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Bomb Threat Targeted Anita Sarkeesian, Gaming Awards Last March

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Bomb Threat Targeted Anita Sarkeesian, Gaming Awards Last March: An anonymous e-mailer threatened to blow up a bomb at the Game Developers Choice Awards this past March unless the hosts rescinded an award recognizing feminist critic Anita Sarkeesian, t…

“”You want to debate any of these things under the charge of improving the ethics of game development…”

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“You want to debate any of these things under the charge of improving the ethics of game development and game journalism, be my guest. But here’s the thing.

As long as women gamers and game developers are living under a cloud of virtual terrorism, I don’t give a shit about your cause.

As long as women in and around gaming, including I note some on my friends’ list, are getting doxed, getting slandered, getting their private lives and sexuality discussed at length, getting revenge porn and nudes (real or faked) published about them, having their suicide openly rooted for, and getting harassed in private mail and public tweets so vile that they feel the need to hide out at a friends house and call the authorities, your pet topic is so low in priority that I can’t be bothered to care.

As long as the IGDA feels the need to work with the FBI in order to give game developers resources so that they can feel safe from people who claim to love games, I really don’t give a shit about any of the cute little ‘scandals’ that have been manufactured solely to give cover to the continued harassment of a handful of outspoken voices in this industry. There’s really not much else that merits talking about.”

Reclaiming ‘Gamer’ and Defending Our Tribe.

Why Germans pay cash for almost everything

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Why Germans pay cash for almost everything:

As banks, technology giants and would-be disruptors such as Square scrummage over the payment system of the future, German consumers seem perfectly happy with the payment system of the past. Germany remains one of the most cash-intensive advanced economies on earth. On average, wallets in Germany hold nearly twice as much cash—about $123 worth—as those in…

The German word for debt comes from the root word for guilt. Also, a pretty good discussion of ‘everyone’s favorite hyperinflation’. 

“”The problem with winners self-identifying as losers: once you’ve cast yourself as a victim in your…”

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“The problem with winners self-identifying as losers: once you’ve cast yourself as a victim in your own mind, there’s no need to interrogate your own behavior.

There is an alternative: solidarity. […]

I fear too that we have come to so thoroughly associate fandom with grievance that the two are now inextricable. That, I suspect, is the long-term consequence of the rise of the geeks: that we no longer know how to enjoy art without enjoying it against others. “

A really fascinating debate unit over at the New York Times. All the articles are really interesting, but this one hit a chord. Some of the phrasing (that headline…) is more meant to incite, but the underlying point… has a point.

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