news culture Twitch: harassment… it’s over!
The end-of-year holidays are fast approaching, but in video games and pop-culture in general, the winter break is only a distant legend. Between the Amazon series “God of War”, a new tool to fight harassment on Twitch and the controversy surrounding Avatar 2… the news is busy on December 21, 2022.
- The Amazon “God of War” Series
- A Twitch tool to fight harassment
- The controversy surrounding “Avatar 2”
The Amazon “God of War” Series
A few days ago, fans of the God of War learned of the existence of an adaptation project by Amazon of the hit video game series God of War without giving more details. Suffice to say that since this announcement, speculation is rife. The teams in charge of the project recently spoke to reassure the communities of players gathered around Kratos. Co-produced with Sony Pictures Television, the series is going to focus on the character’s Nordic adventures and not take huge liberties with the source material…which should delight fans. Vernon Sanders, co-president of Amazon’s TV subsidiary, even makes a promise to fans:
So what Rafe (series director), Mark and Hawk (writers) have created for the first season and for the series, I think is both incredibly faithful to the source material and compelling on its own. If you’ve never played the game, you’ll fall in love with the series and feel invited. So we think it’s going to be huge. – Vernon Sanders (co-president of Amazon’s TV subsidiary)
A Twitch tool to fight harassment
It’s no secret that over the years Twitch has become a veritable Eldorado for some and hell for others. For some time now, the waves of harassment and behavior deemed inappropriate and toxic have multiplied. Faced with this phenomenon, a streamer has stepped up. Billy had proposed a short time ago to set up a tool to fight against the most harmful forms of discrimination on the streaming platform. It is now done. Named Place de la Paix, this bot is designed to pass on the sanctions between the channels of the streamers who have installed it. People deemed problematic will then be “muted” and then unable to interact with the chat without first entering a phone number. Billy clarifies on Twitter that PDP will only intervene in cases of sexism, misogyny and racism.
The controversy surrounding “Avatar 2”
It was expected for no less than 13 years and its release on December 14, 2022 did not go unnoticed. During its first weekend of operation, James Cameron’s new creation (Abyss, Titanic, Aliens The Return) earned no less than 435.5 million US dollars, including 300.5 million internationally. However, a call for a boycott could halt the imperial march of the Na’vi peoples of Pandora. Indeed, Avatar: The Way of the Water is described as “racist” by several communities including those of the Amerindians and Maori. The Canadian director has not yet spoken on this subject.