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Thought this may be worth sharing — particularly as it seems to be pretty strong on intersectionality right off the bat, too.

Bonus points for RPS’s on-point aside, challenging those who would rather not see this type of thing discussed:

"If you have a problem with the discussion of matters regarding gaming culture that don’t fit within a grotesque interpretation of the “norm”, then really, feel free to find another site. Join a thread on Reddit discussing some imagined point in our past when we didn’t write about this stuff (we always did) and still wrote about games (we obviously do, the overwhelmingly vast majority of the time). Or recognise that having an issue with this content making up less than one percent of what we publish is perhaps the main reason such content is so massively necessary. If this fleck of dust within the cornucopia of reviews, previews, interviews, trailers and news is such an irritant, perhaps the allergy needs addressing?

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isaia:

earthshaker1217:

fuckasslol:

celestethebest:

thisiswealthyprivilege:

awesomefuckyeahmotherfucker:

allisonrae:

majd3st1ny:

Could you live on $8 or $9 dollars an hour? A computer game made by the Urban Ministries of Durham in North Carolina and an advertising firm called McKinney lets you play out life with a low-wage job as a single mom. The objective is to make it a month, juggling getting a job, rent, a place to live, food and coping with the costs of repairs, things for your child, insurance, etc.. Actually a very hard game to play and full of reminders of the difficulties of life on that kind of salary.
Play the game.

Seriously, if you haven’t played before, play it now. If you have played before, play it again. Especially important during this election season.

just playing this game alone made me really stressed and anxious

THANK YOU
THANK YOU
ALL THE HATER ANONS, PLAY THIS

This game is amazing. Play it, play it, play it! I shared this with a professor who then had her students play it. So real.

Conservatives should take note. This is how it is to try and live off of $9 an hour with food stamps. I made it through with $42 left over. I am however one of the millions that struggle with this type of shit so I already knew most of the decisions I had to make, having already made them myself personally. 

I ain’t past day 17 on my first try. My goodness.

NIGHTMARE EVENT HORIZON19 days on second try. 

isaia:

earthshaker1217:

fuckasslol:

celestethebest:

thisiswealthyprivilege:

awesomefuckyeahmotherfucker:

allisonrae:

majd3st1ny:

Could you live on $8 or $9 dollars an hour? A computer game made by the Urban Ministries of Durham in North Carolina and an advertising firm called McKinney lets you play out life with a low-wage job as a single mom. The objective is to make it a month, juggling getting a job, rent, a place to live, food and coping with the costs of repairs, things for your child, insurance, etc.. Actually a very hard game to play and full of reminders of the difficulties of life on that kind of salary.

Play the game.

Seriously, if you haven’t played before, play it now. If you have played before, play it again. Especially important during this election season.

just playing this game alone made me really stressed and anxious

THANK YOU

THANK YOU

ALL THE HATER ANONS, PLAY THIS

This game is amazing. Play it, play it, play it! I shared this with a professor who then had her students play it. So real.

Conservatives should take note. This is how it is to try and live off of $9 an hour with food stamps. I made it through with $42 left over. I am however one of the millions that struggle with this type of shit so I already knew most of the decisions I had to make, having already made them myself personally. 

I ain’t past day 17 on my first try. My goodness.

NIGHTMARE EVENT HORIZON
19 days on second try. 

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feministroosterteeth:

Ubisoft is releasing an RPG game in 2014 called Child of Light, featuring a female protagonist. Like most games with female protagonists, it’s getting almost NO marketing and therefore no hype! Check it out, share it around. It looks really cute and I think we ALL want more video games with female protagonists to succeed!

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prostheticknowledge:

Sesame Street Fighter

Sesame Street meets Street Fighter in this typing game put together by cocoalasca. Created in HTML5 and Processing.js, you have to type words as fast as you can to hit the opponent, but the stronger the character, the harder the vocabulary.

Try it out for yourself here

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THIS IS NOT A DRILL

tin-pan-ali:

rynnay:

grimdarkthroes:

FIREFLY VIDEO GAME

Firefly video game with a diversity look at the female captain pictures image

WITH CHARACTER CUSTOMIZATION image

AND SHIPS THAT YOU CAN FLY IN 3 DIMENSIONS

OH MY GOD.

OH MY GOD.

OH MY GOD.

(Btw I’m on vacation not here but I queued this for y’all this morning at butt o’clock)

SCREECHES

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WHAAAAAT!?

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yopatrick:

goldencartridge:

Happy Holidays and a Merry 8-bitsmas to all!

Yo go follow Colin, he makes amazing pixel art!

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Nathan Grayson interviewed Dustin Browder, game director of Blizzard’s upcoming Heroes of the Storm, over on Rock Paper Shotgun. Towards the end of the interview things took a rather horrific turn, when Grayson brought up the topic of the all-too-common over-sexualization of female characters in MOBA games:

RPS: You have some interesting alternate outfits for heroes. Roller Derby Nova, especially, caught my eye. On its own, that’s totally fine – just a silly, goofy thing. A one-off. But it got me thinking about how often MOBAs tend to hyper-sexualize female characters to a generally preposterous degree – that is to say, make it the norm, not a one-off at all – and StarCraft’s own, um, interesting focus choices as of late. How are you planning to approach all of that in Heroes? 

Browder: Well, I mean, some of these characters, I would argue, are already hyper-sexualized in a sense. I mean, Kerrigan is wearing heels, right? We’re not sending a message to anybody. We’re just making characters who look cool. Our sensibilities are more comic book than anything else. That’s sort of where we’re at. But I’ll take the feedback. I think it’s very fair feedback.

RPS: I have to add, though, that comics might not be the best point of reference for this sort of thing. I mean, it’s a medium that’s notorious – often in a not-good way – for sexing up female characters and putting them in some fairly gross situations. 

Browder: We’re not running for President. We’re not sending a message. No one should look to our game for that.

RPS: But it’s not even about a message. The goal is to let people have fun in an environment where they can feel awesome without being weirded out or even objectified. This is a genre about empowerment. Why shouldn’t everyone feel empowered? That’s what it’s about at the end of the day: letting everyone have a fair chance to feel awesome.

Browder: Uh-huh. Cool. Totally.

[PR says we’ve run over, tells me I have to leave]

RPS: Thank you for your time.

Grayson wrote a follow-up piece about the incident shortly afterwards, which I recommend reading as well. From the opening paragraph:

[…] the room’s atmosphere seemed to me to become extremely curt. Browder seemed highly resistant to engaging on the topic, and sounded particularly severe when saying “We’re not running for President.” Because clearly, that’s the only scenario in which this sort of thing really matters. When you’re trying to make kissy faces at the camera and win hearts by pretending to care about The Real Issues.
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tempest-lavalle:

Hey guys! So, my current job has, for all intents and purposes, fired me. And I am in DESPERATE need of income. My fiance and I have been apart since last December, and our plan was for me to come visit for Christmas and New Years. Not just for the obvious togetherness, but also for the two of us to properly sit down and talk about our future.

Without a job, I can’t afford the ticket to go unless I get some help! So for the first (Super serious) time, I’m opening myself up for commissions!

As seen above, my prices are as follows:

  • Line art = $10
  • Flat colors = $15
  • Full shading = $20
  • Cutie Holiday Girls = $25-30
  • Additional chracter +50%
  • Detailed backgrounds/super detailed pieces are negotiable!
  • Don’t mind NSFW if it’s tasteful
  • Will accept payments via PayPal

Message me via Tumblr and I will be happy to discuss all the arrangements with you!

I’ll be opening up 5 slots for now!

Hey guys, help out my fiancée and me by buying some adorable arts! :D

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justinrampage:

The Console Warriors, Deadly Video Game Art Prints by Alex Pardee

Artist Alex Pardee has created “The Console Warriors,” two art prints that do a damn good job of celebrating the great video game console war. Will the Xbox One come in next week and blow the PlayStation 4 out of the digital water? Only time will tell. Mwahahaha!

Prints available from Zerofriends for FREE (with $10 purchase / $20 for both) for one week only to commemorate the impending Great Console War of 2014.

Choose your soldier.

Follow the artist: Website | Tumblr | Facebook | Twitter

via Alex Pardee’s TUMBLRCULOSIS

Hot jaminy, these are fantastic!

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yopatrick:

This video is incredibly important. Even if you’re not interested in game reviews, watch this. It’s about copyright and free speech and our rights to say whatever we want on the internet, particularly YouTube.

Real talk about consumer rights, the censorship of unbiased product reviews, and the harm that censorship can have on consumers and reviewers alike.