Welcome to August, gaming lovelies! Whether you’re at Gen Con or playing along at home with GenCant, I’ve got you covered with this week’s gaming news. Grab a cup of refreshment and take a break, you deserve it!

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Overwatch‘s newest female hero is older, Arabic-speaking, and a disabled-vet 

Overwatch already has a cast of female heroes in different personalities, skin tones and body types, so I was surprised to see them kick it up a notch. Ana is an older woman who lost an eye in during a military mission and was left for dead, and she’s also a mother and speaks Egyptian Arabic in the game. It’s still a lot to unpack for one character, which is the problem with having one token woman/POC/LGBT/differently-abled person in their game. The difference with Overwatch is that we’re getting multiple female heroes AND fully fleshed out character backstories with videos, reference guides and comic stories. It may not be perfect, for example, we still only have one black female hero, but it’s a start.

Lady LaytonProfessor Layton series returns this time with his daughter as the lead protagonist

Fans of the problem-solving Professor Layton series will be happy to hear a new release is schedule for 2017. In this series, Professor Layton’s daughter is the main sleuth, charming Londoners and solving everyday mysteries. Lady Layton: The Millionaire Ariadone’s Conspiracy comes mobile devices and the 3DS in US presumable after its Japanese release in April 2017.

Video games as our conscience: A game that lets you torture detainees

In what’s sure to spark controversy, developers in Pittburgh are making a game based on Camp Bucca and the “enhanced interrogation techniques” that were used there. Players assume the role of an American service member who needs to interrogate prisoners using techniques such as waterboarding. Although potentially a worthy undertaking, without access to gameplay, it’s tough to know if the developers will succeed in providing educational enlightenment or just another form of torture porn.

Other news you can use

Coming in September, order your own Zelda Dress of the Wild 

Batman: The Telltale Series out now

Bring Ponyfinder to Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition Kickstarter

Until next week, happy gaming!

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