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The First Amendment Giveth—And Taketh Away, Too - Andrew Cohen - National. The fate of two free-speech cases illustrates the Supreme Court's divisions on key constitutional issues The United States Supreme Court ended its term Monday with two major First Amendment decisions.

The First Amendment Giveth—And Taketh Away, Too - Andrew Cohen - National

In the first, the Court struck down a California law that sought to prohibit the sale of violent video games to minors. The ruling prompted strong dissents from one of the Court's most conservative members, Justice Clarence Thomas, and one of its most liberal members, Justice Stephen Breyer, who rarely agree on anything. It also once again brought out the latent parent in Justice Samuel Alito.

The second major decision Monday, involving an Arizona campaign finance law, offered a series of reminders--of the Court's dubious Ctizens United ruling, of its passionate embrace of broad First Amendment principles in political cases, and of the challenges clean-election advocates face in reforming the system.

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What precious treasure will you find in Echo Bazaar? Before I get to the downside of Echo Bazaar, a text-based game set in a fantastical Victorian underworld called Fallen London, I want you to know two things.

What precious treasure will you find in Echo Bazaar?

The first is that if you’re going to try Echo Bazaar, the next two days are a perfect opportunity. Trust me on that. I’ll explain later, but suffice to say February 1st and February 2nd are the days to play. Gaming Sites. I’m Tired of Being a “Woman in Games.” I’m a Person. While I understand this is a rant, and I'm totally okay with that because god knows I've ranted...but well.

I’m Tired of Being a “Woman in Games.” I’m a Person.

Okay, I agree on several points, SEVERAL points you're making, in fact over the last month we've had plenty of sexism/sexist articles on Kotaku which I don't mind for the most part (cept for the Bitch article...that was a non issue for me.) Here's the thing, Kotaku has to decide to pick WHICH article theme they want to go with each day, you can't have a blathering piece on whatever Felicia Day is doing and how cute she is and then in like the next three post "Feminist Whore achievement" the next.

It's all about Page Hits and that's okay...however Kotaku knows EXACTLY whats going on when they post sexy articles or articles about some Jidol who plays games, J-idols wearing latex showing their boobs or a figurine or a game like Code of Princess, then on the EXACT SAME DAY post something along the lines of female mistreatment in gaming. Why? Sexual harassment and fightin' drama, together at last! [Update: Miranda felt she was misrepresented as having spoken to Destructoid, due to her quotes not being clearly attributed to her Twitter account.

Sexual harassment and fightin' drama, together at last!

It wasn't my intention to make it look like anything other than public Tweets, so this has been amended. To be clear, Miranda provided Destructoid with no quotes and everything she is quoted as saying was said on her Twitter profile.] There's been a salty offering of drama in the fighting game world recently, with chatter concerning sexual harassment of a Cross Assault cast member. For those not in the know, Cross Assault is a reality show set up by Capcom in which teams of Street Fighter X Tekken players compete for prizes and glory. Last night, however, things got a little more heated than usual when one player, Miranda "Super Yan" Pakozdi, forfeited a match.

Nerds and Male Privilege Part 2: Deconstructing the Arguments. First of all, I want to go ahead and call attention to the irony that I am making this post under the moniker "Gaston," possibly one of the most misogynistic characters of any family feature.

Nerds and Male Privilege Part 2: Deconstructing the Arguments

I'm just taking that zinger away from you right away, commenters. Now there's a lot of issues in this editorial, as with the first editorial, but I only have time to talk about one that especially peeved me with its sheer hypocrisy. Why I’m Glad the Nun Punching in Hitman: Absolution Upset People. (This is another edition of </RANT>, a weekly opinion piece column on GameFront.

Why I’m Glad the Nun Punching in Hitman: Absolution Upset People

Check back every week for more. The opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not reflect those of GameFront.) Opinion: What The Hell Is With That Hitman Trailer? - IGN. We’re all used to a bit of tasteless violence in videogames.

Opinion: What The Hell Is With That Hitman Trailer? - IGN

It happens all the time. We’re also used to attention-seeking trailers. The latest Hitman Absolution trailer, though, pairs gratuitous violence with sexualised imagery to create the most troubling piece of marketing material I think I’ve ever seen. Fantasy Armor and Lady Bits - Mad Art Lab. The brilliant tumbler feed Women Fighters in Reasonable Armor has inspired me to add my two cents to the discussion.

Fantasy Armor and Lady Bits - Mad Art Lab

Why does my opinion matter? I’m an armorer. I make actual armor that people wear when they hit each other with swords. When making armor I have to strike a balance between comfort, protection, range of motion, and appearance. The Escapist: Video Galleries : The Big Picture : Not Okay. Bob "MovieBob" Chipman is 's movie critic and resident expert on all things geek.

The Escapist: Video Galleries : The Big Picture : Not Okay

Each week he dishes on the topics that matter most, giving you . Tuesdays at . Like this video? Spread the word! The more popular a video is, the more we publish like it. The Tomb Raider scandal: Everybody is right and wrong. To say the new Tomb Raider has been controversial is to put it very lightly indeed.

The Tomb Raider scandal: Everybody is right and wrong

Ever since last year, speculation and arguments have been had concerning the motives of the game, the content demonstrated, and what Lara Croft's new and tragic portrayal says about the state of women in games. Some are eager to defend it, perceiving attacks on an industry they love and doing what they can to protect its creative freedom. Others see a game that shrouds male power fantasies in the clothing of an emotionally engaging experience, and are ready to condemn the game, the studio making it, and anybody who dares to look forward to it. Both sides are probably wrong. Both sides are probably right.

Harassment. Feminist Frequency. Tropes Vs. Women In Video Games Vs. The Internet. By John Walker on June 13th, 2012 at 4:00 pm. The question of sexism in videogames really oughtn’t be a question at all. Videogames are rife with the thickest seam of sexism, and have been since the first had front covers on the cassettes. Not just in the games themselves, but in the culture surrounding it, from the prevalence – and misogynistic reaction to – ‘booth babes’, to the wretched response received in all corners of the internet when people attempt to discuss it. Pretending otherwise is pointless, and responses of being “tired” of the topic are a statement of acceptance. The Escapist: Video Galleries : The Big Picture : Tropes vs. MovieBob. Bob "MovieBob" Chipman is 's movie critic and resident expert on all things geek.

Each week he dishes on the topics that matter most, giving you . Tuesdays at . Like this video? Online misogyny reflects women's realities, though in a cruder way than is customary offline. Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images. Jessica Coen, the editor at Jezebel, has a soul-searching piece up today about the way that online misogyny grinds at you until you simply stop feeling it anymore, which is your brain's strategy for protecting you, but has the drawback of making you forget how serious a problem this is.

The impetus was her realization that she read this story about the harassment of Anita Sarkeesian and felt so inured to it all that she didn't even seriously consider assigning the story. Her post leaves us with more questions than answers about how to deal with online misogyny, especially with regards to striking the balance between not letting the haters get to you and remembering that this stuff actually matters. As someone who's had dozens and often hundreds of men trying to tell me every day for the past six years that I'm stupid and worthless, I can certainly say I have yet to really find that balance.

Fantasy And Reality: Can Gamers Tell? By John Walker on September 21st, 2011 at 12:34 pm. Did you know that you can’t tell reality from fantasy? No, I’m not a twenty-foot dragon from Saturn, silly! I’m a human. But you can’t tell. Breivik Testifies About Gaming, Press Ignores The Facts. By John Walker on April 19th, 2012 at 1:30 pm. It is inevitable that during the trial of Norwegian mass murderer, Anders Breivik, that the matter of videogaming will come up. Soon after the horrendous events I dug into what Breivik had actually said about gaming in his ghastly manifesto, and it was pretty much nothing of relevance. But with the press still not having found the next nasty to leap on, gaming is the scapegoat.

It seems reasonable to point out how inaccurate this remains, and how attempting to shift the blame onto things uninvolved only makes it more likely that whatever led to Breivik’s state of mind will not be discovered. But now that Breivik has testified about how important playing WoW was to him, and his peculiar understanding of Modern Warfare 2, it’s all happening again. Norway: Was Breivik Influenced by Violent Video Games? Is Baroness Greenfield A Nuclear Bomb? Nature’s Neuroscientific Review Of Games. Capcom tries to kill used video game sales with the one-save game. Why Every Defense of Online Passes Has Been Bullsh** How Bad is PC Piracy Really? Article - PC - Page 1. Op-Ed: If You Want To Fight Piracy, Make Better Games. The Microtransaction Investigation. The truth behind retailer-exclusive pre-order extras.

Couch of Duty - By Michael Peck. Chain World Videogame Was Supposed to be a Religion—Not a Holy War. The Benefits of Video Games. Treating schizophrenia: Game on. Flash of Steel — The Best Strategy Game Blog in My House. The Zynga Abyss - Benjamin Jackson - Technology. PC Gaming Ain’t About the Graphics. Ars Guide: How to ruin your PC port in five easy steps.

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