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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 breathe 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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April 14
2014

GaymerX2 to be the Queer Gaming Con’s Last

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GaymerX made history when it became the first ever queer-centric video game convention of its kind. The con’s founder Matt Conn made headline after headline as he spearheaded an endeavor to bring his dream to life: a safe space where queer and allied geeks could gather together to play the games that they love. GamerX famously made four times its Kickstarter goal in 2012 before welcoming thousands of gay geeks from all over to the halls of San Francisco’s Hotel Kabuki last August.

GaymerX2 or GX2, will take place this upcoming July in San Francisco’s Intercontinental Hotel, a significant upgrade in size. It is expected to be even crazier than last year’s event, and will see special guests like WWE’s Darren Young alongside BioWare’s David Gaider, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, indie game writer/developer Mattie Brice, and many more.

It will also be the con’s last…for now.

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April 11
2014

Tomodachi Life Comes Stateside! (Still No Same-Sex Relationships)

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Nintendo surprised everyone yesterday by announcing the release of Tomodachi Life (Tomodachi Collection: New Life in Japan) in both Europe and the US this summer. With a hilariously self-referential new Nintendo Direct, Jack Trenin announced the game’s June 6th release date alongside an overview of the game’s features. This would appear to be a part of Nintendo’s previously announced plans to release popular titles that have yet to be localized (like Inazuma Eleven) outside of Japan.

Any game where my love interest can be stolen by a musclebound Reggie Fils-Aime or a scuba diving Satoru Iwata is a must-buy, let’s be honest.

But before we get too excited, let’s not forget Tomodachi Life‘s infamous ‘Gay Marriage Glitch‘.

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April 10
2014

Natasha Allegri Puts Her Heels Down

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Tuesday’s Super Smash Bros. Nintendo Direct marked the return of Zero Suit Samus, the de-amored gun-toting second form of the iconic Metroid star. No longer a Final Smash-triggered alternate form, Zero Suit Samus or ‘Zamus’ as fans affectionately call her is getting her own official character slot. Being a standalone character means she gets some new moves, an upgrade in power, and….high heels.

Technically they’re jet-boots that make her kicks extra powerful but they sure do look like high heels. I think Bayonetta called and wants her shoes back. Zamus’ new footwear of course prompted all kinds of different responses from the internet. Some called foul asking why a capable fighter/bounty hunter would be running around in something so impractical. Others (like us) let out a resounding ‘Yasssssssszzzzzz’ as she started kicking those legs around. Can you blame us? She’s one death-drop away from entering RuPaul’s Drag Race. Still others were probably too busy crying that Mewtwo/Ridley/Palutena/whoever else didn’t get a playable reveal to care very much at all.

Natashi Allegri however, known for her work on Adventure Time as well her original creation Bee and Puppycat, wins the award for best response to video game high heels ever.

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April 8
2014

Super Smash Bros. Nintendo Direct Makes a Splash

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Today Nintendo aired a special Smash Bros.-centric Nintendo Direct. Developer Masahiro Sakurai mostly went over new modes and mechanics for the Wii U and 3DS fighting game, but also teased some release windows (yes, plural) and even unveiled a brand new character.

You can watch the entire segment above, and read on for a full recap!

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April 1
2014

This Garrus Vakarian Body Pillow May Be the Cruelest April Fools Prank of All

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We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: We love Garrus Vakarian. I’m still very upset that while Mass Effect 3 went and included male same-sex relationship options for its last go around, everybody’s favorite Turian calibrator was not one of those options. There’s just something about that voice and his cool, collected demeanor that can’t be denied. I don’t even care if he doesn’t have the kind of anatomy I’m used to, as so much fan-porn would erroneously suggest.

Which is why when the BioWare store offered up this Garrus Vakarian body pillow I immediately reached for my….wallet. Of course had I bothered to check a calendar I would have known better than to get my hopes up; it is April Fools Day.

And now I go cry.

Maybe if we’re all really nice to BioWare (and stop complaining about the way ME3 ended) they’ll thrown us this bone…er, cloaca?

 

 

 

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March 28
2014

The Nintendo 2DS, Now in Peach Pink!

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[Update: Turns out the fancy white and gold Disney Magical World 3DS XL will be coming to the US after all, exclusively at Walmart. Original article is as follows:]

Nintendo loves to make special edition handhelds as special treats for their dedicated fans. There’s the Pikachu one, the Animal Crossing one, the Pokemon XY ones, and the Luigi one. Oh and that Zelda one. There’s also all the ones that only ever got released in Japan because….Nintendo. (One day Tony Tony Chopper-3DS, one day)

Today they’ve announced the first ever special edition of the Nintendo 2DS to celebrate the release of Disney Magical World. And it’s pink!

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