it’s 2019. we all know crunch is evil, exploitative, and violent. we know it destroys lives. what can we do about it?
i want to see some sort of pledge from major games websites to stop covering games and game studios which use crunch. at the very least, i want to see info about how crunch affected the lives of the people who worked on it front and centre on any coverage these games get, before anything else, in the first paragraph, as a HTML5 warning which scrolls alongside the article as you go. i want the first thing we talk about when we consider red dead redemption, apex legends, mortal kombat, fortnite, all the rest, to be how the workers who made it are fucking suffering.
i want folks to pledge to avoid any game from a major studio where the studio crunched to make it happen. i want to see games unions working with games media to create some type of industry standard certification which shows that the devs worked decent hours and were compensated properly without having to crunch. i want the media to stop doing that little solemn intake of breath on a podcast before saying “well, of course, it was made under horrible conditions. full solidarity to the workers there.” before launching into anecdotes about how beautiful the scenery is. i’m sick of this.
i know that consumer boycotts and self-regulation are a fucking fool’s errand under capitalism, but we need to start building solidarity on this very basic labour issue. it’s so frustrating! i’m steamed as hell about this!