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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...
Moments after the Nintendo 2DS was announced, gamers immediately hurled their usual vitriol at Nintendo. Most mocked it; calling it a “toy” that heralded Nintendo’s doom. So, this is exactly what they said about the Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Wii. In fairness, the Nintendo 2DS’ design is unexpected and polarizing. It came out of nowhere and dropped the familiar clamshell design that Nintendo used for their handhelds since they introduced the dual-screens. However, this device is aimed at a demographic of gamers who haven’t even entered the market: kids and casual gamers. Therefore, Nintendo needed to lower the barrier to entry without compromising the 3DS gaming experience. The result was budget hardware that’s surprisingly a joy to use.
Barely 48 hours after its announcement, Nintendo had demo units of the 2DS on floor at PAX in their Handheld Lounge. I got several long minutes playing with the device. After adjusting to its new design during a level of New Super Mario Bros. 2, I was surprised by how comfortable it is to hold. The narrow bottom and wide top fit naturally into your palms and provide a suitable amount of space at the top for your index fingers to rest. Your thumbs hover precisely above the analog stick/d-pad and ABXY buttons. Just like with a tablet, the device disappears and you’re immersed in the content. While designed to meet a specifically low budget, none of the buttons or materials felt cheap. Buttons all click exactly as you’d expect from a Nintendo handheld. The home button and volume slider do require some effort to get at, but again this device was designed for kids — and adults that won’t be bothered by it. Other people that tried out the device did so out of curiosity but walked away genuinely impressed.
The Nintendo 2DS is an important step in Nintendo growing their handheld audience. It’s not for everyone. When the Nintendo 3DS XL was first released, I didn’t hesitate to upgrade immediately because the buttons and screens were too small for me. This was still true with the Nintendo 2DS, but that’s a personal preference. With the original Nintendo 3DS at $169, the Nintendo 3DS XL at $199 and now the Nintendo 2DS at $129, the company won’t be able to keep enough on store shelves this holiday season. The Nintendo 2DS will charm your pants off the moment you pick it up.
Today Nintendo surprised the entire world with the least expected thing ever: The Nintendo 2DS. The new handheld is a redesigned 3DS, sans 3D functionality (but still capable of playing all 3DS games), being offered for a lower price point. Nintendo says that the new handheld is being made with a very young demographic in mind, as an entry level gaming device.
The vast majority of the internet has been less than receptive to Nintendo’s new toy, calling it ugly, questioning its necessity, and the rest of your expected entitled reactionary gamer nonsense.
But here’s the thing: It’s not for you. So calm down.
More than that, I actually think the device is quite clever. Here’s why.
Did you hear? Nintendo is releasing a new handheld gaming system! Today on their official YouTube channel, Big N has put up a trailer for the next iteration of their 3DS portable console, and it’s called….the 2DS.
Terms include binding arbitration with class action waiver to resolve disputes.
What this means is that if you and other users have a problem with Microsoft’s new console then you cannot band together for a class action lawsuit, much like what happened when the Xbox 360 disc drive was destroying discs, and when massive numbers of users were banned for having modified consoles even if those “modifications” were just a result of fixing a broken DVD drive, and when people were being double-billed for their Live! subscriptions, and when Microsoft covered up the failure rates of the 360 console. Instead, the legal options that Xbox One owners will have are to either take Microsoft to court one-on-one – may the man with more of the high-priced lawyers win – or to engage in arbitration.
Arbitration is one of the worst deals to be offered to consumers on any front in any situation. What happens in arbitration is that the wronged consumer, in lieu of going into a court battle, can attempt to settle disputes with the company through an arbitrator. An arbitrator who is selected by the company and goes through a process with no legal rules or objections. In other words, it’s a like having Smithers settle a dispute between you and Mr. Burns.
By this point it is clear that Microsoft hates you, actively. Yes, you, consumer who wants to give them money to play video games. They don’t like you as you are a burden, the obstacle between them and your money. The opinion they have of you is that you are some dupe who should give them your cash, be grateful for the privilege of owning anything they deign to toss your way, and then scuttle away into the dark and bother them no more.
Microsoft, if I might offer a suggestion: if you hate consumers so much, then you might want to get out of the business of production.
The Xbox One has completely failed to impress me. Like, at all. Mostly it was just ho-hum banality about what an awesome tv-thing it’ll be, but the one thing that actively bothered me and has me considering a PS4 – or, hell, just building a gaming PC – is Microsoft’s attack on the used game market by tying of licences to Live! accounts. Not a few people share that sentiment, but a notable dissenter is Ben Kuchera over at the Penny Arcade Report. He’s an insightful and talented writer who I respect, so I thought I’d see what he had to say in an article he wrote about how the death of second hand sales is a great thing.
Now that I’ve read it and read it again, Ben needs to spread his legs and put his hands against the wall because he’s about to get fisked. MORE >>
And we’re off to the races. Tuesday Microsoft unveiled their new console, the Xbox One. While Microsoft’s big reveal focused mainly on hardware and multimedia, with most major game announcements being saved for E3, it’s still all that anybody can talk about. We here at GayGamer.net have all compiled our initial impressions of the Xbox One reveal right here for your reading pleasure. Most of us range from “ew” to “meh”, and we even manage to compare Microsoft to both Grindr and Craigslist. Suck it, other gaming sites.
Though Microsoft has yet to confirm the existence of a new Xbox console, developers claim to be hard at work on games for it, with an anticipated late 2013/early 2014 release window. In hardware development time, that’s not a long way off, and more and more leaks regarding the console, codenamed “Durango,” have come to the fore.
One of the strongest rumors for some time has been that the console will ship with a new version of Kinect, and that it may be required in order to use the system. Increasingly, however, reports are coming that the console will also require an internet connection to use. Kotaku, in particular, has had numerous sources state this, and last week one of Microsoft Studio’s higher-ups went on a bit of a Twitter rant in response to complaints about the always-online model – which has been loudly called in to question following the release of Sim City 5 in March of this year. Though I wouldn’t say a Microsoft employee’s Twitter blow-up about the subject confirms anything about Durango, Microsoft’s response was to apologize for the employee’s tone without addressing the claims or concerns about the always on-line model at all. Take that as you will.
For now, these reports remain just that – reports – but with E3 2013 a few months away, and with its competitors already having tipped their hands, it seems likely Microsoft will have to show its cards soon.