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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

Twitch data breach update brings users good news

Twitch data breach update brings users good news

Earlier this month, Twitch suffered a major security breach in which many details about the website and its streamers were leaked to the internet. While it seems the extent of the breach is still being investigated, Twitch has provided an update about its findings so far, and it's made a big confirmation for users who were worried that their personal information or login credentials were leaked.

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Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack price is a big hike over standard subscription

Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack price is a big hike over standard subscription

After making us wait a few weeks for details, Nintendo today announced pricing for Nintendo Switch Online and its Expansion Pack, which adds playable Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis games to the service. The new pricing might elicit sticker shock in those used to Nintendo Switch Online's standard pricing of $20 a year because gaining access to the Expansion Pack content means suffering a rather dramatic price increase.

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons free and paid DLC add a ton of new content next month

Animal Crossing: New Horizons free and paid DLC add a ton of new content next month

As promised, today Nintendo debuted a new Direct centered entirely around Animal Crossing: New Horizons. In it, Nintendo revealed that Animal Crossing: New Horizons is getting a boatload of new content through both an upcoming free update and paid DLC. It seems like a lot is coming to Animal Crossing: New Horizons next month, but unfortunately, today's Direct had some rather disappointing news as well in that this upcoming content update - Animal Crossing: New Horizons 2.0 - will be the last major free one for the game.

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Metroid Dread bug prevents game progression, but Nintendo has a workaround

Metroid Dread bug prevents game progression, but Nintendo has a workaround

Some Metroid Dread players are currently contending with a game-breaking bug that blocks progression. Even worse is the fact that this bug seems to surface in the later stages of the game when many players are likely approaching the end and want to see the Metroid Dread's finale. Nintendo is aware of the bug, and while a fix is coming up in the next couple of weeks, the company has shared a workaround that can be used until then.

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Path of Exile Scourge League revealed alongside big changes to core game

Path of Exile Scourge League revealed alongside big changes to core game

During a livestream today, Grinding Gear Games revealed the next seasonal challenge league for Path of Exile: Scourge. Of course, Scourge League will introduce a new mechanic to the game, but beyond that, it also seems this new league is making some significant changes to the core gameplay loop. With the introduction of new unique items and the streamlining of certain aspects of Path of Exile, the changes introduced in Scourge League should make progressing through content feel a little less grindy while giving top players more endgame content to play.

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First Halo Infinite ranked and competitive multiplayer details revealed

First Halo Infinite ranked and competitive multiplayer details revealed

It's a big day for FPS fans. Not only did we get our first details about Battlefield 2042's Hazard Zone mode earlier today, but now the folks at 343 Industries have shared the first details about ranked and competitive multiplayer in Halo Infinite. So far, players have mostly been exposed to the more casual side of Halo Infinite's multiplayer, but today we're learning of some key decisions 343 has made for Halo Infinite's more competitive game modes.

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Battlefield 2042’s squad-based Hazard Zone mode finally revealed

Battlefield 2042’s squad-based Hazard Zone mode finally revealed

As we inch closer to Battlefield 2042's release date, EA and DICE have been revealing new details about the game in a piecemeal fashion. Today, we're learning about Battlefield 2042's Hazard Zone game mode. Anyone who has played a battle royale game before will notice some similarities between those and Hazard Zone, though it seems that DICE is attempting to put a deeper spin on the wildly popular genre.

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Joe & Mac is being remade 30 years after it originally launched

Joe & Mac is being remade 30 years after it originally launched

It's been a long time since we last heard from the Joe & Mac series, but it's about to make a comeback. Today, Microids announced that it will be acting as the publisher on a remake of Joe & Mac: Caveman Ninja, known in some regions as simply Caveman Ninja or just Joe & Mac. The remake will be launching next year, though at this point, details are relatively slim.

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PS5 restock registration list teased by Sony: How to sign up

PS5 restock registration list teased by Sony: How to sign up

If you've been trying to get a PlayStation 5 with no luck and you're in the United States, Sony made an announcement today that you're going to want to take note of. Sony has announced that it will open up PlayStation Direct sales for the holiday season, allowing prospective buyers to register ahead of time for a chance to purchase a console. Of course, there are a few caveats to consider before signing up, but this could be the best chance at buying a console many have this year.

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Disney is teasing a bunch of Star Wars product reveals, including a new game

Disney is teasing a bunch of Star Wars product reveals, including a new game

It looks like Star Wars fans have a bunch of new reveals to look forward to in the weeks ahead. Disney has kicked off a new multi-week reveal event called "Bring Home the Bounty." The event will see Disney announcing new Star Wars products weekly until the end of the year. An entire range of products is set to be revealed, and while we don't know what most of these announcements will be, Disney has published a teaser that suggests a video game will be one of them.

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Activision takes on Call of Duty: Vanguard, Warzone cheaters with Ricochet

Activision takes on Call of Duty: Vanguard, Warzone cheaters with Ricochet

There's no question that cheaters ruin free-to-play and paid games alike, and they seem to congregate in competitive shooter games. Developers and publishers often employ some kind of anti-cheat to keep the cheaters at bay, but today, Activision is taking things one step further by announcing its own anti-cheat called Ricochet. The new anti-cheat software will be going live in both Call of Duty: Vanguard and Warzone later this year.

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Ghost Recon Frontline closed test delayed at the last minute

Ghost Recon Frontline closed test delayed at the last minute

Ghost Recon Frontline was revealed earlier this month, and in the days since then, the game has received significant blowback from fans. Ubisoft apparently planned to hit the ground running with Frontline, announcing a closed technical test for October 14th - barely more than a week after the game was announced on October 5th. However, it seems the controversy with fans has forced Ubisoft to delay that technical test for Frontline at the last minute, with no word on when it might happen in the future.

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