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...
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.
With all the new games and consoles flooding the market, is anybody in the mood for a remastered version of an old classic? Well, Square Enix is hoping so, because they’ve announced that Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster will be released on March 18, 2014 for the PlayStation 3 for $39.99.
And fans of the North American versions of these games might still be interested in replaying these because besides the upgraded HD graphics, these titles are technically the international versions Final Fantasy X: Eternal Calm and Final Fantasy X-2: Last Mission. Plus, if you pre-order the game, you’ll get the limited edtion that includes special packaging and a concept artbook.
I did see the game in action at this year’s New York Comic Con, but I didn’t actually play it. Pretty sure it plays exactly the same, though. But I can say that it looks especially pretty all gussied up for HD. And while I did enjoy both FFX and FFX-2(the Charlie’s Angels of FF games), I’m actually slightly more intrigued that a Vita port is on the way. I always have more time to play portables so a lengthy RPG is more likely to be finished in a timely fashion on my 3DS or Vita instead of a home console! But details about the PS Vita version are still forthcoming… Sigh.
The newest entry in Anita Sarkeesian’s Tropes vs. Women in Video Games video series has arrived, focusing this time on the Ms. Male Character trope. Worth noting is that this video, despite being the fifth in the series, is actually only the second episode from Anita’s original list of planned topics.
This trope hits home for me as a big fan of characters like Pretty Bomber, Dixie Kong, and Amy Rose. These characters have, of course, come into their own over time (with Dixie taking the starring role in Donkey Kong Country 3, and Amy Rose having taken major roles in many Sonic titles) but it’s still worth noting how problematic their initial conceptions were.
Also very interesting is how the use of supposed ‘feminine’ signifiers affects the portrayal of trans and gay characters in video games.
What do you think about the Ms. Male Character trope? Let us know in the comments!
This is a big time for videogames right now, but if new consoles aren’t really in your budget right now, Nintendo is launching a few games you might be interested in. But can the combined forces of the Mario and Zelda universes ward off the Xbox One and PlayStation 4? We’ll just have to wait and see.
But until then, this Friday, November 22, is a big day for Nintendo releases, with Super Mario 3D World for the Wii U and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and Mario Party: Island Tour for the 3DS being released. And as usual, if you happen to be able to get to the Nintendo World Store, you can buy them all a day early, starting at 8:00 pm on Thursday, November 21!
Obviously demos of the games will be available for play, so you can see if you actually want to purchase them (although having demoed A Link Between Worlds and Super Mario 3D World, it’s kind of a no-brainer there). There will also be costumed characters from the games wandering around so you can get pictures with folks like Mario, Luigi and Link. In addition, a chalk artist will be revealing artwork inspired by A Link Between Worlds.
So swing on by Nintendo World in Rockefeller Plaza on Thursday, November 21, from 8:00 pm to midnight for the launch mania. And if you see me, say hello! I’ve just gotta see what this turns into. I mean, I’ve seen some crazy Mario game launches as well as some crazy Zelda game launches. So the two of them together? I can’t even imagine! (It might even come close to reaching the mania of a Pokémon launch!)
I’ve noticed a couple more things about Wii Fit U, and I discuss those before launching into some more thoughts on Pokémon Y now that I’ve had a chance to play it some more. But before that, I just have to rant a little about a topic that’s more about gay than gaming… Make the jump and bear with me!
Nintendo broadcast another Nintendo Direct on Wednesday, November 13, and while there weren’t actually any real surprises in it, there was still some good and sometimes interesting news to be had. I’ll run down the highlights after the jump!