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Why #gamergate is bullshit


Luke McKinney demolishes the idea that notional corruption in the press can be fought by harassing women, or participating in an ex-boyfriend's awful, privacy-invading vendetta against his girlfriend -- and notes that the original incident that sparked the campaign was a fabrication.

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Adjustable Pac Man and ghost ring


Pac Man rings come in silver- or gold-plated brass for $11 (price includes gift-box). (via Geeky Merch)

Bundle of DRM-free RPGs created by women game-devs


The latest Bundle of Holding features 3 games for $8 or 7 games for $19; all created by woman devs, all delivered as DRM-free PDFs, with 10% of proceeds to Amnesty International and Doctors Without Borders (you can also buy a gift-code for a friend).

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The Who Framed Roger Rabbit? board game reviewed

The board game based on the phantasmic film isn't that great, writes Deanna Dahlsad, but will be a coveted rarity for fansRead the rest

Game controller silicone molds for chocolate, candy & ice


Thinkgeek's silicone game controller molds are $10, and feature six controllers per food-/dishwasher-safe tray (Playstation, NES and Sega) -- perfect for candy, chocolate or icemaking.

Video: violent family games of yore

In this episode of "They Actually Made That!?," our pal Attaboy demonstrates several strange and "violent" vintage family games.

Kickstarting Stuff and Nonsense, a steampunk card-game from Cheapass & Prof Elemental

Cheapass Games went all the way to England for our next game: 'Stuff and Nonsense', a card game about telling wild tales of imaginary adventure; We had a great time working with the talented Professor Elemental, known for his whimsical steampunk and chap hop music."

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San Francisco: visit the public domain arcade, play games, learn about threats


Elliot from Creative Commons writes, "Your readers might remember the Public Domain Game Jam from a few months ago -- next Tues, Sep 9 people in San Francisco will be able to play the games from it and discuss them with jam organizer Nicky Case and then Parker Higgins from the Electronic Frontier Foundation will be talking about why the public domain is under attack, and what you can do to defend it."

CC Salon in San Francisco: Public Domain FTW!

(Thanks, Elliot!)

Tzolk'in: a competitive resource-gathering-and-conversion puzzle

The genius of this game's design is in the simplicity of what you are allowed to do on a turn, the intricate and divergent results those actions can achieve; and the way the physical design of the game board makes it all work automatically. Jon Seagull reviews.Read the rest

Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition gets it mostly right

Peter Bebergal hasn’t been this impressed with anything bearing the D&D name since he first cracked open the original Player’s Handbook in 1978.Read the rest

Comprehensively addressing the stupid, intellectually dishonest critique of Anita Sarkeesian


Whenever the feminist games-critic and survivor of countless outraged misogynist stalkers Anita Sarkeesian's name is invoked, there follows a flood of men who want to explain that she brought it on herself, that she isn't a gamer, that she isn't a good critic, and assorted related rubbish.

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8-Bit Mario pint-sleeves


These sandblasted 8-Bit Mario Pint Glasses are $15 each, with a glass question-mark coaster. (via Geekymerch)

Lamps made from old game consoles, controllers and accessories


Woody from Oshkosh, WI, makes amazing lamps out of old gaming gear: there's lamps made from NES lightguns, ROB the Robot and Powergloves; stacks of obsolete Nintendo controllers; stacks of obsolete Playstation controllers; NES and controllers; and a PS1 and controllers.

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Coconuts game has no business being as much fun as it is

Coconuts is a goofy dexterity game from South Korea that has no business being as much fun as it is. Jon Seagull says its appeal is a testament to the power of great product design.Read the rest

Death threats drive Anita Sarkeesian from her home


Anita Sarkeesian, whose excellent Tropes vs Women in Video Games series is an important contribution to the discussion of gender and games, has been driven from her home by enraged male gamers whose stalking, and explicit, credible threats of sexual violence against her and her family convinced her to go into hiding.

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GOP's vote-gettin' 8-bit platformer (isn't very good)

In "Mission Majority, you -- a little 8-bit elephant in a track outfit -- run through a minimalist Mario-field, trying to jump on top of ghosts hung with signs that say "TAXER." If they catch you, you die (if you play at all, you likely die inside, anyway). (Thanks, Joseph)

How games' lazy storytelling uses rape and violence against women as wallpaper

Anna Sarkeesian's brilliant, crowdfunded Tropes vs Women in Video Games web-series (previously) has a new episode, Women as Background Decoration: Part 2 [TW: rape, sexual violence, violence], which expertly dissects the use of violence against women, especially sexual violence as a lazy means of establishing skimpy motivations for player characters to hunt down the baddies.

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Robin Sloan on Ye Olde Geek Shoppe

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At Medium, Robin Sloan writes an appreciation of Nerdhaven, the archetypal shop in Everytown "catering to comic book readers, the D&D players, the gatherers-of-Magic."

Kickstarting Slap .45, a game from the creator of Cards Against Humanity


Indiecade calls Max Temkin's latest card game "Blazing Saddles meets Egyptian Ratscrew"; it's $35 with shipping.

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NES kleenex box


The NES tissue box is $25 from Toronto's K8bithero, who combines textiles, nerdery and housewares to brilliant effect. (via Geekymerch)

Cel-shaded jeans


These "cel-shaded" jeans were created by decorating a pair of plain blue-jeans with markers and paint. It's a weird inversion of denim wear-fetish by way of games culture, and I could easily see it becoming the acid-wash of the mid-2010s.

Cel-Shaded Jeans Make You Look Like A Cartoon Come To Life

How Gary Gygax lost control over D&D and TSR


Jon Peterson, author of Playing at the World, tells the gripping tale of how Gary Gygax lost control over TSR and Dungeons and Dragons, ousted by his business partners after a series of miscalculations and mistakes.

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Profile of Flickr and Slack founder Stewart Butterfield


The long and affectionate piece from Wired's Mat Honan details Butterfield's pattern of founding unsuccessful whimsical games companies (Game Neverending, Glitch) that spawn innovative, beautifully functional tech startups (Flickr, Slack).

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Crowdfunding a Nuclear Poker mega-hexa-yurt at Burning Man


Vinay Gupta, creator the Hexayurt, is selling decks of the Nuclear Poker card game to raise money for materials for the Nuclear Poker Hexayurt Quaddome at EMF Camp 2014.

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Particle Clicker: meth-addictive supercollider sim


The game, which I found absolutely and delightfully addictive, was created in a weekend by a group of undergrads at the CERN Webfest.

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Geometry Dash: jump, fly and flip your way through dangerous passages

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What's original? Cloning games versus making games


Raph "Theory of Fun" Koster has a wonderful, readable, theory-rich article that helps unpick the discussion about when a game is a clone of another game, when it's a skin, when it's a variant, and when it's a new game.

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Desk made from a pinball table

Tim Sway turned an old Charlie's Angels pinball machine into a desk, cleverly repurposing the coinbox as a desk safe. It's not the first time he's done this, either: check out his Moon Cresta desk. (via Geekologie)

Connect Four Robot

MIT student Patrick McCabe made a version of the classic game Connect Four where you play against a robot! (via Laughing Squid)