Over 2,000 employees at Activision Blizzard have signed an open letter criticising their management's response to the DFEH lawsuit: https://kotaku.com/over-1-000-activision-blizzard-employees-sign-letter-co-1847364340
Furthermore, a walkout strike is taking place tomorrow (July 28) and a list of demands has been published: https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2021-07-27-activision-blizzard-employees-threaten-to-strike
Jimquisition on Activision Blizzard, sexual harassment, abuse, suicide
This week's Jimquisition is utterly incandescent: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7SoLyWjwJw
The Settlers III
I've been playing a bunch of The Settlers III recently, which I haven't played for more than two decades. It's a RTS from 1998 where the gimmick is that most of your units are autonomous and walk around performing tasks where needed. (Think Tropico meets Age of Empires.) Your job is to place buildings to create an efficient production chain so that you can build up a massive army and conquer the world. For example, grain is ground into flour, which is baked into bread, which is eaten by iron miners to produce iron, which gets smelted into bars, which get fashioned into weapons for your soldiers.
Unfortunately, the simplistic combat leaves much to be desired since it mostly consists of throwing hundreds of soldiers at your opponent, with other units like Priests and Catapults being too slow and ineffectual. There's not much strategy beyond having far more troops or flanking the enemy to split their army.
Overall, it's engaging enough to sink hours into but the slow pacing and heavy micromanagement can be a bit much. Lots of sitting back and watching your people going back and forth, which can be relaxing but requires patience.
Ubisoft, sexual harassment, workplace bullying, racial pay disparity
Kotaku has published an exposé on Ubisoft Singapore, described by one former dev as "one of the worst Ubisoft studios in terms of culture": https://kotaku.com/the-messy-stalled-reckoning-at-an-assassins-creed-co-d-1847336158
Activision Blizzard, sexual harassment, WoW
World of Warcraft players are revolting against Activision Blizzard, attending in-game protests and raising donations to Black Girls Code: https://www.pcgamer.com/world-of-warcraft-protests/
Activision Blizzard, sexual harassment, alcohol, suicide
The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing has filed a lawsuit against Activision Blizzard for perpetuating a "frat boy" workplace culture of constant sexual harassment. Senior management turned a blind eye to complaints and in one case, it lead to an employee taking her own life: https://www.theverge.com/2021/7/22/22588215/activision-blizzard-lawsuit-sexual-harassment-discrimination-pay
PSA for UK peeps, COVID vaccinations
Don't forget that you can rebook your second COVID vaccination to an earlier date considering the minimum wait between jabs was recently reduced to 8 weeks. You can check available times nearby before cancelling and rebooking your appointment, which is fairly stress-free. I managed to reduce my waiting time by nearly a month this way: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/
French union Solidaires Informatique has filed a collective lawsuit against high-ranking Ubisoft executives for "putting in place, maintaining and strengthening a system where sexual harassment is tolerated because it is more profitable for the company to keep harassers in place than to protect its employees." https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2021-07-16-french-union-files-collective-lawsuit-against-ubisoft
"Sludge Life is a game that encourages us to rediscover that spirit of transgression through play and, in doing so, can bring into focus how a playful approach to our urban environments can create an encounter with the very serious politics around it." https://www.getobject.net/post/reigniting-the-transgressive-urge-in-sludge-life
This week, Epic are giving away Bridge Constructor: The Walking Dead (construction puzzler with funny ragdolls) and Ironcast (steampunk bejewelled) https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/p/bridge-constructor-the-walking-dead https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/p/ironcast #freegames
In light of the football later today, here's the FMV intro for the UEFA Euro 2000 video game in which DJ Paul Oakenfold uses his decks to transform some footballers into low-poly PS1-era models: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izsV1gGY8ew
"From 2015 to 2019, #Iceland ran the world's largest trial of a shorter working week. An analysis of the results was finally published this week, and surprise! Everyone was happier, healthier, and more productive. Please pretend to be surprised."
I don't actually play the video games my hooves cannot push the buttons 🐴
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