The secret best line in the piece:
SVU takes place in an alternate universe where the NYPD takes sexual-assault victims completely seriously, prioritizes their safety and dishes out vigilante beatdowns in defense of marginalized citizens rather than against them
How DICE attendees felt about everyone’s least favorite game of 2014:
Perhaps the most depressing explanation for the industry’s general silence, though, was that when a segment of your audience is threatening violence against your peers for speaking up, the rational response is to protect yourself and let them absorb the heat.
“If someone else is on fire and I try to go put her out, I’m just going to catch on fire myself,” one developer said.
The Shut Up & Sit Down crew chronicle how powerfully game systems can illustrate the problems that emerge from unplanned systems present in the real world.
I wonder how much of these incredibly people-hostile labor practices bleed into the quality of the games created by these studios and publishers.
Silly-sounding research matters.