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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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  • Five Free Japanese Tracks Coming to Driveclub on Monday

    Five Free Japanese Tracks Coming to Driveclub on Monday

    Another new track was revealed today by the Driveclub team at Evolution. Today, they showed off the Takahagi Hills track that you will be able to pick up for free on Monday.


    There will be five new tracks in total released on Monday, all of which take place in Japan and all of which will be free. The video also shows off the Jaguar C-X75 Concept. That car will be part of the paid Apex Expansion Pack, which will arrive between January 27-29....
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  • Sony Issues Statement About Airdrops in H1Z1 and "Pay to Win" Fears

    Sony Issues Statement About Airdrops in H1Z1 and "Pay to Win" Fears

    Over on Reddit, the Senior Game Designer on H1Z1, Adam Clegg, addressed some concerns fans have had about the game. Namely, he addressed the ongoing concerns about how many people felt like the developers lied to them and how the game is somehow "pay to win" when it actually isn't.
    I wanted to address what I said in an earlier stream with NGTZombies prior to our release. I said you cannot buy a gun or ammo and it had to be found in the world. When you are on a stream, and you are talking
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  • Alleged Lizard Squad Member Arrested in Connection with Live and PSN Holiday Attacks

    At least one 18-year old has been arrested and detained in connection with the attacks that brought down Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network this past Christmas. He was arrested in Merseyside, England in connection with the attacks thanks to a joint effort between the FBI and the SEROCU (South East Regional Organised Crime Unit). In addition to having connections to the attacks and "suspicion of unauthorised access to computer material," he is also being held for "alleged threats to kill." ...
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  • Seven Minutes of Yakuza Zero

    Seven Minutes of Yakuza Zero

    You may not speak the language nor have any idea what's going on, but below is seven minutes of Yakuza Zero story. If nothing else, you can at least check out the game's visuals.

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  • Saints Row IV Re-Elected and Gat Out of Hell Launch Trailer

    Saints Row IV Re-Elected and Gat Out of Hell Launch Trailer

    A two for one special trailer today as Volition released the launch trailer for both Saints Row IV Re-Elected and Gat Out of Hell.


    Saints Row IV Re-Elected and Gat Out of Hell are due out on January 20 in North America....
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  • Fresh Gameplay Footage for The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D

    Fresh Gameplay Footage for The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D

    Nintendo released a new look at some of the gameplay from The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D today. Let's check it out.

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  • Grand Theft Auto V PC Available for Pre-Order with Bonuses

    Grand Theft Auto V PC Available for Pre-Order with Bonuses

    Grand Theft Auto V for the PC can now be pre-ordered from a variety of online retailers. This includes directly from Rockstar, Green Man Gaming, and Steam. Pre-ordering comes with some bonuses and they differ slightly depending on where you pick your game up from.

    Ordering from any retailer nets you $1 million for the game. That is $500K of in-game currency for the single-player component and $500K for GTA Online. In addition, you get a bonus $300K for GTA Online if you...
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  • Twitch to Offer Free Music and a Platform to Perform Your Original Songs

    Twitch to Offer Free Music and a Platform to Perform Your Original Songs

    Tired of Twitch flagging all of your previous streams because you were listening to music? Don't worry about that any more because Twitch has introduced over 500 royalty-free tracks that you can use in live and archived videos. This simply means that your videos will not get flagged by the Twitch audio recognition system when you listen to these royalty-free songs.
    "Our community has been vocal about the importance of music for their broadcasts and their love of music in general,"
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  • Lake Shoji Track Gameplay Video for Driveclub

    Lake Shoji Track Gameplay Video for Driveclub

    We already saw the Nakasendo track coming later this month for Driveclub, now take a look at the second track based on the Japan setting, Lake Shoji.


    The above video also shows off the Enzo Ferrari, which is also coming later this month as part of the Apex Expansion Pack. The five tracks based in Japan will be free to all Driveclub owners....
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  • New Info and Screens for Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sins

    New Info and Screens for Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sins

    Dark Souls 2: The Scholar of the First Sins release is slated to arrive on April 7, 2015. Bandai Namco released some new screenshots from that release, along with information about a patch that will hit on February 5 for existing versions of the game.
    Brand new NPC
    The Scholar of the First Sin character appears throughout the game and will reveal a new path through the Dark Souls II universe. What will this mysterious new character reveal to players?

    Expanded
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  • Sniper Elite 3 Ultimate Edition Announced for Consoles

    Sniper Elite 3 Ultimate Edition Announced for Consoles

    505 Games and Rebellion announced that there will be an "Ultimate Edition" coming out for Sniper Elite 3 for the PS3, PS4, 360, and XB1. This package will include the base game and all additional DLC in one package deal. It's slated to be released on March 10, 2015.

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