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Victoria Rose

Victoria is a Brooklyn-based, chaotic-good former dungeon master and a Contributor-At-Large for Fanbyte. She's a self-proclaimed esports pundit, and used to do Dota 2 news and reporting as a full-time part-time gig. She's also four red pandas stacked in a hoodie. [she/her/hers or they/their/theirs]


Tencent Acquires Largest Stake In Funcom

As Tencent does, the Chinese multi-specialty internet-focused mega-corporation has slipped in and acquired a large share of yet another game studio. This time, it’s RPG publisher Funcom. The Chinese company acquired all of the shares previously held by KGJ Capital AS. This amounts to about 29% of the shares in Funcom,…

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Atari Announces Retro Games Streaming Service For Delayed VCS Console

The long-anticipated Atari VCS has a new feature among its many. The classic gaming company announced a streaming partnership with Antstream to bring Antstream’s full retro game collection to the VCS, plus fifty exclusive retro games to the yet-to-be-released console. While “virtual consoles” or other companies’ “classic” editions have brought…

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Borderland 3’s First Major Patch Is Out — Here’s What Got Changed

Was Borderlands 3 more like buggy-lands to you? 2K is hoping their first major patch, or their “Day 15” patch, as they’re calling it, will make your experience more rad. And just in time, because their Bloody Harvest event is just around the corner. For instance, Borderlands 3 was struggling to keep along…

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Older Frogwares Games Leaving Storefronts Due To Alleged Disputes With Focus Home Interactive

Several older games by mystery adventure developer Frogwares will be taken down from storefronts due to a contract dispute with Focus Home Interactive, the former studio announced. According to a press release shared on Twitter (via photos), Focus Home was initially in charge of publishing and distributing several of Frogwares’s…

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Twitch’s Overhaul: A Review

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This Twitch Streamer Tried His Best On The Masked Singer

WARNING: This article contains multiple spoilers for last night’s premiere of The Masked Singer. Fox’s The Masked Singer is an opportunity for a variety of celebrities to step out of their comfort zones and sing. For one well-known streamer, it was an opportunity to test the waters for yet another skill. Indeed,…

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Inside Xbox Happened Tuesday, Too — Here’s What You Missed

Legends tell of three great gaming giants, each hoping to bring the other to their downfall, yet each coming together to do the same exact thing half the time somehow. Yep, after Nintendo and Sony dropped their direct-to-viewer, pre-taped video presentations, it became time for Microsoft to do the same.…

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Fortnite Mobile Introduces Party Hub Voice Chat Feature

Fortnite mobile players trying to party up with friends now don’t need to shout across the room for call-outs. Early this morning, Epic released the Party Hub, a voice chat options for those mobile players whose friends might be in a car or at Starbucks (please don’t play loudly in…

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Rockstar Games Now Also Has Its Own PC Game Launcher And Storefront

Rockstar Games is the latest publisher to throw their hat into the game launcher ring. Their own version of the launcher, simply called the Rockstar Games Launcher, is now available for free on PC. The Rockstar Games Launcher syncs games with both its in-client purchases and those made on other…

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Kingdom Hearts Costumed Characters To Appear At Disneyland Halloween Events

If you feel like Disney’s love for Kingdom Hearts has been slacking at the Disney Parks, it’s gonna be a great Halloween season. Several theme park outlets, plus one pamphlet shared by a Disney fan, have confirmed Disney’s plans to have some Kingdom Hearts characters appear at Disney California Adventure’s “Oogie…

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Warframe Faces Criticisms, Review Bomb Over Chinese Translator Controversy

Free-to-play co-op game Warframe has come under a “review bomb” recently due to a dispute involving its volunteer localization staff. It appears developer Digital Extremes let go of a volunteer Chinese translator after some infractions, according to posts by the translator himself, who was well-known within the greater Chinese Warframe…

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Video Games Are For The Bisexuals

[CW: Mentions/discussions of depression, anxiety and mental health, drug abuse, homophobia, biphobia.] I almost forgot it was Bisexual Awareness Week. I’m serious. For some reason, us bisexuals are the worst at remembering our own holidays. Hell, I don’t even know if I’m holding the flag right-side up half the time.…

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First Three Dragon Quest Games To Receive Western Nintendo Switch Releases

The Dragon Quest franchise’s push to solidify its footing as a classic RPG series now brings it back to its roots. Square Enix announced this morning that the first three Dragon Quest games will be ported into the West for the Nintendo Switch, both for North American and European fans. Each…

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All Twelve Call of Duty League Cities And Organizations Have Been Unveiled

The Call of Duty League is the newest franchise league by Activision-Blizzard, and it’s slowly starting to come together. Now, we know all twelve “franchise cities” that will be represented in the CDL. Much like in its Overwatch equivalent, the Overwatch League, Activision-Blizzard requires the organizations involved to choose a city to…

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Disney Plans To Sell Marvel Strike Force Studio FoxNext, Per Report

Disney is allegedly planning to sell FoxNext, an interactive experience studio that existed under 20th Century Fox during Disney’s purchase of the company. Bloomberg reported the possible sale on Wednesday, but without any destination for the in-house studio. It lines up with Disney’s past exhibited attitudes on video games. Its…

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Yakuza: Like A Dragon Shows Off The New City’s Clans

Yakuza 7 has already garnered a lot of attention in Japan and abroad. Over the past few years, the game’s reputation has forced publisher Sega’s hand in bringing the beloved “dramedy” action series over to the West. Now, we have word of Yakuza 7’s release in the West. And it has a…

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Nintendo Switch’s Fitness-Focused Ring Fit Adventure Is Actually An Original RPG

Nintendo has revealed more details on the mysterious ring-and-leg-strap apparatus they teased last week. And, of course, it’s equally as surprising and interesting as their products get. The tools are part of “Ring Fit Adventure,” which is a twist on Nintendo’s approach to fitness—this time, the software isn’t just a few…

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Civilization 6’s Battle Royale Mode Is An April Fools Joke Come To Life

Do you always drag out your Civilization 6 game, dragging turn after turn for a slow crawl towards world domination? Can’t in this newest mode. Now, Civ 6 introduced a new battle royale style multiplayer game mode called “Red Death.” This wild new mode is available in the September update for the game.…

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Fire Emblem: Three Houses Got Its Second Update: Here’s What Changed

Less than two months since the release of Fire Emblem: Three Houses, the game has received a ton of new content—great for its many hungry fans around the world. This time, Nintendo has released the second major update for the game. Given their patch notes, players of all skill levels have…

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Persona 5 Royal Opening Movie Unveiled By Atlus

With Persona 5 being such a major hit around the world, the announcement of Persona 5 Royal, which expands the story and includes one new Phantom Thief to the crew, came as no surprise. Now, we get to see the obligatory, and exciting, opening movie for the game. Atlus added the video…

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