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South Park creator Matt Stone on the ever-expanding boundaries of comedy

With his creative partner Trey Parker, Matt Stone created both the enduringly popular adult cartoon series South Park and the smash-hit musical The Book of Mormon. Pairing boyish, gross-out comedy with biting parody, they are two of the darkest satirists in US media. Working with video-game developer Obsidian Entertainment, Stone has spent the…

Red Cross seeks virtual consequences for gamers who commit virtual war crimes

Should gamers be punished for committing virtual war crimes during gameplay? The Red Cross thinks so. The International Committee of the Red Cross says it wants to work with video game developers to show the consequences of players’ actions if they commit virtual torture, harm civilians or prisoners, attack medical…

Anita Sarkeesian explains how Nintendo made PMS into a gameplay mechanic

Feminist media critic Anita Sarkeesian unveiled the latest episode of her “Tropes vs Women in Video Games” mini-series on Thursday. The series explores how video games portray and utilize women. Sarkeesian started off the new episode by attempting to dispel the misperception that she is trying to make people feel…

Female Halo 3 gamers receive three times as many negative comments online

The male-dominated online environment in first-person-shooter games is a markedly hostile place for women. Female gamers playing Halo 3 receive roughly three times as many negative comments compared to a male player, research published in the June issue of New Media & Society found. “In summary, this study has established…

Studies show that online brain games can rehab ‘chemo brain’

Did you know that playing video games is not only good for you, but that they can make you a better person? No, this is not a plug for Steven Johnson’s 2005 book “Everything Bad is Good For You,” although if you haven’t read it, you should. There’s ample…  …

Smithsonian celebrates ‘The Art of Video Games’

Video games have come a long way since the first simple adventures of Mario and Pac-Man and now enter the realm of art in a major exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington that celebrates gaming’s rich creative side and the people behind a medium that’s still in…

Video games and porn in Guyland warfare

I’ve had a weirdly intense week, and so I’m pretty tired. So while I was going to post on more Republican evil shit, I don’t have the moral stamina. But I do want to highlight this interesting post Hugo put up on Michael Kimmel’s new book Guyland: The Perilous World…

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