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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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  • Bloodborne Producer Targeting 30FPS as it is "the Best" for Action Games (Update)

    Update: The good news tonight is that Masaaki Yamagiwa took to Twitter to clear up a few misquotes from the original source of this story.

    Yamagiwa said that they are going for 1080p and 30fps for Bloodborne due to its game design. He goes on to say that he did not say that it's best for all action games.
    Our apologies to Yamagiwa though it is still unfortunate that so many other developers do actually feel like a lower framerate is somehow ...
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  • Blizzard Bans Several Thousand Hearthstone Bots but Only Until 2015

    Blizzard Bans Several Thousand Hearthstone Bots but Only Until 2015

    The good news tonight is that Blizzard has brought the ban hammer down hard on "several thousand" Heathstone bot accounts. These are mentioned as being accounts that used third-party programs to automate various aspects of gameplay.

    That's the good news.

    The bad news is that Blizzard is only banning those accounts until 2015.
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  • Valve Talks Scream Fortress 2014 Gifts for Team Fortress 2

    Valve Talks Scream Fortress 2014 Gifts for Team Fortress 2

    Valve put up a new Team Fortress 2 blog post this evening that talks about their plans to make sure everybody has a good time in Scream Fortress 2014.
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  • Twitch to Crack Down on the Gratuitous T and A with New Policy Changes

    Twitch to Crack Down on the Gratuitous T and A with New Policy Changes

    Some sad news today for some Twitch celebrities like Calebhart42, Trihex, Kaceytron, Pwnographic, and countless others that like to show a bit (or a lot, in many cases) of skin while streaming. Earlier today, Twitch introduced some new policy changes that will force streamers to cover up or get kicked out.
    Dress...appropriately Nerds are sexy, and you're all magnificent, beautiful creatures, but let's try and keep this about the games, shall we? Wearing no clothing or sexually sugge
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  • NBA 2K15 Celebrates the Basketball Stars of Yesteryear

    NBA 2K15 Celebrates the Basketball Stars of Yesteryear

    A new trailer for NBA 2K15 was released to celebrate the launch of the game on the PS3 and 360 earlier this month. 2K made an original film called "2K Heroes" that features Kevin Durant, Michael Jordan, Stephen Curry, and Shaq talking about which historical and current basketball stars they would choose to have on their dream teams.

    2K Heroes includes eight current stars and legends from the past who put together their ideal lineup of five players. The squads can be chosen
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  • Customize Your Car "On the Road" in The Crew

    Customize Your Car "On the Road" in The Crew

    Ubisoft has released a new trailer for The Crew today that shows off how you can customize your vehicle and how it changes how your car handles.


    The Crew is slated to be released on December 2 for the PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Xbox 360 for some reason....
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  • Primal Carnage: Extinction Brings Dinosaurs to Steam Again in November

    Primal Carnage: Extinction Brings Dinosaurs to Steam Again in November

    In November, Primal Carnage: Extinction will be released on Steam with a PlayStation 4 release coming in 2015. It has dinosaurs and dinosaur hunters and it's built off of Unreal Engine 3 (I think it's UE3).

    What do you think about checking out some new screenshots and information for the game? Great!


    Primal Carnage: Extinction is a class-based online multiplayer shooter built on the Unreal Engine, featuring fast-paced combat, diverse environments,
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  • Some New Screenshots from the Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward Expansion

    Some New Screenshots from the Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward Expansion

    If you want a few new screenshots for the the Final Fantasy XIV expansion, Heavensward, you've come to the right place.


    Flying mounts enable players to take their adventure to new heights. Two types of flying mounts were revealed at the Fan Festival, a flying black chocobo and single-rider airships, both making it easier to explore the floating lands that will be featured prominently in the expansion. Heavensward also introduces two new beast tribes, the
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  • Halo 2: Anniversary Documentary is Coming this Friday

    Halo 2: Anniversary Documentary is Coming this Friday

    This Friday, Halo fans should look forward to a new documentary for Halo 2: Anniversary. The documentary will be made available for free on Xbox Video, on the Halo Channel on November 11, or through various live Twitch streams, all of which are detailed below.
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  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is Out Now on the Xbox 360

    Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is Out Now on the Xbox 360

    Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is now available on the Xbox 360 for just $3.74 (USD).



    The updated version of the game features a higher resolution, improved draw distance, and achievements. There is also some gameplay footage courtesy of All Games Beta, which you can view below.

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  • A Quick Overview of the New Features Coming in the 2.0 PlayStation 4 System Update Tomorrow

    Tomorrow, yes tomorrow, the 2.0 system/firmware update for the PlayStation 4 will be released. Sony has nicknamed it the Masamune update for some reason but that's besides the point. What is the point? The point is that the 2.0 update will include a number of key feature additions for the PlayStation 4.

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