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May 8
2014

Bravely Default: Gender Roles in Battle

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Bravely Default, if you haven’t already heard, is a new game from Square Enix and the a spiritual successor to Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light. The game follows a ragtag team of heroes on their quest to purify the 4 Crystals located around the world and restore order. Classic Square Enix. Bravely Default, however, takes several interesting twists and turns that keep this formula fresh and kept this JRPG veteran on his toes.

It even manages to throw a twist in how the genre traditionally portrays gender in battle.

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2014

Go To Mars With This Month’s SingStar Update!

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This week is the Eurovision Song Contest, so I got really excited to see which songs from this year would be included in the SingStore Update, but unfortunately, there’s just one of the previous winners from 2012. Hopefully they’ll have some in the next update, but now that they’re doing them monthly, the wait is going to be interminable! Anyway, here’s what you can look forward to adding to your SingStar library this week. And if you’re a fan of the adorable Bruno Mars, you’re in luck!

“So Good” by B.O.B.
“Black Chandelier” by Biffy Clyro
“Breakfast At Tiffany’s” by Deep Blue Something
“Euphoria” by Loreen
“Welcome To The Black Parade” by My Chemical Romance
“You Keep Me Hanging On” by The Supremes
“Disco Inferno” by The Trammps
“When I Was Your Man,” “Grenade,” “It Will Rain,” “Just The Way You Are,” and The Lazy Song” by Bruno Mars

I’m not a big fan of “Euphoria,” even if it did win Eurovision, but I could be tempted by “Disco Inferno” and even “Breakfast At Tiffany’s” just for the cheese factor. I’d be all over The Supremes… if I didn’t already have that song for Lips!

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May 7
2014

Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Coming November 2014

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That sound you just heard was every single Pokemon fan in the world screaming in unison. Today Nintendo has announced the November 2014 release of Pokemon Alpha Sapphire and Pokemon Omega Ruby, 3DS reimaginings of the original 2003 GBA games.

While no footage or screenshots have been shown of, it can be safely assumed that the games will feature the same graphical upgrade as last year’s Pokemon X and Pokemon Y.

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May 3
2014

Smash Saturdays: April 28th-May 2nd

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Happy Friday fellow Smash Bros. fans! We’ve reached the end of another week and overall, it was a pretty decent one with a few new tidbits of information sprinkled through the week. Let’s dig in!

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April 23
2014

Dragon Age Goes Gender-Neutral!

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Sometimes it’s the little things.

The Dragon Age series has always stood out for its “all’s fair in love and war” handling of in-game romances. It’s also infamous for featuring rendered sex scenes, gay and straight, that are seriously awkward to behold. Like its sister series Mass Effect there’s typically a less-than-subtle suggestion that, despite the freedom to build any character you want, creating a male hero is the right way to go. At least that’s how it was in the past. Developer BioWare has just released some official box art to challenge that perception.

Dragon Age: Inquisition, the latest entry in the series due out this fall, features a figure on its cover that could be any gender. The best part — the character’s gender is totally irrelevant!

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April 14
2014

GaymerX2 to be the Queer Gaming Con’s Last

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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 allied geeks could gather together to play the games that they love. GamerX famously made four times its Kickstarter goal in 2012 before welcoming thousands of gay geeks from all over to the halls of San Francisco’s Hotel Kabuki last August.

GaymerX2 or GX2, will take place this upcoming July in San Francisco’s Intercontinental Hotel, a significant upgrade in size. It is expected to be even crazier than last year’s event, and will see special guests like WWE’s Darren Young alongside BioWare’s David Gaider, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, indie game writer/developer Mattie Brice, and many more.

It will also be the con’s last…for now.

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2014

PAX East Party Beat: Made in MA

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PAX East is a magical time in Boston. Spring melts the snowy Winter drifts. Evergreen joggers put away their lycra leggings and run with flushed faces along the Charles River. Cuddly bearded gamer bears don snug hoodies and awaken from a hibernation of playing all the Holiday season releases. It’s this time when gaming enthusiasts, students and industry professionals descend upon the still chilly New England. For the fifth year, they convene in a kickoff party at the Microsoft NERD (New England Research and Development) Center tucked away beside MIT, and they celebrate games and initiatives that are all “Made in MA.”

Two floors of the office building are dedicated to the event. The eleventh floor features an Xbox One with Kinect playing Just Dance 2014. GSN Games reps gleefully entertain us with their moves and skills. Looking beyond the refreshments of cupcakes and nachos slathered with queso fondue, a huge banner is posted behind a table is NDA’s. A special Microsoft intern project is on display, but you have to sign several agreements to be nice and not tell a soul. No fun! Boston, however, has a bustling indie scene with several small devs and startups. These are the true stars of the evening.

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