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Now we can all participate in the kitschy nightmares of Sonic fan art

Sonic is a gross island. His fans sit atop his belly and cast lines out into the vast pools of the internet, reeling in fetishes you’ve never heard of. The result is Sonic fan art: trashy Microsoft Paint sketches, dodgy amateur photoshops, and more creepy porn cross-overs than should ever be possible. There’s so much Sonic fan art that an internet pastime is typing your first name into Google Images followed by “the hedgehog,” and seeing yourself transformed into the ghastly Sonicverse. (It works because fans have created an unfathomable number of Sonic variants with alternative names—almost all names, it…

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Women redesign female characters to show what videogames are missing out on

“Suppose, for instance, that men were only represented in literature as the lovers of women, and were never the friends of men, soldiers, thinkers, dreamers; how few parts in the plays of Shakespeare could be allotted to them; how literature would suffer! We might perhaps have most of Othello; and a good deal of Antony; but no Caesar, no Brutus, no Hamlet, no Lear, no Jaques—literature would be incredibly impoverished, as indeed literature is impoverished beyond our counting by the doors that have been shut upon women.” – Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own When Virginia Woolf was asked…

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This genetic testing firm wants to import your DNA to videogames

Wouldn’t it be great if we could import our genetic code into games and zap virtual clones of ourselves into software? Um … maybe, or probably not, considering the risks to privacy and security that would involve. But that’s not stopping a DNA testing firm that wants to use genetic testing to import your personal traits into a videogame.  DNA Diagnostics Center, Inc., out of Fairfield, Ohio, has filed a patent for technology that does just that. It’s called Helix Profile and not much is known about it, but the obvious use would be avatar creation. A game that knew…