GLaDOS and TF2's Sniper Support GaymerCon

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Agow95:

surg3n:
Yawn.
Yup, I'm starting a kickstarter campaign for a 100% white male straight convention. Is that acceptable?
The same groups who bitch about segregation are asking for more segregation, but convenient segregation

It's not segregation because it's not 100% LGBT, the kickstarter page points out that straight people are welcome to go as well, it's about raising awareness, like a gay pride parade, and it's also about presenting a environment to gay gamers where they aren't going to be verbally abused by those around them or people online, nor is it about putting gay people or options into videogames and removing masculinity, did you even read the kickstarter page? or are you just ranting due to a irrational fear that games having gay people and options in them will destroy the industry and reduce it to whatever the hell you imagine gay people play, because in reality they play the same games as you and everyone else.

So, it's a big issue for gay people to be harassed and abused at gaming conventions? - horseshit.

In reality, gay people play the same games as everyone else - yet for some reason their sexuality is a bigger factor than anyone elses. How do people even know they are gay?, ask yourself that and realise that is the whole problem.

Now, you'll probably just turn this into something else, but this is the #1 problem people have with homosexuals.... The fact that we know they are homosexuals!, no matter what the situation, we have to somehow know that they are gay. When I play an online game, I don't play as a gay guy, or a straight guy, I might not even play as a guy, because you know something... SEX IS NOT A FACTOR!, sexual preference is not a factor in videogaming. Why do gay people get harassed online for being gay?, because they make a point of telling people they are gay. You could take any facet of your being, and tell people about it, and there will always be people who have a problem, and use it to troll you. Gay gamers might have an easier time if they stop making themselves such an easy target.

Maybe, your average straight white dude is sick to fucking death of walking on eggshells, in fear of offending feminists, fat people, gay people, people in general, skinny people, butt-hurt people, people with heirlips, retards, pigmy's, people with no skin.... anyone left out?, anyone feeling butthurt because I didn't include them in this rediculous rant?

I go back to my original point. Is it ok if I kickstart a convention for straight white male gamers?, that way we won't have to know anyones sexuality, disorder, feminist dogma views, stupidity or anything like that - you know what I mean, all that stuff that has nothing to do with videogames. Call me a racist, fascist, whatever - I'm a realist, and I'm not looking over my shoulder to see who's monitoring my opinion. People are just as likely to be called a retard during an online game - do we need a special convention for retards?, what about those people whose mom's are actually sluts?... actually, I'd go to that convention ;)

surg3n:

Maybe, your average straight white dude is sick to fucking death of walking on eggshells, in fear of offending feminists, fat people, gay people, people in general, skinny people, butt-hurt people, people with heirlips, retards, pigmy's, people with no skin.... anyone left out?, anyone feeling butthurt because I didn't include them in this rediculous rant?

I agree. Taking time out of my life to think about the feelings of others is exhausting. Why can't everyone just be like me, and be born into an easy life of privilege, and enjoy my humor at their expense? I mean geeze, get over it. Your struggles are just a joke to me and if you don't get it, that's your problem, not mine.

So I say, Amen, brother. Who's standing up for the callous jerks of the world? Who's standing up to defend my right to be an intolerable asshole to everyone I meet? It's not my fault I was born into leisure and comfort and everyone else's problems are hilarious to me. They just need to have a more sophisticated sense of humor. I am so tired of people expecting me to be nice and caring. Eugh. Like I have the time!

Who's thinking about the rights of us straight white guys? I mean, we have problems too: We have to share the world with people who aren't like us.

High five brudda.

Terrible name, good concept. Was Queercon taken? Too much like Quakecon? I'm not sold on the name at all. Obviously I can't do any better though.

As an Australian, and a reclusive gaming type person, I still see a lot of homophobic abuse in online gaming. It's there and it's hurtful, I know at least one friend who won't play most online games because of it (well not public servers anyway, there are some with good admins he'll still play on). It is a good idea to have a convention that is Queer friendly, everyone from San Fransisco should pop in for a day. It'd be great if it was a roaring success.

itsthesheppy:
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I...I think you just won the Interwebs or something...

surg3n:
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The best way to achieve equality is for anyone not straight and white is to basically pretend to be straight and white.

Does it help you maintain your persecution complex to imagine gay people start and end every sentence with "I'm gay"?

itsthesheppy:

surg3n:

Maybe, your average straight white dude is sick to fucking death of walking on eggshells, in fear of offending feminists, fat people, gay people, people in general, skinny people, butt-hurt people, people with heirlips, retards, pigmy's, people with no skin.... anyone left out?, anyone feeling butthurt because I didn't include them in this rediculous rant?

I agree. Taking time out of my life to think about the feelings of others is exhausting. Why can't everyone just be like me, and be born into an easy life of privilege, and enjoy my humor at their expense? I mean geeze, get over it. Your struggles are just a joke to me and if you don't get it, that's your problem, not mine.

So I say, Amen, brother. Who's standing up for the callous jerks of the world? Who's standing up to defend my right to be an intolerable asshole to everyone I meet? It's not my fault I was born into leisure and comfort and everyone else's problems are hilarious to me. They just need to have a more sophisticated sense of humor. I am so tired of people expecting me to be nice and caring. Eugh. Like I have the time!

Who's thinking about the rights of us straight white guys? I mean, we have problems too: We have to share the world with people who aren't like us.

High five brudda.

LOL!

See, your assumption right there is that I have a reason to consider other peoples feelings, you assume that I'm an intolerable asshole.

I have plenty of gay friends, and you know what! - I never offended any of them, ever. You know why? - because I don't target peoples issues and use them against them, I don't have a problem with anyone. You see me as some douchebag hipster god-knows-what, and you couldn't be further from the truth - what does that say about you?

At what point did I say it's ok to be a callous jerk?, intolerable asshole?, but that must be the case because I don't think gays should have a gaming convention. Let me re-iterate - I don't think gays NEED a gaming convention. The sort of people who would harass someone because of their sexual orientation, are not the sort of people who even go to gaming conventions! - and if they did, they just wouldn't have the stones to actually harass someone in real life. Calling someone a fag in a videogame is a generic insult directed at their gaming skill, is that not obvious to everyone?, are gay gamers gonna be continually harassed by kids, maybe if they stepped up their game, it wouldn't be an issue :D. Being gay, is not a disease - non-gay gay fans don't realise, but actually gay people tend to be ok at talking about being gay, they tend to be honest about it, people have no ill intent shouldn't feel awkward about talking to gay people about their issues, but that certainly isn't the case, is it?

To sum things up - I'm against any kind of segregation, it's not a good thing - if there are issues with integration, then segregation is not the answer. I know, everyone is welcome to Gaymercon blah blah blah, but that's kinda like being invited to a vegetarian barbeque.
(Ohh, poor veggies, now he's having a go at them!)

surg3n:

itsthesheppy:

surg3n:

Maybe, your average straight white dude is sick to fucking death of walking on eggshells, in fear of offending feminists, fat people, gay people, people in general, skinny people, butt-hurt people, people with heirlips, retards, pigmy's, people with no skin.... anyone left out?, anyone feeling butthurt because I didn't include them in this rediculous rant?

I agree. Taking time out of my life to think about the feelings of others is exhausting. Why can't everyone just be like me, and be born into an easy life of privilege, and enjoy my humor at their expense? I mean geeze, get over it. Your struggles are just a joke to me and if you don't get it, that's your problem, not mine.

So I say, Amen, brother. Who's standing up for the callous jerks of the world? Who's standing up to defend my right to be an intolerable asshole to everyone I meet? It's not my fault I was born into leisure and comfort and everyone else's problems are hilarious to me. They just need to have a more sophisticated sense of humor. I am so tired of people expecting me to be nice and caring. Eugh. Like I have the time!

Who's thinking about the rights of us straight white guys? I mean, we have problems too: We have to share the world with people who aren't like us.

High five brudda.

LOL!

See, your assumption right there is that I have a reason to consider other peoples feelings, you assume that I'm an intolerable asshole.

I have plenty of gay friends, and you know what! - I never offended any of them, ever. You know why? - because I don't target peoples issues and use them against them, I don't have a problem with anyone. You see me as some douchebag hipster god-knows-what, and you couldn't be further from the truth - what does that say about you?

At what point did I say it's ok to be a callous jerk?, intolerable asshole?, but that must be the case because I don't think gays should have a gaming convention. Let me re-iterate - I don't think gays NEED a gaming convention. The sort of people who would harass someone because of their sexual orientation, are not the sort of people who even go to gaming conventions! - and if they did, they just wouldn't have the stones to actually harass someone in real life. Calling someone a fag in a videogame is a generic insult directed at their gaming skill, is that not obvious to everyone?, are gay gamers gonna be continually harassed by kids, maybe if they stepped up their game, it wouldn't be an issue :D. Being gay, is not a disease - non-gay gay fans don't realise, but actually gay people tend to be ok at talking about being gay, they tend to be honest about it, people have no ill intent shouldn't feel awkward about talking to gay people about their issues, but that certainly isn't the case, is it?

To sum things up - I'm against any kind of segregation, it's not a good thing - if there are issues with integration, then segregation is not the answer. I know, everyone is welcome to Gaymercon blah blah blah, but that's kinda like being invited to a vegetarian barbeque.
(Ohh, poor veggies, now he's having a go at them!)

I don't need to respond to this, do I guys? Can I just sit here and eat popcorn and just bask in it? He even used the 'I have gay friends so everything I say is legit' argument. It's maybe the purest condensation of everything that's wrong with the gamer community just squeezed into one post. It's like... almost perfect. I couldn't type up something half as ridiculous if I wanted to.

Right, yeah, I'm just gonna let this one do the work for me. Shine on, you crazy diamond.

PiCroft:

surg3n:
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The best way to achieve equality is for anyone not straight and white is to basically pretend to be straight and white.

Does it help you maintain your persecution complex to imagine gay people start and end every sentence with "I'm gay"?

No, the best way to achieve equality is for everyone to shut the fuck up and get on with the game. If your gay, then that's awesome, I hope you're happy, but it has nothing to do with videogames, I don't need to know anything about you that isn't related to the game, I don't care. Aren't most gamers in the same frame of mind? - save the insults for in-game stupidity, keep the chit-chat relevant to the game, because all the other crap is irrelevant.

surg3n:

PiCroft:

surg3n:
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The best way to achieve equality is for anyone not straight and white is to basically pretend to be straight and white.

Does it help you maintain your persecution complex to imagine gay people start and end every sentence with "I'm gay"?

No, the best way to achieve equality is for everyone to shut the fuck up and get on with the game. If your gay, then that's awesome, I hope you're happy, but it has nothing to do with videogames, I don't need to know anything about you that isn't related to the game, I don't care. Aren't most gamers in the same frame of mind? - save the insults for in-game stupidity, keep the chit-chat relevant to the game, because all the other crap is irrelevant.

Are you saying the reason gay people get harassed is because you think they barge into every discussion and bring up their sexuality?

And yeah,"I have gay friends so I'm totally able to speak on their behalf on this guys!" is so asinine I'm not even going to continue this discussion.

PiCroft:

surg3n:

PiCroft:

The best way to achieve equality is for anyone not straight and white is to basically pretend to be straight and white.

Does it help you maintain your persecution complex to imagine gay people start and end every sentence with "I'm gay"?

No, the best way to achieve equality is for everyone to shut the fuck up and get on with the game. If your gay, then that's awesome, I hope you're happy, but it has nothing to do with videogames, I don't need to know anything about you that isn't related to the game, I don't care. Aren't most gamers in the same frame of mind? - save the insults for in-game stupidity, keep the chit-chat relevant to the game, because all the other crap is irrelevant.

Are you saying the reason gay people get harassed is because you think they barge into every discussion and bring up their sexuality?

And yeah,"I have gay friends so I'm totally able to speak on their behalf on this guys!" is so asinine I'm not even going to continue this discussion.

Why not read my post instead of asking me what I'm saying?

Answer me this - HOW DO PEOPLE KNOW THAT THEY ARE GAY?

How is being gay, even a factor in a videogame. People call other players gay all the time, but that tends not to have any relevance at all, because they say it to everyone. When a gay person defends themselves, they are basically opening the floodgates. It would be far better if they just ignored the idiots, hell, unplug the damn microphone. I know that sounds horrible, but if you don't like the constant insults, don't use a mic - you won't hear them, they won't be directed at you - you'll just be a gamer with no mic, anonymous. It's not a matter of hiding yourself or censoring yourself - it's a matter of enjoying what you came to the computer for in the first place, playing the game with no harassment.

Edit: Yes that sounds like you have to pretend to be a straight white dude - but it's not, it's about being a gamer, when you do this, you aren't anything - you could be anybody, any sexuality, any orientation, nationality, anything, it's taking away the negative players ammo.

Also, I mentioned that I have gay friends because I was being accused of being some homophobic a-hole, and thought it was worth mentioning that I don't offend them with my viewpoints. I guess that's the worst thing ever ehh?, having real life experience and opinions and the bollocks to actually tell it.

piinyouri:
As a gay person, I think this is stupid.

"Treat us as equals while we do things that separate us into 'us and them'.

Parades in my mind are bad for this same reason.

I thought I'd re-iterate this point because it's very relevant IMO. Could I ask you to go into more detail about your thoughts on this, and your thoughts on online harassment.

Why are people arguing about this? If they want their own convention, and have enough people to support them, then let them have their fun. I don't see anything wrong with this.

surg3n:

PiCroft:

surg3n:

No, the best way to achieve equality is for everyone to shut the fuck up and get on with the game. If your gay, then that's awesome, I hope you're happy, but it has nothing to do with videogames, I don't need to know anything about you that isn't related to the game, I don't care. Aren't most gamers in the same frame of mind? - save the insults for in-game stupidity, keep the chit-chat relevant to the game, because all the other crap is irrelevant.

Are you saying the reason gay people get harassed is because you think they barge into every discussion and bring up their sexuality?

And yeah,"I have gay friends so I'm totally able to speak on their behalf on this guys!" is so asinine I'm not even going to continue this discussion.

Why not read my post instead of asking me what I'm saying?

Answer me this - HOW DO PEOPLE KNOW THAT THEY ARE GAY?

How is being gay, even a factor in a videogame. People call other players gay all the time, but that tends not to have any relevance at all, because they say it to everyone. When a gay person defends themselves, they are basically opening the floodgates. It would be far better if they just ignored the idiots, hell, unplug the damn microphone. I know that sounds horrible, but if you don't like the constant insults, don't use a mic - you won't hear them, they won't be directed at you - you'll just be a gamer with no mic, anonymous. It's not a matter of hiding yourself or censoring yourself - it's a matter of enjoying what you came to the computer for in the first place, playing the game with no harassment.

How dare those gay people deign to play games like the rest of us do, and defend themselves when their sexual preferences are used as an insult? It's almost like they think they should be respected or something!

You can say "it's all right, because everyone else is called "gay" during a game". Do you really not see a problem with that being the go-to insult?

thebobmaster:

surg3n:

PiCroft:

Are you saying the reason gay people get harassed is because you think they barge into every discussion and bring up their sexuality?

And yeah,"I have gay friends so I'm totally able to speak on their behalf on this guys!" is so asinine I'm not even going to continue this discussion.

Why not read my post instead of asking me what I'm saying?

Answer me this - HOW DO PEOPLE KNOW THAT THEY ARE GAY?

How is being gay, even a factor in a videogame. People call other players gay all the time, but that tends not to have any relevance at all, because they say it to everyone. When a gay person defends themselves, they are basically opening the floodgates. It would be far better if they just ignored the idiots, hell, unplug the damn microphone. I know that sounds horrible, but if you don't like the constant insults, don't use a mic - you won't hear them, they won't be directed at you - you'll just be a gamer with no mic, anonymous. It's not a matter of hiding yourself or censoring yourself - it's a matter of enjoying what you came to the computer for in the first place, playing the game with no harassment.

How dare those gay people deign to play games like the rest of us do, and defend themselves when their sexual preferences are used as an insult? It's almost like they think they should be respected or something!

You can say "it's all right, because everyone else is called "gay" during a game". Do you really not see a problem with that being the go-to insult?

That's a problem that can't effectively be solved, it can only be ignored, not excused. Having a gay-centric convention is no solution, if anything, it gives them more ammo. y point is that being called a 'fag' in an online game tends not to be about sexuality, it's about insulting people, and if it works, then people will keep doing it. You have to question someones intellect when calling someone a 'fag' is the best insult they can think of - I just think that it needs to be less effective, and for that to happen it has to be taken less seriously.

As a bisexual I personally don't see the point in this.

What is wrong with the conventions that already exist?

Why do we need to keep slapping labels on people like some guy working the discount section at a supermarket?

People are Gay, Lesbian and Bi yes, but we don't need to go around calling them Gaymers or provide additional cons when the already existing ones are fine.

We don't need a con for them, we don't need a bright and colourful flag to say that this community supports this aforementioned community (which is what this'll be).

Yes I know that anyone is welcome to the con, and this is what supports my statement of 'what is the point' because everyone is welcome to any con.

And I can't be the only one to not think like this, because if I was they'd have the money on kick starter by now.

This seems ridiculously counter-intuitive.

First off, gaming conventions should be about gaming. Everyone should feel free to attend, regardless of race or sexual orientation, because its about the gaming. In fact in a standard gaming convention, I imagine many many members of the LGBT community attend and have a fine time. Because they're people. They go there as gamers, and have fun as gamers. Because a gaming convention is not about sexual orientation.

If anything making a convention that is named and promoted this way is just begging for trouble. You're taking video games and LGBT issues. Some of America's top issues for attracting negative press and ridiculous extremists of the anti variety, and you're sticking them together. Seems like you're trying as hard as possible to make an event which will call the focus of bigots and assholes.

I have no problem with awareness for LGBT community, or people's sexual orientation, but I gotta say, if I were gay, I would skip this. Because its inviting the exact type of situation you're trying to promote awareness of to avoid. Its a hostile situation in the making.

A tricky issue, but as a bi guy myself I'm indifferent. So, what's the point?

While I'm all for making people feel accepted, I don't know if this is the best way of doing it. Maybe if they re-branded this "acceptance con" maybe it would give a better message. Because right now it seems more of a segregation thing, and I don't equate that with equality.

How is this an issue? Aren't homosexuels normal people?

When I was at GamesCon in 2010, I meet a guy who was a homosexual, nobody haressed him, nobody cared!

Seems somewhat hypocritical to self-segregate yourselves when at the same time other LGBT people are campaigning to be treated just like everyone else.

Also the 'queer' tag on the article is excessive.

"Gay rights is a good job, mate. Challenging work, outdoors, garuntee you'll never go ingnored. Because at the end of the day, as long as there are two people left in the world, someone has a 25% chance of being homosexual."

I'm not really opposed to this, I mean it's their money so they can spend it however they want. In my opinion a con should simply be a place where anyone can go and enjoy themselves among others who share their passion for the medium/genre the con is dedicated to that's more focused on the medium/genre than it is the identity of attendees, but again they can do what they want and I'm certainly not going to stop someone who wants to go.

What I'm curious about is how the con is going to ensure that it's safe? I mean, the assumption is that this is of course going to be a place where anyone in the LGBT community can go and not fear harassment (does this happen often at cons? I've only been to Fan Expo and didn't notice anything bad going on), but how do the organizers ensure that? I mean you would think the name alone of GaymerCon would attract the homophobes to come just for, pardon the term, "open season". I suppose the dumb homophobe would give themselves away before even going in, so that wouldn't be a problem, but the smart ones could easily wait till they're inside and then start targeting. Not a complaint against the con, just curious as to what measures are being developed to ensure safety.

WashAran:
How is this an issue? Aren't homosexuels normal people?

When I was at GamesCon in 2010, I meet a guy who was a homosexual, nobody haressed him, nobody cared!

Good job! You've just discovered the use of "Anecdotal Evidence"! It is ineffective.

Elijin:
This seems ridiculously counter-intuitive.

First off, gaming conventions should be about gaming. Everyone should feel free to attend, regardless of race or sexual orientation, because its about the gaming. In fact in a standard gaming convention, I imagine many many members of the LGBT community attend and have a fine time. Because they're people. They go there as gamers, and have fun as gamers. Because a gaming convention is not about sexual orientation.

If anything making a convention that is named and promoted this way is just begging for trouble. You're taking video games and LGBT issues. Some of America's top issues for attracting negative press and ridiculous extremists of the anti variety, and you're sticking them together. Seems like you're trying as hard as possible to make an event which will call the focus of bigots and assholes.

I have no problem with awareness for LGBT community, or people's sexual orientation, but I gotta say, if I were gay, I would skip this. Because its inviting the exact type of situation you're trying to promote awareness of to avoid. Its a hostile situation in the making.

I don't think people understand that gaming conventions aren't just about gaming, or indeed any convention is truly about the central media it promotes. They're about the people that go there, about the community, the people that go out of there way to attend the conventions either for the game demos or the panels or to meet their online buddies. It's about forging connections, having discussions, buying some merch. I wonder if most people here have ever been to a con as anyone will tell you that it's not the media specifically, but what the media brings to the people that come. You have costume contests, get togethers or lan parties, and in the end it's a huge dance party where everyone has a good time. Do you think people are going to QuakeCon specifically because they want to try out some of the games on display? Hell no! They're going there, maybe bringing their own computers, to meet other people, to see the panels, to frag some friends on the show floor, get some merch while they're at it! Don't confuse E3-like events with actual conventions.

This con is meant to be a place where gamers of all sexual orientation can come together and have a fun, safe time. Like it or not, sexual orientation and the use of it as either a derogatory insult or just completely ignoring it in game development is in effect today. This con is here so that people can be open and free to discuss these issues as I'm sure many developers will come into panels and weigh in on these issues. I really don't see why this con can't and shouldn't exist. It's trying to bring tolerance and respect into this community, and yet people are pissing and moaning about "segregation" and "OMG, like, why does it matter!" If you will get out of your comfortable little rock dome, you would know why.

Jumplion:

I don't think people understand that gaming conventions aren't just about gaming, or indeed any convention is truly about the central media it promotes. They're about the people that go there, about the community, the people that go out of there way to attend the conventions either for the game demos or the panels or to meet their online buddies. It's about forging connections, having discussions, buying some merch. I wonder if most people here have ever been to a con as anyone will tell you that it's not the media specifically, but what the media brings to the people that come. You have costume contests, get togethers or lan parties, and in the end it's a huge dance party where everyone has a good time. Don't confuse E3-like events with actual conventions.

That doesn't dispute what I said. I said its about gaming and gamers. About a group of people with a common hobby, who come together to celebrate that hobby in a social environment. I have been to cons and I dont see the 'anti-gay' sentiments people are talking about. Yes, gaming SHOWS are all about booth babes and the such, but gaming cons are about people dressing up in ridiculous outfits, not caring whether people think negative things about those outfits or their person and having a lot of fun with like-minded people.

Like I said, conventions arent about sexual orientation, they're about gamers doing their thing. Gamers come in all shapes, sizes, genders, ages and sexual preferences.

And as I previously said, this seems like an event which is going to generate a hostile environment in spite of its intentions. Because assholes are assholes, and this idea takes two powderkeg issues and tries to pretend it wont attract the wrong attention by the wrong people.

Bigsmith:

We don't need a con for them, we don't need a bright and colourful flag to say that this community supports this aforementioned community (which is what this'll be).

Yes I know that anyone is welcome to the con, and this is what supports my statement of 'what is the point' because everyone is welcome to any con.

The point, as I see it anyway, is that highlighting a group of people who within the subculture of gaming come under abuse, which does happen regardless of how tolerant most people are, and creating an event where these issues can be highlighted and show people it isnt acceptable. Plus, gay people are under represented in games, and surely thats the sort of thing it's focusing on?

I don't understand the number of comments going on about 'segregation' either when that isn't the point of the thing.

I don't know what to think of this.

One one hand, it's a goodwill gesture toward gay people and I doubt any ill will is intended.

On the flip side, why do they need to segregate gay gamers from 'gamers' in general? Why, they are not true gamers because of their sexual orientation?

It seems a bit odd to me. Perhaps they could have drawn attention to some major gay events during the convention, but basing the entire convention around a sexual preference is not the best of ideas.

Elijin:
That doesn't dispute what I said. I said its about gaming and gamers. About a group of people with a common hobby, who come together to celebrate that hobby in a social environment.

Yeah, and this con is doing exactly that, just framing a specific issue for everyone to gather round in. What's the problem with that?

I have been to cons and I dont see the 'anti-gay' sentiments people are talking about.

Anecdotal evidence, irrelevant. I have been to cons to and I've seen not only anti-gay sentiments but also sexist (on both sides) and creepy people being insensitive towards others. Doesn't mean that there aren't nice people at cons. This con is not just about games, but also for generating support for the LGBTQ community and a place where people can safely be themselves for a group of underprivileged people whose sexual orientation is the go-to insult for many online games.

Yes, gaming SHOWS are all about booth babes and the such, but gaming cons are about people dressing up in ridiculous outfits, not caring whether people think negative things about those outfits or their person and having a lot of fun with like-minded people.

Like I said, conventions arent about sexual orientation, they're about gamers doing their thing. Gamers come in all shapes, sizes, genders, ages and sexual preferences.

Yeah, and this con is specifically framed so that the gay community can freely do this without ridicule or persecution along with their friends, straight or gay. Gamers do come in all shapes and sizes, but some shapes and sizes need to have attention brought to them because they're unfairly treated and people willingly refuse to even talk about the issues because the issues don't affect themselves personally. Gaming does not live in a social vacuum, the issues of the day affect what goes on in the industry as well. Most other cons, this type of dicussion would barely even be a blip. Now there is a con where everyone can come together and be open about themselves even more than at regular cons, and panels where developers can actually talk about these sorts of issues.

And as I previously said, this seems like an event which is going to generate a hostile environment in spite of its intentions. Because assholes are assholes, and this idea takes two powderkeg issues and tries to pretend it wont attract the wrong attention by the wrong people.

That's for the con to work out, and certainly not reason enough to be against this con.

Okay, for anyone who doesn't get this, try the following:

Add something that denotes gaypride to your username on xBox Live.

Seriously, see what happens.

It's important to show that sort of discriminating behavior is unacceptable. Gay characters barely exist in this medium, and in this industry in general. When they do, it's often in porn games or for cheap fanservice. Vamp from Metal Gear and Kanji from Persona 4 are the only LGBT characters I can think of that aren't offensive. Not a SINGLE well-developed lesbian character or trans character comes to mind. I'm sure they exist, but not in the mainstream. That's depressing. Gays are a major minority that are greatly ignored and harassed. This convention heals that image in a small way.

Anyone can go to this convention. The point is this shows that we don't all care about orientation, and go out of our way to embrace a very often abused and neglected group of people. There is no segregation.

ZehMadScientist:
I don't know what to think of this.

One one hand, it's a goodwill gesture toward gay people and I doubt any ill will is intended.

On the flip side, why do they need to segregate gay gamers from 'gamers' in general? Why, they are not true gamers because of their sexual orientation?

It seems a bit odd to me. Perhaps they could have drawn attention to some major gay events during the convention, but basing the entire convention around a sexual preference is not the best of ideas.

They are not segregating anyone! The con is free for anyone, regardless of sexual orientation, to join. The entire point of this convention is acceptance and diversity, the name is just to draw attention to it and to signify the main topic that this con is about.

Overusedname:
Okay, for anyone who doesn't get this, try the following:

Add something that denotes gaypride to your username on xBox Live.

Seriously, see what happens.

It's important to show that sort of discriminating behavior is unacceptable. Gay characters barely exist in this medium, and in this industry in general. When they do, it's often in porn games or for cheap fanservice. Vamp from Metal Gear and Kanji from Persona 4 are the only LGBT characters I can think of that aren't offensive. Not a SINGLE well-developed lesbian character or trans character comes to mind. I'm sure they exist, but not in the mainstream. That's depressing. Gays are a major minority that are greatly ignored and harassed. This convention heals that image in a small way.

Anyone can go to this convention. The point is this shows that we don't all care about orientation, and go out of our way to embrace a very often abused and neglected group of people. There is no segregation.

If there was a like button in this forum, I would like this six ways to Sunday.

This seems a bit like overkill, ideally, having events such as E3, Comicon etc come on board publicly as GLAAD friendly.

But if you say that there is no stigma for people who are GLBTI, I wish to point you to the many cultures of gaming that use the Fg word, the Rp word and various other sex and sexual based words in a negative light in flaming or smack talking during games. If you feel that gamers are an all accepting bunch who a GLBTI should feel completely safe around, think again.

My vote is for a Marcus and Dom float in the next pride parade :).

itsthesheppy:

You're missing the fact that the 'xbox live' community represents the overwhelming majority of the gamersphere. Because I'm assuming you're lumping in the WoW, CoD, BF communities and so forth. The big ones. Having vacationed in those communities from time to time I can tell you one thing for certain: homosexuals don't get a lot of positive talk. In fact one of the number one insults that crop up time and again are homosexual pejoratives.

Homosexuals are having a tough time right now (which is nothing new). Did you see the lines of people outside Chik-fil-A's lately, queuing up to show their support for the oppression of their civil liberties? Can you imagine what that would feel like if it was tens of thousands of people all showing their solidarity in declaring you, Prof. Beany, a sub-person?

Let them have a gaming convention. Let them have something tailored to them, celebrating them, a place where they know they can be open about themselves and be surrounded by those who are like them. A safe place where they don't have to worry about maybe being harassed and accosted, someplace where they can feel like it's for them.

It's true that cons like PAX don't necessarily discriminate, but that doesn't mean that subsets of people can't have one that's for them. And just in case you're worried about it being some sort of reverse discrimination, you're welcome to attend to.

In fact, it's sort of the flipside, isn't it? I mean lets face it: what with booth babes and such, it's pretty clear that video games are marketed largely to heterosexuals (and being the overwhelming societal majority that's no surprise). Homosexuals are welcome to attend, but it's not for them. You (and the rest of us really) are so used to having things catered to us, for us, that it can be nigh-on impossible to imagine what it might be like if it wasn't. Well, a con like this gives them a place where in some small way, it will be.

Are they not allowed that little bit? That tiny thing, without the rest of us 'enlightened' folks trying to cut them down?

The Random One:
Anyone saying gay people don't need this, or shouldn't do this, needs to spend more time at The Borderhouse to see how they are treated.

Anyone complaining about the name needs to spend more time at Rock Paper Shotgun to develop an appreciation for the art of punning.

Both QFT.

It kind of baffles me how people are posting in this thread talking of equality for everyone and then bitching about the LGBT community hosting a gaming-convention. Does the irony/hypocrisy escape them?

Captcha: How about that?
Yes. How about that, captcha? How about that, indeed.

If this convention is about showcasing games that were created by gay developers or incorporated the gay community, like the gay film festivals do, then great. The other conventions tend to focus on the big names so a con featuring that sort of material would be a good addition.

Edit: I didn't like the name at first and then it came to me. Gaymer Conventions sounds like a convention for homosexual elves from the Elder Scrolls games. Would be quite impression if that was the intention.

RJ 17:

Grey Carter:
...mildly terrifying support to an upcoming convention for LGBT geeks.

And for my dick-move of the day, I'll point out that you forgot a letter in the homosexual alliance acronym, Grey. Evidently they've gone ahead and added a "Q" onto the end which wikipedia defines as being "Queer" or "Questioning". Personally I'd have to hope it's the latter as the former seems like a derogatory name for homosexuals in general.

"Queer" has been used in some cases as a way of "taking back" the word. If you're a Simpsons fan, you may remember the early episode, where Homer was complaining about gay guys like John taking away "queer" as an insult: "That was our word!"

There are many different acronyms; Wikipedia has a good list. I do remember what the GSA at my college used: LGBTQQAIF: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, allied, intersex, fluid. In any case, the other acronyms are designed in an effort to be more inclusive of "related" communities, while some people feel the shorter acronyms are inclusive already.

As a man in a long-term relationship with a woman, this con sounds good to me; if I'm still in Northern California next year, I'll go. This isn't just for gay gamers, like PAX isn't just for fans of Penny Arcade. But it's gaming-related and friendly, so I know I'll have fun.

Straight Gamer Convention - homosexuals also welcome

See, if reversing it makes it bigotry, grats on being bigots. This kind of alienating separatist thinking is part of the problem.

I dont wanna go to any con hosted by the Gaymers. Safest backhome, away from post-apocalyptic lizardmen.

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