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Review: 5-hour Energy Gamer Shot

You ever write a three-page review for an energy supplement?

In early May 2024, 5-hour ENERGY (hereto after shown as 5-hour Energy) released a new Gamer Shot line of energy drink supplements. We got some news about it because this is a video game website that posts video game related news. That is how these things work. These 5-hour Energy Gamer Shots are available in three flavors: Pineapple Charge, Rocket Raspberry, and Apple Bash. Unless things have suddenly changed in the fe...

Band Together in Terror: The Outlast Trials Review

The Outlast Trials proves that survival horror can be more fun with friends.

The Outlast Trials is a four-player PvE game taking place in the Cold War era. The game's opening moments and lore paint a gruesome and wicked scene that will be familiar to series veterans but disquieting to those new to the Outlast universe. Players work their way through a series of experiments, each of which plays out on various large maps like a police station, a courthouse, a carnival, and more. The g...

Microsoft Shutdown Arkane Austin, Tango Gameworks, Alpha Dog Games, and Roundhouse Games

The company valued at over $3 trillion just closed several game studios.

Arkane Austin, the studio behind Redfall and 2017's Prey, has been shutdown by Microsoft. Tango Gameworks, the studio behind The Evil Within series and the multiple award-winning Hi-Fi Rush, has been shutdown by Microsoft. Alpha Dog Games, the studio behind the mobile game Mighty Doom, has been shutdown by Microsoft. Roundhouse Studios will not be shutdown but will instead be absorbed by The Elder Scrolls Online...

TikTok Ban Signed Into Law by President Biden

Owner ByteDance has 270 days to sell off TikTok.

On April 24, President Joe Biden signed a foreign aid package that also included a bill that could ban TikTok in the United States. This ban can only be averted if the China-based company that owns TikTok, ByteDance, sells off the popular social media app before the 270 day time limit is up.

This gives ByteDance until January 19, 2025 to sell TikTok. An additional 90 day extension could be offered by President Biden if...

Ubisoft Pulls Licenses for The Crew, Makes the Game Completely Inaccessible to Buyers

From the same company trying to sell you a $130 version of Star Wars Outlaws.

From announcing a $130 edition of Star Wars Outlaws to pulling game licenses from those that bought The Crew, Ubisoft sure is on a roll this week.

The Crew was Ubisoft's open-world racing game that was pulled from sale back in December 2023. As of March 31, 2024, Ubisoft shut down the online servers for The Crew. This effectively made the game unplayable across all platforms, including: PC,...

Tim Sweeney Called Valve 'Assholes' in Email to Gabe Newell, Valve COO Says 'You Mad Bro?'

Tim Sweeney is always mad.

The antitrust lawsuit against Valve from Wolfire Games got a little spicy this week. To quickly get you up to speed: Wolfire claims that Valve uses its position with Steam to control game prices and muscle out competition. Though the initial lawsuit against Valve was dismissed, Wolfire amended their suit in May 2022 and the legal battle was back on.

It may have taken almost two years, but we are now starting to see some of the documents that...
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  • God of War Ragnarok Devs Didn't Know Allies Spoiling Puzzles Would Annoy You

    God of War Ragnarok Devs Didn't Know Allies Spoiling Puzzles Would Annoy You

    Sony's Santa Monica Studio called it an oversight.

    Developers working at Sony's Santa Monica Studio didn't realize that backseating companions would be annoying to players. None is the issue of backseating companions more evident than in Santa Monica's own God of War Ragnarök. Want a moment to look at a puzzle before attempting to solve it? Too bad because here comes Mimir or Atreus with an unsolicited hint.

    Earlier this week, MinnMax conducted an interview with God...
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  • Poll: Has NPC Backseating Gotten too Excessive?

    Poll: Has NPC Backseating Gotten too Excessive?

    Yes, backseting has gotten far too excessive.
    No, backseating does not feel too excessive.
    I have no opinion either way / I have not noticed.

    The poll is expired.

    Just give me time to breathe, PLEASE!

    Having NPCs verbalize in-game hints on how to solve puzzles really isn't a new idea. There have long been clues provided on puzzle solutions be they spoken by other game characters, provided in the environment, highlighted with some "sense" ability, or something else. However, it sure does seem like those hints are coming a lot earlier and a lot more often in recent releases.

    Take God of War Ragnarök as one example. One...
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  • Spider Defense Game Kill it with Fire Coming to VR

    Spider Defense Game Kill it with Fire Coming to VR

    Those with arachnophobia should just keep on walking.

    Kill it with Fire is a first-person game where you try to hunt down and kill virtual spiders. It came out in 2020 on PC, at least through Steam, and it's over the top action seemed to resonate well with fans. What if you took that same idea but now it's in virtual reality?

    Casey Donnellan Games and tinyBuild just announced an upcoming VR release of Kill it with Fire that will hit Meta Quest 2, SteamVR, and both PlayStation...
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  • League of Legends Turns into a 2D Action-RPG in The Mageseeker

    League of Legends Turns into a 2D Action-RPG in The Mageseeker

    The Mageseeker: A League of Legends Story was announced by Riot Forge.

    This spring, a new "gritty indie 2D hi-bit pixel action-RPG" will hit the scene. It's called The Mageseeker: A League of Legends Story and it will take players with raising a mage army and leading a revolution. You know, simple stuff.

    This game is being by Digital Sun, the studio behind Moonlighter, and it's in development for PC and unspecified consoles.

    The Mageseeker takes...
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  • Composer Mick Gordon Donates Atomic Heart Fee to Help Ukraine

    Composer Mick Gordon Donates Atomic Heart Fee to Help Ukraine

    Gordon's fee is going to help the Red Cross Australia's work in Ukraine.

    Atomic Heart composer Mick Gordon says that he is donating his fee from the game to the Red Cross Australia's Ukraine Crisis Appeal.

    This comes after the game's developer, Mundfish, came under fire for supposedly using funding from sanctioned Russian organizations to develop Atomic Heart. Mundfish released a statement in January 2023 saying that they were "pro-peace." Mundfish continued...
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  • Cherry Blossom Biome Coming to Minecraft

    Cherry Blossom Biome Coming to Minecraft

    The new cherry blossom biome is coming in 1.20.

    Mojang reveals that a new biome is coming soon to Minecraft. When the 1.20 update releases for the ever-popular game, a new cherry blossom biome will be added. This update is currently set to arrive "soon" for beta snapshot releases for both Java and Bedrock.

    As the biome name implies, the cherry blossom biome will be filled with cherry blossom trees. These pretty pink trees will be home to a number of mobs and...
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  • The Day Before Videos Delisted on YouTube as Devs Blame a Calendar App

    The Day Before Videos Delisted on YouTube as Devs Blame a Calendar App

    The Day Before devs share more excuses.

    The Day Before's future is still in question as developer Fntastic (not Fnatic) released another public statement about the whole trademark issue they're contending with. The latest from Fntastic comes to us from Twitter where the studio says that the trademark for The Day Before was picked up for use with a mobile calendar app.

    Though not directly stated by Fntastic in their Twitter statement, it seems pretty safe to assume that...
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  • Multiplayer Added to Sins of a Solar Empire 2's Early Access Release

    Multiplayer Added to Sins of a Solar Empire 2's Early Access Release

    Plus there are more new ship models, an updated UI, and more.

    An update for the Early Access / Technical Preview release of Sins of a Solar Empire II (2) came out today. This update adds in multiplayer to this release. In addition, this update also includes some new ship models, a better user interface (UI) for the Research Tree, and improved textures on the capital ships.

    Multiplayer will allow real players to jump in and take over an empire that was being controlled...
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  • Dead Island 2's Release Date has Changed Again

    Dead Island 2's Release Date has Changed Again

    This time, it's the total opposite of a delay.

    After being delayed several times already, one might expect that another news post about Dead Island 2's release date means yet another delay was announced. Thankfully, today's Dead Island 2 release date news is good! After slipping from a February 3, 2023 release to an April 28, 2023 release, it was announced today that Dead Island 2 will now be out on April 21, 2023!

    It's not a whole heck of a lot of time, but moving that...
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  • Bungie Admits Destiny 2 is 'Too Predictable'

    Bungie Admits Destiny 2 is 'Too Predictable'

    The Destiny studio reveals their plans for the road after Lightfall.

    The release of Destiny 2: Lightfall is just around the corner. With release set for February 28, that doesn't leave Bungie with much time to shake things up too much prior to release. After Lightfall though, that's another story entirely.

    Today, the Destiny developer shared some of their major goals and changes to the familiar Destiny formula that they hope to achieve in the future. In a very lengthy...
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  • Here's Another Reason to Root for Approval of the Microsoft and Activision Deal

    In case you wanted another reason to want the acquisition to be approved.

    Current Activision Blizzard CEO, Bobby Kotick, will remain as the CEO of the company should Microsoft's $69 billion (USD) acquisition be blocked by regulators. This is according to sources speaking to Fox Business. They flatly say that if the deal falls through, Bobby Kotick "will absolutely remain at the gaming giant to run the company."

    Unfortunately, it's not particularly clear what...
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  • Wrestlin' Nation: Full Roster Revealed for WWE 2K23

    Wrestlin' Nation: Full Roster Revealed for WWE 2K23

    The full list of Superstars were just revealed! OH YEAH!!

    If you like wrestling as much as we do here at Wrestlin' Nation, then you are just as hyped as we are to find out who all is going to be in WWE 2K23! This game is going to ship with 100 of these high-flying, pile-drivin' Superstars at launch.

    Some of the roster are showing up in a WWE game for the first time ever. It's got Cody Rhodes, Bron Breakker, Alba Fyre, Cora Jade, and even the baddest bad ass wrestler around,...
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  • Which Tea Has the Most Therapeutic Qualities?

    Which Tea Has the Most Therapeutic Qualities?

    Do you ever feel like a soothing cup of tea is just what you need after a difficult day? If so, then you're not alone. The ancient practice of herbalism holds many therapeutic qualities and has been credited with helping individuals manage stress, relax, and promote well-being. From chamomile to peppermint and everything in between, the properties of various teas have an array of beneficial effects – but which one has the most potent medicinal powers? In this article, we'll explore exa...
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  • Atomic Heart Has Reasonable System Requirements

    Atomic Heart Has Reasonable System Requirements

    But will it be stutter free?

    The system requirements for Atomic Heart were released to the public this past week. From the looks of things, the range of hardware that will be able to run this game is broad, which should be good for those that don't have the most cutting edge gear.

    Set to release on February 21, Atomic Heart will send players into an alternate history where robots from the USSR go awry and you must use a variety of weapons and abilities to bring that robotic...
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  • Battlefield 2042 Update 3.2.1 Changelog Preview

    Battlefield 2042 Update 3.2.1 Changelog Preview

    This update is expected to drop in the first half of the week starting February 12.

    DICE just put up the current changelog for the upcoming Update 3.2.1 for Battlefield 2042. This update, expected to go live early next week. This update seems to be largely focused on fine tuning the changes and content that were made in the recent Update 3.2.0 release.

    It seems rather odd, but one of the biggest changes in Update 3.2.1 is a massive nerf to the Tracer Dart. The velocity...
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