Queer Mechanic is a regular feature here on GayGamer – each month, we’ll be presenting a new game mechanic that could be used in games that include or focus on queer identity or culture. Queer Mechanic is a thought experiment, to see both what we cou...
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 refreshingl...
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, ...
Over on GamesOnly.com Dutch game dev Robin Ras has released Putin’s Olympic Game, a title designed as protest against the Sochi Olympics and host country Russia’s anti-gay laws.
The game sees players controlling Russian President Vladimir...
Have you found yourself sitting on a great idea for an article or a feature about video games? Board games? Cosplay? Got something to say about queer issues in gaming? Or maybe you’re just really passionate about a certain series or character?
For the past two years there has been one invention grabbing the attention of game developers everywhere: The Oculus Rift. The Kickstarter-funded virtual reality headset is being touted by many as the next big thing in interactive entertainment. Ever...
Sorry about the slight delay in posting this episode, but the holidays have taken over my life and time has gotten away from me. This also means that the only gaming I’ve got time to do is portable gaming. But I still have thoughts on that! So make the jump and listen to me rant about Miiverse on the 3DS, praise Animal Crossing: New Leaf‘s snowpeople and bitch about Pokemon!
Over on PBS’ new Game Channel, a gaming-centric Youtube series ala their popular Idea Channel (which I highly recommend for plenty of thought provoking nerdity), host Jamin Warren asks, “Are games ready for gay main characters?”
While the video paints broad strokes on the queer side of gaming that we here at GayGamer spend every day exploring, it nonetheless poses some very interesting points of discussion. The most interesting being the issue of player-avatar relationships and how that affects player perception of gay game characters versus gay television characters. It’s that direct connection between player and avatar that is the cause of the white cisgendered heterosexual mid-30s scruffy bearded power fantasy archetypes becoming the industry standard.
And while Warren makes sure to give a shout out to the ever growing gayming community (with shots of gaymer.org, r/gayming, and our pals Matt and Kayce from GaymerX), he ends his presentation by asking if the gaming world could handle a gay main character. Well there are already lots of games not just starring gay characters but lesbian characters, trans characters, and queer identifying characters of all kinds.
Well, the final SingStore Update of 2013 is quite massive, although that’s because they’ve created eight new song packs, but those are songs that were already released, so I don’t see the point of bundling them up because if you wanted those songs you would’ve already bought them, right? Unless some of the songs in the pack are new, but looking at them, I don’t see anything that jumps out at me. I’m not posting the entire list here, but if you’re curious, you can click here to see the full rundown.
No, the important thing is what’s brand new to belt out in SingStar, and this update is pretty solid:
“What The Hell” by Avril Lavigne
“I’m Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman” by Britney Spears
“Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall” by Coldplay
“Last Thing On My Mind” by Steps
“Wake Up Boo!” by The Boo Radleys
“Last Christmas” by Wham!
I appreciate more Britney, but not that song. And it’s the perfect time to be singing the completely banal but catchy “Last Christmas.” (Made awesomer by the hilarious video where George Michael goes on a ski trip with a bunch of friends and pretends to flirt with a woman other than the one he arrived with!) But for my money, the best part of this update is another Steps song! They’re the modern ABBA, don’t you know!
The system update has been released for the Nintendo 3DS that adds Miiverse functionality to the handheld system, mirroring what Wii U users have been enjoying since the console’s launch. And if you’ve got both systems, you can link the same Nintendo ID and merge your Nintendo eShop balances and Wish Lists. (Now all we’ve got to do is convince Nintendo to release some eShop games as 3DS/Wii U cross-buys…)
Another feature of this update allows 3DS users to transfer their content to different systems an unlimited number of times instead of the previous limit of five transfers. Of course, you’ll only be able to transfer once every seven days, but seeing as how Nintendo keeps releasing more awesome 3DS designs, it’s nice to have the option to upgrade as many times as you want. Not sure I’d buy five 3DSes, but it’s nice not to have an arbitrary limit anymore.
The full Miiverse experience requires an online connection, but being that the 3DS is a portable system and isn’t always going to be connected, Nintendo has allowed you to make up to three Miiverse posts while offline and then queue them up to post once you are able to connect to the internet. It’s not automatic, though. You still have to open Miiverse and manually post them. Hopefully in the future updates, they’ll make it so they just automatically SpotPass their way onto the appropriate Miiverse thread. Also, while you can choose to attach a screenshot from either the top or the bottom screen just like on the Wii U (pressing the Home button pauses the game and those are the screens you’ll choose from), unfortunately, it doesn’t work with any photos you’ve already saved to your photo album. Presumably to keep people from posting inappropriate 3D pictures. But for games like Animal Crossing: New Leaf, where taking screenshots is part of gameplay, don’t think you’ll be able to post older photos. On the other hand, it’s nice to have the ability to snap screenshots of games where it’s not a built-in feature!
Telltale had a really good year, with the acclaimed The Walking Dead earning tons of accolades, and their follow-up, The Wolf Among Us, getting off to a roaring start. (Get it? See what I did there?) And now, they’ve just announced a couple more adventure games that they’ve got in development!
First up is a partnership with HBO to create games based on Game of Thrones. “We’re delighted to be working with Telltale Games, a proven leader in the creation of engaging interactive content,” stated Josh Goodstadt, Director of Global Licensing for HBO. “Our fans are always looking for new, exciting ways to engage with the Game of Thrones brand and this game series will put them right in the middle of the action by letting them decide where the story will lead. This brings a whole new dimension to the world of Westeros.”
Next is the slightly more surprising Tales From The Borderlands, based on Gearbox’s Borderlands titles. “Gearbox shares the independent spirit that Telltale was founded on, and like Telltale, they’ve broken the boundaries of what to expect within a gaming genre,” said Dan Connors, co-founder and CEO of Telltale Games. “Our partnership is something that we are very excited about, because it will unite the incredibly rich world of Borderlands with Telltale’s focus on story-telling driven by player choice, and characters that people truly care about.”
I totally get Game of Thrones, as it’s a story-driven series and the universe is so expansive you could easily create your own little tale set amongst the established canon. On the other hand, I’m not as familiar with Borderlands. I always just thought of it as a shooter with a little bit of personality. I only ever played a demo one time. But the trailer is intriguing enough, so I’m willing to give them the benefit of the doubt.
That’s right, you’ll find a couple trailers after the jump for both games! (well, the GoT one is just a teaser) What do you think? Are you excited for Telltale Games to work their magic again? Or could the company be stretching itself too thin?
It’s a bit of a longer episode this week as it’s kind of an anniversary. As much as I can’t believe I’ve made 150 of these things, I also can’t believe that there are people who have watched 149 of them! This week I talk about some of my favorite games of all time — make the jump to watch the vidcast and see what I chose! (then you can either agree or call me crazy in the comments!)