Gaming

The memo said games featuring queer relationships or ”effeminate males” should not be approved for release. (Envato) China will ban video games featuring same-sex relationships, ‘effeminate’ men and moral choices, according to a leaked memo. The internal memo from a recent internal training by the state-backed gaming association was revealed by the South China Morning Post, lays out
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The younger brother of a TikTok user gave his homophobic pal a good talking to. (Screen capture via TikTok) A Tiktoker’s brother has given a masterclass in eviscerating homophobic video gamers – and he’s only 12. In two viral TikToks which has been viewed millions of times, the younger brother of user @BumbleBee__ happily plays
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CauseImEd. (Twitch) “I’m not much interested in… physical stuff,” says Parvati. Ed’s face slowly widens into a grin as the realisation hits him. He points at the flag behind him. This is what asexual representation looks like. “When I figured out that [Parvati] was [ace], it was like getting a surprise birthday party for me,”
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Psyche / PleasantlyTwstd. Slowly but surely, Twitch is becoming more diverse but it’s still heavily dominated by cis white men. Where exactly does that leave female streamers? It’s fair to say that Twitch – along with social media in general – can be toxic for women. Between body-shaming, stalking, unfair bans, alleged sexualisation, being demonetised
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Minecraft. (Microsoft) Popular Minecraft streamer Dream has raised $140,000 this Pride Month for The Trevor Project, but has nevertheless been hit by a backlash for a perceived lack of streams. The Twitch streamer is known for courting controversy; accused of both racism and queerbaiting in the past, so this fundraising came as welcome news –
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Final Fantasy VII Remake. (Square Enix) Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade’s co-director Motomu Toriyama has commented on the celebrated queer Honeybee Inn scene following the game’s release on PlayStation 5. The infamous cross-dressing scene, where protagonist Cloud must dress as a woman to meet a sleazy crime lord, is one of the most memorable of
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Masayoshi Soken. (YouTube) Final Fantasy XIV composer Masayoshi Soken revealed at the weekend’s Digital Fan Festival he’s been battling cancer, but kept it secret from the development team. Soken took to the stage towards the end of the second day of the event to share the personal news in an emotional speech. In March 2020,
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Resident Evil Village. (Capcom) Now that Resident Evil Village has been released, the world can finally experience in full the icon that is Lady Dimitrescu. The big tall vampire lady, as she’s colloquially known, has spearheaded the game’s promotion and sets the campy gothic tone for the rest of the game. That’s along with her
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Miitopia. (Nintendo) A demo has been released for forthcoming Switch RPG Miitopia, but it’s the character creator that’s taking the internet by storm. Characters in the RPG are made up of player created Mii characters, first introduced on Nintendo’s Wii console. It means you can customise the entire story with party members, and even villains,
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Read Only Memories: Neurodiver. (Midboss) Exploring memories is a major theme of much sci-fi media, but it’s at the core of Read Only Memories: Neurodiver, the forthcoming cyberpunk game from LGBT-focused developer MidBoss. In this world of Neo-San Francisco memories are malleable. Like a hard drive, files can become corrupt, defragmented, or completely overwritten. And
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The creator of Nintendo Switch game Deadly Premonition 2 has removed some of the game’s transphobic content after fierce backlash from fans. The open-world mystery thriller game came under fire over its treatment of a trans character when it was released earlier this month. The character, Lena, was repeatedly misgendered and referred to using her deadname by
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We didn’t think it was possible, but our excitement for Animal Crossing: New Horizons has just grown exponentially. The latest instalment in Nintendo‘s adorable animal world simulation is out on March 20 with a whole host of new features – and it includes gender-free character customisation options. In previous games your character and entire island
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