GR2 Weekly- 25 Feb 2015 Edition

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22 February 2015

Good evening to you all!  Azzy here, ready to dish out yet another blogisode of GR2 Weekly!  How has everybody been the past 7 days?  I enjoyed a rare Friday off from work, so I managed to get a couple of things done, but was more thrilled about completing the Four In February game challenge I alluded to a few weeks ago (although I did have to call an audible and change the fourth game).  But in any case, the Geek World never takes a day off and it definitely showed.  Badges for San Diego Comic Con sold out in 60 meager minutes, there was more musical geeky goodness unleashed upon us in the form of a new Smooth Mcgroove video and a very metal tribute to video game history, the creator of Five Nights At Freddie’s pulled a hilarious act of trolling involving a supposed “leak” of the new game, Blizzard added a new patch to World of Warcraft to help some of its more colorblind players, and Japan created an actual holiday based on Ninjas.  But alas, not all is well.  A recent investigation has revealed the FDA willingly hiding scientific fraud, gaming’s “bro culture” has temporarily driven away a top female Hearthstone player, a Destiny player’s save data was deleted by a douchebag via SharePlay, a seemingly cancelled game that was Kickstarter-funded has left its supporters furious, and the “confessions” of a self-professed “Swatter” show just how full of fail they truly are.  But now, the Big Winner and Big Loser for this week…
Geek Rave of the week

You know one thing that is totally awesome?  Video games.  Wanna know what else is awesome?  Giving to charity.  But just what is cooler than even those two things?  Gaming for charity.

During NBA’s All-Star weekend in New York, Sony execs announced the launch of an initiative to connect celebrities with gamers in a long-running event designed to benefit charity: Playstation Heroes.

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POW!

The event itself will commence this coming Tuesday, February 24th via a free app you can download for the PS4 (Sorry, PS3 users) and you can donate either $1, $5, $10, $15 or $20 and get items such as PS4 themes, but you also get entries for each $ you spend for a contest drawing.  And the people who win those drawings get to spend some quality gaming time with some of their favorite celebrities.  And among the current list of celebs: Shawn White (Snowboarding and Skateboarding legend), Yasiel Puig of the L.A. Dodgers, Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, and rap icon Snoop Dogg.  The money will go to benefit three different organizations: USO, Make-A-Wish, and the V Foundation for Cancer Research (most notably the sub-foundation within it, the Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research fund).  Sony itself started off the charity event by pitching in over $100,000 to each of the three groups and at least 90% of the proceeds will go towards the nonprofit groups, with the remainder going solely towards maintaining the app.  Yeppers, this venture is entirely an altruistic affair.  Sony will not make a single penny off of this.  Sony does plan on adding more celebs and games to play with them (you can read the hyperlinked article to see who might be playing what), but the company will look to the fans to see what celebs and games they wanna see happen.  Additionally, Sony also plans on adding more substantial perks to the in-app purchases over time, including certain indie games.  It’ll be great to see just how well this eventually ends up if they can keep things going.  Hopefully, it’ll be enough to drown out what I’m about to Rant on…

Geek Rant of the week

GamerGate has managed to rear its ugly head yet again and the result this time is the withdrawal of a semi-major game studio pulling from the upcoming PAX East (Penny Arcade Expo East, for the acronym-impaired).  Giant Spacekat, the game studio headed by Brianna Wu one of the original and most frequent targets of Gamergaters, were forced to withdraw from their booth space at the event due to safety concerns, according to an article that was posted on Polygon.

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As you may have remembered several months ago, a few of the GamerGaters made very detailed and explicit threats of bodily harm (even death in some instances) to Wu herself.  To this day, law enforcement has yet to make any real progress/arrests, and after a long conversation with the rest of the studio, Giant Spacekat felt that safety was a bigger priority and decided to withdraw.  What also played into that was the lack of a response.  According to the article, Wu was quoted as saying “I called them on three occasions trying to talk to them about security concerns, and did not have my calls returned.” I was able to attend both Arisia and Boskone, events taking place at the hotel next to PAX, with the help of their security teams. I’d hoped to come to a similar arrangement with PAX East.” But soon after the studio withdrew, PAX staff did get in touch with Wu. She has contacts within their security group and 2016 looks to be an entirely different story.  While her studio won’t be at the convention this year, Wu herself stated she intends to fulfill her press and panel commitments.  All in all, however, in spite of its flimsy claims about “ethics in game journalism,” GamerGate just continues to be a huge black eye on the gaming community as a whole.  Those ignorant, chauvinistic bigots are just gonna have to deal with the fact that women in gaming are here to stay and no amount of threats or ignorance is gonna change that. And now for the post-rant lolz:

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Well, my fellow geeks and geekettes across the interwebs, that brings this blogiside of GR2 Weekly to a most satisfying end.  And as I tend to enjoy mentioning every chance I get, should you have any suggestions for what I should Rant and/or Rave about (please suggest away, I promise I won’t bite), feel free to message me and you are equally as encouraged to post much linkage on the official GR2 Weekly Facebook page.  See you next week!  While you’re still here, though, be sure to check out and Vote Up Lemme Addams everybody.  Sonny Strait will be a happy person.  😛

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