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+ - Better than charity collection boxes: Charity Arcades arrive in Sweden->

Submitted by dotarray
dotarray writes: Two Swedish airports have taken an interesting approach to helping travelers dispose of unwanted foreign coins. Rather than simply leaving donation boxes, visitors at Stockholm Arlanda Airport and Göteborg Landvetter Airport can now play classic arcade games, regardless of which currency they hold.
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+ - Women in history content triggers massive backlash against video game->

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dotarray writes: Women have no part in history, according to RTS fans who play Europa Universalis IV. Developer Paradox Interactive has recognised International Women's Day (March 8th) with new DLC for the game, celebrating the role of women in history. Despite the fact the new content is both optional and *free*, some gamers seem to have some pretty strong opinions on why female characters should be left out of historic RTS.
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+ - Australia's piracy crackdown will hurt everyone->

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dotarray writes: You're about to pay even more to get online in Australia, as major ISPs band together to crack down on internet piracy. Even if everything you download is legal, you'll still be slugged with the bill — and while the focus is on TV shows, movies and music, video games are next in the firing line.
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+ - eSports one step closer to Olympic inclusion->

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dotarray writes: Video games have been accepted as a second-level Olympic sport, putting eSports into the same category as engagements such as Chess, Automobile Racing, Polo and Cheerleading. The push came from — where else? — the Korean eSport Association (KeSPA), and could see eSports included in the international competition some time in the future.
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+ - Hotline Miami 2 too offensive for Australia->

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dotarray writes: It's official: Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number is too offensive for Australian audiences, according to the Classification Board. The latest from Dennaton and Devolver has been Refused Classification (effectively banned), and will not be released Down Under.
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+ - Aussie government warns against Steam malware->

Submitted by dotarray
dotarray writes: The Australian government has issued a warning to all Steam users, following the outbreak of online malware using the social side of the gaming platform to send malicious messages to users. We're used to seeing this sort of behaviour on other social networks, but this is the first time it's caused such a stir on Valve's digital platform
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+ - Hate-crime game Hatred now on Steam Greenlight->

Submitted by dotarray
dotarray writes: On a day where Australia's largest city is caught up in a politically-driven hostage crisis (http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-12-15/martin-place-siege-hostages-flag-sydney-cafe-lindt/5967340), a game described as a hate crime is now open for voting on Steam Greenlight. The team at Destructive Creations has also released a short teaser trailer for Hatred — and if you were hoping for something other than mindless slaughter, you'll be sorely disappointed.
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+ - Hatred is the neo-Nazi hate-crime of video games->

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dotarray writes: Ultraviolent games are nothing new, but new indie game Hatred has a specific target in mind. The development team behind the project are members of white supremacist neo-Nazi hate groups, so it's no surprise it's the game's non-Caucasian characters who seem faced with the most explicit deaths.
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