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Game|Life - Why Videogames Should Be Played With Friends, Not Online With Strangers.
“There’s something super addictive and super satisfying about just sitting down with your friends and having that real-world experience,” he says. “I think a lot of the times people play Cards, they have this great time and they often attribute it to the game, but it’s really just that the game was the pretext for them to sit down and have this real world interaction.”

Wilson hopes Sportsfriends will similarly act as a “Trojan horse” that gets gamers back into the living room, socializing in person, recapturing the magic of the offline games he played in his youth.

Feminist Frequency Women as Background Decoration – Tropes vs Women. Thanks Ant via Boing Boing.
In this episode we explore the Women as Background Decoration trope which is the subset of largely insignificant non-playable female characters whose sexuality or victimhood is exploited as a way to infuse edgy, gritty or racy flavoring into game worlds. These sexually objectified female bodies are designed to function as environmental texture while titillating presumed straight male players. Sometimes they’re created to be glorified furniture but they are frequently programmed as minimally interactive sex objects to be used and abused.

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