In this week’s What I’ve Been Reading, we’re going to talk about Gamestop, categories, and doge. That’s an odd assortment, innit? Well let’s read on, shall we?

  • Colin Campbell of Polygon and Logan Planet of IGN both have articles (here and here) interviewing Gamestop employees and managers (anonymously, of course), about the disconnect between Gamestop corporate and its actual stores, and how that’s impacting employee morale. Gamestop’s mandate to push employees to be aggressive (and in some cases, dishonest) with customers is scaring customers away, and their refusal to stock extra copies of the latest games (in order to encourage pre-orders) is just pushing customers to make purchases at Target or on Amazon. Gamestop is engineering its own downfall.
  • This is an oldie but a goodie. Scott Alexander of Slate Star Codex argues that the arbitrariness of categories is a good reason to respect transgender people.
  • Finally, Zach of Know Your Meme interviews Atsuko Sato, owner of Kabosu, whom you may know better as the “doge” meme dog. One interesting tidbit: Kabosu was a rescue, and Sato got her from a kill shelter. Sato has actually used her Internet fame to advocate and raise money for animal welfare charities.

That’s all for now. See ya next week, nerds!