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  1. This Gaming Journalist Fights Back Against The Trolls Who Threatened Her By Contacting Their Mothers

    "I'm telling MOM!"

    One video games journalist has found a rather clever way of calling out the harassers who find their way to her social media accounts. She goes to their families. She goes to their moms.

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  2. The Facebook “Gamer” Report Button Is Real, But It’s Not What You Think

    Unless you think it's about fake Farmville accounts. Then you nailed it.

    Well, technically it's real, but it's not some kind of dystopian crackdown on people who play video games participating in society. Images floating around of an option to report accounts for being "gamers" haven't been doctored, but don't take them out of context.

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

    +2 Cha -2 Str

    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)

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  4. High School Gamers Better At Operating Robotic Surgical Equipment Than Surgeons

    Robotic surgical tools are giving doctors more insight and precision into the surgeries they perform than ever before, but with the technology still in its infancy, many surgeons are still struggling to master the skills they need to make the most of robotic surgery equipment. It turns out that surgeons using robots could take a pointer or two from video gamers, who, in a recent study, proved as good or better than their MD bearing counterparts in tests of the skills involved in robot-assisted surgery.

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

    Essay

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

    Good News Everyone!

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

    and let it be known

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

    Allow Us To Explain

    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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  9. Study Shows Teenagers Tend to Eat More After Gaming

    A new study by University of Ottawa researcher Jean-Philippe Chaput shows that, apparently, teenagers who spend an hour gaming typically eat more afterwards than teenagers who spend an hour performing a similarly sedentary activity. The study involved plopping teenagers in front of a game console --no word on what they had them play-- and then giving them an open buffet afterwards. The control group did some other, sedentary, mundane activity and were also awarded with an open buffet. I haven't finished this article yet, but I can already tell you that, regrettably, there is no open buffet waiting for me when I finish. What the study found is that the teenagers who were playing games eat, on average, 163 calories more than the teenagers who were doing something else. On top of that, the gamers didn't actually burn any more calories than the control group, so the increased calorie intake wasn't replace the energy spent on all that thumb movement or anything. There were also no biological indicators of stress in these gamers, so that couldn't explain it either. No stress? Seriously, I want to know what they were playing.

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  10. This Is One Dedicated Gamer [Video]

    Playing Ghost Squad, this very dedicated gamer was seen in Bang Kapi Mall in Bangkok, Thailand, mimicking each move his character makes on screen, even ducking down below the arcade unit when his character ducks for cover, rising from the unit's cover at the same time his character does. Not only does he fake reload his fake gun when his character reloads, but he is also wearing camo pants.

    Hey, Dance Dance Revolution players who dance without watching the screen, you now have some competition.

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