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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...
 

900 People Laid Off Across Multiple PlayStation Studios

Multiple studios across all SIE regions impacted.

Sony just laid off about 900 people across multiple PlayStation studios around the world. These 900 or so laid off employees account for roughly 8% of the total workforce for Sony Interactive Entertainment.

President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, Jim Ryan, announced the layoffs to the public today. The public statement came after an email was sent to all employees informing them of the layoffs. From Ryan's...
 

Xbox Confirms PlayStation 5 Releases, Diablo 4 on Game Pass, and Future Hardware Plans

No, Starfield and Indiana Jones are not going multi-platform any time soon.

The heads of Xbox stayed true to their word and were indeed a part of a special edition of the Official Xbox Podcast. During today's pre-recorded podcast and subsequent blog post, head of Xbox Phil Spencer stated that four Xbox exclusives are going to be multi-platform releases. Is it Starfield? Indiana Jones? Gears of War? Halo?! No, no, no, and no. Though Spencer did not specify what those four titles ...
 

Embracer Lays Off 97 Employees from Eidos; Cancels New Deus Ex

Embracer's rampage continues.

Eidos-Montreal, a development studio currently under the Embracer umbrella, made the sad announcement that employees at the studio were being laid off. Eidos took to social media to confirm that 97 people have been let go "from development teams, administration, and support services".

The studio says that "global economic context, the challenges of our industry, and the comprehensive restructuring announced by Embracer have...
 

Microsoft Lays Off 1,900 People from Gaming Divisions

Impacted teams include Activision Blizzard, Xbox, and ZeniMax.

Layoffs are happening again within Microsoft as roughly 1,900 employees are being let go. The initial report comes from an IGN report that says the layoffs hit Microsoft owned Activision Blizzard, Xbox, and ZeniMax.

Xbox lead Phil Spencer sent out a memo to staff which announced these layoffs. In the memo, Spencer says that as Microsoft is "committed to aligning on a strategy and an execution plan with...
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  • Next-gen Update for The Witcher 3 Arrives December 14

    Next-gen Update for The Witcher 3 Arrives December 14

    It's an early Christmas gift from CD Projekt Red to you.

    CD Projekt Red says that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Complete Edition will be released on December 14, 2022. This is the next-gen update for The Witcher 3 that will be available for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC.

    The studio says that this release and update will "feature dozens of visual, performance, and technical enhancements over the original." Included in these improvements will be ray tracing,...
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  • Microsoft Pauses Windows 11 22H2 Rollout Due to Game Stutters

    Microsoft Pauses Windows 11 22H2 Rollout Due to Game Stutters

    The 22H2 update may result in "lower than expected performance" or stuttering in games.

    In early October, Microsoft publicly released the 22H2 update for Windows 11. This update brought several new features to the operating system, the return of several features common to Windows that were common in older versions, and several bug fixes. Unfortunately for those that play video games, which is probably you if you're reading this, it also introduced several performance issues....
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  • 505 Games and Remedy Enter Publishing Agreement for Control 2

    505 Games and Remedy Enter Publishing Agreement for Control 2

    The two companies will co-develop and co-publish the sequel.

    Control 2 has apparently been officially announced with today's reveal that Remedy Entertainment and 505 Games will co-develop and co-publish the title. Control 2, previously known as Codename Heron, will be made for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC. Remedy will publish the game on PC while 505 handles the console releases. Though unconfirmed, this could very well mean that Control 2 will be exclusive to the Epic Games...
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  • Kevin Conroy, Voice of Batman, Has Passed Away at 66

    Kevin Conroy, Voice of Batman, Has Passed Away at 66

    Conroy is known as the voice of Batman in The Animated Series and Arkham games.

    You may not know his face, but you certainly know his voice. Kevin Conroy, the voice of Batman since the 90s with Batman: The Animated Series and then the Arkham series of video games, has passed away at the age of 66 after a short battle with cancer. News of his passing was shared on social media today from friends and those he worked with. A press release from DC was also shared with .

    For...
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  • Google Starts Refunding Stadia Purchases

    Google Starts Refunding Stadia Purchases

    Google says that the process should be automatic.

    The process of issuing refunds to Stadia customers for purchases made on hardware, games, peripherals, and subscriptions has begun at Google. This comes a little over a month since Google announced that they were shutting down their online game streaming service. Google still plans on shutting the service down completely on January 18, 2023.

    When they made the announcement of Stadia's closure, Google also revealed that...
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  • Battlefield 2042 Free Trials Happening in December

    Battlefield 2042 Free Trials Happening in December

    A series of free access periods are coming in December.

    As part of their latest development update, DICE and EA say that there will be a series of free access periods throughout December for Battlefield 2042. These periods will be available on each platform to experience all of what Battlefield 2042 has to offer for a limited time.

    Those who play during the Free Access periods will get a few bonuses. First off is the Battlefield 2042 Welcome Pack, which includes a collection...
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  • New Nvidia Drivers Fix Call of Duty and Forza Horizon Issues

    New Nvidia Drivers Fix Call of Duty and Forza Horizon Issues

    These Game Ready drivers were made for Modern Warfare 2.

    Nvidia released new drivers today for their graphics cards. These new 526.86 drivers are "Game Ready" for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Nvidia says that these drivers offer "improved stability, solves image corruption issues, and supports Nvidia DLSS Super Resolution and Nvidia Reflex" in Modern Warfare 2.

    Not only that, but these drivers fix a number of outstanding issues that have been plaguing...
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  • Battlefield 2042 Double XP Weekend Now Underway

    Battlefield 2042 Double XP Weekend Now Underway

    You have until Monday to get some faster ranks.

    DICE just kicked off a double XP event for Battlefield 2042. From today (November 10th) through to Monday, November 14 at 10AM (UTC; 5AM ET) players will be able to earn double XP across all game modes.

    DICE says that this is the first of what will be "more" double XP events coming in Season 3 and beyond.

    Right now, this would be a decent time to hop into the game if you really care about your rank....
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  • Call of Duty: Warzone to be Taken Offline for Nearly Two Weeks

    Call of Duty: Warzone to be Taken Offline for Nearly Two Weeks

    Activision says they will bestow some compensation gifts on players when Warzone 2.0 launches.

    As Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0 nears its November 16 (at 8AM PT) release date, Activision is taking the first Call of Duty: Warzone offline. Warzone will be down for a period of 12 days so that the team can focus on getting the sequel launched and situated in a stable state. Once Warzone 2.0 is in a good spot, the plan is to bring the first Warzone back online on November 28 at 10AM (PT)....
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  • Meta Lays Off Over 11,000 Employees

    Meta Lays Off Over 11,000 Employees

    This is a reduction of roughly 13% of its total workforce.
    Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Meta, just announced that they have let go more than 11,000 employees across many divisions. This reduction is equal to about 13% of Meta's total workforce.

    The message shared with Meta employees was also shared publicly by Zuckerberg. In the remarks issued, he says that some discretionary spending will be cut and there will be a hiring freeze at Meta through Q1 2023. This is being done, according...
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  • Online Features Return to Dark Souls: Remastered

    Online Features Return to Dark Souls: Remastered

    11 months after being disabled, online functionality returns to Dark Souls.

    In late January 2022, a major security exploit was discovered that existed across all Dark Souls titles. This exploit could allow for bad actors to remotely execute code on a victim's PC if they so desired. This could, in theory, give attackers full and unrestricted access to your machine. Prior to the release of Elden Ring, FromSoftware disabled the online functionality for all Dark Souls titles on PC while...
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  • NCSoft May be Working on a Horizon MMO

    NCSoft May be Working on a Horizon MMO

    The Guild Wars developers may be working with Sony on a new MMO.

    According to Korean news site MTN, as relayed by VGC, a new MMO based on the Horizon franchise may be in development at NCSoft. Sony is reportedly working with the South Korean developer of the Guild Wars franchise to expand upon the world players have experienced in Horizon: Zero Dawn and Horizon: Forbidden West.

    The report says that NCSoft is currently recruiting new hires for the project, which has been...
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  • FIFA to Embrace Blockchain and Web 3.0 in First Post-EA Games

    FIFA to Embrace Blockchain and Web 3.0 in First Post-EA Games

    You can hear EA laughing from here.

    After EA refused to pay the staggering $1 billion (USD) to FIFA for the use of their branding, FIFA decided to take their ball and run home. The organization said that they planned to continue offering their license to other developers for future soccer game releases and that is precisely what seems to be happening.

    The catch here, and wow is it ever an amusing one, is that the first titles coming from FIFA will utilize the blockchain...
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  • World of Horror to Fully Release Next Summer

    World of Horror to Fully Release Next Summer

    The Junji Ito inspired horror game will hit consoles and PC in mid-2023.

    During the Nintendo Indie World event, it was revealed that World of Horror will be fully released in Summer 2023. This Junji Ito inspired cosmic horror RPG will be released at this time for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

    At present, World of Horror is available as an Early Access title through Steam, Itch.io, Gog, and Microsoft.

    Players will take a trip to the...
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  • Tips And Tricks For Finding Diamonds In Minecraft

    Tips And Tricks For Finding Diamonds In Minecraft

    Minecraft is a Java-based sandbox video game developed by Markus "Notch" Persson and managed by Mojang AB as a division of Microsoft Studios. A player in Minecraft may navigate, interface with, and alter an interactively created map consisting of one-cubic-meter-shaped bricks. Crafting is a technique in gameplay where users construct new objects by assembling materials according to particular procedures. Diamonds are employed to manufacture several of Minecraft's most valuable objects, such as dia...
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  • Poll: What is 2024's Biggest Gaming Disappointment So Far?
    by Shawn Zipay
    It's AAAA vs WB.

    March isn't even over yet and we've already seen a couple of stinkers come out from major gaming studios. While we tend to focus on the surprise hits or quality titles in these polls, this time it's a little bit different.

    Between the Rocksteady developed live-service Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League and the "AAAA" quality Ubisoft developed Skull and Bones: Which is the bigger disappointment for you?

    Playing these games isn't...
    Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League
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    Skull and Bones
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    03-12-2024, 11:07 AM
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