Community questions Obsidian over 'Pillars of Eternity' in-game trans joke

March 30, 2015 - James Fudge

An in-game joke in Obsidian Entertainment's hit RPG Pillars of Eternity has been causing a bit of controversy in social media circles over the last few days. The in-game joke is about a character who kills himself after having sex with a trans person (a woman who "turned out a man").

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Gen Con issues letter to the community on SB 101, event stuck in Indianapolis until after 2020

March 27, 2015 - James Fudge

Gen Con CEO and owner Adrian Swartout wrote an open letter to the community yesterday expressing his disappointment in Indiana Governor Mike Pence's decision to sign State Senate Bill 101, the "Religious Freedom Act." Under the new law business owners can refuse to provide service to individuals based on their religious beliefs. For example, a baker could tell a gay or lesbian couple that they refuse to bake them a wedding cake, because they oppose same-sex marriage. Under this new law state and local government agencies cannot do anything to intervene.

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Gen Con organizers urge Indiana governor to rescind support for SB 101

March 25, 2015 - James Fudge

The organizers of Gen Con have sent a letter to Indiana Governor Mike Pence asking him to rescind his support of SB 101, a state bill that limits the state and local government from interfering in a business or individuals "exercise of religion unless the government can prove it has a compelling interest and is doing so in the least restrictive means." In other words, people can refuse service to individuals who

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Garena Philippines eSports Changes Policy on LGBT Players in Iron Solari League

February 4, 2015 - James Fudge

Yesterday we reported that Garena Philippines eSports, a Manila, Philippines-based gaming tournament organizer, was taking heat for its policies about including gay, lesbian, and transgendered players for an "all-feminine" series of League of Legends tournaments (Iron Solari League) aimed at female players.

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Philippines 'League of Legends' Tournament Organizers Take Heat For Questionable Rules On LGBT Players

February 3, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Manila, Philippines-based ESports organizer Garena is taking a lot of heat today for rules it has put in place for an upcoming League of Legend "all-female" tournament. These rules deal with restrictions on gay, lesbian and transgendered players.

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'GX3: Everyone Games' Raises Over Half of its Funding Goal

August 27, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

GX3: Everyone Games has raised over $42,000 of its $80,000 goal on Kickstarter in its first three days, with 22 more days to go. GX3 is the new name for the GaymerX convention - tentatively set for sometime in November or December of 2015 in the Bay Area. The event is an all-inclusive two-day fan gathering offering a safe space for gamers of all creeds and sexual orientations and generally celebrates the culture of gaming.

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'GayStation' Sells for Over $4K

August 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The limited edition PlayStation 4 auctioned off (by retailer Tradera) as part of Stockholm, Sweden's recent week-long Stockholm Pride Festival kicks ended, generating thousands for the Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights.

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NIS America and GaymerX Kiss and Make Up

July 30, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

NIS America and GaymerX have amicably settled their differences, after a tumultuous day of bad press that reflected poorly on all parties involved. Sadly most of the bad press stemmed from a simple miscommunication between GaymerX co-founder Matt Conn and two principles from NIS America's PR & Marketing department. The dispute, over a $3,000 sponsorship deal at the recent GaymerX 2 LGBTQ event in San Francisco, has been resolved and the parties involved have apologized to each other for the miscommunication.

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GaymerX2 Crowd-Funding Campaign in its Final Stretch

March 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Organizers of last year's first gay gaming and geek culture convention launched a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign in mid-February for GaymerX2. Now with less than 12 hours to go before the crowd-funding campaigns, organizers are trying to hit a final stretch goal of $30,000. Hitting that milestone will allow them to bring on The Super Soul Bros! to play live music during the event. Previous stretch goals included adding an additional $1,500 cash prize to the cosplay contest being held at the event, color programs, and pronoun sticker add-ons for badges.

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GaymerX2 Meets Funding Goal in 24 Hours

February 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Yesterday Mid Boss Games launched the crowd-funding campaign for GaymerX2, seeking $10,000 to put down a deposit on the venue for this year's LGBTQ-friendly gaming event. After 24 hours online the event has surpassed its funding goal, bringing in $11,169 (as of this writing). With the deposit secured Mid Boss Games has an entire month to raise extra funds for various stretch goals, which can be found here.

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Ultimate Gay Fighter Creator: Game is Not Meant to be Hateful

January 10, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The creator of the game Ultimate Gay Fighter says that his fighting game featuring gay and lesbian characters is not meant to be hateful. Michael Patrick, who identifies himself as gay, says that the "world's first ever gay video game...ever" is not meant to be mean-spirited or derogatory against gay people..

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Read Only Memories Gets Fully Funded

December 13, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

MidBoss Games has managed to get its point-and-click adventure game Read Only Memories fully funded via Kickstarter. The crowdfunding campaign ended yesterday, raising $64,378 from 1,790 by the time it closed. The developers were originally seeking $62,064. Details on how you can still pledge (via PayPal - until the end of this year) can be found on the game's Kickstarter page.

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EA Earns Perfect Rating for 'Workplace Equality'

December 10, 2013 - GamePolitcs staff

While EA generates a fair share of bad press on a variety of fronts from time to time, it's hard to deny that the company has a pretty good track record when it comes to workforce diversity and inclusiveness in its various studios. In this year's Corporate Equality Index from the Human Rights Campaign, the company scored a 100 percent rating. Corporate Equality Index is part of the group's 2014 Best Places To Work report.

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Read Only Memories Within Striking Distance of Funding Goal

December 9, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

With only three more days to go, MidBoss Games' Read Only Memories is $10,000 from reaching its funding goal. As of this writing, the cyberpunk-themed point-and-click adventure game has managed to raise $52,074 of its $62,064 goal from 1,139 backers with just three more days to go before its funding goal deadline on Kickstarter comes to a close.

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Read Only Memories Raises Nearly Half of Funding Goal

November 25, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Read Only Memories has raised a little under half of its Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign goal. The sci-fi themed, old-school stylized adventure game from MidBoss Games has raised $29,395 of its $62,064 goal from 627 backers with 17 more days to go.

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Read Only Memories Raises a Third of its Funding Goal

November 18, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Read Only Memories has raised a little over a third of what it is seeking in its Kickstarter campaign. Launched last week, the crowd funding campaign for the sci-fi themed adventure game from MidBoss Games has raised $21,840 of its $62,064 goal from 489 backers with 24 more days to go.

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Games [4Diversity] Jam Coming to San Francisco in 2014

November 4, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

The very first Games [4Diversity] Jam will take place from March 21 - 23 (2014) in San Francisco, organizers announced today. The goal of this unique game jam is for developers or teams of developers to incorporate feminine and LGBT aspects into games in a constructive way. Organizers believe that the game jam will show that "female, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues can enrich games in an innovative and positive manner."

Here's more from the organizers of the event:

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PSA: Last Day to Get Early Bird Pricing on GaymerX2 Event

October 31, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Today is the last day to get early bird pricing on GaymerX2, the second annual 18+ gaming and cultural event that welcomes gay, lesbian, transgendered, and gamers of all stripes for several days of gaming and geek culture-related fun. The event, taking place from July 11 - 13, 2014 at the InterContinental San Francisco Hotel in San Francisco has already lined up a number of special guests including David Gaider, Mattie Brice, Alexis Ohanian, Gordon Bellamy, Jaime Woo, and John Scalzi, as well as returning faces like Ellen McLain, John Patrick Lowrie and Zach Weinersmith.

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EA and Human Rights Campaign to Host LGBT Full Spectrum Event Next Week

March 1, 2013 -

We mentioned this in passing when we reported on EA and other game companies signing onto an amicus brief supporting the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, but the event deserves a little more attention: On March 7 Electronic Arts and the Human Rights Campaign will host an event to address the full spectrum of LGBT issues in gaming in New York City.

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EA Joins HRC Business Coalition Seeking Defense of Marriage Act Repeal

January 29, 2013 -

Electronic Arts announced that it has joined a coalition of businesses forming a Human Rights Campaign (HRC) to end federal discrimination against legally married gay and lesbian couples via the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The company is taking part in the "The Business Coalition for DOMA Repeal" effort, which includes a number of Fortune 500 companies that seek marriage equality for everyone through what it calls "Respect for Marriage Act."

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Star Wars: The Old Republic Executive Producer Same Gender Relationships Delayed Because of Switch to Free-to-Play

January 3, 2013 -

In an update this week to the official blog for Star Wars: The Old Republic, Executive Producer Jeff Hickman detailed some of the changes that the next big update to the Star Wars themed free-to-play MMO will bring. Besides delivering changes to a special PvP area, the 1.7 update also sees the return of the Gree Enclave area, and details on why the inclusion of same-sex relationships has been pushed back slightly.

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EA Named 'Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality'

November 15, 2012 -

Electronic Arts has been given a 100 percent rating by the Human Rights Campaign earning it the distinction of being named the "Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality" for 2013. To receive such an honor and distinction a businesses must demonstrate policies, benefits and practices that are fair and equitable to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.

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EA Confirms Participation in GaymerCon Event

September 19, 2012 -

GaymerCon, the gaming and tech convention focusing on LGBTQ culture (set to take place early next year in San Francisco), announced that the convention has gained the support of Electronic Arts. EA is the first game publisher to announce participation in the event.

"EA believes that to be truly innovative, you must be inclusive. We are proud to be a part of this event," said Ginger Maseda, Global Diversity and Inclusion for EA.

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GaymerCon Organizers Weigh in on 'Gaymer' Trademark Dispute

September 11, 2012 -

Last night the organizers of GaymerCon hosted a Google + Hangout to discuss the fight between Reddit's r/Gaymers sub-reddit and Gaymer.org owner Chris Vizzini (details on that here). At dispute is use of the term "gaymer," which Vizzini secured a trademark for in 2007. Concerned with the action, the group discussed the issue and answered the community's questions in the live video chat last night.

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Gaymer Sub-Reddit Gets Cease and Desist Letter

September 10, 2012 -

Gay Gamer chronicles a legal fight that is brewing between the sub-Reddit r/gaymers and Gaymer.org. Gaymer.org sent a cease and desist to Reddit asking that the sub-Reddit be removed because it violates a copyright it holds for "gaymer."

Here's the trademark Gaymer.org owns - filed by site owner Chris Vizzini in 2007:

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GaymerCon Raises over $91K for GLBT Gaming Event

September 1, 2012 -

The Kickstarter for GaymerCon closed, raising $91,389 from 1,531 backers. When organizers launched the crowd funding appeal they were looking to raise right around $25,000. Thanks to the generous support of the gaming community, North America will see its first GLBT gaming event ever August 3 - 4, 2013 in San Francisco. Details on the venue will be revealed at a later date.

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Xbox Live Team Supports GaymerCon

August 30, 2012 -

A new video from members of Microsoft's Xbox Live team throws its support behind GaymerCon, the first GLBT friendly gaming event to take place in early 2013 in San Francisco, California. Obviously organizers of the event are glad to have the support of Xbox Live.

You can watch the video to your left. At the time of this writing the GaymerCon Kickstarter has managed to raise $75,000. The Kickstarter campaign ends Friday, August 31 at 11:43 pm EDT.


GaymerCon Raises Nearly $70K, New Stretch Goal Announced

August 28, 2012 -

The organizers of GaymerCom passed along an update to let us know that the Kickstarter campaign for the first-ever GLBT gaming event (to take place in early 2013 in San Francisco) has managed to raise nearly $70,000 from 1,209 backers with just three more days to go.

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Penny Arcade's Robert Khoo 'Loves' GaymerCon

August 16, 2012 -

Update: We asked GaymerCon co-founder Benjamin Williams what the next stretch goal would be for the event and what organizers planned to do with the money if they manage to raise it before the deadline:

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Checking In: GaymerCon Reaches $48K Funding Mark

August 15, 2012 -

When we last checked in, the GaymerCon Kickstarter had managed to raise $28,471. Nine days later the crowd funding drive has managed to raise $48,102 from 921 backers with just 16 more days to go. GaymerCon promises to be the first "all-inclusive" fan-focused gaming event to provide a friendly, fun, and safe atmosphere for gamers and geeks to get together for two days in San Francisco (August of 2013).

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MattsworknameWilson: how? Im still waiting for my upgrade notice07/29/2015 - 3:44am
Matthew WilsonI updated to a clean instill of windows 10.07/29/2015 - 2:36am
Mattsworknameargue that it's wrong, but then please admit it's wrong on ALL Fronts07/29/2015 - 2:06am
MattsworknameTechnoGeek: It's actually NOT, but it is a method used all across the specturm. See Rush limbaugh, MSNBC, Shawn hannity, etc etc, how many compagns have been brought up to try and shut them down by going after there advertisers. It's fine if you wanna07/29/2015 - 2:05am
Mattsworknamediscussed, while not what I liked and not the methods I wanted to see used, were , in a sense, the effort of thsoe game consuming masses to hold what they felt was supposed to be there press accountable for what many of them felt was Betrayal07/29/2015 - 2:03am
MattsworknameAs we say, the gamers are dead article set of a firestorm among the game consuming populace, who, ideally, were the intended audiance for sites like Kotaku, Polygon, Et all. As such, the turn about on them and the attacking of them, via the metods07/29/2015 - 2:03am
MattsworknameAndrew: Thats kind fo the issue at hand, Accountable is a matter of context. For a media group, it means accountable to its reader. to a goverment, to it's voters and tax payer, to a company, to it's share holders.07/29/2015 - 2:02am
Andrew EisenAnd again, you keep saying "accountable." What exactly does that mean? How is Gamasutra not accounting for the editorial it published?07/28/2015 - 11:47pm
Andrew EisenMatt - I disagree with your 9:12 and 9:16 comment. There are myriad ways to address content you don't like. And they're far easier to execute in the online space.07/28/2015 - 11:47pm
Andrew EisenMatt - Banning in the legal sense? Not that I'm aware but there have certainly been groups of gamers who have worked towards getting content they don't like removed.07/28/2015 - 11:45pm
DanJAlexander's editorial was and continues to be grossly misrepresented by her opponents. And if you don't like a site, you stop reading it - same as not watching a tv show. They get your first click, but not your second.07/28/2015 - 11:40pm
TechnogeekYes, because actively trying to convince advertisers to influence the editorial content of media is a perfectly acceptable thing to do, especially for a movement that's ostensibly about journalistic ethics.07/28/2015 - 11:02pm
Mattsworknameanother07/28/2015 - 9:16pm
Mattsworknameyou HAVE TO click on it. So they get the click revenue weather you like what it says or not. as such, the targeting of advertisers most likely seemed like a good course of action to those who wanted to hold those media groups accountable for one reason07/28/2015 - 9:16pm
MattsworknameBut, when you look at online media, it's completely different, with far more options, but far few ways to address issues that the consumers may have. In tv, you don't like what they show, you don't watch. But in order to see if you like something online07/28/2015 - 9:12pm
MattsworknameIn tv, and radio, ratings are how it works. your ratings determine how well you do and how much money you an charge.07/28/2015 - 9:02pm
Mattsworknameexpect to do so without someone wanting to hold you to task for it07/28/2015 - 9:00pm
MattsworknameMecha: I don't think anyone was asking for Editoral changes, what they wanted was to show those media groups that if they were gonna bash there own audiance, the audiance was not gonna take it sitting down. you can write what you want, but you can't07/28/2015 - 8:56pm
MattsworknameAndrew, Im asking as a practical question, Have gamers, as a group, ever asked for a game, or other item, to be banned. Im trying to see if theres any cases anyone else remembers cause I cant find or remember any.07/28/2015 - 8:55pm
Andrew EisenAs mentioned, Gamasutra isn't a gaming site, it's a game industry site. I don't feel it's changed its focus at all. Also, I don't get the sense that the majority of the people who took issue with that one opinion piece were regular readers anyway.07/28/2015 - 8:43pm
 

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