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February 19
2014

Geeks OUT Is McKellen Me Softly

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Sir Ian McKellen has become a queer icon as one of the most prominent out gay actors working today, and he’s also become a gay geek icon for his work in the Lord of the Rings and X-Men franchises. So it’s only natural that our good buddies over at Geeks OUT would choose him as their next honoree!

Geeks OUT will be holding another one of their art show galas on Thursday, May 29 from 7:00-10:00 pm at 296 Ninth Avenue in New York City. And in the tradition of Takei Back the Night (for George Takei) and Dream Weaver (honoring Sigourney Weaver) ,they will be celebrating Sir Ian McKellen with McKellen Me Softly. Original artwork by a myriad of talents will be on display and raffled off, with proceeds going to fund Geeks OUT’s mission of dynamic LGBTQ inclusion at conventions in cities around the country. Visit their website for more details, and I hope to see you there!

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February 17
2014

Wootini’s Weekly Video Podcast #160

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I’m still healing nicely from my hernia surgery, and now grateful that Wii Fit‘s exercises are gentle enough I can use many of them to get back into the swing of things. Also this week, I played enough Fable III to finally realize why I think people were so disappointed in this installment. And while I wasn’t one of the many who picked up Bravely Default this past week, I’m glad, because there’s something more important coming out for the 3DS in a couple weeks! Make the jump and watch this week’s vidcast to see what I mean!

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February 17
2014

The Last of Us: Left Behind and AAA-Gaming’s First Queer Hero?

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My apologies for the linkbait-y sensationalist title, but it’s worth noting that very few AAA games prominently feature queer characters in any major roles, let alone playable ones. Sure we have characters like Poison and virtual-Darren Young, but neither are protagonists in their titles, instead existing as ensemble players. Other characters are the subject of endless debate, with no canonical evidence to support any sexuality (which for most, unfortunately, means default heterosexuality). Now, of course, we can’t ignore the huge leaps being made in the indie and queer game scenes.

However, as the conversation surrounding queer issues in gaming continues to grow one of the single most frequently asked questions is: When will we get a playable gay main character in a AAA mainstream title?

Well it looks like we might have just gotten one in The Last of Us: Left Behind.

Spoilers Ahead

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February 14
2014

Wootini’s Weekly Animal Crossing Diary

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Dear Diary,

It was a really big week for me in Geneva! Still no replacement for Limberg yet, but a couple more people have tried to leave. But the real big news is that we had a really big party because I aged another year! Read on for all the fun!

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February 13
2014

Super Smash Bros. Packs Quite the Punch-Out

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During today’s Nintendo Direct Super Smash Brothers fans were treated to their first glimpse at long awaited newcomer Little Mac. The star of the classic Punch-Out!! series is one of the most highly requested Smash combatants, though until today he has only appeared as an Assist Trophy in Smash Bros. Brawl.

Now the Punch-Out!! champion finally gets his chance to “punch in” with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS.

And the poor guy is still being made fun of for his height.

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February 13
2014

Plant vs Zombies Garden Warfare Gets Weird With Chum Rush

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Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare was one of our favorite E3 surprises. Gavin had a blast playing the HD evolution of one of the biggest “casual” games in the business. Since the initial announcement back in June, though, it’s been quiet on the front lines.

Today PopCap Games and EA gave us update by way of dolphin. Yes, dolphin.

Weird indeed.

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February 13
2014

This Week’s SingStore Update Is Simply Red

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As a fan of the ’80s, I’m psyched for one tune in this week’s SingStore Update, but most of the rest of it is ’90s, which is a kind of mixed bag. Because it’s been so long since the last update, I was hoping for better, but at least it’s not a complete wash. Here’s the new DLC for SingStar available this week:

“Something Got Me Started” by Simply Red
“Holding Back The Years” by Simply Red
“Stars” by Simply Red
“What Can I Do” by The Corrs
“Breathless” by The Corrs
“Mountains” by Biffy Clyro

Now, I ain’t never heard of this Biffy Clryo, but I am all over the ’80s awesomeness of “Holding Back The Years.” The other two… not so much. Not that they’re bad songs, but I’d rather just listen instead of perform them. I’m slightly more tempted by the two Corrs tracks, but “What Can I Do” more than “Breathless” because I think I could actually sing it!