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November 13
2013

GaymerX Presents Read Only Memories, Adventure Game Throwback With Queer Sensibilities

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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’ experiences as trans women. My Ex-Boyfriend the Space Tyrant garnered lots of attention merely for existing as a gay game at all. And to paraphrase Mattie, these games were made precisely because nobody else was going to do it for them. If we want more queer content in games, then we’ve got to make our own.

Today the team behind LGBTQ gaming convention GaymerX have decided to do just that, launching the Kickstarter for Read Only Memories.

“Overturning the status quo of gay characters in gaming, Read Only Memories is a new cyberpunk adventure game for desktop and mobile that features queer characters in prominent roles.”

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November 6
2013

Atlus Wants To Lure You Away With Sale Prices

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I know lots of you are deep into catching Pokémon and earning Gym Badges right now, but Atlus is trying to grab your attention back to dungeon crawling by putting all the DLC for the 3DS RPG Shin Megami Tensei IV on sale for 25% off! You can get the full game for $39.99, and then various DLC that adds new dungeons, new demons to recruit and new equipment for anywhere from $1.11 to $2.24 from the Nintendo eShop. Just keep in mind that this sale is only going to run until November 11, so maybe pick up the DLC now and then play it after you’ve become a Pokémon Master?

Also, you can download the controversy magnet Dragon’s Crown for PS3 for $39.99, and for the Vita for $29.99. And the Storyteller Voice Pack DLC is on sale for just $1.49. (The Dragon’s Crown theme for the PS3 is also $1.49) And those sale prices will be in effect until November 12.

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October 31
2013

Smash Bros. 4 Brings the Alternate Costumes…..Maybe

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Masahiro Sakurai is nothing if not mysterious (or, in the eyes of some….a troll. But a friendly playful troll). Since debuting the newest entries in his Super Smash Bros. series at E3 back in June, the series’ lead developer has been posting screenshots of the game on MiiVerse every single day to help build anticipation.

These screenshots have included everything from characters in bizarre poses, to level reveals, to character reveals. In fact since the game’s initial announcement back in June five veteran fighters have been announced to return: Princess Peach, Captain Olimar and Pikmin, Luigi, and Toon Link. With the exception of Peach all of the character announcements have been tied to a major release related to their respective franchises. This led many to expect a Pokemon-related announcement following the release of  Pokemon X and Pokemon Y. This is all we got.

Cue the “SAKURAAAIIIIII” posts.

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2013

Imagine This SingStar Update

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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!

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October 30
2013

Can Clem Survive The Walking Dead: Season Two?

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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…

 

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October 29
2013

Bundle Up With Nintendo!

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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.

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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!

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October 22
2013

The Next Alien Game May Star Ripley’s Daughter

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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).