Mean Girls. The Video Game.

This is so fetch.

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

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

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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.”

Burn Book mean girls

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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June 10
2014

E3 2014: Nintendo Does It For the Ladies

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Nintendo has been getting a lot of flack for its decision to hold a digital press event rather than a traditional press conference, as they did for the first time last year. But after an exhausting day full of scruffy white men killing each other, driving sims, and unremarkable sports titles….I was left jaded. If the Microsoft, EA, Ubisoft, and Sony press conferences this year proved anything it’s that big companies are still only interested in making games for preteen boys itching to express their masculinity in as over the top a manner as possible.

No surprise, then, that I could count the number of playable female characters shown on my hands. And what of the big games? Assassin’s Creed Unity has four playable characters and not a single one is a lady. Metal Gear Solid V’s lone female character, the questionably dressed Quiet, was barely showcased in its new trailer and the most we saw of her was her ass. The new Rainbow Six game centered around rescuing/passing around like a basketball a female hostage whose home had been invaded. And of course that title garnered some of the most applause of any game screened all day.

While games like The Division, Rise of the Tomb Raider , Fable Legends, Dragon Age Inquisition, Valiant Hearts, and Mirror’s Edge 2 offered breaths of fresh feminine air they were shown amidst a smog of hyper-masculine gore-fests.

Then came this morning’s Nintendo digital event, showcasing major female playable characters in almost every single title put on display.

The first big announcement was the inclusion of Miis as playable characters in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U. This means that literally anyone can join the fight, including all the lovely lady  Miis you’ve got saved on your console. I can’t wait to have my Miley Cyrus Mii enter the fray. But the news didn’t stop there as Masahiro Sakurai unveiled that Kid Icarus’ Palutena will be joining the battle as well. The goddess has long been rumored to join the game’s roster, and now we finally get a first look. This isn’t the first sign that Smash Bros. is making room for more ladies. The additions of Wii Fit Trainer, female Villager skins, and Rosalina show an effort to make the game’s cast most diverse.

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The upcoming Pokemon games Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire bring back playable protagonist May as players’ female trainer option. May was featured prominently in the anime and it’s nice to see her back in the spotlight.

A new IP called Splatoon was shown off, featuring a team of magical squid-girls going to turf-war with multicolored ink shooters. The game looks like a fun spin on arena-style multiplayer games of this sort, and how refreshing to see a female character put at the forefront of the game’s footage.

Hyrule Warriors, the upcoming Dynasty  Warrios/Legend of Zelda hybrid, will allow players to control not only Link but the fierce ladies known as Impa, Midna, and even Princess Zelda herself. The opportunity to play as Zelda alone is a HUGE sell for the game, but the return of popular characters like Impa and Midna in prominent roles sweetens the deal.

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The highly anticipated Xenoblade Chronicles X was shown off and has been reported to have a fully customizable main character. This means that adventurers will be able to pilot mechs as whatever gender they please when the game drops in 2015.

And of course we got to see more Bayonetta 2, which is easily one of my most anticipated games of this year. The big surprise is that Bayonetta 2 will be shipped with the original game as a single package on Wii U, meaning those who missed Bayonetta’s first adventure won’t be late to the party.

So let’s recap. In one forty minute presentation Nintendo managed to squeeze in 9 prominent, playable female or gender-customizable characters and after an entire day four different AAA companies could only show us a handful.

Say what you want about Nintendo but on this front they’re at least trying to diversify.

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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

4 Responses

  1. avatar Nexus says:

    Nintendo does it for the ladies.
    Just not for the gays.

    • avatar Ann says:

      okay, that was a bit of trolling, gomen. but… i am starting to wonder what gaming seemed to be for “such people” before. gaming sure is about finding something to complain about these days.

  2. avatar Hartbits says:

    They’ll get to it, eventually! *hoping for newer and gayer Tomodachi Life*

  3. avatar Val says:

    It’s my intention to refer to the Legend of Zelda Wii U Link as ‘her’ here on, so as far as I’m concerned, she goes on this list as well.

    I don’t get why some people are so fiercely opposed to a female incarnation of Link…

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