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  1. Harsin

    Goodbye Games TM (and Gamesmaster)

    He’s only 70 mate.
  2. Harsin

    Goodbye Games TM (and Gamesmaster)

    My residing memory of Games TM was their Bioshock review, which came across as 2 (or was it 4) pages of some insecure writer going 'See dad, I do have a proper job, games are ART'.
  3. Harsin

    Is crunch required?

    They had a decent discussion about this on the SuperBestFriendCast. Two of the team used to work in games QA and had plenty of horror stories to share about how managers manage to coerce people into feeling obligated into working stupid hours. Right now Rockstar seem to be trying to change the story into look we don't force people to work 100 hour weeks. Of course they don't, I imagine that's illegal. Influencing people to do it, that's a different story though. I thought Dan Houser's attempt at salvaging his boast about 100 hours was very telling when you looked at his language. Some choice excerpts: Implication being that if you go home at your actual specified finishing time you're not 'passionate'. Wonder how that will look at the next appraisal? Again, guess those bums who go home after 40-50 hours aren't working 'hard'. You may think I' being picky, but I've seen this kind manipulation first hand. At the moment Rockstar are in full on damage control mode and 'allowing' staff to share their stories. Maybe the staff there truly feel that they can say what they like with no danger to their future career prospects. Who knows? I truly hope that the it's a nice place to work and that they improved since the previous documented horrors about working there. Nevertheless, I think that' it's a good thing to have a light shone on these practices, even if it upsets some of the 'I just want to get hyped for a product' gang, so good on UO for starting this thread.
  4. Harsin

    Red Dead Redemption 2

    Thank the lord we can get rid of all this nasty discussion so we can get back to our regularly scheduled pages of 'I just bought it for [AMOUNT] from [RETAILER]'.
  5. Harsin

    Venom (2018) - Boring. Silly. Funny.

    The comic version of Civil War is nuts and not in a good way. Of course you'd expect that as it was written by Mark '2edgy4u' Millar. In the comic they basically boil the whole thing down to a US gun control debate in a even less veiled fashion than the film. It seems at some point they realised, hey the heroes who are basically Charlton Heston in this scenario are going to look like dicks. Their answer, just make the other side so cartoonishly evil the other side can't help but look sympathetic. So you end up with things like Mr Fanstastic making a murderous brain damaged clone of Thor and the team handing out pardons to super-villains so they can hunt the other side. The whole thing ends (I shit you not) with emergency services workers (the true heroes) making Captain America notice all the destruction they causes, then he cries a bit and gets shot. But it's okay, it was a special bullet that actually just makes you time travel, despite leaving a bloody body (again I shit you not).
  6. Harsin

    Red Dead Redemption 2

    Fucking lol at some of the 6th form philosophy going on from people who watched that episode of Friends, where Joey tried to convince Phoebe there’s no such thing as a selfless act, one too many times. Just so people don’t have their hype deflated by questioning the more unsavoury aspects of a business whose products they enjoy. Anyway, don’t worry we’ll soon stop talking about this and move onto the next stage when reviews drop and some outlet dares to give it the obscenely low score of 8/10 and we can have a few pages of calling them joyless hack shitcunts.
  7. Harsin

    Red Dead Redemption 2

    Props to Uncle Mike who posted this in another thread.
  8. Harsin

    Red Dead Redemption 2

    Here’s the thread: https://www.resetera.com/threads/are-there-any-verified-game-companies-that-treat-their-workers-well.75307/ Also article on RPS about devs highlighting decent working practices. https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2018/10/16/rockstar-crunch/ And some nice quotes from Reggie.
  9. Harsin

    Red Dead Redemption 2

    Don't think so. I know there's certainly none in America where even mentioning unionisation is considered akin to slapping on a furry hat and doing a squat dance.
  10. Harsin

    Red Dead Redemption 2

    Also this argument that if you decide to go work for a games developer and get treated like shit it's on you, because caveat empor suckers, has to be one of the dumbest stances I've seen on here. There's a thread on Resetera about all the companies that actually treat their employees well. Just because some organisations in a sector treat people horribly does not automatically mean that all do and it certainly doesn't bleeding well make it right or the fault of people who needed a job. But hey, god forbid that some posters have even the mildest twinge of unease that might detract from their enjoyment of shooting polygon cowboys. That's the important thing.
  11. Harsin

    Red Dead Redemption 2

    The thing that gets me with these stories is that the people at the top happily exploiting their workforce - be it Dan Houser, Elon Musk or Cyril Sneer - always parrot the I'm not expecting anything from them that I don't do myself line. Well yes, Dan Houser is worth over £100 million and stands to make tens of millions more from this game alone. Quite the motivating factor.
  12. We have the CGI to make this possible.
  13. Harsin

    Red Dead Redemption 2

    Houser tries to downplay his boasting about 'crunch'. https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2018-10-16-rockstar-attepts-to-defuse-100-hour-work-week-controversy-amidst-storm-of-criticism Still comes across as a nob, the sort of psychological tools companies like this use to burn out employees without it being an contractual obligation is virtually dripping off his comments. Oh, you want to go home and see your family after 10 hours? Guess you're not passionate
  14. Harsin

    The Haunting of Hill House

    Reading up on the series (love all the hidden ghosts I missed) Timothy Hutton is actually only 10 years older than Henry Thomas, couldn't they have just stuck a wig and a bit of make-up on him instead of turning poor Henry into the lich king for the past scenes.
  15. Harsin

    Gareth Evans' Apostle - September 28th on Netflix

    I loved Dan Stevens unhinged performance. He could have wandered straight in from a Hammer film. I especially liked the early scenes where he's supposed to be trying to be low key and blend in and everytime it cuts to him he basically looks like this.

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