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Final Fantasy XIV to allow same-sex marriage

- June 10th, 2014


Final Fantasy XIV has decided that video-game love is video-game love, video-game gender be damned.

Director and producer Naoki Yoshida announced at E3 Tuesday that Square Enix will add same-sex marriage — or same-sex “eternal bonding ceremonies” — to Final Fantasy XIV via a patch.

“We discussed it, and we realized within Eorzea, why should there be restrictions on who pledges their love or friendship to each other? And so we decided to go this way,” Yoshida said.

Much like real life, in-game marriage brings certain privileges. Unlike in real life, those privileges are less about, say, insurance and  more about “special mounts that only people who pledged their love and friendship can ride.”

Your move, Nintendo.

h/t Kotaku

E3: New Mass Effect! New Mass Effect! New Mass Effect!

- June 9th, 2014

So, yeah, in case you didn’t get the hint, there’s going to be a new Mass Effect game.

Bioware made the announcement Monday at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3)  in L.A. — with much fanfare and woefully few details.

Here’s what we do know:

  • Rather than another adventure with Commander Shepard and the team, it will feature all new characters “to fall in love with.”
  • It  promises to greatly expand on the universe, adding never-before-seen locations. ”Fans of the series will be surprised with just how far we’re going,” the developers said.
  • It will be developed by Bioware’s Montreal team.

Check out the video above for the slightest of sneak peaks.

h/t Gameranx

Glenn Beck takes aim at ‘Watch Dogs’

- May 30th, 2014
Watch Dogs

“Watch Dogs.” (Supplied)

Conservative TV host Glenn Beck — who possibly hasn’t heard of Hackers or almost any modern crime procedural — is worried that Watch Dogs will glamorize the criminal underworld world of hacking in the impressionable minds of today’s youth.

“Why must everyone be an anti-hero? Why must everyone break the law? Why can’t we have a Superman? Why can’t we have somebody who is doing the right thing, does the hard thing? Instead, everybody is an anti-hero,” Beck said on The Blaze.

Superman actually has a long history of breaking the law, including some of his earliest adventures, where does stuff like literally smash in the slums or drug and kidnapping an innocent football player.

“This game is teaching people to hack into whatever is docked in your bedroom. What the heck is wrong with us? What are we thinking? We are inviting this into our home and our lives. We are teaching our kids (hacking) for entertainment purposes.”

Watch Dogs does not actually teach you how to actually hack.

“These games re-wire your brain; we don’t even know what they do yet. This is brand new stuff.”

It’s really not that new.

h/t Gamespot


Angry gamer locks dog in freezer for 30 hours

- May 28th, 2014

A Florida gamer allegedly barred his dog — Fancy Ketchup — in the freezer for 30 hours because the mutt had the nerve to get between him and his first-person shooter.

The Spring Hill Courier reports:

Thirty-nine-year-old Dennis Gibbs told authorities “I was playin’ the game, and he just jumped and knocked the controller out of my hand. … I just got caught up in the moment”.

Fortunately for Fancy Ketchup, (How could someone bestow such a glorious name upon a creature only to treat it so miserably?) Gibbs’ freezer was stereotypically full of Totino’s Pizza Rolls and ice cream which, according to police, sustained the pooch during its 30-hour ordeal.

And fortunately for the good name of gamers everywhere, another player called the cops when Gibbs bragged in-game about what he’d done.

Fancy Ketchup sustained only minor freezer burn.