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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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  • Virtus.pro Defeats Fnatic to Win ELEAGUE Season One Championship

    Virtus.pro Defeats Fnatic to Win ELEAGUE Season One Championship

    The final has been played in the ELEAGUE Season One Championship and a winner has been decided. In a matchup between Virtus.pro and Fnatic, the winner in a 16-10 win on Cobble and a 16-8 run on Mirrage is Virtus.pro! The final map on Train never had to be played due to the sound victory. The win for Virtus.pro comes off of other quick two map victories over NiP on Friday and another two map victory over Mouseports for the semi-final matchup. The matchup certainly painted Virtus.pro as the hea...
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  • The Death of the Message Board

    The Death of the Message Board

    We live in interesting time. Right now, we are in the midst of a transition from traditional media to the rise of YouTube "personalities," Twitch streamers, and everybody attempting to make a name for themselves in what is quickly becoming a saturated market. As a result, we have started to see the public, publishers, and developers giving preferential treatment to these new media formats instead of traditional media. This shift naturally means a shift in other areas as well. More and more publi...
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  • Darksiders Warmastered Edition Officially Announced for PC, PS4, XB1, and Wii U

    Nordic Games has finally officially announced Darksiders Warmastered Edition as coming to the PC, PS4, XB1, and Wii U. This comes after a long bout of speculation and leaks concerning the title.

    The game for all announced platforms is October 26. For $19.99 (USD), you will get a remastered version of the game from the folks at KAIKO.
    "We had a short-lived epidemic of premature emancipation, causing the affected persons to burp out sensitive info a little sooner than
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  • Human: Fall Flat Turns Profit in Debut Week

    Human: Fall Flat Turns Profit in Debut Week

    It's been a fairly stellar week for Human: Fall Flat developer, Tomas Sakalauskas. The Indie developer has already managed to turn a profit in the debut week of his game being on sale. The big question now is: What is next for the main character, Bob, and his crazy physics-powered self?
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  • Supremacy Mode Released for World of Tanks Blitz

    Supremacy Mode Released for World of Tanks Blitz

    World of Tanks Blitz players will get to dive head first into the new Supremacy mode today. Developer Wargaming released this "capture and hold" game mode for free to everyone playing the mobile focused title.
    The premise of Supremacy is simple. Around each map, there are several bases to capture. Capturing these bases amasses points for a team. The more bases a team controls, the quicker points are accrued for them. To win, players can either reach 1,000 points, or, if destruction
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  • Epic Meal Time Makes Final Fantasy XV Food

    Epic Meal Time Makes Final Fantasy XV Food

    Guess what? Epic Meal Time is apparently still around. Even more, they've apparently created some dishes inspired by Final Fantasy XV with some of the game's development staff.

    This is their story....
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  • Layers of Fear: Inheritance - New Trailer and Masterpiece Edition Reveal

    Layers of Fear: Inheritance - New Trailer and Masterpiece Edition Reveal

    Horror fans rejoice for there is a new trailer out today for Layers of Fear: Inheritance, the upcoming expansion for Layers of Fear.
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  • Meet Cassandra the Ruthless Voodoo Queen from Mafia III

    Meet Cassandra the Ruthless Voodoo Queen from Mafia III

    A new trailer for Mafia III hit the mean streets of the Internet today. Today's latest focuses on a lovely lady named Cassandra. She is apparently a "Voodoo Queen" or so the new trailer tells us.
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  • New Battlefield 4 UI Teased and Coming Soon

    New Battlefield 4 UI Teased and Coming Soon

    DICE and EA have again teased an upcoming UI change coming to Battlefield 4. The new user interface will be used for Battlefield 4, Battlefield Hardline, and Battlefield 1 and will do away with the Battlelog experience that you all know and love.
    Now, you're able to create a Squad before you actually enter into a game. Being able to join up with your friends and join into a game together makes it a much smoother experience, and helps make sure you're able to spawn on your buddies
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  • New Doom Video Focuses on the Big July 29 Update, Plus a Double XP Weekend

    New Doom Video Focuses on the Big July 29 Update, Plus a Double XP Weekend

    A new video for Doom popped up on the radar today. This video shows off the big "Update 2" coming on July 29 for the game. It also teases the "Unto the Evil" content, which is poised to be the first premium DLC pack released for Doom.

    Unto the Evil arrives on August 5 for every platform and will be priced at $14.99 (USD). Here is what this content pack will offer....
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  • Gearbox Teases Next Battleborn Hero - Earnest

    Gearbox Teases Next Battleborn Hero - Earnest

    With today's release of Pendles, the second of five free new heroes being added to Battleborn, Gearbox also teased the next hero that will be added. The character's name is Earnest and utilizes a grenade launcher for his primary weapon.
    Honor. Duty. Explosions! Sporting a grenade launcher and a proficiency for tactful detonation, Ernest is defensive mastermind with a strong devotion to protecting his allies. As the Varelsi scourge darkened system after system, Ernest joined up w
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