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We Watch the Mysteries of Laura’s ‘Online Gaming’ Episode so You Don’t Have To

Posted by | October 12, 2014.

Oh gods why did we do that?

So, we heard that the NBC comedy The Mysteries of Laura, a weird sort of comedy-slash-cop-show about a detective who is also a mother, would be running an episode that featured a killer who plays online games. The episode in question is S1E4 “The Mystery of the Sex Scandal.”

The folks who write prime time TV drama shows rarely do a good job of portraying actual gamer culture or gaming in general so we did not go into this expecting much. Of course, it’s a comedy so perhaps it could resonate with some actual subcultural research?

Of course not.

The online gaming portion of the show only actually opens up slightly over half-way through the entire episode and it’s barely there.

It starts out with a lame, tired stereotype of a bunch of male geek gamers all drooling

GameOgre Preview: AlterVerse

Posted by | October 11, 2014.

There’s an upcoming highly-3D MMO coming out from Alpha Entertainment Group – with an upcoming Kickstarter – called AlterVerse. GameOgre wrote up a small preview of what this game will entail, showed off a nice video, and talked a bit about the features. (Teleporting iPhone among them.) Hard to say much about something like The AlterVerse Project right now, but it might be worth taking a look. Go read up on it at GameOgre.

Watch Anita Sarkeesian shine a light on online harassment

Posted by | October 9, 2014.

Feminist YouTuber and media critic Anita Sarkeesian is no stranger to online harassment. The eruption of vitriol that hit her from social media after her Feminist Frequency Kickstarter project designed to fund her video project “Tropes vs. Women” is legendary in the video game community.

Recently, she gave a talk at the XOXO Festival (video) about the sort of harassment she has sustained online. In the video, she outlines the nature, degree, and details of the belligerence directed towards her. Some of which is detailed and dangerous enough to have triggered police investigations.

As if to validate the weight of the fusillade of harassment, the video of her talk \ has over 3,000 downvotes and only 2,000 upvotes. There is nothing actively disagreeable in this entire talk except perhaps a call out the bad behavior of …

Report: Youtubers seeking Shadow of Mordor preview codes required positive reviews

Posted by | October 8, 2014.

A report is circulating right now that YouTubers looking to review the new game, Shadow of Mordor, were required by Warner Bros’ PR firm to stipulate to positive reviews in return for receiving a review copy.

As reported in MCV, the initial understanding of this deal came from a video by Jim Sterling and was also reported by YouTube personality TotalBiscuit.

Maximise awareness for the game during the ‘week of vengeance’
Persuade viewers to purchase game
Not show bugs or glitches that may exist
Discuss the story
Include discussion of the Nemesis system – “this really should take up the bulk of the focus, such as how different the orcs are, how vivid their personalities are” etc.

Reviewers were also told not to discuss the Lord of the Rings movies or The Hobbit; and would stipulate to “promote positive sentiment about the game.”

Source: MCV.

It Came From The Live Stream: Blowing up Walmart Never Looked So Blocky

Posted by | September 22, 2014.
The MMO Anthropology crew explodes things as at the finale of the stream. Here’s a few examples.

 

This one in from the MMO Anthropology show—this round they below up a Mt. Dew can, a Strippler memorial (that looks oddly like Krusty the Clown’s hair from the Simpsons), and finally a Walmart.

via YouTube.

Star Trek Online: Delta Rising Launches October 14

Posted by | September 17, 2014.

The Delta Quadrant of Star Trek: Voyager fame is coming to Star Trek Online with the upcoming expansion Star Trek Online: Delta Rising, which will release October 14, 2014. Cryptic Studios and Perfect World Entertainment has been teasing content from this expansion for months now with ever informative dev blogs describing a multitude of things.

For STO players content changes will include the introduction of the Delta Quadrant itself and the addition of the Kobali ground adventure zone. The mechanics of the game will change with Delta Alliance reputation—sporting fun stuff such as bio-neural gel packs and other Voyager references—a gear upgrade system, the introduction of Tier 6 ships, and a whole new hybrid-class called Intel ships.

The whole affair may yet prove to be a very interesting experience. We voces look forward to reviewing the experience.

Microsoft buys Mojang for $2.5 billion

Posted by | September 17, 2014.

Among other unnatural numbers, $2.5 billion is the number of the day because that’s the amount that Microsoft will close a deal with Mojang AB for the developer and publisher of Minecraft. According to The Wall Street Journal, the two companies signed an exclusivity agreement in July this year and this deal is confirmed by a blog from Mojang themselves.

The curious thing: all of the founders will be leaving the company. Notch, Carl, and Jakob are headed to other pastures—with a lot of green of their own.

Notch, the face of Minecraft, has gone on the record saying that he’s leaving because he wants to be an indie programmer, not someone who is the face of anything. C’est la vie, we still love you Minecraft.

The Voyage: Tribble Test Server on Star Trek Online Gold Only for Now

Posted by | September 1, 2014.

The newest video from The Voyage speaks to how Cryptic Studio’s has set the test servers to Gold subscription only access. Check it out via YouTube.

Why We Can’t Use the ‘Quinnspiracy’ to Talk About Gaming Journalism

Posted by | August 31, 2014.

This month has been a very bad month for gaming culture. Embarrassing stints continue to rock the foundation of the gaming community and the gaming journalism industry. The result has been a tide of the internet hate machine revving its engines in order to harass yet-another-woman who is involved in or speaks about gaming. The fallout is real and the injury to actual human beings (and not just to the targets of the scandal du jour) continues to mount. We cannot use scandals of this type to discuss any other problem than the cultural reaction itself, without adding further fuel to the problem.

It’s a sad, deplorable state that the media just cannot put down because it’s ever-present, loud, and extremely sensational. Worse, it doesn’t need to be sensationalized at all; the explosive reaction to what happened with Zoe Quinn (death and rape threats continue) and more recently (again) with …

GameOgre: Neverwinter Online Tyranny of Dragons First Impressions

Posted by | August 30, 2014.

Perfect World Entertainment and Cryptic Studio’s D&D-based MMORPG Neverwinter Online has had dragons invading with the release of the Tyranny of Dragons expansion. Kyt Dotson from GameOgre has reviewed much of the content that came with the game and reports that it’s pretty good. The expansion not only brings dragons (in full living, clawing color) but a campaign to defeat them, the Scourge Warlock class, as well as the Dragonborn race. Read more at GameOgre’s coverage.