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Game Developers Walk Out of Scripted Reality Show, With Sexism as the Last Straw

GAME_JAM was supposed to be a YouTube-based webseries, a reality show about four teams of game developers competing to win prizes and promote their careers. According to many of the folks involved, it was hamstrung by terrible contracts, mismanaged sponsorship, and a director who sought every opportunity to fabricate conflict against the will of participants, and a general misunderstanding of what game development actually involved. But the thing that united the sixteen contestants into walking off the show was when it attempted to get them to impugn the place of women in coding and game making.

And we think that’s pretty cool.

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Telltale Releases A Trailer For The Wolf Among Us, Episode 3

When last we left The Wolf Among Us, Bigby was f*#$@ing pissed. In this trailer for Episode 3 of Telltale Games’ series based on the Vertigo Comic, it seems not much has changed. That said, I’m very much enjoying this game and I look forward to threatening more Fables with my wolfy-ness.

Side note: how nice is it some folks are now taking the time to put a spoiler warning in the actual video? We saw that just yesterday with the Game of Thrones Honest Trailer.

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Morrigan disapproves

Dragon Age: Inquisition Voice Actors Claudia Black and Brian Bloom Talk About Their Craft [Video]

I’m not sure which moment was more exciting for me: Seeing Morrigan appear in the first teaser trailer for Dragon Age: Inquisition, or playing Dragon Age: Origins for the first time and hearing Aeryn Sun’s voice come out of the character who would become my very, very favorite.

No need to worry about spoilers here. It’s just two talented folks in the studio, talking about what they do best.

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Han Solo and Batman Riding Atop Swift Wind

We’ll allow it. (via Nerd Approved)

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Nintendo Devs Credit Animal Crossing: New Leaf’s Success To Having A Gender-Balanced Team

There was a time in 2013 when I was convinced that I was the only person on the internet not playing Animal Crossing: New Leaf. I knew that it was enormously popular (it’s sold over 7 million copies thus far, and gave the 3DS a significant sales boost). I knew that I couldn’t go on Tumblr without encountering a gazillion gifs of it. But here’s a thing I didn’t know — nearly half of the game’s development team was female. And the way Nintendo sees it, that played a big part in New Leaf’s success.

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Holy Rusted Metal Batman!

Batman: Arkham Knight Video Game Details Reveal Oracle’s Expanded Role

Ready for more Batman? I know I always am. Putting personal preferences aside, Rocksteady is set for another installment of the Arkham franchise with Batman: Arkham Knight and as revealed a few details you might be interested in. For instance, the “Arkham Knight” is not Batman, but another fellow, whose picture is after the jump. Oh, and also Barbara Gordon/Oracle.

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Essay

Mean Little Girls: Thoughts On Indie Game Journal

Journal is a game with problems. I was on board with so many things about it — wandering through the pages in a notebook, the shadow puppet interludes, the mystery of a young girl whose beloved diary has gone blank. It’s a simple game, one that revolves around talking to other characters and piecing the story together. I’m normally all for adventure games of this sort, but I had trouble getting into this one. The wandering was too open-ended, leaving me sometimes at a loss for what I should do next. There were incongruous moments where a character would reference a past event, and my character had full knowledge of what they were talking about. Weren’t we supposed to be filling in the blanks together? Apparently not. The effect left me feeling distanced from the story.

It wasn’t until the day after, when I started reflecting on the game, that it started to bother me. Really bother me. The more I thought about it, the more I didn’t want to write about it. I wanted to let this one lie. The nameless protagonist of Journal is a young girl, who I placed somewhere between eleven and fourteen. That’s an age range I do not like thinking about. And even though Journal’s girl was wrestling with things that I largely did not, the way she reacted to them left me feeling bruised.

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Everyone, Quiet! David Tennant Is Talking! About Xbox Kinect Sports! [VIDEO]

Doctor Who/Broadchurch/Gracepoint star David Tennant is lending his vocal talents to Kinect Sports Rivals, a game debuting next month on Xbox One. I don’t care about sports but I do care about David Tennant and his wonderful voice. Hmm, torn. Either way, watch this video, he’s adorable and you’ll learn what the last video game he played was. Hint: His answer made me flail.

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Interview

The Mary Sue Interview: The Voice Of DC Universe Online’s Wonder Woman, Susan Eisenberg

Susan Eisenberg. Do you know her name? You should. She’s Wonder Woman. More specifically, she’s the voice of Wonder Woman for countless DC animated projects including the Justice League/Justice League Unlimited television series. Now she’s taking on the Amazon again for DC Universe Online’s latest DLC, Amazon Fury. We got to pick her brain on her past voice work, video games, and Wonder Woman’s place in our world.

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old gods do new jobs

Valkyrie Needs Food Badly: New Gauntlet Video Game On The Way [TRAILER]

I’m pretty sure 1985′s Gauntlet introduced me to the concept of a Valkyrie so you can bet I’m excited for this revamp of the classic. Arrowhead Game Studios are developing the game which will be a top-down co-op action RPG for PCs (with Steam integration). And your favorite characters will be back. According to the release, “Each character has its own unique strengths and weaknesses. For example, the Warrior does the most damage in melee combat, the Wizard has the most powerful magic, the Valkyrie has the most armor and the Elf moves the fastest.”

“Valkyrie has the most armor” – music to my ears.

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