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March 28
2014

Creator Michael Patrick on Ultimate Gay Fighter

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The trailer for Ultimate Gay Fighter was built to court gamer ire from its premiere onward.

The upcoming mobile 2D fighter from Handsome Woman Productions (under a publishing partnership with Bearded Man Studios) turned heads and busted keyboards with its roster of gay cliches and rough alpha appearance. GayGamer’s own Christian took a look at the roster and rated the cast from good to bad to WTF. As the months went on, the bile for this hopeful satire has only risen. We recently had a chance to send a few questions to Michael Patrick, project lead on UGF, on what drove him to raise such an overt middle finger to the status quo of the  fighting game community.

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January 31
2014

The Snow Cones, StreetPass and Sex of FurCon

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Do you know how difficult it is to get in an elevator when the guy next to you is in a six-and-a-half-foot canine costume?

I’m at Further Confusion, one of the largest annual meet-ups for furries. Thousands flock to San Jose each year to socialize, drink, and party. It brings in hundreds of thousands of dollars for the city and quite the spectacle for locals to gawk at and snap cell phone pictures of. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves.

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December 6
2013

The Young Bubby’s Club, A Reason Why We Haven’t Had Final Fantasy VII HD Yet

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Remaking Final Fantasy VII in HD may be the most common sense decision that a gaming company has ever ignored. A revolutionary title in its day that has dug a comfortably nostalgic place in most gamers’ hearts, the relatively cheap process it would take to polish up the texture work and put Uematsu’s score to a symphony seems like a no brainer. Hell, they’ve pretty much done it already through the years, with touring Final Fantasy concerts and a series of game spinoffs that sold far more than they deserved. But if there is one thing those in the internet trenches love to do more than bemoan the lack of a Final Fantasy VII re-release, it’s theorizing why it hasn’t happened yet.

While I can’t pretend to have the answer, I stumbled along a factor that could be contributing to Square Enix’s reticence. In a story filled to the brim with corporate overreach, grandiose environmental messages, and clones, we take a bit of a detour in the first act to dress the game’s spiky yellow haired male lead Cloud as a woman to try and seduce information out of a gangster. It’s played off with a lot of sitcom-esque humor, but this mission takes a few turns that could be problematic if bumped to HD.

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November 5
2013

Review: My Ex-Boyfriend the Space Tyrant

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When comes to groups that the most vile of gamers dislike, gay men are miles above common fodder like women and “the blacks.” The industry has spent so long catering strictly to the angry white kid demographic that its visual mythology and cultural perspective is stubbornly entrenched in that singular perspective. Enter My Ex-Boyfriend the Space Tyrant: its release a supposed threat to Xbox Live trolls and Anita Sarkessian-haters the world over. But beyond its usefulness as a conversation starter, or appeal as troll trap, it’s difficult to recommend Up Multimedia’s effort as effective industry parody, or even a worthwhile gaming experience.

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October 7
2013

Romance in Games Survey Seeking Respondents

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Heidi McDonald, a game designer for Schell Games in Pittsburgh, PA, has been independently studying romance in games since January of last year. Her first survey into the matter resulted in conference appearances at GDC Online in 2012, as well as GDC and GDC Europe in 2013; in addition, an article was published discussing the matter in the July 2012 edition of Well Played, in which it was argued that role-playing game romance has the potential to function as a safe space for those experimenting or questioning their sexuality.
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October 1
2013

GaymerX2 Goes Bigger in 2014

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With 2,300 attendees this past August, the very first GaymerX got industry-wide attention for being one of the only conventions to openly celebrate gamers from the LGBTQ, female and minority communities. For its second year, the handily renamed GaymerX2 or GX2 is moving up to the swanky InterContinental Hotel in the SoMa (South of Market) district in San Francisco. Running from July 11th through July 13th, attendance is expected to rise to more than 3,500 gaymers and their allies.

The featured speakers – dubbed Bosses of Honor – are also expected to increase. Returning from last year’s program are famed Valve game voice actors Eileen McLain and John Patrick Lawrie, along with webcomic creator Zack Weinersmith (Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal) and musical guest Aethernaut. They will be joined by industry vet and former International Game Developer’s Association Executive Director Gordon Bellamy, games activist Mattie Brice, writer Jaime Woo, Senior Bioware Writer David Gaider, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, and sci-fi author/blogger John Scalzi. New musical guests will include 2Mello and Super Soul Bros.

Those wishing to help out at next year’s convention, or just looking for more info, can contact site@gaymerconnect.com.

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September 30
2013

Off-Handed: A Story of How Hate Escalates in the Gaming Community

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[Update] The Eurogamer Expo Emcee featured in this story has since released an apology for any offense caused in the matter, and claims to have never referred to the journalist as an “it”. Any indirect pronouns heard were reportedly used during the hectic fervor of a convention event. Neither Microsoft nor the journalist subject of the below story have updated their statements at this time.

Original Article is as follows:

Here we are again.

The games industry looks to be collecting transphobia controversies these days, with another pungent example of mobilized hatred rearing its head just over two weeks after the GTAV review fiasco. What’s even more horrifying is that the situation has appeared to have escalated, more malicious and certainly more personal than when we last heard trolls bitching on this specific subject. Which makes writing about it all the more difficult, because we’re not exactly going to tell you what went down.

Now, we are fine name-dropping Carolyn Petit in the wake of the comments her Gamespot review received. While the language directed towards her frequently dipped into the obscene and personal, it was largely diverted into calling her credibility into account as a reviewer and demanding her dismissal. Yes, that’s a light offensive these days.

The basics this time around was that a Microsoft conference Emcee at this year’s Eurogamer Expo brought a transgender games journalist on stage during an Xbox One event. During that time, she was both misidentified and referred to as an “it”. Expressing her discomfort at the treatment, she was given the traditional PR reach-around known as the “We’re sorry you were offended” line, and not given the opportunity to speak to the Emcee directly. So far, so frustratingly expected.

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