LARPing, or live-action roleplaying, is a game in which people create characters and act out storylines within fictional worlds, in real time, in costume. Vice goes LARPing to meet Jon Gallagher, a LARPer with Asperger’s syndrome, and see how LARPing helps him make friends, learn social skills, get a job, and in many ways, saves his life.
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Guy Masterleigh is the leader of the Tawsingham Society, which is a heritage-themed fetish group. Their outdoor meetings have pissed the neighbors. Vice sits down with Masterleigh to discuss the outrage his society has caused.
Becky Lamming via Vice:
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A British heritage-themed fetish meeting group known as the Tawsingham Society was in the news this week for upsetting the neighbors. “We are in the school holidays and we like to get our kids out from computer games to enjoy our fabulous environment,” said one local from Bancyffordd in Wales. “Please do not permit outsiders to bring their disgusting habits here and tempt our young folk.”
Away from Bancyffordd, reactions were less negative. Many online commenters asked for the postcode and the incident netted the Tawsingham Society 50 new Facebook followers.
The leader of the society, Guy Masterleigh, has been running the fun and games at the site in Wales for six years.
Leave it to the authors at Vice to examine something as bizarre as death by sex with a horse. Zach Sokol recounts the tragic death of Kenneth Pinyan, who was “pronounced dead due to ‘acute peritonitis [that resulted from the] perforation of the sigmoid colon during anal intercourse with a horse.'”
Back in 2007, the documentary, Zoo, documented the world of zoophilia. But, instead of portraying zoophiliacs as deeply disturbed perverts, the filmmakers present “the ‘zoos’ as tragic and lonely human beings.”
In the following Vice article, Sokol catches up with one of Zoo’s writers, Charles Mudede:
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VICE: Were you aware that it was the ten-year anniversary of Mr. Hands’s death the other day?
Charles Mudede: Yes, I’m actually in Enumclaw, Washington, right now to take photos and see if anything interesting is going on. The town got rid of the sign on the farm where it happened—that was the only act of erasure that I noticed.
Since the trading card game debuted in 1993, Magic: The Gathering has gone from being a niche hobby to an international phenomenon. Today some of its 10 million–plus disciples are so besotted with MTG that they’ve nicknamed it “cardboard crack.”
In this episode of American Obsessions, we follow a professional Magic player who dropped out of college to join the pro circuit, and we talk to two brothers as they wax nostalgic about the spells, creatures, and mana of old.
Kitty Gray writes about her weed addiction and what lead her to quit over at Vice.
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For the past six years or so, I’ve started my day with the same mantra. I peel my eyes open after an extended battle with the snooze button and pledge, “I’m not going to smoke weed this morning.” The mantra is usually followed by a heartfelt promise to myself that I will spend my day writing, as opposed to floating through the world in a weed haze.
I repeat the mantra steadily as I drag my ass out of bed and over to the staple white Ikea shelf that houses my dearest treasures. A black-and-gold witch medallion that belonged to my grandmother hangs there. A small bejeweled elephant perches on top of the shelf—my best friend acquired him for me during her travels.
Vice News reporter Shane Smith sits down with President Obama and asks him ridiculously soft questions. Redacted Tonight host Lee Camp adds the hard facts that should have been in there.
In Part 2 of VICE News’ exclusive look at the emergence of the Islamic State, filmmaker Medyan Dairieh meets an Islamic State member from Belgium who works to indoctrinate some of the youngest members of the group. He also gains further insight into the minds of Islamic State fighters as they host celebrations and military parades featuring American tanks and APCs seized from the Iraqi army.
The Islamic State, a hardline Sunni jihadist group which formerly had ties to al Qaeda, is now in control of a large swath of territory in Iraq and Syria. The group, which adheres to the strictest form of Sharia law, is determined to establish a caliphate that stretches across the Middle East and into the rest of the Muslim world.
As the Islamic State continues its violent expansion in Syria and Iraq, it is also working to win the hearts and minds of new recruits and potential new members in areas it controls.… Read the rest
Filmmakers Spencer Chumbley and Erik Ljung have shot for organizations like VICE and Al Jazeera. I caught up with the guys just before they debuted their film, The Death of Cory Stingley a the Milwaukee Film Festival.
Humans make things, we always have. But, we don’t just make, we create beauty. We pay attention to symmetry, form and detail. Why is that? Darwinian theory says it’s simply a form of “peacocking.” More specifically, our creative predispositions are merely “fitness signals.” For example, if you write a novel, create a moving peace of art, or compose a great song, it’s just a uniquely human way of showing off your intellect in hopes of attracting a mate, like a peacock with it’s innately douchey bouquet of feathers.
I fucking hate this idea.
But, let’s be fair. It’s totally undeniable that ego and social elevation are often intertwined with creative accomplishments.… Read the rest
Well that’s one way to boost your country’s reported economic output. One wonders whether or not each European Union nation will break down the vice trade by component so that we can see growth trends in, say, prostitution. From Bloomberg News:
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Europe has a new source of economic growth. In the next few months all European Union countries that do not already include drugs, prostitution, and other illegal and gray-market businesses in their gross domestic product calculations will have to do so.
The 2010 version of the European System of Accounts becomes obligatory for GDP reporting by EU member states in September. It states unequivocally that “illegal economic actions shall be considered as transactions when all units involved enter the actions by mutual agreement. Thus, purchases, sales or barters of illegal drugs or stolen property are transactions, while theft is not.”
The ostensible goal is to make countries’ economic data comparable.