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Microsoft Re-Releases One Million Xbox Live Gamertags, Grab Yours

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If you missed out on getting the Xbox Live gamertag you’ve always wanted, now might be your chance to get it.

Microsoft has re-released nearly one million gamertags that have gone unused since the original Xbox was around, and anyone with an active Xbox Live Gold subscription and at least one year of cumulative Gold subscriptions can grab one or more.

Microsoft didn’t reveal the gamertags but provided a few of the categories they fall under:

  • Proper names
  • Pop culture references (entertainment, sports, gaming)
  • Geography and travel
  • Types of food
  • Science and technology
  • Math and numbers
  • Animals
  • Some of the greatest inventions of all time

You can use Xbox.com, the Xbox App on Windows 10, or your Xbox One to make the change, but keep in mind that you’ll be charged a $10 fee if it’s not your first time changing gamertags.

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This Is Mortal Kombat 11’s Official Cover, What Do You Think?

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It’s familiar, but different; simpler, but engaging.

Mortal Kombat creator Ed Boon has revealed the official cover art for Mortal Kombat 11, and its of little surprise that it only features Scorpion.

Compared to Mortal Kombat 10, the overall design is brighter and simpler, featuring a yellow, hot background that surprisingly works well with Scorpion’s yellow outfit.

Scorpion’s pose is imposing, and its interesting that NetherRealm chose go with the more modern version of the character rather than the classic one that appeared in the reveal trailer.

Mortal Kombat 11 releases on April 23, 2019 on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch.

What do you think about the cover art? Better yet, what’s you favorite Mortal Kombat cover art of all time? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Epic Games Store New Return Policy Allows Unlimited Refunds, But…

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Gamers get more leniency and a simplified verification process.

Epic has updated the Epic Games Store’s return policy to make it more competitive with other digital storefronts.

With the old policy, you were allowed just two refunds per year, but now everyone has unlimited refunds within 14 days of purchase and with under two hours played.

The Epic Games Store doesn’t have a “self-service” solution, at least not yet, so you will have to go through Customer Support to request a refund.

A change was also made to the verification process for receiving a refund. Customers no longer have to provide their IP address, last four digits of the card used, account creation date, and other information if the return meets the set criteria, though a contact form will still need to be used.

Epic plans to add more regional pricing options to the store. There are currently 30 different regions available, encompassing a total of 130 countries.

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Microsoft Is Buying Fallout: New Vegas Developer Obsidian Entertainment

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The tech giant is just about ready to own the highly-acclaimed game studio.

Microsoft is preparing to buy Obsidian Entertainment, according to a new report.

Sources close to the matter revealed to Kotaku that the deal, which has been the work for a while, is “90%” finished, and it’s only a matter of time before everything is finalized.

Founded in 2003, Obsidian Entertainment is best know for its numerous RPG titles, which in addition to Fallout: New Vegas, include Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II, Neverwinter Nights 2, Alpha Protocol, and Pillars of Eternity.

Many of their games are sequels based on licensed properties.

Obsidian is just one of slew of notable video game-related purchases by Microsoft in 2018. Earlier in June, it announced the acquisition of Hellblade studio Ninja Theory, State of Decay 2 developers Undead Labs, and Compulsion Games, the studio behind We Happy Few.

The company may have dropped the ball against Sony’s PlayStation 4 this gaming generation, but it appears to be setting itself up for a resurgence for the next generation.


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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Records Highest Concurrent Player Count In Series History

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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey has revived the series’ player base.

The latest installment in the Assassin’s Creed series has set a new record for concurrent player counts on Steam, according to GitHyp.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey garnered 62,000 concurrent players on Steam in its launch week, which is a 33% increase over the 41,000 concurrent players of its predecessor, Assassin’s Creed: Origins.

That makes Odyssey the highest played title in series history in terms of concurrent players on Steam.

In the UK, the game took the number two spot on the sales chart, failing to knock FIFA 19 from the top.

Moreover, physical sales were down compared to Origins, although the situation is likely better when digital copies are taken into account.

In case you missed it, you can watch Odyssey launch trailer here.


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Forza Horizon 4 Reviews Round-Up, It’s Love All Around

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Forza Horizon 4 is arguably the best installment in the series to date.

Reviews for the latest Forza Horizon are in, and Microsoft, Playground Games and, most importantly, racing game fans have a lot to be happy about.

Forza Horizon 4 is a resounding hit with critics and gamers alike, earning an average score of 92 percent on metacritic as of the time of this writing.

This time around, car aficionados take to a shared open-world Britain that has been fine-tuned to take into account both the seasons and the time of day, with seasonal changes altering the driving conditions and the accessibility of pathways. The game world literally changes over time.

There are 450 unlockable cars, including the Warthog for the Halo series, that can customized and raced to the heart’s content.

If you are still on the fence about getting Forza Horizon 4, check out some of the more notable reviews and scores here…

If you’ve played Forza Horizon 4, what would you personally rate it, and why? Let us know in the comments below.


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Get Hyped With The Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Launch Trailer

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This is an Assassin’s Creed game unlike any other.

Set in ancient Greece, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey builds on what made origins so good, bringing back some of the beloved features the franchise is known for while introducing radical new changes and departures — most notably, an RPG-driven dialogue wheel, the ability to play either as a male or a female protagonist, and the ability to choose between romance options — that could potentially change the face of the series forever.

Unlike the previous Assassin’s Creed games, this launch trailer uses gameplay footage rather than CGI, but it still manages to be engaging. It showcases some of the gameplay elements players can expect, as well as the locations they will frequent. We also get a bit on the story and how the choice you make will affect it.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is playable on the PS4, Xbox One and PC. Watch the trailer here, and let us know if it gets you hyped…


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