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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 breath 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 9
2014

Trapped in the Nerd Closet

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The process lasted no more than nine hours over the course of three separate days with barely any time for more than handshakes. Some of the cast members were familiar friends and colleagues. Others were performers I hadn’t met before we gathered for the gig.

Whenever an artistic quickie ends, the inevitable slew of Facebook friend requests immediately rolls in. Even though it’s the product of an obligatory gesture, I love seeing the virtual faces of people I would otherwise eventually forget. Realistically the likelihood of effectively balancing all these new could-be-friendships is discouragingly slim. Impossible really.

Let’s call the one tenor Sam. My chair was next to his in the workshop, yet we spoke surprisingly little – maybe about five or six words and even that’s a stretch. Sam only performed his role two out of the three days since he had to hightail it back to middle-of-nowhere Indiana before the finale. There wasn’t time for words seven, eight, and nine.

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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 12
2014

Game of Throne’s Hodor is a Gaymer, Y’all!

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In a recent interview, Game of Thrones actor Kristian Nairn revealed he has plenty more occupations beyond acting. For instance, he balances gigs as a DJ with an active presence on World of Warcraft. (When asked to give a hint about how and where to find his avatar, Nairn coyly responded “usually I’m a small green goblin hunter with a spectral pet called Jupiter or Hannibal.” Feel free to investigate and stalk away.) In addition to his work as Hodor on HBO’s Game of Thrones, Nairn has branched out to BBC’s Ripper Street and is also working on Treasure Trapped, a feature documentary that follows the European Live-Action Role-Playing circuit (LARP-ing for short).

Then when inquired about his apparent and “extensive” following in the bear community, something unexpected and “lovely” happened.

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March 10
2014

Introducing: Super Gaymer Drag Kart!!! (The Preview Episode)

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In honor of the return of RuPaul’s Drag Race for its sixth installment, some of video game’s finer and more enthusiastic specimens have gathered to act out their own nerdy version of the reality show contest. Imagine your favorite computer emulator fabulously bedecked in sequins with eager video game ambassadors looking to play along and that’s basically the bizarre nonsense that Super Gaymer Drag Kart aims to provide.

Each week at GayGamer, I’ll be recapping the latest episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race through a quirky video-game-centric guise. The digital contestants that ultimately prevail will be determined by the actual episodes themselves. Nothing is certain. And may the best set of polygons…WIN!

Without further delay…let’s bring out the girls.

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March 6
2014

Applause for Pokemon in this Lady Gaga vs. Pokemon Mash-up

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In case you hadn’t heard, the original Pokemon tv series has finally made its way to Netflix. Now you can relive the classic adventures of Ash, Misty, Brock and Pikachu…back when Pikachu was a ketchup-loving ball of sass, Ash couldn’t catch a Pokemon to save his life, and Misty was still sans bike. Each week they wandered the Kanto region, blissfully unaware that their journey would never end. Ash would never catch ‘em all as the catchy theme song puts forth. Rather he would continue walking around the world for the better part of two decades.

The ever-wandering hero could use a show of support, couldn’t he? Perhaps even a little…..Applause? I’m sorry.

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March 5
2014

Real-Life Master Sword Delivers Pointy Reckoning

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A man was stabbed with a replica sword earlier this week. But this was no ordinary sword replica; we’re talking about THE Master Sword. All this time we thought the fabled Master Sword was lost in a forest, you know, stuck in a tree stump or something. Actually it was just in a man’s home in Texas waiting to be loosed upon any and all evil forces…or just a crazy ex or two.

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