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...
My apologies for the linkbait-y sensationalist title, but it’s worth noting that very few AAA games prominently feature queer characters in any major roles, let alone playable ones. Sure we have characters like Poison and virtual-Darren Young, ...
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...
Have you found yourself sitting on a great idea for an article or a feature about video games? Board games? Cosplay? Got something to say about queer issues in gaming? Or maybe you’re just really passionate about a certain series or character?
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...
In an unexpected special Nintendo Direct presentation this week, Nintendo finally announced a release date for Wii Fit U. And instead of burning off your holiday feasting at the end of the year, you’ll be able to start a little earlier than that by working off your Halloween candy. Wii Fit U will be released to the Nintendo eShop on November 1!
The game will be available in physical retail copies at stores beginning on December 13, but from November 1 through January 31, you’ll be able to purchase it from the Nintendo eShop for the low, low price of absolutely nothing. That’s right, just like a gym membership, Nintendo is offering up a month-long trial period for Wii Fit U to get you hooked! As long as you already have a Balance Board and a broadband internet connection, you’ll be able to download the full game to your Wii U and get started burning calories with 77 different activities, including 19 new training activities. And I can tell you from personal experience that this game can make a difference.
Handsome (if imaginary) ace attorney Phoenix Wright is very dateable. Meaning that Capcom has dated the release of the new Nintendo 3DS title Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies! It will be available as a digital download from the Nintendo eShop in North America and Europe on October 24!
Not sure exactly what the reasoning is behind the digital-only release, but if it’s concern that a physical game wouldn’t sell enough to justify the production costs, that’s fine. At least they’re releasing it somehow! And it’s only going to cost $29.99 (or 24.99 Euro), so that’s nice. (Digital releases should always be cheaper than the physical ones, in my opinion, but they rarely do…)
Plus, as a bonus, Capcom has also revealed that the Western release of Dual Destinies will also receive the costume pack and additional episode “Turnabout Return” which is currently available for the Japanese release. More details on the DLC are coming soon. Now I just have to figure out what I’m supposed to do since Pokémon X and Y are coming out not even two weeks before this! The 3DS has two screens, but can only play one game at a time!
When Rebecca Wilson of the Children’s Miracle Network handed me a tiny blood pressure strap I nearly broke down right then and there, in a hospital hallway. Small enough to wrap around my pinkie, this strap is one of many keys to saving the lives of premature babies (or preemies, as they are affectionately called) that most facilities don’t keep in regular stock.
The Children’s Hospital and Research Center Oakland has been using specially designed equipment like this for nearly 100 years as one of the country’s most renowned childcare-centric hospitals. The humble campus is the only hospital of its kind in its entire region, with young patients literally being flown in via helicopter to receive the kinds of care they can’t receive anywhere else. (Side note: the hospital’s helipad is awesome.)
Children’s, the first dedicated ‘baby hospital’ in the West, was founded on the ideal that no child would ever be turned away. This ideal has not been lost in the better part of a century that the hospital has been operating. From cancer to sickle cell disease all the way to AIDS/HIV, Children’s lives up to its founders’ dreams. In fact the very first case of AIDS/HIV found in a child was treated here.
The hospital boasts one of the single highest retention rates staff, despite being a 100% not for profit organization. Rebecca shared with me a story of a young girl who was told by one hospital that following an accident her foot needed to be amputated, but at Children’s the doctor took the risk to actually treat this patient and attempt reconstruction despite the challenges and cost involved. Again, no child is turned away, even for a lack of funds or insurance coverage. Treatment before profit. Health before business.
Last week I had the privilege of joining GaymerConnect on a tour of this amazing place as part of our joint support for it via an event known as Extra Life.
I was seeing some buzz for a game called Child of Light on Twitter, so I clicked the link to watch the trailer. I was immediately drawn in by the utterly breathtaking art style, but then wary as it initially appeared to be a platformer. But then as a battle began and it looked like an RPG, I was sold.
Developed by a small team at Ubisoft Montreal, Child of Light uses the UbiArt Framework, which is a graphics engine that allows the programmers and artists to insert unedited concept art into the game and bring it to life. Which explains the gorgeous hand-drawn graphics. The effect is stunning.
“Ubisoft’s strengths include its diversity and the freedom it gives its creative teams,” said Patrick Plourde, Creative Director, Ubisoft. “We want Child of Light to be like a playable poem, a love letter to art and video games.”
Child of Light is meant to be a re-imagining of classic fairytales, where you will control Aurora, a child stolen from her home who explores the magical painted world of Lemuria in order to bring back the sun, moon and stars all held captive by the Queen of the Night. It will be released in 2014 for all current and next-gen consoles as well as PC. Crazily, the game is from the creative director of Far Cry 3! But watch this trailer and tell me you’re not completely intrigued…
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!)