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Latest update : 2014-05-18

Web users pay tribute to Stephen Sutton

In this edition: web users pay tribute to Stephen Sutton; an online campaign for more gay characters in video games; and rollerblading through the forest…

WEB USERS PAY TRIBUTE TO STEPHEN SUTTON

Stephen Sutton`s mother posted a message to Facebook on Wednesday to announce her son had passed away. She said her heart was bursting with pride but breaking with pain, and that he would never be forgotten. The 19 year old from England who had terminal cancer had moved and inspired not just a nation but web users far and wide, as he raised over 3 million pounds for the Teenage Cancer Trust. Many have taken to the web to pay tribute to him.

News of his death has indeed generated an incredible flood of commentary on the web. Around 200,000 web users have expressed their condolences to the family on his Facebook page. People from all over the world have voiced their admiration for Stephen, saying he never gave up during his battle with cancer.

The British Prime Minister David Cameron, the leader of the opposition Ed Miliband, actor and comedian Ricky Gervais and also racing driver Lewis Hamilton are just some of the political figures and well known faces that have been sharing their sadness on Twitter, paying tribute to Stephen Sutton, a truly inspirational and exceptional young man.

And as a final tribute web users can donate to the online fundraising campaign started by Stephen Sutton. The appeal continues on the Just Giving website, with 3.6 million pounds being raised so far, that`s around 4.4 million euros.
 

NINTENDO CRITICIZED FOR LACK OF GAY COUPLES IN VIDEO GAME

Life Simulation game « Tomodachi Life » does not allow same sex relationships. In this video 23 year old American Tye Marini criticizes the lack of gay couples in the latest Nintendo game soon to be released in Europe and the United States. The video games enthusiast is now on a mission and has launched the “Miiquality” Internet campaign.

Tye Marini is not alone; a lot of gamers find it unfair that you can only fall in love, get married and have children with the opposite sex in “Tomodachi Life”. Social networkers are campaigning under the #Miiquality hashtag urging the Japanese gaming giant to allow same sex marriage in its virtual world.

Campaigning has reached such a level that Nintendo has issued an apology via its website. It says it is not technically possible to update the game before its release on June 6th, but promises to offer a better representation of the diversity of its players in future editions of “Tomodachi Life”.

And so the Miiquality movement has paid off. Those involved say there are satisfied with Nintendo’s response and hope the company will keep its word. They also hope the success of this initiative will help the ongoing campaign for a better representation of the LGBT community in video games.
 

NOW TRENDING ON SOCIAL NETWORKS

The “Prove you are not Conchita” hashtag has been trending in Russia, as web users protest against the victory of Conchita Wurst at last weekend`s Eurovision song contest held in Copenhagen, Denmark this year. They are posting photos of themselves shaving off their beards, and mocking the winner. It`s all in very poor taste but proving popular on the Russian web.
 

FAIL OF THE DAY

As we can see in this video, the car valet at a hotel in Monaco misjudged his manouvre whilst parking a client`s luxury car and managed to crunch the nose of the 400,000 euro vehicle. The footage has been widely circulated online and this incredible fail has generated all manner of sarcastic comments and teasing.
 

WILDLIFE SELFIES

Is selfie fever now sweeping the animal kingdom? This is a new tongue in cheek campaign by National Geographic magazine. The series of photos features a gorilla posing in the bathroom, a koala in a bedroom and also a panda in a lift… the shots are available to view on the Instagram page of the photography agency, Diomedia.
 

VIDEO OF THE DAY

This adrenaline packed video features 3 roller-bladers cruising through a forest in Austria… and you can check it out in its entirety on the GoPro YouTube page.
 

By Electron Libre

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