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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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  • Dragon Age: Inquisition is BioWare's Most Successful Launch Ever

    Dragon Age: Inquisition is BioWare's Most Successful Launch Ever

    According to some information released in their latest financial report, EA revealed that Dragon Age: Inquisition was the most successful launch in the history of BioWare. Ever. Period.
    Blake Jorg...
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  • Valve Dishes Out Bans for CS:GO Match Fixing and Betting

    Valve Dishes Out Bans for CS:GO Match Fixing and Betting

    About a week ago, word broke about a number of professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players and teams being involved in match rigging at CEVO Professional Season 5. Well, despite their cries of being "innocent," Valve's own investigation said otherwise.

    Yesterday, Valve announced that a number of players involved in the match fixing will no longer be permitted to participate in any Valve sponsored events in the future.
    We can confirm, by investigating the historical
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  • World of Warcraft 6.1 Patch to Add Selfies

    World of Warcraft 6.1 Patch to Add Selfies

    The 6.1 update for World of Warcraft (currently up on the public test realm) will introduce the ability to take selfies. Specifically, it adds in the "S.E.L.F.I.E. Camera" to the game, which ... takes selfies. MMO Zone, a German site, shows off some of the new features of the S.E.L.F.I.E. Camera, which includes seeing the character stretch out their arm to hold the "camera" and even applying various filters to the scene. The camera is a reward for a new "Field Photography" mission in the game...
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  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare 'Havoc' DLC Available Now for Xbox

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare 'Havoc' DLC Available Now for Xbox

    Today, Xbox One and Xbox 360 owners will get their hands on the first DLC pack for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. The Havoc pack includes four new multiplayer maps, a new weapon, a custom weapon variant, and the new Exo Zombies co-op mode.
    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Havoc includes four new, epic multiplayer maps, access to the versatile AE4 directed energy assault rifle, the AE4 Widowmaker custom variant, plus an exciting all-new zombies cooperative mode called Exo Zombies.
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  • Team Fortress 2 Update Adjusts Mannpower Mode - January 27, 2015

    Team Fortress 2 Update Adjusts Mannpower Mode - January 27, 2015

    Hey everyone, a big ol' update was just released for Team Fortress 2 today. Today's update brings the game up to version 2595018.
    - Fixed a client crash related to Spies disguising as players and then switching their disguise weapon - Fixed a bug related to overhead icons disappearing (Nemesis, Dueling Partner, Powerups, Coach/Student) - Fixed wrapped Giftapult packages not having the "Deliver Gift" option in the context menu - Fixed some taunt sound effects that were clipping the char
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  • Australia Recalls Saints Row IV: Re-Elected

    Australia Recalls Saints Row IV: Re-Elected

    It looks like that Saints Row IV: Re-Elected for the PlayStation 4 has been recalled in Australia. It has been pulled from store shelves and all customers that purchased the game are urged to return the game for a full refund.
    Unfortunately over the weekend, it has come to light that the PlayStation 4 retail release of Saints Row IV: Re-Elected has a serious manufacturing issue and a nationwide recall is now underway in Australia. A manufacturing issue has caused an incorrectly classified
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  • Anita Sarkeesian Ready to Create New Web Series Taking a Look at Masculinity in Games

    Anita Sarkeesian, by way of her nonprofit group, Feminist Frequency, revealed her plans to create a new web series that takes a look at masculinity in video games. This was revealed as part of the group's first annual report. In addition to producing new episodes of Tropes vs. Women in Video Games, Feminist Frequency will kick off a new series that looks at the "representation of men and masculinity in video games." On top of that, they will also produce a miniseries that shows off "exampl...
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  • BioWare Releases Dragon Age: Inquisition Tavern Songs for Free

    BioWare Releases Dragon Age: Inquisition Tavern Songs for Free

    Don't like spending money? Good, because you don't have to for this download! BioWare is releasing ten tavern songs for free from Dragon Age: Inquisition for a limited time. In addition, you can also pick up the sheet music for these songs so that if you're musically inclined, you can record your own versions of the songs! Those that create something awesome with the sheet music can enter into the Dragon Age Fan Celebration Contest.
    Performed by singer/songwriter Elizaveta and
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  • Watch the Dying Light Launch Trailer

    Watch the Dying Light Launch Trailer

    Dying Light parkours its way onto the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC tomorrow. If you need a little something to do to kill time, why not watch the launch trailer?

    Key Features

    Go Anywhere, Climb AnythingCreative Brutality
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  • $250,000 Prize Pool Announced for CS:GO Tournament at ESL One Katowice 2015

    $250,000 Prize Pool Announced for CS:GO Tournament at ESL One Katowice 2015

    Valve just announced that the ESL One Katowice 2015 tournament for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive will have a nice $250,000 prize pool. It's not an actual pool that the winners can swim in, but that's still a lot of money.
    Taking place at the Spodek Arena in Katowice, Poland from March 12-15, the upcoming Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament will feature the eight quarter-finalists from DreamHack Winter 2014. They will be joined by eight teams to be determined through upcoming qualifiers.
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  • Gearbox Fails to Deliver on Borderlands 3 Tease

    Gearbox Fails to Deliver on Borderlands 3 Tease

    The other day, Randy Pitchford very strongly alluded to some sort of an announcement today for Borderlands 3. Well, today has come and mostly gone, and the big news is that there is no news.

    During the Borderlands panel at PAX South today, Randy Pitchford announced simply that they "want to get started on a new Borderlands game."

    Yep, that's it. That's the super hot Borderlands news that Pitchford teased the other night.


    (via IGN)...
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