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Annie Wersching, ‘24’ Actor and Tess in ‘The Last of Us’ Video Game, Dies at 45

by Charna Flam, Variety Annie Wersching, an actor best known for her roles in “24” and “Bosch” and for originating the role of Tess in the 2013 video game “The Last of Us,” has died following a two-year battle with cancer. She was 45. Wersching’s death was confirmed through a GoFundMe campaign, shared to draw financial support for the actor’s […]

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Games To Set Your Sights On For The New Year

by Joy Alexis Barker With 2023 only a few days away, it’s an exciting time as a new gaming year that will undoubtedly bring new and pre-existing titles to our game library draws near. How the new year will define our industry is not yet written, but I will present the facts from what little information I glean on upcoming […]

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The Classic Sega Video Game ‘Streets of Rage’ is Being Adapted Into a Movie

Lionsgate will turn classic ’90s Sega video game Streets of Rage into a full-length film, written by John Wick creator Derek Kolstad. by Jaelani Turner-Williams, okayplayer. Streets of Rage will soon be coming to theaters. On Wednesday (November 17), Deadline reported that film company Lionsgate has acquired a theatrical adaptation of the classic Sega video game, which published three installments in the ’90s between 1991 to 1994. […]

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Sonic The Hedgehog artist and Sega legend Rieko Kodama dies aged 58

by GameCentral, Metro Sega has officially announced the death of Rieko Kodama, one of the first prominent female game developers and producer of Skies Of Arcadia. The Sega Mega Drive Mini 2 launches today across the world but it has brought with it some unexpectedly bad news, as it includes a tribute to Sega developer Rieko Kodama, who it’s only just been revealed […]

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Fallout 76 Lead Designer Ferret Baudoin Has Passed Away

by Lu-Hai Liang, TheGamer Bethesda Softworks senior designer Ferret Baudoin has died. A lead designer on Fallout 76, a tribute page on Facebook announced Baudoin’s death saying he “passed suddenly” on October 15. Former Fallout 76 project lead Jeff Gardiner shared news of his friend and ex-colleague’s death on Twitter and paid tribute. “I’m crushed right now,” he wrote. “Ferret […]

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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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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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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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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 […]