It’s now Friday, which means it’s finally time for another Mandatory Gaming Fails of the Week round-up. This is where we bring together all of the big video game fails that happened over the last seven days, before going ahead and shining a blinding spotlight on them. If you find yourself wanting more content like this, be sure to visit Mandatory.com. But now, let’s jump into those fails!
The FaceApp iOS and Android application has blown up this week, with many users posting aged selfies across social media. While the app’s ability to add 50 years to your appearance is certainly impressive, its terms and conditions are a little worrying. Diving into the T&Cs reveals that the app can take all users’ uploaded photos for commercial use.
Following allegations of sexual harassment, Yogcast CEO Mark “Turps” Turpin has resigned from his position at the gaming YouTube and Twitch company. This controversy followed another Yogcast-related incident, where Matthew “CaffCast” Meredith was terminated over separate sexual exploitation allegations.
Developer Beenox has changed the Crash Team Racing “Watermelon Tawna” skin name to “Summertime Tawna,” following a popular thread on ResetEra. No official comment was made regarding the change, but the alteration was acknowledged in the game’s official patch notes under the “Bug Fixes” header.
Developers are unhappy with the latest partnership between actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s HitRecord company and Ubisoft. The new collaboration sees creators being encouraged to supply music for the upcoming Watch Dogs Legion. However, with only successful applicants receiving pay, other creators will essentially be providing free labor.
According to a report from Streamlabs, which compiles data from Twitch, YouTube, and Mixer, total Twitch hours watched declined from 2.762 billion in Q1 2019 to 2.706 billion in Q2 2019 — a decline of 2%, or 56 million hours. This is the first audience decrease in more than a year. On the flip side, both YouTube and Mixer saw growth. YouTube Gaming saw all-time highs for its various viewership stats in Q2 2019. Mixer’s hours streamed saw a leap from 8.4 million hours in Q1 to 12 million hours in Q2, lifting the platform out of a year-long streaming decline.
Japanese website Inside conducted a survey in which it asked gamers if they were interested in buying the Nintendo Switch Lite. Though the small sample size should be taken with a grain of salt, it was still interesting to see that more than half of Japanese gamers aren’t interested in the new Lite variant.
The delayed Hero 31, no new game modes, and a disappointing lack of cosmetic content have combined to make for one hell of a disappointing Overwatch Summer Games 2019. GameRevoluition’s Robert N. Adams dived deep into the latest Overwatch event, explaining just what went wrong.
In case you’d forgotten how awful some video game players can be, especially to women, here’s a sad reminder. Overwatch Twitch streamer Cupcake shared a clip on Twitter, in which she received abuse from male teammates. The streamer was told to “shut your f***ing mouth” and “make sandwiches. Another chimed in with “mop my floor” along with using a racial slur. “Women have lower IQ.” can also be heard.