Ubisoft Forward Conference goes Backwards
held its Forward conference
Oh, that was a funny event. When people started logging in, the authentication server got swamped and sank.
(Take note this event happened on a Sunday.)
Good job, Ubi.
Three senior Ubisoft execs quit over the weekend amid claims of widespread sexual harassment within the video-game giant's Canadian wing. Chief creative officer Serge Hascoët resigned effective immediately on Sunday. Yves Guillemot, CEO and cofounder of Ubisoft, will take over Hascoët's duties for now, and promised an overhaul …
I notice the average maturity of the management in AAA studios is much lower than a company doing proper software engineering. This used to make it fast and dynamic, but nowadays it risks filling a company up with arses.
Also, with so much middleware and tools available today, you no longer get the truly introverted but highly talented developers. You mostly just get immature (hate to say it) white males(TM) who in the past have been the target demographic of games.
[yes, I say this as a white male myself and after spending countless years in a AAA studio rehashing up the same old game, time after time. Been there, done that. I never saw a "female" there so I guess I was lucky I never saw anyone being mistreated (based on gender at least)]
Male staffers openly displayed pornography in front of their female colleagues,
Wait, isn't that being inclusive? Wouldn't showing it only to male colleagues be sexist?
(Of course, pron shouldn't be showing at this* type of work at all anyway!)
* 'this' type of work not being porn-related employment. It would be perfectly acceptable to show porn at work if the work was porn-related obviously, such as a porn filming studio or business that runs pornhub for example.
"Male staffers openly displayed pornography in front of their female colleagues,"
None of the male staff were likely to complain if the female colleagues had shown then porn, so we don't really know the full extent of things.
And what of the female staff showing other female stag porn, was that counted or not.
The world has become a very inclusive place in the last few weeks. Aren't we supposed to be pro everything nowadays. It's ok for someone to cut, stitch and sew genitals onto themselves in the name of diversity and equality but it's not ok to see a naked body... How are we supposed to know what's Ok and what's not..
How are we supposed to know what's Ok and what's not..
I'm pretty relaxed about how my team behave within reason, however, none of them would be in any doubt that to display adult images at work would not be ok. It would, in fact, be straight to HR for a disciplinary.
The idea is that everyone should feel comfortable at work and feel able to offer their best without being criticised for who they are. Some women get uncomfortable seeing naked images just as some straight guys get uncomfortable seeing gay versions of same.
Even in finance, its not the 80s anymore, and this sort of behaviour is frankly unacceptable. I don't understand why some people still feel it might be.
I get the feeling that anything produced by Ubisoft over the last couple of years is just a mash-up of a handful of titles in the hope it made the game interesting to people who hadn't tried that series before. While totally hacking off everyone who had been playing the series since Episode 1