Review: Coming Out On Top

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You may or may not remember those “for girls” boardgames where you play a babysitter or whatever and you date boys…  They tended to have a few different kinds of boys, and you knew who they were the moment you saw them.  There was the blond goody two-shoes, the dark-haired bad boy (as bad as they’d let a boy be in a board game targeted to preteen girls), the captain of the most culturally relevant sports team, and so on.  After bedding three of the five datable characters in Coming Out On Top, it struck me as a lot like those games, except that it’s more engaging and it’s got a lot of dicks in it.  Like, a lot of dicks. After two nights of my playing it before bed, my husband started calling it “that porn game” and just stopped pretending that he wasn’t craning over my shoulder for a better look.  He was especially fond of Ian, which is good as I was too and I like to think we have similar taste.

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(Writer) is GayGamer.net’s resident Canadian and a life-long photographer. He likes to spend time in the woods, in the water, and in hammocks, and has read the Iliad in the original Greek.

Video: First Gameplay Footage From Wii U Zelda

At The Game Awards on Friday Nintendo Producers Shigeru Miyamoto and Eiji Aonuma showcased the first gameplay footage from the upcoming Wii U Zelda game, and it looks huge.

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(Writer) is GayGamer.net’s resident Canadian and a life-long photographer. He likes to spend time in the woods, in the water, and in hammocks, and has read the Iliad in the original Greek.

Video: No Man’s Sky Trailer From The Game Awards

One of the most exciting things from E3 2014 for me was No Man’s Sky, an exploration-heavy game that looks like the covers of 70s and 80s sci fi novels.  Even better, the game is entirely procedurally generated – like Minecraft, no two maps are the same.  Or, as the newly released trailer from The Game Awards puts it, every star, every planet is unique.  Even better than that, if you ask me?  The sci fi colour palette:  Yellow, green, and ochre; neon purple and pink over a field of black.  No Man’s Sky looks like it could be a welcome departure from two generations’ worth of games in sci fi settings slathered in grey, brown, and guns.
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(Writer) is GayGamer.net’s resident Canadian and a life-long photographer. He likes to spend time in the woods, in the water, and in hammocks, and has read the Iliad in the original Greek.

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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(Writer) is GayGamer.net’s resident Canadian and a life-long photographer. He likes to spend time in the woods, in the water, and in hammocks, and has read the Iliad in the original Greek.

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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(Writer) is GayGamer.net’s resident Canadian and a life-long photographer. He likes to spend time in the woods, in the water, and in hammocks, and has read the Iliad in the original Greek.