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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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  • Survival Tips and Tricks for The Surge 2

    Survival Tips and Tricks for The Surge 2

    This officially released video wants to help you survive.

    A newly released video by Deck13 and Focus Home provides some new tips and tricks that may just help you survive the brutal streets in The Surge 2. Before (or even after) you watch this video, be sure to check out our review for The Surge 2.

    The Surge 2 is out now for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. ...
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  • Iron Judgment Expansion is Live for GWENT Players

    Iron Judgment Expansion is Live for GWENT Players

    A new expansion brings new content for everyone.

    The Iron Judgment expansion for GWENT: The Witcher Card Game is now live on most platforms. Those platforms being the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. This expansion adds in over 80 new cards across all playable factions.

    There are Armor cards, Defender units, in addition to Barricade, and Exposed. I'm sure these card types mean something to those that play the game. To me, they're just words without context. Players will...
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  • A Pac-Man Multiplayer 'Royale' Game Announced for Apple Arcade

    A Pac-Man Multiplayer 'Royale' Game Announced for Apple Arcade

    Four Pac-Boys drop in, but only one will emerge a Pac-Man.

    Bandai Namco announced today a new game that is in the works for Apple Arcade. It's called Pac-Man Party Royale and as the name suggests, it's got a bit of a battle royale thing going on.

    Slated for release later this year, Pac-Man Party Royale will see four players dropping onto an island battling it out to see who is the best Pac-Man player. The one that is still chomping along at the end is obviously the best....
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  • Who Is More Venturesome when Playing Free Slots - Men or Women?

    Who Is More Venturesome when Playing Free Slots - Men or Women?

    The gambling world is one that is irresistible and tempting for most men. But, of late, there has been a big surge in the number of women taking up gambling and trying their hand out in live casinos and other interesting gambling categories. The advent of the internet and advancements made by the technology has brought the casinos right into one’s living room. This has increased the number of people looking to try out the internet casinos exponentially. These days there are a lot of avid fans...
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  • Terminator Gameplay Shown in New Mortal Kombat 11 Trailer

    Terminator Gameplay Shown in New Mortal Kombat 11 Trailer

    A new gameplay trailer shows off the T-800 in action.

    WBIE and NetherRealm Studios released yet another new gameplay trailer for Mortal Kombat 11. "But the game has been out for a while now," I hear you exclaim. Yes, but this is DLC we're showing off today. Specifically, we get a look at the Terminator T-800 that is coming October 8 to Mortal Kombat 11 for Kombat Pack owners.

    This particular model is based off of how the T-800 will look in the upcoming Skydance...
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  • Ghost Recon: Breakpoint Launch Trailer

    Ghost Recon: Breakpoint Launch Trailer

    A new gameplay launch trailer for the latest Ghost Recon game.

    Ubisoft released a new trailer today for Ghost Recon: Breakpoint. This game is out now if you bought the Gold or Ultimate Editions of the game or on October 4 if you picked up the lowly Standard Edition of the game. All in all, it's probably a good time for a launch trailer to be released.

    This new trailer includes gameplay footage that shows you what you can expect to experience when or if you pick the game...
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  • Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games New Trailer

    Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games New Trailer

    A new trailer to get you excited for some Olympic games.

    Sega has released a new trailer today for the upcoming Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. This new trailer gives us all a look at what to expect when the game ships out on November 5 for the Nintendo Switch, or November 8 for those of you in Europe.

    Sega says that because of the wide assortment of characters from both Mario and Sonic franchises, you can settle long-standing rivalries at the skate...
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  • Destiny 2 Taken Offline for Emergency Maintenance

    Destiny 2 Taken Offline for Emergency Maintenance

    Server's haunted.

    Bungie has taken down both Destiny and Destiny 2 for "emergency maintenance." This announcement was made via Twitter just a short time ago.

    There is no real word on what the issue currently is, but prior to this maintenance, they said that they were looking into problems that were preventing players from logging in.

    This is kind of thing was pretty much expected today though. First off, Destiny 2: Shadowkeep was released. Secondly,...
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  • Sniper Elite 3 Ultimate Edition Out Now on Switch

    Sniper Elite 3 Ultimate Edition Out Now on Switch

    Snipe some Nazi balls on the go!

    Rebellion has released Sniper Elite 3 Ultimate Edition on the Nintendo Switch today. This release includes both a digital version on the Nintendo eShop and a physical retail release.

    Sniper Elite 3 Ultimate Edition for the Switch places you in the well-worn shoes of OSS agent Karl Fairburne. His latest assignment takes him to North Africa in 1942. The game features a fully realized story campaign, plus four bonus campaign levels, plus all...
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  • Killing Floor 2 'Grim Treatments' Halloween Update is Live

    Killing Floor 2 'Grim Treatments' Halloween Update is Live

    A free, Halloween-themed update is out today for all Killing Floor 2 owners.

    Tripwire Interactive just released a new update today for Killing Floor 2. This update is called Grim Treatments and is free to everyone that owns the base game on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam.

    This new update includes Halloween-themed enemies, a new map called Ashwood Asylum, Nuked Objective Mode, some limited-time cosmetics, and more. The new Objective Mode that Tripwire is...
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  • Shawn Layden Out as Boss of PlayStation Worldwide Studios

    Shawn Layden Out as Boss of PlayStation Worldwide Studios

    Layden's departure was announced suddenly via Twitter.

    PlayStation Worldwide Studios boss Shawn Layden is "departing" from the studio according to a new tweet sent out by Sony.

    This announcement seems to have come rather suddenly and with little to nothing in the way of foreshadowing. Layden was with Sony for over 30 years. He began in 1987 working in public relations for the tech giant. He then moved on to be an assistant to Sony co-founder Akio Morito for a...
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