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The Quinnspiracy: Depression Quest maker responds

- August 29th, 2014


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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The Instagram adventures of Mario and Luigi

- August 28th, 2014

Charles Martinet, the voice of Mario, Luigi, Wario et al in the video games, has the most adorable Instagram account.

In his videos we get a look at the lives of Mario and Luigi out in the real world. (Martinet carries around action figures of the characters and gives them cute dialogue).

Here are some of the best ones:

Martinet, who might be paying homage to Space Jam in keeping it real with this ancient website, first appeared as Mario in Mario Teaches Typing in 1991, according to IMDB.

His next big appearance was in 1995′s Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island as Baby Mario, a character with a cry so abrasive and unbearable I have in the past described it as a psychological form of birth control. Martinet’s Instagram account makes up for it, though.

(Watch if you dare!)

H/t to Reddit.

Death threats force Anita Sarkeesian out of her home

- August 27th, 2014


Anita Sarkeesian, the controversial creator of the Women Vs. Tropes In Video Games series, says she had to leave her home after one of her many naysayers threatened to kill her, her boyfriend and her family in a series of tweets that appears to have included her address.


Sarkeesian posted a screenshot of the threats, which you can see after the cut. Be warned: The content is extremely graphic.

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Anita Sarkeesian: Dragons are seen as more realistic than a world without sexual violence

- August 26th, 2014

Anita Sarkeesian concludes her latest installment of the feather-ruffling Tropes Vs. Women In Video Games series with a pertinent question: Why do we think depictions of brutalized women are necessary to make a game feel real?

After a thoughtful and lengthy dissection of how video games use violence against women as background decoration or lazy character development, singling out games like Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, Bioshock, Watch Dogs, God of War and Hitman, Sarkeesian explains:

It’s so normalized that when these elements are critiqued, the knee-jerk response I hear most often is that if these stories did not include the exploitation of women, then the game world would feel too unrealistic or not historically accurate.

What does it say about our culture when games routinely bend and break the laws of physics and no one bats an eye? When dragons, ogres and magic are inserted into historically influenced settings without objection? We’re perfectly willing to suspend our disbelief when it comes to multiple lives, superpowers, health regeneration and the ability to carry dozens of weapons in a massive invisible backpack, but somehow the idea of a world without sexual violence and exploitation is deemed too strange and too bizarre to be believable.


Mario Kart 8 DLC includes Link, Cat Peach and 16 new courses

- August 26th, 2014


Nintendo has  announced two massive DLC packs for Mario Kart 8 that bring in characters and vehicles from outside the Mario universe.

Combined, the packs contain six new characters, eight new vehicles and four new cups comprised of 16 new courses.

The first pack, available in November, includes Tanooki Mario, Cat Peach, and The Legend of Zelda‘s Link, while the second pack, available in May, features  Dry Bowser and  Animal Crossing‘s Isabelle and the Villager.

They about $12 each, and if you buy them together, you also get eight differently coloured Yoshis and Shy Guys.

You can read our review of Mario Kart 9 here.