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Facing mounting financial pressure, the Danish museum Spilmuseet ("The Games Museum") is about to jettison a massive collection of classic video games and related hardware. And with nobody opening their doors yet, all these refugees of console wars past are still in need of a new home.

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Recently a video appeared online across Chinese social media creating a buzz among Chinese gamers. The video, quite possibly an ad for Guild Wars 2, has a Caucasian speaking fluent Mandarin angrily at Chinese gamers. That's right, an angry white man shouting at Chinese gamers in Chinese.

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Internet slang for the most part is, well, meaningless but interesting slang. In China, one phrase from the giant internet lexicon that is Chinese slang has been called out as a phrase that may cause the social apocalypse, at least according to the vice-president of Guangzhou's Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

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By now, with all the press about China, you've probably have some idea in your heads that certain Chinese cities are like the real-life version of the dystopian cyberpunk worlds of Blade Runner and Star Wars. Sadly, China isn't all that advanced, but one building in Beijing definitely is.

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You hear the scare-logic all the time from folks who want to blame video games for bad stuff: they're just training simulations for how to hurt people. A new sci-fi film project riffs on that premise and places it in a future where all you need to do to play an online game is stick a giant network wire on the back of your head. Thing is, this doesn't look scary at all. It looks cool, which is probably part of the problem.