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Kinda crossposting from the China thread, but using the original reports because the one used in China thread is paywalled: Australian Strategic Policy Institute concludes that a large majority of tech companies are directly or indirectly benefiting off of forced labor from Chinese ethnic minority groups.
The reason I bring this up is because the big three (Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo) are named, so are others that have their hands in the gaming business (Google and Apple), and a whole bunch of other tech companies that we use to do our gaming.
Reggie Fils-Aime has just been appointed to Gamestop's board of directors to help guide the company through tough times.
Crossposted from the E3 thread: E3 2020 has been officially cancelled, the ESA is looking to coordinate game announcements in June with publishers and developers.
Rumor: Kotaku's Jason Schreier has heard that Warner Brothers were planning to have their first ever E3 conference to talk about Batman, Harry Potter, and Rocksteady's new game.
EDIT: Phil Spenser: Xbox will still be having a digital event to start off the next gen despite the cancellation of E3; details in the coming weeks.
Edited by tclittle on Mar 11th 2020 at 11:11:35 AM
E3 is canceled, and nobody is sad.
Ubisoft update: we're exploring other options for a digital event.
I'm sad, and I'm not the only one who is.
Personal question: If an object such as a charge or pocket, hold the bombs and not explode itself after launching its payload, does it still count as Recursive Ammo? Something like Fuze's Cluster Charges
Shadowman is getting remastered for PC, PS4, XB0, and Switch; launches May 20th.
Edited by tclittle on Mar 18th 2020 at 10:29:12 AM
Kotaku found documents from Gamestop telling stores to ignore COVID-19 lockdown orders because they are essential retail and for store managers to tell police attempting to enforce lockdowns to take it up with cooperate.
That's been covered elsewhere, but yeah, Gamestop is doing that, and it's not the only business trying to keep itself operating by self-labeling as "essential". Those video games won't sell themselves... on Steam, or Xbox Live, or... Which is their real motive, if you think about it.
Edited by Fighteer on Mar 19th 2020 at 4:52:33 AM
I just found out that IndieGameStandnote There's a warning about the page being unsecure, but it's literally just a message from IGS, nothing else is on the site. shut down, apparently a while ago.
I hadn't bought anything from them in a long time, but I used to keep an eye on their weekly "pay-what-you-want" deals and got quite a few games from them. Luckily, I backed up everything I bought on an external hard-drive, so I haven't lost anything.
This is why I will always prefer physical over digital, any day of the week. First Desura, now IGS.
Edited by Primis on Mar 21st 2020 at 11:18:34 AM
And Gamestop might be next, given all this coronavirus stuff just disrupting everything. Which is kind of frustrating, because I'd rather not have to go to Wal-Mart or Target to buy physical copies of things when they generally don't have the kind of variety that Gamestop does AND you can't get older games there unless they happen to have a ten year old copy that they're selling for the exact same price as when it came out.
There are probably a lot of smaller businesses that do the same kind of thing, but the only one near me is significantly out of my way, and all those smaller businesses are probably even more at risk than Gamestop of going out of business simply because they're smaller businesses.
Dualshockers is reporting Pennsylvania governors office has revoked Gamestop's operating license after it was discovered that Gamestop is telling employees to ignore governmental orders.
I'm not sure what businesses expect in this social media age.
Do they think people won't find out about this kind of thing?
Looks like Gamestop was trying to get throught the Doom/Animal crossing weekend or the Pennsylvania thing pushed them to do this faster: Gamestop no longer allowing access to stores in the US, will move to digital storefronts and curb-side pickup only.
Just started Sally Face yesterday, it's really great and interesting... but I'm in chapter two and have to restart the whole game with a new file.
Short story: batteries.
Long story: You can only find batteries when you need them in chapter 2 if, back in chapter 1 scene 1, you did something right when at the time there is no real indication when you get it wrong. Guide Dang It!.
(Japanese) Starting June 30th, Playstation 3s will no longer be able to communicate with other platforms (PS4, Vita, app, etc), only with other PS3s.
Sounds like the perfect way to start a shadowy, second internet for crimes.
I finally got around to playing DOOM (2016), since I don't feel like coughing up full price for DOOM Eternal. I'm enjoying it so far, but there's a bit of a grinding of gears when the exploration and secret hunting have to hold hands with high-octane action shooter gameplay.
Further, what the hell is up with checkpoint save systems? Yes, I know it's a concession to console scrubs, who apparently aren't psychologically developed enough to cope with quicksave and quickload, but holy crap it's a pain in the ass to lose ten minutes of progress because I dared to hunt for secrets and then die in a battle... or worse, from a bad jump.
Edited by Fighteer on Mar 29th 2020 at 12:55:21 PM
Official Xbox Magazine has been shut down.
EDIT: Steam will now only immediately auto-update games you have played within the past 3 days, all others will be spread out over a few days because of bandwith issues regarding a large number of people staying at home.
Edited by tclittle on Mar 30th 2020 at 1:02:28 PM
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