This week Steven Universe has returned with what is rapidly becoming one of its most compelling storylines so far, as the Crystal Gems come to terms with the shocking revelations surrounding Rose. Yesterday's “The Question” not only gave us one of the show’s sweetest episodes, but also a major milestone in the series’ championing of representation.
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We celebrated Pride this week at Kotaku with stories from queer staffers about Street Fighter ships, queer fandoms in Overwatch and in K-Pop, and our desire to see queer characters survive and thrive in the games we play.
Before we take down the beautiful rainbow logos that festooned the site this week in celebration, we wanted to discuss all those big gay smooches at E3 this year, and the state of queer gaming in 2018.
For all the fuss that was made about Marvel's Iceman series featuring the newly out Icemen (two Bobby Drakes), the book's been a rather dull rehash of the kind of narrative beats you'd expect from so-so queer YA fiction. This week, though, the series finally did something dynamic with its characters that it should have been doing from the start.
It's been interesting to watch Bobby Drake unsteadily make his way through life as a newly-out gay man in Sina Grace's Iceman series. He's very much the same Iceman who's been cracking wise with the X-Men since the '60s, and yet he's also a vastly different Bobby who's grappling with a new sort of emotional struggle.
Within minutes of starting Life Is Strange: Before The Storm, Chloe Price smoked a cigarette, stood in front of a moving train, tagged some graffiti, used a fake ID, insulted a burly man, drank beer, and nearly got into a fight. It seemed like she was trying too hard to be edgy. By the end of the first episode, I realised that was exactly the point.
Dating, for the most part, sucks. You spend your time searching for a decent, interesting human being to spend time with while navigating creeps who hit on you just because you're wearing a Spider-Man shirt (true story). But the game Flix and Chill 2: Millennials will remind you that while dating is difficult, finding your significant other makes it worth the trouble in the end.
As we sat together at Gen Con in Indianapolis this weekend talking Dungeons & Dragons, the game's lead rules developer Jeremy Crawford motioned towards a copy of the Player's Handbook resting on the table between us. "I wasn't about to have this book go out and not acknowledge that people like me exist," he said.
For the past two years, Montreal-based artist Sophie Labelle has published Assigned Male, a webcomic about an 11-year-old transgender girl named Stephanie who is in earliest stages of transitioning and coming out to the people around her. While Labelle's work has been noted in the queer webcomics community for its frank and powerful portrayals of everyday life for trans youth, the artist has recently become a victim of a targeted attack from online trolls, who have sent her death threats and doxxed her personal information such as her address in an attempt to scare her.
Two years ago, when GX Australia was first announced, co-organiser Liam Esler wrote, “I want a place where, even if it’s only for a weekend, I don’t have to worry… Because everything around me, down to the pop-culture I consume, tells me that who I am isn’t normal, that I don’t fit the mold of societal expectations.”