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March 24
2014

Pro-Tip: Progressive Advocacy in the Games Industry is DIY

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You read about something. You get mad about it. Then, you are doused with a heavy cold shower of, “why complain now? We’ve been doing this shit for years!”

Turn now to the blog of Melissa Bennett, M.Div. In a recent entry, she posts her correspondence with Gary Lin, CEO of glispa GmbH. Mr. Lin’s company is a “performance marketing platform” with clients such as: Nexon Europe, InnoGames, Kongregate, Gaijin Entertainment, Hasbro, Wargaming.net, Konami, Warner Home Video, Toys R Us, Kabam, DeNA, Sega, Riot Games, and more. The issue at first glance is a culturally insensitive display at GDC, which leads to a deeper discussion of appropriation throughout the culture of glispa itself.

Bennett identifies deeply with the diverse range of Native American cultures her family represents. So, a fire to write is rekindled in her when she spots a Facebook post from her friend, Elizabeth LaPensée. LaPensée is an industry professional whose “work addresses Indigenous determination in video games, animation, and web comics.” In the Facebook post, we see a picture of the glispa booth at GDC with a tipi. In front are two attractive women striking a pose in traditional Halloween buckskin attire. They’re all smiles, and why shouldn’t they be? The multicultural team of glispa represents 33 different countries and 23 different languages. Despite the fact that none of the corporate offices listed on the company’s website are actually in the United States, you’re welcome to call, email or send a “smoke signal” their way.

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March 24
2014

Preview: Infinite Crisis

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Pulling on my heart strings, Warner Brothers attempts to drag me into their new Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA), Infinite Crisis. For me, the thought of getting to play some of my favorite super heroes and villains from my childhood was going to be awesome. The nostalgia was running through my veins as I patiently waited for the game to download. The game has a great selection of characters from DC Comics’ epic history and multiple universes. From a demonic Batman to the New 52 Wonder Woman all of my favorite characters are there for me to play, each with a really unique skill set.

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March 24
2014

Wootini’s Weekly Video Podcast #165

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So… my attempts to finish up the games I’m currently playing hit a bit of a snag this past week as Nintendo invited me to be part of the early review program for Disney Magical World on the 3DS. I guess since they know how much I love Animal Crossing, they thought I might be interested in a game where you run around and have adventures with Disney characters while dressing up and running a café. Make the jump to watch this week’s vidcast and see if they were right!

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March 21
2014

Wootini’s Weekly Animal Crossing Diary

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Dear Diary,

I thought this week was going to be rather sedate, but then we had a holiday that I didn’t even realize was celebrated in Geneva! So yay for that! And it involves pinching, so that’s always fun! Well, unless you’re the one being pinched, I suppose… although maybe that could be good, too!

Spring may be still waiting in the wings in much of the United States, but in Geneva, it’s in full swing. And I even got a letter from Mom that read: “Darling Chris, The warm sun enticed me out onto the veranda this morning. Spring really has come, hasn’t it? I’ve waited so long. – Mom” It included some yellow violets, but I didn’t really care, because I was just so distracted by her use of the word “veranda.” I mean, really, Mom. Are you living in Gone With The Wind now?

Anyway, read on for this week’s emerald excitement!

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March 20
2014

Jem and the Holograms are Headed to the Big Screen

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Just like everybody else in the world I take every opportunity to rag on Hollywood and its inability to do anything other than remakes and reboots. But, and this is a big Rob Kardashian-sized but: Jem and the Holograms is getting the live action movie treatment and I couldn’t possibly be more excited.

For those born after the 80s (or at least after VH1′s I Love the 80s brought the rest of us up to speed) Jem and the Holograms is an animated series about the utterly fabulous, and truly outrageous Jerrica Benton aka Jem. Using a holographic sentient AI called Synergy Jerrica transforms into the show’s titular rockstar to perform with her bandmates the Holograms. To put her into a 2014-context she’s the conceptual precursor to both Lady Gaga *and* Hannah Montana.

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March 20
2014

Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 2, Gay Couple Brings the Heart

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The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 2 isn’t only about surviving. A gay couple plays a vital role in the game’s second episode, and teaches young protagonist Clementine about the value of hope and forgiveness in a world that seems to be lacking in both.

Warning: Spoilers Ahead for Walking Dead Season 2: Episode 2 A House Divided

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March 20
2014

Party With Us At PAX East!

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With PAX East coming up in April (the 11th through the 13th, to be exact), it’s time once again for the Annual GayGamer.net PAX East Meet-up! Come have a few drinks and hang out with me and the rest of the gaymers attending the East Coast PAX convention!

Unfortunately, the awesomely low-key bar where we’ve always gathered our gays, Fritz, has closed for remodeling, forcing us to find another venue to descend upon. Luckily, there’s a spot right around the corner in the same neighborhood called Club Café. And it’s got a dance floor, so we can get our groove on!

So join us on Saturday, April 12, starting around 9:00 at Club Café, located at 209 Columbus Ave. (We’ll be there all night long, but after 11:00 they start charging a cover.) Hope to see you there!