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February 28
2014

Wootini’s Weekly Animal Crossing Diary

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Dear Diary,

Well, everything changed this week! Major change! Nobody moved away or anything like that, it’s just… well, read on and you’ll see!

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February 27
2014

Otome Time: Sweet Fuse

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The amount of women I’ve dated in video games is almost uncountable. On the flip side the amount of men I have dated in games is almost non-existent outside of a few Bioware titles and indie games. There are a number of reasons for this, but thanks to Aksys’s recent localizations of otome games like Sweet Fuse, a genre focusing on romance and usually with a female lead, I am slowly but surely drawing closer parity with dating men in games.

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February 27
2014

Review: Tomb Raider #1

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The first issue of the new Tomb Raider series from Dark Horse Comics is out, and I can safely say that Lara Croft is in good hands with writer Gail Simone. No stranger to penning the adventures of strong female characters, Lara’s character is well-handled here.

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February 24
2014

Wootini’s Weekly Video Podcast #161

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It’s a short one this week as I haven’t actually been gaming as much as usual. See, I’m on a deadline, and I have three seasons of a TV series to get through before the movie comes out. So basically I’ve been focused on finishing The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds so I’m done with it in time for the upcoming release of Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy. But it looks like I just might pull it off! Make the jump for a briefer episode than usual!

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February 21
2014

Is Ellie Gay? Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckmann Weighs In on The Last of Us: Left Behind

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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 refreshingly understated queer character. We weren’t beat over the head with his sexuality, nor did conflict arise solely because of it. Rather Bill simply was gay, a fact that was never explicitly conveyed but rather discovered by players through subtle hints over the course of their travels with him.

We reached out to Naughty Dog about the character, and had a chance to speak with creative director Neil Druckmann. He talked about the creation of Bill, how his sexuality came about during production, and even touched on how the sexualities of most characters in the game went unexplored and were therefore open to interpretation.

This past week players got a chance to revisit the post-apocalyptic dystopia of The Last of Us thanks to the single player DLC The Last of Us: Left Behind. This DLC put us in full control of Ellie, who spent most of the first game as a computer controlled partner, as she recalls time spent with her best friend Riley.

Without spoiling *too* much, the events of Left Behind have led many gamers wondering if daring young Ellie just happens to be gay as well. There’s been a lot of debate surrounding the topic, so I decided to get to the bottom of it by reaching out to Druckmann once again.

Here’s what he had to say:

Spoilers Ahead

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February 21
2014

Wootini’s Weekly Animal Crossing Diary

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Dear Diary,

Well, after the excitement of my birthday last week, you’d think that there’d be nothing interesting going on this time around. Well, you would be wrong.

We kick things off with Valentine’s Day treats, and finish up with some silliness, with a new resident arriving in the middle of everything! Read on!

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February 19
2014

Openly Gay WWE Superstar Darren Young Joins GaymerX2

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WWE wrestler Darren Young made waves in 2013 by nonchalantly coming out of the closet when pressed by a reporter from TMZ. The WWE has since warmly embraced their superstar, who carries the distinction of being the first openly gay wrestler in the history of the sport.

Young also fulfills an important role in gaymer history being the first playable gay character to be introduced in a professional sports title, WWE 2K14. We even named WWE 2K14 one of our gayest games of the year.

Today it was officially announced that Darren Young will be making his way to San Francisco this July as a GaymerX2 Boss of Honor.

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“Darren Young’s involvement in GaymerX is tremendously exciting. We understand the struggle that athletes face in coming out, especially when they live in the spotlight,” quoted Toni Rocca, President of GaymerX. “For a member of an organization as widely watched as WWE to be comfortable with his identity and also to continue to be accepted in his line of work is a great example for all athletic fields out there. We would really like to celebrate that.”

“I am very excited to be a part of this year’s GaymerX conventionQuoted Fred Rosser aka WWE’s Darren Young,”Gay geeks and gamers around the world deserve to have their own community and I’m very proud to be a part of what should be an awesome experience”

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