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...
I’m coining the word “xbroglio” as of today. It means, “any incidents occurring as a result of Microsoft assuming players to be heterosexual dudebros”. It’s quite a flexible concept, too – in fact, I’d ...
The idea of a game designed with queer themes at its heart is not a new one. Titles like Mattie Brice’s Mainichi and Anna Anthropy’s Dys4ia have already made waves in the indie scene, opening up dialogues about their creators’ exper...
When comes to groups that the most vile of gamers dislike, gay men are miles above common fodder like women and “the blacks.” The industry has spent so long catering strictly to the angry white kid demographic that its visual mythology and cultural p...
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...
I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for Shantae, the half-genie belly dancer who has been whipping her hair around since before Willow Smith had a recording contract. The charismatic protector of Sequin Land has starred in two handheld titles thus far, one for the Gameboy Color (the original Shantae is regarded as one of the console’s all time best) and a sequel, Shantae: Risky’s Revenge, on the Nintendo DS and iOS platforms. A third title for the Nintendo 3DS, titled Shantae: Pirate’s Curse, is slated to come out later this year.
And now the team at WayForward, building off their recent successes with titles like DuckTales: ReMastered and Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d You Steal Our Garbage?! has decided to take Shantae to home consoles and PCs for her biggest adventure yet in Shantae: Half Genie Hero. But they need your help:
Count me in for as much money as you can squeeze out of me. Though something about Shantae is looking a little….different?
Are you one of the many people enjoying the all-new Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn on your PlayStation 3? Are you also planning on buying a PlayStation 4 when they’re released this November? Worried about the lack of backwards compatibility in the PS4? Well, worry no more!
Square Enix announced today that beta testing of FF XIV will begin on the PS4 starting February 22. And players on the PS3 will be able to migrate their characters to the PS4 system at no charge! So you won’t have to worry about keeping both systems hooked up to your TV to continue your adventures. You can just transfer everything to the PS4 and see how much prettier everything looks!
More details on the beta tests and transferring will be forthcoming soon.
Good Old Games is celebrating its fifth birthday in style! And you, lover of classic games, are the one who’s getting all the gifts! To mark their fifth anniversary, the company is offering what they’re calling the High 5 Sale. Basically, you pick 5 out of the 25 titles on offer, and you get them at 80% off (or more!).
We’re talking games like Alan Wake, Primordia, Torchlight, Amnesia: The Dark Descent, and many more. Some are as low as $2 each! Just remember, this offer is only available for one week, so you have until Monday, September 16, at 3:59 am GMT. Of course, that’s just the tip of the iceberg for their birthday plans. There will be a slew of sales coming, so keep an eye on GOG.com for all of them. For instance, they made System Shock 2only $2.49 for just 24 hours! You don’t want to miss deals like that! (Sorry I didn’t let you know about that one in time!)
Not too long ago—just over a year now, in fact—I got addicted to board games. It was a realm I’d heard of a bit but never really explored. However, once I started playing, I realized the significant potential that these games could have, potential that rivaled or sometimes even exceeded the power of video games. Now, I know what you’re thinking. “Board games? Gross. I got bored with Monopoly a long time ago, I’m sure it’d be just as boring now.” You know, you’re right! Monopoly sucks. It’s a game made decades ago for a different audience. However, Monopoly is not what I’m here to talk about. What if I told you that since the new millennium, the number and type of board game titles being produced has increased astronomically, and I’m talking about unique titles, not just more reskins of Chess. You see, back in 1995, a German designer named Klaus Teuber created a new board game called The Settlers of Catan. Catan was the first in a new wave of board games. Some might even call it a board game renaissance.
New research published online in Nature has shown that the inevitable cognitive decline associated with ageing can be greatly reduced by playing a challenging video game.
Backing up previous research(and the whole idea behind Brain Age) showing that video games could improve brain function in older adults, researchers from the University of California San Francisco have shown that memory, attention span, and the ability to multitask can all be improved among adults from 60 to 85 years old by playing a game called NeuroRacer custom-designed to continually increase the challenge and complexity of the game as players improve. The researchers first found that the ability to play the game decreased steadily among participants by age category, from those in their early twenties to those in old age, but then found that after playing twelve hours of the game over four weeks, participants between 60 and 85 improved to the point that they performed better than a control group of twenty-somethings. Moreover, this effect lasted for six months after the end of the study.
The experts are, of course, advising that this is only preliminary research – but I, for one, hope this means my Mario Kart skills will keep me out of Shady Pines for a few more years.
I haven’t really been into Pokémon for a while now, but the revelation by Nintendo that in the upcoming 3DS titles Pokémon X and Pokémon Y(releasing October 12 worldwide) you will be able to choose from the classic starters Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle actually reached deep down inside me to poke at my nostalgia button and actually get me super-excited about a new iteration in the series. Sigh. I’m such a cheap date.
I’ve always been more of a fan of the classic Pokémon, so all the new creatures left me cold since I kept wanting to see my old favorites again. And obviously I will be choosing Squirtle again. Because that’s how I roll. There is a new twist, though, because now once you’ve evolved them to Venusaur, Charizard or Blastoise, you can then use a Mega Stone to Mega Evolve them in battle into Mega Venusaur, Mega Charizard, and Mega Blastoise. It’s Mega.
Also, with this new entry in the Pokémon franchise, Game Freak has developed a 3DS app called Pokémon Bank which will allow players to store up to 3,000 of their pets on the Internet. These 100 boxes of Pokémon are in addition to the storage boxes in the game. The only catch is that there is an annual service fee (to support server maintenance), so I’m thinking I’m not gonna splurge on that one. Only truly dedicated Pokémon trainers will apply, I’m thinking. On the plus side, though, they’ve also created the Poké Transporter app, so if you are paying for the Bank, you’ll be able to easily transfer your Pokémon from previous DS titles into your Pokémon Bank. There will be a free trial period, if you’re curious but wary.
And in a move that should surprise absolutely nobody, Nintendo also announced that there would be two specially-designed 3DS XL systems that would be released on September 27 for $199.99 each. They feature imagery from Pokémon X and Y, come in red and blue, and feature the brand new Legendary Pokémon Xemeas and Yveltal. They don’t, however, come with the game, which is weird. Why not release them two weeks later and include the game?
There are still plenty of BritPop acts I would like to see more songs from in SingStar, but this week’s SingStore Update is actually pretty good. There are two tracks from queer icon George Michael, and one from the awesomely divalicious Tina Turner. Here’s what you’ll find for SingStar DLC this week:
“Swagger Jagger” by Cher Lloyd
“I Want Your Sex” by George Michael
“Outside” by George Michael
“River Deep, Mountain High” by Ike & Tina Turner
“You’ll Always Find Me In The Kitchen At Parties” by Jona Lewie
Despite the wonderfully gay video for “Outside,” I don’t like it as much as “I Want Your Sex,” so I won’t be getting both of those. And while I’m sure that much like “Nutbush City Limits” I will never be able to sing a classic Tina tune well enough to get a decent score, I simply can’t resist “River Deep, Mountain High.” I just can’t. Unfortunately, having downloaded “I Want Your Sex,” I am sorry to report that during one brief section of the song, the onscreen lyrics don’t actually match up to what is being sung in the song. It’s just a couple lines, but it’s really distracting and annoying. Not sure what that’s all about…