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Week in Geek: John Barrowman Ties the Knot, Xbox Battles Homophobia, and More

By Jase Peeples

These are the nerdy bits of news that had us geeking out this week.

Play With Hate No More

Microsoft has announced plans to tackle hate speech and homophobia in online gaming with a new “reputation” system on Xbox Live, according to Pink News. The news comes shortly after the technology giant unveiled plans for their next-gen gaming console, Xbox One. The new reputation system will isolate abusive gamers to a segregated area of online gaming where they will only be allowed to play with other gamers who have been equally as naughty. Given the amount of antigay hate speech I hear just about every time I game online, I wholeheartedly applaud Microsoft’s announcement.

Holy Digital Revival, Batman!

As campy as it was, there’s no denying the impact the Batman television series of the 1960s had on pop culture. DC Comics is celebrating this iconic interpretation of the Caped Crusader and the Boy Wonder with a new digital comic series titled Batman ’66.

Newsarama has posted an excellent interview with the comic’s writer, Jeff Parker, explaining the direction for the new retro adventures of Batman and Robin.

From bigger settings to solving crimes abroad, the new comic won't just mimic the ‘60s TV series; it will also take it into territory as well.


Comic-Con 2013 Programing

The official programming list for Comic-Con International in San Diego has is being officially released over the next couple of days. As of this writing, programming for Thursday, July 18, and Friday, July 19, were both posted to Comic-Con’s official website. The remaining days will follow shortly. What’s on your must-see list at “geek Pride” this year?

Wedding Bells Ring for John Barrowman

Openly gay Torchwood and Arrow star John Barrowman officially took the plunge and married his sweetheart Scott Gill earlier this week. Watch the adorable videos the happy couple recorded on their way to tie the knot.

John Barrowman on WhoSay

John Barrowman on WhoSay


Catch up with the previous week's geektastic round-up here, and for more of my nerdy banter, be sure to follow me on Twitter.


JASE PEEPLES is an Editor for The Advocate and Gay.net, as well as a contributor for Out.com, HIV Plus, and She Wired. He currently lives in San Francisco with his partner.

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