Queer Mechanic is a regular feature here on GayGamer – each month, we’ll be presenting a new game mechanic that could be used in games that include or focus on queer identity or culture. Queer Mechanic is a thought experiment, to see both what we cou...
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 refreshingl...
My apologies for the linkbait-y sensationalist title, but it’s worth noting that very few AAA games prominently feature queer characters in any major roles, let alone playable ones. Sure we have characters like Poison and virtual-Darren Young, ...
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...
Have you found yourself sitting on a great idea for an article or a feature about video games? Board games? Cosplay? Got something to say about queer issues in gaming? Or maybe you’re just really passionate about a certain series or character?
For the past two years there has been one invention grabbing the attention of game developers everywhere: The Oculus Rift. The Kickstarter-funded virtual reality headset is being touted by many as the next big thing in interactive entertainment. Ever...
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!)
Well, this week I lost a friend, and turned out to finally have gotten the hang of building snowpeople. Just in time to kind of not want to. Oh well! Plus, we had a holiday that I don’t understand the point of! Read on and I’ll tell you what happened this week in Geneva!
This episode I follow up on last week’s cliffhanger and reveal which of my many backlogged free games clogging up my PS3 and Xbox 360 hard drives I decided to play. It was bad enough when they were selling more games than you could play, but now that they’re just giving them away? Geeze!
I’m very open minded. I’ll try anything once! Make the jump to watch this week’s vidcast and see what I sampled!
I had a lot better luck this week with building snowboys, and with neighbors trying to leave. Plus, after last week’s milestone, I was able to hit another one! Read on to find out what it is! (And to find out who in town is being extra creepy this week!)
Do you know how difficult it is to get in an elevator when the guy next to you is in a six-and-a-half-foot canine costume?
I’m at Further Confusion, one of the largest annual meet-ups for furries. Thousands flock to San Jose each year to socialize, drink, and party. It brings in hundreds of thousands of dollars for the city and quite the spectacle for locals to gawk at and snap cell phone pictures of. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves.
Dark Horse Comics has produced some fine licensed material based on comic books, like Mass Effect and The Last of Us. And since the Tomb Raider game from Crystal Dynamics was such a hit, it’s only natural that they’re going to be producing a new series based in that world! Now you don’t have to wait for the sequel to enjoy the further adventures of everyone’s favorite videogame heroine.
Writer Gail Simone is no stranger to writing strong female characters, having scripted comics like Wonder Woman and Batgirl, and was a natural fit to chronicle the further adventures of Lara Croft. In an editorial running in recent issues of Dark Horse Comics, the scribe admits to being a big fan of Lara’s, but skeptical of the reboot game (and Dark Horse’s request she write the new series based on it). Of course, her skepticism lasted only as long as it took to start playing the game!
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII comes out February 11, bringing the XIII series to a close. Anyone following the site for long knows I have a less than enthusiastic opinion of Final Fantasy XIII but I must admit that Lightning Returns shows a lot of potential as a stand alone adventure. I’ve been hesitant, though, to engage in this convoluted lore again having given up on it so early into the first game.
Today Square-Enix brought everyone up to speed with this awesome 16-bit retrospective that simplifies the franchise’s plot down to its barest bones. Giant floating world in danger. Evil pope-looking guy. People cursed into crystals. Time travel. Lightning is like…a deity or something now.
Okay it’s still pretty confusing and convoluted. But at the very least this retrospective has gotten one jaded Final Fantasy-cynic on board for the new game. Which for me is saying quite a lot.
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII drops February 11, 2014 for PS3 and Xbox 360.