Mass Effect developer makes emotional plea to eliminate social injustice in games

Manveer Heir speaking to a crowd at GDC:

We need to stop giving into the realism excuse,” he said, “especially when most of our games are fantasy games … and not historically accurate, and [instead] question whether realism even makes any sense for our game. If it does, then we need to make sure that the realism isn’t boiled down into such a simplistic model that it creates more problems.

We should use the ability of our medium to show players the issues firsthand, or give them a unique understanding of the issues and complexities by crafting game mechanics along with narrative components that result in dynamics of play that create meaning for the player in ways that other media isn’t capable of.

Homelessness Among Young Adults Is Rising

A degree does not mean much these days. It opens some doors, but it is definitely not the golden ticket.

Across the country[US], tens of thousands of underemployed and jobless young people, many with college credits or work histories, are struggling to house themselves in the wake of the recession, which has left workers between the ages of 18 and 24 with the highest unemployment rate of all adults.

45% of Canadians willing to sell their digital data

A new study from Microsoft Corp. shows 32 per cent of Canadians are willing to sell all their digital data to the right company for the right price and 45 per cent would sell at least some of it.

Younger respondents were more likely to say they would be willing to sell all their data, or would show greater loyalty to a brand that gave them something in return. In addition to the survey, Microsoft interviewed 45 “early adopters” of technology and found them more responsive to some kind of trade between their own privacy and those who want to gather data

How much is your personal information worth?