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Tokyo 2020 Olympics Opening Ceremony had a video game surprise

Tokyo 2020 Olympics Opening Ceremony had a video game surprise

The Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics have officially kicked off, albeit a year late and without live spectators. Gamers who watched the Opening Ceremony of the event and the Parade of Nations were greeted by something they probably weren't expecting: a soundtrack filled with video game music. Many took to Twitter to call out songs they were familiar with as tracks from games like Sonic the Hedgehog and Dragon Quest played during the event.

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Pro Evolution Soccer becomes eFootball and adopts a free-to-play model

Pro Evolution Soccer becomes eFootball and adopts a free-to-play model

There is no shortage of football, a.k.a. soccer in some countries, video games, but very few actually manage to stand out and stay on top of the others. Of these games, EA's FIFA and Konami's PES are probably the most renowned and purchased titles. That said, Pro Evolution Soccer or PES will be no more, at least not in the way we know it. Not only is Konami renaming it into a more generic "eFootball" brand, but it is also switching to a somewhat controversial free-to-play or freemium business model.

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Summer Olympics 2032 in Brisbane will give Australia special bragging rights

Summer Olympics 2032 in Brisbane will give Australia special bragging rights

The International Olympic Committee has announced its approval of Brisbane, Australia, as host for the 2032 Summer Olympics event. This will mark the third time an Australian city has hosted the Olympics, joining Melbourne's 1956 and Sydney's 2000 events. In addition to marking the first time Brisbane will host an Olympics event, Australia now joins the US as the second country to ever host the Summer Olympics in three different cities.

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ESPN+ is getting another price hike, but there’s one big exception

ESPN+ is getting another price hike, but there’s one big exception

ESPN+, the on-demand sports streaming app, is getting another price increase, the service has revealed. The price increase will impact both the monthly and annual pricing options, but consumers do still have one way to avoid paying the higher fee. The Disney+ bundle, which includes ESPN+ as one of its services, will remain the same price.

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FIFA 22 promises to deliver realistic gameplay in October

FIFA 22 promises to deliver realistic gameplay in October

Team contact sports might be one of the most challenging video games to make when it comes to simulating reality. In addition to the AI controlling players on both sides, players have become more discerning and demanding when it comes to imitating the fluid and sometimes unpredictable movement of athletes, especially those that are supposed to mimic real-life people. That is the challenge that EA Sports is rising to meet with FIFA 22 and its "next-gen HyperMotion" tech that will be launching next quarter.

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T‑Mobile Home Run Derby uses 5G cameras to power MLB AR experience

T‑Mobile Home Run Derby uses 5G cameras to power MLB AR experience

Baseball fans have the opportunity to experience the game in an entirely new way with a new project between T-Mobile and Major League Baseball. Called T-Mobile Home Run Derby, the new initiative uses 5G-connected cameras mounted on catcher masks and player hats to generate an augmented reality experience for fans, one available through the new MLB AR app.

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Stadia gets sporty as game streaming expands to Android TV

Stadia gets sporty as game streaming expands to Android TV

There has been several new computer hardware announced lately, some of them geared towards gaming. Of course, one doesn't always need the most powerful and most expensive hardware, especially with the budding game streaming market now available to many gamers. Of course, each comes with its limitations, especially in the titles available and compatible devices. This week, Stadia is expanding both lists with some sports-centric titles as it paves the way for its Android TV debut.

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2022 BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe has gotten bigger and more stylish

2022 BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe has gotten bigger and more stylish

The 2022 BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe has appeared as a larger and more stylish iteration of the first-gen model. The second-gen BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe is 5.9-inches longer, 1.0-inch wider, and 2.1-inches taller than the first-gen car. It also has a 1.8-inch longer wheelbase to offer more wiggle room despite the sloping coupe-like rear profile.

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FuboTV sports-centric streaming service comes to LG webOS smart TVs

FuboTV sports-centric streaming service comes to LG webOS smart TVs

Almost anyone and everyone have a streaming service these days, mostly revolving around brands and properties. There are, of course, some that are focused on specific themes, especially sports. Among those, FuboTV is probably at the top of the list for its selection of sports live TV streaming content but, despite its popularity, it has been noticeably absent on at least one platform. That has finally changed and owners of LG's latest smart TV will finally have accesso to FuboTV, if they're willing to pay the price, of course.

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WNBA games will be streamed on Oculus, Twitter, and Facebook Watch

WNBA games will be streamed on Oculus, Twitter, and Facebook Watch

The Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) will make a number of games available to stream on various platforms this season, giving viewers the opportunity to tune in without a traditional pay-TV service. Of particular interest is the league's plan to make some games available for streaming on Facebook's Oculus platform, meaning you'll be able to strap on your VR headset on game day.

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NFL Thursday Night Football is coming to Amazon earlier than expected

NFL Thursday Night Football is coming to Amazon earlier than expected

In mid-March, the NFL announced a series of new media deals, including a big one with Amazon that will bring its Thursday Night Football games to the company's Prime platform. Per the original announcement, the deal would kick off with the 2023 season and continue on through 2033, but something changed behind closed doors and now the partnership will start a year earlier than first announced.

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FIFA 21 loot boxes revealed to have an aggressive EA push

FIFA 21 loot boxes revealed to have an aggressive EA push

Just like IAPs or in-app transactions, loot boxes have become one of the "dirty words" in the gaming industry. Unlike other forms of microtransactions, however, loot boxes have also come under legal scrutiny. Companies like EA have even been fined over such widespread yet also unpopular game mechanic, but it hasn't stopped EA from pushing through with that line of business. In fact, a new leak reveals that EA was intentionally trying to steer FIFA 21 players that way, which, on second thought, might not be that surprising after all.

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