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3:00 AM on 05.31.2013

Take-Two: Delight consumers, don't punish them

Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick gave a talk at the Cowen Technology, Media, and Telecom Conference, where he had a number of things to say about his company and the industry as a whole. Strauss brought up the used games fee that...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

9:00 AM on 05.29.2013

Tropes vs Women in Video Games: Damsel in Distress part 2

Tropes vs Women in Video Games, the series that is single-handedly destroying all of gaming because a woman said a thing on the Internet once, has launched its second episode. That'll explain why all babies cried out in the ...

Jim Sterling

8:00 AM on 05.14.2013

Biden: No legal reason why 'violent' games can't be taxed

Vice President Joe Biden recently had a meeting with religious leaders to discuss gun control, and violent media was discussed. God forbid we don't obfuscate the gun discussion with more demented strawmen.  Reverend Fran...

Jim Sterling

6:00 PM on 05.13.2013

Nintendo removing same-sex relationships from 3DS game

Nintendo is patching a "bug" in Tomodachi Collection: New Life that allows male characters to date, marry, and even raise children with one another. The company has announced an update will fix "human relationships that ...

Kyle MacGregor







Jimquisition: Objectification And ... Men?  photo
Jimquisition: Objectification And ... Men?
by Jim Sterling

A common argument in the ongoing debate over gender and videogames is that women and men both are equally objectified. Is that really true?

As always, Emperor God King Jim Sterling puts His holy foot down and delivers wisdom true to the masses. He totally isn't smug about it, either!

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2:00 AM on 05.07.2013

Will Wright: SimCity's server issues were 'inexcusable'

Game Industry International caught up with legendary designer Will Wright who shared his thoughts on the train wreck of a launch SimCity suffered with all of the server issues players experienced when trying to play the game....

Hamza CTZ Aziz

12:30 PM on 05.04.2013

Boy tries to rape mom, kills her, over Call of Duty ban

A 14-year-old boy from rural Iowa has been charged with first degree murder after shooting his mother with a .22 caliber rifle he received as a present. Noah Crooks, who was 13 at the time, attempted to rape his mother i...

Jim Sterling



Gearbox artist slams Dragon's Crown character design photo
Gearbox artist slams Dragon's Crown character design
by Jim Sterling

The Dragon's Crown "thing" shows no sign of stopping, with vehement and sometimes venomous opinions flying this way and that. To bring you up to speed, Vanillaware's upcoming brawler features a big-boobed Sorceress, the design of which is causing a ruckus. 

Now an artist from a completely different studio is in the mix, Gearbox environmental artist Shaylyn Hamm. To say she's not impressed by George Kamitani's mammary magician is putting it lightly. 

"I want to see more women getting interested in games and game development, but stuff like this only serves to further cement the idea that you're stepping into a male hobby rather than something that is more inclusive," she wrote on The Escapist's forums

"Also, this is the first time I've seen that character and holy shit, ahahahahahaha. That's actually something that made its way into a basically finished video game, fucking lol! Some juvenile delinquent kid in my 5th grade class used to draw girls that looked like that (only without the creepy blank, featureless samefaces and wizard hats), and I think he was actually better at it. I also think he's in jail now. This is amazing."

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9:00 AM on 04.09.2013

The Last of Us focus test had to be made to include women

Naughty Dog has revealed it had to force the hand of its focus testers in order to get them to acknowledge a female perspective. Originally, The Last of Us was exclusively using male gamers to gauge audience interest, until t...

Jim Sterling

3:00 PM on 04.08.2013

Jimquisition: Why An Always-On DRM Console Is Dumb

Just talking about an "always-on" Xbox is a really dumb idea. Hopefully not even Microsoft would be so stupid, but just in case any of the platform holders are seriously considering this awful, nasty little idea, let Jimquisition lay out the many good reasons as to why an always-on console would be utterly ludicrous. Seriously, it's ... it's terrible. Deal with it!

Jim Sterling

6:15 PM on 04.05.2013

Microsoft apologizes for 'Deal With It' statements

Following an earlier controversy of stunning proportions, Microsoft has issued an official statement concerning employee Adam Orth's public sentiment that always-on DRM haters need to just "Deal with it." The company apologiz...

Jim Sterling

3:15 PM on 04.05.2013

EA will 'do better' to not be the worst company ever

Feline Electronic Arts COO Peter Moore has spoken about that time EA got voted the worst company in America. Vowing to "do better" in gaining positive sentiment, the grinning executive acknowledged there's work to be done, bu...

Jim Sterling



Microsoft man on always-online consoles: 'Deal with it' photo
Microsoft man on always-online consoles: 'Deal with it'
by Jim Sterling

[Update: Microsoft has since apologized for Orth's statements. Deal with it.]

Rumors that the Next Xbox will be restricted by the same always-online requirement that has crippled several major PC releases of late has not exactly been met with applause from prospective customers. One man, however -- Microsoft Studios creative director Adam Orth -- doesn't see why anybody could have an issue with a DRM Box. 

"Sorry, I don't get the drama around having an 'always on' console," Orth proclaimed on Twitter"Every device now is 'always on'. That's the world we live in. #dealwithit."

He followed his churlish contempt with some sarcastic false equivalence, glossing over the many stated problems with a potential always-on console to focus on a simplified -- utterly foolish -- set of comparisons.

"Sometimes the electricity goes out. I will not purchase a vacuum cleaner. The mobile reception in the area I live in is spotty and unreliable. I will not buy a mobile phone."

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9:30 AM on 04.04.2013

Inafune: Japanese game industry is not fine

Some argue the Japanese game industry is doing just fine, but long-standing critic Keiji Inafune has declared such arguments are rooted in little more than wishful thinking. The former Capcom man believes the industry needs t...

Jim Sterling

3:00 PM on 03.25.2013

Jimquisition: The Creepy Cull of Female Protagonists

The game industry doesn't want female characters. That is allegedly the message publishers have been sending to developers. As female characters get hidden from the front covers of games and projects with leading ladies are ...

Jim Sterling





7:00 PM on 03.20.2013

Ultima creator thinks other designers 'really just suck'

Richard Garriott, known for creating the venerable Ultima series and sometimes known as Lord British, had some harsh truth bombs to rain down on his contemporaries. Speaking with PC Gamer, Garriott said, "I’ve met virtu...

Steven Hansen