#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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June 9
2014

Wootini’s Weekly Video Podcast #176

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Short one this week as there isn’t too much to talk about with E3 looming on the horizon. But before some E3 thoughts, there’s the recent release of Tomodachi Life and whether or not it’s worth playing… Make the jump for this week’s musings!

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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 CPFace says:

    I got Tomodachi Life, and… I’m going to say that yes, relationships are kind of a major thing in the game. There are three relatively important locations that only open up once one of your Miis has confessed his or her love to another one, and one location (I haven’t got it yet and can’t comment on it) that only opens up when two Miis get married. So Nintendo is clearly expecting players to get involved in that aspect of the game. Beyond that, most of the interesting drama starts happening when the characters start forming friendships and interacting with each other autonomously. And yes, you can give suggestions to your Miis as to who to become friends with and who to fall in love with, but they have their own say as to who they’ll get along with, based on the personality types that you give them.

    So yeah. That’s a huge suck.

    I will say that I’m still enjoying the game. Reviewers seem kind of hung up on comparing it to Animal Crossing, but I think it’s more like a Tamagotchi; it’s more about watching these characters do things on their own and occasionally giving them a dose of life maintenance. I’m personally fine with unlocking the higher relationship stuff with the straight characters on my island, but your mileage may vary. And even if I’m not allowed to date my bear-crush, I can at least snap pictures of the two of us walking on a sunset beach: https://miiverse.nintendo.net/posts/AYMHAAACAAAYUKlXPSFCxQ

    All of the relationship stuff aside, it’s a very light-weight experience. It’s fun for watching things unfold and snapping amusing screenshots, but it doesn’t have the depth of Animal Crossing or Disney Magical Kingdom, where you have interesting long-term goals to work toward. I think of it as just a box of people that do interesting things on your screen. I know this sort of style of game is your thing, but I don’t think you’ll miss all that much if the relationship stuff turns you off.

  2. avatar CPFace says:

    Oh! I should also mention that my original plan was to make my Mii a girl so that I could do the dating, but having my character constantly referred to as a “she” was so off-putting that I reset only a couple minutes in.

    It has given me a new sort of respect for trans folk though. It’s true — being misidentified sucks.

  3. avatar Chris Eades says:

    Iiiinteresting.

    So can you unlock the areas by getting other Miis to hook up together? And stay a monk yourself? (While of course being BFFs with your gay crush!)

    Because then it might be doable…

  4. avatar CPFace says:

    Yep! In fact, there was a wedding between two of my other islanders yesterday, and now my whole island is open.

    And a couple more things I’ve noticed as I’ve played:

    – One of the songs you can perform on stage is a love ballad duet, and the game doesn’t mind what gender the singers are.

    – Someone on Miiverse posted a picture of a male Mii who really liked what looked like a maid outfit. I don’t know if it’s a female-oriented clothing item or what, but it might be that Miis react to the clothes you give them based on their personality rather than just gender. But take that with a grain of salt; I haven’t experimented much myself.

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