Jilane's "breeding farms" almost feel like a dirty little
secret, considering how few people have sought out the Gears collection of art books, comics,
No one is playing Hunted: The Demon's Forge. No one
has heard of Hunted: The Demon's Forge. It's a forgettable, poorly made
co-op game that tries to put a Gears of War-inspired cover system in a
fantasy RPG. I have nothing but pity for anyone who bought and played Hunted:
The Demon's Forge.
I'm saying that I feel very sorry for myself for having bought and played Hunted: The Demon's Forge.
Yesterday, the Border House wrote The Evolution of Anya Stroud, a piece about Anya's development in the Gears franchise. They've linked to my coverage of Gears before, and they were one of the blogs that actively agreed with my claims of gender unfairness. Border House and I certainly don't run at cross purposes when it comes to wanting more inclusiveness in games.
Don't worry. That title is a joke. Anya Stroud (at least, that's who we think that blonde woman is) in COG armor does not ruin this game. I think Gears 3 going to be pretty damn awesome. It probably would've been awesome without Anya -- but hey, she's there, and she's changed out of her pencil skirt, put on some armor, and picked up a lancer of her own.
Gears of War 3 hasn't been announced -- although the game's teaser debuts a week from today, and the game itself will be out in April 2011 or later. So, why am I thinking about Gears right now? Well, the recent "Girls & Games" PAX panel and its accompanied discussion about female characters made me think about how difficult it is to portray women in a male-centric story without making it seem like the entire gender has been forgotten and/or passed over.
As I write this, I am waiting for the Video Game Orchestra to begin their set at Saturday night's concert – yes, this blog is as live as it gets, since I'm sitting on the theatre floor with my laptop out. The in-between set playlist included DJ Party Ben's “Galvanize the Empire,” a mash-up that any Star Wars fan would almost certainly enjoy, so props to the sound guys for seeing to it that the wait is no chore.
Mass Effect: Redemption, a series of prequel comics to Mass Effect 2, hit shelves last year. Now, a new Mass Effect comic about the events of the latest game is on the way. The comic spin-off plans to "follow the second game" -- hopefully that means new light shed on the story, rather than just a retread.
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