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Politicizing video games
Politicizing video games

Shadow Complex, a new release to the Xbox Live Arcade, has generated a bit of controversy since its debut last week. The Super Metroid-inspired sidescroller is set in the universe of Orson Scott Card's Empire series and opposition to the game has been brewing by gamers unhappy with the controversial author's political views– specifically regarding […]

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23 August 2009
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Terrible business practices: Flagship Industries and Ventrilo
Terrible business practices: Flagship Industries and Ventrilo

As I have reported recently, I've been giving this whole "guild" thing in World of Warcraft a more concerted effort than I have done previously. I've been running instances more regularly and "raiding" as the kids say and I have actually been enjoying it. The guild I joined is half of a larger guild that […]

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19 August 2009
If you didn't want it groped, don't wear that slutty dress!
If you didn't want it groped, don't wear that slutty dress!

So, Electronic Arts makes a game. 1. To advertise this game, which is some riff off of Dante's Inferno, they craft a series of publicity stunts around the various circles of Hell and sins and so on/so forth. One of these involves a comic book convention, Comic-Con, where EA tells horny guys people to take […]

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30 July 2009
Summarizing opposition to LGBT players in MMOGs
Summarizing opposition to LGBT players in MMOGs

So my previous post got linked on WoW.com a couple days ago. Due to a linking mixup it happened a bit too late to get noticed in the initial read-through– fortunately or un- depending on your position I suppose– and I missed pretty much all the traffic from their entry. I mention 'unfortunately' because it […]

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24 July 2009
Homophobia, sexism, racism and online games
Homophobia, sexism, racism and online games

Last week GLAAD sent out a press release announcing their intention to start a project meant to combat homophobia in online video games and communities. On the surface this might sound like a great idea, unless you happen to actually be familiar with any of those communities, then the warning bells would be going off. […]

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7 July 2009
Forty years later: the state of the Gay
Forty years later: the state of the Gay

Sunday the 28th marks the day that, forty years ago, police raided the Stonewall Inn in New York's Greenwich village, setting the spark to what became a weekend of rioting from the LGBT community fed up with constant harassment and brutality. That weekend became the cornerstone of the gay rights movement, giving voice to a […]

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29 June 2009
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Our hair is perfect while we're all getting shit wrecked
Our hair is perfect while we're all getting shit wrecked

One of the biggest differences I've noticed between here and NYC is the treatment of bars and alcohol here. When Adam and I first visited Sydney last April this wasn't in place, but shortly before we got here New South Wales (the "state" that Sydney is the capital of) passed restrictions on bars and clubs […]

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22 March 2009
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