man i doubt any gaming controvery will ever top no man’s sky
like it had this absolutely massive marketing campaign, had huge backing from sony, sean murray even had televised appearances on american talk shows to show off his revolutionary new game and to talk about features in the game
and then the game came out and it was all fake. everything. every single screenshot, piece of footage, every single promised feature was all a lie. none of that was in the game.
not even fucking multiplayer.
they spent so much time in the marketing talking about the multiplayer and how every player was part of an interconnected universe and that, though unlikely due to the sheer size of the universe, players would be able to meet and interact with one-another
and then in less than a week two players “found” each other and it turned out the multiplayer was completely fake. there was no multiplayer. none of it was real.
everyone involved with the game, at least all of the most publicly recognizable people involved, fucking vanished
and the office hello games was using was abandoned
nobody knows where hello games went or where sean murray is
a small team of indie developers sold the gaming community a lie, tricked one of the biggest multimedia companies in the world in to backing them, and then vanished
nothing will ever top that. nothing will ever top hello games exploiting the hype and preorder culture surrounding video games for a profit and then running off with the money. i fucking dare the industry to top that.
This comes less than two weeks after major LGBTQ groups rallied to plead with DeVos and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to uphold these valuable protections for trans students — some of America’s most vulnerable kids. We have to wonder: Could this unwarranted removal of such crucial protections be a way that the Republican administration is testing our limits?
ariana is so fucking strong i admire her so much she couldve easily have hid and never performed again and i wouldnt have blamed her one bit but then she puts together this whole thing less than two weeks later for the victims and their families herself the city of manchester and everyone else affected like this big fuck you to anyone who thinks they can take away peoples happiness we have to remember that this woman is only 23 years old and shes choosing to spread love even when she herself was a victim of what happened and that takes a lot of courage
This one has some moving parts, and plays out over a year or so.
At one point, I was managing a small team of business development reps at a small software company. These are the recent grads that would be phone monkeys, making cold calls trying to set-up appointments for the real sales people.
I had two reps at the time: Amy and Paul. They were young, but hungry. They listened to training, and were generally great employees. At one point, Paul and I realized that we had some mutual friends, and that helped our relationship.
Fast forward a few months from their hiring, and my boss grabs me one morning for a meeting with HR. Apparently, Amy had filed a harassment complaint against me, alleging some crazy things. She reported that my single goal was to ruin her career, and that I would make sure she was fired.
The HR meeting was a formality, as no one believed it, but they had to do the investigation. Nothing came from it, but I would never be alone in a room with Amy again. If she came to talk to me with no one around, I would go to a common area of the office or invite someone into the discussion.
A few more months, and Paul asked me to be a reference. The company was a mess, and the CEO was running it into the ground. I was more than happy to do it, as I was job hunting myself. I just asked that he keep me in the loop about interviews and offers, and I would cover his time out of the office.
Not surprisingly, he landed a job pretty quick and gave his notice to me. Also at this time, IT was doing hardware upgrades to laptops adding more RAM, allowing us to run the latest version of our product for demos.
I coordinated with IT to have both their machines done one day, and told them to take a long lunch.
Well, a little over a year before this happened, one VP had been fired. After he left, I learned it was common practice for IT to review all the Skype chat logs from the machine. Luckily, it meant me getting a small bonus because the VP was trashing the company to me, but I wasn’t, and I was vaguely praising the CEO (I’m no dummy, and don’t have those conversations over channels that can be reviewed.)
With Paul out the door, and Amy being a lying cunt, I asked IT to review their Skype logs during the upgrade, because “something seemed fishy”.
I was right. Even though Amy deleted her chat logs, Paul didn’t. There were chats in there about how they were both job searching, and Amy had gotten an admin password for our CRM. She had been pulling customer lists to take with her.
Furthermore, she had been bragging about receiving a $1,500 bonus to drop the harassment complaint against me, as the CEO was worried that any complaints or lawsuits would scare away the investors needed to keep the company going. Oh, and she chatted that “They made me sign a non-disclosure about it, but they won’t find out.”
Oh, she was toast. Director of IT and I went straight to HR and the CEO with the print outs. The decision was quick: both were to be terminated immediately. Amy for unauthorized access of data and breach of her non-disclosure, and Paul for some bullshit reason of not reporting her.
They got back from their lunch, and I immediately called them into HR. Paul was given a 2-weeks severance, but Amy needed to pay back her $1,500 “hush” bonus. Because of her gross misconduct, she wasn’t eligible for severance or unemployment, and the re-payment was deducted from her final check and quarterly bonus. Her exit check was for less than $10.
Paul had two weeks off, with the severance. We remain connected, but I love seeing Amy changing jobs on LinkedIn every 6-9 months.
the very first Petscop video mentions this note, which specifically mentions the date June 13, 1997. with the amount of work that’s gone into Petscop, i don’t think it’s unrealistic that that date was chosen for a reason. i have a feeling something’s going to go down on the “20th anniversary”
More than anything, I’m grateful
that this new chapter of my life
is completely devoid of you. That you
don’t know anything about my new job, or
the new book I’m writing. That my room
looks nothing like it did the last time
you slept here.
That I’ve washed my sheets half a dozen times
since you touched them.
I’ve bought three new lamps, which means
my life is officially brighter
without you in it.
were the worst depressive spell I’ve had in years.
Less than two weeks after you’d gone,
my whole world was back
If you’ve followed me for a while, you know I’ve moved around a lot my entire life and once again, I’ve got to move. But this time, I have no one I can stay with and it’s on me to find out where I’ll be and I’ve decided it’s time for me to get my own place. I’ve found an apartment that’s $500 a month and I can pay that seeing as I average $900 a month at my job but I have absolutely no savings to pay the deposit on this apartment seeing as the person I live with cleared those out by putting random bills on me along with the rent I paid every month. If I don’t come up with this money by the end of April, I’ll be homeless. I guarantee this money is going where I said it is and if you need any proof, you’re welcome to message me and I’ll be sure to give you what you need. gofundme.com/help-fund-my-living there’s my gofundme link and literally anything helps me out. If you can’t donate, please reblog, spreading this post will help me also!
Theme: Five litres of smut with a light, sprinkle of fluff.
Warning: Coarse language, Explicit Sexual Content, and Mature Subject Matter.
A/N: Re-post. The one on Ao3 is fixed if you would prefer to read it there.
There’s sweat dripping down his face and neck. He dabs it off with his hand towel and proceeds to dig through the contents of his duffel bag as you watch from around the corner. You know it’s wrong but you can’t stop yourself from staring. He’s one of the most simultaneously loved and hated students at school. Kind and considerate when you’re on his good side, and a complete nightmare when you’re on his bad side. Just last week, he made your friend cry after she accidentally spilled tea on him in the cafeteria. It was a total disaster. You went home furious that night, praying for the chance to get back at him … and now you have it.
For whatever reason, the academically challenged jerk-off is using the girls locker room. All you have to do is scream bloody murder and the school administration will handle the rest. It’s fool proof … but the second you open your mouth, he reaches back and tugs his shirt off. You rapidly lose focus. Whatever you were going to say is shoved all the way down your windpipe, and you watch in quiet disbelief, holding your breath as he undresses in front of your eyes.
The soft th-thump in your chest grows louder and heavier as you pan a look down his body.
The one where Harry and Louis eloped but neglected to mention it to anyone. Meanwhile Lottie is getting married and the only way for them to not steal her thunder is by pretending they’re just friends for the weekend. Featuring Harry and Louis as terrible liars who don’t know the meaning of the word platonic and some Tomlinsons and Styles’s who definitely don’t believe them.
Summary: It should be embarrassing — it is a bit embarrassing, actually, because he can feel Lila watching over him like a hawk, but Louis’ got a palm on his thigh and there’s a cherry red lollipop in his hand and Harry feels so bloody dizzy with butterflies. He brings the lollipop to his mouth and sure enough, the sweet cherry flavor feels more therapeutic than anything, like it’s made from warm hugs and naps by the fireplace. He’s too busy falling in love all over again to be embarrassed.
Harry nods his head. He feels like a child, but it’s okay because Louis is there and he’s staring right at him, blue eyes consumed by Harry before him. Being at the center of Louis’ attention is just as overwhelming as Harry remembers it being fifteen years ago.
Of all the things to happen while taking care of his niece for a month, falling in love with his boyhood crush all over again is probably the highlight of Harry’s autumn.
Summary: Just when he’s about to stop clicking the next button and claim defeat, maybe put some posters up around town, he’s met with a picture of white cardstock lying on a table, words written in black Sharpie with careful, deliberate strokes. “Hiiii,” it reads, “if you’re reading this, you’ve found my camera! I’d love it if you could contact me so I can get it back. It’d be the nice thing to do.”
Or the AU where Harry loses his camera. Louis finds it. They fall for each other via email.
Summary: 'Do not get hard, do not get hard,’ Harry chants in his head. It’s working, but Harry still breathes a silent sigh of relief when Louis lets go of his wrists and clambers off of him. He doesn’t move for a moment, just watches Louis fuss nervously with his fringe before saying, “Why don’t we go walk off breakfast?”
Harry only hesitates for a second, then nods. He gets to his feet with a quiet, “Be right back,” and heads back to his bedroom to get dressed. Once safely enclosed in his room, Harry glares down at his belly and scolds, “It’s bad enough that you’re messing with my body temperature, do you have to mess with those hormones, too?”
There’s no answer from the baby, but Harry takes that as surrender. Pausing by his bed, Harry takes a second to shake off the residual, lingering embers of arousal before choosing an outfit for the walk. He’s already pregnant with a stranger’s baby, the last thing he needs right now is to be lusting after his best friend.
[OR when Harry gets pregnant after a one night stand, Louis helps him get everything together, from buying pregnancy clothes to taking him on a babymoon. Somewhere along the way, they realize that their feelings for each other are more than platonic.]
Summary: When Louis’s summer holiday in Ireland is cut short due to an unexpected request from the biological father he’s never met, he returns to London only to discover that his flatmate, Zayn, has rented out his room to a curly-haired mouth-breather called Harry Styles.
Summary: When Harry accepted to be his sister’s Maid of Honour, despite how non-traditional of a choice he was, he didn’t think writing a speech for the wedding reception would be this hard. Now, not only does he have less than two weeks left to find something moving and inspirational to say, but Gemma just confided in him that her old childhood best friend is going to be in attendance. The one who moved to LA and they haven’t seen in fifteen years because he was too busy becoming an Academy Awards winner. But hey, no pressure. It’s just Louis Fucking Tomlinson.
Summary: Louis is apparently the only person at his new job who is single as can be. It’s not a big deal to just tell his new colleagues that he has a boyfriend, right? Until he has to make this imaginary boyfriend magically appear at the office holiday party. Cue fake relationship antics with a certain someone who is more than willing to play along.
Summary: Louis couldn’t be prouder of his bake, but there’s something—there’s something. Something about Harry Styles and the earnest way he measures, pours, mixes, scrapes. Something about the tip of his tongue poking out of his mouth as he knocks the air out of his batter.
or a great british bake off au in which louis cares about winning and winning only, harry is made of sunshine and rainbow sprinkles, and niall sticks his nose into other people’s business. also featuring liam as louis’s best friend-slash-concerned mother, and zayn as a macaron connoisseur.
When Harry accepted to be his sister’s maid of honour, despite how non-traditional of a choice he was, he didn’t think writing a speech for the wedding reception would be this hard. Now, not only does he have less than two weeks left to find something moving and inspirational to say, but Gemma just confided in him that her old childhood best friend is going to be in attendance. The one who moved to LA and they haven’t seen in fifteen years because he was too busy becoming an Academy Awards winner. But hey, no pressure. It’s just Louis Fucking Tomlinson.