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Bethesda Previews DOOM: The Dark Ages, Indiana Jones, and Starfield: Shattered Space

Punch demons, punch Nazis, punch space, punch ghouls, punch Khajiit.

Bethesda showed off a bunch during the Xbox Game Showcase today, including a reveal for Doom: The Dark Ages. The studio also shared a new look at Indiana Jones and the Great Circle, Starfield's Shattered Space expansion, and more for Fallout 76 and The Elder Scrolls Online.

DOOM: The Dark Ages
id Software shared the first look at the next entry in the DOOM franchise. DOOM: The Dark Ages is a new...

Review: 5-hour Energy Gamer Shot

You ever write a three-page review for an energy supplement?

In early May 2024, 5-hour ENERGY (hereto after shown as 5-hour Energy) released a new Gamer Shot line of energy drink supplements. We got some news about it because this is a video game website that posts video game related news. That is how these things work. These 5-hour Energy Gamer Shots are available in three flavors: Pineapple Charge, Rocket Raspberry, and Apple Bash. Unless things have suddenly changed in the fe...

Band Together in Terror: The Outlast Trials Review

The Outlast Trials proves that survival horror can be more fun with friends.

The Outlast Trials is a four-player PvE game taking place in the Cold War era. The game's opening moments and lore paint a gruesome and wicked scene that will be familiar to series veterans but disquieting to those new to the Outlast universe. Players work their way through a series of experiments, each of which plays out on various large maps like a police station, a courthouse, a carnival, and more. The g...

Microsoft Shutdown Arkane Austin, Tango Gameworks, Alpha Dog Games, and Roundhouse Games

The company valued at over $3 trillion just closed several game studios.

Arkane Austin, the studio behind Redfall and 2017's Prey, has been shutdown by Microsoft. Tango Gameworks, the studio behind The Evil Within series and the multiple award-winning Hi-Fi Rush, has been shutdown by Microsoft. Alpha Dog Games, the studio behind the mobile game Mighty Doom, has been shutdown by Microsoft. Roundhouse Studios will not be shutdown but will instead be absorbed by The Elder Scrolls Online...

TikTok Ban Signed Into Law by President Biden

Owner ByteDance has 270 days to sell off TikTok.

On April 24, President Joe Biden signed a foreign aid package that also included a bill that could ban TikTok in the United States. This ban can only be averted if the China-based company that owns TikTok, ByteDance, sells off the popular social media app before the 270 day time limit is up.

This gives ByteDance until January 19, 2025 to sell TikTok. An additional 90 day extension could be offered by President Biden if...

Ubisoft Pulls Licenses for The Crew, Makes the Game Completely Inaccessible to Buyers

From the same company trying to sell you a $130 version of Star Wars Outlaws.

From announcing a $130 edition of Star Wars Outlaws to pulling game licenses from those that bought The Crew, Ubisoft sure is on a roll this week.

The Crew was Ubisoft's open-world racing game that was pulled from sale back in December 2023. As of March 31, 2024, Ubisoft shut down the online servers for The Crew. This effectively made the game unplayable across all platforms, including: PC,...
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  • Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart Doesn't Need an SSD on PC

    Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart Doesn't Need an SSD on PC

    Though it will utilize DirectStorage to help make up the difference in performance.

    The system requirements for the upcoming PC release of Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart were shared earlier today in a now deleted Steam blog post. There are five separate configurations offered that show what sort of performance level you can expect.

    Notably, the absolute minimum configuration isn't using an SSD as you would expect, but rather one of those dusty (and probably smelly) HDD....
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  • Team Fortress 2 Hits New Concurrent Player Peak

    Team Fortress 2 Hits New Concurrent Player Peak

    This game came out in 2007.

    After yesterday's update that added 14 community-created maps, Team Fortress 2 is breaking records. The game, which came out in 2007, just broke its previous concurrent player record. SteamDB shows that Valve's free-to-player shooter hit an all-time concurrent user peak of 253,997 players. Even right now at a bit after 6PM (ET), there are almost 235,000 people playing Team Fortress 2. It's 2023. This game game out 16 years ago! This game is old enough to d...
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  • Baldur's Gate 3 Devs Warn Against Starting Early Access Now

    Baldur's Gate 3 Devs Warn Against Starting Early Access Now

    Progress is getting wiped in 3 weeks when the game launches.

    Baldur's Gate 3 studio Larian Studios says it would be kind of dumb for players to dive too deep into the current Early Access release. The studio says that no progress from the Early Access release will carry over to the full game when it launches on August 3rd. They instead say to look at a purchase of the Early Access release as "essentially a pre-order."

    Not only will all progress be wiped, but...
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  • Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown Delayed Again

    Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown Delayed Again

    Another delay hits this open-world racer.

    It won't be until "early 2024" when you can take your next test drive. Test Drive Unlimited: Solar Crown has once again been delayed, this time pushing the open-world racing game from a 2023 release into next year. First announced in 2020, Test Drive Unlimited: Solar Crown was first expected to release in September 2022 before being pushed into 2023.

    Today's delay was made during a livestream that featured about 20 minutes...
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  • Custom Games Added to Astroneer

    Custom Games Added to Astroneer

    The worlds are your sandbox.

    A free update just hit Astroneer that will allow players to do most anything they want to. The Custom Games Update is available now on PC via Steam, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, with the Switch version getting this update later in July.

    The Custom Games Update allows players to start from any planet they want, spawn in whatever items they want, customize biomes however they want, and then share these customized experiences with the world. Custom...
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  • Bungie Wins $500,000 in a Lawsuit Against Racist Loser that Threatened Employee

    This victory has also set a new precedent for employers to protect their employees from online harassers.

    Bungie scored another major court victory this week, winning almost $500,000 (USD) in damages and compensation from someone that repeatedly harassed one of their employees. The harasser in question is James Comer, who sent several racist and abusive calls to one of Bungie's community managers.

    Comer began his harassment campaign after becoming "incensed"...
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  • Behind the Scenes Gameplay for Atlas Fallen

    Behind the Scenes Gameplay for Atlas Fallen

    From audio design to traversing the sands, a look at Atlas Fallen from the devs.

    Deck13 and Focus Entertainment take fans behind the scenes of Atlas Fallen, their upcoming action-RPG. Today's video gives a little bit of a look at everything from audio design to dashing around on the sands, and even a look at the variety of approaches to combat encounters.

    Atlas Fallen is set to be released on August 10 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC. There is a Limited Edition of the game available through the Focus Entertainment Store that includes the game, Steelbook, metal poster, and the "Ruin Rising Pack" DLC. This Limited Edition is $79.99 (USD) with the standard edition of the game going for just $49.99. ...
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  • FTC Appeals Loss to Microsoft in Activision Blizzard Acquisition Case

    FTC Appeals Loss to Microsoft in Activision Blizzard Acquisition Case

    FTC commissioner Lina Khan about to put rack up another loss.

    Surprising many, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has actually decided to appeal a recent US federal court order that went in Microsoft's favor on July 11. That initial ruling, handed down by Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley, opened the doors for Microsoft to go ahead with their acquisition of Activision Blizzard.

    As part of Tuesday's ruling, Judge Corley said, "the Court finds the FTC has not shown a likelihood...
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  • Team Fortress 2 Summer Update Adds 14 New Maps

    Team Fortress 2 Summer Update Adds 14 New Maps

    That's like way more than getting 0 new maps!

    A new update for Team Fortress 2 was released. Included in the update is the addition of 14 new community maps, the Summer 2023 Cosmetic Case with 25 new community-made items, six new community-made taunts, and 20 new community-created Unusual effects.

    This update comes alongside the start of the Summer event, which will run until September 15, 2023. This update also includes several different fixes and updates to already existing...
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  • Gex is Back

    Gex is Back

    If that title sounded ominous to you, that's because it should be.

    Limited Run Games revealed a bunch of titles that will get new releases in the months ahead. As part of today's digital showcase, LRG3, over 20 new titles were revealed that will get physical releases.

    Included among those 20+ titles is Castlevania Advance Collection, Gargoyles Remastered, and Jurassic Park Classic Games Collection. The company also announced several games and collections that are getting...
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  • The Last of Us Nominated for 24 Emmys

    The Last of Us Nominated for 24 Emmys

    The HBO series is one of the most nominated shows of this year's Emmys.

    The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences didn't let the looming threat of a Screen Actors Guild strike get in the way of announcing the nominees for the 2023 Emmy Awards. HBO seems to be living it large with this year's nominations. The top two most nominated shows, Succession and The Last of Us, are products of HBO.

    Succession leads the charge with 27 nominations but The Last of Us isn't far...
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  • Final Fantasy 16 DLC Under Consideration

    Final Fantasy 16 DLC Under Consideration

    Who is Square Enix to deny the fans?

    Square Enix is thinking about adding some DLC to Final Fantasy 16. This change from not having any DLC planned for the game comes after Square Enix saw how much fans wanted it.

    Look at these fans, twisting Square Enix's arm to let them spend more money.

    A May 2023 interview with director Hiroshi Takai said that there were no plans for DLC and that Square Enix was instead waiting to see how fans would react before committing...
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  • Xbox Launches New Voice Reporting Feature

    Xbox Launches New Voice Reporting Feature

    New safety feature will let players capture and report inappropriate voice chat on Xbox.

    The Xbox team at Microsoft is starting to roll out a new platform-wide voice reporting feature that will let players capture and report inappropriate in-game voice chats. This new feature will let those on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S help in weed out all of those people screaming slurs, insults, threats, and the sort while you wait for a round to start in Call of Duty lobbies.

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  • Squad Battle and Classic Maps Added to Halo Infinite

    Squad Battle and Classic Maps Added to Halo Infinite

    A sizable multiplayer update is out now for Halo Infinite.

    A decently sized update just rolled out for Halo Infinite multiplayer today. First and foremost is the addition of Squad Battles. This new mode is like the old Big Team Battle mode of yesteryear. It's an 8v8 mode that includes Slayer and Objective modes in one playlist.

    Squad Battle is placed snuggly between the 4v4 modes and the larger 12v12 battles that were already in Infinite. The Squad Battle matches are played...
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  • Microsoft Triumphs in FTC Case

    Microsoft Triumphs in FTC Case

    The FTC's request for an injunction has been denied by a California judge.

    A judge in California is allowing Microsoft to proceed in closing its deal to acquire Activision Blizzard. After nearly a week of testimony from both sides, Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley denied the FTC's request for a preliminary injunction.

    Judge Corley issued the following statement as part of their ruling. ...
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