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June 27
2013

Pandora Boxx IS Alice!

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Spicy Horse Games the team behind Akaneiro: Demon Hunters and American McGee’s Grim has selected drag queen, comedian and RuPaul’s Drag Race fan favorite Pandora Boxx as the winner of their Alice costume contest!

“I’m a huge fan of anything Alice in Wonderland,” said Pandora, “And when I first discovered American McGee’s Alice, I was enthralled.  I loved his re-imagining of that world.  Then with Alice: Madness Returns I fell more in love with the twisted Wonderland that American has created.  Part of the appeal of being a drag queen is being able to create anything you want for your shows, so I had the Alice costume made by Dallas Coulter Designs and brought her to life on stage.  When I heard of the contest, how could I not enter?  Especially since I had an amazing homage photo shoot by Jose A Guzman Colon to enter with! I am over the moon that I won the contest!  It’s a thrill and a great honor to be chosen by American to represent his vision.”

“The first time I saw Pandora’s picture, I was struck by the mad intensity in her eyes,” said American McGee, CEO of Spicy Horse Games. “We asked her (along with a handful of other contestants) to submit a video audition and read some lines I’d written. Her performance brought to mind darkly dramatic scenes from some of the best Disney animated classics. I immediately wrote the team and said ‘THIS IS GOLD’. Everyone agreed.”

As the winner of the World’s Best Alice Cosplayer Contest, Pandora flew to Shanghai to meet the Spicy Horse team and appear in a Kickstarter video for OZombie this summer. But looking at the picture below, I think she should just be cast in an Alice movie! I’d definitely buy a ticket for that!

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June 27
2013

This SingStore Update Is Coming Out!

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This week’s SingStore Update has some more mainstream material alongside the usual Europop that you might not be as familiar with. And they’ve released the absolute perfect song for gay pride week! Here’s what you can download for SingStar now:

“Twilight” by Cover Drive
“Time After Time” by Cyndi Lauper
“I’m Coming Out” by Diana Ross
“Bandiera Bianca” by Franco Battiato
“Trouble Town” by Jake Bugg
“Bette Davis Eyes” by Kim Carnes
“Dance With Me Tonight” by Olly Murs
“1, 2, 3, 4″ by Plain White T’s

I love “Bette Davis Eyes,” but I’ve already got it for Lips, so I’m not double dipping on that. But “Time After Time” is lovely and I’m totally picking that one up. And this pride weekend, I can guarantee you that I will be singing the hell out of that Diana Ross track!

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June 26
2013

Marriage Equality in Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town: True Love Edition

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Today the US Supreme Court voted down both the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Prop 8, which eliminated same sex marriage in the state of California five years ago. This historic vote is a huge victory for LGBT rights in the United States, re-legalizing gay marriage in California and putting and end to the law that allows a state to not recognize one performed elsewhere. Tonight across the country LGBT and allied communities will no doubt be coming together to celebrate.

Talk about perfect timing. I recently received an email from Duy Nguyen, a ROM hacker who decided that it was time to bring marriage equality to Mineral Town.

Nguyen’s hack of GBA game Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town (and its companion title More Friends of Mineral Town) is called the ‘True Love Edition’.

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June 26
2013

Star Trek Online Celebrates Gay Pride!

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Star Trek has always been about a world where diversity has been accepted as a basic fact of life, and Star Trek Online, the free-to-play MMO, is going to be celebrating Pride Weekend on June 29th and 30th! The Stonewall Fleet is hosting the Fourth Annual Pride Weekend for the entire STO community (just join the public in-game channel STOPride) including the usual adventure missions, but also a drag pageant and pride parade! Click here for the full schedule of both days’ activities. And click here to read a lovely essay by The Stonewall Fleet’s Admiral regarding all the diversity in the Star Trek universe!

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June 26
2013

Remember Me Opens The Pandora Archive

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It’s rare to see a AAA title with a strong female lead character, which is lame, but Remember Me introduced us to Nilin, which is awesome. She’s a terrific character, and now she’s even getting a spin-off book! Capcom has teamed with British author Scott Harrison to release the eBook Remember Me: The Pandora Archive to vendors like Kindle, Kobo and Google Play.

Set several months before the events in the game, this prequel tale starts with a bang as devastating bomb blasts rock Neo-Paris. A former memory hunter-turned-Errorist is blamed, and before her arrest, sends a coded signal back to the Errorists. Uable to decode the warning, Nilin must visit The Archetect, an aging tech expert, who is her only hope to decipher the message and reveal exactly who is behind the attacks.

I personally found the world of Remember Me to be fascinating and I’m curious if it would still feel that way even without the stunning visuals. Remember Me: The Pandora Archive is available nowas an eBook for just $3.99.

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June 25
2013

Gaymer.org Officially Closed

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In 2008 Chris Vizzini, owner of Gaymer.org, controversially filed a trademark on the term ‘gaymer’, specifically the use of the term in regard to online entities. Many, including those here on GayGamer, disagreed with this move. But years passed and nothing ever seemed to come of the trademark’s existence. Cut to 2012 and the users of subreddit /r/gaymers received a cease and desist from Vizzini, sparking a digital battle over the word ‘gaymer’ and its uses. While Vizzini  brandished his ownership of the trademark the majority of gay gamers, including some users of gaymer.org, came out in support of /r/gaymers and more specifically the freedom of the word altogether. Many cited uses of the term that existed earlier than the filed trademark, while others rallied around the term ‘gaymer’ as an identity that cannot be owned. The “I am a Gaymer” campaign was born.

In early 2013 the battle was taken to court with /r/gaymers being represented pro bono by Perkins Cole and the EFF.

Today we find out that Gaymer.org is officially closed. In an official statement from Vizzini, as found on Gaymer.org’s front page (emphasis mine):

“The world is a very different place than it was 10 years ago when I started the site. This is also true for the Internet. There wasn’t a clear beacon for gay gamers. We had no voice. If there had been, there would have been no need for me to start a site.

Back in 2003, the word gaymer was an insult so I thought that making it into a positive by naming the site gaymer.org was a cool idea.

For those of you who don’t know, I’m involved in some legal muck with the members of the subreddit /r/gaymers who do not agree with my having the word Gaymer trademarked which I’ve had since 2008. My trademark, in a nutshell, is use of the word gaymer for an online community that is about video games.

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I’m letting go. I’d just be outspent if I pushed the case forward. Closing the site might seem like a case of sour grapes but it’s really not.

I had a couple of goals in mind when I began the site. One was to make change – make change for the word gaymer and gay gamers themselves. I wanted to give them someplace safe to come when they were called names. I wanted them to feel not so alone in the gaming world and feel unconditionally accepted. Another goal was to help people meet each other. They did. They became friends, boyfriends and, in one case, two people got married. I’m extremely proud of that.

Here it is 10 years later. The word gaymer has changed so much that people are willing to fight for it. I couldn’t ask for more if I’m going to lose the trademark. It wasn’t for nothing.

I come from the school of thought that, if create something and you put in the hours, the work, the money and your heart in it, that it belongs to you. I thought that’s part of what being an American was about. Especially if you played by the book and took all the right legal channels. What I found out in the end that it doesn’t matter what you do, if a big law firm powerful enough comes along and wants to take it, they will and there’s not much you can do about it.

The reason I’m closing the site is because the goals were accomplished but also because I feel disconnected from gay gamers having seen their ugly side though all of this. I know it’s not all gay gamers from the members of my site but its was enough of them saying hurtful things so loudly that it has put me off. What was once a source of passion has now become a source of pain and it’s time to walk away and say goodbye.

I hope the passion comes back one day because if it does, the site will come back up.

To the members, I wanted to say thank you for all the fun. You will be missed more than you know. :(

Chris

aka Gaymer

If any of you can help out with the lawyer bill, that would be awesome and really appreciated. Just click the donate button.”

You can visit Gaymer.org for the full statement, in which Vizzini recaps in detail the entire story from his perspective. He touches on not only the battle between himself and /r/gaymers, but on the birth of GaymerX/GaymerConnect, and even mentions li’l ol’ GayGamer.net.

It’s surprising to see Vizzini close down his site altogether, given that loss of the trademark would in no way affect his ability to own and operate it.

While specifics of the legal battle and its outcome have yet to emerge it would seem that, for now, the fight over the term ‘gaymer’ has come to an end.

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June 24
2013

E3 ’13: Saints Row IV to Allow Same-Sex Romances

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At E3 I had the opportunity to play a 10 min section of Saints Row IV, which included a story based section that shows what happens when the Saints go marching into the White House and are in charge of the government, and a open world section that showcased all the super powers that you get in the game. You can check out my hands on impressions of the game by clicking here.  I also got the chance to briefly interview interview with Steve Jaros, the Creative Director of Saints Row IV.

During the interview, we talked a little about things in the Saints Row universe that mattered to gay gamers and he had this to offer:

“We introduced the idea of romance in Saints Row now, which is kind of new for us…so, inclusiveness is very important to us at Volition and Saints Row as a title in particular because when you’re a game about player choice we want to go and celebrate whatever choices people want to make. We definitely want to make sure that we gave appropriate options for people…I’m actually really excited about that.”

On top of the amazing demo I played, this little tidbit makes me even more excited about this title, and happy to see that Volition is cognizant of the issues that matter to their LGBT fans.