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May 20
2014

Review: The Walking Dead Season 2, Episode 3: In Harm’s Way

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Since you’re feeling comfortable and relaxed, it must mean it’s time again for another episode of Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead to freak you out all over again! Season Two has been focusing more on the living threats than the dead (or undead) ones, and Episode Three: In Harm’s Way, takes it to the logical extreme it’s been building to so far. Read on for my full thoughts (spoiler-free, of course!)

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May 17
2014

Smash Saturdays: May 12th-16th

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Hey there gaymers! DJ here with another entry in Smash Saturdays covering all the Miiverse updates for the week. This weeks batch of screenshots was pretty good and had some great pieces of information in them. I won’t belabor you with a long introduction so let’s jump right in.

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May 16
2014

Wootini’s Weekly Animal Crossing Diary

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Dear Diary,

This was a good week. I remembered to check out the Reset Surveillance Center after it rained twice this week, I kept a friend from moving away, and I got a new treasure for the museum. Also, I’ve been keeping an eye on the round topiary that I’m trying to build. As you might recall from last week, I’m not donating any of my own hard-earned bells to the project, and seeing how much my townsfolk will contribute. I’ve been checking the totals every day, and it seems that they’ll donate around 1,760 bells. Although every couple of days the donation increases by a couple bells, so by the end of the week, the last couple contributions were 1,768. At this rate, it’ll take forever to finish, but I’m curious because when I left one bell on the last town project, nobody donated it, so I would like to see if the townsfolk will fund a project on their own without my help. I’m not optimistic, but we’ll see what happens. Come back in a month and find out! But until then, there’s all kinds of stuff to see, so read on!

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May 15
2014

Russia Rates Sims 4 Adults-Only Due To Same-Sex Relationships

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From the first installment on – way back in the year 2000 – The Sims has had a venerable history of giving players choice in how to form relationships, shrugging off the restrictive heterosexual-only mechanics that have hamstrung more recent games like Tomodachi Life.  It turns out, however, that not all parts of the real world have been progressing in the right direction either, resulting in The Sims 4, the series’ latest installment, running afoul of Russia’s infamous “gay propaganda” law.

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May 13
2014

The Game Theorists Ask “Are Video Games Anti-LGBT?”

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The wonderful and always entertaining Game Theory series has taken a look at LGBT issues in gaming. What starts off as an innocent exploration of drag (inspired by RuPaul’s Drag Race) in video games turns into a more far-reaching expose on some of gaming’s more problematic gay tropes. From queer characters presented as crazy villains to the gender disparities of censorship (lesbians making out is ok, but non-sexualized trans characters get erased), this video does a pretty good job of exploring the kind of wide-spread representation issues that sites like ours explore every day. How wonderful to see such another popular video series tackle queer issues, just as PBS’ Game Channel did last year.

Check out the video under the cut, and if you like what you see you can subscribed to the Game Theorists for more videos like this one.

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May 12
2014

Game Review: Child of Light

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Child of Light is a fine-tuned passion project courtesy of Ubisoft Montreal. It plays like an interactive fairy tale that cleverly blends the genres of platforming and traditional turn-based RPG. It recycles from the best of these genres to create something wholly original. Visually, Child of Light is a masterclass in artistic engineering. The soundscape is equally captivating. The final product is a fresh and unpretentious journey (unlike so many other art-games that are overly impressed with themselves) and a whole lot of bang for just 15 bucks. Yet although I enjoyed my time with Child of Light immensely, I come away every so slightly unconvinced. I can’t shake the feeling that some further crafting with a fine-tooth comb would have propelled this splendorous quest to an even higher echelon of masterwork.

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May 12
2014

Wootini’s Weekly Video Podcast #172

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Well, obviously there’s only one topic for me to talk about this week, and it’s the Tomodachi Life controversy with Nintendo stirring up the angry hornets nest that is the gaymer community. I have my own opinions on the various issues, and you’ll find it after the jump!

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