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Tuesday, Jan 17, 2023

Call for Ubisoft Paris Walkout

A tweet from Solidaires Informatique Jeu Vidéo reacts to the perception that Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot is shifting that blame for business struggles at Ubisoft onto employees. It demands a 10% increase in salaries across the board, improved working conditions (including a four-day work-week), and an end to abusive managerial policies. There's also a call for a strike, albeit a very contained one. This asks fellow Ubisoft Paris employees to stage a four-hour walkout ten days from now:
Mr. Guillemot asks a lot from his employees, but without any compensation.

  • Have salaries kept up with the high inflation of recent years?
  • What about the implementation of the 4-day week?
  • What has been put in place for the teams that come out of the productions exhausted (like those of Just Dance or Mario)?

We demand:

  • an immediate 10% increase for all salaries, regardless of annual increases, to compensate for inflation. With the hundreds of millions of euros obtained from Tencent, there is money in the coffers of the employers.
  • the improvement of working conditions, with in particular the implementation of the 4-day week.
  • transparency on the evolution of the workforce, both locally and globally.
  • a strong commitment against disguised dismissals and a condemnation of abusive managerial policies that push employees to resign.

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Surviving the Abyss Early Access

Developer Rocket Flair Studios and publisher Paradox Arc have opened Early Access to Surviving the Abyss on Steam, offering the chance to take the plunge with this single-player strategy game. The title might be thought to imply it is inspired by the James Cameron sci-fi movie The Abyss, but this is a city builder where you manage a deep-sea research facility during the Cold War surrounded by mysterious threats, so nothing could be farther from the truth. Gaze into the Surviving the Abyss EA Release Trailer and read on for more:
Surviving the Abyss puts players in charge of a deep sea research facility, tasked with carrying out secret experiments at the height of the cold war. Exploring and mining the seafloor will provide access to the resources necessary to keep the lights on and the scientists fed, and unlock new options for expansion - but unseen dangers lurk just beyond the lights, waiting for any mistake or opportunity to reclaim the abyss as their own. Expand your base, explore the darkness, and learn to face your fear - and you may just survive the abyss for another day.
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Anno 1800 Passes 2.5M Players

Ubisoft announces plans to bring Anno 1800 to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S on March 16th. This is the first time in 25 years a game from the historical strategy series will come to consoles. The announcement includes news that the original PC edition of the game has now reached over 2.5 million gamers. Word is the success of the PC version has earned its development team a shot at the port:
Developed by the very same studio behind the original PC version of the game, Ubisoft Mainz, the Anno 1800 Console Edition will offer players the full Anno experience with a completely redesigned user interface and controlspowered by the next generation of consoles.

“Anno 1800 is a great success story for the studio and the 25-year-old Anno brand. The popularity and the success of the game on PC gave us the opportunity to develop a console version of the game, thanks to the power of the next generation of consoles. Bringing our most successful Anno game on consoles is a real chance for us to let new players discover our award-winning game for the first time and join our amazing community.” said Stéphane Jankowski, Executive Producer.

The Crew 2 Season 7 Episode 2: Blizzard Rush This Week

Also from Ubisoft is that Season 7 Episode 2- Blizzard Rush for The Crew 2 will arrive in the open world driving game on January 18th. Put on your snow tires and check out this trailer for a look at the cold-blooded no-rules racing this will bring. Here's an explanation:
The Crew 2 Season 7 Episode 2: Blizzard Rush launches as a free update on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, and PC on January 18. Motorflix, the in-game motorsports entertainment company, will challenge players with a new country-wide illegal race filled with environmental hazards including an impending snowstorm. Five new Hypercar events will be available at launch, and if you complete them all, you can unlock the BMW M8 Coupé No Rules Edition.
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Evening Crowdfunding

  • Occupy Mars: The Game by PlayWay — Kickstarter. "Occupy Mars is a highly technical, open-world sandbox, survival game about Mars colonization inspired by the most promising technologies and companies that are working toward becoming a multi-planet species. Build and upgrade your base, discover new amazing regions, conduct mining operations, retrieve water, generate oxygen, grow crops, fix broken parts, and learn how to survive on Mars!" Here's a trailer.

Into the Black

Last Link of the Day: Honest Trailers - Demolition Man. Since all restaurants became Taco Bell, three shells don't seem to cut it, amirite?

Forspoken Specs

With Forspoken set to launch on PC and consoles one week from today, a new tweet reveals the system requirements for the highly anticipated action/RPG. This also outlines some of the game's PC-specific features, including support for 32:9 resolution, Auto HDR and Direct Storage support under Windows 11, and more. We have a PC FEATURES HIGHLIGHT Trailer with a look at these elements in action. Here are the system specs:

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Stellaris: First Contact Story Pack Revealed

Paradox Interactive announces the First Contact Story Pack is coming to Stellaris alongside the upcoming version 3.7 "Canis Minor" update. A look at this chance to explore your inner Zefram Cochrane can be found in this Announcement Trailer. More details are promised for this week. Here's a bit:
For countless ages, your people have looked to the stars with wonder - is there anybody else out there? When we meet, will they be friends or enemies? Will we be the ones to discover them, or are they already here, hiding in plain sight?

The First Contact Story Pack focuses on the experiences of these Pre-FTL civilizations, both from the point of view of the civilizations themselves as well as from the observers. Observation has been revamped with new enhanced systems relating to civilization Awareness, Diplomacy, and Espionage. New Insights can be learned from observing civilizations that have not been corrupted by the galaxy as a whole.
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World Championship Boxing Manager 2 Released

The opening bell has rung for World Championship Boxing Manager 2, and the pugilistic sports management sequel is now available for Windows on Steam. As a bonus, all purchases of the game will come with a copy of the first World Championship Boxing Manager, originally released in 1990. If you're undecided, there's a playable demo to take a few jabs at. Here's why Mega Cat Studios and Ziggurat think they have a knockout on their hands:
Brought to life with hand-drawn 32-bit visuals, World Championship Boxing Manager™ 2 is the official sequel to its 1991 predecessor. Players will enlist promising amateur competitive fighters and train them from the ground up on their path to the world championship. They’ll manage their training schedules — including fitness training — to create the best balance for their roster. To keep them on the path to glory, they’ll also need to hire the best staff, gain supporters at all levels, and promote their fighters. The game features former pro boxers Rocky Marciano™, Sugar Ray Robinson™, and Sue “Tiger Lily” Fox as coaches within the game, along with a roster of fantastic fictional fighters, coaches, and training staff. A well-managed team will rise to the top, but one misstep will lead to a TKO!

Voodolls Announced

Tate Multimedia announces Voodolls, a four-player co-op tower defense game in the works at French studio SideRift for launch on Steam this April. But there's a chance to check out the game's voodoo-inspired action before then, as a single-player and co-op closed beta test will kick off on Thursday. This post has all the details on how you can sign up to participate along with a Closed Beta Trailer showing off what to expect. Here's more on the game:
Voodolls is an action-packed co-op tower defence game that puts four fleeing souls into the bodies of four unique voodoo dolls - Voodolls. Work together to escape the clutches of the afterlife as you hold back the waves of hell in order to protect your only one key to freedom, the Puppet Master.

Your journey will not be without threats. The hordes of hell’s minions pursue the dolls through each of the spirit world’s realms. They seek to put a violent end to your journey. Protect the priest, and ensure his safety to keep your hope of escape alive!
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Out of the Blue

Yesterday I got fed up with a bathroom sink that was draining slowly. This was a recurring problem, and I'd occasionally plunge it to speed things up again. But since it kept happening I decided to try and get to the root of the problem. There are plenty of suggestions on the internet about drain cleaning using the old Science Fair volcano trick of mixing baking soda and vinegar, so I figured this sounded better than paying a plumber. But getting started I also learned why one might pay a plumber for this job. Removing the drain plug revealed its base was completely coated in the most horrific sludge imaginable. This was the obvious source of the slow draining. But it was so disgusting I regretted even becoming aware of it, much less having to clean it. But dealing with grossness is one of my roles in the household, so I powered through it. In the end this turned out great. The drain is now shiny, clean, and draining perfectly. I even managed to avoid yakking along the way.

Draining Round-up
Thanks Ant and Neutronbeam.

Breakfast Link


Thanks Acleacius and Max.



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