Welcome back, gaming friends! This week’s wrap up includes ridiculous rules on LGBTQ players in esports, prime time TV tackling gamergate themes, sexy Super Bowl mobile game commercials and cute Daleks. Read on!
When this popped up in my Twitter feed yesterday, I, like many others, thought it was a joke. Garena Phillipines tried to institute rules for their Iron Solari League stating that teams could only one gay/transgendered woman on a team for the entirety of the day. Violations were severe and could include a one-year ban on all Garena-sponsored events. It looks like Riot Games, creator of League of Legends, got involved and Garena has since removed the restrictions.
Last Sunday in the US was sportsball day. I’m from New England and even if you don’t watch sports, you watch the Patriots when they’re in the Superbowl. As a bonus, you view fun commercials. One for the popular mobile game, Game of War, is stirring controversy on portrayal of women; some women loved it showing the strong beautiful warrior, others wondered who the commercial marketed to with its sexy content.
I was tempted to leave this off the list, until after it airs on Feb 11. I’m not sure how I feel about it. I have similar opinions to article’s author, Victoria McNally.
The annual Game Developers Conference (GDC) is a huge event for game industry professionals. This party is already sold out but taking names for the waitlist. Even if you’re not one of the lucky few attending GDC or the party, scroll through the attendee list and squee at all those women in games!
In the lead up to Espisode 7, I don’t think anyone’s surprised to see more merch. At the annual Spielwarenmesse toy show, several potential new games generated buzz, including Star Wars Carcassonne.
And for your weekly does of cute, if you can call a Dalek cute, I present: Doctor Who: The Doctor and The Dalek. In the mobile version of the popular online game, players get to fight Cybermen, Sontarans and Daleks while learning simple programming concepts.