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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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  • Russian Man Suing Bethesda for Ruining His Life Due to Fallout 4 Addiction

    Russian Man Suing Bethesda for Ruining His Life Due to Fallout 4 Addiction

    An unnamed Russian man is suing Bethesda because he claims his addiction to Fallout 4 ruined his life. He says he lost his job and his wife left him after he was unable to stop playing the game for three weeks.
    He is suing Bethesda for roughly...
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  • GTA Online Spreads Christmas Cheer with Festive Surprise 2015

    GTA Online Spreads Christmas Cheer with Festive Surprise 2015

    Today, Rockstar Games released the Festive Surprise 2015 update for GTA Online. This update delivers a number of free goodies for you to enjoy from now until January 5.
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  • HTC Vive VR Headset Delayed Due to a "Very Big Technological Breakthrough"

    HTC Vive VR Headset Delayed Due to a "Very Big Technological Breakthrough"

    The VR headset co-developed by HTC and Valve, the HTC Vive, was recently delayed until later in 2016, missing its planned Q1 launch. It's not a huge delay but it was one that made some consumers a little sad. Today, a vague reason for the delay was revealed by HTC CEO Cher Wang. She claims that both Valve and HTC made "a very, very big technological breakthrough" on the virtual reality headset. They felt that the breakthrough was so significant that they scrapped the idea to release the or...
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  • This Weekend Play Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Multiplayer for Free

    This Weekend Play Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Multiplayer for Free

    A free weekend for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is now going on. From now until Sunday, December 20 at 1PM (PT), you can play the multiplayer component for the game for free. If you liked it, you can keep playing for $44.99 (USD) or get the Digital Deluxe for $79.99. Simply head on over to Steam to begin the download to play this weekend.

    You have a bit under two days remaining to play, so you should probably get in on this early because it's not a small download.
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  • Plants vs. Zombies 2: Garden Warfare 2 - Backyard Battleground Gameplay Reveal

    Check out a new gameplay trailer for Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 that came out today. The new video shows off the Backyard Battleground mode and location.
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  • Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen PC Trailer, Screenshots, and PC Requirements

    Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen PC Trailer, Screenshots, and PC Requirements

    A trifecta of news today for Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen fans awaiting the PC release of the game. We have a new trailer, new screenshots, and the PC system requirements for you.

    First up, the minimum specs and the recommended specs.
    Minimum Specs
    OS: Windows Vista or newer
    Processor: Intel Core i5-660 CPU or equivalent
    Memory: 4 GB RAM
    Graphics: Radeon HD 5870 or equivalent
    DirectX: Version 9.0c
    Storage: 22 GB available space
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  • Team Fortress 2 "Tough Break" Update is Coming

    Team Fortress 2 "Tough Break" Update is Coming

    Valve just announced the "Tough Break" update coming soon for Team Fortress 2. This update promises 26 new contracts, four new weapon collections, a new cosmetic case, four new community maps, three new taunts, gameplay tweaks, and more.

    The new maps include: Snowycoast (Payload), Vanguard (Control Point), Highpass (King of the Hill), and Landfall (Capture the Flag). The gameplay changes can be found below, while the rest of the update can be viewed at the Team Fortress 2...
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  • Dark Souls 3 PC Requirements

    Dark Souls 3 PC Requirements

    The PC requirements for Dark Souls III were revealed this week. The Steam listing for the game has both the minimum and recommended hardware specs.
    MINIMUM
    OS: Windows 7 SP1 64bit, Windows 8.1 64bit Windows 10 64bit
    Processor:Memory: 8 GB RAM
    Graphics:DirectX: Version 11
    Network: Broadband Internet connection
    Storage: 50 GB available
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  • Star Citizen Procedurally Generated Planets Video Demonstration

    Star Citizen Procedurally Generated Planets Video Demonstration

    The Star Citizen development team revealed some very interesting new gameplay footage today. In their latest trailer, From Pupil to Planet, we are given a glimpse as to how you can seamlessly go from the surface of a procedurally generated planet and into space.

    The following video is said to be using all in-game footage and rendered in real time.

    And just for kicks, here is a recording from a live stream that showed off the same idea but in reve...
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  • Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak Announced - Coming January 20

    Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak Announced - Coming January 20

    Blackbird Interactive and Gearbox Software just announced a new addition to the Homeworld story today with Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak. Slated for release on January 20 on the PC, this strategy game will feature an origin story that serves as a sort of prequel to the base Homeworld games.

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  • Dota 2 - The Balance of Power Update is Big

    Dota 2 - The Balance of Power Update is Big

    Look, I'm going to be honest with you here. The way this update page is structured for this Dota 2 update kind of hurts my head at 2:30 in the morning. Hell, it would hurt my head if I read it at 2:30PM. I don't know what I'm looking at here. I haven't played Dota in ages so a lot of this doesn't make much sense at all to me. What you should probably do is head on over to the update page for tonight's big Dota 2 patch. Valve is calling it "The Balance of Power Update." I'm assuming th...
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