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April 26
2014

Smash Saturdays: April 21st-25th

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After coming down from the content overload from the Nintendo Direct at the beginning of the month and the boatload of press kit screenshots released soon after, it’s only natural that the following weeks screenshots are going to feel boring in comparison.

Personally, I feel like this week showed an emphasis on small changes and visual details and polish. All of which are just as important as core gameplay mechanics and great looking character models. It’s the small things that can really make a game feel like you’re getting your money’s worth.

Though this week may have been light on new information, that doesn’t mean there aren’t any viable tidbits to be gathered from the screenshots. Let’s dig in!

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April 25
2014

Wootini’s Weekly Animal Crossing Diary

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Dear Diary,

There’s quite a bit to cover this week, as we had not one but two holidays! So there was a lot of fun, but also a lot of work. Read on for the full rundown!

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April 24
2014

PAX East 2014: Hands On: Murdered: Soul Suspect

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Anyone who demoed Murdered: Soul Suspect at the Square Enix booth at PAX East 2014 definitely got a real feel for the game, as it was one of the longest demos I’ve ever seen! It was literally the entire beginning of the game, where your character — hoodlum-turned-police detective Ronan O’Connor — is murdered, and his ghost cannot find peace until he tracks down his own killer. But not wanting to skip cutscenes for fear of missing important information, the demo ended up taking almost a half an hour, and there was still more to do when I kind of let myself die so that I wouldn’t feel like I was hogging the demo station!

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April 24
2014

Fireside Gatherings, Blizzard’s Way Of Saying “Go Meet People!”

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Have you played Hearthstone yet? You should. Blizzard’s latest offering is a Magic: The Gathering-esque virtual card game available on pretty much everything but Android and iPhone (with the former surely in development), it’s completely free-to-play, and is ridiculously addictive. But I’m not writing this post to review the game; rather, I’m wanting to draw attention to the interesting idea that Blizzard has crafted in the form of “Fireside Gatherings,” ad-hoc events that encourage Hearthstone players to bring their laptops and iPads along and meet with other players in the real world.

I know, it’s crazy, right?

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April 23
2014

Dragon Age Goes Gender-Neutral!

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Sometimes it’s the little things.

The Dragon Age series has always stood out for its “all’s fair in love and war” handling of in-game romances. It’s also infamous for featuring rendered sex scenes, gay and straight, that are seriously awkward to behold. Like its sister series Mass Effect there’s typically a less-than-subtle suggestion that, despite the freedom to build any character you want, creating a male hero is the right way to go. At least that’s how it was in the past. Developer BioWare has just released some official box art to challenge that perception.

Dragon Age: Inquisition, the latest entry in the series due out this fall, features a figure on its cover that could be any gender. The best part — the character’s gender is totally irrelevant!

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April 22
2014

Premiere: Gaming in Color, a Documentary Exploring the Queer Side of Gaming

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Gaming in Color, the first ever documentary about queer issues in video games, has finally made its debut! Kickstarted in early 2013, the film explores the rise of the gay gaming community, from games that have made waves for queer representations to the creation and importance of safe spaces for gaymers like QG Con and GaymerX.

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April 22
2014

Impressions: Coming Out On Top (Beta)

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Pansy Division’s “Luv Luv Luv” is the first thing you hear upon starting up Obscurasoft’s limited beta of Coming Out On Top. Recently offered up to the game’s Kickstarter supporters as an apology for delaying the game’s final release, the beta offers a glimpse into the first (as far as I can tell) American gay dating sim. Opening up with a queercore classic that flirts playfully with the tension between the love we’re told to want and the sex we want to have, it brings to the surface a theme that’s present throughout the beta. It also sets up the playfulness that Coming Out On Top brings promises to bring to its material.

Hit the jump for more. (And bear in mind that I’m one of Coming Out On Top‘s Kickstarter supporters so, you know, I’m invested in this thing not sucking. Take that as you will.)

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