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Last week’s column was a little bleak, I admit. It came from a place of upset and frustration. I wish I could tell you this week was better, but honestly not that much. We’ve had multiple stories of layoffs in the industry, which is never nice to hear. It also seems that both Monkey Island and God of War have fueled tensions between gamers and game makers. It wasn’t all bad this week – but man, it wasn’t all good either.
To start with the bad news, both Unity and Niantic announced layoffs this week. Niantic laid off more than 80 employees and canceled several unfinished projects. According to a spokesperson (via The Verge), this is to “focus on our top priorities, including Pokémon Go and a select range of new experiences.” Meanwhile, Unity has reportedly laid off 4% of its staff (or at least that much is “affected” by the layoffs), which would be just over 200 people. The company said in a statement that this is part of “an ongoing planning process where we regularly benchmark our resources against our company’s priorities.”
Hurry up, everyone.
(I’ve seen a lot of passionate but polite/polite-adjacent discussions going on, but the comments on Ron’s blog were a total shit show.) pic.twitter.com/BUBoPdU1fS
— Dominic Armato (@SkilletDoux) June 30, 2022
In other not-great news, it looks like Ron Gilbert is shutting down all conversations about Return to Monkey Island on his website. According to his post, “People are just being mean and I need to delete personal attack comments…I won’t be posting any more about the game on my blog. The joy of sharing has been driven from me.” And I read the comments, assuming the ones I read are just the ones that escaped removal – yes, they weren’t nice, most didn’t seem happy with the new art style, which you wouldn’t think someone would be so would make… noisy.
Shortly before that, God of War fame’s Cory Barlog debunked a rumor about a possible Ragnarok release date this week. He begged gamers to be patient and said they would share information about the game as soon as it became available. Around the same time that Gilbert shut down the comments on Return to Monkey Island, Sony Santa Monica film producer Estelle Tigani revealed that she had received intimidating DMs asking for Ragnarok’s release date. These two events upset Barlog even more.
Are you kidding me with this???
I can’t believe I even have to say this, but don’t fucking send dick pics to ANYONE on this team, or anyone else in this industry.
They break their ass to make some for you to enjoy.
Show goddamn respect. https://t.co/o0xEZkWouj
— cory barlog (@corybarlog) June 30, 2022
Guys, let’s not do this. It is not good. I know I’ve spoken harshly about publishers before, mostly because I think they’re getting a little too reliant on fans’ adherence to paper about the root causes of game delays. But there is, in my opinion, a difference between criticizing a game developer or publisher for not having a more realistic production schedule, and abusing a developer because a game’s trailer doesn’t drop when you think it should. I don’t care if God of War Ragnarok is all you live for, or if watching Return to Monkey Island’s art style will make your tear ducts reverse. That’s no excuse to be mean to the people who make the game.
Good news though: we had a lovely Nintendo Direct Mini earlier this week. We didn’t get to see much, but there were still some nice news. First up, we get the Persona titles on the Switch, as well as Nier Automata. And Harvestella, Square Enix’s new farming sim (god, did I really just write that sentence?) looks nice. So there were some highlights this week.
What to play this week?
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Far Cry 5 (Xbox Game Pass)Beasts of Maravilla Island (Xbox Games with Gold)Thrillville: Off the Rails (Xbox Games with Gold)Mega Man: The Wily Wars (Nintendo Switch Online)Comix Zone (Nintendo Switch Online)Target Earth ( Nintendo Switch online)Zero Wing (Nintendo Switch online)Maniac Mansion (Prime Gaming)Suzerain (Prime Gaming)Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark (Prime Gaming)Fishing: North Atlantic (Prime Gaming)Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach (Stadia Pro) Centipede Recharge (Stadia Pro)Those Who Remain (Stadia Pro)Worms WMD (Stadia Pro)Roguebook (Stadia Pro)Fast and Furious: Spy Racers Rise of SH1FT3R (Stadia Pro)Aaloth – Champions of The Four Kingdoms (GeForce Now)Disgaea 6 Complete (GeForce Now)Card Shark (GeForce Now)KartKraft (GeForce Now)Hotline Miami (GeForce Now)NASCAR 21: Ignition (GeForce Now)My Bowling 3D+ (Apple Arcade)
*Starting this week, we’ll be adding Apple Arcade to this list
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