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Despite the typically hyper-masculine vibe of fighting video games games like Street Fighter, Soul Calibur, or Guilty Gear the genre isn't a stranger to LGBT culture, either through subtlely coded gay characters, instances of gender-bending, transexuality, fetishes, or the mind-bogglingly homoerotic. Indie game studio Handsome Woman felt that there was a lack of explicit representation, though, that gays were "never the kick-ass fighters, the bad-asses who rescue you and save the day." So they coded Ultimate Gay Fighter.
Billing itself as "The World's First Ever Gay Video Game....Ever!!!!" (even though Japan's Ai Cho Aniki claimed that title long ago) Ultimate Gay Fighter is a 2D fighting game that pits a variety of gay stereotypes, such as Bardwell the Leather Bear, voguer Devon Devastation, and construction worker Sappho Ethridge against each other and ultimately the League of Oppressive Self Righteous Zealots (LOSRZ) to win the title of Gay Fight champion. The camp value is high and will have a balancing act to carry between having fun and taking itself too seriously.
The game will be released on iOS, Android, and Windows phones in January 2014 and you can see the game's trailer AFTER THE JUMP...
According to Dale, Millward (who is not a Microsoft employee but rather a entertainer hired solely for the event) called her "he," "it," and "thing" during his presentation. Afterwards, the people running the stage reportedly apologized to Dale for being upset by Millward's actions, but refused to give her the performer's name or bring him forward so that she could speak to him. Dale later aired her frustrations via Twitter.
Kotaku — the Gawker-owned video game blog that initially reported Dale's tweets — was told by the Eurogamer Expo staff that they would comment on the matter only after concluding their own inquiry into the matter.
"Microsoft's corporate posture is one of support for transgendered persons, through its GLEAM employee resource group, and the company has been visible in that support, notably sending a Halo Warthog and a Master Chief cosplayer to march in Seattle's most recent Pride parade."
After running the story, Dale contacted Kotaku asking them to please remove the article as it made her the target of even more transphobic abuse on Twitter. In reponse, Kotaku removed the link to Dale's Twitter account, but kept the story as per their editorial guidelines.
Gamespot.com's transgender game reviewer Carolyn Petit was also recently targeted for her gender identity. After pointing out the misogyny in the newest installment of the Grand Theft Auto game series, Gamespot commenters came forth with lots of transphobic insults and even created a petition to have Petit fired. Petit has endured this sort of abuse since she first started reviewing games as openly trans two years ago.
"Staff apologised to her, but every single part of the first sentence of that tweet is made up. We called for more women so as to balance things up as there were mostly male gamers on stage, yes. There are ways of complaining in a mature way, but this is inflammatory and slanderous. 350 witnesses saw that this did not happen and that I didn't say those things. I would like to speak to her face to face to sort this out, but she's taken to Twitter and now I'm getting hundreds of tweets per minute....I referred to her as 'this person', at which point some of the crowd laughed. I should have diffused that situation, but I think that is what's caused this to happen. I did not refer to the woman as 'thing' or 'it' at any point."
Said Microsoft in a statement:
"We are aware of an incident today on the Xbox booth at the Eurogamer Expo, at which an inappropriate comment was made, and we apologise for any offence caused."
Millward also tweeted:
I’d like to express my sadness and dismay at what has ensued following a live stage event at the weekend. No offence was intended when I referred to Laura Kate Dale as ‘this person’ after I asked the audience to applaud her and I would like to take this opportunity to apologise for any offence and hurt I may have caused. There will be no further comment or response regarding this matter. Signing off!
Last weekend hundreds of gay video gamers, or "gaymers", descended upon the Kabuki Hotel in San Francisco to attend the first ever convention created just for them: GaymerX, neé GaymerCon. The brainchild of Matt Conn, GaymerX was created so that there would be "a space where all gamers and queer geeks can come together in a welcoming and safe space." The project's Kickstarter received over triple its goal funding of $25,000 and had over 1,500 backers.
The event took over two floors of the hotel with vendor tables from companies large and small, and a weekend schedule was filled with panels and parties. Guests of honor, or "bosses" as they were dubbed, counted among them transgender designer and activist Anna Anthropy, Drag Race contestant Pandora Boxx (who debuted as Batman's Harly Quinn), and voice actress Ellen McClain who is best known for her role as GLaDOS, the malevolent AI from Valve's Portal series.
The highlight of the weekend came during the Saturday panel entitled "Voice Acting 101," hosted by Ellen and her husband John Patrick Lowrie (The Sniper, Team Fortress 2). At one point Ellen conducted a sing-along for Portal's ending theme, "Still Alive," and then took things in an unanticipated direction. I don't want to spoil the surprise, so you can see a video of the event courtesy of GayGamer.net ... AFTER THE JUMP...
This year's big winners at Outfest include Bridegroom, Reaching for the Moon, and Test. See full list here.
James Duke Mason no longer a part of the development of the film Disappear Here: "The owners of the screenplay, they have decided to go ahead with the project without my involvement."
Geraldo Rivera posted an almost nude photo of himself on Twitter.
Nate Silver ditches the New York Times for ESPN.
GaymerX debuts next month in San Francisco: "GaymerX represents the commonplace social segregation of LGBTs in the world and in gaming. But it's a necessary development. It's taken thirty-odd years for video games to seriously face issues about homophobia in online communities, and the lack of gay characters in games. But they are now being addressed at GaymerX."
Helen Mirren would totally be okay with her hypothetical daughter dropping f-bombs.
The Conjuring comes manages to scare up a big win at the box office this weekend.
Marking this weekend's 44th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Wired gives you the best space images ever taken by Apollo astronauts.
GLSEN study shows that LGBT youth are harassed online more often than their straight peers: "A national survey of 5,680 students in grades 6-12, indicates LGBT teens were three times more likely to be cyberbullied (42% vs. 15%) and more than a quarter (27%) generally felt unsafe online."
Apple has apparently purchased HopStop.com.
Watch HBO's In Memoriam video which honors all of the characters who have died during the first three seasons Game of Thrones.
Ian McKellen flirts with Michael Fassbender at Comc-Con: "I just want to say it's great to be back in California. I feel safe here now that you've gotten rid of Proposition 8. I'm looking for a husband."
Yesterday we reported on a Facebook game in which Orthodox Christians destroy gay activists with stools which appeared to be modeled after recent real-life attacks on Gay Pride marchers in Tblisi, Georgia.
A Facebook spokesman tells Towleroad that they have disabled the game app:
"We take action against apps that violate our platform policies as laid out here: https://developers.facebook.com/policy/, in order to maintain a trustworthy experience for users."