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'Gaymercon', the Gay-Focused Gaming Convention, Blows Past Kickstarter Funding Target

Over the weekend Brandon made note of 'Gaymercon', a proposed first-time meet-up for LGBT video gaming, which is being funded via Kickstarter:

GaymerconThese guys look serious, and Gaymercon could be huge. There's considerable overlap between the 20-something gay male demo and the geek demo, and in some places there's almost no distinction at all. There was a moment in South Florida, seven or eight years ago, when being 23, male, gay, and sociable very nearly required one to be conversant with underground anime titles, and to know the basic mechanics of an X-Box controller. Most of those young guys and their geekfellows around the country are thirty now, and have travel budgets. And then some. In the first 24 hours of the Gaymercon Kickstarter fund-drive, donors gave Gaymercon more than half of the $25,000 necessary to launch the conference next year.

Interest has exceeded expectations. The funding is at $32,374 of a $25,000 goal as of this posting.

Video reposted, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. If this happens I'm there.

    Posted by: Nate | Aug 7, 2012 2:06:55 PM

  2. I'll see you there!

    Posted by: Matt | Aug 7, 2012 2:17:49 PM

  3. Con-grats to them. Would be nice if I could go, but as it is, I'll just have to be happy for them from afar.

    Posted by: LiamB | Aug 7, 2012 2:30:41 PM

  4. Celebrate equality today!, August 7! Go to Starbucks! Tell your friends!

    Posted by: TJ | Aug 7, 2012 2:36:02 PM

  5. I'll be donating friday on payday.

    Posted by: Reidsb | Aug 7, 2012 2:54:33 PM

  6. Happy for them as well, but how come I'm always so out of it? What's an "anime?"

    Posted by: Butch | Aug 7, 2012 3:06:39 PM

  7. I object, why SF, why not NY? Now I'm going to have to ask my friend's boss (Founder of Atari) and his husband if they can send us. I'll even volunteer be an honorary 'booth babe' as it's termed at E3. (crap, I need to loose 10 lbs)

    Posted by: Matt in NYC | Aug 7, 2012 3:20:05 PM

  8. @MATT IN NYC Nolan Bushnell is gay?

    Posted by: DrJWL | Aug 7, 2012 3:44:13 PM

  9. You don't have to wait until 2013. You can also get your queer geek on this year at Gaylaxicon 2012 from October 5-7 in Minneapolis (disclaimer: I'm on the con committee). We won't have an official video game room but there will be a space dedicated to 24-hour tabletop and role-playing games.

    Good for Gaymercon though. $32K is a huge leg-up for a new convention and making a splash with a Kickstarter page is brilliant. I hope it's a big success and encourages more LGBT influence in game design.

    Posted by: Landon | Aug 7, 2012 3:49:59 PM

  10. Hehe that video is hilarious, "also you will get to see batman and spiderman make out with thor and the hulk :o SOLD!!
    I'm a gaymer, LOVE my games, currently playing civilization 5 like mad and eagerly anticipating Guild Wars 2 whitch will probably rob me of the little social live i have left for months to come ;)
    I used to play Magic the Gathering and Dungeons and Dragons but have sadly outgrown those games... probably because it required actual face to face communication :)

    Posted by: charcus | Aug 7, 2012 5:04:12 PM

  11. Nolan Bushnell has a wife and kids. He's not gay!

    Posted by: MateoM | Aug 7, 2012 7:33:49 PM

  12. anime is the name for japanese cartoons, they are vastly different from anything produced in the west. manga is equivalent to comics aswell, with so many more genre's. i think typically speaking western comics are mostly just superhero's and the archies, manga genre's are so widesperad to be able to cater to everything from gay-porn to school-life with a focus on sports, or love, or whatever float's the writer's boat.

    personal preferences vary, but yotsuba is probably one of the more universally 'good' manga's if you're tempted. don't forget you read right to left (or left to right for manwha's, the name for korean manga's).

    Posted by: luke | Aug 7, 2012 8:46:09 PM

  13. Woot! So great to see them doing well. Did my bit and see my fellow gaymers there!

    Posted by: AladinSane | Aug 7, 2012 9:12:36 PM

  14. @MATT IN NYC, SF seems like a pretty obvious choice: it's the gayest city in America, and California is the center of the video gaming industry in the U.S.

    Posted by: Todd | Aug 7, 2012 10:16:40 PM

  15. As a gay geek and gamer, I'm totally excited about this. Can't wait to see how this develops.

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Aug 7, 2012 11:40:40 PM

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