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Review: 5-hour Energy Gamer Shot

You ever write a three-page review for an energy supplement?

In early May 2024, 5-hour ENERGY (hereto after shown as 5-hour Energy) released a new Gamer Shot line of energy drink supplements. We got some news about it because this is a video game website that posts video game related news. That is how these things work. These 5-hour Energy Gamer Shots are available in three flavors: Pineapple Charge, Rocket Raspberry, and Apple Bash. Unless things have suddenly changed in the fe...

Band Together in Terror: The Outlast Trials Review

The Outlast Trials proves that survival horror can be more fun with friends.

The Outlast Trials is a four-player PvE game taking place in the Cold War era. The game's opening moments and lore paint a gruesome and wicked scene that will be familiar to series veterans but disquieting to those new to the Outlast universe. Players work their way through a series of experiments, each of which plays out on various large maps like a police station, a courthouse, a carnival, and more. The g...

Microsoft Shutdown Arkane Austin, Tango Gameworks, Alpha Dog Games, and Roundhouse Games

The company valued at over $3 trillion just closed several game studios.

Arkane Austin, the studio behind Redfall and 2017's Prey, has been shutdown by Microsoft. Tango Gameworks, the studio behind The Evil Within series and the multiple award-winning Hi-Fi Rush, has been shutdown by Microsoft. Alpha Dog Games, the studio behind the mobile game Mighty Doom, has been shutdown by Microsoft. Roundhouse Studios will not be shutdown but will instead be absorbed by The Elder Scrolls Online...

TikTok Ban Signed Into Law by President Biden

Owner ByteDance has 270 days to sell off TikTok.

On April 24, President Joe Biden signed a foreign aid package that also included a bill that could ban TikTok in the United States. This ban can only be averted if the China-based company that owns TikTok, ByteDance, sells off the popular social media app before the 270 day time limit is up.

This gives ByteDance until January 19, 2025 to sell TikTok. An additional 90 day extension could be offered by President Biden if...

Ubisoft Pulls Licenses for The Crew, Makes the Game Completely Inaccessible to Buyers

From the same company trying to sell you a $130 version of Star Wars Outlaws.

From announcing a $130 edition of Star Wars Outlaws to pulling game licenses from those that bought The Crew, Ubisoft sure is on a roll this week.

The Crew was Ubisoft's open-world racing game that was pulled from sale back in December 2023. As of March 31, 2024, Ubisoft shut down the online servers for The Crew. This effectively made the game unplayable across all platforms, including: PC,...

Tim Sweeney Called Valve 'Assholes' in Email to Gabe Newell, Valve COO Says 'You Mad Bro?'

Tim Sweeney is always mad.

The antitrust lawsuit against Valve from Wolfire Games got a little spicy this week. To quickly get you up to speed: Wolfire claims that Valve uses its position with Steam to control game prices and muscle out competition. Though the initial lawsuit against Valve was dismissed, Wolfire amended their suit in May 2022 and the legal battle was back on.

It may have taken almost two years, but we are now starting to see some of the documents that...
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  • G FUEL Collabs with Friday the 13th

    G FUEL Collabs with Friday the 13th

    They're offering a flavor that's to die for. Get it? Do you get it?

    G FUEL announces a new collaboration with Friday the 13th. Friday the 13th is a big franchise that had a decent asymmetrical multiplayer game at one point, so this seems at least tangentially related to gaming. Also, gamers drink G FUEL. I drink G FUEL and I play games. See? Full circle.

    The flavor is called Hack 'N' Slash Citrus Fruit Punch and will be available as part of a special Collector's Box on...
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  • SAG-AFTRA and Game Studios Fail to Reach New Agreement

    SAG-AFTRA and Game Studios Fail to Reach New Agreement

    The threat of a strike looms ever nearer.

    Word came in late in the day on September 28 that scheduled talks between SAG-AFTRA and members of the video game industry have come to an end. Unfortunately, those talks led nowhere as no new deal or terms were agreed upon by both parties.

    The studios in discussions with SAG-AFTRA include: Activision, Blindlight, Disney Character Voices, Electronic Arts, Epic Games, Formosa Interactive, Insomniac Games, Take 2 Productions, VoiceWorks...
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  • Steam Next Fest: October Edition Announced

    Steam Next Fest: October Edition Announced

    Valve going one week without a Fest challenge (impossible).

    Valve just announced that the next Steam Next Fest will begin on October 9th. Unlike the previous Fest, which is the still ongoing Steam SHMUP Fest, this one is a Fest for everything. Everything? Everything. The Steam Next Fest: October Edition will run from October 9 through October 16 at 10AM (PT).

    As is the case with all Fests, big and small, this Steam Next Fest will feature tons of free demos for you to try...
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  • Sega Cancels Hyenas from Creative Assembly

    Sega Cancels Hyenas from Creative Assembly

    Other projects have also been cancelled.

    Sega has shutdown development on Hyenas, the multiplayer extraction shooter that was in development at Creative Assembly. This development stoppage comes shortly after a few beta periods for Hyenas were held online for testers. The latest test having just ended on September 11th.

    This comes as Sega warns investors that they are recording a loss for the current financial year, saying, "profitability has been lowered mainly in...
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  • Battlefield 2042 to Utilize New EA Anticheat in Season 6

    Battlefield 2042 to Utilize New EA Anticheat in Season 6

    A new anti-cheat has entered the battlefield.

    Electronic Arts just announced that they are working on implementing their own anti-cheat (or anticheat), into their current and upcoming multiplayer titles. Much like the simply named EA app, EA's new anticheat is called EA anticheat. Yes, that lack of capitalization is correct and slightly frustrating to look at.

    The Battlefield 2042 team at DICE says that come the launch of Season 6 in October, the game will switch over...
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  • Mortal Kombat Patch Coming to Fix Player 1 Advantage

    Mortal Kombat Patch Coming to Fix Player 1 Advantage

    NetherRealm Studios says a patch is coming soon.

    This past week, a bug was discovered in Mortal Kombat 1 that unintentionally gives whomever is Player 1 an unfair advantage over their competition. The issue is that Player 1 is able to pull off combos that are impossible for Player 2 to pull off. It doesn't matter which direction the player is facing, only that they be Player 1.

    Obviously, this is a pretty severe issue for a fighting game that can be played competitively....
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  • Lords of the Fallen Overview Trailer

    Lords of the Fallen Overview Trailer

    This action-RPG is just a couple weeks from release.

    Hexworks just shared another new look at their upcoming Unreal Engine 5 powered action-RPG, Lords of the Fallen. This one is set to launch on October 13 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC. ...
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  • Teardown Console Release Date and New DLC Reveal

    Teardown Console Release Date and New DLC Reveal

    Four new DLC packs announced.

    November 15, 2023 is when PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S players will get to destroy, steal, and heist their way through the fully destructible environments of Teardown. The console release includes a complete 40-mission heist-focused campaign, Sandbox Mode, the new Creative Mode, the "Art Vandals" campaign expansion, special challenges, and more.

    Pre-orders are available now on Xbox, complete with some bonuses (listed below)....
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  • Company that Spends Millions on Timed Exclusives Lays Off 16% of Employees

    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...
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  • FTC Plans to Renew Case Against Microsoft in Activision Blizzard Buyout

    FTC Plans to Renew Case Against Microsoft in Activision Blizzard Buyout

    The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) says that they will more forward with an administrative case against Microsoft's $69 billion purchase of Activision Blizzard. This plan was announced by the FTC (PDF) themselves on September 26, 2023. The good news here is that the FTC's tomfoolery cannot prevent Microsoft from closing the deal before the deadline of October 18, 2023.

    The FTC's decision to continue wasting taxpayer money on a battle they've already lost, comes after FTC was...
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  • Meta Quest 3 Starts at $500 and Out October 10

    Meta Quest 3 Starts at $500 and Out October 10

    More powerful, better resolution, and more.

    Meta revealed details on the upcoming Meta Quest 3 VR headset today. This new virtual reality set is out on October 10 at prices starting at $499.99 (USD) for a 128GB model. There is also a 512GB model for $649.99.

    The Meta Quest 3 comes in at 515 grams, or 12 grams more than the Quest 2. It features six camera sensors that provide full color mixed reality features (10x the resolution of Quest 2, 2x the resolution of Quest Pro...
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  • PlayStation Boss Jim Ryan to Retire in March 2024

    PlayStation Boss Jim Ryan to Retire in March 2024

    Hiroki Totoki to take over as interim CEO.

    Jim Ryan, the president and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE), will step down from his position in March 2024. Ryan has been president and CEO at SIE since 2019.

    Prior to leading SIE, Ryan began at Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe (SIEE) in 1994. He then worked his way up through the ranks and held a number of senior positions such as president of SIEE, head of global sales and marketing at SIE, and deputy president...
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  • Counter-Strike 2 is Out Now

    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...
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  • NACON Announces Hall Effect Equipped 'Revolution 5 Pro' PlayStation Controller

    This officially licensed controller works with PS5, PS4, and PC.

    NACON just announced their new Revolution 5 Pro controller, an officially licensed PlayStation controller that is compatible with PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC.

    The Revolution 5 Pro includes a number of added features not found on first-party DualSense controllers. First and foremost is the inclusion of Hall Effect technology in both the analog sticks and the triggers. The trigger accuation point can...
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  • High on Life's High on Knife DLC Out October 3

    High on Life's High on Knife DLC Out October 3

    This horror-themed DLC is just around the corner.

    Squanch Games, now with 100% less Justin Roiland, just announced an October 3 release date for High on Knife, the first major piece of DLC for High on Life. This DLC leans a bit into some horror aspects while also thrusting Knifey into the spotlight.

    This DLC includes a new area to explore hunted by Mux, a new boss voiced by Gabourey Sidibe, plus two new talking gun characters to acquire. There is Harper (voiced by Sarah...
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