Roundup of Unusual Size: A very special gay roundup.

Personality Spheres and Chell fanart by Top-Cap on deviantArt

…Well, only sorta. I am sensing a theme, though.


My friend and fellow Brony Mirai (Gamepad Dojo) has a guest post up on The Border House criticizing the representation of women in the Mortal Kombat franchise.

Your Critic is in Another Castle has a new rant up arguing that we should hate the prevailing misogyny of gamer culture, not the games themselves.

It’s Clint Hocking. On Edge. With a piece descriptively titled “What I Do Like” but, well, all I really have to say is that it’s Clint Hocking.

Also one of those things which should be a must-read on name only, Kill Screen has posted a new article from Kyle Chayka which asks where does photorealism go from here?

There were a ton of articles on the announcement of same-sex romances in Mass Effect 3 over the weekend, but I chose to link the one with the best headline. Via Rock, Paper, Shotgun: Fabulous Massles: ME3 Will Have Man Love.

Such a shame. It’d have gone down like a lead balloon, but Duke Nukem Forever has buried its gay (robot).

Oh. I see how it is.

And I’m… eheh, short on time tonight, so do me a favor and stop by both Rock, Paper, Shotgun’s Sunday Papers and Critical Distance’s This Week in Videogame Blogging for what would have comprised the biggest chunk of this roundup.

Lastly, from my own stomping ground, my fellow Moving Pixels podcasters G. Christopher Williams and Nick Dinicola and I sat down a few weeks ago to speak with Eric Swain (The Game Critique) and Ben Abraham ( about Critical Distance. And now you can listen along!


You know how you were secretly in the depths of your soul waiting for a live-action rendition of The Ambiguously Gay Duo? Well…


Sci-fi short fiction recs from Cory Doctorow: “Emily’s Fifth Birthday” and “Alternative Medicine”.


Oh dear. Looks like Bioware has to redraw their Mass Effect 3 maps.


Awesome Firefox plugin for your browser history via Lifehacker.


This just in: Kotaku writer with naive understanding of sexuality writes apologist post for homophobes disguised as journalism.

Uuugh. I need to wash that article out of my mouth, and the only solution is PONY.

For the Bronies Out There

Guess who’s a Brony. Guess who guess who.

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  • Patricia Hernandez  On 05.16.11 at 11:03 pm

    I don’t understand Kotaku’s article. Apologist writing aside…it just plain doesn’t make sense. Why is this such a concern when Bioware have said that there WILL be new love interests and they could, potentially, be the m/f homosexual/bisexual options they’re talking about? They quote Casey Hudson, but then do not take into consideration his updates/clarifications He tweeted this:

    “Some game sites saying “previously straight chars now available for both m&f chars” not necessarily true. Will have some new LI’s in #ME3″

    and then

    “no new LI’s” was an oversimplification of an answer I gave back in early Apr. And things always evolve in mid-production.”

    This being the case I truly do not understand why the assumption or concern is that they will suddenly change the sexual orientation of the existing LIs, especially given that there is absolutely no indication that this will be the case.

    I don’t get it.

    • Kris Ligman  On 05.16.11 at 11:31 pm

      From what I saw, some are also saying that a m/m romance for Male Shepard would be out of character, which is even more bullshit. I can’t even try to look for logic in this article; it’s homo-panic with the audacity to say it should be taken seriously as a concern of characterization.

      • Thene  On 05.17.11 at 1:49 pm

        But bisexuals don’t exist, remember?

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