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 cou...
When Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us took the gaming world by storm last year, some gamers were surprised to find that a major supporting character was gay. Bill, the gruff old man that players encounter during the main campaign, was a refreshingl...
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Over on GamesOnly.com Dutch game dev Robin Ras has released Putin’s Olympic Game, a title designed as protest against the Sochi Olympics and host country Russia’s anti-gay laws.
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Have you found yourself sitting on a great idea for an article or a feature about video games? Board games? Cosplay? Got something to say about queer issues in gaming? Or maybe you’re just really passionate about a certain series or character?
For the past two years there has been one invention grabbing the attention of game developers everywhere: The Oculus Rift. The Kickstarter-funded virtual reality headset is being touted by many as the next big thing in interactive entertainment. Ever...
The world’s first ever LGBTQ* Gaming Convention, GaymerX, is officially one week away. It’s been a long road for the event, taking place August 3rd-4th (with a VIP kick off event on the 2nd), since growing from a humble Kickstarter to making nearly four times i’s funding to partnering with the likes of LogoTV, BioWare, Pandora Boxx, Anna Anthropy, and Ellen McClain to name a few. This past week the Advocate, Mashable, and Polygon have all been a buzz with talk about GaymerX.
Even more exciting, we can exclusively announce that GaymerX has teamed up with new presenting sponsor NIS America and the upcoming Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness.
And none of it could have happened without all the support from the gay gaming community:
“We are so excited to be doing this… and we couldn’t have done it without the support of online communities like the Reddit R/Gaymers, Geeks Out, SF Gaymers and the GayGamer.Net community.” Quoted Toni Rocca, cofounder of GaymerX “They have been so supportive and there’s no way that this convention would have the over 2,000 gaymers and allies and the national attention it has gotten without the support of the community”
This is set to be a momentous event in gay gaming history, and if you miss it I guarantee you will be kicking yourself for days to come.
But what will GayGamer be doing all weekend? I’m glad you sort of asked.
The action never stops in Geneva! Seriously, there’s always something new happening, someone new to meet, or some crazy nonsense. I can barely keep track of it all! Luckily I can keep track of most of it, and you’ll find the rundown after the jump!
It still boggles my mind that phones are now so advanced that they can play ports of actual console games. I mean, PS2 console games, but still…
Rockstar has announced that four of their mobile ports are going on sale for a week. Grand Theft Auto II: 10 Year Anniversary Edition, Grand Theft Auto Vice City: 10th Anniversary Edition and Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars are all on sale for just $2.99 each, and Max Payne is on sale for just $1.99.
I remember playing GTA III on an iPad at Comic Con when they were getting ready to release it and being extremely impressed at how authentic the game looked and felt. Well, aside from having to use touchscreen controls, which is never ideal (and why I still prefer to play these kinds of games on actual consoles or handhelds). It’s a pretty good deal, but it only runs until Tuesday, July 30, so don’t wait too long to decide. Oh, and just as an FYI, all the games are available for both iOS and Android except for Chinatown Wars, which is iOS only.
This SingStore Update is pretty fantastic, even if it’s just for one song in particular. Here’s the DLC for SingStar available now:
“Centro Di Gravita” by Franco Battiato
“Hey There Deliah” by Plain White T’s
“Rock DJ” by Robbie Williams
“Runaway Train” by Soul Asylum
“All Time Low” by The Wanted
“Lightning” by The Wanted
“Club Tropicana” by Wham!
“Rock DJ” is one of my favorite Robbie Williams tracks, so it’s awesome that they’ve added it to SingStar, but unforunately, the video is the lame behind the scenes one that he had to make when people complained about the one where he took off all his clothes and then his skin and threw chunks of his own musculature at the sexy dancing ladies around him. I don’t see what the problem is! Of course, the gayest tune in this update is clearly Wham!’s, where you get the lovely video of a young and hot George Michael in various states of undress. Yay!
In times of olde, Lewis Carroll wove a whimsical web of literary loveliness:,bringing us not only manxome tales of the uffish Jabberwock – a frabjous tale that brought many a chortle – but the timeless story of Alice in Wonderland: a dreamlike odyssey filled with cham, imagination, and a world that would later be co-opted by the Disney Corporation. Yet beneath it all, the work of Carroll seems born from the deepest throes of an absinthe binge: one experienced by a wild-eyed lunatic, laughing a maniacal laugh while penning his works in sh*t on the walls of a Victorian asylum.
Hyperbole aside, these darker undertones were brought into the video game realm by American McGee’s Alice, its sequel Alice: Madness Returns, and of course, Ms. Pandora Boxx’s attempt to turn nightmares into a renewable energy source. For those of us on the more spooky end of the gaming spectrum, there has been a bit of curiosity as to when, or even if, we might see more of Wonderland’s part-time heroine. Luckily, American McGee has proposed a “computer-animated continuation” of the franchise, to be funded by Kickstarter.
While stating that he “always envisioned Alice’s journey as a trilogy,” the new material looks to stray beyond the established formula. Rather than a twisted vision of Carroll’s work, Alice: Otherlands seeks to explore the “interior landscapes” of people such as Vern, Vincent van Gogh, Edison, and other prominent members of the time of mid to late 19th century. According to the Alice creator, the cost of the project isn’t simply a matter of funding production; it is also a matter of acquiring film rights. Thus, the variety of places explored will depend on the amount of money raised. Should funding permit, McGee has also teased the idea of a “feature-length” production that would encompass the whole of Alice’s story. The project is currently at just over $104,000 – well short of its $200,000 goal – with 11 days to go.
What do you think, gamers? Are you excited at the thought of another whimsical trip down the rabbit hole? Sound off in the comments section below, and be sure to check out the Kickstarter for Alice: Otherlands!
Well this is quite the nice surprise. I don’t often partake in live television these days though after the triumphant return of Cartoon Network’s Toonami programming block I’ve seriously considered it simply for the nostalgia. This past weekend I had the opportunity to watch the newly remounted Toonami live for the first time since its reboot.
In addition to the usual fare of anime and video game reviews there was a speech from host TOM 5.0 that spoke about, of all things, equality.
This is far from the first time TOM has spoken on such issues. Back in the day he used to deliver speeches on everything from having the courage to stand up for yourself to the importance of being an individual. Those speeches always resonated with me as a young lad, navigating the tricky world of being an outcast, and I’m sure this new one is hitting home for some kid somewhere just the same.
Well, I had an absolute blast on the Geeks OUT gay bar scavenger hunt Bar Trek Into Drunkness, and still found time to start playing EarthBound to find out what the heck all the fuss is about. Plus, I’ve got some musings on Animal Crossing town development, as well as some hope that a Dreamcast classic will be returning someday. Make the jump for this week’s vidcast!