Author Archives: Eric Abent

Eric Abent is the Gaming Editor of SlashGear. He is an avid gamer himself - very passionate about gaming and its community. Eric has been writing on SlashGear since 2012.

Sorry Google, but for me Stadia is a hard pass

Sorry Google, but for me Stadia is a hard pass

The launch of Google Stadia is right around the corner, and Google will be launching the service with little in the way of competition. At the moment, Sony is really the only major player in the streaming space with its PlayStation Now service, but Stadia certainly sounds much more ambitious. Over the past several months, Google has trickle released information about Stadia and what users can expect, and now that we’re just about a week out from release, I can confidently say that Stadia is not the service for me (at least not at the start).

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Death Stranding for PC will launch on Steam and Epic at the same time

Death Stranding for PC will launch on Steam and Epic at the same time

At the tail end of October, we learned that Hideo Kojima's Death Stranding is coming to PC. The launch won't be happening until sometime next summer, meaning the game will remain a PlayStation 4 exclusive for half a year or more. While we don't have a specific release date for the PC version of Death Stranding yet, we did learn some encouraging news about its release over the weekend.

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Pokemon Sword and Shield have a problem and The Pokemon Company isn’t helping

Pokemon Sword and Shield have a problem and The Pokemon Company isn’t helping

Pokemon Sword and Shield have been going through a rough patch for these past few months. Though The Pokemon Company's marketing machine is in full gear, Pokemon fans keep coming back to one topic in particular: the national Pokedex, or the lack thereof. During E3 2019, Game Freak confirmed that the Pokedex in Pokemon Sword and Shield won't include all previously-released Pokemon, making them the first mainline games in the series to do something like that.

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Death Stranding’s weird gameplay has people interested, at least

Death Stranding’s weird gameplay has people interested, at least

Death Stranding is out today, and if you're still not sure what to make of it now that the reviews have landed and the dust has settled a bit, you probably aren't alone. The latest from Hideo Kojima is definitely a weird one, but the seems to be working in the game's favor. That's because - at the time of this writing, at least - Death Stranding is the most-watched game on Twitch and it isn't even close.

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Pokemon Sword and Shield launch event axed last-minute and speculation is rampant

Pokemon Sword and Shield launch event axed last-minute and speculation is rampant

We're now a week out from the launch of Pokemon Sword and Shield, which are scheduled to launch on the Nintendo Switch on November 15th. What should be an exciting launch has been marred with controversy, as a number of leaks have indicated major cuts to the Pokedex in Pokemon Sword and Shield. A number of longtime fans of the franchise seem to take issue with that, leading to conversations about Sword and Shield that are dominated by talk of the incomplete national Pokedex.

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The Outer Worlds is coming to Switch sooner than we expected

The Outer Worlds is coming to Switch sooner than we expected

In the lead up to the release of The Outer Worlds, developer Obsidian revealed that the game will be coming to Switch. This came as a big surprise to a lot of folks, though in the time since that announcement was made, we haven't heard much more about the Switch version. That, unfortunately, means that there's been no talk of a release date.

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Sony Worldwide Studios is getting a new chief – just in time for PlayStation 5

Sony Worldwide Studios is getting a new chief – just in time for PlayStation 5

There's a pretty big shake up going on at Sony Interactive Entertainment's Worldwide Studios today, as Guerrilla Games co-founder Hermen Hulst has been announced as the new head of the company. That means current president Shuhei Yoshida will be stepping down from that role, but he isn't leaving Sony - instead, he's heading up a new initiative primarily focused around independent developers and the games they make.

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AT&T Mobile Share price increase has one saving grace

AT&T Mobile Share price increase has one saving grace

Wireless carriers hiking plan pricing is nothing new, but we don't often see them attempting to frame those price hikes as if they're a gift to subscribers. That's exactly what AT&T is doing though, announcing today that it's giving customers on its Mobile Share plans more data each month, but it's also raising prices in the process. Customers, unsurprisingly, have no say in whether or not they get the extra data and therefore the price hike.

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Razer takes requests for a new left-handed mouse for gaming

Razer takes requests for a new left-handed mouse for gaming

At the tail end of last month, Razer announced plans to produce a left-handed variant of its Naga gaming mouse. Finding gaming mice dedicated to the lefties of the world can be a challenge sometimes, and that's especially true if you're looking for a mouse with a large number of hotkeys like the Naga. However, Razer makes it clear that creating a mouse for a low-demand market - underserved though it may be - is a costly endeavor, so it's asking those interested in buying one to pre-register for the device.

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Nintendo Black Friday 2019 gives Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Switch bundle pole-position

Nintendo Black Friday 2019 gives Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Switch bundle pole-position

We're quickly closing in on Black Friday, which means that the holiday shopping season is about to kick into gear. Nintendo is getting out in front of much of the crowd by revealing its Black Friday deals a little early this year, with a Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Switch bundle acting as the headliner. As always, Nintendo won't be offering a ton of super deep discounts, but this could be a good chance to pick up some of the Switch's best games without having to pay full retail price.

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Surface Pro X iFixit teardown brings unexpectedly good news

Surface Pro X iFixit teardown brings unexpectedly good news

Historically speaking, the Surface Pro line has not been kind to the DIYers of the world. It seems that every time a new Surface Pro device comes out, iFixit tears it down only to discover that it isn't user-repairable in any real sense. Encouragingly, the Surface Pro X appears to buck that particular trend, and though it's far from perfect, it's still much more repairable than the other devices in its family.

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Philips’ small smart TV brings Google Assistant to the kitchen

Philips’ small smart TV brings Google Assistant to the kitchen

Typically, when a company devotes an announcement to a single TV, it's some kind of cutting-edge behemoth that costs an arm and a leg. That isn't the case with the latest TV from Philips, which clocks in at a mere 24-inches and carries a price tag of $299.99. While that might suggest a rather unexciting TV, Philips would clearly beg to differ.

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