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Ouya: The little Kickstarter console that could?

- July 24th, 2012

If you build it, they will come.

That famous line whispered into Kevin Costner’s ear in the movie Field of Dreams may have been about baseball-playing ghosts but it sure does describe the much talked about Ouya console to a tee.

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Los Angeles-based developer Boxer 8′s $99 open-source Android box is quite possibly the ballsiest project being payed for over the internet on the crowd-funding website Kickstarter.

Over 42,000 backers have pooled together over $5 million bucks towards the system’s early stages of development and it’s all based on a simple idea.

All games should be free to try.

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Ouya haters gonna hate

- July 11th, 2012

The Ouya console will run on relatively low-powered hardware and sell for $99. This makes some people unhappy.

If you have even a passing interest in video games, you’ve probably heard about Ouya, a low-cost, Android-based video game console that’s in the midst of a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign. They’d hoped to raise $950,000 by Aug. 9 to fund production of the thing. Two days into the campaign, they’re at $3 million and counting.

And so begins the backlash.

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Face-punching game-maker’s standoff with Toronto woman escalates

- July 10th, 2012

The flame-war continues, garnering headlines at the local, national and even American level.

Some background for those just joining us:

In one corner, we have Ben “Bendilin” Spurr, the 25-year-old Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., man who created the game “Punch Anita Sarkeesian In The Face” because he thought her Kickstarter project was a big vagina-based scam. Spurr is backed by a hoard of gamers, and a few anonymous trolls.

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In other other corner we have Steph “Amirightfolks” Guthrie, the Toronto activist who launched an public shaming campaign against Spurr for his game’s misogynist overtones. Guthrie is backed by feminist types and gamers who are sick of the get-back-in-the-kitchen culture.

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The whole thing has led to Bendilin’s brief Twitter suspension and, of course, all sorts of vitriol being lobbed Guthrie’s way, including death threats dismissed by some as “copypasta.”

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‘Beat Up Anita Sarkeesian’ maker disappears from Twitter

- July 9th, 2012

Ben (Bendilin) Spurr, the Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., man who made headlines after creating a video game where users could punch feminist blogger Anita Sarkeesian in the face has disappeared from Twitter. His account has been suspended, and the Twitter Powers That Be have not said why.

This comes after two straight days of defending himself online from people who find these kind of shenanigans abhorrent. He repeatedly insisted he deplores sexism, despite a Steam profile that indicates otherwise.

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Toronto activist Steph Guthrie was one of the first people to call out Spurr on Twitter, sparking a long and drawn out debate, out of which a lot of thoughtful posts and discussions were born. Guthrie has documented the whole thing in a very thorough Storify, seen below:

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