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Hate Groups Are Using Online Games To Recruit Teens (Report)
Some extremist groups are using multiplayer games and in-game chat functions as a way to recruit new members, NPR reports.
It’s happening not only in-game, but via platforms like Discord and Reddit, as well. Some recruitment occurs during game livestreams on Twitch and YouTube, and even some harassment campaign planning occurs via these platforms.
Unicorn Riot published chat logs from Discord last year which revealed plans for the Charlottesville “Unite the Right” rally from white supremacists, according to NPR.
So why are the groups taking to gaming spaces for new members? According to Joan Donovan of Data and Society, a research institute, white supremacists have a history of being innovative with using online spaces for recruitment. And, Donovan says that first-person shooter games are one space to find angry young men, according to NPR.
Source: 11 shot, 4 dead at gaming tournament
At least 11 people were shot at a video gaming tournament in Jacksonville, according to a law enforcement official briefed on the incident. Four of the people shot were killed, the source said.
From Lesbian Speed-Dating to Gay Gaming, there’s an App for Every Taste
Quick: How many times have you witnessed one of your throw up their hands say “there’s an app for everything these days!” I’m guessing more times than you can count. And frankly, it never becomes any less true. Each day there seems to be a new wealth of options for food delivery, online dating, car services, and dog grooming at our fingertips. Not that that’s necessarily a bad thing. And when it comes to the LGBTQ+ dating scene, each new app means a better shot at happiness. Or at least the best hookup of your life.
Two new technologies that just busted onto the queer scene are promising to make life a bit easier for the adventurous, the curious, or the easily-bored. The first, the Danish-developed iPassion, is a gaming app for couples, one which promises to “spice things up” by quizzing you about your partner’s deepest, darkest desires. What happens if you win? “Hot prizes.” Those you can figure out yourself, though the app has no shortage of suggestions.
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18 Party Games for Adult Gay Men
By Alexander Cheves
WATCH: find out Anderson Cooper's biggest turn-on from Andy Cohen
Bet you can't guess what it is
Have you ever wanted to know what turns on Anderson Cooper most? That’s what we thought. Well, lucky for everyone, his BFF Andy Cohen has the answer for us.
On a recent episode of Watch What Happens Live on Bravo, guest Olivia Wilde moderated a fun game called ‘1 2 AC’. Essentially a trivia quiz to prove how much the friends know about each other, things started off innocent enough.
They guessed Cohen’s favorite celebrity to name-drop in the first question. Unfortunately, the BFFs weren’t in sync on this one. Cohen said John Mayer, but Cooper said Madonna.
After a few more innocent questions, Olivia poses the question: ‘What is Anderson’s biggest turn-on?’
Gay Star News
‘Dream Daddy’ Stream: Watch us livestream the brand-new daddy dating simulator on Facebook
If you’ve never heard of it, here’s how Dream Daddy works: You start off by designing your character’s appearance. Once you’re happy with the way your dad looks, you’ll be guided through its semi-linear story, chatting up your various neighbors — all of whom are also hot dads — and exploring your new town.
Based on the way you respond in conversations with each dad, their opinions of you will shift. So, if you’re hoping to woo one dad in particular, you can choose to go on dates with them, and, assuming you make the right choices in conversations, you’ll have the opportunity to go on subsequent dates.
We talked to trans gamers about why ‘Dream Daddy’ is such a win for inclusion
Russian MPs are not the first to try to write LGBT people out of video games
In 2013, Russia’s parliament unanimously passed a law forbidding “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations”, essentially making it illegal to distribute any material on gay relationships or gay rights via the internet or any other kind of media, or to hold gay pride marches or rallies.
The move led to an immediate rise in homophobic hate crime. So far, targets have included Ikea (for the crime of including gay couples in its catalogue), sports events run by LGBT-friendly organisations, and perhaps most famously, the Sochi Olympics.
This week, Russian MPs took aim at what might seem like an unlikely target: EA Sports’ Fifa 17, the latest entry in an annual series of football games that routinely sells over 20m copies year.
What’s so gay about Fifa, you might ask? There’s no mention of anything remotely approaching an LGBT issue in Fifa 17’s narrative mode. The issue is developer EA Sports’ support for Rainbow Laces, a Stonewall campaign tackling homophobia in football through challenging homophobic language and supporting LGBT fans and players in the sport.