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...
Well, today’s contribution to the continuing imbroglio can be foundover on the site for the Xbox One – in the form of the “We Got Your Back” email template provided courtesy of Microsoft, replete with mad-libs style fields where you can customise a desperate e-plea for an Xbox One to a co-habiting human being and email it off. Which sounds fairly innocuous – if a little obnoxious – were it not for the weirdly gendered and heteronormative format of the entire letter itself.
There have been queer characters in fighting games before (well, actually, the only one I can think of right now is Poison), but come January 2014, there’s going to be a whole cast of LGBT characters kicking the crap out of each other when Ultimate Gay Fighter is released! The fighter for Android, iOS and Windows Mobile platforms features 13 characters with their own individual hilarious storylines, special moves, sayings and theme tunes. Ultimate Gay Fighter is free to download, but you can remove ads for $.99, and unlock Peer to Peer Mode for $1.99 so you can challenge your friends. You can unlock the villains for use as playable characters for $2.99 for all three or for $.99 for MAXX2.0 and Anne Paylin or $1.99 for Preach.
“I started thinking about how gays are represented in the media,” said the game’s creator, Michael Venker. “We are the sickly ones, your sassy best friends, the funny ones, the ones who sing and the ones who decorate your house, style your clothes, and do your hair. We are never the kick-ass fighters, the bad-asses who rescue you and save the day…”
The Gay Fight competition is actually the creation of the League of Oppresive Self Righteous Zealots (LOSRZ — get it?), for the express purpose of making the LGBT community destroy itself and to brainwash the winner to join their side. It’s all quite ridiculous.The trailer below introduces all the characters and features, and you’ll notice that it’s ridiculously over-the-top. Honestly, they won me over with the first demonstration of a “gaytality.” And the use of rainbows and unicorns instead of gore is kind of fabulous.
If it wasn’t a gay man creating this game, I would immediately cry foul over the obvious cartoonish stereotypes, but since it’s by us and for us, I get it. And I think it’s kind of hilarious. (Well, Shawdee Killah’s noose is slightly disturbing, but in the spirit of reclaiming negative imagery and stereotypes, I guess it fits?) In response to the negative responses from some corners of the Internet, Venker says: “The Ultimate Gay Fighter game does deliberately depict stereotypes from segments of the GLBTQ community. This was an intentional choice by us to make the characters easily identifiable and relatable, and this choice is also meant to be satirical and humorous. The premise of the game is to inflate and explore these stereotypes. There is no malicious intent on our part in presenting them.”
Watch the trailer for Ultimate Gay Fighter below and let us know how you feel about it!
Read Only Memories, the new adventure game with queer themes from the folks who brought us GaymerX, is working its way to Kickstarter success. Having amassed nearly half of its $62,064 goal in less than half a month, ROM is on its way to being one of the first fully crowd funded queer games.
Upon its initial unveiling many demanded gameplay footage of the 90s adventure throwback, and today MidBoss Games and GaymerX have delivered the goods:
This week I start off with something geeky before segueing into videogames, so if you don’t care about Doctor Who, just skip the beginning part. But after ranting about that for a little bit, I report on one of the big launches that happened this past week. No, it’s probably not the one you’re thinking about… This week’s vidcast is embedded after the jump!
And if you want to get a better look at the photos I took, you can visit my Flickr page!
It was a big week, with a huge fishing tournament and some new fish to catch. And Geneva looks prettier than ever now that the fall colors have truly set in. But even as awesome as Geneva is, people still keep trying to leave! What is wrong with them? Sigh. Make the jump for this week’s adventures!
Well, it’s finally time once again for another SingStore update! Having to wait three weeks is like torture. And now we’re going to have to wait another three weeks before the next one! Hopefully this is just for the holidays and we’ll be back to the fortnightly schedule come the new year. Anyway, the newest DLC out this week for SingStar is:
“Driven By You” by Brian May
“Stand By Me” by John Lennon
“Nobody Told Me” by John Lennon
“Whatever Gets You Thru’ The Night” by John Lennon
“Mother” by John Lennon
“Jealous Guy” by John Lennon
“Maneater” by Nelly Furtado
“Luka” by Suzanne Vega
“Human” by The Killers
Again the majority of the update is comprised of a song pack they broke up into single songs, but I still don’t want them. “Maneater” is pretty fun, but it’s another one I’d rather boogie to in Dance Central than sing. I’m actually seriously tempted by the delightfully tasty cheese of “Luka” but I’m probably just going to go with The Killers this time. Anything calling your name?
So far, our group has played classic fantasy in Dungeon World, modern-day supernatural in Don’t Rest Your Head, and, er, 1920s Russian ninjas in Fate Core. So where else do we turn to now…but the stars? Science fiction RPGs definitely have a history, so it was inevitable that we played one eventually. The question was which one?
I had a vague plan of what games I wanted to try, and for this session I wanted to play a game that used the GUMSHOE system. The GUMSHOE system is based on investigation and mysteries rather than dungeon-crawling and explosions (though there are plenty of those too). The choices I presented to my group were to play either Nights’ Black Agents, where you play as ex-special forces fighting vampires in a superspy setting, Mutant City Blues, where X-Men meets CSI, or the game that we ended up playing, which is Ashen Stars.