Hey Blerdy Tribe! It’s Pride Month and that means every site and major company is decked out in all their rainbow colored branding and for one short month the LGBTQ+ community is on the front page of everyone’s newsfeed. It’s a time of celebration for how far the community has come over the years, but also for how wonderfully multifaceted the LGBTQ+ community is and continues to be.
Throughout the month, queer people and stories have been at the forefront of everyone’s consciousness, with companies using queer individuals to promote their products and brands. But, for many in the community they don’t have the luxury of being able to speak on their own behalf or the safety to be their true authentic selves. Or worse, people from outside of the community will do the talking for them…
While we’re making strides to create safe spaces for folks, there is still a ways to go especially in some nerd spaces and fandoms. The gaming sphere is especially notorious for being unkind to folks who aren’t white cishet men. So I’m glad that more folks are starting to branch out and create their own independent projects.
This Pride Month, I wanted to take a step back and create a space for folks from the LGBTQ+ community to speak their truth–because Blerdy Otome is and always will remain a safe space. So, I did a call for Queer game devs/folks working in the gaming industry to participate in an “interview” where they shared their thoughts and their experiences on being queer in the gaming community. The response was overwhelming and I want to thank everyone who lent their voices to this project–you all are the real MVPs! So, enough of me, let’s turn things over to the amazing folks!
Hey Hey Blerdy Tribe! Summer is here and it’s time for a bit of fun in the sun, especially now that a lot of places are starting to open things back up! But, as much as we could all do with a bit more sun and fresh air, the summer heat can be a bit much for some folks. So, if you’re looking for something fun to beat the heat, I have just the list for you!
I’ve compiled a list of games that give off those chill summer vibes. From the city streets of sunny Miami to a fun scout themed summer camp—each of these picks will put you in the mood for summer fun!
Hey Hey Blerdy Tribe, I’m bringing you all something a little different from my usual game related content! I’ve teamed up with artist and fellow otome fan, Allison C.M. to review her super cute Otome Gamer Enamel Pin set! But it gets even better, Allison is collaborating with me to GIVEAWAY these adorable pins to one lucky reader! Now, you can accessorize and show off your love of otome games, so definitely read to the end of this post for the details on how to enter!
Pre-register today to claim a wealth of rewards and to draw a free SR card that unlocks a romantic interaction with one of the male leads.
In April, miHoYo announced sign ups for the closed beta for their upcoming detective romance joseimuke, Tears of Themis and if you follow their Twitter you’ll remember seeing the team hinting at something big on the horizon… well… miHoYo announced that Tears of Themis is scheduled for release on Android and iOS in Summer 2021 and that the game is now available for pre-registration on Android and iOS! Pre-registering for the game will get you a ton of exclusive in-game items, so you don’t want to miss out! In Tears of Themis, players will step into the exciting field of law, defend truth and justice, and craft romantic relationships with four distinctive male protagonists.
This past weekend, while I was at FujoCon, Wholesome Games dropped their 2021 Direct, spotlighting over 70 amazing upcoming indie games! For those of you that don’t know, here’s a bit about Wholesome Games:
“Wholesome Games is a community that started on Twitter when indie game developer Matthew Taylor began curating games according to their feelings of comfort, compassion, and coziness.
One of the goals of Wholesome Games is to change how we think about which games are taken seriously. For many years, the most critically acclaimed titles have been the ones with the darkest themes and grimmest depictions of life, but there’s also a whole world of hopeful video games with rich storytelling, innovative gameplay, and beautiful art and sound. We want to be a part of showcasing the breadth of experiences that games can have for players.”
Wholesome Games is out here adding a bit of sunshine and happiness to the world one game at a time, and that’s something I can really get behind! So, I took a bit of time between panels to check out their lineup and there were more than a few games that caught my eye… so I figured why not spotlight some of the games I’m most excited to play! Nothing fancy, just a quick little list of games from the direct that I am definitely adding to my wishlist!
Blerdy Otome is an otome games and visual novel review site that runs on Black Girl Magic and Dreams. While I mostly focus on romance themed games, I’ve been known to cover a wide range of nerdy and otaku themed topics.
So, step right up and prepare your heart! Let’s talk about otome games!!