Quality assurance workers are frequently among the most mistreated within the industry – both overworked and underpaid, and often treated as expendable when a project comes to an end. This isn’t a new revelation by any means, as for years testers across the industry have shared their stories about working in QA. The Independent Workers Union of Great Britain even stated one of their goals was to tackle zero-hour contracts in QA, which is frequently cited as an issue in Glassdoor reviews. Both EGM and Kotaku have written about what testing games for a living is really like, and Kotaku has reported more specifically on how testers at Treyarch were treated. When covering the crunch at Rockstar, Eurogamer also touched on the struggles QA testers faced working on Red Dead Redemption 2. These are just a few of the prominent and all-too common stories that highlight how underappreciated the role can feel – and it’s exactly the sentiment multiple former Paradox testers … [Read more...] about Paradox Interactive’s QA staff allege poor treatment, low pay, and mismanaged layoffs
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Helpful tipsFinal Fantasy 14 has eight crafting classes and three gathering classes that you level separately like regular combat classes. (They even have their own storylines!) If you plan on leveling more than one of them—and you should—don't vendor or sell your gear for these classes once you've outleveled it. You can use the same gear for all crafting and gathering classes. In other words, once you've leveled your Carpenter, you can use almost all of the same gear to level your Alchemist.FF14 has gorgeous and flashy combat effects… that can make it super hard to figure out what's going on in an Alliance Raid or Trial with other people, particularly if you play a melee class. To make these fights more manageable, I recommend limiting combat effects for everyone but yourself. To do this, hit Escape, go to Character Configuration, Character, and then select "Show Limited" in the Party section of "Battle Effects Settings."If you want to be where the action is, set … [Read more...] about A beginner’s guide to Final Fantasy 14
Sometimes the best decks only need a few tweaks when a new expansion comes knocking. Highlander Mage continues to soldier on with a few Scholomance additions to keep it ticking over. Dual-class legendary Jandice Barov summons two random five-cost minions, with the caveat that one has to die when it takes damage. In a pinch, this lets you toy with your opponent as you pick the minion that will die secretly. However, it's best to wait until you're holding Conjurer's Calling to destroy the vulnerable minion and summon two more in its place for maximum value. … [Read more...] about The best Hearthstone Scholomance Academy decks
So PCIe 4.0 is potentially going to be important for games. Eventually. There is a bit of a downer here though, and that is because games aren't going to start using this for a while yet. Nvidia isn't releasing the SDK for it until next year, and so probably won't be getting games which utilize it until 2022, and more likely later than that. By which time Intel will definitely have made the switch to PCIe 4.0. It's recently revealed Tiger Lake laptop CPUs already support PCIe 4.0, and its future desktop platform will surely make the shift next year. … [Read more...] about Should you upgrade your CPU for top Nvidia Ampere performance?
Riders Republic's world draws from seven different US national parks - including Bryce Canyon, Yosemite Valley, and Mammoth Mountain - taking actual GPS data and stitching each iconic area together in a way that supposedly feels natural. The result is a map that combines verdant forest tracks, cliffs, arid desert expanses, and yes, plenty of snowy mountains, into, going by the announcement footage at least, a gorgeously rendered whole. … [Read more...] about The spirit of Steep lives on in Ubisoft’s extreme sports game Riders Republic