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Care Has Always Been Infrastructure
Care Has Always Been Infrastructure
The emerging debate over whether care is infrastructure isn’t new or surprising.
Handmade stop-motion adventure Harold Halibut still looks so intriguing
Handmade stop-motion adventure Harold Halibut still looks so intriguing
As if making games weren't labor-intensive enough, upcoming adventure game Harold Halibut is made with characters and sets built by hand.
Breathedge: Five gameplay tips for space survival, out tomorrow
Breathedge: Five gameplay tips for space survival, out tomorrow
Hey there! We at HypeTrain Digital are incredibly happy to present you with the fruit of our glorious labor – Breathedge, an awesome space survival adventure with humorous flair, which launches on PS4 tomorrow, April 6! Stepping out into space isn’t nearly predictable as it would seem.
Still Nickel and Dimed: Unpacking Tipping, Minimum Wage and the Fight for Equity
Still Nickel and Dimed: Unpacking Tipping, Minimum Wage and the Fight for Equity
If you’ve been paying attention to the news, then you’d notice that there’s been a lot of talk about the federal minimum wage lately.
Report: More Layoffs Loom As Activision Blizzard Moves To Close European Publishing Offices
Report: More Layoffs Loom As Activision Blizzard Moves To Close European Publishing Offices
Activision Blizzard is planning to close its publishing offices in Europe and lay off even more employees in the process, according to a new report by GamesIndustry.biz. Read more...
Report: Despite Covid Emergency, Capcom Made Employees Work At Office After Cyber Attack
Report: Despite Covid Emergency, Capcom Made Employees Work At Office After Cyber Attack
In early January, with Japan posting some of its highest covid-19 cases, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared a state of emergency for a number of prefectures, including Osaka.
A Reminder That A Lot Of Big Games Exploit Overseas Labor
A Reminder That A Lot Of Big Games Exploit Overseas Labor
While most big games released have a main studio that’s often based somewhere like the United States or Canada or the UK, they also frequently make use of outsourcing studios in other countries to get their games made.
Twitch Removes Amazon's Anti-Union Ads After Furious Streamer Response
Twitch Removes Amazon's Anti-Union Ads After Furious Streamer Response
Earlier this week, it came to light that Twitch was running ads in blatant opposition to the Amazon warehouse worker unionization effort in Bessemer, Alabama.
Resident Evil movie reboot due out Sep 2021
Resident Evil movie reboot due out Sep 2021
The new Resident Evil movie is due out in September 2021. Deadline reports the origin story movie launches on 3rd September 2021 as part of Labor Day weekend in the US. This untitled Resident Evil movie stars Maze Runner's Kaya Scodelario as Claire Redfield, Ant-Man and the Wasp's Hannah John-Kamen as Jill Valentine, Upload's Robbie Amell as Chris Redfield, and Zombieland: Double Tap's Avan Jogia as Leon S.
Gearbox Has Been Bought
Gearbox Has Been Bought
Gearbox Studios, developers of games like Borderlands and also publishers of stuff like the new Homeworld titles, have been bought by Embracer Group, the same Swedish company that owns THQ Nordic and Koch Media. Read more...
GameStop’s Stock Can’t Save You
GameStop’s Stock Can’t Save You
GameStop’s rollercoaster ride through the absurd machinery of the stock market has been fun to watch.
Baseball Almost Had Its Own NBA Jam, And Now You Can Try It
Baseball Almost Had Its Own NBA Jam, And Now You Can Try It
Midway’s NBA Jam and NFL Blitz are two of the greatest sports game franchises thanks to how they both provide fun, over-the-top experiences that require little knowledge of the pastime in question.
Discord's r/WallStreetBets Ban Wasn't A Conspiracy, Just A Demonstration Of Platforms' Power
Discord's r/WallStreetBets Ban Wasn't A Conspiracy, Just A Demonstration Of Platforms' Power
After a wild ride that took it off the tracks and onto the goddamn Rainbow Road from Mario Kart, the GameStop stock train appears to finally be pulling back into the station.
Report: Activision Blizzard Calls Policy To Make Hiring More Diverse ‘Unworkable’
Report: Activision Blizzard Calls Policy To Make Hiring More Diverse ‘Unworkable’
Earlier this month, Activision Blizzard was asked to institute some version of the Rooney Rule, a policy requiring employers to interview diverse candidates when hiring, according to a new report by Motherboard.
Hitman Studio’s Project 007 Will Feature A New James Bond
Hitman Studio’s Project 007 Will Feature A New James Bond
When Hitman developer IO Interactive’s James Bond game (working title Project 007) hits the scene, it will do so with an entirely new James Bond, studio head Hakan Abrak told the Danish Broadcasting Corporation (h/t TheGamer). Read more...
Updated Silent Hill 2 fan patch upscales images, improves audio, fixes bugs, and more
A Texas House Race Could Bring Unions to the Table to Build a Green New Deal
A Texas House Race Could Bring Unions to the Table to Build a Green New Deal
Texas, unions, and a Green New Deal are three ideas that on the surface seem incompatible.
US Labor Department investigates Microsoft's efforts to improve diversity
US Labor Department investigates Microsoft's efforts to improve diversity
Microsoft: "Our continued focus is to work hard to consider and develop the broadest range of qualified candidates for opportunities"
Spelunky 2’s Turkey Man Doesn't Respect My Labor
Spelunky 2’s Turkey Man Doesn't Respect My Labor
Most everything in Spelunky 2 is out to kill you, so it’s always nice to come across Yang, a random NPC who mostly just chills in a little hut and talks about turkeys.
Xbox Series S News and Mario Direct Reactions! | Final Checkpoint Podcast Ep. 53
Xbox Series S News and Mario Direct Reactions! | Final Checkpoint Podcast Ep. 53
This week Joel and Ben lucked out recording on Labor Day due to the Xbox Series S leak right before the podcast recording.
US labor agency finds merit in Kickstarter termination complaint
US labor agency finds merit in Kickstarter termination complaint
NLRB says union organizer has a case in claiming he was illegally fired by the crowdfunding platform
Deals: Don't Miss These Amazing Labor Day Nintendo Switch Game Bargains
Deals: Don't Miss These Amazing Labor Day Nintendo Switch Game Bargains
Save $20 apiece on key selected games. If you are based in the US, then you are probably set to enjoy the Labor Day weekend right now.
HP's Labor Day Sale Has Up to 60% off Gaming Laptops, Printers, and More
HP's Labor Day Sale Has Up to 60% off Gaming Laptops, Printers, and More
Save up to 60% on Computers. Printers, and Accessories | HP Labor Day Sale Read more...
Thursday's Best Deals: Samsung 82
Thursday's Best Deals: Samsung 82" 4K TV, Insignia Soundbar With Subwoofer, LEGO Architecture NYC, Keen Footwear Labor Day Sale, and More
A Samsung 82" 4K smart TV, an Insignia soundbar + subwoofer combo, a Samsung 256GB microSD card, a LEGO Architecture NYC replica, a Keen Footwear Labor Day sale, a discount on patterned reusable masks, and a cooling mattress topper lead Thursday’s best deals. Read more...
Ubisoft's #MeToo Reckoning, Two Months Later
Ubisoft's #MeToo Reckoning, Two Months Later
At the start of the summer, as the world roiled from multiple crises, something unusual and essential happened in video games.
The Climate Danger of Kamala Harris’ Prison Labor Legacy
The Climate Danger of Kamala Harris’ Prison Labor Legacy
We finally have a woman of color on a major party ticket.
PlayStation Showcase Game Was 'Stolen,' Say Former Developers
PlayStation Showcase Game Was 'Stolen,' Say Former Developers
A group of developers went public today with serious accusations of overwork and theft against their former employer, the Estonian studio Limestone Games.
Hardspace: Shipbreaker Would Be More Relaxing If Not For The Bone-Crushing Space Capitalism
Hardspace: Shipbreaker Would Be More Relaxing If Not For The Bone-Crushing Space Capitalism
A growing number of games focus on turning monotonous work, like running a border checkpoint or renovating a home, into compelling gameplay.
The Future Of The Video Game Labor Movement
The Future Of The Video Game Labor Movement
When I left the gaming labor group Game Workers Unite International in late 2019, I had sent them a letter that criticized how they handled racism, power, and transparency.
In A Unionization Breakthrough, Paradox Interactive Signs Labor Agreement With Trade Unions
In A Unionization Breakthrough, Paradox Interactive Signs Labor Agreement With Trade Unions
The effort to unionize game development took another step forward today, as the workers at strategy game publisher Paradox Interactive publicly announced that they’re securing a collective bargaining agreement with their company.
Street Fighter V Costume Design Contest Is Asking For Free Labor
Street Fighter V Costume Design Contest Is Asking For Free Labor
Capcom recently opened a special contest for Street Fighter V, asking fans to submit costume designs for possible inclusion in the fighting game’s final season.