Good evening Shacknews, it's Monday night in America, and the evening before Xbox Series X and Series S pre-orders go live. Are you planning on trying to get an order in? EB Games here in Australia sold out in about 40 seconds. Despite my best efforts to click "pay now", I was unable to get one for launch. To make me feel better, how about we all read some Shacknews stories from today? Then, let's look at some of the things from the internet that made me think, made me feel, and made me laugh.
In case you missed it at Shacknews:
- Microsoft to acquire Bethesda & parent company ZeniMax Media
- Microsoft has purchased ZeniMax/Bethesda, what happens now?
- Bethesda's library will come to Xbox Game Pass on console and PC
- Deathloop & Ghostwire: Tokyo remain PS5 exclusive following ZeniMax/Microsoft deal
- Apple claims Epic Games is using Fortnite lawsuit as marketing, Epic claps back
- BlizzCon goes online with BlizzConline in February
- NVIDIA addresses RTX 3080 availability, apologizes for underestimating demand
- K/DA will perform a new song live during League of Legends Worlds 2020
- Remembering the Super Mario Sunshine commercial with its Mario mascot
- Cyberpunk 2077 will be shorter than Witcher 3 to encourage completion
- PlayStation apologizes for pre-order fiasco, promises more PS5s throughout 2020
- Xbox Series X pre-order guide
- Xbox Series S pre-order guide
And now... Other Stuff From The Internet!!!
21st of September
Australia has two seasons: winter and summer, and the switch was flipped today. Is it getting cold up there in the northern hemisphere?
Halo 3 campaign rebalance
This bloke has gone out and done a complete rebalance of everything in Halo 3's campaign sandbox. There are some really unique changes here that push each weapon into a specific archetype. Previously, players were too reliant on using Battle Rifles and Carbines, so every other weapon has been boosted in some way to facilitate more varied decisions.
There's so much good stuff here that it's worth watching, and then maybe playing, if the mood strikes you. Players on PC can download this rebalance via Nexus Mods. I might have to take this for a spin.
Remember this trend?
What an impressive roundhouse kick. Love to see a successful attempt like that.
*laughs in speedrunner*
Nintendo: This Mario 64 won’t have BLJ(backwards long jump) so you can’t clip pass doors! You have to beat the game legit by getting 70 stars— Sly (@SlyFoxHound) September 20, 2020
Speedrunners... uh... find a way.
Among Us memes
Welcome to the Among Us memes corner. This game is great. I got a chance to play it on the weekend and, boy howdy, is it hilarious. Have you played it yet? You totally should. Anyway, here are some memes and artwork.
This is the funniest amongus clip ever 🤣🤣 top waffling and elite editing pic.twitter.com/eZ7d3JMHj7— 🌸 (@thisismyobinyon) September 22, 2020
Among Us is so good. It's taken everyone by surprise. You should get on it. Here's a guide on how to play Among Us to get you started.
Paper Scissors Rock!
rock paper scissors pic.twitter.com/tRyFyYyA0A— phil (@PhilJamesson) September 17, 2020
I will not be accepting alternative names for this game.
Vault of Glass released this month, 6 years ago
Might just look like a bunch of random lines, but it also might be the first sketch ever of the Vault of Glass. ;). pic.twitter.com/4HPgUlWRSH— Steve Cotton (@stevecotton22) September 19, 2020
I spent hours upon hours in Vault of Glass, not doing the raid, but actually exploring the vast caverns. The whole experience was a standout moment in gaming.
There you have it, Shacknews, your Evening Reading for September 21, 2020. Please consider subscribing to Shacknews Mercury to support our site for as little as $1/month.
Here's a photo of Rad, curled up into a tight little pretzel, in a bed he had outgrown. Look at him! He's trying so hard to smoosh himself in there.
What are you up to tonight? Let us know in the Shacknews Chatty comment thread below.
Sam Chandler posted a new article, Evening Reading - September 21, 2020
Rad certainly lives up to his name! What a cutie! :)
He has such a beautiful little soul. He loves belly rubs, gets sad when I leave the house, and always comes for cuddles ^_^
What a love!! I still miss my boy (passed away 4 years ago at 10). Unfortunately, I'm no longer healthy enough to care for a pet - wouldn't be fair to them.