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AFK Today 4/28/2023


How’s it going gamers? This week we have a variety of news for everyone. The first main story is the acquisition of Activision Blizzard by Microsoft and it looks like it has been officially blocked by the UK Competition and Markets Authority. Scroll down to read more. Our next story is an overlay overhaul for Steam, making it easier for gamers to tap into Steam’s accessibility while gaming. The biggest story of the week is the initial reviews of Star Wars Jedi: Survivor. For PC gamers, the optimization for this game seems to be lacking. We’ll see if it get fixed soon. Thanks for reading and keep gaming!



Microsoft's Acquisition of Activision Blizzard Blocked

Image credits to Microsoft and Activision Blizzard

After a major bid in the gaming media market, Microsoft’s attempt to acquire Activision Blizzard has been officially blocked by the UK Competition and Markets Authority. The reason cited is that Microsoft’s acquisition would give them an overwhelming position in the cloud gaming market. It is certainly a good thing when monopolies are disrupted, but would Microsoft’s acquisition be such a massive conglomerate? Given that the gaming sphere is really suffering from major corporations making anti-consumer decisions, I think it is best that competition is allowed to hold some ground against some of these industry giants without any central corporation taking over everything.


Steam Overlay Overhaul

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New features in the shift+tab steam overlay could help you when playing games. Some features include writing notes, look at recent achievements, view guides, or watch videos in a pinned box overlaid over your game. While some may have multiple monitors that can fix this issue, single monitor users will find this feature incredibly useful, so thank you Steam! Let me know what other uses you think this could be used for down in the comments. Check out the full features over on PC Gamer here.


Star Wars Jedi: Survivor Reviews Plummet With Release

Image credits to Respawn Entertainment

The much-awaited game, Star Wars: Jedi Survivor, made its debut on the Steam market last night, but unfortunately, it seems to have hit hard for many players. Even on top-of-the-line PCs, the game is causing performance issues right from the first cutscene, making it one of the unfortunate additions to the list of AAA games that have been released with technical issues. Hopefully everything gets sorted out and patched up but sadly, it will only be another waiting game. To check out more information on the release, click here.


Game Sales

Steam Sales

Image credits to Dodge Roll Games

Attention all indie game lovers, this weekend we're bringing you two sales on Steam. The Devolver Publisher sale and the Steam Puzzle Fest Sale will be going on until the first week of May. You'll have plenty of titles to choose from, so there's a good chance you'll discover a new game to devote your time to. Get popular games like Cult of the Lamb and Enter the Gungeon for up to 90% off. If you're unsure where to begin, let us help you out.

Grounded: $39.99 > $29.99 (our review here) Deep Rock Galactic: $29.99 > $9.89 Cult of the Lamb: $24.99 > $16.24 Enter the Gungeon: $14.99 > $5.99 Don't Starve Together: $14.99 > $1.49 (A Connor Exclusive Favorite)



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