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...
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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...
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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...
SingStar usually gets fortnightly updates to the SingStore, but after this week’s update, it’s actually going to be three weeks ’til the next one instead of two. And sadly, this isn’t really that great of an update to keep me occupied for nearly a month. This update’s DLC is:
“Could It Be I’m Falling In Love” by David Grant & Jaki Graham
“Freedom ’90″ by George Michael
“Imagine,” “(Just Like) Starting Over,” “Mind Games,” “Woman,” and “Love” by John Lennon
“Rhythm Is A Dancer” by SNAP!
“Runaways” by The Killers
They’ve broken up the John Lennon song pack, which is nice, although I’d rather play “Imagine” over in Rock Band anyway. I don’t know that Killers track because I hadn’t even realized they’d put out a new album, and again, that SNAP! tune would be better in Dance Central than in a karaoke game (especially because of the rapping). I’m seriously tempted by the cheesetastic “Could It Be I’m Falling In Love,” but I think I’m just going to get “Freedom ’90″, sing along with the supermodels and call it a day!
Okay, gang, I’m only going to tell you this one more time: The Walking Dead: Season One is one of the most fantastic adventure games ever made. Heck, it’s one of the most fantastic games, period. And Telltale Games has announced a Game of the Year Edition for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC that will be hitting retailers this November for $29.99. It will include all five episodes of the first season, plus the 400 Days DLC and access to the original score and behind the scenes video.
Of course, the really big news is that they’ve revealed that The Walking Dead: Season Two is coming later this year for PC/Mac, home consoles and iOS. (I know, way to bury the lead, right?) We all knew it was coming, but we didn’t know when, and exactly what it would be. And it turns out that the story will continue to follow Clementine, who is now on her own, struggling to survive in a world ravaged by a zombie apocalypse. You will be put in the tiny shoes of a child who must make life-or-death decisions in order to survive.
“The terrifying nature of Robert Kirkman’s world has allowed Telltale to push the boundaries of interactive drama in video games to a place that has had fans anxious to know what will happen next in this series,” said Dan Connors, Co-Founder and CEO of Telltale Games. “Today we can finally lift the veil, albeit only a little, on how this story will continue, and we’ll soon be putting players in the shoes of a lead role that will challenge their expectations of how to survive in a world where no one can be trusted.”
The Walking Dead: Season Two will again be comprised of five episodes that will be released digitally over the course of the season, concluding in 2014. A pre-order is available through Steam or the Telltale Online Store for the PC/Mac version that gives you a 10% discount for the season, making it $22.49.
I’m super-excited to see more of The Walking Dead from Telltale, and hopefully their season two won’t go off the rails in the same way that season two of the TV series did. Also, while I’m psyched to see Clem again, there’s a little part of me that wishes we’d left her behind so I could pretend that she’d found a safe place to live happily ever after. Having experienced the first season, I kind of wish poor Clem didn’t have to go through more trauma. Plus, I have to admit I’m not 100% certain Telltale won’t kill her off! You never know!
I leave you with this trailer… well, more of a teaser trailer, really. It’s just going to whet your appetite for more. If only they’d announced a release date. Heck, I’d have settled for a ballpark month! But then again, we’re in the middle of The Wolf Among Us, so that’ll keep us occupied in the meantime, I suppose…
Nintendo is changing things up a bit in time for the holiday shopping season. Beginning on November 1, The Wii U Deluxe Set will now come with New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U(all on one disc) instead of Nintendo Land. (You can still buy Nintendo Land separately in stores and via the eShop) This new Deluxe Set will cost the same, though, just $299.99.
Of course, if you can still find one, there’s the special Zelda bundle of the Wii U Deluxe edition that contains a download code for The Wind Waker HD, a digital copy of Hyrule Historia and a Zelda-emblazoned GamePad controller for the same $299.99.
Although if you’re into Skylanders, you might be interested in the Skylanders SWAP Force bundle. This one contains a white Wii U Basic system, a Skylanders SWAP Force starter pack including: Skylanders SWAP Force Wii U software, a Portal of Power, three Skylanders figures, including Ninja Stealth Elf and two SWAP Force characters, Blast-Zone and an exclusive color shift Washbuckler, as well as a collector’s poster, trading cards and sticker sheets. Oh, and they’ve also thrown Nintendo Land in as well! All that’s just $299.99 as well, although you’re only getting the Basic Wii U system, so you’re gonna have to pick up an external hard drive if you plan on downloading much of anything.
Of course, whether or not this can help Nintendo stave off the onslaught of Xbox Ones and PlayStation 4s when it comes to gamer dollars remains to be seen. This is going to be one serious holiday shopping season!
Twentieth Century Fox is trademarking the name Alien: Isolation, according to a report from Siliconera. This follows months-old rumours that developer Creative Assembly has been working on a game set in the Alien universe, and teasing some connection to the first film. That the trademark claim references Alien, not Aliens(as many previous franchise games have), bolsters that possibility.
A Kotaku source claims that Alien: Isolation will star series heroine Ellen Ripley’s daughter Amanda Ripley, and that it is indeed “heavily inspired by” the original Alien film. The source reported that the game will be a first-person shooter with “stealth and horror elements” à la Bioshock and Dishonored, and that the developers and current franchise publisher Sega are taking seriously the disaster that was Aliens: Colonial Marines and the ill will it fostered. There has been, however, no official comment from Creative Assembly or Sega about the game.
That Alien: Isolation may star Ripley’s daughter might come as a bit of a curiosity to series fans: Amanda Ripley is only mentioned by name in the extended edition of Aliens, which had her dying on Earth in old age a few years before the events of that film. How Creative Assembly intends to have her follow in her mother’s footsteps could be interesting stuff. As long as they write it better than poor Hicks’ treatment in Colonial Marines…(or in Alien 3, for that matter).
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX must have done alright for Square Enix, because they’ve announced that Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX has officially begun development for release next year on the PlayStation 3!
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX is an HD remastered compilation of the next games in the series, including the PS2 title Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix and the PSP game Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep Final Mix. Both of those are the previously Japanese-only releases of the games, by the way. Oh, and it will also include all the cutscenes from the Nintendo DS game Kingdom Hearts Re:coded, if you want to sit through those for a Trophy.
Personally, I wasn’t a big fan of Kingdom Hearts II, but that was mostly because of that stupid gummi ship minigame in between levels. It just got really annoying to me. But I thought Birth By Sleep was really good, and one of my favorite games on the PSP (not that there was a whole lot of competition on that system, but still). And it’s also a nice way to refresh your memory before Kingdom Hearts III hits the PS4 and XboxOne… whenever that day may be!
Reportsout of China allege that student workers are being told to work on PS4 production lines at a Foxconn plant or put their graduation in jeopardy. The students were reportedly told to intern at the plant, where they were given jobs unrelated to their fields of study. Foxconn, a manufacturing giant contracted by Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, and Apple to produce their merchandise, has had a checkeredhistoryrecently, including mass strikes, suicides, and the use of underage workers to manufacture the Wii U.
Foxconn has responded to the newest reports by acknowledging that student interns from the Xi’an Institute of Information Engineering were given night- and overtime shifts in violation of company policy, while Sony has stated that “We understand Foxconn fully comprehend and comply with this ‘Sony Supplier Code of Conduct.’” Foxconn’s statement included a pledge to bring labour practices at the particular site where the violations took place up to code. The statement did not, however, address the allegations of interns being given positions unrelated to their fields of study, or the report that students would have six credits withheld if they did not take the internships, thus rendering them unable to graduate – though it did reiterate that the students were “free to terminate their participation in the program at any time.” How free one’s participation is when one’s graduation hangs in the balance – or how helpful an internship is when it is unrelated to your studies – are, perhaps, matters of opinion.
Comic Con is no longer all about comics… in fact, it sometimes seems like it’s barely about comics anymore, what with all the movies and TV and videogames, but… videogames! And if you’re attending New York Comic Con this weekend, I’ve got some details from Nintendo and Capcom about what they’re offering. So read on so you can plan ahead! (And if you’re not attending, I suppose you could read on and just be jealous…)
Nintendo will be hosting a speaking session of Eiji Aonuma, the producer of The Legend Of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds for the 3DS and The Wind Waker HD for Wii U. I’m planning on attending, so I will hopefully see you there! Over at the Nintendo booth (#1436), you’ll be able to get your hands on the brand new 2DS handheld as well as a slew of games that include: Super Mario 3D World, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, Bayonetta 2, and Sonic Lost World for the Wii U and Pokémon X/Y, A Link Between Worlds, Mario Party: Island Tour, Sonic Lost World, Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate and Skylanders SWAP Force for the 3DS.
Over in Room 1E02, Nintendo will be holding Virtual Console game tournaments, and will also offer free play of various eShop indie games. And the main Nintendo Booth will also be hosting an annex of the Nintendo World Store, so you can buy various games, hardware, apparel and merch. This includes the brand new 2DS and Pokémon X/Y when they are released on October 12! (Or you could choose to attend their massive launch event at midnight the evening before at the Nintendo World Store proper!)
Meanwhile, Capcom will be calling booth #1604 home, hosting playable demos of upcoming games like Strider and Dustforce as well as the recently-released DuckTales: Remastered. (Which is coming out on disc on November 12) In addition, they will be hosting the Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Lounge where fans of the series can get together and play the game as well as take photos. And I love that they specifically mention that there will be charging stations in the seating area. That’s important!
There will be plenty of other games on display at NYCC 2013, (Sony always has a booth, as does Square Enix and plenty of smaller companies) but this should give you an idea of what to expect from a couple of them. Come back next week and I’ll give you a rundown of the best stuff on offer this year!