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  1. Oxenfree Feels Like Everything My Rebellious Teenage Self Wanted in a Game

    Yeah, I was totally that cool kid who got invited to all the creepy island parties.

    Not only does it look like it's equal parts Kentucky Route Zero, Night in the Woods, and Life is Strange, but it also captures that vibe of being a rebellious teenager and doing things you shouldn't be doing.

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  2. Great Scott! Doc Brown Would Like You to Excuse the Crudity of His LEGO Dimensions Models

    They found him! I don't know how, but they found him.

    In case a "toys-to-life" game from LEGO didn't inherently have what it takes to make all of the money, Doc Brown is here with his latest invention: the cash extractor. AKA Back to the Future in LEGO Dimensions.

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  3. The Opening Scene of Witcher 3 Has The Most Butt I’ve Ever Seen In A Video Game

    Bottoms. Buttocks everywhere.

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  4. Hardcore Gamer Mom In China Gives Birth In an Internet Cafe, Goes Back to Gaming

    Sometimes, you just need to finish a raid.

    Um, this one's for anyone who questions the fact that women can be hardcore gamers. In Nanchang, China, a 24-year-old pregnant woman sat playing a video game in an internet cafe while waiting for her boyfriend to pick her up. Then she gave birth. THEN SHE WENT BACK TO PLAYING HER GAME.

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  5. When Art Targets Marginalized People

    A game was recently removed from Steam, the major platform for PC gaming distribution. It’s a light gun game: a target reticule is all you control as characters pop on screen to shoot. Indeed: Shooting is all you can do. As with all such games, the challenge is in the position and appearance of targets, as well as the type of characters who appear: Some are meant to be shot, some grant bonuses, others result in penalties. The challenge is knowing who to shoot. The game is called “Kill the F*****

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  6. Mrrow: Wreck Your Human’s Night With My Garbage Cat Wakes Me Up At 3AM Every Day

    I'm huuuungry. It's coooold. Pet me. Don't pet me. Okay, pet me.

    Will Herring's My Garbage Cat Wakes Me Up At 3AM Every Day on itch.io is beautiful in its simplicity and hilarious in its execution. The objective is simple: wake your lazy human person thing up. Why? Who cares.

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  7. Weekend Getaway: Thomas Was Alone

    Featuring games you can finish in one weekend!

    Thomas Was Alone is a puzzle-platformer from game designer Mike Bithell. Released as a free flash game in 2010, Thomas was later greatly expanded and released on pretty much every platform imaginable. At first glance it looks super simple - just multicolored squares and rectangles sliding around a world of right-angles. Oddly, though, Thomas Was Alone is one of the most heartfelt and touching games in recent memory, even winning a BAFTA for its narration.

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  8. Blizzard Drops Massive Ban Hammer on Over 100,000 World of Warcraft Accounts to Stop Cheating

    Dishonorbuddy.

    Blizzard has had it with World of Warcraft cheaters, and they've finally done something about a bot that has been ruining the game for rule sticklers everywhere: they banned a whole bunch of accounts.

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  9. New Feminist Frequency Video in “Positive Female Characters” Series Examines Ubisoft’s Beyond Good & Evil

    The second episode of Feminist Frequency’s new Positive Female Characters series continues to showcase awesome representation in gaming by looking at the importance of Jade, the protagonist of Ubisoft's 2003 game Beyond Good & Evil.

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  10. Weekend Getaway: Mirror’s Edge

    Featuring games you can finish in one weekend!

    If you’re anything like me, then in your heart of hearts you hold two absolute truths: parkour is the coolest thing ever, and parkour is the scariest thing ever. As much as I love the thought of scaling walls and vaulting rooftops, I have almost no doubt that I would die. Quickly. Luckily, Mirror’s Edge from EA lets players experience being a parkour badass without falling 20 stories to their deaths.

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  11. Gamer Equality: The Non-Existent Cognitive Disparity Between Genders in Gaming

    "Real Gamers" and brain plasticity.

    Girl gamer. It’s what all women who play video games are being called. With the “girl” comes the mentality that we’re not “real gamers” and could never survive in an environment where the real gamers (i.e. men) are carrying AK’s and swearing at each other over their headsets. Girl gamers are supposed to like pretty games where we get to use our social skills, because that’s all we’re good at, right? Talking and being pretty?

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  12. Star Wars Battlefront Will Let You Be a Female Stormtrooper, but Don’t Even Think About Pink Vader(??)

    So just like The Force Awakens, then?

    Darn those SJWs! *Shakes fist.* (Fact: it physically pained me to type that, even as a joke on those who really mean it.)

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  13. Dragon Age: Inquisition Gets New Free Multiplayer DLC With Dragon Age II Fave Pirate Queen Isabela!!

    My queen!

    Dragon Age: Inquisition's new free multiplayer DLC, Dragonslayer, is being released today, and the most exciting thing about that is the return of Dragon Age II pirate queen Isabela! I can't be the only one who romanced her with my female Hawke, can I? They were so great together.

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  14. Things We Saw Today: This Is the Banjo-Kazooie Spiritual Sequel Yooka-Laylee

    Are we sure it's not Yooka-Laylo and Stitch?

    Former Rare developers at their own studio, Playtonic Games, are hard at work on a spiritual successor to one of Rare's best-loved properties: Banjo-Kazooie, and this is our first glimpse at the game's adorable aesthetic. (via Polygon)

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  15. Weekend Getaway: Donkey Kong Jungle Beat

    Featuring games you can finish in one weekend!

    Donkey Kong Jungle Beat for the Gamecube is a super weird game, let's just start with that. It was the first console Donkey Kong game to not be developed by Rareware, so it feels very different from any of the other DK platformers. It was released very near the end of the Gamecube's lifetime in 2005, only about a year before the Wii was released, so it flew under many people’s radars. Oh, and you play it with a dang ol' plastic bongo drum.

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  16. The Mary Sue Interview: Katie Chironis and Connor Fallon on Elsinore

    Shakespeare meets Majora's Mask/Groundhog Day? Take all my money, please.

    At GDC back in March, The Mary Sue had a chance encounter with Elsinore's Connor Fallon and Val Reznitskaya at one of the myriad impromptu game lounges set up in San Francisco's Moscone Center. We recently had a chance to chat with Fallon and Elsinore's team lead and writer, Katie Chironis about their now fully funded Kickstarter campaign for Elsinore.

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  17. The Mary Sue Interview: H1Z1‘s Art Director On Adding A Playable Female Character To Their Game Today

    Daybreak Game Company's zombie survival title, H1Z1, was released in Early Access on Steam in January, and they've been adding new features in the months since. In a new patch coming today, they're (awesomely) allowing players to choose between a male or female playable character, and we spoke with the game's Art Director, Sebastian Strzalkowski, all about their new zombie-fighting lady.

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  18. DOS and Arcade Games Are Playable in Tweets Now. What Sorcery Is This?

    "You see a DOS game on Twitter. Spend the rest of your day playing it? Y/N." Y.

    The Internet Archive recently made headlines when they made all of our childhood favorite DOS games playable for free in web browsers everywhere, but now they've gone a step further and allowed those games to be embedded—fully playable—in tweets. You know, because we weren't already spending enough time on Twitter.

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  19. Story of Seasons: 10 Tips for Mastering Farm Life

    You never quite forget the feeling of entering your first spring festival, marrying the bachelorette (or bachelor) of your dreams, and … pulling weeds. Harvest Moon stays with you in some small form, even if it’s the memory of listening to the rain pour or tuning into the cooking channel. Story of Seasons for 3DS brings it all back.

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  20. Wrestling Star/Gaming Enthusiast A.J. Brooks Sets Up Scholarship for Girls Make Games Camp

    We're frequently faced with the retort, "Well women should make their own games, then," when we ask for better representation for women in games, and don't get us wrong—we agree. We just understand that the gaming industry has a huge gender imbalance reinforced by social norms, and it takes deliberate effort to change that. That's why A.J. Brooks is launching a scholarship program with Girls Make Games to help girls learn to make the games they want to play.

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