Actress and gamer Felicia Day was doxxed by people associating themselves with #GamerGate. That’s the ostensible, timely reason that I’m writing this article. The real reason is that I’ve talked with all stripes of Gaters in the last few days and I feel like banging my head on the floor over the whole thing. Keep reading »
Welp, I know some kids who are going to be extremely happy: Indie game Minecraft is becoming a movie! Woooo! I’ve tried hard not to get too far into Minecraft because it would suck up my life the way that real-life Legos, Playmobil, Lincoln Logs, playing dress-up, and Sim City did when I was a kid and I am way too busy with Zelda right now to add another reason to my life to stare at a screen all day, but it is a damn cool game. Keep reading »
Brianna Wu, the game developer who was chased out of her home by graphic and widely publicized rape and death threats issued by GamerGate supporters, is now speaking up about the incident. In an op-ed published this morning on xoJane.com, Wu speaks out about her experience, and defiantly refused to back down in the face of those threats:
If you don’t know what Gamergate is, my God do I envy you. Gamergate is basically a group of boys that don’t want girls in their videogame clubhouse. Only, instead of throwing rocks, they threaten to rape you. And, if that doesn’t work, they’ll secretly record your conversations and release the lurid details of your sex life in a public circus. From seeing the #gamergate mobs plan this on 8chan.co, it seems like they’re having a lot of fun.
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File this under YAAAASSS: The computer game series Myst is getting a TV show and a new game for tablets along with it.
Cyan, Inc., the company that produced the Myst game series, is teaming up with Legendary to produce the show. For reference, Legendary is partnered with Warner Brothers and is the production house behind movies like “300,” “The Watchmen,” “Inception,” “Sucker Punch” — you get the idea. Visually fantastic films. They have a TV division that’s been largely inactive other than acquiring other TV production houses, but now they’re developing Myst, and that makes me very, very happy. Keep reading »
YouTuber Todd Kenreck of Invader Boom has begun a documentary series on cosplaying called “Cosplay Boom,” the first episode of which has been released and future episodes of which depend on Kenreck’s fundraising efforts through crowd-funding site Patreon.
The first episode is really, really cool: It’s titled “Origins” and it’s a series of interviews with cosplayers and costumers on the subject of how they got into cosplay. You’d think that the biggest trend in their answers would be “I’m nerdy,” but really it’s more “This is so much fun!” There are people who cosplay because they admire the characters they’re cosplaying, and there are people who just like to dress up in costumes. (The gentleman dressed as Carl Fredericksen from “Up” is 100 percent my favorite.) Keep reading »