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

    Essay

    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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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