Whoa, I made this blog post like... a month ago. But whatever, guess it's cool that people still have stuff to say. On the note of the topic, I've played the Half-Life games since the post and wouldn't hesitate to throw Alyx Vance in as one of the best characters, female or otherwise, I've encountered in a game. I know it's a common sentiment, but I figured I'd throw my hat in there too.
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Valve and Mass Effect are the first ones that come to mind. The whole backlash from ME3's ending still blows my mind.
But, if you look at it as a place to interact with people of a similar perspective and interested in parts of the industry that "normal" gamers are less interested in, I see no problem with this. E3 is for press, PAX is for fans, this is for gays. Dragon Con is for Dragons, or some shit. Communities form out of similar interests. It's perfectly natural. As communities grow more and more massive, like the gaming community, major subcommunities are bound to form as well.
This echoes my sentiments pretty well. This con seems like its meant to fill a niche, and the demand seems to be there ($14k in 3 days is pretty impressive). I wouldn't call it segregation any more than I would call PAX the gamers "segregating" themselves from the rest of society. Everyone is welcome at this con; there's no discrimination. The gaming community is massive, and it makes sense to break it down into smaller subcultures to appeal to more concentrated interests. And given the amount of homophobic vitriol casually tossed around on XBL and the like, a safe space for gay gamers seems like a very honourable goal. It might not fix the problem--I agree that an LGBT-focused panel at PAX would do much more to remedy this--but it looks to be meant as a reprieve rather than a panacea. I believe it is advertised as such, as well.
From their Kickstarter, GaymerCon is being promoted as "the first gaming and tech convention with a focus on LGBT geek culture."
We are creating a convention where all types of geeks can come together, meet others like them, and have a blast without having to worry about what their peers think of them or being discriminated against.. We will have exhibitor space, cosplay, guest speakers, live music, panel discussions on topics that are directly relevant to our interests, gaming industry professionals who support including queer content in their products, social events, and of course…GAMING!
It looks like they've got a decent amount of support already, with Ellen McLain (AKA GLaDOS)'s endorsement and around $12,500 of the requested $25,000 raised. I'm not well-versed when it comes to queer involvement in the arts, but I imagine similar events exist for film and other media, so it makes perfect sense to me. And I'm always in favour of a bit of progressivism in the culture, so they've got my support.
So what do you think? Is this something you would support?