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July 17
2013

The Ouya Chronicles Part 3

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Hello! My name is Matt Conn and I’m the creative director of GaymerConnect. This is from of a series of articles as a guest contributor GayGamer.Net on the launch of the Ouya, this time we look at the games, the apps, and other pros and cons of the $99 system.

So far we’ve looked at initial reactions and the “killer game”, TowerFall.

In this final installment, we look at other games for the console, things that they did really well, things that we hate, and what the future holds for Ouya.

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July 17
2013

Review: Game & Wario

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Owners of Nintendo’s Wii U don’t have a whole lot of options right now as far as games, so I suspect more than a few were tempted to pick up the recently-released Game & Wario just to have something to play on the fledgling console. But should they? Let’s find out after the jump!
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July 17
2013

Celebrate Thirty Years Of The NES With This Amazing Zelda Archive

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Thirty years ago, the Nintendo Famicom (better-known as the NES in other territories) was released in Japan.  Hard to believe, but if it were a person it would be old enough to complain about mortgage payments, grey hair, and PTA meetings.

The Famicom/NES is often lauded for providing the platform for video games to rise from the flames of the industry crash in the early 1980s, and for the launch of many of the most iconic characters and franchises in the industry.  Super Mario Bros., the Princess, Toad, Samus, Castlevania, Final Fantasy, Mega Man, and, of course, Link, Zelda, and Gannondorf.

While Nintendo has officially commemorated the 25th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda with a concert series, collectables, and the Hyrule Historia, some dedicated fans at History of Hyrule have amassed an astonishing compendium of art from the entire lifespan of the Zelda series, from magazines, books, manga, and more.  Apart from its relevance to Zelda fans, it’s incredible to observe the advance in the sophistication of video game art in general from the early days of the Famicom/NES and an industry searching to find its feet, to the high-definition era of billion-dollar corporations.

You can view the entire – and colossal – collection here.

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July 17
2013

Reward Yourself!

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The Club Nintendo Eite Status rewards are now ready! And while I was super excited to finally attain Platinum Status this year, I’m sad that there’s not a cool Mario hat or statue like the last couple years. This year I wouldn’t even have been that upset to have only reached Gold because there are some cool games you can download for free!

If you’ve reached Gold Status, you can choose to recieve the 2014 Club Nintendo Calendar or download the Virtual Console games Super Smash Bros. (for the Wii), Wario Ware D.I.Y. Showcase (Wii), The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX (3DS), Super Mario Land (3DS), or Sakura Samurai (3DS).

If you’ve reached Platinum Status, you can choose from any of the above Gold level items, or The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask Original Soundtrack (2 CD set) or a Three-Poster Set featuring Pikmin 3, The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker, and a retro Luigi.

For more details on all of the gifts, you can click this link. I’m tempted by the soundtrack, but that Wind Waker poster is rather glorious… Either way, Club Nintendo members need to choose their gift by August 13. Games will be downloadable immediately, but physical gifts will need to be shipped (they’re promising to ship them by the end of the year, but I don’t ever recall it taking that long).

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July 16
2013

Chris Kluwe On Being A Manly Nerd

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Ever get the feeling that, despite your pectoral girth, silken pelt, and display case full of PS3 trophies you’re just not quite manly enough? Are Commander Badass and Canada Guy of Manly Guys Doing Manly Things the epitome of machismo you just can’t quite reach but don’t know why? NFL punter, ally, and GayGamer bestie has got you covered. In an essay he wrote for Esquire, he offered an array of tips, including:

  •  Sleep by “nesting in a pile of bearskin rugs”
  • Plastic cannot withstand a manly grip; carve your 360 controller out of mahogany
  • Beta males, poser gamer girls, and weakness are never to be tolerated
  • Own a pet crocodile, preferably named Frederick

The whole piece is giggle-inducing, so go give it a read. If you really like it, or just want to support an amazing ally, he wrote a book called Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies: On Myths, Morons, Free Speech, Football, and Assorted Absurdities that can be found at AmazonBarnes & Noble, and probably you local bookstore if you ask really nicely, and comes in digital and dead-tree editions. Or, if you really need more Kluwe, you can get the audiobook version narrated by Kluwe himself from Audible.

Via: Esquire

Check out his new book: Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies

And while you’re here, don’t miss our very own interview with Chris Kluwe from earlier this year: Ally Spotlight Chris Kluwe.

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July 16
2013

Review: The Walking Dead: 400 Days

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Regular readers of GayGamer.net already know what a big fan I am of Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead. (For newbies: a really big fan) So it was with great excitement that I downloaded the new DLC chapter, The Walking Dead: 400 Days. Unfortunately, this bridge between Season 1 and 2 turns out to be more of a stepping stone.

400 Days splits its focus among 5 separate characters whose stories weave around an abandoned truck stop. Breaking up the episode into these separate vignettes helps introduce a lot of new characters very quickly, but it also has the unfortunate effect of only letting us spend a brief amount of time with each one. Just as each character’s storyline hits a particularly climactic moment, it’s over and time to move on to the next one (you can play them in whichever order you like). Of course, even in the brief segments, you’ll still be called upon to make those horrible rock-and-hard-place decisions like whether or not you’re willing to kill, and sometimes who you’re willing to kill.

The writing, voice acting and character animations continue to be top-notch, and there are some nice nods to the first season. The epilogue neatly sets up the second season, which I hope isn’t too far off. Because while 400 Days is a tasty little piece of DLC, it really is the appetizer for a larger meal. Absolutely delicious going down, but then you’re staring at the empty plate realizing that you’re still hungry and the main course is still in the oven. 400 Days costs the same as a regular episode of The Walking Dead, but somehow doesn’t feel nearly as long or substantial. It could be because there’s less combat so there’s less dying and restarting (except for that one sequence… you’ll know when you get to it) and therefore the game plays out a bit faster. Of course, if you’re a fan of The Walking Dead, you were already going to buy this and play it anyway. And I suspect you could still start Season 2 without playing the DLC, but where’s the fun in that?

(Also, does anyone else who played 400 Days share my feeling that Shel and Stephanie were more than friends?)

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July 16
2013

Assassin’s Creed Sneaks Its Way To Free-dom On Xbox

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When it comes to gaming, there are precious few joys – not simply pleasures, but genuine joys – to be found. Sometimes it’s a raucous bout of stabiness; sometimes it’s throwing coins at poor people just to watch them scramble, like a kind of gin-addled Ayn Rand.  For those unacquainted with such rapture, we have Assassin’s Creed II – and for those with an Xbox Live Gold account, everyone’s favorite quasi-historical stealth action/”bum fights” simulator can be obtained for the low, low price of “free.”

Indeed, according Major Nelson, said freeness can be enjoyed from July 16th until July 30th.  For those whose taste for blood cannot be satiated by a single title, the entire Assassin’s Creed series will be on sale through the end of July. So if you have an Xbox Live Gold membership, and are up for a night of vicarious heroism, get your grubby paws on a copy of Assassin’s Creed II!

Via Major Nelson