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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

Board Game Review: 7 Wonders

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Strategy games that span millennia and have you building up civilizations from nothing—like, say, Civilization—often can be multi-hour affairs. Sometimes they can last days if you want to play an epic multiplayer game. So one can imagine that board games that emulate this genre take an equally long amount of time with just as much concentration and strategy. And, well, you’d be right! Games like Clash of Cultures and Civilization (the board game) can be very long and intensive. However, what if I told you that there was a board game where you could build a civilization in half an hour? Even if you had the maximum of seven players? It’s true! 7 Wonders aims to provide difficult choices and requires flexible planning, all in a sleek, 30-minute package. The question is: does it deliver?

…the answer is yes. This game rocks. Sorry, I’m bad at suspense.

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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 27
2014

Review: Tomb Raider #1

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The first issue of the new Tomb Raider series from Dark Horse Comics is out, and I can safely say that Lara Croft is in good hands with writer Gail Simone. No stranger to penning the adventures of strong female characters, Lara’s character is well-handled here.

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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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