#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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April 29

The Fight For #Miiquality

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Tomodachi Life is on the way to the United States and Europe this June and, as previously reported, the quirky title will not feature same-sex relationships. At least not without some trickery on the part of the player. By making male Miis with female features one could create what appears to be a lesbian couple in the game, for example. And many players did exactly that, posting cute pics of their gay Miis on twitter with the hashtag #homokore.

Separate from this trend was a game-breaking bug that also created the appearance of in-game same-sex relationships. A very poorly worded, when translated, statement on the issue from Nintendo sparked its own big gay controversy by referring to the appearance of same-sex couples as ‘strange’.

But let’s put all of that aside. Bottom line is, controversy or no, there aren’t any same-sex romance options in Tomodachi Life.

So what’s a gaymer to do? Some have turned to boycotting the game, while others like myself are eager to get our hands on the game in spite of it lacking queer options.

Gay gamer Tyeforce, taking a cue from #homokore, is taking to social media to get his voice heard.

Tyeforce’s #miiquality takes the Tomodachi hashtag activism to the next level. While the most apparent goal of the campaign is to get Nintendo to add same-sex options to the game, there is no doubt a lot of time, money, and coding that would go into such an endeavor. The more important thing about this movement is that, just like #homokore before it, it reminds Nintendo that they have gay fans; gay fans who are tired of not seeing themselves represented in these sorts of games.

It’s not as though relationships are a mere tacked on part of the game, rather as Tye points out forming relationships is key to progression in Tomodachi Life. For anyone not wanting to engage in the game’s heterocentric design, their options are limited. They can either trick the game by changing the gender of their Miis, in a sense ‘pretending’ to be gay in the game, or they can choose to not have relationships at all. Doing the latter, though, bars players from experience the full game. Content like marriage, child-rearing, and even the ability to send your children off to other peoples’ 3D consoles via Spot Pass, become inaccessible.

Tye is encouraging gamers to support the game rather than boycott it, using the #miiquality hashtag on their tweets, Facebook posts, videos, podcasts, and other social media, as a way of getting Nintendo’s attention.

If you want to join the fight for #miiquality just start using the hashtag to spread the word, and keep up with Tye on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.



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

5 Responses

  1. avatar AyeHaley says:

    I hope we can make it happen! There are many gay Nintendo gamers…we love colorful fun, hate-free games I guess :) Just a shame Nintendo is sometimes a bit old fashioned.

  2. avatar Tyeforce says:

    Thanks so much for spreading the word! This is a really great article! =)

    Since the original video was removed from YouTube, I’ve uploaded it again under a new account for Miiquality, if you’d like to add it to your article in place of the Vimeo video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVTXai2u4WI

  3. avatar Tyeforce says:

    Never mind… The video was removed from YouTube again. =/

  4. avatar Dandy Kong says:

    Did Youtube give you a reason why they removed your video?

  5. avatar Dandy Kong says:

    I mean, they say it’s “a violation of YouTube’s policy against spam, scams, and commercially deceptive content” but I can’t see how it’s any of those things.

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