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April 26
2013

Wootini’s Weekly Animal Crossing Diary

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Dear Diary,

This week I had a couple people try to pull up stakes and leave. I know I’m moving soon, but that doesn’t give them the right to try and go before me! Also, the past few weeks, since Spring began, I’ve been wondering when we were going to get some rain. You know, April showers and all that… But every single day, dry as a bone. It got cloudy a few times, but no rain. So I haven’t been able to take a break from watering all my flowers. Mother Nature can be a real pain! Anyway, enough bitching… let’s see what went down in Narnia this week!

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April 26
2013

Skyrim Gets Legendary

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Bethesda has announced that they will be releasing The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Legendary Edition on June 4 in North America and June 7 in Europe and Australia for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. The Legendary Edition contains the original game along with the three add-on packs Dawnguard, Hearthfire and Dragonborn. It also includes some added features like combat cameras, mounted combat, Legendary difficulty for the truly hardcore, and Legendary skills to let you master every perk and level up infinitely.

I understand when companies re-release their games with the DLC expansions included at a later date, but they usually do that at a discount. The Skyrim Legendary Edition is still retailing for $59.99, so I don’t quite get who they’re aiming for. If you were at all interested in Skyrim, I would figure you’ve already bought it, so it’s not worth picking this up for the add-ons and extra features. Unless of course, you really are that hardcore into the Elder Scrolls. But obviously, if you somehow never got around to picking up Bethesda’s latest RPG epic, this is the package to get!

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April 25
2013

Does Persona 4 Need More Gay?

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We’ve posted some of gay gamer Rantasmo’s Needs More Gay series in the past, but he’s just posted another gaming-centered one where he explores how ATLUS’s Persona 4 tackles LGBT issues with one of its main characters, Kanji. As you might know, in Persona 4, the characters must do battle against their inner shadow selves, which reflect their innermost fears. And Kanji’s clearly indicates that he has some issues with his sexuality. Of course, the game softens things a bit at the end, but is that the developer treating the issue with kid gloves, afraid to offend? Or is it simply a matter of the English localization self-censoring as the text is translated? At least Persona 4 the game still explores Kanji’s sexuality with a little more sensitivity than the anime. I haven’t seen it myself, but what Rantasmo shows in his video is kind of horrifying and a bit sad. Watch Persona 4 Needs More Gay right here:

How did you feel about Kanji’s story? Did he need more gay? Sound off in the comments.

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April 25
2013

Dragon’s Dogma Made Me Do Something Terrible – Why Developers Shouldn’t Skimp on Romance Mechanics

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A little while ago, as part of my series on gay portrayals on the community blogs for Destructoid, I wrote a post lamenting the fact that developers seem all too content to provide plenty of reasoning and justification for who the player character might kill or wish to kill, but very rarely seem interested in actually providing reasoning or justification for whom the player might love. Gaming protagonists commit murder for reasons reaching from self-defense, to bloodlust, to revenge. They can be conflicted or gleeful in the violence they commit. But if the playable character has a love interest, it’s usually brushed away with “they are your love interest. You love them. Now save them from a monster or something, shit.” If the game includes some sort of romance mechanic, wherein the player chooses someone to love, the means of courtship and bonding will rarely extend beyond “buy them gifts and maybe let them follow you around if you want.” It invariably feels weightless, pointless, tacked on – which is a shame, as who we love and why tends to be such a large part of human identity. Not just that, but a lackluster romance system can negatively impact the way we view the rest of the story, our characters, or their place within it. Which brings me to the subject of Dragon’s Dogma.

In honor of the release of Dark Arisen, I’d like to share a story with all of you. A story about how half-assed game mechanics lead to the creation of something terrible. A cautionary tale about how freedom of romantic choice, without any substance to back up that freedom, made me into a monster. The story of how Dragon’s Dogma turned me into a pedophile.

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April 25
2013

New Xbox To Be Revealed May 21

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Well, Nintendo has already released the Wii U, and Sony has revealed some tidbits about its upcoming PlayStation 4, leaving Microsoft playing catch-up. And now they have revealed that the big announcement regarding their new console will be held on Tuesday, May 21 at 1:00 pm EST at the Xbox Campus in Redmond, WA.

The presentation of the Xbox 720/NextBox/whatever-they’re-planning-to-call-it will be broadcast live over Xbox.com, Xbox LIVE and on Spike TV in the US and Canada. So if you’re inclined to tune in, you’ve got a few options. (Hopefully it won’t be nearly as ponderously long as the Sony one!)

Details on what to expect aren’t particularly forthcoming, but I understand that the Kinect peripheral is still a part of things. (Which is cool with me, because I kind of like it.) We’ll also finally get an answer to the question of whether or not the new Xbox will require a constant online connection or if it will refuse to play used games. (Probably not, unless Microsoft wants to tank harder than Ishtar.) I would also expect to see some really pretty graphics, probably on some kind of new Halo game, as well as an insistence on using your new Xbox as a whole home entertainment system instead of just playing games. (Hopefully they continue to remember that the games have to come first… the other stuff is just gravy.)

We’ll all find out the truth in just under a month, and then a couple weeks after that, Microsoft is promising to reveal even more at E3, including a full lineup of games. Can’t wait to see how they try to top the other two!

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April 24
2013

Dragon’s Crown…Again

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I gotta say, I didn’t think I’d ever be paying attention to Dragon’s Crown again, but for better or for worse – mostly for worse – it’s staying in the news. A couple of weeks ago I did a write-up on the the game’s trailer and the utterly absurd hypersexualization of two of the female protagonists and a few other NPCs visible in the trailer. Kotaku’s Jason Schreier got word of the trailer and wrote his own condemnation as well, and because they’re a more notorious website the artist behind the game, George Kamitani actually took note of the criticism. His response was to pretty much call Schreier gay and draw a naked dwarf three-way for him.

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*headdesk*

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April 24
2013

“The Last Door” Brings Pixelicious Horror In Its Wake

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When it comes to “retro” graphics, we’re met with a mixed bag. Some games pull it off with charm; others simply add to binary sump: condemning visual style of old to the Island of Misfit Gimmicks, battling zombies and post-apocalyptic settings for the least effective method of masking one’s lack of imagination. Yet every now and again, one of said Island’s inhabitants shows signs of being what those in the business call, “worth playing.” MORE >>