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  1. Why Pikachu Should Be President: A 10-Year-Old’s Very Important Essay

    "Super effective."

    [Editor's Note: The following was an essay written by Georgia Roberson, the daughter of Chris Roberson (iZombie) and his business partner/wife Allison Baker. It was originally posted on Roberson's tumblr and is republished here with permission. We think you're really, really going to love it.]

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  2. How League of Legends Uses Colors To Affect Players’ Behavior

    Everything is science if you look deep enough.

    Even if you've never launched your own summoner into battle for another team's nexus, you've probably heard about Riot Games' constant efforts to make League of Legends a more civil and welcoming space for its players, using such tools as rewards for good behavior, temporary bans for bad behavior, and more. A whole lot more. Like, stuff you could write a psychology dissertation on, more.

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  3. During Public Speech Gamergate Asked Leigh Alexander About “Pushing Values” in Video Games

    It's easy to start a conflict online; it's another story in person. Many who would be emboldened behind a keyboard would never dare say the same things to a person's face. Mostly from fear of getting punched, I'd wager, but also from sheer awkwardness. Personally, I've always wondered when a commenter would jump out from behind the computer into real life; and, well, it seems that's just happened to Leigh Alexander.

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  4. We Mashed Up Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four Trailer With Interstellar’s Audio, and It’s Uncomfortably Similar

    I think I've seen this movie before...

    The Fantastic Four reboot trailer reminded us of a lot of things, but none more strongly than the trailers for Interstellar. So, we gave it a run through the Nolan-ifier for you, and it's so perfect you can barely tell the difference. Be sure to watch all the way to through. Enjoy.

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  5. How Adventure Classic Grim Fandango Holds Up 16 Years Later

    All that critical acclaim is intimidating.

    Re-releasing games tends to have little value outside of convenience. Sure, I could have hunted down Kingdom Hearts II and Birth by Sleep and paid for them individually. But that could have been more expensive than opting for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix in a single package. I wouldn’t be able to play them on a more recent system, and I wouldn’t own them on one disc. Grim Fandango is a big exception.

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  6. [UPDATED] Feminist Frequency Releases Its Annual Report, Sarkeesian Affirms Commitment to Fighting Online Harassment

    Mmmmm, numbers.

    Need a breath of hope for the video games industry, particularly the presence of women and women's voices within it and its community? Well, Feminist Frequency's 2014 backer report isn't all sunshine and rainbows... but it's got a few solid rays.

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  7. Bad Gamer Part 2: What Happens If You Play Through Dragon Age: Inquisition Like A Total Jerk?

    Bad Gamer is a series following one woman as she tries to play her way through RPGs as the biggest asshole possible.

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  8. The Trailer For Telltale Game of Thrones Episode 2 is Nerve-Racking

    *flies away on dragon*

    You may recall I was pretty impressed (and surprised) by Episode 1 of 6: Iron From Ice from Telltale. Well, the trailer for Episode 2 leads me to believe I'm in for more excruciating fun. I'm already wincing at the decisions I'll have to make.

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  9. Video Game Journalism Corruption Complaints Results in Extreme Ethical Disclosures

    wow. very review. much reporter. such ethics.

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  10. “Think Before You Comment” Is Our New Favorite Song

    The internet should have to listen to this every morning.

    Here at The Mary Sue, we're blessed with one of the best readerships and comment sections on teh intarwebs. Just about anywhere else, though, people are not quite so lucky, and comment sections can turn into a revolting, nauseating look at the worst of the human psyche. We would like to introduce those people to "Think Before You Comment."

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