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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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  • Weekly GTA Online Bonuses - 50% Off Yachts, Properties, and Offices

    Weekly GTA Online Bonuses - 50% Off Yachts, Properties, and Offices

    The weekly discounts and double GTA$/RP events for GTA Online were just announced by Rockstar. From now until September 15 you can save 50% on in-game yachts, properties, and offices. Plus, you can earn double GTA$ and double RP in the special playlist that features Running Back, Inch by Inch, and the Cross the Line game modes.
    DOUBLE GTA$ & RP PLAYLIST: FEATURING RUNNING BACK, INCH BY INCH AND CROSS THE LINE Kicking off today and running through Thursday, September 15th, earn Double GTA$
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  • The Witness Patch to Bump to 1440p and 60FPS on PlayStation 4 Pro

    The Witness Patch to Bump to 1440p and 60FPS on PlayStation 4 Pro

    Jonathon Blow, the lead designer behind the puzzle focused game The Witness, announced that he is readying a patch for the game that will bump the game up to 1440p resolution and 60 frames-per-second.
    The Witness already runs at a consistent 60fps on the base PlayStation 4, so rather than increasing frame rate, our patch is about visual quality. Please don't take the specifics mentioned here as absolute promises; things might change by release. But here's what we are aiming for:
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  • Free Content Coming Soon to Doom - Private Matches and More Deathmatch

    Free Content Coming Soon to Doom - Private Matches and More Deathmatch

    id Software and Bethesda provided some details on new multiplayer content arriving later this month for DOOM. This includes new content for Deathmatch and Private Matches.
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  • Halo 5: Forge Out Now on PC

    Halo 5: Forge Out Now on PC

    Halo has made it's return to the PC! Unfortunately, it's only Halo 5: Forge. Also unfortunately, it ships without a server browser. Fortunately, it's Halo 5: Forge that will get an update in the future with a proper server browser. Also fortunately, you can still play multiplayer matches with your friends. Fortunately, it's all for free! Yes, free. The free Halo 5: Forge is out now on the PC through the Windows 10 Store.
    The Forge community has long requested the ability to build
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  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Gets the DirectX 12 Bump Today

    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Gets the DirectX 12 Bump Today

    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided received two updates today. One was just a regular ol' patch for the game. The changes from today's patch can be seen below. In addition, today also marks the date that the game received optional DirectX 12 support. First thing is first, let's get to those general changes.
    Changelog for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (PC build 545.4)
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  • Uncharted 4 and NHL 17 PlayStation 4 Bundles Launch on September 15

    Uncharted 4 and NHL 17 PlayStation 4 Bundles Launch on September 15

    If you don't yet own Uncharted 4 or even a PlayStation 4, you may want to hold off until September 15. On that date, Sony will release the Uncharted 4 PS4 bundle for $299.99 (USD). This bundle includes the new (slim) PlayStation 4 model, new DualShock 4 controller, and a copy of Uncharted 4.

    Sony is also set to release another bundle on the same date for those that may be bigger fans of hockey than shooting bad guys. September 15 will also see the release of an ...
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  • The Elder Scrolls Online Goes 4K on PS4 Pro

    The Elder Scrolls Online Goes 4K on PS4 Pro

    Bethesda released a stand alone trailer today for The Elder Scrolls Online running at 4K resolution on the PlayStation 4 Pro. You can, naturally, check out that new trailer below.
    When the PlayStation 4 Pro launches in November, The Elder Scrolls Online will be immediately playable in native 4K resolution, whether purchased new, or with existing game discs. Since the game was originally designed for a wide range of PC specifications, ZeniMax Online Studios was able to scale up the
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  • New Modes, New Gnome Underworld, and New Newness in Free Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 Update

    The latest update for Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 adds in new game modes, a gnome underworld, and a bunch of other stuff like cats and dinosaurs. Behold the Trials of Gnomus are here!
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  • Why People Cheat at Pokémon Go, And What Niantic Would Need to Do to Stop Them

    Why People Cheat at Pokémon Go, And What Niantic Would Need to Do to Stop Them

    Developers Niantic have been having a major crackdown on people cheating via various methods on their augmented reality smash hit All video games have ways of cheating, and for many players these...
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  • Killing Floor 2 PS4 Retail Release Exclusive to GameStop

    Killing Floor 2 PS4 Retail Release Exclusive to GameStop

    For some bizarre reason, Tripwire Interactive and Deep Silver have decided to partner with GameStop for the exclusive rights to the physical retail release of Killing Floor 2 on the PlayStation 4. Yep, according to what I'm reading in this here press release, GameStop will be the only place you can purchase a new copy of Killing Floor 2 when it releases later this November on the PS4.
    Tripwire Interactive, in collaboration with Deep Silver and Iceberg Interactive, is pleased to announce
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  • Rise of the Tomb Raider PlayStation 4 Pro Gameplay; Three Separate Rendering Modes Revealed

    A bunch of new 4K focused gameplay footage came out today for Rise of the Tomb Raider on PlayStation 4 and PS4 Pro. No, the 4K isn't for the normal PlayStation 4, but you should know that already.
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