In April 2018, over 20 former contributors, employees, and associates of the popular video entertainment website Channel Awesome released a lengthy Google document entitled “Not So Awesome,” alleging numerous grievances brought on by the company’s CEO, Mike Michaud, and two of its co-founders and main talents, brothers Doug and Rob Walker. “There are many different grievances that need to be shared,” the document began, “but the following points are what we feel are the most grievous and should be known by the public above all others.” What followed were over 70 pages, sorted by individual contributors’ accounts, that included a plethora of workplace allegations against Channel Awesome: lack of financial compensation, lack of contractual agreements for work, NDAs forced upon employees, unprofessional and sometimes dangerous film sets, verbal intimidation and bullying (particularly towards women), sexual harassment and predation, and an … [Read more...] about After many called out Channel Awesome for workplace issues, they’re finding similar issues with YouTube
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You probably don’t know me. I’m not a famous writer. But I have worked on some famous games, such as Injustice 2 and Mortal Kombat 11. This story isn’t about writing fighting games, though. It’s about how my sedentary, workaholic writing habits made me overweight, and slower and weaker than I should have been. And how it rapidly went downhill from there. Then I’m going to tell you how I fought back. Putting your ass in the chair “The art of writing is the art of applying the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair.” —Mary Heaton Vorse, circa 1911 Ask any professional writer for the secret of their success, and there’s a good chance they’ll respond with some variation of the above advice. It was passed down to me by my Aunt Nene, updated for the contemporary generation as “the secret of writing is ass in chair.” Ass-in-chair produces results, as a method. But it can weaken and destroy your body in practice, … [Read more...] about Sitting all day ruined my health. VR saved me.
The Yawhg is a game about what happens if the end of the world is coming but you don’t know that, and thus don’t care, and carry on doing whatever it was you were going to do anyway. Would it help? Would it matter? Would you survive? It’s a PC game but plays like a board game, almost. There are four characters who take it in turns to do different things around the town (six weeks before the apocalypse = six turns per character), and you have to pick at least two. You can play alone, but fun with a friend is fun doubled, so I played The Yawhg with Colm Ahern from VideoGamer. Week One Colm chose a nice looking man in a nice yellow top, and therefore decided to be a nice person. He went to the hospital to tend to patients (his character had an appropriately smug look on his face, if I may say so). Some leeches escaped while he was there, and in trying to sacrifice himself to lure them away from the innocent, somehow made them escape even more, out of the hospital and … [Read more...] about The Yawhg: an end of the world diary with leeches
A superhero story is only as interesting as its villains. Luckily, throughout the five decades of Spider-Man comics, there have been plenty of interesting baddies, with motives ranging from revenge to power to just trying to make a living. There’s a whole gamut of Spider-Man villains out there, including wacky scientists whose experiments let them commit crimes; victims of said experiments with a thirst for evil; members of various organized crime groups; cat burglars turned vengeful exes; and an up-and-coming vlogger who just wants her crimes to get those #clicks. Insomniac Games’ Spider-Man for PlayStation 4 features a host of villains from throughout Spidey’s history. Not sure who’s who? Let’s dive in. [Note: Spoilers for the comics and for the Spider-Man game below! Villains are generally ordered as they appear in-game.] Kingpin Real name: Wilson Fisk First appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man #50 (1967) One of the most notorious crime bosses in the … [Read more...] about A guide to the Spider-Man PS4 villains
In 2008, aged 16, I signed for Lewes FC. The club was in ascendancy: newly promoted to the Conference, we had a new stand at the stadium (later paid for by selling our best players, but that's another story), a new Under 18s coach, brought in from the Brighton and Hove Albion academy just down the road, and a new intake of what was, genuinely, the best squad of non-academy players in the south of England. Most of them came from professional academies like Brighton, Bournemouth and Southampton, some released at the big jump from Under 16s to Under 18s, others who had the chance to carry on but turned it down (and if you're wondering why they might reject something as fabled as an U18's contract - known as a "scholarship" - at a top club by the way, it's probably because that contract entitles you to the sum total of about £60 a week, mandatory residence in "digs" and a BTEC in Sports Bullshit that you have to take instead of college). Some, like yours truly, came from non-league … [Read more...] about I was in Football Manager and I don’t know how to feel about it