Posts with tag: politics
- Why don't you just quit? •
04 Aug 2019
It can be tempting to simplify the woes of the games industry into “obvious” solutions. “Why don’t you just quit?” is one I hear a lot, many times over the years, and it came up yet again earlier this week. In one of the industry forums that I participate in, we were discussing how studios frequently exploit their QA staff. One person put forth an argument that boiled down to: if they just quit their jobs and go somewhere else, the studios would have to improve because they would be unable to hire people to exploit. Unfortunately, it’s just not... Read more ...
- City of Heroes and the private server kerfuffle, or why intellectual property is stupid and broken •
21 Apr 2019
I’m a patron and reader of Massively Overpowered (a news site about MMORPGs), so when news broke about a private City of Heroes server that had been running in secret for years, I just had to get my popcorn and dive into this. It intersects neatly into a couple of things I’m personally interested in: the history of video games (and its industry) and drama, both of which were unfolding before me in real time. I won’t lie, I’m a bit of a drama queen myself so I had to dive down this rabbit hole and see how far it... Read more ...