A new episode of Give Me Games! has arrived, and it's a loaded one. Before we get into the big topics, we start with everyone's favorite publishing house: Nintendo. The big N is releasing DLC that injects characters from The Legend of Zelda and Animal Crossing into hit Wii U game Mario Kart 8. Is this a one-time display of fan service, or is Nintendo purposely cross-pollinating all of its games to make way for the Amiibo toy platform?
We then move the discussion to Twitch, the game-streaming company that was just bought out by retail giant Amazon. We ponder how the buyout could hurt or help Twitch, and theorize what kind of changes Twitch users can expect in the coming months.
Finally, we touch on a topic all too ubiquitous in gaming these days: abusive internet comments. Anita Sarkeesian's latest episode of Tropes vs. Women in Video Games received scathing, hateful backlash on YouTube, to the point where Sarkeesian didn't feel safe in her own home. Why do internet commenters act the way we do, and how can we create a peaceful environment for those who love games?
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