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 t…

Read more

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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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March 7
2014

“Not My Choice, But Still My Consequence” How Fable Taught One Gaymer to Believe in Himself

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“I knew I was a gamer before I knew I was gay.” writes user Jadis232 of The Dead Hamster forums, a Lionhead Studios community site.

It’s a sentiment that many queer gamers can relate to. For many video games became a safe space in a world where they felt different. Our own Jesse once wrote how the fighting game genre gave him a way to fight back against those who would judge or bully him. Samantha Allen shared with me how character creation systems allowed her the freedom to idealize her gender presentation before she transitioned. The RPG genre in particular has had a profound resonance with the gay gaming community at large.

For Jadis232 it was Fable, Peter Molyneaux’s 2004 Fantasy RPG that famously included same-sex romance and marriage, that taught him how to accept himself as a gay man.

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Via The Dead Hamster:

“I can recall a specific day in school when two boys had bullied me consistently for the entire day. They made fun of my choice of clothes, that I hung out with mostly girls, and the fact that I was just different. When two thirty finally came around I couldn’t wait to escape the relentless bullying and just go home, but things weren’t much better there either. After I arrived home from school I decided to come out to my parents, because it was something I felt needed to be done. Like many conservative parents, they didn’t like the idea of having a gay son. Once the initial shock faded they started to blame a number of things for my ‘condition’. It must have been the divorce that had done this to me, or maybe it was that one movie they let me watch, and of course the D was probably in on it too. Ultimately, it was a dangerous and disgusting lifestyle in their eyes, and so their demands were simple; if I didn’t agree to therapy to “fix” my condition, I would be dead to them. I’ll be completely honest with you, there is no way I can accurately describe the pain one feels when their own father lashes out at them in homophobic slurs and physical attacks. In time you may forgive the pain, but you certainly never forget it. Everyone always understands the pain, but no one ever really knows it. Not only was that the day I came out, but it was also the day I stopped believing in magic. Confused, scared, and alone, I turned to the one thing that had always given me peace, video games. I didn’t know how to deal with all of the chaos going in my life, so instead I ran from it using this alternate virtual life.

After passing some time in the small village of Oakvale, a random male villager whom I had helped carry some crates for and given a few gifts to (if only it were that easy) began showing a romantic interest in my character. Suddenly this game was no longer just a casual pastime; it was a simulated world where I could assume the role of a character safe from judgment. Not a single person in all of Albion treated my character any differently for my decision to marry another man. Sure, they didn’t appreciate the fact that I was terrorizing their towns with fireballs or kicking their chickens all of the time, but the idea of two men being together was nothing out of the ordinary. It appeared that in this world, love was love, regardless of whom it was between. The game didn’t treat homosexuality as if it were a choice, at least not one that should have any kind of consequence. If you were gay, great! If you weren’t, also great! I remember looking all over the game case and manual for any mention of same-sex options, but there was nary a mention. It may sound odd now, but I literally spent days wondering why a game company would include something like that in their own game yet never really make a point to promote it anywhere. When the answer finally hit me that was when I started to believe in magic once again. Lionhead had never made one single mention about the option of creating a homosexual character. Why? Because Lionhead had no interest in making a political statement. They just made a game that they wanted people to enjoy and get captivated in. That was my wake up call. If this game didn’t treat homosexuality like something to be ashamed of, then maybe I really wasn’t as damaged as everyone had led me to believe.

I admit it sounds a bit over the top to say that games like Fable help individuals accept themselves, and encourage them to be the person that they want to be. For most people, Fable is just another game; something to pass the time and move on from once they’ve completed it, but for others like me, it has been a principle of acceptance, hope, and courage. Since that very first play through of Fable, I’ve only grown to admire Lionhead even more for their decision to include same-sex romance options in all of main Fable titles. I am grateful to these amazing people for not only showing the world that one game can make a tremendous impact on a person’s life, but also getting me to believe in magic once again. So while I may not believe in Santa Claus, and sadly still can’t shoot lightning from my fingertips, I do believe in the magic of positive change. Sometimes it just takes something as small as a video game to remind us that, no matter how difficult reality may be, you will always have a home within your own imagination. To me that is real magic, and something worth believing in.”

Be sure to read the full article over at The Dead Hamster where fellow users, in a refreshing change of pace for comment sections, are all showing their support.

Do you have a story similar to Jadis232, Jesse, or Samantha? Has gaming helped you come to terms with your identity in some way? If so we would love it if you’d share it with us in the comments!

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About Sal Mattos

(Managing Editor and Writer) Sal lives in the beautiful city of San Francisco where he splits his time between playing games, watching copious amounts of television, and occasionally going outside. He has written for GayGamer and Gamezone. He studied creative writing and theatre at SFSU, and when not gaming can most likely be found on stage somewhere. You can keep up with him on twitter @salmattos

3 Responses

  1. avatar Branovices says:

    You never realize how much you crave acceptance until it falls on you. Whenever I play games with gay options, it makes me realize how much it bothers some part of me to sit through straight romances in games all the time. Like when a droning sound suddenly stops and you didn’t realize how annoying it was ’till it was gone.

    • avatar The_French_Guy says:

      That’s pretty much how i felt too! I never knew how much i wanted it so bad until i saw it was possible!
      Now i cringe every time i hear this feature is left out in a customizable player game.

  2. avatar Anthony says:

    It’s kind of funny but I remember when I first started playing the Sims. I was about 12 when the first game game out and I owned every expansion. Nobody watched me play the game and nobody really liked the game in my house. Thus, I felt free to play the game however I felt like. At that age, I had just begun to come to turns with my sexuality and was able to explore that through the Sims. For the first time, I could be in a relationship with another man, start a family, build a home, and not be judged.

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