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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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  • Mad Catz Lays Off Almost 40% of Staff

    Mad Catz Lays Off Almost 40% of Staff

    Following yesterday's ominous Mad Catz news, comes today's bad news.

    Mad Catz has laid off 37% of its total work force. Naturally, the higher-ups are calling it a "restructuring plan" for the company. Karen McGinnis, the new President and CEO of Mad Catz issued the following remarks.
    The restructuring plan is "focused on lowering operating costs, increasing efficiencies and better aligning its workforce with the needs of the business," Mad Catz said. The plan is expected
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  • The Witcher 3 Mod Showcase by the ESL

    The Witcher 3 Mod Showcase by the ESL

    Joshua Gray and Hannah Noble from the ESL as they shine a light on a number of handpicked mods for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. All of the mods shown in the below video can be yours as well by finding them on The Witcher 3 Nexus mod site.

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  • Reserve Your Name in Black Desert Online

    Reserve Your Name in Black Desert Online

    Planning on picking up Black Desert Online when it releases later this year? Then you may want to go ahead and reserve your character names now if you pre-ordered. Also included in today's news is word about the second closed beta, which runs from February 18 at 8AM (UTC) until February 22 at 8AM (UTC).
    Daum Games opens name reservations for Black Desert Online to all pre-order holders today. Players can reserve their names starting 6:00 p.m. UTC by visiting the dedicated page and
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  • Pro Player Saved by Dropped Bomb in CS:GO ESL Match

    Pro Player Saved by Dropped Bomb in CS:GO ESL Match

    In an ESL Pro League match between Astralis and Natus Vincere (Na`Vi), a player was saved by the most unlikely of objects: The bomb. Player dupreeh from team Astralis was essentially staring down the barrel of seized's AWP when his life was saved due to a falling bomb dropped by seized's teammate, flamie, blocking the shot. You can see the moment this happened in the below video. Feel free to skip ahead to the 27 second mark to cut straight to the moment of non-impact. ...
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  • Dying Light: The Following - Enhanced Edition Released Today

    Dying Light: The Following - Enhanced Edition Released Today

    Dying Light: The Following - Enhanced Edition was released today to some rather good reviews.
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  • Unravel Released Today

    Unravel Released Today

    EA and Coldwood Interactive have released Unravel today for the PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. Unravel is a physics-based platformer where you control Yarny, a little character that is, as you might expect, made out of yarn.
    Yarny begins tethered to something important at the start of the game and goes on an adventure riddled with challenges, attempting to make it to the end without unraveling. Some challenges are simple, like using Yarny's thread to swing across a gap, or rappel
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  • Amazon Releases Free Game Engine Lumberyard, Based on CryEngine

    Amazon Releases Free Game Engine Lumberyard, Based on CryEngine

    Yesterday, Amazon released a free game engine for the world to use. They're calling it Lumberyard and it's based off of CryEngine.
    Amazon Web Services (AWS), an Amazon.com company, today announced Amazon Lumberyard, a free, cross-platform, 3D game engine for developers to create the highest-quality games, connect their games to the vast compute and storage of the AWS Cloud, and engage fans on Twitch. Amazon Lumberyard helps developers build beautiful worlds, make realistic characters,
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  • Far Cry Primal 101 Trailer

    Far Cry Primal 101 Trailer


    Take five minutes to see a general gameplay overview of Far Cry Primal. The video includes a look at the game's weapons, "Beast Master" abilities, and enemies. Far Cry Primal is out February 23.
    About Far Cry Primal:
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  • Final Fantasy IX Out Now on iOS and Android

    Final Fantasy IX Out Now on iOS and Android

    Mobile users rejoice, Final Fantasy IX is now available for both iOS and Android devices.
    Story Zidane and the Tantalus Theater Troupe have kidnapped Princess Garnet, the heir of Alexandria. To their surprise, however, the princess herself yearned to escape the castle. Through a series of unusual circumstances, she and her personal guard, Steiner, fall in with Zidane and set out on an incredible journey. Meeting unforgettable characters like Vivi and Quina along the way, they learn
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  • The Division Open Beta Announced Plus New 'Enemy Factions' Trailer

    The Division Open Beta Announced Plus New 'Enemy Factions' Trailer

    Ubisoft announced an open beta for Tom Clancy's The Division. This open beta will run from February 19-21 on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. Xbox One players will have an early access period starting February 18, because marketing deals.
    In addition to the content that was featured in the Closed Beta, the Open Beta will include an all new story mission for players to explore in their pursuit to save the city. Furthermore, everyone who participates in this latest testing phase
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  • Marvel War of Heroes Shutting Down in May

    Marvel War of Heroes Shutting Down in May

    DeNA Corp announced that their mobile card battle game, Marvel War of Heroes, will be shutting down come May 31, 2016. The announcement was made via an in-game notice on February 3. The Apple App Store and Google Play listings still allow players to spend real money on game currency up until March 30.

    This news, and some personal insight about it, can be read here courtesy of K-16.

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