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A card game that teaches catcallers to stop being pigs

As yesterday’s piece by Brianna Wu deftly illustrated, the harassment of women online, particularly in gaming, is a pervasive, deeply disturbing problem. Here’s a novel approach: a "game" that deals directly with its physical counterpart, street harassment. A Minneapolis woman named Lindsey has created Cards Against Harassment (a play on the popular Cards Against Humanity), and gives them to men (or anyone) on the street who catcall her. She’s made the project available for anyone who experiences harassment to download and print, to give out if they experience harassment themselves. The cards themselves are fun and sassy in tone, and all go back to the Cards Against Harassment website. It’s an education campaign, designed to show people that random catcalls aren’t actually compliments...
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Twitch edges closer to broadcast TV with new feature

Twitch is introducing a new feature to the platform that brings Twitch channels closer to television channels: Individuals will be able to promote other streams on their own channel, even after they've stopped broadcasting themselves. Host Mode will allow any channel owner to "host" another channel, similar to embedding someone else's video on your own website. If you're a broadcaster who is done for the day, you can now use your channel to display another person's stream, instead of simply going dark until the next time you sign on. The chatroom in your channel will stay up, but your video will be replaced by an embedded version of the channel you're hosting. Host Mode is set to go live later tonight, or tomorrow. The way Twitch sees it, the feature is beneficial to both parties. The...
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Far Cry 4 avoids the 'white savior dudebro' pitfall

In some ways, Far Cry 4 is a product of Far Cry 3's missteps."We don't create our games in a vacuum," C.J. Kershner, one of the script writers for the game, told me at a recent PlayStation event. "We were aware of the discussions happening about Far Cry 3. People identified some problems." What sort of impact did that have on Far Cry 4, I asked. "Our protagonist is not the white savior, not the dudebro," Kershner said. "He's not coming back to his hometown to help. "Your basic objective is to fulfill your mother's last wishes, to scatter her ashes in her home country." And that was one of the things that interested Kershner in the game. "The thing that drew me most to the project was that the basic objective was human, very relatable," he said. "That feeling was sort of driven home...
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Unforgiving, sophisticated and vast: Three deaths in The Long Dark

Over the years I've spent, by conservative estimates, around 400 hours in the post apocalyptic world of DayZ. When I first heard about The Long Dark, a survival game set in the Canadian wilderness, I was doubtful that a single player game could be as gripping as one filled with dozens of crazed monsters out for blood, let alone one without zombies. But after just a little more than one hour with the game last night I'm singing a different tune. And my song is lost amid the howling winds of a massive, empty and utterly deadly world. These are my first three lives in The Long Dark. One The only thing I can see is the breath in front of my face and a half dozen tall pine trees around me. There must be a full moon, but the diffuse light is having trouble making it through the low...
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Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris launches Dec. 9

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, the sequel to isometric action-adventure game Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, will launch for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC Dec. 9, IGN reports. In Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, Lara and her rival Carter are cursed after breaking into an ancient temple. Along with demigods Isis and Horus, they set out to defeat the evil Set and break their bad luck. In a step up from the previous game, Temple of Osiris will feature co-op play for up to four people. The game's predecessor was released in 2010. Unlike other Tomb Raider games, it focuses heavily on multiplayer gameplay. Players compete for loot while working together to solve puzzles and smack down enemies. Crystal Dynamics announced Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris at E3...
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Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time favorites join the Hyrule Warriors roster

The roster of Nintendo and Tecmo Koei's Zelda-themed hack-and-slash Hyrule Warriors is three more strong today, with Sheik, Darunia and Princess Ruto added to the ranks, according to Famitsu. Warning: Some spoilers for The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time ahead! All three characters first made appearances in 1998 Nintendo 64 title The Ocarina of Time. Darunia is the leader of the stony, mountain-dwelling Goron race, while Ruto is the headstrong young princess of the waterbound Zora people. Sheik's presence in Hyrule Warriors is interesting, as in Ocarina of Time Sheik is the alter-ego disguise for Princess Zelda. Sheik has been included as a fighter in the Super Smash Bros. series since 2001's Super Smash Bros. Melee, but as a completely separate fighter from Zelda. Sheik's gender...
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Destiny's beta comparison video: PS4 versus Xbox One

Now that both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have access to the Destiny beta we thought it would be fun to compare what the first few minutes of each looked like. Do keep in mind that while the PlayStation 4 beta runs at 1080p, the Xbox One beta is running at 900p. That will change at launch when both hit the 1080p mark. Both videos were captured using the console's built-in video capture app. Now drop into the video to have a quick look-see at how the two versions compare, and why I'm constantly mocked when I play shooters, no matter the platform.
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CounterSpy hits PlayStation platforms on August 19

Dynamighty's stealth side-scroller CounterSpy is coming to PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita on August 19, according to a post on the PlayStation Blog. The title will cost $14.99 and is available as part of Sony's cross-buy promotion, meaning players can purchase CounterSpy once to obtain copies for all three platforms. CounterSpy is also cross-save compatible, allowing players to save to the cloud and pick up where they left off on any PlayStation platform. CounterSpy borrows elements from the 1950s and 60s Cold War and the ever-popular spy culture mythos. Players will join a rogue spy agency and work on the sidelines to keep the world's super powers from destroying everything. For more details on the title, check out our recent hands-on with the PS4 version and the...
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PlayStation players can get Disney Infinity's Hulk first in these collector sets

Disney Infinity players on PlayStation consoles will have the opportunity to snag the Hulk figurine early in one of two bundled sets, executive producer John Vignocchi announced in a post on the PlayStation Blog. Starting soon, players can pre-order the PlayStation Collector's Edition — which includes Black Widow, Captain America, Hawkeye, Iron Man, Thor, and Hulk figurines, as well as an Avengers-themed play set, two power discs and the glow-in-the-dark Frost Beast Collector's Edition display. A closer look at the display, which Vignocchi notes was designed with both Disney Infinity and Marvel collectors in mind, is available in the video below. Additionally, Sony will be offering a Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes PlayStation 3 hardware bundle this holiday season. The $249.99...
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Disney Infinity 2.0 adds a gun-toting raccoon and other Guardians of the Galaxy this fall

Five new characters from Marvel's rag-tag team of intergalactic heroes, Guardians of the Galaxy, will join Disney Infinity 2.0's virtual world this fall, executive producer John Vignocchi announced during a recent event in San Francisco. The Guardians of the Galaxy will appear inside Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes as a standalone playset. After the gang gets ahold of one of the legendary Infinity Stones, they find the deadly Ronan the Accuser hot in pursuit. The set is being developed by Studio Gobo, who worked on the Pirates of the Caribbean playset. Each character has their own set of special moves. As Star-Lord, players will have access to standard melee abilities, a special super jump ability and dual-wield pistols. There's also Drax, who Vignocchi describes as "a very...
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Batman: Arkham Knight DLC to include a Red Hood story mission (update)

Batman: Arkham Knight may feature an add-on story mission starring the violent vigilante Red Hood, according to allegedly leaked GameStop promotional materials posted by Batman News. The above picture — in addition to the previously-announced playable Harley Quinn DLC — mentions the Red Hood Story Pack, in which players can "play as the ruthless vigilante." The picture also notes the pack is pre-order bonus and exclusive to GameStop. Yesterday afternoon, GameStop tweeted a blurry image of what looks like the Red Hood character shown in the above materials. The tweet mentions an announcement connected to the image and a "big game" coming today, July 23. In Batman lore, the Red Hood's identity has frequently changed, but one of his first incarnations was as the Joker's original form in...
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This international eSports tournament aims to put gamers with disabilities on the map

South Korea will be the back drop to an upcoming international eSports tournament for gamers with disabilities this October, which is set to feature over two hundred players from 12 countries. The IeSF 2014 World Championships will be held from Oct. 8-12 at the Seungshin Women's University, with players competing in League of Legends, StarCraft 2 and FIFA Online 3. The IeSF, which is a Korean organisation, is set up to "promote eSport as a true sport beyond language, race and culture barriers," the company states.
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Kickstarter suspends Ex-STALKER devs' Areal campaign, West Games turns to direct funding

Areal, the game pitched as a colorful, open-world post-apocalyptic adventure from "senior ex-S.T.A.L.K.E.R. developers," found success on Kickstarter, but now the project has been suspended and all pledges have been canceled. According to a message sent to Kickstarter backers today, "A review of the project uncovered evidence that it broke Kickstarter's rules." Now the developer has turned to direct funding through its own website in an effort to finance Areal. The suspension of Areal's Kickstarter hit with less than 48 hours to go in its fundraising campaign. The developer, West Games, had raised nearly $65,000, well beyond its original $50,000 fundraising goal. Kickstarter doesn't disclose why it suspends campaigns, but said it will take such action if campaigns misrepresent or...
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Fan-made Smash Bros. has better characters

MacLeod Games, creator of fan project Super Smash Flash 2 doesn’t need to focus test new characters.The team can put in whoever they damn well please. In a new "MacLeod Gaming Direct" — a nod to Nintendo’s marketing of new games, the team showed off new characters and new modes from the latest version of the game, due out on Thursday. Chibi Robo will be available as a playable character, throwing his plug around to electrocute combatants. It's cute and terrible at the same time! Sora, Ichigo and Bomberman have new character upgrades, which is cool and all, mainly because it's the only fighting game I’ll ever be able to play as Sora in. There's a low-fi pixel art aesthetic and a sense of freedom that makes Super Smash Flash 2 more appealing to me than the real thing. There,...
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PopCap launching a 'new Peggle game' soon

PopCap Games is working on another Peggle title, and the game will likely be released soon, Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson announced during an investor call today. "A much-anticipated new Peggle game from PopCap is moving through a test period in preparation for launch," said Wilson. Asked to provide more details, an EA representative declined to comment beyond the statement above. PopCap released Peggle 2 (screenshot above) last December on Xbox One, and earlier this year on Xbox 360. It's possible that Wilson was referring to a free-to-play version of the original Peggle on mobile devices, which EA began testing on the App Store in New Zealand and Singapore this past spring.
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Destiny beta returns a day early, now available for Xbox players

Destiny's maintenance period is over and the game's PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 beta is back online a day earlier than expected, Bungie announced on its official website. The beta is also now available for Xbox 360 and Xbox One players. Codes were sent out earlier today. "We know you've been waiting, so we busted our asses to finish our chores up early," the post reads. "You can download and play the beta right now. This is a great moment for the entire Bungie community to share in this adventure, and we couldn't be more excited. Get in there. Break it. Tell us what you think. Share your experiences online. The beta went offline yesterday afternoon, following its launch last week; it was expected to return sometime on July 23 with the beta launch for Xbox 360 and Xbox One players...
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