#JamForLeelah, a Trans-Positive Global Game Jam!

A new month-long trans-positive game jam is currently underway and accepting submissions for games focusing on trans youth issues, in order to spread awareness of the issues faced by transgender people in modern society.

#JamForLeelah was organise…

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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.

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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.”

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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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GGOTY 2014: Gayest Games of the Year

Last year our Gayest Games of the Year list was quite popular, so why not do it again? Especially when 2014 has been an even bigger year for gay games than last year. While many of the 2013 titles had major queer themes not all of them had explicitly…

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A different kind of Elven Rogue: a look at Sera

Note: This is the third in a series of articles exploring the diverse cast of BioWare’s Dragon Age: Inquisition. The following contains details from all points of Sera’s sub-plot in Dragon Age: Inquisition, including her ultimate romance sub-quest.

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The Legend of Korra series finale was a big win for gay geeks

If you haven’t already been hit with spoilers regarding the finale of Nickelodeon’s hit series The Legend of Korra be forewarned that this post is going to be chock full of spoilers from the moment you click ‘read more’. You have been warned.

The …

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A different kind of Sophisticated Gent: a look at Dorian Pavus

Note: This is the second in a series of articles exploring the diverse cast of BioWare’s Dragon Age: Inquisition. The following contains details from all points of Dorian’s sub-plot in Dragon Age: Inquisition, including his ultimate romance sub-quest…

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Review: Coming Out On Top

You may or may not remember those “for girls” boardgames where you play a babysitter or whatever and you date boys…  They tended to have a few different kinds of boys, and you knew who they were the moment you saw them.  There was the blond goody t…

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A different kind of Bodice Ripper: a look at the Iron Bull

Note: This is the first in a series of articles exploring the diverse cast of BioWare’s Dragon Age: Inquisition. The following contains details from all points of the Iron Bull’s sub-plot in Dragon Age: Inquisition, including his ultimate romance sub…

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March 18

Opinionation: The Shop Is Open… But Just The eShop For Now…

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Regular readers of the site or viewers of my video podcast might know that I was eagerly anticipating the release of LEGO City Undercover today. Both because I am a fan of the LEGO games and also because it’ll be nice to show my Wii U some love. Nintendo even sent out a press release today touting the release of the new, open-world LEGO game on their new system, and in the MiiVerse, the LEGO City Undercover community had already started (although mostly with people saying they wanted the game and others saying that they’d started downloading it but it was huge and taking forever). But interestingly, when I went into Best Buy to purchase the game, I was told that it wasn’t going to be available until Wednesday.

I’m sorry, what?

While LEGO City Undercover is currently available for purchase in the Nintendo eShop on the scheduled release date of March 18, stores such as Best Buy and GameStop apparently will not have it for sale until Wednesday, March 20. This discrepancy is very disconcerting to me, mostly because I don’t understand why it’s happening. And if it’s so Nintendo can squeeze some extra purchases into their own coffers before the game hits stores, it’s a little annoying.

I don’t mind downloading a game when it’s something like SingStar or Sing Party or Animal Crossing or Style Savvy, something that I’m going to go back to again and again for a very long time, and I don’t want to have to keep swapping discs/cartridges in and out with whatever else I’m playing. But if it’s just a regular game, I’d rather buy the disc version in a store. I’m not as concerned with cluttering up my game shelf as I am with filling up my Wii U hard drive. It’s only 32 GB, so I’m not as eager to download games for it as I am with my 120 GB 360 or PS3.

I understand that the gaming industry is slowly inching its way towards downloads as the primary way to purchase new games. Music has already pretty much crossed over to downloads and movies are on their way. But I feel like games might take a little bit longer. Yes, downloads are convenient and take up less storage space in the physical realm, but there’s something about owning a physical copy of a game that I like. I’m not ready to make the switch completely yet. And like I said, there’s something about making the game available directly from Nintendo for two days before it becomes available at other retail outlets that just rubs me the wrong way. Being a LEGO game, I doubt it’ll be that big of a deal, but imagine if they do the same thing to a Mario or Zelda game? I don’t think people will be willing to wait a few days for those, and Nintendo will really rack up the sales then.

Now I guess I’ll have to wait until I come back from PAX East before I get it, since I wouldn’t have time to play it Wednesday night with all the packing and preparations. Although now that I think about it, I wonder if I might have found a copy at the Nintendo World Store…


About Chris Eades

(Writer) I love Animal Crossing, music games (even though I can't sing or play instruments) and adventure games. And the occasional 40+ hr JRPG when I can find the time! I live in Brooklyn, NY with my husband and our hamster, Ch'p.

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