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The Seven-Year Saga Of Shovel Knight Is Finally Over

The Seven-Year Saga Of Shovel Knight Is Finally Over

When I first met the co-founders of Yacht Club Games in October of 2016, at their sleek, ocean-adjacent offices in Marina del Rey, California, they told me they were shocked to still be working on Shovel Knight. After all, it had been three and a half years since they’d quit…

The Human Cost Of Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4

The Human Cost Of Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4

One Friday afternoon a few weeks ago, the developers at Treyarch held a happy hour event to welcome the summer interns. There was pizza, beer, and jubilation for everyone at the studio behind Call of Duty: Black Ops 4—except the quality assurance testers, who had to leave shortly after they…