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I spoke with 26 current and former Bungie employees about its work culture over the last decade. They painted a complex picture of a studio struggling with deep roots of a too-familiar toxic culture, but that's trying, slowly, imperfectly, to change: ign.com/articles/bungie-repo…
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hey y'all ever heard about a little game called Bowser's Furry
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Lol
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And here's a detail from the end of our story that I think many gamers will find interesting:
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I actually don't think it will. I think Microsoft recognizes that they'd lose out on a significant portion of the audience by making it exclusive, and there's also Warzone integration to think about. I do think we see exclusivity windows though, or Game Pass Day 1 stuff.
Poll: Does the Call of Duty franchise go Xbox/Game Pass exclusive starting with the annual release after the Microsoft and Activision Blizzard deal closes?
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that said, they absolutely will capitalize on exclusivity for a bunch of other franchises for sure.
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UPDATE: The seven A.V. Club workers in Chicago have decided to take their union-contract-protected severances rather than move to L.A. without a cost-of-living adjustment. A statement from the union (1/X):
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*adjusts megaphone* NO ONE IS ALLOWED TO SAY ANYTHING SUBSTANTIAL ABOUT KOTICK'S ROLE GOING FORWARD. LIKE LEGALLY THEY CAN'T.
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Like I'm speculating too, sure, but everyone acting like anything so far is more than guesswork and reading into statements doesn't get how this works
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anyone who thinks it is somehow suspicious that they mentioned Kotick's role at all in this release has never read an acquisition intent announcement before.
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anyway, on lighter news, have you heard about the Tifa Lockhart hentai video that was accidentally shown during a meeting of the Italian senate yesterday
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Been percolating this in my head all morning and it occurs to me that Microsoft has an extremely friendly and ready replacement for Kotick internally if he does indeed go post-transition: Ybarra.
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One thought is that I wonder if this explains why Kotick has been kept this far. They can't get rid of him mid-transition. I wonder if he hangs around til the deal closes and a bit after before a quiet exit.
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I guess we get why Spencer couldn't really say how he was reevaluating Xbox's relationship with Activision on Kara Swisher's podcast. It would've been seen as price manipulation. Hey what the fuck.
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The presumed impetus for keeping him this far has been that he has made shareholders a *lot* of money. With Xbox in charge, that's not really something he's fully in control of anymore.
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Also a lot of people are bringing up antitrust and I agree this and Bethesda seem like a lot but as long as Nintendo and Sony are kicking hard alongside other AAA pubs like EA and T2 I don't think there's enough smoke for it.
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Final 6am thought on this is that maybe this is tentatively a good thing for Acti-Blizz game fans who were feeling really shut out by the move to Oops All Call Of Duties and the struggles Blizz games have been having.
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Also yes I've read the release, I know how long Kotick is meant to stay and when the deal closes and do not need it explained to me thanks!!
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YES OBVIOUSLY CONSOLIDATION IS BAD I KNOW
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