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Company that Spends Millions on Timed Exclusives Lays Off 16% of Employees

Around 16% of all Epic employees laid off.

Epic Games is laying off around 16% of all employees, as confirmed today by Epic Games founder and CEO Tim Sweeney. This 16% comes out to roughly 900 employees that have been laid off from the company that is responsible for Unreal Engine, Fortnite, and the Epic Games Store.

In Sweeney's letter to Epic employees, he says, "For a while now, we've been spending way more money than we earn." He blames Fortnite's push towards...
 

Counter-Strike 2 is Out Now

Counter-Strike is dead, long live Counter-Strike!

Without a press release in sight, Valve has launched Counter-Strike 2 to the world. This free-to-play release is available right now and will replace your current installs of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. True to Valve tradition, today's release is actually a little bit later than initially expected. During its initial announcement in March, Valve said Counter-Strike 2 would be out in summer. It is now fall, but they only missed...
 

Sony Allegedly Hacked... Again

"All of Sony Systems" was allegedly infiltrated by a new ransomware group.

A new group of baddies claims that they have "successfully compromised all of Sony systems" in a new ransomware attack.

This report comes from Australian cybersecurity site Cyber Security Connect in a new post made on September 25. The report says that Sony was infiltrated by some hackers calling themselves Ransomed.vc, a group that reportedly began operations in September. Cyber...
 

RIG 600 PRO HS Headset Review

A solid sounding headset with dual-mode wireless, but what's the catch?

The RIG 600 PRO HS is a wireless gaming headset that offers excellent sound quality, comfort, and features at an affordable price. Though the HS model is geared mainly towards use with the PlayStation platform, it is compatible with Nintendo Switch, mobile devices, and PC. The RIG 600 PRO HS features dual-mode wireless connectivity, so you can use it with either the included USB-C dongle for 2.4GHz wireless or Bl...
 

Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 Officially Announced... Again

Development has shifted to The Chinese Room.

It lives once again. Paradox Interactive just released a new announcement trailer to re-announce Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2. The game and its development is alive and well here in September 2023. What's more is that there is a new trailer out for this fresh announcement and we're told that Bloodlines 2 will be coming in fall 2024.

To catch you up real quick on the saga of Bloodlines 2, we need to go all the way back...
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  • All Steam Fest and Steam Sale Dates for 2023

    All Steam Fest and Steam Sale Dates for 2023

    Valve shared their 2023 schedule of events with developers.

    The entire schedule of big seasonal sales and themed Steam Fest events was shared yesterday by Valve. Now you'll know months in advance just how badly your bank accounts are going to hurt.

    The list includes four major seasonal sales that include the spring, summer, autumn, and winter sales. In between most of these are small "Fest" events, which also typically have themed sales of their own. There will...
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  • Battlefield 2042 Season 4 Development Overview

    Battlefield 2042 Season 4 Development Overview

    A look at a new map, Specialist, weapons, map reworks for Discarded and Hourglass, and more.

    The Battlefield 2042 development team at DICE just shared the latest of their aptly named Development Update for the game. This latest Development Update provides fans with a look ahead at everything coming in Season 4: Eleventh Hour, which will be free to everyone starting on February 28.

    Today's Development Update was hosted by DICE community manager Tom Straatman and associate...
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  • Ray Traced Half-Life 1 Mod Released

    Ray Traced Half-Life 1 Mod Released

    Experience the first Half-Life as you never have before.


    A user-created mod for the original Half-Life brings some new visual splendor to the 1998 classic. Those with capable Nvidia GPUs can try out a mod that adds path tracing into Half-Life. The mod is free and, if you like a little modern eye candy in your classics, can be downloaded right now.

    The mod utilizes a variation of the Xash3D FWGS engine along with a custom path traced renderer. So while this is technically...
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  • Valve Bans 40,000 Dota 2 Cheaters with Clever Trap

    Valve Bans 40,000 Dota 2 Cheaters with Clever Trap

    Valve says this is just one step in the ongoing fight against cheating.

    It's not too often that Valve comes out swinging their big ban hammer, but yesterday was one such occasion. On the official Dota 2 blog, Valve revealed that they have recently permanently banned over 40,000 accounts that were caught using third-party software to cheat. Valve used the cheaters' access to information "that wasn't visible during normal gameplay" to confirm their suspicions and dish out some...
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  • Super Mario Bros. Movie to Get Another Nintendo Direct

    Super Mario Bros. Movie to Get Another Nintendo Direct

    This one is for March.

    Nintendo announced that they will hold a special Nintendo Direct specifically focusing on The Super Mario Bros. movie. This special Direct will take place on March 9 at 2PM (PT). You'll be able to watch this trailer on Nintendo's YouTube channel.

    The announcement comes from Nintendo of America and says that the Direct will reveal the film's final trailer. Beyond simply showing the new trailer, there's just no saying whether or not this Direct will...
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  • Resident Evil 4 Remake Getting Free PlayStation VR2 DLC

    Resident Evil 4 Remake Getting Free PlayStation VR2 DLC

    Naturally, there's no word about this VR mode coming to any other VR platform.

    Capcom says that the upcoming Resident Evil 4 remake will get PlayStation VR2 support added as free DLC. This news was shared by the Japanese Resident Evil Twitter account where Capcom says that development has begun on the VR mode.

    With VR development only starting now at Capcom, it seems highly unlikely that this will release alongside the base game's March 24th release date. Resident Evil...
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  • New World MMO Switching to Seasonal Model

    New World MMO Switching to Seasonal Model

    The Amazon Games MMORPG to begin offering free and premium Season Passes.

    Amazon Games say that they are changing things up a bit for their MMORPG, New World. This change includes a move to a seasonal model, complete with free and premium Season Pass offerings.

    Amazon says that this change will begin on March 28. This will supposedly allow the studio to get more frequent updates out to players that include more regular content offerings. Some of the new content offerings...
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  • Bungie Wins $4.3 Million Lawsuit Against Destiny 2 Cheat Developer

    Bungie Wins $4.3 Million Lawsuit Against Destiny 2 Cheat Developer

    After the win, Bungie immediately went after another cheat maker.

    A two-year long legal battle against AimJunkies, a Destiny 2 cheat maker, has finally come to an end. Bungie won their suit in which they claimed AimJunkies violated Bungie's copyright. AimJunkies has been ordered to pay $3.6 million (USD) in damages and $700,000 in legal expenses.

    AimJunkies is a game cheat maker and distributor that is owned by Phoenix Digital Group. The cheats mostly seemed to focus on...
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  • Microsoft Agrees to 10-Year Xbox Game Commitment with Nintendo and Nvidia

    Microsoft Agrees to 10-Year Xbox Game Commitment with Nintendo and Nvidia

    The deal will bring some titles to Nintendo platforms and Nvidia's streaming services.

    Microsoft has agreed to a 10-year deal that will bring Xbox titles to Nvidia's cloud streaming services and to Nintendo platforms. This is being done in an effort to appease antitrust regulators that still feel as though Microsoft's $69 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard would lead to anti-competitive behavior or even a monopoly.

    In the deal with Nvidia, games like Minecraft...
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  • Creed: Rise to Glory - Championship Edition Launches April 4

    Creed: Rise to Glory - Championship Edition Launches April 4

    PlayStation VR2 owners will get to enter the virtual ring soon.

    Creed: Rise to Glory - Championship Edition will be available on PlayStation VR2 on April 4. You can pre-order the standard edition for $39.99 (USD) or the deluxe version for $49.99 if you want some extras. PlayStation Plus users will also get a limited time exclusive. This exclusive is the Adonis Creed costume along with a 10% discount on pre-orders of the game.

    Those that own the original version on PlayStation...
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  • Like a Dragon: Ishin! Now Available

    Like a Dragon: Ishin! Now Available

    The demo is also still available to try it before you buy it.

    RGG Studio and Sega just launched Like a Dragon: Ishin! today on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via both Windows Store and Steam. This is a remake of Ryƫ ga Gotoku Ishin!, a Yakuza spin-off game that first came out on the PlayStation 3 back in 2014. It was released only in Japan, which means that today's release of Like a Dragon: Ishin! is the first official Western release.
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  • Wrestlin' Nation: Hangman vs The American Dragon in New AEW Video

    Wrestlin' Nation: Hangman vs The American Dragon in New AEW Video

    All this wrestlin' news couldn't have waited until April 1st to come out?

    THQ Nordic and All Elite Wresting (AEW) just revealed a new trailer for AEW: Fight Forever. This is the upcoming wrestling game being developed by YUKE's and one that will give those with WWE fatigue something else to try out.

    The new video released today features a matchup between Hangman Adam Page against The American Dragon Brian Danielson. This footage was first shared this past weekend during...
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  • Atomic Heart is Now Available

    Atomic Heart is Now Available

    Take on an alternate post-WWII world where evil Russian robots and mutants are in vogue.

    Mundfish and Focus Entertainment just released their action-RPG set in "the mad utopia of an alternate post-WWII world." Atomic Heart is out now for those on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC. We have a launch trailer and a final word about the game itself should you not know about it yet. ...
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  • PlayStation State of Play Scheduled for February 23

    PlayStation State of Play Scheduled for February 23

    Will focus on PlayStation VR2, Suicide Squad, and third-party titles.

    Sony announces that a new State of Play will air on Thursday, February 23 at 4PM (ET). This stream will focus on Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, five new PlayStation VR2 titles set to arrive later this year, and "some anticipated games from third-party partners."

    You will be able to tune in to watch through either Twitch or YouTube....
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  • Starship Troopers: Extermination Class Overview

    Starship Troopers: Extermination Class Overview

    I'm from Buenos Aires, and I say kill 'em all.

    A new trailer is out today for Starship Troopers: Extermination that shows off the various classes available in the game.

    Starship Troopers: Extermination is a game where you take to the front lines in a battle against bugs, lots of bugs. Players will enlist as a Trooper to fight the bug menace on the planet Valaka. You will work with others to tackle various objectives, collect resources, build up defenses, defend your base...
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  • Poll: Are You a Fan of Paying More to Play Early?
    by Shawn Zipay
    Get that Premium Edition and play three days early!

    Looks like the latest growing trend with game releases is to offer a more expensive Premium or Gold or whatever edition that grants you access to a game a few days ahead of its official release.

    Starfield did it with their $99.99 (USD) Premium Edition. Today, Payday 3 is doing an "Early Access" release with their Silver and Gold editions. Diablo 4 did the same thing earlier in the year, as did Madden NFL 24,...
    I don't mind. If people want to spend more to play early, let them!
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    I'm indifferent to the whole idea.
    33.33%
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    I think it's kind of dumb that people get to play earlier. Spending more shouldn't offer a "head start" on other paying customers.
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