Barbara Ortutay

For Barbara Ortutay's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Websites try to fight nasty comments, anonymity

Dec 27, 2013

Websites try to fight nasty comments, anonymity

Mix blatant bigotry with poor spelling. Add a dash of ALL CAPS. Top it off with a violent threat. And there you have it: a recipe for the worst online comments. Blame anonymity, blame politicians, blame human nature. But a growing number of websites ...

Super Mario endures as games come and go

Nov 26, 2009

Super Mario endures as games come and go

NEW YORK — You might call him the Mickey Mouse of video games. He’s reminiscent of a doughnut, round and sweet and comforting. He’s also a vessel, devoid of a real personality so you can live vicariously through him. Mario, the pot-bellied Italian plumber ...