avatar

October 21
2014

Review: Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved

by
ff68ab734cb9c31c6527f22f0fa7df87
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Digg

What happens when you mix the magic of Disney with the magic of Harmonix? You get Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved, one of the most unique and hard-to-describe games I think I’ve ever seen. It’s a music rhythm game, which is Harmonix’s strength, but instead of playing along with the music or dancing to it, you’re conducting it and remixing it to your whim. It’s a hard sell, but is it worth picking up? Let me try to explain…

MORE >>

avatar

October 20
2014

Wootini’s Weekly Video Podcast #194

by
Podcast194
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Digg

Well, I was able to put Fantasy Life aside for just long enough to finally finish the epilogue of Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright… and then immediately dove back into my new fantasy life. So I’ve got some final thoughts on the bizarre mash up of puzzle solving and ace attorney-ing before sharing some more impressions on the new 3DS RPG that’s apparently taking over my life! Watch this week’s episode after the jump!

MORE >>

avatar

October 17
2014

Wootini’s Weekly Animal Crossing Diary

by
HNI_0082
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Digg

Dear Diary,

This week starts out upsetting, and doesn’t get much better! Even with a holiday! Well, it’s not all bad. Although I had the bright idea to take the alpine furniture in my house and bring it to Re-Tail to have Cyrus combine it with a ruby so I can have the same furniture design but in shiny pink! Unfortunately, I find out that all he can do is change the wood grain color and the pattern. Boring! So I asked around and found out that only certain types of furniture can be combined with certain types of gems to create that effect. Lame! So now I have to decide whether or not I want to go through that much effort. Although I should probably pull out my spooky furniture for Halloween before it actually arrives and I miss my opportunity!

Read on for this week’s drama!

MORE >>

avatar

October 16
2014

NYCC ’14: Hands On LEGO Batman 3

by
b66_batmobile_01
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Digg

During New York Comic Con, I had the opportunity to visit the DC Comics booth to check out the upcoming LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham from Traveler’s Tales/Warner Bros. Interactive. And while this game in the franchise one-ups the last one by expanding from an explorable Gotham to explorable planets, it was the level I sampled on the show floor that really had me pumped up to play this one.

There is an entire level based off the classic ’60s Batman TV series! With Adam West doing the voiceover and everything! Batgirl in her purple outfit! Robin in his short shorts! Julie Newmar’s Catwoman! It’s epic, and I would play an entire game based in this universe. Sadly, it’s just a bonus level, but the rest of the game is still looking to be pretty epic!

MORE >>

avatar

October 14
2014

Wootini’s Weekly Video Podcast #193

by
Podcast193
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Digg

Well, I’m pretty much exhausted after New York Comic Con, but I’ve still got enough energy to give you a quick rundown of the highlights as well as a rant about Alien: Isolation before finishing with the delightful Fantasy Life on the Nintendo 3DS! Make the jump for this week’s episode!

MORE >>

avatar

October 10
2014

Wootini’s Weekly Animal Crossing Diary

by
HNI_0076
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Digg

Dear Diary,

It was a relatively quiet week in Geneva, thank goodness. I just can’t deal with any more drama right now. So even though my boyfriend gave me a shock, it was okay, and then there was a party! Woo hoo! Oh, but wait until I tell you about the weird experience I had for the first time this week! Read on!

MORE >>

avatar

October 7
2014

Quiet Queers: LGBTQIA+ Invisibility in Games

by
QuietQueers
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Digg

There is a problem in videogames of LGBTQIA+ characters whose queerness is silent.

This isn’t to say that all LGBTQIA+ characters whose gender or sexual identity is only mentioned in-passing are inherently bad, or are examples of bad writing; sometimes, the most interesting, effective and emotionally-engaging way to state something about a character is to understate it.

The problem is that “invisible queerness” – queerness that is effectively absent in a text except for authors stating it outside of the text (e.g., Dumbledore in Harry Potter), single lines ad-libbed at the end of the text as an afterthought (e.g., Gobber in How To Your Train Your Dragon 2), or going utterly unspoken but hinted at through vague allusions, nudge-wink stereotypes and plausibly-deniable overtones (e.g, most queer characters during the first and second millenium CE).

So long as their queerness isn’t intrusive, or doesn’t require players to talk or think about queerness in any but the most basic terms, they’re lauded as being exemplars of the entire LGBTQIA+ spectrum.

MORE >>