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Tuesday, Dec 28, 2021

Get Moving Out for Free

Moving Out is now available for free as today's holiday giveaway on the Epic Games Store. As the title suggests, this is centered on moving people's possessions into a new home. As the title also evokes some classic warnings, like "who needs a house out in Hackensack?" and "working too hard can give you a heart attack (ack ack ack)." This is yours to keep as long as you move it into your library before tomorrow's giveaway begins tomorrow at 11:00 am EST. Here's word on this co-op action game:
Moving Out is a ridiculous physics-based moving simulator that brings new meaning to "couch co-op"!

Are you ready for an exciting career in furniture? As a newly certified Furniture Arrangement & Relocation Technician, you’ll take on moving jobs all across the busy town of Packmore. Smooth Moves may not be the biggest moving company, but there’s no task too dangerous or strange for this busy team of go-getters. Grow your business to brave new heights, recruit colourful customizable characters, and save your town from furniture peril!

Vanguard Announced

Remedy Entertainment announces Vanguard, which is the codename for a free-to-play PvE multiplayer shooter coming to PC, consoles, and mobile. This doesn't yet carry a release window, but early details include that this is a Games-as-a-Service project being developed on the Unreal Engine 5 to be published in Asia by Tencent and by Remedy in other territories. Here's what we know so far:
The game codenamed Vanguard (“the game”), Remedy’s original intellectual property, is a free-to-play, co-operative PvE shooter that combines Remedy’s narrative expertise and action gameplay into an immersive multiplayer experience. The game is developed with the Unreal Engine for PC and console platforms. Remedy will develop and publish the game worldwide, excluding selected Asian markets, where Tencent will localize and publish the game.

The game’s development is currently in the proof-of-concept phase. Its development budget up to the end of the first year of live operations will be in the range of a typical Remedy AAA game budget. This development will be co-financed by Remedy and Tencent. In addition, Tencent will localize the game for the selected Asian markets and cover the related localization costs.

Riot Settles Gender Discrimination Lawsuit

Bloomberg Law reports that Riot Games has settled the gender discrimination lawsuit that's hung over the company since 2018. It appeared this was all settled in 2019, but after objections were raised, the lawsuit was reopened last year. Word is the new settlement will cost Riot $100 million in compensation and legal fees:
Riot Games Inc., a Tencent Holdings Ltd. subsidiary, settled a 2018 gender discrimination class-action suit by agreeing to pay $100 million in compensation and legal fees.

The settlement agreement announced Monday stipulates that Riot will pay $80 million to all current and former employees and contractors who identify as women and worked for Riot at any time since Nov. 2014. The payment will be distributed via a fund, pending court approval. A further $20 million will cover attorneys’ fees and miscellaneous expenses, and Riot has agreed to have its pay processes overseen by a third party for a period of three years, the company said in a statement.
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Op Ed

  • PCGamesN - Time sinks like AC Valhalla are ruining games, not microtransactions.
    "But in order to get you to buy into those microtransactions, publishers don’t just have to make a game you like – that game has to become a significant part of your life. You might check out the Assassin’s Creed II DLC one weekend if you played through the main game months ago, but you’re not going to pick up that sick new Eivor skin on the Ubisoft Store unless you’re living in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla every day."

Out of the Blue

The lull around the holidays is a welcome break since I work year-round, so it's a chance to take it easier. Today the quietness has an additional benefit, as I got sick last night. I woke up in the middle of the night and vomited, and this morning had what we'll delicately call further bathroom difficulties. This is unusual for me, as I have a pretty iron stomach, but it sounds a lot like food poisoning. But MrsBlue and I have been eating the exact same leftovers since Christmas, so it's hard to see how I could get an isolated bout, as she's feeling fine. But I'm feeling much better already too. So I'm not happy at being sick, but it's good that it didn't really disrupt things here too badly. Not exactly a Festivus miracle, but prettay, prettay good.

Prettay Good Round-up
Thanks Ant and Neutronbeam.





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