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September 5
2014

Wootini’s Weekly Animal Crossing Diary

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Dear Diary,

I’d like to say this was a quiet week in Geneva, but even though there was no drama of people trying to come and go from town, we had a couple of events, so it certainly wasn’t boring! Read on for all the fun!

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September 3
2014

Review: Dance Central Spotlight

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The best Kinect game is back! Harmonix has just released Dance Central Spotlight on the Xbox One! But does this $9.99 downloadable game measure up to the earlier three installments? I’ve been sweating my ass off for you guys for the past week so I could let you know. Read my full thoughts after the jump!

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September 3
2014

Rantasmo Asks if Gone Home Needs More Gay

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Vlogger Rantasmo has made a name for himself dissecting media that, as he puts it, ‘needs more gay’. In his aptly titled video series he carefully analyzes the queer content in all sorts of media from film to TV to, you guessed it, video games. In his latest episode he takes a look at Gone Home, the breakout indie title of 2014. In his review he addresses some common complaints against the The Fullbright Company’s gay friendly hit while also explaining why its 90s setting is an integral part of its queer themes.
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September 3
2014

When To Add Specialized Interactive Game Elements

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 GayGamer vet Christian takes a deeper look at gaming mechanics and shares some of his thoughts about interactive design in part one of a two part piece. Originally posted at The Christian Write

One of the goals of a good video game is to immerse the player in the world that s/he is playing in, to feel connected to the events on-screen, and as if the world is not only real but one that they have their own unique impact on. This was harder to do in the older days when the technology was new and interaction was limited to pressing one or two buttons, but as consoles and computers have become more and more powerful the capabilities for immersion have grown. The Oculus Rift as well as Sony’s Project Morpheus immediately come to mind by providing enhanced visual immersion, but before quality stereoscopic technology video games tried other methods to get the player more absorbed into the world.

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September 2
2014

Wootini’s Weekly Video Podcast #187

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This is such a big week that I can’t talk about everything I want to talk about, so some of it will have to wait until next week. Like Professor Layton Vs. Phoenix Wright or the New Nintendo 3DS. As you can see from the image above, the big news this week is my new Xbox One. Make the jump to watch this week’s episode to see what I think of my new black box!

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September 1
2014

Shulk Slashes His Way Into Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS!

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This week has been a pretty interesting week for Super Smash Bros. fans. Someone from NOA leaked some video footage of the 3DS version of the game surfaced showing newcomers Shulk from Xenoblade Chronicles, Bowser Jr. in his clown car as well as a few more characters. People all over social media questioned the legitimacy of the leak claiming that it was a Super Smash Bros. Brawl mod. Personally, I felt like it was a little too elaborate to be fake. Soon after the news made it’s way around the internet and major gaming news sites, Nintendo of America brought down the hammer and the videos were flagged taken down. For me, that pretty much confirmed that what we saw was in fact real.

Later in the week, a 3DS specific Nintendo Direct was announced. We knew we were going to get something Smash related and something that would either confirm or deny the leak. Lo and behold, Shulk is revealed.

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September 1
2014

The Quest Recap (Eps. 5 and 6): Some Assembly Required

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Last we left our would-be Heroes of Everealm, there was an OGRE charging towards Castle Sanctum. Oh, and there’s a bonus episode tonight making for a full two hours of epic Quest-ness!

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