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...
When Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us took the gaming world by storm last year, some gamers were surprised to find that a major supporting character was gay. Bill, the gruff old man that players encounter during the main campaign, was a refreshingl...
My apologies for the linkbait-y sensationalist title, but it’s worth noting that very few AAA games prominently feature queer characters in any major roles, let alone playable ones. Sure we have characters like Poison and virtual-Darren Young, ...
Over on GamesOnly.com Dutch game dev Robin Ras has released Putin’s Olympic Game, a title designed as protest against the Sochi Olympics and host country Russia’s anti-gay laws.
The game sees players controlling Russian President Vladimir...
Have you found yourself sitting on a great idea for an article or a feature about video games? Board games? Cosplay? Got something to say about queer issues in gaming? Or maybe you’re just really passionate about a certain series or character?
For the past two years there has been one invention grabbing the attention of game developers everywhere: The Oculus Rift. The Kickstarter-funded virtual reality headset is being touted by many as the next big thing in interactive entertainment. Ever...
Now we see if Telltale Games will fall into a sophomore slump… That’s right, The Walking Dead: Season Two has begun! Episode One: All That Remains is releasing this week on all the various platforms.
The first episode of season two is available now for $4.99 (as will be the subsequent episodes unless you opt for the season pass discount) on Steam (worldwide), the PlayStation Network for PlayStation 3 (US only) and Xbox LIVE for the Xbox 360 (worldwide). It will also be released worldwide for iOS at some point this week, and is “coming soon” to the PS3 in Europe. (Sorry!)
Obviously at this point, a release schedule for the following four episodes of Season Two aren’t known, but I feel like the wait between episodes of Season One wasn’t too bad! I’m just bracing myself for something absolutely horrible to happen to Clementine… I worry she won’t make it through this season!
Well, the final SingStore Update of 2013 is quite massive, although that’s because they’ve created eight new song packs, but those are songs that were already released, so I don’t see the point of bundling them up because if you wanted those songs you would’ve already bought them, right? Unless some of the songs in the pack are new, but looking at them, I don’t see anything that jumps out at me. I’m not posting the entire list here, but if you’re curious, you can click here to see the full rundown.
No, the important thing is what’s brand new to belt out in SingStar, and this update is pretty solid:
“What The Hell” by Avril Lavigne
“I’m Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman” by Britney Spears
“Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall” by Coldplay
“Last Thing On My Mind” by Steps
“Wake Up Boo!” by The Boo Radleys
“Last Christmas” by Wham!
I appreciate more Britney, but not that song. And it’s the perfect time to be singing the completely banal but catchy “Last Christmas.” (Made awesomer by the hilarious video where George Michael goes on a ski trip with a bunch of friends and pretends to flirt with a woman other than the one he arrived with!) But for my money, the best part of this update is another Steps song! They’re the modern ABBA, don’t you know!
The system update has been released for the Nintendo 3DS that adds Miiverse functionality to the handheld system, mirroring what Wii U users have been enjoying since the console’s launch. And if you’ve got both systems, you can link the same Nintendo ID and merge your Nintendo eShop balances and Wish Lists. (Now all we’ve got to do is convince Nintendo to release some eShop games as 3DS/Wii U cross-buys…)
Another feature of this update allows 3DS users to transfer their content to different systems an unlimited number of times instead of the previous limit of five transfers. Of course, you’ll only be able to transfer once every seven days, but seeing as how Nintendo keeps releasing more awesome 3DS designs, it’s nice to have the option to upgrade as many times as you want. Not sure I’d buy five 3DSes, but it’s nice not to have an arbitrary limit anymore.
The full Miiverse experience requires an online connection, but being that the 3DS is a portable system and isn’t always going to be connected, Nintendo has allowed you to make up to three Miiverse posts while offline and then queue them up to post once you are able to connect to the internet. It’s not automatic, though. You still have to open Miiverse and manually post them. Hopefully in the future updates, they’ll make it so they just automatically SpotPass their way onto the appropriate Miiverse thread. Also, while you can choose to attach a screenshot from either the top or the bottom screen just like on the Wii U (pressing the Home button pauses the game and those are the screens you’ll choose from), unfortunately, it doesn’t work with any photos you’ve already saved to your photo album. Presumably to keep people from posting inappropriate 3D pictures. But for games like Animal Crossing: New Leaf, where taking screenshots is part of gameplay, don’t think you’ll be able to post older photos. On the other hand, it’s nice to have the ability to snap screenshots of games where it’s not a built-in feature!
Telltale had a really good year, with the acclaimed The Walking Dead earning tons of accolades, and their follow-up, The Wolf Among Us, getting off to a roaring start. (Get it? See what I did there?) And now, they’ve just announced a couple more adventure games that they’ve got in development!
First up is a partnership with HBO to create games based on Game of Thrones. “We’re delighted to be working with Telltale Games, a proven leader in the creation of engaging interactive content,” stated Josh Goodstadt, Director of Global Licensing for HBO. “Our fans are always looking for new, exciting ways to engage with the Game of Thrones brand and this game series will put them right in the middle of the action by letting them decide where the story will lead. This brings a whole new dimension to the world of Westeros.”
Next is the slightly more surprising Tales From The Borderlands, based on Gearbox’s Borderlands titles. “Gearbox shares the independent spirit that Telltale was founded on, and like Telltale, they’ve broken the boundaries of what to expect within a gaming genre,” said Dan Connors, co-founder and CEO of Telltale Games. “Our partnership is something that we are very excited about, because it will unite the incredibly rich world of Borderlands with Telltale’s focus on story-telling driven by player choice, and characters that people truly care about.”
I totally get Game of Thrones, as it’s a story-driven series and the universe is so expansive you could easily create your own little tale set amongst the established canon. On the other hand, I’m not as familiar with Borderlands. I always just thought of it as a shooter with a little bit of personality. I only ever played a demo one time. But the trailer is intriguing enough, so I’m willing to give them the benefit of the doubt.
That’s right, you’ll find a couple trailers after the jump for both games! (well, the GoT one is just a teaser) What do you think? Are you excited for Telltale Games to work their magic again? Or could the company be stretching itself too thin?
This is just a friendly reminder that Ni No Kuni is an absolutely wonderful RPG for the PlayStation 3, and if you are an owner of that particular console and love RPGs and haven’t checked it out, then now’s your chance! The PlayStation Store’s Holiday Sale is dropping the price of Ni No Kuni from $19.99 to $13.99. And if you’re a PlayStation Plus member, it’s only $9.79! How can you resist when it’s under ten bucks?
Ni No Kuni allowed me to live my dream of being in a Hayao Miyazaki flm. Featuring designs from the famed Studio Ghibli, this game is one of the most beautuiful I’ve ever played. The sale runs from December 3 through December 31, so you can even make it a holiday present to yourself! Maybe someone will gift you some credit to the PlayStation Store so that you can explore its wonders yourself!
There are a bunch of other games on sale this month, too, and they’re all listed here, but honestly, this is the one to care about, people!
Well, today’s contribution to the continuing imbroglio can be foundover on the site for the Xbox One – in the form of the “We Got Your Back” email template provided courtesy of Microsoft, replete with mad-libs style fields where you can customise a desperate e-plea for an Xbox One to a co-habiting human being and email it off. Which sounds fairly innocuous – if a little obnoxious – were it not for the weirdly gendered and heteronormative format of the entire letter itself.
There have been queer characters in fighting games before (well, actually, the only one I can think of right now is Poison), but come January 2014, there’s going to be a whole cast of LGBT characters kicking the crap out of each other when Ultimate Gay Fighter is released! The fighter for Android, iOS and Windows Mobile platforms features 13 characters with their own individual hilarious storylines, special moves, sayings and theme tunes. Ultimate Gay Fighter is free to download, but you can remove ads for $.99, and unlock Peer to Peer Mode for $1.99 so you can challenge your friends. You can unlock the villains for use as playable characters for $2.99 for all three or for $.99 for MAXX2.0 and Anne Paylin or $1.99 for Preach.
“I started thinking about how gays are represented in the media,” said the game’s creator, Michael Venker. “We are the sickly ones, your sassy best friends, the funny ones, the ones who sing and the ones who decorate your house, style your clothes, and do your hair. We are never the kick-ass fighters, the bad-asses who rescue you and save the day…”
The Gay Fight competition is actually the creation of the League of Oppresive Self Righteous Zealots (LOSRZ — get it?), for the express purpose of making the LGBT community destroy itself and to brainwash the winner to join their side. It’s all quite ridiculous.The trailer below introduces all the characters and features, and you’ll notice that it’s ridiculously over-the-top. Honestly, they won me over with the first demonstration of a “gaytality.” And the use of rainbows and unicorns instead of gore is kind of fabulous.
If it wasn’t a gay man creating this game, I would immediately cry foul over the obvious cartoonish stereotypes, but since it’s by us and for us, I get it. And I think it’s kind of hilarious. (Well, Shawdee Killah’s noose is slightly disturbing, but in the spirit of reclaiming negative imagery and stereotypes, I guess it fits?) In response to the negative responses from some corners of the Internet, Venker says: “The Ultimate Gay Fighter game does deliberately depict stereotypes from segments of the GLBTQ community. This was an intentional choice by us to make the characters easily identifiable and relatable, and this choice is also meant to be satirical and humorous. The premise of the game is to inflate and explore these stereotypes. There is no malicious intent on our part in presenting them.”
Watch the trailer for Ultimate Gay Fighter below and let us know how you feel about it!