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January 24
2014

Wootini’s Weekly Animal Crossing Diary

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Dear Diary,

This was a truly momentous week. My life in Geneva has changed forever. The thing is, I totally could’ve gotten to this point earlier if I wasn’t so dang lazy!

Read on and you’ll understand…

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January 21
2014

Jon Groff Plays Gay Game Designer ‘Looking’ For Love

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This past Sunday saw the premiere of Looking, HBO’s new dramady centered around a group of modern gay men living in San Francisco. Jonathan Groff, known for his roles in Broadway musical Spring Awakening and hit TV show Glee, plays Patrick a young gay video game developer who finds himself unlucky in love.

If you missed the series’ first episode, not to worry: HBO has uploaded it in its entirety on their official Youtube channel.

Note: The show contains some mature content and may not be appropriate for all audiences.

After you’ve watched the episode, let us know what you think in the comments!

Via: HBO

 

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January 20
2014

Wootini’s Weekly Video Podcast #156

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Oh my God, you guys! I have the best news! I finally achieved something I don’t think I’ve ever done in a videogame! Now, if only the Xbox 360 would play nicely with Facebook so I could post the Achievement to Facebook… stupid Microsoft.

Anyway, watch me explode with glee after the jump!

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January 17
2014

Wootini’s Weekly Animal Crossing Diary

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Dear Diary,

This past week in Geneva started out as frustrating as all the other recent ones, but halfway through, things took a marked upswing. And I may have made a new friend, too! I’ll explain on the next page!

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January 15
2014

Have Faith SingStore Updates Will Continue In 2014

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Well, it’s time for the first SingStore Update of 2014, and unfortunately, in my opinion, it’s not off to a roaring start. I mean, if you’re a fan of Florence And The Machine, you’ll be over the moon. But for me, there’s just another George Michael ’80s classic to download. Although for some, the Shania Twain might be just up your alley! Anyway, here’s the DLC for SingStar you can get starting today:

“Do I Wanna Know” by Arctic Monkeys
“Faith” by George Michael
“Man! I Feel Like A Woman!” by Shania Twain

Florence And The Machine Song Pack
“Shake It Out”
“Never Let Me Go”
“Drumming Song”
“What The Water Gave Me”
“You’ve Got The Love”

I appreciate that they’re releasing more of the In The Closet George Michael from the ’80s and early ’90s because that’s when he was at his best. The later stuff, not so much. I still hold out hope that 2014 will be the year that they finally get the rights to the newer Kylie Minogue catalog, though…

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January 14
2014

Queer Mechanic #4: Transition

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Queer Mechanic is a regular feature here on GayGamer – each month, we’ll be presenting a new game mechanic that could be used in games that include or focus on queer identity or culture. Queer Mechanic is a thought experiment, to see both what we could add to games, and to recognise what’s been missing from them; it’s a challenge, both to readers, to come up with novel, interesting and effective ways to use them, and to developers, to include them in games; and it’s a discussion for a more inclusive, more varied, and more innovative future for the games industry.

Trans people are rarely represented in games, and when they are, the representation is rarely very positive; given that the vast majority of games fall over this first set of hurdles, it can be hard to imagine what games with trans-ness represented and catered towards would look like.

If I could bet on someone being able to imagine these games, though, it would be Eilidh, Emily Crosbie, and Moose Hale, three trans gamers who took part in this interview to share their understanding with game developers, players, and writers looking to address the massive imbalance against trans people, issues, characters and representation in general throughout the medium of videogames.

While reading, it’s important to note that transitioning is not the be-all, end-all of trans experience, as Laverne Cox recently attested to in an interview (alongside Carmen Carrera) with Katie Couric; it’s one facet of a massive, nuanced set of topics which overlaps with queer-interest games-based discussion, and (hopefully!) one of many more to come.

Enough from me, though: let’s have Eilidh, Emily and Moose take us through Queer Mechanic #4, discussing transition and representation of trans people in videogames!

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January 13
2014

Valve Releases Third-Party Steam Box Prototypes

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Last week at CES, Valve finally released 13 different third-party versions of their upcoming console, the Steam Machine. The console itself is an incredible idea, giving players access to Valve’s massive library of almost 10,000 games, new and old, on a single console. The funky new controller, which promises to be just as effective as the traditional keyboard-and-mouse setup, is a major selling point to ensure that the games don’t just technically function but are actually playable. One would think that with such promising technology on the horizon combined with ever-increasing consumer sensitivity to aesthetics in their gadgets that the consoles would be sights to behold. And they are…sort of…in the way that a Thor costume made of a garbage bag with old AOL CDs glued to the front is a sight to behold. Let’s take a look-see… MORE >>