Over the past few weeks, you may have heard rumblings (or participated directly) in the #GamerGate hashtag. The controversy was relegated to the gaming corner of the Internet but, last week, prompted Intel to pull ads from an involved website, so things are spilling into mainstream circles. It's a pretty complicated situation, involving important conversations about journalistic integrity, nepotism and online threats. But, more than anything, GamerGate highlights two competing narratives: journalistic integrity when writing about video games and the struggles women face in a male-dominated industry.

The bare facts are this: #GamerGate began when a young man named Eron Gjoni posted a lengthy tirade accusing his ex-girlfriend, who goes by Zoe Quinn, of cheating on him. Quinn had achieved some fame for making a game called Depression Quest, a text-based adventure based loosely on her own struggles with mental illness. The game received a mention in Kotaku, Gawker's video game wing, by a writer who—as it turned out—would go on to date Quinn. To a huge swatch of the gaming community, this all smacked of video game journalists giving certain people favored treatment and women using sex to ascend the ranks of the gaming elite. This is where most of the GamerGate community wanted to keep the conversation.

Unfortunately, whatever valid concerns GamerGate sympathizers may have are being buried under a wash of truly horrifying misogyny, with a small but determined sect of gamers treating Quinn and her defenders to the release of violent online threats, private photos, personal addresses and even banking information. All of which has prompted at least three women in the gaming industry to quit their jobs and, in two cases,flee their homes ... Discuss

Like video games? Like Forrest Gump? Well, then you're in the target market for this game app called "Run Forrest Run" (yuck) in which you play Forrest Gump and you—wait for it—run. It's like "Temple Run," but with Forrest Gump. Forrest Gump, as you remember, is the story of an intellectually challenged man whose kindness changes the those around him even as the world changes faster than anyone can keep up. It's a sweet story, masterfully handled, and here it's reduced to a man dodging oncoming traffic. The premise is almost offensive by itself, but the game itself is rotten through and through. As Tuaw says,

... the game mechanics are about as basic as you could possibly imagine. You can jump and duck, and your movement is restricted to just a few running lanes. There's no opportunity to experiment with your approach to each obstacle since there's typically one solution and one solution only.

So, there you have it, Forrest Gump fans. The video game your favorite movie deserves will have to wait. You've got this for now ... Discuss

This week at Microsoft's annual E3 gaming summit, video game titan Ubisoft released the trailer for Assassin's Creed: Unity the fifth installment in the company's deliriously successful Assassin's Creed franchise. The gaming community salivated at the game's beautiful (if bloody) trailer until it was noted that there were no female characters, contrary to the company's earlier reports that there would be.

Perhaps this sort of exclusion wouldn't have lifted as many eyebrows if Ubisoft's attempts to explain the decision weren't so nonsensical:

"It [a woman] was on our feature list until not too long ago, but it's a question of focus. So we wanted to make sure we had the best experience for the character. A female character means that you have to redo a lot of animation, a lot of costumes."

Yes, an $83 million dollar company with nine studios working on one game decided to shelve a female character in favor of having four playable male characters because the female would just be too much work. It's a strange line of reasoning, given that studies show women make up half of the gaming community, female characters are at the forefront of some of today's most interesting and exciting video game titles and, notably, the new game takes place during the French Revolution, home to the best-known real life female assassin of all time, Charlotte Corday. The backlash has been successful enough that Ubisoft may consider pulling the game back into development but, if that's the case, they haven't said so yet ... Discuss

Luigi. The quintessential sidekick. Though gifted with the exact (vague) abilities of his much more famous brother, Luigi has always lived in the shadows, under-appreciated by the masses. And that will do something to a man, as the Internet has learned. In the newly released Mario Kart 8, Luigi throws some serious shade whenever he gets the upper hand on a fellow racer. Just look at this clip, and stare into the eyes of a man who has nothing to lose. The Internet has gotten mighty creative with this meme, as you can see in this collection (warning: some explicit lyrics at the link) ... Discuss

Videogame maker Moneyhorse Games has posted this trailer for their upcoming PC/smartphone release Glorious Leader, a Nintendo-like side-scroller starring North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Though the game’s plot, which involves you playing as Kim to “defeat waves of imperialists, combat over-the-top bosses, and ride unicorns!” is laced with cartoon violence and will likely be somewhat controversial, it’s clearly meant to satirize the cult of personality the regime has built around the brutal ruler. Moneyhorse CEO Jeff Miller told The Guardian that their goal was to get people talking about the reclusive country. Of course, Kim BFF Dennis Rodman manages to get a cameo ... Discuss

Creatively performing versions of the theme song of the classic Nintendo game, The Super Mario Bros., is kind of a thing on the Internet these days. Obviously, this is a trend we wholly support. We now present the best finger-snapping version of the song you’ll likely hear today ... Discuss