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August 29
2014

Introducing the New Nintendo 3DS

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During today’s Japan-only Nintendo Direct Nintendo announced a brand new 3DS model, the confusingly titled ‘New’ Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DSLL (XL in western territories). The new handheld is an upgraded 3DS that offers a brand new design, connectivity features, and significantly more power than its predecessor.

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August 25
2014

GX3 is Coming!!!

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It was previously reported that after only its second year the queer-friendly gaming convention GaymerX would be no more. Numerous reasons were cited for the con’s end, the biggest one being a significant lack of financial support from sponsors and game companies to help with the event’s already high costs. Running a game convention at a major hotel in one of the most expensive cities in the world is no small feat, and organizers Toni Rocca and Matt Conn have publicly shared their uncertainty of holding another con, let alone breaking even on the first two. Since then a number of game developers have stepped up with financial support for the convention.

Today it has been announced that GaymerX is coming back for a third year and will be rebranded as GX3: Everyone Games.
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August 22
2014

Luciano ‘Kaidan’ Costa Does the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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Longtime GayGamer readers are no doubt familiar with Luciano Costa, the openly gay face model for Mass Effect‘s Kaidan. When not helping save the universe from the Reapers or modeling that gorgeous face of his, Costa runs with the SoCal Social Club, organizing recreational and networking events for the LGBTQ community of Southern California. Today (well, yesterday) he joined the masses by participating in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

I know, I know….your internet has been clogged with these videos, but it’s all for a good cause and anyone with a crush on Kaidan will no doubt enjoy this one.

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August 15
2014

Princess Bubblegum and Marceline Officially Dated

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Oh my glob you guys, they really dated.

As first reported over on After Ellen, the popular Adventure Time ship of Princess Bubblegum and Marceline the Vampire Queen has been confirmed by the latter’s voice actress Olivia Olson as well as the show’s quirky creator Pendelton Ward. At a Barnes & Noble book signing for The Adventure Time Encyclopedia several of the show’s cast members were on hand, including Olson who addressed the highly speculated pairing.

“I was at the studio on Tuesday and [Pendelton Ward] was actually there because he was recording for Lumpy Space Princess and I wanted to ask him a lot of questions, because [Martin Olson is] trying to write the book and stuff so I wanted to pick Pen’s brain a little bit and he says, “Oh, you know they [Bubblegum and Marceline] dated, right?” And I said, “Well that’s what I figured from all the creepy fan art.”

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August 8
2014

In Sunset Overdrive You Can Change Your Gender At Any Time

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Sunset Overdrive keeps on making me happy. This colorful, irreverent approach to shooters was one of very few things keeping me from falling asleep during this year’s E3 press conferences. Following E3, and the massive backlash Ubisoft saw for not including a playable female assassin in Assassin’s Creed Unity, developer Insomniac Games threw a bit of shade Ubisoft’s way by showcasing the ability to make one in this game. Today in the newest episode of Sunset TV, where Brandon Winfrey shares updates on the highly anticipated title, it was announced that characters can switch between genders at any time during the game.

While answering a question about the ability to modify a character’s appearance after their initial creation it was said that,

“You can change any part of your appearance at any time. So that means body type, skin tone, anything. So if you wanna be a girl one day, do it, and you can switch back to a guy the next.”

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August 5
2014

Hyrule Warriors Welomes Zant, Ghirahim, and Ganondorf

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Last night Nintendo aired a special Hyrule Warriors-centric Direct where the game’s creators broke down the details of the game. Much of what they discussed expanded on previously announced features and characters, with a few surprises thrown in for good measure. Chain Chomp weapons, giant Bomb-Chus, and strategic Cuckoo swarms were all shown off alongside previously announced stages and characters from Ocarina of Time, Skyward Sword, and Twilight Princess.

We also got a new mode that harkens back to the original Legend of Zelda game. Players find themselves on an 8-bit map full of unlockable weapons and items, with each individual block-area housing its own unique challenge for players to overcome. Upon selecting a challenge players are transported to the fully-realized 3D map to complete their challenge. This Adventure Mode, along with two player co-op multiplayer, will give the game plenty of replay value once the main campaign is complete.

Lastly it was revealed that series villains Zant, Ghirahim, and Ganondorf will all be unlockable playable characters. This certainly balances the game’s gender scales somewhat, though the playable cast is still predominantly fiercely fabulous females.

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July 28
2014

This Gaystation 4 is for the Gaymers

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The 2014 gay pride season has been a great one for gaymers. We’ve had all sorts of parades: from the Toronto Gaymers’ cosplay contingent at World Pride to virtual marches in Star Trek Online, World of Warcraft, and in celebration of the game’s inclusive marriage options, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Plus, the second year of queer-gaming conference GaymerX fell right in the middle of the season, in many ways acting as the  year’s unofficial gaymer pride event.
Today, in celebration and support of the Stockholm Pride Festival a Swedish electronics retailer, Webhallen, is auctioning off what could possibly be the gayest console of all time: The 500gb, rainbow-striped, ‘Gaystation 4′.

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