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Twitch updated its rules of conduct today to include the requirement that streamers dress "appropriately," meaning no "sexually aggressive clothing – including lingerie, swimsuits, pasties, and undergarments." This isn't a new policy and it isn't related to Twitch's $970 million sale to Amazo...

October 28th 2014 at 4:00pm 0 Comments
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About two years ago (two decades in internet years), I wrote a piece about sexism as it pertains to MMOs. I didn't write anything about it for a long while afterward because I would just be reiterating points that were stated in the first article, something I'm not fond of doing. But when I wrote...

March 5th 2013 at 3:00pm 0 Comments
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The Dead or Alive franchise is notorious for its blatant emphasis on sexy female fighters in tiny, physics-defying outfits – in the western world, at least. In Japan, this form of female representation is "common sense," Team Ninja's Yosuke Hayashi tells MCV."With the representation of female...

August 22nd 2012 at 9:00pm 0 Comments
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Astute readers of Massively or my personal blog Bio Break are probably quite familiar with my blatant prejudice against all things Elf. I hate Elves and everything for which they stand. And nowhere does this hatred blossom more brightly than in the fertile fields of MMOs. As the axiom goes, wher...

August 11th 2011 at 12:30pm 0 Comments
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Disclaimer: The Soapbox column is entirely the opinion of this week's writer and does not necessarily reflect the views of Massively as a whole. If you're afraid of opinions other than your own, you might want to skip this column. Talking about the representation of women in video games is usual...

March 22nd 2011 at 9:00am 0 Comments
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An advertisement for Top Spin 4 has made its way onto the internet, but it's not what one would call "official." Featuring Serena Williams, the ad was definitely made with 2K Sports' money and effort. We've attempted to get an official statement from 2K Sports, but the company doesn't appear to w...

March 21st 2011 at 8:30pm 0 Comments
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So a discussion popped up around the Massively offices the other day regarding MMORPG armor (or the distinct lack thereof when it comes to some titles). A question was raised as to why some games get away with sexualizing female gear while others are raked over the coals for demeaning women, pander...

February 11th 2011 at 8:00am 0 Comments
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It's gotta be tough for a guy who designs the sexiest devices on the planet. No, not the million-dollar paycheck or the international fame and fortune. When you're one of the world's top designers, you must make sure your image portrays cool and sexy. If you're a built guy with a shaved head and an...

April 15th 2010 at 4:00pm 0 Comments
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AddOn Spotlight focuses on the backbone of the WoW gameplay experience -- the user interface. Everything from bags to bars, buttons to DPS meters and beyond -- your AddOns folder will never be the same! This week, we get real sexy. Timers for spells is an imperative addon for many classes that rel...

March 18th 2010 at 1:00pm 0 Comments