Quiet Queers: LGBTQIA+ Invisibility in Games

There is a problem in videogames of LGBTQIA+ characters whose queerness is silent.

This isn’t to say that all LGBTQIA+ characters whose gender or sexual identity is only mentioned in-passing are inherently bad, or are examples of bad writing; sometimes, the most interesting, effective and emotionally-engaging way to state something about a character is to understate it.

The problem is that “invisible queerness” – queerness that is effectively absent in a text except for authors stating it outside of the text (e.g., Dumbledore in Harry Potter), single lines ad-libbed at the end of the text as an afterthought (e.g., Gobber in How To Your Train Your Dragon 2), or going utterly unspoken but hinted at through vague allusions, nudge-wink stereotypes and plausibly-deniable overtones (e.g, most queer characters during the first and second millenium CE).

So long as their queerness isn’t intrusive, or doesn’t require players to talk or think about queerness in any but the most basic terms, they’re lauded as being exemplars of the entire LGBTQIA+ spectrum.

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Gaymer 8BitHomo’s 24 Hour LiveStream for the Trevor Project

Twitch streamer Dylan Zaner, aka 8BitHomo, recently became  Twitch partner, which means his channel will be promoted by Twitch as featured content and he will be given other opportunities to help grow his audience on the game streaming service. This is wonderful news for gaymers and anybody looking for a queer-friendly stream to tune into.

Tomorrow, Saturday October 9th, 8BitHomo will be conducting a 24 hour live stream to raise money for The Trevor Project. The stream starts at 9am CST and is being done with the support of Gay Geeks, GaymerX, and all of us here at GayGamer.net

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GX3 is Coming!!!

It was previously reported that after only its second year the queer-friendly gaming convention GaymerX would be no more. Numerous reasons were cited for the con’s end, the biggest one being a significant lack of financial support from sponsors and game companies to help with the event’s already high costs. Running a game convention at a major hotel in one of the most expensive cities in the world is no small feat, and organizers Toni Rocca and Matt Conn have publicly shared their uncertainty of holding another con, let alone breaking even on the first two. Since then a number of game developers have stepped up with financial support for the convention.

Today it has been announced that GaymerX is coming back for a third year and will be rebranded as GX3: Everyone Games.
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Interview: Michelle Clough on Video Game Sexuality

At this year’s Game Developers Conference, long-time editor and localization specialist Michelle Clough gave a talk about male sexuality in video games. Having covered a few of the same points on gaming’s sexual double standard and the oddities of Cho Ainiki myself (albeit far less eloquently), I wanted to explore the topic with Michelle a bit more from her perspective. I recently reached out to her about bishonen men, fan service, and how games can better depict romance and sex outside of just the squishy bits.

Readers be warned, we are of off the normal waters explored in Gay Gamer in these parts. Here, there be fan-girls.

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This Gaystation 4 is for the Gaymers

The 2014 gay pride season has been a great one for gaymers. We’ve had all sorts of parades: from the Toronto Gaymers’ cosplay contingent at World Pride to virtual marches in Star Trek Online, World of Warcraft, and in celebration of the game’s inclusive marriage options, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Plus, the second year of queer-gaming conference GaymerX fell right in the middle of the season, in many ways acting as the  year’s unofficial gaymer pride event.
Today, in celebration and support of the Stockholm Pride Festival a Swedish electronics retailer, Webhallen, is auctioning off what could possibly be the gayest console of all time: The 500gb, rainbow-striped, ‘Gaystation 4′.

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