Author Archives: Eric Abent

With a track record of covering the gaming industry that spans more than a decade, Eric Abent has been part of the SlashGear team since 2012 and, most recently, is gaming editor for the site. Beyond the latest in AAA games and consoles, Eric's role encompasses independent studios, virtual reality, and mobile gaming as the industry undertakes a seismic shift in home entertainment and beyond. Twitter / LinkedIn / Email

N64 fans get good news for Nintendo Switch Online roll out

N64 fans get good news for Nintendo Switch Online roll out

During the most recent Nintendo Direct, Nintendo confirmed that N64 and Sega Genesis games are coming to Nintendo Switch Online. Retro games from those two platforms will be joining games from the NES and SNES that are already available with a Nintendo Switch Online subscription, but access to the N64 and Genesis games will require an extra subscription fee. While there are still some unknowns about this Nintendo Switch Online expansion, Nintendo today made an announcement that should put some gamers at ease.

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Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl gets two custom Xbox Series X consoles, but you can’t buy them

Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl gets two custom Xbox Series X consoles, but you can’t buy them

Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl launched last week to much fanfare from the platform fighter crowd. The game, which certainly seems to take a page out of the Super Smash Bros. playbook, has gained a lot of attention for its familiar cast of characters and features focused on competitive play. Now Microsoft has made two limited edition Xbox Series X consoles to celebrate the launch of Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl, but unfortunately, you won't be able to buy them.

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The Walking Dead crossover brings Rick Grimes to Fortnite

The Walking Dead crossover brings Rick Grimes to Fortnite

We're currently in the midst of Fortnite's returning Fortnitemares event, and it looks like a teaser we saw over the weekend has panned out precisely as expected. A couple of days ago, Epic teased a new addition to the Fortnitemares outfit lineup by way of an unrevealed Fortnite Fortune Card. That card - the final one in the first set of Fortune Cards - teased a new outfit for Fortnitemares by depicting a cowboy hat with a sheriff's badge attached to it.

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New World anti-cheat causing issues for gamers: Here’s the fix

New World anti-cheat causing issues for gamers: Here’s the fix

New World, being an online game with competitive PvP, requires anti-cheat software. Anti-cheat software is nothing new, but in New World's case, it's actually causing issues for some players. Apparently, Easy Anti-Cheat - New World's anti-cheat software of choice - is having some connection issues that are preventing people from even launching the game.

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As Switch OLED launches, Nintendo talks improved Joy-Con thumbsticks

As Switch OLED launches, Nintendo talks improved Joy-Con thumbsticks

Today is a big day for Nintendo and its fans for more reasons than one. Not only is today release day for Metroid Dread - the first new 2D Metroid game in nearly 20 years - but it's also release day for the Switch OLED. With a new Switch on store shelves today, some are worried about thumbstick drift, a problem reported in Switch Joy-Cons from early on in the console's lifespan. Nintendo suggests that thumbstick construction has been improved just in time for the Switch OLED launch.

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Long-rumored Grand Theft Auto III remasters finally confirmed

Long-rumored Grand Theft Auto III remasters finally confirmed

Back in August, we heard that Rockstar was allegedly plotting a trio of Grand Theft Auto remasters. Those rumors claimed that Rockstar was looking to remaster the PS2-era Grand Theft Auto games for modern platforms - namely GTA III, GTA: Vice City, and GTA: San Andreas. Today, after years of rumors, Rockstar finally confirmed that all three remasters would be happening as part of Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition.

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Marvel’s Avengers pay-to-win boosters break game’s launch promise

Marvel’s Avengers pay-to-win boosters break game’s launch promise

Marvel's Avengers has been no stranger to controversy since launch and beyond, but today, that controversy escalated to an entirely new level. Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics have added paid boosters to Avengers' in-game shop, granting players who buy them boosts to XP and resource gathering for a set number of days. This move has the Marvel's Avengers community up in arms as players recall promises from before launch that proclaimed the only microtransactions in the game would be for cosmetics.

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Google Search can now tune an instrument

Google Search can now tune an instrument

Google Search has several useful features lying in wait for searchers to stumble upon them, and today it's getting one more. Google has added a chromatic tuner to the service, which means you can now use Google Search to tune an instrument. If you need to tune something like a guitar and don't have a tuner handy, then Google's tuner could be handy in a pinch.

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Soundcore’s new ANC earbuds highlight the audio industry’s biggest improvement

Soundcore’s new ANC earbuds highlight the audio industry’s biggest improvement

Anker today announced the Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro, a new pair of true wireless earbuds that offer some interesting active noise cancellation functionality. In addition, Anker says that the Liberty 3 Pro earbuds come with upgraded dual drivers, so it sounds like these earbuds could offer a significant upgrade over their predecessors.

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Twitch resets stream keys as investigation into breach continues

Twitch resets stream keys as investigation into breach continues

Yesterday wasn't a great day for Twitch or its streamers. Early in the day, we learned that Twitch had allegedly suffered a massive leak that exposed a ton of information about the site and those who stream on it. Later in the day, Twitch confirmed that a breach did indeed happen but didn't comment on its extent. Now the company is back with an update, revealing that it has reset users' stream keys just to be safe.

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Twitch confirms data breach but remains silent on scope

Twitch confirms data breach but remains silent on scope

Earlier today, we heard a rather shocking report which claimed that Twitch may have suffered a massive data breach. The report even went so far as to claim that the "entirety" of Twitch had been leaked, and indeed, the supposed hacker behind that breach published a 125GB torrent filled with information including Twitch's source code and the payout details for the platform's top streamers. Now, Twitch has confirmed that it did indeed suffer a breach but has stopped short of confirming the extent.

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Pokemon teams with Universal Studios Japan for expanding theme park experience

Pokemon teams with Universal Studios Japan for expanding theme park experience

After several delays associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, Super Nintendo World finally opened at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka earlier this year. Universal Studios Japan is wasting little time planning expansions to that park, announcing a Donkey Kong-themed expansion just a couple of weeks ago. Now, Universal has inked a deal with the Pokemon Company for what is presumably another theme park based on a Nintendo property.

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