Dan and Luis talk about their impressions on Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl and Metroid Dread. Plus Sony made a lottery to buy a PS5, Best Buy made a paywall to buy a PS5, Jim Ryan wants to expand PS Software reach, Microsoft Re-thinking right to repair. All this and more. 00:00 - Intro / Housekeeping 05:40 - Nickelodeon All Star Brawl 12:15 - Metroid Dread 24:17 - Jim Ryan on wanting to expand PlayStation Software Reach via GamesIndustry.biz 31:20 - Sony has made a lottery for a chance to buy a PS5 via VGC 36:11 - Best Buy's new $200/yr membership locks PS5 behind sign up via ArsTechnica 43:32 - OLED Switch has ‘improved' Joy-Cons — but drift still persists via Polygon 49:34 - Evidence suggests Switch OLED's dock can support 4K via VGC 52:20 - Microsoft re-thinking right to repair via VG247 57:49 - Extra News #1 - Activision Lawsuit Update via GamesIndustry.biz #2 - Marvel's Avengers is now selling paid XP boosters via Polygon #3 - Rockstar Games has officially announced The GTA Trilogy: The Definitive Edition via GameSpot #4 - Virtuos has confirmed it's working on an “unannounced [triple-A] action adventure game remake” via VGC #5 - Composer Koichi Sugiyama died at the age of 90 via Polygon #6 - ‘System Shock' live-action series in the works via Deadline #7 - Xbox Series X and S have cleared 100,000 consoles sold in Japan via VGC #8 - November's PlayStation Plus games will include three bonus PlayStation VR titles via VGC #9 - European versions of Nintendo 64 games for Nintendo Switch Online members will all run at 60Hz via MyNintendoNews #10 - Epic has acknowledged that its new Fortnite mode Imposters is inspired by Among Us via VGC Check this out: Celebrate 20 Years of Play Together with 20th Anniversary Hardware Roundup: Ubisoft has delayed Ghost Recon Frontline's tech test following fan backlash, a new studio was opened by State of Decay and Arena NET founder Jeff Strain, and Sledgehammer Games has opened a new studio in the UK. 1:08:00 - New Releases & Updates 1:13:30 - Broke Gamer's Guide 1:17:12 - Outro / Winner of Gameplay / Ready Press Play Full Theme by Joel “WAZ” Perez Every Friday, Dan Lima (@thedanlima) and Luis Menchaca (@chacalaca88) will catch you up on everything that's new and exciting in the world of video games. If you want to write anything to be read in the show, go to readyplaynetwork.com or hit us up on Twitter or TikTok @readypressplay. If you like our intro and would like to support the artist, go check out The.How.To.Be by Waz on Spotify. Thank you!
Jim Ryan has a history of off-putting or odd remarks that make the PlayStation fan-base question him, but his recent fireside chat with Gamesindustry.biz brings us an interesting new remark that COULD have an impact on Sony's console strategy and brings forth the question: Is PlayStation's Near Future Off Consoles? We share our thoughts on this, what it means to "believe in generations", Rockstar seemingly bringing a whole bunch of Grand Theft Auto this year to be replayed, what makes Death Stranding so compelling, and what "big" PlayStation game could be getting a remake revealed during the end of the year! Join us on Triangle Squared: A PlayStation Podcast! New episodes posts every Monday at 12PM CST/10AM PST This show is possible thanks to the support of our Patrons. Consider becoming one today: www.patreon.com/nartech Discord Server: discord.gg/cEvKzqm Twitch: www.twitch.tv/nartechgaming Email or tweet us your thoughts or suggestions! Twitter: twitter.com/TriangleSqrd Email: firstname.lastname@example.org PSN ID's: Add us! Brett - Chaimera086, Sol - MeteoricDemise, Chris - Figz21k #PlayStation #PlayStationPodcast #TriangleSquared
Welcome to Xbox On, a podcast with one host, about one console, Xbox. I am said host, Jesse DeRosa and on today's episode we'll be talking about the latest Xbox news for the week of October 7, 2021 including, lots of important people are leaving their jobs, Ubisoft announced a new battle royale Ghost Recon game, bad news about the Xbox hardware supply chain, and more. New episodes every Thursday! New YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtW7KhvTGMgYnR6HvsY12Qg Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/lightningmcstream Twitter: https://twitter.com/JesseDeRosa Time stamps: 00:00 "Xbox On" *beep sounds* 02:09 Stream Updates, Notes, Corrections 14:04 Comments 54:39 What I've been eating 1:03:34 What I've been playing 1:10:37 News 1:41:38 Small news 1:46:50 New game releases 1:47:36 Games with Gold 1:49:19
Activision Blizzard is pissing off all the wrong people, including government regulatory agencies. Also: Twitch covers its butt with the music industry, high fashion comes to Fortnite, and Apple shuts down Epic's hope of recovering its developer accounts and getting Fortnite back on the App Store. You can support Virtual Economy's growth via our Ko-Fi and also purchase Virtual Economy merchandise! TIME STAMPS [00:01:34] - Twitch covers its butt in deal with NMPA [00:11:44] - Activision gets sued by SEC, but gets off easy with EEOC [00:35:58] - Investment Interlude [00:40:23] - Quick Hits [00:49:41] - Fortnite x Balenciaga - High Fashion Gets in the Game [01:01:32] - This Week's FAFO Award: Epic Games SOURCES TWITCH STRIKES DEAL WITH MUSIC PUBLISHERS Noah Downs on Twitter re Twitch / NMPA NMPA AND ROBLOX STRIKE INDUSTRY-WIDE AGREEMENT SEC Is Investigating Activision Blizzard Over Workplace Practices, Disclosures (WSJ) SOC Investment Group: Activision Blizzard execs need to be held accountable for toxic working culture (GamesIndustry.biz) Activision Blizzard Provides Update on Workplace Initiatives Blizzard Entertainment's chief legal officer departs as lawsuits stack up (gamedeveloper.com) Overwatch 2 chief leaves Activision Blizzard (Polygon) Activision Blizzard Commits to Expanded Workplace Initiatives, Reaches Agreement with the EEOC Balenciaga Brings High Fashion to Fortnite - Epic Games Tim Sweeney on Twitter re Apple decision not to reinstate Epic's developer accounts (1) (2) INVESTMENT INTERLUDE MY.GAMES ACQUIRES HYPER CASUAL PUBLISHER, MAMBOO GAMES FuzzyBot raises $3.5m in seed funding round (Games Industry) StreamElements nabs $100M as it passes 1.1M creators using its platform to build and monetize video content (TechCrunch)
This week, we're presenting audio versions of the panel discussions from this year's Best Places To Work Awards UK. In our final podcast of the week, we continue our tradition of interviewing last year's winner of the Best Boss award before this year's winner is revealed. During this chat with GamesIndustry.biz's Christopher Dring, Creative Assembly studio director Gareth Edmonson talks about taking over a team during a pandemic, and the lessons he's learned about being a good manager. You can find the full video at www.gamesindustry.biz.
With Logan back from vacation, Trevor runs him through all of the highs and lows of last week's PlayStation Showcase. Time Stamps and Links: 00:00:00 - Intro 00:01:02 - 2021 PlayStation Showcase Recap 01:30:55 - Shoutouts: "Judge orders Apple to allow apps that link to external payment options" by Brendan Sinclair, GamesIndustry.biz https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2021-09-10-judge-orders-apple-to-allow-apps-that-link-to-external-payment-options "Epic appeals against judge's ruling in Apple antitrust case" by James Batchelor, GamesIndustry.biz https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2021-09-13-epic-appeals-against-judges-ruling-in-apple-antitrust-case 01:32:16 - Outro Support on Patreon: patreon.com/thatnerdysite Follow the Nerds: Logan: @LeftyLoggy Trevor: @TrevorJStarkey That Nerdy Site: @thatnerdysite
This week, we're presenting audio versions of the panel discussions from this year's Best Places To Work Awards UK. For our third session, we focus on mental health and share best practices on supporting staff. The panel features Third Kind Games' Heidi Slee, Creative Assembly's Sarah Howell and Safe In Our World's Sarah Sorrell, and is hosted by GamesIndustry.biz's Christopher Dring. You can find the full video at www.gamesindustry.biz.
Tommy Tallarico is a veritable video game industry icon. As one of the most successful video game composers in history, he has helped revolutionize the gaming world, creating unique audio landscapes that enhance the video gaming experience. Now CEO of Intellivision, Tommy has worked as a designer, product manager, producer, writer, hardware executive, games tester, and heads of both music and video departments over the span of his 32-year long career in the gaming industry. Listen in to this inspiring rollercoaster of an episode as we discuss: - Tommy's incredible journey from homelessness to launching a brand new gaming console - How Tommy approached the music in Prince of Persia. - How to get to climb any “mountain” you want in your career. - Tommy's strategy to return to the golden age of co-op gaming with the Intellivision Amico - How Intellivision is helping small developers succeed. - The pitfalls of distributed game production Are you a developer with a fun, family-friendly game that's easy to pick up and play? Intellivision wants to hear from you! Email email@example.com. For more resources head to www.playmakerspodcast.com
This week, we're presenting audio versions of the panel discussions from this year's Best Places To Work Awards UK. In today's session, a panel of professionals discuss the fight to address climate change and what more the games industry can do to aid these efforts. The panel featurs Playing for the Planet's Deborah Mensah-Bonsu, Ustwo Games' Jane Campbell, Games London's Michael French and Sports Interactive's Miles Jacobson. It is hosted by GamesIndustry.biz's Christopher Dring. You can find the full video at www.gamesindustry.biz.
This week's show is mostly focused on Sony's latest PlayStation Showcase, which featured a proper reveal of God of War: Ragnarok, as well as announcements for Spider-Man 2, Wolverine, KOTOR Remake, and much more. Plus: Sony U-turns on upgrade fees and Waluigi comes to Smash? 00:00 - Intro / Housekeeping 01:28 - PlayStation Showcase 2021: Everything Announced via IGN 03:52 - God of War: Ragnarok 13:20 - Spider-Man 2 & Wolverine 22:40 - Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic Remake 26:15 - Alan Wake Remastered 29:00 - Forspoken & Uncharted Remasters 34:00 - Roundup / General thoughts 45:40 - Horizon Forbidden West now gets a free upgrade via GameSpot 51:55 - New test suggests the revised PS5 model actually runs cooler via VGC 56:20 - Waluigi coming to Smash Bros, but not the one you think via KingBobGaming on Youtube 1:00:12 - Report alleges 'fraud' behind recent surge in retro game prices via VGC 1:09:44 - Extra News #1 - Nintendo leaks Nickelodeon game's new characters via MyNintendoNews #2 - Next-gen supply issues may extend to 2023 via GamesIndustry.biz #3 - Shawn Layden talks about leaving Sony via PushSquare #4 - Nintendo skipping TGS 2021 via NintendoLife #5 - Sony acquires developer Firesprite via Polygon #6 - Spider-Man character coming to Marvel's Avengers this year via VGC #7 - Fortnite Season 7 finale on Sunday Sep 12 at 1PM PT via GameSpot #8 - Tripwire Interactive CEO steps down following anti-abortion position via Polygon #9 - George Mawle, programmer behind Kratos' Leviathan Axe, passed away via USAToday #10 - New World open beta available this weekend via GameSpot #11 - Super Mario 64 LEGO set via ArsTechnica #12 - Xbox One controlelr getting Series X update via Eurogamer #13 - World War Z coming to Switch on Nov 3rd via MyNintendoNews 1:18:41 - New Releases & Updates 1:25:00 - Broke Gamer's Guide 1:30:40 - Outro / Ready Press Play Full Theme by Joel “WAZ” Perez Every Friday, Dan Lima (@thedanlima) and Luis Menchaca (@chacalaca88) will catch you up on everything that's new and exciting in the world of video games. If you want to write anything to be read in the show, go to readyplaynetwork.com or hit us up on Twitter or TikTok @readypressplay. Please subscribe to the feed so you can get every new show directly to your device as soon as it posts, and if you like it, please leave us a nice review. If you like our intro and would like to support the artist, go check out The.How.To.Be by Waz on Spotify. Thank you!
The video games industry is worth over $180 billion a year, more than the US film and sports industries combined. For decades though, it's been plagued by a culture of misogyny, homophobia and racism.Right now, a reckoning is taking place at one of the biggest games developers in the world, Activision Blizzard, the publisher of some of the most popular games ever, including Candy Crush, Call of Duty and World of Warcraft.This isn't the first time sexism and harassment in gaming has made headlines, but could this be the long-awaited reckoning that the industry needs?To help break down the lawsuit and why it matters, games reporter for Screenhub and regular games critic for The Saturday Paper, Jini Maxwell, joins The Culture this week.Guest: Jini MaxwellFollow The Culture on Instagram See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The GamesIndustry.biz team gather around their mics to discuss some of the biggest stories from the past week. First up, we discuss reactions to Fortnite's March Through Time, a scenario designed to explore the impact of Martin Luther King and educate a new generation about his work and iconic speech. For all its good intentions, the mode quickly attracted criticism and even had to be modified to disable the use of emotes. We share our thoughts on how Epic has handled the implementation of this tribute, and the potential for educational experiences in games. Next, we follow up on our interview with Supercell about Everdale, the Clash of Clans studio's co-operative, "peaceful" multiplayer game -- and how difficult it is to create a free-to-play, engagement-driven multiplayer title that is dominated by a certain type of player. Finally, we use the retirement of Nintendo's Lance Barr, the man who redesigned the NES and SNES for the West, to weigh up our favourite and least favourite console designs of all time. Title music composed by Thomas Marchant. Episode produced by Alix Attenborough. As always, you can get more news, insight and analysis at www.gamesindustry.biz.
The GamesIndustry.biz team gather around their mics to discuss the biggest news of the past week. First up, we explore the current backlash Twitch is facing over increased hate raids targeting marginalised streamers, which has prompted content creators to plan a day-long strike from using the platform. Twitch claims it is working to improve its tools, but the site's own transparency report and our exposé on the company culture aren't in its favour. Next, we discuss the scrutiny around Roblox and its divisive monetisation model, further thrown into light by a recent investigation suggesting the company is exploiting young game developers. Finally, we touch on the conversation around Boyfriend Dungeon, its triggering storylines, and the delicate balance between exploring sensitive subjects in games and impacting your audience in an unintended way. Title music composed by Thomas Marchant. Episode produced by Thomas Quilfeldt. As always, you can get more news, insight and analysis at www.gamesindustry.biz.
On today's IGN The Fix: Games, Cloud gaming is coming to Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and Xbox One this holiday, allowing Game Pass Ultimate subscribers to stream over 100 games on their consoles without needing to download them - including playing next-gen games on last-gen hardware. Announced during the Gamescom Xbox Stream 2021, the move is a huge step further towards making Xbox games available on almost any device, allowing all compatible Game Pass games to be streamed without downloading or waiting for installs. Xbox points out that this is a useful way to try games before committing to downloading them or to jump straight into multiplayer games with friends without causing the whole party to wait. During Microsoft's Gamescom 2021 Xbox showcase, Humble Games announced a robust lineup of 10 games coming to Xbox Game Pass on day one. These indie titles join an already packed roster of games and span many genres. Some of the games include Archvale, Chinatown Detective Agency, Dodgeball Academia, Next Space Rebels, and Signalis. In a hilariously dark, perfectly Kojima way, the Games Industry legend celebrated his 58th birthday with a solemn vow. Hideo Kojima tweeted about his age and "declining" body but reassured fans that his creativity is as sharp as it's ever been. The Death Stranding and Metal Gear creator also promised to continue creating as long as his brain will allow. Kim has all that in your Daily Fix!
I'm speaking with Taylor Lyles. Taylor is an Associate Tech Editor at IGN. We're going to cover her journey today from working as a Paralegal Contract Specialist to her work speaking with young professionals through the DreamWakers. This is episode 52 of She Plays Games.
I recently did a webinar with Anton Gorodetsky from InvestGame and Micha Katz from Aream & Co and we talked about the numbers from H1 of 2021 for the games industry. The industry saw explosive growth in terms of volume and size of M&As, private investments, and IPOs.
We've got a very important issue to talk about this week. Apple wants to look at your private pictures. They've made such a big deal about privacy for years, so what's changed and why can't we trust them anymore? What have you done Tim Apple?The Australian government really hasn't liked supporting the games industry, despite years of lobbying and studies into how great the industry is for the economy. Someone's finally got through to them and we'll be getting changes to tax and visas to help encourage AAA development.Jason Mamoa thinks superheroes are like Greek mythology. Turns out the only reason he's joining the Scorsese comic genre battle is to remind everyone he wants to talk about climate change in his movies. Anyway, we all know his best role will be Duncan Idaho in Dune. It better not get delayed againApple's controversial new child protection features- https://www.theverge.com/2021/8/10/22613225/apple-csam-scanning-messages-child-safety-features-privacy-controversy-explained- https://www.ask-solutions.org/blog/2021/08-11-01?fbclid=IwAR1M731S3OrleR84O6134H-ZWXb5EtBoTY9tyXlIs0TiUXBVFwgHpP8Qmvc- https://www.reuters.com/technology/exclusive-apples-child-protection-features-spark-concern-within-its-own-ranks-2021-08-12/Australian Games Industry gets a Government Injection- https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2021-08-10-how-australia-is-creating-a-sustainable-video-game-development-ecosystem?Jason Mamoa's take on superhero movies- https://boundingintocomics.com/2021/08/09/aquaman-star-jason-momoa-defends-superhero-movies-as-an-art-form-in-response-martin-scorseses-genre-criticisms/Other topics discussedWorst Cooks in America (an American reality television series that premiered on January 3, 2010, on Food Network. The show takes 12 to 16 contestants (referred to as "recruits") with very poor cooking skills through a culinary boot camp, to earn a cash prize of $25,000 and a Food Network cooking set.)- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Worst_Cooks_in_AmericaFBI–Apple encryption dispute (The FBI–Apple encryption dispute concerns whether and to what extent courts in the United States can compel manufacturers to assist in unlocking cell phones whose data are cryptographically protected. There is much debate over public access to strong encryption. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) wanted Apple to create and electronically sign new software that would enable the FBI to unlock a work-issued iPhone 5C it recovered from one of the shooters who, in a December 2015 terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California, killed 14 people and injured 22.)- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FBI%E2%80%93Apple_encryption_disputeHow Does the YouTube Algorithm Work in 2021? The Complete Guide- https://blog.hootsuite.com/how-the-youtube-algorithm-works/Perceptual hashing (the use of an algorithm that produces a snippet or fingerprint of various forms of multimedia. A perceptual hash is a type of locality-sensitive hash, which is analogous if features of the multimedia are similar.)- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perceptual_hashingreCAPTCHA (a CAPTCHA system that enables web hosts to distinguish between human and automated access to websites. The original version asked users to decipher hard to read text or match images. Version 2 also asked users to decipher text or match images if the analysis of cookies and canvas rendering suggested the page was being downloaded automatically. reCAPTCHA is owned by Google.)- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ReCAPTCHAThe Shadow Brokers (a hacker group who first appeared in the summer of 2016. They published several leaks containing hacking tools, including several zero-day exploits, from the "Equation Group" who are widely suspected to be a branch of the National Security Agency (NSA) of the United States.)- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Shadow_BrokersElectronic Frontier Foundation (The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is an international non-profit digital rights group based in San Francisco, California. The foundation was formed on 10 July 1990 by John Gilmore, John Perry Barlow and Mitch Kapor to promote Internet civil liberties.)- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_Frontier_Foundation- https://www.eff.org/WarGames (a 1983 American Cold War science fiction techno-thriller film written by Lawrence Lasker and Walter F. Parkes and directed by John Badham. The film, which stars Matthew Broderick, Dabney Coleman, John Wood, and Ally Sheedy, follows David Lightman (Broderick), a young hacker who unwittingly accesses a United States military supercomputer programmed to predict and execute nuclear war against the Soviet Union.)- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WarGamesHackers (a 1995 American crime film directed by Iain Softley and starring Jonny Lee Miller, Angelina Jolie, Jesse Bradford, Matthew Lillard, Laurence Mason, Renoly Santiago, Lorraine Bracco, and Fisher Stevens. The film follows a group of high school hackers and their involvement in a corporate extortion conspiracy.)- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hackers_(film)Shodan (Shodan is the world's first search engine for Internet-connected devices. Discover how Internet intelligence can help you make better decisions.)- https://www.shodan.io/PhotoDNA (PhotoDNA creates a unique digital signature (known as a “hash”) of an image which is then compared against signatures (hashes) of other photos to find copies of the same image. When matched with a database containing hashes of previously identified illegal images, PhotoDNA is an incredible tool to help detect, disrupt and report the distribution of child exploitation material. PhotoDNA is not facial recognition software and cannot be used to identify a person or object in an image. A PhotoDNA hash is not reversible, and therefore cannot be used to recreate an image.)- https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/photodnaThe Trauma Floor The secret lives of Facebook moderators in America- https://www.theverge.com/2019/2/25/18229714/cognizant-facebook-content-moderator-interviews-trauma-working-conditions-arizonaMortal Kombat 11 Developer Was Diagnosed with PTSD Due to Graphic Violence- https://segmentnext.com/mortal-kombat-11-developer-ptsd/Facebook will pay $52 million in settlement with moderators who developed PTSD on the job- https://www.theverge.com/2020/5/12/21255870/facebook-content-moderator-settlement-scola-ptsd-mental-healthArtificial neural network (usually simply called neural networks (NNs), are computing systems inspired by the biological neural networks that constitute animal brains. An ANN is based on a collection of connected units or nodes called artificial neurons, which loosely model the neurons in a biological brain.)- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artificial_neural_networkBob's Burgers – The Snake Song- https://genius.com/Bobs-burgers-the-snake-song-lyrics- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tvhw7jnYi0Financial crisis of 2007–2008 (also known as the global financial crisis (GFC), was a severe worldwide economic crisis. Prior to the COVID-19 recession in 2020, it was considered by many economists to have been the most serious financial crisis since the Great Depression.)- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Financial_crisis_of_2007%E2%80%932008Halfbrick Studios (Australian video game developer based in Brisbane. The company primarily worked on licensed games until 2008. The company released Fruit Ninja (2010) and Jetpack Joyride (2011).)- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halfbrick_StudiosUntitled Goose Game (a 2019 puzzle stealth game developed by House House and published by Panic. Players control a goose who bothers the inhabitants of an English village. The player must use the goose's abilities to manipulate objects and non-player characters to complete objectives. It was released for Microsoft Windows, macOS, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.)- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Untitled_Goose_GameFruit Ninja (a video game developed by Halfbrick. It was released April 21, 2010 for iPod Touch and iPhone devices, July 12, 2010 for the iPad, September 17, 2010 for Android OS devices.)- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fruit_NinjaFiverr (Israeli online marketplace for freelance services. The company provides a platform for freelancers to offer services to customers worldwide.)- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FiverrActivision Blizzard Lawsuit Alleges Horrific Mistreatment Of Women- https://www.forbes.com/sites/paultassi/2021/07/22/activision-blizzard-lawsuit-alleges-horrific-mistreatment-of-women/?sh=56144afb166cYongYea - Scummy Amazon Policy That Steals Employees' Personal Game Projects Dropped After Backlash From Devs- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQtKfutVFTIMotion Picture Production Code (a set of industry guidelines for the self-censorship of content that was applied to most United States motion pictures released by major studios from 1934 to 1968. It is also popularly known as the Hays Code, after Will H. Hays, who was the president of the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America (MPPDA) from 1922 to 1945.)- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motion_Picture_Production_CodeBreaking Bad (an American neo-Western crime drama television series created and produced by Vince Gilligan. The show aired on AMC from January 20, 2008, to September 29, 2013, consisting of five seasons for a total of 62 episodes.)- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breaking_Bad‘Simpsons' Episode Featuring Michael Jackson Kept Off Disney+- https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/tv/tv-news/simpsons-episode-featuring-michael-jackson-kept-disney-1254609/2012 (a 2009 American science fiction disaster film directed and written by Roland Emmerich. It was produced by Harald Kloser, Mark Gordon, and Larry J. Franco, and written by Kloser and Emmerich. The film stars John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Oliver Platt, Thandiwe Newton, Danny Glover, and Woody Harrelson.)- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012_(film)Geostorm (a 2017 American science fiction disaster film directed, co-written, and co-produced by Dean Devlin (in his feature directorial debut). The film stars Gerard Butler, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish, Ed Harris, and Andy García. It follows a satellite designer who tries to save the world from a storm of epic proportions caused by malfunctioning climate-controlling satellites.)- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GeostormVolcano (a 1997 American disaster film directed by Mick Jackson, and produced by Andrew Z. Davis, Neal H. Moritz and Lauren Shuler Donner. The storyline was conceived from a screenplay written by Jerome Armstrong and Billy Ray, and is inspired by the 1943 formation of the Parícutin volcano in Paricutin, Mexico.)- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volcano_(1997_film)Thanos (a genocidal warlord from Titan, whose own main objective was to bring stability to the universe by wiping out half of all life at every level, as he believed its massive population would inevitably use up the universe's entire supply of resources and condemn this. To complete this goal, Thanos set about hunting down all the Infinity Stones, being confident that the combined power of the Stones would achieve his goal.)- https://marvelcinematicuniverse.fandom.com/wiki/ThanosNo Man's Sky Gameplay Trailer | E3 2014 | PS4- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLtmEjqzg7MAngryJoeShow - No Man's Sky Angry Review- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTTPlqK8AnY&t=1897sInternet Historian - The Engoodening of No Man's Sky- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5BJVO3PDeQ&t=59sAgent Orange (a herbicide and defoliant chemical, one of the "tactical use" Rainbow Herbicides. It is widely known for its use by the U.S. military as part of its herbicidal warfare program, Operation Ranch Hand,during the Vietnam War from 1961 to 1971. It is a mixture of equal parts of two herbicides, 2,4,5-T and 2,4-D. In addition to its damaging environmental effects, traces of dioxin (mainly TCDD, the most toxic of its type) found in the mixture have caused major health problems for many individuals who were exposed, and their offspring. )- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agent_OrangeThe Tramp (also known as The Little Tramp, was British actor, Charlie Chaplin's most memorable on-screen character and an icon in world cinema during the era of silent film. The Tramp is also the title of a silent film starring Chaplin, which Chaplin wrote and directed in 1915.)- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_TrampApple – Think Different Commercial- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oAB83Z1ydEAnti-Monopoly (a board game made by San Francisco State University Professor Ralph Anspach in response to Monopoly. The idea of an anti-monopoly board game dates to 1903 and the original Monopoly created by Lizzie Magie.)- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-MonopolyAnti-Monopoly, Inc. vs. General Mills Fun Group, Inc. court case 1976–1985 (Starting in 1974, Parker Brothers and its then corporate parent, General Mills, attempted to suppress publication of a game called Anti-Monopoly, designed by San Francisco State University economics professor Ralph Anspach and first published the previous year.)- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Monopoly#Anti-Monopoly.2C_Inc._vs._General_Mills_Fun_Group.2C_Inc._court_case_1976.E2.80.931985The Rageaholic - Begun, The Comic Film Crash Has - A Rant- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dlk3-NtOFkkTerror Australis Podcast (TNC podcast)- https://anchor.fm/terror-australis-podcastShout Outs 9th August 2021 – 5th Anniversary of No Man's Sky - https://www.nomanssky.com/2021/08/no-mans-sky-5th-anniversary/No Man's Sky is easily one of the most infamous titles in video game history, thanks to its extremely rocky launch and poor state at release. The game lacked many of its core promised features when it launched, resulting in heavy fan backlash. Within two years of its rollout, the tide started turning in No Man's Sky's favor, thanks in large part to updates that transformed the experience. NEXT counted as the first of such changes, ushering in multiplayer gameplay options that Hello Games teased in the lead up to launch. This particular update also overhauled the graphics and introduced refined base-building mechanics. Hello Games' efforts didn't stop there either; as such, the redemption arc for No Man's Sky has been rather impressive to watch unfold. With the game now celebrating its fifth year anniversary, Hello Games has put out a short video looking back at all of the updates we've seen so far, along with a tease of what's coming next.9th August 2021 – 25th anniversary of Escape from L.A. - https://movieweb.com/escape-from-la-25th-anniversary/Stylized on-screen as John Carpenter's Escape from L.A. A 1996 American post-apocalyptic action film co-written, co-scored, and directed by John Carpenter, co-written and produced by Debra Hill and Kurt Russell, with Russell also starring as Snake Plissken. A sequel to Escape from New York, Escape from L.A. co-stars Steve Buscemi, Stacy Keach, Bruce Campbell, and Pam Grier. The film gained a strong cult following. The film was in development for over 10 years. At one point, a script was commissioned in 1987 and was written by screenwriter Coleman Luck, with Dino De Laurentiis's company producing. Carpenter later described the script as "too light, too campy". In time, Carpenter and Kurt Russell got together to write with their long-time collaborator Debra Hill. Carpenter insists that Russell's persistence allowed the film to be made, since "Snake Plissken was a character he loved and wanted to play again." At the beginning of the film, Kurt Russell wears his costume from the original film, which still fits after fifteen years. The film takes place in 2013.10th August 2021 – 60th Anniversary of Operation Ranch Hand, spraying an estimated 20 million US gallons (76,000 m3) of defoliants and herbicides over rural areas of South Vietnam in an attempt to deprive the Viet Cong of food and vegetation cover - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Ranch_HandOperation Ranch Hand was a U.S. military operation during the Vietnam War, lasting from 1962 until 1971. Largely inspired by the British use of 2,4,5-T and 2,4-D (Agent Orange) during the Malayan Emergency in the 1950s, it was part of the overall herbicidal warfare program during the war called "Operation Trail Dust". Ranch Hand involved spraying an estimated 20 million U.S. gallons (76,000 m3) of defoliants and herbicides over rural areas of South Vietnam in an attempt to deprive the Viet Cong of food and vegetation cover. Areas of Laos and Cambodia were also sprayed to a lesser extent. Nearly 20,000 sorties were flown between 1961 and 1971. The herbicides were sprayed by the U.S. Air Force flying C-123s using the call sign "Hades". The planes were fitted with specially developed spray tanks with a capacity of 1,000 U.S. gallons (4 m3) of herbicides. A plane sprayed a swath of land that was 80 meters wide and 16 kilometers (10 mi) long in about 4½ minutes, at a rate of about 3 U.S. gallons per acre (3 m3/km2). Sorties usually consisted of three to five aircraft flying side by side. 95% of the herbicides and defoliants used in the war were sprayed by the U.S. Air Force as part of Operation Ranch Hand. The remaining 5% were sprayed by the U.S. Chemical Corps, other military branches, and the Republic of Vietnam using hand sprayers, spray trucks, helicopters and boats, primarily around U.S. military installations. The use of herbicides in the Vietnam War was controversial from the beginning, particularly for crop destruction. The scientific community began to protest the use of herbicides in Vietnam as early as 1964, when the Federation of American Scientists objected to the use of defoliants. In 1967, seventeen Nobel laureates and 5,000 other scientists signed a petition asking for the immediate end to the use of herbicides in Vietnam. According to the Vietnamese government, the US program exposed approximately 4.8 million Vietnamese people to Agent Orange, resulted in 400,000 deaths due to a range of cancers and other ailments. The Vietnamese population has suffered a range of ailments with three million Vietnamese people suffering health problems, one million birth defects caused directly by exposure to Agent Orange, and 24% of the area of Vietnam being defoliated.12th August 2021 – 40th birthday of the IBM 5150 - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM_Personal_Computer#DebutOn August 12, 1981, Don Esteridge, who was unknown at the time, announced the release of the new personal computer created by his company. The head of development at IBM Entry Level Systems presented the 5150, or IBM PC, a concept that would revolutionize the computer industry forever. The machine was based on open architecture and a substantial market of third-party peripherals, expansion cards and software grew up rapidly to support it. The PC had a substantial influence on the personal computer market. The specifications of the IBM PC became one of the most popular computer design standards in the world, and the only significant competition it faced from a non-compatible platform throughout the 1980s was from the Apple Macintosh product line. The majority of modern personal computers are distant descendants of the IBM PC.Pricing started at $1,565 for a configuration with 16K RAM, Color Graphics Adapter, and no disk drives. The price was designed to compete with comparable machines in the market. For comparison, the Datamaster, announced two weeks earlier as IBM's least expensive computer, cost $10,000. IBM's marketing campaign licensed the likeness of Charlie Chaplin's character "The Little Tramp" for a series of advertisements based on Chaplin's movies, played by Billy Scudder. The PC was IBM's first attempt to sell a computer through retail channels rather than directly to customers. Reception was overwhelmingly positive, with sales estimates from analysts suggesting billions of dollars in sales over the next few years, and the IBM PC immediately became the talk of the entire computing industry. Dealers were overwhelmed with orders, including customers offering pre-payment for machines with no guaranteed delivery date. By the time the machine was shipping, the term "PC" was becoming a household name.Remembrances10th August 2010 - David L. Wolper - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_L._WolperAmerican television and film producer, responsible for shows such as Roots, The Thorn Birds, North and South, L.A. Confidential, and Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971). He was awarded the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the 57th Academy Awards in 1985 for his work producing the opening and closing ceremonies of the XXIIIrd Olympiad, Los Angeles 1984 as well as helping to bring the games to L.A. His 1971 film (as executive producer) about the study of insects, The Hellstrom Chronicle, won an Academy Award. On March 13, 1974, one of his crews filming a National Geographic history of Australopithecus at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area was killed when their Sierra Pacific Airlines Corvair 440 slammed into the White Mountains shortly after takeoff from Eastern Sierra Regional Airport in Bishop, California, killing all 35 on board, including 31 Wolper crew members. The filmed segment was recovered in the wreckage and was broadcast in the television series Primal Man. The cause of the crash remains unsolved. In 1988, Wolper was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame. For his work on television, he had received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He died from congestive heart disease and complications of Parkinson's disease at the age of 82 in Beverly Hills, California.Famous Birthdays10th August 1889 – Charles Darrow - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_DarrowAmerican who modified the design of Lizzie Magie's original invention The Landlord's Game. He became the first millionaire game designer in history, and although Magie patented her invention she received only $500. Parker Brothers falsely credited Darrow as the original inventor. While Darrow eventually sold his version of Monopoly to Parker Brothers, claiming it to be his own invention, modern historians credit Darrow as just one of the game's final developers. Monopoly is a board game which focuses on the acquisition of fictional real estate titles, with the incorporation of elements of chance. After losing his job at a sales company following the Stock Market Crash of 1929, Darrow worked at various odd jobs. Seeing his neighbors and acquaintances play a board game in which the object was to buy and sell property, he decided to publish his own version of the game, with the help of his first son, William, and his wife Esther. Darrow marketed his version of the game under the name Monopoly. In truth, Darrow was just one of many people in the American Midwest and East Coast who had been playing a game of buying and trading property. The game's direct ancestor was The Landlord's Game, created by Elizabeth Magie. The Darrow family initially made their game sets on flexible, round pieces of oilcloth instead of rigid, square carton. Charles drew the designs of the properties with drafting pens, and his son and wife filled in the spaces with colors and made the title deed cards and Chance and Community Chest cards. In 1970, three years after Darrow's death, Atlantic City placed a commemorative plaque in his honor on The Boardwalk, near the corner of Park Place. In 1973 Ralph Anspach, an economics professor at San Francisco State University, produced Anti-Monopoly, a game similar to Monopoly, and for this was sued by Parker Brothers. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.Events of Interest10th August 1960 – Dinosaurus! was released - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0053768/ On this day in 1960, it was 'Jurassic Park' all over again with the release of Dinosaurus! The feature starred Ward Ramsey and Kristina Hanson, and here's the plot summary: "After undersea explosions near a Caribbean island, prehistoric creatures are unleashed on the unsuspecting population. Freed from his watery tomb, as well, is a very friendly Neanderthal man who proceeds to befriend a local orphan boy. The boy, Neanderthal and irritated dinosaur make for an interesting dramatic climax." The leading role was intended for Steve McQueen, who starred in The Blob two years earlier, also produced by Harris and directed by Yeaworth. McQueen passed on the film to make The Magnificent Seven instead. The dinosaurs were filmed using the technique of stop-motion animation as well as puppets for close-ups. The film promulgates the naïve idea that herbivorous animals (such as the brontosaurus) are not dangerous (a similar claim was made in Spielberg's 'Jurassic Park', 1993). The cape buffalo is one of the most aggressive and dangerous animals in Africa (and only weighs about 5% of what a brontosaurus is estimated to have weighed). Marcel Delgado was given less than half the time originally agreed upon to create the dinosaur models used in the film. The studio initially agreed to give him five to six weeks, as he requested, but two weeks later he was told that they would begin production on Tuesday. When Betty is captured by the neanderthal and taken to his cave, she's wearing a white dress and a pearl necklace. Combined with her red hair, she bears a striking resemblance to Wilma Flintstone, one of the stars of the TV cartoon series "The Flintstones" (1960), which would debut on American television one month after this movies US release (coincidentally, Betty is the name of Wilma's best friend).10th August 1990 – The Magellan space probe reaches Venus. - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magellan_(spacecraft)#Orbital_encounter_of_Venus On August 10, 1990, the American Magellan probe, named after the explorer Ferdinand Magellan, arrived at its orbit around the planet and started a mission of detailed radar mapping at a frequency of 2.38 GHz. It began the orbital insertion maneuver which placed the spacecraft into a three-hour, nine minute, elliptical orbit that brought the spacecraft 295-kilometers from the surface at about 10 degrees North during the periapsis and out to 7762-kilometers during apoapsis. During each orbit, the space probe captured radar data while the spacecraft was closest to the surface, and then transmit it back to Earth as it moved away from Venus. This maneuver required extensive use of the reaction wheels to rotate the spacecraft as it imaged the surface for 37-minutes and as it pointed toward Earth for two hours. The primary mission intended for the spacecraft to return images of at least 70 percent of the surface during one Venusian day, which lasts 243 Earth days as the planet slowly spins. To avoid overly-redundant data at the highest and lowest latitudes, the Magellan probe alternated between a Northern-swath, a region designated as 90 degrees north latitude to 54 degrees south latitude, and a Southern-swath, designated as 76 degrees north latitude to 68 degrees south latitude. However, due to periapsis being 10 degrees north of the equatorial line, imaging the South Pole region was unlikely. The resulting maps were comparable to visible-light photographs of other planets, and are still the most detailed in existence. Magellan greatly improved scientific understanding of the geology of Venus: the probe found no signs of plate tectonics, but the scarcity of impact craters suggested the surface was relatively young, and there were lava channels thousands of kilometers long.IntroArtist – Goblins from MarsSong Title – Super Mario - Overworld Theme (GFM Trap Remix)Song Link - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GNMe6kF0j0&index=4&list=PLHmTsVREU3Ar1AJWkimkl6Pux3R5PB-QJFollow us onFacebook- Page - https://www.facebook.com/NerdsAmalgamated/- Group - https://www.facebook.com/groups/440485136816406/Twitter - https://twitter.com/NAmalgamatedSpotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/6Nux69rftdBeeEXwD8GXrSiTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/top-shelf-nerds/id1347661094Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/nerds_amalgamated/Email - Nerds.Amalgamated@gmail.comSupport via Podhero- https://podhero.com/podcast/449127/nerds-amalgamated See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Joakim Achrén is a gaming entrepreneur, with fifteen years of experience from two venture-backed gaming startups, including Next Games, which IPOed in 2107. Joakim is now running Elite Game Developers, a company that helps entrepreneurs start their first game company. He's also an angel investor in Skunkworks Games, Lightheart Entertainment, Savage Game Studios, and more. Joakim recently took on the role of Venture Partner at Play Ventures and hosts his own podcast, Elite Game Developers Podcast. Join us in this fascinating discussion with topics like: - How Joakim caught “the bug” for helping other founders - What comes between the early validation phase and obtaining data from user behavior within a playable version of your game - The most common trap mobile developers fall into - The biggest takeaways you should be gaining from your metrics - The key to building mobile games that make players want to come back - The balance between “stealing like an artist” and innovating - What the gaming industry can learn from Pixar's creative process For more resources head to www.playmakerspodcast.com
021 is a good reminder that even if you’re welcomed to the JAM that you don’t have to go and SLAM, especially when it’s something that’s more of a diluted paste of tacky cameos than a Jam. Getting to the topic at hand, This week covers the biggest news stories of late, and man oh MAN is the current scene of the Games Industry is one that’s ripe for a reckoning, and rightfully so. The reveal of the State of California’s lawsuit against Activision-Blizzard that was two years in the making reveals a litany of gruesome details regarding the Corporation’s toxic “frat-boy” culture, and we do our best discuss the situation while also doing our best to highlight all of the voices of the Women and POC who need to be heard at this time. We also share our impressions of Valve’s new hardware, the Steam Deck, which may just be the closest thing to a “Nintendo Switch Pro” we’re going to get. We also get into what’s been in our Consoles, which includes Gameboy Interface, Metroid Fusion, Marvel’s Avenger’s, Pokémon Unite, Cotton Reboot, Blaster Master Zero 1-3, Dariusburst Another Chronicle, Sakuna of Rice and Ruin, Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX, BioMutant, The Xbox Series X, and so much more. Mail us at our new email Mailbag@presspauseradio.com, leave a voicemail at 469-PPR-TALK, and be sure to stop by at our Forums if you haven’t already registered and post your thoughts about the show. Finally, make sure to rate and subscribe to us on iTunes and YouTube, follow us on Twitch page and Twitter, and finally take part in our Facebook and Steam group!
The GamesIndustry.biz team gather around their mics to discuss the biggest news from the world behind video games. This week, Chris, Brendan and James take a deeper look at the trends seen across the most recent wave of financial reports, which represents the first quarter that can be directly compared to a period where the majority of the world was in lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While most major companies saw at least one key metric decline year-on-year, there's more to the numbers than other reports might have you believe. The discussion also explores Nintendo's strategy for the remainder of the Switch's lifecycle and what it might do beyond that, as well as how Sony can reinvigorate PlayStation Plus (if it even needs to do so). As always, you can get more news, insight and analysis at www.gamesindustry.biz.
Tadhg Kelly is a highly experienced consultant in augmented reality, virtual reality, and video games. He has a deep background in game design and production, as well as partner and developer relationship management. Since the early 90s, Tadhg has worked on all sorts of game projects, from board games and live-action roleplaying games to multi-million dollar PC projects. He has served as lead designer, senior producer, and a number of other roles at several companies including BSkyB, Lionhead, and Climax. We get deep on this episode with topics spanning: -The transition from game designer to consultant and the lessons he learned along the way -What is the “Sexy / Worthy Trap” and how do you use it to your advantage? -Balancing speed-to-market against adding more features -The benefit of the games industry opening up to more diverse skillsets -Simple mistakes made at the beginning of a project that can cost you in the long run -The value of letting your game developer do their job You can work with Tadhg by visiting www.mobilegamedoctor.com, For more info and resources head to www.playmakerspodcast.com!
Shayna is a Senior Technical Program Manager at Unity Technologies and before that she worked at the famous Sony Santa Monica studios on God of War. In this episode we talk about her role, her feelings on games development documentaries and how working at Unity defers from working at a games studio.
Throughout this month, we've been taking a deeper dive into the world of video games recruitment and the challenges facing both applicants wanting to enter the industry and companies wanting to secure the best talent. For our fourth and final 'jobscast,' we take a look at the role recruitment plays in diversifying the industry workforce and supporting staff equally - a rather fitting topic given that we recorded on the day of the Activision Blizzard lawsuit. Our panel this week includes Creative Assembly's Emma Smith, Iron Galaxy's Rejess Marshall, Phoenix Labs' Jeanne-Marie Owens and Schell Games' Lauren Reed. We discuss how games companies can expand where they search for new recruits, improve their job listings and interview processes to appeal to a broader range of applicants, and the importance of fair compensation. Please note: We had a few connectivity issues during the panel, so there are some brief glitches in the audio, for which we apologise. This series is part of our Get A Job In Games Month. Title music composed by Thomas Marchant.
On a show full of tangents and distractions, Dan and Luis talk more about the Abandoned / Hideo Kojima conspiracy theories, F9 The Fast Saga, Guitar Hero 3, DJ Khaled, and lots of random topics. Plus: disgusting updates on the Activision Blizzard situation, NPD results for June, Shawn Layden's thoughts on Game Pass, and more. 00:00 - Intro / Housekeeping 01:10 - Dan interviewed his sister for Ready Play Movies 07:35 - Other RPM updates 09:15 - David/Fame from LV1 Gaming was featured on Podcast Unlocked 12:10 - Let's keep talking about Abandoned 22:07 - Impressions / Guitar Hero 3 28:40 - Battle Bus x Suicide Squad 31:45 - F9 The Fast Saga (light spoilers) 40:20 - Top News Activision Blizzard lawsuit, employee letter via Kotaku 56:04 - Nintendo and the Tokyo 2020 Olympics via Eurogamer 1:00:38 - June NPD Results via GamesIndustry.biz 1:11:19 - Shawn Layden talks about Game Pass via VG247 1:19:20 - Naughty Dog & Infinity Ward veterans form new studio via VGC 1:21:35 - Extra News #1 - Fatal Frame coming 10/28 via GameSpot #2 - Dr Mario World ending in November via Polygon #3 - Halo Infinite closed demo this weekend via Polygon #4 - Sony's Jim Ryan talks PC games via VGC #5 - Game Dev Choice Awards results (Hades GOTY) via GDConf #6 - Nintendo 3DS's new update via NintendoLife #7 - Facebook stops selling the Oculus Quest 2 Gamasutra #8 - Death Stranding sold 5M copies via GamesIndustry.biz #9 - Pokemon Netflix show in development via Variety #10 - New World Beta bricking RTX 3090s via VGC #11 - Digimon Survive and Kena: Bridge of Spirits delayed to 2022 #12 - James Bond's Aston Martin comes to Rocket League, and Okami's Amaterasu is coming to Monster Hunter Rise #13 - More Steam Deck information via IGN #14 - PS5 adding support for extra storage via ArsTechnica 1:30:12 - Check This Out Xbox Series S Suitcase via GamesRadar Krispy Kreme is selling Xbox doughnuts via TheVerge Gears of War studio demos new tech via Polygon 1:37:42 - New Releases & Updates 1:43:00 - Broke Gamer's Guide 1:53:05 - Outro / Ready Press Play Full Theme by Joel “WAZ” Perez Every Friday, Dan Lima (@thedanlima) and Luis Menchaca (@chacalaca88) will catch you up on everything that's new and exciting in the world of video games. If you want to write anything to be read in the show, go to readyplaynetwork.com or hit us up on Twitter or TikTok @readypressplay.
Logan is out this week but Cameron joins Trevor to recap and discuss the events surrounding the harassment lawsuit filed against Activision Blizzard over the past week. Content Warning: Sexual Assault, Abuse, Suicide Time Stamps and Links: 00:00:00 - Intro 00:01:26 - Activision Blizzard Sued Over 'Frat Boy' Culture, Harassment by Maeve Allsup, Bloomberg https://news.bloomberglaw.com/daily-labor-report/activision-blizzard-sued-by-california-over-frat-boy-culture "Activision Blizzard employees to walk out in support of harassment lawsuit" by Nicole Carpenter, Polygon https://www.polygon.com/22595703/activision-blizzard-employee-protest-walk-out-lawsuit 01:07:49 - Shoutout: "Shawn Layden: Consolidation is the enemy of diversity" by Christopher Dring, GamesIndustry.biz https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2021-07-27-shawn-layden-consolidation-is-the-enemy-of-diversity 01:10:37 - Outro Organizations you can support in solidarity with the #ActiBlizzWalkout: Black Girls Code: https://www.blackgirlscode.com/ Futures Without Violence: https://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/ Girls Who Code: https://girlswhocode.com/ RAINN: https://www.rainn.org/ Women in Animation: https://womeninanimation.org/ Women in Games International: https://www.getwigi.com/ Support on Patreon: patreon.com/thatnerdysite Follow the Nerds: Trevor: @TrevorJStarkey Cameron: @RevCabbott That Nerdy Site: @thatnerdysite
The GamesIndustry.biz editorial team gathers around their mics to discuss the biggest stories of the week. This week, the conversation returns to reports of discrimination and harassment at AAA games firms - most notably Activision Blizzard, which is facing a lawsuit from the DFEH, but also Ubisoft following the latest report of toxic elements within one of its studios. We discuss the need for more consequences for both those directly responsible for discrimination, harassment, abuse and more, but also the companies they work for, who continue to fail to protect the rest of their staff. During the discussion, we recommend several resources for those in the industry who need a safe space or support, as well as information for companies and recruiters that may help resolve these issues in the long term. All of these can be found below: https://www.rainn.org/articles/sexual-harassment https://gameshotline.org/ https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/ https://www.takethis.org/mental-health-resources/ https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2021-03-08-creating-a-diverse-workforce-ukie-raisethegame-report https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2020-09-14-level-up-on-diversity-three-changes-to-get-more-women-into-games https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2020-02-04-how-to-identify-and-avoid-unconscious-bias https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2020-07-02-how-to-patch-out-implicit-bias-from-your-hiring-process https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2021-03-08-gamesindustry-biz-academy-resources-to-champion-women-in-games
Janet is a video games critic and content creator who has bseen working hard establishing herself in the industry. She has her own site Gaming For The Culture where she posts features and reviews, a YouTube channel and Twitch under the name Gameonysus, and is a co-host on podcasts like Kinda Funny's PS I Love You XOXO and The Minn Max Show. On the show we speak about her childhood where she'd rent games from Blockbuster with her brother to her career now and her amazing work raising money for BLM charities through her streaming.
Danish game developer Bright Star Studios was founded in 2018 by games-industry veterans. Their goal is to reinvent the usual pay-to-win mechanics and loot boxes common to free-to-play games and instead develop a player-driven economy that allows gamers to earn rewards through in-game activities, including creating unique, tradable NFT items. Through the blockchain, gamers from across the world can build their own world and create tangible income from the game. The company also recently announced that videogame veteran Randy Breen has joined the Ember Sword development team as an advisor. With over 18 years of industry experience at Electronic Arts and LucasArts, Breen will help the Bright Star Studios team deliver on its vision of creating an immersive MMORPG with a true play-to-earn economy. Breen has an illustrious career in the games industry. His career began at Electronic Arts, where he grew from Assistant Producer to Executive Producer and Creative Director before becoming the head VP of Development at LucasArts. During his time there, he guided many beloved Star Wars games to PC and console, including Star Wars Battlefront, MMORPG Star Wars Galaxies, and BAFTA award-winning RPG Knights of the Old Republic. Bright Star Studios will harness this wealth of experience and expertise to help bring Ember Sword to life. Bright Star Studios recently announced that it secured over $2 million in funding from multiple investors to help deliver on its vision for Ember Sword. Last week also saw the successful completion of the game's first land sale that sold out in just six hours, with all of the regular plots being purchased in under an hour. The sale of 12,000 in-game plots of virtual Solarwood land generated a total of over $1.5M. Bright Star Studios intends to use these funds to further the title's development, enabling the team to create a high-quality and immersive player-first gaming experience supported by an innovative play-to-earn economy powered by the blockchain.
We spoke about his latest involvement with Avatar: Pandora Rising, we learned about how he wrote shaders for Marvel Strikeforce, and even broke down some of his earliest work. Who would have thought the first yoshi game ended up becoming a crocodile game on the PS1. If you have ever wondered about the fundamentals and history of gaming development, tune in. You will learn a lot.
Throughout this month, we'll be taking a deeper dive into the world of video games recruitment and the challenges facing both applicants wanting to enter the industry and companies wanting to secure the best talent. For our third 'jobscast,' we take a look at the onboarding process and how studios can better prepare recruits for their new role. We discuss the challenges involved -- both before and during the pandemic -- as well as how the process differs depending on which stage of a project you're bringing in new team members. Our panel this week includes Jagex's Jody Zarkos, Timbre Studios' Zoë Curnoe and Geoff Coates, and Rogue Games' Chris Archer. This series is part of our Get A Job In Games Month. Title music composed by Thomas Marchant.
The GamesIndustry.biz team gathers behind their mics to discuss the biggest story of the week: the Steam Deck. With Valve's long-rumoured Switch-like handheld gaming PC finally unveiled, we discuss our reactions to the reveal and who the audience for this device might be. We also explore the possibilities for indie developers -- or indeed any developers -- and the potential for Steam Deck to introduce a new route into the PC games market in a way that has not been seen in years. In the last segment of this week's show, Brendan offers a breakdown of this year's report on the use of conflict minerals in the games industry. You can find the full report here. Title music by Thomas Marchant. Episode mastered by Thomas Quillfeldt.
As we wrap up the first half of 2021, in this episode of The Mobile Gamedev Playbook, we have asked our analysts to spell out what have been the biggest mobile trends and games of the year so far! GameRefinery by Vungle's own Erno Kiiski, Wilhelm Voutilainen, and Kalle Heikkinen join host Jon Jordan to discuss how hybrid game mechanics and particular market trends have rocketed new games to the top of the download charts across the USA, China and Japan, as well as which games we should be keeping an eye on. You can now find The Mobile GameDev Playbook also on GameRefinery's Youtube channel. Please subscribe and leave a review! Thanks for listening, The Mobile GameDev Playbook
Throughout this month, we'll be taking a deeper dive into the world of video games recruitment and the challenges facing both applicants wanting to enter the industry and companies wanting to secure the best talent. For our second 'jobscast,' we take a look at the role of academia in preparing aspiring developers for a role in the industry, and how those who seek a career in games can secure the role they want. Our panel this week includes University of Southern California's Tracy Fullerton, Carnegie Mellon University's Thomas Corbett, Staffordshire University's Nia Wearn, and Falmouth University's Nick Dixon. This series is part of our Get A Job In Games Month. Title music composed by Thomas Marchant.
US President Joe Biden has signed an executive order asking the Federal Trade Commission to “limit powerful equipment manufacturers from restricting people's ability to use independent repair shops or do DIY repairs”. This could mean manufacturers can no longer require repairs only be offered by themselves or through authorised retailers. Gay Gordon-Byrne, CEO of The Repair Association in the US, has been speaking about the impact this could have. Are public-funded cultural institutions falling behind in creating digital content and in danger of becoming irrelevant? A new report from the Serpentine Galleries, “Future Art Ecosystems: Art x Metaverse”, suggests that might be the case. While the Games Industry is ploughing huge amounts of money into developing the spatial decentralised web (web 3.0), cultural institutions are lagging behind. Kay Watson, Head of the Arts Technologies team at the Serpentine Galleries, tells us more about the tech they are using to be part of this new metaverse. The internet is 30! Composer Kieran Brunt is back to tell us about his latest creation. This new work explores how the internet has dramatically reshaped our lives over the past 30 years. Woven around personal stories Kieran Brunt features electronic and vocal elements that explore the impact the internet has had on all our lives. The full Virtual Symphony can be heard on BBC Radio 3 on Sunday 18th July 2021. The programme is presented by Gareth Mitchell with expert commentary from Ghislaine Boddington Studio Manager: Producer: Ania Lichtarowicz (Image: Getty Images)
Sarah is a Casting Director for video games in Japan having moved to Japan from America a long time ago. In this episode we discuss how she became fluent in Japanese from watching countless anime and shows and the process of finding the right voice actor for her clients. This is episode 49 of She Plays Games.
The GamesIndustry.biz team gather to discuss the biggest news of the week: A new Nintendo Switch. Not the the Switch Pro, New Nintendo Switch or Super Switch that had been rumoured and reported on for so long, but the OLED Model with a larger screen, wider kickstand and LAN port. We discuss the root of the disappointment around its reveal, the implications of this handheld-centric update, who the new console appeals to and the consumer mentality around hardware upgrades. As always you can get more news, insight and analysis at www.gamesindustry.biz.
On Today's episode, Shema Yahya, the co-game designer & illustrator of Muco will be sharing his story and talk about management and leadership in the party and card games industry. Shema is studying at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is getting ready to launch his board game Muco on August 1st. Where You Can Follow Muco:InstagramYoutubeWebsiteMain Takeaway: Think about what drives you to do what you do, and think about it often.Mentioned Resources:Note: Some of the resources below may be affiliate links, meaning I receive a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you use that link to make a purchase.Student Built Startups websiteThe Ride of a LifetimeYee Community
Holly Harrison, aka "Best Friend of the Show," is back in the clubhouse! And we recorded this episode in person again! Can you tell? It probably comes through in the goofs... There's plenty of silliness in this week's episode, even though your Nice Hosts explore some serious topics. Holly asks us what we can do to become more ethical consumers (and developers) of games. Ellen examines the dynamics of grind. Stephen finally admits to something BIG, and Mark takes a break. Join Lobby - Video Game Culture Feed - Holly Harrison, Instagram Holly joined us for episode 40... Community Managment ...and for episode 88... The Gaming Press ...and for episode 89... "A mean secret that stays in this room." ...and for episode 201... "Not like Beauty and the Beast." ...and for episode 202! Business Speak Ellen's new laptop: Alienware M15R4 Gris (a game, not a musical) - Steam Noble Engine - Mark LaCroix Here's episode 217, in which we discussed open source. Open Source Software Photo by Helmi Lutvyandi from Pexels Ethical Consumption 0:13:06 Holly Harrison Gaming Misc. Conflict minerals: Which gaming companies may have funded human rights abuses i… - Rebekah Valentine, GamesIndustry.biz Is There Really Such a Thing as “Ethical Consumerism”? - Maya Singer, Vogue Summary of sexual and non-sexual allegations (megathread) - Reddit Grind 0:47:59 Ellen Burns-Johnson Game Design Gaming r/truegaming: For those who like talking about games as much as playing them. - Reddit Ellen's take on grind: “Going through the same content multiple times as a means to progress towards an in-game goal that doesn't pertain to the player's skill.”
Over the next four weeks, we'll be taking a deeper dive into the world of video games recruitment and the challenges facing both applicants wanting to enter the industry and companies wanting to secure the best talent. For our first 'jobscast,' we're joined by Square Enix Montreal recruiter Agathe Fallet, NDreams' chief people officer Tamsin O'Luanaigh and Marvelous Europe's head of production and operations Sarah Burns. This episode looks at the biggest challenges developers and publishers encounter when recruiting, how they can stand out from the competition in appealing to potential new hires, and how the recruitment process differs across different markets and disciplines. This series is part of our Get A Job In Games Month. Title music composed by Thomas Marchant.
The Five Games Of is a special series of The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast that explores the evolution of the video games business through the career of prominent developers, executives and more. This time, we explore five games from the career of Warren Spector, industry veteran and one of the key figures crediting with defining the immersive sim. We explore the breadth of Spector's career, starting with his time on classic Ultima RPGs and the groundbreaking Ultima Underworld. We also exploring the origins of the acclaimed Deus Ex and the biggest commercial hit of Spector's career: Epic Mickey. Title music by Juilan Villareal. As always, you can get more news, insight and analysis at www.gamesindustry.biz.
This week, Dan and Luis meet to talk about Sony's acquisition of Returnal developer Housemarque, another studio specialized in PC ports, and the unofficial but very likely acquisition of Bluepoint Games. Plus: Nintendo 64 turns 25, Kazuya's addition to Smash, Xbox might be poaching Kojima, Fortnite stories, and plenty more. 00:00 - Intro / Housekeeping 02:03 - Let's talk more about Abandoned Abandoned trailer app delayed to August via PushSquare 07:20 - Game Impressions Resident Evil Village 13:16 - The Pedestrian 14:49 - River City Girls 17:20 - Luis' Party and Dan's DnD 23:11 - Battle Bus Kazuya joins Smash 29:08 - Fortnite S7 & Stories 40:26 - Temple of Time 1:00:22 - Sharing the Love (Luis' Turn) - Nintendo 64 1:06:25 - Top News PlayStation acquires Housemarque via PlayStation Blog Plus: ...and maybe Bluepoint Games? via PushSquare Plus: ...and also Nixxes Software via VG247 1:16:40 - Xbox might be signing with Hideo Kojima via VGC 1:23:47 - Ads coming to console games via Axios 1:28:40 - The Elder Scrolls 6 still in design phase via Eurogamer 1:31:26 - May 2021 NPD Results via GamesIndustry.biz 1:34:10 - Extra News #1 - Sony files trademark for PSX via GameSpot #2 - No more features coming to Forza Horizon 4 via VGC #3 - Nier Reincarnation comes to mobile on July 28th via Kotaku #4 - Cyberpunk's performance now "satisfying", says CDPR via VGC #5 - Konami and Bloober Team working together via BlooberTeam.com #6 - Ratchet & Clank Rift Apart adds 120Hz mode via VG247 #7 - Castlevania Advance Collection rated in Australia via Gematsu #8 - Some Final Fantasy games leaving Steam via SlashGear #9 - Sony charging $25k and 30% to feature indie games via SegmentNext #10 - Team Fortress 2 breaks active player records via Kotaku #11 - Dead Space Youtube channel updated via Destructoid #12 - Ghost of Tsushima Director's Cut comes August 20th to PS4/PS5 via Eurogamer 1:40:54 - New Releases 1:46:32 - Broke Gamer's Guide 1:53:28 - Outro / Ready Press Play Full Theme by Joel “WAZ” Perez Please subscribe to the feed so you can get every new show directly to your device as soon as it posts, and if you like it, please leave us a nice review. If you like our intro and would like to support the artist, go check out The.How.To.Be by Waz on Spotify. Thank you!
The GamesIndustry.biz team gather around this mics to reflect on this year's E3 (and all the other adjacent events). Rather than go through the announcements individually - we collated all the biggest reveals and release dates on the site - we insted each choose a trend, topic or announcement we found interesting from an industry perspective. We also select the titles we are personally most looking forward to out of the hundreds tht were unveiled and showcased last week.
Dan and Luis meet before E3 officially starts and attempt to predict some of the announcements that we'll see over the next few days and weeks. The hosts also run through the major announcements of Geoff Keighley's Summer Game Fest presentation. Plus: Fortnite's new season, a chicken nugget sold for $100,000, news about the Playdate handheld, and more. 00:00 - Intro / Housekeeping It Takes Two Spoilercast delayed / coming next week 09:20 - Summer Game Fest Presentation Roundup via CNETT 21:27 - E3 Predictions (Topic of the Show) 1:00:58 - Extra News PixelOpus working on new PS5 title via NME Among Us chicken nugget sold for $100k via TheGuardian Yuji Naka leaves Square Enix via VGC The Medium coming to PS5 / Oddworld: Soulstorm coming to Xbox via Gematsu Overwatch to support cross-play soon via TheVerge Xbox Cloud coming to Smart TVs via VGC EA announced Battlefield 2042 via Kotaku Playdate handheld updates, cost via Polygon Rainbow Six Quarantine renamed Extraction via Engadget Atari VCS coming June 15 via GamesIndustry.biz 1:11:00 - New Releases Fortnite Season 7 1:19:20 - Other releases 1:27:16 - Ratchet & Clank Rift Apart crossover gun via VGC 1:29:02 - Outro / Ready Press Play Full Theme by Joel “WAZ” Perez Every Friday, Dan Lima (@thedanlima) and Luis Menchaca (@chacalaca88) will catch you up on everything that's new and exciting in the world of videogames. If you want to write anything to be read in the show, go to readyplaynetwork.com or hit us up on Twitter or TikTok @readypressplay. Please subscribe to the feed so you can get every new show directly to your device as soon as it posts, and if you like it, please leave us a nice review. If you like our intro and would like to support the artist, go check out The.How.To.Be by Waz on Spotify. Thank you!
Dan and Luis meet during the proverbial calm before the E3 storm to talk about the E3 Schedule, God of War now a 2022 title and confirmed to be a cross-generational title, and a new report indicating that nearly half of Playstation gamers are women. Plus: Luis and Dan's thoughts on Ring Fit Adventure, some cool new Pokemon merch, and all the big game anniversaries for the month of June. All this and more! 00:00 - Intro / Housekeeping It Takes Two Spoilercast coming Wednesday 07:02 - Temple of Time (Game Anniversaries) 34:21 - Top News GOW: Ragnarok delayed to 2022, now confirmed for PS4 via Eurogamer 44:28 - E3 2021 schedule via Polygon 51:25 - Almost half of PlayStation gamers are women via PushSquare 56:26 - Exclusive: Valve is making a Switch-like portable gaming PC via Ars Technica 1:01:17 - Extra News #1 - Crysis Remastered Trilogy due out Fall 2021 via Eurogamer #2 - Nintendo has won a summary judgment against pirate site RomUniverse via TorrentFreak #3 - Peter Fabiano is leaving Capcom via TheGamer #4 - The cancelled Fallout Van Buren is being remade as a New Vegas mod via PCGamer #5 - FarCry 6 is coming out on October 7th, 2021 via Engadget #6 - Dying Light 2 to come out on December 7th, 2021 via Kotaku #7 - Merle Dandridge to reprise her role in the Last of Us HBO series via HollywoodReporter #8 - Gabriel Amatangelo is Cyberpunk 2077's new game director via GamesIndustry.biz #9 - Extended Cut of Super Mario Bros Movie Surfaces Online via Collider 1:07:46 - Check This Out Adorable New Pokemon Collectibles Lady Dimitrescus Actor Model Cosplaying As Lady Dimitrescus 1:11:28 - Game Impressions Ring Fit Adventure 1:23:10 - New Releases & Updates 1:30:00 - Broke Gamer's Guide 1:34:29 - Outro / Ready Press Play Full Theme by Joel “WAZ” Perez Every Friday, Dan Lima (@thedanlima) and Luis Menchaca (@chacalaca88) will catch you up on everything that's new and exciting in the world of videogames. If you want to write anything to be read in the show, go to readyplaynetwork.com or hit us up on Twitter or TikTok @readypressplay. Please subscribe to the feed so you can get every new show directly to your device as soon as it posts, and if you like it, please leave us a nice review. If you like our intro and would like to support the artist, go check out The.How.To.Be by Waz on Spotify. Thank you!
This week, join Austin, Mike, and Alanah to talk about the progression of E3 and how it's likely to change, and influence different facets of the games industry as it does. There's only one tangent and it's about... radio broadcast. I'm not sure why either.
Warner Bros' breaking up their games division invites questions as to how all their projects get funded going forward. With Ubisoft discussing a free-to-play future last week too, where do we go from here?Check out our YouTube channel: youtube.com/whatculturegamingSubscribe to the WhatCulture Gaming Podcasts YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2vHvzVtFollow us on Twitter:@SlashLP89@BenRoyTurner@Joshbroown@WCultureGamingFor even more awesome content, check out: whatculture.com/gaming See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Epic and Apple are currently engaged in battle in the courtroom thanks to Fortnite's mobile version which tried to circumvent the 30% cut Apple typically takes. Through that, we have seen all that occurs behind closed doors and it has been fascinating. For starters, a Phil Spencer e-mail that shines a spotlight on a recurring topic yet again: xCloud on Nintendo Switch. Plus, PlayStation's true stance on crossplay has been unveiled and we even have financial dealings between publishers and Epic Games to investigate! That's not it as Discord who was previously linked to Microsoft before turning away from them has now joined up with PlayStation via bringing the Discord app to their console early next year. How will this impact the future of crossplay and cross progression? Oh, and why Burger King shouldn't exist! Great stuff to get into this week. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tim and Andy breakdown the latest PSVR news, PS2 texture swaps, Valheim sales, dope beats, and more! Time Stamps - 00:00:00 - Start 00:04:44 - Housekeeping New Gamescast Is up Come Draft the FINAL REGULAR SEASON squad for the Wild Aces tonight! 5:30 p.m. pt twitch.tv/kindafunnygames Thank you to our Patreon Producers: Mick @DaNanoBiologist Abrahamson, Black Jack, & Trent Berrie The Roper Report - 00:09:00 - PSVR Spotlight (PlayStation BLOG)PS VR Spotlight 00:25:15 - Sony's controller tech is literally bananas | Patent Trawling (Brendan Sinclair at Games Industry.biz) 00:29:45 - PS2 Emulation Gets Even Nicer With Custom Textures 00:33:04 - Ad 00:37:02 - Valheim's Success Continues, Passing 5 Million Copies Sold [Updated] 00:40:10 - AMD Announces Its Mid-Range Radeon RX 6700 XT, Costs $479 - (Kevin Lee IGN) 00:43:40 - Out today Reader mail - 00:45:30 - There's a lot of people on the internet saying Gears 5 is the best looking game of the generation. What do you think? - Richard Oliver Bray 00:50:20 - What are you guys most looking forward to seeing in a Bethesda focused event? - Dan 00:52:50 - Squad Up: Zach (PSN) - ICosMossI 00:54:10 - You‘re Wrong Tomorrow’s Hosts: Greg and Parris