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March 7
2014

“Not My Choice, But Still My Consequence” How Fable Taught One Gaymer to Believe in Himself

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“I knew I was a gamer before I knew I was gay.” writes user Jadis232 of The Dead Hamster forums, a Lionhead Studios community site.

It’s a sentiment that many queer gamers can relate to. For many video games became a safe space in a world where they felt different. Our own Jesse once wrote how the fighting game genre gave him a way to fight back against those who would judge or bully him. Samantha Allen shared with me how character creation systems allowed her the freedom to idealize her gender presentation before she transitioned. The RPG genre in particular has had a profound resonance with the gay gaming community at large.

For Jadis232 it was Fable, Peter Molyneaux’s 2004 Fantasy RPG that famously included same-sex romance and marriage, that taught him how to accept himself as a gay man.

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March 7
2014

Wootini’s Weekly Animal Crossing Diary

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Dear Diary,

Settle in, because this is going to be a long one! in addition to the regular nonsense, I took a visit to a foreign country (sort of!) and we had a big event this week: The super gay Festivale! We’ve got a lot to cover, so read on and enjoy the madness!

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March 6
2014

Applause for Pokemon in this Lady Gaga vs. Pokemon Mash-up

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In case you hadn’t heard, the original Pokemon tv series has finally made its way to Netflix. Now you can relive the classic adventures of Ash, Misty, Brock and Pikachu…back when Pikachu was a ketchup-loving ball of sass, Ash couldn’t catch a Pokemon to save his life, and Misty was still sans bike. Each week they wandered the Kanto region, blissfully unaware that their journey would never end. Ash would never catch ‘em all as the catchy theme song puts forth. Rather he would continue walking around the world for the better part of two decades.

The ever-wandering hero could use a show of support, couldn’t he? Perhaps even a little…..Applause? I’m sorry.

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March 6
2014

Gender and Sex fluidity: Digital Extreme’s Warframe’s unintentional queer commentary

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Digital Extreme’s MMO third person shooter Warframe has been in open beta for several years and has garnered a large fan base since then. As an avid player  myself, I’ve begun to look deeper into the lore and basic premise of the game, beyond the action-packed sci-fi space ninja fighting that Digital Extremes uses to advertise the it. I have not been alone in this respect, and the game’s forums house players tired of its open beta stage and looking deeper into a variety of aspects of the game- one of those aspects being gender.

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March 6
2014

Review: The Walking Dead: Season Two – Episode Two: “A House Divided”

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The theme for the second season of Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead is clearly trust. Yes, there are still shambling undead monsters craving living flesh, but now the other humans can prove just as dangerous, if not more so.

In the recently-released Episode Two, “A House Divided,” Clem’s adventure continues with a brief moment of joy before everything takes another turn for the horrible. There’s also some gay characters this time around. My spoiler-free review is after the jump!

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March 5
2014

Earth Defense Force 2025: Not For Gaymers

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Video game companies just can’t seem to wrap their heads around the idea that the word “gay” is not foul language. One gay gamer had his experience with the brand new Earth Defense Force 2025 cut short due to this antiquated attitude when he attempted to join an online match but was kicked out for his player name containing “words that cannot be used.”

That word, of course, is “gay.”

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March 5
2014

Real-Life Master Sword Delivers Pointy Reckoning

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A man was stabbed with a replica sword earlier this week. But this was no ordinary sword replica; we’re talking about THE Master Sword. All this time we thought the fabled Master Sword was lost in a forest, you know, stuck in a tree stump or something. Actually it was just in a man’s home in Texas waiting to be loosed upon any and all evil forces…or just a crazy ex or two.

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