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March 3
2014

Wootini’s Weekly Video Podcast #162

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Last week’s episode was a shortie, but this week I’ve got much, much more to talk about, so it’s a longie!

I wrapped up two games and started another (and sampled yet another)! Make the jump to watch this week’s vidcast to see what I ramble on about this time!

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February 28
2014

Wootini’s Weekly Animal Crossing Diary

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Dear Diary,

Well, everything changed this week! Major change! Nobody moved away or anything like that, it’s just… well, read on and you’ll see!

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February 27
2014

Otome Time: Sweet Fuse

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The amount of women I’ve dated in video games is almost uncountable. On the flip side the amount of men I have dated in games is almost non-existent outside of a few Bioware titles and indie games. There are a number of reasons for this, but thanks to Aksys’s recent localizations of otome games like Sweet Fuse, a genre focusing on romance and usually with a female lead, I am slowly but surely drawing closer parity with dating men in games.

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February 24
2014

Wootini’s Weekly Video Podcast #161

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It’s a short one this week as I haven’t actually been gaming as much as usual. See, I’m on a deadline, and I have three seasons of a TV series to get through before the movie comes out. So basically I’ve been focused on finishing The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds so I’m done with it in time for the upcoming release of Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy. But it looks like I just might pull it off! Make the jump for a briefer episode than usual!

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February 21
2014

Is Ellie Gay? Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckmann Weighs In on The Last of Us: Left Behind

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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 refreshingly understated queer character. We weren’t beat over the head with his sexuality, nor did conflict arise solely because of it. Rather Bill simply was gay, a fact that was never explicitly conveyed but rather discovered by players through subtle hints over the course of their travels with him.

We reached out to Naughty Dog about the character, and had a chance to speak with creative director Neil Druckmann. He talked about the creation of Bill, how his sexuality came about during production, and even touched on how the sexualities of most characters in the game went unexplored and were therefore open to interpretation.

This past week players got a chance to revisit the post-apocalyptic dystopia of The Last of Us thanks to the single player DLC The Last of Us: Left Behind. This DLC put us in full control of Ellie, who spent most of the first game as a computer controlled partner, as she recalls time spent with her best friend Riley.

Without spoiling *too* much, the events of Left Behind have led many gamers wondering if daring young Ellie just happens to be gay as well. There’s been a lot of debate surrounding the topic, so I decided to get to the bottom of it by reaching out to Druckmann once again.

Here’s what he had to say:

Spoilers Ahead

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2014

Wootini’s Weekly Animal Crossing Diary

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Dear Diary,

Well, after the excitement of my birthday last week, you’d think that there’d be nothing interesting going on this time around. Well, you would be wrong.

We kick things off with Valentine’s Day treats, and finish up with some silliness, with a new resident arriving in the middle of everything! Read on!

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February 17
2014

Wootini’s Weekly Video Podcast #160

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I’m still healing nicely from my hernia surgery, and now grateful that Wii Fit‘s exercises are gentle enough I can use many of them to get back into the swing of things. Also this week, I played enough Fable III to finally realize why I think people were so disappointed in this installment. And while I wasn’t one of the many who picked up Bravely Default this past week, I’m glad, because there’s something more important coming out for the 3DS in a couple weeks! Make the jump and watch this week’s vidcast to see what I mean!

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