‘PBS Game/Show’ Explores Empathy and the Importance of Gay Characters in Video Games

In the latest episode of the series, PBS Game/Show host Jamin Warren explores empathy and the importance of gay characters in video games. Specifically, Warren points to the mage Dorian Pavus in Dragon Age: Inquisition as an example of such a character that helps breed empathy in those that may not share his more realistic experiences.

As games mature, they are sometimes tasked with tackling issues and themes in the greater realms of society at large. The portrayal of gay characters in games is one of these such issues, and one that games all too often fail to portray in a light that doesn’t condemn or mock. However, there are some bright lights! Bioware, in their expansive RPG series’ like Mass Effect and Dragon Age, exist on the opposite side of the spectrum in that their portrayal of gay characters is done in a way that makes them neither stand out or disappear, but instead appear like normal parts of the universe. But why is it so important for us to have the option to play as gay characters in videogames, and why is it that Bioware is one of the few companies to provide that option?

‘Cute Enemies’, Art Show Celebrating the Cute Side of Pop Culture Villains at Leanna Lin’s Wonderland in Los Angeles

Boba Fett by Dela Longfish
Boba Fett by Dela Longfish

Cute Enemies is a group art show, curated by artist Tony Bui of Genuine Haha, at the Leanna Lin’s Wonderland (previously) in Los Angeles celebrating the cute side of pop culture villains from movies, television, and video games. The exhibit started on Saturday, January 17, 2015 and will be on display until Sunday, February 22. Those interested in participating can RSVP for the event online via Facebook. Artwork from the show is available to purchase online.

Curated by Tony Bui, owner of Genuine Haha greeting cards, “Cute Enemies” brings together professional and up-and-coming artists to pay homages to their modern and childhood icons. These 21 artists (who contribute to movies, cartoons, video games) have come together to create over 60 new pieces of original work specifically for this show.

List of featured artists:

Lauren Andrews, Patrick Ballestreros, Tony Bui, Joey Chou, Ryan Hungerford, Matt Kaufenberg, Megan Kelly, Christopher Lee, Dela Longfish, Nikki Longfish, Jerome Lu, Phil Mamuyac, Wayne B. Medina, Nino Navarra, Tracy Tubera, Alden Viguilla, Mike V., Jeff Victor, Miguel Wilson, and Janie XY.

Thanos by Tony Bui
Thanos by Tony Bui

Megatron by Mike Villamejor
Megatron by Mike Villamejor

Kill Bill by Patrick Ballesteros
Kill Bill by Patrick Ballesteros

Lil Bowser by Lauren Andrews
Lil Bowser by Lauren Andrews

Cute Enemies Art Show

images via Leanna Lin’s Wonderland and credited artists

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SciShow Answers the Question ‘Will We Ever Run Out of Dinosaurs?’

In a recent episode of SciShow, host Michael Aranda answers the question “Will we ever run out of dinosaurs?” Aranda talks about the history of paleontology and the pace at which new dinosaur genera have been discovered, and gives a prediction for when science will hit “peak dinosaur,” the point at which there will be more discovered dinosaurs than undiscovered dinosaurs.

Some paleontologists wonder how many species of dinosaurs are left for us to discover, and how many fossils of them are out there. Find out how long the experts think the world’s supply of dinosaur fossils will last!

Hilariously Strange Manipulated Photos of Birds With Big Mouths Instead of Beaks

Big Mouth Birds by Sarah DeRemer

Artist Sarah DeRemer has used a bit of digital manipulation to create freakish bird creatures with gaping mouths instead of beaks. She calls them, rather fittingly, “big mouth birds.” We previously posted about DeRemer’s wonderfully bizarre animal hybrids.

Big Mouth Birds by Sarah DeRemer

Big Mouth Birds by Sarah DeRemer

Big Mouth Birds by Sarah DeRemer

Big Mouth Birds by Sarah DeRemer

Big Mouth Birds by Sarah DeRemer

photos by Sarah DeRemer

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A Group of Playful Pandas Comically Wrestle With Each Other Much to the Delight of the People Watching

A group of very playful pandas comically wrestle with each other much to the delight of a loud group of people at the pandas’ home at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Sichuan, China.

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Frustrated Father Will Reid Creates an Instructional Video to Teach His Teenagers How to Vacuum the House

Frustrated father Will Reid continues his series of instructional videos for his teenage children with one that teaches them how to vacuum the house. In the past Reid has taught his children to load the dishwasher, hang up wet towels, and even change the toilet paper roll, although his daughter also posted a revenge video calling him out when he himself didn’t change the roll.

Adorable and Creepy Anatomy Illustrations by Ken Tackett

Imaginative Anatomy Illustrations by Ken Tackett

Artist Ken Tackett prances through the valley between adorable and creepy in his imaginative anatomical illustrations. His illustrations are available as prints, shirts, and more over at Design by Humans.

Imaginative Anatomy Illustrations by Ken Tackett

Imaginative Anatomy Illustrations by Ken Tackett

Imaginative Anatomy Illustrations by Ken Tackett

Imaginative Anatomy Illustrations by Ken Tackett

Imaginative Anatomy Illustrations by Ken Tackett

images by Ken Tackett

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Haunting Overhead Footage of Former Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp For the 70th Anniversary of Its Liberation

BBC News has captured incredibly haunting overhead footage taken by a drone camera as it flew over the shuttered Nazi Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in honor of the 70th anniversary of the camp’s liberation.

Details of what specific structures are in the footage are explained by BBC:

Auschwitz was the largest camp established by the Germans during World War II. More than a million people – the vast majority of them Jews – died there between 1940, when it was built, and 1945, when it was liberated by the Soviet army.

Railway tracks into Auschwitz-Birkenau – Trains filled with victims from throughout occupied Europe arrived at the camp almost every day between 1942 and the summer of 1944.

Ruins of wooden huts at Birkenau – Birkenau (or Auschwitz II) was erected in 1941 solely as a death camp, the wooden huts are now in ruins with only brick fireplaces and chimneys remaining.

Entrance to Auschwitz I -The wrought-iron sign over the entrance bears the words Arbeit Macht Frei – “Work sets you free”.

Auschwitz I – The brick-built buildings were the former cavalry barracks of the Polish Army.
Courtyard between blocks 10 and 11 at Auschwitz I – Block 11 was called “the Block of Death” by prisoners. Executions took place between Block 10 and Block 11 and posts in the yard were used to string up prisoners by their wrists.

The longer version of the drone footage with a quieter soundtrack:

BBC News has also created an interactive map of Auschwitz-Birkenau to accompany a beautifully crafted interactive video that tells the history of the 1945 liberation.

‘The News’, A Comic by Grant Snider About the Depressing Effect of Newscasts

The News

Grant Snider of Incidental Comics made “The News,” a comic about how listening to newscasts can affect one’s outlook on life. Posters of his work are available for purchase on his website.

comic by Grant Snider

‘Brunchcity’, Tiny Cities Built on the Foods for Which They Are Famous

Brunchcity by Bea Crespo and Andrea Portoles
Athens: yogurt

Cities pop out of the foods for which they are well known in the adorable food photography project Brunchcity by illustrator Bea Crespo and photographer Andrea Portoles.

Brunchcity by Bea Crespo and Andrea Portoles
Brussels: waffles

Brunchcity by Bea Crespo and Andrea Portoles
Dublin: Guinness

Brunchcity by Bea Crespo and Andrea Portoles
Berlin: bratwurst

Brunchcity by Bea Crespo and Andrea Portoles
Paris: croissant

photos by Bea Crespo and Andrea Portoles

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