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Another fantastic read. I have the utmost respect for you, Jason, you’re going to be remembered for being at the tip of the spear of the unionization of this garbage ass industry.
“... But the explicit phrasing was that you were not supposed to interact with or talk to them. Which was very strange to me.”
There was pizza, beer, and jubilation for everyone at the studio behind Call of Duty: Black Ops 4—except the quality assurance testers, who had to leave shortly after they got there.
Y'all motherfuckers need unions
I’ve been a programmer for years, a lead programmer for 1.5 years, and now a game designer for 1.5 years. It never ceases to amaze me how poorly QA are treated. :(
Right?!? It’s genuinely disturbing. But, you know, in a good way.
I mean the NFL is the leader of the big four American professional sports leagues* but I don’t think it can compete with the IOC or FIFA. As shitty has NFL stadium deals are, I don’t remember reports of 1,400 migrant workers dying to build the Rams’ newest stadium (see http://www.arabnews.com/node/1508061/media) or…
You’re showing a severe American bias here. The NCAA is not only not on FIFA’s level, it’s not even within a mile of the same ladder when it comes to being a bad organization.
You mean the 2018 Men’s World Cup in Russia? The one that included VAR?
Because the photo was available without paying for publishing rights?
Just like in other sports that use VAR, the head referee is always the one “on the phone to Toronto” or Jersey or wherever HQ is... My understanding is that the intention is to ensure all of the “on-field” information is taken into account, which of course isn’t possible if you’re sitting in a monitor-filled room…
I don’t know what’s worse: the terrible “off the line” calls on penalty kicks, endless VAR reviews of said calls that lead to like 8 minutes of stoppage time, or the idiot trolls who don’t watch soccer insisting that those calls were “correct.”
Football has a FIFA problem. Everything else is just a symptom.
Constructive criticism of FIFA sure beats the endless praise of Team USA and the tournament from the Fox commentators. I can’t watch these matches with the audio turned up.
You would think that, if we truly were making a concerted effort to ensure everyone knows how we feel about the World Cup, you would know that we love the World Cup, and are mostly just disappointed about the completely avoidable roadblocks FIFA has accidentally set up, which have worked overtime to make the World Cup…
that art is brutal though.