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  1. Review: Like Video Games and Archaeology? You’ll Really Dig Atari: Game Over

    Press start.

    As we noted in our interview with Atari: Game Over director Zak Penn yesterday, if you've heard about this movie before, then it's pretty likely that you already think you know what it's about. Here's the thing, though: you really don't know the half of it.

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  2. Magic: The Gathering Smiles at Trans Representation with Alesha, Who Smiles at Death

    Wizards of the Coast has revealed one of the characters in the new Magic: the Gathering - Fate Reforged set is a trans woman. Alesha, Who Smiles at Death is the very first trans woman in the game’s lore. In a story titled, “The Truth of Names,” Alesha leads her warriors into battle. Weaved into the tale between gory descriptions of death and combat is a subtle story about identity and finding who you are.

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  3. Interview: Atari: Game Over Director Zak Penn On Video Games, Movie Adaptations, and Pacific Rim 2

    On February 2nd, Atari: Game Over, which documents the quest to find Atari E.T. cartridges that were buried in the New Mexico desert over 30 years ago, will be available on VOD. Our review will be up tomorrow, but in the meantime we had the chance to talk with director Zak Penn about the project, as well as some other irons he has in the fire. If you've ever thought of going into screenwriting, he has some really great tips for you all.

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  4. Wikipedia Organizations Address Gamergate Editor Controversy: Women Are “Invaluable Contributors”

    Something wik'd this way comes.

    So what gives, Wikipedia?

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  5. How League of Legends Uses Colors To Affect Players’ Behavior

    Everything is science if you look deep enough.

    Even if you've never launched your own summoner into battle for another team's nexus, you've probably heard about Riot Games' constant efforts to make League of Legends a more civil and welcoming space for its players, using such tools as rewards for good behavior, temporary bans for bad behavior, and more. A whole lot more. Like, stuff you could write a psychology dissertation on, more.

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  6. During Public Speech Gamergate Asked Leigh Alexander About “Pushing Values” in Video Games

    It's easy to start a conflict online; it's another story in person. Many who would be emboldened behind a keyboard would never dare say the same things to a person's face. Mostly from fear of getting punched, I'd wager, but also from sheer awkwardness. Personally, I've always wondered when a commenter would jump out from behind the computer into real life; and, well, it seems that's just happened to Leigh Alexander.

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  7. You Can Now Take Selfies Of Your Avatar In World of Warcraft

    #Blessed.

    Because honestly, what's the point of spending all that time crafting yourself a pair of Tankatronic goggles if you can't see yourself looking cool in them?

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  8. [UPDATED] Feminist Frequency Releases Its Annual Report, Sarkeesian Affirms Commitment to Fighting Online Harassment

    Mmmmm, numbers.

    Need a breath of hope for the video games industry, particularly the presence of women and women's voices within it and its community? Well, Feminist Frequency's 2014 backer report isn't all sunshine and rainbows... but it's got a few solid rays.

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  9. The Trailer For Telltale Game of Thrones Episode 2 is Nerve-Racking

    *flies away on dragon*

    You may recall I was pretty impressed (and surprised) by Episode 1 of 6: Iron From Ice from Telltale. Well, the trailer for Episode 2 leads me to believe I'm in for more excruciating fun. I'm already wincing at the decisions I'll have to make.

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  10. New Characters, Tons of Gameplay Shown for Pokémon Fighting Game Pokkén Tournament

    I want this to be the very best.

    Nintendo's been awfully buddy-buddy with Bandai Namco lately with the two working together on the development of the new Smash Bros. titles, which wound up featuring Pacman. They've got another joint fighting game effort coming our way in the form of Pokkén Tournament, which is super effective at getting us all excited. (Be aware of some NSFW commentary.)

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