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The Broken and Bad Side of the Video Game Industry

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With all the bad news that just keep coming out almost every day about the "AAA" Video Game Industry (from too many Micro-transactions & Loot Boxes to Mass Layoffs & People being Overworked, and many other horrible things that go on), I thought I would make a Mega Thread were all the bad news could be posted.
 

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Remember last week? It happened about 34 years ago, so if you don’t, I understand. But last Thursday, the official EA Twitter account tweeted a bad joke about single-player games that led to an internet-wide roasting and eventually an apology from the Battlefield publisher. And apparently, EA is still dealing with angry employees who felt the tweet was an insult to them, their staff, and the games they are making.

A new report from USA Today sheds some light on how the terrible tweet came about, what the reaction to it was internally at EA, what plans were pitched to handle the situation, and the ongoing aftermath of it all. The whole mess is both equally confusing and funny.
 

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Sony is being sued for £5 billion ($5.9 billion) over the price of its online PlayStation Store prices, with the plaintiff claiming Sony is over-charging consumers and abusing its position as the primary seller of PlayStation games digitally.
 

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I like Nintendo's games, but as a company it was always awful.
 

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Honestly, a lot of Japanese corporations would suck to work at simply due to just their cultural "norms" of overwork.
I was more thinking about the way they (historically) treated third party developers and to a lesser extent how litigious they are.
 

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I was more thinking about the way they (historically) treated third party developers and to a lesser extent how litigious they are.
Sure. But they value their IP and are very upfront about it. They have that right. Obviously they go overboard and the memes are golden as a result of that.
Nintendo will have that Disney moment at some point in the future when copyright terms start to expire.
 

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When Sony Interactive Entertainment’s PlayStation VR2 headset is released in 2023, it won’t be able to play games from the original PlayStation VR, the company confirmed Friday.

“PSVR games are not compatible with PSVR2 because PSVR2 is designed to deliver a truly next-generation VR experience,” Hideaki Nishino, senior vice president of platform experience at PlayStation, said in an interview with the Official PlayStation Podcast published Friday.
 

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Good thing I was never really going to play it. always-online-multiplayer is just a losing prospect for me at this point.
 

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Yeah, not even slightly surprising. Nor, sadly is the part where she now says everything is fine and that she is talking to her husband to sort things out.

Let's hope it all resolves itself in the better of the two possible options.
 

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Sonic co-creator Yuji Naka has been arrested over actions taken while he was in the employ of Square-Enix during the development of Balan Wonderworld.

According to FNN, Naka used insider knowledge of Square-Enix's dealings with other companies to invest in one of their business partners, Aiming Inc, shortly before the announcement of Aiming's new game, Dragon Quest Tact.

Due to the popularity of the Dragon Quest franchise, it was a safe bet that the stock prices for Aiming Inc was to receive increased attention from investors after the announcement, meaning that Naka's approximate $20,000 investment was set to increase in value significantly.

It's important to note that these allegations are not confirmed, and that Naka is innocent until proven guilty. It's also worth noting that insider trading is a common issue within Japanese society, and that the Japanese Financial Services Authority is also busy trying to catch bankers and financial investors who are using insider trading with far larger amounts of money.

That said, breaking the law with any amount of money should not be encouraged nor supported - insider trading is illegal for a reason, and particularly in Japan has a large negative impact on the entire financial market.

These allegations are not a good look for a man who is currently attempting to sue Square-Enix, alleging poor mistreatment during the period of time that he is now accused of abusing his own position within the company for financial gain.
 

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So, it seems that in the new horror space game Callisto Protocol, some of the Death animations will be locked behind a $20.00 season pass DLC pay wall.


Callisto Protocol, out next month on consoles and PC, is a horror game that looks and plays a lot like the beloved Dead Space franchise. And like Dead Space, Callisto Protocol will feature some gnarly-looking deaths, both for you when you screw up and bite it, and for your alien foes when you slaughter them. But some of these gruesome and chilling death animations will be locked behind the game’s season pass according to new details spotted on the game’s Steam store page. And that’s kinda dumb and weird.
 
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