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Embracer Acquires The Lord of the Rings, Tripwire Interactive, and Several Other Companies

The one company to rule them all. We are all Embracer now.

Last night around midnight (ET) that Embracer Group made several acquisition announcements that have been turning heads all day. First off, Embracer says that they have acquired the rights to The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien through its acquisition of Middle-earth Enterprises.

Middle-earth Enterprises is a company that holds the licensing rights to The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and other...
 

Bungie Employees were Doxxed, Slammed with Racial Slurs, and Received Death Threats

Bungie employees were the victims of harassment after celebrating a collaboration with an African-American streamer.

Some employees at Bungie were the victims of extreme harassment. The harassment, which mainly took place this past June, included those employees being doxxed and hit with numerous racial slurs, phone calls, text messages, and death threats.

This all began after the employees celebrated a collaboration announcement that the studio was working with African-American...
 

VRChat Fans are Livid Over Anti-cheat Announcement

The recent announcement of adding Easy Anti-Cheat has sent people into a virtual uproar.

VRChat is getting demolished by fans. Where? Everywhere. The game's Steam page has been steadily review bombed over the past couple of days. The official Discord server is full of very angry fans. The game's Reddit page is full of angry people. Even the VRChat official community suggestion and bug reporting site is blowing up with the fervor of thousands of angry fans.

At last check,...
 

Meta is Increasing the Price of their Quest 2 Headsets by $100

The already lofty barrier to entry just got a lot higher.

Meta, the company formerly known as Facebook and Oculus, just announced a price hike for their VR headsets. Starting in August, the price for the 128GB Meta Quest 2 will increase by $100 (USD) to $399.99 (USD). The price of the 256GB Meta Quest 2 will also increase by $100 to $499.99. As if that weren't bad enough, Meta says that they are increasing the prices for Meta Quest 2 accessories and refurbished units at the same time....
 

Skate 4 Officially Called skate. and Will be Free-to-Play

The release will also include cross-play and cross-progression functionality.

There was some big Skate 4 news today, starting with the fact that the game is officially being called skate. and not Skate 4. skate. will be a free-to-play title for PlayStation, Xbox, and PC platforms when it's ready to be released. It will also include both cross-play and cross-progression support.

All of this was revealed as part of developer Full Circle's latest Board Room update, which...
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  • Tekken 8 Teased at Evo 2022

    Tekken 8 Teased at Evo 2022

    Bandai Namco seems to have teased the next entry in their popular fighting franchise.

    After the awards were given for the Tekken 7 portion of Evo 2022, Bandao Namco showed fans at home and in-attendance a new trailer.

    The trailer announced an upcoming free update for Tekken 7 but ends with the OG Tekken end-game cutscene where Kazuya drops Heihachi off the side of a cliff. That cutscene ends with Kazuya smiling really creepily at the camera and then immediately cutting...
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  • Kimberly and Juri Revealed for Street Fighter 6

    Kimberly and Juri Revealed for Street Fighter 6

    Two new fighters revealed at Evo 2022.

    Capcom revealed two new fighters that will be included in the launch roster of fighters when Street Fighter 6 releases in 2023. These two fighters are Kimberly, a ninja and Juri a sadistic thrill-seeker. Juri is actually a returning fighter, having made their debut in Street Fighter V.

    Kimberly will utilize her skills as a ninja and her love of 80s-era pop culture to "create a riveting, yet dangerous fighting style." Juri...
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  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Event Scheduled for September

    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Event Scheduled for September

    A deep-dive into the next Call of Duty, plus some beta weekends to add to your schedules.

    To close out the Call of Duty League Championship Weekend, Activision announced an event that they are calling Call of Duty: Next. Next is not a new game in the franchise but rather a special event where Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 developer Infinity Ward will share tons of new details about this year's game.

    Call of Duty: Next will be held on September 15. This event will lead...
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  • Mobile is the Biggest Money Maker for Activision Blizzard

    Mobile is the Biggest Money Maker for Activision Blizzard

    And it's not even close.

    Activision Blizzard, by way of a recent financial report, says that they have made more money through their mobile releases in the last quarter than it has on all of its console and PC titles combined. TweakTown shares some of these quarterly report findings showing that games like Diablo Immortal, Call of Duty Mobile, and Candy Crush Saga make up about 51% of Activision's total earnings.

    Compared to the same quarter in 2021, Activision Blizzard's...
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  • Lawyer Ordered to Compensate Activision for Failing to Play Enough Call of Duty

    A lawsuit involving Infinite Warfare went nowhere in a hurry.

    In July 2022, a lawsuit against Activision Blizzard was dismissed because the plaintiffs did not play enough Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. This is part of the actual ruling made by a judge in the Southern California District Court as relayed by Kotaku.

    A report by the law firm of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati says that Activision Blizzard was sued in November 2021 by Brooks Entertainment Inc., a company...
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  • Official QuakeCon 2022 Schedule Announced

    Official QuakeCon 2022 Schedule Announced

    A lot of Bethesda games will be shown off, except Starfield.

    Bethesda just shared their QuakeCon 2022 schedule with everyone today. There will be some Quake Pro League action, a lot of developer presentations, and plenty of Bethesda-related games shown off during the event. Before you get your hopes up too high, it seems like there won't be any Starfield presentations at QuakeCon this year.

    Maybe we'll finally get a new Quake game announced that has been rumored to be...
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  • Far Cry 6 Free Weekend Begins

    Far Cry 6 Free Weekend Begins

    Plus save up to 60% off for a limited time.

    Ubisoft announced today that a free weekend for Far Cry 6 has just kicked off. You have from now through to August 7 to play Far Cry 6 for free through either the Ubisoft Store or the Epic Games Store on PC. It's also available to play for free on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Google Stadia.

    This free access gives you full access to the base game, plus Danny Trejo, Rambo, and Stranger Things crossover...
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  • Crypt of the Necrodancer Sequel Announced

    Crypt of the Necrodancer Sequel Announced

    It was a stealth announcement that flew under most people's radar.

    Crypt of the Necrodancer just had a sequel low-key announced today by Brace Yourself Games. The studio took to Twitter to announce that Rift of the Necrodancer is in development.

    This announcement of a new game came alongside a substantial DLC release for Crypt of the Necrodancer called Synchrony. This DLC adds in three new characters to the game, along with co-op and competitive multiplayer for up to eight...
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  • MultiVersus Season 1 and Morty Delayed

    MultiVersus Season 1 and Morty Delayed

    The details have been left vague as to why.

    A day ago, we were informed that the Season 1 Battle Pass for MultiVersus would cost you 950 Gleamium for 50 tiers of unlocks. Today, we're now learning that the first season for the popular platform fighter is actually getting delayed.

    The official MultiVersus Twitter account informed everyone that they are delaying the start of Season 1 along with the release of Morty "to a later date." A reason for the delay was...
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  • Steam Deck Pre-orders Open in Select Asian Regions

    Steam Deck Pre-orders Open in Select Asian Regions

    The first units will soon ship to Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

    Valve just partnered with Komodo to make Steam Deck hardware available throughout Asia. The first units are targeting the areas of Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Those of you living in any of these areas can get your pre-orders in right now by going to https://steamdeck.komodo.jp/.

    Once shipments start to ship out, the first devices will hit Japan. Then, additional units will be sent to Korea,...
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  • Hooked on You: A Dead by Daylight Dating Sim Released on Steam

    Hooked on You: A Dead by Daylight Dating Sim Released on Steam

    Love kills, drills you through your heart.

    The visual novel dating sim, Hooked on You: A Dead by Daylight Dating Sim, is very real and very available right now through Steam. This was announced in May 2022 and was in development by Psyop, the same studio that brought the world I Love You, Colonel Sanders! A Finger Lickin’ Good Dating Simulator.

    This visual novel dating sim will let you fulfill your wildest fantasies, provided those fantasies involve wooing and dating four...
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  • Dead by Daylight Devs Reveal New Game

    Dead by Daylight Devs Reveal New Game

    Meet Your Maker combines tower defense with FPS raiding.

    Behavior Interactive, the development studio behind the very popular Dead by Daylight, just revealed their new game that shares very, very little with the title that put them on the map. Their new, in-development title is called Meet Your Maker and it looks to combine elements of tower defense, base building, and first-person shooter raiding action.

    The Earth is dying. The Earth is also dying in the fictional universe...
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  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Multiplayer Images and DMZ Confirmation Leaked by the LA Rams

    The LA Rams didn't want to be outdone by an MMA fighter.

    Last month, our first ever look at the Yakuza: Like a Dragon sequel came from a behind-the-scenes office tour by an MMA fighter. Today, we get our first look at some of the multiplayer stuff coming with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 thanks to the professional American football team, the LA Rams.

    The leaks came from various members of the LA Rams that were treated to a special look at the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare...
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  • MultiVersus Season 1 Battle Pass Cost Revealed

    MultiVersus Season 1 Battle Pass Cost Revealed

    50 tiers of unlocks await you in the first season of content.

    MultiVersus is currently enjoying a healthy open beta phase, but the first season of content is just around the corner. With about a week to go before the game is "out" and no longer considered a beta, developer Player First Games and publisher Warner Bros. Games, offered fans the first details on what to expect in the game's first official season.

    MultiVersus director Tony Huynh shared the first details...
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  • Bungie Employees were Doxxed, Slammed with Racial Slurs, and Received Death Threats

    Bungie employees were the victims of harassment after celebrating a collaboration with an African-American streamer.

    Some employees at Bungie were the victims of extreme harassment. The harassment, which mainly took place this past June, included those employees being doxxed and hit with numerous racial slurs, phone calls, text messages, and death threats.

    This all began after the employees celebrated a collaboration announcement that the studio was working with African-American...
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  • Poll: Have You Ever Raged Because of a Game?
    by Shawn Zipay
    Broken controllers, holes in walls, excessive yelling and swearing.

    While I'm sure we would all like to consider ourselves here calm, cool, and collected that might not always hold true when playing a frustrating game. Maybe you're having a particularly frustrating day, and nothing is going your way. Maybe your teammates (and totally not you) are doing terrible and you're losing a multiplayer game because of it. Maybe you just died for the 50th time to a boss that did some unblockable...
    Yes, I've raged. Full on broken controller & hole in wall levels of rage.
    20.00%
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    Yes, I've raged but without any sort of property damage.
    80.00%
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    No / can't remember. I'm as calm as a cucumber even when the odds are stacked against me.
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    07-18-2022, 02:31 PM
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