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April 8
2014

Super Smash Bros. Nintendo Direct Makes a Splash

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Today Nintendo aired a special Smash Bros.-centric Nintendo Direct. Developer Masahiro Sakurai mostly went over new modes and mechanics for the Wii U and 3DS fighting game, but also teased some release windows (yes, plural) and even unveiled a brand new character.

You can watch the entire segment above, and read on for a full recap!

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April 8
2014

GoT: Equal Opportunity Nudity

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This is in response to the Season 4 premiere of Game of Thrones. No worries. It’ll be quick. And I don’t intend on spoiling anything…much. But in fact, yes, SPOILER ALERT!

I didn’t read the books, so sue me. I hadn’t even heard of Game of Thrones until HBO’s publicity team was hyping the show months before it premiered in 2011. I knew I would love it even before I watched the pilot, and continue to love it I do. I still haven’t picked up the books, only because I fiercely enjoy fearing for each character’s life in my own masochistic fashion. I clutch at my direwolf plushie or a friend’s knees while silently shouting crap like run Sansa, no run! Like for real, just RUN! RUN SANSA RUN!!!

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April 7
2014

Brendan Eich, Prop 8 and the Men Who Love Them

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Brendan Eich, co-founder and former Chief Technology Officer of Mozilla, resigned from his position of CEO on April 3. This followed a heated battle which launched calls for his ouster from Mozilla community members, employees, and OkCupid. This whole kerfuffle reopens an almost six year-old discussion regarding “Prop 8.” The 2008 initiative was an amendment to the California constitution which effectively banned same sex marriage in the state. Prop 8 was passed 52% to 48%. Yet, the Los Angeles Times places Prop 8 as the state’s “costliest initiative to date.” Eich’s contribution of $1000 is only a drop in the bucket compared to the overall $83 million raised. So who are the rest of the voters contributing to that total amount?  Are there any others involved in geeky things, like Eich? Thankfully, LA Times provides a nifty little search bar to sort through all of the dirty laundry. Here are just some of the contributors that gamers, moviegoers, and all-around geeks may want to know about.

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April 7
2014

Thomas Was Alone: Engaging and Inclusive

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There’s a definition for many different games tucked away in a video game dictionary somewhere. The definition to one may be overlooked because it’s an indie title developed by one man; a puzzle platformer so good that it leaves some blockbuster titles wishing for the same level of gripping emersion. The definition lies in the words, “accessible, rich, engaging, unforgettable, and even ambitious.”

Thomas Was Alone.

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April 7
2014

Wootini’s Weekly Video Podcast #167

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Lots going on this week! Saw the new Captain America movie, finished the new Professor Layton, still enjoying the new Disney 3DS game, and bought a new Vita game! Make the jump for the full rundown!

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April 4
2014

Wootini’s Weekly Animal Crossing Diary

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Dear Diary,

Any plans I had for a nice, quiet week went straight out the window on April 1. I didn’t know what I was getting myself into, but turns out Geneva does April Fool’s Day in a big way! Make the jump and you’ll see!

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April 3
2014

Song of Saya: Disturbing, Fascinating, Not For Everyone

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Song of Saya, regarded by some as one of the most disturbing visual novels ever written, and by others as one of the best, was officially published in English by JAST USA in 2013, 10 years after the game’s original release in Japan. The writer, Urobuchi Gen, is now most famous in the west for the highly regarded anime Fate/Zero and Madoka Magica. Like most of Urobuchi’s works the game touches on some very concerning themes, however Song of Saya may be the hardest piece of work from Urobuchi to stomach. The game deals with themes such as murder and rape, and being an adult visual novel is not shy about depicting sex so if you aren’t comfortable with these themes, this game and article are not for you. This article will touch on those but focus on the use of sex in particularl which may make many people feel uncomfortable, please take this as warning.

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