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  1. Things We Saw Today: Hodor and Groot Have an Epic Rap Battle

    Because those two have a LOT to say!

    Check out this amazingness - a Hodor/Groot rap battle FOR THE AGES. Thank you, The Warp Zone. It's no Disney Princess rap battle, but it'll do.

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  2. Hey, Remember That One Time Someone Sent Anita Sarkeesian a Bomb Threat Saying They’d Murder a Dozen People?

    I don't want to live on this planet anymore.

    Just when something good comes around and I think it's OK to have hope for the fate of the world again, I see this. Via Kotaku, some jackholes threatened to detonate a bomb at last March's Game Developers Choice Awards unless they revoked Anita Sarkeesian's Ambassador Award. BRB, flying into the sun. Tell my dogs I'll miss them.

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  3. New Study Shows Human Faces Evolved for Punching

    I thought that's what God made pillows for?

    Your face? That wasn't made for smiling. Your hands? Not for holding! Research published today says our species has a more violent past than previously thought, to the extent that our ancestors' faces were made to be punched.

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  4. Kill and Conquer: Traditionally “Male” Values and Video Game Violence


    Hey, you! Violence-lover! With the video games! Put that controller down and listen to me, if you can curb your insatiable blood-lust for five seconds. Yes, I can hear you scoff already. Bah! This fool thinks that just because I enjoy video games, I am a violent person! Fancy book-learnin’ people say this is not true! Howsoever that may be the case, let’s talk, you and I. Let’s talk about power in video games. Because you as well as I know the feeling.

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  5. Things We Saw Today: New Star Wars Writer and Director Meet the Big Boss

    Things We Saw Today

    I feel comfortable that a Star Wars spinoff is in the hands of such dorks. (Collider)

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  6. Things We Saw Today: #YesAllWomen

    Things We Saw Today

    #YesAllWomen rose to trending on Twitter this past weekend after the world learned of a shooting spree on the University of California, Santa Barbara campus. The suspect, now dead, killed six and left behind horrifying video evidence in which he credits his hatred for women as motivation for murder. We've collected a few essays and personal declarations made by individuals online in the wake of the news.

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  7. Somebody Made an Online Video Game of the Newton Shootings, so That’s Not Great

    This is why we can't have nice things.

    Today in no-good-horrible-very-bad news, a developer made a video game inspired by the Sandy Hook shootings, and the entire Internet is mad at him. Aw, geez. Really, dude? A video game about murdering a bunch of children who actually died? Great. That's just wonderful.

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  8. The Red Cross Wants Games to Have Consequences for War Crimes

    Maybe their members are older gamers who just miss when video games were hard?

    The war over pretend war rages on, and the International Committee of the Red Cross has weighed in on violent games. Previously, they decided that gamers couldn't be convicted of war crimes for the things they're doing in games like Call of Duty. Yes, that's a real thing they spent time discussing.

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  9. No, Pat Robertson, Killing Someone in a Video Game Isn’t a Sin

    "I've never played a video game." -- Pat Robertson, age 83

    In the latest round of "Person Says Dumb Thing About Video Games," Pat Robertson claimed that committing a sin like murder in a game is analogous to committing one in real life. He also admitted to never having played a video game, so he's clearly the foremost authority on video game ethics.

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  10. Game of Thrones Star, Showrunners Talk [REDACTED]’s Shocking Death, TV Violence, And the Eventual End of the Show

    Winter Is Coming

    Yesterday Maisie Williams took to Vine to react to the brutal ending 0f last Sunday's Game of Thrones, and now Richard Madden (Robb Stark) has chimed in as well. Plus showrunners Dan Weiss and David Benioff talk TV violence and how the show is "nearly halfway" over (noooooo). Unmarked spoilers are behind the cut, so don't click if you don't know what went down.

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  11. Violence in Disney Animation

    Buckle Buckle Swash Swash

    What's special about this? I'm just saying it doesn't seem like it's particularly limited to Disney, they're used in orchestras and soundtracks all th- Oh, violence. I got you. A supercut of that in Disney movies would probably take at least twenty minutes. I mean, there aren't even any Hercules or Sleeping Beauty clips in here. And yet somehow all these villains wind up falling off cliffs anyway. They should really put up some railings. (via Laughing Squid.)

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  12. Survey Finds Nearly 60% Of Americans See A Correlation Between Video Games And Violence

    File under 'Oy, This Again': a recent poll of more than 2,000 Americans found that nearly 3 in 5 people surveyed believed there was a correlation between violent video games and actual violence. So for those of you wondering "Can we stop talking about this idiotic, imaginary, facile, and astonishingly unproductive link between digital violence and actual violence and maybe start looking at addressing some of the, I don't know, real issues?" the answer is, sadly, no. Or at least not anytime soon.

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  13. Yes, Video Games Affect People, But That Doesn’t Give Guns a Free Pass

    In an effort to not be constantly branded as That Guy when the violence in video games conversation crops up, I'd initially just rolled my eyes at the comments from U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) yesterday morning in regards to video games and guns. We've had this discussion over and over, and it's one worth having if we're actually going to talk about the issues at hand, but Alexander instead opted to make a laughably meaningless statement about the nature of video games and how they're a bigger problem than guns. Sigh. Okay, I guess we're doing this, then.

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  14. President Obama Tells CDC to Investigate Link Between Video Games and Violence

    In an address this morning, President Obama outlined his plan to curb gun violence in America. That plan laid out 23 points, and included reinstating the ban on assault weapons, limiting magazines to 10 rounds, and ordering the Center for Disease Control to study a possible link between violence in video games and violence in the real world. We're interested in seeing what they come up with.

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  15. NRA Blames Violent Video Games for Shootings, Releases Violent Video Game in Response

    There have been a lot of people blaming violent video games for gun violence in America, especially in the wake of the tragic Newtown, Connecticut shootings. Chief among them, of course, was the National Rifle Association. In his comments after the shootings, NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre blamed several video games that featured guns, like Bulletstorm and Splatterhouse, but left off titles like NRA: Varmint Hunter and NRA: Gun Club. He also failed to mention the new NRA branded iOS game which must have been in development at the time, NRA: Practice Range. The new game is recommended for ages four and up, probably because they don't want kids younger than four to see how much fun super-cool guns can be.

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  16. Four Dead in Pennsylvania Shooting Just Hours Before NRA Blamed Violent Video Games for Such Things

    Following a week of radio silence, NRA head Wayne LaPierre finally addressed last week's tragic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, making his views plain to the nation. The factors behind the shooting the shooting were many, LaPierre claimed, and included the perennial whipping boy of violent video games. In fact, the only thing that could have prevented the shooting was more guns in the hands of armed teachers or guards in schools. LaPierre's case might have carried a little more water if it didn't come just hours after yet another multiple shooting along a stretch of road in Blair County, Pennsylvania that left four people -- including the apparent shooter -- dead and three state troopers injured.

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  17. No, Let’s Talk About Talking About Video Game Violence

    It was inevitable that people would somehow assign blame to video games for the horrific shooting in Connecticut last week. When the news started coming in, I looked at a fellow editor and said, "Ten minutes until someone points the finger at video games." Bad taste, perhaps, but the cycle is almost like a mathematical equation: Devastating shooting plus media equals violent video games are to blame. It certainly didn't take long, either.

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  18. A Well-Mannered Grown-up’s Defense of Violence in Video Games


    The debate about the link between video games and real-world violence has been popping up in the news again. A recently published study states that long-term gameplay does increase aggression, while an earlier video by GameSpot series The What If Machine outlined why the issue is too complex to address conclusively. While I can’t add anything to the scientific discussion, the sidenote that I feel is missing is why adults — you know, the people who these games are made for — enjoy violent gameplay in the first place. Perhaps it doesn't matter in terms of researching aggression, but when people start fretting about violence in games, I get the impression that they imagine adult gamers as stunted miscreants, hopelessly addicted to our mind-sucking murder simulators. That much, at least, I feel qualified to talk about.

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  19. Research Suggests Violent Video Games Increase Pain Tolerance

    Science has now provided yet another reason to play horrendously violent video games like Gears of War. Research released today by Keele University shows that those kind of games could potentially be used to relieve pain. In the same release, the university also confirmed that golf games don't produce the same effect, which is not surprising given that golf can sometimes be a source of pain in and of itself.

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  20. Study Says: Television with Powerful Female Characters Causes People to Have Higher Opinions of Women

    Consider the Following

    At first this conclusion seems like something of a no brainer, but Christopher J. Ferguson's study on the attitudes of men and women who have recently watched television with sexual violence in it has some very interesting results, as summarized by the Atlantic. And no, the study participants did not watch Game of Thrones. Its just a convenient example of the intersection between powerful women and sex in television.

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