Remaking Final Fantasy VII in HD may be the most common sense decision that a gaming company has ever ignored. A revolutionary title in its day that has dug a comfortably nostalgic place in most gamers’ hearts, the relatively cheap process it would t...
I first heard of Ultimate Gay Fighter through a friend’s Facebook post rather than any gaming news outlet, because do you really think that mainstream gaming outlets are going to bother with anything like this? I gave the trailer a look-see, wr...
I’m coining the word “xbroglio” as of today. It means, “any incidents occurring as a result of Microsoft assuming players to be heterosexual dudebros”. It’s quite a flexible concept, too – in fact, I’d ...
The idea of a game designed with queer themes at its heart is not a new one. Titles like Mattie Brice’s Mainichi and Anna Anthropy’s Dys4ia have already made waves in the indie scene, opening up dialogues about their creators’ exper...
When comes to groups that the most vile of gamers dislike, gay men are miles above common fodder like women and “the blacks.” The industry has spent so long catering strictly to the angry white kid demographic that its visual mythology and cultural p...
So, I know I promised a look at Fate Core for this edition of Tabletopping, but it’s Halloween! You need something scary. So instead we’re going to take a look at a game called Don’t Rest Your Head. DRYH is a game about madness and finding yourself. ...
As usual, New York Comic Con was full of tons of great cosplay. This year, Attack on Titan proved to be quite a favorite amongst attendees (I think because you can actually buy replicas of the uniform online, so there’s not a lot of home crafti...
Read Only Memories, the new adventure game with queer themes from the folks who brought us GaymerX, is working its way to Kickstarter success. Having amassed nearly half of its $62,064 goal in less than half a month, ROM is on its way to being one of the first fully crowd funded queer games.
Upon its initial unveiling many demanded gameplay footage of the 90s adventure throwback, and today MidBoss Games and GaymerX have delivered the goods:
The newest entry in Anita Sarkeesian’s Tropes vs. Women in Video Games video series has arrived, focusing this time on the Ms. Male Character trope. Worth noting is that this video, despite being the fifth in the series, is actually only the second episode from Anita’s original list of planned topics.
This trope hits home for me as a big fan of characters like Pretty Bomber, Dixie Kong, and Amy Rose. These characters have, of course, come into their own over time (with Dixie taking the starring role in Donkey Kong Country 3, and Amy Rose having taken major roles in many Sonic titles) but it’s still worth noting how problematic their initial conceptions were.
Also very interesting is how the use of supposed ‘feminine’ signifiers affects the portrayal of trans and gay characters in video games.
What do you think about the Ms. Male Character trope? Let us know in the comments!
The idea of a game designed with queer themes at its heart is not a new one. Titles like Mattie Brice’s Mainichiand Anna Anthropy’s Dys4ia have already made waves in the indie scene, opening up dialogues about their creators’ experiences as trans women. My Ex-Boyfriend the Space Tyrant garnered lots of attention merely for existing as a gay game at all. And to paraphrase Mattie, these games were made precisely because nobody else was going to do it for them. If we want more queer content in games, then we’ve got to make our own.
Today the team behind LGBTQ gaming convention GaymerX have decided to do just that, launching the Kickstarter for Read Only Memories.
“Overturning the status quo of gay characters in gaming, Read Only Memories is a new cyberpunk adventure game for desktop and mobile that features queer characters in prominent roles.”
Masahiro Sakurai is nothing if not mysterious (or, in the eyes of some….a troll. But a friendly playful troll). Since debuting the newest entries in his Super Smash Bros. series at E3 back in June, the series’ lead developer has been posting screenshots of the game onMiiVerseevery single day to help build anticipation.
These screenshots have included everything from characters in bizarre poses, to level reveals, to character reveals. In fact since the game’s initial announcement back in June five veteran fighters have been announced to return: Princess Peach, Captain Olimar and Pikmin, Luigi, and Toon Link. With the exception of Peach all of the character announcements have been tied to a major release related to their respective franchises. This led many to expect a Pokemon-related announcement following the release of Pokemon X and Pokemon Y. This is all we got.
This past weekend brought with it the worldwide launch of Pokemon X and Pokemon Y, the newest entries to the immensely popular Pokemon series and the first for the Nintendo 3DS. Pokemon X and Y versions boldly take the core franchise into fully rendered 3D for the first time, while also introducing features such as character customization, mega evolutions, the new Fairy type, and direct interaction and training with Pokemon using the 3DS touch screen. So far the reviews for the games have been overwhelmingly positive, with many saying that they breath some new life into the eighteen year old franchise.
LA-based photographer and gaymer Matt Baume (who happened to be the official GaymerX photographer back in August) decided to celebrate the release with a fun and risque editorial photoshoot where he re-imagines Kalos region starters Fennekin, Chespin, and Froakie as fit young men hanging by the pool. He’s even brought in a trainer to catch ‘em all through notably kinkier means than a pokeball.
When Rebecca Wilson of the Children’s Miracle Network handed me a tiny blood pressure strap I nearly broke down right then and there, in a hospital hallway. Small enough to wrap around my pinkie, this strap is one of many keys to saving the lives of premature babies (or preemies, as they are affectionately called) that most facilities don’t keep in regular stock.
The Children’s Hospital and Research Center Oakland has been using specially designed equipment like this for nearly 100 years as one of the country’s most renowned childcare-centric hospitals. The humble campus is the only hospital of its kind in its entire region, with young patients literally being flown in via helicopter to receive the kinds of care they can’t receive anywhere else. (Side note: the hospital’s helipad is awesome.)
Children’s, the first dedicated ‘baby hospital’ in the West, was founded on the ideal that no child would ever be turned away. This ideal has not been lost in the better part of a century that the hospital has been operating. From cancer to sickle cell disease all the way to AIDS/HIV, Children’s lives up to its founders’ dreams. In fact the very first case of AIDS/HIV found in a child was treated here.
The hospital boasts one of the single highest retention rates staff, despite being a 100% not for profit organization. Rebecca shared with me a story of a young girl who was told by one hospital that following an accident her foot needed to be amputated, but at Children’s the doctor took the risk to actually treat this patient and attempt reconstruction despite the challenges and cost involved. Again, no child is turned away, even for a lack of funds or insurance coverage. Treatment before profit. Health before business.
Last week I had the privilege of joining GaymerConnect on a tour of this amazing place as part of our joint support for it via an event known as Extra Life.