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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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  • Rockstar Details New Updates for GTA Online - Stunt Courses and More Organization Financing

    Rockstar has detailed a couple of additional updates that are coming to GTA Online in the coming weeks. One involves ways to further finance your Organization while another involves creating and playing crazy stunt courses.
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  • Madden NFL 17 Cover and Gameplay Reveals Coming May 12

    Madden NFL 17 Cover and Gameplay Reveals Coming May 12

    EA Sports announced that the Madden NFL 17 cover athlete and the first gameplay reveal will both arrive on May 12. The cover athlete will be revealed as part of the 6PM (ET) edition of ESPN's SportsCenter.

    Madden NFL 17 is expected to be released on August 23 for the Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 3....
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  • Casino RPG for Windows 8 and 10

    Casino RPG for Windows 8 and 10

    CasinoRPG is a social MMO and simulator of a Las Vegas or Atlantic City, where gamers have fun gambling with each other and building their own casinos and slot establishments. At first glance, CasinoRPG looks like The Sims but set in Nevada. However, unlike the brainchild of Maxis, this game offers an open city in which players can interact with each other and make money on the desires of others.

    CasinoRPG offers standard casino games such as poker, roulette, and ...
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  • Vehicles Now Class Specific in Battlefield 1

    Vehicles Now Class Specific in Battlefield 1

    Jackfrags shared some fresh Battlefield 1 information today in a new video. Jackfrags seems to offer up a bit more information than what was revealed during today's live stream event.

    This news includes word that vehicles will now be class specific. That spells bad news for those jerk snipers that steal air vehicles only to get to their camp spot atop a mountain.

    The specific mention of vehicles being restricted by class comes at around the 2:01 ma...
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  • Battlefield 1 Details - Campaign, Multiplayer, Early Enlister Deluxe Edition, and Collector's Edition

    Here are some of the first concrete details on Battlefield 1, coming straight from EA. Below are the first details on the campaign, the multiplayer, locations, gameplay, the Early Enlister Deluxe Edition, and the Collector's Edition.
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  • Battlefield 1 Screenshots

    Battlefield 1 Screenshots

    New screenshots from the Battlefield 1 reveal trailer were also just released.

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  • Battlefield 1 Reveal Trailer

    Battlefield 1 Reveal Trailer

    The game is Battlefield 1. It takes place in a WWI era and has tanks, zeppelins, trench warfare, prop planes, flamethrowers, horses, swords, and a cover of Seven Nation Army....
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  • Watch the Battlefield 1 Live Stream Here

    Watch the Battlefield 1 Live Stream Here


    There is also a Twitch simulcast if you prefer that.

    We'll have more details on Battlefield 1 after the show wraps up.
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  • Battlefield 1 Information - October 18 Release, Alternate History WWI Inspired Setting, and Pre-Order Hellfighter Bonus Pack

    It seems as though the Xbox One has started a trend with ass-backwards naming conventions. Today, the cover art and pre-order bonus information for Battlefield 1 was supposedly leaked. Yes, Battlefield 1. Why 1? Because it's supposedly taking place in a WWI-ish era. Ish? Yes, ish. The full details on what that means will be revealed in about two hours from now but let's just say that we're going back to the future. From this apparent image leak comes word of a "Hellfighter Pack" that p...
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  • New Persona 5 "PV#04" Trailer

    New Persona 5 "PV#04" Trailer

    The latest and greatest trailer for Persona 5 came out earlier today. Fans of the series are undoubtedly foaming at the mouth for this one. Persona 5 is being developed and published by Atlus for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. It's slated to be released in Japan on September 15, 2016 and at some point thereafter for North America.


    An interview with the dev team that contains even more footage can be found here....
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  • Mass Effect Trilogy and More Coming to Origin Access Vault in May and June

    Mass Effect Trilogy and More Coming to Origin Access Vault in May and June

    EA announced the games that will be added in May and June to the Origin Access Vault. These games will be "free" to play if you are an Origin Access subscriber. Some of these games include the entire Mass Effect trilogy in addition to Peggle and more.
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