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By Matt S - Editor-in-Chief • Issue #62 • View online
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There was a bit of discourse around Xenoblade Chronicles 3 this week. The release date of it was moved up, and then, for whatever reason, a round of opinion pieces followed with people arguing that the game should be less “horny” than Xenoblade Chronicles 2, which had some infamously exaggerated female characters.
It’s a common enough subject that it’s tiring to re-tread, but as always, I find it genuinely strange how “fan service” seems to be the only type of content that draws this level of controversy. It’s fine for games to celebrate war and violence. Horror is a perfectly fine subject. When games get banned in Australia for drug use, the community and media comes out on the side of the game. Just this week a new hunting game was announced, and hunting is a subject that deeply offends some people. The position we take, however, is that all of these things are fine.
For the most part, when games contain material that will offend some people, we expect those people to have the maturity to look the other way and allow the game developers their creative right to make the game, and allow for players that want to experience that material to do so.
But not fan service and sex themes. These are the only things that there is a visceral expectation by parts of the community that they should only be allowed to exist within a very narrow context.
I will never stop being surprised by that.
Anyhow! The introduction of a newsletter shouldn’t be a long essay, so read all our stuff below and have an awesome weekend!

Reviews Of The Week
Review: Crusader Kings III: Console Edition (Sony PlayStation 5)
Review: Roguebook (Nintendo Switch)
Review: Chinatown Detective Agency (Nintendo Switch)
Video Of The Week
On frame rates in games... it just doesn't always matter
On frame rates in games... it just doesn't always matter
More From DDNet
Happy Birthday, Game Boy! These are 10 classics we want back
Eastasiasoft announces mahjong game about otokonoko crossdressing
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From The Friends Of DDNet Around The Web
New Releases: April 21st-27th, 2022 - Tech-Gaming
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Prepare for horror with these White Day 2 teasers - Rice Digital
Game review: Trolley Problem, Inc (PC)
Cat Cafe Manager - Review | Delightful Days in Caterwaul Way - NookGaming
Dōkyūsei: Bangin' Summer review - Tech-Gaming
Read The April Dee Dee Zine!
The April edition of the Dee Dee Zine is out now, and it’s filled with interesting things to read:
  • Film, book and anime reviews!
  • A summary of all the best games based on Middle Eastern fantasy and One Thousand And One Nights.
  • An in-depth analysis on NES-era JRPGs, and what makes them such a joy (if a brutal joy) to this day.
  • So much more!
In addition, all our usual features are there: the nonogram and crossword, the story featuring the DDNet mascots, the start of a new comic series, photo of the month, and so on.
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Stream Of The Week
Samurai Bringer: Friday night roguelike!
Samurai Bringer: Friday night roguelike!
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