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Rampant Crunch At Japanese Game Devs Is An Unspoken Reality. Here’s Why.

Trigger warning: This article discusses depression, suicide, and associated outcomes of work-related stress.

Attention regarding development crunch, once a relatively unremarked upon reality of game development, has gone mainstream. As the gaming industry matures and the public becomes more aware of the employment practices at their favorite studios, crunch has become a common part of the lexicon. Exposes have been written about crunch culture in the closing weeks of massive triple-A releases, and players have grown more vocal about the practice and put pressure on companies to build sustainable work environments.

But even as studios in the West come under increased scrutiny, we hear precious little about the development practices and crunch in a major swath of the gaming industry: Japanese developers. This raises obvious practical questions: Does crunch exist within Japanese studios? How is it recognized and treated within the cultural context of Japanese businesses? And how can Western consumers who care about healthy working environments advocate for it in a region that is so geographically and culturally separated from our own?

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Disney Dreamlight Valley: All Character Houses

Disney Dreamlight Valley is overflowing with stuff to do, but few things are as satisfying as making new friends and adding them to your own world. Meeting the various Disney characters in Dreamlight Valley requires a bit of work on your part, of course, asking you to travel to beloved realms, complete quests, and invite them back to live in the valley. But once you get them there, it’s always worth the effort.

Most characters you encounter will have a home that you can place in any of the game’s biomes, giving you an opportunity to decide where they’ll be living out their lives in the valley. Whether you want to have a dedicated neighborhood full of homes or spread everyone out across different areas, the choice is entirely up to you–at least once you’ve paid Scrooge McDuck some coins to build the home, that is.

Granted, not every character has a buildable home. Some characters already have homes in the valley at the start of the game, such as Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, and Merlin. Others will take up residence in pre-existing structures, such as Mother Gothel’s cursed tree in the Glade of Trust or Elsa’s ice cave in the Forest of Valor. Additionally, the requirements for bringing some of these beloved friends to your valley may be a little bit difficult to figure out at times, asking you to complete objectives or find special items. Such is the case with Prince Eric and Stitch, especially–both of whom take quite a bit more effort than usual.

We’ve decided to take a stroll around the valley and snap some shots of each character’s home so that you can get a look at what to expect when you befriend each of them. Hopefully, it’ll give you an idea of who you’d like to prioritize unlocking first and where you may want to place their dwelling based on the aesthetics of the structure. Either way, enjoy this look at all of the characters’ houses currently in Dreamlight Valley.

Mickey’s House

Minnie’s House

Goofy’s House

Merlin’s House

Donald’s House

Mother Gothel’s House

WALL-E’s House

Ariel’s House

Prince Eric’s House

Ursula’s House

Remy’s House

Scar’s House

Elsa’s House

Anna and Kristoff’s House

Stitch’s House

Woody’s House

Buzz’s House

Moana’s House

Maui’s House

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History of Fire Emblem

Fire Emblem is widely regarded as one of the premiere tactical role-playing franchises. To celebrate the launch of the latest game, Fire Emblem Engage, here is the history of Fire Emblem.

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Far Cry 7 And Standalone Multiplayer Game Reportedly In Development | GameSpot News

Ubisoft doubles down on Far Cry, fans discover potential Dead Space 2 Remake Easter egg, and new details on The Lords of the Fallen.

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