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Baer’s Odyssey: Meet the serial inventor who built the world’s first game console

Baer’s Odyssey: Meet the serial inventor who built the world’s first game console | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
From the archives, we present a 2013 profile on the recently passed away gaming pioneer.
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Baer passed away yesterday. Here is Ars Technica's 2013 profile of one of the pioneers of gaming hardware.

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GamerGate is about Harassment, the Data (unsurprisingly) Shows

GamerGate is about Harassment, the Data (unsurprisingly) Shows | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
Analysis by Newsweek found that Twitter users tweeting the hashtag #GamerGate direct negative tweets at critics of the gaming world more than they do at the journalists whose coverage they supposedly want scrutinized.
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A slightly ridiculous quantitative analysis showing the obvious with "data", i.e., Twitter message counts and sentiment analysis.

 

«Newsweek asked BrandWatch, a social media analytics company, to dig through 25 percent of the more than 2 million tweets about GamerGate since September 1 to discover how often Twitter users tweeted at or about the major players in the debate, and whether those tweets were positive, negative or neutral.

 

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“I've played games for most of my life and never felt like an outsider until the recent GamerGate issues came up,” Mia Consalvo, a researcher in game studies and design at Concordia University, told Newsweek. “It became an 'us' vs. 'them,' where suddenly some people were trying to take games away from” people, she said. “Lots of people play games, including the young, old, men and women, on consoles, computers, tablets and phones. What's sad to see about the current issues is that such experiences are being erased—instead, notions of gameplay are reverting back to old stereotypes about young boys and men who play AAA games for many hours a week. Those people are still a part of the culture, but now only one piece of a larger system of players.”

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Brandwatch found most tweets were neutral in sentiment. And tweets directed at Grayson and Totilo were, on average, more negative than those directed at Quinn, Wu or Sarkeesian. But Quinn, Wu and Sarkeesian were on the receiving end of more negative tweets overall than Grayson, Totilo and Kotaku, which suggests that, contrary to its stated goal, GamerGate spends more time tweeting negatively at game developers than at game journalists—a fact Intel, Mercedes, and Adobe should have researched before they pulled ads from news sites.«

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Unmanned presents a nuanced, psychological perspective on modern warfare

Unmanned presents a nuanced, psychological perspective on modern warfare | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
In focusing on the humdrum life of a suburban drone pilot, Molleindustria's Unmanned presents one of the most nuanced looks at war we've seen in a video game. Ars talked to the creator about his goals and intentions with the project.
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The new “Assassin’s Creed” game is reviving an ancient debate over the French Revolution

The game is ruffling a few feathers in France.
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The centuries old debate on the legacy of the French Revolution is perhaps worth rekindling in this time of massive inequality.

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Timeline: How République Squeaked Out a Kickstarter Success | Game|Life | Wired.com

Timeline: How République Squeaked Out a Kickstarter Success | Game|Life | Wired.com | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
At 7:58 a.m. Pacific Friday morning, a game called République (pronounced "Republic") finally reached its $500,000 funding goal on Kickstarter with only six hours to go after one of the most tumultuous month-long campaigns in Kickstarter history.
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