Mandatory Gaming Fails of the Week 3/1/2019

It’s the end of another chaotic week, which means it’s time for your Mandatory Gaming Fails of the Week round-up. This is where we compile all of the major video game fails that occurred over the last seven days, and give them the spotlight that they deserve. If you find yourself hungry for more content like this, be sure to visit Mandatory.com. For now, let’s jump into the fails!

THQ Nordic holds AMA on 8chan, a forum Google banned for child abuse content

THQ Nordic pulled a bizarre move and agreed to an Ask Me Anything (AMA) interview on 8chan, an infamous image board that has been linked to racism, other hate speech, and suspected child abuse content. Unsurprisingly, news of this 8chan AMA didn’t go down well with members of the games media community.

Though the 8chan AMA was carried out as planned, featuring some very worrying comments indeed, THQ Nordic did ultimately apologize for not researching 8chan ahead of time. The publisher’s Twitter account has been silent since.

Activision Blizzard, Electronic Arts CEOs featured in annual overpaid CEOs list

A report looking into CEO earnings found that Activision Blizzard’s Bobby Kotick, and Electronic Arts’ Andrew Wilson were both placed in the Top 100 most overpaid CEOs. Kotick came in at number 45 on the list, while Wilson made number 98.

The report aims to highlight the massive pay disparities between CEOs and the common worker. Clearly this also impacts the video game industry, in addition to more “traditional” sectors.

Anthem drop rates nerfed following accidental buff

In a move that pleased many Anthem players, BioWare accidentally increased loot drop rates, giving users more rewards for completing missions. Unfortunately for those happy with the better drop chances, the rates were quickly corrected, meaning players only enjoyed 11 hours of sweet, sweet generous loot drops.

Naturally, players are now angry about the current slower rate at which Masterwork and Legendary equipment appears, and are asking BioWare to increase the rates once more.