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February 17
2014

The Last of Us: Left Behind and AAA-Gaming’s First Queer Hero?

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My apologies for the linkbait-y sensationalist title, but it’s worth noting that very few AAA games prominently feature queer characters in any major roles, let alone playable ones. Sure we have characters like Poison and virtual-Darren Young, but neither are protagonists in their titles, instead existing as ensemble players. Other characters are the subject of endless debate, with no canonical evidence to support any sexuality (which for most, unfortunately, means default heterosexuality). Now, of course, we can’t ignore the huge leaps being made in the indie and queer game scenes.

However, as the conversation surrounding queer issues in gaming continues to grow one of the single most frequently asked questions is: When will we get a playable gay main character in a AAA mainstream title?

Well it looks like we might have just gotten one in The Last of Us: Left Behind.

Spoilers Ahead

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February 14
2014

Wootini’s Weekly Animal Crossing Diary

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Dear Diary,

It was a really big week for me in Geneva! Still no replacement for Limberg yet, but a couple more people have tried to leave. But the real big news is that we had a really big party because I aged another year! Read on for all the fun!

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February 13
2014

Super Smash Bros. Packs Quite the Punch-Out

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During today’s Nintendo Direct Super Smash Brothers fans were treated to their first glimpse at long awaited newcomer Little Mac. The star of the classic Punch-Out!! series is one of the most highly requested Smash combatants, though until today he has only appeared as an Assist Trophy in Smash Bros. Brawl.

Now the Punch-Out!! champion finally gets his chance to “punch in” with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS.

And the poor guy is still being made fun of for his height.

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2014

Plant vs Zombies Garden Warfare Gets Weird With Chum Rush

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Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare was one of our favorite E3 surprises. Gavin had a blast playing the HD evolution of one of the biggest “casual” games in the business. Since the initial announcement back in June, though, it’s been quiet on the front lines.

Today PopCap Games and EA gave us update by way of dolphin. Yes, dolphin.

Weird indeed.

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2014

This Week’s SingStore Update Is Simply Red

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As a fan of the ’80s, I’m psyched for one tune in this week’s SingStore Update, but most of the rest of it is ’90s, which is a kind of mixed bag. Because it’s been so long since the last update, I was hoping for better, but at least it’s not a complete wash. Here’s the new DLC for SingStar available this week:

“Something Got Me Started” by Simply Red
“Holding Back The Years” by Simply Red
“Stars” by Simply Red
“What Can I Do” by The Corrs
“Breathless” by The Corrs
“Mountains” by Biffy Clyro

Now, I ain’t never heard of this Biffy Clryo, but I am all over the ’80s awesomeness of “Holding Back The Years.” The other two… not so much. Not that they’re bad songs, but I’d rather just listen instead of perform them. I’m slightly more tempted by the two Corrs tracks, but “What Can I Do” more than “Breathless” because I think I could actually sing it!

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February 12
2014

Dangan Ronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc – Review (PS Vita)

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You thought YOUR school was bad?

I don’t think I’ve ever played such a silly, intriguing game that took no hesitation to slap me across the face the very first moment I threatened to mock its absurdity. Dangan Ronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc demands to be taken seriously, all the while dangling its inane, senseless hilarity right in front of your nose all the while, literally daring you to blink or crack a smile. You’ll regret the first time you do, as the game’s twisted coils already have you by the neck while you weren’t paying attention. You will be taken hostage by your very own save file while playing this game, and what does it want? Hope, or despair? Maybe it’s not quite sure yet. Dangan Ronpa is a game with a serious identity crisis, but with how well this game works as a complete package, maybe it doesn’t need one after all.

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February 11
2014

Review: The Wolf Among Us Episode 2

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The second episode of Telltale Games’ The Wolf Among Us has been released, and “Smoke & Mirrors” picks up right where the first episode’s shocking cliffhanger left off. As a reader of the Fables comic series this game is based on, I assumed I knew how the cliffhanger would be resolved, but the writers instead threw in a twist that made the mystery even more complicated! Make the jump for my full thoughts!

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