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What Will Geeks Make Of The New Roleplaying Game Comedy, Zero Charisma? [VIDEO]

Troll 2 actor and director of Best Worst Movie, a documentary about Troll 2, Michael Paul Stephenson, has produced a South by Southwest comedy entry called Zero Charisma. Directed by Katie Graham and Andrew Matthews, with a script by Matthews, the trailer seems to have a stereotypical view of a game master and his roleplaying crew. But will the film turn into something more? Give it a watch and let us know your first impressions.

(via /Film)

Essay

What Makes A Gamer, and Why I’m Still Proud To Be One

Back in my World of Warcraft days, a stranger approached me as I sorted my inventory at the bank. He sent me a private message, asking if I was really a girl (my avatar was female). I said yes. He asked if I had a boyfriend. I said no. He told me to send him a picture of myself. Again, I said no. He said he thought I’d look good naked. I told him to go away before I reported him. The stranger called me a bitch, told me he knew where I lived, and threatened to cut my throat. I blocked and reported him, but I did not feel better for doing so. I’d gotten flak for my gender before, but this was the first time it had been violent. I sat there, in my home, in my pajamas, feeling afraid. Stories like this have been at the root of many headlines of late, but this particular tale doesn’t end there. 

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Good News Everyone!

Assassin’s Creed 3: Liberation For Playstation Vita Will Feature A Female Protagonist

E3 (the Electronic Entertainment Exp0) is currently underway in Los Angeles. Lots of announcements are being made, some more exciting than others, but we’re interested in something just found in a magazine. Assassin’s Creed III is set for release this October but the Playstation Vita is getting a different version called Assassin’s Creed 3: Liberation that features a female assassin named Aveline. Ok, you’ve piqued our interest.

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Why Nerd Sexism — Or Any Sexism — Is Not Okay Under Any Circumstances [Video]

Bob Chipman, movie critic at The Escapist, has some words for those who say nasty, sexist things in the gaming community — or any community, really — and why it is not okay, why it has never been okay, and why it will never be okay. Almost six minutes of reasons, folks.

Thanks to tipster Alexandra!

(via The Escapist)

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Let’s Definitely Celebrate Girl Gamers — Just Not With Susan G. Komen, Right Now

It’s always great to see celebrations of girl gamers as a way of creating awareness that they do, indeed, exist. It’s also a great and productive thing for retail outlets to offer discounts and run promotions with the promise of donating some of the proceeds to a charity that benefits women or women’s health. However, one such charity has been in the news lately and suffered a major blow to their good name, and more and more bad news continues to reach the masses, strongly indicating that this once reputable and celebrated women’s charity has developed some interests that contradict serving women’s health. No, not the Girl Scouts. We’re talking about Susan G. Komen For the Cure. And we’re confused as to why, after all that news that happened, anyone — in this case, Evil Controllers — would run a promotion celebrating women but benefiting an organization that seems to have put personal politics before women. Guys, haven’t you been on the internet? Or watched TV? This just happened in the last week and a half!

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Superman’s Costume Is Missing Underwear As Outerwear

And here is the Man of Steel (Henry Cavill), on the set of Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel, giving us a very good look at his re-jiggered costume, which does not include the red underpants. So, what do you think? Too crotchy? Not crotchy enough? More pics at Coventry Telegraph.

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Rights of Passage

Canadian LGBT Gamers March in Toronto

Toronto’s Gay Gaming community officially marched in pride for the first time ever this past Saturday, and one million people were there to cheer them along. Click through to see pictures.

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Imagine What You'll Know Tomorrow

Former SCOTUS Justice Sandra Day O’Connor Is Saving the Future With Video Games

Former United State Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor — the first woman on the bench — is disappointed and concerned that schools no longer put an emphasis on kids’ knowledge of how their own country works. So, she’s been working on an initiative to re-introduce civics in a way that will make kids want to learn it: by turning it into video games. And now, we get to write about the next great iconic video game hero, Chuck Freepress, constitutional lawyer and warrior for the First Amendment! And this game is only part of O’Connor’s ongoing initiative to bring technology and education together. This is the coolest thing to happen to school ever.

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New Round of Gaming Statistics: Gaming Audience Getting Older, Slightly More Female

A new report by the Entertainment Software Association has the latest statistics about the gaming industry, sending a message that such a successful, widespread industry would probably be a good place to focus on concerning job growth — 72 percent of the American population plays video games, so perhaps America would be a great place to hire people to make them. Other new stats: the median age of gamers has increased to 37, the percentage of female gamers increased to 42 percent, and the country spent over $25 billion on video games. News of the Obvious: the video game industry is pretty gigantic right now.

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Japan’s Earthquake Aftermath

More images at BuzzFeed.

Also: George Takei has tweeted instructions on how to donate $10 to the Red Cross via text message:

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