I haven’t forgotten about you, my beautiful Internet friends. Here’s some linky goodness for y’all.
- Destructoid user UsurpMyProse has a funny, satirical article about neck stabbing in video games. There is a weirdly large number of video games that feature neck stabbing, isn’t there?
- Robert Evans of Cracked writes about the hidden side of political lobbying and corruption. This shit is more serious and severe than you might think.
- Nathan Grayson of Kotaku writes about YouTubers taking money for covering games. Not a terrible practice, as long as full disclosure is provided. But some deals, like the ones for the recent Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, prohibited YouTubers from showing bugs or glitches and forced them to express only positive sentiment for the game. That’s where these things get ethically murky. (Given recent events, I know that the by-line might put some people off. Use your own judgment.)
- Writing for The Flounce, Philip Wythe explains how activist communities sometimes sanitize or ignore abuse perpetrated by their members. My stance on this issue remains the same as always: Social justice is good. Hypocrisy is not.
- Finally, writing for Kotaku, Kevin Wong explains how Sleeping Dogs is a nuanced portrayal of the Asian-American experience. The game does a wonderful job of exploring the clash of identities that exists within a person who grows up in two largely non-overlapping cultural spheres.
Have a wonderful week, dear readers. I’m off to the land of slumber.