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8:00 AM on 07.25.2013

Nintendo PR actively promoting playable female characters

Nintendo is generally thought to exist in its own fancy little bubble, protected from the outside world and faintly out of touch with the rest of us. However, Nintendo of America's marketing department may be a bit more savvy...

Jim Sterling


8:30 PM on 03.06.2013

Project Awakened fails to meet Kickstarter goal

In another reminder that Kickstarter isn't the surefire way to fund your game, the impressive-looking Project Awakened has failed its Kickstarter drive. Developer Phosphor Games raised $338,498 of its required target of $500,...

Alasdair Duncan

8:30 AM on 02.08.2013

Anonymous Rayman Legends dev angry about delay (Update)

[Update: Anonymous no more! It appears that this comment comes from Xavier Piox, the Ubisoft managing director who recently said that "gaming is no longer just for geeks." Errr... guess not. It's just a random dev who left th...

Jim Sterling

8:00 AM on 01.28.2013

Objectify A Male Tech Writer Day [Update]

[Update: Leigh Alexander has decided to call off the event, following an examination of potential risks. It's been proposed that the event alienates those who do not neatly fit into the straight male and straight female dynam...

Jim Sterling



Combating hidden sexism with Objectify A Man Day photo
Combating hidden sexism with Objectify A Man Day
by Stephen Beirne

For men to compliment women is far more common than for the reverse to happen. It’s one of those socialized traits people barely notice unless they’re particularly alerted, what with it being so widespread as to be ubiquitous. Unsurprisingly, the majority of compliments directed towards women tend to praise appearance as opposed to ability or personality. The overall effect is one that can breed frustration in recipients as it reinforces harmful gender roles.

It is on this basis that Leigh Alexander and Ben Abraham have organised Objectify A Male Tech Writer Day (or simply Objectify A Man Day). On February 1, participants will see to their Twitters and Facebooks as per usual, with the caveat that anything they link which is authored by a man will be supplemented with a needless compliment on the chap’s appearance. With the hashtag of #Objectify, the goal is to raise awareness of how well-intentioned remarks can nevertheless make you feel undermined and patronized.

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Twitter reveals why there aren't many women in videogames photo
Twitter reveals why there aren't many women in videogames
by Jim Sterling

Women in the game industry are currently revealing some of the crap they have to put up with in the videogame industry, using the #1ReasonWhy hashtag to explain why there aren't as many women in the business as there ought to be. 

"I had to make my own game in order to see someone like me as a main character," explained Mattie Brice, also adding, "Men write about sexism and get praise, and I silenced and degraded for writing the same thing a week, month, year before."

Ashly Burch revealed, "I am confronted with rape or violence in the comments section of Hey Ash videos," while writer Rhianna Pratchett offered, "Creating appropriately dressed female characters is viewed as a rarity, rather than the norm."

"Men like me are badasses, so cool and hilarious. I'm a disrespectful loud-mouthed bitch," said former Destructoid writer Leigh Alexander, while Rowan Cota wrote, "If I succeed, I'm exceptional. And if I fail, I'm proof that women shouldn't be in the industry."

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From a bag of Doritos to a bag of dirty laundry photo
From a bag of Doritos to a bag of dirty laundry
by Jim Sterling

Who knew that a picture of a man sat next to a bag of Doritos could snowball into anger, humiliation, and intrigue? The most startling thing about this industry is that the biggest of avalanches can erupt from the humblest of places, and so it is that an image of Geoff Keighley sparked a massive controversy. 

After viewing the above image, which was earning many laughs as it spread across the usual social networking sites, British writer and comedian Robert Florence penned a piece for Eurogamer, using it as the launch pad for an earnest critique of the videogame press. He particularly assaulted the Game Media Awards, a PR-sponsored event that praised and rewarded the sponsor's favorite videogame "journalists."

In particular, he mentioned Lauren Wainwright, a writer for MCV and a Destructoid graduate. 

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10:30 AM on 05.04.2012

Ex-EA man says traditional consoles are under pressure

Former Electronic Arts and Xbox Live bigwig John Schappert has joined the growing band of rebels who believe traditional console gaming is in a risky position. With social and mobile games encroaching on their territory, Scha...

Jim Sterling

10:30 AM on 05.03.2012

Firefall dev says game consoles are 'broken' and 'dead'

Game designer and Red 5 boss Mark Kern is ready to kick the footstool from under the feet of modern videogame consoles and let them dangle. According to the man heading up Firefall, the business models keeping the Xbox 360, P...

Jim Sterling

1:00 PM on 03.29.2012

Child molester caught red-handed thanks to DSi camera

A 46-year-old British man may have gotten away with molesting a child, had the victim not been quick-witted enough to catch his criminal act on her DSi camera. Thanks to a 10-year-old girl and her game system, pedophile John ...

Jim Sterling

2:30 PM on 03.07.2012

Will the PS4 be capable of visuals like this?

British magazine PSM3 is boasting images of alleged next-gen tech, giving us a glimpse of what the PlayStation 4 may be capable of rendering. The images shown are a richly detailed jungle environment, and a realistic close sh...

Jim Sterling





3:00 PM on 12.19.2011

The Jimquisition: Taking Videogames Seriously

When will games be taken seriously? Why isn't anybody taking videogames seriously? How many times can Jim say the word "seriously" in a single video? Does any of it matter? No. None of it. Ever.

Jim Sterling

10:00 AM on 12.09.2011

Red Cross wants to see FPS games respect the laws of war

The  International Committee of the Red Cross recently caused a stir by implying that military first-person-shooters like Call of Duty and Battlefield might (fictionally) break international armed conflict laws with...

Jim Sterling

11:45 AM on 11.03.2011

Steve Jobs, iOS voted biggest influence on game industry

According to a survey completed by over 1,000 professionals at the London Games Conference, Steve Jobs is considered the most influential person in the videogame industry, with the iPhone providing the most significant g...

Jim Sterling

3:00 PM on 09.05.2011

The Jimquisition: The Beautiful Irony of PC Gaming

Beauty is only skin deep, and a pretty face can only go so far. Fortunately, I am both beautiful and wise, so I'm basically the perfect lifeform. In a way, I consider myself to be very much like PC gaming -- visually stunnin...

Jim Sterling

2:15 PM on 08.10.2011

Parents in 1991 got mad about having to buy the SNES

These days, the march of new technology is inevitable. Early adopters of the 3DS know that a 3DS Lite is going to be launched one day. We buy Xbox 360s and PS3s knowing that, in a matter of years, hotter, more powerful ones ...

Jim Sterling