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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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  • Rise of the Tomb Raider - Now Available on PC

    Rise of the Tomb Raider - Now Available on PC

    Good news, everybody (except PS4 owners)! Rise of the Tomb Raider is now available for the PC. You can purchase it through Steam, Amazon, the Square Enix e-store, or the Windows Store. Yes, even the Windows Store has it.


    Don't forget that high RAM requirement! The Windows Store is currently sitting at 14 reviews all at 5-stars. Steam is nearing 400 reviews and is sitting at "Very Positive." Apparently, it's a pretty good game.
    After uncovering an ancient
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  • 2K and WWE to Make Sweet Music Together for Many More Years

    2K and WWE to Make Sweet Music Together for Many More Years

    Today, 2K and WWE announced an extension to their contract that will see 2K developing WWE titles until at least uh... huh. Well, it seems as though this press release doesn't actually say how long the contract has been extended for outside of it being a "multi-year extension." I'm going to guess it's around three years.
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  • Harold Ryan Steps Down as President of Bungie

    Harold Ryan Steps Down as President of Bungie

    Harold Ryan is leaving as the President of Bungie after a run of 15 years with the development studio. Coming in to take over as President is the former COO, Pete Parsons.
    "I want to personally thank Harold for his friendship, passion, hard work, and dedication in helping make Bungie the great company it is today. As a team, we celebrated many victories and weathered many storms," said Parsons. "To the players of Destiny, I want you to know that my number one priority, and Bungie'
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  • Insurgency Gets Free WWII Mod - Day of Infamy

    Insurgency Gets Free WWII Mod - Day of Infamy

    Day of Infamy is a new, free modification for Insurgency that takes the game back to WWII. Day of Infamy was born from a community mod project and is a total conversion mod for Insurgency.

    Here is how to play the mod, how to contribute to the mod, and the other changes contained in today's update for Insurgency.
    HOW TO PLAY:simply subscribe to the mod and its maps on Workshop. (With the latest update to Insurgency, the beta branc
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  • PlayStation Plus Free Games for February 2016 Include Helldivers, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, and More

    The "free" games (if you have PlayStation Plus) for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and the PlayStation Vita. These games will be offered up at the beginning of the month in February.
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  • February 2016 Games with Gold Includes Gears of War 2, Styx, and More

    February 2016 Games with Gold Includes Gears of War 2, Styx, and More

    The Games with Gold for February 2016 have been announced by Microsoft. These "free" games (if you have an active Xbox Live Gold account) will begin to roll out at the start of the month in February.
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  • EA Skipping E3 2016 to Hold Own EA Play Event

    EA Skipping E3 2016 to Hold Own EA Play Event

    EA has decided to skip out on E3 2016 in favor of holding their own event that they're calling EA Play. EA says that it's "time to play" and promises an emphasis on putting their players first for this event.
    We're excited to announce EA Play, an all-new event experience in Los Angeles and London this June built around our players and bringing our latest games to life. Join us on June 12 - 14 for an all-new experience with some of the biggest games of the year.
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  • Hard Reset Redux Offers Visual Overhaul to Cyberpunk Shooter

    Hard Reset Redux Offers Visual Overhaul to Cyberpunk Shooter

    A new trailer for Hard Reset Redux came out that shows off some enhanced visuals from the Flying Wild Hog developed FPS. This game is coming "soon" to the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
    The world as we know it has ceased to exist. Surrounded by vast, hostile wastelands, the remnants of humankind's dwindling population live within the closed city of Bezoar, but the walls have been breached. As a CLN soldier, you are all that stands between the hive mind machines of The Sanctuary,
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  • XCOM 2 Music Composed by Tim Wynn

    XCOM 2 Music Composed by Tim Wynn

    The musical score for XCOM 2 is being composed by none other than Tim Wynn. Wynn might best be recognized for his work on Supernatural, Total War, Command & Conquer, and XCOM: Enemy Unknown.

    It seems as though his work will go on sale on February 5 via iTunes and as part of the XCOM 2 Digital Deluxe Edition, which includes his soundtrack as part of the cost.
    The score for XCOM 2 continues the legacy sound of the acclaimed reboot and expands the franchise's sonic palette
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  • Evolve Gets Another New Hunter - Kala

    Evolve Gets Another New Hunter - Kala

    Evolve is the gift that keeps on giving, provided you pay the required fee. Today, another new Hunter, Kala, was added to the game. This Hunter is included in the Hunting Season 2 pack (Season Pass #2), can be purchased separately, or as part of the Evolve: Ultimate Edition which includes content from both season passes.
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  • Prison Architect Update 3 Released

    Prison Architect Update 3 Released

    The "Update 3" for Prison Architect rolled out earlier today. This is, as you may have already guessed, the third major update for the game since its release.

    Here are the changes included in today's update.
    Guard Towers + Snipers
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