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I don’t play videogames and generally think that online activism is a giant waste of time. Both of these factors make me a rather unlikely prospective ally to #GamerGate, but I do have a coffee mug that says “Certified Media Manipulator” so I guess it made sense that we’d cross paths at some point.
Which is how a little over a week ago, I found myself in the middle of an AMA (“Ask Me Anything”) in #GamerGate’s infamous subreddit “KotakuInAction.” I’d been trying to assign an unbiased explainer piece on the controversy for weeks and found that several writers were intimidated and reluctant to participate. So when I saw that someone who had read my book and columns here at Off the Media, put up an AMA request, I figured I’d wade in, answer some questions, and see what I couldn’t find out about this infamous movement.
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It’s hard to take seriously the online cesspools where men’s rights activists and not-all-men apologists congregate. But as ridiculous as they seem, a lot of these guys are dead serious, and capable of causing very real havoc.
Anita Sarkeesian, a feminist blogger and popular video game critic, said via Twitter yesterday that she Read More
Apparently North Koreans love downloading porn, just like you! According to BitTorrent monitoring site Scan Eye, people in the tightly controlled country downloaded a bunch of British television shows, video games, and, obviously, some porn within the past two years.
Go Home Science You're Drunk
This is truly terrible: a man and woman addicted to World of Warcraft have been jailed for locking two young girls aged 10 and 5 inside their dilapidated trailer home for a period of three years.
The California couple, Lester Huffmire and his wife, Petra, were unemployed and spent the majority of their time playing World of Warcraft, the Daily News reports. They kept the girls, described as “female relatives,” locked up between May 2010 and May 2013, prohibiting them from going to school, or even going outside.
Play Your Video Games
Prepare to question everything you once thought was true, because science is now claiming that kids who play video games for up to an hour per day are happier and more sociable than those who don’t play at all. So much for human interaction!
The Oxford University study polled around 5,000 boys and girls between the ages of 10 and 15 who spend varying amounts of time playing video games, the Telegraph reports.
Do you continue to hear a constant loop of “Bible!” long after you’ve stopped Kim Kardashian: Hollywood? You’re apparently not alone.
Gamers often continue hearing sound effects like screams and explosions long after they’ve stopped playing, new research from Nottingham Trent University’s International Gaming Research Unit says. The occurrence even has a scientific name: Game Transfer Phenomena (GTP).
Kids These Days
After a long day in the content factory, there’s nothing better than plopping down on the couch and watch TV until we slip into a deep slumber. That sounds very relaxing, right? According to a new study, using media (i.e. playing video games, watching TV, etc.) to decompress might be doing more harm than good for some.
Play Your Video Games
Josh Correira will start his freshman year at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute this fall, but already the 18-year-old is raking in up to $4,000 a month — all because he programmed an online video game.
Mr. Correira has been making money through ROBLOX, an online platform where users — typically kids and teens — create and play games featuring blocks of different shapes, sizes and colors. ROBLOX launched its Developer Exchange program last October, wherein creators can convert the virtual currency earned through their games — called ROBUX — into real live cash.
Play Your Video Games
Kids who spent their high school days slaying dragons in WoW never suspected they’d be the jocks when they got to college.
Robert Morris University in Illinois is recruiting video gamers as varsity athletes and offering generous scholarships as part of a competitive gaming initiative, ABC reports.
Mark Zuckerberg just can’t catch a break. Players of the newly released Grand Theft Auto V say there’s a Zuckerberg imitator featured in the game who can be hunted down and killed. And the similarities are pretty striking.
The New York Post reports that there is a character named “Jay Norris,” who is the founder of a fictional social network dubbed “Lifeinvader,” and claims he’s “clearly inspired” by Zuck. Just like the real Zuck, the character dons a drab sweater and has lightly gingered hair, though his notable sheen of sweat is missing.