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World of Warcraft lead departs Blizzard in protest at forced employee ranking policy

World of Warcraft Classic lead Brian Birmingham has parted ways with Blizzard after voicing concerns about the company’s “forced” stack-ranking policy. The policy in question reportedly states managers at Blizzard are obliged to give a low “Developing” rating – something that could impact an employees financial status and future promotion potential – to a certain percentage of its staff in order to meet a quota laid out by parent company Activision Blizzard. In an email seen by Bloomberg, Birmingham stated when Blizzard team leads questioned this policy,…

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The accessibility charity helping Xbox and PlayStation: SpecialEffect

“A lot of the people we work with have had a lifetime of not being able to do things that they’re capable of doing, that they want to do and they’re seeing their brother and sister do, and they’re seeing all their mates do, but they’re unable to actually join in. A lot of people come to us like that, and a lot of them have actually given up all hope. Their self image, basically, is of somebody who says, ‘I can’t do this.’ And it’s been going on for…

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It’s Time To Hear About What’s Being Content Vaulted With Destiny 2: Lightfall

Destiny 2 Bungie We are now under 50 days away from the release of Lightfall, and I’m sure there’s about to be a full court press of information released relating to the upcoming expansion and subsequent season. But that’s the good news, and at some point, I’m going to need Bungie to hit me with the bad news. Bungie has said one thing very specifically, they are not vaulting any more expansions going forward. This is after they vaulted all Destiny 2 vanilla campaign content, two full DLCs and the…

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Stalker 2 hype ramps up, new trailer, pre-orders available and PC specs detailed

Stalker 2 developer GSC Game World has released a new trailer for its upcoming shooter, with pre-orders for the game once again being available (they were initially refunded in the latter half of 2022). The trailer in question, which begins with a poignant reminder this game was made in Ukraine, can be seen below. While we still don’t have a firm release date for Stalker 2 as yet, the developer once more promises a 2023 launch as part of the trailer’s official description. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of…

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Artist profile hints at a possible Death Stranding 2 release window

An update on an artist’s ArtStation page may have hinted at the release window for Death Stranding 2. Like many artists, senior artist Frank Aliberti – who currently works as a senior character artist at 2K but formerly worked for PlayStation Studios Visual Arts – has his credits listed on ArtStation. 8 Death Stranding Tips We Wish We Knew Before We Started – Death Stranding Gameplay. It’s Aliberti’s work with PlayStation Studios Visual Arts that’s caught our collective attention, however, as Aliberti’s most recent credit indicated that they had…

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Goat Simulator 3 review – a deranged, self-destructive caprine bender | Games

Despite its title, this game does not simulate the life and interests of the typical European goat. It is also not actually the third in a series; it’s the second, following 2014’s Goat Simulator. Chalk the numerological skip up to developer Coffee Stain Studios’ frivolous tone: Goat Simulator 3 is absolutely loaded with bizarre non sequiturs, blissfully stupid gags, and wild cartoon violence. This is the silliest (or stupidest) game of the year, and its low-stakes chaos has a way of winning you over. Embodying an indestructible, physics-defying goat, you…

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PlayStation drops a bunch of new freebies, no PS Plus required

It’s always a jolly occasion when PlayStation drops a freebie – especially when that freebie doesn’t involve PlayStation Plus. That being said, if you are a PlayStation Plus subscriber, you can now get your hands on Mass Effect Legendary Edition, Biomutant, and Divine Knockout: Founder’s Edition – which really feels like five games seeing as Mass Effect Legendary Edition includes the entirety of the mainline trilogy. In fact, we’re expecting more PlayStation Plus news this week as we should soon find out what extra and premium subscribers are due to…

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Microsoft reportedly offered Sony the option to put Call of Duty on PlayStation Plus

Microsoft reportedly offered Sony the option to add Call of Duty to its PlayStation Plus subscription service as part of its ongoing bid to acquire Activision Blizzard. That’s according to Bloomberg, who cited sources familiar with the negotiations between the two companies. This deal was allegedly made as part of Microsoft’s offer to Sony last month, which would see the Call of Duty series kept on PlayStation consoles for 10 years should the acquisition go through. Eurogamer Newscast: What did we think of The Game Awards 2022?…

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Days Gone director says Sony Bend “punched way above [its] weight” on game’s release

The discourse around Days Gone continues. Last week, former Days Gone director John Garvin controversially stated the reason the game didn’t receive universal acclaim was because of “woke reviewers” and reviewers who “couldn’t be bothered to actually play the game”. In addition to these unusual remarks, Garvin also threw the game’s programmers under the bus, blaming Days Gone’s “tech issues” such as “bugs, streaming and frame rate” for its middling reception. Eurogamer Newscast: What did we think of The Game Awards 2022? The good, the bad,…

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Forspoken hands-on preview – a brand new world

Forspoken – apparently it’s a 19th century word mean to bewitch or charm (pic: Square Enix) Square Enix’s new action role-player is an entirely new franchise from a brand new developer, but what exactly is it and how does it play? One of the worst parts of our job is having to criticise a new IP or new idea. The ever increasing cost of making big budget video games means that anything that isn’t a sequel or a licence is now a significant financial risk and we salute any publisher…

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