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Playing Dirty: Women Warriors and Fairy Queens

Every other week for the past nine months, Bonnie Ruberg has contributed Playing Dirty, a column on sex and gender in video games. Since Bonnie is taking a hiatus to work for The Village Voice, this will be her last Playing Dirty piece--at least for a little while: Female gamers have long rolled...

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Playing Dirty: Going head to head in bed

Every other week, Bonnie Ruberg contributes Playing Dirty, a column on sex and gender in video games: Like every good story, a good game needs a conflict. Sometimes the conflict is obvious (aliens are attacking Earth, you're trapped in a haunted mansion, someone is trying to kick your ass). Other...

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Playing Dirty: Love on the auction block

Every other week, Bonnie Ruberg contributes Playing Dirty, a column on sex and gender in video games: Do you ever get the feeling dating is a game? Or that racking up MySpace friends is like scoring points? Or maybe that being charming is all well and good, but you should just be able to bid for...

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Playing Dirty: Searching for sex in Club Penguin

Every other week, Bonnie Ruberg contributes Playing Dirty, a column on sex and gender in video games: Sex is everywhere. That's true in real life, that's true on the internet, and that's definitely true in online games. But whether we like it or not, sex doesn't always involve the people we think...

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Earth really is full of game cakes

Do you love game cakes? So does Gamecakes.com! In answer to the ever-growing number of game-related cakes that have flooded the game world copycat-murder style, Kotaku's Michael Fahey and Joystiq's yours truly have banded together to start an entire site dedicated to game cakes. Okay, Fahey is the...

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Playing Dirty: Lady, get off the road

Every other week, Bonnie Ruberg contributes Playing Dirty, a column on sex and gender in video games: Men say women are bad drivers. This confuses me greatly. As a woman behind the wheel -- with the token grumpy driver's licence photo to prove I take my on-road duties seriously -- I can't help but...

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Howling Rayman Raving Rabbids cake

Other games blogs may have recently sworn off games cakes, but here at Joystiq this still looks delicious. Then again, this blogger does have a soft spot for vanilla icing. We're not sure where the floating head of a Rayman Raving Rabbids bunny fits into the culture of edible fandom, but can't you...

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Playing Dirty: We fit together!

Every other week, Bonnie Ruberg contributes Playing Dirty, a column on sex and gender in video games: Watching Alexey Pajitnov receive the First Penquin award at this year's Game Developer's Choice Awards, it occurred to me I'd never really thought about the face behind Tetris. Sure, I'd heard...

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M.M.O.F.O's and other video-game thugs

Prepare to take a beating. Yesterday and today, independent New York developer Gamelab has been heading Gangs of GDC, an in-conference game running on various floors of the expo center. The idea is to join a video-game gang (choices include sects like the M.M.O.F.O's) and then fight rival gang...

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Miyamoto Mii graces Nintendo chests

Perched proudly on the chests (okay, the shirts) of every employee at the Nintendo expo booth is an adorable Miyamoto Mii -- the same one he showed off a few moments ago in his keynote. Though last night's Lifetime Achievement winner graces the fronts of men and women workers alike, this particular...

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