Feminist Frequency: "Damsel in Distress: Part 3 - Tropes vs Women in Video Games"

Feminist Frequency / Anita Sarkeesian: “Damsel in Distress: Part 3 – Tropes vs Women in Video Games”

[EN]: Gaming critic Anita Sarkeesian takes us into the world of indie and mobile games and how stories in these games try to change the traditional narrative of damsels in distress (as seen in Braid, Fez, Where is My Heart, etc). She also concentrates on the role of female characters in a few non-indie titles such as Super Princess Peach and Beyond Good and Evil, and explores gender changes by fans when cosplaying, or when certain games are modified and put a female as the leading character. Watch this interesting 23-minute long video and see if you agree with her perspectives.

[ES]: La comentarista  de juegos Anita Sarkeesian nos lleva hacia el mundo de los juegos indie y móviles, y cómo las historias de estos juegos tratan de cambiar la narrativa tradicional de las doncellas en apuros (como se ve en Braid, Fez, ¿Dónde está mi corazón?, etc.). También se centra en el papel de los personajes femeninos en algunos títulos no independientes como Super Princess Peach y Beyond Good and Evil (Más allá del bien y del mal), y explora los cambios de género por los aficionados al disfrazarce, o cuando se modifican ciertos juegos y se pone a una mujer como protagonista. Vean este video interesante (en inglés) de 23 minutos de duración y vean si están de acuerdo con sus puntos de vista.

[Source/Fuente]: FeministFrequency.com: Damsel in Distress (Part 3) Tropes vs Women [http://www.feministfrequency.com/2013/08/damsel-in-distress-part-3-tropes-vs-women/].

April Fools 2013: Gaming Edition – Wii U | Apple’s iPlay | Pokémon courses | Deus Ex 8-bit | Sony | FarCry 3

AbleGamers.com: Nintendo Agrees Wii-U Not for Disabled Gamers Discontinues Wii-u Console Production [http://www.ablegamers.com/Disabled-Gamers-General-News/nintendo-agrees-wii-u-not-for-disabled-gamers-discontinues-wii-u-console-production.html].

Pokémon: “It took a few years to work out the details, but we’ve finally done it! Starting fall 2013, several accredited universities across the United States will begin offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in Pokémon Mastery! Check out the recommended undergraduate course schedule below and don’t forget to tell your friends. For a list of participating universities and additional course information visit: http://bit.ly/13BBh9V.”  <– Click on the link

“¡Tomó un par de años para trabajar en los detalles, pero por fin lo hemos conseguido! ¡Desde el otoño de 2013, varias universidades acreditadas en los Estados Unidos comenzarán a ofrecer títulos de grado y postgrado en Maestría Pokémon! Echen un vistazo al horario de coursos de pregrado recomendados y no se olviden de decirle a sus amigos. Para obtener una lista de las universidades participantes y la visita de más información de los cursos, visiten: http://bit.ly/13BBh9V“. <– Hagan clic en el enlace.

Pokémon: Fall 2013 Course Schedule

EidosMontreal: Deus Ex: Human Defiance - First Look

FarCry 3: Blood Dragon - http://fc3blooddragon.uk.ubi.com/index.php

[EN]:An 8-bit version of FarCry 3, with a site that resembles the look of the first years of the Internet. Use the famous Konami code a few times to not just shake the certain parts of the page, but to change your mouse cursor as well. I forgot, click on the things that shake.

[ES]: Una versión 8-bit de FarCry 3, con un sitio web que se parece al de los primeros años del Internet. Usen el famoso código de Konami para no solo sacudir ciertas partes de la página, sino para cambiar el cursor también. Me olvidaba, hagan clic en las cosas que sacuden.

Another Castle: Sony acquires fellow Japanese powerhouse Nintendo
[http://thisisanothercastle.com/2013/04/01/sony-acquires-fellow-japanese-powerhouse/].

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iPlay: Apple enters the gaming market | Apple entra al mercado de los videojuegos
[EN]: Here comes a new challenger?! Apple “finally” enters the gaming market with its new iPlay. The device itself looks cool and its user interface seems simple enough. Though unlike the NeoGeo that had many franchises, there is only one for the iPlay… Angry Birds.

[ES]: Aquí llega un nuevo desafiante?! Apple al fin entra al mercado de los videojuegos con su nuevo iPlay. El dispositivo se ve chevere y su interfaz de usuario parece ser bien simple. Aunque no como el NeoGeo que tenía varias franquicias, solo hay una para el iPlay… Angry Birds.

Namco Bandai: “One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2″ [PS3/PSV] – 2nd Commercial

[EN]: It’s almost five weeks away for Japanese gamers to play as Luffy again. While we gamers in Europe and North America still have to wait until this summer, it’s not too early for us to watch a new trailer. Watch it!

[ES]: Ya faltan casi cinco semanas para que los jugadores japoneses jueguen como Luffy otra vez. A pesar de que los jugadores en Europa y América del Norte todavía tiene que esperar hasta este verano, no es demasiado pronto para ver un nuevo avance. Véanlo!

Petition: “343 Industries: Keep Halo 2 PC Online”

Halo 2 PC

[EN]: It’s almost the end of online play for Halo 2 PC fans. Over 2000 people have already signed an online petition that could extend the February 15 deadline because on that day, 343 Industries plans to shut down the PC servers. If you still want to play the game online, you should sign up here: [https://www.change.org/petitions/343-industries-keep-halo-2-pc-online].

[ES]: Ya es casi el final de jugar en línea para los fans de Halo 2 (versión PC). Más de 2.000 personas ya han firmado una petición en línea que podría extender la fecha límite de 15 de febrero, porque en ese día, 343 Industries planea cerrar los servidores de la versión PC. Si aún deseas jugar el juego en línea, debes registrarte aquí: [https://www.change.org/petitions/343-industries-keep-halo-2-pc-online].

Capcom: “Street Fighter” – Character Poll | Encuesta de personajes

Street Fighter Character Poll

[EN]: Who are your top five characters in Street Fighter? Capcom wants to know. This poll will help the company “with future games, marketing and licensing opportunities so please be honest in your answers.” If you can’t do it now, you still have until March 1 to complete it. The results will be shared by Capcom during PAX East. I did the poll already. Will you?

[ES]: ¿Quiénes son los mejores cinco personajes de Street Fighter? Capcom quiere saber. Esta encuesta le ayudará a la empresa “con los juegos futuros, marketing, y oportunidades de conceder licencias así que por favor sean honestos con sus respuestas”. Si no pueden hacerlo ahora, todavía tienen hasta el 1ro de marzo para completarlo. Los resultados serán compartidos por Capcom durante la PAX East. Hice la encuesta ya. ¿Lo harás?

[Links/Enlaces]: [https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/StreetFighter] or [https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/StreetFighterJP].

[Source/Fuente]: Capcom-Unity.com: Street Fighter Character Poll [http://www.capcom-unity.com/combofiend/blog/2013/02/05/street-fighter-character-poll].

Nintendo: “ZombiU” Wii U Deluxe Set

[EN]: Perhaps you didn’t get the Deluxe Set during the last holiday season because it sold out. Don’t worry, there will be another set starting on February 17. The ZombieU Deluxe Set comes with the 32GB Black Wii U console, the mentioned game, A Wii U Pro controller, a collectable booklet with artwork and a never-before-seen developer comentary. Nintendo Land game will be included as a downloadable game.

This Limited Edition bundle will save you $70 if you buy the console and games separately.

[ES]: Tal vez no consiguiste el conjunto de lujo (Deluxe Set) durante la temporada navideña pasada porque se agotó. No te preocupes, habrá otro set a partir del 17 de febrero. El Deluxe Set ZombieU viene con la consola Wii U de color negro con 32GB, el juego  mencionado, un controlador Wii U Pro, un folleto colecionable artístico y un comentarios de los desarrolladores nunca antes visto. El juego Nintendo Land estará incluido como un juego descargable.

Este paquete de edición limitada te ahorrará $ 70 si usted compra la consola y los juegos por separado.

[Source/Fuente]: Nintendo of America.

Limited Edition ZombiU Deluxe Set

Crystal Dynamics: Tomb Raider Reborn Fan Art Competition

[EN]: If you have great art skills and are a fan of Lara Croft, this is your chance to show off your artistic style by drawing one of gaming’s famous characters.

This contest, sponsored by deviantART, Gamestop and Microsoft invites fans send their interpretations of the new Lara Croft.

“Over the past fifteen years TOMB RAIDER and Lara Croft have garnered a passionate and talented fan base from around the world. As such, many have naturally flocked to deviantART as a portal to showcase their creativity,” said Karl Stewart, global brand director for TOMB RAIDER.

For more info: [http://www.deviantart.com/tombraider].

[ES]: Si tienes grandes habilidades artísticas y eres afionado/a de Lara Croft, esta es tu oportunidad de mostrar su estilo artístico dibujando a uno de los personajes famosos de los videojuegos.

Este concurso, patrocinado por deviantART , Gamestop y Microsoft le invita a los fans a enviar a sus interpretaciones de la nueva Lara Croft .

“Durante los últimos quince años, Tomb Raider y Lara Croft han ganado una base de fans apasionados y talentosos de todo el mundo. Como tal , muchos han acudido a deviantART naturalmente como un portal para mostrar su creatividad”. dijo Karl Stewart, director global de marca de Tomb Raider.

Para más info: [http://www.deviantart.com/tombraider].

[Art: Rebirth by Andy Park]:

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Review: “Fire Emblem: Awakening” [3DS]

Analysis: “Fire Emblem Awakening” [3DS] - aka It’s a game that won’t let you put down the 3DS that easily

Up until now, Kid Icarus: Uprising had remained as one of my favorite, original games for the 3DS. Now there is one more game very much worthy of playing. It’s a game that won’t let you put down the 3DS for hours.

Fire Emblem: Awakening is a strategy/RPG game developed by Intelligent System and published by Nintendo. Since 1990, the Fire Emblem franchise has mostly been reserved for the Japanese audience until the early years of the past decade. Many fans have been asking for more Fire Emblem since most gamers got to meet the characters in both Super Smash Bros. games (Melée and Brawl) and on their own FE titles. Their wish is now realized, and Awakening is an awesome game to play.

The Story
The entire story of the game is very excited, a lot like the one you would see on a complete season of an awesome anime. The story is mainly from the perspective of Chrom, the prince of the Halidom of Ylisse, and his friends, members of his team known as the Shepherds who accompany him in battle. The storyline starts with a premonition, a bad dream of a moment you wish you could change: someone who fights with you in a final battle dies.

As you wake up, you meet Chrom and Lisa and Frederick, but you don’t know your name or where you are or who you really are. You only you have skills to fight. As Shepherds, they want to help you, but their town in being attacked. After defeating your first enemies, Chrom sees your skills as a tactician in battle and also gains your trust. This is just the beginning of a long story where you and the entire team are to save the entire kingdom from being taken over. There are funny moments, sad moments, and when you expect something may happen, you may be surprised.

The Gameplay
As a player, patience you must have (like Yoda would say), patience to think effectively of your strategy ahead of time. Remember this, young warrior.

At first, before you start on your adventure, you must choose the difficulty level: Normal, Hard or Lunatic. Once you make your decision, (I suggest Normal if you new into the franchise),  you have to select a game mode: Casual or Classic. In Casual mode, members of your team will return to battle the next time you decide to fight once more. In Classic mode, defeated members of your team will not return the next time you’re in battle, making the game harder to beat. After selecting the game mode, you can create your own avatar according to gender, appearance and profile. When you are finished making all our choices, you are off to your adventure.

The classic gameplay style of the Fire Emblem stays the same, but this time there are more things that just that. In this strategy/RPG game, you move your team of characters to available blue spots in a map. Think of a chess game (or Final Fantasy Tactics), except there are no specific ways for you to move; you move to any of the blue squares (the ones you are allowed to move). It is recommended for you to view each entire stage before you start playing to think of your strategy. A great feature about the game is that it tells you how to play as you play the game as your adventure progresses. It is a great addition for new players being introduced to the series.

The tactical gameplay is very interesting here. Any character can get together with another one from your team. You would see two characters inside the same square and both move together at the same time. It is not necessary to unite for players to trade items or to fight together though, but you could beat any enemy that you go at or comes at you somewhat faster because they may both attack your enemy. If one character is next to another, they could both fight against an enemy nearby.

As your adventure progresses, your characters will get more experience thereby increasing their level and becoming more powerful according to their abilities. You will also meet new characters who will join you on your quest and acquire more artifacts or other items can apply to certain characters according to their skills. Some may be fighters, other can be magicians, and so on. A few items could let some characters attack twice before they attack you. It’s really important for your main characters to be able to do attack twice, especially in the later chapters.

Gameplay becomes harder as you reach Chapter 15. Characters should be equipped appropriately before every battle, and as a gamer, you must plan ahead before making your first move.

Besides the chapters, there are extra fights that can help your characters get more experience as the levels get harder. They also get more experience by getting to known each other. You see the social aspects of the characters, you get to know more of them, you get to find out what they do in their free time and know what their goals are in life. Outside the gameplay, you can also check out how one character feels about another using the Hubba Tester.

The overall gameplay formula seems like it will never grow old, just like we follow the rules of sports, and coaches and players make their plans to succeed. It has much more to offer than its previous titles.

The Graphics
The game keeps its tactical gameplay and original 2D graphic style intact. Though it is the main aspect of the entire game, it is incredible how this 2D perspective can still bring lots of fun after many years and the 3D effect of the portable console makes the title look cool as well. Once you are in an actual battle, you are no longer in that static 2D perspective. Each one of your characters get to battle in a 3D perspective with the option to fight your enemies from a first-person perspective if you so desire.

During a battle, the 3D animation lacks some details (i.e. seeing characters speak), but everything else seems just right to be a 3DS title. You do get to watch and listen to their expressions when it’s their turn via the static but changing images of their behavior along with subtitles and some audio.

In crucial or important parts of the story, you’ll see actual anime sequences before or after battle in certain chapters. From the sequences I’ve seen, they are very exciting to watch, and a few of them could actually make you cry.

DLC Content
The DLC content brings a great addition to the gameplay. The first downloadable map, Champions of Yore 1, brings characters from previous games to your team. It’s exciting seeing characters from two generations especially if you’ve played other Fire Emblem games prior to this one. You also receive some bonus items. In order to receive these packs and items, you would have to wait until you can enter the Outrealm Gate.

Conclusion
This game is a great example that supports the statement “the best state-of-the-art graphics does not make a great game.” The different perspectives not only keep the original gameplay of the game intact when in battle while at the same time the game offers exciting anime-style visuals during the most important parts of the story. Most importantly, it makes you part of an amazing story. For once, I love seeing a game keeping its original structure, offering new things to do

Awakening is making us aware of a franchise it should have been followed long ago by many gamers. At least, this one title is here for us. Enjoy it, and I recommend you to play the old DS games for even more fun with Fire Emblem. If you still do not have a Nintendo 3DS, this title is the best reason to get one.

Score: 9.75 / 10.

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