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Last year I had a religious experience. Like a lot of Biblical encounters, it happened unexpectedly one night while minding my own business. I never thought such a thing would happen to me, but now here I am: I am in love with Doom after playing it for the first time last year.

Doom is definitely a hypermasculine power fantasy. The Marine you play as is ripped and vascular, his face grimacing at you from the bottom of the screen at all times. You shoot demons with an increasingly powerful array of guns, blowing them into bloody chunks while a soundtrack heavily influenced by thrash metal plays. On paper, it does sound like something I’d hate (except for that soundtrack), but I couldn’t have been more wrong about that, because it’s so…pure? Am I really wanting to use that word to describe this game? Yes. Doom is pure. Continue reading DOOM DOOM DOOM

5 Otome Games You Need to Check Out

I’m here to make a confession today: I love otome games.

Fine, if you read this site I’ll admit you’ve probably already figured that out by my series “Let’s Get it On,” but I’m mentioning this specifically because it’s super nerdy. Plus, although I sneer at my friend’s romance novels, I really have no room to talk here in my glass house. [Ed.: anyone who says they don’t live in a pink-tinted glass house of smut is lying or deluded, or perhaps just lives a sad, sad life (unless you’re asexual, you’re perfect and we heart you too)—official G-vesc position on romance ♥]

Otome games are also sometimes called dating sims and generally fall into the visual novel category. Visual novels tend to be extremely story-driven with the outcomes determined by the choices you make along a branching story route. Dating sims often have you scheduling your character’s time in order to raise specific stats by doing certain activities. While all three terms are often used interchangeably (by me at least), my definitions overlap more like rectangles and squares: all the otome games I’ve played are visual novels, but not all are dating sims.

As a quick peek at Wikipedia shows us, otome games are literally “girl games.” They’re aimed at a female audience and are evidently a fairly new genre. They’re most popular in Japan, but from what my personal anec-data show me, the genre is quickly gaining a bit of traction in the U.S. as well, and is especially popular with indie creators. I could go on with the stats, both real and imagined, but seriously just go read that article. It’s short and actually pretty interesting. Continue reading 5 Otome Games You Need to Check Out

the couple that games together…STAY AWAY FROM MY STUFF


Let’s start this out with a disclaimer:  I am super bad at sharing. Like, I once cried because my family tried to make me share my can of Pringles with my stepsister. So, I’m bad at sharing with anyone, and I like to play video games, and so does my husband. So we pretty much have two of every system now, except for the PS4, since that’s too expensive…right now.  (Not forever though. I will have my own!! *cue evil laughter*)

For a while, we were pretty broke and shared a PS2. I remember a lot of timing each other playing games and going, “No, it’s my turn now,” and spending plenty of time switching between whose turn it was to play Final Fantasy XII.  Eventually we got more hours at our jobs, and we ended up buying ourselves two PS3s, so we have separate setups for playing our games. His stuff is in the living room, and I have the Pink Room, which is dedicated to my stuff.  Continue reading the couple that games together…STAY AWAY FROM MY STUFF

Love and Portraits

Please forgive the mushiness, dudes, and pass this one up if you’re not in the mood for some extremely self-indulgent gooeyness, ’cause I’m about to dive in headfirst.

Today is my seven-year anniversary of togetherness with this guy:

no country for old spiderman

No, not Spiderman, but the dude who’s wearing the suit. This guy:

dance magic dance

He doesn’t always wear such tight pants, but when he doesn’t, he gives me lap dances to make up for it.

lap daaaaaance, hey

He’s great and I love him a lot. The most, actually.

The thing about double artsy-fartsy people relationships, if you’re us, anyway, is that you make a lot of images/objects/stuff influenced by or directly about each other. When we first got together, he used to make drawings and paintings of me, or on me, all the time. Here are a couple of ’em: Continue reading Love and Portraits

Video Games Are Love, So Don’t Forget It


I’ve read several articles the last few weeks about the controversy in the gaming industry, and UGH, DO NOT WANT. I don’t know why I do this to myself, reading things, when there are video games to play and pet unicorns to aspire to owning.

At Gamervescent, we aren’t journalists. We don’t jump right in to  address controversy or dig deep to find the facts. There are other people who do that way better than we do. So, we let them do it. We want them to do it.

That said, we support anyone who wants to see more female representation in games (representation of all genders, really). We want to see more female game reviewers. We want women to be game developers. We want them to be happy and respected, doing all of those things.

Continue reading Video Games Are Love, So Don’t Forget It

Garrus Lovin’

A little while back the estimable Megan Patterson of Paper Droids needed some good screenshots of Garrus and FemShep makin’ eyes at each other. (She swears it’s not for porn, though I’m still holding out hope she’s gonna use ’em for something freaky.) Since I had some handy dandy saves at opportune Mass Effect 2 moments and am armed with a game capture device, I decided to record the romance of Vivian Shepard and Garrus Vakarian for posterity. As a Friday treat to you all, behold!

The seduction of Garrus, in pictures:


Continue reading Garrus Lovin’


Happy belated International Kissing Day! Which was yesterday, July 6, but we might as well keep celebrating today, yes? I freakin’ love designated holidays for celebrating cephalopods and sucking face, and besides, you might have missed your chance to mark the occasion yesterday. Go forth and put your lips on somebody/thing!

LiaraFemShep Continue reading *smooch*

Lara + Sam = ♥♥♥♥♥

Back in April I wrote an entry for The Toast’s excellent Femslash Friday series (which offers up pairs of fictional ladies who should be doing it or are so obviously doing it off-camera for our Friday afternoon shipping consideration) on Lara Croft and Sam Nishimura (who I would file under the so-obviously-GOING-to-do-it-if-they-haven’t-already category on the doing it scale). And ALSO I made two gifs of Lara and Sam endlessly embracing, forever and ever and ever—you can see the other one all big-like on The Toast!


Happy Thursday, pervs! ILU♥

Carth: he’s still waiting.

Most Romantic Gaming Moment of All Time, 100% Objective and Unanimous Across the Entire Universe:

Carth Onasi’s cameo in KotOR II, following romance with a female character in KotOR

Still waiting.Carth Onasi set the standard for video game boyfriends. Initially damaged and distrusting, a persistent lady Jedi may slowly win him over throughout the course of the game, resulting in a strong, hard-won bond with the character. It doesn’t hurt that he’s got a great voice (poor Kaidan of Mass Effect, also voiced by Raphael Sbarge, could never hope to be more than a pale imitation), and sounds really sexy when he says the word “gorgeous.” Continue reading Carth: he’s still waiting.