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Violence and Consent in Computer Games

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A Game Is Being Beaten

By Leigh Alexander

The trend in video game design is to comment on violence by asking players to perform violence. But could there be pleasure in performing consent?

A popular approach to ­video-game design is to “think about the verbs.” Interactive entertainment should be verb-led, some say, and the way to make a good game is to think about what the player does. In many games, you have to do the things it wants you to do whether you want to or not. If you don’t like it, as the saying goes, just don’t play it.

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Kopas quietly self-­published a small, text-only game called Consensual Torture Simulator for $2 on Gumroad. In it, a mutually affectionate couple enjoys a night in. You play as the domme in their kink relationship scene, scratching, flogging, caning, and performing other acts of consensual physical violence on your submissive girlfriend. Both partners have decided to explore the goal of making the recipient of the violence cry.

Read the whole article here: A Game Is Being Beaten – The New Inquiry.

Also linked in the original article: Pixels in Distress (tumblr)

Invisible Option Arrives For Battle.Net, This Mage Rejoices!

Ironyca:

And the rejoicing commences! Invisible option for Battle.Net is indeed good news!

The fear that we would all hide under the offline mark rests on some weird premise that people are not inherently social, but rather in need of a nudge to connect and communicate with others. If that was the case, how is society as we know it even possible?

I discussed earlier in relation to solo play how people used secret alts as a method to avoid burn out. Not having a show-as-offline function will not just mean that people do as they are told and stay online, it may also mean they don’t log on at all. We all need a break now and then. With this change, I now feel as if I am being recognized as a whole person by Blizzard, not just as the excitable guild mate they wish I always was, but also someone who occasionally needs to play WoW alone on a secret alt.

Originally posted on Manalicious:

Because sometimes you want to have a stag dance party in front of the bank, and sometimes you don’t want anyone to know you’re online.

Back in May when Diablo came out, I wrote a post  bemoaning the lack of an “Invisible” feature on Battle Net. Well, today I arrive with good news: They are going to be implementing an invisible feature for Battle.Net!

I’ve still seen a certain amount of naysaying or people who seem unhappy that this is a feature they are going to implement. First of all, I think it’s important to look at context. Most major chat programs have had this feature for the entirety of my time on the internet. I was using ICQ (I Seek You, remember, ahah) in 1996 or 1997. I can’t remember which, but my original number was seven digits. This is an invitation for all ICQ e-peeners to tell…

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Ironyca:

Kamalia (et Alia!) has shared with us her impressive wardrobe spread across an equally impressive list of alts. For all the mage-fans, Kamalia certainly has you covered – her mage-alts spanning all races! … well, except tauren.

Originally posted on Kamalia et alia:

With the Mogolympics over, it was time to start posting my “Things my Characters Wear” series. I thought about doing one a day, then decided to do them in groups so that they’d all be up before the Theramore event begins next week.

Here’s the complete list, in case you missed any in the flurry:

Mages: Human and Forsaken
Mages: Sin’dorei and Kaldorei
Mages: Draenei and Troll
Mages: Gnome and Goblin
Mages: Dwarf and Orc
Mages: Worgen and Pandaren
Warlock
Priests
Bankers
Druid (Caster)
Rogue & Druid (Melee)
Hunters
Shamans
Death Knight
Warriors
Paladins
Monk (coming soon!)

All of these posts are listed on my main Fashion page. When I update one of these posts with a new outfit, I’ll edit its annotation and bring it to the top of the list.

I’ll probably still write full posts about outfits I’m really excited about, but I may not…

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Whose Rule is it Anyway? An Intro to Digital Citizenship

Originally posted on I Rez Therefore I Am:

Lately I have been thinking a lot about the term Digital Citizens. That term is typically used to talk about how people in the real world are learning to incorporate technology into their lives in order to engage in social, community and political activities and efforts. Avenues for this participation include social networks like Facebook, blogs and microblogs such as this site and Twitter, and crowdsourcing efforts such as Wikipedia. Governments are even trying to capitalize and encourage this effort by opening up big data for individuals and organizations to analyze. FoldIT for Playstation leverages Playstation gamer’s skills in protein folding, and this collaborative, competitive environment has resulted in some remarkable scientific insights.

Emerging now is a further extension of this idea, “The Good Digital Citizen”. Now that so many competently and confidently use these tools, there are concerns that people need to learn how to use them responsibly. For…

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“What is a Memory in this Digital Age?”

“Why am I beginning to view a memory not photographed or tweeted—one residing solely in my mind—as unattractive? I’m a visual person, so I take mental snapshots of the places I go, keeping these images in my head. But this sort of intangible, mutable evidence seems increasingly inadequate in our world of over-sharing, and on an Internet where our traces are permanent.

It’s as if undocumented memories are now less potent.”

Quoted from “Notes on Memory” by Cheri Lucas at The Equals Record

“Gimme Six!” – A Tourist Guide to WoW pt. 3 – Leisure and Spa

Ironyca:

Whether it’s an Easter egg or just a future quest hub, here’s your location for a classic luxury vacation of relaxation!

Originally posted on I Rez Therefore I Am:

Vaneeesa has asked the iRez authors to “share 6 of their favorite, must see, places in virtual space.

This is the World of Warcraft version.

People travel for different reasons, so here are six locations that might appeal to a broad range of virtual tourists.

  1. Spectacular Nature – Howling fjord
  2. City Break – Dalaran
  3. Leisure and Spa – Gallywix Pleasure Palace
  4. Horror and Mystery
  5. Humanitarian Aid Work
  6. History Tour

They will be posted in a series of six parts.

Leisure and Spa – Gallywix Pleasure Palace

  • Recommended level: Any
  • Expansion Pack: Trial account

Gallywix Pleasure Palace is the privately built luxury location for the rich Trade Prince Gallywix. Gallywix is a goblin lead figure, however he is infamous for being extremely greedy and betraying his own people. Currently Gallywix is nowhere to be found, which probably also is the reason to why this place is open to the public.

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“Gimme Six!” – A Tourist Guide to WoW pt. 2 – City Break

Ironyca:

Second part of my WoW Tourist Guide posted.
It’s another one of those posts where the article grows and grows further than what I originally intended. I can’t contain myself, I can’t write short posts, I really need to become better at that.

Originally posted on I Rez Therefore I Am:

Vaneeesa has asked the iRez authors to “share 6 of their favorite, must see, places in virtual space.

This is the World of Warcraft version.

People travel for different reasons, so here are six locations that might appeal to a broad range of virtual tourists.

  1. Spectacular Nature – Howling fjord
  2. City Break – Dalaran
  3. Leisure and Spa
  4. Horror and Mystery
  5. Humanitarian Aid Work
  6. History Tour

They will be posted in a series of six parts.

City Break – Dalaran

  • Recommended level: any
  • Expansion Pack: Wrath of the Lich King

Cities and settlements are very important, not just to trading and resting, but also to virtual public life. They are like little subdivisions in the landscape where completely different activities take place compared to the rest of the world, and this is reflected in the design. People gather around in these places, show off their sparkly treasures they acquired when…

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