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IRL: The week’s top stories

Dinosaur game developers face serious accusations, a fake professor, and more.

Aug 7, 2020, 3:55 pm*

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In a twist on the typical Karen video, a New Jersey woman doxed herself while berating a Hispanic man on film.

In other news, today:

  • Dinosaur game fanbase implodes over pedophilia accusations
  • ASU professor who ‘died’ of coronavirus never existed
  • Neighbors told woman her Black Lives Matter sign is ‘driving down’ property value
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Dinosaur game fanbase implodes over pedophilia accusations

Afterthought LLC, the developer behind hit indie multiplayer dinosaur survival game The Isle, has placed one of its core developers on leave over a resurfaced claim of child sexual exploitation. The accusation, which stems from a series of events from five years ago, is at the center of a schism rocketing through the game’s Discord and Reddit community.

Read the full story here.

—Ana Valens, staff writer

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ASU professor who ‘died’ of coronavirus never existed

A Twitter account supposedly belonging to an anthropology professor at Arizona State University who had died of coronavirus, @Sciencing_Bi, has been revealed to be fake. The account actually belonged to BethAnn McLaughlin, a neuroscientist and the founder of #MeTooSTEM.

Read the full story here.

—Nahila Bonfiglio, contributing writer


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Neighbors told woman her BLM sign is ‘driving down’ property value

Residents of a Lake Oswego, Oregon, neighborhood allegedly told a woman that her sign supporting the Black Lives Matter movement was “driving down” property value and urged her to remove it. In a letter, the neighbors wrote to the woman, “We believe you’ve made your point.”

Read the full story here.

—Samira Sadeque, contributing writer

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Self-care: Going to the movies (sort of)

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If there’s any bright side to *gestures vaguely* all of this, it’s that staying at home means you can go to events without, well, going anywhere. For example, the Daily Dot’s Ana Valens attended a kink convention last weekend. And starting tomorrow, I’ll be attending Austin’s All Genders, Lifestyles, and Identities Film Festival. It won’t be same as spending hours in a dark movie theater, but it also means that anyone, anywhere can watch the festival’s 65-plus films from the comfort of their living room. So if you need a bit of self-care for the next couple of weekends, consider checking out AGLIFF—or any virtual event that suits your fancy.

—Kris Seavers, IRL editor

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“oh my god feral hogs was a full year ago?”

—Siobhan Ball, contributing writer, on this meme of yesteryear

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*First Published: Aug 6, 2020, 5:09 pm