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Deadmau5 uses homophobic slur, is suspended by Twitch, deletes account, apologises

EDM artist Deadmau5 is suspended from Twitch for using a homophobic slur, then deletes his account in protest.

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EDM artist Deadmau5 is suspended from Twitch for using a homophobic slur on stream, then deletes his account in protest.

Here’s the thing. If you use a word that has offensive connotations – whether that’s racist, sexist, homophobic, ableist, or anything else – you’re still using the word. You might not be meaning it in that context. You might just be using it in place of an interchangeable curse word.

But that doesn’t mean you’re not in the wrong.

Case in point, this Tweet that appeared towards the end of January:

That word, the one in between “exclusive” and “plastik”, is a very offensive term in the UK. It’s a word that has been used to deride and abuse people with disabilities, but when I was at school? People just used it as a generic insult. It was interchangeable with other words, like knobhead and wanker. Funko didn’t mean to cause offence, but it really needed to run that one by some international audiences. (Ditto, this advert for Pop Tarts.)

Then, when we all grew up a bit and realised how offensive a term it was, we stopped using it immediately. We all just dropped it out of our vocabulary. It wasn’t difficult to do.

The same is true of racist and homophobic slurs. Where once they were commonplace in language – and often used entirely devoid of context, just as an interchangeable bad word – we now know better.

Well, most of us do. Which brings us back to Deadmau5.

When streaming PUBG on Twitch, Deadmau5 – real name Joel Zimmerman – was killed by a suspected stream sniper. Stream snipers, if you haven’t been keeping up, use a player’s very visible location on streaming platforms like Twitch to hunt and kill them.

It’s quite annoying, to be fair, so nobody was surprised when Zimmerman dropped an expletive-laden rant at the stream sniper. What did surprise people? Was his use of a homophobic slur.

Now, we’re not suggesting that Zimmerman is a homophobe. There have been reports of similar bad behaviour in the past, but we don’t know him personally and can’t speak to his character. If he’s not wearing his big mouse head, we couldn’t pick him out of a lineup.

But the fact that a homophobic slur is so readily available in his vocabulary is an issue. Zimmerman is a celebrity and his audience is, in many areas, young and impressionable. The last thing minorities need is famous personalities normalising hate speech and passing it off as general language.

Twitch, which last year introduced more robust guidelines on hate speech, was swift to act on them. Zimmerman’s account was suspended, but before the suspension had time to pass, he deleted his account. This was then followed by a since-deleted post on Reddit, decrying the suspension and vowing never to partner with Twitch again:

So here’s the thing. Zimmerman does have a point, insofar as a lot of other offensive behaviour does go unpunished by Twitch. He’s right. Horrible stuff does slide by on Twitch – and other online platforms, like Reddit, Twitter, and YouTube – all the time.

But a lot of that awful behaviour comes from people with a far smaller platform than Deadmau5. They don’t have the reach of a global superstar EDM producer (and thank goodness). But if they did, then you would like to think that Twitch would have noticed and taken the exact same steps. Nobody is picking on Zimmerman because he’s famous, but his fame no doubt led to a far higher number of complaints to Twitch that ultimately led to his suspension.

The important news here is not Zimmerman’s suspension or subsequent fallout. The important thing is that Twitch is not only drawing a line against hate speech in its terms and conditions, but crucially, it’s enforcing them as well.

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Well played, Twitch.

Update: 14th February 2019

In an update to this story, Zimmerman has made a second statement on Reddit, simply titled “Read please”. We’ve taken a screen capture of the statement, in case he feels like deleting this one as well:

Deadmau5 Twitch statement on Reddit

That’s a better attempt at an apology.

It recognises both that he was in the wrong – because he absolutely was – and that Twitch, which was just enforcing its safety guidelines, absolutely wasn’t.

It’s a shame we always have to go through the dismal non-apology, where the perpertrator blames everyone but themself every single time, but at least Zimmerman has recognised that mistake.


Source: Kotaku.

Image source: Wikipedia.

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This week’s new Xbox One releases (June 1-5, 2020)

Here is this week’s lineup of brand new Xbox One releases. One title is quite literally awesome.

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Here’s the full lowdown on this week’s lineup of brand new Xbox One video game releases. One title is quite literally awesome.

There isn’t a huge amount to be excited about on Xbox One this week, but we promised you an awesome game, so let’s talk about one.

Awesome Pea 2 is the follow-up to Sometimes You’s enjoyable 2018 retro-platformer. The original was a slight, but occasionally tricky game starring a heroic vegetable. The peaquel promises a larger serving of everything, including dungeons, enemies, and loot. The pea-souper visuals also return, beautifully recalling the dingy display of the Nintendo Game Boy.

Other new releases include Strawberry Vinegar, a quirky visual novel about making food to save your soul, and We Were Here Together, a mysterious puzzle adventure set in the wastes of Antarctica.

The latest addition to the Thumbsticks ‘Big Book of Bland Game Names’ is called Cyber Protocol. It’s a fun retro-style puzzler. Finally, the long-awaited Eco Lifestyle expansion comes to The Sims 4.

Each new release can be purchased from the Xbox One digital games store and Microsoft online store. Here’s the full lineup at the time of writing. We’ll keep this page updated throughout the week.

New Xbox One releases: June 1-5, 2020

Monday, June 1, 2020

  •  No releases

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

  • No releases

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

  • Strawberry Vinegar
  • Depth of Extinction
  • Awesome Pea 2

Thursday, June 4, 2020

  • Pro Cycling Manager 2020
  • Tour de France 2020

Friday, June 5, 2020

  • Tcheco in the Castle of Lucio
  • Outbuddies DX
  • The Sims 4: Eco Lifestyle (Expansion)
  • We Were Here Together
  • Rigid Force Redux

If you’re looking for some video game bargains, read our roundup of last week’s rockin’ Xbox One sales.


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New Nintendo Switch releases (June 1-6, 2020)

The Outer Worlds and Clubhouse Games headline this week’s lineup of new Nintendo Switch releases.

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The Outer Worlds and Clubhouse Games headline this week’s lineup of new Nintendo Switch releases.

For all of Nintendo’s innovations, the company is always happy to revisit and reinvent past glories. Ring Fit Adventure is this generation’s Wii Fit. 1-2 Switch is Wii Play. And Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training is, erm, Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training.

Nintendo DS owners may recall Clubhouse Games/42 All-Time Classics, a delightful collection of parlour and board games released back in 2006. The Switch gets its own version this week with Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics (or 51 Worldwide Games in Europe). It’s another elegantly presented collection of low-key pastimes that are perfect to play with friends and family.

After a short delay in orbit, The Outer Worlds also lands on Switch this week. Obsidian Entertainment’s sci-fi RPG was well-received on its original release late last year, conjuring up some of that Fallout: New Vegas magic for many players. Virtuous, the company behind the recent Switch versions of Bioshock and XCOM-2, is handling the port. We’ll have a review for you on Thursday.

Other new games include retro-platformer sequel Awesome Pea 2 and the dungeon-crawling Knight Squad. WayForward’s Shantae and the Seven Sirens also get its European release.

We’ll keep this page updated throughout the week with any late changes. In the meantime, here’s the full lineup of new Nintendo eShop releases as it stands.

New Nintendo Switch releases: June 1-6, 2020

Monday, June 1, 2020

  • Do Not Feed The Monkeys

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

  • Liberated

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

  • Awesome Pea 2

Thursday, June 4, 2020

  • Aqua Lungers
  • Depth of Extinction
  • The TakeOver
  • Shantae and the Seven Sirens (EU)

Friday, June 5, 2020

  • Bridge Strike
  • Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics/51 Worldwide Games
  • Knight Squad
  • Outbuddies DX
  • Pinball Lockdown
  • The Outer Worlds
  • They Came From the Sky
  • Strawberry Vinegar

Saturday, June 6, 2020

  • Potata: Fairy Flower
  • Super Holobunnies

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New PlayStation 4 releases (June 1-5, 2020)

Here’s our guide to every new PlayStation 4 video game released on the PS Store over the next week.

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Here’s our guide to every new PlayStation 4 video game released on the PS Store over the next week.

At the time of writing, there’s just a handful of new PS4 games confirmed for release. It’s not unusual for the time of year – typically E3 would only be a few weeks away – and many PS4 titles may have made way for The Last of Us Part II, which, at one point, was due last week. In any case, here’s what we know. We’ll update this page as more titles are confirmed.

Fans of retro-style platformers can look forward to going on another perilous adventure in Awesome Pea 2. It looks like another simple but lovingly crafted game from developer Sometimes You. The sublimely executed Game Boy style visuals are also very appealing.

If you miss the great outdoors, Tour de France 2020 and Pro Cycling Manager 2020 give fans of lycra and velocipedes the chance to race across France at reasonable speeds.

We were also expecting Game Freak’s Little Town Hero to be released on PS4 this week, but it seems the game has been bumped to June 23. Likewise, Rock of Ages III: Make & Break appears to have been pushed back to June 21. Again, we’ll update this page should things change.

Here’s the full list of new PlayStation Store releases for the PS4, PS VR, and PS Vita as it stands.

New PlayStation 4 releases: June 1-5, 2020

Monday, June 1, 2020

  •  No releases

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

  • No releases

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

  • Strawberry Vinegar
  • Awesome Pea 2

Thursday, June 4, 2020

  • Tour de France 2020
  • Pro Cycling Manager 2020

Friday, June 5, 2020

  • Tcheco in the Castle of Lucio
  • The Sims 4: Eco Lifestyle (Expansion)

Catch up with next week’s new Xbox One releases.


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New Super Lucky’s Tale is coming to PS4 and Xbox One this summer

New Super Lucky’s Tale is on its way to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One later this year.

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New Super Lucky’s Tale is on its way to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One later this year.

Playful Studios and PQube have announced that the super okay New Super Lucky’s Tale is breaking free from its Nintendo Switch bastille and will be released on Xbox One and PS4 this summer.

Pitched as a love letter to classic 3D platformers, New Super Lucky’s Tale was first released as plain old Super Lucky’s Tale in 2017, where it was an Xbox One X launch title. The revised and expanded “new” version debuted on Switch in 2019 to warm reviews and nods of moderate appreciation.

The foxy 3D adventure platformer is getting a physical and digital release on PS4 and Xbox, but there’s no news on if the game is being updated to take advantage of the increased hardware power.

You can see Lucky in action in this accolades trailer. If you own a Switch, you can also download a free demo to sample it for yourself.

Summer is a slightly vague release window, so we’ll make a prediction and see how close we end up being. Let’s lick our finger and stick it in the air… June 25, 2020? That’s our entirely random hunch.


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June’s free PlayStation Plus games are War-full

Sony confirms the two free PS4 games coming to PlayStation Plus in June 2020.

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Sony confirms the two free PS4 games coming to PlayStation Plus in June 2020.

June’s free PS Plus games are perfect for players who would like to shoot things, with the choice of a historical epic, of a futuristic, erm, even more historical epic.

First up is Call of Duty: WWII, the ‘boots on the ground’ FPS from Sledgehammer Games. The 2017 game is as subtle as a sledgehammer, but it’s one of our favourites from the franchise’s recent history. And it’s available to download right now.

It’s joined by the infamous Star Wars: Battlefront II, the game that caused millions of voices to cry out in terror at its microtransactions. With two-and-a-half years of changes and content updates under its belt, the game is much improved and probably the second-best Star Wars adventure of the generation.

June’s free PS Plus games are available to download from June 2 – July 6, 2020.

PlayStation Plus free games – June 2020

  • Call of Duty: WWII
  • Star Wars: Battlefront II

May’s PlayStation Plus games – Cities: Skylines and Farming Simulator 19 – remain available to download until next Tuesday.


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