The Story of Xbox Doc addresses Lionhead Closure

Today: Roblox might be super-popular, but it’s not super-ethical — Videogames is a lot more important to the UK economy than fishing — Peter Molyneux returns with blockchain-based play-to-earn game

Power On: The Story of Xbox documentary now available online following delay

Power On: The Story of Xbox chapter title artwork

Take a deep dive into the history of the Xbox in the six-part documentary Power On: The Story of Xbox.

“The project began almost three years ago with a simple question: is there a compelling story behind the history of Xbox?” said Xbox’s Tina Summerford during the 20th anniversary celebrations.

Gamer project: “At its core it’s a story about how Xbox started as a passion project from a small group of gamers within Microsoft and grew to become a source of joy for Xbox players around the world.”

Xbox journey: The story begins as the idea of the DirectX Box gained traction inside Microsoft, covering the ups and downs like the infamous Red Ring of Death, how Xbox lost its way – and how it is redeeming itself.

Who pops up to say “Toasty!” in Mortal Kombat?

a) Ed Boon
b) John Turk
c) Dan Forden
d) John Tobias

The answer will be revealed at the bottom of today's issue. Join up with our community on Twitter and Facebook to discuss what the answer could be.

Roblox “pressured” People Make Games

People Make Games’ video artwork on Roblox

In August, People Make Games published a video about how Roblox exploits young game developers and profits hugely from the practice.

In its latest video, People Make Games reveal how Roblox Corporation tried to pressure them to take down its exposé. Turns out People Make Games were not the only content creators subjected to harassment by Roblox Corporation.

Cash claim: Following the revelations, Roblox Corporation stopped claiming that you could “Earn Serious Cash” making content for the platform and stopped boasting of top developers earning $2 million a year using Roblox.

Delete call: Roblox refused to respond to the video, instead insisting that the video was full of factual errors and demanded its removal without presenting any evidence for their claims.

UK game industry’s economic contribution almost doubles in three years

Ukie logos and banners at convention

The UK games industry has almost doubled its contribution to the economy in the last three years according to trade association Ukie.

The industry's “gross value add” grew by 81% from £2.91 billion in 2016 to £5.26 billion in 2019. As of 2019, the games industry employed 73,370 full-time workers.

Big growth: London “remains the largest video game cluster” in the UK with 21,974 full time workers contributing £2.06 billion in gross value add. Most of the growth is outside London however, and the proportion of the growth is 36/64.

Tax breaks: There has also been a “surge in investment”, with UK studios raising around £5.1 billion between 2017 and 2020. Around 2.79 billion were invested in 2020 alone. Video Game Tax Relief has played an “immensely important role” growing the industry according to Ukie CEO Dr Jo Twist OBE.

Microids, Batman & Dangerous Worlds

The WB Batman Collection sale banner

Nothing but bundles on the menu today over at Humble Bundle and we start with Microids: Games & Comics Crossover Collection with 50 items that can be all yours if you pay at least £9.

We then stalk crime-riddled streets with The WB Batman Collection with 8 items for £7.43 or more, and end with the Dangerous Worlds bundle with 7 items when spending over £9.

Who pops up to say “Toasty!” in Mortal Kombat?

Mortal Kombat fight scene

ANSWER: Dan Forden!

Sure, Ed Boon's mighty “Get Over Here!” is the most iconic line from Mortal Kombat, but let's not forget the little fella that pops out in the corner to yell “Toasty!” when a particularly meaty uppercut connects. That's Dan Forden, audio director for Mortal Kombat, and he's worked on most of the games in the series.

While he doesn't toast it up in every game, Forden became prominent enough that a bunch of games pay homage to him, including Revolution X, Peggle and Stepmania. The sound clip even appears in a pinball machine Forden worked on called Medieval Madness. Toasty!

Today's issue of DailyBits was written by Gavin Herman, Erlend Grefsrud, Simon Priest, and Jamie Davey. If you have any feedback or news tips for the team, please email us!