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Op Ed

CNET - Online gaming's dirty little secret. Online jerks are a secret?
Fast-forward to the current generation of games, and hearing racial epithets like the "n word" or homophobic slang like the "f word" shouted online is more commonplace than you might want to believe. Meanwhile, women who play in the male-dominated world of online gaming sometimes find themselves the victims of sexually suggestive comments and gender-based taunting.

While this type of behavior and language is actively discouraged in polite society, that mindset is totally disregarded by some in the online gaming world. Odds are that if you play enough online, you'll experience it firsthand.

IncGamers - Lowest Common Denominator.
As if you hadn’t guessed already, this week we’re talking about the frankly mystifying concept of fanboyism. You see, in technical terms, fanboyism is a deeply disturbing phenomenon, exposing the dark side of capitalism. OK, another dark side of capitalism. Fanboyism goes beyond simple brand loyalty into the shady world of submission and unquestioning adoration, hinting at a mental relationship between consumer and product that verges on the obsessional. Fanboys are delusional, they are unwaveringly loyal and scarily quick to resort to abuse in order to defend their beloved console. Fanboys are Whitney Houston at the height of her crack phase.

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5. Re: Op Ed Nov 19, 2009, 11:34 Elf Shot The Food
 
Coming up tomorrow on CNET: An article about girl gamers.  
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