[LINKED] Politico: Feds likely to challenge Microsoft’s $69 billion Activision takeover


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The Federal Trade Commission is likely to file an antitrust lawsuit to block Microsoft’s $69 billion takeover of video game giant Activision Blizzard, maker of the hit games Call of Duty and Candy Crush, according to three people with knowledge of the matter.

A lawsuit would be the FTC’s biggest move yet under Chair Lina Khan to rein in the power of the world’s largest technology companies. It would also be a major black mark for Microsoft, which has positioned itself as a white knight of sorts on antitrust issues in the tech sector after going through its own grueling regulatory antitrust battles around the world more than two decades ago.

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[LINKED] VG247: UK Government publishes Sony and Microsoft’s full arguments in Activision Blizzard acquisition case


The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), which has been investigting Microsoft’s propsed $69 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard, has published a major update to the case. The government body has been hearing from both Microsoft and Sony on whether or not this would diminish the competition in the games industry.

Essentially, each side submitted their arguments to support their position. That includes statements, data/evidence, as well as counters to points made by the other side.

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[FEATURE] Mystic: PS2 Games That Break PS3 Backwards Compatibility (Emotion Engine Emulation – CECHE/C Model)


We’ve looked at fully backwards compatible PS3 models before and they are extremely reliable at playing most of the PS2 library. But when Sony launched the PS3 in Europe, that was actually a revised model! CECHC or here in NA model CECHE, has no Emotion Engine for PS2 support! The Cell Processor emulates it, and that’s where we lose some PS2 compatibility. Today we’re looking at the games that these PS3 models struggle to play, and despite the issues, there’s one huge benefit to playing your games on this console. I’d tell in the description, but this is getting too long already. So do a little watchie watch my friend. Love you.

[RELATED] RebelTaxi: Sega’s Failed Crash Bandicoot Clone – Super Magnetic Neo


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Darkasier: Crash Team Racing – Decompile Overview #2


Quick update on the progress made by the research team (video presented by Niko).

We’re still far from fully-custom levels and a PC port, but every day we’re getting closer. We understand 97% of the game code, and have rewritten 9% of the game code. When 100% is rewritten, we will be able to port the game.

Lectures on coding basics

Documented game code (97%)

Rewritten game code (9%)

Stay tuned for more.

Good Loot’s Puzzle Kids series featuring Crash Bandicoot (Crash 4, CTR) and Spyro the Dragon in a 160-piece puzzle box!


Earlier today, we posted on Twitter that a new set by Good Loot, through the Puzzle Kids lineup, a 160-piece puzzle box for 2 Crash sets, and 1 Spyro set, each themed after their respective recent game releases, excluding N. Sane Trilogy in the case of Crash, strangely enough.

That being said, each set is sized at a dimension of 41 x 27.5 cm, featuring their own mini-poster inside, sized at 26 x 17.5 cm. Tania ksiÄ…ĹĽka and Xtralife (perhaps others) say this is coming around late November (Xtralife lists November 18, Tania ksiÄ…ĹĽka lists November 28), while Blackfire lists a release date of Q1 2023 on their website, it is unclear at the moment if these will make it outside of Europe, given the location of the merchandising company behind it.

That’s all for now!

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