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When I’m not carrying out the will of the ninja clan, I usually prefer to sit on my ass and play video games. Sometimes I will write articles about them…occasionally they will make sense.

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Social justice in video games: what went wrong?

To an outsider, the video game community may appear to consist of childish and immature antics involving sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia and the like. To a certain extent, that is true, and probably always will be, but for those who care to give their attention may notice how the gaming community has in fact matured over the years in regard to these subjects. While these various forms of unacceptance are still prominent within the community, they are not, by any means, widely accepted. Video game critics, Youtube commentators, and journalists alike have all stepped up to the plate to voice their concerns and defend those who are all too often targeted by those unwilling to accept people outside of their social comfort zones. Critiques of race and gender equality, as well as LGBT acceptance have since risen to prominence, not only in regards to gamers, but developers and other industry figures as well. This can be seen as one of the positive ways in which the video games industry has matured as a whole (or in the process of maturing, rather). However, these social justice viewpoints do not come without their negative aspects.

Why the Wii U may not gain back the hardcore gaming community.

Since the 1980’s, Nintendo has been one of the biggest, most widely known names in the video games industry, and a dominating force in sales, not only with home consoles but also with handhelds, as well as their various video game franchises: Mario, Pokemon, Metroid, Zelda…you name it. The company’s longest run of success was perhaps from the release of the original Nintendo Entertainment system in 1985, up until about the time the Nintendo Game Cube was released in 2001.

Why Mass Effect would make a good movie – and why it wouldn’t.

The Mass Effect trilogy is widely considered to be one of the greatest video game sagas of this generation. The series has gathered much praise for its highly cinematic narrative; playing Mass Effect can easily be compared to watching a movie, except you are the director. The saga also has an extensive back-story and mythos, easily comparable to the likes of Star Wars or Lord of the Rings.