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6:30 PM on 11.11.2013

Ghosts tales: Ding, dong Xbox One DRM still very dead

Andre "Swami" Weingarten got his Xbox One early due to a mistake by retailer Target. A whole lot came out of that -- an unboxing video, a temporary ban, and an upcoming trip to the Xbox One launch event. The early consoles ha...

Steven Hansen

11:00 AM on 11.01.2013

Your privacy and what Xbox One Kinect really sees

With the privacy concerns games raised recently, Microsoft found themselves needing to fully detail what the Xbox One Kinect sensor sees and sends. A new privacy statement page gets into what Kinect data is collected and how ...

Dale North



What if the next Link was Blasian? photo
What if the next Link was Blasian?
by Jonathan Holmes

[Art by Sarah Thomas]

A while ago, Jim Sterling, Lindsay Collins and I floated around the idea of doing a "What if?" web comic about videogames. Sadly, the only ideas we could come up with was "What if Yorda from Ico was a guy?" and "What if Alucard from Symphony of the Night was a Shopaholic?" Both ideas had their charms, but that's where the spark went out. 

There was a third idea though -- "What if the next Link was Blasian (Black and Asian)?" The idea was impossible. There is no way that the punchline to that one could fit in a comic strip, in part because the repercussions of a Blasian Link would be so wide spread and long lasting.

There is a precedent for this kind of thing. Black Nick Fury is a huge hit. Black Spider-Man was all over the news when he was first announced, and has continued on to be the only hero in comics to carry on the name. A lot of the characters in Monster Hunter 3 are brown. The new Black Avengers just debuted in comics to positive sales and reviews. Black Annie is set to hit theaters next year in the usual blockbuster style. And don't even get me started on Black Jesus. 

Pop culture seems to be getting more comfortable with familiar characters taking on different races, as long as they successfully carry forward the classic concepts that they were created to represent.  Still, there seems to be a glass ceiling in videogames, where nearly all of the most well known and loved icons are Caucasian.What if Link were the first to break that trend?

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10:45 AM on 10.25.2013

The Stanley Parable dev to remove offensive images

I spent a fair bit of time with The Stanley Parable and didn't find anything offensive, but author Oliver Campbell and others did, and now developer Galactic Cafe plans to release an update to change out two images. Those tha...

Dale North

10:00 AM on 10.21.2013

Day One: Garry's Incident developers censoring criticism

Wild Games Studio, the company behind Day One: Garry's Incident, is currently caught up in a controversy surrounding criticism of its game on YouTube. Immensely popular PC game critic John "TotalBiscuit" Bain has accused the ...

Jim Sterling



Jimquisition: Toxic photo
Jimquisition: Toxic
by Jim Sterling

There has been much talk about how the gaming world is too toxic, too negative, too full of anger and rage. Jimquisition argues there might be just the right amount of it. The issue is in how it's used. 

Anger is a powerful weapon, but like all powerful things, it must be handled with care. Venom can be harnessed to our benefit, provided we be careful not to let it spill into our own faces.

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3:15 PM on 10.11.2013

Sakurai criticizes 'unnatural' amount of remakes, sequels

Super Smash Brothers and Kirby creator Masahiro Sakurai used his weekly Famitsu column, as translated by Polygon, to reflect on being a judge for the Game Designers' Award at this past Tokyo Game Show. Sony's Unfinished Swan ...

Steven Hansen

4:30 PM on 10.10.2013

Report: Foxconn used forced student labor to build PS4s

Hong Kong's Oriental Daily (by way of Games in Asia) ran a report detailing how thousands of students from an IT engineering program at the Xi'an Institute of Technology were being forced to work at Foxconn's Yantai plant to ...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

10:00 PM on 10.09.2013

Russia to fund games 'conducive to patriotic education'

The Russian government is taking videogames seriously. Russia's culture minister Vladimir Medinsky, who also heads The Russian Military History Society, is taking charge on the government's videogame project. The first produc...

Steven Hansen

3:00 AM on 10.09.2013

Crytek's Warface is getting playable women soldiers

Warface, which I still can't say with a straight face, is adding playable women avatars to the fray. According to executive producer Joshua Howard, speaking to Games Beat, the "female characters are a big hit" in Russia, wher...

Steven Hansen

8:00 PM on 10.03.2013

Legend of Zelda producer wants to uproot series tradition

Legend of Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma seems to have radical ideas. As radical as you might expect from Nintendo, anyway. In an interview with 4Gamer, translated by Siliconera, Aonuma explained the heavily reported mistranslati...

Steven Hansen

10:00 AM on 10.03.2013

Red Cross wants war crimes in videogames to be punished

On its website, the International Committee of the Red Cross posted a suggestion that videogames aiming to realistically recreate modem battlefields (and only those games) should include, "virtual [in-game] penalties for ser...

Steven Hansen

8:30 AM on 09.30.2013

Conspiracy! NBA Jam designer nerfed Bulls late game shots

If you've ever had some bogus shenanigans go down in a sports game -- maybe Mark Sanchez threw a pass to the intended receiver instead of an opposing DB or Matt Cain missed his change-up location -- I'm here to tell you now a...

Steven Hansen

8:00 PM on 09.17.2013

Here's one good and one sad GTA V related story

First the good news by way of Breakfast Television: Two teen brothers helped attempt to save the life of an elderly man trapped in his home due to a fire. 17-year-old Colten and 16-year-old Luke were on their way back home af...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

9:45 PM on 09.10.2013

Game Debate to the Death! Favorite GTA game?

In the previous debate we matched the three current generation consoles against one another to see which would be the victor of this era of gaming. When the dust settled, the PS3 ran away with the crown, but who claimed secon...

Tom Fronczak

9:00 PM on 09.03.2013

Inafune: Japanese game industry has 'gotten worse'

It's been a few years since Mega Man creator and former Capcom honcho Kenji Inafune made waves by saying Japan makes awful games. He hasn't really stopped ringing the death knell since. Earlier this year he declared Japan's g...

Steven Hansen