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PS4 Neo To Have 4K Blu-ray Drive & Weaker Than Xbox One Scorpio

PS4 Neo Weaker Than Xbox One Scorpio<p>Sony did not show off the PlayStation 4 Neo at E3 this year but this hasn’t slowed down the rumour train one …

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Anti-Feminist Frequency pamphlets appear on poles around E3 convention

Letter-sized stickers appeared on traffic light poles around the convention center this morning, decrying Anita Sarkeesian, creator and host of the <i>T</i><i>ropes vs. Women in Video Games</i> and <i>Positive Female Characters in Video Games</i> series.<p>The "Fem Freak" flyers stand in stark contrast to the typical …

IGDA’s Kate Edwards confronts Gamergate and diversity in gaming head-on

Kate Edwards, the executive director of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA), isn’t shy. She took on the issues around Gamergate, the gamer rage controversy that started last August, in a fireside chat last week at the GamesBeat Summit. She said she was frustrated about the length …

Feminism

No, Joss Whedon did not leave Twitter because of 'militant' feminists

Earlier this week, <i>Avengers: Age of Ultron</i> writer Joss Whedon called it quits on Twitter. There was a lot of chatter about the cause of his departure, with many wondering if it was directly related to criticisms of <i>Age of Ultron</i> and its handling of Scarlett Johansson's character, Black Widow.<p>Speaking …

Gamergate’s positive effect: We’re now talking about diversity

<i>The writer of this story has previously been a member of the IGDA. He no longer is. –Ed</i>.<p><i>Click here for all of our GamesBeat Summit coverage.</i><p>SAUSALITO, Calif — The effects of Gamergate took center stage during the second day of the GamesBeat Summit. While portions of the vocal campaign have harassed …

Feminism

Bomb threat clears out GamerGate gathering in Washington D.C.

Police in Washington cleared out a restaurant Friday night following a Twitter bomb threat made against a gathering of GamerGate supporters, with two prominent figures associated with the movement there to speak.<p>The Metropolitan Police Department of Washington D.C. confirmed to Polygon that …

Feminist critic Anita Sarkeesian is only game person on Time’s top 100

Time named Anita Sarkeesian, a critic of the game industry’s depiction of women, as one of its top 100 most influential people in the world today. She appears on the list along side tech leaders Tim Cook of Apple and Satya Nadella of Microsoft — but no one else from the game multibillion game …

Feminism

Anita Sarkeesian, 'gaming's feminist advocate,' makes the Time 100

Gaming icons are no strangers to Time's annual Time 100 list. <i>Minecraft</i> developers Markus 'Notch' Persson and Jens Bergensten made the list in 2013, while Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto made it in 2007. Both were included under the "Titans" category. This year, Anita Sarkeesian — described in the piece …

Feminism

Anita Sarkeesian Makes Time's 100 Most Influential People List

Feminist Frequency creator Anita Sarkeesian has been named to the "2015 Time 100," a list of the most influential people in the world, according to the iconic magazine. The list is broken down into "titans," "pioneers," "artists," "icons," and "leaders," all of whom are people who are "shaping the …

Feminism

Depression Quest creator speaks at congressional briefing on cyberstalking

Zoe Quinn, the <i>Depression Quest</i> creator and co-founder of support group Crash Override, spoke at a congressional briefing this morning about cyberstalking and online threats.<p>The National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence, National Council of Women's Organizations and The National …

Game developer Zoe Quinn speaks in Congressional briefing about online abuse

With the violent abuse women often face online now firmly rooted in public consciousness, Zoe Quinn, the developer of <i>Depression Quest</i> and GamerGate's first target, has helped bring the issue to Washington. In a congressional briefing broadcast on Periscope, Quinn and her fellow speakers addressed …

Games probably don’t make you sexist, German researcher finds — but one critic is unconvinced

You can go back to playing games without the fear that they’ll turn you into a monster.<p>New research from the University of Cologne in Germany finds that long-term exposure to the sexist portrayal of human characters in games does not imbue a person with sexist attitudes in their everyday life. This …

Feminism

New Study Finds No Link Between Gaming And Sexist Attitudes

A few days ago a German longitudinal study was published that explored the connection between gaming and sexist attitudes. The results broadly show that playing videogames doesn’t make people sexist.<p>The study was based around cultivation theory, which posits that long-term exposure to media content …

Retrogaming

New Tropes vs. Women series explores positive female characters in gaming

Anita Sarkeesian and Feminist Frequency are now taking an ongoing look at some of the more positive representations of women in gaming. In the latest "Tropes vs. Women in Video Games" segment, Sarkeesian delves into the critically acclaimed 2011 indie title <i>Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP</i>, which …

Social-good gaming will only reach its potential when women do too

Gaming isn’t just for entertainment anymore. It can make us smarter. It can make us safer. It can make us better citizens of the world.<p>“Can” is the operative word here. For over a decade, video games have been hailed as tools for strengthening human rights, increasing sustainability, and creating …

Feminism

Game of Thrones’ Arya and Sansa Stark on Gamergate: Don’t feed the trolls

SAN FRANCISCO — As young women immersed in social media, <i>Game of Thrones</i> actresses Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner — who play, respectively, Arya and Sansa Stark — know there is a lot of very bad behavior online, much of it which has been aimed at women during the recent Gamergate saga.<p>The two, …

TV Series

Beyond Gamergate: a conversation with GTFO director Shannon Sun-Higginson

In 2012, a friend sent filmmaker Shannon Sun-Higginson a hard-to-watch video of fighting game player Miranda “SuperYan” Pakozdi being sexually harassed by her own coach on the Capcom reality show <i>Cross Assault</i>. Not a gamer herself, Sun-Higginson started doing research and began work on a documentary …

Gamergate scandal convinced 4chan founder Moot to leave the site

This past January, when Christopher "Moot" Poole announced that he was stepping down as chief of online message board 4chan, he was vague as to what had led to his decision. But <i>Rolling Stone</i>'s David Kushner reports that the extremely volatile "Gamergate" movement gave Poole the resolve he needed to …

Q&A With The Congresswoman Taking On Gamergate

Earlier this week, Massachusetts Rep. Katherine Clark called other members of Congress to sign a letter with her that demands the FBI crack down on cyberstalking and online harassment.<p>Clark first became involved in this issue when she learned one of her constituents, Brianna Wu, was a victim of …

Gaming

Game devs on how to get through harassment

“We are here, and we will help you fight back," said game designer Elizabeth Sampat.<p>At the Game Developers Conference, industry professionals Sampat, Neha Nair, Donna Prior and Zoe Quinn spoke up about harassment — not just their personal experiences, but how to deal with it, prevent it and …

Rep. Katherine Clark wants the FBI to crack down on Gamergate and online threats

Gamergate and online abuse have officially made it to Congress. Yesterday, Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA) published a letter to the House Appropriations Committee, asking it to call on the Justice Department to crack down on internet harassment, including the rape, murder, mass shooting, and bomb …

Massachusetts congresswoman urges FBI to take Gamergate seriously

The Federal Bureau of Investigation isn’t doing its job when it comes to handling online threats — that’s how Congresswoman Katherine Clark (D-Mass.) feels.<p>The U.S. representative issued a letter to the House Appropriations Committee that asks that the government prioritize a response to …

Feminism

Has the game industry turned the corner on women and diversity? (interview)

After a year of going back to the Stone Age during the GamerGate controversy, the game industry made some progress last week in advancing the cause of women and diversity in the game business.<p>Kate Edwards, executive director at the International Game Developers Association, is one of the people who …

GDC

Women claim their place in the game industry

<i>Click here for all of GamesBeat’s 2015 Game Developers Conference coverage</i>.<p>SAN FRANCISCO — Some prominent female game developers brought down the house again with an inspiring session on what it’s like for them to work — and persevere and thrive — in the male-dominated game industry.<p>The session was …

Indigenous Peoples

Black developers speak out on stereotypes in gaming

Yesterday at GDC 2015, professor and game designer Derek Manns and Dennis Mathews of Revelation Interactive Studios held a roundtable discussion on black stereotypes in gaming. Early in the talk, Manns clarified that they wanted to discuss to talk about characters in games, but also stereotypes …

Independent Games Festival host denounces Internet hate and Gamergate, gets standing ovation

Nathan Vella got a standing ovation tonight at the close of the Independent Games Festival, the awards show for indie games at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. He did so by denouncing Internet hatred.<p>The inspiring comments from the head of Capybara Games, an indie games developer, …

Indie Gaming

The games industry is wrong about kids, gaming and gender (update)

The results of a new study, revealed yesterday at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, show that today's young consumers are far more progressive than the games industry gives them credit for.<p>To ignore this study, say its authors, will inevitably lead the games industry astray. They …

Zoe Quinn and other female game developers speak out against harassment

<i>Click here for all of GamesBeat’s 2015 Game Developers Conference coverage.</i><p>SAN FRANCISCO — Before a crowded room of their peers today, four women from the game industry stood up and spoke out about the online and real-world harassment they have received and what they have done about it.<p>The panel …

Feminism