MYW Unscripted Episode 07 – What is Crunch Mode and Why is it Terrible

“Crunch Mode” may sound like a fun breakfast cereal, but it’s actually kind of a bummer. Crunch Mode is a controversial labour practice that is common in the video game industry. It involves long hours, high amounts of stress, and no extra pay. In this episode, Jose and Nicholas talk about where Crunch Mode came from, why it is so bad, and what could be done about it.



0:40: What is Crunch Mode?

2:15: The rise of awareness of Crunch Mode

3:43: What are the specifics behind Crunch Mode?

8:42: What’s so bad about Crunch Mode?

14:27: How do we change this practice in the industry?

16:05: Key takeaways


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Original Crunch Mode blog entry –

Patriot Act Episode on Crunch Mode –

Kotaku article on Crunch Mode –

Kotaku article on hiring cycles:



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