IeSF Hearthstone Tournament: No Girls Allowed, Blizzard Says Otherwise

E3, and Nintendo in particular, provided an uplifting experience this year when I started to see how many games were utilizing female protagonists. Lady gamers make up half the gaming audience, after all, so it was encouraging to see devs start adding that representation into their titles. Then I heard about Finland’s Assembly Summer 2014 and promptly headdesked so hard I may have suffered mild dain bramage. You see, Assembly hosts International e-Sports Federation (IeSF) tournaments, the winners of which will move on to this year’s international finals in Baku, Azerbaijan. IeSF, for whatever reason, has decided that there will be no women’s division for the Hearthstone competition, so therefore women can’t compete. Like, at all. Continue reading

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(Writer) Christian lives in El Cerrito, CA which is close enough to San Francisco to count. When not busy being unimpressed by press releases and AAA hype, he spends his time singing, finding heavy things to pick up and put down, and occasionally going out on the town in naught but cowhide. He has worked in the industry with companies like Sega of America and Trion Worlds, and one day hopes to design a game of his very own.

All The Hyrule Ladies, Put Your Hands Up!

Tecmo Koei and Nintendo have brought the Dynasty Warriors style combat to the world of Zelda in the upcoming Wii U title Hyrule Warriors. The developers already won me over with the game’s E3 demo by remaining faithful to Nintendo’s source material while putting their own spin on the franchise. Most importantly, I was gagging over them letting me play as Zelda.

With the equally gag worthy additions of Impa and Midna, two new playable female characters have been revealed.

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Born in Charlotte, NC, D.J. has always been a lover of all forms of visual entertainment. Comic books, cartoons, and most of all video games. A Nintendo Entertainment System was placed in front of him at the age of 5 and he hasn’t been the same since. He previously hosted the Joystick Jockeys, an LGBT gaming channel on Youtube. He currently publishes his own webcomic Aerial Rave at aerialraveonline.com

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Assassin’s Creed Unity May Not Have Female Assassins But Sunset Overdrive Sure Does

I LIVE for a good bit of game shade; when companies, developers, and other industry pros take their playful jabs at one another. Like when, during Sony’s E3 press conference, they made sure to point out that their camera peripheral, unlike a certain rival’s, was “always optional.” To be sure the entire GayGamer crew, front and center in the audience, gave them plenty of z-snaps. Or during our preview of Dragon Age: Inquisition when, on the heels of Ubisoft’s ‘women are too much work’ controversy, the first thing they said about the game was that women were playable. We see you game devs. And we thank you for all the sass.

So what bit of game-shade has me living today? Well this time it also has to do with Ubisoft (the easiest post-E3 target), and it coming from the always playful Insomniac Games.

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(Managing Editor and Writer) Sal lives in the beautiful city of San Francisco where he splits his time between playing games, watching copious amounts of television, and occasionally going outside. He has written for GayGamer, Gamezone, Kinky, and TeamBackpack. He studied creative writing and theatre at SFSU, and when not gaming can most likely be found on stage somewhere. You can keep up with him on twitter @salmattos

E3 2014: Ubisoft and the Lack of Lady Assassins

Assassin’s Creed: Unity was one of those games that I didn’t have any interest in when I first saw it, but cared more and more as the week went on and I got to see the ideas and mechanics explained and demonstrated more fully. It’s now become the first Assassin’s Creed game I’ve ever actually looked forward to. I was interested enough that I let the fact that all four of the playable characters were white males slide right by me without comment. Yes, I’m owning my white male privilege; or something. Others, however, did not miss that issue and brought up the question as to why there was a lack of female character options for the game. So why is that so? Creating a female character would have been too hard.

Cue headdesk.

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(Writer) Christian lives in El Cerrito, CA which is close enough to San Francisco to count. When not busy being unimpressed by press releases and AAA hype, he spends his time singing, finding heavy things to pick up and put down, and occasionally going out on the town in naught but cowhide. He has worked in the industry with companies like Sega of America and Trion Worlds, and one day hopes to design a game of his very own.

E3 2014: The Brief Briefdown – Microsoft

E3 is here again and the media circus is in full swing with media brief after media brief. We spent all of yesterday with media briefs from the biggest industry names – Microsoft, EA, Ubisoft, and Sony – and capped it all off with Nintendo’s digital presentation this morning. Everyone’s got a wide variety of things to offer, some more compelling than others, so lemme give you the rundown of everything we experienced and what you can look forward to hearing more about from me and other writers as the week goes on. So let’s start with Microsoft and the Xbox One…

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(Writer) Christian lives in El Cerrito, CA which is close enough to San Francisco to count. When not busy being unimpressed by press releases and AAA hype, he spends his time singing, finding heavy things to pick up and put down, and occasionally going out on the town in naught but cowhide. He has worked in the industry with companies like Sega of America and Trion Worlds, and one day hopes to design a game of his very own.