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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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  • PSA: Valentine's Flash Sale Underway on PSN

    PSA: Valentine's Flash Sale Underway on PSN

    Sony kicked off a special Valentine's Day flash sale today through PlayStation Network. This sale runs from right now until February 16 and features games for the PS4, PS3, PS Vita, and even the PSP.
    PS4 Divekick - $4.00 - 60% Off Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends Complete Edition - $18.00 - 70% Off Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions - $9.89 - 34% Off Guilty Gear Xrd Sign - $24.00 - 60% Off How to Survive: Storm Warning Edition - $8.00 - 60% Off The Jackbox Party Pack - $10.00 - 60% Off Knac
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  • PlanetSide 2 Creative Director Matthew Higby Resigns from Daybreak

    PlanetSide 2 Creative Director Matthew Higby Resigns from Daybreak

    Matthew Higby has stepped down today as the Creative Director on PlanetSide 2 and Daybreak (formerly SOE). He was one of the fortunate that seems to have survived the recent layoffs at the company but he made his resignation known to the public via a post on Reddit.
    Hey guys - Working on Planetside 2 has been the absolute highlight of my career, but after 4 years working on the game, it's time for a change. Today was my last day on the Planetside 2 team and at Daybreak games. This
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  • Peter Molyneux Vows to Never Speak to the Press Again Following Godus Disaster

    Godus has failed to deliver on a number of fronts for developer 22Cans. It has failed to deliver on gameplay mechanics promised in their Kickstarter. It has failed to deliver to the winner of Curiosity. As such, Peter Molyneux has rightfully come under fire for yet again failing to deliver on many of his promises and claims.

    In an interview with The Guardian, Molyneux mentions how he will no longer be speaking with the press.
    Peter Molyneux has admitted regret and
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  • You Can Now Upgrade PSN Sub Accounts to Master Accounts

    You Can Now Upgrade PSN Sub Accounts to Master Accounts

    Effective immediately, you can now upgrade your PlayStation Network sub accounts to master accounts. This long requested feature will allow you to upgrade your sub accounts through the PlayStation website and coming later to the PlayStation 4 itself.
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  • Valentine's Day Trailer from Until Dawn

    Valentine's Day Trailer from Until Dawn

    Nothing says "I love you" more than a new trailer released on Friday the 13th for a game based on old-school horror films! Here is the Valentine's Day trailer for Until Dawn.

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  • Returning to Homeworld - Making of Homeworld Remastered Collection Episode 2

    Returning to Homeworld - Making of Homeworld Remastered Collection Episode 2

    The second episode of the making of Homeworld Remastered Collection series went up today from Gearbox. This one is entitled "Returning to Homeworld."

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  • Just Case 3 Debut Trailer and New Screenshots

    Just Case 3 Debut Trailer and New Screenshots

    We have some fresh media for you today for Just Cause 3. This includes a new debut trailer and some brand new screenshots and art for the game!




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  • Afterbirth - Binding of Isaac: Rebirth DLC Details Revealed

    Afterbirth - Binding of Isaac: Rebirth DLC Details Revealed

    The first details for the upcoming expansion to The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth were revealed today by Edmund McMillen. The DLC will be called Afterbirth and will feature a metric crapload of new content.
    - 100+ new items - a full new game mode that will totally change how you play - 10 new challenges - a new playable character - a new alternate final chapter - new alt floors - new game endings - new final bosses - tons of new bosses and enemies - new item pickups, cards,
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  • Dota 2 Kicks Off The Year Beast Brawl Event

    Dota 2 Kicks Off The Year Beast Brawl Event

    Valve has officially launched the start of The Year Beast Brawl Event for Dota 2 tonight.
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  • CS:GO Update Adjusts Smoke Screen Fade, Adds Better Tournament Support, and More - February 13, 2015

    Tonight's update for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive makes a few interesting changes to how the smoke screen behaves in the game. This is in addition to some new tournament support features and other adjustments to Cobblestone.

    Changelog for CS:GO for February 13, 2015

    GAMEPLAY
    - Smoke screen overlay fades faster now when exiting smokes quickly.
    - Adjusted boundaries of smoke screen overlay slightly.

    TOURNAMENT SUPPORT - Added server setting sv_reliableavatardata: when
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  • PlayStation 4 and Dying Light Top the NPD for January 2015

    PlayStation 4 and Dying Light Top the NPD for January 2015

    The NPD figures for January 2015 are out and it looks like Dying Light was the top seller for software and the PlayStation 4 was once again the top in hardware sales.
    Software:
    1. Dying Light (PS4, Xbox One, PC; Warner Bros.)
    2. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Xbox One ,PS4, 360, PS3, PC; Activision Blizzard)
    3. Grand Theft Auto V (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3; Take-Two Interactive)
    4. Minecraft (360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4; Microsoft)
    5. NBA 2K15 (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3, PC; Take-Two Interactive)
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