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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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  • Destiny 2 Reportedly in Development

    Destiny 2 Reportedly in Development

    Depending on how you feel about the game, you may or may not be happy to hear that development has already started on Destiny 2. Various reports are coming in today stating that the early stages of development are underway at Bungie for the sequel. In addition, the first game reportedly turned a profit for Bungie and Activision in the first day of being released. Go ahead, make the joke about how they never finished developing the first game. Go ahead, I'll allow it. Or maybe a jok...
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  • PlayStation Europe Teases Infamous and Injustice for PlayStation 4 Plus Offerings in December and January

    The European PlayStation blog gave fans a sneak peak on what PlayStation Plus owners can expect as far as free games are concerned for December and January.
    December
    Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition
    Secret Ponchos
    More TBC

    January
    inFAMOUS: First Light
    The Swapper
    More TBC
    For those keeping track at home, these will be the first "retail" releases to hit PlayStation Plus for the PlayStation 4. Also keep in mind tha...
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  • New Gameplay Footage Shown Off for World of Speed Today

    New Gameplay Footage Shown Off for World of Speed Today

    A new gameplay trailer for World of Speed was released today by Slightly Mad Studios and My.com. The footage of this upcoming MMO racing game was taken from a recent live stream. It showcases a race between a RUF RK Couple and a Mercedes SLS through Moscow.

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  • Grand Theft Auto V Introduces First Person Mode Plus All New 1080p Screenshots

    Earlier today, Rockstar Games revealed the new first-person mode for Grand Theft Auto V on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC versions of the game. Rockstar showed this off with a new action packed trailer and a number of new screenshots.

    This new mode shows players the host of changes made to the game to accommodate this new perspective, including the creation of an optional first person cover system, a new targeting system, a more traditional FPS control scheme,
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  • Pools Are Now in The Sims 4 Today for Free

    Pools Are Now in The Sims 4 Today for Free

    Pools here, get your pools here! Yes, it seems as though the fans have gotten their wish as Maxis has now added in swimming pools of all shapes and sizes to The Sims 4.



    The Sims 4 now allows you to build pools that have diagonals, pools that are on the second floor, or wherever you like. The team also added in new swimwear and new pool related deaths.

    (via The Sims 4)...
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  • First Gameplay Trailer for Alone in the Dark: Illumination

    First Gameplay Trailer for Alone in the Dark: Illumination

    The release of Alone in the Dark: Illumination is rapidly approaching so it should come as no surprise that the media for the game is starting to ramp up.


    It should be noted that fans of the older games in the series may be a bit disappointed in what was shown off here. That's also not to mention how you can play the game with up to four people at a time.

    Yes, an Alone in the Dark game that can be played cooperatively....
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  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 Gameplay Demo and New Screenshots

    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 Gameplay Demo and New Screenshots

    Here are some new screenshots and a gameplay video of the Resident Evil: Revelations 2 demo to enjoy.



    The below gameplay video comes courtesy of AllGamesBeta.

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  • New Far Cry 4 TV Commercial

    New Far Cry 4 TV Commercial

    Like Far Cry 4? Like CG trailers? You'll love this new CG TV commercial for Far Cry 4 then.


    Far Cry 4 is out on November 18 in North America....
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  • The Music of Grand Theft Auto V Limited Edition Soundtrack Coming in December

    Rockstar Games today announced that a limited edition release of the Grand Theft Auto V soundtrack will arrive this December. Not only does this release include the songs from the game's release in 2013, but it also includes new content from returning DJs for the upcoming 2014 release of the game. The soundtrack will be released on both CDs and vinyl.

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  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is Now Available

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is Now Available

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is now available in North America on PC and both old systems and new systems. It probably includes a bunch of explosions and stuff. Also, lots of bad guys are probably in the game. Maybe this year will be a five hour campaign of peaceful negotiations instead of violence. Hey, you never know. I think I'm also legally obligated to make the "House of CODs" joke before you guys get a chance to. As has become "tradition" around these parts, I'm sure I'll b...
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  • Evolve Big Alpha Extended for All Platforms as PS4 Alpha Finally Begins

    Evolve Big Alpha Extended for All Platforms as PS4 Alpha Finally Begins

    The Evolve Big Alpha has been extended until at least Tuesday for all platforms. This comes alongside news that the Big Alpha has finally started for the PlayStation 4 after some apparent issues with the game and the 2.0 firmware update.

    The alpha will now be available until November 4 at 12PM (PT). So, go get your play time in before then....
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