Author: zompist

June 12, 2014

Women are so hard to animate

So, Assassin's Creed: Unity is going to have four-player co-op. None of the characters available, however, are female. "It was on our feature list until not too long ago, but it’s a question of focus and production," explains technical director James Therien. "So we wanted to make sure we had the best experience for the character. A female character means that you have to redo a lot of animation, a lot of costumes. It would have doubled the work on those things." [more inside]

May 16, 2014

Games show the way to ending harrassment

Article by Laura Hudson Discussions of online harassment of women are usually depressing; this article is an exception: it talks about actions that work, and in games, of all places. Hudson focuses mainly on League of Legends, which has implemented reviews and bans that not only lower harassment but seem to re-educate the offenders. (Interesting detail: Riot studied the problem first, and found that, contrary to what's often reported, only 13% of harassment was due to trolls, i.e. persistently nasty people. The rest was occasional outbreaks from otherwise positive people.)

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