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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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  • Dark Souls II Out Now for PC

    Dark Souls II Out Now for PC

    The PC version of Dark Souls II is here and ready to be played. The game is actually being released ahead of its scheduled release tomorrow.
    The PC version of Dark Souls II will take players on a journey through a devastated world where death and despair lurk around every corner; only those who posses strong-will and cunning will survive to achieve glory. Dark Souls II delivers a constant threat of death from bloodthirsty enemies and hellacious bosses as players face soul-crushing challenges
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  • These Are Your Free PlayStation Plus Games for May 2014

    These Are Your Free PlayStation Plus Games for May 2014

    The list of free games for PlayStation Plus subscribers was revealed today by Sony.
    Stick it to the Man! (PS4) On an ordinary day, hard hat tester Ray has a bizarre accident and wakes up with a giant pink spaghetti arm sticking out of his brain, giving him extraordinary mind-reading powers. Ray can suddenly change the world with stickers, transforming his paper universe by tearing it, folding it and using the crazy stickers he finds (along with his awesome new powers) to solve mind-
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  • Team Fortress 2 Update Released - April 24, 2014

    Team Fortress 2 Update Released - April 24, 2014

    A new update for Team Fortress 2 was just rolled out by Valve. This update seems to be mainly for bug fixing purposes with some map updates included for good measure.

    Changelog for Team Fortress 2 for April 24, 2014

    - Fixed an issue where plugin_load may load a non-binary file type - Fixed an issue where decompressed file sizes were not being checked by the engine - Fixed a client crash related to Unusual items and the character loadout screen - Fixed an item exploit w
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  • Platform Exclusive Content for Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes is No Longer Exclusive

    Earlier today, Hideo Kojima revealed that the once exclusive content for Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes will soon no longer be exclusive. That is to say that the Deja Vu mission will make its way to Xbox platforms while the Jamais Vu mission comes to PlayStation. This swapping of content will begin on May 1 via a free title update. Though it's not quite apparent yet if this date is only for Japan or for all regions. Also, here is a gif of Stefanie Joosten, who plays the role of Quiet...
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  • Unreal Engine 4.1 Update Adds Console Support

    Unreal Engine 4.1 Update Adds Console Support

    There isn't even a game out yet that utilizes Unreal Engine 4, but it's already hit version 4.1 with today's update. Epic Games notes that this update brings native support for consoles, namely the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, at no additional charge to users.
    The 4.1 update also includes SteamOS and Linux support, refined iOS and Android workflow, new game templates both for C++ programmers and designers using Blueprint visual scripting, and more than 100 improvements based on community
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  • Interact with Evolve in Latest Gameplay Trailer

    Interact with Evolve in Latest Gameplay Trailer

    The team at Turtle Rock have put together a new interactive gameplay video for Evolve, their upcoming 4 vs 1 multiplayer title. The video above is a combination of all parts of the video designed to give you a general overview of the action. It features running commentary from Aaron "Ayesee" Chambers and Turtle Rock Studios' Chris Ashton. However, if you're looking for something a little more "interactive" then it all starts with the video below. This video is best viewed with annota...
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  • Trials Fusion Review by Total Gaming Network

    Trials Fusion Review by Total Gaming Network

    Welcome to the future, where man and machine are fused in Trials Fusion. This review is based off experiences with the PlayStation 4 version of the game. The footage is from the PC beta purely for the sake of convenience.

    You can find out more information at the Trials Fusion website.

    Related Information
    Title: Trials Fusion
    Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC
    Rated: Everyone 10+ (Mild language, mild violence)
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  • Star Wars: The Old Republic's Galactic Strongholds Expansion Delayed

    Star Wars: The Old Republic's Galactic Strongholds Expansion Delayed

    BioWare has pushed the release of their Galactic Strongholds expansion for Star Wars: The Old Republic by almost two months. Initially, subscriber early access was slated to begin on June 24 but has been pushed back to August 19. The deadline to earn rewards has moved from May 11 to July 15. The official, non-subscriber launch has moved from August to October.

    This information comes courtesy of a letter to the community from Senior Producer, Bruce Maclean. In the letter,...
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  • League of Legends Adds Braum, The Game's First Tank Support

    League of Legends Adds Braum, The Game's First Tank Support

    The League of Legends site introduced a new character today, Braum. Braum is notable for being the "first true tank support" that the team at Riot have ever created for the game.
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  • Chaos Mode Added to Call of Duty: Ghosts

    Chaos Mode Added to Call of Duty: Ghosts

    A new "Chaos Mode" was added to the Extinction game type for Call of Duty: Ghosts. This mode is a straight forward mode where waves of enemies come at you in waves. Over time, players can increase their combo multiplier and earn more perks the longer they hold out and the better they perform. The update also includes two new perks for players: Juiced and Fast Health Regen. This is just one part of the rather lengthy update that was rolled out for the game today. ...
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  • Latest Project CARS Trailer Continues to Show Pretty Cars

    Latest Project CARS Trailer Continues to Show Pretty Cars

    A new trailer for Project CARS was released today by Slightly Mad Studios. The crowdfunded title continues to amaze gamers with some beautiful looking visuals.


    The footage from the above trailer? It was all taken directly in-game.

    At present, the studio is targeting a November 2014 release of Project CARS on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, and SteamOS. It is also slated to be one of the first titles to make use of Sony's Project Morpheus VR ...
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