The State of Games

In The Darkness II, you can kill enemies using a hell-spawned imp, who then urinates on his victims.

As I mentioned last week, late summer tends to be The Busy Season in long-lead media, since we’re working on our Christmas issues, which traditionally are larger. Ours contains our annual game awards and buyer’s guide. so I’ve been deep in the gaming world for a while now, looking at the whole range of mobile, [Read More...]

Is EA Sports Trying to Exploit the Penn State/Sandusky Story?

Last year's NCAA videogame included this unfortunate name for a Penn State game

I’m still on vacation, but I wanted to share the kind of things that fill up the inbox of your average videogame reviewer. Yesterday, while I was bobbing around in a boat, drinking my beer and minding my own bidness, the PR company for EA Sports sent me a press release headlined “Play as the [Read More...]

Congressman/Priest Accused of Sexual Assault

In a piece published at Slate, writer Emily Yoffe recounts a sexual assault by Fr. Robert Drinan, who passed away in 2007. Yoffe, who writes Slate’s “Dear Prudence” agony aunt column, relates three tales of sexual abuse from the course of her life, ending with this account involving Fr. Drinan: The last incident was not [Read More...]

Sexting and Teens: The Myth of Safe-Sexting

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Offered with my standard caveats about “studies,” here’s your depressing factoid of the day: high-school students appear to be texting sexually explicit photos of themselves at a rate of about 20%. Previous studies had put the rate for high-school kids closer to about 13%, with college students admitting to either sending or receiving sexually explicit [Read More...]

Sexual Imagery and Teens

I just love BS sciency headlines that draw absurd conclusions from facts not in evidence, cite studies that are woefully incomplete even by the standards of the scientists involved, and make bold declarations with no connection to reality. In this case it’s an article at Phys.org that wants to assure us that swimming in a [Read More...]

Talking About Sex With Your Kids

Simcha Fischer is a treasure. Today she follows up a column on the problems with some abstinence-only education programs with some ideas about how to talk to your kids about sex. No one likes having “the talk”. If you approached it with any kind of enthusiasm, then I’m kind of concerned about you. I went [Read More...]

Trading Virginity for 15 Minutes of Fame UPDATED

One of the more nauseating aspects of the modern commodification and debasing of sex is the way virginity is treated like cheap coin to be spent as quickly as possible. Purity is no longer Laertes “chaste treasure,” but is now more like a midway token to be plugged into the first game that comes along. [Read More...]