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Coming Out On Top: New Beta And Release Date

When we last encountered Coming Out On Top here at Gaygamer, Obscurasoft had just delayed the gay dating sim’s release and offered backers a beta to apologize, and to whet their appetites for its eventual drop date.

Recently confirming December 10 for the game’s release, Obscurasoft has offered players another – this time spoiler-heavy – beta that delves deeper into the game’s stories and characters.  A few months ago I described the game as playful and promising; follow along after the jump for my final pre-release impressions.  I’ve tried to minimize the spoilers…a couple of images could be considered beans-spilling, but only about characters it’s pretty clear are on the menu from the start.

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Indie Darlings: Shovel Knight

Now and again we feature indie games of note, either for their content relevant to LGBT2SQ* communities, or just because.  Welcome to Indie Darlings:  Shovel Knight Edition.

It would have been easy for Shovel Knight to be a derivative nostalgia pile on, a sort of rosy-coloured 8-bit bukakke.  The hunger for all things old-school is ferocious right now – from Capcom’s Mega Man 9 & 10, to Nintendo’s NES Remixes and resurrection of side-scrolling Mario, to Ubisoft’s reverent love letter to incredibad 80s action movies in Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon.  The market’s clearly there as children of the 8- and 16-bit eras are sprouting grey hair and lapping up reminders of their misty youths and the delightful, punishing, delicious and delirious games that once sustained them.

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Gaymers (Cos)Play Their Way Through World Pride 2014

Over the past weeks, Toronto has been home to World Pride – the first time it’s been held in North America – hosting art and music festivals, human rights conferences, marches, parties, and drawing an audience of millions from across the globe.  Toronto Gaymers (a group that has gown to hundreds of members since we first featured them) have been busy throughout, presenting a panel on diverse voices in gaming, mixers, card game, board game, and fighting game events, and (of course) cosplay.  In outfits designed to weather the withering heat (and the barrage of water guns along the route), and amid a torrent of 12 000 marchers and activists from more than 50 nations that stretched on for hours during World Pride 2014′s culminating Pride Parade, the Toronto Gaymers got the crowd cheering.  Check out a gallery of their best after the jump.

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Luigi’s Got His War Face On In Mario Kart 8

Veteran Nintendo gamers know that underneath the bright and shiny exterior, every Mario Kart game – just like the Mario Party series – is really just a hyper-competitive death match designed to render even the most rock solid friendships unto dust.  In Mario Kart 8, out now for less than a week, it seems that Luigi knows this truth all too well and has shredded the veneer of cheer, dropping the characteristic smiles and “woo hoos” of the brothers Mario for the grim rictus of that one player in your group who gives up pretending that the game is “for fun” and goes for the jugular.

With Mario Kart 8 already a million seller, and with its highlight reel feature allowing uploads to YouTube, some sort of critical mass has been reached and the green plumber’s pitiless death stare has gained a life of its own online.  Check it out after the jump.

[image via: Gameinformer; h/t to Ant Man from the Gaygamer.net Facebook community]

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So, Mario’s Hawking For Benz And Making Gains

It’s no secret that Nintendo’s looking for new ways to make money and turn things around for the Wii U.  But by the looks of a new Japanese Mercedes ad, as the big N’s revenue stream has been shrinking, Mario’s been getting swole.

One of the tactics Nintendo of Japan has announced for getting more Nintendo-branded product out there is to partner up with other industry leaders to co-develop Nintendo IP.  While this has already spawned games such as Luigi’s Mansion:  Dark Moon, the fun-but-regrettably-scripted Metroid: Other M, and the upcoming Hyrule Warriors, I kind of expected all these collaborations to be…video games?

But, as it’s prone to do, Nintendo has taken a hard right turn where no one expected and is letting Mercedes use their central mascot to hawk the GLA model in Japan.  And Mercedes has given us the closest thing to a Nintendo-licenced gritty Mario Bros. reboot that the world will ever see.  Check out the guy in the video after the jump.  Not only do those blue overalls and red shirt look like they had a once-over from whoever designed the Batman uniforms from the Nolan films, but that dude looks completely jacked.

I guess hawking fine cars buys a lot of protein shakes?

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