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.
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.
Well, Singstar is calling this the “April SingStore Update,” which leads me to believe that they have officially made the switch from fortnightly updates to monthly ones. Oh well, as long as they keep coming, it’s hard to complain too much. And this update is actually pretty good (with one major caveat I’ll get to later):
“Pure Shores” by All Saints
“Cruel Summer’ by Bananarama
“Picking Up The Pieces” by Paloma Faith
“Shake Your Bon Bon” by Ricky Martin
“You Keep Me Hanging On” by The Supremes
“Wild Thing” by The Troggs
“Hook Me Up” by The Veronicas
Now, The Veronicas are awesome, but I’ve already got that song in Lips. Same with “You Keep Me Hanging On.” “Pure Shores” is good, but nothing I want to sing, but I may eventually cave and pick up “Wild Thing” just for the ridiculous fun of it. However, I am all over Bananarama, but God help me if I’m tempted to download “Shake Your Bon Bon!” The out and proud Ricky Martin is super hot, but that song is almost too cheesy — even for me!
The caveat is that the European update contains two songs from Dire Straits — “Sultans Of Swing” and “Money For Nothing” — that for licensing reasons aren’t available in the US. Hopefully they’re not lying when they say they’re working on it and hope to include them in a future update, because that would be sweet!
Today Nintendo aired a special Smash Bros.-centric Nintendo Direct. Developer Masahiro Sakurai mostly went over new modes and mechanics for the Wii U and 3DS fighting game, but also teased some release windows (yes, plural) and even unveiled a brand new character.
You can watch the entire segment above, and read on for a full recap!
As an invitee to Nintendo’s early review program for Disney Magical World, I’ve been spending plenty of time with the upcoming 3DS game. I’m working on a full review to post in time for its April 11 release, but I wanted to alert you to the fact that this game often described as “Animal Crossing meets Disney” is actually a little more gay-friendly than AC!