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April 23
2014

Dragon Age Goes Gender-Neutral!

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Sometimes it’s the little things.

The Dragon Age series has always stood out for its “all’s fair in love and war” handling of in-game romances. It’s also infamous for featuring rendered sex scenes, gay and straight, that are seriously awkward to behold. Like its sister series Mass Effect there’s typically a less-than-subtle suggestion that, despite the freedom to build any character you want, creating a male hero is the right way to go. At least that’s how it was in the past. Developer BioWare has just released some official box art to challenge that perception.

Dragon Age: Inquisition, the latest entry in the series due out this fall, features a figure on its cover that could be any gender. The best part — the character’s gender is totally irrelevant!

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April 22
2014

Premiere: Gaming in Color, a Documentary Exploring the Queer Side of Gaming

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Gaming in Color, the first ever documentary about queer issues in video games, has finally made its debut! Kickstarted in early 2013, the film explores the rise of the gay gaming community, from games that have made waves for queer representations to the creation and importance of safe spaces for gaymers like QG Con and GaymerX.

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April 22
2014

Impressions: Coming Out On Top (Beta)

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Pansy Division’s “Luv Luv Luv” is the first thing you hear upon starting up Obscurasoft’s limited beta of Coming Out On Top. Recently offered up to the game’s Kickstarter supporters as an apology for delaying the game’s final release, the beta offers a glimpse into the first (as far as I can tell) American gay dating sim. Opening up with a queercore classic that flirts playfully with the tension between the love we’re told to want and the sex we want to have, it brings to the surface a theme that’s present throughout the beta. It also sets up the playfulness that Coming Out On Top brings promises to bring to its material.

Hit the jump for more. (And bear in mind that I’m one of Coming Out On Top‘s Kickstarter supporters so, you know, I’m invested in this thing not sucking. Take that as you will.)

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April 21
2014

PAX East 2014: Hands On: Elegy For A Dead World

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One of the most intriguing games I saw at PAX East 2014 is barely a game — at least not in the traditional sense of the word. I was drawn to Dejobaan Games’ Elegy For A Dead World by its lovely, hand-painted art style, but what looked like a simple 2D platformer turned out to be anything but.

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April 20
2014

Wootini’s Weekly Video Podcast #169

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I have to admit that I have been completely obsessed with Disney Magical World and can’t stop playing it to make new fabulous outfits and enjoy new fantastic adventures. Especially since now that the game is out and the Miiverse community has launched, I can make better screenshots!

But the main thing I want to talk about this week is some follow-up on the PAX East Roll For Diversity Lounge, and how I will always attend PAX East as long as I’m representing GayGamer.net. Make the jump and I’ll explain…

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April 18
2014

Wootini’s Weekly Animal Crossing Diary

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Dear Diary,

I had some good luck this week, and made a new friend. Although I have to say that I’m a little disappointed that we haven’t had much in the way of April showers. I would’ve liked a few days off from watering plants here and there… Oh well! Make the jump to meet my new pal, and the rest of the fun!

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April 17
2014

Amy Schumer Presents A Very Realistic Military Game

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[Trigger Warning: Sexual Assault] I’ve recently discovered the comedic stylings of Amy Schumer, thanks in large part to her new Comedy Central show. The program, Inside Amy Schumer, sees the comedian performing stand up, interviewing people on the street, and act in longer sketches. Much of Schumer’s humor, though certainly not all, is told from her perspective as a woman; a breath of fresh air for Comedy Central. Her jokes run the gamut from absurd, like infidelity by way of clown orgy, to satirical, as with the viral-hit Aaron Sorkin parody The Foodroom.

One of her newest sketches lands itself in the realm of uncomfortably thought-provoking, tackling a whole number of issues: Sexism in gaming, sexism in the military, and even delves into some of the harsh realities of sexual assault in both. Please count that a warning before you hit play.

PHEW. That’s a lot to process in less than three minutes. “I am so thrilled that this game doesn’t actually exist!” I thought after watching this sketch. Then I realized: It does exist. Only unlike Schumer’s game, we’re not playing them from the perspective of the victim.

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