Introducing the Leaderboard, your one-stop shop for all things esports

Esports fans, we know it’s a news desert out there for you. There are tens of millions of you who love watching pro gaming—32 million of you watched the League of Legends world championships last year. But despite that, TV news hardly pays esports a spare glance (a 30-minute Dota 2 feature on ESPN doesn’t exactly cut it).

Well, forget TV. 

We launched the esports section at the Daily Dot to help fill a void in esports journalism. Well, we want to do the same thing when it comes to video news. We’re partnering with industry pioneers Rooster Teeth—you know, the folks who helped establish an entire genre of gaming entertainment—to produce a weekly esports news show. It’s called The Know It All: Leaderboard. And it’s your one-stop shop for all the must-know esports headlines of the week. 

David Duchovny wrote a political novel about farm animals

Just 70 years after George Orwell altered the way we understand political revolutions and regimes with a literary critique of Stalinism featuring talking pigs and horses, we’re headed back to the animal farm.

The problem with that date-rape-preventing nail polish? It might not work

Remember how excited we were about Undercover Colors, the startup that’s developing a nail polish to help prevent date rape? Well, it turns out our excitement over Undercover Colors was perhaps somewhat premature, because the date rape prevention nail polish might not actually, um, work.

According to Backdoor Pharmacist, a columnist over at the blog Animal New York, the technology behind the date rape-preventing nail polish hasn’t actually proven effective. Instead, the nail polish, as well as other date rape drug-detecting devices, “exist in a fantasy world of stranger danger pill-packing predators and irresponsible victims,” thanks to the media heralding them as the next wave of sexual assault prevention.

We launched our Sunday magazine, The Kernel, a few weeks ago and we’re very excited about how things are going. Especially our new comics contributor, Ted Rall!
We’ll post his stuff here along with some Kernel articles now and then for you to save for your weekend longread list. 

We launched our Sunday magazine, The Kernel, a few weeks ago and we’re very excited about how things are going. Especially our new comics contributor, Ted Rall!

We’ll post his stuff here along with some Kernel articles now and then for you to save for your weekend longread list. 

These school admins canceled ‘Spamalot’ because it was too gay, then lied about it

In May, Pennsylvania became one of 19 U.S. states to allow real-life gay marriage. But one local Pennsylvanian school district hasn’t quite mustered up the courage to allow it onstage.

School officials in the small town of South Williamsport, Pa., are finding it hard to look on the bright side of life after they canceled the high school musical production of Spamalot, and then lied about their homophobic reasons for doing so.

"I am not comfortable with Spamalot and its homosexual themes,” Principal Jesse Smith wrote to the local drama teacher when he canceled a teen-friendly performance of the hit Monty Python musical over its gay content. 

But after the drama teacher went public, the school superintendent swooped in to deny Smith’s statements had ever been made.

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[Read the response here]

Choosing Modern Family over OITNB is a particularly bitter pill to swallow, since it’s almost as if Emmy voters are saying they’re in favor of progress, as long as there isn’t too much progress at once. In 2009, Modern Family signified an undoubted achievement for diversity on television. But in 2014—when 19 states allow gay marriage, when people are swarming the streets of Ferguson in protest, when rape on college campuses has gotten so bad that the White House is involved—that achievement seems rather minor. Modern Family is somewhat progressive, but unlike Orange, it isn’t groundbreaking.
Opinion contributor Chris Osterndof, "The Emmys ignored everything you love about television"
Grace Helbig and Hannah Hart to host 2014 Streamy Awards
Two of YouTube's brightest stars will take center stage at September'sStreamy Awards when Grace Helbig and Hannah Hart join forces as hosts of the 2014 event.
“Grace and Hannah are two talents that truly embody the hard work and success of today’s digital age,” said executive producer Assaf Blecher in a statement. “There is no better team to co-host the show, and we couldn’t be more excited to watch their comedic talents collide.” 

Grace Helbig and Hannah Hart to host 2014 Streamy Awards

Two of YouTube's brightest stars will take center stage at September'sStreamy Awards when Grace Helbig and Hannah Hart join forces as hosts of the 2014 event.

“Grace and Hannah are two talents that truly embody the hard work and success of today’s digital age,” said executive producer Assaf Blecher in a statement. “There is no better team to co-host the show, and we couldn’t be more excited to watch their comedic talents collide.” 

'Sherlock' writers foreshadow an even darker season 4

According to Sherlock writers Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, the show’s fourth season will be even “darker” and more “devastating” than before.

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The absurdity of this 'fake geek guys' video makes a powerful point

Imagine a world in which certain people couldn’t go into a comic book store without being mocked and derided due to their gender. A truly ridiculous scenario, we can all agree.