It's nice to start off your Monday with a hot cup of coffee and some farm fresh eggs. Of course we gamers all dream of living out in the country, where its quiet and peaceful and we can blast our game volume as loud as we want with no headphones. However, if moving out into the country really isn't your thing, we have some stuff today that'll give you an outlet from city life at the push of a button(well, you might need more than one button...).
Ubisoft Hires New Officer to Combat Toxicity
There's a new Chief in town. Ubisoft has lately been battling a lot of accusations regarding employee toxicity and misconduct in their workplace, especially towards women. Such allegations include voice actresses facing sexism and of course the issue of Assassin's Creed: Odyssey where they did not have a sole female protagonist because they stated 'women don't sell'. Their former Chief Creative Officer also resigned in mid 2020 due to misconduct allegations made against him. When questioned previously about these allegations, the CEO Guillemot responded with this statement:
"Each time we've been made aware of misconduct, we made tough decisions, and made sure that those decisions had a clear and positive impact. It has now become clear that certain individuals betrayed the trust I placed in them, and didn't adhere to Ubisoft's shared values. So I have never compromised on my core values and ethics, and I never will."
Many employees and reporters have noted that this answer wasn't as thorough or satisfying as it could have been, leaving some angry and others frustrated.
However, currently Ubisoft is trying to reform its company culture by hiring a new Chief People Officer, Anika Grant, who will hopefully be the initial kick the company needs in order to help improve their image and remove as much toxicity as possible. The plan for reform will include extensive harassment training, diversity training, and other various seminars and sessions designed to properly educate the employees and slowly shift away from the toxic environment that previously existed.
A Stardew-y Night
A game that has it all. That's right, we're finally taking a look at one of the greatest farming sims of all time, Stardew Valley. The game is an epic RPG that allows players to customize their experience to their liking and really make the game exactly how they want it. You start off with a quaint little farm and a few seeds, but that's only the beginning(it really is, that's like the first thing you get when you start the game). If you don't want to farm, you can fish, mine, fight enemies, explore, forage, uncover secrets, and get to know an entire town full of insanely well-written NPC's and really fit in to the world of Stardew Valley.
Updates, updates, updates! One thing that set this game apart from other RPG's right off the bat is that its developers update it very often. They recently added an entirely new area(that we won't be spoiling here), new animals and NPC's, new crops and trees, and a whole new farm to start off with, a beach farm! The game is also versatile with allowing players to have the game on the Switch, PC, and mobile! The developers recently also released an all new board game based off the game that's been a massive hit since its debut. If you want a wallet-friendly game that will consistently add wonderful new content, its time you grab a copy and start farming!
Glow Glow Gadget
Yes, all gaming things need to be rainbow. It's the rules. However, if you beg to differ, we have an epic gaming mat that might suit your needs. The LED Sky Mountain Light Up Mat is a gorgeous, glowing mousepad that will cover the entire range of movement in your mouse(eliminating that awkward shaking you need to do in order to get the mouse back to a more comfortable position on the screen). The lights are customizable, allowing you to pick exactly what you want to fit your style. The mat is made by an awesome user, 21stHuman, on Etsy, and you can find their store here, along with tons of other handmade, beautiful mousepads and gaming gear that will spruce up your setup!
Farming Sim League 2021 Tournament
Yep, a farming sim tournament league does exist. The Farming Sim League is a team-based league that plays multiple farming sims throughout the year with various interesting tournaments. From seeing who can finish the game the fastest to seeing who can earn the most money in a certain amount of time, the options for different contests are endless. The prizes for the preliminary rounds are in the range of 15k Euros, or about 17.6k USD. The 2021 competition is still going on, and their next round is coming up on April 17th-18th. If you want to watch the games or get to know more about the teams and how to participate, you can check out their website here!
That's all for today, Quick Droppers. We hope you had a great start to your week, and can't wait to share more news with you all as the week progresses!