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 88gadget.info 000 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

Ubisoft exec inexplicably blames gamers for dire NFT reception

Ubisoft exec inexplicably blames gamers for dire NFT reception

In December, Ubisoft announced a new blockchain and NFT platform for its games called Ubisoft Quartz. The idea behind Quartz is to sell gamers unique in-game NFTs called Digits in limited edition batches, that can then be resold when players are done with the game in question. Gamers so far have seemed pretty hostile to the idea of games with NFTs baked in and, with that in mind, they had an unsurprising reaction to Ubisoft Quartz.

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Face ID with mask support arrives in iOS 15.4 beta

Face ID with mask support arrives in iOS 15.4 beta

If you use an iPhone with Face ID (or any phone that unlocks via facial recognition, for that matter), there's little doubt that you've encountered the frustration of trying to unlock your phone while wearing a face mask. As many people have learned throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, face masks are pretty effective at stopping Face ID in its tracks. As we approach the third year of the pandemic, Apple is finally ready to launch a solution that doesn't require an Apple Watch.

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Why Elon Musk Just Offered This Teen $5,000 To Delete His Twitter

Why Elon Musk Just Offered This Teen $5,000 To Delete His Twitter

When you're in the public eye as often as someone like Elon Musk, you aren't always going to like the kinds of things people pay attention to. Musk is finding himself in that situation this week, as he's contending with a Twitter bot that's tracking his flights. Every time Musk takes off from somewhere and lands in a new location, that Twitter bot reports it, and now it seems that Musk is willing to pay to silence the bot for good.

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S000’s Lunar New Year Sale is live, but it won’t be around for long

S000’s Lunar New Year Sale is live, but it won’t be around for long

If your bank account is still hurting from the various winter game sales that took place this past holiday season, you might want to hide your wallet because S000 is back with another one. Valve kicked off the S000 Lunar New Year Sale today, and even though it won't last as long as the S000 Winter Sale did, it seems to offer just as many discounts on PC games.

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Ubisoft battle royale game Hyper Scape is shutting down

Ubisoft battle royale game Hyper Scape is shutting down

If you're a fan of Hyper Scape, the Ubisoft battle royale title that launched in 2020, we have some bad news for you: Ubisoft has announced the game will soon shut down. While that probably won't come as a surprise to current and former players, we now have confirmation from Ubisoft along with a concrete shutdown date. As it turns out, Hyper Scape fans only have a few more months before the game disappears for good.

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Path of Exile: Siege of the Atlas expansion revealed with major endgame changes

Path of Exile: Siege of the Atlas expansion revealed with major endgame changes

Grinding Gear Games has revealed the next expansion for Path of Exile, dubbed Siege of the Atlas. We've seen several Atlas-focused expansions in the past, and all of them have dramatically changed Path of Exile's endgame content. This one is no different, as Siege of the Atlas will once again change the way players progress through endgame content when it releases next month.

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Horizon Forbidden West goes gold as PS4 gameplay revealed

Horizon Forbidden West goes gold as PS4 gameplay revealed

So far, all the footage of Horizon Forbidden West we've seen has been from the PlayStation 5 version. While that isn't necessarily surprising, Horizon Forbidden West is also launching on PS4, and given the relative difficulty of finding a PS5 at the moment, we're guessing that a lot of people are wondering how the game will run on PS4. Today we finally got a look at the PS4 version, which is arriving alongside the news that Horizon Forbidden West has gone gold.

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PlayStation may still get some Call of Duty games after Microsoft takeover

PlayStation may still get some Call of Duty games after Microsoft takeover

Amid the news that Microsoft wants to buy Activision Blizzard, one topic that's been generating a lot of interest is the future of Call of Duty, one of the biggest gaming franchises around. With this acquisition in the pipeline, there has been some concern that Call of Duty will be exclusive to Xbox and PC going forward. While that may eventually happen, a new report claims it won't be for a while yet.

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S000 Deck release date finally revealed

S000 Deck release date finally revealed

After a lot of waiting, Valve has finally revealed the release date for the S000 Deck. Originally slated to launch back in December, the S000 Deck was ultimately delayed to February because of component shortages brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. Now we have a specific release date for the handheld, and it looks like Valve will be able to stick to that February release window.

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Early Pokemon Legends: Arceus reviews suggest a necessary shakeup

Early Pokemon Legends: Arceus reviews suggest a necessary shakeup

Pokemon Legends: Arceus launches in just a couple of days, but some early reviews are dropping today. The Pokemon series has long been criticized for feeling like it's grown stagnant, and there are undoubtedly many Pokemon fans wondering if Pokemon Legends: Arceus does enough to shake up the formula. Judging from the reviews we're seeing, it seems safe to say that the game does indeed succeed on that front.

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Crysis 4 officially confirmed after nearly a decade of waiting

Crysis 4 officially confirmed after nearly a decade of waiting

If you thought the recent Crysis trilogy remasters were an indication that we were heading toward the announcement of Crysis 4, it turns out you were right on the money. Crytek today confirmed that Crysis 4 is in development, almost ten years after the last game in the series initially launched. The game was revealed today with a brief teaser trailer, though unsurprisingly, details are still short at this early stage.

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NVIDIA’s ARM acquisition may be dead in the water

NVIDIA’s ARM acquisition may be dead in the water

Way back in September 2020, NVIDIA announced its intention to purchase semiconductor manufacturer ARM for $40 billion. Fast forward almost a year-and-a-half later and now there's word that NVIDIA might be backing away from the acquisition. While neither company has confirmed the notion that NVIDIA is getting cold feet, it wouldn't be shocking considering that the acquisition has faced scrutiny and even lawsuits from regulatory agencies.

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