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Op Ed - Pirates at Bay.
If the industry gets their will, you can expect entire households getting cut off because the 15 year old son was found illegally downloading some game on the internet. Or because dad had downloaded a copied porn movie or mom some CD she couldn’t find in the local music shop. If governments would allow such practices, where would it stop? This would be a fundamental violation of our right to privacy as whatever you would do on the internet, it would be tracked by “Big Brother”, at first in service of the entertainment industry and probably later on in service of anyone with any interest in doing so. - Are Video Games Getting Gayer? Thanks GamePolitics.
The medium should make even more strides this fall when Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony is released for the Xbox 360. Although no one outside the offices of developer Rockstar North knows how much gay content will make it into the game -- only the titular Tony is a given at this point -- Edison believes it will be groundbreaking nonetheless. - How video games perpetuate the commodity model of sex.
This design approach is extremely simplistic and perpetuates the commodity model of sex—the player wants sex, they go through certain motions, and they are "rewarded" with what they wanted (like a vending machine). Furthermore, when sex is included in a game, it is generally framed as the end result—the reward—of romance, rather than one aspect of an ongoing relationship/partnership. For example, one gamer commented that the romance in Mass Effect seemed like the romantic interest was really saying, "Keep talking to me and eventually we'll have sex". The relationship is not the goal; the goal is the tasteful PG-13 sex scene. The NPC's thoughts and desires aren't relevant; what matters is the tactics you use to get what you want. This is a boring mechanic in games and dangerously dehumanizing behavior in real life.

Sessler's Soapbox- Game Reviews Need Reference.
On this week's Soapbox, Adam responds directly to you, the readers. Apparently many of you were unhappy with the references made to other games in the Shadow Complex and Batman: Arkham Asylum reviews. Well The Sess took it upon himself to explain to you why it's important to include those references when talking about any form of art, including games. So put on your thinking caps, this Soapbox will test your noodle.

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13. Re: Op Ed Aug 29, 2009, 01:41 Rigs
fuckin exciting stuff there..

Holy Geezus, you mean there are forums where chicks debate the human values of game characters and concepts?!? And I thought I'd seen it all...I wonder what colorful analysis they came up with for Postal? Ucrazy

This whole thing reminds me of that Twix commercial witht the guy and girl talking at the party and he's like 'So, you wanna go to my apartment?' and she's like 'What?!?' and he has to chew his Twix real fast and look like a freakin' dorky chipmunk whilst doing so while he comes up with a 'Chick Approved'(tm) answer...pretty much sums up every party chick encounter in my 'bout you?...'course I couldn't give a shit about blogging, but if that's what it freakin' takes... *sigh*

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