“I didn’t think that much about it, because there’s always been for the longest time a certain amount of sexism in the games industry that is just there and you learn to roll your eyes and do your best to ignore it and just try to appreciate the things that you do like about it,” Xantia said.
“I loved Diablo II back in the day. Did I love the character model for the Amazon? No, not really. Hell, one of my earliest memories of gaming was being excited about the first Tomb Raider game and thinking, ‘That’s so cool it has a female protagonist.’ And then you see the first model of Lara Croft in the game and you’re like, oh, cool, great, great…”
There’s an audible exhaustion in her voice when she recalls this memory. The 2010 BlizzCon panel wasn’t an anomaly. It wasn’t the mask slipping in front of thousands on video. It was what she had come to expect from a space dominated by men with little regard for anyone else, and as California’s lawsuit and new reporting has confirmed, who were at times explicitly dangerous to the women around them.
Afrasiabi is one of the only people named in California’s lawsuit, accused of sexually harassing and groping female Blizzard employees. It also accused him of having a “Cosby Suite” at BlizzCon where he would also prey on women.
Based on images obtained by Kotaku, the “Cosby Suite’’ was an actual booze-filled party room at BlizzCon 2013 in which Afrasiabi and others would pose with a giant portrait of the comedian. Activision Blizzard confirmed to Kotaku that Afrasiabi was terminated last year for “misconduct.” Brack, the only other person named in California’s lawsuit for failing to address sexual harassment compalints against Afrasiabi, is still currently in charge of Blizzard.
Despite the experience at the panel, Xantia said she tried to get a job at Blizzard in its Strategic Initiatives Department around 2012 and was in the running for a while before ultimately being rejected. “I was pretty heartbroken about it at the time, but man, talk about being lucky in your failures,” she said. “I now feel like I dodged a bullet there.”
Following the resurfacing of the BlizzCon 2010 moment, former World of Warcraft lead designer Greg Street, currently at Riot Games, took to Twitter to apologize in a somewhat meandering tweet thread. He first qualified the “shitty answer” by saying it can be hard to see who’s asking the questions. He also mentioned that developers are nervous up there, in front of the crowd, out of fear they will say the wrong thing. Eventually he settled on, “I find the video embarrassing and I apologize to the player who asked the question and all others who were disappointed with our ‘answer.’”
Xantia said part of what’s been so weird about seeing the video brought back up over a decade later is seeing responses like Street’s.
“I guess Greg Street now knows who I am now. Cool. OK. And also that wasn’t really an apology, but sure you do you. Whatever gets you to sleep at night,” she said. “I was joking with a friend when I saw it, when I saw everything he was writing about that, just, you know, ‘Oh, I couldn’t see her react, I couldn’t see her face’ and how he’s disappointed in all of these things. Yeah, but your ears were working just fine. Did you not hear hundreds of people booing me? What would it have taken to say, ‘Hey, guys, come on, that’s not cool’? “Whenever you start explaining yourself to that degree, it stops being an apology.”
Xantia thinks Blizzard needs to be more candid too.
“One of the biggest things that they could do is, actually be honest and have that kind of ‘boys club’ not be above reproach,” she said. “It has to be more than just a show of ‘We did these couple acts of penance and now we’re all better.’ I think there actually has to be a fundamental reevaluation.”
Xantia’s found the recent actions of other developers at Activision Blizzard, including an open letter and walkout, to be cause for optimism. And despite how bizarre it’s been to play such a visible role in the public outcry that’s currently unfolding after all these years, she’s hopeful the negative experience is now making a positive contribution.
“I’ve gotten a moderate amount of attention for all this when I’m only tangentially connected to it,” she said. “I think the important voices are for the women who were actually at Blizzard who have had to endure far, far more than just being dismissed at a convention.”
“There are worse reasons to go viral. And if this helps to actually bring about change then that would be something profoundly good that came out of a pretty small, but still shitty moment.”
Hands-free on Instagram, Facebook? Do it with Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4; know how – HT Tech
The recently launched Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 smartphone allows you to go hands-free on Instagram and Facebook. Here is all you need to know.
Samsung on Wednesday launched the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4. Along with the phone, the company also introduced a new feature to go hands-free on Instagram and Facebook. This means that if you have the latest Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 or any other Galaxy Z Flip smartphone then you can go hands-free on Instagram and Facebook. Want to know how? You can do so with the help of FlexCam on Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4. Informing about the same Meta said, “we’re introducing a new way to create hands-free on Instagram and Facebook with Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4, as well as other Samsung Galaxy Z Flip smartphones. “
How to use FlexCam to go hands-free on Instagram and Facebook
With FlexCam on Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4, you can fold the phone and place it on a surface freestanding to record hand-free videos.
Now you can create Stories and Reels without a stand or tripod.
Using Instagram and Facebook with FlexCam makes it easier to record dances, how-to’s, and your favorite moments from afar, while on-the-go.
Meta further informed that FlexCam can also be used to make hands-free video calls with Messenger and WhatsApp.
About Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4
The Galaxy Z Flip 4 comes in a compact clamshell design. You will be able to shoot hands-free video or capture full group selfies at various angles by partially folding Z Flip 4 to activate FlexCam. You can do more with Z Flip 4 by taking high-quality selfies right from the Cover Screen by leveraging the main camera with the upgraded Quick Shot. Start high-quality video recording in Quick Shot mode and then switch to Flex mode to continue recording hands-free without stopping the video.
The phone gets power from the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset. The Galaxy Z Flip 4 comes with the expanded 3,700mAh battery along with super fast charging. According to Samsung, the phone can charge up to 50 percent in around 30 minutes.
‘Genshin Impact’ Sumeru Gift Codes For Free Primogems, 3.0 Character Banners, Release Date – Forbes
At long, long last, Genshin Impact just wrapped up its new 3.0 special program, revealing a whole lot of new information about the new region, the new element, Dendro, new characters and of course, there are free goodies if you hung out and wached the stream. Or even if you didn’t, I have them right here.
We’ll just get these out of the way first, here are the three gift codes for free primogems and other materials that you can redeem here. These ones are only good for 24 hours, I believe, so you better hurry.
- 8ANCKTWYVRD5 – 100 Primogems and 10 Mystic Ore
- EA7VKTFHU9VR – 100 Primogems and 5 Hero’s Wit
- KT7DKSFGCRWD – 100 Primogems and 50,000 Mora
Past that, the most pressing information is probably the release date for Genshin Impact’s Sumeru update, which is August 24, 2022.
We also were told about the first two character banners for 3.0, which will include three total Sumeru characters with only one five star. Those are:
- Phase 1 – Tighnari (5 star), Zhongli (5 star), Collei (4 star)
- Phase 2 – Ganyu (5 star), Kokomi (5 star), Dori (4 star)
While other Sumeru characters were shown or teased onscreen, it will be deeper into the 3.0 patch series before we get to those, which is not unexpected, given that’s how Inazuma worked, and we ended up getting new Inazuma characters for essentially an entire year. And we’re probably still not done.
Sumeru is probably going to end up being the most significant addition to the game to date, because unlike Inazuma, it’s not just a new region, it also has an entirely new element being added to the game for the first time, Dendro. While Dendro has cropped up here and there among a few enemy types, this is the first time we as players can wield it ourselves, and these new characters will be our first introduction to the concept. Like all the elements, you can probably have attack/defense/support focused teammates using the element, and we’ll have to spend some time digging deep into all the new characters to find out exactly how best to use them in their new roles with this new elemental type supporting your team.
Genshin Impact continues to generate massive amounts of revenue, and I have to imagine the Sumeru region is going to boost that even further, even in the face of new rivals like Tower of Fantasy that has just arrived this month. Genshin is the gold standard at the moment and it’s going to be hard to compete with it as it expands to seven massive regions over the next few years.
Poll: Galaxy Z Fold 4, Z Flip 4, Watch 5, Buds 2 Pro — what are you most interested in buying? – Android Central
Samsung’s latest Galaxy devices were just announced, and they’re already making waves. The company’s latest foldables offer plenty of refinements on last year’s models, the smartwatches bring bigger batteries for a new target audience, and the earbuds promise to take active noise cancellation to another level.
Now that Samsung’s devices are finally out there, we want to know which device you’re most looking forward to getting your hands on.
If you’ve been holding out on Samsung’s foldable smartphones, now might be the time to consider them. For instance, the new Galaxy Z Fold 4 is thinner (and wider) than ever, packs a fast new processor, and gets an upgraded camera array.
Meanwhile, the Galaxy Z Flip 4 has the same new processor, a bigger battery, and many color combinations to choose from, letting buyers design their phones to match their style.
For anyone looking for a smartwatch, the new Galaxy Watch 5 series gets a boost in battery life, with Samsung claiming up to 50 hours for its standard watches and a whipping 80 hours for the new Pro. In fact, Samsung says the new Galaxy Watch 5 Pro is ideal for anyone with a love for the outdoors, thanks to its tough titanium chassis and Sapphire Crystal display.
Read up on why our Andrew Myrick decided to trade his Galaxy Watch 4 Classic for the new Watch 5 Pro.
Lastly, Samsung announced the latest Galaxy Buds 2 Pro with a new design and improved ANC, enough to block out most outside noise.
All Samsungs devices are currently available for preorder and will hit store shelves later this month on August 26. Please drop a comment on our Twitter and Facebook accounts and let us know which device you’re most interested in buying and why.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4
Samsung’s new foldable is better than ever, with an improved hinge design, much better cameras, and wider displays to better handle your media. Preorder this folding beast today for some awesome deals.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4
Samsung’s new Galaxy Z Flip 4 is here, and you can make it your own with more than 70 color combinations to choose from. Plus, get more out of your phone with improved battery life and a much faster chip.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 5/Pro
The new Watch 5 Pro series is here, with bigger batteries to help you get through your day. And the new Watch 5 Pro takes it to another level with its rugged build to help it withstand the elements.
Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro
Samsung’s new earbuds offer a sleek design that lets you block out most noise so you can focus on the task at hand or just immerse yourself into your movies or music.
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