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 ...
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...
If there was an award for GDC MVP I would without hesitation hand the 2014 honor to BioWare Montreal Gameplay Designer, Manveer Heir. While this year’s Game Developer’s Conference had plenty to talk about, from indie darling Papers, Pleas...
You read about something. You get mad about it. Then, you are doused with a heavy cold shower of, “why complain now? We’ve been doing this shit for years!”
Turn now to the blog of Melissa Bennett, M.Div. In a recent entry, she posts...
The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 2 isn’t only about surviving. A gay couple plays a vital role in the game’s second episode, and teaches young protagonist Clementine about the value of hope and forgiveness in a world that seems to be lac...
The notion of video games as boy’s club is an old and, unfortunately, resonant one. At last year’s GDC, during the #1ReasontoBe panel, famed developer Brenda Romero said that she dreams of the day she can bring her daughter to to industry...
There are two things we know about British people – one indisputably true, the other, a result of inference. The former is that they represent the very height of class and sophistication: their minds harboring clever witticisms and salvos of wordplay that would make the most fervent english-geek blush. In light of this, we can only conclude that they must be robots. MORE >>
If there’s one thing that I’ve learned from my gaming life, it’s that difficulty settings are absolute nonsense – or if you’re feeling especially charitable, “highly subjective.” Sometimes hard mode is the most leisurely of walks in the park; sometimes medium difficulty results in a tour de force of clinical masochism. Then, there is Catherine, one of the few games in recent memory that bolsters my long-standing argument that there should be a difficulty setting above “very hard,” simply called, “Japan.” Indeed, Catherine hates you: It hates your smugness, mocks your persistence, and does everything in its power to compel you to leave a fist-shaped dent in your television.
In the interest of full disclosure, yours truly has the spatial intelligence of a comatose four year-old. Nonetheless, after many Red Bulls, many meetings of controller and wall, and enough profanity to warrant a maternal scolding, the dread specter of Catherine found herself thoroughly and utterly vanquished – and all things considered, it was a worthwhile affair. MORE >>
Disney’s acquisition of LucasFilm – one that fetched a handsome $4 billion – made waves across the internet. Some decried the notion of a Disney-produced Star Wars film; others thought that as history had shown, George Lucas had already done an impressive job of running the beloved franchise into the ground. Somewhere in the mix, said internet glossed over what might become of LucasArts. As it happens, Disney has decided to shutter the studio – best known to those of my generation as the collective brainchild behind some of the finest adventure games of the nineties – while laying off staff and canceling production of current project, including Star Wars 1313. According to Bloomberg, Disney is currently seeking external partners to continue development.
“After evaluating our position in the games market, we’ve decided to shift LucasArts from an internal development to a licensing model, minimizing the company’s risk while achieving a broader portfolio of quality Star Wars games. As a result of this change, we’ve had layoffs across the organization. We are incredibly appreciative and proud of the talented teams who have been developing our new titles.”
When we last checked in with Joe Locastro(of “Henshin a Go Joe” fame), his company, Level Zero Games, had launched its Kickstarter for Net Gain: Corporate Espionage, bringing the fun and frolic of the Invisible Hand to PC, Mac, and Linux platforms. Aiming to bend the market toward their will, the kids over at Level Zero sought $16,000 for development – a goal that has been thoroughly met, with nearly $10,000 in excess cash. In so doing, the game not only achieved funding, but has hit its first stretch goal. As such, players of the upcoming strategy game will be treated to “The War Room.” In a recent email, Mr. Locastro described the new feature as:
“[...] a massive expansion to the player’s power in their corporation. They can assign personal staff, secure big promotions and expand their department’s influence, eventually taking the reins of the company right out from under the board. You can even interact with staff of other corporations, turning spies and planting moles to cripple their effectiveness.”
Net Gain is reaching the end of its Kickstarter endeavor, with the deadline ending on March 1st. Two new stretch goals have been added for $32,000 and $38,000, respectively.
Net Gain: Because the working class isn’t going to stomp itself into submission.
As our more news-hungry readers might know, today brings a day of marches, vigils, prayers, and other such merriment – okay, prayers and vigils might not be the most “merry “of happenings – for the San Francisco-based “March 4 Equality.” Said march comes at a pivotal moment for GLBT rights: both DOMA and California’s Prop 8 are coming before the Supreme Court in a few days, with challenges to both laws being heard.
In the spirit of this, GamerX/Gaymer Connect’s Matt Conn put out a brief video to remind gaymers (and allies) of the San Francisco area to attend today’s march, which will start of on the corner of Castro and Market St. at 6:30 PST. For those outside of the Bay Area, pro-marriage equality events will be happening nationwide. For information on how you can show your support, lightofjustice.org has a list(which is utterly vast) of local activities, as well as links to facebook pages for each – provided one has been created.
While support for GLBT equality has risen in recent years – Slate recently posted a rather illuminating graph, charting the ABC/Washington Post poll year by year – the importance of action cannot be overstated. So rather than boring our collective readership with an impromptu sermon – parroting the same facts and arguments that have been expressed a thousand times – I’ll simply ask that you join the scores of us who will be out in the streets. Every little bit helps, and it goes without saying that giving up an evening – or even just a couple of hours – to do what’s right is time well spent.
Being working-class is such a bother. Salt & pepper sandwiches aside, we in the more nerdy ranks of the proletariat often find ourselves forgoing the $60 price tag of new video games, instead waiting until such games find themselves heavily discounted. Yet often times, the mental wish list fails; thus, we of meager means end up finding games locked away in a sort of Purgatory – begging for a deliverance that simply will not come, as new titles queue up to be summarily forgotten in a few months’ time.
To remedy this, yours truly brings the first installment of “Best of the Bargain Bin”: a series dedicated to discounted games ($30 or less) that you may have missed. So hit the jump, where your humble and obedient servant takes his digital dune buggy to Dubai, for the wartime whimsy that is Spec Ops: The Line! MORE >>
As those with two or more Facebook friends are aware, today is the 85h birthday of the late Fred Rogers. As if being picketed by Westboro Baptist Church for “failing to condemn homosexuality” wasn’t enough to earn some respect – bonus points are also applied for earning the ire of Fox News for refusing to tell children that they are worthless little nothings unless proven otherwise – Mr. Rogers touched children’s hearts, enriched their minds, and generally strode about Gaia like a hug made of warm fuzzies. While Rogers took few public stands, his message – those sweet, simple words, “I like you just the way you are” – struck a chord with many of us: one that transcended race, religion, and yes, even sexual orientation. Indeed, even the misanthropy of GrumpyCat finds itself impotent against the charms of PBS’s sweater-clad granddad.
In the spirit of remembrance, the internet graces us with the nerdiest of tributes: Fred Rogers’s first (and presumably, only) encounter with Donkey Kong. Guided on his brief, audiovisual odyssey by a young lad, Rogers tried his college best to step into the shoes of Mario (then known then a “Jumpman”), before giving a few tidbits about how an arcade cabinet works.
So for those looking for a four-minute departure from the grim ol’ world – whisked away on digital wings toward a land of lovely loveliness – check out the video above!