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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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August 16
2013

Dark Souls 2 Demo Promises Good, But Teases Great

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While most of my fellow writers were having the best time ever at GaymerX, Namco Bandai invited me out recently to check out a handful of their upcoming titles. The games ranged from the latest incarnations of the Dragon Ball Z and Naruto to not one, not two, but three different Pac-Man games. Oh, and something called Dark Souls 2.

Above anything else, I’m concerned about Dark Souls 2. Not because the series’ director Hidetaka Miyazaki has left direct control of the game in the hands of others or the rumors that the game will feature easier options to entice players intimidated by its harsh, but well deserved, reputation. No, what bothers me is that it’s Dark Souls…2.

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August 16
2013

Wootini’s Weekly Animal Crossing Diary

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Dear Diary,

This was a very, very good week! I had massive amounts of good luck, from special items to new town projects to a particular resident moving away! Okay, so that last one isn’t necessarily good luck, but I’m still kind of happy about it! Read on for the full rundown!

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August 15
2013

In Case You Were Wondering, Hideo Kojima is “not a gay”

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Today on his official Twitter account Hideo Kojima, creator of the massively popular Metal Gear Solid franchise, clarified his sexuality for anyone who might have been wondering.

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