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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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August 15
2013

Humble Origin Bundle From EA Supports Gay Causes

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You know the drill: pay a little money, get a lot of games, support charity.

For all the evil they do, EA does seem to try to counterbalance it every now and then with something awesome, and their Humble Origin Bundle is one of those things. The first half is the standard get-a-bunch-of-stuff-for-pocket-change thing. $1 will net you PC copies of:

  • Dead Space
  • Dead Space 3
  • Mirror’s Edge
  • Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box
  • Crysis 2
  • Medal of Honor

Paying more than the average will also net you Battlefield 3 and The Sims 3 + Starter Pack, and all but Dead Space 3, Battlefield 3, and The Sims 3 are available on Steam in addition to Origin.

The second half of the awesome are the charities that EA has chosen to receive benefits from the bundle as two of them are gay charities, which is why I’m writing an article about a sale in the first place. When you get a bundle, you can spread your donation across:

  • The Human Rights Campaign
  • Watsi
  • The San Francisco AIDS Foundation
  • The American Red Cross
  • The American Cancer Society

This is a really good deal. Mirror’s Edge and Dead Space alone are worth $5, so getting a bunch more games besides AND donating to the SF AIDS Foundation make this a deal you shouldn’t pass up.

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August 15
2013

Video: The Wolf Among Us Trailer

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Telltale Games has released the first trailer for The Wolf Among Us, their new adventure game series based on the award-winning Vertigo comic book, Fables. It’s looking appropriately noir and awesome, and will hopefully maintain the streak they started with the award-winning Walking Dead series. While the general style of the graphics is similar, creating a 3D animated comic book universe, the lighting and coloring gives the art a different enough feel to set it apart from The Walking Dead. And from the brief sample we get, it sounds like they’ve continued to find solid voice actors to bring these characters to life. There’s still no official release date yet announced aside from “soon,” but the game will be making an appearance at PAX Prime at the end of this  month. So if you’re going to be there, check it out and let me know if I should get my hopes up!

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August 15
2013

Review: Halo: Inititation #1

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In the interest of full disclosure, I am not a fan of the Halo series. So I am not familiar with the intricacies of the Halo universe, or the supporting character of Sarah Palmer, who the new Dark Horse mini-series Halo: Initiation is about. But that out of the way, I was pleasantly surprised by the first issue, which was released this week. It chronicles the origin of Sarah Palmer as a Spartan, and while issue one is obviously going to be mostly set-up, I’m more than intrigued by what writer Brian Reed has set up. He’s also one of the writers of Halo 4, so the guy knows his stuff. Not being a fan of the series, I had no idea how the Spartans like Master Chief were created, and this comic made me realize that the Halo universe is actually more interesting than I’d given it credit for being. Of course, it helps that the story can move along at a pace and not get bogged down in long, shooting gameplay sections.

The art, by Marc Castiello, is very good, and everything looks authentic, from the battle armor to the Warthogs to the weapons. His page layouts are dynamic and graphic, but sometimes the style interferes with storytelling as some of the action can be a bit hard to follow, visually. Sarah Palmer is an interesting character, a female who manages to be strong without being bitchy, which is often the go-to characterization for powerful women. I recommend Halo: Initiation for Halo fans, but also for non-Halo comic book fans like me. Turning Mass Effect into a comic book was an obvious choice, as that game had a strong storyline and a rich universe to draw from. I never considered Halo to be more than a shooter, so it’s nice to find out that there is actually an interesting story they can create new tales with. I look forward to issue two!

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August 14
2013

Animal Cross(Dress)ing

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The Animal Crossing games have always been about letting you play the way you want to. Whether you want to amass a small fortune in bells from strategic manipulation of the stalk market (or just plain cheating), to simply sitting around on your ass and teaching your neighbors curse words (creatively spelled to avoid the built-in censors). But what if you choose to cross over some gender boundaries? Don’t worry, now Animal Crossing will let you do that, too!

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August 14
2013

“Choose ‘Toons”: Kickstarting Nostalgia Since 2013

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As someone who spent a rather vulgar amount of time reading Choose Your Own Adventure books – my field trips to the library tended to find themselves split between battling imaginary robots/dragons and reading old superhero comics (hello, ladies) – one finds oneself pining for the days of yore: that halcyon era when men were men, our nation stood tall, and turning to page 59 meant a swift death. Yet times have changed, and these days, the kids find their lives woefully uncolored by the schizophrenic labyrinth of what literary scholars will one day call the “interactive non-linear fiction” genre. MORE >>