Also in the digest: for watching Borderlands 3 streams, you can get in-game items, a trailer for a psychological game about growing up, a point'n'click about communism.
Minecraft creator will not be invited to the anniversary of the game due to his questionable comments
It's hard to believe, but on May 17, Minecraft will turn 10 years old. In honor of this holiday, Microsoft will hold a press conference on this day at the Stockholm branch of Mojang. At the same time, the creator of the game, Markus Persson, will not be invited there.
The Variety portal writes about this, which was commented by an official representative of Mircosoft, who said the following: "His comments and opinions do not reflect the positions of Microsoft or Mojang and do not represent Minecraft."
Recall that in 2014 Mircosoft bought Minecraft from Persson for a phenomenal amount of $ 2.5 billion. Since then, he has not been involved in the development and maintenance of the game.
“So what are these comments and opinions?” you ask. Well, the former head of Mojang has gained a notoriety lately for his Twitter comments. Thus, the progressive press will not forget how he called the developer with the word cunt, supported the hashtag #HeterosexualPrideDay and did not recognize trans women as women.
Riot Games is preventing employees from suing her for discrimination
Last year, Kotaku released a voluminous piece about sexism in the Riot Games office. After that, two employees filed a lawsuit against the company for gender discrimination. Today, Kotaku writes that five more lawsuits have been filed against the company since then. However, Riot Games has already tried to get two of these girls to go to private arbitration [an out-of-court system without a jury and no judge] to get out of the situation. Allegedly, employees were taken on a robot on the condition that they cannot sue Riot. The studio's lawyer stated that such a clause was present in their employment contract to protect the corporation from legal scrutiny.
Kotaku argues that the practice is often frowned upon, and companies such as Google, Facebook and Uber have canceled compulsory arbitration. A lawyer representing the plaintiffs told the site that he would fight compulsory arbitration and believes that there are precedents in this case for a jury trial.
The studio refuses to disclose the details of the trial, but is already taking action to resolve all problems, revising the recruitment and development strategy. For example, last year, Riot signed a contract with Harvard Business School professor Francis Frey, who dealt with sexism at Uber, and also hired former Dropbox diversity head Angela Roseborough as its chief diversity officer in February.
Riot Games also fires employees who create a toxic atmosphere in the team. True, COO Scott Gelb, who was fired for this reason, was reinstated in a couple of months.
Fans have released a new build of Silent Hill 2 with improved picture
The original Silent Hill 2 on PC is hard to play today, which is why fans have put together Silent Hill 2: Enhanced Edition, which aims to improve gameplay and textures.
Enhanced Edition added support for widescreen resolution and also repaired the camera. Previously, she worked crookedly and showed characters in cut-scenes that should not be in the frame.
In general, the assembly: restores fog effects, works with a flashlight, corrects drawing distance, removes looping and interruptions of some sounds and replaces them with better-quality analogs, speeds up transitions between locations, and eliminates a bunch of graphical errors. Just a little bit, but in general it comes out quite complex.
The first version of the assembly was released in August 2018, since then it has been improved and supplemented. There is a lot of work planned for the future, like creating soft shadows.
You can download the assembly on the official website of the Enhanced Edition. Importantly, the modification replaces some of the files in the USA-language version of the game, so it is more suitable for the English-language version.
Watching Borderlands 3 streams will provide in-game items
Gearbox Software has announced an ECHOcast extension that should help drive interest in streaming games on Twitch. For views you will be given different in-game items.
During the broadcast, you can look into the character's inventory or study his skill tree. Most importantly, when the streamer finds a rare chest and opens it, all ECHOcast users will be able to pick up its contents if they react within 30 seconds. Those who join the event will be able to choose one of the dropped items or receive a random one. All loot can be picked up in the in-game mailbox after the game is released.
The first broadcast on Borderlands 3 will take place today, May 1 at 20:00 Moscow time. You can see it here. To enable the extension, you need to link your SHiFT and Twitch accounts. How to do this is described on the game website
Trailer for the release of the psychological thriller Lorelai
Lorelai is part of the Devil Came Through Here trilogy, which includes The Lady Cat and DownFall: A Horror Adventure Game.
The main character of the game, Lorelai, is trying to escape from the hell that is happening in her house. The author of the game Rem Michalski describes the problem as follows: “Growing up is like waking up after a long sleep, you will dream of continuing to sleep ... But you will never return to the same dream”
The game expresses itself on the themes of alcoholism, domestic violence, suicide and growing up. The author worked on the game for three years, and mastered a new engine for it. He also plans to expand the universe further.
The game has already been released on Steam and GOG.com and is being sold for 360 rubles. The first reviews are overwhelmingly positive.
Irony Curtain - point'n'click about the communist country Matryoshka
Irony Curtain by Artifex Mundi is a humorous quest where the action takes place in the surroundings of the Soviet Union, which the authors renamed Matryoshka. Yesterday, the developers posted a trailer for the game.
We also learned from it that one of the composers will be Peter McConnell, whose work you could hear in Monkey Island 2 and Grim Fandango.
We will play as journalist Evan, who flew to the communist empire, where conspiracies, a mustachioed leader and all other parody charms of the Soviet era are waiting for us.
Developers compare their game with adventure games from LucasArts, only without crazy logic and cleverly hidden hotspots. On the contrary, most of the riddles can be solved in several ways.
The game will be released in Q2 2019.
This was all the gaming news from the beginning of the week.
The Topic of Article: Minecraft creator will not be invited to the anniversary of the game, sexism at Riot Games, a new fan build of Silent Hill 2 - this week's game news digest from Cadelta. Part one.