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

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Direct announced for next week

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Direct announced for next week

During last month's Nintendo Direct, Nintendo announced that it would be hosting a separate event in October all about Animal Crossing: New Horizons. That's all we were told at the time, but today, we're learning more, with Nintendo confirming that a new Animal Crossing: New Horizons Direct will be happening next week. It's there we'll learn about new content coming to Animal Crossing: New Horizons in November.

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Massive Twitch leak reveals source code, streamer payouts

Massive Twitch leak reveals source code, streamer payouts

Today is probably not a good day for the folks over at Twitch, as a massive leak has seemingly revealed a ton of information about the website. The leaked information was originally posted to 4chan in a whopping 125GB torrent. It apparently contains things like many years of Twitch source codes and streamer payout reports dating back to 2019.

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New World update brings AFK changes and bug fixes ahead of server transfers

New World update brings AFK changes and bug fixes ahead of server transfers

After going silent for a few days, the developers behind New World have announced a new update for the game. While this update doesn't bring the server transfers we were promised last week, Amazon does say that it lays the groundwork for them. Instead, what we're getting in this update are a bunch of fixes, a couple of quality of life changes, and some changes to New World's AFK detection system.

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In New World, picking weapons is my biggest problem

In New World, picking weapons is my biggest problem

Like many MMO fans, I've been spending a lot of time with New World lately. While I'll need to play a lot more before I can review the game, I've played more than enough to know that I have a problem on my hands: I still have no idea which weapons I want to use. I've cycled through many different weapons, and I'm not much closer to the answer now than I was when I first started playing.

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Kingdom Hearts games are coming to Switch, but there’s a catch

Kingdom Hearts games are coming to Switch, but there’s a catch

Today's Smash Bros Ultimate DLC fighter reveal was certainly packed with surprises. Not only did director Masahiro Sakurai confirm that Sora from Kingdom Hearts would be the final DLC fighter for Super Smash Bros Ultimate, but he also confirmed that a slate of Kingdom Hearts games would be coming to Switch. Unfortunately, while this is exciting news, there is one drawback to this incoming launch.

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Xbox Game Pass kicks off October with Back 4 Blood and Destiny 2: Beyond Light

Xbox Game Pass kicks off October with Back 4 Blood and Destiny 2: Beyond Light

Microsoft has revealed the next batch of games headed to Xbox Game Pass in the first part of October, and it's quite the list of titles. For at least the first half of October, there are some clear leaders of the pack in terms of notoriety, as both Destiny 2: Beyond Light and Back 4 Blood are joining Xbox Game Pass this month.

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Sora from Kingdom Hearts is the final DLC fighter for Super Smash Bros Ultimate

Sora from Kingdom Hearts is the final DLC fighter for Super Smash Bros Ultimate

As promised, today Masahiro Sakurai and Nintendo revealed the final DLC fighter for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and it's a big one for sure. In the final Mr. Sakurai Presents, we learned that Sora from Kingdom Hearts will be the last fighter for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, which is sure to send the Ultimate fanbase into a frenzy. Super Smash Bros. fans have been asking for Sora as a fighter for years, and now they're finally getting him.

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First teaser for Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon is here

First teaser for Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon is here

We've known for a long time that HBO is working on a Game of Thrones prequel series called House of the Dragon, but today, we're getting our first look at it. HBO has released the first teaser trailer for House of the Dragon, showing us some brief and somewhat vague glimpses from the show. Unfortunately, this new teaser wasn't accompanied by a premiere date, so it looks like we're going to have to wait longer for that.

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Facebook outage: Twitter, TikTok, more buckle as social refugees flood rivals

Facebook outage: Twitter, TikTok, more buckle as social refugees flood rivals

Most of you already know this, but Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp have been down for most of the day. What might be even more surprising than those three services being down for more than a few minutes at a time is the fact that this outage is having a noticeable knock-on effect on the rest of the internet. In fact, many other social media websites are buckling under the strain of Facebook and Instagram users who are flocking to other services.

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Forza Horizon 5 full achievements list revealed

Forza Horizon 5 full achievements list revealed

Ever since Forza Horizon 5 was announced at E3 2021, Microsoft and Playground Games have been trickle releasing new information about the game. As we get closer to launch, those info drops have been getting more and more significant, and today, the two companies gave us a boatload of new information by revealing the complete list of achievements for Forza Horizon 5. Achievement hunters will want to have a look at this full list, as there don't seem to be any hidden achievements.

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The Last of Us Part II leads a big October for PlayStation Now

The Last of Us Part II leads a big October for PlayStation Now

October is almost a shockingly big month for PlayStation Now, as the service is getting several big-name releases. In all, seven games are heading to PlayStation Now in October, and headlining the group is none other than The Last of Us Part II. It's hard to imagine there's any significant number of The Last of Us fans who haven't played the sequel yet, but if you're in that group, you'll soon be able to play it as part of PlayStation Now.

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Amazon goes to war with New World AFKers

Amazon goes to war with New World AFKers

If you're a New World player, you've undoubtedly encountered many players in town who were doing nothing but autorunning into a wall. Of course, anyone who has played a popular MMO before knows that these players are attempting to defy New World's AFK timer, which kicks players from the game after a certain period of inactivity. Autorunning into a wall may not help players bypass AFK detection anymore, as Amazon has implemented new tools to help it determine when players are trying to sidestep the AFK timer.

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