So going back a couple weeks, there was some controversy over a panel at PAX Aus, and then Penny Arcade's Mike Krahulik (Gabe) made some comments that were considered insensitive to transgendered people.
The Fullbright Company canceled their attendance, and some gaming news sites reported on it. Apparently their game, Gone Home, deals with LGBT issues to a certain extent, so fair enough:
One of my gay friends posted this link on Facebook recently. Never heard of these guys, but apparently they are cancelling their panel for similar reasons:
Is it all worth it? For a group that is already marginalized, why limit yourself from the exposure of one of the bigger fan gatherings of gamers? Wouldn't it make more sense to make an appearance at PAX, and maybe get your LGBT-friendly game/panel covered by games journalists? And while you're there, put that other PAX panel (and Mike Krahulik) on blast?
Because I guarantee gaming sites are unlikely to write anything at all about you if you turn your PAX panel into a blog post on your site or something, because journos are never going to read it, whereas they might have attended it when it was going to be a panel.
And I also guarantee that this tiny boycott isn't suddenly going to turn public opinion on Penny Arcade in any kind of major way. It just isn't. Feminists have hated Penny Arcade for a few years since the Dickwolves thing, and really, nobody cares outside of some feminist blogs. Frankly, we still live in a world where not many people care about LGBT issues, especially trans issues, which don't have nearly the same public acceptance and understanding compared to gays and lesbians. So I really question if walking away from PAX Aus is doing them any good, because it's just not going to create any kind of lasting controversy, aside from Robert Khoo maybe paying for Mike Krahulik to take some sensitivity training classes or something (which realistically would probably just teach Mike to hide his real opinions behind more politically correct ones, because Mike seems like a stubborn dude who sticks with what he believes).