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Review — Gears Of War: Ultimate Edition

Growing up, I had an Xbox 360. One of the biggest exclusives was Gears of War. Now that I have an Xbox Series X, I decided to check out Gears of War: Ultimate Edition on Xbox Game Pass. Read on for my thoughts.

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Xbox Acquires Activision Blizzard

I recently bought an Xbox Series X because of how amazing it is and how incredible Xbox Game Pass is as a revolutionary gaming service. Well, I made a wise investment because today Xbox announced that it’s acquiring Activision Blizzard, bringing countless legendary franchises to the Xbox ecosystem and platform. Call of Duty, Overwatch, World of Warcraft, Crash Bandicoot, and Spyro are just a few of the iconic series that are part of this acquisition. For Xbox gamers, this is spectacular news! Read on for the full announcement from Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer.

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Unboxing & Review: Xbox 20th Anniversary Controller & Headset

I haven’t owned an Xbox console since the Xbox 360, but tomorrow I pick up the Xbox Series X! Today, I received the 20th Anniversary Xbox controller and headset. Below are unboxing and review videos for both.

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Power On: The Story of Xbox

Last night, I finished watching Power On: The Story of Xbox, a six-part documentary on the 20-year history of one of the most popular and influential brands in gaming. Is this docuseries worth watching? Read on for my thoughts.

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Alan Wake 2 Announced

Yesterday, Remedy Entertainment announced the long-awaited sequel to Alan Wake, Alan Wake 2! The company also released a teaser and shared more details in a post. Below you’ll find both the teaser and the announcement. Wake up, and enjoy!

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Skyrim 10th Anniversary Fan Celebration & Concert

Skyrim just turned 10 years old, and Bethesda celebrated the occasion with an Anniversary Edition update, as well as a fan celebration and concert, which you can watch in its entirety below.

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The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt Concert: 4K HD

The Witcher 3 is one of the most successful and influential video games of all time. Below, for your viewing pleasure, in its entirety, is The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt Concert in 4K HD. Toss a coin to your Witcher, and enjoy!

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A Conversation With Atari And Chuck E. Cheese Founder Nolan Bushnell

It’s not often that I get to interview someone who was a driving force behind the formation of an industry, so I was honored to have the opportunity to do just that when I spoke with Nolan Bushnell. One of the founding fathers of video games, Nolan created the iconic and enduring company, Atari. He also founded Chuck E. Cheese, yet another revolutionary business that influenced millions of people. Today, Nolan is focused on fixing education with his newest entrepreneurial endeavor, lernip. It was an honor and pleasure to speak with such an intelligent, influential, and insightful maverick. I hope you enjoy our discussion.

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Audible Review: The Ultimate History of Video Games

I love video games, and I’ve read many books about the history of gaming. The Ultimate History of Video Games by Steven L. Kent is the best one available. The Audible version is more than 20 hours long, and it’s filled with interviews with industry luminaries, fascinating stories, and more content than you can shake a joystick at.

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The Elder Scrolls — Zaneta’s Chronicles, Part One: Vvardenfell

Having sunk hundreds of hours into various video games in The Elder Scrolls franchise, I’m a massive fan of this series. Therefore, I’m always looking for different ways to immerse myself in the world that is The Elder Scrolls, whether it be through the soundtracks, tabletop games, or novels. With this in mind, I was eager to read The Elder Scrolls — Zaneta’s Chronicles, Part One: Vvardenfell by A.L. Zuniga. This book is the first in a trilogy about a character named Zaneta, and it is set in The Elder Scrolls’ universe.

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