Why The "Tropes Vs. Women In Gaming" Videos Make People Angry

Written by: Alex Crumb | Follow on: Twitter, Facebook

Published: Aug 8, 2013 12:00:00 PM

part i | don't be upset just because somebody brought it up

Recently, a woman named Anita Sarkeesian kickstarted (yeah! Kickstarter!) a web series intending to engage the Tropes Vs. Women In Gaming. The first episode came out a while back on YouTube (and the third most recently), clocking in at about 20 minutes, and it detailed how frequently damsels in distress are used as a trope in games. A simple argument to make, right? Well, yeah, of course, you might say, games are simple, they tell simple stories, especially in the early days of the game industry, of course the stories they tell would be basic tales with chivalrous story-beats. The term for this is "courtly love" (which is different from Courtney Love).

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Topics: online etiquette

Etiquette For Using Your Smartphone While In The Bathroom (Dude, DON'T)

Written by: Alex Crumb | Follow on: Twitter, Facebook

Published: Sep 26, 2012 12:00:00 PM

smartphone-bathroom.jpgBro, stop using your phone in the bathroom. 

It's got nothing to do with germs. I'm almost positive the keyboard at your desk has more bacteria on it than a urinal. Your hands will touch far filthier things in a regular workday, like the handle on a supermarket shopping basket, or any surface within 200 years of a subway stop.

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Topics: online etiquette, technology

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