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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Google Pays Tribute to Dorothy Irene Height

Educator, activist, and champion of the economic, educational, voting rights of African-American women, Dorothy Irene Height has been honored with a Google Doodle on the occasion of the one hundred and fourth anniversary of her birth.

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Geekosystem

Iranian League of Legends Tournament Bans 30% of Playable Characters for Being Too Revealing

This post originally appeared on our sister site, Geekosystem.com.

For a competitive game, League of Legends has a surprisingly decent ratio of female champions to male — at 39 out of 104 it’s not completely even, but it’s better than the standard “token broad” you get in most fighting games. So it’s a pretty huge bummer that an unofficial LoL tournament in Iran felt it necessary to ban most of the female champions from the tourney.

According to a translation of the 2013 World Cyber Games’s Facebook page, the following characters have been banned outright from all League of Legends tourney games:

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I will make it legal!

The United States Government Admits Gamers Are Pro Athletes

Thanks to Riot Games eSports manager Nick Allen, the United States officially sees gamers as pro athletes. Don’t get too excited, this probably doesn’t apply to you.

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And Now For Something Completely Different

A Sampler of In-Game Holiday Events, Detailed in Festive Verse

T’is the night before Christmas
and through many a house
all the gamers are playing
with controller or mouse.

Quite soon we will pause
to wrap gifts and share hugs,
to pour too much eggnog
in red and green mugs.

But wait, says your writer!
Don’t log out right just yet!
There’s some holiday cheer
that we mustn’t forget!

For our digital worlds
love this time of year, too.
There’s presents and parties!
Free swag, just for you!

Deck the halls with your guildies!
Your clanmates! Your crew!
Take part in some make-believe!
There’s so much to do!

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Essay

Halo 4 Execs Bring Out The Banhammer, Threaten Lifetime Suspensions For Sexism on Xbox Live

Start a discussion about harassment in games, and two words are bound to come up: Xbox and Halo. Seeing as how the latter is one of the most successful game franchises ever, which runs on one of the world’s most popular consoles, this perhaps has to do less with the game itself and more with the fact that it represents a huge chunk of the gaming community. Heated competition undoubtedly plays a part as well, but whatever the reason for it, if you want to show someone just how bad things can get in multiplayer gaming, Halo’s the poster child.

Which is why it was a pretty big deal earlier this week when Gamespot published an interview with Kiki Wolfkill, executive producer of Halo 4, and Bonnie Ross, head of Microsoft subsidiary 343 Industries (the game’s developer). With Halo 4 poised for launch next Tuesday, they had a message for their players: Sexist language on Xbox Live will get you a permaban.

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Essay

So Far, So Good: League of Legends Takes An Honorable Approach To Improving Player Behavior

If you keep tabs on the world of gaming, you’re probably aware that the League of Legends community has a reputation for being a bit…let’s say caustic. This isn’t terribly surprising, considering that LoL is a MOBA, a genre that is all too often associated with vicious trash talk (not that I mean you, dear reader, I know you’re well behaved). But LoL developer Riot Games has a kinder, gentler future in mind for their players. Since October 1, Riot’s been conducting a fascinating social experiment through LoL’s new Honor system — an attempt to curb toxic behavior not through punishment, but positive reinforcement.

And the awesome thing is, it seems to be working.

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million dollar lady

Ouya: The $99 Android-Based Gaming Console That’s Woman-Led And Totally Awesome

I apologize, dear readers — we’ve been utterly remiss in reporting about Ouya, the Kickstarter sensation that aims to pack an open, Android-based game platform and development kit into a teensy console, effectively bringing the best parts about hackable indie gaming to the television. In only eight hours, Ouya raised $1 million, surpassing its original goal of crowdfunding $950,000 in 30 days. With just 35 hours remaining on their Kickstarter, Ouya has raised $7,163,016, from a total of 53,891 people interested in the project. Oh, and the icing of top of this so-far successful gaming project cake? The entire project is led by gaming industry veteran Julie Uhrman. Hit the jump to find out more about this woman-led, revolutionary console!

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: The Poster for Marvel’s New Short, Item 47

Item 47 will star Lizzy Caplan and Jesse Bradford as a couple who recovers a lost alien weapon and slip into a life of crime. Excited yet? (via Entertainment Weekly.)

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