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One Year To Gaymercon: VIDEO

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AFTER THE JUMP, check out the Kickstarter video for Gaymercon -- the gathering meant to be the first-ever large-scale meetup of LGBT gamerfolk and their straight, geeky friends. (Note: The video scripted partially in semi-impenetrable Geekspeak. Please watch with Google at the ready.)

These 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 half of the $25,000 necessary to launch the conference next year.

In the last decade, videogame manufacturers have begun, very tentatively, to acknowledge the existence of a vast gaymer culture. Software companies BioWare and Bethesda have, for instance, created several hugely popular games in which players may choosing their characters' sexual orientations, and pursue in-game relationships accordingly. Inevitably, such inclusions have met with anger from game fan communities, and this instinctive dislike of even the barest hint of gayness has apparently frightened developers away from creating any explicitly, unalterably gay protagonists. Gaymers have lots of work to do.

 

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  1. Trust me, this is a big crowd. They just seem invisible because you know they are playing games instead of hooking up online, hanging in bars, working out, and doing the "stereotypical" gay male crap.

    Posted by: QJ201 | Aug 4, 2012 3:35:45 PM


  2. This is a one sided blog. No story on Manny Castro, the Chick-Fil-A vandal?

    Posted by: M. Scott Hernandez | Aug 4, 2012 3:49:04 PM


  3. If you can't wait for Gaymercon, there is Gaylaxicon Oct 5th in Minneapolis.
    http://www.gaylaxicon2012.org/

    Posted by: TSG | Aug 4, 2012 3:49:37 PM


  4. First of all...

    You, QJ201, sounds a little too judgy. I happen to play games AND work out AND hook up online...get over yourself.

    Secondly, to you, M. Scott Hernandez. All blogs are one-sided. It's a blog. I'm tired of people bitching about what does or does not get posted here. Let me repeat...it's Andy's BLOG...he gets to post whatever he and his staff care to post.

    Thirdly, Much needed event this Gaymercon. All of the ridiculous keyboard/internet homophobic bravado that gets thrown around in-game, while I realize is totally ridiculous...can wear one down after a bit. Will be nice to connect with actual people and attend forums on gayming topics.

    Thanks for making me read this blog several times a day. I LOVE it. Keep up the good work.

    Robb

    Posted by: robb | Aug 4, 2012 3:57:04 PM


  5. Let that Youtube video rack up all the dislikes it wants. If SMBC is on board, that webcomic's fans will raise the money all on their own.

    Let's not forget the time SMBC made it to national news thanks to NOM hotlinking an image of theirs.

    Posted by: Arrowsmith | Aug 4, 2012 4:01:59 PM


  6. I had already contributed to the kickstarter fund and am so glad to see this receiving coverage here. Look forward to seeing some of y'all next year if you should attend...

    Posted by: AladinSane | Aug 4, 2012 5:41:42 PM


  7. If you're a gaymer, you have to try Red Light Centre. OMG.

    Posted by: Rodney Wollam | Aug 4, 2012 6:07:36 PM


  8. "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."

    This has to be the most inane, vapid and ego-centric item I've ever read here. Proof that "gaymers" can be just as deluded and arrogant as circuit queens and gym bunnies.

    Posted by: Joseph | Aug 4, 2012 9:42:16 PM


  9. I want to echo TSG's comment above (gotta figure out whose initials those are).

    You need Kickstarter to get a convention off the ground? Good thing that wasn't the opinion when the first Gaylaxicon was being planned. It was also 1988, so none of us had heard of Kickstarter or even the Internet.

    Posted by: John D | Aug 4, 2012 11:19:20 PM


  10. you sound like the dream man robb :)

    @rodney..i'm not sure a hardcore pornography game is a must play just because i'm a gaymer lol

    Posted by: luke | Aug 4, 2012 11:32:48 PM


  11. The speed in which I threw my money at them and filled out the volunteer form on their website is a testament to how excited I am for this convention! Thanks for the tip, Andy! *back to my 3D Animation thesis project*

    Posted by: Frank-Joseph | Aug 5, 2012 1:53:04 AM


  12. After seeing the ridiculous backlash to nominal gay content in some games, I'd say this is desperately needed for visibility. It doesn't really compare to Gaylaxicon--which is described as a sci-fi, fantasy, horror, and comic convention on their website. Gaymercon is specifically about gaming. Also, Kickstarter is sort of a fad right now, especially in the gaming comm.

    Posted by: Jason | Aug 5, 2012 2:17:32 AM


  13. @Luke: Yeah, the chaste and sexually immature probably shouldn't apply.

    Posted by: Rodney Wollam | Aug 5, 2012 3:33:01 AM


  14. catty~

    Posted by: luke | Aug 5, 2012 8:24:28 AM


  15. Rodney, Red Light Centre is not a game. It's a virtual stroke arena. I like sex as much as the next guy, have no trouble getting laid, and am an avid gaymer. RLC doesn't appeal in the slightest to me, nor do I think it would to most gaymers. You're hyping up the wrong tree...

    Posted by: AladinSane | Aug 5, 2012 12:07:43 PM


  16. Looks like it's going to be an awesome event! It's not fair that you Americans get to keep all the fun to yourselves :( Oh well, there will be time when my country Indonesia and the rest of the world can join the fun, maybe in 100 years or so...

    Posted by: darkorient | Aug 5, 2012 12:47:20 PM


  17. This is inspiring news. I ran an all gay male D&D campaign from 1995 to 2003, and have many fond memories from that experience. Both my sons are now VERY interested in anime and online gaming. So this definitely speaks to me.

    Posted by: Robert | Aug 5, 2012 1:42:30 PM


  18. Well, I guess I'm just looking at it differently. To me, it's "The Sims" for the gay set.

    Posted by: Rodney Wollam | Aug 5, 2012 3:48:38 PM


  19. You can buy your own home and furnish it, have a career, go to the movies, shop, and live life in beautiful environs.

    Sorry if the sex gets in the way for most of YOUR gaymers.

    Posted by: Rodney Wollam | Aug 5, 2012 3:52:06 PM


  20. Oh, and by the way, Aladinsane, it's really nice to know there are even people that gaymers turn up their nose at. Get over yourselves.

    Posted by: Rodney Wollam | Aug 5, 2012 3:55:06 PM


  21. Lolz, someone has his panties in a bunch.

    Posted by: AladinSane | Aug 5, 2012 7:57:56 PM


  22. Indeed I am chaste and immature, have been my whole life, sorry if that makes me irrelevant :/

    Posted by: luke | Aug 5, 2012 9:10:24 PM


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