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...
Handsome (if imaginary) ace attorney Phoenix Wright is very dateable. Meaning that Capcom has dated the release of the new Nintendo 3DS title Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies! It will be available as a digital download from the Nintendo eShop in North America and Europe on October 24!
Not sure exactly what the reasoning is behind the digital-only release, but if it’s concern that a physical game wouldn’t sell enough to justify the production costs, that’s fine. At least they’re releasing it somehow! And it’s only going to cost $29.99 (or 24.99 Euro), so that’s nice. (Digital releases should always be cheaper than the physical ones, in my opinion, but they rarely do…)
Plus, as a bonus, Capcom has also revealed that the Western release of Dual Destinies will also receive the costume pack and additional episode “Turnabout Return” which is currently available for the Japanese release. More details on the DLC are coming soon. Now I just have to figure out what I’m supposed to do since Pokémon X and Y are coming out not even two weeks before this! The 3DS has two screens, but can only play one game at a time!
Tread carefully this week, children. For Grand Theft Auto V launched today, which meant those outlets popular enough to receive review copies released their final verdicts on the game to the rabid animals of the internet. And just like any Zelda or Metal Gear Solid (and, to a lesser extent, Uncharted) before it, any score below a perfect 10 brought with it catcalls against the reviewer and their site’s credibility, and/or the necessity of critics as a whole. And while the relationship between the press and the game makers is certainly a conversation worth having, the subject was just the opening salvo for a vile and wretched collection of gamers to get to the heart of the real issue: the industry’s bias against white men.
I received an E-mail from a longtime GayGamer.net reader, Nicholas Romeo, who is applying for a scholarship to the Vancouver Film School, where he wants to study game design. The school is holding a contest where prospective students can submit a short video in the hopes of winning a full scholarship.
“It touches on the culture of homophobia on the Internet and cyber-bullying,” he says, “but it’s a pretty upbeat little endeavor. As a gay man, I know I’m going to have problems making my way in the industry, but I honestly think the route to more diverse games is through a more diverse pool of developers and publishers.”
It’s a great little video, which you can watch by clickingthis link here, and then you can cast your vote to help Nicholas along in the contest. Voting ends at midnight on October 22, so you’ve got time. All you need is a Facebook or Twitter account, and who doesn’t have one or both of those? (One vote per person, though!)
Obviously Nicholas is a better storyteller than an actor (no offense!), but I thought his submission was very clever, and I voted for him myself. If you’d like to help a fellow gay gamer break into the industry, click that link! We need all the help we can get! (And since I know how some of you guys think, you should watch the video because he’s really cute!)
I’ve got a brief rant about Apple “taking over” the handheld gaming market from Nintendo and Sony in this weeks vidcast, but first I’ve got to bitch about how awful it is to go to the movies nowadays. It’s a brief one, though, so don’t worry! Watch after the jump!
What a jam-packed week in Geneva! I didn’t build any new projects or anything, but there was still quite a lot that just sort of happened anyway! And the days of thunderstorms and torrential downpours bled out into my real life, too! I love it when it all syncs up!
When Rebecca Wilson of the Children’s Miracle Network handed me a tiny blood pressure strap I nearly broke down right then and there, in a hospital hallway. Small enough to wrap around my pinkie, this strap is one of many keys to saving the lives of premature babies (or preemies, as they are affectionately called) that most facilities don’t keep in regular stock.
The Children’s Hospital and Research Center Oakland has been using specially designed equipment like this for nearly 100 years as one of the country’s most renowned childcare-centric hospitals. The humble campus is the only hospital of its kind in its entire region, with young patients literally being flown in via helicopter to receive the kinds of care they can’t receive anywhere else. (Side note: the hospital’s helipad is awesome.)
Children’s, the first dedicated ‘baby hospital’ in the West, was founded on the ideal that no child would ever be turned away. This ideal has not been lost in the better part of a century that the hospital has been operating. From cancer to sickle cell disease all the way to AIDS/HIV, Children’s lives up to its founders’ dreams. In fact the very first case of AIDS/HIV found in a child was treated here.
The hospital boasts one of the single highest retention rates staff, despite being a 100% not for profit organization. Rebecca shared with me a story of a young girl who was told by one hospital that following an accident her foot needed to be amputated, but at Children’s the doctor took the risk to actually treat this patient and attempt reconstruction despite the challenges and cost involved. Again, no child is turned away, even for a lack of funds or insurance coverage. Treatment before profit. Health before business.
Last week I had the privilege of joining GaymerConnect on a tour of this amazing place as part of our joint support for it via an event known as Extra Life.
There’s a fascinating write-up over at The Onion’s Gameological Society chronicling the rise and fall of Rock Band. As a huge fan of Harmonix’s music games, I understand why the series faded away, even if I disagree with the reasoning on a personal level. The article posits that Rock Band collapsed under its own weight as the three core games in the series were joined by countless add-on discs and DLC songs as well as variations like LEGO Rock Band and Beatles Rock Band. Gamers simply had too much of a good thing.
But as a lover of Rock Band, I would like to disagree with that, as I enjoyed having all the additional songs to play. It kept the game fresh, and every week I looked forward to the DLC announcement to see if I’d be adding to my already-massive song library. The weekly DLC releases meant that Rock Band was never out of my Xbox 360 disc tray for long.
I felt the same way about Harmonix’s Dance Central series, and was equally disappointed when they set that series aside as well to focus on their upcoming Fantasia: Music Evolved. Each Rock Band and Dance Central game improved on what came before to the point where the third game in each series seemed to have perfected the gameplay, so subsequent iterations would have been unnecessary anyway. But I also suppose that simply releasing DLC only from that point on wouldn’t have been a financially-viable business model.
As a lover of music games, I still play SingStar regularly and am grateful that Sony continues to release new DLC songs every other week. (I still miss Lips, though…) And I will occasionally pop Dance Central or Rock Band into my Xbox for a quick session, although less frequently now that there’s no regular DLC to remind me how much I enjoy playing them. I’m looking forward to Fantasia: Music Evolved, but I’m also hoping that Harmonix one day will return to the musical well and get us playing our plastic instruments again. (As someone with no actual musical abilities, it’s the closest I will ever come to the real thing!) I’d hate to see this genre die off.