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Another thing for gamers to get pissed about August 20, 2009

Posted by Chris McKenna in Copy+Paste Original, Editorial.
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This week, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) launched an ad campaign, called “Think Before You Speak,” aimed at reducing teenagers use of derogatory terms like “that’s so gay” in their everyday speech.

A noble endeavor, to be sure. I’ve never been one for casual gay bashing, and God only knows that teens could do with a little less subconscious homophobia.

Just leave it to gamers to mess up a good thing.

Thinkb4youspeak’s ad campaign aims to point out the consequences of using phrases like “that’s so gay” by turning the tables on those who use them. Their first series of ads focus on a stereotypical jock, cheerleader, and gamer. Special emphasis on that last group.

By so much as mentioning gaming in a negative light, Thinkb4youspeak has inadvertently opened up a can of worms, the likes of which they never could have imagined.

Unleash the hate after the break.



Liberty City glams up this Fall with “The Ballad of Gay Tony” May 26, 2009

Posted by David Sydiongco in DLC, Games, News, Uncategorized, Xbox 360.
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The tales of Liberty City continue this Fall in the second Microsoft exclusive Grand Theft Auto IV episodic expansion pack, “The Ballad of Gay Tony,” at the price of 1600 MS Points ($20.00).

With neon-soaked flair, this Liberty City story will contrast heavily with the gritty biker underground of “The Lost & Damned.”

Players will assume of the role Luis Lopez as he serves as both street hoodlum and full-time assistant to nightclub giant Tony “Gay Tony” Prince, who was featured in Niko Belic’s misadventures of GTA IV. Lopez will have his work cut out for him as he contends with a world of “competing loyalties of family and friends, and with the uncertainty about who is real and who is fake in a world in which everyone has a price.”

It will be interesting to see how Rockstar handles the apparent homosexual aspects of characters in this expansion. The stereotypical flamboyance of Bernie Crane in GTA IV, and the unnecessary crotch-shot of “The Lost & Damned” have shown that mature depiction isn’t exactly high on Rockstar North’s priority list. Still, chasing down homophobes with a RPG in GTA IV has always put a smile on my face.

It’s unfortunate to see that Niko Belic’s story will not be continued in this particular DLC. Hopefully, Luis Lopez will prove to be a much more interesting protagonist than the poor-man’s Ben Throttle of the last expansion.

Via [Destructoid]

Via [Joystiq]