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On the Impact of Violent Media

The tragic shooting in Arizona is past weekend has brought up a storm of controversy over politicians and political pundits, their rhetoric, and whether or not they intended to incite violence. In case you’ve avoided all contact with television, newspapers, and the internet in the last few days, here’s the story. A man in Tucson, Arizona opened fire on a crowd, killing six people and injuring at least a dozen, including Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. While most reporters argued the merits of responsible messages from the media, the influences in question quickly brought up memories of other violent incidents supposedly sparked by the media for two of the Gay-Nerds contributors, SweetDee and Dryden.

One of the images in question from Mrs. Palin.

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Are They or Aren’t They?: Kratos

Rarely does one start watching an action movie or playing an adventure game and assume that they’ll find a gay character. M-16s and hunting demons are just not for the friends of Dorothy, if most production companies are to be believed. Well, we all know that that’s a load of crap. Sure, you might have to look a bit harder at those ripped abs and wipe away the caked on blood to see the glitter and rainbows, but they’re there. And whose blood-stained abs are we examining this time? None other than the Ghost of Sparta himself, Kratos.

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Are They or Aren't They?: Kratos

Rarely does one start watching an action movie or playing an adventure game and assume that they’ll find a gay character. M-16s and hunting demons are just not for the friends of Dorothy, if most production companies are to be believed. Well, we all know that that’s a load of crap. Sure, you might have to look a bit harder at those ripped abs and wipe away the caked on blood to see the glitter and rainbows, but they’re there. And whose blood-stained abs are we examining this time? None other than the Ghost of Sparta himself, Kratos.

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Holiday Nerdery – 5 Holiday Specials You Should Watch!

Had enough of watching A Christmas Story after the fifth time? Can’t quite get into the spirit of the holiday season when there isn’t enough nerdiness in your celebrations? Well never fear, Gay-Nerds has your back like always. We’ve compiled a short list of fantastically nerdy holiday specials and movies to get you ready for the big day. Move over, dreams of sugar plums. There’s a robotic Santa Claus from Neptune here to haunt our dreams this yuletide season.

And this will *not* be on our list.

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Holiday Nerdery: Decorations and Sparkles!

The holidays are a special time, full of family, friends, and remembering the things you hold dear. For us here at Gay-Nerds.com, it’s no different. So through the rest of the year, we’re going to be doing our best to give you precious readers all the help we can in making Christmas 2010 into A Very Nerdy Holiday. Think of us as your cookbook showing you how to make your holiday exactly what you want it to be: slow cooked in references to your favorite hobbies and stuffed with all the delicious cross-media tie-ins you can handle.

Whoa zomg! Awesome decorations ahead!

Kicking things off, we’ve scoured the internet and put together a list of roughly one bajillion decorations and ornaments you can get your hands on to make you the coolest kid on the block. And if you’re really out of ideas for gifts, they make the perfect way to tell those special dorks in your life how much you care. (Which I’m assuming is a lot if you’d actually give any of this cool stuff away.) But we’re not doing this like any old site would, showing you where you can buy officially licensed junk from soulless mega corporations. We don’t roll like that. Instead, we’re highlighting the little guys, the little artists that put everything they’ve got into their work.
And some of this stuff is crazy good. Make the jump to check it out.

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Giving minigames a chance at greatness.

Minigames. Easily one of the most hated signs of developer laziness or uninspired design, right next to invisible walls and boss fights that “you’re not supposed to win.” Can’t figure out how to get your story from one location to another? Copy and paste a driving segment from a 12 year old game. Haven’t got an idea for something that could happen in the next town? Force the hero into some sort of tournament. If possible, make the controls wonky as hell and strip the player of all previous abilities, dropping them into a controller-breakingly frustrating piece of ass. Oh, and it’s *required* to finish the game.
But truth be told, that’s only the bad minigames. While many times they are terrible annoyances that detract from the experience, just as often they’re fun and well implemented enough to be important parts of a title. The best minigames can draw players back for countless rounds or start new files just to play them again. Sometimes, they’re even good enough to be games in their own right. So today, we’re gonna talk about five minigames that deserve recognition for their greatness. And if you’ve never played these games, please do them justice. You won’t regret it.

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No Megaman

Megaman warming the bench?

As we get closer and closer to the release of Marvel vs. Capcom 3, character lists “leaked” over the summer get the chance to be verified or thrown out as just rumor and fanboy hopes. If you didn’t keep up with the gossip a few months ago, there were plenty of character rosters floating around and plenty of rage fits when some fan’s wet dream character wasn’t included. But no character inspired more “No way! That can’t be right!” comments on blog pages than the mysterious lack of Megaman on many “official” lists. And as the summer has turned to fall, and soon winter, people are starting to turn purple holding their breath to see the Blue Bomber get that big announcement.
So what’s the deal, Capcom? Your biggest star of the 8-bit age is getting zero love in a series designed purely for fan service?

No Megaman
Will Capcom really put out a Vs. game without some version of the Blue Bomber?

Good. ‘Bout time, I think.