Hey everyone! If you couldn’t make it to GaymerX, starting this friday, and every friday until we run out of panels, we will be releasing two panels from GaymerX.
Please check out the video explaining GaymerXTalks and stay tuned – this week we’ll launch Pandora Boxx and EA’s panel, and have lots more in store. And the best part? All of them are free.
Also, we’re making a game: Read Only Memories. The success of this game is crucial – all the eyes of the gaming world are looking to this to see if LGBTQ themed games have an audience and can succeed, so if we can hit goal, then AAA publishers will be that less afraid to include queer characters because there is now a proven business case.
Lastly, if you haven’t gotten a badge for GaymerX2 yet – there are still limited tickets available in the kickstarter, and for just $9 more than a regular badge, you can get two versions of R.O.M., a beanie, stickers and your name in the credits. Now is THE BEST TIME to get a badge for GX2 if you haven’t yet – and Ouya will double your money!!, so you’ll be helping us out even more.
THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING QUEERS IN GAMING!
Hey there! GaymerX is currently looking for volunteer positions for next year’s convention. We have a great group of supportive individuals helping us with many tasks that holding a convention requires. If you’re interested in joining the team, fill out our quick and easy survey here.
Even if you’re not sure you can attend every day of the con, or don’t know how you can help, we’d love to hear from you! You’ll get free attendance to the convention if selected!
We love our volunteers and we know there’s a ton of talented individuals who would be a perfect fit for our convention. We hope to hear from you soon!
That’s right, folks! The dates, venue, and some of the guests of GaymerX2 have been announced!
On July 11th-13th, 2014, GaymerX2 will take place at the InterContinental San Francisco hotel.
The new venue will be nearly three times the size of the first, leaving plenty of room for gaymers to meet, play, learn, and create!
We’ve got guests old and new!
From awesome queer games critic and designer Mattie Brice, to Dragon Age writer David Gaider, to the co-founder of Reddit and host of The Verge’s “Small Empires,” Alexis Ohanian! But that’s just a few names; check out our bosses page for more info!
How to get your tickets!
First, head to the Eventbrite page where you will have the opportunity to decide which level you’d like to purchase. Once you’ve made your order, hit the green “Register” button. From there, simply fill out the information as required and finish up your order! (Don’t worry, only your pronouns and Badge Name will be displayed on your badge~)
How to book your hotel room!
Once you’ve finished your order, you should be directed to a page that looks like this:
Once you’ve RSVP’ed and shared to your heart’s content, click the hotel photo or the “Book Here” button. That should take you to this page.
(While it may look like the standard hotel front page, that link is actually the special room rates link!)
When you click the “View Rooms & Rates” button fill in the dates you’d like to stay, within three days before and after July 11-13, 2014, and then click “Check Availability.” This should bring up the booking page and the correct rates!
If you’d like to book a Corner King, Suite or any other specialty room, please call the hotel at:
Toll Free: 800 439 4745
Or for locals: 415 616 6500
–If you’re having trouble with getting your tickets or booking your room, please don’t hesitate to email us at email@example.com
It’s incredible how quickly time has past. Just one year ago we were on Kickstarter asking YOU to help create the first ever LGBTQ gaming convention and now, a year later, we’re preparing for the VIP launch party.
Our initial plans were so modest and small. We expected to rent a small room for a few hundred people and we had no way of knowing this would blow up like it did. So many people backed and showed their support for us that in just a year we’ve been able to create something we feel very proud to contribute to the queer community, the games community, and the world. And all of it happened because of the people who had our backs.
We’re only hours away and sitting on stacks of programs, shirts, confirming schedules with panelists, volunteers (or as we call them “Sprites”), our amazing Bosses of Honor and musicians and wow. It’s all come to this.
Without further ado, here’s a quick rundown of main events:
VIP Party (Friday, 9PM, Kabuki Imperial Room)
Join us as we raise our glasses to our VIP’s who helped make this all possible!
Opening Ceremonies (Saturday, 10AM, Japantown Peace Plaza)
We’ll be taking the Japantown Peace Plaza stage hostage to talk about the journey to GaymerX and some of the awesome things we’ll have in store.
Panels! Games! GAAAAMES! (Sat/Sun 11AM-6PM See schedule for locations)
Throughout the convention there will be lots of panels! Learn about your favorite games. Learn how to MAKE games! Talk about queer issues in the gaming world! And when you’re tired of thinking, there’s a room with video games, a room for board games, and a room for card games! Check the Con Schedule for more details!
Gaymer X Concert! (Saturday, 9PM Kabuki Imperial Room)
Watch a live show as our artists spin and chip tunes for us throughout the night!
GaymerX Cosplay Masquerade! (Sunday, 10AM Japantown Peace Plaza)
Our cosplay stars will be showing off their awesome costumes! Sign up at the registration desk!
Closing ceremonies! (Sunday, 6PM Kabuki Imperial Room)
Watch us choke up on stage as we wish the weekend could have lasted forever…
We couldn’t have done this all without you!
What a fantastic day yesterday for human rights - we’re so excited over here at GaymerConnect and can not WAIT for GaymerX in just over 30 days now. Hoping to see lots of cool cosplays and potentially even a marriage proposal or two??
We have some big news and a couple of updates coming this week but first we wanted to clear up a common question that we got: Badges.
Badges will not be mailed out to attendees, but instead the badge code emailed to you is your badge, and you need to register your badge code on GaymerConnect. Think of it like inputting your name to start a game of Master Chen or Conversation Parade on your BMO. You can use any name you’d like on your badge and we’ll know what ID to match your badge to when you pick your badge up. (You don’t have to use your birthname on your badge!)
TO DO THIS >> Go to GaymerX.com and login (using Facebook, Twitter, or new account), you can register your badge code that you were sent earlier in the year. If you haven’t received an email, please let us know and we will resend your code to you Once we have your code you’re all set and ready to play VIDEO GAMES!
Last day to register your badge/give your code to a friend to register their badge is July 25th, so that way we have a list of people attending and their badges.
If you know for sure that you can’t make it and would like to donate your badge (which will be donated via giveaways and local gaymer meetups), please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Donate” and the badge codes you’d like to donate. This will also help us open up tickets for other people that would like to attend. We’ll miss you though
Thank you for all your support and we can’t wait to show you what we have in store, we hope to exceed your expectations for an inaugural gaming convention and can’t wait to continue to good fight for LGBTQ rights in the gaming world.
- Team GaymerX
So, just a small update. You might not think it’s a big deal. Or you might, you know.
Pandora Boxx. from Logo TV’s RuPaul’s Drag Race, will be hosting Friday night’s VIP party. So, you know, there’s that.
You may squee now.
Oh, and she wanted us to share this with you too..I wonder what it could mean.. :3
Up Multimedia just updated My Ex-Boyfriend the Space Tyrant – Already one of the very few gay-oriented computer games currently available, version 1.5 adds a bunch of options aimed at enabling players with a disability to join in the fun. Woop woop!
Up Multimedia has also responded to the recent Nintendo same-sex censorship controversy by withdrawing references to popular Nintendo titles from the game.
Specific improvements to My Ex-Boyfriend the Space Tyrant include introducing a unique high contrast mode for players with vision impairment and a subtitling system for sound effects for players with a hearing impairment.
“Gay people with a disability can sometimes feel like they’re trapped in a second closet,” says developer Luke Miller. “Making our game accessible to people with different requirements has always been a goal of ours and we are pleased to take some steps towards it.”
“Even with the limited resources of an indie company, it was surprisingly easy to meet many of the suggestions provided by the Game Accessibility Guidelines at http://gameaccessibilityguidelines.com/. We’re hoping our efforts here will inspire other developers to include gamers with disabilities in the fun.”
Additionally, the new version of My Ex-Boyfriend the Space Tyrant removed references to Nintendo’s Zelda: Ocarina in Time that had been part of the pop-culture-laden game. This comes after reports last week that Nintendo have controversially patched their game Tomodachi Collection: New Life to remove a “bug” that allowed same-sex characters to get married (and also get pregnant). The glitch was a game breaking bug, but the way they handled it has left much to be desired in the gay community
“What is particularly disheartening about Nintendo’s actions is that it shows that the near absence of gay and lesbian characters in video games is not always an oversight but often the result of deliberate decision-making by developers to exclude people like us from computer games. And we can, and we will, withdraw our support when we see that happening.”
My Ex-Boyfriend the Space Tyrant is available now for Windows/Mac/Linux for $22US(same price worldwide) at http://www.um.com.au/spaceout/ and will have a booth at GaymerX.
We’re pleased to introduce our final Boss of Honor. This Boss of Honor has spent time as an administrator of mass destruction, a robot, and yes, briefly as a potato. She thinks you are fashion-stunted, unlikable, and a horrible person.
You’ll love her.
She’s Ellen McLain, the voice actress from many of Valve’s games, including Half-Life 2 (as the Combine Overwatch) and Team Fortress 2 (as the Administrator). Her most recognizable role is that of the Genetic Lifeform and Disk Operating System, also known as the villainous sentient robot GLaDOS. Initially seen as a guide to Chell in Portal, it soon becomes clear that the AI in charge of the Aperture Science Research Facility wants nothing more than to kill her off. Needless to say, when she is reactivated in Portal 2 she is NOT happy to see Chell.
With a snarky, passive-aggressive personality that is sinister to the core (pun intended), GLaDOS was ranked by IGN in 2010 as the number one video game villain of all time. GLaDOS and Ellen have won several other video game awards, and Ellen herself won the Spike VGA for “Best Performance by a Human Female” for GLaDOS in Portal 2 in 2011. Ellen has long been a supporter of GaymerX, including being featured in one of the early advertisements for the convention (formerly GaymerCon):
When she’s not busy voicing homicidal robots, Ellen is a diva! But not, like, divas you find in the gay bars… she’s an actual diva in the world of opera. Her singing talents can be found at the end of both Portal games, as she sings both “Still Alive” and “Want You Gone” from Portal and Portal 2 respectively. Her operatic talents are also featured in Portal 2 in the track commonly referred to as the Turret Opera, “Cara Mia Addio.”
Ellen’s work is expanding beyond the video game – her voicework will be featured in the upcoming film Pacific Rim, directed by Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth). Del Toro has confessed to being a huge Valve fan, and insisted on Ellen as the voice of Jaeger AI as a tribute to her work in the Portal series. She will also star in the web series Wish It Inc. as the Fairy Godmother, which recently met its Kickstarter goal.
Ellen is married to fellow Boss of Honor John Patrick Lowrie and lives in Nashville, Tennessee. She’ll be featured in the opening ceremonies as well as panels and two autograph sessions! You can follow her on Twitter at @EllenMcLain.
And now, Ellen doing what she does best… voicing a murderous piece of machinery:
More Bosses of Honor! More GaymerX musicians! More more more! (The Andrea True Connection.) Gimme gimme gimme! (ABBA.) I want, I want, I want, me, me, me, me, mine, mine, mine, mine, now, now, now, now! (Dustin Hoffman in Hook.)
Calm yourself, Iago. I have more for you.
The fourth Boss of Honor at Gaymer X this August is none other than video game voiceover artist legend John Patrick Lowrie. Don’t recognize the name? You’ve probably heard his voice though, if you’ve played games like Half-Life 2 (Odessa Cubbage), The Operative: No One Lives Forever and No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy in H.A.R.M.’s Way (Bruno Lawrie), and Team Fortress 2 (The Sniper).
Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Lowrie lived the hippie life until picked up by the draft. He bravely served America in the United States Navy. That’s right: he was a seaman.
Lowrie graduated with highest distinction from the Indiana University School of Music and began composing and touring with his acoustic fusion duo, The Kiethe Lowrie Duet. He took to acting for better pay and steadier work, making him the reverse of pretty much every other actor ever. 2013 will see Lowrie in his latest role as the narrator of Uber Entertainment’s Planetary Annihilation. Lowrie published his first sci-fi novel, Dancing With Eternity, in 2011.
Aethernaut is our musician du jour, and I’m completely in love with his music already. He’s a classical musician who’s gone electro, taking chiptune/8-bit music and remixing it with everything from house to rock to hip hop and even electric violin. A violin that’s electric, people! Is your mind blown yet?
Aethernaut has released three works: 2011-2003=8, Super Mega Ultra, and Steam Fist Island II. Check out this remix of one of my ABSOLUTE favorite NES tracks, the music from The Moon from Capcom’s Ducktales.
The big Boss of Honor comes tomorrow!