Remaking Final Fantasy VII in HD may be the most common sense decision that a gaming company has ever ignored. A revolutionary title in its day that has dug a comfortably nostalgic place in most gamers’ hearts, the relatively cheap process it would t...
I first heard of Ultimate Gay Fighter through a friend’s Facebook post rather than any gaming news outlet, because do you really think that mainstream gaming outlets are going to bother with anything like this? I gave the trailer a look-see, wr...
I’m coining the word “xbroglio” as of today. It means, “any incidents occurring as a result of Microsoft assuming players to be heterosexual dudebros”. It’s quite a flexible concept, too – in fact, I’d ...
The idea of a game designed with queer themes at its heart is not a new one. Titles like Mattie Brice’s Mainichi and Anna Anthropy’s Dys4ia have already made waves in the indie scene, opening up dialogues about their creators’ exper...
When comes to groups that the most vile of gamers dislike, gay men are miles above common fodder like women and “the blacks.” The industry has spent so long catering strictly to the angry white kid demographic that its visual mythology and cultural p...
So, I know I promised a look at Fate Core for this edition of Tabletopping, but it’s Halloween! You need something scary. So instead we’re going to take a look at a game called Don’t Rest Your Head. DRYH is a game about madness and finding yourself. ...
As usual, New York Comic Con was full of tons of great cosplay. This year, Attack on Titan proved to be quite a favorite amongst attendees (I think because you can actually buy replicas of the uniform online, so there’s not a lot of home crafti...
Last Wednesday, I celebrated my 30th birthday (yay!). And what better way to celebrate than to take the day off of my day job to go shopping, relax in the park and preview a game! Rising Star Games was in San Francisco showing off some of their upcoming games and one that I was particularly interested in checking out was Girls Fashion Shoot for the Nintendo 3DS. With the title and gameplay clearly marketed towards female gamers, it easy to see why it was might be passed up. Eric Paterson of EGM even chose this game as his “Underappreciated Pick of the Show” at E3. However, that wasn’t going to stop me from letting my inner fashionista out, and it shouldn’t stop you either. Read on to learn more about this fun and creative game!
With 2,300 attendees this past August, the very first GaymerX got industry-wide attention for being one of the only conventions to openly celebrate gamers from the LGBTQ, female and minority communities. For its second year, the handily renamed GaymerX2 or GX2 is moving up to the swanky InterContinental Hotel in the SoMa (South of Market) district in San Francisco. Running from July 11th through July 13th, attendance is expected to rise to more than 3,500 gaymers and their allies.
The featured speakers – dubbed Bosses of Honor – are also expected to increase. Returning from last year’s program are famed Valve game voice actors Eileen McLain and John Patrick Lawrie, along with webcomic creator Zack Weinersmith (Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal) and musical guest Aethernaut. They will be joined by industry vet and former International Game Developer’s Association Executive Director Gordon Bellamy, games activist Mattie Brice, writer Jaime Woo, Senior Bioware Writer David Gaider, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, and sci-fi author/blogger John Scalzi. New musical guests will include 2Mello and Super Soul Bros.
Those wishing to help out at next year’s convention, or just looking for more info, can contact email@example.com.
If you’re a huge Pokémon fan, then you’re probably super-excited about the worldwide release of Pokémon X and Pokémon Y on October 12. But if you just so happen to be a Pokémon fan in the New York City area, and are dedicated/crazy enough, you might be interested to know that there’s going to be a massive launch event the night before at the Nintendo World Store in Rockefeller Center!
That’s right, on October 11, from 8pm to 1am, there’s going to be a madhouse of Pokéfans surrounding the store. And I do mean surrounding, because that’s where they stretch the line. All the way around the block. Seriously, you should see the video of the line for Pokémon Black and White… oh wait, you can! I took a video of it for you that day!
The game will go on sale at midnight, but during the rest of the hours, there will be kiosks featuring the game (in case you didn’t already know you wanted it, you can demo it, I suppose), a DJ spinning tunes, Pokémon trivia, giveaways, and a costume showcase, so dress up as your favorite Pokécharacters! Naturally, Pikachu himself will be on hand for photo ops.
Of course, this is the same weekend as New York Comic Con, but I have no doubt some Pokémon faithful will already be in line the day before. Especially those without NYCC tickets! As for me, I’m still working out my full schedule for the con, but I should be able to get there before midnight so I’ll have pictures and footage of the chaos to share with you all!
[Update] The Eurogamer Expo Emcee featured in this story has since released an apology for any offense caused in the matter, and claims to have never referred to the journalist as an “it”. Any indirect pronouns heard were reportedly used during the hectic fervor of a convention event. Neither Microsoft nor the journalist subject of the below story have updated their statements at this time.
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Here we are again.
The games industry looks to be collecting transphobia controversies these days, with another pungent example of mobilized hatred rearing its head just over two weeks after theGTAV review fiasco. What’s even more horrifying is that the situation has appeared to have escalated, more malicious and certainly more personal than when we last heard trolls bitching on this specific subject. Which makes writing about it all the more difficult, because we’re not exactly going to tell you what went down.
Now, we are fine name-dropping Carolyn Petit in the wake of the comments her Gamespot review received. While the language directed towards her frequently dipped into the obscene and personal, it was largely diverted into calling her credibility into account as a reviewer and demanding her dismissal. Yes, that’s a light offensive these days.
The basics this time around was that a Microsoft conference Emcee at this year’s Eurogamer Expo brought a transgender games journalist on stage during an Xbox One event. During that time, she was both misidentified and referred to as an “it”. Expressing her discomfort at the treatment, she was given the traditional PR reach-around known as the “We’re sorry you were offended” line, and not given the opportunity to speak to the Emcee directly. So far, so frustratingly expected.
I’m still enjoying replaying Wind Waker HD (it helps that my memory is so bad that I don’t remember all the little bits and pieces of the game I played so long ago), especially since I can play it without hogging the TV from my husband. Nintendo’s Off-TV play works a lot better than my attempt to use connect my Vita with my PS3 for remote play! Also, I have a bit of a dilemma with two big 3DS titles releasing within a couple weeks! What to do?
Make the jump for this week’s vidcast and help me out!
As the resident fighting game expert on GayGamer, I love whenever there are fighting game tournaments to watch and attend. However, it’s no secret that the existing fighting game community can be a little intimidating. Toronto Gaymers is a group that hopes to help change that by running their own LGBT-friendly fighting game tourney, the upcoming CLASH Fall 2013.
This Saturday, September 28th, at A&C World in Toronto, the gay friendly fighting game tournament will let you compete in Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition, Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, Injustice: Gods Among Us or Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3. There are many prizes that range from $100 in cash to swag from Namco Bandai, who is helping sponsor the event.
And in case you don’t live near Toronto, you can always check out the matches courtesy of A&C Games on their Twitch stream, with matches starting at 1 pm and finals at 6 pm (local Toronto time). All the information such as where to registerand complete list of prizes and rules can be found on their facebook page here. I hope you guys can check out the stream and good luck to all competitors!
We all know that LGBT characters in video games are rare, at best. The Last of Us stands out for having a somewhat major gay character in its story, one who isn’t a villain and who doesn’t die. That’s pretty big. After I played through the game, I had the opportunity to chat with Neil Druckmann, Creative Director at Naughty Dog. We spoke about Bill, the decision to make him a gay character, what it means for developers to write gay characters and women into games now, and what may happen to those characters in the future.
[Warning: Some spoilers for The Last of Us to follow]