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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: A New The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Poster

Warner Bros. has released this new Desolation of Smaug banner in advance of the new trailer, which is coming out tomorrow. I’ll just wait here then. (SuperHeroHype)

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The Truth Is Out There

Jennifer Hepler Did Not Quit BioWare Because Of Harassment, Plus Updates On Xbox Support

Yesterday, we started noticing traffic on a story from February 2012 -”Inclusion: What Jennifer Hepler’s Story is all About.” It was a while later we realized the traffic was as a result of a new story popping up saying the BioWare employee was quitting her job there as a result of the terrible harassment she received, including threats against her children. But here’s the thing, according to Jennifer Hepler herself – that’s not why she quit. This story just happened to bookend a week when we posted about another instance of video game related harassment so we’re going to fill you in on the latest for both. 

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Today in things that make us scream incoherently

Looking For Help With Rape Threats On Xbox Live? Prepare To Be Frustrated.

We don’t have time to cover every story that lands in our paths here at The Mary Sue but if we feel it’s warranted, we will try and give something a signal boost. Doing so today lead us on a tour of Xbox Live Support we wished we hadn’t taken and prompted us to write this article on the experience.

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A Lesson in Humility

Microsoft pulls an Xbox One-Eighty on DRM Policies

The biggest news out of E3 was the announcement of the PS4 and the Xbox One. Unfortunately for Microsoft’s new Xbox system, the second biggest news to come out of E3 was the ridiculously dictatorial policies the Xbox One would bring with its arrival: 24-hour check ins, no offline gameplay, pay to play used games, strict region locks, and scarily lenient privacy loopholes– among many other criticisms.

So when they suddently announced a complete reversal of the policies that were major the points of criticism, Microsoft said it was “listening” to its fanbase.

I have some serious doubts about that.

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Consider the Following

Microsoft Comments On Xbox Rape Joke Controversy At E3

Microsoft has responded to accusations one of their game producers used a rape joke in a recent presentation at the Electronic Entertainment Expo.

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: X-Men Poster Is As Dark And Brooding As The Wolverine Will Be

Marko Manev‘s new X-Men print is very noir– I half expected the title to be “The Maltese Phoenix.” Check it out over at Slashfilm

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Pros and Cons

Microsoft Clarifies Harassment Policies for Halo 4, No Changes To Be Made To Xbox Live’s Code of Conduct

Last week, I discussed a GameSpot interview with Halo 4 execs Kiki Wolfkill and Bonnie Ross, in which it was stated that discriminatory behavior in-game — specifically sexism — would result in a lifetime ban. Given Xbox Live’s high profile, the interview had done the rounds at many major tech and gaming sites, and a lively debate ensued. As I mentioned in my original article, there were a lot of questions being asked, primarily regarding whether or not this rule applied to other forms of abuse, and how this new policy would be implemented. On Tuesday, Destructoid reported that they had contacted Microsoft in order to clear things up. The verdict? Xbox Live views all types of harassment as equally reprehensible (hooray!), but they won’t be making any changes to their existing Code of Conduct (hmm).

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: A Gorgeous TARDIS Wedding Ring

Getting married any time soon? Check out this breathtakingly gorgeous TARDIS wedding ring! (via Fashionably Geek.)

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Firsts

Washington State Is The First To Offer Voter Registration On Facebook

Facebook can be annoying sometimes. Ok…a lot of the time. While some people avoid the social networking site like the plague, others get a lot of use out of it. Pretty soon it will serve a very important function – allowing users to register to vote. At least if you live in Washington State. Read on for details.

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so long and thanks for all the fish

Karen X. Cheng Is Quitting Microsoft in Song, But Not Burning Bridges [Video]

Karen X. Cheng has spent three wonderful years at Microsoft as a designer for Excel spreadsheets. But she is ready to movie on and has landed a new gig. Though she doesn’t have any regrets or grudges against Microsoft, and she’s even written them a heartfelt song — to the tune of “American Pie” — that includes her contact information! It’s such a nice send-off that even we miss Taco Fridays, and we weren’t even there. Good luck to you, Karen!

(via The Jane Dough)