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Category Archive: Games

Apr 13 2013

The Best Amendment

So there’s apparently a “fourth-dimensional”, “massively single-player” game called The Best Amendment, which throws Wayne LaPierre’s words right back at him, and at you, the player. Remember when he said “the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun”? This game puts that axiom to the …

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Apr 02 2013

Dys4ia: a short indie game about being transgender

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Over on NewGrounds, there’s a a short autobiographical game by Auntie Pixellante called Dys4ia. It’s a pixelly, Flash-based WarioWare-style game, played only with the arrow keys, chronicling the experiences of a trans woman in rectifying her own dysphoria. I don’t want to spoil it overly much. It’s short, not difficult (except maybe emotionally), and well …

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Mar 20 2013

A graph for the gun violence / video games conflaters

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Via The Atlantic Wire, this graph shows a clear correlation between gun violence and video game spending per capita… …oh wait, no, it doesn’t. Like, at all. Your move, gun apologists.

Mar 12 2013

Father hacks Donkey Kong rom so daughter can be Pauline

Remember that Wind Waker hack I told you about recently, where a young girl’s father — who’d been changing Link’s gender on the fly for his daughter while reading it to her — decided to make things simpler for himself by hacking the rom script? Another father was asked by his daughter if she could …

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Mar 10 2013

Has a grad student invented the instant wound cure?

If this is true — and I have to admit more than a little skepticism about this, given the just-so story near the end — it could be the single biggest medical breakthrough in decades. You know how in Mass Effect, characters can take life-threatening damage and after one little button-press, they’re right back in …

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Mar 08 2013

Tropes Vs Women In Video Games: Pt. 1: Damsel In Distress

Here’s a 23-minute video, the first in a series, which of course can’t possibly exist because Anita Sarkeesian is a scammer who bilked people of money on Kickstarter then went to the Bahamas. Dense, information-packed, well-researched, correct in all its particulars, and can’t possibly exist. My search engine hits for “Anita Sarkessian scam” tell me …

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Feb 27 2013

What if Doctor Who’s recent seasons were a 16-bit RPG?

I would play the living crap out of this game. I would do all the sidequests and find all the wibbly wobbly timey wimey collectibles. Three cheers for Doctor Octoroc, who created this for CollegeHumor.

Feb 03 2013

Tropes Vs Women In Video Games – Damsel In Distress to be released this month

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Kotaku reports: Anita Sarkeesian, the controversial feminist critic whose plans to produce a crowdfunded video series about female tropes in video games led to someone creating a video game all about punching her in the face, is almost ready to show her work.

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Jan 12 2013

Alex Jones rants about a NWO trying to take away his guns

Wayne LaPierre, NRA: "The shooting at Taft Union High School is tragic. When-- oh, when!-- will we start talking about video game control?"

Alex Jones’ unhinged rant on Piers Morgan’s show, where the interviewer got maybe one question answered out of the three he managed to ask, tells me why I got a comment the other day demanding the rounding up and burning of antidepressants. There is now apparently a parallel narrative forming where antidepressants are responsible for …

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Jan 11 2013

North Korean IT venture company makes country’s first (maybe) video game

Lord Setar brought this to my attention: the first IT venture company in North Korea, which brags of having internet connectivity, has built the country’s first video game (unless you count these mobile games published under the Fox Mobile banner… which might not actually count, honestly). I’ve tried a number of times to play the …

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