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August 20
2013

Not Just, Justifiable nor Just A Joke

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Harassment seems ubiquitous, inevitable and inescapable in the world of videogames, and targets of harassment run the gamut from folk who show the slightest interest in games, to folk who regularly play and write about games as a career, all the way to folk who create games – and that harassment can come from folk in those roles, too.

People from any given group of people has experienced some form of harassment in videogames if they’ve spent any time playing with other people; women, however, experience far more harassment than men do, especially in the form of sexual harassment – suffice it to say, it’s not necessary to be a woman to be targeted for harassment, but being a woman is apparently a sufficient reason to be targeted for harassment.

Folk of other sexes and genders don’t fare much better, nor do gay gamers, or indeed, folk from any given group of people that aren’t the “straight white middle-class cis male” profile that’s continually reinforced as the norm.

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August 20
2013

The Mirror Of Fate Goes High Def

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Konami has announced an HD console port of the Nintendo 3DS title Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate. It will be released digitally on October 31 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, just in time for Halloween — and to set up Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, which will be released this winter via Xbox LIVE Arcade and the PlayStation Store.

“We are delighted to be able to bring Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate HD to an all-new audience,” commented Dave Cox, Studio Head of European Production at Konami Digital Entertainment. “The game acts as the perfect accompaniment to the forthcoming Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 and will deliver a stunning slice of action and exploration, while unpeeling more layers regarding the lineage and true destiny of the Belmont family.”

Along with the HD graphical upgrade and “gameplay refinements” that include online leaderboards and a Boss Rush Mode, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate HD will also include a playable demo of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2. If you’re not up to speed on the series, Konami will also be releasing the Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Collection to retail stores on October 31 as well. This compilation will include the original Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, it’s DLC Reverie and Resurrection as well as Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate. (Plus the LoS2 demo!)

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August 20
2013

Atlus 3DS Sales-stravaganza

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Beginning this week and running to the end of the month, Atlus has put three of its 3DS games on sale in the Nintendo eShop for $10 off. The side-scrolling beat-em-up/RPG Code of Princess is now $19.99, the first-person RPG Soul Hackers is $29.99, and dungeon crawler Etrian Odyssey IV is $29.99.

Keep in mind that these sale prices are only for digital purchases through the Nintendo eShop, and will only last unitl August 31. Then they’ll go back to normal prices and you’ll have to try and get a deal on a used copy at GameStop or something if you want a cheaper price!

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August 19
2013

Interview with Ricardo Valenzuela, game designer for Son of Nor

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Kickstarting a video game project is hard enough as it is. Trying to get your audience to believe in your game ideas enough to fund it can be as challenging as delivering your product. The team behind Son of Nor, a game we covered earlier this year, was at one point worried that they wouldn’t make their goals, but were relieved when they finally made it.

While at GaymerX I had a chance to sit down and talk with Ricardo Valenzuela, the game’s designer and writer. Although he is working with stillalive studios, he lives in Ecuador – a place with little to no games industry or gaymer community. Read on below to find out more about what its like being a gay game designer working from a different continent, and be sure to check out Son of Nor, which is currently in the process of trying to be greenlit on Steam. Make sure to check out the above link to vote it up so it can get to the top 10!

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August 19
2013

Wootini’s Weekly Video Podcast #134

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Like my tank top? I’m wearing the first of three Animal Crossing shirts that I got at theyetee.com. They’re all awesome. I also started a new game this week that blew me away with its breathtaking visuals… until a bug kept making the game freeze not even 10 minutes into it. Sigh. So I tried one of those free Xbox LIVE Gold games, but it just reminded me that I’m not a fan of that series for some reason. So I reinstalled the first game and that fixed the glitch so I could get deeper into it and see if I actually like the game beyond the pretty pictures… Watch this week’s vidcast after the jump!

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August 16
2013

Darren Young Makes His Video Game Debut

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This past week Frederick Douglas Rosser, better known as WWE Superstar Darren Young, came out of the closet rather nonchalantly during an impromptu with TMZ. While professional wrestling is no stranger to performers coming out after retiring, Young is the first to openly declare his sexuality while still employed by the company.

And now he’s set to make his video game debut in WWE2K14, as the game’s official twitter announced earlier today:

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This not only makes Darren Young the first openly gay professional wrestler, but also one of the first openly gay video game characters in a sports-title. Not to mention one of very few openly gay playable characters in all of gaming.

Congratulations Darren!

WWE2K14 comes out (heh) October 29th in North America, and November 1st internationally.

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August 16
2013

Boob Jam: Hooray For Boobies

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This is what I get for writing those articles about Dragon’s Crown; I dare say I’ve been pigeonholed. I know I’m in for an interesting day when I receive an email from Jesse with the subject “This Is All You Christian! ‘Boob Jam’” and whose opening paragraph is

We’re inviting game developers to make games about one of video game’s very favorite subjects: Tits!

Alright then…let’s talk about ta-tas.

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