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How to Fight Nazis

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Gamers love killing Nazis in games like Wolfenstein and Call of Duty, but most of us never thought we’d wind up fighting them for real.  In a recent facebook post, a friend of mine wrote: “I grew up with Nazis being two dimensional movie and video game villains, goddamn it, and that’s where we were supposed to leave them.  But 2016 wants to try and tell me we have to listen to folks who literally cite Nazi propaganda and terminology in their hateful, stupid rhetoric? No thank you.”  No thank you is right.  But what can we do about it?  How do we fight back? Punching them in the head seems to be in vogue right now, but, let’s face it,  that’s not for everyone.  The skills we honed in years of first-person shooters don’t really translate.

So what do we do? We get really active and organized on the local level to reform our electoral system. Call your state-level legislators. Take over the media. Write to editors. Self-publish articles, and propagate the work of journalists who speak the truth at a time when truth is in such short supply.  But, most importantly, we must vigorously work to create a culture in which hatred cannot take hold.   This is something everyone can do, regardless of age, ability, or nationality, and if we all work together, even the smallest actions can have a tremendous effect.

There are several ways we can go about creating a hate-free culture.  I’m going to focus on three: be visible, connect, and don’t compromise.

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This Month in Gaming History: October

This Month in Gaming History: October

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Here it is again, my favorite time of the year. October. A time to remember old traditions and a time for treats…or is it tricks? Which reminds me, we ought to take a moment to remember the games of old.

Here is are some games that have been released this month in history.

Sega Genesis

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Sega Genesis was released in October 1988 in Japan. This was Sega’s first console. The Genesis was later sold in America in 1989. The player would use a cartridge that would be inserted into the console to play the games. This gave the player access to many different games that they would purchase.

Monkey Island

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On October 1990 LucasArts released a game called Monkey Island. Monkey Island is a point-and-click adventure game. The player would assume the role of the young protagonist who dreams of becoming a pirate and gets to explore fictional islands while solving puzzles.

Tomb Raider

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Oh, Tomb Raider. I have to gush a bit here, readers. Lara has been something that many females, not even gamers, hold dear. Released in October of 1996 by Eidos, players were given a female protagonist who solved puzzles, fought and was sexy all at once. Lara Croft was a chance to play a fleshed out character who was as cool as Indiana Jones and also happened to be female. I think that is the reason why so many of us hold Lara so dear. That and the adventures are just fun to play. 

Grand Theft Auto

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Grand Theft Auto was first released by Rockstar Games in October 1997. The player would choose a playable character. Then the player is allowed to do almost whatever they would like with a limited amount of lives. The goal is to commit different crimes for respective syndicates.

Age of Empires

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Also released in October of 1997 was Age of Empires. Age of Empires was a series of computer games that focus on events of the past and the building of, well, empires. Multiple spin off games have been released in this highly successful series.

Call of Duty

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The first game of the Call of Duty series was released in October of 2003. It is a first person shooter game. Call of Duty had its start on Windows and then came to be on other gaming consoles. Call of Duty is a highly popular shooting series that has also been graced with many spin-off games.

There you have it, my frightful friends. Lots of treats and no tricks. Happy haunting and gaming this month from your favorite Bard.

Happy Halloween and always keep sparkling!

Of Game Ratings, Authoritarians, and Letting Parents Parent

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As if the UK wasn’t imitating an Orwell novel enough, now we have this lovely piece of intrusive control hitting gamers across the pond.  In case you don’t want to deal with the awful design, and ads in the Independent’s piece, basically a bunch of schools sent letters home to parents saying they’d call the police, and child services, if their children were known to play games rated 18+, as a form of neglect.  To make matters worse, these teachers, and school officials, educators whose job is to pass on the facts of the world to young people, base this all on the debunked pseudo-science that video games cause violence.  I’ll give you a moment to let that particularly sour piece of meat settle.

So, boys and girls, if it wasn’t bad enough that our friends in jolly ol’ England could go to jail for expressing wrong-think on Twitter, now they can get the cops called if they decide their kid is mature enough to play Call of Duty.  My first thought was: is it even illegal?  Over here in the states, stores can’t sell or give mature content to kids.  It’s not illegal for a parent to buy a mature game and give it to their kid, though.  Turns out it’s not illegal in England either, so it begs the question, where the hell do these schools get off making threats like this?  Well, they’re calling it neglect, endangering the children…them dangerous words again, for the children, won’t someone think of them?

I’m all for wanting parents to be parents.  I’ve written about it many times before.  I hate to see parents ignore their children and let technology be the parent, or babysitter, but I hate seeing that decision taken away from parents even more.  Parents decide when their child is mature enough for certain books, movies, and games, not the school.  The police should only ever be involved if there’s a crime, which we’ve determined this wouldn’t be.  And child services?  Don’t they have enough to do with children in real abusive and neglectful homes?  Don’t you think they should be focusing on the kids who get locked in closets, beaten, starved and molested rather than Sally who plays COD on the weekends?  Oh, let’s not forget the other part of the schools’ threats, having a social media account could also see a call to the authorities.

What does this mean for us over here?  Well, all too often we have people who think we’d be better off emulating Europe and Britain.  Whose to say a bunch of regressive parents groups and anti-gamer puritans don’t get together and lobby for a similar law?  We don’t exactly have a history of politicians who are kind to gamers, especially when it had to go all the way to the Supreme Court to decide that video games get the same artistic protection as books and movies.  Keep your eyes open friends, things are getting stupid out there.

E3 for you and me

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E3-2014Looks like awesomesauce! I was a huge fan of the first two. Well, the first one a bit more than the second, but that happens. I am really wondering what turn the storyline will take with this one. However, this game did give me achievement issues. As in, must have them ALL!

Halo Collection
Halo is the reason I got into Xbox in the first place. Well, that or Ghost Recon. I don’t remember that well. Anyway, I was excited to see that Halo was picked back up and beautifully done with Halo 4. I think I might have to pick this bundle up.

Halo 5: Guardians
SQUEE! Of course there is a beta with the purchase of the bundle. Damn it!

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Gaming Couples

It's Dangerous There seems to be a lot of stigma surrounding the ever elusive creature known as the ‘gaming couple.’ I have heard a lot of negative things about gaming couples and very little positive. I also hear a lot of crap directed at one person or the other in the relationship. “Oh she only plays X because he does;” “Oh he plays Y because his girlfriend/wife made him.” I am here to clear up more than a few things about the mysteriousness around it, but one more than anything else.

Everything you’ve heard is utter bullshit.

Lets start off with a bit of background. I’ve ALWAYS been into video games; my husband has ALWAYS been into video games. We have ALWAYS been into Trading Card Games; we have ALWAYS been into board games. He doesn’t force me to play anything and I don’t force him to play anything. Out of respect for our bond, we will totally try something that the other one is into, but that doesn’t mean we are totally into it.

I can’t play any of the Ghost Recon/Call of Duty games for shit. I’ve tried on several occasions. I like them enough but I don’t like the realistic aspect of it (not to mention the fact that I REALLY suck at them). Now, give me Gears of War or Halo and I will beat a bitch’s ass whilst trash talkin’ ‘bout your Mom (a habit I am really trying to break), but I try every game he asks me to. He tries every game I ask him to, also. This doesn’t stop at gaming. I got him into Doctor Who; he got me into Hell’s Kitchen. I got him (kinda) into Anime; he got me (kinda) into sports.

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