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Microsoft dropped $7.5 billion to hook you on a $10 Xbox Game Pass subscription

Microsoft dropped $7.5 billion to hook you on a $10 Xbox Game Pass subscription

Earlier this week, Microsoft dropped quite possibly the biggest gaming bombshell of all time, announcing that it had entered into an agreement to purchase ZeniMax Media and all of its subsidiaries for $7.5 billion. It’s Microsoft’s biggest gaming purchase ever and it's tied with GitHub as the company's third-biggest acquisition period, behind only LinkedIn and Skype. It made this monumental purchase just to get you to sign up for a $10 per month subscription, too.

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Amazon has a creepiness problem

Amazon has a creepiness problem

Amazon is either brazen, blasé, or oblivious to its privacy reputation, and the result is borderline-creepy products like Ring Always Home Cam and the Echo Show 10. Unveiled today in a product-packed event that was punctuated by monologues about how working-from-home has changed the landscape for what we expect from our devices, on the one hand they're a perhaps logical progression of the smart home devices Amazon has already shown us.

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Epic owes Fortnite fans honesty in Apple feud

Epic owes Fortnite fans honesty in Apple feud

For weeks now, two tech giants have been going head to head over what might just be the most popular game in the world. Epic and Apple have been squaring off over the iOS App Store and the fees and restrictions that Apple imposes on developers who want to distribute apps through that store, with Fortnite caught in the crossfire. To hear Epic explain it, though, it sounds like the company is fighting an entirely different battle.

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Chrono Trigger at 25: Into the Future

Chrono Trigger at 25: Into the Future

All this week, I’ve been writing a series of articles about my favorite game of all time, Chrono Trigger, as it reaches its 25th anniversary. I've held up the game's story, characters, and music all as examples of what makes this game great, but there's one thing I've yet to touch on that I feel deserves a special mention: the twist.

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Chrono Trigger at 25: Music to time travel to

Chrono Trigger at 25: Music to time travel to

So far this week, we’ve talked about how Chrono Trigger’s story and characters make it one of the best games ever made, but today we’re talking about what might just be my favorite aspect of the game: the soundtrack. I’ve long felt that video game music often doesn't get the attention it deserves, but in the realm of RPGs, that doesn’t seem to be true. It’s never hard to find an RPG fan who will tell you precisely why the soundtrack in their favorite game is so good, and today, I get to be that fan.

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Chrono Trigger at 25: The enemy of my enemy

Chrono Trigger at 25: The enemy of my enemy

Something that I think a lot of people hold in high regard when it comes to Chrono Trigger is the game’s cast of characters. It’s small - you only get a total of seven party members over the course of the game - but I think that somewhat limited focus allows for better characterization on the whole. Since you’re traveling through different time periods as you play the game, naturally your party members come from all the eras you visit.

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Chrono Trigger at 25: A story for the ages

Chrono Trigger at 25: A story for the ages

Story is, of course, the cornerstone of any role playing game, and that was as true 25 years ago as it is today. The less-capable hardware of the Super Nintendo didn’t diminish the storytelling capabilities of Yuji Horii, Masato Kato, and their team of writers when it came to crafting Chrono Trigger's plot, and I would argue that they wound up penning one of the best stories gaming has ever seen.

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Chrono Trigger at 25: The best game I’ve ever played

Chrono Trigger at 25: The best game I’ve ever played

Here in the United States, Chrono Trigger turned 25 years old this month. The game first released in the US on August 11th, 1995, five months to the day after its launch in Japan. Chrono Trigger was released smack in the middle of what could be considered a golden age for Square, as the company released Final Fantasy VI and the Capcom-developed Breath of Fire the year before, while Super Mario RPG and Final Fantasy VII were just a year and two years off, respectively. Each of those games can be considered behemoths in the world of RPGs all their own, but somehow, Chrono Trigger still demands attention.

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Conquering the Backlog Part 8: After 9 years I finally finished Terraria

Conquering the Backlog Part 8: After 9 years I finally finished Terraria

It's been a few weeks since the last entry of Conquering the Backlog, but I'm back with a new game to add to the list. As a refresher, Conquering the Backlog is a series in which I'm trying to complete as many games in my backlog as possible in 2020. The list has been growing at a very slow rate so far, but this week, the new entry I'm adding is a big one: Terraria.

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Subscriptions, not specs, could settle the next-gen Xbox vs PlayStation war

Subscriptions, not specs, could settle the next-gen Xbox vs PlayStation war

Generally speaking, the console wars come down to one of two things for a lot of people: hardware and games. Some people compare spec sheets to determine which console is for them, while others look at launch titles and exclusive game lineups to make their decisions. This generation, though, subscriptions may wind up being the difference maker for some, specifically in the case Xbox Game Pass.

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More of this, please, Nissan

More of this, please, Nissan

Nissan lost its way, and now it looks like it has found it again. Revealed this week, the 2021 Nissan Ariya isn't just a new electric crossover from the Japanese automaker, but an appealing electric crossover. In the midst of a maelstrom, that's exactly the sort of reinvention Nissan needs.

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YouTube TV’s ‘value’ is why people ditched cable in the first place

YouTube TV’s ‘value’ is why people ditched cable in the first place

Remember several years ago, when streaming services like Netflix were really hitting their stride and internet TV services were starting to ramp up, how optimistic we all were about the internet being a force for change with the cable industry? "Surely once they see people flocking to these internet providers and canceling their cable subscriptions, the industry will change for the better," some of us thought back then. Remember those more encouraging days?

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