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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. “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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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