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; s...
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 ...
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...
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 od...
This year’s GaymerX2 was an absolute blast! For those of you who missed the big event we’ve taken some photos of the event for you to check out below. From the show floor to the GayGamer.net Drag Ball to the costume contest and masquerade...
Thanks to our wonderful friends over at Twitch.tv, you can watch ALL of today’s big E3 press conferences, as well as live coverage of the show all week long. We’ll be live at the show all week bringing you all the big news and previews that come our way. So while we enjoy being herded around from press conference to press conference like Lemmings all day in the LA heat (I know, what awful lives we lead) you can enjoy full convention coverage from the comfort of your own home. Or job. Or wherever you are.
The festivities begin at 9am PST.
Read on for the live feed, and be sure to let us know what you think of all today’s big announcements in the comments!
GaymerX2 is only five weeks away (how time flies!). This year may be the queer gaming convention’s last for the foreseeable future, but it’s going to go out with a bang. While event organizer Matt Conn has previously expressed his frustration with major game companies being unwilling to support GX2, today it’s been announced that several well known game-makers are putting their money where their pro-gay mouths are, making appearances at the show. Ubisoft, NIS America, and OUYA have all stepped up to show support for their LGBTQ fans, joining the previously announced BioWare, Indicade, and Cards Against Humanity.
Major Game Companies Double Down on Equality and Diversity in Gaming
Ubisoft®, NIS America and OUYA join Cards Against Humanity and IndieCade for GaymerX
Friday, June 6 – San Francisco – In light of the recent attention towards corporate support of LGBTQ audiences and on the heels of E3, three major game publishers — Ubisoft, NIS America and OUYA have stepped up in a show of solidarity in support of their LGBTQ players. All three companies will be present at this year’s GaymerX convention in San Francisco, California on July 11-13. Each will be joining the convention, a celebration of LGBT influence in gaming and geek culture, in various ways including panels, workshops, events, and goodies for attendees.”
We’ve got a team of gaymers headed to E3 next week, but if you’re like me and can’t make it, Nintendo would like you to know they’ve got you covered! Starting on Tuesday, June 10, at 9:00 am PST, they will air the Nintendo Digital Event, basically an online version of an E3 press conference. So it’s for everyone! Just visit e3.nintendo.com and check out all the 3DS and Wii U on tap for 2014 and beyond. Immediately following the Digital Event, Nintendo Minute: Live @ E3 will offer a post-show recap including even more information.
Later on that Tuesday, starting at 4:00 pm PST, Nintendo will broadcast the Super Smash Bros. Invitational Tournament. Streaming live on Nintendo’s Twitch channel, you can watch 16 Super Smash Bros. warriors compete on the Wii U game! In addition, that Twitch channel will be broadcasting Nintendo Treehouse: Live @ E3 during the convention, offering game reveals, visits from developers like Shigeru Miyamoto and footage of game demos from the Nintendo booth on the show floor!
I know it’s nowhere near as much fun as actually being at E3, but it’s something!
SingStar is turning 10 years old this week, but they’re the ones giving us a present!
To celebrate a decade of karaoke gaming, Sony has announced that SingStar is heading for the PlayStation 4 later this year. And it’ll have a new look and new features, including the ability to use your smartphone as a microphone! The app will work with both the PS3 and PS4 versions of SingStar, and on most iOS and Android devices. In addition to using your phone as a mic, you’ll also be able to create personal playlists for the game.
From the first installment on – way back in the year 2000 – The Sims has had a venerable history of giving players choice in how to form relationships, shrugging off the restrictive heterosexual-only mechanics that have hamstrung more recent games like Tomodachi Life. It turns out, however, that not all parts of the real world have been progressing in the right direction either, resulting in The Sims 4, the series’ latest installment, running afoulof Russia’s infamous “gay propaganda” law.
Bravely Default, if you haven’t already heard, is a new game from Square Enix and the a spiritual successor to Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light. The game follows a ragtag team of heroes on their quest to purify the 4 Crystals located around the world and restore order. Classic Square Enix. Bravely Default, however, takes several interesting twists and turns that keep this formula fresh and kept this JRPG veteran on his toes.
It even manages to throw a twist in how the genre traditionally portrays gender in battle.
This week is the Eurovision Song Contest, so I got really excited to see which songs from this year would be included in the SingStore Update, but unfortunately, there’s just one of the previous winners from 2012. Hopefully they’ll have some in the next update, but now that they’re doing them monthly, the wait is going to be interminable! Anyway, here’s what you can look forward to adding to your SingStar library this week. And if you’re a fan of the adorable Bruno Mars, you’re in luck!
“So Good” by B.O.B.
“Black Chandelier” by Biffy Clyro
“Breakfast At Tiffany’s” by Deep Blue Something
“Euphoria” by Loreen
“Welcome To The Black Parade” by My Chemical Romance
“You Keep Me Hanging On” by The Supremes
“Disco Inferno” by The Trammps
“When I Was Your Man,” “Grenade,” “It Will Rain,” “Just The Way You Are,” and The Lazy Song” by Bruno Mars
I’m not a big fan of “Euphoria,” even if it did win Eurovision, but I could be tempted by “Disco Inferno” and even “Breakfast At Tiffany’s” just for the cheese factor. I’d be all over The Supremes… if I didn’t already have that song for Lips!