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04/19/2007


Second 'Ultimate Gay Fighter' Trailer Showcases Villains, Voices: VIDEO

Ultimate Gay Fighter Anne Paylin

A couple of months ago we told you about Ultimate Gay Fighter, a gay-themed fighting game by Handsome Woman set to be released in the coming months for mobile devices. The title has been stirring up mixed opinions because although it is ostensibly a tongue-in-cheek pastiche of GLB clichés (thus far no transgender characters appear to be in the game), a lot of the characters have very questionable designs that really stretch the definition of "parody" and border on offensive, such as the black thug with a chain noose around his neck or the lone bisexual being a drunk "straight" chick.

Handsome Woman has now released a follow-up trailer that presents the three villains: Anne Paylin, the politician; Maxx 2.0, the cyborg; and Preach, the boss. Plus, the trailer provides samples of some of the combat chatter uttered by the different characters, some of which, like the character designs themselves, are in questionable taste, such as when Asian character Timmy Spears speaks with heavily-accented Engrish. 

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What's LGBT on Kickstarter: Three Projects Worth Looking At

Kickstarter

Arguably, the LGBT-themed creative projects on Kickstarter and other crowd-funding sites represent the next wave in up-and-coming queer art. So from time-to-time we'll take a look at what's currently fundraising and highlight a few projects that seem worthwhile.

While funding online projects does have its risks, each successfully funded LGBT art project has the potential to highlight the true diversity of our community while shattering outdated stereotypes about us and our passions.

See  three projects worth checking out AFTER THE JUMP...

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Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1477

ROBBIE WILLIAMS: "Dream a Little Dream".

HOUSE OF CARDS: Is returning on Valentine's Day!

 MENTAL FLOSS: 30 game-changing video games.

EXOPLANETS: How we determine alien atmospheres. Plus, signs of water detected on five alien planets.

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Stereotypes Face Off In Ultimate Gay Fighter Video Game: TRAILER

Fighter

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.

Ultimate Gay FighterBilling 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...

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Transgender Journalist 'Dehumanised' By Comedian At Eurogamer Expo

This weekend, transgender journalist Laura Kate Dale (pictured, left) reported on her Twitter account that she was "completely dehumanised" by comedian presenter Fraser Millward (at right) during an Xbox One event at this weekend's Eurogamer Expo 2013.

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.

Dale_millwardKotaku — 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.

Kotaku reports:

"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.

UPDATE:

PureXbox has an update with responses from Microsoft and Millward...

Said Millward:

"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!


San Francisco Hosts GaymerX, The World's First Gay Video Game Convention: VIDEO

GaymerX Opening Ceremonies

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...

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