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Activision Blizz Exec Has Most Unhinged Last Of Us Show Take

screenshot: HBO / Kotaku The Last of Us inspired no shortage of takes when it first released back in 2013. The HBO TV adaptation has been no different. Like a massive EpiPen of stimulus for the take economy in the middle of winter, it has elicited both over-the-top praise, scornful dismissals, and everything in-between. But …

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Phil Spencer Defends Future Of Halo Amid Cuts And Criticism

Picture: 343 Industries/Microsoft Things haven’t been going great for Xbox recently. Microsoft is facing stiff resistance in its attempt to acquire Activision Blizzard. It released hardly any big exclusive blockbusters last year. And it just cut over 10,000 jobs last week, including many senior developers did Halo Infinite Studio 343 Industries. Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil …

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Fox News Flips Out Over ‘Woke’ Xbox Because Everything Is Stupid

A day after M&M’s canceled their “spokescandies” amid pushback from Fox News hosts who no longer found them sexy, the conservative cable giant found its latest target for outrage: “woke” video game consoles with power-saving features. Earlier this month, Microsoft announced that Xbox would offer “carbon aware game downloads and updates” as part of the …

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343 Industries, Hit By Layoffs, Says It Will Keep Making Halo

Picture: Halo When Microsoft—a company that made “$198 billion in revenue and $83 billion in operating income” in 2022—made the decision to ax 10,000 workers last week, a number of those came from their video game operations, particularly 343 Industriesthe overseers of the Halo series. 343, hit now by a combination of layoffs and key …

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Former Halo Infinite Dev Blasts Management Over Layoffs

Picture: 343 Industries/Microsoft Of all the Microsoft Teams caught in the blast radius of mass layoffs announced yesterdayC’est possible Halo Infinite maker 343 Industries was among the worst hit. The studio has faced a wave of departures following Halo Infinites multiplayer struggles, and the new cuts have sparked strong criticism of those who managed it …

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Xbox Exec Says Devs Are Brave During Culture of ‘Cancellation’

Photo: Christian Petersen (Getty Images) Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer juxtaposed the joys of gaming with the current sense of despair in the world after accepting the Andrew Yoon Legend Award at the 12th Annual New York Game Awards on Tuesday night. He also applauded creators who still release “their visions” into the world in …

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Sony Might Finally Be Ready To Focus On PS5 Games And Ditch PS4

Picture: sony The decade-old playstation4, released all the way back in 2013, has continued to receive big, new exclusives from Sony, even if those old-gen ports feel outdated or inferior. But now, it finally seems like Sony is ready to move on and leave the aging PS4 behind. Well, almost ready… It’s somewhat hard to …

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Meta, Microsoft leaves office buildings because of telecommuting and mass layoffs: report

Meta and Microsoft have embraced remote working. (Representative) California: Facebook’s parent company Meta and Microsoft are separately moving out of office buildings in Seattle and Bellevue in Washington – in the latest sign of change in the tech sector and a slowing office market here – according to the Seattle Times. Facebook on Friday confirmed …

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$1,000 AI Vtuber ‘Waifu’ Based On Mori Calliope Is ‘Euthanized’

screenshot: hackdaddy8000 / Kotaku You’ve met an AI YouTuber who plays Minecraft and denies the Holocaust. Now meet a fully responsive AI girlfriend who can converse with his user. Except it’s too late to meet her, because its creator recently “euthanized” her for being a detriment to his health. ChatGPT-Chan didn’t even last a month …

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Microsoft Called FTC Unconstitutional, Regrets The Error

Photo: Zed Jameson/Bloomberg (Getty Images) Today, Microsoft filed a revised response to the United States Federal Trade Commission’s lawsuit intended to stop the tech giant from buying up call of duty publisher Activision. Tea initial filing contained multiple arguments claiming the FTC itself and its court system were unconstitutional. But now Microsoft has yanked that …

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