Welcome to the Rapid Fire Reading List! The world wide web is a big place and my deadlines are always close! So this is where I put all of the interesting links from the week when I haven’t had time to cover them for J Station X. Sometimes they cover feminism/gaming/queer theory and occasionally they cover all three! Read on to find out which big stories were making the headlines this week.
The decade-long reigning Queen of young adult literature, J.K Rowling’s name is as synonymous with globally loved media as Michael Pachter’s is with fundamentally wrong analysis. Of course, you may not think that the insanely talented mind behind the Harry Potter series (and the reason why millions have spent billions on books and movie tickets) would have some sage advice for the video game industry but that’s where you’re wrong. Read on to find out why.
Like most other game sites, we run on willpower, a non-existent budget and a love of gaming, but unlike other sites, J Station X is also fuelled by a whole lot of anger and a little bit of indignation that the video game industry that we know and love still continuously fails to represent women in games, people of colour and those who identify as LGBTQ. It’s for that reason that I’ve put together the first annual Video Game Diversity Report so that we can yell back statistics when the mob bangs on the door protesting that gaming must stay as a Straight, White Boys Club. Read my findings after the break.
The day is finally upon us! Laugh in the face of PS Vita early adopters and marvel in the popularity of HD upgrades as Assassin’s Creed Liberation HD has finally made its way to the PlayStation Store and the Xbox Live Marketplace. Fronted by the series’ first female protagonist, Aveline de Grandpré, the game makes the jump to the big screen, after an exclusive stint on PS Vita, bringing with it all of the charm of a tale about a woman fighting for both her heritage and her people. Ubisoft have just released the Assassin’s Creed Liberation HD launch trailer which you can see after the break.
‘It’s the most wonderful time of the year!’ chimes the classic holiday tune over the in-store speakers, but you know better. You have a mottled bruise on the left side of your ribcage that says that shoppers at this time of the year are rabid, vicious and will gladly shove you in the side to get the last copy of Battlefield 4 and you’ve had painful shin splints for the last 48 hours from making a mad dash around the aisle in a last ditch attempt to get a half decent gift for your gamer friend who probably has it already anyway. But you don’t want to go through all of that do you? We thought not, which is why we’ve put together this 2013 holiday gift guide for the gamer who has it all.
It’s nearly Christmas! Time to dust off that plastic fir tree from the cupboard under the stairs, prepare for a snowed in Winter of gaming and get ready to stock up on discounted PlayStation games that you downloaded in the PSN 12 Deals of Christmas sale.
As a bonus incentive for lurking around the PS Store’s menus during the holiday season, you’ll be able to bag yourself an awful lot of PS3 and PS Vita deals, some of which you can see after the jump.
There’s something rather special about platforming games. It’s the dizzy excitement when you clear a bold jump, it’s the thrilling sense of relief when you figure out the solution to the puzzle and most of all, it’s the dazzling originality that so many of these games have. So Many Me is set to be a fantastic addition to the platforming genre and we’ve spoken to Extend Studio, the developers behind the Braid and Portal inspired game, to find out more.
“The Injustice saga is finally complete,” says the narrator of this Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition trailer and by the power invested in Batman’s trusty toolbelt, you’d better believe him, lest one of his super-friends power punch you around the moon for talking ill about NetherRealm Studios’ upgraded beat-em-up. It’s set to be a launch title for the PS4, a new game for PS Vita and a re-release for PS3 and Xbox 360, giving fans of DC’s famed cast of heroes and villains a chance to punch the supersnot out of each other before standalone story titles get granted to all of them. Needless to say, it’s out on those platforms soon and Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition has gotten a lovely new trailer to explain what’s so special about its special powers.
To call Proteus ‘just’ a game would be almost entirely inaccurate, plain wrong, even. For this indie game from developer and publisher, Curve, is an experience.
Like the shadiest of ‘doctors’ in the uncleanliest of back streets, this week, I’ve been trying to hawk vital organs on the Internet (only my own, I can assure you).
On Twitter I proclaimed ‘who wants a lung? I’ll even give away a kidney, for a price!’ and such, multiple times, hoping, begging and pleading that someone with a screw loose would take a body part in exchange for money – money I wanted, no, needed, to spend on a PS Vita – which comes out today.
For the most part, I was joking (though I did come very close to offering plasma up on eBay), I’ve become so convinced that I need a PS Vita that I probably would have (and maybe still will) do anything to get my hands on that delicious, powerful, slice of handheld gaming heaven.
It may, perhaps, come as a massive shock to you that I am now providing you with a handful of reasons why you shouldn’t invest in Sony’s latest gizmo.
Click ‘Continue Reading’ to find out why you shouldn’t get a PS Vita (yet).