This is an excellent video by the always impressive Errant Signal about how Assassin’s Creed 4: Freedom Cry sort of missed the mark on making a statement about and an informed comment on slavery in a game whose plot hangs on the idea of freeing slaves. While I don’t think every game needs this sort of deconstruction, I love the way he picks apart the themes and mechanics of a game.
The Harlem Hellfighters were the first African-American unit to fight in World War I
"The French called them the ‘Men of Bronze’ out of respect, and the Germans called them the ‘Harlem Hellfighters’ out of fear," explains Max Brooks, author of The Harlem Hellfighters, a new graphic novel about the first African-American infantry unit to fight in World War I.
"We did not give ourselves our name [the ‘Harlem Hellfighters’]," says Col. Reginald Sanders, a former commander of the 369th Sustainment Brigade, which descended from the original World War I unit. "Our enemies gave us our name, [which] is an honor."
From NPR’s Weekend Edition: The Story Of Calif. Senator’s Arrest Reads Like Pulp Fiction
"State Sen. Leland Yee was known as a champion of open government and gun control, but not any more. A 137-page federal affidavit accuses the lawmaker of soliciting and taking bribes from an undercover FBI agent in exchange for political favors.
He’s also accused of gun trafficking. Not just any guns, but automatic weapons and shoulder-fired missiles. The court documents read like a bad pulp crime novel.”
What you might not remember is that State Sen. Yee was a vocal opponent of video game violence, and was quoted by the San Francisco Chronicle as saying that gamers “have no credibility in this argument. This is all about their lust for violence and the industry’s lust for money. This is a billion-dollar industry. This is about their self-interest.” After the news of Yee’s arrest arrest, the Reddit gaming community reacted as you’d expect.
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Next week Jane Goodall will turn 80; Commentator Barbara King celebrates her accomplishments and urges you to send Goodall a message of thanks and congratulations.
The official logo for the newest MLS club, New York City FC. it might immediately become one of the best logos in MLS.
Inside the Demonstrations in Venezuela
This protest is the latest in a series of demonstrations over the past several weeks, many of which have resulted in violence between protestors and the police. Opposition leader Leopoldo López, the former mayor of Caracas who the government has charged with stoking the violence, made a speech before the crowds in the plaza before turning himself in to the police.
The Switzerland House in the Olympic Park is open to the public, has a sweet restaurant and sports some pretty cool decorations.
A breakfast of pricing contrast. This latte with a double shot of espresso acquired inside the main media center cost almost four times as much as a hearty breakfast from a cafeteria-style Russian restaurant in a neighborhood well outside of the Olympic Park. #nprsochi http://ift.tt/McbRrA
Ken Tucker reviews Lake Street Dive's new album Bad Self Portraits:
When you look at YouTube videos of Lake Street performing covers such as the Mamas and the Papas’ version of “Dedicated to the One I Love,” what you get is not a fresh interpretation of a song initially made famous by the 5 Royales and the Shirelles, but rather a very nice Mamas and the Papas impersonation. But enough times on this album to make it worth your while, Lake Street Dive powers past nicety to connect with the passion that brings blood and sweat to the tears that heartache songs need in order to thrive.