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April 23
2013

The Legend Of Zelda: Symphony Of The Goddesses Is Back!

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Last year, Nintendo went on tour with The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses concert series, and it was amazing. Our own Jamie M posted a review of the show when it came to Toronto. (He beat me to the punch because it didn’t come to New York City for another few months.)

Now they’re launching “Season 2″ traveling to eight cities from last year’s tour and a couple of new cities. (Plus more to be announced!) The list of venues including dates is after the jump (as well as how to get a special discount)!
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April 22
2013

EarthBound And The First Gay Tony

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A few years ago, Rockstar made a big  splash with The Ballad of Gay Tony.  It may be the first time that a character’s not being straight was trumpeted in the title of a major studio’s release, but the game’s eponymous character was not the first gay Tony in a game from a big-name developer.  He was about fifteen years late to that party…
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April 22
2013

Video: The Evil Within Teaser

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Bethesda has announced the development of The Evil Within, a new survival horror game from Shinji Mikami, who pretty much put the genre on the map with the Resident Evil series. “We’re incredibly proud to announce The Evil Within,” says Mikami. “My team and I are committed to creating an exciting new franchise, providing fans with the perfect blend of horror and action.”

Hopefully that perfect blend will contain about 80% horror and 20% action, making it more like the creepy Silent Hill survival horror as opposed to the more action-heavy entries in the later entries in the Resident Evil series. If the game can maintain the unsettled Saw-meets-Seven-meets-Silent Hill mood of this live action trailer, they might be on the right track. Anyone can make an action game full of monsters and gore… true horror is a lot harder to achieve. Hopefully it’ll be scary. That’s all I want.

More information on The Evil Within should be forthcoming this week, and we’re going to have to wait until 2014 to play it on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.

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April 22
2013

Wootini’s Weekly Video Podcast #117

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Well, I know everyone else is excited about EarthBound coming to the Virtual Console later this year, but honestly, the big news for me out of the recent Nintendo Direct is the Animal Crossing-branded 3DS XL coming to the US. Now to figure out a way to justify the purchase of something I don’t really need…

Also, I finished a couple of games just in time for the release of a new one. But what to play in the meantime while I wait for The Last Of Us? Watch the video after the jump and help me decide!

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April 19
2013

The Gay Cult of Bowser

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“I mean, it’s not like I want to have sex with the guy. There’s just…something there, you know?”

The above is the paraphrased conclusion of many a conversation that started out normally with me and friends or acquaintances at conventions, conferences, or local area developer meet ups. The “guy” in question is the long running big bad of Nintendo’s trademarked plumber adventures, a reptile saurian with a penchant for abstract world construction and – apparently – a possessor of a subtle sexual prowess in the eyes of gay human dudes.

I don’t pretend to have enough of a sample size to venture into a scientifically valid study on the theory, but the sheer regularity of this two-drink-minimum confession is excuse enough for some unauthorized reverse engineering on a character that has more to him than eight world’s worth of contract negotiations. And to be clear, this character’s clout in the furry community is thoroughly established, but not our subject for today. I checked, re-affirmed the depths of Rule 34, and can no longer play Super Mario RPG because of it.

No, herein we shall dare to answer the question no one thought needed to be asked: why do so many people consider Bowser a sexualized character?

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April 19
2013

A Star Wars Love Story

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The wonderful fellows behind the Gay Family Values youtube channel have been documenting their lives to show people everywhere what a family with same-sex parents in America can look like (read: just like any other family). Their videos have been inspiring, entertaining, and educating people since Proposition 8 was passed in 2008, banning gay marriage in California and sparking an ongoing debate on marriage equality that has recently made its way to the Supreme Court. The two awesome dads behind the channel, Jay and Bryan, happen to carry a ton of nerd cred in the form of their insane love of Star Wars.

Recently Bryan and Jay got the opportunity to meet Steven Sansweet, a name many Star Wars fans are sure to recognize. Steven has spent years working in fan relations for LucasFilm and operates Rancho Obi-Wan, the biggest Star Wars museum in the world. It just so happens that Mr. Sansweet is also openly gay and has been with his partner Bob for 37 years. That’s longer than the Star Wars franchise has been in existence for those keeping score.

May the 4th might be a few weeks away but I couldn’t wait to share this wonderful video with you all. Let’s call it your early Star Wars-day present. Given the recent closure of LucasArts, and the loss of much anticipated titles like Star Wars 1313,  I think we could all use some happy news from that galaxy far far away.

For more on Gay Family Values be sure to subscribe to their youtube channel.

And for more on Rancho Obi-Wan, check out the official website ranchoobiwan.org for more information and to plan a trip.

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April 19
2013

Wootini’s Weekly Animal Crossing Diary

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Dear Diary,

This week in Narnia was kind of a disaster. Oh sure, lots of fun stuff happened, but I also went on a quest that ended in disaster that could possibly ruin a friendship. Let me explain…

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