Mean Girls. The Video Game.

This is so fetch.

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Mean Girls. The Video Game.

This is so fetch.

It’s been 10 years since Mean Girls first hit screens, becoming an instant classic that is as quotable as it is hilarious. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t reference a line from the movie, use a .gif of Regina George to respond to something, note that the limit does not exist, or chastise someone for trying to make something happen that’s not going to happen. This is one of those movies that truly defines a generation.

Today it finally becomes a video game. Cue every gay squee noise I can muster.

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Via So Much Drama Studios:

“If You Have Ever Felt Personally Victimized by Regina George, This Game is For You

Designed as an easily accessible ‘tiara-defense’ game, Mean Girls finds the original Plastics at peace with their world, when a new upstart Plastics clique attempts to take control of North Shore High School by piecing together the broken Spring Fling Tiara. Players can select from eight of their favorite Mean Girls characters—Cady, Regina, Gretchen, Karen, Janis, Damian, Aaron, and Kevin, each with their own distinct boost abilities—and all the cliques from the cafeteria, to help defeat opponents and complete each level.”

The mobile “tiara-defense” game is not unlike your standard tower-defender: You place troops, you set up traps, and you keep the oncoming hoards of enemies away from their goal. Only this time around your troops are who you hang out with and the enemies are the opposing cliques.

Comic mean girls

While it may not seem like an obvious genre to slap the Mean Girls name on, it’s actually quite clever. Just as in the original film the cafeteria is a carefully mapped out warzone, with factions ranging from the Varsity jocks to the girls who eat their feelings to the burnouts to the Plastics. And just as Lindsay Lohan’s Katy Herron went to war with Regina George, players will go to war to protect their tiara from those who’d try to snatch it away.

Does this sound like the most fabulous game ever, or does this sound like the most fabulous game ever? Who would come up with such a game? None other than So Much Drama’s Jeff Medor, creator of RuPaul’s Drag Race: Dragopolis, one of our gayest games of the year two years running. As was the case with Dragopolis, Mr. Meador isn’t trying to make a lazy licensed tie-in game…he wants this to be a product that true fans will enjoy through and through.

Mean Girls is hilarious, brutal, and endlessly quotable; I absolutely loved watching and re-watching the film,” said Jeff Meador, founder and president, So Much Drama. “The game is rich with the quirky humor, over-the-top high school power struggles, and everything from hilarious lines, peppermint foot cream, to, yes, the Burn Book.”

Burn Book mean girls

No matter which clique players belong to, from band geeks and preps to regulation hotties, Mean Girls offers seven different ways to play including gameplay modes such as You Can’t Sit With Us, Social Suicide, She Doesn’t Even Go Here, and The Limit Does Not Exist.”

Mean Girls is slated for release on mobile platforms soon. I bet it will make for a great candy-gram.

And none for Gretchen Weiners. Bye.

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March 17
2013

Fighting Games: A way to fight back

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It’s not odd in a gaymer circle to hear people talk about RPGs. In those games, the player assumes a role and is whisked away to another land. Often in a queer person’s youth the idea of becoming someone else in a fantasy land is a dream come true. Growing up, I played my share of Secret of Mana, Final Fantasy, and any other RPG I could get my hands on. Then the day came when I rented Super Street Fighter II for the Super Nintendo. It was at that moment where I realized that fighting games were my passion. In fact, I think fighting games helped me fight back against those who teased me.

I still remember my first couple of days playing Street Fighter. I started off by picking the pretty boy Ken (’cause blond hair = yum). I practiced his move set every day. Down to forward + punch. Down to back + kick. I remember practicing so much that my thumbs ached from that plastic joypad. But I eventually got to a point where I felt like I was in complete control of my character. Ken became an extension of myself to the point where when I finally beat the computer-controlled M. Bison, I knew it wasn’t just luck. It was me out there, kicking his ass. Little did I know that these skills could empower me later in life as I went out into the real world and faced a world that was every bit as oppressive as the Shadaloo regime.

Fast forward a couple of years and generations of fighting games. I often found myself in the arcade, giving up my hard earned quarters for the chance to challenge people face to face. My training as a young kid payed off as I found I was actually pretty good! I now found myself drawn to the female characters such as Cammy, Psylocke, Ling Xiaoyu, Jun Kazama, etc. As a closeted young teen out in the wild, who knew he was different but unsure how, I saw that the community surrounding the fighting games was not very welcoming. The roar of competition really brought out the most misogynistic of people as I was sometimes chastised for playing as the “pussy females”. That community, while I never really talked to them much, was representative of those bullies that surrounded me every day at school.

In a way, getting better at fighting games was my way of fighting back. Fighting against the strongly testosterone-fueled fighting gamers by strolling up very timidly, placing my quarter on the screen and proving my ability. To me, unlike RPGs where I could be be whisked away from reality, fighting games allowed me to fight back in THIS reality. Regardless of how much my opponent may have given me a strange glance, once that “Round 1″ screen disappeared, it was on. We had a level playing field in which I could prove my worth. My opponent became those guys in school who wouldn’t talk to me, or the guy who called me a “fag” on the bus. And the thrill of watching that guy sulk away in defeat when the match was over proved that I could beat them all.

Pink T. Hawk doesnt take any sass from bullies

The fighting game genre is one that I feel gets very little attention from the gaymer community at large. Its not that I don’t have fellow gay friends that like fighting games. But it does seem to me that as a whole, the LGBT community is widely underrepresented in the fighting game community. Much of that probably stems from the homophobia that seems to permeate fairly regularly at fighting game gatherings. I’ve gone to my share of fighting game events and even covered EVO for Destructoid, and heard my share of undesired language. But I’ve also gone to these events and felt completely welcomed because when it comes down to it, the love of the game is the great equalizer.

Part of this article was to introduce myself to you guys. I’m sure I’m not the only gay male who loves to play fighting games and in the future I hope to increase the amount of fighting game coverage on this site. So to all my fellow fighting gaymers out there – Let’s fight back the perceived homophobia of the fighting community by showing that we do exist. We are gay and can kick your ass. Just give me a fight stick.

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About Jesse Cortez

(Writer). Jesse Cortez is excited to be a part of the GG family! Previously a community manager at Destructoid, he now spends most of his time singing with the SF Gay Men's Chorus. His gaming passions include Nintendo, platformers, and the fighting game genre. He's always ready to work his magic with a fight stick.

7 Responses

  1. avatar Justin says:

    I’m all with you in being a fighter-loving gaymer. Ever since 6th grade, my best friend (who it turned out was also gay) and I were obsessed with Street Fighter, Samurai Shodown, Fatal Fury, you name it. We had journals overflowing with move lists, some for games we’d never even played. So I’m right there with you in loving not just fighters, but loving the Chun Li’s and Charlotte’s of the genre!

  2. avatar Shin Gallon says:

    I do still love playing older fighting games, with 3rd Strike being my all time favorite. I remember me and my friends spending entire days playing Street Fighter Alpha 2 and Night Warriors on my Saturn (I still have 2 PS2 Saturn pads that I use for games today), and 13 years later we’ll STILL get the Dreamcast out and play some MvC2. I don’t like newer Capcom fighters (quite in fact I hate SFIV for a laundry list of reasons) but I’ll get into BlazeBlu or Virtua Fighter.
    More fighting game coverage on the site would be awesome, though.

  3. avatar Gibson says:

    I am in the same boat as well. I still love playing fighting games. I have even started a group in the forums. It is always nice to find people with similar interests. I play many types of fighters; 2D and 3D. The printouts and journals of movelists is making a little nostalgic.

  4. avatar Esme Bush says:

    I love fighting games, easily my favourite genre, I am terrible at them but I love them all the same. Finding Samurai Shodown 2 at my local arcade when I was 13 or so was a strangely pivotal moment in my life, I decided to play as Galford because I thought he was cute and I remember thinking to myself “Wait… He? is cute?” it really got me thinking about who I was…

    I’ll look forward to seeing more Fighting Game coverage on this site now! So excited for Injustice!

  5. avatar Janvier says:

    We grew up with Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat (arcades had a healthy business back in the early 90s when SF2 first came out), and in our experience players don’t give you flak about choosing a female fighter if you proceed to beat the crap out of them…because then they know your choice is based on how good that character can be (we learnt this when we underestimated some Zangief/Dhalsim players in SFA3).

    We don’t get to spend much time in front of a telly now, so am rather thankful that SF4 came out for the 3DS rather early!

  6. avatar Jorge says:

    I agree completely about the feelings in a Fighting game and I also applied it in SSF 2 when I was in high school. I can not forget the face of one of the most respected bullies when I kicked his sorry ass repeatedly with any character I chose… It was amusing and inspiring. I have to say that I have now lost practice in fighting games, but I think it will improve when I have my hands in Injustice *as it happened when I bought UMVSC3*.

  7. avatar johnnny says:

    There are alot of people in the FGC who are also members of the LGBT community. One of the best players in the world, Ricky Ortiz is a gay male. Kayopolice is an transexual and there is a photographer who’s name slipped my mind who is also a transexual. All three of these individuals are in the lime light often and are respected within the fgc. I think the fgc has a more diverse core group of players then any other competitive scene in gaming. Looking at sc2 and LoL its mostly whites who follow the scene within north america.

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