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Links 1 through 9 of 9 by Latoya Peterson tagged gaming

"Ms. Nakamura said she has been more surprised by completely new kinds of racism on some popular online video games that now count players around the world. For instance, in China large numbers of users began earning a living playing Lineage 2, winning virtual weapons in the fantasy role-playing game and selling their online loot to people in the United States who did not have time to play as many hours to arm their characters. Many of the players chose to play as a female dwarf, a class in the game that can more easily win treasure on solo missions. And so other players began killing all dwarfs in the game, often adding anti-Chinese slurs in the chat section of the game as they did, says Ms. Nakamura."

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"Later Friday the International Game Developers Association will honor Jerry Lawson for all he's done to move the state of the art forward.The honor has been a long time coming.It was back in the mid-1970s that Lawson developed the first video game console system, breaking ground in more ways than one. You see, Lawson, 70, is black. And while we often try to pretend that's neither here nor there, the truth is it is here -- and it was even more-so there, when Lawson arrived in the valley in 1968."

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"A high school where some students played the Internet game "Beat the Jew" will receive a new tolerance curriculum, officials said.

"The annoucement comes five months after officials a La Quinta High School in Riverside County disciplined students for playing the game.

"The game, which gathered participants via Facebook, is a complicated contest of tag, in which 'Jews' are taken, blindfolded, by car to a place off campus and have to make their way back to base while pursued by 'Nazis.

"Organizers had put up a Facebook page announcing the game that was 'friended' by some 40 students, of which seven participated."

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"Gamers indulge in this out-of-body experience every time they pick up a controller.  Unfortunately, it also describes how gamers feel when they are bullied by other online gamers. 

"Gamers are misusing the live online communication feature on Sony's Playstation 3 and Microsoft's Xbox 360 by shouting racial slurs and life-threatening attacks.

"Online attacks have become so intense that they cause people like 21-year-old Kender Massillon, a third year accounting student from Orlando, to refrain from gaming online.

"'Go kill yourself nigger,' include one of the many racist remarks he has received."

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"The second part of this contradiction I’m pondering is that the culture of the Internet is all about what’s funny.  Lisa Nakamura made the excellent point in her talk about the 'racist griefing' that goes on in online games which often makes explicit use of racist epithets, which she explains this way: 'The n-word is funny because it is so extreme that no one could really mean it. And humor is all about ‘not meaning it.’ If you take humor and the n-word, you get enlightened racism online and attention.' She calls this 'enlightened racism.'  Nakamura goes on to argue that paradoxically, 'the worse the racism and sexism are, the more extreme and cartoonish it is, the harder it is to take seriously, and the harder it is to call it out'.”

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"Lately, however, Jordan River has provoked a firestorm of controversy on SL's community forum, especially over Jordan River's most extreme forms of expression, such as an exhibit depicting Gilad Shalit, the IDF soldier held captive by Hamas, next to sculptures meant to depict eviscerated IDF soldiers. As with the pro-Palestine protests that stormed into Israeli and Jewish sites in Second Life this year and last, this seems like another instance where Second Life's Community Standards, which prohibit most forms of '[a]ctions that marginalize, belittle, or defame individuals or groups', cannot adequately account for the full range of political and ideological tumult in the real world."

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"She wants to push people in Africa -- a long-troubled continent where people might feel less empowered than elsewhere -- to solve problems like environmental degradation, lack of food, water scarcity, poverty and violence."

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"Muslim Massacre is a video game that has been released lately, where gamers have to use all sorts of weapons to kill as many Muslims and Muslim figures as they can, including ALLAH Almighty. Egyptian bloggers react."

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Another excellent series by the multiplayer blog. I'll be posting some more analysis next week. - LDP

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