Tomodachi Life

Despite Protests, Nintendo Says No Gay Miis in Tomodachi Life

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In this special post, Pixelkin contributor Jason de Kanter challenges Nintendo’s decision not to allow same-sex relationships in its new game, Tomodachi Life, and encourages parents to teach kids how to be critical of the media they love.

“Nintendo never intended to make any form of social commentary with the launch of Tomodachi Life.”

Nintendo announced on May 7th that its Tomodachi Life game will not allow for same-sex couples in its U.S. release or any subsequent updates. Tomodachi Life is a virtual world populated by Miis (player avatars for the Nintendo Wii system). The game is about social interactions in a virtual world. Your Mii can flirt, go on dates, and fall in love with another Mii…unless the other Mii is of the same gender. Read More

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Creative, Crafty, and Charming! 10 Etsy Shops With Really Cool Video Game Merch. (mobile version)

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Last week I told you about some nerdy arts and crafts projects you could have fun with in your home. This week it’s time to get professional: I went hunting for some of the best geek-themed Etsy stores, presented below for your enjoyment. There are lots of websites out there with video game merch, but by shopping on Etsy you can support independent artists and get one-of-a-kind handmade crafts!

Whether you’re looking for gifts for family or friends, or just a present for yourself, these shops can give you what you’re looking for!

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Creative, Crafty, and Charming! 10 Etsy Shops With Really Cool Video Game Merch.

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Last week I told you about some nerdy arts and crafts projects you could have fun with in your home. This week it’s time to get professional: I went hunting for some of the best geek-themed Etsy stores, presented below for your enjoyment. There are lots of websites out there with video game merch, but by shopping on Etsy you can support independent artists and get one-of-a-kind handmade crafts!

Whether you’re looking for gifts for family or friends, or just a present for yourself, these shops can give you what you’re looking for!

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GDC

7 Best Tweets of GDC

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The 2014 Game Developers Conference (GDC) ended recently, and boy do we wish we could have been there. Thousands of the leading thinkers in game design came together in San Francisco, California to discuss everything from the latest tech to best practices in storytelling. The conference is almost 30 years old now, and for the last few years it’s had something it certainly didn’t have in the 80’s: Twitter! Now everyone can enjoy the great conversations of GDC without needing a ticket and a hotel room. The downside: reading all these tweets makes us even sadder we couldn’t go ourselves.

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Pokemon

Pokémon Explained

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Pokémon (short for “Pocket Monsters”) is a franchise spawned by Nintendo that has encompassed nearly every medium possible for children: widely popular video games, hit TV shows, accessible and thought-provoking trading card games, and more. This article centers around the handheld games, but there are also a number of console games that have similar themes and multiplayer options. The video games center around the capture, training, and cultivation of several Pokémon, eventually leading up to the defeat of several superior Pokémon trainers known as gym leaders. The goal is to become the most powerful Pokémon trainer in the world.

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