Monday, May 04, 2015

Weekly Link Round-Up

We're starting early this week on the link round-up, because there are so many gems, and disappointments, on the internet that they must be shared all at once!

- First up, tales of a poor gamer. A poor female gamer, no less. It's a twist to the web comic and something I preach about quite often: fandom. Being a fan doesn't mean you have more or less money then someone else. It's the love that you have for it.

- Not Your Mama's Gamer has a double dose of feminism in gaming, centering around Twitch and Do Sexist Games = Sexist Gamer? The Twitch thing I understand. Being a woman and putting yourself out there for people to watch you is a tricky business. You want to be taken seriously, but you can't report the idiotic comments for fear of losing your fan-base. Being a chick sucks sometimes.

- Last week we mentioned that the Internet Archive allowed you to tweet classic games. Twitter's recent update now no longer allows that option because the links were against the site's Terms of Service. Interactive Widgets are not allowed. But...isn't Twitter an interactive Widget, in essence?

- Kotaku makes that argument that today, May the 4th, the best Star Wars game is Dark Forces.

Okay. I can buy that.

- Paste Magazine claims that video games have a pessimism problem. It looks at games like Lara Croft and Uncharted, seemingly normal people wading through temples of filth. Is this where games are going? It's an article that yearns for the past, while ironically stating that the problem is not with the characters but with us, the gamers. Who's being pessimistic now?

- Are you a Steam content creator? Well there's some good news for you. You can now ban people who are disruptive. Yep! If Steam's system isn't enough to keep the bad eggs out, you now have the power to ban players that are wreaking havoc in your game. Developers only, kids. Sorry.


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