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...
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.
Time for some site news. We’ve been testing out our new Twitch.tv channel for the last couple of weeks and we’re now ready and raring to go with weekly livestreams.
Check out our Twitch.tv channel by heading over to twitch.tv/gaygamernetevery Sunday starting at 5pm PST. The live streams will typically last anywhere between 2-3 hours depending on the game. And if you aren’t able to make the live streams they will be archived for you to playback whenever you like.
Also be sure to check out our Youtube channel, Youtube.com/user/gaygamer, where every week we’ll be posting highlights from Sunday night. Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss anything.
During this past Sunday’s test stream Ritz, Jesse, and DJ introduced themselves and played a little BattleBlock Theatre.
What games do you want to see us play? Let us know in the comments and we’ll make sure to add your favorite titles into the weekly rotation. A big gay schedule is forthcoming!
I was seeing some buzz for a game called Child of Light on Twitter, so I clicked the link to watch the trailer. I was immediately drawn in by the utterly breathtaking art style, but then wary as it initially appeared to be a platformer. But then as a battle began and it looked like an RPG, I was sold.
Developed by a small team at Ubisoft Montreal, Child of Light uses the UbiArt Framework, which is a graphics engine that allows the programmers and artists to insert unedited concept art into the game and bring it to life. Which explains the gorgeous hand-drawn graphics. The effect is stunning.
“Ubisoft’s strengths include its diversity and the freedom it gives its creative teams,” said Patrick Plourde, Creative Director, Ubisoft. “We want Child of Light to be like a playable poem, a love letter to art and video games.”
Child of Light is meant to be a re-imagining of classic fairytales, where you will control Aurora, a child stolen from her home who explores the magical painted world of Lemuria in order to bring back the sun, moon and stars all held captive by the Queen of the Night. It will be released in 2014 for all current and next-gen consoles as well as PC. Crazily, the game is from the creative director of Far Cry 3! But watch this trailer and tell me you’re not completely intrigued…
I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for Shantae, the half-genie belly dancer who has been whipping her hair around since before Willow Smith had a recording contract. The charismatic protector of Sequin Land has starred in two handheld titles thus far, one for the Gameboy Color (the original Shantae is regarded as one of the console’s all time best) and a sequel, Shantae: Risky’s Revenge, on the Nintendo DS and iOS platforms. A third title for the Nintendo 3DS, titled Shantae: Pirate’s Curse, is slated to come out later this year.
And now the team at WayForward, building off their recent successes with titles like DuckTales: ReMastered and Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d You Steal Our Garbage?! has decided to take Shantae to home consoles and PCs for her biggest adventure yet in Shantae: Half Genie Hero. But they need your help:
Count me in for as much money as you can squeeze out of me. Though something about Shantae is looking a little….different?
Are you one of the many people enjoying the all-new Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn on your PlayStation 3? Are you also planning on buying a PlayStation 4 when they’re released this November? Worried about the lack of backwards compatibility in the PS4? Well, worry no more!
Square Enix announced today that beta testing of FF XIV will begin on the PS4 starting February 22. And players on the PS3 will be able to migrate their characters to the PS4 system at no charge! So you won’t have to worry about keeping both systems hooked up to your TV to continue your adventures. You can just transfer everything to the PS4 and see how much prettier everything looks!
More details on the beta tests and transferring will be forthcoming soon.
Good Old Games is celebrating its fifth birthday in style! And you, lover of classic games, are the one who’s getting all the gifts! To mark their fifth anniversary, the company is offering what they’re calling the High 5 Sale. Basically, you pick 5 out of the 25 titles on offer, and you get them at 80% off (or more!).
We’re talking games like Alan Wake, Primordia, Torchlight, Amnesia: The Dark Descent, and many more. Some are as low as $2 each! Just remember, this offer is only available for one week, so you have until Monday, September 16, at 3:59 am GMT. Of course, that’s just the tip of the iceberg for their birthday plans. There will be a slew of sales coming, so keep an eye on GOG.com for all of them. For instance, they made System Shock 2only $2.49 for just 24 hours! You don’t want to miss deals like that! (Sorry I didn’t let you know about that one in time!)
Not too long ago—just over a year now, in fact—I got addicted to board games. It was a realm I’d heard of a bit but never really explored. However, once I started playing, I realized the significant potential that these games could have, potential that rivaled or sometimes even exceeded the power of video games. Now, I know what you’re thinking. “Board games? Gross. I got bored with Monopoly a long time ago, I’m sure it’d be just as boring now.” You know, you’re right! Monopoly sucks. It’s a game made decades ago for a different audience. However, Monopoly is not what I’m here to talk about. What if I told you that since the new millennium, the number and type of board game titles being produced has increased astronomically, and I’m talking about unique titles, not just more reskins of Chess. You see, back in 1995, a German designer named Klaus Teuber created a new board game called The Settlers of Catan. Catan was the first in a new wave of board games. Some might even call it a board game renaissance.