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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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  • Valve's Steam Machine - First Look and Hands-On Impressions

    Valve's Steam Machine - First Look and Hands-On Impressions

    Recently, The Verge had some alone time with Valve's upcoming Steam Machine console and the new Steam Controller.
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  • Steam Surpasses 65 Million Accounts

    Steam Surpasses 65 Million Accounts

    Valve announced today that Steam has surpassed 65 million total user accounts. That is a 30% increase in growth over the previous 12 months.
    Looking ahead to 2014, Valve looks to expand Steam's services and offerings to gamers and developers by holding the Steam Developer Days in Seattle, WA this January and rolling out the recently announced Steam Machines with a variety of hardware partners later in the year. "The main goal of Steam has always been to increase the quality of
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  • Scream Fortress 2013 is Live for Team Fortress 2

    Scream Fortress 2013 is Live for Team Fortress 2

    Get ready for Helltower and the Scream Fortress 2013 update for Team Fortress 2. A new map, new magical abilities, new items, new newness.
    DockTort-urous Halloween Special, which this year is based entirely around the terrifyingly complex legal questions that haunt maritime law. AWOOOOOOOO! [Sound of receiving a jury summons] And that horrifying description of an obvio
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  • Valve Kicks Off Team Fortress 2's Scream Fortress 2013 Event with a New Comic

    Check out this "Grave Matters" comic that seems as though it will kick off Team Fortress 2's Halloween 2013 event.


    Get ready, Scream Fortress for 2013 is just around the corner. Looks like we're all going to hell....
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  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Update Cuts Back on Nuke Fog (October 17, 2013)

    The October 17,. 2013 update for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive includes a number of improvements to the UI and GOTV. Most apparent is change made to the fog on de_nuke.

    Changelog for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive for October 17, 2013

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    - de_nuke: Decreased fog

    UI - Added Streams tab to Watch menu. - Friends rich presence now also includes the map if they are reviewing a match from their Match History. - Fixed being able to invite and message yours
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  • Valve Gives a Video Demonstration of the Steam Controller

    Valve Gives a Video Demonstration of the Steam Controller

    Valve is offering up gamers a quick look at a variety of games being played with the Steam Controller prototype. This is the same prototype design that will ship to the 300 lucky Steam users later this year.

    Here's a quick look at some games being played with the prototype version of the Steam Controller -- the same version that we'll be shipping to 300 Steam users later this year. We'll post more demonstrations like this soon, including footage of some other game developers
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  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Update Fixes Grenade Physics and Adds Live Spectator Mode - October 10, 2013

    Tonight's update for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive addresses a few fairly significant issues. First up is a fix for how grenade physics interactions are handled when they hit players. The other is an improved bomb planting animation. In addition to these fixes, the CS:GO team added a Watch menu that lets you spectate live matches, similar to what is done with Dota 2!
    GAMEPLAY - Improved grenade physics interaction with player models. Grenades bounce off player hitboxes instead of th
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  • Fall 2013 Keys Released for Your Team Fortress 2 Nuts and Gourds - Update for October 10, 2013

    An update was just released for Team Fortress 2 that adds in Fall 2013 keys for the Acorn Crate and the Gourd Crate.

    Changelog for Team Fortress 2 for October 10, 2013

    - Added the Fall 2013 Acorns Crate Key - Added the Fall 2013 Gourd Crate Key - Automated craft bots can no longer craft high-value items (i.e., hats) - Fixed Nessie's Nine Iron missing gameplay description - Fixed exploit that allowed dead players to attack living players - Fixed disguised Blue team Spies showing blue
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  • Valve Announces Steam Dev Days Conference

    Valve Announces Steam Dev Days Conference

    In January 2014, Valve is going to hold a Steam Dev Days conference in Seattle, Washington. This two-day long conference is for videogame professionals to meet up in a "relaxed, off the record environment to share design and industry expertise."

    Entry fee is $95 per person but a couple of the hotels around the area are offering up discounts for the event.
    Steam Dev Days is a by invitation, two-day conference where video game professionals can meet in a relaxed, off
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  • Steam Client Update Released (October 7, 2013)

    Steam Client Update Released (October 7, 2013)

    An update has come out today for the Steam client. It includes some performance improvements and more.

    Changelog for Steam client for October 7, 2013

    Steam
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  • European Half-Life 3 Trademark is Allegedly Fake

    European Half-Life 3 Trademark is Allegedly Fake

    The news we recently had up (well, we did prior to the script kiddie shenanigans) about the trademark filing for Half-Life 3 is allegedly not true. Valvetime discovered that the trademark that was filed with the Trademarks and Design Registration Office of the European Union (OHIM) has been removed.

    It was listed for only about a week before being removed. However, the weird thing now is that a listing for Portal 3 has gone up just two days ago on October 2. Granted, this filing...
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