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Another study shows that gaming has a sexist problem

Slowly but surely the academic evidence is building up. A new study conducted by researchers at Ohio University has found that women playing multiplayer on Halo 3 receive three times as much abuse as men. Confirming what is already commo...

 
 
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Combating hidden sexism with Objectify A Man Day

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. U...

 
 
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Goodbye, cruel will: Determinism in videogames

Inside everybody’s head lives a tiny mad scientist who governs their actions and whims. Most of the time it’s barely noticeable, even to the point of feeling perfectly natural. Every now and again something might come along that...

 
 
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Interview: Anita Sarkeesian, games, and Tropes vs. Women

It must have been an exciting experience for Anita Sarkeesian during her Tropes vs. Women in Video Games Kickstarter project. Broadcast under the name of her hosting site, Feminist Frequency, where Tropes vs. Women originally gained interne...

 
 
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Grand plans for Tropes vs Women in Video Games (Update)

[Update: Encouraged by the rate at which the original goal of $6,000 was reached, Anita has extended the scope of the series to suit demand. Five more tropes have been referenced as research points, each warranting its own 10-20 minute vide...

 
 
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Why Women in Games initiatives are not problems at all

A few weeks ago at GDC, Mare Sheppard of indie game company Metanet told a small but packed conference room what she thought about Women in Games initiatives; her conclusion was less than favorable. Although she supports the ideas that th...

 
 
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Ireland's influence in videogames

Well, it's Saint Patrick's Day, and what better way is there to mark the occasion than by doing something flippant and pointless? Naturally, the Irish are fantastic at everything they do (and they're handsome, too), so it's no surprise t...

 
 
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How Yorda's uselessness ruins agency in Ico

In philosophical terms, "agency" is the capacity for a person to make decisions and act according to those decisions. The ability to decide one's own actions entails a substantial degree of self-expression and so is quite a significant powe...

 
 
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Save our Dark Souls

If you frequent any videogame website, there's a high chance you will have read about a game released this year by the name of Dark Souls. That it is quite passionately talked about should come as no surprise, really -- there's a hell of...

 
 
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A lovely look at videogames through Persona 4

[Editor's note: Community member Byronic Man (a.k.a. Stephen Beirne) presents a fascinating, intelligent look at videogames through classic RPG Persona 4. Enjoy! -Chad] Much can be gained from the analysis of videogames. Whether you’r...

 
 




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Hob"Hobbling out of the gate"

 

The Evil Within 2"Stalking shadows"

 

Echo"No dolphins in sight..."

 

South Park: The Fractured but Whole"Friendly faces everywhere"

 

The Jackbox Party Pack 4"Fourth time, less charm"

 

Forza Motorsport 7"The king is dead, long live the king"

 

Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth"New faces, familiar places"

 

Golf Story"Slam dunk hole-in-one"

 
 
 

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whatsacow

Well, this was just translated and was written over 1800 years ago depicting a Trans Eat a dick

 
Serethyn

A weird case for #TypoToid: The Dutch blurb on Akiba’s Beat’s back cover has what appears to be the Yugoslav flag (blue-white-red triband) next to it, instead of the actual red-white-blue Dutch

 
Greenhornet214

I wrote a relatively personal blog about Halo, if youd like to read it: bump

 
bones264

#TheEmpireDidNothingWrong

 
Chris Moyse

This is where I usually post some party But boy, its been a hectic and *very* heavy week, so now, I wish every one of you a happy, safe, and *very* fun weekend! xxx but Imma little less party this Saturday, and a little more:

 
Dangore Taarguts

I really didnt expect Metroid Prime 3 to be this Feeling pretty humbled right

 
Jetfandam

Zangief gets a Mad Max inspired costume in the upcoming zeku Karin gets a jockey outfit and Kolin an ice skater They all look pretty I mean: MEDIOCRE

 
Murderous Mike Martin

Id start playing again if everyone got dino-skinned and they had a dino

 
Shinkz

I wasnt expecting the mailman to deliver this

 
yomiura

My hopeless FE Warriors review: Underwears are replaced with Everything is

 
 

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