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Under the #Gamergate hashtag, a debate has flared surrounding ethics in video game journalism and the role and treatment of women in the video game industry. iStockphoto hide caption

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A tournament in Finland for the competitive digital card game Hearthstone raised attention last week when the invitation called for male players only. Ina Fassbender /Reuters /Landov hide caption

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The video game BioShock Infinite took players to an alternate U.S. and a story filled with philosophy and a rich narrative — but also a lot of violence. AP Photo/2K Games/Irrational Games hide caption

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Actress and gamer Aisha Tyler hosted game developer Ubisoft's press conference at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles. The company was recently criticized for not animating female assassins in one of its new games. Lucy Nicholson/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Nathan Drake (foreground) is the lead protagonist of the Uncharted series of games for the Sony PS3. His character is just one in a long line of games where the dominant figure is a white male action hero. AP/Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. hide caption

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People gather to play Ingress in Austin, Texas. The video game has been downloaded 2 million times and is popular in the U.S. and Europe. Niantic Labs hide caption

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Marcus Ingvarsson (right) tests out the PlayStation 4 virtual reality headset Project Morpheus in a demo area at the Game Developers Conference 2014 in San Francisco on Wednesday. Jeff Chiu/AP hide caption

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In Banished, you build gentle hamlets of wooden and stone houses. That's a contrast to the bustling urban centers of many city-building sim games, but the pace is no less hectic. ShiningRockSoftware hide caption

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Jason Munkel and his father stream their Call of Duty games online every night. In the past year, they've gained more than 120,000 followers. Twitch/Activision hide caption

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