Author: Raj Deut

“A sweatshop in America”

Facebook contractor Cognizant is tasked with moderating the deluge of inappropriate content posted to Facebook at 98% accuracy.

The company has never risen above 92% and in fear of losing its lucrative US$200m contract pushes work conditions and employees beyond their limits.

Bodily fluids & pubic hair on desks, a worker death whilst at his desk, sexual harassment cases, bathrooms covered in faecal matter and menstrual blood. The list goes on.

Facebook have committed to investigating their contractor sites as well as an increase to the end worker wage, but the psychological and emotional trauma afflicted to many employees sees the move come all too late.

This is a fascinating long-form read that paints a truly bleak picture of today’s social-media driven world.

Source: Facebook moderators break their NDAs to expose desperate working conditions – The Verge

Without officially attending the event Google’s still-to-be-launched game streaming service was on everyone’s lips.

To say this year’s E3 was anything more than a holding pattern would be an understatement. With new consoles expected from all of the big three next year briefings were mostly limited to information and games we already knew about.

With no Sony to be seen and Nintendo being Nintendo, Microsoft had the opportunity to own the show. We knew there’d be more details around their new console, but more importantly it was a chance for the company to solidify themselves as leaders in video games cloud-streaming future. Continue reading

Old mate Rail Roads is at it again. Just last month he said that he should be locked up if he doesn’t finish the next Game of Thrones by next year.

Well, now he’s writing the backstory and world-crafting an entire game with Dark Souls creator Hidetaka Miyazaki so there’s a good chance he’ll be behind bars.

In development for two year, Elden Ring was unveiled at Microsoft’s E3 briefing despite the fact the title will be coming to PC, PS4 & Xbox. The beautifully rendered trailer (embedded above) gives little away, talking of an “Elden Ring” broken by someone or something.

The trailer itself is already be the subject of a million theories and explainer videos but is largely a someone smashing a ring, presumably the Elden one, and a bunch of weird medieval set horror. Think Red Woman without her necklace but her hair is forging a hammer or she is the hammer. Who the fuck knows.

This game is so far away there’s little point in analysing it much further but we can at least pass on the information given to us during a press briefing.

Elden Ring is the most ambitious game ever made by From Software and Bandai Namco.

The game is an action RPG, that takes place in an open-world full of danger. According to Miyazaki the definition of open-world is open to interpretation so don’t expect it to the GTA of Dark Souls.

The world has been created by the critically acclaimed game director, Hidetaka Miyazaki and world-renowned writer George R R Martin.

Together they’ve worked on the character stories as well as the world’s mythology.

So there you have it. Basically fuck all, with little more likely to come for a year or more.

It really doesn’t matter to me. I, along with thousands of others just need either of those two names attached to a project to warrant me checking it out (and likely buying it).

As long as I’m not playing Bran or the Three-Eyed-Boring-Bowl-Cut or whatever his name is I’m down.

Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet [is] a comedy series about the developers behind the game of the same name. [Rob] McElhenney plays Ian Grimm, a video game studio director whose egomaniacal tendencies are on full display…

Think Silicon Valley meets World of Warcraft.

If you’re an “It’s Always Sunny” fan Mythic Quest should be right up your alley. Always Sunny co-star Charlie Day is on board as producer along with a team of execs from Ubisoft, Lionsgate and 3 Arts.

Announced at Ubisoft’s E3 briefing today, it’s one of a handful of shows we now know about that will debut on Apple’s Apple TV Plus service.

Source: [WATCH] Rob McElhenney Offer ‘Mythic Quest’ Apple TV Series First Look