GaymerX made history when it became the first ever queer-centric video game convention of its kind. The con’s founder Matt Conn made headline after headline as he spearheaded an endeavor to bring his dream to life: a safe space where queer and ...
Nintendo surprised everyone yesterday by announcing the release of Tomodachi Life (Tomodachi Collection: New Life in Japan) in both Europe and the US this summer. With a hilariously self-referential new Nintendo Direct, Jack Trenin announced the game...
If there was an award for GDC MVP I would without hesitation hand the 2014 honor to BioWare Montreal Gameplay Designer, Manveer Heir. While this year’s Game Developer’s Conference had plenty to talk about, from indie darling Papers, Pleas...
You read about something. You get mad about it. Then, you are doused with a heavy cold shower of, “why complain now? We’ve been doing this shit for years!”
Turn now to the blog of Melissa Bennett, M.Div. In a recent entry, she posts...
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 lac...
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...
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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 Putin, donning a tutu, in what Ras describes as a gay friendly figure skating competition. On Game Politics Ras was quoted as saying:
“After all complaints about the Russia’s Anti-Gay Law, right before the Olympic games, we immediately had the idea of making a game out of protest,” said Robin Ras. “In this game we portrayed Putin as a extremely gay friendly and that appeals to a large group of people.”
“Figure skating at the Olympic Games in Sochi has all ingredients to create a light-hearted game on this sensitive issue,” Ras added.
Now, I’m all for as many light-hearted jabs at Putin and his anti-gay nonsense as we can get. Saturday Night Live’s Heterosexual Figure Skating sketch was a delightful piece of satire. The SNL sketch works by subverting the figure skating = flaming homosexual cliche while simultaneously taking a dig at Putin’s homophobic politics. Even out of context the sketch works.
I’m not sure, though, that I can say the same about Putin’s Olympic Game.