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  1. Dust Off Your NES! GameStop Will Begin Buying and Selling Retro Games

    Here we go!

    Are you ready for some 8-bit video games? GameStop's new pilot program is aimed at getting the classics into their stores, and you will be supplying them.

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  2. Damn Right: Anita Sarkeesian Makes TIME’s Top 100 Most Influential People List

    Later, gaters.

    TIME is all about Anita Sarkeesian: only months after being named one of TIME's "30 Most Influential People on the Internet," the feminist gaming critic has also made the magazine's annual "100 Most Influential People" feature.

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  3. How the Gaming Industry’s Gender Problem Showed One Man the Importance of Feminism

    PBS Game/Show host Jamin Warren explains why the show so often discusses issues of gender and representation in video games and makes the point that criticizing something you love doesn't mean you love it any less.

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  4. [UPDATED] Fatal Error: The Trailer For The Next (And Last?) Nancy Drew Game Is Here

    It's locked, Clue Crew!

    The latest Nancy Drew game, Sea of Darkness, is out in a mere month, and I am pretty much vibrating with anticipation. What beautiful world will Nancy take us to this time? What ridiculous characters will we meet? How often will I need to use a GameBoomers hint guide to solve the puzzles?

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  5. New Video Game, Freshman Year, Allows Players to Experience How Sexual Harassment Feels

    Some games you play just for fun. Others allow you to gain a new perspective. In Freshman Year, a short, free, online game programmed by Nina Freeman with art by Laura Knetzger, you are "Nina," a freshman in college meeting up with some friends for drinks when things take an unexpected and upsetting turn.

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  6. 12-Year-Old Girl Takes the Gaming Industry to Task Over Paying for Female Characters

    "Why?" -Argument won.

    Free-to-play games have their share of problems that apply to everyone—they make downloading and playing the game on a basic level free, but extra features, characters, and other bonuses generally require the player to pay up. That can be frustrating, but it gets even worse when you look at which of these games charge players to use a female character, and 12-year-old Madeline Messer did just that.

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  7. LEGO Preparing to Take All of Everyone’s Money With Amiibo-like Video Game

    Bricks on bricks on bricks.

    You can build anything with LEGO! And that includes a machine to efficiently extract all of the world's money. All of it. Say hello to LEGO's new toy-based video game, LEGO Dimensions.

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  8. Women in Games Segment Addresses the Gaming Industry’s Gender Problem on Australia’s Good Game

    This segment on women in the video game industry by the Australian gaming show Good Game hits a few important points in gaming diversity squarely on the head and mixes them with inspiring real women in games and programming.

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  9. Felicia Day Shares With Us Her Game Night Tips for International TableTop Day & Beyond

    International TableTop Day is coming up this Saturday, April 11th! If you haven't already made plans or are looking to get someone involved who's never played before, have we got something special for you! Expert Felicia Day has some tips to get you started.

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  10. Obsidian Entertainment Removes Transmisogynistic Joke From Pillars of Eternity at Gamers’ Urging

    Last Sunday, Twitter user Erika Victorious spoke up after finding a transmisogynistic "joke" in some of Pillars of Eternity's backer-submitted content.

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  11. Elders React to The Last of Us and Realize That Gaming Can Be Emotionally Affecting

    Oh wait...I'm supposed to move now?

    Watching Elders React: Gaming on YouTube's React Channel makes me realize that I totally game like an older person. What button do I press? Oh wait, am I supposed to move now? Oh my goodness! It feels so real! This is what happens when, as a child of the 80s, your parents call TV "The Idiot Box" rather than buy you a gaming console.

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  12. [Updated] Watch Today’s Nintendo Direct Live Right Here at 6PM EDT!

    This is no joke.

    What will we see in today's Nintendo direct? (Smash 4's Mewtwo please.) Only one way to find out. (Mewtwo please.) Watch with us live right here starting at 6PM EDT! (MEWTWO PLEASE.)

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  13. New Feminist Frequency Video Is The First In Their New “Positive Female Characters” Series

    As much as it's important to call out the things that are wrong with representation in gaming, it's equally important to uplift the people who are doing things right. In this first episode of Feminist Frequency's new Positive Female Characters series, they look at the awesomeness of the Scythian, the protagonist of Capybara Games’ 2011 release Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP.

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  14. Google Maps Will Now Turn Any Street Into a Playable Pac-Man Level

    No joke.

    April Fools day isn't until tomorrow, but Google has added a silly new feature to maps early: play Pac-Man on any streets you please.

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  15. Super Sensory Immersion Virtual Reality Game Helps Soothe Anxiety Attacks

    Sometimes you have to let it all go. Free your mind.

    Virtual reality has become huge ever since the Oculus Rift came out. Movies, scenery, games. There's a whole other universe inside the headset. It's no surprise, then, that people have begun making virtual reality games to deal with physical and mental illness. Deep does just that.

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  16. [UPDATED] Transphobic Joke in Obsidian’s Pillars of Eternity Sparks Legitimate Concern; Jerks Whine Over Censorship

    Dragon Age Inquisition's Krem set a pretty great example earlier this year of how to respectfully write a trans character into a world where not everyone they interact with will necessarily be understanding, but some backer-submitted content in Obsidian Entertainment's Pillars of Eternity recently demonstrated the exact opposite.

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  17. Stop What You’re Doing and Play This In-Browser Mario 64 HD Remake

    Even if you're at work. (Especially if you're at work.)

    To demonstrate the functionality of his Super Character Controller in the Unity game engine, developer Roystan Ross put together this HD remake of the first level of the game that defined 3D character control in the first place: Super Mario 64. You can take it for a spin right in your browser!

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  18. Review: Resident Evil: Revelations 2 Shows Us True Horror—and It’s 20 Years Old

    This Claire sandwich needs more kick.

    Revelations is supposed to bridge the two phases in Resident Evil’s history: the “classic” survival-horror style, with long mansion hallways and tricky puzzles, and the newer breed, where zombies move fast and bioengineered monsters grow gigantic pus sacs from every orifice. But all Resident Evil: Revelations 2 does is make me wish we could turn back the clock 20 years—that the good old days are still possible to relive. They’re not.

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  19. Final Fantasy XV Director Says an All-Male Party Makes the Game “More Approachable”

    Because girls have cooties?

    Final Fantasy XV looks amazing. ...And by that I mean its visuals. Its gender representation, on the other hand, looks terrible. The game's main party is dudes-only as we had previously feared, and Hajime Tabata, the director, not only made that choice consciously, but specifically to make the game "more approachable" for players. We'll pause here to let you pick your head back up off your desk.

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  20. Gen Con Responds to Indiana Passing “Religious Freedom” Bill, Moving Ahead With Discussions to Leave the State

    What Would Leslie Knope Do?

    After Indiana passed a heinous "Religious Freedom" Bill yesterday allowing business owners to deny same-sex couples service, Gen Con CEO and founder Adrian Swartout issued a letter to Con attendees promising that "discussions, whether to remain in Indy or move elsewhere, have begun" in light of the hateful new law.

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