RDR 2 PC troubles, industry diversity, Niantic initiatives, more

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How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from thegamingobserver.com, for Thursday, November 7th.\

RDR2 having a rocky start on PC

I mentioned yesterday that Red Dead Redemption 2 is now available on PC, well it looks like they had a bit of rocky start. A number of players have been reporting issues launching the game, through the Rockstar Launcher. Some people are getting error codes, others have their CPUs maxing out, and there are various other issues coming up. If you haven’t bought it yet but were considering, it may be worth holding off for a little bit until the issues are patched. And let’s be honest this is pretty par for the course for Rockstar, so if you did buy it already I’m sure this isn’t a huge surprise.

Brendan Greene on diversity in the industry

The creator of PUBG, Brendan Greene, spoke at a conference recently about diversity in the workforce. Specifically, his workforce, he says “I [only] have one woman on my team, and I hate that.” He is currently the Director of Special Projects, and has a team of 25 working under him from all over the world, the only problem is that they’re all men. He also said “It’s really hard…We cannot tell a recruiter that we want a particualr type of person. We will give them a job description, and we will tell them ‘this is the kind of team we’re building’, but we can’t tell them we want a diverse selection of people.” He even says that he has checked the job description to not be male-oriented. There is an acknowledgement that 70-80% of the PUBG players are male, but also that it’s an industry-wide issue. This is an interesting perspective of the system working against itself, but also really tells you that we should be doing a lot more with things like education and diversification. Hopefully over the next few years we’ll start to see a big change on things like this.

Niantic with multiple new initiatives

Niantic has revealed two new initiatives from their company that is going to hopefully benefit the industry at large. The first is the Creator Program, which will launch next year, and is a program for AR and VR developers to potentially receive funds and resources as well as connect with other devlopers. For example they’ve announced the Beyond Reality Fund, which asks applicants to pitch their projects for money. As well, the Niantic Real World Platform, which is a kit based off of things from Pokemon Go and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, which is accessible to every accepted into the program. The other initiative is another program for small and medium sized brick and mortar stores to create sponsored locations in the aforementioned games. This does exist already for big chains like Starbucks, but this will open it up to smaller business, with applications opening now.

That’s the news for today, sorry it was a bit short but the news was pretty slow today. I will be back tomorrow, as I am every day, and until then…Happy Gaming everyone.