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Game On: My take on Take-Two’s plan to buy Zynga for $12.7 billion

If you thought Microsoft buying ZeniMax Media for $7.5 billion last year was a big deal, just wait – 2022 is starting off with an even bigger acquisition. On Monday, Take-Two Interactive dropped a bombshell on the gaming world when the company announced its intent to buy Zynga for a massive $12.7 billion.

Game On: The best and worst video games of 2021

As the year comes to a close, it’s a good time to take a look back and assess the best and worst video game releases of 2021. Unfortunately, for this year, I found it easier to decide on a worst game than a best game. But that’s just because while there were a variety of great titles in 2021, one stinker stands out.

Esports giant Riot settles discrimination case for $100M

Riot Games, the publisher behind esports giant “League of Legends," agreed Monday night to pay $100 million to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging pay disparity, gender discrimination and sexual harassment.

Game On: Among Us releases on consoles with one fatal flaw

Among Us finally made its way to the Xbox and PlayStation suite of consoles on Dec. 14, something that was a long time coming considering its initial 2018 release for Android and iOS devices. If you’ve somehow managed to avoid any knowledge of this game, I’ll give you the lowdown.

Game On: Halo Infinite is the best Halo in a decade

It’s impossible to discuss the story without getting into spoiler territory, so instead I’ll just say this – my favorite Halo campaigns are the ones that have less to do with epic, world-ending threats and more to do with interpersonal stories. I would rate Halo 3: ODST the highest, then Halo: Reach and next Halo Infinite.

Game On: Titanfall is removed from storefronts after years of server hacks

December kicked off with some of the most conflicting video game news I’ve heard in months. Respawn Entertainment, best known for Apex Legends, Titanfall and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, took to Twitter to announce that the first Titanfall would be removed from all digital storefronts and discontinued.

Trump media venture eyed by regulators; names Nunes CEO

NEW YORK – Regulators are looking into the deal that would bring Donald Trump’s new social media company to the stock market, one that has attracted both legions of fans of the former president and people looking to make a quick profit.

Game On: Thinking of purchasing a new game console? I can help

Although major video game releases have slowed somewhat over the past couple of years due to the pandemic forcing most development teams to abruptly shift to working from home, 2021 has been a great year for gaming, and 2022 surely will be, too.

Game On: Sonic the Hedgehog’s past shines brighter than his present

It’s not exactly a controversial statement to say that Sonic the Hedgehog has a pretty spotty history. The merchandise and marketing? Impeccable. The games themselves? Not so much. And every YouTube critic and keyboard warrior will have you convinced that “Sonic had a rough transition to 3D.”

Game On: Halo Infinite Multiplayer flawlessly blends old and new

The rumors came true and the multiplayer component of Halo Infinite was released ahead of schedule Monday rather than the previously planned Dec. 8. When I took part in a “test flight” of the game in an earlier state in June, I came away feeling like it was a pretty bland, by-the-books Halo experience.

Videos of Ahmaud Arbery roaming vacant home shown to jury

BRUNSWICK, Ga. — Jurors in the trial of three white men charged in Ahmaud Arbery’s killing watched security camera videos Thursday that show other people entering a home under construction in the months before the 25-year-old Black man was chased and gunned down after running from the site.

Game On: Nostalgia can get in the way of a good time

I’ve played a lot of good video games lately, but it’s been almost a year since I played one that truly wowed me. Some of that can be attributed to the slow trickle of new games in 2021 due to the pandemic forcing studios to transition to working from home in 2020, which led to a plethora of game delays.