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The gaming industry today is certainly not lacking in terrible advertisements. Whether these publicizing money-makers are accused of targeting certain groups or beliefs or even individuals, advertisements are the single most important element of getting any game into the hands of interested players. There are definitely some good trailers out there: the Assassins’ Creed series openings became a way of life quite rapidly and Prey 2 got me sufficiently hyped (only to promptly let me down). There are also the ‘mystery’ ones. Game of War: Fire Age sparked one of the most ambitious ad campaigns for a mobile game this year. Spending it’s $40 million advertising budget in a way any predictable Greek war game would, Machine Zone Inc. brought in a scantily clad Kate Upton to appeal to their target audience.

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In case you didn’t already know, Sony is hosting a community event called The Playstation Experience next month in Las Vegas, NV. The event gives fans the chance to unite and experience Playstation on another level. Sony’s social media Senior Manager Sid Shuman has promised it to be a “awesome once-in-a-lifetime event for Playstation fans,” and so far it’s looking to live up to the hype.

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Quality of Life Coming to Fruition

AbleGamers and Play to Give Back will be taking the gaming experience to those who may not otherwise have an opportunity to participate. The two charities specialize in enhancing the quality of life to humanity by participating in the joy of gaming. Their most recent venture includes upcoming cart racer Mario Kart 8.

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EA CEO Andrew Wilson has confirmed that the highly anticipated Star Wars: Battlefront will be among the games shown at E3 this year. Wilson also mentioned during an EA investors conference call that the development for Battlefront  is “coming along very, very well.” Still, according to Gamespot, there is a lot of work to be done as the game is “far from complete.”

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Game industry frontrunner, Naughty Dog, as well as others, Wargaming America , Machinima’s Rooster Teeth and ASTRO Gaming will join gamers May 17-18, to help raise funds for the military-focused video game charity Operation Supply Drop.

Funds and donations raised during Operation Supply Drop’s 2014 8-Bit Salute, a 24-hour gaming marathon, will be used to create care packages full of video gaming gear for troops in Afghanistan as well as various recovery centers across the country, offering stress relief and a much needed diversion for our heroes in uniform.

The press release is as follows:


Video Game Leaders Join Forces with Operation Supply Drop for “8-Bit Salute” Fundraiser May 17-18, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 10, 2014) – Gamers can play all day and night to help raise funds to send video game equipment and titles to U.S. troops deployed to combat zones or recovering in military hospitals during Operation Supply Drop’s third annual fundraising event, the “8-Bit Salute” on May 17 – 18, 2014.

Funds and donations raised by Operation Supply Drop, a military-focused video game charity during the 24-hour gaming marathon, will be used to create care packages full of video gaming gear for troops in Afghanistan as well as various recovery centers across the country, offering stress-relief and a much needed diversion for our heroes in uniform.

Machinima sensation Rooster Teeth (creators of the award-winning Red vs Blue series), gaming juggernaut Wargaming America (World of Tanks, World of Warplanes), developer Naughty Dog (creators of Crash Bandicoot, Jak and Daxter, Uncharted, and The Last of Us) and gaming-headset powerhouse ASTRO Gaming have pledged significant support and will field fundraising teams via the newly-rebuilt Operation Supply Drop website at www.operationsupplydrop.org.

Fans will be able to log into the new Operation Supply Drop website to either join these teams or create teams of their own to raise funds for the troops, while having a chance to win a variety of prizes. More than a dozen additional video game developers and publishers will be fielding fund-raising teams, supplying donations and video games to ensure this year’s 8-Bit Salute is the most successful to date.

“Rooster Teeth is excited to grow the partnership we have with Operation Supply Drop as well as provide assistance to those who dedicate themselves to serving our country,” Rooter Teeth co-Founder Gus Sorolla, said. “Now that Operation Supply Drop has a local presence in Austin, we look forward to further collaboration.”

About Operation Supply Drop:

Founded in 2010 by Army Airborne Ranger, Captain Stephen “Shanghai Six” Machuga, Operation Supply Drop is a 501(c)(3) public charity that sends video game themed care packages to U.S. military troops both deployed to combat zones and recovering in military hospitals. To date, Operation Supply Drop has raised more than $700,000 in games and gear from across the gaming community and has helped approximately 2,500 servicemen and women worldwide.
For more information or to arrange an interview, please email admin@operationsupplydrop.org.

This gesture is very commendable and I hope that the kind hearts at Naughty Dog, Wargaming America, Machinima’s Rooster Teeth, and ASTRO Gaming are very successful in the amount of smiles they bring to those that continue to serve and protect us here in the United States. They stick their necks out for us daily. Happy gaming to our troops who serve in the armed forces and also to the veterans out there. Thank you from SheAttack.com. We salute you.

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What is a Speedrunner?

There are a lot of different types of gamers. In my first blog for sheattack.com I talked about how there shouldn’t be a distinction between hardcore and casual gamers. But, there are certain titles we give to gamers that specialize in a way to play a game. I’m talking about speedrunners. In no way do I think this is a bad term nor should it be abolished in the same way the labels ‘hardcore’ and ‘casual’ should be; in fact, I envy speedrunners and am constantly amazed at what they are able to do.

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Black Gaming

I felt I had to do a minor rant/real talk article about the state of the Black Gaming Community especially present on Youtube. My observation of our community is the lack of unity present. There’s too much sabotaging, backstabbing, cock-blocking, ego boosting going on that doesn’t get our people anywhere further in the games industry. I notice only a handful of successful Black game journalists and they didn’t get to where they are by pretending to help their fellow journalists and gamers. They actually HELPED them. They were in a unified state. You don’t have to take, take, take to be unified. You give and you take, a balance. Nothing comes for free but your self-respect shouldn’t be on sale.