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Layoffs Hit PlayStation Europe

SIEE had no prior knowledge of PS5 reveal.

A new report from VGC says that Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe (SIEE) is undergoing a "restructuring" of several areas at the company, including marketing and PR. VGC says that they were informed of this unfortunate news from "people with knowledge of the situation."

As if that wasn't bad enough, VGC's report says that SIEE employees were informed about when American PlayStation directors visited SIEE in their London location. Those employees who were impacted by these layoffs...
 

Blizzard Employees Walkout in Protest of Unjust Ban on Pro-Hong Kong Hearthstone Player

A small group of Blizzard employees are protesting against the actions of their employer.

A small group of Activision-Blizzard employees staged a walkout on Tuesday afternoon of this week to protest against their employer. Earlier this week, Blizzard had banned a professional Hearthstone player, Chung "Blitzchung" Ng Wai, after he voiced his support for the pro-democracy Hong Kong protesters. Blitzchung voiced his support during a post-game interview during an official livestream.

Not only did Blizzard quickly cut away from the interview...
 

PlayStation 5 Confirmed for Holiday 2020 Release

Sony dishes more details about their next-gen console and controller.

The announcement of the next-gen consoles has been really, really weird. Sony first announced the PlayStation 5 via a Wired interview with Mark Cerny. Since then, there really hasn't been much revealed about the new console. In fact, it wasn't even known until today that the next console was actually going to be called the "PlayStation 5."

Today, a new PlayStation Blog entry was released alongside yet another exclusive Wired article that provides some additional details...
 

Blizzard Bends the Knee to China, Bans Hearthstone Pro Blitzchung

Pro player that voiced his support for the Hong Kong protests banned by Blizzard.

Yesterday, we brought you the story about Chung "Blitzchung" Ng Wai, a professional Hearthstone player that called for the liberation of Hong Kong during a post-game interview on the official Taiwanese Hearthstone stream. During the interview, Blitzchung wore a gasmask not completely dissimilar to the ones worn by protesters in Hong Kong. Blitzchung voice his support for those who have been protesting China's growing authoritarian control over Hong Kong.
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Sony Now Fully Supports Cross-play for PlayStation 4

The company quietly moved PS4 cross-play out of beta.

You are probably about to see more and more multiplayer focused multi-platform games add support for cross-play soon. Just today, we saw that PUBG added in cross-platform play between Xbox and PlayStation users. Even the recent Call of Duty: Modern Warfare test included some cross-play support. With these new changes, Modern Warfare may be the first game to actually ship with cross-play functionality right out of the box.

This move by Sony now means that the decision to support cross-platform...
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  • Three New Warlords of Draenor Videos Are Here

    Three New Warlords of Draenor Videos Are Here

    Alright, I guess I lied. There isn't just one new trailer for Warlods of Draenor, the upcoming expansion for World of Warcraft, but three new videos.

    Two of the videos are behind the scenes type stuff that show off new faction zones and how the world (of Warcraft) was remade (again). The third video is the actual announcement trailer, which you see above.



    Across Draenor's savage jungles and battle-scarred plains, Azeroth's heroes will engage in a mythic conflict involving mystical draenei champions and mighty
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  • Beta for Heroes of the Storm from Blizzard is Now Open

    Beta for Heroes of the Storm from Blizzard is Now Open

    A beta for Heroes of the Storm, the upcoming MOBA style game from Blizzard, now has a beta that you can sign up for.

    The game was formerly known as "Bizzard All-Stars" and features familiar faces in a familiar gameplay style.
    And if the above gameplay teaser wasn't enough, how do you feel about a cinematic t...
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  • Warlords of Draenor is the Latest World of Warcraft Expansion Announced by Blizzard

    During a Blizzcon keynote speech, Chris Metzen took the stage to announce the Warlords of Draenor expansion for World of Warcraft. It looks like you'll be traveling through time in this upcoming expansion.
    "What if those dark days could come again? To forge a brighter future, sometimes you must confront the ghosts of the past."

    Yes, you will get to relive some of those classic story elements from the original Warcraft series. The new expansion will take place in a new world, include upgradable player garrisons, new character models, an increased...
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  • Activision Admits Call of Duty: Ghosts Sold Less than Black Ops 2 at Launch

    Activision Admits Call of Duty: Ghosts Sold Less than Black Ops 2 at Launch

    Despite Activision proudly proclaiming that Call of Duty: Ghosts shipped more than $1 billion worth of product to retail outlets, they admitted that they have not actually sold that amount. In fact, they really haven't even come close to that figure.

    Activision's CFO Dennis Durkin told investors that Ghosts has not even hit Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 sales figures yet. They're naturally blaming it on the upcoming release of the new consoles and digital distribution... somehow. Really? Alright...
    "Today, we announced that we had shipped into retail
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  • There Are Cars in Forza Motorsport 5

    There Are Cars in Forza Motorsport 5

    A lot of cars to be exact. To be even more exact, here's the full list of cars coming in Forza Motorsport 5. You can count them for yourself to see how many there are.
    Below are the remaining titans of the automotive industry that are ready to throw down on the tracks of Forza Motorsport 5. Together with the previous weeks reveals this makes for 200 cars included on disk with a regular cadence of car packs slated for the future. 2013 Toyota GT86 2013 Dallara #9 Target Ganassi Dallara DW12 2012 Dallara #28 Andretti Autosport DW12 2009 BMW #92 Raha
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  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Update Introduces Fake C4 Planting (November 6, 2013)

    An update for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive was released tonight. Among the many changes, changes have been made to the way the C4 is planted in maps. It now features an audible tune that everyone can hear but only the player planting will be able to hear the code typing sounds. This allows for the possibility of fake planting, just as CTs can fake diffuse.

    There are more changes to the sound design, fixes to the maps, UI, and more.

    Changelog for CS:GO for November 6, 2013

    GAMEPLAY - Changed C4 planting sounds based on pro feedback. When
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  • Battlefield 4 on Xbox One Utilizes Kinect for Leaning, Peeking, and Voice Commands

    The Xbox One version of Battlefield 4 will feature a few unique gameplay features courtesy of Kinect. Most notably, it will make use of head-tracking to allow you to lean out and peak simply by moving your head while playing. This removes the problem of having to strafe out from behind cover, which completely exposes your body to attack. Leaning out from a corner will now only expose half of your body, which obviously offers a tactical advantage for those making use of the technology. Beyond that, another game changer will be the implementation of voice...
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  • Team Fortress 2 Update Includes More Halloween 2013 Event Fixes (November 6, 2013)

    An update was released tonight for Team Fortress 2. Tonight's update includes even more fixes for the Halloween 2013 event.

    Changelog for Team Fortress 2 for November 6, 2013

    - HTML MOTDs will no longer be shown when connecting via quickplay - Increased speed and damage of the lightning ball spell - Fixed some items and spell attributes showing incorrect expiration times - Fixed being able to instantly respawn by changing teams while a ghost - Fixed taunts with a special purpose being overridden by the Halloween taunt - Fixed a bug that allowed Mera
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  • FOV Changing Tool for COD: Ghosts Issued Cease and Desist Order from Activision

    Seeing as how Infinity Ward forgot that people hate a locked FOV (especially one that is around 65 by default), a group took it upon themselves to release a tool that let users change the FOV of the game they paid for.

    Activision issued a cease and desist order against the group and their FOV tool.

    It's made even worse when you look back to 2012 when a developer at Infinity Ward said they do not mind FOV changing mods and that they will not ban for their use. Whoops!
    I'd like to once and for all give Infinity Ward's stance on this
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  • Xbox One Code Scanning is Insanely Fast

    Xbox One Code Scanning is Insanely Fast

    One positive to the new Kinect bundled with the Xbox One is the fact that redeeming codes will be stupidly fast. Xbox Live's Major Nelson shows us the hot code reading capabilities of the Kinect through the use of a 7-second clip...
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  • Xbox Music Offering 15-Song Trial on Xbox One, No Ad-Supported Version

    Xbox Music Offering 15-Song Trial on Xbox One, No Ad-Supported Version

    On top of the monthly subscription for Xbox Live Gold, you will also need to pony up $9.99 (USD) a month for a Music Pass if you want to hear some sweet tunes.

    On the PC, there is an ad-supported version of the Music Pass that lets you listen to music with an occasional ad interjected here and there, much like Spotify does. On the Xbox One, there will be no such free ad-supported version. You either pay or you don't get to use it, it's as simple as that.
    That is rather unfortunate, especially when you're already paying a mo...
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