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March 10
2014

Wootini’s Weekly Video Podcast #163

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Unfortunately, aside from the new episode of The Walking Dead, my consoles have been taking a break again this week because I still have one more season of Veronica Mars to cram in before the movie comes out. Most of my gaming has been portable again, with the hyper-addictive puzzles of Professor Layton keeping me busy! Make the jump for this week’s vidcast!

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March 7
2014

“Not My Choice, But Still My Consequence” How Fable Taught One Gaymer to Believe in Himself

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“I knew I was a gamer before I knew I was gay.” writes user Jadis232 of The Dead Hamster forums, a Lionhead Studios community site.

It’s a sentiment that many queer gamers can relate to. For many video games became a safe space in a world where they felt different. Our own Jesse once wrote how the fighting game genre gave him a way to fight back against those who would judge or bully him. Samantha Allen shared with me how character creation systems allowed her the freedom to idealize her gender presentation before she transitioned. The RPG genre in particular has had a profound resonance with the gay gaming community at large.

For Jadis232 it was Fable, Peter Molyneaux’s 2004 Fantasy RPG that famously included same-sex romance and marriage, that taught him how to accept himself as a gay man.

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2014

Wootini’s Weekly Animal Crossing Diary

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Dear Diary,

Settle in, because this is going to be a long one! in addition to the regular nonsense, I took a visit to a foreign country (sort of!) and we had a big event this week: The super gay Festivale! We’ve got a lot to cover, so read on and enjoy the madness!

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March 6
2014

Gender and Sex fluidity: Digital Extreme’s Warframe’s unintentional queer commentary

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Digital Extreme’s MMO third person shooter Warframe has been in open beta for several years and has garnered a large fan base since then. As an avid player  myself, I’ve begun to look deeper into the lore and basic premise of the game, beyond the action-packed sci-fi space ninja fighting that Digital Extremes uses to advertise the it. I have not been alone in this respect, and the game’s forums house players tired of its open beta stage and looking deeper into a variety of aspects of the game- one of those aspects being gender.

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2014

Review: The Walking Dead: Season Two – Episode Two: “A House Divided”

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The theme for the second season of Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead is clearly trust. Yes, there are still shambling undead monsters craving living flesh, but now the other humans can prove just as dangerous, if not more so.

In the recently-released Episode Two, “A House Divided,” Clem’s adventure continues with a brief moment of joy before everything takes another turn for the horrible. There’s also some gay characters this time around. My spoiler-free review is after the jump!

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March 5
2014

Earth Defense Force 2025: Not For Gaymers

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Video game companies just can’t seem to wrap their heads around the idea that the word “gay” is not foul language. One gay gamer had his experience with the brand new Earth Defense Force 2025 cut short due to this antiquated attitude when he attempted to join an online match but was kicked out for his player name containing “words that cannot be used.”

That word, of course, is “gay.”

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March 4
2014

Let’s Play Grand Theft Auto V With Coco Peru

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We’ve spent plenty of time with Grand Theft Auto V, from playing tennis with it, to critiquing its story “about masculinity”, to addressing its use of pervasive transphobic stereotypes. In spite of the game’s offensive content the controversial title was met with near unanimous praise for its revolutionary gameplay by critics, including Gamespot’s own Carolyn Petit who received backlash from fans for calling out the game’s misogynistic elements in her otherwise glowing review.

So what happens when a legendary drag queen like Coco Peru, a major voice in the LGBT community, plays the controversy-laden Grand Theft Auto V?

Magic. Pure magic.

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