Colin Moriarty on CCP efforts to influence the world's biggest (at least in terms of dollars) art form.
Just got thru this, fantastic pod! First time coming over from the politics side of the house, but avid gamer (PC and Xbox, strategy and shooters) and wanted to harangue the Bulwark community into trying a Civ or Humankind or Endless game! You guys would love them I think.
If there was a Bulwark stream I'd watch it, or play if possible. Love to see you guys get down in some Stellaris.
I just got through listening to this podcast (sorry! Life happens) and it was eye-opening to me. I’m one of those mobile gamers, used to play lots of console and PC games. My grown children are big gamers and are also agitated about China’s influence on the industry. Great, interview.
And sadly it isn't just the Chinese government - it's often their brainwashed citizenry as well. When Red Candle games, just a few years ago a very promising Taiwanese horror game company, released their title "Devotion" on Steam, someone noticed one scene contained an anti-Xi poster on a wall (comparing him to Winnie the Pooh, a common insult against him). Immediately Chinese gamers began neg-bombing that and their other extremely successful title on Steam. They ended up having to immediately pull it. It was in limbo for over two years before becoming available on their website last year.
Sonny, I stopped playing "Hearthstone" and all Blizzard games because they caved to China and took away the 20k award of the world Hearthstone winner who came from Hong Kong and shouted out for Hong Kong protestors when he won. That is awful. And I used to love all the Blizzard games. Can't stand the CCP and those who suck up to it.
If you ever revisit the gaming industry in your pod maybe the predatory monetization tactics could be discussed. In the new Diablo Immortal PHONE game people have spent literally hundreds of thousands of dollars trying to upgrade their characters.
When you wrote CCP I started wondering what the Eve Online guys were up to now.
First time listening to the podcast, I loved today's topic. Not to be too snarky, but is it really less effort to say POV compared to "point of view"? If you want to be extra efficient you could just ask a question without specifying that you want the point of view of the guest since that is already implied.
This is relevant to my interests. Impressed to get a gaming podcast.