8 Things Anita Sarkeesian Says That Gamers Should Come to Terms With

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 6:00 am

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I had the good fortune of being born in 1979, and thus living through the golden age of video games. I received an Atari 7800 for Christmas, which sort of sucked actually, but it was replaced the next year by the hallowed Nintendo Entertainment System. I also had the fortune of growing up in an area where arcades were popular and spent summers living the birth of Street Fighter II, Mortal Kombat and my personal favorite, Time Killers. In more modern times my wife, daughter and I all game and frequent our local Gamestop. The game I am most looking forward to this year is Dragon Age: Inquisition, and I plan to take a long weekend to get into it.

Why say all that first? Well, there seems to be an opinion that growing up loving video games and thinking that Tropes Vs. Women is total crap and that Anita Sarkeesian should be banned from the internet are inseparable. Honestly, this is only the beginning of the online rage as you can see from this Patreon with a $5,000 a month payout vowing to fight her movement because apparently "Recent evidence suggests they have far larger powers of censorship than anyone would suspect; this is what we want to uncover." Because obviously a secret cabal of feminists is controlling all media. Hadn't you noticed?

Is Tropes Vs. Women perfect? Not at all. One simple complaint I have is the lumping of games with a karma system like Fallout or games that reward pacifist play-through like Dishonored with the Grand Theft Auto games of the world. Sarkeesian states that these games all have a similar punishment/reward system for offing random innocents, and this is factually incorrect. However, we should not throw the baby out with the bathwater and having actually watched these videos, I have to say they bring up some really simple and valid points.


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17 Things You May Have Missed This Weekend, From KFC Keyboards to Hamster Hot-Dogging

Monday, September 22, 2014 at 6:00 am

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A 16-disc set of Matt Smith's Doctor Who tenure is coming - and that's but one thing that came up in conversation over the course of the weekend thread. Compiled with the help of Kyle LeClair, here are some of the other stories you might have missed.

Tipsters this week included Gallen_Dugall, SlyDante777, Anyone00, troi, Rx79Immigrant84, Citrus_King

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10 Reasons Why Gotham's Second Episode HAS To Be Better Than the Pilot

Friday, September 19, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Gotham premieres Sept. 22 on Fox

Gotham has been one of the year's most anticipated shows, and while everyone will finally get to see it on September 22, I've seen the first episode. I'm here to tell you it's really September 29 you should be looking forward to. It's not that Gotham has a bad pilot; it's just a lot of stuff we already know. The show is well done and the cast is great so I have every faith that once all the noobs are caught up, Gotham could be a great show.

Episode two just has to deliver.


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9 Less-Hyped Films to Look for From Fantastic Fest 2014

Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Fantastic Fest, which kicks off today for a week in Austin, Texas, is arguably the most nerd-centric film festival in the U.S., and certainly the most blogged about, in large part thanks to a free arcade of new indie games, the coolest karaoke rooms in the world (including a Twin Peaks-themed red room), an aggressive outreach by uber-film geeks Harry Knowles and Drafthouse's Tim League, and even debates that end in boxing matches...usually by dorks with no idea how to actually fight, which is part of the appeal.

The movies themselves range from upcoming sci-fi flicks you want to see, to weird-ass shit you never knew you needed, most of it falling under sci-fi, fantasy, action/martial-arts, horror or crime drama (the crime drama thing is weird, and generally my least favorite part, but there it is). Tusk will be playing there. The ABCs of Death 2 will playing there. Keanu Reeves' new action movie is there. I'm here to focus on stuff you don't know as much about yet; stuff you can bet will make up most of Magnet releasing and Drafthouse's slate for next year.

Here are 9 picks besides the obvious...

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10 Creepy Awesome Things We Saw at "Son of Monsterpalooza"

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Masks by artist Casey Love, spotted at Son of Monsterpalooza.

At Son of Monsterpalooza, things got creepy in the best way possible. The convention, which took place in Burbank, California, last weekend, is dedicated to horror films. Tom Savini was there, so were Chiodo Bros, the folks behind the cult classic Killer Klowns from Outer Space. Booths spilled out from the exhibit hall and into the area that would normally be a lobby, almost all of them filled with spooky stuff, from horror flick memorabilia to Day of the Dead-inspired art to fantastic, handmade creatures.

I'm a sucker for anything creepy and found it difficult to get away from the booths. Numerous attempts to venture outside of the vending area failed when my head cocked to the side. OMG, look at that Bride of Frankenstein! Holy crap, that's the coolest alien I've seen! Dude, it's Annabelle! Spooky artists make my day and, hopefully, some of the finds will make yours too.

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8 Things We Learned at L.A.'s Anime-Centric EigaFest

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Now in its fourth year, EigaFest spreads the word on Japanese film to Hollywood with a weekend's worth of screenings. It's a cross-genre event, where documentaries, animated dramas and action flicks all have a home. This year's festival (eiga, by the way, means film in Japanese) was anchored by two live-action versions of popular anime series - Lupin III and Rurouni Kenshi, respectively - which essentially dictated my own schedule there.

On Friday and Sunday, I hung around Hollywood's Egyptian Theatre to catch some big, sold-out screenings and a few smaller ones. In the process, I learned a bit more about Lupin III and a handful of other anime.


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Weekend Hangover: From Sharknado 3 to Running Jetpacks, 17 Stories You May Have Missed

Monday, September 15, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Yes, Yondu is now in Disney Infinity, and even though they've stylized the design and probably don't have to pay for Michael Rooker's likeness, it's clearly the MIchael Rooker version. Which means that Henry Lee Lucas can run wild in your personal Disney World.

Compiled with the help of Kyle LeClair, here are 16 more reader-submitted items from over the weekend that you may have missed. Tipsters include skrag2112, SlyDante777, Gallen_Dugall, Rx79immigrant84, NOT.DrAbraxas, Anyone00

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8 Ways Addams Family Values Is An Underappreciated Comedy Gem

Friday, September 12, 2014 at 6:00 am

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This week, the 1991 movie adaptation of the classic cartoon and television series The Addams Family hit Blu-ray. Sadly, nowhere to be found is its superior sequel from 1993, Addams Family Values. With the first movie being a hit, Paramount got everyone back from the first film, including director Barry Sonnenfeld and most of the cast, for a second go round, and the results were a much funnier, far more subversive film. Comedy sequels are not only almost never as funny as their predecessors; they usually flat out suck. Addams Family Values totally bucked that trend, and made a much better movie using most of the same ingredients that went into making the first film. In fact, I'd go as far as to say that Addams Family Values is one of the funnier mainstream comedies of the 1990s...and here are eight reasons why this movie is such a wonderful (and underappreciated) gem.

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7 Ways Apple Is Becoming Nintendo (For Better or Worse)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Full disclosure: I've owned an iPhone since the smartphone launched back in 2007. I've jumped from the first generation hardware, to the 3G, to the 4, to the 5. And with each upgrade, I've gone from the kind of wide-eyed fascination with a shiny new piece of hardware to a resigned shrug with all fucks fully exhausted at this point as Cupertino does its annual hardware shuffle, rolling out its latest and "eh"-est to increasingly muted enthusiasm (by yours truly, at least - Apple's making money hand over fist, so someone is still in love with the damned thing).

As Apple rolled out their two iPhone models yesterday, I reached a queasy realization: I have the same relationship with Apple that I've had with Nintendo since... well, almost 2007. From the highs of a new hardware announcement to the sinking feeling that either I've outgrown their products, or this company has stopped growing in any discernible and interesting way.

Read on as I try to make the case that the Apple Watch is just this generation's Virtual Boy...

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TR's Summer Anime Wrap-Up: 5 We Don't Recommend and 3 We Do

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 6:00 am

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With the dog days of summer rapidly dwindling, I, as one of TR's resident anime-watchers, figured it was time to catch up on some of this season's current crop of anime shows currently available for streaming on various websites.

This season has had its share of duds and winners, the return of one of the biggest anime shows ever, and some surprises! Here, in no particular order, are my thoughts of summer 2014's anime!

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