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Xbox Claims Sony is Paying Developers 'Game Pass Block Fees'
Detailed in documents sent to Brazil's Administrative Council for Economic Defense to justify its proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard, Microsoft claimed Sony actively inhibits the growth of Xbox Game Pass by preventing content from appearing on it. Such comments are part of Microsoft's response to Sony insinuating that Xbox acquiring the Call of Duty franchise would be anti-competitive. Microsoft further claimed, "Considering that exclusivity strategies have been at the core of Sony’s strategy to strengthen its presence in the games industry, and that Sony is a leader in the distribution of digital games, Sony’s concern with possible exclusivity of Activision‘s content is incoherent, to say the least."
Half Life 2 VR Is Getting a Public Beta Next Month
Back in 2017, Eurogamer reported on a new VR mod for Half-Life 2. However, that version was actually an extension of an earlier mod from back in 2013. Sometime after that announcement, the project stalled out, entering its own form of development hell. Well, fans waiting for the mod can stop holding their breath, as it's been announced the project eight years in the making will finally receive a public release next month with an open beta.
New August PS Plus Games Announced!
PlayStation Plus opens up a wide world of games to players. With a single subscription, they can play to their hearts' content, enjoying a range of titles they may not have given a shot to otherwise. New games are added every month, and August has some real special titles for you to sink your teeth into if you're looking for something new to play.
GTA 6 Will Set 'Creative Benchmarks' For All Entertainment
Take-Two boss Strauss Zelnick had a lot to say during a recent chat with GamesIndustry.biz. He blamed a "softer economy" for a downturn in revenue ever since the company acquired mobile giant Zynga. The buyout has left a $117 million hole in the company's bottom line, but it still remains hopeful for the future. That includes looking forward to the eventual release of Grand Theft Auto 6.
Overwatch Is Getting Rid of Loot Boxes
Loot boxes have long been a contreversial aspect of modern gaming. People may spend hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars to hopefully get something new. But it looks like one major proponent of the practice is calling it quits. Blizzard announced in a blog post that its highly popular game Overwatch will no longer sell loot boxes. Gamers will still be able to acquire items through natural in-game progression, but they won't be able to purchase them. All this comes after one final loot box event, of course.
Non-Game Pass Games Coming to Xbox Cloud Gaming?
Twitter user @Knoelbelbroet spotted something rather peculiar earlier this week. The Xbox store pages for the likes of Elden Ring, GTA 5, and Soul Hackers 2 have all received Cloud Gaming Beta logos. However, if you go to play these games, you'll only receive an error message. This seems to suggest that these games, and others like them, will be available for Xbox Cloud Gaming, a feature that was normally reserved for titles on Xbox Game Pass.
Discord AI Bot is Surprisingly Accurate
In the recent phenomenon of AI art, procedurally generated images from keywords can make something just as beautiful or as horrifying as a handmade painting. However, the philosophy and implications of AI art is on a lot of people's minds, yet doesn't come into the conversation because Dall-e Mini is used more for laughs than for creating art. One AI art generator, Midjourney, will take you on anything but a ‘mid’ ‘journey’ with how vivid and surreal the images are. Midjourney is primarily a discord bot that produces ultra-detailed pieces of art that are just so much fun to scroll through. With a discord account, you can sign in to Midjourney to see and create some for yourself. On the home page, dozens of pieces are being uploaded from random users. To create you’re own Ai Generated art, you need to use the MidJourney discord server, and type /imagine : (Prompt) in the “newbies-14” tab. There is a free trial, and after you've generated a limited amount of images, you will get a notification that you'll need to upgrade to a subscription. (You can make another discord account, I wont tell anyone)
Game Devs Claim GameStop Sold NFTs Without Consent
In the continuing adventures of NFT controversy, GameStop is in hot water for utilizing the technology. Based on a report from Ars Technica, an NFT miner on GameStop's platform, has been caught selling NFT versions of HTML 5 games of which he had no permission to make and sell. What's even worse is that these games will likely forever live on the blockchain.
New MMORPG 'Tower of Fantasy' Shows Sneak Peek
On August 5, Level Infinite came out with two new videos for Tower of Fantasy. This is a new PC and mobile game that comes later this week. The "Creative Gameplay" video showcases character personalization as well as numerous options players will have to make their characters unique. It also shows off some transportation methods that will be available to players to get around this far-out world.
The KOTOR Remake Has Been Indefinitely Delayed
In September 2021 Aspyr announced that a remake of BioWare’s classic RPG was being made for the current generation of consoles. Hype peaked as a moody trailer saw a figure cloaked in shadow prowl in the darkness. Next thing we see is the red of a Sith lightsaber and a close up of a fully masked Sith Lord: Darth Revan.