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The Escapist Staff | 12 Jul 2012 21:00
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Birdo isn't alone, though. He's just one of a long line of Japanese videogame characters forced to hide their true sexual identity when their games are localized for a North American audience. While Japanese gamers have been exposed to characters of various sexual orientations, the practice is only just starting to catch on in the West. In the past, games have been changed or censored if they contained such content. Some were never released in America at all.
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That's the bad news. The good news is everyone's game ideas suck, so you're not alone. And hey, now that you know, you can stop wasting your time worrying about it and actually sit down to make a game - or come to peace with your perfectly acceptable game-player-not-game-designer existence. Either way, you'll stop sending me emails asking me to break your heart.
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Karatechop, leader of The Marvel Family guild, found himself holding Martin Fury, a shirt that adds +34 mana and +34 strength - and also instantly kills all enemies within a 30 yard radius. The item is intended only for the developers, presumably for testing or such things, but when Karatechop found it in his inventory he did what comes naturally: He went out and kicked ass.
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The actual content of the letter is full of the clever humor that Valve seems to pack into everything TF2 nowadays, and even provided a hint about The Ambassador, the Spy unlockable announced yesterday. There's also a mention of TF2's April Fools Joke, The Jarate, a throwable jar full of urine. Confirmation of The Sniper's next item? I hope so.
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