GLaDOS and The Sniper Join Up To Support GaymerX2

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GLaDOS and The Sniper Join Up To Support GaymerX2

GLaDOS and The Sniper have come together to express their support for the upcoming GaymerX2 convention and encourage everyone else to do the same.

Do the names Ellen McLain and John Patrick Lowrie ring a bell? No? You might know them better as GLaDOS and The Sniper, two of the many characters the husband-and-wife team of voice actors have portrayed over the years. They recently put their talents to use in support a good cause, the GaymerX2 convention, and the results are pretty fantastic.

The GaymerX2 Kickstarter has almost doubled its fundraising goal but there's still more than two weeks left in the campaign and plenty of stretch goals to achieve. At $20,000, there will be a cosplay contest and party; $30,000 will see another band added to the GaymerXConcert; $40,000 will bring McClain and Lowrie to the event for a wedding, signings, a voice acting panel and other activities; $50,000 adds a "bonus celebrity" to the lineup; and on it goes.

Without any effects, McLain's voice isn't exactly GLaDOS, but it's close enough (and creepy enough), and the passive-aggressive threats ensure that there's no mistaking it; Lowrie's turn as The Sniper is less obvious if you're not looking for it. Even so, it's great to see a couple of well-known voice actors throwing their support behind such a worthwhile cause. I hope they can help push donations to the point where they're able to attend.

GaymerX2 takes place from July 11 to 13 at the Intercontinental Hotel in San Francisco. For more information, hit up gaymerx.com or the GaymerX2 Kickstarter.

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This is the first time I've seen her 'n his faces!

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Ello, evil robot potato.

I lost it when she said "Or maybe you're a reactionary pig".

I can see why she plays Glados.

Andy Chalk:

Do the names Ellen McLain and John Patrick Lowrie ring a bell? No? You might know them better as GLaDOS and The Sniper, two of the many characters the husband-and-wife team of voice actors have portrayed over the years.

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THEY'RE HUSBAND AND WIFE?!!!!

Also, even with out all the filters to make her sound robotic, Ellen McLain still sounds like Glados, and thats just amazing

Ellen McLain looks a little different in this than when I last saw a picture of her... I don't want to sound nasty and it's not my intention, but I think she's aged in the past 5 or so years.

But, she's still totally awesome. Equal parts funny and chilling. Imagine if she was your aunty or something and you were at her house for dinner.

"Now eat your vegetables. You wouldn't want to disappoint me, would you? You wouldn't like that..."

AldUK:
Ellen McLain looks a little different in this than when I last saw a picture of her... I don't want to sound nasty and it's not my intention, but I think she's aged in the past 5 or so years.

I've got some bad news for you: Based on the results of several rigorous scientific studies, everybody currently alive and of at least five years of age has aged by half a decade in that time span. Even you! If you feel you have not aged, please contact the nearest Scientist and let them know at once. They will be very interested in examining you.

AldUK:

I've got some bad news for you: Based on the results of several rigorous scientific studies, everybody currently alive and of at least five years of age has aged by half a decade in that time span. Even you! If you feel you have not aged, please contact the nearest Scientist and let them know at once. They will be very interested in examining you.

Is that you, J.K. Simmons?

AidoZonkey:

THEY'RE HUSBAND AND WIFE?!!!!

Yep, and it's always interesting when people find out because I love seeing their reactions. Another couple that actually got married based on their jobs were Wayne Allwine and Russi Taylor, better known as the voice actors for Mickey and Minnie Mouse (well up until Mr. Allwine's death in 2009 T^T).
Another one I found interesting, while not being husband and wife, is that famous Japanese voice actors Akio Ohtsuka and Chikao Ohtsuka are father and son and have actually worked on many project together. In fact, in the Kingdom Hearts series, Chikao Ohtsuka is the voice actor of Master Xehanort and Akio Ohtsuka is the voice actor for Ansem Seeker of Darkness (Xehanort's Heartless).

AidoZonkey:
THEY'RE HUSBAND AND WIFE?!!!!

Yup. They worked on the Half-Life 2 games as well. She's obviously the higher-profile of the two thanks to her work as GLaDOS, but he's provided voices for quite a few more games and appears in Left 4 Dead.

Not sure if a homosexual focused gaming convention is really necessary. All I mean by that is that this is 2014 and most gaming conventions should be pretty accepting of that sort of thing, to the point where a gay focused ones just feels a little redundant. Then again there's a lot of real world trolls out there so I could be wrong.

... This is incredible. To finally see their faces and know that I can become part of a larger cause- it's a win/win baby.

I also love how the two voice actors of such big Valve games are married. I wouldn't be surprised if big hit characters ended up having their voice actors getting married too. It all works out in the end when you think about it.

Caramel Frappe:
... This is incredible. To finally see their faces and know that I can become part of a larger cause- it's a win/win baby.

I also love how the two voice actors of such big Valve games are married. I wouldn't be surprised if big hit characters ended up having their voice actors getting married too. It all works out in the end when you think about it.

This is completely unrelated to your post and to this thread (And I will have a comment on the topic at hand but I have to say this or else my brain will implode), but I absolutely fucking love your avatar. In fact I just went wide eyed, gasped, kept my mouth agape and didn't breathe for 20 seconds. You are awesome.

OT: I just love Ellen McLain, and even without all the effects, I could still hear it in my head and clapped giddily when it ended. "Or you're just a reactionary pig." was brilliant. I knew she was in Half-Life as the voice of the Overwatch, but I didn't know what she was in L4D.. To the internets!

Verdict's still in.

GLaDOS still scaring as sin.

Magmarock:
Not sure if a homosexual focused gaming convention is really necessary. All I mean by that is that this is 2014 and most gaming conventions should be pretty accepting of that sort of thing, to the point where a gay focused ones just feels a little redundant. Then again there's a lot of real world trolls out there so I could be wrong.

Yeah, I created a puppet account just to point out that "we" as a community still, in 2014, have issues with WOMEN attending game conventions. Not as progressive as you think..

Magmarock:
Not sure if a homosexual focused gaming convention is really necessary. All I mean by that is that this is 2014 and most gaming conventions should be pretty accepting of that sort of thing, to the point where a gay focused ones just feels a little redundant. Then again there's a lot of real world trolls out there so I could be wrong.

I knew someone was going to post something like this.

It shouldn't matter whether or not it's necessary. If the gay community wants their own convention, where they don't have to worry about listening to people calling each other 'faggots' or being all enraged that Anders hit on them once, let them. The gaming community is one of the least accepting communities I've ever seen.

OT: I forgot how much I like GLaDOS's voice actress. She's so charmingly terrifying.

Well, if nothing else McLain's voice was more recognisably GLaDOS than in her election vid.

JayElleBee:

Magmarock:
Not sure if a homosexual focused gaming convention is really necessary. All I mean by that is that this is 2014 and most gaming conventions should be pretty accepting of that sort of thing, to the point where a gay focused ones just feels a little redundant. Then again there's a lot of real world trolls out there so I could be wrong.

I knew someone was going to post something like this.

It shouldn't matter whether or not it's necessary. If the gay community wants their own convention, where they don't have to worry about listening to people calling each other 'faggots' or being all enraged that Anders hit on them once, let them. The gaming community is one of the least accepting communities I've ever seen.

OT: I forgot how much I like GLaDOS's voice actress. She's so charmingly terrifying.

Well actually it kind of does matter but maybe not for the reasons you think I'm going to say.

It matters because if a group of people feel that they need (or want for a better term) their own meeting place to fit in then that is a sign that they don't feel welcome in the rest of the gaming community. Maybe they don't, perhaps there are still too many homophobes for gay people to feel welcome and if that is the case, I'd say that it does matter.

Magmarock:
Not sure if a homosexual focused gaming convention is really necessary. All I mean by that is that this is 2014 and most gaming conventions should be pretty accepting of that sort of thing, to the point where a gay focused ones just feels a little redundant. Then again there's a lot of real world trolls out there so I could be wrong.

Should be accepting, the key word is should

Unfortunately, the gaming community (and a large number of other communities) is still homophobic to a large degree

Even just in general life, I often read (AL Subreddit...) about people getting screamed at by their parents, thrown out, etc. for being gay. We're not living that idealistic "everyone is a chill person" dream...

Falterfire:

AldUK:
Ellen McLain looks a little different in this than when I last saw a picture of her... I don't want to sound nasty and it's not my intention, but I think she's aged in the past 5 or so years.

I've got some bad news for you: Based on the results of several rigorous scientific studies, everybody currently alive and of at least five years of age has aged by half a decade in that time span. Even you! If you feel you have not aged, please contact the nearest Scientist and let them know at once. They will be very interested in examining you.

I've got some news for you too; some people go decades appearing to age very little visibly. Keanu Reeves, Patrick Stewart, etc. Then all of a sudden they appear to age greatly in a short time period.

I didn't realise I'd even have to explain what I meant, but I guess that would ruin your joke at my expense.

I was going to say that this kind of thing seems unnecessary (before someone already did and several people made the very good point that most gamers are less accepting than I give them credit for), but it didn't really matter after I heard Ellen McLain and John Patrick Lowrie speak.

Know what? You guys and gals have your convention, just as long as those who aren't gay can still attend, if only to meet those two fantastic people.

I don't see why anyone who wants to attend would be turned away at the door just because they were heterosexual. A person would probably be escorted off the premises by security if he were to make homophobic comments, though. The point of an LGBT gaming convention is not to exclude heterosexual cisgendered people, but to make sure that we have a fun place to go that's relevant to our interests where we don't have to deal with all the flack we get from closed-minded individuals.

Wether or not a Convention for this or that is 'necessary' is just an odd question. It's not like we can only have a limited number of conventions a year, thus we must only choose conventions that are, well, conventional.

Having a fun and open event where LGBT topics in gaming can be discussed, or an event where gay (and straight couples!) can hold hands while they peruse the artist alley without fear of being pointed out is a good enough reason to hold these kinds of events. Even if it wasn't, People who want to go to them will still go to them, regardless of what others people think and therefore should do. You don't make decisions for anyone, only yourself.

LadyLightning:
I don't see why anyone who wants to attend would be turned away at the door just because they were heterosexual. A person would probably be escorted off the premises by security if he were to make homophobic comments, though. The point of an LGBT gaming convention is not to exclude heterosexual cisgendered people, but to make sure that we have a fun place to go that's relevant to our interests where we don't have to deal with all the flack we get from closed-minded individuals.

well said I couldnt of put it better myself.

generally the argument goes along the lines of "this LGBTI conference isnt really nesseasary" at the same time at the regular big name conferences "Can you leave the LGBTI issues out of the gaming conference!"

Jury is still out on whether Ellen McLain sounds more perfect as GLaDOS or wth her won facial expressions, but I'm delighted, just the same. She and Kevan Brighting should be cloned for the sole purpose of narrating each and every life event, ever.

On whether an event specifically for LGBT is necessary, I'm firmly convinced that it shouldn't be necessary. But shouldn't is, sadly, wishful thinking in a community where women are routinely threatened with rape for voicing opinions or "being gay" is stll hurled around as an insult on your average Multiplayer. I'm a straight male and even I feel the need to mute the hell out of everyone in MP games, so I can only imagine how it affects those directly involved.

Magmarock:
Not sure if a homosexual focused gaming convention is really necessary. All I mean by that is that this is 2014 and most gaming conventions should be pretty accepting of that sort of thing, to the point where a gay focused ones just feels a little redundant. Then again there's a lot of real world trolls out there so I could be wrong.

Should be accepting, the key word is should

Seydaman:
Should be accepting, the key word is should

Unfortunately, the gaming community (and a large number of other communities) is still homophobic to a large degree

Even just in general life, I often read (AL Subreddit...) about people getting screamed at by their parents, thrown out, etc. for being gay. We're not living that idealistic "everyone is a chill person" dream...

Accepting? Why should be have to be accepting? Why isn't it enough that we are tolerant?

OP: As stated previously, I don't know why this is needed. I can't seriously think that it really matters whether or not your character in minecraft is straight or gay.

Helmholtz Watson:

Accepting? Why should be have to be accepting? Why isn't it enough that we are tolerant?

Gamers are tolerant? Since when?

Ok, I'm not gonna argue this point, because I think it's subjective, but I know there are a lot of people who would argue that gamers are not nearly as tolerant as we all like to think.

OT: This is cool. I love Ellen Mclain, she's the best. I want to go to a con. :(

Phasmal:

Helmholtz Watson:

Accepting? Why should be have to be accepting? Why isn't it enough that we are tolerant?

Gamers are tolerant? Since when?
Ok, I'm not gonna argue this point, because I think it's subjective, but I know there are a lot of people who would argue that gamers are not nearly as tolerant as we all like to think.

They could argue that, but they would most likely be arguing about acceptance, where as I am referring to tolerance. Just because you tolerate something doesn't mean that you have to like or agree with it.

Helmholtz Watson:

Phasmal:

Helmholtz Watson:

Accepting? Why should be have to be accepting? Why isn't it enough that we are tolerant?

Gamers are tolerant? Since when?
Ok, I'm not gonna argue this point, because I think it's subjective, but I know there are a lot of people who would argue that gamers are not nearly as tolerant as we all like to think.

They could argue that, but they would most likely be arguing about acceptance, where as I am referring to tolerance. Just because you tolerate something doesn't mean that you have to like or agree with it.

OR, some people feel like they are not really being -tolerated- because they're still suffering with shit. That could have been the point I was making.

Either way, I'm not really into arguing this- so meh. I still think this is subjective based on your experience.

Phasmal:

Helmholtz Watson:

Accepting? Why should be have to be accepting? Why isn't it enough that we are tolerant?

Gamers are tolerant? Since when?

Ok, I'm not gonna argue this point, because I think it's subjective, but I know there are a lot of people who would argue that gamers are not nearly as tolerant as we all like to think.

OT: This is cool. I love Ellen Mclain, she's the best. I want to go to a con. :(

i guess it depends on which community you look in. i know that "small" communities like the total war community or the mount and blade community are more accepting then "big" communities like the League of Legends or CoD community.

Phasmal:

Helmholtz Watson:

Phasmal:

Gamers are tolerant? Since when?
Ok, I'm not gonna argue this point, because I think it's subjective, but I know there are a lot of people who would argue that gamers are not nearly as tolerant as we all like to think.

They could argue that, but they would most likely be arguing about acceptance, where as I am referring to tolerance. Just because you tolerate something doesn't mean that you have to like or agree with it.

OR, some people feel like they are not really being -tolerated- because they're still suffering with shit. That could have been the point I was making.

And your point still seems to mistake tolerance for acceptance.

To give an example of what I'm referring to, just look at my stance towards Final Fantasy style combat in video games. I personally dislike FF style fighting where its turn-based. I've said many times that I don't like this style and that I think its dumb, outdated, and something that has no place in modern games. However, I tolerate FF and other JRPG's using this style. I don't like turn-based combat, but I put up with it- I tolerate it.

Phasmal:

I still think this is subjective based on your experience.

No, the only thing "subjective" is your use of word "tolerance" as a synonym for the word "acceptance". The two are not the same.

To quote a gay character(Mr. Garrison) from South Park on the subject of tolerance:

"Tolerant, but not stupid! Look, just because you have to tolerate something doesn't mean you have to approve of it. Tolerate means you're just putting up with it. You tolerate a crying child sitting next to you on the airplane or, or you tolerate a bad cold. It can still piss you off!"

Helmholtz Watson:
Accepting? Why should be have to be accepting? Why isn't it enough that we are tolerant?

OP: As stated previously, I don't know why this is needed. I can't seriously think that it really matters whether or not your character in minecraft is straight or gay.

No, it isn't enough just be tolerant.

It's a part of morality based upon empathy (or at least sympathy)

While in your world it may seem perfectly irrelevant if your Minecraft character is gay, straight, pansexual, a potato, or whatever else, your world is not the world everyone else has. When I can still read stories about gay couples getting murdered and other people getting thrown out, verbally abused by their parents, and trying to kill themselves because their parents now despise them, acting like safe spaces are unnecessary is at best naive.

Seydaman:
No, it isn't enough just be tolerant.

It's a part of morality based upon empathy (or at least sympathy)

Who's morality? Yours?

Seydaman:
While in your world it may seem perfectly irrelevant if your Minecraft character is gay, straight, pansexual, a potato, or whatever else, your world is not the world everyone else has. When I can still read stories about gay couples getting murdered and other people getting thrown out, verbally abused by their parents, and trying to kill themselves because their parents now despise them, acting like safe spaces are unnecessary is at best naive.

Why exactly do video games have to be the place for those "safe places"? Why should gamers have to do this when video games are not the cause of people being murdered or disowned? If I want to play GTA, COD, Halo, ect, why should I have to be dragged into political discourse about LGBT issues when I just want to play the next COD game? I'm not saying you can't have these places, just that video games being that "safe place" makes about as much sense as having a library at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean- it isn't best place for it.

Helmholtz Watson:
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I wrote out a response, but posting it would continue this argument in a thread which doesn't deserve it.

This is not the place to post about how non-acceptance of LGBT people is all fine and good. If there should be one thread without that kind of thing, this should be it.

Awesome! ^^ Yay GLaDOS.

I wish I could afford a flight to San Fransisco so I could attend. Ah well.

inb4 thread descends into arguments about whether or not gay gamers deserve a convention

er... well, at least I'm on page 1 before things get really bad. **sigh**

Bara_no_Hime:
Awesome! ^^ Yay GLaDOS.

I wish I could afford a flight to San Fransisco so I could attend. Ah well.

inb4 thread descends into arguments about whether or not gay gamers deserve a convention

er... well, at least I'm on page 1 before things get really bad. **sigh**

I don't think it's about whether they deserve it or not, it's more about what the purpose of having it is? I mean if people want to hold/attend a convention for gaymers they're free do to so but even as someone who is gay I really don't see the point in it. I mean my sexuality and my gaming habits rarely crossover, I ain't a gay gamer but a gamer who is gay (if that makes sense.) and so if I was to attend any convention I would go to a Gaming convention not a Gayming convention.

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