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

    wow. very review. much reporter. such ethics.

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  2. “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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  3. Smash Bros. Community Boots Harassing Host of Their Largest Tournament

    Over the past day or so, the Smash Bros. community has come together in a big way to denounce years of harassment by the host of the largest Smash Bros. tournament around: Apex. With Apex 2015 rapidly approaching the last weekend of January, Jonathan "Alex Strife" Lugo has been forced to step down from his position at the tournament in a huge win for safety in the fighting game community.

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  4. A.I. Mario Figures out How to Destroy His Enemies; Now You’re Playing God With Power

    "If I talk to the humans, they certainly learn to trust me."

    Researchers at the University of Tübingen in Germany have given Mario the ultimate power up: he can learn about his environment and enemies. They gave him rudimentary "feelings," too, but apparently forgot empathy, because he sure is obsessed with how to kill things. So, par for the course for artificial intelligence.

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  5. “Gamerliness” – How Games Can Evolve By Looking Inward

    If you’ve ever studied art, you may have heard the term “painterliness,” used to describe works of art that derive meaning from drawing attention to the fact that they are just paint on a canvas or clay molded by human hands. “Painterly” art doesn’t try to look realistic – instead, it uses its unique aspects as a constructed object to its advantage.

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  6. Shut Up! Shut Up! There’s a Mean Girls Mobile Game On The Way

    "I... didn't say anything."

    It's not like a regular app. It's a cool app. Who wants a humpday treat?

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  7. Nintendo Direct Unveils Majora’s Mask 3D & New 3DS Release Date, Downloadable Wii Games on Wii U, & More!

    New 3DS: 3D Harder.

    Nintendo dropped a bunch of news on us this morning in a nearly hour-long Nintendo direct, so take a look at the highlights and watch the replay for yourself!

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  8. Square Enix Is The Only Publisher That Would Touch Life is Strange Because It Has A Female Protagonist

    Square Enix has announced their newest IP, Life is Strange, follows Max, who has the power to rewind time and is searching for a missing fellow student. The game will be released digitally and episodically, with "each new chapter building and evolving based on the choices you made in previous episodes." So why did it take so long to find a publisher for Life is Strange?

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  9. The Princess Bride Is Now a Mobile Game as You Wish(ed)

    This means exactly what you think it means.

    Nearly 30 years after the fact, you might have thought a Princess Bride mobile game was inconceivable. Your hopes for such a thing were probably mostly dead. And yet, against all odds, that's what bwings us togevva today.

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  10. Very First Animation Tests Of Mass Effect Were Of FemShep, Says Lead Animator

    HELL yeah!

    One of the best things about many Bioware games is that you can select the gender of the character you play. Despite that, the marketing for Mass Effect tended to focus almost exclusively on the male avatars for a super long time, until criticism of this practice finally led to a trailer for FemShep in 2011. Which is odd, because if Lead ME cinematic animator Jonathan Cooper is to be believed, FemShep technically came first.

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