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PlayStation Reveals PS5, PS4, PS3, And Classic Games Lineup For Revamped PS Plus

Back in March, Sony unveiled its new and revamped PlayStation Plus service coming to PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 consoles next month. Today, the company has released a new look at the lineup of PS5, PS4, PS3, and “classic” titles that will come to the service. 

Many of these games are already available on the PS5-exclusive PlayStation Plus Collection, namely first-party titles such as The Last of Us Remastered, but many of these are new to Sony’s PS Plus service. Today’s unveiling includes a list of PS5 and PS4 games, PS3 games playable via streaming, and remastered PS4 games that Sony refers to as “classic” alongside original PlayStation and PlayStation Portable games. 

“We’re focused on adding high-quality titles into the PlayStation Plus service for players to enjoy,” Sony Interactive Entertainment vice president of services, global sales, and business operations, Nick Maguire, writes in a blog post. “I’m pleased to share a selection of the content that will be available for PlayStation Plus Extra and Premium/Deluxe plans. PlayStation.com will be updated with the game list when it launches in your region.”

Here’s the PS5 and PS4 game catalog coming from PlayStation Studios to PS Plus: 

  • Alienation | Housemarque, PS4
  • Bloodborne | FromSoftware, PS4
  • Concrete Genie | Pixelopus, PS4
  • Days Gone | Bend Studio, PS4
  • Dead Nation Apocalypse Edition | Housemarque, PS4
  • Death Stranding and Death Stranding Director’s Cut | Kojima Productions, PS4/PS5
  • Demon’s Souls | Bluepoint Games,  PS5
  • Destruction AllStars | Lucid Games, PS5
  • Everybody’s Golf | Japan Studio, PS4
  • Ghost Of Tsushima Director’s Cut | Sucker Punch, PS4/ PS5
  • God of War | Santa Monica Studio, PS4
  • Gravity Rush 2 | Japan Studio, PS4
  • Gravity Rush Remastered | Japan Studio, PS4
  • Horizon Zero Dawn | Guerrilla Games, PS4
  • Infamous First Light | Sucker Punch, PS4
  • Infamous Second Son | Sucker Punch, PS4
  • Knack | Japan Studio, PS4
  • LittleBigPlanet 3 | Sumo Digital, PS4
  • LocoRoco Remastered | Japan Studio, PS4
  • LocoRoco 2 Remastered | Japan Studio, PS4
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man | Insomniac Games, PS4
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales | Insomniac Games, PS4/PS5
  • Matterfall |Housemarque, PS4
  • MediEvil | Other Ocean, PS4
  • Patapon Remastered | Japan Studio, PS4
  • Patapon 2 Remastered | Japan Studio, PS4
  • Resogun | Housemarque, PS4
  • Returnal | Housemarque, PS5
  • Shadow of the Colossus | Japan Studio,  PS4
  • Tearaway Unfolded | Media Molecule, PS4
  • The Last Guardian | Japan Studio, PS4
  • The Last of Us Remastered | Naughty Dog, PS4
  • The Last of Us: Left Behind | Naughty Dog, PS4
  • Until Dawn | Supermassive Games, PS4
  • Uncharted The Nathan Drake Collection | Naughty Dog, PS4
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End | Naughty Dog, PS4
  • Uncharted: The Lost Legacy | Naughty Dog, PS4
  • WipEout Omega Collection | Clever Beans & Creative Vault Studios, PS4

And here’s the PS5 and PS4 game catalog coming from third-party studios to PS Plus:

  • Ashen | Annapurna Interactive,PS4
  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla| Ubisoft, PS4/PS5
  • Celeste | Maddy Makes Games, PS4
  • Cities: Skylines | Paradox Interactive, PS4
  • Control: Ultimate Edition | 505 Games, PS4/PS5
  • Dead Cells | Motion Twin, PS4
  • Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition | Square Enix Co. LTD, PS4
  • Hollow Knight | Team Cherry, PS4
  • Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy | Square Enix Co. LTD., PS4/PS5
  • Mortal Kombat 11 | WB Games, PS4/PS5
  • Narutoshippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 | Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc., PS4
  • NBA 2K22 | 2K Games, PS4/PS5
  • Outer Wilds | Annapurna Interactive, PS4
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 | Rockstar Games, PS4 
  • Resident Evil | Capcom Co., Ltd, PS4
  • Soulcalibur VI | Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc., PS4
  • The Artful Escape | Annapurna Interactive, PS4/PS5
  • The Crew 2 | Ubisoft, PS4

“PlayStation Plus Premium/Deluxe members will have a selection of popular classic games to play, with some titles that will show improved frame rates and higher-quality resolution compared to their original launch versions,” Maguire writes. “For select original PlayStation and PSP classic games, members will also enjoy a new user interface with menus that allow you to save your game at any time, or even rewind the game if you want a do-over.

“Also, players who have previously purchased the digital version of games from the original PlayStation and PSP generation will not have to make a separate purchase or sign up to PlayStation Plus to play these titles on PS4 or PS5. When these titles are released for PS4 and PS5, players can head to the PlayStation Store and download a version for the consoles at no extra cost if they already own the digital version of the title. Some of the titles will also be available for individual purchase. Additionally, some remastered classics from previous console generations will be added to the PlayStation Plus Premium/Deluxe plan.”

Here is what PlayStation is calling an “early look at a selection of games that will be available” on PS Plus: 

PlayStation Studios

  • Ape Escape | Japan Studio, Original Playstation 
  • Hot Shots Golf | Japan Studio, Original Playstation
  • I.Q. Intelligent Qube | Japan Studio, Original PlayStation
  • Jumping Flash! | Japan Studio, Original PlayStation
  • Syphon Filter | Bend Studio, Original PlayStation
  • Super Stardust Portable | Housemarque, PSP

Third Party Partners:

  • Mr. Driller | Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc., Original PlayStation 
  • Tekken 2 | Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc., Original PlayStation 
  • Worms World Party | Team 17, Original PlayStation 
  • Worms Armageddon | Team17, Original PlayStation 

And here’s the remasters of the classic games catalog: 

PlayStation Studios:

  • Ape Escape 2 | Japan Studio, PS4
  • Arc The Lad: Twilight of the Spirits | Japan Studio, PS4
  • Dark Cloud | Japan Studio, PS4
  • Dark Cloud 2 | Japan Studio, PS4
  • FantaVision | SIE, PS4   
  • Hot Shots Tennis | Japan Studio, PS4  
  • Jak II | Naughty Dog, PS4
  • Jak 3 | Naughty Dog, PS4
  • Jak X: Combat Racing | Naughty Dog, PS4
  • Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy | Naughty Dog, PS4  
  • Rogue Galaxy | Japan Studio, PS4
  • Siren | Japan Studio, PS4
  • Wild Arms 3 | SIE, PS4 

Third Party Partners:

  • Baja: Edge of Control HD | THQ Nordic, PS4
  • Bioshock Remastered | 2K Games, PS4
  • Borderlands The Handsome Collection | 2K Games, PS4
  • Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition | Gearbox Publishing, PS4
  • Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning | THQ Nordic, PS4
  • Lego Harry Potter Collection | WB Games, PS4

“The new PlayStation Plus will offer PS3 games to stream and play on PS4, PS5, and PC,” Maguire writes. “These are original, non-remastered versions of PS3 games and are available to PlayStation Plus Premium members where cloud streaming is available.” 

PlayStation Studios:

  • Crash Commando | Creative Vault Studios, PS3
  • Demon’s Souls | From Software, PS3
  • echochrome | Japan Studio, PS3
  • Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds | Japan Studio, PS3
  • Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational | Japan Studio, PS3
  • Ico | Japan Studio, PS3
  • Infamous | Sucker Punch, PS3
  • Infamous 2 | Sucker Punch, PS3
  • Infamous: Festival of Blood | Sucker Punch, PS3
  • LocoRoco Cocoreccho! | Japan Studio, PS3
  • MotorStorm Apocalypse | Evolution Studios, PS3
  • MotorStorm RC | Evolution Studios, PS3
  • Puppeteer | Japan Studio, PS3
  • rain | Japan Studio, PS3
  • Ratchet & Clank: Quest For Booty | Insomniac Games, PS3
  • Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time | Insomniac Games, PS3
  • Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus | Insomniac Games, PS3
  • Resistance 3 | Insomniac Games, PS3
  • Super Stardust HD | Housemarque, PS3
  • Tokyo Jungle | Japan Studio, PS3
  • When Vikings Attack | Clever Beans, PS3

Third Party Partners:

  • Asura’s Wrath | Capcom Co., Ltd., PS3
  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 |  Konami, PS3
  • Devil May Cry HD Collection | Capcom Co., Ltd., PS3
  • Enslaved: Odyssey to the West | Bandai Namco Entertainment America Inc., PS3
  • F.E.A.R. | WB Games, PS3
  • Lost Planet 2 | Capcom Co., Ltd., PS3
  • Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 | Koei Tecmo, PS3
  • Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare | Rockstar Games, PS3

Sony says new games will be added regularly. Essential subscribers will see a monthly refresh occur “on the first Tuesday of the month…with new PS4 and PS5 games added to the service – same as what PlayStation Plus members get today.” Extra and Premium/Deluxe subscribers will get an additional monthly refresh that will occur in the middle of each month and the number of games “refreshed” will vary per month.

PlayStation says this revamped PlayStation Plus will launch on May 24 in Asia, June 2 in Japan, June 13 in North and South America, and June 23 in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand

Last but not least, Sony provided some details about the service’s time-limited game trials. 

“The time-limited game trial benefit will enable you to try select games before you buy,” Maguire writes. “After downloading a trial of the full game, you can play it for two hours for most games – the playtime counter only counts while you are in the game. It’s a great way to try games before you decide to buy, and any trophies and game save data from the trial period will carry forward if you purchase the game.”

Here’s a look at some of the titles that will be part of the time-limited game trials: 

PlayStation Studios:

  • Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection | Naughty Dog, PS5
  • Horizon Forbidden West | Guerrilla Games, PS4/PS5

Third Party Partners:

  • Cyberpunk 2077 | CD Projekt, PS5
  • Farming Simulator 22 | Giants Software GmBH, PS4/PS5 
  • Tiny Tina’s Wonderland |  2K Games, PS4/PS5
  • WWE 2K22 | 2K Games, PS4/PS5

For a reminder on what each new tier of PS Plus includes, read Game Informer’s breakdown of the revamped service


Are you excited for these titles coming to the new PS Plus? Let us know in the comments below!

Activision Blizzard’s diversity tool causes controversy online, with Overwatch devs denying using this “creepy dystopian chart” – Game World Observer

The so-called “Diversity Space Tool,” which was recently introduced by Activision Blizzard, has drawn criticism from players and developers. Some of the Overwatch creators have also denied any connection to this technology.

What is the Diversity Space Tool?

On May 12, Activision Blizzard published a blog post dedicated to a special technology aimed at creating more diverse and inclusive characters.

Diversity Space Tool was developed by King, one of the three major companies at Activision Blizzard King. The Candy Crush creator has been working on it alongside the MIT Game Lab since 2016.

As the studio pointed out, the intention was to inspire developers to think outside the box and get rid of unconscious bias and exclusion when it comes to the creation of game characters.

“As a result, hopefully we will create more characters that break the mold, and better represent women, non-binaries and other under-represented minorities in the industry,” King globalization project manager Jacqueline Chomatas said in a statement.

Although Activision Blizzard eventually edited the blog post, the original version said that the Diversity Space Tool had been tested by Call of Duty: Vanguard developers, as well as the Overwatch 2 team, who had a chance to “experiment with the tool, with equally enthusiastic first impressions” (via PC Gamer).

So this is how the Diversity Space Tool works:

  • The software measures different characteristics, including age, culture, race, body type, gender, and socioeconomic background;
  • The “norm” is rated 0, with other numbers showing the deviation from this “norm”;
  • The tool also takes into account things like gameplay roles of game characters (tank, damage dealer, support, etc.);
  • So characters get additional scores every time they deviate from that “norm,” which is basically a white, cisgender straight man.

According to the original post, Activision Blizzard planned to release the Diversity Space Tool this summer. The ultimate goal was to make it available to other game development companies.

How did the internet react to the announcement?

A lot of people criticized the Diversity Space Tool, highlighting different issues with this technology. “How do you quantify race and sexual orientation in this. What does it even mean that a character has a higher race than another?” one user wrote on Twitter.

Some members of the Overwatch team, who, according to Activision Blizzard, have tested the tool, disavowed their connection to this software.

“God I swear our own company tries so hard to slaughter any good will the actual devs who make the game have built,” character artist Melissa Kelly wrote, adding that the team “doesn’t even use this creepy [dystopian] chart” because their writers, producers, artists, and other devs have eyes.

Overwatch 2 senior game designer Dylan Snyder noted that the team didn’t even know the tool existed until the company’s announcement.

How did Activision Blizzard respond to criticism?

The company eventually removed all charts from the original post, as well as any mentions of its first-party teams having been testing the Diversity Space Tool, which it then referred to as “prototype” currently in beta.

“Our intent with this blog entry was to share an in-progress piece of our journey in this endeavor,” the editor’s note reads. “We recognize and respect that all people may be on their own, unique point in their journey with [diversity, equity, and inclusion]. The Diversity Space Tool is not a definitive evaluation of diversity in game content; rather, it is a bridge in opening previously unspoken conversations into how thoughtful inclusion can happen – and thrive — in games.”

2022 Sports Business Awards: Sports Breakthrough of the Year – Sports Business Journal

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23XI Racing

The team created by Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin (right) had its first full season in NASCAR’s Cup Series. Known for its emphasis on diversity initiatives such as its SPEED Institute, 23XI brought on top-tier brands McDonald’s, DoorDash and Dr Pepper as sponsors for driver Bubba Wallace (left). And, in a nod to Wallace’s strong following, Netflix agreed to a docuseries deal for the young driver.

 

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Candy Digital

The Fanatics-owned entity broke into sports and NFTs, with deals for NASCAR/Race Team Alliance, MLB/MLB Players Inc. and WWE. It created an MLB-licensed  NFT of Lou Gehrig’s famous “luckiest man” speech last summer. The digital collectible featured video excerpts of the speech and a three-dimensional bust of Gehrig in an iron finish. Proceeds from the auction benefited ALS  charities. The company completed a $100 million Series A round in October.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Crypto.com

The cryptocurrency platform announced itself in a big way when it signed the most expensive  naming-rights deal in history by putting its name on the former Staples Center in Los Angeles for $700 million. Crypto.com’s other blockbuster deals included branding within the UFC’s octagon and as its first global fight kit partner, naming rights to the Formula One race at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, sponsorship of the Philadelphia 76ers in the form of the team’s jersey patch, and  and partnering with LeBron James on crypto education.

 

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FTX

The company became the first crypto brand to put its name on a big-league arena (Miami Heat), in addition to securing naming rights to the field at Cal’s Memorial Stadium and putting its patch on MLB umpire uniforms. FTX has signed deals with Monumental Sports & Entertainment, the Golden State Warriors, Shohei Ohtani, the Mercedes F1 team, Tom Brady, the North American League of Legends circuit (esports) and naming rights for the TSM esports team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KAGR

Kraft Analytics Group: KAGR

The organization brought on its first external investor in JP Morgan, which uses KAGR’s Future of Live Events & Sports report to inform investments for current and prospective clients. The NFL also made an investment in KAGR’s Integrated Ticketing Platform, connecting the league, teams and ticketing partners. KAGR counts more than 20 clients, including On Location Experiences, NASCAR and UFC, that it assists with ticketing and insights.

 

Learfield: LevelNext and The Varsity Network

Learfield continued to push its collegiate esports efforts with LevelNext, a league playing games like Madden NFL and Rocket League (with sponsors including Snickers, Unilever, Cheez-It, Degree and others on board). It also created more than 70 intra-college esports tournaments on college campuses. Learfield and Sidearm Sports created The Varsity Network mobile app with podcasts, including exclusive ones like “Hello Heisman!” with Desmond Howard, and college football programming like “College Football Saturday Night” with Mike Golic and Kate Scott.

 

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Most Valuable Promotions

MVP is a fight promotion started by Jake Paul (right) and his promoter Nakisa Bidarian with the aim of drawing new (young demo) eyes to boxing. An event featuring Paul and Tyron Woodley sold out Amalie Arena in Tampa in December. MVP has raised awareness of women’s boxing, signing top female fighter Amanda Serrano (center), working for equity across the sport. MP also signed a deal to co-promote Serrano’s fight against Katie Taylor (left), which was the first female headliner in 140 years of boxing at Madison Square Garden.

 

Omaha Productions

Omaha Productions

The Manning family’s production company was behind the “ManningCast” around “Monday Night Football.” Omaha also produced “Peyton’s Places” and its spinoffs for ESPN+ around Eli Manning (left), Ronda Rousey, Abby Wambach and David Ortiz. In addition to helping produce the NFL Honors show, the company also worked on ads for the Manning family with Caesars Sportsbook and “The Eternals” movie.

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Playfly Sports

The company made major inroads across the sports space with acquisitions of Home Team Sports, Fox Sports College Properties, Impression Sports and Entertainment and Premier Partnerships. Playfly is now helping Real Salt Lake find a new sponsor for its soccer stadium in Sandy, Utah. It also added East Carolina as a property, helped Maryland sign a betting deal with PointsBet and created a strategic sales partnership with CSMG.

 

Seattle Kraken

Seattle Kraken

The NHL’s newest franchise opened play last fall in the $1.15 billion state-of-the-art Climate Pledge Arena, the first net-zero carbon arena in the world. During the first five days that team jerseys were made available to the general public in September, sales skyrocketed, making it the highest-selling newly released sweater in NHL history. The team also agreed to a community impact partnership with Starbucks around the Kraken Community Iceplex, inside which the coffee company opened one of its community stores.

‘Fortnite’ icon series adds YouTuber Ali A skins and events to the battle royale – NME

YouTube content creator Alastair “Ali A” Aiken is the next person to get a collection of skins and items in Fortnite thanks to the Icon Series.

According to an Epic Games blog post from yesterday (May 15), Aiken’s cosmetic set will become available in the item shop starting May 20 at 1 AM UK time.

There will be eight different outfit styles based off the collaboration with Aiken, as the YouTuber’s skin set comes with a default, elevated, matroix and ultra-armour matroix style, as seen below.

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Four more outfits will also be available, with these having a more robotic look and coming in variants that either show Aiken’s face or have a full helmet instead. The outfits also include the Ali-Tech Backplate Back Bling, Ali-Tech Plasmawings, Ali-Tech Plasmawings Glider, Ali-Tech Staff Pickaxe and a series of gear cosmetics via The Blue A Wrap.

Starting on May 18, the zero build mode in Fortnite will also include the Ali A Cup, a duos event with the Ali A outfits on offer via the event before they come to the item shop. During the event’s three hour time window, players will get points depending on the number of eliminations and their overall team placement, with the points offering a series of cosmetic rewards.

An Ali A creative experience also went live with the announcement, and it is available until May 29. The experience includes a themed quest, which tasks players with eliminating 15 opponents and rewards them with the Ali A Was here Spray. The island code for the Ali A experience is 5135-8778-2901.

Fortnite is also now easily playable on Apple devices, as Epic Games teamed up with Microsoft to bring the battle royal to Xbox Cloud Gaming for free, meaning the game can be played in-browser on almost any device.

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In other news, an Atlus survey was asking players if they’d like to see Persona games come to Nintendo Switch, Xbox, PC and mobile.

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Call Limit Reached Rocket League Error Explained – GosuNoob.com

A unique blend of soccer and driving game, Rocket League is still a highly playable and fun game that is enjoyed by players from all over the world. Of course, just like every other online game, Rocket League also has its fair share of unfortunate errors. These can often impede your enjoyment of a game – and sometimes even stop you from playing altogether. The “Call Limit Reached, Try Again Later” is one such error message, and it has been a big problem ever since the game went free-to-play in 2020. But what is this error and is there a way to fix it? We are going to take a look at the Call Limit Reached Error in Rocket League and have it explained right here.

Call Limit Reached Rocket League Error Explained

What Does Call Limit Reached in Rocket League Mean

The Call Limit Reached error is caused by over excessive server load. In layman’s terms, this means that there isn’t enough “room” on the servers for every player that wants to play, so the game is denying surplus players access. If this didn’t happen, then the entire game would probably crash and no one would be able to play it. While this error isn’t as frequent as it once was, it still pops up from time to time. We had hoped that the Rocket League “Call Limit Reached, Try Again Later” would have been fixed by now, especially since the game has been out since 2015, but, unfortunately, this still isn’t the case.

How to Fix the Call Limit Reached Error in Rocket League

Because this problem is on the developers’ end, there isn’t really anything that players can do to fix this themselves. As we have mentioned in the previous section of this guide, it is caused by servers going over capacity. So, the only way this can ever be fixed is if developer Psyonix invests in more severs space and better server architecture.

Which firework does the most damage in Minecraft? – Sportskeeda

Constructed with two different base recipes in Minecraft, firework rockets aren’t for the sole purpose of lighting up the sky, as they can also be used to great effect as a weapon when fired from a crossbow.

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As a weapon, firework rockets can be potentially powerful in Minecraft. This is due in part to how firework rockets are constructed. When players use firework stars as a fireable projectile, players can increase the damage based on the composition of the firework itself.

When crafted without firework stars, fireworks can still do solid damage, but they are amplified the more firework stars they utilize.


Minecraft: How to do maximum damage with a crossbow firework

As more firework stars are used, players can deal more damage (Image via Mojang)at least one firework star to a firework rocket, they can deal a total of seven damage, or three and a half hearts. However, as players add firework stars, the damage increases. Each firework star increases two damage (or one heart) to the crafted firework rocket. At a maximum crafting recipe of seven firework stars, a firework rocket can deal a total of 19 damage (or seven and a half hearts).

Crafting firework stars in Minecraft requires gunpowder and one type of dye. Additional crafting ingredients can also be added, such as glowstone dust, diamonds, and even mob skulls. However, these implementations don’t increase the damage potential of a firework rocket.

Players will need a total of seven firework stars to make a rocket do maximum damage. When players have their firework stars, they can combine them at a crafting table alongside a piece of paper and one piece of gunpowder.

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In Minecraft: Java Edition, when a player fires a firework rocket from a crossbow and makes contact with an entity, the rocket will immediately explode and cause damage. However, in Bedrock Edition, the rocket will pass-through entities in many cases before it explodes, meaning players may want to aim towards the entity’s feet if they still want to make contact with the explosion of the firework rocket.

Crafting firework stars to make a maximum-yield firework rocket can take a sizable amount of time and materials, but players can rarely argue with the results. Doing almost 20 damage in a single shot from a projectile is impressive despite the crafting ingredients required.

Arrows simply can’t sport that kind of firepower easily, so players hoping to deal damage in only a few shots may want to load their crossbow up with more than a few full-yield firework rockets. Combined with a Minecraft player’s standard array of arrows, they should have quite an arsenal on their hands.


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Overwatch dev reveals they don’t use “creepy” Activision diversity tool – Dexerto

Activision Blizzard proudly revealed its new ‘Diversity Space Tool’ on May 12, detailing a new point-based system to help improve diversity across its games. This move instantly triggered another wave of backlash against the company as even Overwatch developers lashed out, criticizing the “dystopian” method.

King, a game development studio under Activision Blizzard, revealed its “innovative” approach to tackling inclusion in gaming on May 12. With a blog post that’s since been heavily edited to remove various assets, the studio disclosed a ‘Diversity Space Tool’ that had supposedly been in the works since 2016.

This tool was purpose-built to “guard against unconscious bias” in the character creation process. As a “measurement device,” it identified and ranked various traits like gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and more.

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In just a matter of hours, the questionable tool caught fire on social media, with many quick to criticize its “degrading” methodology. Now, even developers under the Activision Blizzard banners are speaking out on the tool, criticizing its very existence and clarifying that select games do not employ its use.

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One example featured in the blog post showed how points were attributed to Ana from Overwatch, with body type and sexual orientation both scoring zero.

Given the company’s string of well-documented legal issues, allegations of “rampant sexism,” and general mistreatment of employees, backlash over the new diversity tool was another bout of controversy in a rather extensive list.

Recognizing the reputation of Activision Blizzard, Overwatch Character Artist Melissa Kelly took to Twitter following the news, venting her frustrations as an insider working on one of the company’s flagship products.

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“God I swear our own company tries so hard to slaughter any goodwill the actual devs who make the game have built,” she said in a May 15 thread.

“Overwatch doesn’t even use this creepy dystopian chart, our writers have eyes. The artists: have eyes. Producers, Directors, etc. As far as I know also all have eyes.”

Pushing back against the tool, Kelly explained how unsurprisingly, diversity in games is driven directly by those on the dev team, not an algorithm.

“We have people who work on the game from these cultures. That’s it! That’s literally it. If this creepy chart was made for the executive team to let us do our thing, that might track.”

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Describing what it’s like working for the publicly-scrutinized company, she compared it to “running a marathon through mud,” given Activision Blizzard’s penchant for controversy.

“Luckily Team 4 is incredible,” Kelly followed up. “The actual devs are passionate and kind and genuinely want to make a great game.”

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While assets in the diversity tool blog post included characters from Overwatch, devs from Team 4 claim they’ve had nothing to do with it.

Activision Blizzard has since issued an apology for publicizing the tool.

“We regret any offense the original post may have caused,” the studio followed up on Twitter shortly after.

Rocket League Season 7: Everything We Know So Far – GIVEMESPORT

Rocket League Season 7 will be the next season to arrive in the game and we have all the latest information that the gaming community needs to know before it goes live.

The car football game is massively enjoyed by many, and it has kept this popularity by introducing seasons every few months.

It has become so popular over the years and the developers have even made the game accessible for Esports. We see thousands of pounds/dollars won at every Rocket League Esports tournament/championship.

With Season 6 released in March 2022, players are loving the new content, but they will definitely be keeping an eye out for the release of season 7.

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Update 16th May: Rocket League wrote a community update in which they revealed some things coming to season 7. They revealed:

  • “A thread from earlier in the season highlighted how actions in Rocket League related to using Drops, Blueprints, and Credits could have different default selections. This is something we’re looking to change for Season 7.
  • “A freestyler sparked a ton of chatter on Twitter and Reddit about ball speed on different Arena walls. We definitely want uniformity in how fast the ball moves in corners, and we’re hoping to have this fixed in time for Season 7. While we use automated testing throughout Rocket League, this was a blind spot for us that we’re going to address moving forward.”

Release Date

With Season 6 of Rocket League going live on Wednesday March 9th 2022, we still have a bit of time to wait until season 7 is released.

There is no official confirmation for the release date yet, but we expect it to be around Wednesday June 15th 2022 as this is the date season 6 ends.


Rewards

Players will get rewards throughout the new season, this will include various content like paint, smoke trails and a lot more.

There will be a few ways in which players can unlock these rewards, like daily challenges and these rewards will be revealed over the next few months.


Trailer

Rocket League developers Psyonix always love to bring out a new trailer to promote a new season, and no doubt they will do the exact same thing for season 7.

The trailer hasn’t been released yet for Season 7, but we hope it should be released soon.

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Rocket Pass

When a new season is released, players will be able to purchase a new rocket pass, which gives gamers 100 levels of unlockable content.

More will be known about this closer to release. This is another way in which players can unlock rewards, and as you get closer to level 100, you will unlock better rewards.

The game is so successful that it has become a crucial part of Esports where players battle for big prize pools. Hopefully season 7 is just as successful as season 6, and with high expectations, the developers have to continue delivering great seasons.


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Activision Blizzard Asks Raven Workers To ‘Please Vote No’ To Union – Cartoon Brew

Activision Blizzard has reportedly been asking its employees at Raven Software not to unionize.

What has happened? On April 26, Activision Blizzard leadership held a meeting in which it warned employees at its Madison, Wisconsin-based subsidiary Raven Software that should they vote to unionize, game development could be slowed along with pay raises, promotions, and benefits to the employees. Following the meeting, the $61-billion company sent out an email asking the employees to “Please vote no.”

Did the tactic work? According to several Raven employees who spoke with the Washington Post under condition of anonymity, it didn’t. Organizers said that the employees were still in favor of unionizing despite the company’s pleas.

What is Raven? Founded in 1990, the developer is best known for its work on the Call of Duty franchise. It was acquired by Activision Blizzard for $12 million in 1997.

How did this all start? In December of last year, Activision Blizzard fired 12 quality assurance testers at Raven after eight months of unkept promises from management including increased wages, according to the union. In response, a group of Raven workers went on strike, demanding that the fired employees be rehired to full-time positions. The strike lasted seven weeks, and in January a group of 34 quality assurance testers at Raven formed a union, the Game Workers Alliance, with the help of the Communications Workers of America (CWA). The group asked management to recognize them but were denied.

What issues are the union looking to address? According to the Game Workers Alliance webpage, problems include frequent “crunch” periods, “lack of income parity” with other teams, the expectation to relocate, and “continued cultural and ethical conflicts” at the company — apparently a reference to sexism scandals at Activision Blizzard.

In January of this year, two dozen quality assurance testers were told that they would be split into various departments across the studio. According to the play testers who spoke with The Post, that shakeup has caused their job duties to become unclear and inconsistent. “Some days we have more to do than we can ever possibly accomplish in a day, and other days we’re sitting around waiting to hear what we should work on. We aren’t all on the same page anymore,” said the Raven employee.

How does the union vote work? Last month, The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) mailed ballots to the quality assurance testers at Raven who were with the company during the pay period ending April 16. All ballots must be returned by May 20 to be counted, and on May 23, the Milwaukee office of the NLRB will count them during a live-streamed video conference. The proposed union needs affirmative votes from 50% plus one of the department staff, at which point Activision Blizzard would have to begin bargaining with the group in good faith.

What has the company said about this vote? In a company statement, Activision Blizzard said that it would review its legal options should a unionization vote pass. In a statement made to The Post on April 22, Activision Blizzard spokesperson Rich George said:

While we respect the NLRB process, we are disappointed that a decision that could significantly impact the future of our entire studio will be made by fewer than 10 percent of our employees. We believe a direct relationship with team members is the best path to achieving individual and company goals.

Previously, the company had said it attempted to negotiate with the CWA, but “unfortunately, the parties could not reach an agreement.”

Activision Blizzard has also contested the original union paperwork filing, claiming that any union at Raven would need to include all the studio’s employees. This was seen by pro-labor experts as a strategy to limit union support in Madison. Eventually, the NLRB rejected the company’s argument, declaring that the quality assurance testers could form their own bargaining unit.

Why is all this important? As we reported earlier this year, if recognized, the Game Workers Alliance will become the first union at a major North American video game company (although indie developer Vodeo set a precedent late last year by recognizing an employee union).

A recognized union at Raven would set a new precedent in American gaming production at a time when other industries are seeing similar swells in support for organized labor. Just last week,  a group of grassroots labor organizers (including The Animation Guild) were invited to the White House to meet president Joe Biden and speak with vice president Kamala Harris and secretary of labor Marty Walsh.

Raven’s vote also comes as Activision Blizzard finds itself under incredible legal scrutiny on both coasts. Last week, the New York City Employees’ Retirement Fund and the teachers’ and firefighters’ pension funds sued the company for underpricing its shares ahead of a takeover by Microsoft Corporation.

There is also a pending harassment and discrimination lawsuit against the company in the state of California, filed last summer. That lawsuit said women employees at Activision Blizzard were paid less and discriminated against, and described a culture of sexual harassment. And just last week, the parents of an Activision Blizzard employee who took her own life during a work retreat in 2017 dropped their lawsuit against the company, but did so with prejudice, meaning it can be revived at a later date.

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Garena Free Fire Redeem Codes Today 16 May 2022: Here is how to claim them – Gadget Bridge

Garena Free Fire is a battle royale game with regular awards and tournaments to keep players interested. If you play Garena Free Fire, you should be aware of the redeem codes that are released on a daily basis. However, because the battle royale game is banned in India, players from other countries can use the Free Fire Redeem codes daily. If you’re unfamiliar with the Garena Free Fire redeem codes or don’t know how to get them, we’ve put together a step-by-step guide to help you redeem them. Check out Garena Free Fire Redeem Codes for May 16.

The Free Fire redeem codes are a great way to get free stuff. These are 12-digit codes that contain alphabets and numbers, as well as an expiration date and time. Because the Garena FF redeem codes cannot be used more than once, you should hurry to the redemption page to claim your free reward before someone else does. To get a free reward, all you have to do is go to reward.ff.garena.com/en, which is the official redemption page. Also, keep an eye on this space for daily updates on Garena Free Fire redemption codes and rewards.

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Garena Free Fire Redeem Codes Today 16 May 2022

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How to Get Free Fire Redeem Codes for Garena on May 16?

  • Visit the Garena Free Fire game’s official website at reward.ff.garena.com.
  • Use your Facebook, Google, VK, Apple ID, Huawei ID, or Twitter account to log in.
  • You’ll be taken to a valid redemption code (s)
  • Copy and paste the 12-digit redemption code into the text box.
  • On the screen, a dialogue box will appear.
  • ‘Ok’ should be selected.

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