Brief news items of note for Lifehacker readers, including: Tropes Vs. Women sticks the boot into background video game characters, Village Roadshow CEO: iiNet is lying about piracy, best cosplay from Supanova Sydney.
- Are female video game characters becoming more complex and layered, or are they still little more than sexualised decorations? Tropes vs Women investigates.
- Australia’s piracy crackdown is coming: it’s just a matter of when. The latest fightin’ words come from Village Roadshow CEO Graham Burke, who has accused iiNet of lying to hamper the anti-piracy movement. “What iiNet are saying to govt is ‘oh, let’s just have everything available at the same time, cinema and everything and the [piracy] problem will go away. They know that’s a lie because of the music industry,". Burke said "In June alone there was 1.2 million illegal downloads of music, and that’s released at exactly the same time everywhere.” You can read the full story over at Gizmodo.
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- This year's Supanova Sydney produced some truly epic cosplay (indeed, my Facebook feed is still filled with it). Here's a video of the coolest creations captured by a 360 degree Matrix-style camera.
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