#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

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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

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August 8

GaymerX: Twitch Panel on Creating a Positive LGBTQ Community

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GaymerX had lots of opportunities to game with people from around the world, but it also had tons of great panels dedicated to LGBT issues in gaming. One such panel that I was looking forward to was the Twitch panel titled Gaymers x Twitch: Creating a Positive LGBTQ Community. I played a hand in helping start up Destructoid’s Twitch.tv channel and have actually started up our very own GayGamer.net channel that we have great plans for (shameless plug, check it out and subscribe!). Hit the jump to learn more about this panel!

The panel began with Jared Rea, Twitch’s community manager and my favorite Bridget cosplayer/karaoke addict, talking about all the different content you can find on the site. He mentioned that one criticism that has been given to the site in general is the apparent bullying and homophobia of many of the commentors, or “stream monsters”. So Twitch as a company decided to reach out to several broadcasters to find out if this was the case. According to the people that they talked to,  most of the bullying that happened wasn’t really coming from a place of homophobia but really people just being “jerks on the internet”.

However, this issue, as well as Samantha Allen’s Open Letter to Games Media (highly suggested read, and you can check out our follow up interview with Samantha Allen by clicking here) pushed Twitch to think about what they could do to minimize bullying and make the community more inclusive. There were several ideas that are currently in the works, such as having more verification options for accounts. Currently, if a viewer is being a horrible waste of space and is banned from a channel, it’s really easy for that person to just make another account and continue being horrible. They are currently exploring the ability to have various verification options, such as phone number or credit card accounts, that would make it much harder for people to have multiple accounts. A broadcaster will have the option to only allow people who have these verifications to join the chat room and thus a ban from that channel would be more permanent.

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The other idea under consideration was expanding their list of permanent banning words to include LGBT slurs such as the “hard F”. However during the Q & A portion many people mentioned that its the context of the word and not the word itself that the problem. In fact, some people said that banning the word altogether would get in the way of people who actually use it as a form of self-identity. Upon this discussion, Jared totally welcomed the conversation and actually requested that the audience members stay a bit after the panel so that he could get more direct feedback on this issue.

GaymerX was a huge success not only because of the great community aspect and the gaming that occurred but also because conversations such as the one above could take place. I have to give huge props to Jared Rea and Twitch as a company for asking the LGBT community how they can make their site and community more inclusive. It’s great to see them putting in the work to get it right. I sincerely hope that next year at GaymerX-2 (which is what I’m calling it), other companies and developers take advantage of this opportunity to meet face to face with the LGBT community and have similar conversations.


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.

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