Hello, friends and welcome to this week’s GYGO! I’m Avery, Sidequest’s resident little red panda, and I’ve dug my way out of my ever-growing blanket pile again to bring you this week’s biggest weekly gaming news.
More Bad News From the World of Game Developers
Sadly, it has become all too commonplace to see almost weekly articles on the terrible working conditions experienced by current and ex-game developers, and this week has been no different. Last Friday, Kotaku reported on attempts made by League of Legends publisher Riot Games to block current female employees from taking legal action against the company for legal discrimination, whilst PC Gamer reported on the frequent 80 to100-hour weeks worked by NetherRealm employees during Mortal Kombat 9, X, and Injustice 2 development.
it's been 8 years, and they've made it clear to me that I'm persona non grata there anyway so, fuck it: working at NetherRealm on MK9 nearly killed me. I didn't sleep more than 4 hours for months. from january to april 2011 i was at work more than half of the time
— Jiminy Snackmouth (@jlongstreet) April 23, 2019
More than “Just a Game”: “Dementia Research through Gaming”
A video game has been developed to help identify early signs of dementia, which may help researchers and doctors to catch Alzheimer’s Disease early enough to increase the chances of treatment working. Over 4.3 million people played Sea Hero Quest and took part in the largest dementia study in history. The game, developed in partnership with Deutsche Telekom, game studio Glitchers, UCL and the University of East Anglia in the UK, was initially available to play in 2018 as a mobile game and is now available as a VR game for free on the Oculus store.
Other News for You
- Game Workers Unite UK had their first Annual General Meeting on April 28th in London
- Pokemon Go will be adding new Field Research tasks throughout May and June with the opportunity to catch more legendaries
- Gone Home is available to download for free on the Humble Bundle site until May 3rd (we love Gone Home)
- PS4 exclusive Days Gone is the biggest physical sales launch of the year so far in the UK
Avery Delany is a diverse book blogger who has recently convinced the ivory tower of academia to let him study video games as research. When not reading books, playing video games, studying, or talking about these, Avery can be found submerged in a blanket cuddle pile with his rescue dog.