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What is the role of a game journalist?

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That is a question many people have had this past month. What should the people working for sites they have come to trust be doing? What should be their main goal? Ultimately it should come down to this: a game journalist should always give fair, unbiased reporting that has the protection of consumers and readers always in mind. That is ... Read More »

Good Morning, Orthodoxy! #4

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Good Morning, Orthodoxy is a series of articles examining a coordinated attack made by games journalists on August 28 and 29.  In the fourth installment, we’re going to talk about inclusion. Read More »

The Importance of Context

One night in an apartment building, an African American man is walking to his domicile and hears one of his neighbors screaming at the top of his lungs. He catches one particular line that upsets him quite a bit. “We need to separate the colors from the whites! This is disgusting!” Suddenly, the African American neighbor bursts through the door ... Read More »

Good Morning, Orthodoxy! #3

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Good Morning, Orthodoxy is a series of articles examining a coordinated attack made against gamers on August 28 and 29.  The third installment focuses on how the orthodoxy spread in the 2 Minutes Hate has characterized Zoe Quinn, Anita Sarkeesian, and #GamerGate. Read More »

Good Morning, Orthodoxy! #2

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Disclaimer: TotalBiscuit and I were colleagues at WoW Radio from October 2006 until February 2010. Good Morning, Orthodoxy is a series of articles examining posts made on August 28 and 29.  In the second installment, I examine how the articles attempted to change the definition of the term “game”. In GMO1, we established that a coordinated attack made against gamers ... Read More »

We are the dead. (GamerGate’s Voice)

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The gaming community has been in an uproar as of late as conspiracy theories and accusations abound. The GamerGate movement seems to be in the thick of things and it’s complete and utter chaos. Wild accusations and death threats are being thrown around left right and centre. Amazing revelations are coming out as well as rumours of law enforcement over ... Read More »

IMO: We Should Not Overly Idolize Immersion

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Immersion is one of the top things mentioned when talking about what makes a good game. I am writing this article to a response that I get often, that females in games having ‘disproportionate’ body parts that don’t fit in the lines of reality break video game immersion. This idea that immersion is what makes a game a good or ... Read More »

Good Morning, Orthodoxy! #1

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Good Morning, Orthodoxy is a series of articles examining posts made on August 28 and 29.  In this first installment, I examine how the articles attempted to change the definition of the term “gamer”. Right before I joined TechRaptor, I’d compared the goings on surrounding #Gamergate to 1984.  One of the specific points that I’d made was that the attacks ... Read More »

An Examination of Game Journalism Professionals

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Warning: Some of the images and quotes contain strong language. Milo Yiannopoulos of Breitbart leaked the whole thread from the Game Journalism Professionals mailing list regarding the Zoe Quinn scandal. Of course, there are likely many more discussions related to the Game Journalism Professionals list, but what they entail or who they entail is nothing but speculation. Below will be an examination ... Read More »

IMO: Game journalism ethics is in need of change

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Looking at a way to discuss the topic of game journalism ethics has been percolating for weeks now. There have been so many accusations thrown around, some with and many with out evidence. After digging around various high profile gaming websites, it has come to my attention that many of them do not have any discussion of their ethics policies. Some ... Read More »

IMO: Objectivity in game journalism only exists to a degree

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With #GamerGate still going relatively strong, the cries for objectivity continue. I found myself saying the same thing over and over again towards the beginning of this whole mess. Objectivity was paramount, and it had been destroyed by these terrible journalists. However, I stepped back and came to the realization that objectivity only exists to a degree. Bias is everywhere ... Read More »

Why Sexual Objectification Doesn’t Matter in Video Games

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Objectification is a tricky issue. Objectification is the process of turning a person into an item, sometimes for sexual reasons. Although this is kind of awkward, because characters in videogames are not people, and thus cannot be objectified in the same qualitative notion that is suggested by the term. Under the definition of objectification, all main characters are objectified as ... Read More »

Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright sure has a great soundtrack

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Let’s take a minute to reflect on how supremely awesome and atmospheric the Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright soundtrack is. The music is produced as a collaboration between veteran Layton series composer Tomohito Nishiura and Yasumasa Kitagawa, as well as some extra involvement from other Layton composers Yumiko Hashizume and Norihito Sumitomo. With tunes arrangements coming from both respective series, as well as ... Read More »

Dreamcast Turns 15

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A look back at the last SEGA Console. [Editor's Note: Sorry we missed the birthday, we were having a little website issue. Better later than never! JRM] On November 9th, 1999, Sega unleashed the Dreamcast upon the United States. The first Sixth Generation console to be released, the Dreamcast would be the first launched console to feature built in internet ... Read More »

Is Linux the Future of PC Gaming?

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It has recently been revealed that Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Presequel will be coming to Linux. Aspyr Media, the company responsible for the Borderlands 2 iOS port will be taking the reigns again for the Linux version. This is big news for Linux gamers, because it shows the potential for other AAA games to come to the OS. For ... Read More »

Are Video Games Art?

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Video games are steadily becoming more accessible as an entertainment medium, but are struggling to be recognized as an art. Read More »

The International 2014 and why the future of eSports looks good

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September is here and for most people that means back-to-school. Personally, I never enjoyed those “how I spent my summer vacation” assignments teachers would give out. But if I had to complete one honestly right now, I would have to mention how I spent July 8th – July 21st enthralled by The International 2014. Read More »

Praiseworthy Developers: CD Projekt RED

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Praiseworthy Developers is a new series that we’re starting here at TechRatpor that will hopefully become a fairly regular thing. How often it will come out is undecided at this time, but we would love to get feedback from all of you about what you think of the idea! (And comment below with developers we should cover!) It’s basically just ... Read More »

A response to the open letter to the gaming community

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Recently, Andreas Zecher, of Spaces of Play, wrote an open letter to the gaming community that is calling for the end of harassment online. He invited all developers to put their name on this letter as a sort of petition. So far, a lot of high profile names appear on the growing list of 2500 people. These include people from ... Read More »

Why we don’t need more developers like Zoe Quinn

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Do you know what the term clickbait means? Well, the article I am responding to is a perfect example of just that. Clickbait is essentially content that was made for a website for the sole purpose of getting views, thereby ignoring the quality of the content altogether. The clickbait in this case, was the usage of Zoe Quinn. You can ... Read More »

We are not witnessing “The End of Gamers”

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Holy melodramatic Batman. This has to be one of the most ridiculous things I have ever seen. The identity of “gamer” is a nebulous thing that we can’t lump any single group into for one thing, and it isn’t going anywhere. For another matter, it is a descriptor, not something people identify with – even if they think they are. Nobody ... Read More »

Zoe Quinn and Lying Journalists

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(Warning: Many of the sources I link contain strong language and some include less-than tactful approaches to presenting information.) I look back on my original article about Zoe Quinn and see just how timid I was in approaching it. If you read through, it is quite obvious that I was not trying to invoke the ire of any kind of ... Read More »

Zoe Quinn: Censorship, Hypocrisy, and Double Standard

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(Warning: Many of the sources I link contain strong language and some include less-than tactful approaches to presenting information.) I am going to begin again by saying this: This is not an attack on Zoe Quinn nor is this an evaluation of her character. The fact she is discussed at all is coincidental, she just so happens to be the ... Read More »

Zoe Quinn and the Unfortunate State of the Gaming Industry

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(Warning: Many of the sources I link contain strong language and some include less-than tactful approaches to presenting information.) Second article on the subject here. Third here. Unfortunate is likely too easy of a word to use in describing how the gaming industry functions at the moment, gaming journalism included. I only chose unfortunate because great members of the gaming ... Read More »

IMO Is a Video Game being multiplatform good or bad?

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Exclusivity of games on consoles has always been a major make or break feature for consoles. Even more so as video games were just beginning to emerge if you wanted to play a game you had to make sure you had the console it was specific for. With the latest outcry of The Rise of the Tomb Raider being a ... Read More »

Rejecting Gamer’s Remorse

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Increasingly over the past few years, as more people are introduced to and are playing games, there has been a widespread emotion felt by many gamers called Gamer’s Remorse. Gamer’s Remorse is something we have all heard of, or possibly even experienced. It is the feeling that all the time a gamer has just spent playing a game, or played in ... Read More »

Is Subscription Gaming the Future?

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If you have any eye on console gaming, you’ve probably heard about Playstation Plus and Games with Gold. Each is a respective service on Sony and Microsoft’s consoles. While Playstation Plus really started the trend, offering a deal that at the time was considered crazy. Pay fifty dollars a year, get free games every month, and keep them for as ... Read More »

2014: The Year of Video Game Delays – But Don’t Worry

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With the recent news that Evolve will be delayed to 2015, the number of games intended to be released near the end of 2014 but then delayed to 2015 is becoming greater. Video game delays in 2014 are on the rise. A lot of fans of many of the games, franchises, studios, etc. will be more than a little frustrated ... Read More »