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Online forum harassment

Hillary Smith

December 11, 2014

In my last column, I mentioned that after Anita Sarkeesian began calling out misogyny in the gaming industry, she was hit with intense online harassment that spiraled into death threats. Sarkeesian's personal information was also compromised, leaving her in a terrifying situation: Completely unknown...

Video game publishers more to blame for objectification of women than game buyers

Illustration by Rust

Hillary Smith

November 20, 2014

A recent segment on Melissa Harris-Perry's MSNBC show highlighted an issue that I never before considered: the violent and dehumanizing portrayals of women in many video games and the culture of misogyny that pervades some parts of the online gaming sphere. Harris-Perry shows scenes from popular vi...

Broke College Student’s Guide to Video Games

Broke College Student's Guide to Video Games

James Kennedy

October 3, 2013

For the average Whitman student, an ever-famished wallet greatly diminishes the amount of games you can purchase. But with the rise of "free-to-play" games, even the poorest of gamers has the option to continue his or her hobby. Below are some of the best games you can download for absolutely no...

eSports Reach Outside the Virtual World

eSports Reach Outside the Virtual World

Blair Hanley Frank

March 23, 2013

With their backs against a wall, the purple team sends one of their own with a last-second clutch play. The competitors take off their headsets and stand up from behind their computers. The crowd goes wild. Welcome to competitive video gaming, or eSports, as it is known to its enthusiasts. Week af...

Video gamers find support to overcome addiction

Video gamers find support to overcome addiction

Hannah Bartman

March 7, 2013

Addiction usually conjures images of substance abuse consuming and transforming lives. Video game addiction has the same capacity as any substance, even at Whitman College. Gaming is most commonly seen as a simple pastime, a game to be played casually in dorm rooms with friends. However, in some cases, according to Kimberly...

Gun Violence Research Requires Parity to Avoid Hypocrisy

Blair Hanley Frank

February 7, 2013

In the wake of the tragic shootings in Newtown, it seems there's one thing almost everyone in Washington can agree on: We need more research into the effects of violent video games. National Rifle Association representative Wayne LaPierre targeted games in his bizarre post-Newtown rant, and President...

Multiplayer must be carefully considered to avoid making bad shooters

Multiplayer must be carefully considered to avoid making bad shooters

Blair Hanley Frank

November 8, 2012

Gaming markets are oversaturated with a glut of military shooters packing lousy multiplayer modes. Every time, the story is the same: new shooter, new multiplayer, mediocre reviews. But it keeps happening over and over again. The fiscal incentives for multiplayer are obvious: Developers can charge for new weapons and map packs, and a multiplayer mode gives players an incentive ...

Whitman Starcraft II players challenge gamer stereotypes

Illustration: Ruth Hwang

Clara Bartlett

February 16, 2012

You'll see them battling for guts and glory, not on the basketball court or behind a debate lectern, but over a video game console. Officially known as the Whitman College Collegiate Starleague Team, the chief function of the Starcraft team is to represent Whitman College in the Collegiate StarLea...

Growing eSports requires accessibility

Illustration by Bowen

Blair Hanley Frank

November 17, 2011

Sometimes, when I'm bored, I like to watch other people play video games. I'm not alone, either: an entire community has sprung up in support of "eSports," which is a fancy term for what most people would consider competitive video gaming. Interestingly, it's fairly popular: Video streams of popular...

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