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  1. PBS Game/Show Tackles the Racist Pitfalls That Can Go Along With NPCs of Color in Video Games

    Yeah, I have always been a little side-eye about the Gerudo.

    Jamin Warren brings up a lot of good points about how the player agency which lies at the heart of most games often results in dehumanized NPCs, which become doubly problematic when PCs are majority white and/if NPCs are predominantly brown. He also tackles the common scifi/fantasy trope of using inter-species conflict as a metaphor for inter-racial conflict, one that I've been mulling over myself for a while now.

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  2. Let’s Talk About That Law & Order: SVU Gamergate Episode

    dun...dun?

    We previously reported that Law & Order: SVU would be taking on Gamergate in one of their many ripped-from-the-headlines episodes. Well, that episode aired this week, and it was….well, it happened.

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  3. Very Real “Pay Once and Play” App Store Category Takes a Swipe at Freemium Games

    Shots fired.

    Pay for a game once and then own it and play as much as you want! It's the revolution we've all been waiting for!

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  4. Mario’s Physics Can Tell Us What Planet Is “Super Mario World”

    It's-a mystery, Mario!

    Super Mario World is a great classic game, but just what "world" does it take place on? Mario's amazing jumping prowess has some answers for us, which is great, because we'd really like to find the planet with the friendly, rideable dinosaurs.

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  5. Destiny Is Way More Fun With Samuel L. Jackson’s Voice as Ghost

    NSFW, muthaf***a.

    Not gonna lie, what I'd really love is to hear him say, "That wizard came from the Moon."

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  6. Indie Game TowerFall Bases Character On Anita Sarkeesian

    Also, you should just play TowerFall. It's great.

    Let's petition to make hoop earrings a growing trend in character design, because they are pretty awesome.

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  7. Even Today’s Tech-Savvy Kids Can’t Work the Nintendo Power Glove, but They Can Sure Flail Try

    At least today's motion controls work better than this. Most of the time, anyway.

    The power glove is so bad. Incredibly bad. So unbelievably bad that even kids of today with motion control experience just wind up flailing around—the motion control equivalent of button mashing.

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  8. 19-Year-Old Swatter Faces 5 Years in Prison; Army Veteran Swatted Mid-Stream on Twitch

    Today in "stuff that shouldn't fit right into our gaming tag..."

    In addition to featuring prominently in Law and Order's upcoming Gamergate episode, the practice of swatting (falsifying claims with the aim of sending armed law enforcement to a target's house) is gaining more national attention following the raid of 27-year-old veteran and Twitch streamer Joshua Peters' home and the unrelated arrest of 19-year-old swatter Brandon Wilson.

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  9. Nintendo’s Mobile Game Plans Are Literally the Opposite of a Good Idea

    They're going full Wario.

    No, Nintendo. Putting mobile games alongside your old games on your hardware is not the same as putting your old games on mobile hardware alongside mobile games.

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  10. Olivia Benson Learns About Swatting in This Clip From Law and Order SVU‘s Gamergate Episode

    Oh god no no it's more ridiculous than I imagined.

    Personally I'd have preferred it be Ice-T who gets the tech lesson but you know what? I'm sure he'll have his moment.

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