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Valve is Giving Away a Steam Deck Every Minute of The Game Awards

For the first time ever, you'll be cheering for those long musical performances.

Valve just sent out a press release announcing that they are giving away one 512GB Steam Deck every minute during the live airing of The Game Awards.

Entry is relatively simple. Head on over to the Steam Deck giveaway page, click on the giant blue button to register, and maybe set yourself a reminder to watch the show. That's pretty much it for now.

During the live airing of The...
 

Ubisoft Confirms Return to Steam with Assassin's Creed Valhalla

Ubisoft to return to Steam's "unrealistic" distribution model.

Ubisoft is returning to Steam after they took their ball and went home about two years ago. In 2019, Ubisoft decided to stop releasing their games through Steam, instead opting to sell their PC releases exclusively through Ubisoft Connect (formerly Uplay) and the Epic Games Store. In the same year, Ubisoft vice president for partnerships and revenues, Chris Early, said that Steam's distribution model was "unrealistic."...
 

Microsoft Pauses Windows 11 22H2 Rollout Due to Game Stutters

The 22H2 update may result in "lower than expected performance" or stuttering in games.

In early October, Microsoft publicly released the 22H2 update for Windows 11. This update brought several new features to the operating system, the return of several features common to Windows that were common in older versions, and several bug fixes. Unfortunately for those that play video games, which is probably you if you're reading this, it also introduced several performance issues....
 

Meta Lays Off Over 11,000 Employees

This is a reduction of roughly 13% of its total workforce.
Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Meta, just announced that they have let go more than 11,000 employees across many divisions. This reduction is equal to about 13% of Meta's total workforce.

The message shared with Meta employees was also shared publicly by Zuckerberg. In the remarks issued, he says that some discretionary spending will be cut and there will be a hiring freeze at Meta through Q1 2023. This is being done, according...
 

AMD Announces Radeon RX 7000 Desktop GPUs

The new cards are built on AMD's new RDNA 3 architecture.

As part of their "together we advance_gaming" event, AMD announced their new RDNA 3 desktop GPUs. After only a handful of rumors and even fewer leaks, AMD announced the first two GPUs in the Radeon RX 7000 series: Radeon RX 7900 XTX and Radeon RX 7900 XT.

Here is a quick rundown of the major specs and pricing for these cards. The current release date for both of these cards is December 13, 2022.
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  • God of War Ragnarok Becomes Fastest Selling First-Party PlayStation Title

    God of War Ragnarok Becomes Fastest Selling First-Party PlayStation Title

    Over 5 million copies were sold in one week.

    Sony announces that God of War Ragnarök is the fastest selling first-party PlayStation title ever. This means that Ragnarök bested releases for The Last of Us, Uncharted, Horizon, and even Knack.

    Revealed in a tweet, Sony says that God of War Ragnarök sold 5.1 million copies in its opening week. Though it need not be stated, Sony also notes that this milestone set a God of War franchise record as well.

    The sales...
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  • The Callisto Protocol to Lock Several Death Scenes Behind a Season Pass

    The Callisto Protocol to Lock Several Death Scenes Behind a Season Pass

    The future of gaming is now.

    The content of the Season Pass for The Callisto Protocol was revealed today by developer Striking Distance Studios. Included in the pass are no fewer than 13 additional death animations. Obviously those added death animations aren't the only thing included in the Season Pass, but the fact that these are included at all is certainly intriguing.

    The contents of the Season Pass were first revealed on the Steam page for The Callisto Protocol. This...
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  • Why You Should Choose The Madden NFL 23 Franchise

    Why You Should Choose The Madden NFL 23 Franchise

    Fans of the Madden franchise mode have had to wait years for EA to demonstrate substantial, concrete, and encouraging changes to the game. This year, three commemorative covers are honoring the late John Madden. EA Sports expects the game will be good enough to place Madden's face on the front cover for the first time in over two decades. Are you still considering purchasing? Then, you're in the right spot, like an Aaron Rodgers touchdown pass. EA has already provided a comprehensive overview of...
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  • Need for Speed Unbound System Requirements and Release Timing

    Need for Speed Unbound System Requirements and Release Timing

    This release really snuck up on us.

    Electronic Arts just posted some important information about the upcoming release of Need for Speed Unbound. With its December 2nd launch rapidly approaching, it's probably a good idea to know what sort of PC hardware you will need to run the new racing title and when exactly on the 2nd you will get to play.

    First off, the release timing is all over the place for this one. There are apparently different unlock dates and times based on...
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  • Crossplay and Cross-Progression Coming to Rainbow Six Siege

    Crossplay and Cross-Progression Coming to Rainbow Six Siege

    Console players and PC players will be kept separate.

    On December 6, Ubisoft will release an update for Rainbow Six Siege that will, among other things, offer players a chance to indulge in both crossplay and cross-progression features. These features will arrive as part of the upcoming seasonal update called Operation Solar Raid. This update will feature other new content such as a new map, playable character, and more.

    The reveal came first from Eurogamer, who says that...
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  • EA's College Football Game Pushed to Summer 2024

    EA's College Football Game Pushed to Summer 2024

    EA Sports College Football is still a long way away.

    EA says that their anticipated release of EA Sports College Football will not be released until Summer 2024 at the earliest. This is the same College Football title that was announced in early 2021.

    The lengthy development time is, according to EA VP and general manager Daryl Holt, due to the team building the game from scratch. Holt made this remarks to ESPN in a new interview. Holt says that the Summer 2024 target...
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  • Steam's Big Autumn Sale is Now Live

    Steam's Big Autumn Sale is Now Live

    I'm seeing games at 50%, 75%, and even 90% off during this sale.

    How would you like to pick up the classic version of XIII for about the cost of a big fountain drink? You can do that right now, because XIII is only $1.49 (USD) during the Steam Autumn Sale.

    From right now (November 22nd) through to November 29 at 10AM (PT), you can enjoy the fact that while your stomach may get bigger from eating big Thanksgiving meals, your wallets will get far slimmer. The Steam Autumn...
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  • Ohio will have Several Options for Sportsbook Apps by the end of the Year

    The countdown to the Ohio sports betting debut has begun, with bettors able to access Ohio sports betting apps and retail gambling on January 1, 2023. With up to 25 sports betting licenses available, Ohio will soon be one of the country's largest wagering marketplaces, with a potential of 50 online sports betting companies.

    A large number of applications Ohio betting apps launching that are ready for launching will present a great opportunity for new sports bettors. Downloading the...
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  • Call of Duty Players Discover a Lot of Really Broken Movement Tech

    Call of Duty Players Discover a Lot of Really Broken Movement Tech

    Players are running around like the Fast Zombies from Half-Life 2.

    Every new Call of Duty release brings with it new experiences, new content, and new exploits to discover. The most recently released Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0 are certainly no exceptions. With a player base that could easily be several million large, due to strong sales and the freely offered Warzone 2.0, it almost seems inevitable that some fresh exploits would be discovered.
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  • Microsoft Offers Sony a 10 Year Deal to Keep Call of Duty on PlayStation

    Microsoft Offers Sony a 10 Year Deal to Keep Call of Duty on PlayStation

    The reveal comes as the Microsoft-Activision deal faces harsh scrutiny.

    The $69 billion (USD) deal that would see Microsoft acquire Activision Blizzard is still very much the focus of intense scrutiny from several of the world's regulation authorities. Apparently, one of the big issues that this regulators have is with the idea that Microsoft will pull several long-running multi-platform titles from those non-Microsoft platforms. Obviously, the Call of Duty franchise is one of the...
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  • Ninja Gaiden and Dead or Alive Reboots Seemingly Confirmed

    Ninja Gaiden and Dead or Alive Reboots Seemingly Confirmed

    Reboots are coming, so long as these translations are accurate.

    Team Ninja president Fumihiko Yasuda spoke recently at a panel held at the G-Star conference in Busan, South Korea. According to remarks made during the panel, Yasuda seemingly announced that there are reboots coming for both Ninja Gaiden and Dead or Alive. No additional details were shared, except that Yasuda wants to get fans some more news "as soon as possible."

    The statements, as relayed by V...
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  • Ubisoft Confirms Return to Steam with Assassin's Creed Valhalla

    Ubisoft Confirms Return to Steam with Assassin's Creed Valhalla

    Ubisoft to return to Steam's "unrealistic" distribution model.

    Ubisoft is returning to Steam after they took their ball and went home about two years ago. In 2019, Ubisoft decided to stop releasing their games through Steam, instead opting to sell their PC releases exclusively through Ubisoft Connect (formerly Uplay) and the Epic Games Store. In the same year, Ubisoft vice president for partnerships and revenues, Chris Early, said that Steam's distribution model was "unrealistic."...
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  • Battlefield 2042 Season 3 Launch Update Changelog

    Battlefield 2042 Season 3 Launch Update Changelog

    Things are about to escalate in Season 3 of Battlefield 2042.
    Battlefield 2042's third season, Escalation, launches tomorrow (November 22) and with it will come Update 3.0.0 for the online multiplayer shooter. This new season will obviously bring new content such as a new Specialist, map, weapons, gadget, vault weapons, and Battle Pass. We already talked about a lot of that (see the previous link).

    A few additional Season 3 details were shared today. That includes the fact that...
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  • Rockstar is OK with Roleplay Servers but Says No to NFTs

    Rockstar is OK with Roleplay Servers but Says No to NFTs

    Rockstar gives a non-legally binding blessing to GTA roleplay servers, but takes a hard stance against NFTs.

    At the trail end of last week, Rockstar Games issued a clarifying statement on what they feel is and is not permitted on GTA Online roleplay (RP) servers.

    As part of their remarks, Rockstar seems to have given their blessing for those popular third-party roleplay servers to keep existing within GTA Online. It is in these servers where people "roleplay"...
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  • Sonic the Hedgehog Creator Arrested for Insider Trading

    Sonic the Hedgehog Creator Arrested for Insider Trading

    Yuji Naka is one of several Square Enix employees arrested on suspicions of insider trading.

    Co-creator of Sonic the Hedgehog and the director of Balan Wonderworld, Yuji Naka, has been arrested on suspicion of insider trading. The news first seem to surface from Fuji News Network and later reported in English via sites like The Verge.

    Former Square Enix employee Taisuke Sazaki found out that the Dragon Quest Tact mobile game was being created by developers at Square Enix...
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  • Poll: Best Part of The Game Awards?
    by Shawn Zipay
    With The Game Awards being literal days away now, I'm just curious to know what your favorite parts are of the show. You know, assuming you have a favorite part to begin with.

    Might have a second poll this month to see get your opinion on this year's event after the show airs on December 8th.
    The actual awards
    33.33%
    1
    World Premiere game trailers
    33.33%
    1
    The musical performances
    0%
    0
    Geoff Keighley
    33.33%
    1
    Hideo Kojima
    66.67%
    2
    12-01-2022, 06:10 PM
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