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Miyamoto speaks

- June 16th, 2012
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Shigeru Miyamoto kicks off Nintendo's E3 media briefing. (REUTERS)

Last week marked the 11th time I’ve attended the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, the annual convergence of game developers, publishers, retailers and grubby media folk like myself who get paid to write and talk about games. And one of the highlights of each year’s E3 is getting to sit down with game creators and game company executives and talk to them about what they do.

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Good men should tell trolls harassment’s not cool: Jay Smooth

- June 15th, 2012

Good men need to speak up when misogynists run rampant, says radio host and video blogger Jay Smooth on the heels the threats and harassment on Anita Sarkeesian’s Kickstarter pitch for an exploration of gender tropes in video games.

There’s lots of good stuff in here, but my favourite line has to be:

When you bully and harass a woman for speaking her mind all you do is show us is that you’re afraid of that woman’s voice and you don’t think you can beat her intellectually without using a cheat code.

Video via ThinkProgress’ Alyssa Rosenberg, who has been writing about male allies in video games and how they can take on the trolls.

 

 

An ode to the haters

- June 14th, 2012

In light of the recent swarm of threats and insults on Anita Sarkeesian’s video for her Women Vs. Tropes in Video Games Kickstarter page, or the bizarre flack The Guild‘s Felicia Day has faced over a  benign video about a gamer girl’s love for a country boy, this song about YouTube trolls couldn’t be more relevant.

You can download the tune by Clever Pie and Isabel Fay on iTunes with proceeds going to an anti-bullying charity.

Anyone who’s ever been told to f— off and die by an Internet commenter will find this very cathardic. Warning: The lyrics are NSFW-ish.

Can you spot the Doctor Who guest appearance?

Thanks to @Mel_Wood for the tip

Country boy and gamer girl, together at last

- June 13th, 2012

Why yes, that is The Guild‘s Felicia Day in a country music video about the unconventional but oh-so-sexy love between a honky-tonk man and a cosplaying woman.

It’s the latest episode of The Flog, Day’s new show on Geek & Sundry. Other notable episodes for gamers include the one where Day applies her Skyrim blacksmithing skills in real life or the one where she plays Streets of Rage for the first time.

Anita Sarkeesian proves Internet trolls won’t keep women away

- June 12th, 2012

There’s a certain type of dude who believes that men deserve to have things like comic books or video games all to themselves. They think their nerd culture is sacred place that feminism can’t touch. A place free of those nagging womenfolk. A safe space to indulge in misogyny, free of repercussions.

But as they spew their anonymous hatred, in-game or online, they’re faced with the increasingly obvious fact that no, they don’t get gender dibs on entire facets of pop culture. Not only will women continue to engage with nerd culture and carve out their own niches, but they will also continue to criticize its many, many flaws. There are a lot of us, our concerns are valid, and we’re not going anywhere.

That’s what the god awful commenters on blogger Anita Sarkeesian’s* Kickstarter page learned, when despite their flood of threat and insults, her bid for a Tropes vs. Women in Video Games video series earned 10 times (and counting) the funding she was seeking. See the pitch below:

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