Former employees accuse Cards Against Humanity of a racist and sexist office culture

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Former employees accuse Cards Against Humanity of a racist and sexist office culture

Cards Against Humanity is “a game for terrible people” — it says so right there on the box. The comedy card game works the same way as the game Apples to Apples, but with far more lewd jokes about politics, pop culture, sex, and so on. Before it was a Kickstarter success, Cards Against Humanity was available for free — DIY style — on a website. Ten years later, it’s the flagship title for a multimillion-dollar game company.

But as the game has grown from a lark designed by a group of friends into a large and lucrative business, Cards Against Humanity employees have been speaking out about why it’s challenging to work for a company that made a game for “terrible people.” In the past few weeks, multiple former employees of Cards Against Humanity — the company and the game have the same name — have shared stories on social media and with Polygon about what they characterize as a racist and sexist company culture that disportionately affected Black employees. Sexual assault allegations against co-founder Max Temkin have reemerged, too.

Everything you need to know about Minecraft’s major Nether update

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Everything you need to know about Minecraft’s major Nether update

Today’s Minecraft update revisits the Nether, the spooky realm filled with lava, pig enemies, and terrifying fortresses. The Nether is now much more fleshed out and includes a new resource, Netherite, that’s even stronger than Diamond. Here are the biggest changes in today’s Nether update, and how they change the standard Minecraft experience.

Minecraft players love mining and crafting, and Netherite is a powerful material. Mine ancient debris in the Nether, combine Netherite scrap with Gold Ingots, and players will earn Netherite Ingots. They can then fuse the Ingots on their Diamond gear to create items that float in lava, last longer, and look neat.

Why The Last of Us 2’s rope is so damn impressive

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Why The Last of Us 2’s rope is so damn impressive

The Last of Us Part 2 is a massive game obsessed with tiny details, and nowhere is this more apparent than when we take a look at how the game handles ropes and cables.

Midway through the first in-game day, The Last of Us Part 2 tasks players with opening the gates to Seattle’s quarantine zone, which means hooking up a generator to the right control panel. Most people will take the supplied lengthy cable and plug it in to the appropriate box, but if you stop around and mess with it, you’ll discover that the game grants you a surprising amount of freedom with how you use the cable. This might explain why footage of this early scene, which is otherwise completely unremarkable, went viral on Twitter over the weekend.

Facebook buys Ready at Dawn, studio behind Lone Echo and The Order: 1886

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Facebook buys Ready at Dawn, studio behind Lone Echo and The Order: 1886

On Monday, Facebook announced it has acquired developer Ready At Dawn, the studio behind The Order: 1886 and Lone Echo for Oculus. Ready At Dawn will remain an independently operated developer under the Oculus Studios team, creating “memorable, immersive, and innovative VR content.”

Ready At Dawn developed virtual reality adventure Lone Echo, a space game where players act as an AI, assisting a human captain by solving problems in VR. The studio also created Echo Arena and Echo Combat, and is currently developing Lone Echo 2. Prior to its VR work, Ready At Dawn developed God of War: Chains of Olympus, God of War: Ghost of Sparta, Daxter, and The Order: 1886 for Sony Computer Entertainment.

The Last of Us 2 co-director has villainous surprise appearance in-game

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The Last of Us 2 co-director has villainous surprise appearance in-game

The Last of Us Part 2 might be known as a heavy game full of brutal moments, but there’s some lightheartedness in there, too. You can, for instance, collect a variety of trading cards that flesh out a world of heroes and villains, including one that may seem familiar to anyone who knows the people who actually worked on the game.

Pictured above, we’ve got “Doctor Uckmann,” a stern-looking, bearded fellow who seems to be a ringer for Neil Druckmann, creative director on The Last of Us Part 2. When you turn the card over and read further, the character’s backstory comes into focus:

Microsoft will shut down Mixer, transition users to Facebook Gaming

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Microsoft will shut down Mixer, transition users to Facebook Gaming

On Monday, Microsoft and Facebook announced that they would partner to transition users off the Mixer livestreaming platform and over to Facebook Gaming. Mixer itself will be winding down operations, with elements of its underlying technology moving to the Microsoft Teams communications platform. By July 22, all Mixer sites and apps will redirect users to Facebook. In exchange, Microsoft’s Project xCloud game streaming platform will begin to appear on the social media giant in the near future.

Mixer began life as a streaming platform called Beam in 2016. In August 2017, it was acquired by Microsoft, and quickly integrated into the Xbox One by the following spring. It was renamed Mixer in 2017. It recently signed a number of high-profile streamers — including Fortnite player Tyler “Ninja” Blevins — to lucrative contracts, wooing them away from Amazon’s Twitch. Xbox and Facebook said that Blevins and other contracted creators were not involved in this transition, which both organizations stressed was a partnership and not an acquisition.

Animal Crossing hacker group starts free villager service

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Animal Crossing hacker group starts free villager service

When the Animal Crossing: New Horizons community learned about the hacker who gave out Raymonds to fight black market greed, the response was immense. PokeNinja, the generous soul behind the project, couldn’t keep up with all the people asking if they, too, could have a free gray cat in their game.

“With the amount of messages coming in, I wondered how I could continue helping people, but on a larger scale,” he told Polygon over Twitter messages.

Gearbox sells in-game Borderlands 3 face masks to aid frontline workers

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Gearbox sells in-game Borderlands 3 face masks to aid frontline workers

On Monday, Borderlands developer Gearbox Software announced a new initiative to help medical workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Borderlands 3 players can donate $5 to Direct Relief through the Gearbox merchandise store, and get an in-game cosmetic in return.

By donating $5 to Direct Relief, players can earn a SHiFT code from Gearbox, which unlocks a new “Antisocial Mask” cosmetic for their in-game characters. These are essentially the same masks you’d find on any responsible citizen roaming the streets today, but on the face of Amara, Moze, Zane, or FL4K instead.

Playing tabletop games from home? This free app is perfect for maps

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Playing tabletop games from home? This free app is perfect for maps

Every tabletop gaming group has their own preferred set of tools and rules for role-playing, but most groups tend to use maps. If you’re playing a game like Dungeons & Dragons, where your character’s position and the terrain around them matters, having a map on hand, so everyone easily understands the area in which a battle takes place, is incredibly useful.

The immediate follow-up problem is that it’s kind of a pain to make maps. Sometimes, fights will break out in various locales. Other times, the players will make unexpected choices, so my painstakingly created map of a lord’s manor is now useless, because we’re throwing down at the city docks.

Avatar: The Last Airbender gets another shot at video games in an unlikely place

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Avatar: The Last Airbender gets another shot at video games in an unlikely place

The characters from both Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra are coming to MOBA Smite as character skins.

Aang, Zuko, and Korra are all getting two skins to represent them. Both of Aang’s skins are for Merlin and you can get him in his classic outfit or his shirtless Avatar form, complete with glowing arrows and eyes. Zuko’s skins are for Susano and you can have the long-haired friendly Zuko we see in the third season of the show or him in his Blue Spirit outfit. Korra’s skins are for Skadi, and you can grab her classic outfit or her short-haired Avatar form from the final season.