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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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  • Activision Blizzard Stockholders Vote in Favor of Microsoft Acquisition

    Activision Blizzard Stockholders Vote in Favor of Microsoft Acquisition

    The FTC hurdle has still yet to be overcome.

    Activision Blizzard stockholders voted today in favor of the pending acquisition by Microsoft. Of course, this really doesn't mean that it's all a done deal just yet as Microsoft still needs to get approval from the FTC and other regulating bodies.

    According to a press release sent out today, over 98% of the owners voted in favor of the acquisition. Microsoft is hopeful that the deal will close in their next fiscal year, which...
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  • Steam Announces Rogue- Festival for May

    Steam Announces Rogue- Festival for May

    Roguelike, roguelite, and everything in between.

    Valve just announced a special event that will run from May 2 at 10AM (PT) to May 9. The event, Going Rogue: A Festival of Persistence, will offer discounts on games that can commonly fall under the roguelike and roguelite genres of video games.

    Confused about what the differences are between roguelike and roguelite? Valve has you covered here as well. The team created a long writeup about the differences that you can check...
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  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Confirmed

    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Confirmed

    The logo was revealed.

    After teasing fans for a little bit on their social media channels, Infinity Ward revealed the official logo today for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. This will be the 2022 sequel to the 2019 reboot of the first Modern Warfare, which came out in 2007. The first Modern Warfare 2 came out in 2009.

    Confused yet?

    Why am I rambling on about release dates? Because there isn't anything to talk about today besides this new logo reveal. This...
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  • PSA: Original Elder Scrolls and Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory Free on Steam

    PSA: Original Elder Scrolls and Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory Free on Steam

    Plus, you can now migrate your Bethesda.net Launcher account to Steam.

    Bethesda has begun their shift over to Steam today. In February, the studio announced that they were retiring their Bethesda.net Launcher and moving everyone over to Steam. Part of this move includes bringing over some of Bethesda's older titles that weren't yet on Steam.

    Starting today, you can pick up the first two The Elder Scrolls games for free. In addition, you can also pick up Wolfenstein: Enemy...
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  • Elden Ring Patch Fixes Broken Malenia Fight

    Elden Ring Patch Fixes Broken Malenia Fight

    She's still difficult, don't worry.

    A new update for Elden Ring came out earlier today. The update, listed as Update 1.04.1, addresses a few issues that either cropped up in the recent 1.04 patch or didn't get fixed in time to make it into that update.

    Most notably, today's update fixes a bug with Malenia, Blade of Miquella. This super tough, but optional, boss fight had an issue introduced in 1.04 that allowed her to heal her health when engaging her in some jolly online...
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  • Call of Duty Cheaters Will Now Be Unable to See Other Players

    Call of Duty Cheaters Will Now Be Unable to See Other Players

    ...But other players can still see the cheaters.

    Activision just revealed a rather unique way they are starting to deal with cheaters caught by their Ricochet anti-cheat system. A new update for the Call of Duty: Vanguard and Call of Duty: Warzone anti-cheat will now drastically impede how cheaters can play the games.

    The new system introduced today is called Cloaking. With Cloaking, players that are supposedly cheating will be unable to see other players in the game world....
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  • Quantic Dream Releases Update on Studio Culture

    Quantic Dream Releases Update on Studio Culture

    The studio reveals the steps they have taken, and will take, to tackle a toxic workplace.

    Quantic Dream, the studio behind games such as Fahrenheit, Omikron, Detroit: Become Human, and the upcoming Star Wars: Eclipse, just released a statement today talking about how they are addressing their toxic workplace culture.

    Their statement includes a number of steps that they are taking or will be taking soon to "ensure the culture of our studio remains supportive, safe,...
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  • Twitch Looking to Increase Ads and Decrease Streamer Cuts

    Twitch Looking to Increase Ads and Decrease Streamer Cuts

    Twitch is considering changes to how it pays their top talent.

    A new report by Bloomberg suggests that Twitch, the Amazon owned streaming website, is looking at potential changes to payout amounts for streamers while also increasing the number of ads that viewers see. The Bloomberg report cites "people familiar with the planning" at Twitch.

    This potential update suggests that Twitch will offer more incentives for streamers to run ads for their viewers, while...
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  • Steam Deck Update Adds in New Lock Screen

    Steam Deck Update Adds in New Lock Screen

    Now you can rest assured that nobody will see your questionable games.

    A new feature update for the Steam Deck was released on April 25. There are several changes and additions included in the update, such as a new lock screen feature, more localized keyboard support, updated Achievements page, and so much more.

    Of these new features, one of the biggest additions was a lock screen mechanic. This optional feature allows users to set a PIN. This code can be used when the...
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  • Sega to Delist Sonic Games Ahead of Sonic Origins Release

    Sega to Delist Sonic Games Ahead of Sonic Origins Release

    Better get them fast.

    Sega says they are delisting the individual versions of Sonic titles from digital storefronts in anticipation of the release of Sonic Origins. This includes Sonic the Hedgehog 1, 2, Sonic 3 & Knuckles, and Sonic CD.

    There are a few exceptions to this. The first two Sonic titles will remain available via Sega Ages on the Nintendo Switch. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 will also still be available through the Sega Genesis on Nintendo Switch Online +.
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  • Map Builder Being Removed from Gears 5

    Map Builder Being Removed from Gears 5

    The team will shift their focus to future projects.

    The Coalition says that they are removing the Map Builder feature from Gears 5. This is being done in order to allow the team to shift their focus to future projects.

    Those who have not yet earned the achievements associated with the Map Builder shouldn't cry foul. The Coalition says that they are unlocking all achievements related to the mode for all players as they will be otherwise unobtainable. There are just two...
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  • Next-gen Patch for GTA 5 Includes Many Quality of Life Improvements

    Next-gen Patch for GTA 5 Includes Many Quality of Life Improvements

    An option to remove motion blur is just one of many additions made.

    Today's Update 1.56 for Grand Theft Auto V includes some of the more highly requested features from fans. This update, mainly targeting the next-gen release of Grand Theft Auto V includes new options for players to adjust, fixes some smaller bugs, and makes other tweaks here and there.

    Some of the improvements offered in Update 1.56 include even shorter load times on the newer platforms. Music will now...
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  • Difficulty Options Coming to Sifu

    Difficulty Options Coming to Sifu

    New content arrives in early May.

    Those who are finding Sifu a bit too difficult may be happy to hear that martial arts action game will get an easier difficulty mode on May 3. Those who already find the game to be too easy will also have a more challenging mode to tackle. These are coming alongside other new content.

    Developer Sloclap says that the May 3 update includes an advance training mode, outfit selection, and the aforementioned difficulty options. The three difficulty...
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  • Into the Starfield - Episode 3: The Sound of Adventure

    Into the Starfield - Episode 3: The Sound of Adventure

    In Starfield, everyone can hear you scream.

    The latest episode of "Into the Starfield," a behind the scenes series documenting the development of Starfield, just went live earlier today. The latest episode is entitled "The Sound of Adventure" and, as you can guess, it focuses on the audio that you will experience while adventuring through space.

    This episode features Bethesda Game Studios audio director Mark Lampert and Starfield composer Inon Zur....
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  • Unpopular Casino Games

    Unpopular Casino Games

    Casinos have popular games, meaning that the ones which people ignore fall under the bracket of being unpopular games. These games aren’t necessarily bad but are ones that have been ignored solely because other games are widely talked about.

    So it’s time to reverse the scales and shine a light on some of the unpopular casino games that you have ignored.

    • 21 Duel Blackjack
    There might be plenty of online Blackjack games. But for now, let’s focus on 21 Duel Blackjack,...
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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%
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    Geoff Keighley
    33.33%
    1
    Hideo Kojima
    66.67%
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