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September 5
2013

PAX Prime 2013: Gays In Love (With Their RPGs)

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Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender gamers share in their love for RPGs. They represent an escape from the societal expectation to look, act and love in a certain way. With games like Fable III, The Sims, Dragon Age and Mass Effect, gamers have an unprecedented amount of control over their experience than ever before. Unlike other genres, RPGs rely on strong story and character development. Choice and shared similarities between RPGs and the “gay experience” is why many LGBT gamers enjoy these types of video games.

Last week, Penny Arcade held its annual Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) Prime at the Convention Center in Seattle, WA. In a panel titled, “Gays In Love (With Their RPGs)”, Samantha Allen (whom we recently interviewed following her Open Letter to Games Media made waves), Dean Levengood, Jeremiah Bratton, and Jason Toups discussed their theories about why they believe many LGBT gamers are drawn to the genre.

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September 5
2013

Pokémon X & Y Go Old-School

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I haven’t really been into Pokémon for a while now, but the revelation by Nintendo that in the upcoming 3DS titles Pokémon X and Pokémon Y (releasing October 12 worldwide) you will be able to choose from the classic starters Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle actually reached deep down inside me to poke at my nostalgia button and actually get me super-excited about a new iteration in the series. Sigh. I’m such a cheap date.

I’ve always been more of a fan of the classic Pokémon, so all the new creatures left me cold since I kept wanting to see my old favorites again. And obviously I will be choosing Squirtle again. Because that’s how I roll. There is a new twist, though, because now once you’ve evolved them to Venusaur, Charizard or Blastoise, you can then use a Mega Stone to Mega Evolve them in battle into Mega Venusaur, Mega Charizard, and Mega Blastoise. It’s Mega.

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Also, with this new entry in the Pokémon franchise, Game Freak has developed a 3DS app called Pokémon Bank which will allow players to store up to 3,000 of their pets on the Internet. These 100 boxes of Pokémon are in addition to the storage boxes in the game. The only catch is that there is an annual service fee (to support server maintenance), so I’m thinking I’m not gonna splurge on that one. Only truly dedicated Pokémon trainers will apply, I’m thinking. On the plus side, though, they’ve also created the Poké Transporter app, so if you are paying for the Bank, you’ll be able to easily transfer your Pokémon from previous DS titles into your Pokémon Bank. There will be a free trial period, if you’re curious but wary.

And in a move that should surprise absolutely nobody, Nintendo also announced that there would be two specially-designed 3DS XL systems that would be released on September 27 for $199.99 each. They feature imagery from Pokémon X and Y, come in red and blue, and feature the brand new Legendary Pokémon Xemeas and Yveltal. They don’t, however, come with the game, which is weird. Why not release them two weeks later and include the game?

 

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September 5
2013

I Want Your SingStore Update

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There are still plenty of BritPop acts I would like to see more songs from in SingStar, but this week’s SingStore Update is actually pretty good. There are two tracks from queer icon George Michael, and one from the awesomely divalicious Tina Turner. Here’s what you’ll find for SingStar DLC this week:

“Swagger Jagger” by Cher Lloyd
“I Want Your Sex” by George Michael
“Outside” by George Michael
“River Deep, Mountain High” by Ike & Tina Turner
“You’ll Always Find Me In The Kitchen At Parties” by Jona Lewie

Despite the wonderfully gay video for “Outside,” I don’t like it as much as “I Want Your Sex,” so I won’t be getting both of those. And while I’m sure that much like “Nutbush City Limits” I will never be able to sing a classic Tina tune well enough to get a decent score, I simply can’t resist “River Deep, Mountain High.” I just can’t. Unfortunately, having downloaded “I Want Your Sex,” I am sorry to report that during one brief section of the song, the onscreen lyrics don’t actually match up to what is being sung in the song. It’s just a couple lines, but it’s really distracting and annoying. Not sure what that’s all about…

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September 4
2013

Mighty No. 9 is “not” a new Mega Man game

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Mega Man has taken a lot of hits in the last ten years: Mega Man 10 came out in 2010; Mega Man X8, came out in 2004 and ended with a cliffhanger; and the highly requested Mega Man Legends 3 was cancelled in 2011. There hasn’t really been a lot to excite Mega Man fans recently (Except for this gem). To make matters worse, Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune left Capcom in October 2010. It seemed like we might never see another amazing Mega Man game again.

We were wrong. Ish.

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September 4
2013

Video: Mario Paint Gets Lucky

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Honestly, I am in awe of the talent of some people out there in the world. Some of the creations in Art Academy on the 3DS and Wii U are utterly breathtaking. And I’m even more jealous of people who can manipulate music creation software because I don’t really have a musical bone in my body (which is why I like games like Rock Band that let me pretend I do).

So I was naturally super-impressed by this incredible recreation of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” generated in Mario Paint! It’s really fantastic, and then when the dogs and cats enter the picture, it becomes legendary. Enjoy!

 

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September 4
2013

Kingdom Hearts ReMIX Launches In True Disney Style

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If you’re a Kingdom Hearts fan who lives near Disneyland in California, you’re in luck, because Square Enix has announced a very special launch event for Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX! Naturally, it’s going to be held in a Disney location, specifically the Downtown Disney District at 1313 South Harbor Blvd. in Anaheim, CA, and will start at 12:00 pm on Sunday, September 8 and run until 6:00 pm.

Of course, for the whole six hours, you can enjoy demos of the game, take photos in the themed photo booth, enjoy entertainment from Radio Disney, and be a part of the “ReMIX The History Of Kingdom Hearts” interactive game-themed mural (whatever the heck that is!) But you might want to get there a littie more on the early side because Squeenix is also going to be giving away posters, T-shirts and merchandise signed by Kingdom Hearts franchise director Tetsuya Nomura. Limited quantities of the PS3 exclusive (which include the 24-page art book) will also be sold at the event two days before it goes on sale everywhere else, and you’ll get a limited edition collectible pin with purchase. You can visit the Facebook event page for more details.

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September 3
2013

The Last of Us Has a Gay Character. Really!

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This post will have some light spoilers for one of the characters in The Last of Us, but nothing about the ending or any main plot points.

Hey, did you know there’s a gay character in The Last of Us? I didn’t, until I got an email about it. I had just started playing the game, which at that point I found a little boring and samey, and I was pretty surprised by the news. I asked my straight friend about it, and he had no idea who I was talking about.

I kept playing, mainly to get through the game so I could have a conversation about it. And then I – after what seemed like an eternity – made it out of Boston and into the meat of the game. That’s where I met Bill.

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