Archive for the ‘Video Games’ Category


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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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March 20
2014

Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 2, Gay Couple Brings the Heart

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The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 2 isn’t only about surviving. A gay couple plays a vital role in the game’s second episode, and teaches young protagonist Clementine about the value of hope and forgiveness in a world that seems to be lacking in both.

Warning: Spoilers Ahead for Walking Dead Season 2: Episode 2 A House Divided

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March 18
2014

Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment, Is “Bromance” Enough?

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In the year 2022, video games will advance to the point that several Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Games will vie for players’ attentions. Don’t trust those wily devs, though. They will turn their eye-melting immersive experiences into their own personal Murderworlds to carry out vendettas due to unrequited love–or y’know whatevs.

What a strange era to live in which will even allow your male avatar to hold hands with other male avatars and effect a “manly friendship.” Such are the comments of Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment game producer Yosuke Futami. Siliconera reads this as adding a bit of bromance to the story. But is bromance enough?

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March 17
2014

Wootini’s Weekly Video Podcast #146

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Well, now that the Veronica Mars movie is out, I’m done mainlining episodes to cram for it and can get back to some gaming. Unfortunately the game is still Fable III. But I did play a pretty nifty demo on my Vita that may actually inspire a purchase! Make the jump to watch this week’s episode and find out what it is!

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March 14
2014

Wootini’s Weekly Animal Crossing Diary

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Dear Diary,

After all the excitement of last week, this week was supposed to be quiet and relaxing.

And it was, mostly. I got a guilt-trip letter from my mom that read: “Dear sweet Chris, I don’t want to push you to write or anything. But I did find some cool stationery. Wanna be pen pals? – Mom” And she included a set of sparkly paper. But I didn’t write back. Sorry, Mom. Your guilt won’t work on me!

But then at the end of the week, something amazing happened! Read on to find out what!

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March 12
2014

This SingStore Update Might Make You A Shiny Happy Person

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Well, if you’re an R.E.M. fan who plays SingStar, you’re in luck with this week’s new SingStore Update. Unfortunately, if you’re not, then I hope you’re a Corrs fan, because that’s the only other group in this batch of DLC! The Irish folk/pop stars were apparently very popular after a couple of their other songs were included in a recent update, so now you can get “Radio” as well.

And if you’re a fan of the group fronted by queer artist Michael Stipe, there’s an entire song pack that includes “Bad Day,” “Nightswimming,” “Imitation of Life,” “Shiny Happy People” and “Man on the Moon.” And “Orange Crush” is available singly. Not sure why that didn’t rate placement in the song pack, but there you go.

And for those of you like me, better luck next time. Which now seems to be every three weeks instead of every two, which I’m not crazy about. But at least they’re still updating with new content!

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March 11
2014

Super Smash Sisters? Sexism in the Super Smash Bros. Community

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The notion of video games as boy’s club is an old and, unfortunately, resonant one. At last year’s GDC, during the #1ReasontoBe panel, famed developer Brenda Romero said that she dreams of the day she can bring her daughter to to industry events and not be ashamed of the environment. Less than twenty-four hours later she publicly resigned from her position in the IGDA after it co-hosted an industry party that controversially featured exotic dancers as part of the night’s entertainment.

But the issue extends far beyond just questionable taste at parties. There are very real issues of harassment that plague gaming.

Anita Sarkeesian has famously faced very specific death and rape threats, the personal hacking of accounts, the spread of her private information, a game designed to act out violence against her, and ongoing online harassment for her Tropes vs. Women in Video Games video series.

In the world of competitive fighting games this kind of harassment and boy’s club mentality can prove especially pervasive, with terms like “rape” being a casual part of the vernacular. Stories of sexual harassment at tournaments and online can be found just about anywhere. One gamer, Aris Bakhtanians, notoriously said that sexual harassment and fighting game culture are “one and the same thing.”

What’s a gamer girl to do?

Competitive Super Smash Bros. player Lilo spent the last couple of weeks compiling data and quotes from other female Smash players, in the hopes of conveying the experiences of these women to the greater community. Here’s what she found.

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