HBO's 'Looking' Highlights 'GaymerX,' 'Gaming in Color,' and MidBoss Games

March 2, 2015 - James Fudge

In episode 8 of HBO's "Looking," the majority of the episode takes place during the LGBQT gaming event GaymerX3, and co-organizer Matt Conn (who is also the co-founder of MidBoss Games and a developer on the LGBQT-friendly cyber punk adventure game Read Only Memories) even gets a cameo.

Speaking to Conn (who is currently at GDC promoting his game) briefly via IM, I learned some of the lengths that producers went to to make this game-focused episode of the show as authentic as possible.

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GLAAD Gives Special Recognition to 'Dragon Age: Inquisition' and 'The Last of Us' DLC

January 23, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

LGBT-advocacy group GLAAD has announced its Media Award nominees, and while games are not traditionally part of this award, the group has given BioWare a "Special Recognition" award for its representation of LGBT characters in Dragon Age: Inquisition.

In its announcement the advocacy group said that Inquisition earned the recognition for its "many complex and unique LGBT characters prominently integrated throughout the game."

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'Read Only Memories' Playable Demo Released

November 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

MidBoss Games has announced the launch of the "first completely public playable demo" for its cyberpunk themed adventure game Read Only Memories.

"Over the last 10 months we’ve had an amazing time showing off our game at events like GaymerX2, GDC, Indiecade, PAX and E3," note MidBoss Games in its announcement about the demo. "Now we finally have a chance to put a final(ish) version of the game’s Prologue & Chapter 1 in your hands."

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'GX3: Everyone Games' Gets Fully Funded

September 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

With a little under 60 hours to go, the Kickstarter campaign for "GX3: Everyone Games" has managed to surpass its funding goal of $80,000. As of this writing, the LGBTQ gaming event has managed to raise $82,971 from 814 backers. Formerly known as "GaymerX," GX3 will take place in the San Francisco/Bay Area in November or December of 2015.

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EA Aware of 'The Sims 4' Gay Filter Problems, Fix Coming 'Soon'

September 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Electronic Arts has acknowledged a problem with The Sims 4 not allowing users to share their Sims through the online gallery if it contains "gay," "homosexual," "queer," or "lesbian" in the character's name or description.

The problem was first brought to light by German YouTube personality Anna Eichenauer, who runs the "Why Stuff is Great" channel dedicated to games (you can find the Why Stuff is Great video on that subject here).

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Crowd-Funding Campaign Launches for 'GX3: Everyone Games' Event

August 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Gaymer X has launched the Kickstarter for Gaymer X3, though the next event is a long ways off and will not bear the "Gaymer X" name. The name of the event has been changed to "GX3: Everyone Games," in an effort to offer a fan gathering that was more inclusive to all including those who do identify with the "gaymer" label and those who don't but want to hang out with their friends in a safe and welcoming space. While the venue has yet to be determined, co-founder of the event Matt Conn notes that it will take place in the Bay area due to popular demand.

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Anna Anthropy's 'Gay Cats Go to the Weird Weird Woods' Released

August 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Prolific indie game developer Anna Anthropy has released her latest game, Gay Cats Go to the Weird Weird Woods as a Freeware download for Windows PCs. Built using Gamemaker, Anthropy's latest game stars her and her partners' cats, who go on a magical adventure in the woods together. The game is described as "a low-pressure, enjoyable, exploratory experience" that will take players about 15 minutes to finish.

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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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Buy The World's Only 'Sony GayStation'

July 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Stockholm, Sweden's week-long Stockholm Pride Festival kicks off today, and to celebrate Swedish retailer Webhallen is auctioning off a custom rainbow flag colored PS4 which it is calling the "Sony GayStation." Proceeds raised from this auction will go to the Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights.

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BioWare Reveals First Gay Companion Character in 'Dragon Age: Inquisition'

July 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The first gay companion character in the Dragon Age series was revealed on the official Dragon Age: Inquisition web site by BioWare.

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Natsume 'Considering' Same-Sex Marriages for Future 'Harvest Moon' Games

June 13, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Marriage has always been an important part of the Harvest Moon series, but has remained "traditional" since the game's launch so many "moons ago." Speaking to Joystiq Natsume's Graham Markay, Vice President of Operations; and Hiro Maekawa, President and CEO of Natsume indicated that Nastume is looking into the issue very closely and are listening to what fans of the popular and long-running farming sim-RPG want.

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Ubisoft, NIS America, and OUYA Support GaymerX

June 6, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Three major game publishers are showing their support for the LGBTQ gaming community by taking part in this year's GaymerX convection, taking place July 11 - 13 in San Francisco. Ubisoft, NIS America, and console maker OUYA will take part in the second annual event that celebrates LGBTQ geek and gaming culture. All three companies will be present at this year's event and will take part in panels, workshops, events, and goodies for attendees.

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John Oliver Explores Same Sex Relationships in the Nintendo Universe

May 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In the latest edition of HBO's Last Week Tonight with John Oliver that aired last night, the comedian and former correspondent to the Daily Show (who also served as fill-in host earlier this year for John Stewart while he filmed a movie) made fun of the situation surrounding Nintendo's stance on same-sex relationships in Tomodachi Life.

During the show, Oliver pondered what the Nintendo universe would be like if various Nintendo characters were allowed to have same-sex marriages. You can check it out to your left.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 98

May 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight discuss the latest GamePolitics Poll results (should Kickstarter adopt an equity-based investment model?), the web-hosting service that dared to throttle the FCC, the national Reason-Rupe poll about gaming, and the Tomodachi Life controversy. Download Episode 98 now: SuperPAC Episode 98 (1 hour, 8 minutes) 78 MB.

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'Always Sometimes Monster' Maker Urges GLAAD to Honor Games in its Media Awards

May 12, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The founder of indie developer Vagabond Dog wants games to be honored for LGBT content and has taken the bold step of asking LGBT media advocacy organization GLAAD to start recognizing video games in its annual Media Awards. Justin Amirkhani made his case for games shortly after the organization criticized Nintendo for not including same-sex relationships in its Mii simulation game Tomodachi Life.

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Nintendo Apologizes for 'Tomodachi Life' Issues, Promises More Inclusion in Possible Sequels

May 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Nintendo has issued a new statement on the controversial decision not to include same sex relationships in its Mii-based life simulator, Tomodachi Life.

The company apologized for disappointing many of its fans, and attempted to explain why same sex relationships were not possible in the European and North American versions of the game releasing June 6.

The short answer: it was not possible for Nintendo to change the design of the game or to provide a post-release patch, calling such an endeavor a "significant development change."

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GLAAD Issues Statement on 'Tomodachi Life'

May 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

GLAAD (an advocacy group for people in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender [LGBT] community) issued a statement yesterday lambasting Nintendo for not including a same-sex relationship option in its 3DS game, Tomodachi Life. Nintendo's Mii-based "life simulator" for 3DS releases on June 6 in the United States.

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U.S. Version of 'Tomodachi Life' Will Not Contain Same-Sex Relationships

May 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Nintendo will not add same-sex relationships to Tomodachi Life's western releases, despite vocal and strong support amongst fans in the United States and Europe. Tomodachi Life is a 3DS game that lets players take control of their Mii avatars as they go through everyday events, like moving into a new apartment, meeting new friends, doing chores, and more.

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'Gaming in Color' Documentary Released

April 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The documentary Gaming in Color releases today at gamingincolor.vhx.tv. Funded on May 13 of last year by a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised $51,158, the documentary explores the LGBTQ influences in the game industry and "gaymers" in gaming culture.

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GaymerX2 Organizers: This Year's Event Likely The Last

April 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Organizers of GaymerX say that this year's event in San Francisco, GaymerX2 will very like be the last event they organize. Speaking to Polygon, GaymerConnect's Matt Conn told Polygon that the cost of securing the venue and other things related to the event were just too high and the successfully funded Kickstarter campaign did not generate enough money.

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GaymerX2 Issues Call for Speaker Submissions

April 10, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

GaymerX has issued a "call for submissions" for those interested in speaking at the second annual GaymerX convention in San Francisco this summer. Speaker submissions will be accepted via the event's website through the end of April. The GaymerX2 event will be held once again at the Intercontinental Hotel in downtown San Francisco from July 11 - 13, 2014.

In case you didn't know, GaymerX2 is an event that provides a friendly atmosphere to the LGBT-gaming and geek community. Friends of the community who don't happen to be LGBT are also welcomed.

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Ultimate Gay Fighter To Be Renamed After Legal Pressure

April 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

While Handsome Woman Productions would not "name names," it is hinting that Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has forced the indie development studio to change the name of its "gay-themed" fighting game, "Ultimate Gay Fighter." The studio said that it would change the name of the game featuring LGBT characters due to what it called "legal pressure from an unnamed mixed martial arts promotional company."

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GLaDOS and The Sniper Team Up To Promote GaymerX2

March 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Organizers of GaymerX2 have released a new video featuring Ellen McLain (the voice of GLaDOS in Portal) and John Patrick Lowrie (the man who brings The Sniper to life in Team Fortress 2) urging the gaming community to attend the second annual LGBTQ friendly gaming convention taking place July 11 - 13 at the InterContinental Hotel in San Francisco - and to contribute to the ongoing Kickstarter to fund the event. You can check out the video to your left.

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Different Games Conference Returns April 11 - 12 at NYU's MAGNET Center

March 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The second annual Different Games Conference will take place Friday, April 11th - Saturday, April 12th, 2014 at NYU’s newly opened MAGNET (Media and Games Network) Center in downtown Brooklyn, organizers announced today. Organizers of the event describe it as "NYC’s first conference dedicated to addressing issues of diversity and inclusivity in games through the lenses of design and criticism." The event is a volunteer-run collaboration between New York University and the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Far Cry 3 Writer: Gay Protagonists in AAA Games a Ways Off

February 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Far Cry 3 writer Lucian Soulban said in an interview posted on the official Ubisoft blog that the introduction of gay protagonists in AAA video game is not going to happen "for a while." He goes on to say that the current sales and marketing system is the primary barrier to entry for the creation of gay protagonists in large-scale games.

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Apple Urges Arizona Governor to Veto SB1062

February 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Putting aside the fact that the Arizona law that would allow businesses to refuse services to gays and lesbians is likely unconstitutional, critics are saying that it will also hurt the state's ability to engage in commerce across state lines, damage local businesses who do not want to refuse service to anyone and will be lumped in with those who do, and may cause companies who want to bring jobs to the state to find somewhere else to go (either they are publicly opposed to the bill or do not want to be associated with the state or its controversial legislation).

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Reddit Co-Founder, BioWare Writer and WWE Superstar to Headline GaymerX2

February 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Organizers of last year's first gay gaming and geek culture convention have launched a Kickstarter crowd-funding for this year's event, GaymerX2. This year's event is scheduled to take place at the San Francisco InterContinental hotel from July 11 - 13 in San Francisco. According to organizers, they need to raise $10,000 to put a deposit down on the venue.

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Protest Game Puts Russian President Vladimir Putin in Gay-Friendly Sochi Winter Olympics Competition

February 7, 2014 - James Fudge

Twenty-three-year-old Robin Ras, a Dutch game developer and owner of GamesOnly.com, has found a unique way of protesting Russian President Vladimir Putin's anti-gay policies. With the Winter Olympics in full swing at Sochi, Ras thought the best way to make a statement about the country's deplorable treatment of gays was to create a protest game.

PAX Events to Feature 'Diversity Lounges' in 2014

December 18, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

2013 was a challenging year for the organizers of the Penny Arcade Expo, mostly due to comments made by its founders that offended many in the community. To try and bring some goodwill back to those injured parties, PAX organizers plan on creating a special area at its events that promote "diversity."

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Read Only Memories Raises Nearly 70 Percent of Funding Goal

December 2, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

With only ten more days to go, MidBoss Games' Read Only Memories is inching towards its funding goal. As of this writing, the cyberpunk-themed point-and-click adventure game has managed to raise $42,951 of its $62,064 goal from 783 backers with a little over a week left to go before its funding goal deadline on Kickstarter comes to a close.

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ZippyDSMleeNo one remembers the days of Cinemagic and Cynergy eh? :P, meh even MGS is getting to film like....03/02/2015 - 8:44pm
MechaTama31I was about to get all defensive about liking Metal Gear Solid, but then I saw that he was talking about "cinematic" as a euphemism for "crappy framerate".03/02/2015 - 8:29pm
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PHX Corphttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZQDFO2KEPo Jim Sterling Makes Fun of "Cinematic" Gaming03/02/2015 - 3:39pm
Matthew WilsonWOW is copping EVE. http://us.battle.net/wow/en/blog/18141101/introducing-the-wow-token-3-2-2015 I think its a smart move to deal with gold farmers in this way.03/02/2015 - 1:16pm
Matthew WilsonI guess epic is tired of having their lunch eaten by unity. https://www.unrealengine.com/blog/ue4-is-free03/02/2015 - 12:50pm
Andrew EisenNot much to follow. Kern is being silly and... nothing much else is happening.03/02/2015 - 11:40am
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MonteThough from a business side, i would agree with the article. While it would be smarter for developers to slow down, you can't expect EA, Activision or ubisoft to do something like that. Nintnedo's gotta get the third party back.02/28/2015 - 4:36pm
MonteThough it does also help that nintendo's more colorful style is a lot less reliant on graphics than more realistic games. Wind Waker is over 10 years old and still looks good for its age.02/28/2015 - 4:33pm
MonteWith the Wii, nintnedo had the right idea. Hold back on shiny graphics and focus on the gameplay experience. Unfortunatly everyone else keeps pushing for newer graphics and it matters less and less each generation. I can barely notice the difference02/28/2015 - 4:29pm
MonteON third party developers; i kinda think they should slow down to nintendo's pace. They bemoan the rising costs of AAA gaming, but then constantly push for the best graphics which is makes up a lot of those costs. Be easier to afford if they held back02/28/2015 - 4:27pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.forbes.com/sites/insertcoin/2015/02/28/the-world-is-nintendos-if-only-theyd-take-it/ I think this is a interesting op-ed, but yeah it kind of is stating the obvious.02/28/2015 - 2:52pm
 

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