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NaNoRenO 2015 Review

It’s been way too long since I’ve had a major love affair with a quality visual novel, so to whet my appetite while I wait for the next major release, I decided to have a few flings from the array available from this year’s NaNoRenO. My plan is to just sample a few from this appetizing buffet of games, instead of gorging myself on everything that’s available, and here are my thoughts on the first two little morsels that caught my eye.


Speed Dating on the Citadel

Speed Dating on the Citadel

SPEED DATING on the CITADEL??!?!?!?!? Ermahgerd! Sputter! I am nearly incoherent with joy at the prospect!

(Time passes)



It’s over already? I played through that in less than 15 minutes. I mean, I read quickly but that was *short.* Continue reading NaNoRenO 2015 Review

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

Maker Bless Dat Ass: Cullen Stanton Rutherford and the Female Gaze

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Earlier this week I had a girls night with one of my closest, straightest female friends. And like most times she and I are hanging out in a private-ish space stocked with a copious amount of wine, the conversation eventually turned to men—men in general and the ones we call our own in particular—how gorgeous they are, how stunningly, unwittingly sexually attractive men are, just ambling about their day-to-day business without a clue of the things we’re thinking about them.

Women know. All women know, on a very basic level, that other people see us as sex objects. It’s all around us, all the time; it’s embedded, more or less overtly, in nearly every message our society sends us. And that’s the problem there, is that it’s in every message, that it’s expected to be our primary purpose, regardless of whatever else we may be or may be doing. That sucks, and isn’t okay, and is another subject for a whole lot of better writing elsewhere. In an appropriate context, however, it’s pretty great: being willingly, consensually sexually objectified is a helluva lot of fun. And objectifying someone else in service of your own satisfaction? That’s a head trip and a half, and it’s a pleasure that most of us rarely get a chance to enjoy in the media provided for our entertainment. Sitting in my seat at the movies, I’ve gotta get my pants-buzz watching Jason Statham just happen to look the way he looks while he’s pretending to murder nameless bad guys; it’s unlikely that there will be a scene showing him strip down solely for the purpose of titillating people like me. That’s been changing recently, however, and Maker bless BioWare, nobody does a better job of catering to (or trying to cater to, at least) everybody’s desires. Continue reading Maker Bless Dat Ass: Cullen Stanton Rutherford and the Female Gaze

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.