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December 2
2013

Wootini’s Weekly Video Podcast #149

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As promised, this week I talk about the launches of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 and which next-gen console is looking the most appealing to me when I’ve got $500 burning a hole in my pocket. But first I’ve got a little rant about the new YouTube app for the 3DS to get off my chest. Make the jump for the whole vidcast!

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December 2
2013

Wootini’s Weekly Animal Crossing Diary

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Dear Diary,

Well, it was already a busy week in Geneva and that’s before the Harvest Festival came and turned things upside-down! I’ve got a bone to pick with this particular holiday, but I’ll get into that after the jump!

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November 27
2013

XBROGLIO: Xbox One’s “We Got Your Back” Letter

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I’m coining the word “xbroglio” as of today. It means, “any incidents occurring as a result of Microsoft assuming players to be heterosexual dudebros”. It’s quite a flexible concept, too – in fact, I’d argue it’s characterised most of the Xbox One’s life thus far, considering the previous discussion we’ve had over whether or not the Xbox One requires an always-on connection, what’s going on with its policy on used games, the shoddy treatment of trans folk at corporate events for it, not to mention that rape joke at E3how anti-consumer Microsoft’s policies about it seem, and how ambivalent most of the folk here at GayGamer felt about it - none of which seem to register as issues for a lot of hetero dudebros, it seems.

Well, today’s contribution to the continuing imbroglio can be found over on the site for the Xbox One – in the form of the “We Got Your Back” email template provided courtesy of Microsoft, replete with mad-libs style fields where you can customise a desperate e-plea for an Xbox One to a co-habiting human being and email it off. Which sounds fairly innocuous – if a little obnoxious – were it not for the weirdly gendered and heteronormative format of the entire letter itself.

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November 27
2013

LGBT Stereotypes Battle It Out In Ultimate Gay Fighter

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There have been queer characters in fighting games before (well, actually, the only one I can think of right now is Poison), but come January 2014, there’s going to be a whole cast of LGBT characters kicking the crap out of each other when Ultimate Gay Fighter is released! The fighter for Android, iOS and Windows Mobile platforms features 13 characters with their own individual hilarious storylines, special moves, sayings and theme tunes. Ultimate Gay Fighter is free to download, but you can remove ads for $.99, and unlock Peer to Peer Mode for $1.99 so you can challenge your friends. You can unlock the villains for use as playable characters for $2.99 for all three or for $.99 for MAXX2.0 and Anne Paylin or $1.99 for Preach.

“I started thinking about how gays are represented in the media,” said the game’s creator, Michael Venker. “We are the sickly ones, your sassy best friends, the funny ones, the ones who sing and the ones who decorate your house, style your clothes, and do your hair. We are never the kick-ass fighters, the bad-asses who rescue you and save the day…”

The Gay Fight competition is actually the creation of the League of Oppresive Self Righteous Zealots (LOSRZ — get it?), for the express purpose of making the LGBT community destroy itself and to brainwash the winner to join their side. It’s all quite ridiculous.The trailer below introduces all the characters and features, and you’ll notice that it’s ridiculously over-the-top. Honestly, they won me over with the first demonstration of a “gaytality.” And the use of rainbows and unicorns instead of gore is kind of fabulous.

If it wasn’t a gay man creating this game, I would immediately cry foul over the obvious cartoonish stereotypes, but since it’s by us and for us, I get it. And I think it’s kind of hilarious. (Well, Shawdee Killah’s noose is slightly disturbing, but in the spirit of reclaiming negative imagery and stereotypes, I guess it fits?) In response to the negative responses from some corners of the Internet, Venker says: “The Ultimate Gay Fighter game does deliberately depict stereotypes from segments of the GLBTQ community. This was an intentional choice by us to make the characters easily identifiable and relatable, and this choice is also meant to be satirical and humorous. The premise of the game is to inflate and explore these stereotypes. There is no malicious intent on our part in presenting them.”

Watch the trailer for Ultimate Gay Fighter below and let us know how you feel about it!

 

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November 25
2013

Read Only Memories, First Gameplay Footage

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Read Only Memories, the new adventure game with queer themes from the folks who brought us GaymerX, is working its way to Kickstarter success. Having amassed nearly half of its $62,064 goal in less than half a month, ROM is on its way to being one of the first fully crowd funded queer games.

Upon its initial unveiling many demanded gameplay footage of the 90s adventure throwback, and today MidBoss Games and GaymerX have delivered the goods:

Be sure to support queer representation in gaming by checking out the Read Only Memories official Kickstarter page and showing your support.

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November 25
2013

Wootini’s Weekly Video Podcast #148

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This week I start off with something geeky before segueing into videogames, so if you don’t care about Doctor Who, just skip the beginning part. But after ranting about that for a little bit, I report on one of the big launches that happened this past week. No, it’s probably not the one you’re thinking about… This week’s vidcast is embedded after the jump!

And if you want to get a better look at the photos I took, you can visit my Flickr page!

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November 22
2013

Wootini’s Weekly Animal Crossing Diary

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Dear Diary,

It was a big week, with a huge fishing tournament and some new fish to catch. And Geneva looks prettier than ever now that the fall colors have truly set in. But even as awesome as Geneva is, people still keep trying to leave! What is wrong with them? Sigh. Make the jump for this week’s adventures!

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