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#1 St_Monica
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Blizzard Co-Founder Mike Morhaime apologized to the women at Blizzard, and I think this is a small but positive step forward.

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#2  Edited By St_Monica
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@hardwenzen: Well, I just watched it and had to push the like button like the other 30k people.

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#3 St_Monica
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Damn, hope this is not true.

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#4 St_Monica
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@nintendoboy16: Well, yeah, they seem to be financially successful (CoD games sell like pancakes every year and WoW still has so many subscribers), but the company seems to have ethical issues is concerning. I remember they banned a Hearthstone player for supporting Hong Kong protesters a few years ago.

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#5  Edited By St_Monica
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Bloomberg:

Activision Blizzard Sued Over ‘Frat Boy’ Culture, Harassment (1)

Video game giant Activision Blizzard Inc., maker of games including World of Warcraft and Diablo, fosters a “frat boy” culture in which female employees are subjected to constant sexual harassment, unequal pay, and retaliation, according to a lawsuit filed by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing.

A two-year investigation by the state agency found that the company discriminated against female employees in terms and conditions of employment, including compensation, assignment, promotion, and termination. Company leadership consistently failed to take steps to prevent discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, the agency said.

According to the complaint, filed Tuesday in the Los Angeles Superior Court, female employees make up around 20% of the Activision workforce, and are subjected to a “pervasive frat boy workplace culture,” including “cube crawls,” in which male employees “drink copious amounts of alcohol as they crawl their way through various cubicles in the office and often engage in inappropriate behavior toward female employees.”

The agency alleges male employees play video games during the workday while delegating responsibilities to female employees, engage in sexual banter, and joke openly about rape, among other things.

Female employees allege being held back from promotions because of the possibility they might become pregnant, being criticized for leaving to pick their children up from daycare, and being kicked out of lactation rooms so male colleagues could use the room for meetings, the complaint says.

Female employees working for the World of Warcraft team noted that male employees and supervisors would hit on them, make derogatory comments about rape, and otherwise engage in demeaning behavior, the agency alleges.

The suit also points to a female Activision employee who took her own life while on a company trip with her male supervisor. The employee had been subjected to intense sexual harassment prior to her death, including having nude photos passed around at a company holiday party, the complaint says.

The agency seeks an injunction forcing compliance with workplace protections, as well as unpaid wages, pay adjustments, back pay, and lost wages and benefits for female employees.

(whole article)

The news also made Asmongold, a very popular WoW player, feel the following:

I feel the same as Asmon. What do you think, SW?

Edit: added the latter part of the article and Schreier's Tweets.

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#6  Edited By St_Monica
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  • Tekken 7
  • Street Fighter V
  • Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • Dragon Ball FighterZ
  • Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2→Strive

Not only are these games fun to play, they are also fun to watch. The devs have been supporting them for years, including adding characters and features, balancing, as well as hosting official tournaments.

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#7  Edited By St_Monica
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I'm not particularly attracted to Steam's game library as I can play most of the games I want to play on my PS5. On that premise, I find the Switch, which has exclusive titles such as Mario, Zelda, Smash, DK, Fire Emblem, Bayonetta (2&3), Xenoblade, SMT and Metroid, more attractive than the SD.

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#8 St_Monica
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@Jag85 said:

Nintendo couldn't even be bothered to celebrate Donkey Kong's birthday! Donkey Kong is the most important game in Nintendo's history. Without DK, there wouldn't be Mario or the NES. Yet Nintendo is pretending as if DK doesn't exist.

Yeah, Nintendo seems to be focusing only on Zelda's 35th anniversary this year. That said, they certainly celebrated the legend that Jumpman saved Lady from DK at Mario Odyssey's New Donk City Festival, so I guess DK is still important for them.

I know you're far more familiar with this topic, but Ultima and Wizardry, which had a big influence on the birth of JRPGs, are also marking their 40th anniversary this year, right? I wasn't really aware of that until now, but 1981 seems to be very important as the platformer that later led to Mario and Sonic and the RPGs that later led to FF and DQ were established in the same year.

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#9  Edited By St_Monica
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FF14. This MMO has been around for a long time, but you can still catch up and enjoy it. Rather, if you are playing now, you will be more satisfied with the amount of content it offers. It has one of the best stories, music, and community IMO, so give it a try.

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#10 St_Monica
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FF14, Guilty Gear: Strive, GT Sport