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The Gaming Industry's Girl Gamer Problem

"Last week I wrote about the option in Star Wars: The Old Republic to torture a slave companion named Vette by shocking her with a shock-collar and making her watch as your Sith Warrior had sex with the widow of a man you’d just killed. I said this was a sign that games and the gaming industry still have a long way to go when it comes to issues like sexism and violence against women. Many people disagreed. To be fair, it’s not a black and white issue by any means.."

Coming Soon: Star Wars Burgers

"To promote the re-release of the Star Wars prequels in 3D, a French fast food chain is offering two varieties of themed burgers – the Darth Vader, on a black bun, and the Jedi burger (which is conveniently and thematically brown, it seems). Of course, this begs the question – what ingredients should be in a Star Wars burger anyway? Wampa meat?"

Lindsay Lohan Leaked Playboy Photos Still Online: Pictures Causing Hef to Sue?

"Now, the question is turning away from where can you see them (here and links can be found here) to "is Hugh Hefner going to sue somebody over them?" Well, the latest info is that there's still "No word on whether Playboy will pursue legal remedies over the leak.

China launches first 3D TV channel

"China has marked the 2012 New Year with the start of 3D TV (Three-Dimensional Television) Channel service. After a trial run, the 3D TV will be officially put into operation during Spring Festival later in January. The first stations for the 3D trial are China Central Television, Beijing Television, Tianjing Broadcasting TV, Jiangsu TV and Shenzhen TV. 3D programs will be offered daily from 10:30 am to midnight.

XBMC 11.0 Eden: Beta available now

I personally use XBMC for my entertainment needs, watching movies & TV shows, listening to music, looking at photos and much more. It's by far the best HTPC software package on the planet and it's free.

Man tries to shoot wife over Facebook addiction

"51-year-old Harry Hibbs Jr. of Washington County was jailed on attempted homicide, assault and reckless endangerment charges after he tried to shoot his wife on Christmas Eve. The reason? Well, Hibbs was apparently slightly miffed that his wife, Anna Hibbs, was spending way too much on Facebook, so he put a gun to her head and pulled the trigger. Luckily, his gun maintenance skills seem to be on par with his social skills, so the gun jammed..."

Activision uninvites porn star from MW3 party

"Activision has apparently uninvited Dutch porn star Kim Holland from a Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 party in Amsterdam. The gaming outfit was apparently unaware of Holland’s previous works, so to speak, and when it pulled her invitation shortly before the event. Writing in her blog, Holland said she was unpleasantly surprised by the decision and described it as hypocritical. Holland is a big fan of the CoD series and she seems to be a keen gamer. Holland then went on to question Activision’s moral priorities."

Man Assaults Wife for Not "Liking" His Facebook Update

"A 36-year-old Texas man has pleaded not guilty to battery charges after allegedly attacking his estranged wife for failing to "Like" a status update he posted to Facebook. Benito Apolinar had posted an update to his Facebook page about the anniversary of his mother's death... "That's amazing everyone 'Likes' my status but you, you're my wife. You should be the first one to 'Like' my status," he allegedly told her before punching her in the cheek and pulling her hair. He was reportedly under the influence of alcohol at the time."

Netflix to split into two companies

"It looks as if Netflix had much more up its sleeve when it announced its price increases, causing consumer rebellion. Now, CEO Reed Hastings of Netflix has announced that the company will be splitting into two separate companies. Netflix will continue to focus on offering on demand streaming. A new separate spin-off company that will be called Qwikster will be handling all of the disc rentals.

Two Chinese crackers call for code of conduct

"Two Chinese crackers have released a code of conduct calling for the rejection of cybertheft. Gong Wei and Wan Tao, released their "Hackers' Self-Discipline Convention" to the Chinese press and posted it onto the world wide wibble. The document is a moral code that outlines appropriate hacking activities. According to the document, hackers should not obtain money through stealing from the public. Hacking groups will also not spread tools that are meant to take income. It also calls for the public's privacy, especially that of children and minors, should be protected.
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