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The latest episode of PBS' weekly webseries Game/Show asks the question: Do video game stereotypes hurt men? Following a recent episode exploring sexism in gaming culture, host Jamin Warren returns to discuss growing body image issues and social expectations men face, as well as the ways video gam...

October 2nd 2013 at 11:00pm 0 Comments
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There are certain bits that sort of obscure this fact, but when you get down to it, WildStar is a science fiction game -- a science fiction game taking lots of cues from more fantastical offerings and Westerns, but still science fiction at its heart. And that means that it has certain expectation...

January 21st 2013 at 12:00pm 0 Comments
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I originally thought I would craft this Soapbox to discuss the differences between Western and Eastern gamers. But in my research, I ended up noticing the differences and the similarities between the two gaming cultures -- in fact, the similarities were more prominent. Yes, there are gamers who g...

October 23rd 2012 at 12:00pm 0 Comments
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Unicorns are very rare. Every one you meet will be the last of its kind. Odds are decent that you've heard that joke before. It's especially funny from a roleplaying perspective because you can substitute all sorts of things for "unicorn" in that sentence. Vampires, for example. Or werewolves. D...

October 19th 2012 at 9:00am 0 Comments
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All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players. In World of Warcraft, that player is you! Each week, Anne Stickney brings you All the World's a Stage with helpful hints, tips and tricks on the art of roleplay in WoW. Imagine walking through a park or tranquil forest and co...

July 6th 2012 at 1:00pm 0 Comments
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We gamer nerds are often stereotyped as socially awkward and romantically challenged, perhaps due to the fact that we all very obviously spend our entire lives in our mothers' basements drinking Mountain Dew and consuming obscene quantities of Cheetos (amirite gaiz?), but a recent contestant on t...

April 9th 2012 at 6:00pm 0 Comments
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There are certain fantasy elements that just seem to come up time and again, no matter the game. With fantasy being the dominant genre for MMOs, even less-traditional fantasy games such as RIFT tend to fall into certain standard models. Elves and Dwarves run about, with the former in forests and...

May 17th 2011 at 8:00am 0 Comments
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"The stereotype of the dysfunctional, male teen gamer no longer holds," say the researchers behind an extensive new study based on Wizard101. "At any time during the game, your teammate could be a kid, a neighbor, or a grandparent." Trinity University academics recently partnered with KingsIsle...

May 9th 2011 at 1:00pm 0 Comments
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Angry at being lumped in with the stereotype of a gaming loser who can't make a friend for all the effort in the world? It turns out you probably have a right to be upset. According to a survey by Bigpoint, most gamers are actually balanced, social and fairly good-looking -- a far cry from the anti...

February 8th 2011 at 11:00am 0 Comments