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PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan Tells Staff to be 'Respectful of Differences of Opinion' Over Abortion Rights

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Employees at Sony working in the PlayStation division are said to be "seething" today after reading an email sent on Thursday by head of PlayStation Jim Ryan. That email urged employees to be respectful of "differences of opinion" on abortion rights. Ryan's email then went into five further paragraphs talking about his two cats' first birthday.

According to a report from Bloomberg, Ryan's email opens by addressing various current events....
 

Noclip Gives Us a Long Look at Canceled Half-Life 2: Return to Ravenholm

This is the longest look yet at the canceled Half-Life 2 spin-off from Arkane and Valve.

Back in 2006 and 2007, Arkane Studios (Dishonored, Prey) was working on a Half-Life 2 spinoff title called Return to Ravenholm (or simply Ravenholm). Development on the game began at Junction Point Studios between 2005 and 2007 with a team led by Warren Spector. The idea was to create a spin-off episode that would explain the backstory of the trap filled Ravenholm and Father Grigori.
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Embracer Group Acquires Eidos-Montreal, Crystal Dynamics, and Square Enix Montreal

Embracer's acquisition also includes a number of popular and old IPs from these studios.

Embracer Group AB (Embracer) just announced that they have entered into an agreement to acquire Crystal Dynamics, Eidos-Montreal, and Square Enix Montreal. As a result of this acquisition, Embracer now also owns a large number of popular IPs including Tomb Raider, Deus Ex, Thief, Legacy of Kain, and over "50 back-catalogue games from Square Enix."

Embracer's announcement...
 

Tiny Tina's Wonderlands Review (PC)

Ranks among the best of the Borderlands franchise.

Right out of the gate, I must say that I would consider myself a fan of the Borderlands games. I have played through the first game about two times, the second game about three times, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel about 1.5 times, and Borderlands 3 at least once. I frankly cannot remember if I played through the third game twice, once solo and once with friends, or if I just played through it all once with friends. And really, the less...
 

Remakes of Max Payne and Max Payne 2 in Development from Remedy and Rockstar

The hype is already off the charts.

Remedy Entertainment just announced that they are going to develop and release remakes of Max Payne and Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne. The company says that they have entered into a development agreement with Rockstar Games in order to make this happen.

Details are a bit scarce at the moment, but we do know that these games will be remade for PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X|S. Remedy will handle the development side of things...
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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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  • Nintendo Reveals Pricing for Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack

    Nintendo Reveals Pricing for Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack

    It's a pretty hefty price increase.

    Nintendo has finally revealed the pricing and availability date for their Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack membership. This is the more expensive tier of Nintendo Switch Online that will grant subscribers access to N64 and Sega games as well as Animal Crossing: New Horizons' Happy Home Paradise DLC. This DLC can be purchased for $24.99 (USD) on its own if desired.

    That higher cost for Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack is...
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  • Crysis Remastered Trilogy Released Today

    Crysis Remastered Trilogy Released Today

    Maximum remaster.

    Crytek released the Crysis Remastered Trilogy today on PC via the Epic Games Store, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. This release includes remasters of Crysis, Crysis 2, and Crysis 3. All games can be purchased separately or as a collection if you did not buy last year's release of just Crysis Remastered.

    All three games include the classic Crysis games but with improved lighting, visually enhanced characters, weapons, and...
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  • 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...
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  • Poll: Which of these Remakes Are You Excited For?
    by Shawn Zipay
    There are a lot of them coming up.

    There are a lot of "remakes" that have been announced, or at least very heavily rumored. While I cannot include all of them in a poll here, I can include a good number of the bigger ones that are supposedly coming in the months and possibly years ahead.

    You can select multiple titles in the poll, so feel free to select all of the ones you are interested in. Also, not all of these are full on "remakes" as you may know...
    System Shock
    60.00%
    3
    Gothic
    20.00%
    1
    Dead Space
    40.00%
    2
    Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
    20.00%
    1
    Max Payne 1 & 2
    40.00%
    2
    SiN Reloaded
    20.00%
    1
    Fear Effect Reinvented
    20.00%
    1
    Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp
    0%
    0
    Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
    0%
    0
    The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe
    20.00%
    1
    04-09-2022, 04:26 PM
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