Demolishing The Excuses Made For ‘AAA’ Publishers’ Exploitative Greed (The Jimquisition)

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The excuses people make for multibillion dollar publishers have to stop. They ignore so many ways in which the “AAA” game industry both makes money and takes shortcuts.

From tax havens to worker mistreatment, from the avoidance of royalties to the sheer amount executives make in compensation, the game industry actually has it EASY while pretending it’s got it hard. Let’s look at all this.

Article 13 And The ‘Meme Ban’ (The Jimquisition)

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Once again people with the money want to fiddle around with the Internet in a way that won’t end well for the people with less money.

The European Union Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market, specifically Article 13 and Article 11, is vague, overreaching, and looks ripe for abuse. In a world where ContentID and copyright protection is already an outdated mess, this won’t make anything better.

Not for us, anyway.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – It’s Grindy, It’s Greedy, It’s Ubisoft! (Jimpressions)

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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is one damn greedy game. In addition to its half dozen special editions, its Amazon Alexa tie-in, its Totino’s promotion, and its season pass, it’s filled to the brim with microtransactions. As well as all that, it’s been purposefully turned into a grindfest in order to sell XP boosters, like this is some free-to-play mobile game.

Fee-to-pay games are back in a major way. More like Assassin’s Greed!

Look After Your Workers Or Get Out Of Games (The Jimquisition)

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With the sheer amount of cash flowing into games – and don’t try to claim it isn’t – there’s no excuse for an industry that doesn’t take better care of its workers.

Unfair hours, low pay, and constant developer burnout is simply not justifiable. Not when other industries have had to deal with treating their employees well, and managed just fine. In the wake of Telltale, we need to discuss the rights and benefits that developers are long overdue.

The Unfortunate Reality Of Microtransactions, Gambling, And Desperate Publishers (The Jimquisition)

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2K Games has called premium currency and microtransactions an “unfortunate reality” in gaming.

Overwatch and NBA 2K19 had to remove loot boxes in Belgium. EA refuses to remove loot boxes from FIFA. The “AAA” excuses and justifications are flying thick and fast, and 2K especially is showing its royal rump.

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes Of An Elusive Age – Fleshly Beasts With Dragonball Eyes (Jimpressions)

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Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age is pretty good. Square Enix have put out a pretty good JRPG that, shockingly, doesn’t need to reinvent itself with every sequel.

While I’m not quite as in love with it as some critics, I do enjoy it a lot. Like most DQ games, it’s simply a pleasant ride.