I first heard of Ultimate Gay Fighter through a friend’s Facebook post rather than any gaming news outlet, because do you really think that mainstream gaming outlets are going to bother with anything like this? I gave the trailer a look-see, wr...
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So, I know I promised a look at Fate Core for this edition of Tabletopping, but it’s Halloween! You need something scary. So instead we’re going to take a look at a game called Don’t Rest Your Head. DRYH is a game about madness and finding yourself. ...
As usual, New York Comic Con was full of tons of great cosplay. This year, Attack on Titan proved to be quite a favorite amongst attendees (I think because you can actually buy replicas of the uniform online, so there’s not a lot of home crafti...
Queer Mechanic is a regular feature here on GayGamer – each month, we’ll be presenting a new game mechanic that could be used in games that include or focus on queer identity or culture. Queer Mechanic is a thought experiment, to see both what we cou...
Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender gamers share in their love for RPGs. They represent an escape from the societal expectation to look, act and love in a certain way. With games like Fable III, The Sims, Dragon Age and Mass Effect, gamers have an unprecedented amount of control over their experience than ever before. Unlike other genres, RPGs rely on strong story and character development. Choice and shared similarities between RPGs and the “gay experience” is why many LGBT gamers enjoy these types of video games.
This post will have some light spoilers for one of the characters in The Last of Us, but nothing about the ending or any main plot points.
Hey, did you know there’s a gay character in The Last of Us? I didn’t, until I got an email about it. I had just started playing the game, which at that point I found a little boring and samey, and I was pretty surprised by the news. I asked my straight friend about it, and he had no idea who I was talking about.
I kept playing, mainly to get through the game so I could have a conversation about it. And then I – after what seemed like an eternity – made it out of Boston and into the meat of the game. That’s where I met Bill.
The 2013 Penny Arcade Expo took place this past weekend! And, as fate would have it, there is once again controversy surrounding Mike Krahulik as he fires another bullet into the Penny Arcade Dickwolves timeline.
For those not up-to-speed with the debacle: back in 2010, Mike and Jerry, the creators of Penny Arcade, posted a comic called “The Sixth Slave”, featuring a character talking about “dickwolves” and some grim allusions to rape in an attempt at “dark humour” (trigger warning for discussions of rape: “The Sixth Slave“). And ever since, they’ve been attempting to defend and justify their comic – most significantly by creating women’s T-Shirts with a “dickwolves” logo on the front, which was pulled almost two months later. And now, the controversy has been reignited – surrounded by a number of other controversies that highlight problems with Penny Arcade’s management, including Mike Krahulik’s recent transphobic comments.
Heading to PAX this weekend? If you are then you absolutely will not want to miss the PAX Prime Pink Partyon Friday August 30th.
Via the official Facebook event:
“On Friday, August 30th at 6:00pm, Queer Geek! presents a night of gayming fun at Raygun Lounge!
As always, you DO NOT need to be a PAX attendee to join in the fun! Party-goers are encouraged to bring their friends, favorite board games, card games or handhelds.
Invite your friends! It’s a great way to meet, greet and compete!
Raygun Lounge serves both alcoholic (beer and wine) and non-alcoholic drinks, and snacks. (Due to serving alcohol, this is a age 21+ event.)”
Last year’s Pink Party packed two full bars with gaymers, and this year the RSVP list is already over two hundred. The GayGamer crew will definitely be in attendance, alongside plenty of gaymers and gay industry pros. And don’t forget to bring your 3DS for an endless stream of Spot Pass possibilities.
There has been quite the fuss brewing over the last few days over on the official Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn beta tester forums. Numerous threads on the subject of same-sex marriage and its inclusion in the game were opened and swiftly closed, though there is little evidence left of any these threads. Some users felt as though their voice on the issue of same-sex marriage inclusion in the game was being silenced via account suspension, while others felt the moderators did all they could, and still others took the opportunity to voice their objection to Eorzian marriage equality.
After reporting on one particular instance of user banning last week we received a surge in traffic, one of the biggest (and fastest) GayGamer has seen all year, when our post was linked back to the Final Fantasy XIV beta forums. Clearly people have a lot to say on the issue, and many took issue with what we had to say. They made sure to come on over to our side of town to leave their comments as well (most of which were spam filtered and deleted due to very specific uses of derogatory language).
Soon enough an official statement was made on the whole affair:
“Greetings, customers and players of Final Fantasy XIV!
It has been brought to my attention that a recent discussion, relating to marriage, raised concerns that participating in discussions or taking a side in the discussion is grounds for account actions against forum accounts. This is something that I would like to work to clarify, so that these concerns can be properly assuaged. If the reasons for account actions are not clear, then it can cause a hesitation or unwillingness to participate in these forums, and your opinions, feedback, and suggestions are important to us.
To begin with, we understand that the topic of marriage in the game is an important concern for many of our customers, and strong opinions are held on all sides of the discussion. As was mentioned in an earlier Letter from the Producer(http://forum.square-enix.com/ffxiv/threads/58180-Letter-from-the-Producer-LIVE-Part-IV-Q-A-Summary), we do know that this is a controversial topic.
To address the concerns about account actions, we need to separate the violation of the rules from the subjects of discussion. Topics related to the game, of which marriage is just one example, can be discussed freely between people on the forums in accordance with the rules and policies(http://support.na.square-enix.com/rule.php?id=5382&la=1&tag=betaforum) of the forum.
However, how you choose to participate in these discussions needs to follow the rules and policies. Beginning or participating in threads about a controversial topic in a manner that incites negative interactions between people or attacks other people are violations of the rules and policies, and will be moderated accordingly. This most commonly arises in threads or posts that paint people holding the opposite opinion in a negative manner. Repeated violations will eventually result in termination of the forum account.
What is important to distinguish about these concerns is that it is how people are choosing to participate in these threads that can result in account action, not what the topic is.
I hope this helps to clarify any concerns about participating in discussions on our forums. I will be monitoring this thread in the future to see if additional responses are needed to help make things clear, so please do ask questions relating to this topic if you feel that there is something you are unsure of about these topics. However, this thread is here to discuss the concerns about participation in threads and account actions, and should remain on topic, civil, and follow the rules and policies.
Lead Game Master Enkrateia
Manager, In-Game Support”
Sounds fair enough, right? Users may freely discuss topics related to marriage (worth noting: didn’t use the term same-sex marriage in this post at all) in the game so long as discourse remains civil and people don’t spam the thread or flame each other.
No, it’s not the same. I’ll be explaining exactly why in pedantic detail, but let’s start off with that.
In the ever-circuitous debate over sexualized video game characters, or entertainment media in general, a false equivalency is often thrown upon the table as a means of ending the debate. Whenever a complaint is raised about some suggestive character art of female with an ample bosom, sooner or later another person will label a male character with gratuitously exposed musculature as the exact same concern in reverse.
Superficially, the logic holds water. More often than not we see roided up beefcakes wearing just as little – if not less – clothing than their female counterparts. No matter the size of Lara Croft’s polygonal breasts, she has at least two more articles of clothing on than over half the cast of Altered Beast. The amount of proportions skewed in both cases broadcast unattainable ideals of their gender. He-Man is more naked than any Barbie doll, so there totally isn’t an issue here; it’s just game developers playing to the lowest common denominator of sex fantasies on both sides, right?
Simply put: no it is not. That’s not to say women and gay men are not perfectly capable of finding these unrealistic behemoths to be attractive, but that is not the prime (or even secondary) purpose of their having such figures. Both the dominant, muscle-strewn Warrior and the over-endowed Sorceress play to similar thrills in the mind of the straight male audience before anyone else. To help clarify, let’s take a look at the hyper-masculine video game icon: God of War’s Kratos.