Respawn Apologizes to Ass-hat Gamers for 'Ass-hat' Remarks

Statement issued from Respawn's Vince Zampella.

Respawn's CEO Vince Zampella issued a bit of an apology today after members of the Apex Legends development team called a bunch of toxic ass-hat gamers, well... they called them ass-hats. Donning their biggest surprised Pikachu face possible, these Gamers™ got extra angry when they realized they couldn't just keep dishing it out and not expect some form of retaliation in return. Some continued to throw tantrums, others called for boycots, while still others did their best "I studied the blade" impersonation.


Sony Bought Insomniac Games Today

Get ready for more Spider-Man.

Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) has officially purchased Insomniac Games today. You're probably surprised to hear that the studio that developed last year's PlayStation 4 exclusive Spider-Man wasn't already owned by Sony prior to this week.

Insomniac Games was first started in 1994 and remained an independent game developer for this 25 year span of time. They created Spyro the Dragon, the Ratchet & Clank games, along with the Resistance franchise. All of these franchises were PlayStation exclusives, at least initially. Every so...

Cyberpunk 2077 Announced for Google Stadia

A game about an obsession with power is coming to Google Stadia.

CD Projekt RED announced today that Cyberpunk 2077 is also coming to Stadia, the cloud-based gaming platform from Google. Stadia owners will get to experience a story set in the open-world location of Night City. This megalopolis is filled with those obsessed with power, glamor, and the never ending pursuit of body modification.

Players will assume the role of V, a mercenary outlaw in search of an implant that could be the key to immortality. Cyberpunk 2077 allows you to customize your "cyberware,"...

Rust is Killing Linux Support; Devs Offer Refunds

Rust became a "cheater's sanctuary" on Linux.

On August 9, Rust developer Garry Newman wrote a blog talking about potential plans for the long neglected Linux client for their open-world survival game. In the blog, Newman talks about how he and the team could have done more to support the client, even if he says their support "might have been above average."

He goes on to say that the Linux version had "become more popular with the cheating community." However, even with performance and anti-cheat improvements coming soon to the Windows...

Halo Infinite Creative Director Leaves 343 Industries

Tim Longo says farewell to 343.

The creative director for Halo Infinite, Tim Longo, is no longer employed at 343 Industries. His departure comes just a few weeks after he had moved to a different role within the company a few weeks back. The details surrounding his move to that "new role" are quite scarce.

His departure from 343 also comes at a time where Halo Infinite is very deep in development. The game isn't slated to be released until late 2020, but it has been in development at the Microsoft owned studio for around four years at present. Halo Infinite's...
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  • (Update) DSfix for Dark Souls is Taken Down After Bandai Namco Reportedly Issues a DMCA Takedown

    Update: It seems as though this was all just a big misunderstanding. NeoGAF user, Chariot, received a reply back from FDS File Defense Service, a group tasked with removing the "debug mode patches" for Dark Souls.
    Good news: everything's ok guys! I just called Volker Rieck from FDS File Defense Service. They were indeed hired by Bandai Namco, but not the germany division, but the US Europe one, to take down all the debug mode patches. Dutante's DSfix was not part of the plan! Mr. Rieck is currently writing emails to Namco and dropbox to clear everything. Durante is allowed to reupload the patch, there is nothing wrong with it. Mr. Rieck was nice and took the time to explain the situation to me. I am currently on the phone, so I m
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  • PSA: Google Play Holiday Sale and Free Android Apps

    PSA: Google Play Holiday Sale and Free Android Apps

    This week, Google Play for Android is offering up a number of huge discounts on a number of games and apps when purchased through the Google Play Store.
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  • 2014's Biggest Disappointments in the Gaming Industry - Part 2

    2014's Biggest Disappointments in the Gaming Industry - Part 2

    Let's continue where I left off in "2014's Biggest Disappointments in the Gaming Industry - Part 1" from yesterday!

    Xbox One Lacks a Screenshot Feature
    The Xbox One shipped with even fewer features than the PlayStation 4 did, but a lot of cool new features have been added to the system regularly throughout the year. However, it still lacks a feature that fans have wanted from the start: The ability to take screenshots. The system already has the ability to record short gameplay clips but it can't take a simple screenshot? The PlayStation 4 had this feature in from the start and is personally one of my favorite features on the console. On the PS4, the call for more games to feature a "photo mode" has taken off because of how useful and fun it is.

    That's not even mentioning that sharing screenshots online is essentially free advertising for the game and for the console it was taken on. Microsoft constantly notes that they are still working on adding the functionality to the Xbox One but there is still no date given on when that might actually happen.

    Timed Exclusives
    I generally don't have any issues when a first-party game is announced as being exclusive to one platform or one console. These things happen and it's simply a par...
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  • Smissmas 2014 Hits Team Fortress 2 Plus New Mannpower Mode Beta

    Smissmas 2014 Hits Team Fortress 2 Plus New Mannpower Mode Beta

    The annual Christmas event for Team Fortress 2 has arrived once again. Get ready for Smissmas 2014 as part of tonight's update for the game. Tonight's update also includes a new beta for a "Mannpower Mode" that was just added to the game. You can read more about that at the Team Fortress blog. Here's a sample of Mannpower Mode: It has grappling hooks and power-ups!

    Changelog for Team Fortress 2 for December 22, 2014

    Happy Smissmas 2014! - All Players who play TF2 during the event will receive a Gift: a Stuffed Stocking! Stockings contain goodies for good little Mercenaries. - Added 29 Limited community-contributed winter items to the Nice crate. - Added new Limited Festive weapons to the Naughty crate. - Limited time items can only be found during a limited window of time. The Naughty and Nice crate items will no longer be available after February 16, 2015. - Added Naughty and Nice winter keys to the Mann Co. Store. - Naughty and Nice winter crates cannot be opened after February 16, 2015. - Premium Players will receive a Secret Saxton to give to another player. - Item grants from previous events (including the Spirit of Giving and the Winter Holiday noise maker) h
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  • For a Limited Time Get Bruce Lee for Free in EA Sports UFC

    For a Limited Time Get Bruce Lee for Free in EA Sports UFC

    For a limited time during the holidays, EA is offering owners of EA Sports UFC a free download of Bruce Lee for the game.

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  • 2014's Biggest Disappointments in the Gaming Industry - Part 1

    2014's Biggest Disappointments in the Gaming Industry - Part 1

    As we near the end of another year it's time once again to collect our thoughts and think back on all the absolute garbage we have all had to endure from the gaming industry over these past 12 months. This ranges from terrible games, to terrible developers and publishers, the gaming press, and even the gaming community. Undoubtedly, some of the "worst" offenders will be obvious, but maybe, just maybe, there will be a few surprises included below. This will differ from previous years in that this will be more of an informal piece. I am writing this first and foremost on the blog section of Total Gaming Network. These have always been opinion pieces and since I don't really have anybody else to bounce ideas off of, it's also always been a personal list of the "worst" and "best" for each year. It may be poorly written, it may be incomplete, and it may even be rude. I'm sure none of you give a damn about any of that so let's just get this party started. ...
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  • The Last of Us 2 is Probably Already in the Works

    The Last of Us 2 is Probably Already in the Works

    Thanks to the Internet, it was spotted that a couple of Naughty Dog employees may already be working on The Last of Us 2. The current Linkedin profile for Michael Knowland, a former Lead Character Artist at Naughty Dog, notes that he worked on various head sculpts for The Last of Us 2.

    Another Linkedin profile for Frank Tzeng, a Lead Character Artist at Naught Dog, mentions that he's working on both Uncharted 4 and an "unannounced AAA game." Hmm, could that also be The Last of Us 2? Maybe. Nothing has been announced by Naughty Dog yet. There is no doubt that with Uncharted 4 slated...
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  • Black Mesa Multiplayer - New Screenshots and Information

    Black Mesa Multiplayer - New Screenshots and Information

    Hey, remember Black Mesa? Remember how it was delayed for a really long time (about eight years) and then when it finally came out (in 2012) it lacked about a quarter of the single player game and didn't come with the promised multiplayer? Do you also remember how it was one of the first ten games approved on Steam Greenlight and it still isn't out yet on Steam? Yeah, good times.

    However, let's ignore the doom and gloom and focus on the here and now. The now being December 2014 and the big news is that the team released two screenshots for the game's multiplayer along with a few bits of news.


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  • Halo 5 Will Not Include Four Player Local Split Screen

    Halo 5 Will Not Include Four Player Local Split Screen

    We have some disappointing news for Halo fans today. It was revealed by Josh Holmes, the Studio Head for Halo 5: Guardians that the game will not feature local split screen for four players. It will max out at two for local multiplayer with four people possible through Xbox Live only.

    If you plan on going through the campaign with three of your buddies, make sure you have at least two televisions, two systems, and two copies of the game.
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  • 343 Issues a Thank You and Details Free Offerings as an Apology for the Terrible Launch of Halo: The Master Chief Collection

    343 Industries just announced their plans to try to make amends for the terrible launch of Halo: The Master Chief Collection on Xbox One. They first offer a thank you to the fans for putting up with the issues and for sticking with the game and the company even through its faults.

    They also wanted to let the community know about some of the free content that is coming to those who played the game prior to December 19th.
    1 Month of Xbox Live Gold
    Exclusive In-Game Nameplate
    Exclusive In-Game Avatar

    In addition to that, they've detailed some future freebies that are coming. These include more Halo 2: Anniversary multiplayer...
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  • PSA: The Green Man Gaming Holiday Sale 2014 is Underway

    PSA: The Green Man Gaming Holiday Sale 2014 is Underway

    Because your wallets really hate you now, Green Man Gaming's Holiday Sale 2014 is also now underway! They're offering up rotating 24 hour deals, 48 hour deals, and a variety of sales and savings on countless other titles from now until Friday, January 2nd.

    Here are just some of the games that are on sale over the next 24 hours. There are more than I'm going to list, so be sure to check out Green Man Gaming today and every day until the 2nd to see what games they have on sale!
    • Alien Isolation - 50% off - $24.99 (USD)
    • Total War: Rome II - 75% - $14.98
    • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
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