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  • BlizzCon 2020 Officially Cancelled, Online Event Planned for Early 2021

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    BlizzCon 2020 Officially Cancelled, Online Event Planned for Early 2021

    Online event tentatively planned for early 2021.

    In a move that is probably the least surprising one in this hell that we call "2020," Blizzard has officially announced that this year's BlizzCon event is cancelled. It's not gone entirely, but the event itself will be online only for the first time ever.

    Saralyn Smith, executive producer of BlizzCon delivered today's unfortunate news in a posting that explains how the decision to cancel the in-person event was...
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  • GameStop Makes Stupid Decision to Reopen Stores Already

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    GameStop Makes Stupid Decision to Reopen Stores Already

    Welcome to GameStop, where our employees are completely expendable.

    We're still in the midst of a global pandemic but that sure hasn't stopped the morons of the world from wanting to open everything back up. Speaking of which: GameStop corporate have started to reopen a number of stores around the world. They join city mayors, state governors, and a bunch of Trump supporting protesters that blindly threw themselves at an astroturfing campaign to force people back to work. It's easy...
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  • Death Stranding for PC Delayed Until July

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    Death Stranding for PC Delayed Until July

    Another delay as a result of working from home.

    You hate to see it happen, but this sort of thing is expected in our current day and age. Early in the day on April 21, Kojima Productions announced that they have delayed the launch of the PC version of Death Stranding. Originally slated to release on June 2, Kojima Productions pushed out the game's release by six weeks to July 14, 2020.

    The announcement was made through Twitter and the Death Stranding page on Steam. The...
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  • Rick May, Voice of TF2's Soldier, Has Passed Away

    Rick May, Voice of TF2's Soldier, Has Passed Away

    You were good, son. Real good. Maybe even the best.

    ​​​In the late afternoon hours of April 13th, voice actor John Patrick Lowrie passed along word that his friend and colleague, Rick May, has passed away. The two voiced characters from Valve's Team Fortress 2. Lowrie voiced the Sniper while May was the voice of the Soldier.

    While Covid-19 may have been what ultimately took May's life, the actor did suffer from some unfortunate health issues in the preceding months. He...
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  • 2019's Biggest Dumpster Fires - An Abridged Version

    In late January 2020, I wrote up about some of the fantastic games that were released in 2019. It was a "game of the year" focused piece with...
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  • Amazon Developed MMO New World Delayed Until August

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    Amazon Developed MMO New World Delayed Until August

    The delay is the result of... yeah, you guessed it: Covid-19.

    Early in the day on March 9, Amazon Games Studios made the sad announcement that their upcoming MMORPG, New World, is getting delayed. The game, which was initially set to be released to everyone in May 2020 has instead been pushed back until August 25, 2020. A closed beta for the game has now been added as well, and will begin in July.

    The reason behind the delay is attributed to the still ongoing Covid-19...
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  • Soulcalibur and Tekken World Tours Cancelled Through June

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    Soulcalibur and Tekken World Tours Cancelled Through June

    Tournament events all over the world are cancelled.

    Bandai Namco announced today that they are removing a number of World Tour events "until further notice." These include two Soulcalibur World Tour 2020 events and nine different Tekken World Tour 2020 that were scheduled through June.

    These changes have been made in response to the "highly dynamic nature surrounding (the) coronavirus (Covid-19)." Bandai Namco says that they will make future announcements...
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  • Twitch Surpasses 3 Billion Total Hours Watched in a Quarter for First Time

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    Twitch Surpasses 3 Billion Total Hours Watched in a Quarter for First Time

    It's almost like people have more free time.

    For the first time ever, Twitch has surpassed 3 billion total hours watched in a single quarter. This information comes direct from StreamLabs and Stream Hatchet. They also show that in addition to Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook Gaming also saw an increase in viewer numbers for the first quarter (Jan-Mar) of 2020.

    According to the public facing report, Twitch had hit 3.1 billion hours watched. This is an increase of 17% from...
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  • Someday You'll Return Delayed

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    Someday You'll Return Delayed

    You won't return delayed, the game is called... oh forget it.

    The release of the upcoming psychological horror game, Someday You'll Return, has been delayed slightly. The game was originally supposed to ship on April 14, 2020 but has since been pushed back a few weeks to May 5, 2020. The reason for the delay? If you guessed the coronavirus, you would be correct.

    Initially, CBE Software thought that a release would be postponed "until the situation gets better globally,...
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  • The Last of Us Part II Delayed Indefinitely

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    The Last of Us Part II Delayed Indefinitely

    This decision comes direct from Sony.

    In the early afternoon on April 2, word came direct from Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE), that both The Last of Us Part II and Marvel's Iron Man VR are delayed "until further notice." The reason behind these delays is, you guessed it, due to the ongoing global crisis.

    Word first came from the official PlayStation Twitter account. ...
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  • Valve Offers Suggestions on Reducing Steam Bandwidth

    Valve Offers Suggestions on Reducing Steam Bandwidth

    Budget that bandwidth during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Everyone is at home. If not, they probably should be. 2020 has been crazy wild and it's still only March. One of the things people have been doing more of, is playing games. What else is there to do when you're under quarantine? Work? HA! Screw that!

    The problem with being at home all the time like this, is that the network in your home, country, or even globally can be impacted significantly. People have more time now...
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  • GameStop Closing Over 300 Stores Permanently

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    GameStop Closing Over 300 Stores Permanently

    Was it worth it?

    GameStop announced that it is closing over 300 stores this year. These closures are part of their continued efforts to "de-densify" and was announced during the latest earnings call for the dying gaming focused retailer. Last fiscal year, the company revealed that they closed 321 stores. This brought their total number of locations to 5,500 storefronts. This year, GameStop's CEO George Sherman says that they have plans to match or possibly exceed last year's...
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  • GameStop Considers Itself 'Essential Retail' as It Endangers the Lives of Its Employees

    Imagine being this full of yourself.

    GameStop, the physical retailer that sells video games and video game accessories, told all of its stores today that they should remain open. A memo sent to all store managers says that all stores should remain open even if the city or state goes on lockdown to protect against the spread of Covid-19. The retailer told its employees that they, much like grocery stores and pharmacies, are "essential retail" and are thus exempt from abiding...
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  • Rockstar, CD Projekt Red, and EA are Working from Home due to Covid-19

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    Rockstar, CD Projekt Red, and EA are Working from Home due to Covid-19

    Development continues at safe distances.

    Multiple game studios are now requiring employees to work from home due to the still ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Maybe you've heard of it? Teams that are usually busy working together on whatever projects at their respective studios have been told to work from home when possible.

    Some of the studios that have taken to working from home include Rockstar Games, CD Projekt Red, and even EA. For the employees at these studios, this means...
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  • E3 2020 Cancelled as Covid-19 Declared Global Pandemic

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    E3 2020 Cancelled as Covid-19 Declared Global Pandemic

    Wait, am I out of a job now?

    Earlier today, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the coronavirus (Covid-19) a pandemic. Think of a pandemic as an epidemic that has a much greater reach. Epidemics could be considered to be localized to just a few places in the world. Pandemics signify that there is a global impact. For a while, Covid-19 was still considered an epidemic because it was largely contained to areas of China and mostly to those that travel. As the virus continues...
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