"This digital series is designed to showcase and introduce creators traditionally underrepresented in the mainstream comic book medium," DC's newly-promoted executive director Marie Javins says in the announcement. "We'll highlight both new and familiar voices, beginning with 'It's a Bird' by writer Christian Cooper and artist Alitha E. Martinez, a semi-fictionalized account of Christian's very real evolution from a kid with a pair of binoculars to a man in an unexpected media spotlight after an altercation with a woman walking her dog in Central Park." … [Read more...] about DC tells stories of “personal experiences, unheard voices, and social revolution” in Represent!
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Also in the interview, Hastings touched on Netflix's unique corporate expense program where employees do not need to have their expenses approved beforehand. An employee from the Taiwan branch expensed $100,000 for personal vacations, before being let go. Hastings said the $100,000 was "not that dramatic" in the scheme of things. The unique program is meant to help employees feel trusted, and in turn the quality of their work may improve. … [Read more...] about Netflix CEO Talks Ads, Gaming, And An Employee Who Expensed $100,000 On Personal Vacations
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
Stalker 2It might be a pretty flawed game, but after a decade on from the original Stalker: Call of Pripyat, my Hazmat suit is ready to return to the irradiated Zone in Stalker 2. Well, provided 2021 is a little less like 2020: I'm not really in the mood for bleak stories and terrifying landscapes right now—which will only be more disturbing now that GSC has made the leap to Unreal Engine with the sequel. We don't know much about the game's story, nor have we seen much beyond some screenshots and a video teaser, but at least it's something. The road to launch has been troubled, with plenty of setbacks, but while GSC claimed in 2018 Stalker 2 would be out in 2021, we don't know the exact date. If recent history is anything to go by, there are no guarantees that we'll be returning to Chernobyl next year, but we can live in hope.—Harry Shepherd … [Read more...] about 13 PC games we’re looking forward to in 2021
Supermassive Games' Until Dawn was a great horror game that mixed adventure and horror with a cinematic approach to storytelling, and it was a hit. Supermassive's next project, The Dark Pictures Anthology, premiered last year with Man of Medan, which told the frightening story of a group of college students who find themselves aboard a ghost ship. Now, the next entry in the horror franchise is coming up in just a few months. Originally planned to release this summer, the game was delayed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and will now release on October 30. Publisher Bandai Namco announced the release date alongside a new trailer for the game on July 8. If you already know it's a day-one purchase for you, pre-orders for The Dark Pictures: Little Hope are available now. Plus, two special editions for the game were announced, including a Collector's edition. … [Read more...] about The Dark Pictures: Little Hope Pre-Order Guide: Editions And Price