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As a player who recently returned to WoW in preparation of the next expansion — Warlords of Draenor — I found this video rather fascinating. Coming back after a two-year hiatus, I came to find WoW more accessible than ever but with the “addictive” elements in this video ramped up quite a bit. There are more things to farm, more opportunities for loot and reasons to run a raid multiple times and more random mounts and nick-knacks to collect. Check it out.

Also, if you’re a WoW player or former player: Do you think you are or were addicted?

From NPR’s Nate Rott:  #Gamergate Controversy Fuels Debate On Women And Video Games

For the past several weeks, the video game industry has been embroiled in a heated, sometimes ugly, debate, under the hashtag #Gamergate.
It’s adebateabout a lot of things and it involves a lot of people, but at its heart, #Gamergate is about two key things: ethics in video game journalism, and the role and treatment of women in the video game industry — an industry that has long been dominated by men.
Many in the industry believe that those two things need to be talked about, as the video game industry moves more toward the mainstream than ever before. But it’s the waythat they’re being talked about that has drawn international attention.

From NPR’s Nate Rott:  #Gamergate Controversy Fuels Debate On Women And Video Games

For the past several weeks, the video game industry has been embroiled in a heated, sometimes ugly, debate, under the hashtag #Gamergate.

It’s adebateabout a lot of things and it involves a lot of people, but at its heart, #Gamergate is about two key things: ethics in video game journalism, and the role and treatment of women in the video game industry — an industry that has long been dominated by men.

Many in the industry believe that those two things need to be talked about, as the video game industry moves more toward the mainstream than ever before. But it’s the waythat they’re being talked about that has drawn international attention.

From PRI: This woman’s gaming career took off in the back of her parents’ Chinese restaurant

“I recall when I first started playing, they were really confused as to why I was hanging out with a bunch of boys instead of girls,” Chen says. “They were looking forward to me being a delicate, gentle, calm, woman figure who had interests in piano and studying. But — nope — I was really loud and very tomboyish and hung out with all the boys.”
Their parents were initially against Chen and her brother playing video games. They even went so far as to hide their Gameboys, which actually made Chen study harder in school.

From PRI: This woman’s gaming career took off in the back of her parents’ Chinese restaurant

“I recall when I first started playing, they were really confused as to why I was hanging out with a bunch of boys instead of girls,” Chen says. “They were looking forward to me being a delicate, gentle, calm, woman figure who had interests in piano and studying. But — nope — I was really loud and very tomboyish and hung out with all the boys.”

Their parents were initially against Chen and her brother playing video games. They even went so far as to hide their Gameboys, which actually made Chen study harder in school.


HAPPY 125th BIRTHDAY NINTENDO!
So Nintendo Co., LTD., known to most of us as just Nintendo, celebrates its 125th birthday as a company today. They company was founded on September 23, 1889 by Fusajiro Yamauchi. Of course, they didn’t get into the video game market until the late ’70s, but Nintendo was into gaming of a different sort for much longer than that. Originally they were the makers of hanafuda cards.
Here are five other facts about the company:
Nintendo of America is also the majority owner of the Seattle Mariners Major League Baseball team.
The name Nintendo can be roughly translated from Japanese to English as “leave luck to heaven.”
One of its first electronic toys was the Love Tester in 1969.
Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of such icons as Mario, Donkey Kong and Link, joined Nintendo in 1977.
Nintendo says it has sold more than 670 million hardware units over its history in the video game market.
What was the first Nintendo product/game you played?

HAPPY 125th BIRTHDAY NINTENDO!

So Nintendo Co., LTD., known to most of us as just Nintendo, celebrates its 125th birthday as a company today. They company was founded on September 23, 1889 by Fusajiro Yamauchi. Of course, they didn’t get into the video game market until the late ’70s, but Nintendo was into gaming of a different sort for much longer than that. Originally they were the makers of hanafuda cards.

Here are five other facts about the company:

  1. Nintendo of America is also the majority owner of the Seattle Mariners Major League Baseball team.
  2. The name Nintendo can be roughly translated from Japanese to English as “leave luck to heaven.”
  3. One of its first electronic toys was the Love Tester in 1969.
  4. Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of such icons as Mario, Donkey Kong and Link, joined Nintendo in 1977.
  5. Nintendo says it has sold more than 670 million hardware units over its history in the video game market.

What was the first Nintendo product/game you played?