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The most recent character announced for Dragon Age: Inquisition, Dorian, is BioWare's first totally gay party member character. Only male player characters will be able to engage Dorian romantically. As well, Doria...

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Dragon Age: Inquisition has a gay male party member


That mustache
Jul 01
// Jordan Devore
Dorian, the next character BioWare has revealed for Dragon Age: Inquisition, sounds like a welcome addition to the cast. First off, he's not Cole, which is a huge plus. Secondly, this party member, a mage from the Tevinter Im...
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Bill from The Last of Us voted as GLAAD's most intriguing


Videogame character praised by gay rights association
Jan 01
// Alessandro Fillari
As Dtoid's Game of the Year for 2013, The Last of Us is a title that hit all the right notes for players, and will likely go down as one of the most memorable games of the last generation. It was earnest, brutal, and uncompro...
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Gay marriage present in Nintendo's latest 3DS hit


Tomodachi Collection bug allows for same-sex relationships for males
May 08
// Kyle MacGregor
Tomodachi Collection: New Life reportedly features a bug which allows male characters to engage in same-sex relationships. Male couples can marry, raise children, and even bathe together in the Nintendo's latest bestseller. T...
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QUILTBAG: The queer game jam has begun


Gay Planet 4 Lyfe
Apr 06
// Jonathan Holmes
When Bioware announced that they were going to make Star Wars: The Old Republic more inclusive by having one planet where same sex characters flirt with each other, reactions were split. Some on either side of the homophobia ...
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Analogue: A Hate Story gets a sequel, has new mechanics


Some of the best writing in games today
Apr 06
// Jonathan Holmes
Analogue: A Hate Story snuck up on the world behind and ended up becoming an international sensation. Developer Christine Love had been crafting these kinds of interactive narrative games for a while, but Analo...
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EA joins HRC coalition to repeal Defense of Marriage Act


Publisher does a good turn for gay rights
Jan 29
// Jim Sterling
Electronic Arts has thrown its lot in with the Human Rights Campaign, a coalition of business allied to help repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. The act, for those not in the know, is bigotry dressed in the coward's garb of t...
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The DTOID Show: DmC, Sir Hammerlock, & Gay Star Wars


Plus: Chubby Kings
Jan 15
// Max Scoville
Here's today's Destructoid Show, in all it's fabulous, timely glory.  For starters, there was that thing about how they added a gay planet in Star Wars: The Old Republic, which of course went over like a fart in Church. ...
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Star Wars: The Old Republic and its new 'Gay Planet'


Peril of the Pink Planet
Jan 14
// Jim Sterling
BioWare wants to take you to a gay bar. Or rather, a gay planet. Star Wars: The Old Republic is being updated to include a rather inelegant solution to its lack of gay characters -- a planet called Makeb where all the homosex...
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Electronic Arts will support Gaymercon


Industry villain plays hero to fledgling event
Sep 20
// Jim Sterling
Gaymercon, the world's first gay-centric videogame convention, has received support from a major player. Electronic Arts, already the publisher of gay-friendly games like Mass Effect 3, has thrown its hat into the ring and wi...
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Owner of 'Gaymer' demands Reddit stop using the word


People own words, even if they're puns everybody thought of
Sep 11
// Jim Sterling
[Note: The header image is over Matthew "Gaymer" Brown as seen on Sony's The Tester, not the trademark guy going after Reddit. Sorry if I didn't make that clear enough.] Although "Gaymer" has entered our cultural vernacular (...
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GaymerCon fully funded for August 2013 in San Francisco


Sep 02
// Kyle MacGregor
This weekend the buena gente behind GaymerCon announced that they were successful in obtaining the funding to provide a safe space for LGBTQ folks to hangout and share their love of games. After bringing in nearly four times ...
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Gaymercon beats funding goal in five days


Aug 06
// Jim Sterling
While there are still those who wonder what the point of Gaymercon is, people with money have demonstrated that it is, at least, important to them. The gay-friendly convention has surpassed its funding within five days, with ...

The importance of a gay gamer convention

Aug 03 // Jim Sterling
The extreme casualness of my family life meant I never really felt any great pressure concerning my bisexuality. My friends just kind of knew, that cock picture my mother found on the home computer pretty much clued her in, and it was never really a big deal with anything I've done. That, and I've never really given much of a shit about it. That casual attitude, and the fact I am in a traditionally "straight" relationship, means I've been pretty well shielded from any problems, even after having moved to Mississippi. Since I pass for "normal" around here, folks are genuinely polite and nice, to the point where I had a hard time wondering what the problem was at first. Although I always considered myself a friend to LGBT issues, for a while I wondered why sites like Gay Gamer existed. What is it about being gay that means you have to shout about it? Why separate yourself? I never had a problem with it, like some folks unfortunately seem to. I just wondered why the dividing line was there -- easy to say for someone who can quite easily cross it and has been on the "safe" side for years. It was a conversation with Gay Gamer's Flynn De Marco at E3 a few years ago that helped set me right, as he explained the point of the site.  The problem with privilege is that the privileged don't know they are privileged. And when we talk of privilege, we think of Scrooge McDuck's Moneybin and riding into town on the back of gilded elephants. Privilege, of course, doesn't just mean unimaginable wealth or remarkable special skills. It simply means you have something others do not. You are gifted a benefit that puts you above another human being. If you're a white American, you have privilege, because you can visit any state without fear of racist retribution, and you don't come from a history of slavery that systematically set your families back. If you're a male, you have privilege, because you are eligible for higher pay brackets, and hey, you can go out at night without a very tangible fear of being sexually assaulted. Now, because you had these benefits from birth, you see it as completely normal, and because it's so normal, it's difficult to see why others have different experiences, and why not everybody feels the same security that you do.  So it is with straight gamers in an industry that caters almost exclusively to straight white males. I could never do justice to the argument Flynn put forth, but do try to imagine being gay, and seeing every single television commercial, every billboard, and nearly every comic book and videogame selling themselves exclusively to straight people. When this is paired with people halting traffic in cities to support Chick-Fil-A for stating gay people don't deserve the same rights as straight people, surely you can begin to see how isolated the gay demographic may feel. Millions of Americans rewarded a corporation for its bigoted views this week. If you are capable of empathy, you will understand the problem.  Sites like Gay Gamer, and potential meeting places like Gaymercon, help reduce that feeling of isolation. They help people come together and feel better about a society that is largely hostile to them, full of people who, if they don't hate gay people, are privileged enough that they can't see what the problem is and can't adequately empathize. You can argue that LGBT people are "segregating themselves" by grouping together, but they were already pretty damn segregated -- not to mention alone. It can be lonely, and fucking terrifying to be gay. Just this week, through the social networks and grinning right-wing pundits, even I felt a level of fear by the hatred and venom being directed at the LGBT community over a fucking chicken sandwich. It's incredibly intimidating to witness firsthand. And who wouldn't feel nervous in that situation? Had that chicken restaurant said it didn't believe black people should marry, there would have been no appreciation day. Had it said women should stay barefoot in the kitchen, Mike Huckabee may not have been quite so willing to act as the corporation's creature. But it's still okay to diminish the gays, and that makes a significant number of people feel alone and frightened.  So Gaymercon is a positive thing. Here we have LGBT people who have found not only a fun hobby, but people who have the same unique positions in society as they do. Why wouldn't you want to group together with similar people who had similar experiences and similar fear, loathing, and sadness? When you accuse these folks of segregating themselves, you forget that they were already pretty fucking segregated, and having them band together is the last thing their haters want, really -- because keeping them isolated and singular is the best way to keep them quiet. Which, I suspect, is where the irrational hatred and seeming fear of the very idea of Gaymercon ultimately stems from.  Oh, and when you ask where your straight convention is, when you throw your entitled hammer around and demand that straights be catered to by the videogame industry ... well ... you know how infantile that sounds, right? You sound exactly like the closet racists demanding white history month. You're plenty catered to already. You want a straight gamer convention? Go to E3 or PAX. They're plenty straight, because they cater to the majority and ... uh ... guess what?! Most gamers are straight!  "BUTBUTBUT ANYBODY IS WELCOME AT E3 AND PAX," you cry. Yes, they are welcome to attend. However, do gay people feel like the marketing and the showboating is aimed at them in any way? Similarly, any straight people will be more than welcome to attend Gaymercon, but the marketing and the showboating won't be aimed directly at them. Seems pretty damn fair to me. If anything, this is the most diplomatic and fair idea ever. Gaymercon's not demanding E3 or PAX bend to focus more on the LGBT community -- because lord knows the kind of irrational shitstorm we'd have over that -- but is instead creating its own event to enjoy such a focus on its own terms.  By the way, before you ask -- I'd be down for a black gamer convention, too, or a female one. When a marginalized audience group wants to celebrate its existence alongside supporters and friends, I am all for it and I cannot fathom why we'd have a problem with that. If you don't care about it, why are you so angry at it? Why can't you let the minority group have a fun time with other members of the same group? So that's the point of a gay gamer convention. It's a place where people who have been made to feel wrong, who have been made to feel scared, and who have been made to feel excluded can enjoy a little time where they don't have to hide and keep their mouths shut. It's a niche in an industry that more or less ignores them, and only rarely panders to them for the sake of marketing and attention. In North America right now, I think something like this is absolutely vital, an altogether positive experience concerning a subject that's already had so much anger and hatred poured into it.  More importantly, it's a place you don't have to go to if you don't want to. You don't have to go. You don't have to fund it. You don't have to do anything you don't want to. You're welcome to attend if you like, but nobody will force you. For you to have an issue with that, for you to be vehemently upset that folks who are segregated by society might want to club together and put on a positive event for themselves ... well ... I honestly don't know what to say to you. I think I wouldn't want to talk to you at all, actually.  You don't have to support Gaymercon. You don't have to invest in it, or make plans to attend, or ever read coverage of it. I certainly don't think you're a bad person if you politely decide to keep your coins to yourself. But you are a real asshole if you lash out at it for no better reason than you don't see the "point" of it and feel like sharing some of that paradoxically aggressive apathy the Internet's so good at breeding. Gaymercon is important. It may not be important to you, but it's important to some people. Rather than ask what the point of the convention is, ask yourself this: Why would so many people feel they need this convention in the first place, and is that a problem we can all help with together? 
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Last night, Destructoid writer Sophie Prell brought news of a team trying to raise funds for the world's first full-scale LGBT gamer convention, titled Gaymercon. The reaction from our community was ... a little disheartening...

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GaymerCon is videogames gone totally gay -- awesome!


Aug 02
// Sophie Prell
Last night, Kickstarter got a little more gay. Matt Conn and the organizers of GaymerCon, the first gaming convention with a focus on the LGBTQ community, started their crowdfunding drive with a goal of $25,000. One day ...
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Minecraft is populated by 'genderless homosexuals'


Jul 29
// Jim Sterling
Notch has been chatting about gender in the world of Minecraft, relating how the protagonist was never meant to be a man or a woman, and only became known as Steve due to a random name choice. See Minecraft recognizes neither...
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EA defends itself against homophobic hate mail


Apr 05
// Jim Sterling
Electronic Arts has come under fire from right wing Christian groups for the sin of allowing gay-friendly content in its games. A letter campaign, seemingly spearheaded by the Florida Family Association, accuses EA of corrupt...
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Jimquisition: Mass Effect 3 & the case for a gay Shepard


Mar 05
// Jim Sterling
Apparently last week's episode of Jimquisition was far too subtle for some folk, and it threw up a lot more questions than answers. It also sparked a debate in which some of the dumbest arguments against the inclusion of a g...
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Jimquisition: Mass Effect 3: A Gay Erotic Love Story


Feb 27
// Jim Sterling
Let it not be said that I can't get mileage out of a concept. My Mass Effect 3 gay love story went over really well when it was posted on Destructoid last week, so I did a sultry reading of it on this week's Jimquisition for...

Mass Effect 3: An Erotic Gay Love Story

Feb 23 // Jim Sterling
The title screen throbbed before him, glowing with energy that begged for sweet release. After drinking in the anticipation, delaying himself until he could stand the frustration no more, the Mass Effect fan clicked start. He was ready to create for himself a new Commander Shepard. One greater than ever before. You see, his old Shepard was trustworthy, reliable, and heroic, but he missed that special something. Something only Mass Effect 3 could provide. Gayness. Wait ... did he really just think that?  He could have sworn that's not what he was thinking about before now, but the more he considered the erotic possibilities, the more he felt a stirring in his pants. Not an unusual occurrence, but there was something different about it this time. He wasn't thinking about Olivia Munn or Jade Raymond or any other relatively attractive female vaguely associated with videogames. Not like usual. This time he was thinking about his toned, glistening avatar in the world of Mass Effect, sliding his large hands down the firm torso of another man. He had never felt this way before. Not until he had put Mass Effect 3 into his computer. It was frightening, and alien, but it felt so very right.  He slid his hand over the bulge in his Scooby Doo pajama leggings, the lucid dream exciting him more and more. He forced himself to put such thoughts to the back of his mind, however, because he had a game to play and a Shepard to create. Why was he making a new Shepard? Why was he spending so long creating his mouth? Those lips, they had to be just right. A good size, a perfect shape. Nice dick-sucking lips. What? No, that's not what he meant. Yes it was.  The mental image of Shepard chowing down on some tumescent Turian tree-trunk was too much for him, and the Mass Effect fan had to surrender himself to his carnal urges. He fished his screaming phallus from within his leggings, letting it stand proud and tall in the cool spring air. It was red hot, aching with desire and desperate for release.  The Mass Effect fan tenderly stroked his length as he imagined Commander Shepard licking the underside of Garrus' veiny plonker before swallowing the engorged serpent whole. The fan bit his lip and sucked in the air with a satisfied hiss, overcome with a pleasure he had never known before. It was so gay, what he was doing, and he loved every gay second of it. He felt like his erection could cum off at a moment's notice.  He closed his eyes and imagined all the other male Mass Effect fans in the world, doing the very same thing as him (which they were definitely doing). He imagined himself having sex with all of those Mass Effect fans, a room full of them, kissing and licking and suckling on each other like piglets at feeding time. A writhing mass of ponytails and ill-advised goatees, fifty Penn Jillettes squirming around with each other like greased worms in a bucket of man-sex. Pre-cum dribbled down his cherry-red helmet as he imagined such a decadent feast. What a dainty dish to set before the king. What a dainty dish of gay.  Such thoughts had never before caused this Mass Effect fan to tenderize his offal so fervently, and as his boner pulsed madly in hand, he knew he had no regrets. After all, he had no choice. Mass Effect 3 had some homosexual romance options in it, and that means every Mass Effect fan in the world was now 100% devoted to the cock. It would at least expand his dating pool, and hey, they'd all have something in common.  He briefly stopped to dribble a globule of lubricating saliva in his hand, that he may ease the physical distress his clenched fist had imposed upon his quivering donk. It was time for the vinegar strokes now, images of Shepard pounding Wrex in his bright green anus while a particularly rude Hanar wriggled a tentacle up his own chocolate gaper. He roared with passion as his squirting lugworm issued forth a volcanic outburst of liquid silk. This spunking volcano continued to spurt a thick jet of hot milkshake while the Mass Effect fan grit his teeth and wept at the thought of Commander Shepard, who was now canonically gay, beating off his squalid penis over the furry balls of Captain David Anderson. What a breathtaking sight that would be.  As human thought returned in waves to his brain and the Mass Effect fan wiped the swampy muck off his Jason Voorhees "Your Next" T-shirt, realization washed over him. What had he done? He wasn't gay. Why did he just have a gay erection and do gay cumming all up himself? What had Mass Effect 3 done to him? He came to realize a dark truth -- all the gayness in Mass Effect 3 was being forced into players' minds, and they'd have to think about gay things all the time until it turned them all gay. Mass Effect fans around the world were clacking away on their swollen drillbits and having gay fantasies because Mass Effect 3 had turned them gay.  He could never play Mass Effect 3 now. Not knowing it would turn him gay for real if he played it too much and saw all the gay that was in it.  He would close down Origin. Shut off his computer. Go to bed and drive this horrible night from his mind.  At least ... until the morning, when he woke up with a massive gay woody.
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The Mass Effect fan seductively slid his disc into the tray, the warm humming of his computer implying an eagerness to receive. With hands almost trembling in anticipation, he booted up Origin, greeted with the familiar pop-u...

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BioWare issues statement in support of Jennifer Hepler


Feb 21
// Jim Sterling
Yesterday, I was given the sadly-not-rare opportunity to call out a bunch of assholes on the Internet, chiefly the stooges who organized a hate campaign against BioWare writer Jennifer Hepler. A large group of people got it i...
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FRC: The Old Republic is full of homosexual activists


Jan 30
// Jim Sterling
Star Wars: The Old Republic will definitely turn all of your children gay, according to right-wing Christian lunatic group, the Family Research Council. FRC president Tony Perkins recently criticized BioWare's MMO for being f...
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Art Juice: The Ultimate Videogame Protagonist


Jan 02
// Jim Sterling
[Every week (until I get bored), Art Juice takes a recent videogame story and provides an unremittingly artistic slant, telling us a little something about ourselves in the process ... whether we want to know the truth or not...

Why Nathan Drake would make a fantastic homosexual

Dec 30 // Jim Sterling
It makes sense from a story perspective As Andrew Meade himself pointed out, the story of a man struggling with his sexual identity would suit the established character of Nathan Drake to a tee. Here we have a man who can't forge a lasting, meaningful relationship with a woman and acts like a dick most of the time. These things would be perfectly explained by making Nathan insecure about his sexuality and attempting to come to terms with it.  Not to mention, such sexual frustration would explain the compulsion to travel the world looking for treasure, putting his life at risk for trinkets and baubles. The sheer amount of physical exertion and mortal danger that Drake subjects himself to could very well be the result of a man torn up by internal conflict.  And, not to sound too gauche, but it would kind of explain the relationship with Sully. That man's too old for Nathan to just "hang out" with.  It would blow Dumbledore out of the water When J.K Rowling said Dumbledore was gay, it was cute, but it felt a little too much like pandering after the fact. The Harry Potter series was done by then, Rowling made out with her fat loot and wasn't too worried about losing popularity, so it was an easy thing to just randomly pick a character to be gay for some brownie points. It took no effort and required no writing. Easy win. If Naughty Dog were to have Drake come out in-game, that would become legend. Naughty Dog would secure itself a place in history that I guarantee will be looked in with favor by our socially superior descendants, earning applause for becoming the first Triple-A game to feature an openly gay protagonist -- one who was actually fleshed out and affable, rather than a two-dimensional camp stereotype.  We still talk about the iconic swerve of the Metroid series, when it turned out Samus Aran was a woman. It demonstrated that gender needn't be a barrier to the creation of a strong videogame protagonist, and I like to think that a few kids at the time actually opened their minds a little bit, and changed their perception of gender in fiction. That can happen again, and it would be glorious.  I have little doubt that, one day, a game will be brave enough to do it. Naughty Dog could have that game.  It could potentially change attitudes While I am sure a fair few idiotic gamers would be grossed out by the idea of Nathan being gay, I am also certain that a lot of them would think, "Hey, Nathan Drake is gay, but that has not changed what kind of character he is, or why I like him." As I stated before, Samus Aran opened minds up once before, so surprising us with Nathan's sexuality could make that sweet lightning strike twice. It would make a real statement that gay characters can be heroic, interesting, funny protagonists as well. Being gay doesn't stop Nathan being all the other things you liked about him. I think that would be a superb message to send to fans.  Perhaps I am still just a little too optimistic about people, but I like to think that folk who are scared or hateful about the subject of homosexuality simply don't realize that being gay doesn't change who a person is, or are learning secondhand information about LGBT people from outdated, poorly translated, often misrepresented doctrines. Nathan could be a good conduit through which a little education might flow.  It wouldn't hurt Naughty Dog Gamers have demonstrated that very little can stop them buying games. EA can screw customers over with online passes, make them jump through hoops with extraneous extra services, and charge obscene amounts of money for DLC, but people still buy its products. Bobby Kotick could strangle a puppy with his bare hands, but Call of Duty would sell gangbusters regardless. The Uncharted series is massively popular among PS3 fans, and the gameplay is something they're hooked on. I do not think having Drake come out would dramatically alter that.  When you remember that videogame boycotts usually fail miserably, and that people who promise not to buy a company's game end up buying it anyway, this is one situation where the spinelessness and slavish devotion of the gamer community can be used for good instead of evil.  Few studios have the power Naughty Dog has. Few games ever become popular enough to inspire guaranteed loyalty and are therefore in a position where they could get away with something like this and have it be a riskless gamble. It is not Naughty Dog's responsibility, nor its obligation, but since it has the power, it would certainly be awesome to utilize it.  It would mess up the minds of genuinely homophobic gamers Okay, the last point is petty and vindictive, but why not? Those PS3 gamers who genuinely hate gay people but love Uncharted would be mentally torn to shreds by the idea that one of their favorite game heroes was a "fag." Perhaps some would grudgingly start to admit that Nathan's still cool. Others might just have a mental breakdown and post ridiculous, poorly spelled tirades on GameFAQs, but it would be terrific to witness either way.  I bet the most insecure ones would even start to question themselves and wonder why they liked Nathan so much. I mean, they've just spent three games staring directly into the ass of a gay man for hours at a time, cooing over the PS3's impressive graphics as Nathan's shirt gets all wet and clings to his toned, glistening torso.  Why were you looking at Nathan that way? Did you feel it? Just a little pulse ripple along your shaft? Just the once? Did you? You can't be sure, can you? What does it mean if you did? If Nathan Drake just started stroking your face, would you stop him? Would you close your eyes? Oh God, you don't know. Why don't you know what you'd do? Why does it feel like Old Snake's wearing nothing at all? Nothing at all? What are you going to tell Mom and Dad now? At least, that's what I'd like to think they'd be saying to themselves. 
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I was reading this very nice article on Gamasutra about the dearth of legitimate homosexual characters in videogames, and was particularly struck by writer Andrew Meade's suggestion at the end -- make Nathan Drake gay. Now, b...

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Animal Crossing 3DS dev diary reveals burning hot news


Dec 04
// Jonathan Holmes
Want to watch a slow paced, ten-minute dev diary with the developers of Animal Crossing 3DS? No? Well then, I'll run down the highlights for you! Either way, you are about to get the facts on the new Animal Crossing whe...
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Mario and Toad's is an everlasting friendship


Dec 01
// Tony Ponce
The Game Station, maker of "The Tale of the DragonBorn" film we posted recently, whipped up this tender little story of love and friendship. What if Mario wasn't after the Princess? What if he was trying to rescue Toad all a...
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TtWaV Teaser: Should Skyward Sword be rated M?


Nov 05
// Jonathan Holmes
[Talking to Women about Videogames is a series where Jonathan Holmes talks to different people who are women about the biggest videogame news of the week for some reason.] Nintendo has a track record for including gende...
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My amazing adventures at BlizzCon 2011


Oct 27
// Chad Concelmo
I only had a few hours to spend at BlizzCon 2011 this past weekend, and I wanted to do as much fun stuff as possible in that very limited amount of time. I had already played StarCraft II and Diablo III (and don't regularly ...
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Blizzard under fire for homophobic Blizzcon video


Oct 27
// Jim Sterling
Blizzard has come under fire for featuring an interview with Cannibal Corpse frontman George Fisher during Blizzcon's closing concert. The video rolled partway through an Level 90 Epic Tauren Chieftain performance, in w...
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Same-sex marriage is coming to Skyrim


Aug 25
// Jim Sterling
It would appear that medieval-tinged fantasy worlds are more progressive than we are, as gay marriage is perfectly acceptable in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. The news comes by way of Bethesda marketing man Pete Hines, who con...

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