There is a problem in videogames of LGBTQIA+ characters whose queerness is silent.
This isn’t to say that all LGBTQIA+ characters whose gender or sexual identity is only mentioned in-passing are inherently bad, or are examples of bad writing; s...
Twitch streamer Dylan Zaner, aka 8BitHomo, recently became Twitch partner, which means his channel will be promoted by Twitch as featured content and he will be given other opportunities to help grow his audience on the game streaming service. This ...
It was previously reported that after only its second year the queer-friendly gaming convention GaymerX would be no more. Numerous reasons were cited for the con’s end, the biggest one being a significant lack of financial support from sponsors...
At this year’s Game Developers Conference, long-time editor and localization specialist Michelle Clough gave a talk about male sexuality in video games. Having covered a few of the same points on gaming’s sexual double standard and the od...
This year’s GaymerX2 was an absolute blast! For those of you who missed the big event we’ve taken some photos of the event for you to check out below. From the show floor to the GayGamer.net Drag Ball to the costume contest and masquerade...
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.
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.
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!
I don’t think I’ve ever played such a silly, intriguing game that took no hesitation to slap me across the face the very first moment I threatened to mock its absurdity. Dangan Ronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc demands to be taken seriously, all the while dangling its inane, senseless hilarity right in front of your nose all the while, literally daring you to blink or crack a smile. You’ll regret the first time you do, as the game’s twisted coils already have you by the neck while you weren’t paying attention. You will be taken hostage by your very own save file while playing this game, and what does it want? Hope, or despair? Maybe it’s not quite sure yet. Dangan Ronpa is a game with a serious identity crisis, but with how well this game works as a complete package, maybe it doesn’t need one after all.
The second episode of Telltale Games’ The Wolf Among Us has been released, and “Smoke & Mirrors” picks up right where the first episode’s shocking cliffhanger left off. As a reader of the Fables comic series this game is based on, I assumed I knew how the cliffhanger would be resolved, but the writers instead threw in a twist that made the mystery even more complicated! Make the jump for my full thoughts!
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.
The game sees players controlling Russian President Vladimir Putin, donning a tutu, in what Ras describes as a gay friendly figure skating competition. On Game Politics Ras was quoted as saying:
“After all complaints about the Russia’s Anti-Gay Law, right before the Olympic games, we immediately had the idea of making a game out of protest,” said Robin Ras. “In this game we portrayed Putin as a extremely gay friendly and that appeals to a large group of people.”
“Figure skating at the Olympic Games in Sochi has all ingredients to create a light-hearted game on this sensitive issue,” Ras added.
Now, I’m all for as many light-hearted jabs at Putin and his anti-gay nonsense as we can get. Saturday Night Live’s Heterosexual Figure Skating sketch was a delightful piece of satire. The SNL sketch works by subverting the figure skating = flaming homosexual cliche while simultaneously taking a dig at Putin’s homophobic politics. Even out of context the sketch works.
I’m not sure, though, that I can say the same about Putin’s Olympic Game.
Luckily I wasn’t so drugged up from my hernia surgery that all I could do was watch Netflix. I actually managed to play quite a bit of Fable III. I even got married! I downloaded a couple more games, but who knows when I’ll get a chance to play them. I did squeeze in the new episode of The Wolf Among Us, once Microsoft figured out a workaround to their glitch that wouldn’t let people download it without having to pay again. (Because a workaround was apparently easier than actually fixing the error, I guess.) Oh, and I saw a movie that was totally awesome. Everything is awesome! (Except for hernias!)