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June 17
2014

E3 2014: Batman: Arkham Knight

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[editor's note: Arkham Knight is the fourth, not third, installment of the Batman Arkham series. Thanks commenter Gyro for the correction.]

The bat is back for his third installment in the Arkham series with Batman: Arkham Knight, and it looks to be more of all the glorious same that made Arkham Asylum and Arkham City a thrill to play. Let’s take a look at the return of Scarecrow and what wonderful toys Wayne Enterprises has for us this time.

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June 17
2014

E3 2014: Civilization: Beyond Earth Shoots for the Stars

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The last time Civilization was taken into space, we got the amazing game Alpha Centauri. Since then, players have been dreaming of taking their civilizations back among the stars. Well, the wait will soon be over. Civilization: Beyond Earth, created by Firaxis Games, will take the experience back off world. The game is definitely in good hands,  thanks to many of the original Alpha Centauri development team now working at Firaxis Games.

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June 16
2014

Tropes Vs. Women in Video Games: Women as Background Decoration Part 1

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E3 2014 was huge, and we here at GayGamer will be continuing our coverage all week long! But let’s take a quick break from the show’s big announcements to check out the latest entry in Anita Sarkeesian’s Tropes Vs. Women in Video Games series. In this episode she begins exploring the idea of women as background decoration, and in particular the non-playable female sex-objects that populate many ‘gritty’ ‘mature’ titles.

This episode in particular features some graphic violent, sexual, and violently sexual content, so please consider that before hitting play.

Check out the video below the cut, and let us know what you think in the comments!

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June 16
2014

E3 2014: Dragon Age: Inquisition

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Dragon Age: Inquisition was one of those games that I greeted with immediate cynicism. While I only got a taste of Origins (any devs wanna donate a copy?), I bought Dragon Age 2 based on that limited experience, but grew increasingly disillusioned with each copy-pasted dungeon I explored, Isabella’s puns of “I like big boats, I cannot lie” notwithstanding.

I’ll own my bias: I was expecting to hate and dismiss the game altogether without giving it the time of day, but being the professional that I am I figured I should give it the chance to disappoint me in person. After sitting through EA’s presentation (which needed a better presenter; I’m sorry, but the guy speaking was clearly not comfortable speaking to an audience), I have to say I’ve come away cautiously optimistic.

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June 16
2014

E3 2014: Wootini’s Weekly Video Podcast #177

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This week’s episode is a lot longer than usual, but that’s because I had E3 3014 to talk about. And I can’t do that all by myself… I had to bring in some support staff! So I sat down with some of my gaymer friends to hash out the highlights (and lowlights) of E3! Make the jump and watch along with us!

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June 16
2014

E3 2014: Mortal Kombat X gets really, really close

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The latest Mortal Kombat is all about getting nice and close with you.

My extremely brief (and very wide-eyed) hands-off demo with the game at E3 took place over two fights showcasing the new fighting style variants and characters. But one aspect not advertised during the show is the closer camera. The static position at the start of the fight has been moved inward and now more tightly focuses on the characters, with far less empty space above their heads. Most shots during fights are also angled more frequently, their slanted perspective giving the bouts a more immediate dynamic. But it did take some getting used to, just from an audience perspective.

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June 13
2014

E3 2014: Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright, A Game of Puzzles and Dramatic Pointing

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Throughout the life of the Nintendo DS and 3DS, Nintendo let North American and European players get two know two amazing new characters: Phoenix Wright, a down and out defense lawyer whose ability to turnaround seemingly hopeless cases borders (and sometimes resides squarely in) the fantastical, and Professor Layton, a top hat wearing professor of Archaeology and British gentleman with a penchant for puzzles and getting himself and his young ward Luke out of ridiculous circumstances using only his wits and pure logic.

These two innovative dynamos are finally coming together for the very first time in Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright, a puzzle adventure with decision adventure aspects.

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