Poll: Should 'Sexism' Factor Into a Video Game's Rating?

November 20, 2014

The ESRB currently has 30 different content descriptors to use in its game ratings covering violence, sex, nudity, crude language, references to alcohol and even real-money gambling.

Not only do these descriptors list potentially objectionable content so that consumers can make informed purchasing decisions, they also factor into what age group the game is ultimately recommended for: Everyone, Teens, Mature or Adults Only.

This week's poll asks "Should ‘sexism’ factor into a video game's rating?"

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Activision Proclaims Latest 'Call of Duty' Game The Biggest Entertainment Launch of the Year

November 20, 2014

This brief Gamasutra report highlights an interesting point about what Activision is and isn't saying about its latest Call of Duty game, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

Usually Activision is more than happy to share sales figures on new Call of Duty titles, but this time around the company instead focused on overall sales of the franchise to-date.

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The Game Awards Nominees Announced

November 20, 2014

Nominees for the first inaugural The Game Awards have been announced. The winners will be chosen and revealed on Friday, December 5 at a gala event in Las Vegas. The awards show is put together by game industry personality Geoff Keighley, who will also serve as its host. Keighley was the long-time host and creator of the Spike TV Video Game Awards.

In addition to the traditional awards chosen by journalists, there's "Fan's choice" categories like Best Fan Creation, eSports Player of the Year, eSports Team of the Year, Most Anticipated Game, and Trending Gamer.

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Is The NSA's Water Supply About to Be Cut Off By Utah Lawmakers?

November 20, 2014

Is the State of Utah on the verge of cutting off the National Security Agency's water supply? A bill introduced in the state legislature and making its way through the legislative process could very well do just that. The bill was written and put forth by Utah State Rep. Mark Roberts (R- District 67); it prohibits cooperation between the federal spy agency and any "political subdivisions of the state."

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Google and Cisco Settle With Rockstar

November 20, 2014

This is an alarming trend: two major technology companies have settled with Rockstar (no, not the makers of Grand Theft Auto - another company named Rockstar). In 2011 Rockstar (a patent holding company financed by Apple, BlackBerry, Ericsson, Microsoft, and Sony) bought up thousands of Nortel Network Corp patents for $4.5 billion.

The company then went about filing lawsuits against some pretty big players including Cisco and Google, among others.

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Joystiq Picks Latest Humble Bundle Weekly Selections

November 20, 2014

The latest Humble Weekly Bundle is curated by the fine folks at Joystiq.com, with the charity of note being the Able Gamers charity. The Humble Weekly Bundle Joystiq offers a total of seven games selected by Joystiq for as little as $15.

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Latest 'World of Warcraft' Expansion Puts Subscriber Numbers Up Over 10 Million

November 20, 2014

The Fifth expansion to Blizzard's ultra popular and long-running MMO World of Warcraft is proving to be one of the most popular in recent memory. Warlords of Draenor has driven monthly subscriber numbers for the MMO up to over 10 million, according to a new announcement from Blizzard. Blizzard also said that more than 3.3 million copies of the expansion were sold in its first 24 hours of availability.

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Frontier Developments Details Who Can Get a Refund for 'Elite Dangerous'

November 20, 2014

Last week Frontier Developments announced that they were scrapping offline play in its space exploration game Elite: Dangerous and focusing on "always online" multiplayer. This made a lot of backers and pre-order customers very upset because they actually wanted a single-player experience or they viewed the always connected nature of the game as a form of DRM. Read more

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Microsoft Celebrates Xbox One One-Year Anniversary With Free Goodies and Giveaways

November 20, 2014

To celebrate the one year anniversary of the Xbox One, Microsoft will be giving away a handful of freebies and will be giving away major rewards to a few select and randomly chosen Xbox One owners. Anyone who bought an Xbox One between November 22, 2013 and November 11, 2014, and has logged at least 10 hours of usage is eligible. Everyone will get a Year One gamer picture, new Xbox One backgrounds and a Year One image for use as your desktop, Microsoft's Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb explained in a new blog post. Read more

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Activision Blizzard Settles With Shareholders Over Vivendi Stock Repurchase Plan

November 20, 2014

Activision Blizzard has settled its lawsuit filed by shareholders after the company bought back a controlling interest in the former majority stakeholder Vivendi in 2013.

In a press release announcing the settlement, which still requires the approval of the Delaware court where the class action lawsuit was filed, the board of directors said the following:

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Apple Changes Labeling on 'Free-to-Play' Games in App Store

November 20, 2014

Apple has kicked the "free" label in its App Store to the curb. Popular free-to-play apps that offer in-game microtransactions will now be labeled with "Get" instead of "Free." While Apple has confirmed the changes with Re/Code, the company hasn't said anything else about why it made the changes in the first place.

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PSA: Free Trial Available Now for 'Destiny'

November 19, 2014

Bungie has released a free demo (or trial depending on what platform you download it on) for its first-person online focused shooter Destiny across all platforms the game is available on. The demo gives players a small taste of the Destiny character creation and progression systems, story mission content, and cooperative and social activities.

On Xbox One and PS4, the Destiny trial requires 20 GB of disk space, while the Destiny demo on Xbox 360 and PS3 requires 6 GB of free disk space.

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Ubisoft: Large Crowds Are Not Responsible for Lower Framerates in 'Assassin’s Creed Unity'

November 19, 2014

Ubisoft is telling customers that "large crowds" in its game Assassin’s Creed Unity are not responsible for diminished frame rates. In a new blog update, the developers of the game said that - based on feedback - it has concluded that technical issues are not tied to large crowd sizes.

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'Final Fantasy XIV' Servers Targeted by Ongoing DDoS Attacks

November 19, 2014

Square Enix issued an advisory warning to Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn players that they may experience intermittent connection issues due to an ongoing DDoS attack on the game's servers. While the attacks, which have apparently been ongoing for several days, are causing login difficulties for players, Square Enix says both personal customer information and character data "are not in danger of being exposed."

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Former French Presidential Candidate Calls Assassin's Creed: Unity Propaganda

November 19, 2014

Left Party founder and former 2012 presidential candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon is not happy with Ubisoft's portrayal of historical characters and events related to the "French Revolution" in its latest game. Assassin's Creed: Unity. Speaking to Telegraph, Mélenchon described the game as outright propaganda.

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Should ‘sexism’ factor into a video game’s rating?:

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MechaTama31What was wrong with Remember Me? I liked that one... >.>11/20/2014 - 8:50pm
AvalongodI tend to see the violence and sexism issues as different. Historically we know that the violence issue is overblown. But sexism is real. Better representations of women in games WILL happen.11/20/2014 - 7:35pm
Andrew EisenAnd unless I completely missed it, there's nothing in there about "how Pokemon in general is sexist but you gotta look deep for it."11/20/2014 - 5:10pm
Andrew EisenSeriously, you're upset, irked and fearful over an opinion piece that suggests the Pokemon demo would be better with more options and a better-written female character? SERIOUSLY?!11/20/2014 - 5:07pm
MaskedPixelantehttp://gamasutra.com/blogs/PugetAlain/20141118/230420/Nearly_Ripped_off_to_death_by_a_publisher__Get_better_by_yourself_and_wait_for_justice_Maybe.php Topware screws over an indie studio because they can.11/20/2014 - 5:01pm
Andrew EisenAre you SURE you provided the right link?11/20/2014 - 4:59pm
prh99And yeah that sucks, especially when bonuses are tied to it, but that is more a problem with crappy publisher policies and scoring in general than any discussion on what may or may no be sexism in games.11/20/2014 - 4:59pm
prh99But no one is on their legislative high horse or on the litigation war path, for that matter. The biggest effect is that a reviewer might give it a lower score and drag down their meta critic ranking.11/20/2014 - 4:56pm
Wonderkarpyup11/20/2014 - 4:51pm
Andrew EisenOh for crying out loud. Wonderkarp, I apologize for how rude this question is but seriously, did you actually read that article?11/20/2014 - 4:47pm
Wonderkarpits a stigma. people in power hear this crap and start getting on their legislative high horse. but I feel like we've already paid too much attention too a demo.11/20/2014 - 4:46pm
Andrew EisenHarm gaming how?11/20/2014 - 4:35pm
Wonderkarpcause it gets parroted around and is used by people to harm gaming like Jack Thompsons did with Violence. http://www.themarysue.com/pokemon-oras-sexism/ here's the article.11/20/2014 - 4:28pm
Andrew EisenNo idea why such an opinion would upset or irk you so I'd be interested in reading it. Got a link?11/20/2014 - 4:13pm
Wonderkarplook deep for it....reaching much. those kinds of people are what urk me.11/20/2014 - 4:07pm
WonderkarpI got upset the other day when a known feminist blog wrote a large article on how the demo to Pokemon Omega Ruby was Sexist cause you couldnt play as a girl. It was a Demo....who cares? but they went off on how Pokemon in general is sexist but you gotta11/20/2014 - 4:06pm
Andrew EisenHere's the panel that Sarkeesian quote from earlier comes from. Amazing what the proper context does, isn't it? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0qxtKz2vZw11/20/2014 - 3:32pm
NeenekoSomething to keep in mind, we tend to look at physics as 'hard', but math and physics are trivial compared to soc/psych (I have worked in both), but FEELS like it should be simplier.11/20/2014 - 3:17pm
NeenekoI think what tends to make discussing sexism in games difficult is scale, the issues tend to be systemic in nature, but bite sized examples are not... and the systemic part ties into a lot of dry academic stuff requiring domain knowledge not everyone has.11/20/2014 - 3:16pm
Wonderkarpand I jumped for joy when the Cogs went multigendered in GOW. but I also like male protagonists like Kratos or Nathan Drake or Link.11/20/2014 - 2:58pm
 

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