Sonic is Getting Fixed? Riot Games is Scrapping Mandatory Arbitration, Valve Announces Index VR

Sonic is Getting Fixed? Riot Games is Scrapping Mandatory Arbitration, Valve Announces Index VR


Sonic’s getting a fresh new look — or maybe
old look? Riot Games is scrapping mandatory arbitration
— but it might be too late — and Valve’s releasing a brand new V-R Kit — But at what
cost? I’m Demothy Tien and THIS — Is the Weekly
Roundup. So this ….. This was something people were dreading for
a while. And — This — wasn’t something we were
really expecting to be honest. That’s right director Jeff Fowler heard
everyone’s cries and they’re overhauling Sonic’s design in the upcoming film in response
to the immediate backlash after the trailer. Most of us can agree that the trailer — did
not look great… and Sonic’s horrific design was — well — kinda terrifying. And since the trailer dropped a bunch of people
took it upon themselves — well — fix him. And after the intense ridicule — Fowler took
to Twitter saying quote “Thank you for the support. And the criticism. The message is loud and clear… you aren’t
happy with the design & you want changes. It’s going to happen. Everyone at Paramount & Sega are fully committed
to making this character the BEST he can be… #sonicmovie #gottafixfast” There isn’t really any word on HOW they’re
fixing him — though we can reasonably predict that it’ll be along the lines of most of
the fan fixes we’ve been seeing — pretty much making him look like how he’s supposed. I’ve personally been dreading this film
since the initial teasers — but it’s nice to see the director taking fan criticism to
heart — which makes me a lot less worried about the film. Riot Games hasn’t been in the best spot
lately after word spread of sexual harassment in the workplace. And despite the company saying they would
work on it — we’ve still been hearing reports that it hasn’t gotten any better. In response to some recent threats of staff
walkouts regarding the discovery of arbitration clauses waiving employees’ rights to sue
the company — Riot announced that it will pretty much do away with arbitration clauses
— but not until the current lawsuits are over… More specifically — the company will give
new hires the option to opt-out of mandatory arbitration. But in the case of existing employees — Riot
states that once current legal action is over — it will quote “commit to have a firm
answer around expanding the scope and extending this opt-out to all Rioters.” Which to me seems like they’re just waiting
till it’s safe for THEM by keeping current lawsuits at bay. Which I mean — makes sense — but a lot of
people would still see this as a pretty scummy move. Mandatory arbitration is still a scummy thing
to begin with as most people end up signing these without their knowledge and it’s never
a good thing to be forced to sign away your rights. Valve has formally unveiled their new enthusiast
grade V-R hardware — which they dubbed Index. It features dual 1440 by 1600 RGB LCDs that
run at 120Hz — Index controllers — and their new 2-point-oh base stations — as opposed
to the internal tracking of their Oculus Rift S. Now their kit isn’t cheap. You’re looking at about a grand for a full
kit which includes the headset — two Index controllers and two base stations. This is again — geared towards enthusiasts
rather than your average consumer — but Index IS supposed to be compatible with the HTC
Vive and Vive Pro — so you might be able to pair different bits of it with old gear
you already own. You can also get just the Index headset and
controllers for around $750 – dollars, a standalone headset for about 500 and just the controllers
for about 280. Preorders ARE open if you have the money for
it. Individual pieces are expected to ship by
June 28th, with full kits shipping by the end of September. Are you picking up Valve’s new VR headset? Let us know in the comments and if you like
our stuff — get subscribed and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. That’s all for now and I’ll catch you
guys next time.

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