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Tuesday, Dec 27, 2022

More Activision Blizzard Unionization

Another Activision Blizzard Studio announces plans to unionize. In June the publisher/developer recognized union representation for Raven's QA department and Blizzard Albany recently voted to unionize as well. Now a series of tweets from the aptly named Proletariat Workers Alliance announces that the staff of Proletariat is forming a union in affiliation with the Communications Workers of America (CWA). Engadget adds details, quoting Proletariat talking about combating "Activision Blizzard's reputation for creating a hostile work environment," and adding that Activision Blizzard is still working on a response:
“Everyone in the video game industry knows Activision Blizzard’s reputation for creating a hostile work environment, so earlier this year, when we heard that Blizzard was planning to acquire Proletariat, we started to discuss how we could protect the great culture we have created here,” said Dustin Yost, a software engineer at Proletariat. “By forming a union and negotiating a contract, we can make sure that we are able to continue doing our best work and create innovative experiences at the frontier of game development.”

The Proletariat Workers Alliance asked Activision Blizzard to recognize their union voluntarily. "Our top priority remains our employees and we continue to believe a direct relationship with them is the most productive," an Activision Blizzard spokesperson told Engadget. "We value the contributions the talented Proletariat team has made since joining our company this summer. We’ve received the petition, and will be providing a formal public response to the NLRB in the coming days."

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Get Severed Steel for Free

Severed Steel is now available for free from the Epic Games Store as the latest in its series of daily holiday gifts. You have until 11:00 am EST tomorrow to lay claim, as this serial generosity will continue at that time with a fresh giveaway. Here's more on today's freebie, a fast-paced first-person shooter from Greylock Studio and Digerati:
Severed Steel is a single-player FPS featuring a fluid stunt system, destructible voxel environments, loads of bullet time, and a unique one-armed protagonist. It's you, your trigger finger, and a steel-toed boot against a superstructure full of bad guys. Chain together wall runs, dives, flips, and slides to take every last enemy down.

Get Worms Revolution Gold Edition for Free

The Winter Sale on GOG.com* continues to roll along. Today this is offering another free game, as everyone is now eligible to snag a copy of Worms Revolution Gold Edition. In addition to the base Worms Revolution, the Gold Edition of the turn-based fighting game includes a Customization Pack, the Mars Pack, the Funfair DLC, and the Medieval Tales DLC. Here's what to expect:
Worms™ Revolution is another entry in the classic turn-based strategy series to come to the PC, featuring exciting new features and beautiful 3D graphics whilst retaining the classic 2D gameplay that fans love. Choose to play the extensive single player mode which features both campaign and puzzle missions or dive straight into multiplayer warfare via local play. For the first time ever see the inclusion of dynamic water, physics objects and worm classes! Customise your experience by choosing what classes you play with, what they look like and even how they speak!
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Out of the Blue

When talking about my new video card and eventual new PC I mentioned I had multiple PC projects in the works. One of these was actually an upgrade for my old PC, which I embarked upon before I realized it was being retired. Based on a comment in the forums, I hunted down sales of the i7-3770 CPU that's the top-of-the-line for my old motherboard. I found one for $85, which seemed like a no-brainer. The hardest part about upgrading was cleaning the thermal paste off the water block, and the old machine was up and running with its (relatively) new and improved brain in minutes. I haven't figured out the role this computer has in my life yet, but I am still happy that it's once again running like a Swiss watch.

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