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Jul 07 2013

CONvergence – Gods of Geekdom panel audio

I absolutely enjoyed this panel. It was thorough, informative, and hilarious. We discussed gods and god-concepts in various sci fi and fantasy fandoms, including comic books, novels and even video games. Panelists were Nick Glover, Ryan Consell, Jason Thibeault and Fionnuala Murphy. cvg2013-skepchickcon-godsofgeekdom.mp3

Jun 13 2013

Objectification vs idealization in video games

Escapist’s Jimquisition explains the difference. I love that he caps it off with an exhortation to thank God for him. If I didn’t like the guy, I’d be tempted to say something like “you’ve just handed us undeniable proof of a lack of gods.” And don’t forget that any suggestion that we have strong female …

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May 28 2013

Tropes Vs Women in Video Games: Damsel in Distress (part 2)

Anita Sarkeesian’s completely nonexistent series continues with a completely nonexistent part-2 for her completely nonexistent first topic, the Damsel in Distress. In this one, she specifically takes on the trope called Stuffed Into the Fridge. This trope almost always takes the form of a WOMAN stuffed into the fridge. Watch, to find out why. But …

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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 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 15 2013

NRA’s scapegoating tactics: an attempt to clear the deck for THEIR video game?

NRA Practice Range for iOS screenshot

In a move I can only characterize as rank unvarnished hypocrisy, the National Rifle Association has just released a gun range game where you can shoot at “coffin-shaped” human silhouette targets. The ink isn’t even dry on reporters’ dutiful relaying of the NRA’s last attempt to blame video games for the Sandy Hook shooting, and …

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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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