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July 18
2013

GaymerX Teams Up With Logo TV on First Ever LGBT Video Game Convention

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GaymerX, the first ever LGBT video game convention, is fast approaching. The convention, taking place August 3rd-4th in San Francisco, has had more than its fair share of publicity since reaching nearly four times its original Kickstarter goal almost one year ago. Today GaymerX and Logo TV have announced that they are joining forces to bring the little convention that could to an even wider audience.

Via GaymerConnect:

“GaymerConnect today is proud to announce their partnership with Logo TV, producers of the hit television shows “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and “1 girl 5 gays”, to bring GaymerX to the mainstream.

GaymerX, the first ever gaming convention focused on LGBT gaming culture, has been a huge media hit since its inception through Kickstarter last year and teaming up with the largest LGBT cable television network now provides a national platform to get the word out that there is a new home for queer geeks.

“As much as personal experiences can help drive change and awareness, media’s recent portrayals of queer geeks and ‘gaymers’ has driven awareness to equality and anti-bullying within the gaming community to an all time high” quotes Director of Business Development and cofounder, Kayce Brown “We are so happy to work with the reach of Logo TV and their media platforms to help inform and make positive change. We look forward to building a long lasting relationship between their network and GaymerConnect.”

Logo TV will be on site throughout the run of GaymerX participating as partner and media host, including a VIP party featuring ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ alum Pandora Boxx, Gaymer Cosplay Contest and interviews with LGBT and gaming celebrities. The coverage will span the multitude of Logo’s strong platforms, so make sure you bring out your cosplay A-game!

I think that having an organization as powerful as Logo TV back our convention on our very first year shows the world what we already knew: That queer geeks are a huge market that deserve first rate content.” quoted Matt Conn, Founder of GaymerConnect.

If you haven’t already registered GaymerX has extended its sales until July 26th, so head on over to GaymerConnect.com to get your badges! Readers of GayGamer.net can use the easy to remember code ‘gaygamer’ for an additional discount.

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July 18
2013

Will Nintendo Fill The 3DS With Seaman?

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Over the years, you learn to take Internet rumors with a grain of salt, and with Internet rumors about videogames, you take them with an entire pound of salt! But I read something today that I’m simply going to believe to be true because it would be the most awesomest thing ever.

Siliconera has reported that Nintendo recently registered for a couple of trademarks that could mean the revival of Seaman! You remember Seaman, right? That absolutely crazy sim game where you grew a fish with a human face in a tank inside your TV via your SEGA Dreamcast? And it came with a microphone that you plugged into the controller so you could have bizarre conversations with the surly creature? Yeah, that one!

Nintendo apparently registered “Mysterious Pet: Legend of the Fish With A Human Face” and “Mysterious Partner: Legend of the Fish With A Human Face” in Japan. And I personally can’t think of any other game series that starred fishes with human faces. Can you? (Actually, if you can, please don’t tell me, because I truly want to believe this is the return of Seaman.)

Putting Seaman on either the 3DS or the Wii U would make sense because of the built in microphones on both systems. Personally, I’d prefer it on the 3DS because then I could carry it around with me. I was obsessed with Seaman on my Dreamcast. I mean, seriously obsessed. Like, borderline Animal Crossing obsessed. I had my husband (boyfriend at the time) actually feed and talk to him while I was away for fear he might die! So obviously bringing Seaman back to life would make my year, and I’m really hoping that this is one Internet rumor that turns out to be 100% true!

Caution! Trademarks Hint At Possible Seaman Revival Care Of Nintendo [Siliconera]

 

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July 18
2013

Video: Dual Teasers Of Dual Destinies

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Capcom’s got a couple new videos for Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Dual Destinies. One is a trailer (found above) that shows off a new prosecuter, Simon Blackquill, as well as Apollo Justice being adorable. It also shows that even though the graphics have switched from sprites to polygons to take advantage of the 3D on the Nintendo 3DS, the animation remains just as fluid as ever and filled with just as much character as the previous games in the series. And of course, the trailer makes very little sense, as is common for the games!

The other video, found below, shows off some of the crime scene investigation gameplay that you’ll find as Apollo and Athena Cykes check out the scene of a brutal murder. Being able to rotate the camera around and find hidden clues is awesome, but I did notice at one point that there was a little sparkle animation to indicate where one was hidden. That takes some of the fun out of it…

Still, Dual Destinies is looking like a worthy entry in the Phoenix Wright series, and appears to be making the jump into 3D in style. Now if only we could figure out why this version is rated M for mature instead of T for teen… Maybe 3D blood more graphic than 2D? But I’m really hoping it’s a salacious scene between Phoenix and Gumshoe! Please?

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July 17
2013

Final Fantasy VII Marathon for The Trevor Project

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8 Red Coins began earlier this year when two gamers decided to make a difference in the world via video game marathons. After a successful 24 hour completion of Super Mario 64, the pair is back this August and will be taking on another gaming classic: Final Fantasy VII. What’s more, they’ll be playing the influential JRPG to raise money for The Trevor Project, supporting LGBTQ youth.

Via the official 8 Red Coins blog:

“For our next marathon, we’re taking on one of the most iconic games of all time, Final Fantasy VII, and we’re doing it to benefit The Trevor Project! The Trevor Project, for those who don’t know, provides suicide prevention and crisis intervention to LGBTQ youth. We’re very excited to be playing such a beloved game for such a wonderful and important charity.”
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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.