BioWare to Keep Making Gay Characters, Whether People Like it Or Not

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According to the statistics, less than 1% of all games released in 2013 let us play as a gay (or LGBTQ) character and the crux of that is because although the majority of gamers are a fairly progressive lot and wouldn’t mind gay characters right in there with the rest of the heterosexual ones, plenty of publishers and developers are guilty of shying away from the subject in fear of the vocal, ignorant minority coming for them with pitchforks and torches aflame. Developer BioWare are actually one of the few developers to embrace queer characters wholeheartedly, with all three Mass Effect games and both Dragon Age 1 and 2 allowing same-sex romances. Dragon Age: Inquisition is set to include same-sex romance too and, BioWare say, they have plans to keep putting gay characters in their games in the future.

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Welp. Dragon Age: Inquisition Release Date Delayed

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It had oodles of potential and promise that it was going to be a gajillion and 2 percent better than whatever round joints in square sockets features Dragon Age 2 coughed up and left us with like a soggy hairball. Alas, for all of the nice things that it was going to offer us, the Dragon Age: Inquisition release date has been pushed back from its initial October timing. Anyway, reasoning, the new release date and sadfaces all round can be found after the break.

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New NHL 15 Trailer Brings Hyper-Realistic Jerseys But Where Are The Women?

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If there’s one place that gamers like taking the fight about female characters in games, it’s the sports genre. We had a minor win in 2012 with NHL 13 which I waxed lyrical on in the year 2012, boasting the fact that it included two puck-slapping, ice-carving, gold medal winning female Olympians in the game at a time where EA Sports’ other popular franchise, FIFA, offered ‘female characters will get in the game eventually, just not right now/any time soon’ as a pretty weak response. NHL 14 was an arguable step backward in some cases so now, the more we find out about NHL 15, the more we’re hoping one bit of information is going to tell us that ladies will get more support, but judging by this brand new graphics boasting NHL 15 trailer we might be waiting a while. Watch the video after the break.

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Official Dragon Age: Inquisition Gameplay Walkthrough Video Released

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Uh-oh, well this is awkward, for EA and BioWare at least. Several weeks ago there was a leak in which one sneaky E3 attendee recorded the invite only viewing of Dragon Age: Inquisition’s E3 gameplay demo, complete with commentary from BioWare themselves. They managed to get out and upload it like the jammiest of dodgers before it was taken down a little while after but never fear! EA and BioWare have released an official version of that same Dragon Age: Inquisition gameplay scenario meaning that none of those camera-in-hand jitters are present here and you can also view it in 1080p HD. Watch the video after the break.

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Dragon Age: Inquisition Gameplay Footage Leaks, Probably Won’t Be Up For Long

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Dragon Age: Inquisition is one massive game. One section of BioWare’s upcoming RPG is bigger than the entirety of Dragon Age: Origins. There are 40 various endings to the game, more romances than you can shake Cupid’s cherubic face at and a brand new, revamped combat system after Dragon Age 2’s battle system was frustrating like trying to eat a bowl of soup with a knife and fork. Switching out that ill-advised cutlery for something far better and more tactical this time, Dragon Age: Inquisition is already guaranteed to be better but as this leaked gameplay from E3 2014 shows, we’ll have plenty more new feature additions to build on that improvement. Watch the footage after the break.

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Rapid Fire Reading List: Watch Dogs, Far Cry 4 and NBA Live 15

 

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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.

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Ubisoft’s Huge Pre-E3 Sale Discounts Tomb Raider, Far Cry 3 and More

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Ah, E3, otherwise known as ‘video game Christmas’ or ‘the most wonderful time of the year’ due to its glorious abundance of new shiny games to lust over is in just a few days. But what about the games that we missed out on? The Editor’s award receiving, high review score garnering blockbusters that for whatever reason, we didn’t get a chance to play? With the sequels to some of these cracking titles set to be revealed at E3’s LA-based event in a few days, there’s no better time than now to pick up the brilliant games that came before that further helped to cement as franchise’s status as ‘ace’ and buy the games on a budget as Ubisoft’s massive pre-E3 sale has now gone live. Find out more after the break.

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Ubisoft Announces E3 2014 Line-Up, Find Out How to Watch Their Conference Here

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Licking my wounds over The Division being delayed into 2015? Not me (ok, maybe just a little bit) but I’m still chomping at the bit to see what the ambitious New York spanning MMO fromUbisoft has to offer. Furthermore, I’m keen to see the publisher explain itself after the recent Far Cry 4 cover art controversy and I’m looking forward to seeing whatever sneaking, sleuthing and fleshy-bits stabbing action Assassin’s Creed Unity and its (rumoured) last-gen counterpart have in store for us. Luckily, they’ll all apparently be on show during Ubisoft’s E3 2014 press conference so you can find out all of the details (and what else they’ll be showing off) after the break.

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Rapid Fire Reading List: Transistor, Call of Duty and Kinect-Free Xbox One

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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.

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Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag Sales Hit 11 Million

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Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag brought us the man with the plan, the big ol’ boat and more tattoos than you can shake a Kat Von D forearm at after Edward Kenway’s grandson, Connor Kenway, starred in a less than stellar turn in Assassin’s Creed 3 which was a likeable but mediocre romp as the Native American protagonist took on everyone including America, Britain and even his poor old dad. AC3 was a bit rubbish (although I did like Connor Kenway who you lot apparently hated so maybe you’ll disagree with me on the game’s quality) but this didn’t deter anyone from buying the next game as some mightily impressive Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag sales figures have been released by Ubisoft. Find out more after the break.

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