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Some interesting reads from around the web:
U R so gay! Homophobia in gaming and why it hurts
"Why is 'gay!' the first thing that a lot of people in gaming circles reach for when they need a good name to call someone? It’s simple, really, and it has nothing to do with sticks or kindling; it’s a powerful slur because in the minds of the straight male gamers who coined the term, being gay is just about the worst thing they could think of
Mass Effect 3 Won't Make You Gay
"If you love games, champion developers like Bioware for filling their games with people we recognize; it's comforting to see people like me, and not like me, in these worlds. And if you're a member of the gaming press, use your words to say something meaningful. It's not always enough to say, "Well, here's a thing." You have a voice. It's time to say, "This isn't OK." We're in a position to take a stand. So take one, already."
Games of 2011 Analysis — How many even had women in them?
"Yeah. That’s all of them. All 19 of them, among the hundreds of games that got released last year, and some of the women aren’t even portrayed in the best light. It was, however, collectively decided that Batman: Arkham City was the best example, as there was an entire scene between Catwoman and Poison Ivy."
Is pervasive sexism holding the professional fighting game community back?
"I think we've discovered a few times now that calling out the fighting game community and slapping them on the wrist and saying 'No, no, no. That's not right,' doesn't work, because the more you do that the harder they fight against that,"
Game Design and Sexism: Player Feedback Mechanics
(Gaming as Women)
"However, we are all socialized very strongly to view women in certain ways. We expect women to be responsible, do the boring administrative work, and in general shut down the fun. We emphatically do not expect women to be silly. So women are less likely to be
silly, and everyone is less likely to notice when they are."
Dying Boy Gets His Own Personal Virtual Wonderland Built by a Game Community in Just Four Days
"Players working around the clock joined and power-leveled a new guild (reaching guild level 70 in, reportedly, approximately 65 hours) in order to have access to goods, housing, and amenities ready for the big day. And when it came, they turned out in force. When they were done, young John had a virtual wonderland to call his own."
Where Are the Black League of Legends Characters?
"Out of the 93 characters to choose from (as of March 4th), I counted 39 human-looking characters (more if you have a looser definition of "human"). Out of those 39, I could only find two characters who didn't look Caucasian or East Asian, based upon their portraits."
What else have I missed? Leave some links in the comments to share with The Border House community!