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October 11th, 2017, 14:34
Originally Posted by GothicGothicness View Post
You mean you want an interactive movie instead of a game, right ?
Grinding is not game nor a movie.
It's just an outdated design that should die already. Sadly, it happens we see it both in garbageware and soap opera drag-o-ramas.
I'm still not sure why people who can't live without grinding still didn't watch 2000 episodes of Santa Barbara where the content can be described as a grinding game: banging head against the wall for months.

Then again, I'm a tobacco addict myself so I do understand other unhealthy addictions exist.
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October 11th, 2017, 15:50
Originally Posted by joxer View Post
Grinding is not game nor a movie.
It's just an outdated design that should die already. Sadly, it happens we see it both in garbageware and soap opera drag-o-ramas.
I'm still not sure why people who can't live without grinding still didn't watch 2000 episodes of Santa Barbara where the content can be described as a grinding game: banging head against the wall for months.

Then again, I'm a tobacco addict myself so I do understand other unhealthy addictions exist.
What does grinding have to do with good level design or gameplay ?
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October 11th, 2017, 16:25
Originally Posted by Arkadia7 View Post
Apparently, working conditions at CD Red aren't good. They pay low salaries, and work their employees overtime around the clock.
Isn't that default in game development?
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October 11th, 2017, 16:49
Originally Posted by Morrandir View Post
Isn't that default in game development?
It is. Sadly.
But I don't see how we, the audience, can have any impact on some country laws. We're not politicians. At least not majority of us I guess.

Originally Posted by GothicGothicness View Post
What does grinding have to do with good level design or gameplay ?
Good level design = budget for doomoid/shooter 10 hours long max in mind
Gameplay = budget for mushroombased inferior hardware grinder, not enough $ for anything else

CDpr didn't want to make either of the two, they wanted to make a memorable epic masterpiece of storytelling with choices&consequesnces system and concentrated their budget elsewhere.

There is another possibility though. Maybe they had the $ but decided to scratch whatever console irrelevant in a masterpiece designs and those funds went to make spectacular sunflower fields, nonstatic props in a windy world and furry monsters?
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October 11th, 2017, 17:37
Originally Posted by JDR13 View Post
Seems unlikely that a much smaller company would be paying them more, but I suppose it's possible.
There's a definite upside to working with a smaller company. Everybody knows everybody, decisions can be made more rapidly, and each individual is of greater importance to the whole. Plus it can have a nice family feel to it, depending on the group.
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October 11th, 2017, 19:05
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Hmmm… the two in which they mention what companies they left for seem like career downgrades to me. Why would you want to leave a company like CD Projekt to go to Flying Wild Hog or Techland? I've a feeling they weren't seeing eye to eye with some of their co-workers.
Less stress, smaller team, more creativity allowed, stay in a specific city. Most game dev that leave big companies (and CD Projekt is pretty big now) move to smaller ones or just leave the industry.

Also, the comments on company review websites about CD Projekt aren't very good…
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October 11th, 2017, 20:44
Originally Posted by Morrandir View Post
Isn't that default in game development?
Not anymore. Since you are German, you might want to check out this interesting episode of DevPlay where Björn Pankratz of PB, Jan Klose of Deck13 and Jan Theysen of KingArt talk about crunch time.

PB, for example, are totally not doing it anymore. They work 9 to 5 (or regular 8h days so if someone wants to work 11 to 7 that seems fine, too) almost all the time nowadays.
Pankratz considers crunch time a failure in planning, unnecessary and counter-productive because you get stressed and start making stupid mistakes when you are overworked. I totally agree with him.

With regard to CDP it seems they are in fact almost in permanent crunch time. Given their super-ambitious goals that isn't surprising. They always seem to be striving for the next superlative.
If I had to give them some advice, I would say to take it easy and focus on depth instead of breadth. You don't have to top the Witcher 3 in terms of size. Please feel free to make Cyberpunk smaller but denser. Just my 2c though.
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October 11th, 2017, 20:54
Originally Posted by Arkadia7 View Post
Apparently, working conditions at CD Red aren't good. They pay low salaries, and work their employees overtime around the clock.

Not sure if this had something to do with these particular devs leaving, but Youtube gamer YongYea did a sort of "expose" of this in a recent video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBuoexbVEFE&t=21s
Wow. Wouldn't want to work there :/
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October 11th, 2017, 21:02
Originally Posted by Arkadia7 View Post
Apparently, working conditions at CD Red aren't good. They pay low salaries, and work their employees overtime around the clock.

Not sure if this had something to do with these particular devs leaving, but Youtube gamer YongYea did a sort of "expose" of this in a recent video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBuoexbVEFE&t=21s
Very revealing. Check out this comment to the vid :


I'm a software developer from Poland. I have not worked in CDP Red, but I'm involved in the game dev scene, as well as I've just worked in polish software companies.
The tales of CDP Red crunching are legendary in Poland - basically anyone that's even a bit interested in the game dev scene knows about it, and how it destroyed the people working there.
I can't find better version, but this is a picture of employees that left the company after Witcher 1:
https://i.imgur.com/bjm942Q.jpg
The red crosses are people that left, green ones are those that left and later returned. Most left due to very long crunch period.
This pattern did continue through Witcher 2 and Wither 3 development.

CDP Red is quite young company, that was established by people with little knowledge of running a software dev, let alone game dev studio - they learned as they went.. Most people didn't know how to handle big projects, how to properly plan and time work schedules etc.
There's a reason an "Enchanced Edition" of W1 came out like half a year after the premiere - it was a result of half a year long crunch to actually finish and polish the game, post launch.

Not much changed during W3 development - QA were mostly inexpirienced people working for minimal wages, crunching for 10-12h a day. And when they weren't needed any longer - they were fired or let go. They used to work 10h shift Monday-Friday, and 8h during the weekend.. Some people weren't leaving the company at all, sleeping in the office. One of the former QAs stated that "he was loosing the track of time. He knew it was weekend only because of free pizza, that was provided by the employer". There was almost a mutiny/rebelion by QAs, when one of the demo versions was delayed. It was toned down with 3-shifts-work schedule.
Programmers didn't have it easier either.

Those are not just some random reviews on random sites. Those words come from interviews with people that did work in CDP Red, there are plenty (old) articles in polish games media about it. People as high as the former head of production of W1 and W2 (Maciej Miąsik), Bartłomiej Nagórski (who was almost an executive producer, but quit after learing about the crunches) - software dev who also writes for Polygamia.pl - a polish site about everythig-games-related. There are plenty of other employees that preferred to stay anonymous, when interviewed by the journalists..

So ye - Witcher is great. CDP Red makes great games. CDP Red has great approach to their consumers. But not many really want to work there, especially after knowing a bit more how it works on the inside..
Although there are some good sides of all that shitty inside of CDP Red.. Companies like MoaCube or Flying Wild Hog were created by people who left CDP Red..
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October 11th, 2017, 21:50
Yea, it does sound like a stressful place to work at. That said, I give CD Project Red credit for producing great games like the Witcher 3. There are many stories of legendary workaholics in the arts, like some who worked in Hollywood, and they are the ones who produced the biggest results in box office and success for their movies. Maybe it takes this kind of attitude - being insanely driven - to produce greatness. I don't know.

I wasn't trying to criticize CD Project Red, just making note that they seem to be an extraordinarily ambitious company, and work their employees hard, according to that video that I posted. If the results are anything to go by, it pays off big time for the rpg fans, gamers, and the company, because they sold millions, but yea, it may be problematic for the employees who actually work there.
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October 11th, 2017, 22:18
In my experience, the bigger companies do pay less. It was certainly that way at Intel where the temps are paid more than the permanent workers. They expect you to take a lower salary for the privilege.
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October 11th, 2017, 22:31
Originally Posted by Arkadia7 View Post
Yea, it does sound like a stressful place to work at. That said, I give CD Project Red credit for producing great games like the Witcher 3. There are many stories of legendary workaholics in the arts, like some who worked in Hollywood, and they are the ones who produced the biggest results in box office and success for their movies. Maybe it takes this kind of attitude - being insanely driven - to produce greatness. I don't know.

I wasn't trying to criticize CD Project Red, just making note that they seem to be an extraordinarily ambitious company, and work their employees hard, according to that video that I posted. If the results are anything to go by, it pays off big time for the rpg fans, gamers, and the company, because they sold millions, but yea, it may be problematic for the employees who actually work there.
You give them credit for producing great games but they are producing great games because they work their employees into the ground. Nah, I can't get on board with that. I am not a fan of The Witcher series to begin with but I definitely won't be supporting their games going forward.
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October 11th, 2017, 22:38
Yes, let's decry the tyranny of CD Project because some random guy on the internet, who may or may not have an agenda, has claimed they've been naughty.
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October 11th, 2017, 22:52
Yes, let's!

I've heard that claim from others in the past too. I remember reading during The Witcher 3 production that employees were ran into the ground and being forced to work 60-80 hour weeks or something. I'm foggy on the details but the point was that they had harsh working conditions with long, arduous hours.

Maybe with TW3 profits they can improve the work conditions a lot there and invest more in their employees.
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October 11th, 2017, 22:52
Originally Posted by Arkadia7 View Post
I wasn't trying to criticize CD Project Red, just making note that they seem to be an extraordinarily ambitious company, and work their employees hard, according to that video that I posted. If the results are anything to go by, it pays off big time for the rpg fans, gamers, and the company, because they sold millions, but yea, it may be problematic for the employees who actually work there.
At least this is a rational statement and not like some of the silly kneejerk reactions I'm seeing. People need to remember that not all companies are the same and that the people employed by them have a choice.

Not long ago I was hired by a company for a sales position in the town I live in. I resigned after only a few days because of how many hours they wanted me to work. I don't consider it a bad company because of that though. I simply didn't want to do that job for 60+ hours a week. I know people who work there and are completely cool with it, but it wasn't for me. It's simply a matter of different strokes for different folks.
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October 11th, 2017, 22:53
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At least this is a rational statement and not like some of the silly kneejerk reactions I'm seeing. People need to remember that not all companies are the same and that the people employed by them have a choice.

Not long ago I was hired by a company for a sales position in the town I live in. I resigned after only a few days because of how many hours they wanted me to work. I don't consider it a bad company because of that though. I simply didn't want to do that job for 60+ hours a week. I know people who work there and are completely cool with it, but it wasn't for me. It's simply a matter of different strokes for different folks.
That's a nice privilege you have there. Not everyone is so lucky.
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October 11th, 2017, 22:55
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Yes, let's!

I've heard that claim from others in the past too. I remember reading during The Witcher 3 production that employees were ran into the ground and being forced to work 60-80 hour weeks or something. I'm foggy on the details but the point was that they had harsh working conditions with long, arduous hours.

Maybe with TW3 profits they can improve the work conditions a lot there and invest more in their employees.
I'm sure you can easily find that source again and link to it so the rest of us can see it, right?

You're pretty naive if you think CDP is the only developer that asks a lot from their employees, but then we also know that if such a thing came out about Bioware or Bethesda you'd be singing a different tune.
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October 11th, 2017, 22:57
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That's a nice privilege you have there. Not everyone is so lucky.
The vast majority of people have a choice. To pretend otherwise is just being ignorant.

You also missed the point. What's bad to some people isn't bad to others. The negative things you sometimes hear about employers are quite often the result of former employees who have an axe to grind because things didn't go their way.
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October 11th, 2017, 23:02
A very basic Google search turned this up.

http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1435875

CDPR has a considerably lower rating from employees than Ubisoft or EA. Just Google it and look for yourself. There's plenty of these claims out there.

Another one where CDPR was asked specifically to respond to crunching accusations. They basically ignored the question.

http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=909461
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October 11th, 2017, 23:04
Yes.. that definitely proves CD Project are horrible people.

Let's grab our pitchforks!
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