Who Would Win in a Fight: Skyrim’s Dovahkiin or Fallout’s Vault Boy?

We’re about to find out! This new fan short from talented YouTuber andrewmfilms (who previously did an awesome Mario vs. Minecraft face-off that’s well on its way to 12 million views) pits the iconic faces from Bethesda’s Fallout and Skyrim together in a one-on-one duel to the death. It’s pretty excellently choreographed, very violent, and jam-packed with cutesy tongue in cheek […]

‘Assassin’s Creed: Unity’ Drops Trailer for Free “Dead Kings” DLC

And here we have the first cinematic trailer for Assassin’s Creed: Unity DLC “Dead Kings” — you know, the DLC Ubisoft promised us for free to say “we’re so, so sorry about Unity. Really, so sorry.”

Follow Arno as he explores the city of Saint-Denis and its extensive, open world underground. Saint-Denis is an ancient necropolis with an intricate network of catacombs and deep caves that hide the best-kept secrets of the French kings.

Why does it feel like Assassin’s Creed‘s cinematic trailers turn out better than the games themselves? Like the one for Unity, my god. Sometimes I rewatch that just to bask in the pretty. Maybe Ubisoft should just make the leap and start churning out Assassin’s Creed movies every year instead.

“Dead Kings” will be available for download January 13 for Xbox One and PC, and on January 14 for Playstation 4 users.

New Trailers for ‘Final Fantasy XV’ Show Off English Voices

Final Fantasy: The Road Trip has graced us with English versions of two of their game trailers. I’m still working through my feelings about the voice acting. Currently I’m torn between “Noctis sounds like he’s gonna get on my nerves real fast” and “Cidney is definitely supposed to be a female Cid and she has a cute (if inexplicable) Southern accent I LOVE HER ALREADY BUT WHY IS SHE HALF NAKED.”

This fifteenth installment in the Final Fantasy franchise will be a diversion from previous titles, in that it’s open world, has modern elements tied in with the fantasy (so far we’ve seen skyscrapers, highways, and of course the bitchin’ car that will be taking the crew on their road trip), it’s an action-oriented RPG rather than turn-based, and you can only control one character, Noctis.

Following Lucis’ failed peace treaty with a warring nation, Noctis – who happens to be the Prince of Lucis – escapes the country with his boy band members buddies and embarks on the road trip of the ages to save his homeland.

You can watch (or re-watch) the Japanese versions of these trailers here and here. What are your thoughts on the English voices?

Feminist Frequency: 25 Benefits Men Have While Gaming

Feminist Frequency, a pop culture platform that discusses women and video game culture created and hosted by Anita Sarkeesian, has published a video on their Youtube channel called “25 Invisible Benefits of Gaming While Male”. Important things to note is that this list is based off of the privileges of straight men but similar lists can be created for white, cis, and able-bodied men. This video is also based off an article written by Jonathan McIntosh called “Playing With Privilege: The Invisible Benefits of Gaming While Male“.

The video begins with an important point: females in the gaming industry are being dismissed by males for their opinions on gaming, stating there’s no actual problem for women in this community and anything they see as an issue is really just “no big deal”. The video goes on to say:

One of the luxuries of being a member of a privileged group is that the benefits afforded often remain invisible. This blindness allows many men, even well meaning men, to remain blissfully unaware of what roughly half of all gamers experience on a fairly regular basis. With that in mind the following is a checklist of some of the concrete benefits that male gamers automatically receive simply for being male gamers.

The truth is, women are frequently attacked for having any opinion related to the gaming community. There’s nothing wrong with disagreeing with an opinion, point of view, or perspective. But there is something wrong when a person is attacked, ridiculed, and threatened for said opinion. You might not be aware of the amount of hate and threats Sarkeesian received when she spoke on The Colbert Report; many 4chan users went out of their way to create backlash for her videos, beginning with disliking the video and referring to her as a “gang leader”. Some other 4chan-ers made posts stating she (and supporters) “would not be held, would not be coddled”. There’s also articles linked to Sarkeesian’s lack of credibility, being feminist or simply a con artist, being outed as a fraud – and that’s just the internet being nice.

The list video featured on Feminist Frequency focuses on points related to what Sarkeesian endured for her opinion on women in gaming — and again, you don’t have to agree with her but death threats are never necessary — and what other women deal with on a daily basis that most men (in this case, straight) do not even think about consciously. This includes (from a straight male perspective):

3. I can publicly post my username, gamertag or contact information online without having to fear being stalked or sexually harassed because of my gender.

5. If I enthusiastically express my fondness for video games, no one will automatically assume I’m faking my interest just to “get attention” from other gamers.

10. My gaming ability will never be called into question based on unrelated natural biological functions.

18. I probably never think about hiding my real-life gender online through my gamer-name, my avatar choice, or by muting voice-chat, out of fear of harassment resulting from my being male.

24. If I choose to point out sexism in gaming, my observations will not be seen as self-serving, and will therefore be perceived as more credible and worthy of respect than those of my female counterparts, even if they are saying the exact same thing.

This is just a few examples within the list of the twenty-five — no more or less important than the others, but they are ones I myself deal with far too often. The list can also be attributed to women outside of gaming, such as women who love comic books and are forced to “prove themselves” to be taken seriously.

As for the video, the unfortunate reality is, men are needed to read the benefits. There’s a reason it’s not women or a mix of men and women featured in the video. That is because in order for it to be “taken seriously” — despite this being a problem for women — women have be taken out of the equation. That in itself is absolutely disheartening. But even so the list can still be dismissed by many men for being “over the top” or “too sensitive” and therefore not a legitimate problem to be examined or solved. But this is the reality for women. This is a reality for my friends and for myself, who love all genre of games.

Likes/dislikes on the video, as well as comments, have been disabled. This isn’t something that needs to be validated by a thumbs up or down. It also doesn’t need to have the point completely forgotten through a variety of off-point arguments within the comment section. It needs to be heard, it needs to be discussed, but on platforms that can raise awareness.

What do you think about the video? Have you had experiences (as a woman or a male) related to the points brought up?

Four Favorite Video Game Villains (of the Past Decade)

Far Cry 4 comes out tomorrow, November 18th, and reasons 1-10 for me wanting to get it have to do with the game’s main antagonist, Pagan Min.

He’s everything I love in a villain: sarcastic, witty, highly quotable, casually violent, awesome fashion sense, and, from what I can tell, an unrepentant bad guy with very little of that redemption backstory people are so fond of these days.

I can already tell he’s going to be a favorite, which naturally got me thinking about what other video game villains I love to hate to love (I’m only considering ones from the past ten years, otherwise we’d be here all damn day.)

You’ll probably notice going through this list that I have a Type when it comes to bad guys. I admit this, I embrace it, I am unabashed. Give me tons more of these types of villains and I will be a happy, happy gamer.

In no particular order:

Vaas Montenegro, Far Cry 3

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First Trailer For ‘Tales from the Borderlands’ Welcomes You Back To Pandora

Recently, Telltale Games released new information about their “coming soon” Game of Thrones game series and now today they have released the trailer to their five episode series Tales from the Borderlands.

Tales from the Borderlands was announced over a year ago during E3 and Pax Prime and now further details have been released. The game will take place after the events of in Borderlands 2 on the crazy world of Pandora. In regards to the story, Telltale Games has said:

“You’ll play as Rhys, a Hyperion ‘suit’ with dreams of being the next Handsome Jack, and Fiona, a Pandoran con artist looking to score her biggest ever swindle. Thrown together as unwilling partners in an adventure to recover cash they both think is theirs, their journey will take you on a wild ride where gangsters, bandit lords, and Vault Hunters are just some of the obstacles you’ll encounter, in this new take on the award-winning universe created by Gearbox Software.”

The first Borderlands didn’t have quite the memorable story-line. In fact, many say it doesn’t have one at all.  However Borderlands 2 has a more specific synopsis; it begins with new Vault Hunters (new set of playable characters) needing to restore peace to the planet of Pandora now that Handsome Jack has declared himself the Dictator.

It’s not certain whether or not knowledge of the previous games (including the Pre-sequel) will be needed before playing Tales from the Borderlands.

As for the trailer, the not-so-loveable villain Handsome Jack explains just where in the timeline of the Borderlands franchise Tales from the Borderlands begins, then leads into the “real” trailer featuring the two protagonists Rhys and Fiona who seem to be working together to recover money that has been “stolen” from them. Explosions, robots, fist fights, guns and a quick glimpse of Handsome Jack are all featured and the editing is quite similar to movie trailers.

They have also released information on voice actors for Rhys, Fiona, and other characters with “much to be revealed.”

As of right now, you can save 10% if you pre-order the game now on Steam. Tales from the Borderlands will be playable on Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC/Mac. It will also be available for Android devices sometime before the end of this year.

Unlike for the Game of Thrones game series, Telltale didn’t mention anything about Tales from the Borderlands “coming soon” — which means the release date is still up in the air. But considering it’s available to pre-order and actually has a trailer depicting gameplay and storyline (unlike the Game of Throne series), it’ll probably be released sooner than later.