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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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  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Brings Train Back - December 10, 2014

    Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Brings Train Back - December 10, 2014

    An update was released tonight for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive that brings back Train. It's now added to the Operation Vanguard map group, which is free to all owners of CS:GO. This update brings the version of the game to 1.34.6.2.


    Changelog for CS:GO for December 10, 2014

    MAPS
    - Reintroduced Train, which has been added to the Operation Vanguard map group (available for free to all CS:GO players).
    -- For more information, visit www.counter-str
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  • Rumor: Grand Theft Auto V Running at 60fps on PC, Being Handled by Max Payne 3 PC Team

    A new report by Alt-Tab (vis DSOGaming) says that the PC version of Grand Theft Auto V is running nicely at 60fps. The problem is, details about the computer specs that was running the PC version of the game were not yet revealed.

    This may be good news for fans, depending on what the hardware configuration looks like, especially after the launch of Grand Theft Auto IV on the PC. Remember that? Remember how horribly it ran for quite some time after launch? Yeah, that sucked. ...
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  • Live Action Tomb Raider Series is in the Works

    Live Action Tomb Raider Series is in the Works

    A live-action Tomb Raider series is in the works according to a reveal by actor and director Stephen Lunsford on Instagram. The now removed post said that the series that is in the works will serve as a prequel to the next game and the next Tomb Raider film.
    "I'm happy to announce that I will be creating a Tomb Raider mini-series to be released with Rise of The Tomb Raider. This will act as a prequel to the game and eventual movie. We are currently in pre-production and working hard to make
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  • First Official Gameplay Trailer for World of Warships

    First Official Gameplay Trailer for World of Warships

    Wargaming has released the "first real gameplay trailer" for World of Warships early this morning. Check it out below.

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  • New Fortnite Trailer Showcases the Game's Art and Enemy Design

    New Fortnite Trailer Showcases the Game's Art and Enemy Design

    Epic Games released a new trailer for Fortnite today. The game's Art Director, Pete Ellis, takes you on a tour of Fortnite's art and enemy design philosophy.


    If you're interested in trying out Fortnite in future tests, you can still register at the Fortnite website....
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  • Twitter Says that Death and Rape Threats Against Peter Moore's Wife Don't Violate Any Rules

    Twitter, the social network known most recently for its horrific policy enforcement, did nothing to buck the stigma this week when it claimed that death and rape threats against Peter Moore's wife were not against their rules.

    More said that he receives many threats but he said that it was "the threats to my wife and family (that) spurred me to report this to Twitter." Twitter's response to Moore?

    Well, maybe the threats weren't all that severe, right? Wrong. ...
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  • Alien: Isolation Update Makes Things Easier and Harder

    Alien: Isolation Update Makes Things Easier and Harder

    A new update for Alien: Isolation was released today that will make both newcomers and seasoned horror veterans happy. The update adds in two new difficulty modes. One is a "Novice" mode that tones things down quite a bit and a new "Nightmare" difficulty that ups the challenge considerably.
    One of the most requested features from fans, Nightmare Mode ramps up the difficulty to a frightening level. Gamers with a strong disposition are challenged to venture into Sevastopol Station
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  • PSA: SimCity 2000 is Free on Origin's On the House Program for a Limited Time

    Just a little heads up to let you know that the latest game to be offered free as part of Origin's "On the House" program is none other than SimCity 2000 Special Edition. The game will be offered for free for a limited time but if you pick it up before the offer expires it is yours to keep forever.

    Simply head on over to the On the House page at Origin to add it to your Origin account....
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  • Dying Light Has an Intro Cinematic

    Dying Light Has an Intro Cinematic

    And this is it.

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  • DICE Wants to Know What Your Favorite Battlefield Maps Are

    DICE Wants to Know What Your Favorite Battlefield Maps Are

    In a world of hypotheticals, DICE is king. Hypothetically, if DICE were to continue making content beyond Final Stand, it would include new maps and items. Hypothetically speaking, if DICE were to release some new maps they could hypothetically be updated versions of classic Battlefield maps. And hypothetically speaking, DICE could offer up a survey to get an idea of which maps their fans would most like to see get the Battlefield 4 treatment. Hypothetically, there are a ton of ma...
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  • (Update) Dragon Age: Inquisition Update Released - Temporary Work Around for PC Users Experiencing Issues

    Update: Bioware has publicly acknowledged the issue with the patch for the PC. They have provided a temporary work around while you wait for a hotfix to be released.
    You will need to add a new command line parameter. To do this:

    Through Origin:
    1. Right click on the Dragon Age Inquisition title
    2. Go to game properties
    3. Type the command line parameter in the Command Line Properties box.

    Through shortcut:
    1. Right Click Shortcut
    2. Go to Properties
    3. Under target go to
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