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Pre-Gamescom 2018: Microsoft will announce new Xbox One bundles and accessories

It would seem the gaming world got a little too excited this morning when Microsoft vaguely hinted “all-new hardware” would be shown off at Gamescom 2018 only to later clarify that while this won’t be the reveal of Xbox Project Scarlet, the next-generation console expected to release in 2020 or 2021, instead they plan to announce a new Xbox One system bundle and new accessories (possibly including a rumored Elite Controller iteration that was alleged leaked recently).

This information was originally debuted in an article titled Xbox is coming to gamescom by Xbox media spokesperson Major Nelson, who himself started off as a self-made games journalist detailing news revolving around the original Xbox before eventually being hired on by Microsoft as a permanent figurehead to the brand. For those wondering, technically the event is meant to be spelled in all lowercase letters as per stylized renditions and logos, Major Nelson didn’t make an error it’s just the weird way the biggest gaming event in Germany likes to have their name typed out.

As for the leaked controller, nothing is certain yet but there are some details floating around the internet in the form of rumors as to what will be seen this August 21 – 25 when Gamescom commences.

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Fear The Wolves adding berserk wild life to the battle royale genre this August

Other players won’t be your only enemy in Fear The Wolves, which comes to Steam Early Access on July 18, 2018. Set in Chernobyl in an aftermath situation derived from the real life disaster that took place in the Ukraine during 1986 (my birth year, by coincidence) widely regarded as the worst Nuclear accident on the planet (Fukushima might have outdone Chernobyl now though). Adding PvE elements to the battle royale genre and replacing walls with radiation, this game is looking to add its own twist to the largely successful formula many others have failed to penetrate.

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EA Games executive Blake Jorgensen just sold $1.5 Million of EA Stock

According to SEC filings made Friday, July 6, 2018 which were sent to Investors today on July 9, 2018 Blake Jorgensen (COO & CFO at EA Games) sold $1,503,967 worth of stock market holdings in EA on July 3, 2018 (last Tuesday). This took place over two transactions in which 6,200 shares were sold at $142.85 each (for a total of $885,670) followed by an immediate secondary motion to sell 4,300 shares at $143.79 each (for a total of $618,297). Typically game industry executives have been known to sell off large amounts of stock market holdings in the companies they work for when their inside knowledge allows them to predict a future drop in value will occur (sometimes legally, sometimes illegally based on past court findings of executives at EA in particular).

Let’s take this opportunity to give an EA News WrapUp of some recent events that may be related to this disposal of securities and late filing on a massive release of shares from a loathed industry figure who has defended loot boxes in games, even as governments condemn and ban them through new laws, as well as suggest the death of single player games, and why he may think that EA’s stock market value could be heading for a decline.

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How to get a Nintendo Switch for $225 (July 2018)

Americans are able to get a special deal on the Nintendo Switch for a limited time through Google Express (sorry, no Canadians allowed) via discount code on checkout with Target selected as the retailer. This deal comes from the infamous industry watchdog Wario64 who should be followed by anyone who wants to know the latest in gaming discounts, pre-order information, and other rare purchasing options for the latest games and technology. The person behind this account is unidentified and though theories have gone around about them being Suda51 or another industry figurehead hiding behind an anonymous call-sign, recent posts seem to hint that they might be in fact a games journalist.

In any event, this deal is something you wouldn’t want to pass up if you need a Nintendo Switch and feel the timing is right to budget for one. We’ll do our best to include instructions on how to go through with the offer in this article. It should be noted that the discount is designed for items in the cart and not specifically the Switch, but underground gamers likely stumbled upon it and repeated its usage for buying Switch hardware before Wario64 decided to share it. He obviously operates within a pretty clever group of gamers who seem to always have the latest and greatest deals at their fingertips.

Even so, this particular deal is only valid until July 17, 2018 so if you want it then you’ll need to hurry up and buy it within the next ten days. It also has to be in stock in a nearby store.

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Highlights of USA / CANADA PlayStation Mid-2018 Sale (Up to 75% Off)

If you’ve got a full wallet and an empty external hard drive with massive storage space, this is an amazing time. The USA and Canada PlayStation Network Stores have been blasted with the largest PSN Sale seen in years following the big E3 2018 gaming event which saw Bethesda and Xbox take the crown in worldwide polls against good-not-great showings from PlayStation and Nintendo. The sale ends July 17, 2018 so definitely start browsing the store now. We have highlighted some of our picks as well as runner ups for convenience.

Among the titles listed for sale are many older games from various times across the lifespan of the PlayStation platforms including the PSOne version of Resident Evil 2 which was revealed to have a remake in the works during Sony’s show and is among many people’s top 3 games of E3, or in some cases the most anticipated game shown. PSN titles that function on PS4 also bring back Red Faction II and the original, and are on sale right in time for last week’s Red Faction Guerrilla Re-mars-tered (our review coming soon).

There’s also some epic unsung heroes such as the October 2016 PS4 release of 50’s action-adventure title Destroy All Humans! from THQ Nordic which certainly offered some new and engaging gameplay for its time when it first debuted on PlayStation 2 in 2005. Take a look at some of our favorites here, and be sure to head over to the PSN Store for yourself as the vast amount of games on sale is sure to hide many previous gems ripe for first time discovery or affordably re-living all over again!

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Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Nintendo Switch) News & Demo Impressions

Today, Nintendo released a Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS demo for their upcoming release of Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker on the North American eShop to coincide with the upcoming release of the title next week on Friday, July 13th, 2018 for both the Nintendo Switch and 3DS, retailing at 49.99 CAD/39.99 USD. The title is eligible for 200 gold points if you digitally preload the title through the eShop.

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IndieSpotlight: Fall 2018’s ToeJam and Earl: Back in the Groove (PS4, Xbox, Switch, PC)

One of the underground classics of masterpiece quality and bizarrely unique trappings has been reborn. ToeJam and Earl originally brought hip hop space aliens to the Sega Genesis on a quest to repair their ships after crash-landing on the craziest, most dangerous planet in the universe… Earth! Half of a million dollars was pledged by fans for the rebirth of this retro game franchise in a brand new installment coming to modern formats.

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Happy 4th of July, Darwin Project 1.12 is now free on Xbox Game Preview

If you were one of the early purchasers of the wilderness survival game show take on the battle royale genre from Scavengers Studio then you will receive a Founder’s Pack the next time you log in. For those who haven’t tried the game yet, our hands-on impressions of the 1.8.3 version were mostly positive, so don’t be scared to try the new 1.12 version out. The fact that the game will now be available to a wider audience should also help its reach and keep matchmaking smooth. As with all battle royale games it will take a lot of players queuing up to ensure that each match is full and starts up fast.

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Graveyard Keeper Alpha v0.678 Hands-On Impressions

Graveyard Keeper is the in-progress graveyard management sim by Lazy Bear, the genius team behind the hit boxing club management simulator Punch Club. After spending the last few weeks checking out the alpha build, I’ve since fallen in love with the game and here’s some reasons why.

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First plans for Xbox Project Scarlet have finally emerged

A bit of information has made its way to the public through Xbox Boss Phil Spencer expressing his hopes, dreams, and potential plans for the upcoming next-generation of console gaming expected to be launched in November of 2020 or 2021. We will continue to update all information regarding the next-gen Xbox Project Scarlet platform as the next few years should be some of the most interesting in gaming history.

Editor’s Note: Project Scarlet is a code name for use during the development of the next Xbox and will probably not be the final name of the product(s) developed under this frame work. The following post includes the latest information but this project is a work-in-progress and subject to change over the next few years.

Please check our Project Scarlet section for the latest info as it becomes available.

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