#JamForLeelah, a Trans-Positive Global Game Jam!

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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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January 10
2014

Wootini’s Weekly Animal Crossing Diary

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Dear Diary,

While it was nice to finally have a relatively sedate week after all the chaos of the holidays, there’s still a Snake-sized hole in my heart…

Add to that my seeming inability to make snowboys correctly and the fact that no one new has moved in, and it wasn’t one of my favorite weeks in Geneva so far. There was one day when I got a little excited, only to have my hopes dashed… Make the jump and I’ll explain everything.

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I’m still devastated that my boyfriend left me, but at least I now have his photo to remember him by. His good-bye letter read: “My eternal rival… Listen up! I’ve decided to go through with moving. Even if we live in different towns, we’ll always be rivals. Here’s something of mine to keep your motivated. Treat it right! – Snake” I treated it like Bam’s, putting it right next to his. Although if I start some kind of weird shrine to all my crushes who have left me by moving away in the night, that might be kind of creepy…

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Can I just tell you how excited I am whenever I manage to make a perfectly shaped Snowboy? Which is not often! Seriously, I can make Snowmams and Snowmen with ease, apparently, but if I deliberately try to size the snowballs to make a Snowboy, there’s always something slightly off about him. I guess either the head is too small or too big. It’s super-frustrating. Especially since the Snowmen and Snowmams aren’t nearly as picky, it seems! At this rate, I probably won’t even be able to amass the entire snowman set of furniture before winter’s over!

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I’d grown so used to seeing Frita and Olaf wandering around the shops that when I saw Stitches this week, it was like a breath of fresh air! I’ve always thought Stitches was adorable, and was sad that he didn’t stick around long, so it was nice to see him again. Also, it gives me hope that I’ll see some other old friends popping in to run errands. Nothing against Frita and Olaf, but seriously, move on already! Make room for other people!

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I got a little excited to find Pete standing outside my front door, but the letter from Nintendo was just an alert on how you can get some of the previous rare items. Since I already have them, who cares? Then I always try to make conversation with Pete, but he rarely has anything interesting to say. I want some gossip about his crush on Phyllis!

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I did manage to make two correctly-formed Snowboys this week, actually, and got myself this lovely snowman wall and snowman wardrobe. But as I said, my snowman room is looking pretty pathetic due to my pretty pathetic Snowboy-making skills!

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I did finally achieve another bingo this week, having made a couple more Snowmen to get extra numbers. And this time my reward was a snow machine. Luckily, even if you switch it on, it doesn’t actually accumulate any snow inside your house. Which is good, because I don’t want to have to clean that up!

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I then discovered that if you return to a previously-made Snowman after winning bingo, he won’t give you a new bingo card for another game. The last time, I had made a Snowman who gave me a card, so I didn’t realize that you couldn’t just get one like this. You actually have to make a fresh one and then they will give you a bingo card if you don’t already have one. Of course, you can then go back to the melting Snowman to get a number once you’ve got the new card. Who knew? Learn something new every day!

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This week, it was also Tiffany’s birthday. Not that I would ever miss any of my townspeople’s birthdays, but since Tiffany is one of my favorites, I made sure to pick her out an extra-special present. Because she had such a trendy house, I bought her a sleek stereo to play her K.K. Rock on and wrapped it nicely…

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Sadly, she was seriously unimpressed by it. And freaking Chow was her only other guest, which is really sad, because he’s so lame. And when she was opening my gift, he was all up in her business hanging face, which I thought was just rude. Meanwhile, Snake’s the one who moves away, and Chow lingers like a rash. Heck, even Limberg hasn’t made any more noise about moving away, and he wouldn’t shut up about it over the past month or so. Maybe he’ll start up again when someone new finally moves in, but that hasn’t happened yet. (Although I’m still hoping it’s Chow who vacates first!)

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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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  1. avatar Monster_Hunter2882 says:

    Just a theory but I think the Snowboy’s head needs to be as big as Snowmam’s body(above chin-level but below ear-level).

  2. avatar jt says:

    I got two pictures recently. Diva unexpectedly moved away. I didn’t know someone moved until I saw a new house that was planted in my evergreen forest, directly in front of my camp grounds WTH!! And then Julian wanted a new piece of furniture to replace the mole cricket he wanted. So I gave him a lotus lamp and in exchange he gave me his picture!! Now that I have a couple pictures, I’m not dreading a neighbor moving away anymore. The picture is so simple, but it brings out great memories.

  3. avatar Ben says:

    I’ve never gotten ANY pictures from residents. I do everything they ask…repeatedly, and I send letters occasionally. Not sure what else to do. So far, just Jingle’s picture. There are some residents who I really like and want their pictures, like Grizzly, Chief, and Freya…but no dice.

  4. avatar Chris Eades says:

    I’ve gotten a couple of pictures as a reward, but I feel like more often than not, you get a picture after someone you’ve been really close to moves away. Which you don’t want! :-)

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