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December 24
2013

At Long Last, Alan Turing Pardoned For Being Gay

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A little over a year ago, we celebrated the 100th birthday of Alan Turing – the queer math genius without whom we wouldn’t have computers or artificial intelligence (so, you know, no video games), and without whom the world might have been overrun by Nazis.  A man worth lauding.

Infamously, the government of the United Kingdom convicted him of gross indecency and punished him with chemical castration for daring to admit to the authorities he had sex with a man.  Again, were it not for Mr. Turing, the government of the United Kingdom may very well not have existed any more when he was prosecuted.

Two years after the implementation of his sentence, Turing killed himself.

Until recently, that very same government refused to grant Mr. Turing a pardon, as well as to the 49 000 other people – including Oscar Wilde – who were convicted of the same “crime.”  This is despite an apology from then-Prime Minister Gordon Brown with an acknowledgement of the government’s “inhumane” treatment of Turing under a “homophobic law.” But now, Mr. Turing is being granted a royal pardon by Queen Elizabeth – announced on Tuesday by Justice Secretary Chris Grayling, and effective immediately.

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December 24
2013

Dear Fake Nerd Guys, Get Back In The Garage And Fix My Car

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Over the weekend the delightfully satirical tumblr Fake Nerd Guys popped up online, and with only four pages of posts (so far) it has amassed quite the following. Enough for it to pop up on my reddit feed once or twice.

Flipping the script on the ‘fake geek girl’ stereotype, the one that assumes all girls claiming nerdity (via cosplay, glasses, or what have you) are only doing it for attention, Fake Nerd Guys posts images of scantily clad male nerds with commentary suggesting they too are only in it for the attention.

But even with verifiable nerds like Parker Hurley and Zachary Levi being posted, some people aren’t quite getting it.

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December 23
2013

Wootini’s Weekly Video Podcast #152

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Happy Holidays, everyone! I hope you get the games you wanted… but I really hope I get the games I put on my list! And if I don’t, I guess then I can finally just go buy them for myself! Though I did get to play a couple new games this week, one awesome and one… well, the jury’s still out. But it was free, so whatever!

But the big news this week is the PAX Diversity Lounge reveal, and naturally I have some thoughts. They’re conflicted, but what are you going to do? That seems to be par for the course when it comes to PAX! Make the jump for the full vidcast!

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December 20
2013

PAX “Diversity Lounges”

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Back in November, I suggested the word ‘xbroglio as a catch-all term for the many-and-various ways that Microsoft have messed up with regards to creating and marketing the Xbox One. This week, thanks to a leaked (and now, officially confirmed) document regarding the addition of “Diversity Lounges” to future Penny Arcade eXpo (PAX) events – ostensibly areas for people interested in games and social consciousness, but which comes across as the Designated Diversity Zone of PAX – I’m forced to think of new nomenclature for Penny-Arcade related mishaps.

The best I’ve got thus far is “PAXccident”, although I’m willing to bet there’s a better one out there; hit me up if you got one!

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According to the document – which was originally posted up on IndieStatik – the “Roll for Diversity Hub and Lounge” will be a fixture within the PAX convention itself, dedicated to providing a space where attendees can “find out about all the different diversity related things happening in and around PAX”, “learn about diversity in the gaming industry”, “learn about diversity in general”, and “learn about geek businesses that cater to diverse communities”. On paper, this sounds like a great idea – a dedicated zone inside one of the biggest games conventions in the world, where folk interested in social awareness in games can find like-minded folk, listen to panels and speakers on subjects relevant to them, and check out games that cater specifically to them. Indeed, with some reading-between-the-lines (and divorced of additional context), this seems to be what the folks at Penny Arcade intended all along.

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December 20
2013

Review: The Walking Dead: Season Two – Episode One: “All That Remains”

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Honestly, as much as I loved the first season of The Walking Dead, there was a part of me that was disappointed to discover that Telltale Games was planning to continue Clem’s journey in the second season. Leaving her off camera let me imagine that she lived happily ever after… or as happily as you can in a world ravaged by a zombie apocalypse.

Another worry was that the series would fall victim to a sophomore slump and wouldn’t live up to the quality of the first season. But with the release of The Walking Dead: Season Two – Episode One: “All That Remains”, we can safely put to rest all of our fears. (Well, except for the ones about Clem’s future prospects!) Make the jump for my full thoughts! (I’ll try to avoid spoilers, too!)

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December 20
2013

Wootini’s Weekly Animal Crossing Diary

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Dear Diary,

Well, winter is in full effect, and there are snowmen (and women and boys) everywhere! Well, not everywhere, but you know what I mean. I’m trying!

I also feel like I’m finally ready for Toy Day, which is good because it’s next week! Not sure about my mom, though, who sent me a perfect orange with a letter that read: “I keep thinking I really need to get out there and do my holiday shopping. But at the same time, staying under my blanket feels really good. I’ll do it eventually. – Mom” So I think Dad might be out of luck this year!

Make the jump for all the excitement of this week in Geneva!

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December 18
2013

Nintendo Direct Brings Some Surprises

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This morning Nintendo released their latest Nintendo Direct video, this time focusing on upcoming 3DS and Wii U releases for 2014.

The video begins with quite the unexpected surprise, the tentatively titled Hyrule Warriors. This collaboration with Tecmo Koei brings together the hack and slash fun of Dynasty Warriors with the world of Zelda. Link slashes his way through hordes of enemies, and one can only hope that the likes of Zelda, Ganon, and perhaps even Tingle will get their playable day in the sun. After all Dynasty Warriors are known for their expansive casts.

Satoru Iwata is sure to point out that this is not a new entry in the main Zelda franchise, meaning the long awaited Wii U Zelda title is still awaiting a proper reveal.

The video’s surprises don’t end there, though.


With a new Chibi-Robo coming to the Nintendo 3DS e-shop, Nintendo-crossover DLC levels (for free!) in Sonic Lost World, Cranky Kong coming to Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, and one more Luigi-themed title to end the Year of Luigi (Dr. Luigi), all on top of new and already announced titles, Nintendo has plenty to make this Nintendo Direct one worth trending.

But then they go and drop one final surprise: The first new playable character to come to join the cast of Super Smash Bros. in 2014.

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