Championing diversity, and trying to uplift the voices of marginalized and oppressed communities in a field dominated by straight, white, cisgender men, is hard. It requires strength and resilience to persevere. Also, it can’t hurt to make sure you know who’s got the keys to your email server.
Are you ready for Emerald City Comicon this year? Like usual, there’s a ton of panels and content to be found, and I’ve scoured it all to find the most relevant content for LGBTQ folks, both official and after-hours events.
What makes a game queer? How do we make our games more inclusive, and extend out into the community? These questions and many more are explored among fans and at conventions, but in recent years, the study of queerness in games has extended into more academic pursuits.
With our country in a state of disarray over politics, when the need for representation matters more than ever. While video games may not seem like an obvious target area for diversity, it’s a continually growing industry spanning multiple sectors which grossed $23.5 billion dollars last year, more than music or movies.
Pokémon fans around the world are eager for the release of the popular video game’s seventh generation: Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon! This new chapter rides the comet tail of the suddenly popular Pokémon GO and a brilliant year-long marketing campaign for the franchise’s 20th anniversary, setting this generation up to potentially reverse the descent that Pokémon handheld game sales have suffered over the last two decades.
If you’ve been a nerd for some time, chances are you’ve heard a story of a woman walking into a comic store and being made to feel uncomfortable or out of place. (Or that story is yours.) Maybe you’re a queer person looking for game experiences and comics that include people like you, stories you can relate to. Possibly you just want to go somewhere and feel included in your game experience, as someone who fits outside the traditional white male audience for gaming.
What is GaymerX, you may ask? GaymerX is a convention where gaming and LGBTQ interests come together. Whether your interests involve socializing with queer gamers, network for gaming jobs, or changing the world through inclusiveness of players and content in games, GaymerX has something for you.
Costume play, or cosplay as it’s most commonly known, is a worldwide phenomenon with dedicated fans who spent countless hours and sums of money to recreate the looks of their favorite characters. There are entire conventions dedicated to it, and those fan conventions that aren’t still fill up with costumed homages to characters both well-known and obscure.
The Ad Council announced today that it is collaborating with leading gaming companies and top gaming influencers to launch Game for Good. The effort aims to harness the power of games and the gaming community to drive awareness, engagement and impact on the critical social issues addressed by Ad Council campaigns.
Finding other queer folk at PAX or hunting down LGBTQ-oriented content can be a struggle, so here’s a list of the most queer-relevant PAX content we could find, including both panels and events at the con and parties afterwards.
Some of you kinksters may be familiar with the idea of orgasm denial, or edging, trying to keep from orgasm as long as possible. Well, a German team of game developers have created a game simulating just that.
Seattle has long been an incredibly geeky city, with its strong and growing array of tech companies, numerous game companies, and an ever-growing array of nerd-friendly hangout spots. So it’s only natural that it was an ideal place to launch an entry into the increasingly popular LGBTQ-focused fandom scene.