Gaming continues to be a juggernaut of business, it’s everywhere and more people than ever before and plugging in and playing.
However, despite the often charming, colorful worlds and quirky characters depicted in many titles, the industry isn’t without an ominous shadow.
BIG BUSINESS WITH BIG PROBLEMS
In line with the #Metoo movement that saw high-level movie producers and executives named and shamed for their predatory behavior towards women in their field.
Game developer Activision|Blizzard is now under investigation over reports of ongoing toxic workplace culture.
The developers behind Call of Duty & World of Warcraft saw severe backlash over the handling of a “frat boy” work culture that has victimised its female employees for years.
The gaming community has stood by employees, signal-boosting the hashtag #ActiBlizzWalkout and donating to a series of charities on social media.
Following the “Walkout for Equality” which saw protesting workers stand against female values not being accurately reflected in the words and actions of the leadership.
Statements made by head office failed to respond to the concerns of employees, Activision Blizzard chief later stepped down in the wake of a sexual harassment lawsuit.
A SHINING EXAMPLE OF A NEW HORIZON
With women making up half of Australians online gaming community it’s no surprise that there are so many awesome trailblazers carving a space for themselves.
Discussions around what the future may hold following the recent troubles are ongoing. But these conversations continue to inspire more and more people to come forward and stand up for their rights in this beloved space that in so many ways promotes inclusion.
This week on Ticker gaming we were joined by the Founder of Attack on geek and Women of Xbox – Dhayana (Her followers will know her as @MissDeusGeek – https://twitter.com/MissDeusGeek )
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Deepfakes are taking over Hollywood
Deepfakes are the online phenomenon changing the way in which we consume and trust social media
Have you ever scrolled through social media and found a celebrity selling something a bit left of centre?
Chances are you have fallen victim to a deepfake.
These images and videos are a type of artificial intelligence, which promises to create doctored videos, which are almost impossible to tell apart from the real thing.
They have typically been used in pornographic clips and for celebrity endorsements.
Prince Harry involved in ‘near catastrophic’ car chase
Harry has long spoken out about his anger over press intrusion, which he blames for his mother’s death
Prince Harry, his wife Meghan and her mother were involved in a “near catastrophic car chase” involving paparazzi photographers in New York.
The incident took place after they left the Ms. Foundation for Women, where Meghan was honoured for her work.
“This relentless pursuit, lasting over two hours, resulted in multiple near collisions involving other drivers on the road, pedestrians and two NYPD (New York Police Department) officers,” said Prince Harry’s spokesperson.
The chase involved paparazzi driving on the sidewalk, running red lights and driving while taking pictures.
“I thought that was a bit reckless and irresponsible,” New York Mayor Eric Adams said.
Harry has long spoken out about his anger over press intrusion, which he blames for his mother’s death.
Princess Diana was killed when her limousine crashed as it sped away from chasing paparazzi in Paris in 1997.
Harry and Meghan stepped down from their royal duties in 2020, partly over what they described as intense media harassment.
Harry is currently involved in numerous court cases in London where he has accused papers of using unlawful methods to target him and his family.
Tom Hanks open to continuing career with A.I. help
Despite the crackdown on A.I., one famous actor has raised the prospect of his career continuing after his death by using the technology
‘Forrest Gump’ and ‘Cast Away’ actor Tom Hanks says new tech could be used to recreate his image to appear in movies “from now until kingdom come”.
Hanks was asked about the legal ramifications of A.I. on a recent podcast with Adam Buxton.
He says talks are being held in the film industry about how to protect actors from the effects of the technology.
Hanks told the host: “I could be hit by a bus tomorrow and that’s it, but performances can go on and on and on and on.”
The award-winning actor acknowledged that tech developments could lead to an AI-generated version of himself appearing in films he may not not normally choose.
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