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Gamers vow to log off for 24 hours to protest GamerGate

- October 31st, 2014

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By positioning themselves as an important market demographic in the growing $66-billion video game industry, GamerGaters have scored some significant corporate victories.

But the people who stand against the movement — which is about ethics in journalism or harassment of women, depending on who you ask — are video game consumers, too. And  London based IT support engineer Joseph Guthrie, 28, is hoping to draw major gaming companies’ attention to that fact.

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Joseph Guthrie.

On Nov. 1, he’s calling on those who oppose GamerGate’s harassment tactics to log off for 24 hours. That means no Xbox Live, no PlayStation Network, no Nintendo Network and no Steam. The goal is a total blackout, Guthrie says. ”That includes using Netflix, Amazon Prime video, Twitch, TV apps, and all that fun stuff.”

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“It matters to me because I feel GamerGate has either inadvertently or blatantly (depending on the Gaters you ask) manifested themselves into a tire clamp as the gaming medium continues to evolve and progress,” Guthrie, who is also a musician and culture writer, tells Button Mashers.

“I denounced it early on as an aimless movement, but I don’t think anyone was prepared for the the venomous mess that it would eventually devolve into,” he says. ”It’s like watching a slasher flick: grotesque viewing, hard to stomach, but you can’t look away.”

He’s asking those who participate to post pictures on Nov. 1 to social media with the hashtag #NoAchievementsTilJustice.

The idea is gaining steam, slowly but steadily.

He’ll also be hosting a web chat on Google Hangouts “with people who want to discuss ideas to propose and implement going forward,” which you can check out on his YouTube channel.

“I’m hoping NoAchievementsTilJustice is the precursor to amnesty. I want to see everyone at the table and really talking about the issues that GamerGate failed to oversee a rational and cohesive discussion about. I’d like to see sincere apologies issued. I’d like for the major publishers and devs to acknowledge their role in all of this by largely being silent. Overall, I’m hoping this is the catalyst the culture and industry need to continue progressing positively,” he says.

“I feel strongly that the likes of MS, Sony, Nintendo, and Valve could do more to stamp out trolls. Stronger sanctions and consistent punishments for violators must be rigorously pursued. We deserve a fun and safe environment to escape to. This isn’t it.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

GamerGate’s founder, latest victim speak out

- October 16th, 2014

GamerGate, it seems, is not going away.

In fact, it’s now getting mainstream press coverage and celebrity shoutouts. Deadspin calls it “The Future of The Culture Wars.”

And on Thursday, we heard two first-hand accounts of the phenomenon from opposite sides of this growing war — one from the jilted ex whose angry blog post sparked the whole movement, and the other from the latest game developer to be harassed and threatened to the point she had to flee her home.

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Demo footage of ‘Firefly Online’ released

- October 16th, 2014

As part of a New York Comic Con panel last week,  the creators of Firefly Online revealed some test video for its upcoming massively multiplayer online game.

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“Firefly Online.” (Supplied)

As the developers explain in a post on the game’s site, this is not actual cinematic game footage, but simply a demonstration of the Firefly Online 3D Environment Engine:

“This brief ‘walkthrough’ of a procedurally-generated derelict ship should give a sense for the level of detail Firefly Online will offer in both encounter maps and player avatars.”

And you do get to hear Mal and Jayne chatting in the background – and they are clearly voiced by Nathan Fillion and Adam Baldwin who played the characters in the one-season Fox show and follow-up Serenity film. (It was announced back at San Diego Comic Con, that the original cast would provide their voices for the game.)

Firefly Online is a strategic online role-playing-game that lets you fly around in the universe of the TV show:

“In Firefly Online, players assume the role of a ship captain as they hire a crew and seek out adventures, all the while trading with and competing against the millions of other players to try to survive in the Verse: find a crew, find a job, keep flying.”

According to io9′s coverage of the panel, the game will include a Cortex app that will allow users to manage their account from anywhere. And as a special feature, this app will include 14 cast interviews. These interviews consist both of original cast members, such as Fillion, Baldwin and Morena Baccarin (Inara Serra), and new game cast members, such as Michael Dorn (best known as Worf from Star Trek: The Next Generation) and former model-turned-actress Kelly Hu (Dr. Rae Chang from Sunset Beach).

The game will be available for PCs, Macs, iOS and Android devices. Users can register for for a Firely Online now but there is no firm release date for the Cortex app.

‘Tetris’ gets fitted for movie adaptation

- September 30th, 2014

If the pieces fit, then it’s no puzzle why this famous problem solving game is finally getting a movie.

That was the last of the puns, I promise.

Seriously, though, Threshold Entertainment, the studio that produced the infamously terrible Mortal Kombat films, has teamed up with the Tetris Company to produce a live action movie based on the game, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.

Just how does one turn a game about alternating the pathway of different shapes to perfectly sit atop one another into an action intensive film?

“This isn’t a movie with a bunch of lines running around the page,” Larry Kasanoff, Threshold Entertainment’s CEO, told the Journal. “We’re not giving feet to the geometric shapes.”

Despite his attempt to assure movie goers they wouldn’t be sitting through a two hour play through of a puzzle game (not that we’d necessarily object to that), Kasanoff wouldn’t say much more about the project.

Although, he did reaffirm that the film would be quite good, throwing around the word epic quite a bit.

“What you [will] see in Tetris is the teeny tip of an iceberg that has intergalactic significance,” he said.

Intergalactic significance?

Hold on to your arcade sticks, Tetris may be heading to outer space.

How does one manage to secure the puzzle pieces in a zero-gravity environment space?

The Quinnspiracy: Depression Quest maker responds

- August 29th, 2014
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By now you’ve probably read something about the #GamerGate a.k.a. The Quinnspiracy a.k.a. facepalm.gif. If not, this explainer from The Mary Sue should catch you up.

In short, Zoe Quinn,  the indie developer behind Depression Quest, found herself at the heart of a brutal mob attack (or gamer revolution, depending who you ask) after her ex-boyfriend posted a lengthy diatribe about her alleged infidelity.

Quinn, who has since been bombarded with some of the vilest threats and insults I’ve ever had the displeasure of seeing, has refused to respond to questions or allegations about her sex life.

But, “now that things have begun to calm down,” she has responded to some of the other charges levied against her.

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