Archive for the ‘Video Games’ Category


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March 28
2014

Creator Michael Patrick on Ultimate Gay Fighter

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The trailer for Ultimate Gay Fighter was built to court gamer ire from its premiere onward.

The upcoming mobile 2D fighter from Handsome Woman Productions (under a publishing partnership with Bearded Man Studios) turned heads and busted keyboards with its roster of gay cliches and rough alpha appearance. GayGamer’s own Christian took a look at the roster and rated the cast from good to bad to WTF. As the months went on, the bile for this hopeful satire has only risen. We recently had a chance to send a few questions to Michael Patrick, project lead on UGF, on what drove him to raise such an overt middle finger to the status quo of the  fighting game community.

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2014

Wootini’s Weekly Animal Crossing Diary

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Dear Diary,

Finally a quiet week with no major drama. Oh, I mean, that’s not to say that nobody tried moving or anything. Because they always do. I also got another weird letter from my mom that read: “Dear Chris, I’ve been focusing on my posture and trying to look more elegant. But your dad makes silly faces, and I get the giggles. Eat healthy snacks! – Mom” And she included an orange, which is quite healthy. But I don’t know what eating healthy has to do with elegant posture. Or my dad thwarting mom’s efforts to be elegant.

But it was a nice and sedate week with no big events so I was finally able to clean up the town a bit. I’ve been neglecting my mayoral duties for too long, now. Read on and I’ll explain.

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March 27
2014

Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus: Yes, but are they sexy?

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Oculus Rift Dev Kit 2 and Project Morpheus, impressive devices for an emerging medium, but would you wear them?
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Long before Buddy Cole went undercover as a Canadian on the Colbert Report, he delivered sermons from an eponymous gay bar. Portrayed by Scott Thompson on The Kids In The Hall over 20 years ago, Buddy purred and mused over how virtual reality would be integrated in our lives. VR to him had very much the same effect as sitting too close to the television. “But then,” Buddy cautioned us, “there’s no hat.” He smiled and stroked a black and silver sequined helmet with a matching glove.

Flash-forward to this past week and the newfound competition between Sony and Oculus VR, we now have a glimpse of the future of gaming (and a whole lot of other stuff, too). Both Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus are headsets sans the traditional haptic gloves of the VR pioneer Jaron Lanier days. Both promise content in an emerging medium that’s 30 years in the making. But, would you be caught dead in them?

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March 26
2014

Where do Video Games Stand? BioWare’s Manveer Heir on Misogyny, Racism, and Homophobia

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If there was an award for GDC MVP I would without hesitation hand the 2014 honor to BioWare Montreal Gameplay Designer, Manveer Heir. While this year’s Game Developer’s Conference had plenty to talk about, from indie darling Papers, Please dominating the IGF Awards to Sony’s big VR news, it was Heir’s panel that had everyone buzzing. Titled Misogyny, Racism and Homophobia: Where Do Video Games Stand? the hour-long talk featured Heir breaking down the big ol’ representation problem our beloved industry has. Ending with a passionate plea for all in attendance to be ‘soldiers’ in this battle for diversity, Heir was met with a well deserved standing ovation.

After the talk I had the pleasure to speak with Manveer Heir about his presentation and what he thinks we can do enact change in an industry that desperately needs it.

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March 24
2014

Preview: Infinite Crisis

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Pulling on my heart strings, Warner Brothers attempts to drag me into their new Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA), Infinite Crisis. For me, the thought of getting to play some of my favorite super heroes and villains from my childhood was going to be awesome. The nostalgia was running through my veins as I patiently waited for the game to download. The game has a great selection of characters from DC Comics’ epic history and multiple universes. From a demonic Batman to the New 52 Wonder Woman all of my favorite characters are there for me to play, each with a really unique skill set.

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2014

Wootini’s Weekly Video Podcast #165

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So… my attempts to finish up the games I’m currently playing hit a bit of a snag this past week as Nintendo invited me to be part of the early review program for Disney Magical World on the 3DS. I guess since they know how much I love Animal Crossing, they thought I might be interested in a game where you run around and have adventures with Disney characters while dressing up and running a café. Make the jump to watch this week’s vidcast and see if they were right!

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March 21
2014

Wootini’s Weekly Animal Crossing Diary

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Dear Diary,

I thought this week was going to be rather sedate, but then we had a holiday that I didn’t even realize was celebrated in Geneva! So yay for that! And it involves pinching, so that’s always fun! Well, unless you’re the one being pinched, I suppose… although maybe that could be good, too!

Spring may be still waiting in the wings in much of the United States, but in Geneva, it’s in full swing. And I even got a letter from Mom that read: “Darling Chris, The warm sun enticed me out onto the veranda this morning. Spring really has come, hasn’t it? I’ve waited so long. – Mom” It included some yellow violets, but I didn’t really care, because I was just so distracted by her use of the word “veranda.” I mean, really, Mom. Are you living in Gone With The Wind now?

Anyway, read on for this week’s emerald excitement!

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