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5:15 PM on 05.22.2011

The Destructoid Unofficial IRC guide

[Important: We have moved from Dynastynet to Quakenet. Just use the info under "Basic Info" as server info for all steps of the guide. Registering yourself doesn't work via Nickserv on Quakenet, so use this as a guide instea...

Maurice Tan

9:20 AM on 03.29.2011

BioWare writer accused of negatively portraying gay folk

BioWare writer David Gaider has upset people for daring to portray a gay character as anything but a flawless beacon of brilliance in Dragon Age 2. A petition for his firing has started up online, inspiring a counter-petition...

Jim Sterling

4:20 PM on 03.23.2011

Apple pulls 'Gay Cure' app after consumer petition

Yesterday, news of an app that claimed to "cure" people of homosexuality enraged a fair few people, both in and out of the LGBT community. Responding to overwhelming consumer protest, Apple has decided to pull the app from th...

Jim Sterling

9:00 AM on 03.22.2011

Apple approves iOS App that 'cures homosexuality'

I'm still picking pieces of my jaw up off the floor as I write this, but Apple has come under fire for allowing an App that claims to "cure" people of homosexuality. I can hardly believe this is the year 2011. Exodus Internat...

Jim Sterling

12:00 PM on 02.17.2011

BritToid Ep 7: Keep calm and home dip!

Ladies and gentlemen, we have successfully returned and are pleased to give you episode 7 of BritToid -- Destructoid's European-focused gaming podcast -- with a usual cast of Daniel Seto, Daniel Carniero, Sean Justi...

Hollie Bennett

9:30 PM on 02.16.2011

Mega Man gets cozy in this modified fan art

A little while back, I posted some official art from Capcom depicting Mega Man's female counterpart Roll lying around with a bunch of other versions of the character in a semi-cuddly, maybe-groping manner. The art was sold in...

Jonathan Holmes

11:20 AM on 09.08.2010

Microsoft bans Xbox Live user for living in Fort Gay

Microsoft has had to apologize after banning a resident of Fort Gay due to the "offensive" nature of his location. Josh Moore is a resident of Fort Gay in West Virginia, but Microsoft decided it didn't need to verify that, an...

Jim Sterling

3:00 PM on 08.07.2010

And now, even more new Pokemon

[Update: More Pokemon videos ahoy after the jump via GoNintendo and the PokemonNewsNetworkHD. We got some footage of the legendary Victini in battle, info on the game's story and characters, and the unveiling of even mo...

Jonathan Holmes

8:20 AM on 04.13.2010

Taiwanese MMO allows for gay marriage (yay!)

Taiwanese MMORPG Runes of Magic has an update coming that allows players to get married and become "connected" with each other. The big news, however, is that that Runewaker Entertainment's Warcraft-esque game is going t...

Jim Sterling





9:40 AM on 04.06.2010

BioWare explains lack of gay sex in Mass Effect 2

BioWare loves implied interspecies lesbianism, but has so far shied away from providing any man-on-man shenanigans. When asked why Mass Effect 2 lacks the option for gay sexual enterprises, the developer explained that the ga...

Jim Sterling



You're allowed to say you're gay on Xbox Live now! photo
You're allowed to say you're gay on Xbox Live now!
by Jim Sterling

Xbox Live just got a little bit more progressive this morning, with Microsoft proudly announcing that gamers are now allowed to share their sexual orientation in their profiles. Previously, you were not allowed to express sexuality in your Xbox Live profile, but Xbox Live head of policy Stephen Toulouse has revealed that a number of terms have now been permitted. 

Gamers will be able to use Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered and Straight to denote their sexuality, if they so desire. Microsoft had been working with GLAAD and "Microsoft's LGBT community" to narrow down the terms. 

Note that those are the only terms allowed. Use of those words in an insulting manner won't be tolerated either, so it seems as if Microsoft has retracted its scorched earth policy and will now be reviewing the use of these words on a case-by-case basis. That, of course, is very good news for our many gay readers. 

It may not seem like a big deal to many of you, but it was certainly a big deal to some, and it's very cool that Microsoft has taken the stick out of its arse and decided to judge the use of these words on their own merits. Microsoft doesn't do everything right, but this was definitely a good thing. Well done!

[Via Stephen Toulouse's Twitter]

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7:00 PM on 02.27.2010

UR MR GAY? YA, I M, R U?

Ian Malcolm of Jurassic Park fame once said life finds a way. He should have said life finds a gay, since that seems to be an even greater truth. At least on the Internet. You can put anything in front of your typic...

Jim Sterling

9:00 PM on 02.01.2010

BioWare upsetting gay folk again, censoring LGBT talk

With the recent discovery of male-on-male sexual encounters in Dragon Age: Origins, talk about the portrayal of homosexuality in games and the general attitudes toward LGBT people within the industry has been enjoyed all over...

Jim Sterling

10:30 PM on 12.21.2009

The definition of sexy: Muscle March flex-a-holic video

People often ask me "Jonathan, you own just about every videogame console made in the past twenty years. Why is that you play the Wii so damn much?" I usually just respond with a coy giggle and a slap on the wrist, but if I ...

Jonathan Holmes

12:00 PM on 12.04.2009

Nepotism FTW: Spirit Tracks has Mother 3's rope snake

So I guess the Mother/Earthbound community has been talking about this for a while, but I didn't see the connection until this morning as I was cruising around the Game Watch Impress looking for news. LoZ: Spirit Tracks has b...

Jonathan Holmes



Modern Warfare 2 has a homophobic Easter egg!? photo
Modern Warfare 2 has a homophobic Easter egg!?
by Jim Sterling

Oh Infinity Ward, you so silly! Not content to cook up a big gay sh*tstorm with its notorious Modern Warfare 2 F.A.G.S commercial, it seems that Infinity Ward had to slip some homononsensical banter into the game itself. Yes, that's Modern Warfare 2 asking if you're still gay!

This hidden conversation occurs right near the beginning of the game, after the weapons tutorial. If you leave the game idle, this bit of gay banter will occur. It's unclear who the conversation is supposed to be between, but it's highly likely that the man asking the big gay question is voiced by none other than Will Arnett, who is credited as "additional voices" in the game.

This is too silly/stupid for me to personally feel any outrage over, but what do you think? Tasteless? Childish? Perfectly acceptable? Do you think Infinity Ward is secretly confessing some deep-seated homophobia, or are they simply trying to demonstrate that their game is so popular that they can alienate literally anybody and still sell millions of copies?

[Note: I know full well this is not homophobic. A lot of you are taking a late night tongue-in-cheek post way too seriously.]

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