It was previously reported that after only its second year the queer-friendly gaming convention GaymerX would be no more. Numerous reasons were cited for the con’s end, the biggest one being a significant lack of financial support from sponsors...
At this year’s Game Developers Conference, long-time editor and localization specialist Michelle Clough gave a talk about male sexuality in video games. Having covered a few of the same points on gaming’s sexual double standard and the od...
This year’s GaymerX2 was an absolute blast! For those of you who missed the big event we’ve taken some photos of the event for you to check out below. From the show floor to the GayGamer.net Drag Ball to the costume contest and masquerade...
Today Atari has announced their first ever LGBT-themed game, Pridefest. The upcoming social game for tablets and mobile devices puts players in control of their very own pride parade, and tasks them with making it as fabulous as possible while also k...
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On Tuesday, Wizards of the Coast released the free basic rules to the fifth and newest edition of the most popular RPG franchise, Dungeons & Dragons. Ins...
Bravely Default, if you haven’t already heard, is a new game from Square Enix and the a spiritual successor to Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light. The game follows a ragtag team of heroes on their quest to purify the 4 Crystals located around the world and restore order. Classic Square Enix. Bravely Default, however, takes several interesting twists and turns that keep this formula fresh and kept this JRPG veteran on his toes.
It even manages to throw a twist in how the genre traditionally portrays gender in battle.
This week is the Eurovision Song Contest, so I got really excited to see which songs from this year would be included in the SingStore Update, but unfortunately, there’s just one of the previous winners from 2012. Hopefully they’ll have some in the next update, but now that they’re doing them monthly, the wait is going to be interminable! Anyway, here’s what you can look forward to adding to your SingStar library this week. And if you’re a fan of the adorable Bruno Mars, you’re in luck!
“So Good” by B.O.B.
“Black Chandelier” by Biffy Clyro
“Breakfast At Tiffany’s” by Deep Blue Something
“Euphoria” by Loreen
“Welcome To The Black Parade” by My Chemical Romance
“You Keep Me Hanging On” by The Supremes
“Disco Inferno” by The Trammps
“When I Was Your Man,” “Grenade,” “It Will Rain,” “Just The Way You Are,” and The Lazy Song” by Bruno Mars
I’m not a big fan of “Euphoria,” even if it did win Eurovision, but I could be tempted by “Disco Inferno” and even “Breakfast At Tiffany’s” just for the cheese factor. I’d be all over The Supremes… if I didn’t already have that song for Lips!
Sometimes it’s better to just not say anything at all. The last time Nintendo released a statement on Tomodachi Life, there was plenty of backlash for the problematic way they chose to phrase things. Using a word like ‘strange’ in regard to, among other things caused by a glitch, the appearance of same-sex couples in the game probably wasn’t the best choice. You’d think after that mess Nintendo would learn to just stop talking about these kinds of things. That’s what most companies do.
But then, after finding out about gaymer Tye Marini’s #Miiquality movement, they went and released a statement on the issue of same-sex marriage in Tomodachi Life. A really bad one, no less:
“Nintendo never intended to make any form of social commentary with the launch of Tomodachi Life. The relationship options in the game represent a playful alternate world rather than a real-life simulation. We hope that all of our fans will see that ‘Tomodachi Life’ was intended to be a whimsical and quirky game, and that we were absolutely not trying to provide social commentary.
The ability for same-sex relationships to occur in the game was not part of the original game that launched in Japan, and that game is made up of the same code that was used to localize it for other regions outside of Japan.”
That sound you just heard was every single Pokemon fan in the world screaming in unison. Today Nintendo has announced the November 2014 release of Pokemon Alpha Sapphire and Pokemon Omega Ruby, 3DS reimaginings of the original 2003 GBA games.
While no footage or screenshots have been shown of, it can be safely assumed that the games will feature the same graphical upgrade as last year’s Pokemon X and Pokemon Y.
Here is the second and final gallery of the cosplay pics I took at PAX East 2014. There’s some really awesome ones in this group, including a fun Animal Crossing trio, a family cosplaying Zelda awesomely, and the cutest Professor Sycamore. But the absolute best shot in here is the cutie who was cosplaying as Hawkeye — as in from The Hawkeye Initiative. He even did the pose! Loves it!
Make the jump for the full gallery of awesomeness!
Now and again we feature indie games of note, either for their content relevant to LGBTQ* communities, or just because. Welcome to Indie Darlings: Fist Of Awesome Edition.
Normally I’m quite skeptical of mobile games. My instinct is not to like them, that chances are they’re shovelware, minimum effort for maximum profit. But in Fist Of Awesome, rather than ads everywhere I fought my way through human zoos; rather than getting kicked in the crotch by the pay-to-win business model, I pummelled bears in the face.
I gave dozens of velociraptors uppercuts. Dozens.
Fist Of Awesome goes right for the part of you that still gets a little high off sugary cereal, the part of you that wishes they’d just get one – one – of those damn Transformers movies right (not counting the 80s animated movie with Unicron; that shit is for real). And for the most part it’s a KO – and definitely worth the $2 it’s listed for on Google Play.
Fist Of Awesome also (SPOILERS – unless you read our previous coverage of the game) lets you make out with a dude with a handlebar moustache at the end. As those of you who’ve tried that before know, it rocks.
As always, one of my favorite things about PAX East is all the cosplay. And as always, I’ve got too many pictures for just one gallery, so I’ve split it into two. There were some really impressive costumes this year — in particular, I loved the Booker DeWitt who glued actual feathers to his hand for the Murder of Crows vigor. (He was cute, too!)
But my favorite cosplay in this particular gallery simply has to be the trio of Tingles. They actually had confetti that they threw up in the air that was completely awesome, but unfortunately, hard to capture in a still picture. (If you look for it, though, it’s there!)
Make the jump for the humongous gallery! Who were your favorites in this group? (And check back tomorrow for more!)