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  1. Why You Should Love Mass Effect‘s Dr. Chakwas

    Get a glass of Serrice Ice Brandy ready.

    The Mass Effect universe is full of incredible women. Tali, Liara, Jack, Miranda, Samara, Ashley, Aria, Kasumi, Nyreen…the list of motivated, intelligent ass-kickers goes on and on. And, or course, FemShep herself—has there ever been a more beloved video game protagonist? Even at her most Renegade, FemShep makes me want to be a better person. I could talk about the women of Mass Effect until the next Reaper invasion begins, but today I want to focus on one particularly fantasti

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  2. Get Your Game Face On: An Aria T’loak From Mass Effect Make Up Tutorial!

    Omega has no titled ruler and only one rule. Don't fuck with Aria.

    Video games are awesome! So is makeup, and I'm sure I'm not the only lady who likes to wear her fandom on her face. If you've ever coveted Ada Wong's eyeliner, wanted to rock Princess Agitha's colorful cheek-dots for a walk in the woods, or dreamed of surprising your significant other with a sexy Shiala-as-just-emerged-from-the-Thorian look for date night, let me save you some time!

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  3. Everything You Need to Know About the 2014 Chess Olympiad in Tromsø, Norway

    Item 1: Chess is the best.

    Friday August 1st kicks off the Chess Olympiad 2014. What exactly is the Chess Olympiad? Teams from 174 countries compete for world chess dominance. It happens every two years, and it's the fourth-largest sporting event in the world. It's a big deal for chess nerds. Here's everything you need to know to get on board.

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  4. There Never Really Was a “Dark Link,” Link and the Zelda Series Are Just Racist

    It's dangerous to go alone. Someone might spread racist legends about you.

    Gaming has a big problem with gender, race, and white saviors. Maybe that's because Hyrule's historians got it all wrong, and there was never any such thing as Dark Link—the other Zelda characters are just horrible bigots. Here's the real story behind Link's xenophobia and a surprisingly accurate critique on the representation of minorities in a classic game series.

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  5. Atari: Game Over Documentary Trailer Makes the E.T. Video Game Look Fun for the First Time Ever

    And if it's not, we can always just toss it back in that hole.

    At first glance, this trailer about a bunch of buried cartridges of a really terrible game might look a tad overdramatic, but there's an incredibly interesting story about the video game industry's near dissolution lying just under that initial impression. Luckily, Microsoft didn't bury all of its Xbox TV content in the desert when they axed Xbox Entertainment Studios, and this documentary will premiere on Xbox Live in the fall.

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  6. Who Are the Greatest Female Video Game Characters? Game/Show Has a List

    Game developers should probably watch this video. A few times.

    Jamin Warren from PBS Game/Show has some guidelines for what makes a strong female character in games (like them actually being playable!) and he's used those guidelines to make a list of his favorites of all time. Besides the list he also talks about the real problems behind lack of representation in games and other media. Check it out and let us know some of your favorite female characters in the comments.

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  7. Teens React to Goat Simulator to Kick off New React YouTube Channel

    You've got to be kidding me! (Sorry. Had to.)

    The Fine Brothers' "React" videos are pretty generally adorable across whichever age group they choose, so they've started an entire YouTube React channel as a way to bring us even more hilarious reactions—five per week in addition to the ones on their regular channel. Their first episode on the series' new home has teens react to the incomprehensible Goat Simulator, and some of them don't understand the draw of a game about being a goat.

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  8. Calling All N7s: New Details Revealed For The Next Mass Effect Game

    Hey, it's more than we got at E3!

    The details surrounding the next Mass Effect game are still very much a mystery, but Saturday's BioWare panel shed a bit more light on what's in store. We've known for a while that this game will be a departure from the existing trilogy, but as of yesterday, we have confirmation that at least one familiar feature from the first game will return. Drumroll, please.

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  9. Comic-Con Exclusive Interview: Creative Lead Al Hope Speaks with The Mary Sue about Alien: Isolation

    When do we get to shout "GET AWAY FROM HER"?

    The survival horror game Alien:Isolation and its Sigourney Weaver-starring preorder DLC are due out in October, and no one at TMS is more excited than our Editor-in-Chief Jill Pantozzi. She got the chance to hang out with the Creative Assembly team at their booth in San Diego Comic-Con the other day, and spoke to creative lead Al Hope about the development process.

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  10. Ubisoft’s Far Cry 4 Contest a Far Cry From Good

    A disaster just waiting to happen.

    Ubisoft announces a contest for fans of Far Cry 4 to win a trip to play the game from the top of Mount Everest. This seems like a bad idea all around.

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