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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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  • Urien, Daily Targets, and Versus CPU Added to Street Fighter V

    Urien, Daily Targets, and Versus CPU Added to Street Fighter V

    Capcom updated Street Fighter V with some much requested content today. This includes Urien, the sixth post-release character to be added. It also includes Daily Targets, a new Versus CPU mode, and more.
    Urien First introduced in Street Fighter III: 2nd Impact, Urien returns to Street Fighter V donning a pinstriped suit and a sinister smile. His unwavering confidence and tyrannical tendencies are tailor-made for menacing players who want their opponents to be outshined by Urien
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  • Titanfall 2 - Importance of Pilots and Requirements for Playing at 4K 60FPS

    Titanfall 2 - Importance of Pilots and Requirements for Playing at 4K 60FPS

    Respawn would like for you all to know that Pilots are super duper important in the world of Titanfall 2. They're like really important. Really, really important. There's like, at least five reasons why they're so important.
    The five reasons include:
    5. Pilots are an Extension
    4. Pilots are the Future
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  • Rocket League Takes a Plunge in October

    Rocket League Takes a Plunge in October

    This October, a new arena will drop for Rocket League. It will drop and sink... like a stone... into the ocean... because the new arena is underwater. Also, it's free. The new arena is called AquaDome and here is a new trailer for it.
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  • In Fear I Trust Released Today on PC

    In Fear I Trust Released Today on PC

    1C announces that their "first-person puzzle adventure and story-driven psychological thriller," In Fear I Trust, is out now on the PC. The game was originally out on mobile platforms such as iOS and Android and seems to have been given some fairly high praise.
    In Fear I Trust is a first-person psychological thriller that puts you in the role of Nikolay, now known as Patient #17, who one day wakes up in a small reeking cell. Suffering from severe memory loss and with a relentless
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  • Barrow Hill: The Dark Path is Now Available

    Barrow Hill: The Dark Path is Now Available

    If you like your games to be spooky, you may want to check out the just released Barrow Hill: The Dark Path by Shadow Tor Studios and Iceberg Interactive. This release also goes hand in hand with the 10th anniversary of the release of Barrow Hill: Curse of the Ancient Circle, which is also now available on Steam.
    Celtic myth meets modern technology in The Dark Path, as an ancient Bronze Age deity is let loose upon the Cornish landscape. Baibin, a shamanic, mythical creature, is angry;
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  • The Rise of the Indie Game and its Impact on the Industry

    The Rise of the Indie Game and its Impact on the Industry

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  • Destiny: Rise of Iron - Wrath of the Machine Raid Launch Trailer

    Destiny: Rise of Iron - Wrath of the Machine Raid Launch Trailer

    Tomorrow, September 23, the "Wrath of the Machine" raid for Destiny: Rise of Iron goes live. Today, Bungie released a launch trailer to get you hyped up for the new raid.

    Wrath of the Machine goes live on September 23 at 10AM (PT). Who's going to get world's first?

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  • King's Quest - Chapter 4 Given a Release Date

    King's Quest - Chapter 4 Given a Release Date

    Chapter 4 for King's Quest has been given a release date by Sierra. Chapter 4, Snow Place Like Home, will be released on September 27 for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC (via Steam).
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  • GWENT Technical Stress Test - Kill the Servers

    GWENT Technical Stress Test - Kill the Servers

    CD Projekt RED wants you to kill their servers. On September 23 and September 27 they will conduct a technical pre-closed beta test of GWENT: The Witcher Card Game

    If you want a chance to play in these technical tests, you can sign up at the GWENT website here. Keep in mind that there will be connectivity issues during these tests and the content is limited. It's a pre-closed beta test and killing the servers is kind of the point of these. Keep in mind that entry into ...
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  • New Dishonored 2 Gameplay Video - Get Creative

    New Dishonored 2 Gameplay Video - Get Creative

    Bethesda and Arkane released a new Dishonored 2 gameplay video today that shows off the creative sides of both Emily and Corvo.
    Reprise your role as a supernatural assassin in Dishonored 2, the next chapter in the award-winning Dishonored saga by Arkane Studios, set to launch worldwide on November 11, 2016 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Delilah, a mad witch armed with powerful black magic, has seized the throne from Empress Emily Kaldwin, leaving the fate of the Isles hangi
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  • Resident Evil 7 PC Requirements Revealed

    Resident Evil 7 PC Requirements Revealed

    It looks like the PC system requirements for Resident Evil 7 were released today. Since the game is a little ways away, these are subject to change but this should give you a good idea of what to expect.
    MINIMUM
    OS: WINDOWS 7,8,8.1,10 64-BIT
    Processor: Intel Core i5-4460, 2.70GHz or AMD FX-6300 or better
    Memory: 8 GB RAM
    Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 or AMD Radeon R7 260x
    DirectX: Version 11
    Additional Notes: 1080P CPU/GPU at 30FPS
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