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

This is the real voice behind Siri

This is the real voice behind Siri

Siri's voice is probably one many of us are familiar with. Many iPhone users speak to Siri on a daily basis, but have you ever wondered where Siri's voice comes from? While these days Apple uses fancy machine learning and computer speech to generate Siri's tone and inflection, back in the virtual assistant's early days, her voice was based on a real person. We almost never found out who that real person is, either, and if Apple had anything to say about it, we probably still wouldn't know.

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Why Microsoft’s Activision Blizzard acquisition is such a big deal

Why Microsoft’s Activision Blizzard acquisition is such a big deal

It's been a big Tuesday for the game industry. This morning, Microsoft announced that it has entered a deal to purchase Activision Blizzard, the largest third-party games publisher in the world. Microsoft is paying nearly $70 billion for Activision Blizzard, making the $7.5 billion it paid for ZeniMax Media and its subsidiaries a year ago look like a paltry sum.

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Crypto Browser Project brings Opera to the Web3 universe

Crypto Browser Project brings Opera to the Web3 universe

Opera today announced the beta launch of its new "Crypto Browser Project." As you might imagine, Opera's Crypto Browser comes with a built-in, native cryptocurrency wallet, and while that might be an obvious talking point for it, the browser is also a way for Opera to jumpstart its Web3 ambitions. While the browser is launching in beta today on a handful of platforms, Opera has also outlined the way forward as it moves through this beta test.

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Microsoft’s Activision Blizzard buyout likely nixes CEO Bobby Kotick

Microsoft’s Activision Blizzard buyout likely nixes CEO Bobby Kotick

Yesterday, Microsoft dropped a whopper of an announcement, revealing that it's paying nearly $70 billion to acquire Activision Blizzard. The acquisition comes at a controversial time for Activision Blizzard, as it finds itself in the middle of a sexual harassment and abuse scandal that has resulted in several high-profile departures. Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick has resisted calls for his resignation or firing throughout this scandal, which begs the question: Now that Microsoft is taking over, what happens to him?

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Fortnite v19.10 update brings back Tilted Towers, introduces giant Klombos

Fortnite v19.10 update brings back Tilted Towers, introduces giant Klombos

Fortnite was updated to version 19.10 today, and it seems this patch is a big one. Not only does this update add giant, scaleable beasts called Klombos to the game, but we're also seeing the return of a fan-favorite point-of-interest with Tilted Towers. Yes, it seems the rumors were true and Tilted Towers is returning, so get ready for that to be a popular drop location once more.

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Microsoft acquires Activision Blizzard in eye-watering $70b deal

Microsoft acquires Activision Blizzard in eye-watering $70b deal

Those of us who thought Microsoft was done with big money gaming purchases after its $7.5 billion acquisition of ZeniMax Media last year were sorely mistaken, it seems. Today, Microsoft announced its intention to buy Activision Blizzard for a staggering $68.7 billion. With this acquisition, a lot of popular game franchises will come under the ownership of Microsoft, including Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, and even Candy Crush.

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10 features we want to see in Nintendo Switch 2

10 features we want to see in Nintendo Switch 2

Nearly five years on, it's safe to say the Nintendo Switch is a success. According to Nintendo sales data, the Switch has come dangerously close to selling 100 million units worldwide, with almost 700 million software units sold to boot. Not only will the Switch soon take its place in the 100-million-sellers club -- a club few home consoles have joined -- but it has the potential to become one of the best-selling game platforms of all time. 

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FaceBit mixes face mask with fitness device

FaceBit mixes face mask with fitness device

Throughout the pandemic, we've seen several companies try their hand at "smart" face masks. The most useful of the bunch may have just been revealed not by a company, but by engineers at Northwestern University. Dubbed "FaceBit" - the engineers behind this project describe it as "Fitbit for the face" - this is not a full mask, but rather a sensor that can be magnetically attached to the N95 and surgical masks healthcare workers already wear.

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Final Fantasy XIV Online sales finally resume this month

Final Fantasy XIV Online sales finally resume this month

Back in December, Final Fantasy XIV Online's latest expansion, Endwalker, was released. In the hours, days, and weeks following that launch, Final Fantasy XIV's servers were crushed by a flood of players trying to log in and play. With many players facing hours-long queues to even just get into the game, Square Enix made a wild decision: it temporarily paused Final Fantasy XIV sales to prevent even more new players from further crippling the servers. Fast forward about a month later, and we finally have a date for when Final Fantasy XIV sales will open up again.

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Humble Bundle subscription drops Linux and Mac support

Humble Bundle subscription drops Linux and Mac support

Humble Choice subscribers on Mac or Linux were given some bad news today, as we learned that Humble Trove will soon drop support for those two operating systems. This is something of a shock because Humble has made a point of supporting Mac and Linux games since it launched more than a decade ago. Soon, that functionality will be a thing of the past (at least as far as Humble Trove is concerned) thanks to Humble's new PC app, which happens to be Windows-only.

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GameStop PS5 restock incoming: What to know

GameStop PS5 restock incoming: What to know

Those trying to get a PlayStation 5 will have another chance this week. GameStop has announced that it will soon be restocking the PlayStation 5, but like the last few restocks at this retailer, buying one will require more than simply refreshing a website and hoping to get lucky. Indeed, this is another in-store restock, with many locations getting fresh PS5 shipments this week.

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New Pokemon Legends: Arceus trailer serves up a gameplay deep dive

New Pokemon Legends: Arceus trailer serves up a gameplay deep dive

Pokemon Legends: Arceus is launching for Nintendo Switch in a couple of weeks, and it's safe to say that it's going to shake up the Pokemon formula in a fairly significant way. While the central premise will still revolve around encountering and catching Pokemon to fill out your Pokedex, the way you'll go about that in Pokemon Legends: Arceus is a lot different from previous games in the series. Today, Nintendo and Game Freak published a lengthy gameplay preview video for Pokemon Legends: Arceus that takes us through some of the core gameplay concepts.

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