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  1. Do Real Robots and A.I. Pose the Same Problems Seen in Chappie?

    Artificial intelligence is already a part of day-to-day life in the modern world, but as capable as machines have become, we've still got some hurdles to overcome before we've got the robotic police forces and sentient AI of Neill Blomkamp's Chappie. But maybe, if we look at the advancements humanity has made in machine learning and robotics so far and what it's done for us, we can get a clearer picture of whether or future will involve harmony with the machines or running in terror.

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  2. He Lived Long, He Prospered: Leonard Nimoy Passes Away at 83

    A great loss to us all.

    Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy passed away this evening in L.A.

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  3. The Mary Sue Writers’ Nerdy New Year’s Resolutions for 2015

    What's yours?

    Here at The Mary Sue, our personal New Year's resolutions tend to be pretty odd in comparison to the stereotypical ones. Like, yeah yeah, be better with money and get in shape or whatever, but what we really need to be doing is playing more video games and organizing our comic books better, right? Here's what each of us is looking forward to accomplishing in our lives this year. If you're still brainstorming your own goals to propel you into 2015, feel free to borrow some ideas from us!

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  4. GameSpot’s Game Year In Review Is The Best Because Gamergate Is The Worst

    GameSpot has released their 2014 Video Game Year in Review video, and it contains some pretty great stuff - but you may just want to skip ahead to 12:50 to see the really good bit. You won't be sorry.

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  5. This Woman Suffered From a Neurological Disorder That Turned Everyone Into DRAGONS

    Like... Cumberbatch dragons, or...?

    Prosopometamorphopsia is a neurological condition that leads to a distorted perception of people's faces. You can get it from taking crazy drugs, after a stroke, or from a tumor—or in one woman's case, you can get it just by being alive and then suddenly, everyone's faces are dragons.

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  6. Gamergate Tries To Convince Indie Devs of IndieCade & IGF’s “Corruption,” Indie Devs Are Like LOL NOPE

    Gamergate announced a big new op yesterday because it was the anniversary of Pearl Harbor, and they have an over-inflated sense of self-importance. Their plan? Convince indie developers that the Independent Games Festival and IndieCade are colluding with corrupt developers. Because Ethics In Games Journalism. Sadly for Gamergate, it's not going over so well.

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  7. Things We Saw Today: Congrats on Making the Gamergate SJW Blocklist!

    High five team!

    You'll be happy to know that every single one of The Mary Sue's editors have wound up on GamerGate's SJW autoblock list, and we can now proudly wear this badge designed by Kate Leth. Well, that's not quite true - all of us except our one male editor made the list. Funny, that. (via Twitter)

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  8. Twitter Finally Improves Harassment Reporting and Blocking Procedures

    About time.

    Twitter has announced an overhaul to its reporting and blocking systems, both in-app and behind-the-scenes.

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  9. Feminist Frequency’s New Video Is “25 Invisible Benefits of Gaming While Male”

    Playing With Privilege.

    Anita Sarkeesian has released a new Feminist Frequency video—not in her Tropes vs. Women in Video Games series, but under a new "Playing With Privilege" banner. The video, featuring DoubleFine's Tim Schafer and IGN's Greg Miller (among others), is based on Feminist Frequency producer Jonathan McIntosh's Polygon article about what it's like to game with male privilege.

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  10. “Actually, It’s About Ethics In Games Journalism” Meme Gives GamerGate The Respect It Deserves

    ACTUALLY IT'S ABOUT ETHICS

    GamerGate is misogynist harassment hiding behind a thinly-veiled cry for "ethics!", and anyone wanting a real discussion about ethical problems in games journalism should have removed themselves from the hashtag weeks ago. Or, you know, started questioning huge companies instead of female indie devs. As we mentioned on Friday in our last roundup, the Tumblr Actually, It's About Ethics In Games Journalism recognizes the preposterousness of the GamerGate mantra, and made it into a wonderful meme.

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  11. Watch Leigh Alexander’s Speech on Games Writing and Culture From XOXO

    Because we should be listening to women in gaming right now more than ever.

    Leigh Alexander, Gamasutra's Editor at Large, has been facing a lot of the same stuff most women in games culture have faced as of late—which is why it's awesome to see her get up on stage at XOXO Festival and talk about games writing and culture. And if you haven't seen Anita Sarkeesian's speech from XOXOFest, you should probably go and watch that too.

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  12. Talking Female Characters, “Friendzoning,” and Representation With The Writers Of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

    "NOTHING IS MORE BAD-ASS THAN TREATING A WOMAN WITH RESPECT!"

    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel came out last week, and we here at The Mary Sue were thrilled to see a game with an equal number of male and female playable characters (unheard of!). So we spoke with Gearbox Software writer Anthony Burch and 2K Australia writer Maurice Suckling to ask them about representation, female characters, and awesome guns in the new Borderlands.

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  13. Former NFL Player Chris Kluwe RIPPED GAMERGATE UP In an Expletive-Filled Op-Ed

    W O W

    "Every time I see one of you slackjawed pickletits link me something like 'I’m a moderate #Gamergate’r,' or '#Gamergate in sixty seconds YOUTUBE CLIP,' or 'Here’s an anecdotal story from this one woman we found that completely negates an entire history of misogyny and abuse of woman, not just in videogaming but in the entirety of human existence so support the REAL GAMERS,' it pisses me the fuck off because you are ruining something I enjoy."

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  14. Zoë Quinn Talks #GamerGate On MSNBC

    Zoë Quinn has experienced two months of harassment at the hands of GamerGaters. Today, she followed in Brianna Wu's footsteps and appeared on MSNBC to talk about the abuse she's experienced and what it means for other women in the tech and gaming industries.

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  15. Joss Whedon, Boston Globe Journalist Smack Down “But GamerGate Is About Journalistic Ethics!” Argument

    Really? Realllly?

    Journalist writes about how GamerGate is fueled by a hatred of feminism and "social justice warriors." Journalist is invited to go to /r/KotakuInAction to see what the "real" GamerGate is about. Journalist does. Journalist is not swayed.

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  16. #Gamergate’s Harassment Of Women Hits The Front Page Of The New York Times

    In recent days, #Gamergate has gone from being covered mostly by niche sites to gaining full cultural awareness by the mainstream media. Today, Anita Sarkeesian's story of harassment hit the front page of The New York Times.

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  17. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Wants You To Know That “Friendzone” Is Misogynist

    PREACH IT BORDERLANDS

    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel came out today for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360. In addition to having 50% of their playable characters be female, the game also wants all you Nice Guy GooberGrape Bros out there to know that the concept of the "friendzone" is inherently misogynist. Way to go, Borderlands. You're nailin' it.

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  18. The Mary Sue Remembers Robin Williams With Some of Our Favorite Scenes

    O captain, my captain.

    Let's all laugh and be sad together.

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  19. Comic-Con Exclusive Interview: New Wonder Woman Creative Team Says She’s “A Feminist Icon”

    Great Hera!

    Husband and wife team Meredith and David Finch have not yet taken over DC's Wonder Woman title, but already they've made headlines for an awkward interview. At San Diego Comic-Con this weekend, TMS Editor-in-Chief Jill Pantozzi gave them the opportunity to elaborate on what they meant, and on what changes we can expect to see when they take over for Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chang in November.

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  20. 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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