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Extremists from the far right including white supremacists and terrorists are exploiting the gaming environment and it is only increasing. They are using multiplayer games and even the use of mods in gaming and also creation type games like Roblox to create an environment to act out their terroristic ideologies. They are even using gaming-adjacent platforms forming chat groups and clans. Even game services like Steam and streaming services like Twitch is being used. This isn't about video games causing violence because that has been proven false. This is about how extremists are taking advantage of all these games and platforms with very little moderators or oversight. I don't play online and I don't use any video game services besides Playstation Store and this forum on VGR. So I don't know all the many forums, blogs, platforms, MMO games, or providers that are available or how they work. But there definitely is a lot of research going around these days due to the urgency of stopping the spread of these extremists especially how they target young people. Gamification is also a new term I haven't heard till now, but there seems to point to evidence how it's being used for terrorist violence especially at the terrorist attack at the mosque in New Zealand. Gamification actually is used in such a broad way by businesses and everything you can think of that can motivate people. It uses game based ideas like points, trophies, achievements, bonus, etc. to motivate them and influence their behavior. Gamification-Merriam Webster Dictionary: the process of adding games or gamelike elements to something (such as a task) so as to encourage participation. Verb: Easy-to-use Web- and mobile-based learning platforms … take the boredom out of long training sessions by gamifying the entire process. A training manual is replaced by an interactive game that allows participants to win awards and be acknowledged. Here is an article discussing The Role of Gamification in Radicalization Processes https://modus-zad.de/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/modus-working-paper-12021.pdf Extremist Use of Gaming (-Adjacent) Platforms https://gnet-research.org/2021/09/06/lets-talk-about-games-baby-extremist-use-of-gaming-adjacent-platforms/ The Anti Defamation League has also written a must read article. I recommend read this first: https://www.adl.org/resources/report/hate-no-game-hate-and-harassment-online-games-2022 From 2021-2022 Young People’s Exposure to White Supremacy Ages 13-17 has gone up--From 6% to 10% on a forum. From 11% to 14% in person. From 10% to 16% on an online game. From 17% to 26% on social media. The take home message is to be careful who you associate with out there while gaming and socializing on the many sites. There are terroristic predators out there seeking to bring you into their fold. They are very manipulative and promises you a sense of belonging while leading you into trouble. Don't be afraid to report people to the site's moderators and if someone seems a bit persistent on welcoming you while feeding you hate against others, then you should simply ignore them and report them.
Characters you'd like to see in Fortnite Battle Royale
Kane99 posted a topic in Video GamesI'll admit, I've been playing a lot more of Fortnite as of late. I have a few work friends who are into it so I've jumped into the fray. With that, I noticed this game has a ton of character skins released. They are like the funko pop of video games. They license a ton of DC and Marvel characters. So you could see Batman running up against Venom if you wanted to. They license pretty much everything like funko does with their figures is what I am saying. With that being said, there are a lot of characters I like, and there are a lot that I'd like to see added to fortnite. Now, there is a chance that some characters I mention are already in game, because they always re-list characters for sale. And there are a lot of skins in Fortnite with new ones coming out often. My wants are: More Wrestling skins (I wouldn't mind me an Undertaker skin) - I know they have a male and female luchador skin, but that's all to my knowledge. Characters from What We Do in the Shadows - I'd love this honestly, doubt it would happen though Characters from Shaun of the Dead - yis please Darth Vader & other Star Wars characters - I always thought they had Star Wars characters in Fortnite, but I don't think they do. Daft Punk - Why not right? I don't see them in there after breaking up though What skins would you like to see?
Fortnite for Android devices
Jose Fonseca posted a topic in Gaming ForumI have the problem that my phone does not currently supports Fortnite for Android and I would like to give it a try, I have seen comments regarding the use of an Android emulator such as Nox Player or Bluestacks and I was wondering if this could be a good idea to try the game.
Fortnite: is it really that good?
Aimee Hart posted a topic in Gaming ForumI've always had a really weird relationship with Fortnite. I've played it with friends and really enjoyed it, but I'm still often left feeling as though I simply just don't understand why it is as popular as it is. I've played it and liked it, but I don't see why it's so popular. What do you guys think?
New Streaming Platform That Pays Anyone Who Streams?
Emily Medlock posted a topic in Gaming NewsSo, there's this new platform that just released in NA. It's sponsored by the owners of Alibaba, and is supposedly really popular in Asia. Anyway, it's called Nonolive. https://nonolive.com/ Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nono.android&hl=en_US iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nonolive-live-streaming/id1113374949?mt=8 Right now, they are paying NA streamers $20 (retrievable once a day) for every 3 hours you stream while you play. Or even vlog. I've only done it once and it seems legit so far, and it pays through Payoneer, which I've never used. But, they have good reviews on Trusted Pilot. Looks like Asian Paypal. Anyway, there's a dev on the Discord that answers questions about it: https://discord.gg/g52PEU He said that if you get a lot of views, you can get a contract and the company will pay you a monthly salary depending on how popular you are. Sounds cool so far, so we'll see. I love Twitch but I rarely get many views and there's not a lot of opportunity for extra pocket cash. I hope this works out cuz I play three hours a day anyway, might as well make an extra $600/month doing so.