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May 1
2014

Proudmoore: The Gay WoW Server

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Proudmoore is the unofficial LGBT-friendly server in World of Warcraft. Some openly gay players chose the server as their home and began to form gay guilds. The first guild to tout being “LGBT friendly” was asked to stop promoting this message by Game Masters, because it was against the terms and conditions. GMs stated that,

“Topics related to sensitive real-world subjects—such as religious, sexual or political preference, for example—have had a tendency to result in communication between players that often breaks down into harassment.”

This quickly escalated to a legal battle, and Blizzard has since changed their stance on recruiting. Now LGBT players have their own unofficial server where they explore the world Azeroth in peace.  It’s been about eight years since the controversy took place. I wanted to check in on Proudmoore to see how things were going, and so I made a fresh new character on the server to trade chat with some LGBT guild members.

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April 30
2014

PAX East 2014: Hands On: Evolve

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The team behind Left 4 Dead are working on a brand new game for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4, and I got some hands-on time with Evolve at the 2K booth at PAX East! (The most eye-catching one with the life-size Goliath monster looming fearsomely over it! And by life-size, I mean in proportion to the humans crowding around below it!) Turtle Rock Studios knows from co-op gameplay, and this first-person shooter features four-on-one multiplayer as a squad of humans hunt down a monster rampaging through the environment. There’s a single-player mode being included in the game, but Evolve is all about the multiplayer, and that’s what was on display at PAX.
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2014

Personality Counts in Animal Crossing: New Leaf

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When it comes to character interaction in games, it’s very regimented. Certain characters have certain things to say to each other, and relationships may grow out of them. However, these friendships and relationships are usually very hetero (unless the characters are written to be gay). Animal Crossing deals with villager relations a little differently. In what seems like an attempt to make the world more innocent, Nintendo eschews gender as a deciding factor in relations in favor of several different factors: the villagers’ species, zodiac signs, and personality types.

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April 29
2014

The Fight For #Miiquality

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Tomodachi Life is on the way to the United States and Europe this June and, as previously reported, the quirky title will not feature same-sex relationships. At least not without some trickery on the part of the player. By making male Miis with female features one could create what appears to be a lesbian couple in the game, for example. And many players did exactly that, posting cute pics of their gay Miis on twitter with the hashtag #homokore.

Separate from this trend was a game-breaking bug that also created the appearance of in-game same-sex relationships. A very poorly worded, when translated, statement on the issue from Nintendo sparked its own big gay controversy by referring to the appearance of same-sex couples as ‘strange’.

But let’s put all of that aside. Bottom line is, controversy or no, there aren’t any same-sex romance options in Tomodachi Life.

So what’s a gaymer to do? Some have turned to boycotting the game, while others like myself are eager to get our hands on the game in spite of it lacking queer options.

Gay gamer Tyeforce, taking a cue from #homokore, is taking to social media to get his voice heard.

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2014

Fist Of Awesome Is About A Time Travelling Bisexual Lumberjack

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Lumberjacks have long had a gay-vague quality about them.  Something about a bunch of bearded guys holed up in the wilderness spending their days handling wood.  Brawlers have too, with their long history of presenting chiseled bros fighting their way back to back through hoards of nameless bad guys.

Enter Fist Of Awesome, a brawler for handheld devices and Ouya that sees time-travelling protagonist Tim Burr punch his way through masses of badass wolves, bears, and dinosaurs.  The chance to queer the game up appealed to developer Nicholl Hunt, who told Pocket Gamer he originally intended the main character to be gay, which would be revealed by Tim Burr fighting his way to his boyfriend at the end of the game.  Said Hunt:  “Ending the game with the understanding that Tim was a ‘bear’ all along somehow seemed appropriate. … It was never intended to be a grand statement on how LGBT people are treated in games – I think it’s only really for those affected to make those kind of assertions.”

Ultimately, Hunt decided to loosen up Tim Burr’s sexuality, giving players a choice between male and female partners – though he said that upward of 70 per cent of players appear to be choosing the same-sex option. Score one for mobile gamers.

You can check out Fist Of Awesome here, and we’ll have a review for you soon.

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April 28
2014

Wootini’s Weekly Video Podcast #170

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Well, I am still completely and utterly obsessed with Disney Magical World, although now that the game has been released and other people are playing it, I’ve had a chance to review the online features that weren’t available before. And unfortunately, those are somewhat lacking.

Also, I muse about popular and critically-acclaimed games that everyone else seems to love that I’ve just never been able to get into. I’m sure you’ve got some of those yourself. Make the jump and watch this week’s vidcast to see what mine are!

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April 26
2014

Smash Saturdays: April 21st-25th

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After coming down from the content overload from the Nintendo Direct at the beginning of the month and the boatload of press kit screenshots released soon after, it’s only natural that the following weeks screenshots are going to feel boring in comparison.

Personally, I feel like this week showed an emphasis on small changes and visual details and polish. All of which are just as important as core gameplay mechanics and great looking character models. It’s the small things that can really make a game feel like you’re getting your money’s worth.

Though this week may have been light on new information, that doesn’t mean there aren’t any viable tidbits to be gathered from the screenshots. Let’s dig in!

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