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GaymerX Is Back For A Third Round With a New Crowdfunding Campaign: VIDEO

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The team behind GaymerX, an LGBTQ-focused gathering of gamers, is back with a new Kickstarter and a mission to resurrect the popular convention. Now entitled GX3: Everyone Games, the the con’s organizers have decided to emphasize the fact that gamers of all sexual orientations and gender identities are welcome within the queer gaming space.

Gx3“The point of this Kickstarter is to continue our work with creating a convention that is different and awesome--weird and safe, but diverse space in the gaming community.” GaymerX CEO Matt Conn explains in the group’s crowdfunding video. "We've decided that we want to keep doing what we're doing. We know that this work is important."

Despite successfully raising funds to finance previous GaymerX events, Conn and co. ran into substantial last-minute expenses that would eventually put the future of the GaymerX brand in jeopardy.

Our first year, we didn't really know what we were doing and had to try to figure it out on the fly. Because of this, we hit a lot of unexpected roadblocks, expenses, and last minutes issues. With GaymerX2, we had a plan and knew what we wanted to do, but went with a venue that was extremely costly and overestimated attendance.

Having learned from previous years’ woes, GaymerX is focusing on raising funds in advance of booking a space for the convention. The Kickstarter’s $80,000 goal will cover about half of G3’s total cost of $159,500, the remainder of which the team hopes to raise via corporate sponsorships. Blizzard Entertainment Inc., the studio behind the popular World of Warcraft and Diablo series, has contributed $10,000 to the organization along with similar sponsorship from a number of other organizations. With 17 days left to go, G3’s Kickstarter has already raised over $58,000 dollars in the days leading up to the campaign’s September 18th’s deadline.

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'He Looks So Perfect' Is a 5 Seconds of Summer Parody Homage to Gaming's Perfect Male Physique: VIDEO

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This spring's smash hit "She Looks So Perfect" by 5 Seconds of Summer gets a gender-swap parody with The Warp Zone's "He Looks So Perfect" - a song honoring the sculpted, heroic male protagonists of the video game world.

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Swedish Store Auctions Rainbow-Striped 'Gaystation' to Help LGBT Refugees

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The Swedish electronics retailer Webhallen is auctioning off a 500GB rainbow-colored ‘Gaystation 4′ and donating all the proceeds to an LGBT organizations that helps LGBT refugees from anti-LGBT countries re-start their lives in Sweden.

As of this writing, the bidding is up to $2516.44. Gay Gamer reports that “the full package includes the custom-painted system, one DUALSCHOCK 4 controller, four games, one micro-usb cord for the controller, one headset, and one HDMI cable.”

Gay Gamer also quoted the company as saying, “On Webhallen, we are gamers in heart and mind, keen that as many as possible have the opportunity to feel welcome and enjoy the world’s largest and fastest growing interest: TV & computer games.”


Final Fantasy XIV Gamers Hold Virtual 'Pixel Pride' Parade: VIDEO

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The digital denizens of of Final Fantasy XIV’s Eorzrea gathered last weekend to celebrate Square Enix’s decision to finally allow avatars of the same sex to marry each other with a virtual pride parade. The inclusion of LGBT marriage comes as the latest in a long line of revisions made to the fourteenth entrant into the Final Fantasy franchise. Initially released in 2010, Final Fantasy XIV was met with widespread disappointment from fans.

Problems ranging from convoluted menu systems to clunky controls to effectively useless non-playable characters drew so much criticism that Square Enix owned up to its mistakes and made the decision to relaunch the game last summer as Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. It was a much better game.

As more and more new mechanics were added to the game to enhance gameplay, Square Enix created a forum to get more direct feedback from players. Amongst the hundreds of suggested tweaks to the game was the option for players to create characters that were queer-identified. Statistics surrounding the number of LGBT gamers are few and far between but a survey conducted in 2007 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign concluded that gay gamers made up about 23% of the gaming population and preferred RPG games like Final Fantasy.

"People within Eorzea will be able to pledge their eternal love and or friendship in a ceremony of eternal bonding.” Game director Naoki Yoshida announced at this year’s E3. [T]his will be open to people regardless of race, creed, and gender. Two players...if they want to be together, in Eorzea, they can-through this eternal bonding ceremony."

The pride parade was organized by the Rough Trade Gaming Community, a group of LGBT gamers with significant presences in a number of popular massively multiplayer online (MMO) games.

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Atari To Introduce 'Pridefest' Video Game

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Now that national pride month is winding down, ask yourself: have you ever wanted to organize your own pride parade? Assuming that the answer is “well obviously, who hasn’t?” then Atari has a new game with your name on it. Pridefest, the first LGBT-themed game from Atari, allows player to channel their inner event planner, challenging them to throw the most extravagant pride parade they can think of.

“Players will need to solve challenges and complete quests to unlock new parade and festival supplies, or receive other bonuses.” Atari said, in a press release

"We are excited to be developing Atari's first LGBT-themed game that will give players of all backgrounds the chance to play a fun and unique game that represents a passionate cause," said Todd Shallbetter, Chief Operating Officer, Atari Inc. "We will continue offering a variety of games that are inclusive for all Atari fans and Pridefest ™ is another example of how we are doing that."

Neither gameplay footage nor screenshots have been released, and Atari is keeping quiet about a release date. If we had to venture a guess, however, we imagine Pridefest will play a lot like SimCity, but with better music and NPC gogo boys. Follow the game's development on Twitter or Facebook.


'Fragments of Him' Game Explores Queer Love and Loss - VIDEO

Fragments of Him, the brainchild of Netherlands-based Sassybot, is a game following one man’s struggle to cope with the sudden death of his boyfriend.

Fragments_of_Him-01Gameplay takes place from the perspective of the grieving man as he navigates a world filled with physical fragments that remind him of his loss. Earlier versions of the game bombarded players with game mechanics designed to be emotionally wrenching. Clicking on certain objects triggers a combination of flashbacks and voiceovers currently performed by game designer Mata Haggis.

The game, which has gone through rounds of outside funding and revision, has been expanded to follow the stories of multiple people connected to the deceased character, as well as a first-person account of the character’s last day alive.

“You’re gonna be able to play through, find out what his final thoughts were, and what his hopes were for the future,” Haggis told Rock, Paper, Shotgun. “There’s gonna be four different stories. The [one about the boyfriend] is just one aspect of it. “

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