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Afro Samurai 2 Cancelled, Deemed a “Failure”, Refunds Going Out

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The sequel to the 2009 video game is being removed from online stores, including Steam, Xbox Marketplace and the PlayStation store. Volumes 2 and 3 of Afro Samurai 2: Revenge of Kuma have also been cancelled according to developer Versus Evil in their recent interview with CGMagazine, citing the first volume as a “failure”. Players who purchase Vol. 1 will be issued refunds.

“We could not do, in good conscience, volume 2 and volume 3. So we’ve begun the process, it’s been a long process to figure it out because Sony has never really had to do this in this way, but we’re returning all the money. So across the board we’re putting out an apology saying ‘sorry about this,” Versus Evil general manager Steve Escalante told CGMagazine.

Afro Samurai 2: Revenge of Kuma launched back in September for PC and PS4 (Oct for Xbox One) to a complete thrashing from critics and. The PS4 currently sits at 21/100 on Metacritic with 15 negative reviews.

Source: GameSpot via CGMagazine

Why I Quit #GamerGate by Alexander Hinkley

Why Alex Hinkley Quit GamerGate on RealGamerNewz

I recently quit GamerGate because GamerGate has become everything it alleged to fight against. I was one of the pioneers of the movement. Hell, I had been fighting corruption within the video game industry for well over a year before the infamous “Zoe Post” that set this whole thing off was even an idea in Eron Gjoni’s head. I got fired from my four-year column at Examiner for actually reporting on the industry and not just playing ball (check out my appearance on the HipHopGamer Show talking about this).

After GamerGate began, I had a game review taken down from another site I contributed on after mass complaints from SJWs who were offended over a tweet I made where I called a friend of mine a bad name on Twitter WEEKS earlier. I also got permanently banned from Wikipedia, where I had been a respected editor since 2006, for merely mentioning Anita Sarkeesian’s work history with Bart Baggett on her talk page and asking if it should be included in her article (I even sourced her old archived website and his current website both saying this information – but you’ll hear more about that in TheSarkeesianEffect). My history of fighting corruption to my own peril speaks for itself.

Does anybody remember when it came out that TechRadar’s William O’Neill joked “Who here hasn’t slept with a PR person or game developer? #AMIRITE”? That’s the kind of stuff I wanted to get out of the gaming industry and I thought GamerGate did, too. I was wrong.

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So what happened that helped me recognize GamerGate for what it really was? Back in September of last year I applied to be a video game contributor on a fairly well known gaming website after one of their big name people left. I’m not even going to be bother naming the site here but I’m sure once the story is finished you’ll know exactly where I’m talking about anyway. After some emails back and forth with the Founder, he told me that they were not currently hiring but would add my name to a list of people to contact/consider once they were. Fine.

Then in January that site fired another of their major personalities. Surely with two people gone now they’d be looking for replacements right? I decided to once again take the initiative and follow up with another email seeing if they would be looking for a new video game contributor now. No, said the Founder (calling him that sounds really Deep Space Nine-esque), unfortunately they were downsizing rather than expanding and were not hiring any new writers. He assured me again that my name was on the list of people to consider if and when they made new hires. That sounded unfortunate but hey what are ya gonna do?

That’s when things went downhill. Less than a week after that, it was announced they had hired new video game contributor – a well known female GamerGate e-celeb. I found it strange that for months I had been told they weren’t hiring. Stranger still was that the new hire had absolutely no professional writing experience whatsoever. She is a former amateur alternative model. That is fine but how exactly would she be more qualified than someone with over six years experience in the industry, thousands of articles written, and tens of millions of views? It didn’t make sense to me why they would hire someone objectively less qualified than other candidates. Could it be because she was an attractive woman?

When I brought this up on Twitter, I expected GamerGate to be outraged. After all, GamerGate claimed to support a meritocracy when it comes to job positions. They claimed they would like hiring to be based on objective qualifications and not simply to hire someone because of their gender or their looks. SJWs (Social Justice Warriors) on the other hand want women to be hired simply because they’re women and we need more of them in the industry, actual qualifications of the applicants be damned. What happened next was shocking.

Many GamerGate supporters began spamming me the exact same tired old lines that SJWs have so often used. For example, they asked me why I hated women. They called me a misogynist. Some asked for proof of what I was saying and when it was given to them they pretended it hadn’t been. They simply blocked me instead.

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A few others did see what I was saying and agreed. They were immediately spammed as well. One poor girl was dogpiled by GamerGate supporters calling her an “anti-GG cunt” for echoing my concerns about hiring a less qualified candidate. This girl had actually been a GamerGate supporter since the movement began. Guess this didn’t matter to them because it got so bad for her she contemplated deleting her Twitter altogether. She ultimately ended up just scrubbing it with a bot that deleted everything and went on as if the whole thing never happened.

The incident becomes stranger still when I talked to the newly hired person in private. She confirmed that she had been hired after I had initially emailed the site (she didn’t know when I applied but I asked her when she got hired and it was after my emails) so it’s not like I emailed them too late and they had already locked her up or something. That would have at least been a rational explanation. She did say they had been in “talks” for several months, though.

What makes this part interesting is that she actually “quit” GamerGate last month after some trolls doxxed her. She said she was quitting GamerGate and deleting Twitter forever in order to keep her family safe. Less than a month later, she was back, and her new job was announced.

I asked her, “You quit GG to lay low after you got doxxed. Doesn’t this put you back into the crosshairs?” A fair question, I thought. Her response: “There’s a difference between actively participating in a heated discussion and attempting to gain experience for a potential future career. Although I don’t see why any of this is of any concern to you.” (Editor’s Note: This post has been edited to reflect word for word reproduction of the conversation, originally this conversation was paraphrased. No other edits have been made)

Oh. So apparently the risk is acceptable because now it’s benefiting you? Should GamerGate really just be a stepping stone to further people’s careers? I thought it was about ethics in journalism.

None of this mattered to the vast majority of GamerGater supporters. They stood behind her anyway because “one of theirs” had “stormed the trenches.” They made every excuse under the sun as to why she “deserved” the position over me. They said she was some sort of dynamo writer that wrote really, really interesting things so she doesn’t need to have any experience. Or maybe my writing just sucked so that’s why she got chosen.

Never mind the fact that I had contributed several articles to The Ralph Retort that some of these very same GamerGate supporters now criticizing me loved and tweeted out links to at the time. Then they tried saying we didn’t even apply for the same type of job, that I supposedly wanted a full-time job. Never mind the fact that the very title of my email was “Video Game Contributor.” They asked for proof. I showed them. They pretended it was photoshopped and either blocked me or spammed me with “salty” memes. Apparently they couldn’t let evidence destroy the narrative.

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This opened my eyes to what the movement had become. Perhaps GamerGate started out with good intentions of fighting corruption. It is absolutely true that many SJWs really aren’t good people and they really do want to achieve power and control through surreptitious means. This should not be allowed.

It’s a shame GamerGate has become just as dubious now. GamerGate is NOT misogynist so let’s get that out of the way right now. But GamerGate definitely no longer cares about ethics in journalism. GamerGate supporters now only seem to care either about 1) benefiting themselves or their friends or 2) simply hurting people they personally don’t like – namely SJWs.

Neither of those things have anything to do with ethics in journalism. Trying to take down SJWs for the sole reason that you don’t like their political opinions isn’t ethics in journalism. Not all SJWs act unethically after all.

GamerGate has the same messed up double standards its supporters accuse SJWs of having. When something unethical benefits GamerGate, they look the other way. How is that any different from SJWs looking the other way on their shady dealings?

Imagine if the person who had been hired instead of me were not a beloved former pro-GamerGate personality but instead a well known and despised SJW. I am confident that GamerGate would have been in an uproar about how this is a prime example of nepotism and gender-based hiring. The fact this didn’t happen because they liked the beneficiary proves GamerGate doesn’t actually want to fight those things.

There’s also something to be said about the fact that the whole time I was pro-GamerGate, I never got spammed with hate on Twitter. Yes I did have complaints emailed to sites I wrote for and got unfairly banned from Wikipedia for pointing out Anita Sarkeesian’s hypocrisy, but my Twitter didn’t get hundreds of insults and hateful messages from SJWs. Most of them have me blocked, actually. My notifications only started blowing up when I began to question that girl being hired over me and her cult-like followers took exception to it.

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Come to think of it, GamerGate is pretty cult-like. It meets at least ten of the points on the International Cultic Studies Association’s Cults 101 checklist (found here: http://www.csj.org/infoserv_cult101/checklis.htm).

For example, dissent is discouraged and although there is no one leader, people are zealously supportive of the e-celebs within it. Supporters feel there’s no life outside of the group. Just look at their Twitter feeds. Many GamerGate supporters have been obsessively tweeting about it 24/7 for MONTHS. GamerGate is also unhealthily preoccupied with bringing in new members. You always hear about how “we need to get the neutrals.” These are just a few points to highlight from the checklist that GamerGate fits exactly.

GamerGate has become an “us” versus “them” (which ironically is another point on the aforementioned checklist) battle to see who can grab the most power in gaming media. Sorry, but I won’t support that. Power grabs aren’t ethics in journalism. I am against corruption no matter who it benefits. Unfortunately, that means I can no longer support GamerGate.

It seems that GamerGate would now agree with Leigh Alexander’s ethics policy of “get money, fight bullshit, and make sure that those I love stand the longest. That’s it.”

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Related Reading:

– Jon Ireson (Editor-In-Chief at RealGamerNewz) Quits #GamerGate

– Nerdcore Artist Random AKA Mega Ran Releases #EndGamerGate World Premiere On RealGamerNewz

Editor’s Note: The views expressed in this article are that of the author and may / may not represent views of the rest of RGN Staff / our audience. This article will not be removed and all takedown requests will be ignored.

PlayStation Now Subscription Service Launches Today in North America!

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The subscription service for PlayStation Now officially launched today, January 13th, 2015, across North America. It is available on PS4, PS3, PS Vita, and PlayStation TV devices. The services offers over 100 PS3 titles with unlimited access.

The current pricing is as follows:

  • 7 Days Free Trial Offer for new PS NOW subscribers
  • $19.99 – 1 Month Access to “100+ PS3 Games”
  • $44.99 – 3 Months Access to “100+ PS3 Games”
  • OR Continue Renting At Current Prices without Monthly Access

For our Editor-In-Chief’s opinion of the pricing plan and PlayStation Now, please read this article and let us know what you think!

Here is the current list of games available for the subscription service at launch:

Alpha Protocol
Anomaly Warzone Earth
Batman Arkham City
Ben 10 Omniverse
Ben 10 Omniverse 2
Bioshock Infinite
BIT.TRIP Presents… Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien Shatter
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger
BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend
Bound by Flame
Chime Super Deluxe
Contrast
Crazy Taxi
Critter Crunch
Cuboid Ultimate Bundle
Darksiders
Darksiders II
de Blob 2
Dead Island
Dead Island Riptide
Dead or Alive 5
DiRT 3
Dirt Showdown
Dynasty Warriors 7
Earth Defense Force 2025
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El Shaddai ASCENSION OF THE METATRON
ENSLAVED: Odyssey to the West
F1 2013
Final Fantasy XIII
God of War HD
God of War: Ascension
Grid 2
Grid Autosport
Guacamelee!
Hakuoki Stories of the Shinsengumi
Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational
ICO
inFAMOUS
Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days
Killzone 3
LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
LocoRoco Cocoreccho!
LUMINES Supernova
Madagascar 3: The Video Game
Metal Slug
Metal Slug 2
Moto GP 13
MotorStorm Apocalypse
MX vs ATV: Reflex
Nascar ’14
NBA 2K14
Nights Into Dreams
Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2
Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising
Overlord 2
Overlord: Raising Hell
PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX
Papo & Yo
Piyotama
Planet Minigolf
Port Royal 3: Gold
Pure Chess
Rainbow Moon
Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time
Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault
Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus
Record of Agarest War
Red Faction :Guerilla
Renegade Ops
Resident Evil 5 Gold
Rise of the Guardians: The Video Game
Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken
Saints Row 2
Saints Row IV
Saints Row: The Third The Full Package
Shadow of the Colossus
Siren: Blood Curse Episodes 1-12
Skullgirls Encore
Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time
Sniper Elite V2
Soldner – X: Final Prototype
Sonic CD
Sonic Generations
Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode I
Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode II
Spelunky
Super Street Fighter IV
Tales from Space: About a Blob
The King of Fighters XIII
The Last Of Us
The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief
The Sly Collection
The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season
Tokyo Jungle
Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune
Vessel
Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown
Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine
Warhawk
XCOM: Enemy Within
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Let us know what you think below in the comments!

PlayStation Store Update for the North American PSN – January 13th, 2015

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Hello fellow RGN PlayStation fans! This week is a little short on games…in fact there are no new PS4 games. However today the big news is the PlayStation Now streaming game service officially launches. There is also a pretty awesome 20th Anniversary Sale going on.

New ReleasesPS4
NONE!

New ReleasesPS3
Monopoly Deal ($4.99)
Monopoly Plus ($9.99)

New ReleasesPS Vita
Atelier Ayesha Plus ($39.99)
Fat Princess: Piece of Cake (Free)
Joe Danger 2: The Movie ($10.99)
Shake Spears! (Free)

New ReleasesPSP
Brandish: The Dark Revenant ($19.99, Playable on Vita)


PS Plus Instant Game Collection for January 2015
It appears for the seventh straight month, PS Plus games will be up for the entirety of the month rather than a staggered release…

Infamous: First Light (PS4)
The Swapper (PS4/PS3/Vita)
Prototype 2 (PS3)
DuckTales (PS3)
Woah Dave! (Vita)
Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition (PS3/Vita)

PlayStation 20th Anniversary Sale
This week we see a HUGE list of games on sale for the 20th anniversary of PlayStation. Here is the breakdown by console but please be aware that some of the PS Vita titles listed are actually PSP/PS1 titles with no trophy support.

PS4

Title PS Plus Price Sale Price Original Price
Call of Duty: Ghosts Digital Hardened Edition $45.00 $50.00 $99.99
Call of Duty: Ghosts Gold Edition $21.00 $24.00 $59.99
FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn $19.99 $23.99 $39.99
FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn Collector’s Edition $29.99 $35.99 $59.99
Killzone Shadow Fall $19.99 $23.99 $39.99
Need for Speed Rivals $12.00 $20.00 $39.99
Rocksmith 2014 Edition $41.99 $44.99 $59.99

PS3

Title PS Plus Price Sale Price Original Price
Assassin’s Creed $8.00 $10.00 $19.99
Assassin’s Creed II Deluxe Edition $9.99 $11.99 $19.99
BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma $16.00 $20.00 $39.99
Bully $4.00 $5.00 $9.99
Burnout Paradise Super Bundle $7.50 $12.00 $29.99
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Super Bundle $12.00 $15.00 $29.99
Call of Duty: Black Ops II With Revolution Map Pack $24.00 $30.00 $59.99
Call of Duty: Ghosts Digital Hardened Edition $45.00 $50.00 $99.99
Call of Duty: Ghosts Gold Edition $21.00 $24.00 $59.99
CHRONO CROSS $4.99 $5.99 $9.99
CHRONO TRIGGER $4.99 $5.99 $9.99
Devil May Cry HD Collection $12.00 $15.00 $29.99
Dragon Age: Origins $5.00 $8.00 $19.99
Dragon’s Crown $20.00 $25.00 $49.99
Dragon’s Dogma Dark Arisen $13.60 $16.00 $39.99
Far Cry 3 Ultimate Edition $12.49 $14.99 $24.99
FINAL FANTASY IX $4.99 $5.99 $9.99
FINAL FANTASY VII $4.99 $5.99 $9.99
FINAL FANTASY VIII $4.99 $5.99 $9.99
FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn $12.49 $14.99 $24.99
FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn Collector’s Edition $22.49 $26.99 $44.99
Grand Theft Auto 3 $2.50 $4.00 $9.99
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City $2.50 $4.00 $9.99
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories $2.50 $4.00 $9.99
inFAMOUS $11.19 $13.99 $19.99
Jak and Daxter Collection $8.00 $10.00 $19.99
Jet Moto $2.40 $3.00 $5.99
Jet Moto 2 $2.40 $3.00 $5.99
L.A. Noire $7.50 $12.00 $29.99
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light $4.50 $6.00 $14.99
Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver $2.40 $3.00 $5.99
LittleBigPlanet $8.00 $10.00 $19.99
Mass Effect 2 Ultimate Edition $8.75 $14.00 $34.99
Max Payne $4.00 $5.00 $9.99
MediEvil $2.40 $3.00 $5.99
Might & Magic Clash of Heroes $7.49 $8.99 $14.99
Mortal Kombat $8.00 $10.00 $19.99
Okami HD $6.99 $8.39 $13.99
Outland $4.99 $5.99 $9.99
Prince of Persia Sands of Time HD $6.00 $7.50 $14.99
Ratchet & Clank: Collection $12.00 $15.00 $29.99
Rayman $2.40 $3.00 $5.99
Red Dead Redemption $7.50 $12.00 $29.99
Resident Evil 4 $8.00 $10.00 $19.99
Rocksmith 2014 Edition $41.99 $44.99 $59.99
SSX $5.00 $8.00 $19.99
Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix $5.99 $6.99 $9.99
Syphon Filter $2.40 $3.00 $5.99
The Sly Collection $17.99 $20.99 $29.99
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Vegas $8.00 $10.00 $19.99
Tomb Raider $4.00 $5.00 $9.99
Tomb Raider 2 $2.40 $3.00 $5.99
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD $6.00 $7.50 $14.99
Twisted Metal $2.40 $3.00 $5.99
Twisted Metal 2 $2.40 $3.00 $5.99
Ultra Street Fighter IV $16.00 $20.00 $39.99
UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves GOTY Edition $12.00 $15.00 $29.99
UNCHARTED 3: Drake’s Deception Game of The Year Digital Edition $12.00 $15.00 $29.99
UNCHARTED: Drake’s Fortune $12.00 $15.00 $29.99
Warhawk $2.40 $3.00 $5.99
WipEout $2.40 $3.00 $5.99

PS Vita

Title PS Plus Price Sale Price Original Price
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger Portable $4.99 $5.99 $9.99
BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma $16.00 $20.00 $39.99
CHRONO CROSS $4.99 $5.99 $9.99
CHRONO TRIGGER $4.99 $5.99 $9.99
Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc $19.99 $23.99 $39.99
Daxter $3.99 $4.79 $7.99
Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited $19.99 $23.99 $39.99
DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY $9.99 $11.99 $19.99
Dragon’s Crown $16.00 $20.00 $39.99
FINAL FANTASY IV: The Complete Collection $9.99 $11.99 $19.99
FINAL FANTASY IX $4.99 $5.99 $9.99
FINAL FANTASY VII $4.99 $5.99 $9.99
FINAL FANTASY VIII $4.99 $5.99 $9.99
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars $5.00 $8.00 $19.99
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories $5.00 $8.00 $19.99
Jet Moto $2.40 $3.00 $5.99
Jet Moto 2 $2.40 $3.00 $5.99
LittleBigPlanet PS Vita $7.20 $9.00 $17.99
LocoRoco $2.96 $4.00 $7.99
Lumines Electronic Symphony $10.80 $13.50 $26.99
MediEvil $2.40 $3.00 $5.99
Monster Hunter Freedom Unite $8.00 $10.00 $19.99
Mortal Kombat $8.00 $10.00 $19.99
Persona 4 Golden $12.00 $15.00 $29.99
Ratchet & Clank: Collection $12.00 $15.00 $29.99
Rayman $2.40 $3.00 $5.99
Resistance: Retribution $6.00 $7.50 $14.99
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable $8.00 $10.00 $19.99
Street Fighter Alpha 3 Max $4.99 $5.99 $9.99
Syphon Filter $2.40 $3.00 $5.99
TACTICS OGRE: Let Us Cling Together $9.99 $11.99 $19.99
Tearaway $14.40 $18.00 $35.99
The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky $8.00 $10.00 $19.99
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Vegas $8.00 $10.00 $19.99
Tomb Raider $4.00 $5.00 $9.99
Tomb Raider 2 $2.40 $3.00 $5.99
Twisted Metal 2 $2.40 $3.00 $5.99
Warhawk $2.40 $3.00 $5.99
WipEout $2.40 $3.00 $5.99
Ys: The Oath in Felghana $6.00 $7.50 $14.99

PSP

Title PS Plus Price Sale Price Original Price
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger Portable $4.99 $5.99 $9.99
CHRONO CROSS $4.99 $5.99 $9.99
CHRONO TRIGGER $4.99 $5.99 $9.99
Daxter $3.99 $4.79 $7.99
DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY $9.99 $11.99 $19.99
FINAL FANTASY IV: The Complete Collection $9.99 $11.99 $19.99
FINAL FANTASY IX $4.99 $5.99 $9.99
FINAL FANTASY VII $4.99 $5.99 $9.99
FINAL FANTASY VIII $4.99 $5.99 $9.99
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars $5.00 $8.00 $19.99
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories $5.00 $8.00 $19.99
Jet Moto $2.40 $3.00 $5.99
Jet Moto 2 $2.40 $3.00 $5.99
Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver $2.40 $3.00 $5.99
LocoRoco $2.96 $4.00 $7.99
MediEvil $2.40 $3.00 $5.99
Monster Hunter Freedom Unite $8.00 $10.00 $19.99
Rayman $2.40 $3.00 $5.99
Resistance: Retribution $6.00 $7.50 $14.99
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable $8.00 $10.00 $19.99
Street Fighter Alpha 3 Max $4.99 $5.99 $9.99
Syphon Filter $2.40 $3.00 $5.99
TACTICS OGRE: Let Us Cling Together $9.99 $11.99 $19.99
The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky $8.00 $10.00 $19.99
Tomb Raider $4.00 $5.00 $9.99
Tomb Raider 2 $2.40 $3.00 $5.99
Twisted Metal 2 $2.40 $3.00 $5.99
Warhawk $2.40 $3.00 $5.99
WipEout $2.40 $3.00 $5.99
WipEout Pure $4.99 $5.99 $9.99
Ys: The Oath in Felghana $6.00 $7.50 $14.99

 

The full list of discounts can be found on the Official PlayStation Blog.


Do any RGN readers plan on partaking in the deals this week?

Until next week, game on!

PlayStation Store End of Year Flash Sale! Ends 12/29!

The fine folks running the PlayStation Store have surprised us with a Flash Sale. Even though the PSN has been down for a few days the prices should be good through Sunday, December 29th. Now that the PSN is back online we can all surrender our hard earned Christmas cash on games!

Here is the complete list of games on sale:

Title Platform Sale Price Original Price
AKIBA’S TRIP: Undead and Undressed PS Vita $23.99 $39.99
AKIBA’S TRIP: Undead and Undressed PS3 $23.99 $39.99
Assassin’s Creed Rogue PS3 $44.99 $59.99
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel PS3 $34.79 $59.99
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Digital Pro Edition PS4 $79.99 $99.99
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Digital Pro Edition PS3 $79.99 $99.99
Darksiders II Ultimate Edition PS3 $15.00 $59.99
Defense Grid 2 PS4 $12.50 $24.99
Destiny PS3 $44.99 $59.99
Destiny PS4 $44.99 $59.99
Destiny Digital Guardian Edition PS3 $67.49 $89.99
Destiny Digital Guardian Edition PS4 $67.49 $89.99
Dragon Age: Inquisition PS4 $38.99 $59.99
Dragon Age: Inquisition PS3 $38.99 $59.99
Dragon Age: Inquisition Deluxe Edition PS4 $45.49 $69.99
Dragon Age: Inquisition Deluxe Edition PS3 $45.49 $69.99
FIFA 15 PS3 $30.00 $59.99
FIFA 15 PS4 $35.99 $59.99
Just Dance 2015 PS4 $37.49 $49.99
Just Dance 2015 PS3 $29.99 $39.99
Lara Croft: The Temple of Osiris PS4 $13.39 $19.99
Lara Croft: The Temple of Osiris + Season Pass PS4 $19.42 $28.99
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham PS4 $44.99 $59.99
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham PS3 $37.49 $49.99
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham PS Vita $22.49 $29.99
Madden 15 PS3 $30.00 $59.99
Madden 15 PS4 $35.99 $59.99
Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor PS3 $41.99 $59.99
Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor PS4 $41.99 $59.99
MX Vs. ATV SuperCross PS3 $20.09 $29.99
NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM Revolution PS3 $25.00 $49.99
NBA 2K15 PS3 $40.19 $59.99
NBA 2K15 PS4 $49.79 $59.99
NHL 15 PS3 $30.00 $59.99
NHL 15 PS4 $35.99 $59.99
OUTLAST: BUNDLE OF TERROR (OUTLAST + WHISTLEBLOWER) PS4 $11.60 $28.99
Risen 3 PS3 $29.99 $49.99
Sacred 3 PS3 $29.99 $49.99
Tales from the Borderlands – Season Pass PS3 $15.99 $19.99
Tales from the Borderlands – Season Pass PS4 $15.99 $19.99
The Evil Within PS3 $30.00 $59.99
The Evil Within PS4 $30.00 $59.99
The Walking Dead: Season Two PS4 $6.25 $24.99
The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season PS4 $6.25 $24.99
WARRIORS OROCHI 3 Ultimate PS4 $35.99 $59.99
WARRIORS OROCHI 3 Ultimate PS3 $29.99 $49.99
WARRIORS OROCHI 3 Ultimate PS Vita $23.99 $39.99
Watch Dogs PS4 $44.99 $59.99
Watch Dogs PS3 $44.99 $59.99

PlayStation Web Store Link: https://store.sonyentertainmentnetwork.com (or visit from your PS3, PS4, or Vita devices)

There are definitely some great games on the list, especially The Walking Dead Seasons 1 and 2.

Let me know your thoughts on this sale by using the comments section below.

Blizzard Entertainment is Holding an Officially Licensed Hearthstone Tournament with Good Gaming!

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Hello everybody, if you are into HearthStone : Heroes of Warcraft you better check this out, apparently Good-Gaming has acquired the official license for a HearthStone: Heroes of Warcraft amateur open tournament with Blizzard. The tournament consists of a series of Constructed Play Phases, each player in the tournament will be required to bring and declare constructed decks to be used throughout the single elimination. The tournament will take place in a best of five match style play tournament format. Tournament finals are scheduled to begin on Sunday, December 21st, 2014 and will be streamed live on Twitch via Good-Gaming’s official Twitch channel.

In addition, the tournament finals will be shoutcasted by renowned casters and eSports personalities Kevin Knocke and Ken Mitts. To enter the tournament prospective contestants must be a registered member of GOOD GAMING by Thursday, December 18th, 2014.  Limited Silver Memberships start at just $5 and include a Free Entry Ticket into the Tournament and 1,000 Good-Gaming Points that can be used to access premium content across the site. For more information on the tournament as well as eligibility requirements go check out www.Good-Gaming.com

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Why the Editor-In-Chief of RealGamerNewz.com Is Quitting #GamerGate

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Hello everyone. I have something big to announce, and I hope that even if you disagree with this statement today you’ll at least hear me out on why I feel this way and am publicly ending my support for #GamerGate as a movement, hash tag, and concept. I’m out of #GamerGate, and truthfully I don’t think my heart was ever fully in it to begin with.

You see, quick GG history – GG summed up in 5 seconds – this whole thing started because of readers outraged at video games news websites displaying some sort of corruption. First they heard about one thing, then it led to another, and before you know it everyone was waking up to the massive topics of video games industry talk which normally don’t see the light of day.

At first I stayed out of it completely, despite allowing our contributor Alex Hinkley to publish his work on the subject, I really didn’t have much interest in it. Alex has come from a history I can relate to, which is being a journalist who has come under fire by a major publication and have them side with their internal PR message rather than their employee, and even censorship – which is why I formed RealGamerNewz in the first place. I begrudgingly joined the discussion on #GamerGate eventually when those I respect had seemed to give it a great deal of attention.

But I also had my gripes, like nobody actually talking or being about games. So here I am saying I’m done with #GamerGate.

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The truth is

Authors like Alex and myself have existed for years and we’ve been fighting corruption without the need for making gamers look bad in the national perspective. We’ve been exposing what we see as suspect or even false advertising from major game companies, calling them out on it, and these companies have been allowing and respecting our free speech on this for years. They didn’t even sue me for Libel~! Example: Activision (P.S. Thank you, they even take our feedback and make better games, Example: Advanced Warfare).

My point is, it’s great that #GamerGate inspired you to care about the games industry that brings you the entertainment products you love, but you’re late to the party – and you’re doing it wrong. I’m living proof that you don’t need #GamerGate to speak your mind and change the industry. I am really proud that this strange and often times dark, negative, and scary phenomenon has brought so many new voices to the front of the games industry and spawned so many new publications, podcasts, websites, and more. I encourage everyone to speak their mind on GAMING and get to the real issues that count: the games you love, the game developers surrounding them and how their contracts are playing out with major publishers during this time of economic climate uncertainty and market change to digital distribution. Let’s talk real gamer issues, let’s put aside our differences and gossip and talk about what counts.

And don’t worry, we are still going to draft a new Open Ethics policy. I still believe in journalism evolution and improvement, just not viscous attacks on individuals by huge internet mobs, whether those attacks be on #GamerGate members themselves or their targets. In a way, #GamerGate will never die. Its impact on video games culture will remain, but that doesn’t mean the harassment associated and directed towards / against the movement needs to remain. Civilized and calm feedback from the games press is always respected by game developers and publishers, which is who we should be caring about – not journalists. Don’t buy the hype of games if you don’t respect an author’s credential, but that doesn’t give you the right to harass them.

Industry Talk, and Censorship – no one can really censor us, so if you have something to say to the world by all means say it. Just keep in mind that everyone is a person, nobody is perfect, and that you can have free speech without needlessly engaging with drama over others’ opinions that differ from yours. Pick and choose your battles, we are gamers – we should care first and foremost about the issues that revolve around THE GAMES. Otherwise, you’re not really engaging / promoting video game industry talk are you? It’s just gossip.

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Equality – we have many women already in the industry, entertaining the idea that we don’t simply disrespects the fact that strong leaders of diverse culture have existed in gaming for the entire span of its existence. Here are a few of my favorites whose careers have inspired me along the way:

Roberta Williams – the Creator of Kings Quest and founder of Sierra Entertainment in 1979, which is responsible for some of my favorite PC Games of all time well through the golden age of PC Gaming and still exists today as a subsidiary of Activision.

Jade Raymond – a modern day game development industry veteran responsible for a large portfolio in a short span of time including the role of Producer for Assassin’s Creed, Executive Producer on Assassin’s Creed II, as well as additional Executive Producer roles on both Watch Dogs and Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist.

Amy Hennig – is best known as the creative genius behind the Uncharted series (although an industry veteran herself) and an outspoken developer who believes that creative expression is more important than simple upgrades in graphics, though she has also worked on titles best known for their lifelike art direction. Amy Hennig is currently working on bringing an emotional, real feel to the characters and world of EA Games’ and Visceral Games’ upcoming Star Wars video game. This game is rumored to be honoring the legacy of Star Wars 1313, an incredible title that got cancelled. It’s heavily believed that Amy Hennig was hired in an effort to fuel that forward. Thanks to numerous comparisons between Star Wars 1313 and the Uncharted series, that makes a lot of sense. You can see her latest work when Sony releases Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End for PS4.

Here we go, oh no! He’s using a few women as an example that the industry is diverse! But let’s be real. It’s very diverse. After all, our RPGs come from Japan, our Shooters come from America, our Racing Wheels come from Europe, and our Adventure games come from France or Canada. Just kidding on that last one, but you get my point. Our indie and major games come from everywhere. One market that is on the rise with many unreleased projects soon to be announced that you might want to keep your eye out for is the India Indie Games market for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Many developers in India have titles right now which they are not allowed to tease or show, but stay tuned for more on that… 😉

So why lose time bickering?

Why give airtime to verbal fights and negative attitudes over ethics discussions when those types of battles are holding us back from what we are truly here for, gaming! Persistent and calm feedback from individuals standing on their own and in harmony with the gaming industry, points of logic, and each other is what has always made the gaming community a great demographic to be a part of. At the end of the day, we don’t need to be part of a unified group in the spotlight that gets slandered daily, we’re just regular gamers – people. Let’s get back to gaming. Let’s….

#EndGamerGate

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PlayStation Store Update – North American PSN – 12-02-2014

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Hello fellow RGN PlayStation fans! Another new month is upon us, which means more free PS Plus games! Telltale Games has finally released Game of Thrones Episode 1 and Ubisoft drops The Crew on us! Here are this weeks new releases:

New ReleasesPS4
Final Horizon ($12.99)
Game of Thrones: Episode 1 – Iron From Ice ($4.99)
Game of Thrones Season Pass ($24.99)
Grand Theft Auto V w/ Free Bull Shark Cash Card ($59.99)
Madden NFL 15 Holiday Edition ($59.99)
Monopoly Deal ($4.99)
Monopoly Plus ($14.99)
Rabbids Invasion Gold Edition ($54.99)
Secret Ponchos ($14.99)
The Crew ($59.99)
The Crew Gold Edition ($84.99)

New ReleasesPS3
Madden NFL 15 Holiday Edition ($59.99)
Syberia ($14.99)

New ReleasesPS Vita
Fantasy Hero Unsigned Legacy ($14.99)
Final Horizon ($12.99)


PS Plus Instant Game Collection for December 2014
It appears for the sixth straight month, PS Plus games will be up for the entirety of the month rather than a staggered release…

Deadly Premonition: The Director’s Cut Ultimate Edition (PS3)
Hitman Trilogy HD (PS3)
Injustice Gods Among us (PS4)
Secret Ponchos (PS4)
Final Horizon (Vita)
Titan Attacks! (PS4/PS3/Vita)

PS Plus Deals of the Week
This week also has a strong showing of games on sale, as Week 1 of the Holiday Sale is in effect.

Age Of Zombies Vita $2.00
Assassin’s Creed Liberation HD PS3 $8.00
BIT.TRIP Presents… Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien Vita $3.00
Bolt PS3 $7.50
Cars 2: The Video Game PS3 $10.00
CastleStorm Vita $4.99
CastleStorm Complete Edition PS3 $4.50
CastleStorm Definitive Edition PS4 $8.99
CONTRAST PS3 $4.50
Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two PS3 $10.00
Disney Universe PS3 $10.00
Disney’s Hercules Classic $3.00
Disney’s Lilo & Stitch Classic $3.00
Disney’s Peter Pan: Return to Never Land Classic $3.00
Disney’s The Emperor’s New Groove Classic $3.00
Disney’s The Little Mermaid II Classic $3.00
Disney•Pixar A Bug’s Life Classic $3.00
Disney•Pixar Brave: The Video Game PS3 $10.00
Disney•Pixar Monsters, Inc. Scream Team Classic $3.00
Disney•Pixar Toy Story 2 Classic $3.00
Disney•Pixar Toy Story Racer Classic $3.00
Doodle God & Doodle Devil PS3 $4.00
Dragon Fantasy Book I And II Bundle PS3 $6.00
Dustforce Vita $4.00
Far Cry Classic PS3 $3.00
flOw PS4 $1.80
flOw PS3 $1.80
flOw Vita $1.80
Gran Turismo 6 PS3 $16.00
Guacamelee! Bundle Fantástico PS3 $8.00
JellyCar 2 PSP $1.50
King Oddball PS4 $3.49
LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game PSP $5.00
LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game PS3 $10.00
Master Reboot PS3 $6.00
Monsters Inc (PS2 Classic) Classic $3.00
Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty PS4 $17.99
PAC-MAN MUSEUM PS3 $8.00
Phineas and Ferb: Across the Second Dimension PS3 $10.00
Pure PS3 $7.50
Raiden IV: OverKill PS3 $9.99
South Park: The Stick of Truth PS3 $16.00
Split/Second PS3 $10.00
Split/Second PSP PSP $10.00
Starlight Inception Vita $11.49
Stealth Inc: Ultimate Edition PS4 $6.00
Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut PS4 $9.99
Sword Art Online -Hollow Fragment- Vita $23.99
Table Top Racing Vita $4.79
Tales of Symphonia PS3 $8.00
Tales of Symphonia Dawn of the New World PS3 $8.00
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe Classic $3.00
The LEGO Movie Videogame Vita $9.99
The LEGO Movie Videogame PS3 $19.99
The LEGO Movie Videogame PS4 $24.99
Toy Story 3 PS3 $10.00
Toy Story Mania PS3 $10.00
TRON: Evolution PSP $10.00
Velocity Ultra PS3 $3.00
Warframe PS4 Renown Pack Iii – Obsidian Excalibur Skin PS4 $7.99
Wolfenstein: The New Order PS4 $29.99
Wolfenstein: The New Order PS3 $29.99

The full list of discounts can be found on the Official PlayStation Blog.


Do any RGN readers plan on partaking in the deals this week?

Until next week, game on!

New Games Tuesday: What To Buy, What Not To Buy

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Now that all the madness has settled from the quality video game sales of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. We can get back to reality and the lack of games set to release over the next couple of months. So, let’s get started with the month of December and our first ever edition of New Games Tuesday.

There are a couple of games set to release today and those are Game of Thrones: A Telltale Series, as well as The Crew from Ubisoft. Before you take off racing to the stores to buy the crew, let us tell you why you shouldn’t waste your $60 or the gas money to go anywhere. And why you should perhaps just spend the $5 to download Game of Thrones.

The Crew Never Drive Alone

 

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The Crew is a new open world MMO racing title from Ubisoft releasing today. And yet again, much like what Ubisoft did with Assassin’s Creed Unity, they are not allowing game press outlets to release any sort of review on the game. Here’s a quote from Ubisoft’s blog as to why they didn’t do early review releases, “The Crew was built from the beginning to be a living playground full of driving fans, so it’s only possible to assess our game in its entirety with other real players in the world. And by other, we mean thousands and thousands and thousands of players – something that can’t be simulated with a handful of devs playing alongside the press. For this very reason, The Crew will be available to media to begin their reviews when the game launches on December 2. There will be absolutely no embargo on any type of coverage once the game is available for sale.”

 

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Are you kidding me with these bogus excuses? Does this surprise you? For me personally, I’m not shocked. After Assassin’s Creed Unity took a leap of faith with gamers and completely missed the wagon of straw, it shouldn’t surprise you either. They are hiding behind a poorly made title yet again and hoping that gamers will just support a new IP. Oh it’s an open world game it takes time to fully give a quality review, blah, blah, blah. Give me a break already. They didn’t want early reviews for AC Unity to drop because it was crap, so what makes you think The Crew will be any different?

In this giant open world racer which requires an online connection to play. The Crew supposedly allows players to drive cross country in approximately an hour with minimal load screens taking up your time. To top of this hideous open world racing game, there’s an 8 person multiplayer, and a roughly 20 hour long campaign. Sound like something you’re interested in? I thought so too until I played the beta for the game and decided it was a waste of time.

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The controls are shotty, the graphics look like something a kindergartener drew up during arts and crafts time, and the car selection is quite limited. As I spent a couple hours driving around looking for a reason to like this game, I just couldn’t. The drifting in this game is awful, I get that it’s more of an arcade racer rather than a racing sim like Forza Horizon 2, but come on. I drove the Camaro and Mustang both, let me just say trying to drift in anything was like trying to turn a wide load semi at 100mph. It just wasn’t happening.

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Now let’s change the subject to something that is worth your time and that’s the Game of Thrones Episode One: Iron From Ice. I just received my review code for the game today, which releases tomorrow on Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PS4 SCEE, while the PC/Mac and PS4 SCEA versions all released today. I have yet to play it but, I can already tell you that it’s well worth the $4.99 to get the first episode. Why is that you ask? Well number 1, it’s made by Telltale and with their previous history of games such as The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us, and most recently Tales From The Borderlands (which you can see our very own review for by clicking here) making it hard to discard this game.

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Not to mention it follows one of the hottest shows on HBO in the Game of Thrones. The setting for this series takes place during The War of the Five Kings and tells the story of House Forrester. This episode is going to take you roughly 2 hours to complete and is recommended to be done all in one sitting if possible. While, no prior knowledge of Game of Thrones is needed, it’s definitely good to have some if possible so you are familiar with the characters and prior storyline.

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It’s very easy to assume that this game is going to be quite satisfying and will look beautiful. I am looking forward to spending my time with this game, rather than wasting it on The Crew. Be sure that you’re making the right decision on this fine Tuesday and buying the best game!

 

Fullscreen Acquires Rooster Teeth

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Ever heard of Red vs. Blue? Then you have definitely heard of Rooster Teeth. Announced recently the global media company Rooster Teeth will be acquired by Fullscreen. Fullscreen announced that with this acquisition they will be able to expand even bigger thanks to Rooster Teeth’s large audience. Fullscreen will still Support and aid in the production of Current Hit Series, as well as expand on merchandise, innovation in gaming, and even culture brand into it’s tech and current infrastructure. Rooster Teeth has over 8 Million fans worldwide and Fullscreen has billions. So these 2 merging will definitely help each other’s rep. As a fan myself I am curious and excited to see what these two companies can do.

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The Boycott Gamer – Time Rifters Review

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Time Rifters is a pretty unique game in it’s own. Pick a gun, upgrade that gun, and destroy different types of cubes in the process, pretty straight forward huh? Well look at all that, and add the fact that you can Play with 3 other bots that replay exactly what you do. Time Rifters implemented what I like to call, the ghost play. In this you play the first round with one of your bots, Shoot some cubes and lets say, destroy half of them. Round 2 is the same, you play as a new bot, but along with your new bot. when you start the round your previous recorded bot for that level will do exactly what it did round one, and with your new bot you can destroy the other cubes your previous one didn’t. Pretty cool isn’t it. Well personally, I think that is a pretty awesome feature. It is definitely a feature I haven’t seen in any other game (that I know of). But this is where you can really enjoy the game, because you can create a tactic and then switch it up on the following arena round leaving your ghost to do what you prepared it for like flanking one way while you go the other to shoot down cubes and cube monsters to try to achieve higher completion points.

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And if one tactic doesn’t work then you can think of many different ones to use and have your ghosts perform them while you try different ones. It is definitely a unique game that strays from the normalcy of newer ones. The other cool thing is the music in this game, it is also something to behold. With every level comes a different song that is actually cool to listen to as well as upbeat and rythmatic. There are 3 arenas with 5 stages each, and each stage has it’s own unique soundtrack to it.  The game also allows you to use keyboard and mouse, game pad controller, or even the oculus rift to play the game. Now unfortunately I wasn’t able to play with one, but I saw gameplay for it and it looks pretty spectacular on the Oculus Rift.

Other than that the keyboard and mouse seems to be the more optimal choice as the game pad isn’t the best in terms of sensitivity. It felt like when i tried to turn with the game pad it wasn’t as smooth as turning with the mouse, and these cubes don’t make aiming any easier especially when they speed off on you. Now if you can look past the game pad issue, another cool feature is the record yourself feature. In this you can record 2 of your bots, and once done, your friends can use those recordings to help them in a level, sounds pretty sweet right?  Well not only your friends can use them, you can too! And once all is said and done you can play each level again, except in an experimental view, where you get infinite gold to test out each weapon to find which one works best in each situation.

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Final Verdict: This game is definitely unique, the music is amazing and relaxing, you get to use a unique feature in order to play, and you can record yourself destroying blocks and send the recordings to your friends to aid them. Overall i had a great experience with this game and many should check this game out and try it for themselves.

Overall Score: 9.5/ 10

RGN Rating: Platinum Game

Developer: Proton Studio Inc.

Publisher: N/A

Available On: PC

Review Copy Info: The author of this article received a digital copy of this game from the publisher for the purpose of this review

Anita Sarkeesian gets exposed as a fraud by Stephen Colbert

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Anita Sarkeesian went on The Colbert Report on Wednesday to talk about GamerGate, her perceived sexism in the video game industry, and the allegedly nonstop misogynistic harassment she’s received from gamers. She ended up getting a little more than she bargained for, however, and her appearance on the show made her look extremely bad (you can see her interview in this clip on the Comedy Central YouTube channel).

Many third wave feminists, Social Justice Warriors, and even other news outlets rejoiced after her appearance saying she “hit it out of the park” and (for the second or perhaps third time now) declared GamerGate was dead. This analysis shows that they are ignorant of what The Colbert Report is and does. The very fact other media was “signal boosting” anything on Colbert to begin with should have been a red flag. Normally Colbert and the media are not the best of friends.

The Colbert Report is satirical humor which frequently mocks the mainstream media for doing lazy and usually inaccurate reporting. When Colbert showed clips and headlines from mass media outlets categorizing GamerGate as a hate group harassing women, this wasn’t to inform his audience of the facts. It was to show how one-sided and absurd these news stories are. This is what The Colbert Report has been doing in the entire nine years of its existence. The show didn’t suddenly fall out of form for this one story in which it reversed positions and sided with the mass media. So viewers of the interview need to first understand that going into this coverage, the Report was already implying it legitimately was  pro-gamergate and the true object of ridicule here are the SJWs.

Then Colbert got to the interview with Anita herself. True to form he did crack several jokes using gamers and GamerGate as the punchline. Namely saying gamers were probably shocked women were talking to them at all and then his “separate but equal games” line. Both were good zingers which I will admit I laughed at. Feminists and SJWs mistakenly and quite ignorantly thought this meant Stephen must actually be anti-gamergate. He’s mocking gamers so he must be anti-GG right? Not so fast. Recall that Colbert is satire. In every episode he uses things that deep down he supports as punchlines for jokes. Colbert has mocked Dungeons & Dragons and the nerds who play it many times but Stephen is (or at least was) an avid D&D player in real life.

In his interviews over the years, you can usually see through the facade and determine Stephen’s true stance by judging the questions he is asking and what kind of information he beckons out of his guest. This is what you must analyze to see if Colbert is truly pro or anti gamergate.

And what you find is that he pretty much grilled her with questions that make her position look incredibly weak. Because he invited Anita on the show, he did catch himself a few times and relent, perhaps thinking he was being too harsh. For example, when Anita was talking about the damsel in distress trope and stated that damsels should be able to save themselves, Colbert started to mention we already have games like that (seen at 1:30 in the clip linked above). He stopped himself, shrugged, and simply quipped “I didn’t know you brought a posse,” remarking at the crowd’s highly unusual applause. This looked like a momentary slip from character where he was about to argue against his guest based on his actual thoughts but caught himself and stopped.

Immediately after that he brought up the Utah State University threat which caused her to cancel her talk there. He asked her about it, she said it happened, and then the interview clearly cuts to a different segment of the interview of him asking about something else. The USU threat is simply glossed over with nothing more than a passing mention. Is this an indication the editing team (and thus by extension the show itself) found this wasn’t actually pertinent information or that her explanation wasn’t credible (just like law enforcement officials said the threats posed absolutely no risk to students, staff, or her in a statement the day before her scheduled talk). This apparently wasn’t the only cut in the interview. An unverified comment on the KotakuInAction subreddit from someone who alleges he was at the taping of the show says that a lot of the truly hard questions were cut from the final airing and that Anita did not look at all happy with how things went. Again, this is unverified but judging by how any in-depth discussion about the USU incident was obviously cut, it does lend credence to the idea a lot of other stuff was as well.

Colbert then asked her to specifically name games she thought were sexist. She wouldn’t. He challenged her to name three games. This should be no problem considering all the games she talked about in her YouTube series videos. And yet she STILL refused to name any sexist games. This was puzzling. Perhaps she couldn’t remember the names of offending games that Jonathan McIntosh wrote in her Tropes vs. Women script (fun fact: McIntosh is the producer and writer of that series so things Anita is saying on video were actually written by him and aren’t necessarily her thoughts or research).  This seems pretty unlikely considering all the talks she’s given but why else wouldn’t she name any? Perhaps she thought that if she publicly called out blockbuster game franchises on national television as sexist, too many people in the “real world” would see she has no idea what she’s talking about because anybody who has played these games know the clips are cherry-picked. She begrudgingly did name one, Grand Theft Auto, the safest possible game to name since it is often scrutinized for its violence and adult themes.

So basically Anita didn’t say anything of any substance on the show.

A second reason her appearance on The Colbert Report reveals her as a fraud is the very fact she appeared in the first place. Anita supported the #cancelcolbert hashtag back in April. For those unfamiliar with it, it was a hashtag created by a Social Justice Warrior named Suey Park who accused The Colbert Report of being racist for a stereotypical Asian character he used in a few episodes. Park obviously got a ton of hate from Colbert fans who had the audacity to call her overly sensitive ideas “stupid.” Sarkeesian added her voice to the movement by tweeting out an article written by Katherine Cross which heavily supported Suey Park. Not only that, Anita highlighted excerpts from the article on her Feminist Frequency website which literally called Colbert fans the “virtual embodiment of the patriarchy’s crowdsourced police…”

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Then on another Feminist Frequency blog post highlighting yet another apparently important excerpt from Katherine Cross’s “must read” article on the subject, she literally uses the #CancelColbert hashtag!

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So it is clear that Anita supported Suey Park and the #cancelcolbert movement and that she agrees Colbert viewers are the embodiment of the patriarchy. Why then would she want to go on his show? Not only go on it but seemingly be star struck when she gets there! She took pictures behind Colbert’s desk, standing side by side with Stephen, and was noticeably giddy during her interview with him. It was as if she had a crush on the man. But just six months ago she wanted him canceled!

It seems that Anita is not truly fighting for ideals she strongly believes in that will better society but is actually in it for the publicity and simply to further her career as a professional speaker. There is quite a bit of other evidence for this. For example, check out this video where a young Anita gives a video testimonial about a teleseminar conference she attended or this video with juxtaposed clips of her saying she is a gamer then saying she is not a gamer. Based on the fact she recently wrote the statement “Even though I was playing lots of games, I still didn’t call myself a ‘gamer'” in her article on the New York Times just a few days ago we’d have to conclude the latter is true and that she doesn’t consider herself a gamer.

But back to the point at hand. Anita was clearly willing to stuff all of her principles about wanting the show canceled in the trash and go on anyway because it was national television. This is the big time! She’s made it! But you have to wonder, if she didn’t really care about #cancelcolbert and yet she was supporting it, what other ideas is she falsely supporting in order to further her career and gain supporters under the guise of social justice?

Editor’s Note: The views expressed in this article are that of the author and may / may not represent views of the rest of RGN Staff / our audience. This article will not be removed and all takedown requests will be ignored.