Mike Ybarra, boss of Blizzard, has released a blog post laying out the steps he says will "rebuild trust" in the developer following the reports of toxic workplace culture and sexual harassment which emerged last summer . Ybarra is now Blizzard's sole leader following the departure of former co-head Jen Oneal, who resigned from her role after only a couple of months . "2021 was challenging for all of us," Ybarra wrote , in his first public message this year. "As individuals, we care about treating everyone around us with respect and dignity. As professionals, we care deeply about our crafts, and we want to work in the most supportive and safe environment possible. "Our top priority - now and into the future - is the work we are doing to rebuild your trust in Blizzard." Managers and top brass at Blizzard will now see their success and pay measured against creating a "safe, inclusive and creative" work environment, Ybarra said. Meanwhile, an "upward feedback program" will … [Read more...] about Blizzard boss lays out plan to “rebuild trust”
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The record $68.7 billion purchase of Activision Blizzard has brought with it renewed hope across the gaming industry that Microsoft can create a more positive working environment for studios that have been caught up in numerous controversies over the last few years. In a post on Blizzard's blog , company boss Mike Ybarra pledged that the company would look to rebuild the trust of its fans by making positive changes to its studio culture. Some of these changes include new appointments, which Ybarra shed more light on. A Culture leader who will help us maintain the best aspects of what we have today, and change and evolve where needed to ensure everyone brings their best self to Blizzard. A new organizational leader for Human Resources who will build trust, empower our teams, and help foster a safe, positive work environment for everyone. A Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion leader solely focused on our progress across multiple efforts in this area. Blizzard's compliance and … [Read more...] about Blizzard Boss Details Plans To Rebuild Trust In The Studio
Nintendo has confirmed that The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask will be the next N64 game to hit Nintendo Online. The game will be available in February for Switch owners with the Nintendo Online Expansion Pack, though no release date has been given. Majora's Mask is the follow up to Ocarina of Time - which is already available on the system - and follows Link as he adventures to Termina where the Moon is on a crash course with the world. Save Termina before it?s met with a terrible fate! #Zelda : Majora's Mask comes to #NintendoSwitch for #NintendoSwitchOnline + Expansion Pack members in February! #Nintendo64 pic.twitter.com/WN2Q0Wqc8Q — Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) January 21, 2022 This content is hosted on an external platform, which will only display it if you accept targeting cookies. Please enable cookies to view. Manage cookie settings A darker, more twisted take on familiar characters, the game focuses on collecting masks to morph and gain … [Read more...] about Majora’s Mask next game to join Nintendo Online
Cheap Razer laptop deals are certainly possible to find, but they are rare. That said, these are particularly premium machines so if you're in the market for an upgrade, or you're looking to test the three headed snake for the first time, it's worth investigating the Razer laptop deals and sales available. You could stand to save some significant cash on an older model, and during larger events you may even find the latest configurations discounted as well. There's no denying it, these are some of the best gaming laptops on the market right now. The best Razer laptops pack the latest components into impossibly portable footprints with a slimline, lightweight flourish. Add gorgeous displays and plenty of customization and you've got a machine working particularly hard to justify its higher price tag. That's why cheap Razer laptop deals are so exciting. When they do appear, there's some serious value for money up for grabs, even if you're dropping down your GPU generation to … [Read more...] about Cheap Razer laptop deals 2022: all the latest sales and lowest prices
The Pokemon Go Bulbasaur Community Day is one of two Community Day events Niantic is giving players two January. The first highlighted Spheal and the one beginning this weekend will feature the first Pokemon in the PokeDex, Bulbasaur. Bulbasaur is the Grass-type Starter Pokemon from the Kanto region and while it was the featured Pokemon in the very first Community Day in Pokemon Go, enough time has passed for newer trainers to try and catch as many Shiny Bulbasaur and power up their Venusaurs in Pokemon Go . We’ve compiled this handy guide to everything trainers need to know about the upcoming Bulbasaur Community Day. Bulbasaur Community Day Start Time The Bulbasaur Community Day event in Pokemon Go begins Saturday, January 22 from 2-5 p.m. local time. How to Catch Shiny Bulbasaur in Pokemon Go Bulbasaur will automatically appear in the Pokemon Go overworld. Simply booting up the app will cause them to appear near your avatar. Of course, walking around will … [Read more...] about Pokemon Go Bulbasaur Community Day, start time, how to catch a shiny and more
I spent most of my extended winter break playing The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim Anniversary Edition. There are so many new games I could have played with that time, but the fact that I chose to spend it with Skyrim is a testament to how good the game is a decade after its release, and how different it is from modern RPGs. It's been about ten years since I last played Skyrim and last lost hundreds of hours wandering its mountain ranges and exploring its network of dank caves. But as soon as I boot up the anniversary edition on my PS5 I can feel the pull of its allure, made even more appealing by lightning-fast loading screens and higher quality visuals. Dragonborn wanderer In Skyrim, aimlessness is encouraged. Most modern RPGs seem hesitant to give players free time, choosing instead to offer up a barrage of side-quests straight out of the gate or crowd the world map with POIs. But Skyrim is very content to leave you alone, choosing to show most waypoints on just the compass in … [Read more...] about Why I spent my winter break playing Skyrim instead of any new game
Mario Kart 9 will apparently feature Pikmin, Starfox, and ARMS racers according to a leaker. As spotted by The Gamer , Nintendo leaker Zippo - who previously correctly predicted that Diddy Kong Racing was coming to Nintendo Switch Online and more - has claimed in a recent blog post that a new Mario Kart game is in the works and that Nintendo is "planning to celebrate it in a big way." Perhaps most excitingly though, Zippo also claims that Pikmin, Starfox, and ARMS will be making their way into the next game as racers. According to the leaker: "This new game will feature more guest characters and tracks than the previous Mario Kart game," with the aforementioned Nintendo IPs being the only ones mentioned so far. Zippo also says: "Alternate costumes will also be featured in some way, as well as expanded single-player content, of some kind." This rumor becomes slightly more plausible when you remember that not even two weeks ago it was also suggested that Mario … [Read more...] about Mario Kart 9 could include new racers from Pikmin, Starfox, and ARMS
The room shifts ever so slightly to the right, back to centre, then left and back again. Lightbulbs flicker above, then pop like bubble wrap. A child's xylophone plays a looping, unsettling melody against the omnipresent purr of a ship's engine somewhere in the distance. You ease tentatively down the red carpeted aisle of the lunch hall as its bloated patrons moan through contorted expressions and slump to the floor before you. When the closing 10 minutes of a horror game evokes everything from Greek mythology to the works of Guillermo del Toro, Tim Burton, Hunter S. Thompson, and Roald Dahl in one swoop, it's doing something right. Little Nightmares is bloody terrifying, right to the very end. "Ultimately, you're a small child in a wilderness not meant for children. And with that, everything is planned so meticulously on a design level, from the layout of levels, to movement patterns of enemies, the timing of scares, and audio cues," says Little Nightmares senior producer Lucas … [Read more...] about Creativity and risk are driving modern horror games – but where does the genre go next?
Xbox boss Phil Spencer has said he is keen to revive Activision franchises the publisher has recently ignored. Spencer also suggested Activision studios such as Crash Bandicoot 4 developer Toys for Bob would also be released from its recent retooling to become cogs in the Call of Duty machine. "I was looking at the IP list, I mean, let's go!" Spencer told The Washington Post . "'King's Quest,' 'Guitar Hero,'... I should know this but I think they got 'HeXen.'" On the topic of developers like Toys for Bob, Spencer said his team would talk to studios about working on games from Activision Blizzard's franchise history. "We're hoping that we'll be able to work with them when the deal closes to make sure we have resources to work on franchises that I love from my childhood, and that the teams really want to get," Spencer continued. "I'm looking forward to these conversations. I really think it's about adding resources and increasing capability." Aside from Crash, Guitar Hero … [Read more...] about Xbox boss keen to revive dormant Activision franchises
Activision's Call of Duty charity, the Call of Duty Endowment, is not technically a part of Activision Blizzard, and for that reason, it might not be included in the proposed sale to Microsoft. The details are still being worked out, though, and there are no firm answers yet about what will happen should Microsoft's deal to buy Activision Blizzard go through. Contract details for the proposed Microsoft/Activision Blizzard acquisition have been published, and the document includes a line pertaining to the Call of Duty Endowment. It points out, "CODE is not a part of Activision Blizzard. It is an independent non-profit organization." It goes on to say: "We are at the beginning of a comprehensive integration planning process that will help finalize the specifics of the future organization and this will take some time. There are currently no changes to our anticipated events or pipeline." The Call of Duty Endowment Bowl was scheduled to take place on December 10 as a live event … [Read more...] about What Will Happen To Activision’s Call Of Duty Charity After Microsoft Buyout?