Dysfunctional Game Development Comedy Mythic Quest Returns In May

Dysfunctional Game Development Comedy Mythic Quest Returns In May
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Mythic Quest, the dark workplace comedy about pouring your heart and soul into a creative project only to be undermined by everyone around you, comes back to Apple TV+ for its second season starting May 7, Apple announced today.

While the first season saw a game studio fall into chaos as it tried to ship and update the latest expansion for its fictional MMO, the new series will focus on the partnership between Ian (Rob McElhenney) and newly promoted co-creative director Poppy (Charlotte Nicdao), as they hash out what the future of the game should be.

Here’s the teaser:

The series, developed in collaboration with Ubisoft, debuted a year ago, and then-deputy editor Maddy Myers and I had a lot of positive things to say about its sometimes light-hearted, sometimes unflinching approach to portraying the grim whimsy of the video game industry.

Since then, a number of reports have come out about the working conditions at many studios, including at Ubisoft, where last summer many employees were accused of sexual misconduct, abusive behaviour, or fostering toxic work environments. We’ll see if and how Mythic Quest tackles those issues.

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    • It’s weird, there is a very joke-based, almost forced aspect to the comedy, but then there’s some really great, subtle character comedy that is very quick witted. It’s like it was made with two stream comedy in mind.

      I was just impressed how good the covid special was. I usually loathe webcam based narratives, they are usually the worst, but the MQ one somehow nailed it (for the most part, there was still a bit of cringe). Poppy’s mini arc in that episode was more powerful than it had any right to be.

      • You people need to stop misusing the word ‘cringe’ all over the internet, pick up a dictionary. You want purposeful cringe? Go watch the original UK Office.

        • As much as I want to tell you to take your misplaced language policing and get fucked, I will attempt to engage with you.

          The way I used the word “cringe” was entirely dictionary definition appropriate.

          The Office (UK) is intentional “cringe humour” and is an example of it done well. The show is made to elicit and physical cringe from the audience due to how uncomfortable the humour is.

          I was referring to the sensation of physical cringe that I feel (again, the literal definition of the word, used appropriately), when I see a comedy show (or any show/movie) try use the format of video conferencing. This is generally an unintentional cringe, not something the creators were aiming for. It makes me cringe because of how awkward and stilted it often appears.

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