GYGO Labor: Sega of America Gets a Contract, Possibility Space Shut Down

GYGO Labor: Sega of America Gets a Contract, Possibility Space Shut Down

Hey y’all, Joan here with another spotlight on the games industry and the labor that goes into making games! Most of my actual game time over the last month has been finally finishing Super Mario RPG and gazing longingly at Balatro but not daring to engage out of fear that the rest of my life will suffer. Star-crossed lovers, we are. What was I talking about? Oh yeah, the soul-crushing games industry! This month, we have good news coming out of Sega, with a new contract ratified for the AEGIS-CWA union. And to balance that out, we have the sudden news of Possibility Space shutting down, the second studio from Prytania Media to shut down in just two weeks. I wish they didn’t have to balance out.

As other GYGOs have mentioned, a quick reminder to support Palestine and Palestinian people however you can during this ongoing crisis. The team over at People Make Games, one of the only large voices in the games industry openly supporting Palestine, has a great video outlining why we can’t afford to be silent. If you’re in the United States, the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights has a great toolkit to help get you involved if you’re not sure where to start. (more…)

GYGO Labor: Sega of America Gets a Contract, Possibility Space Shut Down

GYGO Labor: Games Labor News Because There Are Too Many Layoffs

Hi, I’m Joan, and I’m covering everything surrounding labor and working conditions in the games industry for this month’s GYGO! From game companies using generative AI instead of hiring more people to the battles for unionization, we’ll get into all of it. (more…)

GYGO: Hollywood’s Biggest Strike in Decades, and More

GYGO: Hollywood’s Biggest Strike in Decades, and More

There’s been the usual slew of news items reminding us that tons of things in the industry are still a huge bummer. However, in this new batch of gaming news, the trend is that people are mad as hell and aren’t going to take it anymore!

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GYGO: Hollywood’s Biggest Strike in Decades, and More

GYGO: That’s a Lot of Games

The past couple of weeks have been chock full of back-to-back showcases and endless announcements about what’s next in tech and gaming. Honestly, it’s pretty exhausting to keep track of, and it all comes in light of the fact that there’s very little hope that E3 will ever return to its former glory. With publishers and developers taking it into their own hands to show off their stuff, there’s no rest for the weary when it comes to finishing off that ever-growing games library!

…I’m talking about myself, but anyway: here’s the news. (more…)

GYGO: Hollywood’s Biggest Strike in Decades, and More

GYGO: Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One Before

Welcome to Wednesday! My husband was out of town this weekend (more on that later) and I played roughly one thousand years of The Sims 4 in his absence. Since the last time I played, they seem to have added a mechanic that makes my sims unhappy because I don’t fulfill enough of their wishes and desires. Um, hello? This ain’t about you, Alexis and Michael. This is about me and my desire to have a beautiful Victorian-style home and chickens. I don’t care if you hate your job as a critic, we are going to build this damn house with your salary! Sorry about it!!

Anyway, here’s the news. (more…)