Here are some links for your Thursday evening reading enjoyment. (well, not exactly enjoyment given the subject matter of the posts. Thanks Ben for pointing that out…)
Looking Back: When Nintendo Was Accused of Discrimination (Joystiq): “On January 4, 1991 — twenty years ago today — Nintendo of America responded to ongoing racism accusations and protests by adopting its first affirmative action policy. The policy, according to the group leading the protests, was inadequate, leading to even harsher criticism in the future.”
It’s Not Easy Being Deaf in World of Warcraft (Kotaku): “Earlier this year World of Warcraft player Unwelcome suffered an accident that permanently robbed him of his hearing. Feeling alienated and shunned by his real life friends, he returned to World of Warcraft for some online alienation and shunning.”
S&M Toy Removed from Popular RPG (Kotaku): “This is a “wooden horse”, used for torture in Japan during the 15th century’s Warring States Period. These days it’s used in S&M play. But it apparently won’t be torturing the ladies of popular Japanese role-playing game Disgaea 4.”
The PSP For Girls (Kotaku): “Due out in Japan in February, the bundle includes a “Blossom Pink” PSP-3000, headphones, a fluffy pouch and pink screen cleaner.”
ECA Institute launches a Gamers for Health program: “Exercising using video games can be used for physical therapy and team building, as well as fitness. Gamers for health is an important component in getting Americans more healthy, and more active by the way of video games. National studies have shown that 97% of children play video games daily and the average age of gamers is 34 years old.”
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