- Oct 25, 2017
Yeah, I thought they would at least go into some detail on what the partnership entails. But it's sounding like it's just gonna be business as usual for them except maybe going to RTX now in the future.
Listening to the podcast bit about crunch and shit and i am just wondering why on earth Woolie can't just admit that unions would be good to have in the games industry and not go on this long "big picture" thing about how society in general isnt fair. Like, dude, what is wrong with talking about the obvious logical first step the industry could take towards becoming better for its workers? Making the world a fairer place requires working towards small improvements.
It just feels like he's doing everything possible to make it seem like there's nothing anyone can do and its completely hopeless and why even bother thinking about solutions.
Honestly, I feel like it's more that people in Woolie's age range actually remember that at the late 90s/early 2000s, there was a whole bunch of companies that straight up collapsed or did massive cuts due to union demands that were completely incompatible with actually maintaining an existing business.I think it might be a Canadian thing because I used to work at an american Tim Hortons owned by a Canadian guy who was also super anti union in the kind dodgey way Woolie talks about it (Not to say I think Woolie is super anti union-just my boss was). I think there's a lot of misconceptions out there about what exactly a union would mean for the games industry.
See i've never liked that arguement because the AI that pumps out novels is a bad writer and always will be. AAA Companies can replace their staff with robots but they'll make shitty games because of it and people won't buy them. Besides, the crux of that appocolyptic future is that if we're not careful everyone will lose their jobs due to robots but people are already frequently losing their jobs. But companies are kinda already doing that.And now it's honestly even worse to think about unionizing video games, because we've got AI that can pump out novels and new articles, the ability to create textures and 3D models by scanning existing assets, and the ability to upscale art assets to higher and higher resolutions through AI neural networks. Now you don't need to outsource to cheap foreign labor - you can just outright cut tons of jobs and have a fraction of the people do the job for far less money... all you need is the right incentive/excuse to go through with it.