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Jack Dorsey on Musk’s Twitter takeover: ‘Elon is the singular solution I trust’

by Karissa Bell, Engadget Twitter co-founder and Block Head Jack Dorsey has made it clear that Elon Musk has his support as the new owner of Twitter. In his first public comments since Twitter and Musk announced the $44 billion deal, Dorsey said that “Elon is the singular solution I trust.” Dorsey wrote that Musk and current CEO Parag Agrawal were “getting the company out of an impossible situation,” and that the company was on “the right path.” Dorsey also alluded to his own regrets regarding how Twitter is structured. “The idea and service is all that matters to me, and I will do whatever it takes to protect both,” he wrote. “Twitter as a company has always been my sole issue and my biggest regret. […]

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Elden Ring’s First Big Patch Adds More Secrets, Quests and People To An Already Massive Game

by Luke Plunkett, Kotaku Elden Ring was just updated to v1.03, and while that humble number may not suggest anything noteworthy, the game has actually quietly added (and fixed) some pretty important stuff. First up, and perhaps most unexpectedly, is the list of content that has been introduced to the game. Like the ability to record the name and location of an NPC straight onto the map, removing one of the biggest frustrations players have had with the game, which previously kept no record of your encounters with NPCs (and especially quest-giving NPCs) at all. The update also adds a new NPC (Jar-Bairn), adds “some summonable NPCs in multiple situations,” and even new quest phases for missions involving Diallos, Nepheli Loux, Kenneth […]

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Activision Blizzard faces wrongful death lawsuit over employee suicide

by Jon Fingas, Engadget Activision Blizzard is dealing with particularly serious fallout from the sexual misconduct allegations surrounding the company. The Washington Post has learned Activision Blizzard is facing a wrongful death lawsuit from the family of Kerri Moynihan, a woman who died by suicide in April 2017 during a company retreat. The family alleges sexual harassment at the game developer played a “significant factor” in her death. Moynihan’s death was referenced in a California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) lawsuit over Activision Blizzard’s reported “frat boy” culture, albeit without mentioning her name. Male colleagues reportedly shared an explicit photo of Moynihan at the holiday party preceding her death, according to that lawsuit, and referred to a male supervisor who supposedly brought sex toys to […]

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The PS5 and Xbox Series X/S versions of ‘Cyberpunk 2077’ are out now

by Kris Holt, Engadget The long-awaited PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S versions of Cyberpunk 2077 are out now. CD Projekt Red previously planned to release the new versions last year, but delayed them until early 2022. Those who own the game on PS4 and Xbox One will get a free upgrade to the respective current-gen version. Players can expect faster loading, dynamic scaling and other visual and technical upgrades. The PS5 version takes advantage of the DualSense controller’s haptic feedback, built-in speaker and adaptive trigger functions, as well as activity cards and 3D audio. There are performance and ray-tracing modes on PS5 and Xbox Series X. In performance mode, the game will run in 4K at 60 frames per second with expected rare, small framerate […]

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Sony stocks slide on ‘monumental challenge’ from Microsoft gaming deal

by Sam Nussey, REUTERS TOKYO (Reuters) – Shares in Japan’s Sony Group fell 9% today after gaming rival Microsoft acquired developer Activision Blizzard in a record $70 billion deal for the industry. While Sony’s PlayStation is widely seen as having a lead in the generational battle with Microsoft’s Xbox, the purchase of the “Call of Duty” maker comes as Microsoft is aggressively expanding its Game Pass subscription service. Sony has strengthened its network of in-house games studios in recent years and delivered a string of exclusive hits including its “Spider-Man” franchise, which left Microsoft playing catch-up. “Sony will have a monumental challenge on its hands to stand on its own in this war of attrition,” wrote Amir Anvarzadeh, a market […]

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Naughty Dog and PlayStation Reportedly Developing ‘The Last of Us Part II: Director’s Cut’

Months after rumors of the game receiving a multiplayer battle royale mode by Sophie Caraan, HYPEBEAST A director’s cut of Naughty Dog and PlayStation‘s award-winning game The Last of Us Part II is reportedly in development. According to video game industry insider Tom Henderson, multiple reports are stating that the remake of The Last of Us is almost complete and could release in the second half of this year. He added that he has also heard rumors of The Last of Us Part II: Director’s Cut, but he could not pinpoint a tentative release. “Them all releasing together could be a good compromise if [God of War Ragnarok] got delayed to Q1 2023 – But that’s just speculation on my end for the moment,” he continued. In August […]

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‘The Witcher 3’ to Receive Netflix Series-Inspired DLC Along With Next-Gen Update

by Jeff Yeung, HYPEBEAST Fans of CD Projekt Red‘s The Witcher 3 will be delighted to learn that the game’s next-gen update is finally coming soon, along with completely new DLC. Announcing the news over on Twitter, the official The Witcher account revealed that the critically acclaimed title’s long-awaited next-gen update for the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S and PC will finally be arriving sometime this year. While no specific date has been provided, it’s still fantastic news for fans of the developer, which has been through a pretty turbulent time following the botched release of Cyberpunk 2077. To accompany its next-gen update, CD Projekt Red has also teased new, free DLC that’s inspired by Netflix‘s live-action adaptation of The Witcher, although no other details have been revealed for the time being, so you’ll […]

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Dying Light 2’s 500-hour completion time draws backlash

by Stephen Totilo, Axios A weekend promotional announcement that the upcoming zombie game Dying Light 2 will take 500 hours to complete drew a lot of negative replies. Why it matters: Big-name games keep getting longer, squeezing out other games and frustrating some players. Driving the news: “To fully complete Dying Light 2: Stay Human, you’ll need at least 500 hours,” Polish studio Techland tweeted Saturday afternoon. Some players responded enthusiastically, saying they were eager to dive into the first-person open-world adventure, in which players explore and fight their way through a city infested with zombies. But negative reactions were abundant: “That’s not ideal. Less is more,” someone tweeted. Another: “I loved your previous games but that is a huge turn off. As a father […]

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For the videogame industry to grow, it needs to first grow up

After ‘frat boy’ culture came to light in 2021, videogame publishers need to be more inclusive to expand customer base and cure their workplaces by Wallace Witkowski, Market Watch The videogame industry appears to have hit a watershed moment in 2021 that sent a clear message: It’s time to grow up before you can grow any larger. Allegations of a “frat boy” culture and sexual harassment, rape and discrimination at Activision Blizzard Inc. ATVI, +1.34% became a public-relations nightmare for the videogame publisher, directly affecting the business and ability to produce games, both in keeping current workers productive and attracting and maintaining top talent. The same type of trouble has plagued “Assassin’s Creed” publisher Ubisoft, and “League of Legends” publisher Riot Games, which this week agreed […]

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‘Artemis’ Is An “Earth-Sized” Open-World Game From ‘PUBG’ Creator

by Ewan Moore, Gaming Bible We’re starting to reach a point with open-world games where bigger doesn’t always necessarily mean better. Take, for example, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. That’s a damn good game, but I’m not sure it would have lost anything if Ubisoft had made its sprawling recreation of Greece even half the size it ended up being. Basically, just because developers can make a huge open-world game these days doesn’t mean that they should. With that in mind, join me as we take a look at Artemis; a brand new in-development game that promises an open-world roughly the same size as Earth. Artemis is the ambitious new project from Brendan “PlayerUnknown” Greene, the creator of PUBG. You may recall […]

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Don’t Use Quick Resume With Halo Infinite, Devs Warn

by Ian Walker, Kotaku 343 Industries is telling Halo Infinite players not to use Quick Resume, a key feature of the Xbox Series X/S, for fear of missing out on special multiplayer cosmetics. During the Halo Infinite campaign, hidden caches known as Mjolnir Armories can be found that unlock customization options for the game’s online multiplayer modes. These include several armor, weapon, and vehicle coatings as well as trinkets like dogtag charms and a pre-match, back-turned stance. That said, if you’re offline or disconnected from the Halo Infinite servers—which often happens when the game is suspended with Quick Resume—they won’t be added to your game. “The team is aware and we will eventually have a retroactive fix (you will get the cosmetics you’ve earned),” 343 Industries […]

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Rockstar Just Confirmed Red Dead Redemption 3

Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick just flat-out confirmed the existence of Red Dead Redemption 3. by Amidu Njiemoun, Early Game We all knew it was coming, and we already extensively covered everything we know about Red Dead Redemption 3. Still, there is some sweet gratification when a game is actually confirmed, and now this is exactly what happened to the third entry in everybody’s favorite Western game: Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick was asked if franchises like GTA and NBA 2K will continue forever-ever, and this was his reply: “If it’s really, really great, it will keep going. I don’t know if you saw it, I just saw the new Bond film, that was great. You would like every franchise to be James […]

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Activision CEO Bobby Kotick Knew for Years About Sexual-Misconduct Allegations at Videogame Giant

Top executive didn’t inform board of some reports, including alleged rapes; company faces multiple regulatory investigations by Kirsten Grind, Ben Fritz and Sarah E. Needleman, The Wall Street Journal Bobby Kotick, the longtime chief executive of videogame giant Activision Blizzard Inc., received a troubling email in July 2018. A lawyer for a former employee at Sledgehammer Games, an Activision-owned studio, alleged in the email that her client had been raped in 2016 and 2017 by her male supervisor after she had been pressured to consume too much alcohol in the office and at work events. The female employee reported the incidents to Sledgehammer’s human-resources department and other supervisors, but nothing happened, according to the email, which threatened a lawsuit against the company. Within months of receiving the […]

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Microsoft adds 76 more games to the Xbox backward compatibility program

It’s the final update to the library. by I. Bonifacic, Engadget Microsoft added a total of 76 games to the Xbox backward compatibility program, the company announced yesterday during the Xbox 20th anniversary event. Highlights include the entire Max Payne series and F.E.A.R franchise, in addition to Skate 2 and Star Wars: Jedi Knight II. Every title Microsoft added supports Auto HDR on Xbox Series X and Series S consoles. You’ll also see an increase in resolution when playing original Xbox games. The Xbox Series X and Xbox One X will render those titles at four times their native resolution, while the Xbox Series S will do so at three times and Xbox One S and Xbox One at double. Additionally, 11 titles will […]

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The Call Of Duty machine is grinding the series into dust

It doesn’t matter if each year’s new Call Of Duty is good, all that matters is that there is a new Call Of Duty by Sam Barsanti, A.V. Club Every year since 2005, Activision has published a Call Of Duty game. That’s 16 main entries in the series, made possible by a rotating stable of developers and an increasingly large group of studios that exist just to support whichever one of them is running point on that year’s Call Of Duty. The idea is that each studio can spend two or three years making a game, but since there are so many studios making Call Of Duty games, Activision can put them out annually and keep making money. And it’s a great way to make money! Which in […]

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Man arrested Sunday following argument over a video game

by Ken de la Bastide, The Herald Bulletin, Anderson, Ind. ANDERSON — A dispute about the settings on a video game resulted in the arrest of Robert Baker on potential felony charges. The Madison County prosecutor’s office Monday was given an additional 72 hours to file formal charges against Baker, 45, 1800 block of West Ninth Street, after a 2½-hour standoff Sunday. Bond was set at $10,000 full cash by Criminal Magistrate Kevin Eads. Baker is facing preliminary charges of domestic battery with the use of a deadly weapon, a Level 5 felony, and intimidation, a Level 6 felony. According to a probable cause affidavit, Anderson police were dispatched at 9:11 a.m. Sunday to the 200 block of West 37th Street. […]