...vo Japan… Evo Japan… Evo Japan.
One Activision employee said it best: “It was like waiting for a loaded gun to go off.” I was expecting a 9mm round, not buckshot. Nearly 800 people had to fiddlestick out of there?! The reason they gave was: “Currently staffing levels on some teams are out of proportion with our current release slate.” This pimp made more money last year than it ever has. How could this have happened? The United States just enacted new and supposedly updated tax laws. There’s nothing in there to disincentive this kind of practice? The sticker on the box said that they were gonna create jobs. The fiddlestick happened?!
There’s been a lot of talk in recent years regarding unionization in the gaming industry. Word is that the Tuesday Night Massacre was mostly people from the now defunct Heroes of the Storm esports league. But I think this is still going to make people revisit the subject and perhaps they should. I think a lot of people believe that in an ideal marketplace, the act itself would bury the company due to the PR hit. But we don’t live in an ideal world. If we did, companies like Activision and EA wouldn’t exist. So what’s the solution other than worker unionization and/or government regulations? I don’t know. Tell me what you’re thinking in the comments.
Speaking of negative PR, for whatever reason Vox Media thought it was a good idea to try and do a cover up of a video that was mostly forgotten about. This came on my radar when ReviewtechUSA got striked. The strike has since been lifted but there was a comment that got me thinking. Vox Media is getting off scott-free. Besides the PR hit there isn’t anything dissuading them or anyone else from issuing these false-claims. Should there be consequences for people or organizations who abuse YouTube’s systems? Would it even be feasible? Many people think that if these things don’t become big news YouTube doesn’t care. Big companies might even threaten to leave again, and we all know how YouTube responds to such threats.
The Outer Worlds by Obsidian Entertainment is in the works and I am excited. I see a lot of people comparing it to Fallout: New Vegas, and subsequently fiddling all over Bethesda for it. The creators have denounced this, but I think LegacyKillaHD said it best: ”The Bethesda bashing will continue.” No matter what they say. People want to stick it to Bethesda. But anyway, is it just me or does the gameplay feel more like an Immersive sim that’s heavy on the RPG? The way they describe the different hub worlds you can travel to makes me think of KOTOR 2. The other thing that makes me think of both KOTOR 2 and Fallout: New Vegas, is that despite taking about 40 hours to finish, there’s a heavy emphasis on replayability. I like that! The game might be as wide as a small lake, but it’s as deep as the Marianas trench. Now you take this home, add some DLC down the road, mod support? Baby, you got stew going!
In other news, the new Dead or Alive game is looking pretty good. I might check this one out.
Even the presentation at EVO Japan was trying to arouse the audience. For whatever reason they had two women tappin’ that ass, and reenacting when they were on a trampoline. But hey man, c’est la vie. Mr Wizard got nervous though and cut the stream. Citing core values. Listen, in accordance with my core values, I’m all for it. Beautiful women playing grab-ass, I’m not gonna stand in opposition to that. And from what I can tell, the rest of the community has the same concessus.
I’ve been looking into fair use laws, because I kinda should now. I’ve been trying to find concrete, measurable lines that define it, and/or someone who really understands fair use laws. And you know what I’ve found so far? They don’t exist. There’s not a single person on this earth who fully understands it. For all I know, it’s completely subjective. As soon as I heard someone say: “In my opinion it’s not fair use.” that’s it. It’s all fiddlesticks. “In my opinion, your honor, that was not murder, I only shot him once.” Even a company like Vox doesn’t have the legal capacity to understand it. And of course they also accuse a YouTube character of being racist, for good measure.
Old world blues… Old world blues… old world blu....
Papito Qinn is into the whole YouTube thing, is the winner of the 2016 SpookTAYcular Scary Story Contest, and a twitter incompetent. “I really hope I can get this new project going by the start of next year.”