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: (Update) Video game voice actor strike begins over concerns of 'safety and respect'

[Update: Sam Singer, a communications operative speaking on behalf of the negotiating video game companies, sent Destructoid an email regarding the claims made at the SAG-AFTRA roundtable. "The Companies are impressed and appreciative of the research and investigation the union did on vocal stress and had agreed to work together on addressing the issues before union leadership rashly decided to strike, rather than allowing their members to vote on the package," Singer told us. "SAG-AFTRA never made a specific demand on stunt coordinators, so that claim by the union is incorrect."

He also claimed that "only about 20-25% of video games use union talent," a claim previously addressed and dismissed by Rodriguez during the roundtable. We've sent a request for comment to SAG-AFTRA regarding the stunt coordinator clause & the percentage of video games that hire SAG talent, and will update the story as necessary]

After "the longest negotiation in SAG-AFTRA history," voice actors affiliated with acting guild SAG-AFTRA began a strike affecting video game publishers and developers, starting today, October 21. Any game in production that has not hired voice actors before February 17, 2015, will be part of the strike. Games that began some form of production before the date but only hired voice talent after the date passed will be struck.

Affected video game companies include Activision, Electronic Arts, Take-Two (2K Games), WB Games, and Insomniac Games, as well as voice acting producers Disney Character Voices, Blindlight, Corps of Discovery Films, Formosa Interactive, Interactive Associates, Inc, and VoiceWorks Productions, Inc. Other companies like Ubisoft and Square Enix will not be affected, as they are not part of the video game companies negotiating against SAG-AFTRA.

Destructoid attended a media roundtable at SAG Plaza earlier today, where representatives from the SAG-AFTRA Interactive Committee explained the reasoning behind the strike. SAG's primary goals have changed very little since the conversation went public last September: the committee is looking for guaranteed stunt coordinators at motion capture sessions, hazard pay and shorter shifts for intense recording sessions, information about the project once the voice actor has been booked, and a choice between higher upfront payments or post-release royalties based on sales.

(Update) Video game voice actor strike begins over concerns of 'safety and respect' screenshot


: Yuri Visual Novel Negligee Has You Running A Lingerie Shop

Negligee throws players into the role of a lingerie shop manager, choosing the right girl (or girls) to work with and making decisions toward several endings.

Read Yuri Visual Novel Negligee Has You Running A Lingerie Shop on Siliconera!

: The last arcade in Boston

[To this day I still lament the closing of southern California's Arcade Infinity, one of my favorite dives and one of the last arcades to survive into the 2000s. I met and interviewed Mike Z there when Skullgirls was naught but a glint in his eye. But I digress, Mullon has his own memories of arcades past. Why not reflect on your own arcade memories by starting a cblog of your own? ~Strider]

Jillian’s probably wasn’t the last arcade in Boston, Massachusetts, but it was the last arcade I remember going to regularly before they all disappeared.

Jillian’s Boston was an arcade and bar and maybe a club on a street corner about a block from Fenway Park. It is not the classiest area of Boston, and Jillian’s was not the most upscale looking bar. The front door was a simple glass door that led right into a stairwell. I cannot remember if the arcade was on the second floor or on the third floor, the billiards room was on the other floor.

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: New Text Adventures Compete In 22nd 'Interactive Fiction Competition'

An anonymous Slashdot reader writes: 58 brand-new text adventures are now available free online for the 22nd Annual Interactive Fiction Competition. The public is encouraged to play the games, and on November 16th the contest's organizers will announce which ones received the highest average ratings. After 22 years, the contest is now under "the auspices of the Interactive Fiction Technology Foundation, a new, charitable non-profit corporation dedicated to supporting the technologies and services that enable IF creation and play..." according to the contest's organizers. "[T]he competition now runs on servers paid for by the IF-loving public, and for this I feel sincere gratitude."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

: Hello Charlotte Is A Mixture Of Horror RPG & Psychological Thriller Visual Novel

Take Charlotte, your puppet, across a unsettling, bizarre world, dying gruesome deaths while making friends with gods, aliens, and maggot cats in this surreal series.

Read Hello Charlotte Is A Mixture Of Horror RPG & Psychological Thriller Visual Novel on Siliconera!

: Team Liquid Signs The First Pro Civilization VI Player

Stephen 'MrGameTheory' Takowsky will be Civilization VI's first professional player. That's according to an announcement Team Liquid made yesterday stating it has signed MrGameTheory to head up their new Civilization team and was embarking on ?an initiative to launch Civilization VI into the world of competitive esports.?


: PSA: Keldeo Pokemon distribution ends Monday

As part of Pokémon's 20th anniversary, at least one of the harder-to-get creatures has been made available every month this year. Although there were two of the special Pokémon available this month, the Keldeo distribution is set to end on Monday, October 24.

Downloading Keldeo doesn't require anything other than a 3DS, an internet connection, and a copy of Pokémon X, Y, Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire. You can download Keldeo once to every copy you own by selecting "Mystery Gift" from the main menu and choosing "Get via Internet."

The Volcanion cards should still be available at your local game store, and you can check this link for the details. The code cards won't be available after October 31 but are still redeemable until January 2017, so it's not as time sensitive as downloading Keldeo.

Next month's offering is Genesect, which will be available from November 1-24. It looks like you'll need a code card for the Bug/Steel hybrid as well, but we'll let you know when it becomes available.

PSA: Keldeo Pokemon distribution ends Monday screenshot

: Man Vs. Snake Documents One Man's Obsession With Nibbler

Nibbler is a snake arcade game similar to Pac-Man where the player grows longer the more things they eat. In Nibbler, however, there aren't any ghosts chasing you. Instead, the only thing the serpent has to fear is itself. If it makes contact with another part of its body while zig-zagging through mazes, the game ends. The game's fail state is literally a snake eating its own tail.


: Man Vs. Snake Documents One Man's Obsession With Nibbler

Nibbler is a snake arcade game similar to Pac-Man where the player grows longer the more things they eat. In Nibbler, however, there aren't any ghosts chasing you. Instead, the only thing the serpent has to fear is itself. If it makes contact with another part of its body while zig-zagging through mazes, the game ends. The game's fail state is literally a snake eating its own tail.


: Oh god, I cannibalized a poor space scientist in Symmetry

Symmetry has a great aesthetic about it. It doesn't really do the game justice, actually. The warm pastel hues and hand-drawn art are inviting, when the in-game conditions are anything but. There's a dire story at the heart of Symmetry, one that the presentation doesn't prepare you for.

I realized that when I killed and ate one of my fellow scientists.

Maybe the look of it all makes those moments easier to accept, but, yeah, not really. All the comforting tones in the world can't really offset exactly how dark it is to murder a friend and cannibalize them. In my defense, she was unhappy. Bringing the whole team down, honestly.

In a more perfect world, I wouldn't have had to resort to this. Symmetry's survival story doesn't need to end up like that. The three scientists who crash-landed on this planet can make the best of their situation to escape. It requires resource management, team management, and understanding the extreme environment. It probably won't be easy, though. An emoticon over each's head indicated their mood; everyone was in poor spirits relatively quickly in the demo.

And, even if those three stay content, it'll likely come at the expense of others. The developers from Sleepless Clinic told me that there are more playable characters who eventually arrive over the course of the four- to six-hour narrative. Depending on their state, it might be best to kill them before they even make it into the makeshift station. Survival of the fittest and all that, I guess.

From the little I saw, it seems like it'll be incredibly difficult to play Symmetry without something bleak happening. The conditions certainly justify it. Against-all-odds survival tales rarely go smoothly anyway. Just don't let its unassuming look fool you; Symmetry is anything but lighthearted.

Oh god, I cannibalized a poor space scientist in Symmetry screenshot

: The Last Guardian Has Finally Gone Gold

Sony Interactive Entertainment's World Wide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida has tweeted that The Last Guardian has gone gold, meaning that it will likely stay on track for release on December 6, 2016.

Read The Last Guardian Has Finally Gone Gold on Siliconera!

: Four (Not So) Charming Princes Are In Distress In Visual Novel Rose Of Winter

Rose of Winter will have Rosemary taking up her sword to guide one of several princes across deadly terrain, with player decisions leading to potential fairytale romance.

Read Four (Not So) Charming Princes Are In Distress In Visual Novel Rose Of Winter on Siliconera!

: Battlefield 1 Medic Can't Stop Stabbing People With Syringes

The Hippocratic Oath requires doctors to commit to a code of ethics about saving, and protecting life. Chief among its principles is ?do no harm.? World War I was hell though, so the medics in Battlefield 1 can be forgiven for doing as much harm, if not more, than good.


: Weekend deals: Battlefield 1 and Civilization VI, oh my

Welcome to the weekend of 2016 where possibly the two biggest games of year release. Civilization VI and Battlefield 1 are clocking in respectable ratings in review aggregate sites (Dtoid review here). For a limited time, PC gamers can take 20% off either title on both Steam and Origin. This gives a little solace for those of us who game on one of the more expensive platforms.

GMG has a 20% discount on Battlefield 1, getting the game down to $47.99. The same retailer has Civilization VI marked down in the same percentage (just this morning!) via a semi-hidden discount. You must add Civ VI to cart before any price break is revealed.

If you wanted to get your hands on a new PS4 Slim or Xbox One S just to play Battlefield 1, there are some bundle deals available as well. Newegg has a coupon code making the first discount on the Special Edition 1TB "Military Green" Xbox One S Battlefield 1 bundle. Newegg also has a PS4 Slim bundle on its eBay page for $319.99 which includes a copy of both Battlefield 1 and Assassin's Creed Syndicate (of course it's a free Ubisoft game).

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Weekend deals: Battlefield 1 and Civilization VI, oh my screenshot

: Is frame rate a game-changer for you?

Video games have come a long way. Technology these days is trying to push the limits of 4K resolution, and VR is a promising experience of the future. We find ourselves in a bit of a rat race to see what's the fanciest tech we can possibly squeeze out onto the market, and just how much can we optimize our games to achieve the best performance.

I've been playing Rise of the Tomb Raider lately for the Xbox One, and I have to tell you it's a visually stunning game. I'm very much enjoying my experience with it, even though I went into it knowing that it is locked at a solid 30fps count. I actually took this into consideration before even playing the game. Then I got to thinking...does it really matter to me how many frames per second a game runs at?

Is frame rate a game-changer for you? screenshot


: Create Your Own Questions To Interrogate Suspects & Patients In This FMV Game

The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker has players typing their own questions to the dead psychiatrist's patients, trying to treat them while finding his killer.

Read Create Your Own Questions To Interrogate Suspects & Patients In This FMV Game on Siliconera!

: Track Ghosts & Entities Before They Can Hunt You Down In Vigil Chronicles: Memories

Using cameras, microphones, and EMF readers, players will need to search Stillman Hall for the phantoms that haunt it, avoiding a deadly presence all the while.

Read Track Ghosts & Entities Before They Can Hunt You Down In Vigil Chronicles: Memories on Siliconera!

: Super Mario 'Speed Runners' Are Setting New World Records

Virginia software engineer Brad Myers has played Super Mario 22,000 times, and just set a new speed record earlier this month -- 4 minutes and 56.878 seconds. An anonymous Slashdot reader summarizes a new article at FiveThirtyEight: "In this 31-year-old video game, there is a full-on, high-speed assault on Bowser's castle under way right now..." writes Oliver Roeder, describing a collaborative community of both theorists and experimentalists "who test the theories in game after callus-creating game... 'Everything in my run, so many people contributed so much knowledge at various points in the game's history,' Myers told me. 'Now someone can come along and use that as their starting point.'" Online broadcasts form a kind of peer-review system, with an ever-expanding canon of tricks -- for example, intentionally bumping into objects for a slight increase in speed. But the success rate for the maneuver is estimated at 3%, meaning speed runners spend most of their time stating over. "On average, about 1 out of 1,000 times does a record-setting campaign continue beyond its halfway point..."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

: When An Unstoppable Force Meets An Immovable Object, SK Telecom T1 Wins

Despite an impressive first game from the two-time winners of the League of Legends World Championship, ROX Tigers looked set to beat their more senior South Korean rivals in the best-of-five semifinals against SK Telecom T1. It wasn't until game four that SKT was able to claw their way back into things and tie the series up at 2-2. And then, in the final game, SKT showed that they weren't going to just step-aside and let the Tigers barrel on toward the Grand Finals.


: You can now get a lime green edition of the Nintendo New 3DS XL that comes pre-installed with Super

You can now get a lime green edition of the Nintendo New 3DS XL that comes pre-installed with Super Mario World. The old-style 3DS isn't able to play ports of SNES games, like Earthbound. Nintendo is selling the system exclusively through Amazon.




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