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Review: GreedFall (PC)

A long and thrilling journey.

GreedFall is a game that filled a gaping void I did not know I had for a new action-RPG experience. Though it lacks some of the polish you would expect from a major game release these days, the game still rewards the player with fun and varied combat, complex story beats, and an overall experience that should make even the veterans at BioWare sit up and take notice. For those of you that have been on the fence about picking up GreedFall, you would be doing yourself a disservice if you did not go pick it up right now.
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Blizzard Issues Insultingly Pathetic Statement About Blitzchung Suspension and Reasoning

The cowards just doubled down.

Taking a page from politicians and businesses that know late on Friday is the best time to release news that you are positively ashamed to share, Blizzard has finally issued a statement about the recent ban on Blitzchung and two Hearthstone casters.

Before we get into it all, let's just read what they have to say. Here is Blizzard's full statement as it currently appears on their website.



Despite a reduction of six months for the suspension, Blizzard is still punishing Blitzchung. The...
 

Layoffs Hit PlayStation Europe

SIEE had no prior knowledge of PS5 reveal.

A new report from VGC says that Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe (SIEE) is undergoing a "restructuring" of several areas at the company, including marketing and PR. VGC says that they were informed of this unfortunate news from "people with knowledge of the situation."

As if that wasn't bad enough, VGC's report says that SIEE employees were informed about when American PlayStation directors visited SIEE in their London location. Those employees who were impacted by these layoffs...
 

Blizzard Employees Walkout in Protest of Unjust Ban on Pro-Hong Kong Hearthstone Player

A small group of Blizzard employees are protesting against the actions of their employer.

A small group of Activision-Blizzard employees staged a walkout on Tuesday afternoon of this week to protest against their employer. Earlier this week, Blizzard had banned a professional Hearthstone player, Chung "Blitzchung" Ng Wai, after he voiced his support for the pro-democracy Hong Kong protesters. Blitzchung voiced his support during a post-game interview during an official livestream.

Not only did Blizzard quickly cut away from the interview...
 

PlayStation 5 Confirmed for Holiday 2020 Release

Sony dishes more details about their next-gen console and controller.

The announcement of the next-gen consoles has been really, really weird. Sony first announced the PlayStation 5 via a Wired interview with Mark Cerny. Since then, there really hasn't been much revealed about the new console. In fact, it wasn't even known until today that the next console was actually going to be called the "PlayStation 5."

Today, a new PlayStation Blog entry was released alongside yet another exclusive Wired article that provides some additional details...
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  • Valve Rescinds "Major" Designation from 2018 Dota 2 Galaxy Battles Major

    Valve Rescinds "Major" Designation from 2018 Dota 2 Galaxy Battles Major

    Valve issued an important update today regarding the upcoming Galaxy Battles Major for Dota 2. First up, the event is no longer a Major and will thus be known as the Galaxy Battles 2018 tournament.

    This is due to "new government regulations for Esports players entering the Philippines."
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  • The Best Games on Steam in 2017

    The Best Games on Steam in 2017

    There were a lot of video games released in 2017. Most of those seem to have been released on Steam, even a metric ton that you probably have no idea even exist. I'm looking at you, oh let's just say... Evil Come. What with your two user reviews. Yeah, you.

    Even still there were a lot of games that did get noticed in 2017. Games like Playerunknown's Battlegrounds and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt seemed to do a-ok in 2017, earning spots in the "Platinum" tier of the best sellers in 2017 on Steam. That's actually even more impressive when you consider...
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  • Jim French, Voice Actor Known for Left 4 Dead, Dota 2, and Half-Life 2 Has Passed Away

    Jim French, the voice actor behind Bill in the Left 4 Dead games, passed away on December 21 at the age of 89.

    French brought a force and a life to Bill that immediately made him my go-to choice any time my friends and I played a game of Left 4 Dead. He continued to breathe life into Bill for a special mission in Payday.

    French also provided the voice for Father Grigori in Half-Life 2. He was the lone Fisherman in Half-Life 2: Lost Coast. Dota 2 players will know him best as the voice of the Elder Titan. Back in 1959, long before acting in g...
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  • Smissmas Returns to Team Fortress 2 Today

    Smissmas Returns to Team Fortress 2 Today

    Valve rolled out the Smissmas 2017 update today for Team Fortress 2. The update includes new community-created taunts, new Winter 2017 Cosmetic Case, a Stuffed Stocking gift for all players that log in, a War Paint Case, and just general changes to the game itself.
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  • Steam Community Reportedly Blocked in China

    Steam Community Reportedly Blocked in China

    China sure does love its censorship. By that I mean actual censorship, not that fake "censorship" bullshit that people like to throw around like it's going out of style when they have no other avenue to turn to in an argument. No, we're talking about real, bonafide censorship from the Chinese government here. The latest victim appears to be the Steam Community.

    This information comes to us courtesy of ValveTime on Twitter. They pull their information from GreatFire, a website that appears to keep track of the sites and services blocked in China....
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  • Black Mesa Devs Delay Xen Again But at Least They Added God Rays

    Black Mesa Devs Delay Xen Again But at Least They Added God Rays

    Oh look, Black Mesa announced another delay. This is totally shocking and unexpected. Xen is delayed (again). Oh no. Surprising. Etc.
    Straight to the bad news: we are pushing back the release of Xen. We are truly sorry for getting everyone's hopes up and then delaying... again. We worked very hard to make December, but we are not yet ready. As a team, we take FULL responsibility for that. We have an internal deadline we are confident in, and we will be getting everyone more details as we get closer to that date.
    The Black Mesa team at least released so...
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  • Dota 2 7.07 "Dueling Fates" Update is Live

    Dota 2 7.07 "Dueling Fates" Update is Live

    Valve just rolled out the "Dueling Fates" update today for Dota 2, bringing the game up to version 7.07. This update adds in two new heroes: Dark Willow and Pangolier. It also includes a literal metric ton of balance changes, fixes, gameplay mechanic changes, and more.

    Valve's special "Dueling Fates" page is about 90% changelog, so you're just going to have to go there to check it out for yourself. Trying to paste it here and have it be formatted somewhat properly would be an absolute nightmare that I just don't have the will to tackle right now. ...
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  • Major Overhaul Coming to Steam Curators

    Major Overhaul Coming to Steam Curators

    Valve sent out word earlier that there is a major revamp coming to the Steam Curator system. To those unaware, Steam Curators is a way for actual human beings to suggest games to the Steam community at large. These Curators are typically led by people that range from influential YouTube personalities, game enthusiasts, critics, journalists, and the like. The system has been a mixed bag of hit and miss. A big focus for this total revamp from Valve is an overhaul in how Curators can interact with developers and publishers. Other areas of focus include the ability to ...
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  • Steam Digital Gift Cards Launched

    Steam Digital Gift Cards Launched

    Valve just launched Steam Digital Gift Cards. That's right, you can now give the gift of Steam Wallet funds to your friends, family, loved ones, and enemies if you so desire.
    The new cards allow you to send Steam Wallet funds to friends, who may then apply those funds toward the purchase of anything on Steam, from hardware to software, including games and in-game items. This expands on Steam's single-game digital gift service and the tangible Steam Gift Cards which are available from hundreds of retailers around the world. To purchase a Digital Gift Card, si
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  • Jungle Inferno Content Update Announced for Team Fortress 2

    Jungle Inferno Content Update Announced for Team Fortress 2

    Valve decided that they were tired of being mocked for not developing anything and have decided to do something about it. So, they put together a new "Jungle Inferno" content update for Team Fortress 2! Of the six new maps that have been announced for this update (so far), Valve created one of them!

    That map is called Mercenary Park.
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  • New Dust 2 Now Available in CS:GO Beta - Get Your First Look Here

    New Dust 2 Now Available in CS:GO Beta - Get Your First Look Here

    Here is your first good look at the changes that have been made to Dust 2 for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. I'm sure this is probably the first of many, many, many, many, many, many, many times you will see the updated Dust 2. See, because the joke is Dust 2 is played a lot.

    Valve put up a rather lovely guide that both shows and explains the changes they made to several key areas of Dust 2. For example, here is just a bit on the overall art improvement that they made.
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