years of the Xbox brand being around. It's not really clear what Microsoft will show during this event, but we do know that they won't be showing off any new games at least.

    The company says specifically that "we won't show any new games." Just so we're totally...
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  • As Expected, Activision Blizzard is Looking to Weasel Way Out of California Lawsuit

    The game studio has requested additional time in order to investigate potential ethics violations.

    Activision Blizzard has just requested for additional time in their legal battle against the California Department of Fair and Equal Housing. The studio says that they need time in order to investigate and possibly disqualify the lawsuit that was brought on by the DFEH back in July 2021. This request stems from a potential ethics violation that sprung up from its other legal battle that...
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  • Scalpers Already Selling Xbox Series X Mini Fridge

    Scalpers Already Selling Xbox Series X Mini Fridge

    There is nothing that a scalper won't sell.

    The Xbox Series X mini fridge that went up for sale this morning. All stock seemingly sold out in under 15 minutes according to some hopeful buyers on Twitter. This mini fridge is modeled after the Xbox Series X game console and retails for just $99.99 (USD).

    Naturally, there are already plenty of listings on eBay from a number of scalpers that are trying to sell the mini fridge for more than double at the cheapest and more than...
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  • PlayStation 5 Dethrones Switch as the Top Selling Console for September 2021

    PlayStation 5 Dethrones Switch as the Top Selling Console for September 2021

    Well, for one month at least.

    The Nintendo Switch has been the top-selling console in the United States for 33 months straight according to data gathered by the NPD Group. That all came to an end in September 2021 when the NPD Group showed that the PlayStation 5 was the top-selling console for the month. The PlayStation 5 sold the most consoles and made the most money compared to the competition.

    The Nintendo Switch has been the best selling console every month since November...
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  • Reason for Kingdom Hearts on Switch Being Limited to the Cloud Revealed

    Reason for Kingdom Hearts on Switch Being Limited to the Cloud Revealed

    PLACEHOLDER <Insert some witty Final Fantasy VII Cloud joke here> PLACEHOLDER

    In speaking with Nintendo Life, Kingdom Hearts series producer Ichiro Hazama revealed why the decision was made to be playable only through the cloud on the Nintendo Switch. In fact, the cloud streaming option is the only way that players will get to experience the Kingdom Hearts games on the Nintendo Switch when they release in 2022.

    Ichiro Hazama told Nintendo Life that the decision to...
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  • New Apex Legends Character Announced for Next Season

    New Apex Legends Character Announced for Next Season

    The new character is also coming alongside a new weapon.

    Dr. Ashleigh Reid was a character that was first introduced in Titanfall 2. The character, in their current identity, will soon be coming to Apex Legends as the game's newest playable character. She was a Simulacrum Pilot in Titanfall 2.

    Now known as Ash, she was turned into a Simulacrum after betraying her colleagues and getting stabbed in the process. Ash is already familiar to a number of Apex Legends players...
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  • Elden Ring Delayed, Closed Network Test Announced

    Elden Ring Delayed, Closed Network Test Announced

    Elden Ring has been delayed by at least a month.

    FromSoftware announced two important pieces of Elden Ring related news today. First off, yes, the game has been delayed. Though originally set to release on January 21, 2022, the open-world fantasy RPG will now be released on February 25, 2022.

    On the flip side of that coin is word that there will be a closed network test happening in November 2021! This will give fans an opportunity to get a taste of what the full game...
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  • Valve Announces Steam Deck Verified System

    Valve Announces Steam Deck Verified System

    See how well your games will run on the Deck.

    Valve just announced a program they're calling Deck Verified. This is a new system that will help new and existing Steam Deck owners see if their favorite games will run without issue on the upcoming portable device from Valve.

    Valve is currently reviewing the entire Steam catalog. They will be categorizing each game by its level of compatibility with the Steam Deck. Customers will be able to see these categories on the Steam...
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  • Team Spirit Wins The International 10

    Team Spirit Wins The International 10

    They just won a boatload of cash. Like an actual boatload. It was a ton of money.

    The International 10 wrapped up earlier today at the National Arena in Bucharest, Romania. The 2021 winner for this annual Dota 2 tournament was none other than Team Spirit. They defeated PSG.LGD with a final score of 3 to 2.

    As usual, this year's event broke all sorts of esports records with a community-driven prize pool of over $40 million (USD).

    The International began in...
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  • Allay Wins Minecraft Fan Vote to Become the Newest Mob Addition

    Allay Wins Minecraft Fan Vote to Become the Newest Mob Addition

    A new, friendly mob was voted by the fans to become the next Minecraft addition.

    Minecraft fans recently cast their votes to select a new mob that will be added to the game. This year's winner is Allay, a blue, flying spirit that will collect items for the player. Not only that, but Allay apparently loves to dance if there are active music blocks nearby.

    Allay won the vote during this year's Minecraft Live event and was announced via Twitter. It was going up against two...
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  • Final Matches Announced for The International 10

    Final Matches Announced for The International 10

    Matches will be played on Sunday.

    Valve announces that the final three teams for tomorrow's final matchups in Dota 2's The International 10 have been determined. Starting tomorrow, the first game will be the lower bracket final between Team Secret and Team Spirit. This takes place on Sunday at 10AM local time in Romania, or 3AM (ET).

    The winner of that match will then go on to face PSG.LGD in the Grand Final later that afternoon in Romania, or at 6AM (ET). Both of these...
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  • Valve Bans Steam Games that Feature NFTs and Crypto

    Valve Bans Steam Games that Feature NFTs and Crypto

    At least one developer is upset about this new move.

    Valve is no longer allowing games built using blockchain technology that "issue or allow exchange of cryptocurrencies or NFTs" to be sold or offered through Steam. This news was actually revealed on Twitter by the developer of one such NFT-based game.

    This new rule is listed on Valve's onboarding rules page for developers. It was first brought to light by the developer behind Age of Rust, SpacePirate Games....
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  • Two Final Content Updates Announced for Animal Crossing: New Horizons

    Two Final Content Updates Announced for Animal Crossing: New Horizons

    One will be free while the other must be paid for.

    Two new content updates are coming out soon for Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The first is the free 2.0 update that will include Brewster and his coffee shop named The Roost, which is attached to the in-game museum. The other update is a piece of paid DLC called Happy Home Paradise that will allow you to design the home of your dreams and a new archipelago location.

    Both of these DLC releases will be released on November...
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  • What is Your Favorite Candy?
    by Shawn Zipay
    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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    1
    Snickers
    0%
    0
    Starburst
    20.00%
    1
    Skittles
    20.00%
    1
    Kit Kat
    0%
    0
    Butterfinger
    0%
    0
    Twix
    20.00%
    1
    Candy Corn
    0%
    0
    M&Ms
    20.00%
    1
    Other (Leave a comment below)
    60.00%
    3
    10-03-2021, 02:53 PM
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