Last night’s episode of HBO’s Looking saw its gay game dev couple Patrick and Kevin make their way to GaymerX, the first ever queer-friendly gaming convention. Today on Talking, the show’s official podcast, GX organizer (and GayGamer bff) Matt Conn speaks with some of the show’s creators about the episode, titled Looking for Glory.
Having attended the first two GaymerX conferences, and looking forward to number three later this year, I found the portrayal to be pretty spot on. The spirit of the con, the variety queer identities and types of booths present, was perfectly captured for the few brief scenes of the con we got. Even the extras were authentic! During filming the crew reached out to local Bay Area gaymers, and actual GX attendees, to make sure the background players weren’t just random people but actual gamers. (There were even a bunch of GayGamer writers that you could spot.)
The show, now in its second season, has really been upping its gamer-cred with much more screentime given to Patrick’s career as a developer. He even dressed up as Half-Life’s Gordon Freeman for Halloween, a stroke of genius that signaled a major shift for his character. This season has also really picked up its narrative pace (thanks to a wonderful new assortment of writers) making for a much more satisfying program to tune in to each week. Last week’s episode 7, Looking for a Plot, was a hands-down series standout with its focus on Lauren Weidmann’s character Doris.
Looking airs Sunday nights on HBO. The third GaymerX will take place this December in San Jose, CA. You can get your tickets and book your rooms at the official GX3 website.