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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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  • Cliff Bleszinski Expected to Reveal Next Project this Week

    Cliff Bleszinski Expected to Reveal Next Project this Week

    "In the next seven days" we should expect to see what CliffyB (Cliff "Dude Huge" Bleszinksi to others) has been working on since his "retirement" from Epic Games in 2012. Well, it looks like he's ready to make a comeback....
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  • Next Yakuza Game is in Development

    Next Yakuza Game is in Development

    According to Famitsu (via Gematsu), the next entry in the Yakuza game franchise is currently in development from Sega.

    The magazine interviewed series supervisor Toshihiro Nagoshi and Produer Masayoshi Yokoyama in which they made the reveal. However, if this Yakuza game follows the trend of its recent predecessors, this release may never be localized for regions outside of Japan.

    Yakuza: Ishin was released on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 on February...
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  • Ratchet & Clank HD Trilogy Coming to PS Vita in July

    Ratchet & Clank HD Trilogy Coming to PS Vita in July

    Mass Media and Sony are ready to bring PS Vita owners a nice release this July in the form of an HD version of the Ratchet & Clank Trilogy. This is the remastered HD version that was originally out on the PlayStation 3 but now you'll be able to play the games on the go.
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  • New Xbox.com Profiles Show Game Clips, Friends, Achievements, and More

    New Xbox.com Profiles Show Game Clips, Friends, Achievements, and More

    New profiles for Xbox.com are starting to roll out to users today. This update to the profile page includes a new look, the ability to look at saved game clips, and more.


    You can view your own updated profile simply by logging into Xbox.com and selecting Profile from the drop down menu in the top right. The other information, such as recent activity, can still be found in the usual places. Microsoft says that more updates to the online profiles are expected to be...
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  • Planetary Annihilation Early Access Being Sold at Retail - Developer Responds

    Planetary Annihilation is being sold at retail. Normally, that wouldn't be a problem, however, Planetary Annihilation is an Early Access title. Yes, an Early Access game, a game that isn't actually finished yet, is being sold at retail.


    Uber Entertainment made some remarks to Game Informer about this terrible idea that will hopefully not turn into a trend. Here is what Jan Mavor from Uber said about the retail release.
    "At Uber we've been trying really hard
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  • Last Chance for GOG.com and Steam Summer Sales - FINAL DAY OF SALES!

    Last Chance for GOG.com and Steam Summer Sales - FINAL DAY OF SALES!

    Today is the final chance for huge savings at GOG.com and Steam.

    Over at GOG.com you can get up to 90% off on over 700 titles. There are huge savings on a ton of bundles with deep discounts, plus there are flash sales that rotate in every hour. Be sure to check out the conclusion to the 2014 DRM-Free Summer Sale at GOG.com.

    The Steam Summer Sale 2014 is a recap day for the items that sold the best throughout the rest of the sale. The last day of sales features...
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  • Double XP Weekend for Battlefield 4

    Double XP Weekend for Battlefield 4

    This double XP weekend for Battlefield 4 is only for Premium owners.


    Go forth and earn that double amount of experience points!...
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  • Rock Simulator 2014 - It's Exactly What it Sounds Like

    Rock Simulator 2014 - It's Exactly What it Sounds Like

    Rock Simulator 2014 is a new game listed on Indiegogo and Steam Greenlight. The game is a rock simulator. There is no confusion here, it is what it is.

    For a long time, there has been one game missing from the market, a genuine rock simulator. I am here for you today to introduce you to Rock Simulator 2014. This simulator is a rock enthusiasts dream. You can watch beautiful rocks in any location in the world. From grass plains to salt flats, there are dozens of hand designed
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  • Swamp Continent Hossin Released for PlanetSide 2

    Swamp Continent Hossin Released for PlanetSide 2

    Hossin, the swamp continent that has been in development for quite some time, has finally been released for PlanetSide 2. Hossin is completely free but is still considered a work in progress, so don't freak out too much when you find yourself wedged in a slightly elevated bridge or something.

    "Hossin is a massive new continent that will introduce an entirely new type of battle experience to PlanetSide 2. With its swamp-like terrain and natural barriers, players combat skills
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  • Cow Simulator 2014 Trailer

    Cow Simulator 2014 Trailer

    The other day we mentioned the Cow Simulator 2014 module that comes with the editor for Divinity: Original Sin. Today, an actual trailer for that simulator has been released.

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  • 10 More Rockstar Verified Jobs Added to GTA Online - Drift Paradise, Hipster Rage, and More

    Rockstar has added ten new verified jobs to GTA Online today.
    Holy Drift Mountain - created by Heavy Magic This Lap Race for Sports cars takes us along a picturesque route from downtown Vinewood, through Vinewood Hills and back again. Ambient traffic is disabled by default so that you can really carve up the winding, high speed corners in search of perfect lines - just don't get too distracted by the stunning view on the way down. Before getting Verified, Holy Drift Mountain had b
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