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Manic Pixel Dream Girl: a comic about women and videogames

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I understand if you’ve never heard of artist Elizabeth Simins. The Internet is a big place, with an overwhelming amount of fantastic (and less than fantastic) original content. But you would be doing yourself a disservice if you don’t read Simins’ autobiographical comic detailing how she fell in love with gaming, and the trials associated with being a female gamer. (Should that link not work for you, try each individual part) It got me thinking about how I subconsciously view women in this industry, even though I like to believe I’ve done my best to treat each writer and/or player equally.

Guys can just play videogames, and nobody really thinks anything about it. Women objectively have it much worse in that department. Even if you haven’t directly contributed to the absurd level of rhetoric being thrown at female gamers daily, there’s a chance you’ve been unintentionally complicit at some point. Please, next time you see a woman being harassed by some idiot for her choice of hobby, speak up. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to buy my girlfriend some goddamn videogames for our anniversary. Because gender shouldn’t matter.

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One last thing: if I see one sexist comment from any of you, I’ll IP ban you so fast your head will spin off your neck. Keep it classy.

Mike Cosimano resides in the coldest part of an area known for its already frigid temperatures, where he complains that every game isn't just Spider-Man 2 again. He also enjoys podcasting and being confused by PC gaming in his spare time. You can talk to him if you want to hear about his Fast and Furious crossover fan fiction.

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Pokémon Developer Game Freak Emphasizes Original Game Creation

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Game Freak, best known for the Pokémon franchise, is starting to emphasize and prioritize original game creation.

In an interview with Video Game Chronicle, Masayuki Onoue, a director at Game Freak, says that the company has launched Gear Project, an initiative in which developers pitch ideas during slower periods between big releases to create more original games other than just Pokémon.

Onoue also spoke about Production Team 1 and Team 2 at Game Freak, the first prioritizing Gear Project for the company as a whole and the second focusing on Pokemon. He noted that Gear Project allows the developers to gain more experience working on different platforms such as PlayStation, Xbox, and PC, as well as transferring new skills and techniques they learned back to the Pokémon team.

Some of the games that Game Freak has released so far through Gear Project are HarmoKnight, Pocket Card Jockey, Tembo the Badass Elephant, and Giga Wrecker. Game Freak is also developing Town, an RPG game that was shown off in a Nintendo Direct back in September 2018 and is due out this year.

Additionally, Game Freak is working on Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, the latest entries in Nintendo’s flagship franchise. Both of those are set to release later this year.

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