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While the Mass Effect series has sometimes been blamed for the horrific massacre of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14, Commander Shepard himself is helping with a new gamer-led fundraiser for those affected by the tragedy.
Called Gamers for Sandy Hook, a group of kind-hearted gamers is raising funds for the The Sandy Hook PTA to cover the victims’ medical bills and funeral costs.
Since everyone in our group are avid video game enthusiasts, we were inspired to use our passion to help our grieving brothers and sisters. Consequently, Gamers For Sandy Hook was born. We are not affiliated with any company or organization. We are grassroots organization fueled by our own individual hearts and pockets.
One of my habits is to write down all the crazy, fleeting ideas I have, then go back to review later rather than judging right off the bat, or even worse, forgetting them. Earlier in the month I was looking through that idea notepad and found “Make Tetris Pumpkins” from sometime last year. My original plan had been to make forms to shape pumpkins into Tetris pieces as they grew, then stack them together for Halloween. Since Halloween was only a few weeks away and it was too late to start growing pumpkins, I thought “Why not make a pumpkin you can play Tetris on instead?”
Why not, indeed?
Read more to see exactly how he did it, step by step (Hint: It involves wires, LEDs, mad programming skill and more patience than I’ll ever know.)
Fan Expo, Toronto’s all-around nerd convention, begins today and the Toronto Sun’s Jenny Yuen covering it in real time with Scribble Live. There’s sure to be some video game news, cosplay and all-around fan-shenanigans, so follow along below.
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.
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.
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 thoughtfulposts and discussions were born. Guthrie has documented the whole thing in a very thorough Storify, seen below:
The backlash includes the game, which was posted to www.newgrounds.com by a user calling himself Bendilin, 25, of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.
The game’s creator accuses Sarkeesian of “scamming,” money out of donors, and claims she, “Uses the excuse that she is a woman to get away with whatever she damn well please (sic).”
Ah yes! It’s a classic twist on the Nigerian Royalty scam, but instead of duping people out of money on false pretenses, Sarkeesian accepts voluntary donations through a reputable fundraising site and explains exactly what she’s going to do with the money. Genius!
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.
Gaming has never been better. Consoles, PCs, mobile devices and the web all offer unique and innovative gaming experiences. Here, our geekiest gamers review the latest releases, talk trends and - once in a while - even go analog.