Activision Blizzard Sued by the state of California for Sexual Abuse being Commonplace and “Frat Boy Culture” after “Tone Deaf” response by Executives
Sexual Assaults’, Rape Culture, Gender Based Pay Inequality, Drunk “Molestation” and Harassment Cultivated at the Blizzard Campus
It’s been a while since we put Activision – Blizzard under a microscope. However, our gripes about Warcraft Expansions and the nightmare that was Warcraft III Reforged or the logistics nightmare that was the modernization of Diablo II and the whiplash of thematic disparity in Diablo II all pale in comparison to what’s been covered in this legal document HERE. The abridged version is not short as many would hope but here’s a snippit of it:
In the office, women are subjected to ‘cube crawls’ in which male employees drink copious amounts of alcohol as they ‘crawl’ their way through various cubicles in the office and often engage in inappropriate behavior toward female employees. Male employees proudly come into work hungover, play video games for long periods of time during work while delegating their responsibilities to female employees, engage in banter about their sexual encounters, talk openly about female bodies, and joke about rape.Page 4-7 of the legally submitted documentation
While this is unacceptable anywhere you’d think the Companies that banned someone demanding “Freedom for Hong Kong” and fired the interviewing E-Sports Streamers would actually step forward to protect those oppressed, beaten down, and otherwise considered “Second Class”. However, the disparity in pay for female workers and their treatment shows the company with the “Rainbow Logo” isn’t really that progressive. This doesn’t bode well for the fleeing former ex President Mike Morhaime.
I failed (women) at Blizzard.Mike Morhaime
It’s not NEW News by any means. We have had a dozen former and current female employees that have spoke on the matter. The writer of the ARTICLE even encountered hiring bias due to “Being too innovative” but we’re going to use 3rd party quotes rather than personal experience until the end.
The early 2000s had the “guys” treating the office like a boys club. HR didn’t do anything when I reported being groped or verbally abused. Not a single “Write up” happened and I had left and came back twice in the two decades since I had first been there. I was actually told “not to stir up trouble. When I got a chance to “Work at Blizzcon” I wasn’t paid and I was treated like meat for working some insane 41 hours over the weekend. I’ve moved on but I can’t imagine going back a third time.Former Employee
Ok, like, please don’t name me and don’t be specific. I worked in three different departments at an average of 35 hours a week just slightly above “Industry minimum wage” and found I could make more at In-And-Out after 2 years of having to live in a house with 6 other women and I wasn’t the only one doing it. I had to do Uber on the side JUST to have enough money to make ends meet and pay for the gas from -redacted- to Irvine every day and that’s another thing I wasn’t alone in. Later, months in, I found it wasn’t just the other girls but there were guys living at the house of -redacted- in Tustin just to have enough money to come in and say they “Worked on Warcraft” while they were sharing rooms because the cost of living per person was about nineteen hundred a month and they were only making twelve.Former Employee
I was made fun of for my condition. The world “Bullied” doesn’t describe it. I’d get to my cubicle with hotdogs sliced in half on a plate with katchup mounded on top. Human Resources said on multiple incidents “Plenty of people bring food to their desks and you’re just overreacting” but I know what’s what. My three years there was something I wish I could cherish but it was Hell. Two Production Managers made sure my name was not on two of the three products I worked on while I was pulling 40+ hours a week so I had given my three week notice after seeing my name left out at the end of a release. There are dozens if not hundreds of names “Left out because the contributions are not significant”. The payment was utter trash too.Former Employee
I’m not worried but leave my name out. They’ll know me when I testify and bring in the copies of the text messages but I’ll leave their names out too. I worked at Blizzard long enough to have the Shield and the Ring. I was a a fresh “Token Girl” hire in the earlier years of WoW and I worked various roles and departments. I dealt with it all – Chair jousting where someone poked me so hard on my gluteal while they were “drunk playing around” that they were sent home (for a day) and I was given unpaid time off to heal because I couldn’t sit down where I got a contusion from someone trying to practically shove a broomstick up my behind. I’ve had to drive multiple “coworkers” home after they get stoned and drunk circa 2004 and up while they would reach over and fondle and grab me without consent. They moved me around to keep me away from people that “Had issues with me” which was HR’s way of saying “(they)were permitted to treat other women like that without repercussion but when it came to me I made too big of a deal out of it”. Blizzcon was a whole new level of weird because it started exposing folks in the esports communities to some of the drama. The company room parties were just as bad as the ones held in Asia minus the sex workers and I saw other ladies make the mistake of coming dressed in dresses and skirts only to get abused in front of everyone. When I left it was on “Fair Terms” but let me tell you – others didn’t. Some took the only way out they could and their blood is on the hands of HR and all of the executives and middle management that stood by for years and did nothing.Former Employee
Ok so I want to make this quick because I was only there for a few months before they moved everyone I knew to Texas before firing them with the GM Automation. We had big sexy nelfs painted on the wall. -redacted- ran a pretty tight shift but that didn’t stop people from other parts of the building from coming in and poking us or inviting us to their place or section and whatnot. I spoke to a nice guy GM and he told me how much he was making an hour after 4 months and it was four dollars more than me per hour and my ticket resolution rate per hour was up there where his was something like half what I did. When I took it to Head GM -redacted- he basically told me “He’s been here for longer and handles more account-centered tickets” which I knew was a lie. I moved to Squaresoft later and mentioned I worked at Blizzard and they started me at the very amount the guy had after working at blizzard as long as he did.Former Employee
I’ve reported what has happened to me to HR and my division lead multiple times. Usually, someone got lectured. However, my job was on the line for the contributions I made. They had a phone line you could call for legal but it only ever got ME moved.Current Employee
“Speak up” was this gimmick they had to “reduce backlash against those whom report abuse” but that’s just a dodge for liability. This started before Diablo. They even harassed the voice actors “playfully” during recordings for Warcraft: Orcs Vs Humans. The “Beer Culture” has ALWAYS been there since Chaos Storms Studios or whatever it was named before Blizzard with people drunk under their desk and puking in their trash cans while screaming for their lady co-workers to clean it up. The culture is there. My personal life and professional life do NOT mix but I know if I started acting the way I feel inside and showing it outwardly I’d probably leave within a few months of doing so.Current Employee
We banned people using slurs. Racial slurs, Gender Slurs, Preferential Slurs… anything spicy. However, it flew through the air everywhere in the office. Why do you think they shoehorned in the “Gay Romance” with Flynn and Shaw with the Golden Novellas? To cater to the LGBTQAL+ Minority while games like Guild Wars 2 have an open lesbian relationship between a hero and a villain as primary content reflected on the players even if they are “sexy plant ladies” as the writers were clucking about when design meetings were had over what Christie Golden could put in her novel.Former Employee
The Digital Picket Line and Employee Solidarity Walk out of 7-28-2021
After Activision – Blizzard department heads insisted that “People join the walk out in sign of support” the “Fire Control” and “Legal Department” were in full swing to wrangle the narrative by “Removing Problematic NPCs from the game” (which will only be a symptom and reminder – not the CAUSE of the sexual misconduct and inequality) and having a “Third Party team review all contracts and protocols to then put solutions in action” as it were. The only issue with all of this: The Damage has been done. A woman committed suicide after a “Business Trip” with her supervisor after he passed images of her genitalia around at a party. Dozens of men and women have reported to HR the harassment and disparities over a two decade time line with zero change. People lost their jobs over crunch time while department heads were “cubicle crawling”. People’s careers began only to catch fire and end at the Blizzard offices in both Irvine and Austin a few month in. Artists at Blizzard stole none Blizzard Intellectual Property from Deviant Art accounts and even 3rd party TTRPGs only to issue automated rejection letters from the original artists and writers due to conflicts of interest. We’ve not forgotten that’s for sure.
The list goes on and on. You need to look no further than the speedrun arcade grindfest that Diablo III has become, the low quality shoddy workmanship of Warcraft 3 Reforged and the lacking in actual viable content full retail releases of World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth and Shadowlands expansions. It’s only a matter of time before the whole truth comes out and over a dozen former employees are made to take to a stand in the eyes of justice. Justice any true Paladin would be proud of.
The Game Director, Jeff Kaplan, jumps ship…
Jeff had spent a lot of time playing MMOs when he was young. Many of us have the same background. However, his run at Blizzard Entertainment is over as of April 20201. From scraping by on his maps made for Ever Quest to the post of leading content creation on World of Warcraft down the road at Irvine. He had the task of populating the world’s lore and determine the zone narrative across the various locations. He also lead the team for Titan, which was totaled and cannibalised for Overwatch down the line. Why he left can only be speculated. Maybe it was the backlash over Overwatch 2 delays, maybe the stock options are dipping too far, maybe someone ate all the Crispy Creams from the café in Building 2 and he was tired of it…
The titles he’s worked on are as followed:
World of Warcraft
Starcraft: Ghost (Scrapped)
The Burning Crusade (A WoW Expansion)
Titan (The Alpha of Overwatch that was scrapped)
Overwatch (The Blizzard Loot Box Team Fortress 2 Gatcha Game Clone with Waifus and constant Censoring)
Kaplan departs his position at Blizzard with little fanfare. No “Farewell Jeff” notices on the platform News Ticker or “Goodbye Jeff” send off within any of the games he’s worked on. If anything he’s left at a moment while Blizzard is preparing a launch with Overwatch 2 and content for World of Warcraft that extends far beyond the scope of the original “Orcs Vs Humans” world we’ve all grown up with. We here at Chasing Sasquatch hope he brings life to whatever projects he’s going to work on.
The big dog Indi PC Publisher, Apogee, is back!
If you were a fan of PC gaming in the late 80s and into the 90s, Apogee was a big part of your world. From shareware titles, edutainment, action and adventure games this “Small indi company” produced much of what we take for granted.
Because of the return of Apogee and the overall dispersal of many properties under the brand we can only hope that these “New Projects” can breathe some life into the oversaturated market of Roguelikes and Platformer clones. We saw some Maniac Max and Gizmo in the demo but what else is in store? We’re waiting with baited breath!
“The future is unwritten.” -Loremaster
We’ve got what you need to beat the Greydwarfs back, to smash the trolls, or just to build the replica of your favorite cities from other high fantasy properties in Valheim
Have you ever wanted to build your own replica of Limsa Lominsa in Valheim? I digress, we have no time for IDLE CHATTER! It’s time to get to the nitty gritty. These are CHEATS and CONSOLE COMMANDS for Valheim. A word of warning- these could cause bugs and change your overall game experience. Use at your own digression and PREPARE FOR ADVENTURE!
First you’ll want to use these steps for Creative/Debug Mode:
- Load the game and your open map.
- Press the F5 Key at the top of your keyboard to open the console (press F5 to close the console).
- Type “debugmode” as a command in the console. It will usually say “True” if it works. Then you cam press the following keys to get these various different functions;
- B – Pressing B while in Creative Mode will allow you to repair any items without a workbench, along with free placements of any items.
- Z – Pressing Z while in Creative Mode will allow you to enter Flying Mode
- K – Pressing K while in Creative Mode kills all enemies in the area.
Having a hard time going it alone? Here, TAKE THIS! Here are the steps that only work in Single Player Mode:
- Load the game and your open map.
- Press the F5 Key at the top of your keyboard to open the console (press F5 to close the console).
- Type “imacheater” without the quotes and it will acknowledge it with a “True” on the console.
- Here is a list of Cheat codes you can use:
god – Enables God Mode. Invincible to damage.
ghost – Enables Ghost Mode. Enemies will ignore you.
heal – Heals your character to full health.
puke – Resets your character’s hunger, while also restoring default health and stamina.
pos – Print current player position.
hair – permanently removes your hair.
beard – permanently removes your beard.
model [0/1] – Changes your character model between masculine and feminine body types.
resetcharacter – Reset Character data.
raiseskill [skill] [amount] – Raise skill level (for example raiseskill jump 100).
resetskill [skill name] – Resets skill level to 0.
These cheats will effect your gameplay:
freefly – Freefly Photo Mode.
ffsmooth – Freefly smoothness.
location – Spawn location.
goto [x,z] – Teleport to entered coordinates.
|exploremap – Explore entire map.|
resetmap – Reset map exploration.
tod [0-1] – Sets time of day. Both 0 and 1 will give you midnight, whereas 0.5 will give you noon.
tod -1 – Resets time of day to default.
skiptime [seconds] – Skips forward in time, allowing you to change your day number and time of day.
wind [angle 0-360] [intensity 0-1] – Sets wind to specified angle/intensity.
resetwind – Resets the wind.
sleep – Skips forward one day.
removedrops – Remove all item-drops in area.
players [num] – Sets difficulty scaling based on the number of players (0 = Reset).
spawn [item] [quantity] [level] – Spawns the specified item.
tame – tames all nearby tamable animals.
killall – Kills all nearby enemies
event [name] – Start event.
stopevent – Stop current event.
setkey [name] – Sets a new global key.
resetkeys [name] – Resets the specified key.
listkeys – Lists all the global keys.
env [env] – Sets debug environment.
resetenv – Resets the debug environment.
dpsdebug – Toggles the damage-per-second debug overlay on/off.
- Follow the steps above to the point of “imacheater” to use these commands to spawn items, resources, NPCs and mobs.
Input the command, item name, and the amount of the item (Example: “Spawn Amber 100” will spawn 100 Amber pieces):
Bosses (DANGER LOL):
(Haldor the Merchant will spawn in about 1 foot from the ground and cannot removed from your game once you spawn him in)
Food and Potions:
| Miscellaneous items:|
Thanks to the guys over at Reddit for the footwork and we’ve enjoyed doing the compiling! Have fun smashing out there!
George Lucas’ original vision has returned to the Star Wars franchise and we are so happy!
The season finale for The Mandalorian was probably the best moment for the Star Wars library of visual media since Episode 3. While we’ve already covered the positive motion of the franchise we’ve also got a “Return to form” and the “True Version of Luke Skywalker” as Mark Hammil put it
While it’s leaps and strides in the right direction there has been a light bit of controversy following the release of the show however showrunners Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni have given us the “Space Cowboy Bounty Hunter” show we’ve been waiting for (sorry, Firefly fans, Star Wars just happened to fill the niche). While the show gave us what we’ve been wanting for a long time it’s only our first step into a much larger world.
Now, we play the waiting game for Disney to produce the greater portion of what’s to come. If they follow the steps they’ve taken in The Mandalorian we can only hope for more hearty helpings of good Space Opera.