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April 8, 2020

New Cyberpunk 2077 faction protects sex workers from violence

New Cyberpunk 2077 faction protects sex workers from violence

CD Projekt Red’s social media accounts have been fairly quiet since January’s announcement that Cyberpunk 2077 would be delayed, pushing mostly merchandise and a few odd updates. Until Wednesday, that is.

The company has just revealed a brand new faction. Formed in the year 2076, The Mox is a militant group actively working to protect sex workers from violence and abuse.

The Mox are among the first all-new factions created for Cyberpunk 2077. Many other factions, including the Netwatch and the Voodoo Boys, existed in the original tabletop universe created by Mike Pondsmith in the 1980s. CD Projekt remixed those other factions, updating them to meet the needs of their narrative and the evolving timeline of the Cyberpunk universe. But The Mox is something completely new.

“Formed in 2076 after the death of Elizabeth ‘Lizzie’ Borden, a strip club owner & ex-prostitute who treated her workers fairly and defended them from violent clients,” CD Projekt said in a tweet. “The Mox refer to themselves as ‘those who protect working girls and guys’ from violence and abuse.”

Pondsmith’s own development company, R. Talsorian Games, has been working closely with CD Projekt to keep the universe faithful to the original. It went so far as to collaborate on the Cyberpunk Red Jumpstart Kit tabletop RPG starter set, which contains a timeline connecting the 1980s version to the upcoming video game. A full-fledged sourcebook is also in development, and R. Talsorian Games has actively promoted it with its own social media campaign called Countdown to the Dark Future.

The game is coming to Google Stadia, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One. A version is also being made for the Xbox Series X, but no release date for that port has been announced.

Published at Wed, 08 Apr 2020 14:50:00 +0000

Twitch has new nudity rules, and they’re detailed

Twitch rolled out a highly specific revision to its nudity and attire policy for streamers on Tuesday, to hopefully accommodate contexts in which skimpier apparel is appropriate even if it goes against the letter of the previous, broader rules such as cosplay, body art discussions, or even streams from a swimming pool or beach.

The revision follows the Feb. 13 suspension (and Feb. 21 reinstatement) of body-painting streamer Forkgirl, and other enforcement of rules that streamers and viewers complained were inconsistently applied. Last fall, a Twitch crackdown on “sexually suggestive” content included sanctions for streamers wearing athletic apparel at a gym, or cosplaying fighting game characters.

The new policy specifies six “situational exceptions” where attire that otherwise violates Twitch’s standards is still acceptable. The new rules still prohibit full or partial nudity — specifically prohibiting exposed genitals or buttocks, and for women, the nipples. “We do not permit exposed underbust,” Twitch said, but “cleavage is unrestricted as long as these coverage requirements are met.”

The “situational exceptions” include swimming and streaming while at a beach, concert, or festival; body art; breastfeeding, embeds of Twitch-endorsed content; real-life streaming outdoors in public, and “context transitions” such as moving from a beach setting to outdoor IRL streaming.

“This list is not exhaustive,” the update states, “and we will update it periodically as the community’s needs evolve.”

In developing and sharing the new policy, Twitch found that the old one “relied on an assumed shared understanding of what is appropriate in specific contexts.” So the new, specific standard for coverage “reduces the policy’s reliance on an assumed single definition of contextually acceptable.

“This new standard better translates across global contexts and will help improve enforcement consistence,” Twitch wrote.

Published at Wed, 08 Apr 2020 14:40:00 +0000

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