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EA signs on to attend GaymerCon

Thursday, 20 September 2012 02:03 GMT By Brenna Hillier

EA is the first publisher to throw its support behind LGBTQ gaming convention Gaymercon.

“EA believes that to be truly innovative, you must be inclusive. We are proud to be a part of this event,” global diversity and inclusion officer Ginger Maseda said in a press release.

It’s not yet clear how EA will support the event, but presumably as it would any other expo or convention – by turning up to promote its games.

EA has a number of positive marks against its name in this realm; it is included on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s best places to work for LGBT equality list, with a 100% rating; it’s big on marriage equality; and it has been vocal in its ongoing support of BioWare’s increasingly inclusive games.

Although EA is the first major publisher to announce its support for the actual event, Xbox Live got behind Gaymercon’s Kickstarter.

Gaymercon takes place in early August 2013 in San Francisco.

Thanks, Escapist.

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28 Comments

  1. magnumfinger

    Brenna just banned me for homophobia!

    #1 2 years ago
  2. mrmike2012

    I wouldn’t say all that, but who gives a fuck about gay people playing video games? If you like games like heterosexuals you like games. Did other events block gays from attending? I don’t think so….So I don’t understand all of this segregation.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. lexph3re

    @2 better be careful. You will be branded a Homophob if you ask questions like that.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Dark

    Could you promote the same kind of conference (StraightCon) without getting destroyed by the media?

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Telepathic.Geometry

    Presumably gay people are given a lot of shit during online play and at events I guess. I have no beef with this event as long as straight people are welcome too…

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Rafa_L

    @2 Its not about leaving straight people out, it’s about creating a friendly enviroment among people with same interests. I would really like to go to a conference and meet other gay gamers and interact with companies that stands with us. And I think it’s great for visibility too, when talking about minorities in general, it’s very import to acknowledge them.

    @4 That kind of argument is so childish, and kind of boring, it’s not the same, and you should know it.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Dark

    ^ Whatever you say man , but personally i think sexual orientation has nothing to do with video games (the same thing about race,religion,sex etc..)

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Yoshi

    @7 Glad I’m not the only one.

    Sure there’s people online that say “omg gay” or “get back in the kitchen” but there’s also people who will just blatantly insult “fucking c**t bla bla” The fact is people can’t seem to take things on the chin and just move on, instead they make a big fuss then they just feed the trolls.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Ireland Michael

    The ignorance of most of the commenters so far would be hilarious if it wasn’t so disgusting and close minded.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Rafa_L

    @7 I think it has everything to do with it, there are few good games that you can roleplay as gay, lots of developers don’t take gays into account, and some that do, do it offensivelly. If they see it as a trending market, maybe they’ll think more about it.
    As for race, religion, sex, etc, those are completely relevant to games, sexism in games (read some good articles about it in vg247), discrimination, they all matter and they all have some impact in culture. On that note, I would see no problem with a “catholic con” promoting games and gamers with their values, if it were not about excluding, but including people.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Ali

    I think we need StarightCom ….

    It is kinda funny that the homosexuals themselves simply seperate themselves from the now open minded society. In the past they called for equality and once they started to have it, they wanted to be treated in a special way as if they aren’t an accepted part of the community.

    No hate intended, just stating my opinion.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Clupula

    Am I the only straight guy here not threatened by this?

    As for how accepting society is, I’d say all you’d have to do is look at the BioWare forums, where people threw a giant shitfit over the gay choices in Dragon Age 2 to know that we, as gamers, have not exactly been the most accepting lot.

    If gay people want to get together and have a friendly environment, where they don’t have to worry about some 12 year old making fudge packing jokes, I don’t see why we should have a problem with it.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Telepathic.Geometry

    @10: I had a similar debate with a Japanese friend of mine recently about the “Okamas” in One Piece. My friend reckoned that Bon Chan and Iva were kind of heroes, and were therefore giving a positive image for gay people, but I think that their peculiar brand of Japanese “gay”ness is seen by most Japanese as funny because they basically ridicule them, and I don’t think it does anything to promote the normality of being gay to the general public. On the contrary, it says “Look how strange they are!” in a kind of derogatory way.

    That’s why the few gay Japanese people I have met work hard to hide it. Maybe it’s different in Tokyo, I dunno…

    Sorry, stream of consciousness there.

    @12: Not to worry man, I’m not threatened either. I’m just generally against exclusionary events. I say have gay people and non-gay people, and try to bridge the gap between those two groups until they are just gamers… If that’s off the table, well, whatcha gonna do.

    It’s kinda like the gay group on EG, you don’t need to be gay to join it as far as I know…

    #13 2 years ago
  14. viralshag

    @13, you don’t need to be gay to go to this event either. It doesn’t exclude straight people, it’s just not aimed at them. Like #6 said, it’s about creating a friendly environment for people with the same interests. It’s just that one of the main interests is being gay, which will automatically make a lot of straight people uninterested and there’s nothing wrong with that.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. silkvg247

    I think the growing exclusion of women in most games is a far worse and worrying problem that we should be addressing. But yay EA, good on you for your free publicity, whatever.

    I think this idea is stupid to be honest, it just gives people a target to throw their bile filled hate at. You can’t force people to accept things.

    As I said before, never really had any problems at my LAN events in the UK, so this seems irrelevant for me personally. I suppose in other countries it’s probably worse though, and I can understand the need to find a comfortable climate and possibly new friends.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. roadkill

    LOL!! StraightCon ftw! ;) Anyway, I love your comments guys! Except Michaela’s of course. She’s being the same ignorant b***h that we’re used to.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. TheBlackHole

    I agree that the general gaming public (especially online) can be angry, homophobic, everythingphobic people, but gaming EVENTS host some of the most wonderfully open, friendly and welcoming people I’ve ever met.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Talkar

    @15
    Could you provide some data supporting your claim?
    I think i’ve seen more female characters now than ever in games!

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Mangoose

    Hi, I’m a straight, white male breezing through life without being discriminated against. If I don’t identify myself by sex, sexual orientation or race, neither should anyone else. Also, YOU are the bigots, because

    - Everyone here

    #19 2 years ago
  20. TheBlackHole

    @19 Okay, so you can observe. What exactly is your point?

    #20 2 years ago
  21. absolutezero

    I don’t think it would be irritating people as much if it was actually a games convention where the primary reasoning was the sharing and love of games. Like PAX for example.

    Its not though, games have been shunted back into second place and used as an excuse to create a homosexual convention.

    So why not just create a homosexual convention and video games there? Why the pretension to being an actual games con?

    Theres an anime and manga convention called yoai-con, its bascially about gay anime and manga, now that was set up for everyone regardless of sexual preference to share and enjoy the media that they like. Theres nothing political about yoai-con and there was no up-roar about it within the anime community at large. Gaymer con seems to the opposite, well at least its being portrayed as such.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Mangoose

    @20 Are you kidding me?

    #22 2 years ago
  23. absolutezero

    “Hi, I’m a straight, white male breezing through life without being discriminated against. If I don’t identify myself by sex, sexual orientation or race, neither should anyone else. Also, YOU are the bigots, because”

    VIDEO GAMES!

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Deacon

    I don’t see how anyone would receive abuse online for being gay, unless they volunteered this information into the public domain.

    If you’re self-obsessed enough to go around shouting out your sexual preference during a game of CoD, then you’re sort of asking for it, in the same way as if you called all the other players fuckwits or kept stating how you love a good game of tiddlywinks.

    IMO, gaming (as with many other hobbies) transcends race, sexual orientation, gender, etc. There will always be people who hate others for their personal life choices. Humans can be disgusting creatures. And how these people think a Gay-centric event like this will help change how things are I have no idea.

    Let them go for it though. Good luck to them. It just shouldn’t be the focal point imo.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. absolutezero

    Gay and Lesbian Cinema festivals, LGBT book conventions, yaoi-con. All of those appeared after the things that they celebrate and no one has a problem with them, the media relating to these minorities came out gradually and naturally from the mediums that they are a part of.

    Right now there are no such genres in video gaming which is why it feels to me that this con is somehow trying to force devs into creating a sub-genre that would have best been left to emerge by itself.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. monkeygourmet

    Fly Lesbian Seagulls!

    #26 2 years ago
  27. TheBlackHole

    @22 Are you not able to answer the question?

    #27 2 years ago
  28. Mangoose

    @27 Let’s leave it to the people who feel discriminated against to define whether or not it is a problem. And if they want to bring attention to it, let them. I can’t believe I needed to spell that out.

    #28 2 years ago

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  • Unreal Engine 4 GDC 2015 sizzle reel shows what the tech can do

    Unreal Engine 4 is a pretty versatile bit of tech, as this new sizzle reel shows. As one of the more ubiquitous engines, Unreal will be on show at GDC this week. Developer Epic produced the following sizzle reel to quickly demonstrate what it can do – cutting edge graphics (there are very few games […]

  • Survarium’s latest patch removes limit on battle ammo, rebalances experience gain

    The latest Survarium patch has readjusted the value of experience and reputation points gained and removed the limit to the maximum amount of ammo you can use in combat. Survarium developer Vostok Games has released patch 0.27a to the public, having recently finished testing it. The patch is a major one and covers changes to […]

  • The Hunt Begins in new Bloodborne TV spot

    Bloodborne is so close you can almost smell its coppery tang on the wind – and also you can watch commercials for it. Bloodborne arrives on PS4 at the end of this month (March 24 North America, March 25 Europe, March 27 UK) so excitement is starting to build. Sony isn’t helping keep us calm […]

  • World of Warcraft: you’ll soon be able to buy game time with gold

    Blizzard will soon allow World of Warcraft players to exchange in-game gold for game time and vice versa. Blizzard has announced a new system that will launch soon for World of Warcraft. The system is called WoW Token. Using this system, players will be able to buy game time using in-game gold. Here’s how it […]

  • 3D Realms’ Bombshell returns with the first gameplay trailer

    Remember 3D Realms’ Bombshell? The isometric ARPG that was announced last year? Well, it’s back, and we get to see gameplay footage. The game stars Shelly “Bombshell” Harrison, a bomb technician turned mercenary with a mechanical arm. She will embark on a quest to rescue the president and save Earth, all while shooting aliens. The […]

  • Unreal Engine 4 is now free for everyone to use

    Epic Games has made Unreal Engine 4 available for anyone to download and use, for free. Unreal Engine 4 is now free. Anyone can download it and start using it, the developer announced today in a blog post. The download features the the full set of tools used by Epic, and includes 100% of the […]

  • Call of Duty European Championship winner announced

    The winner of the European round of the Call of Duty Championship has been announced. This past weekend, 28 teams representing UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, the rest of Europe and Middle East attended the final of the European round of the Call of Duty Championship. UK team Epsilon eSports was crowned […]

  • GOG brings back Insomnia sale with discounts up to 90% off

    GOG.com is bringing back its Insomnia sale event with even more games. GOG’s Insomnia sale is back with double the amount of games. This year, there will be two sets of games available at once. The sets are seasoned classics and fresh new titles. Each set will feature games with discounts up to 90% off, […]

  • 2K is shutting down NBA 2K14 online servers, won’t affect career save files

    2K will be shutting down the servers for NBA 2K14 this month. The publisher revealed yesterday that online servers for NBA 2K14 will be turned offline on March 31. “You will no longer be able to play ranked games/online association,” reads the announcement. NBA 2K14 relied on online servers to store save files for MyCareer […]

  • One Dead or Alive tournament organiser is proposing ban of “over-sexualised” costumes

    A Dead or Alive tournament organiser has suggested a soft ban on some of the game’s “over-sexualised” costumes, and not everyone is happy. Tournament organiser “The HuBBs” took to the FreeStepDodge forums to suggest a list of rules that other offline tournaments can follow. The list goes over stages, characters, moves, which is certainly in […]

  • Destiny: all the news from Bungie’s open house Q&A

    Bungie hosted an open house Q&A session with the community last week and lots of exciting news have come out of it. Arekkz Gaming has gathered all the information that came out of Bungie’s open house Q&A in one handy video. The list is massive, going over Exotic weapon balance, upcoming events, PVE, Crucible rewards, […]

  • Elite: Dangerous and Star Citizen to honour Nimoy with in-game memorials

    Developers behind space exploration games Elite: Dangerous and Star Citizen will honour the memory of Leonard Nimoy through in-game memorials. The develops of both games have confirmed separately that in-game memorials will be established to honour the memory of the late Star Trek actor, Leonard Nimoy, famous for playing Spock. Elite: Dangerous executive producer Michael […]

  • Deal: get a PlayStation 4 + three exclusives for $399

    Amazon’s latest PlayStation 4 deal is not one to miss. With purchase of a PlayStation 4 console from Amazon in the US, the online retailer will throw in digital codes for Infamous Second Son, Killzone Shadow Fall and The Last of Us: Remastered, all for the same MSRP of $399. The Last of Us Remastered […]

  • Destiny: this is how one player predicted House of Wolves details and Xur’s inventory

    The method one Redditor possibly used to leak some details from Destiny’s House of Wolves was the same one he used to predict the inventory of Xur: Agent of the Nine. Last week, Reddit user Megamanexe4 leaked a few pieces of House of Wolves expansion content. The leaks included strikes, new Crucible mode, and a […]

  • Mortal Kombat X is coming to iOS… as a card-battler

    Mortal Kombat X will be releasing on mobile devices in some form, just not the one you except. Mortal Kombat X is coming to Android and iOS devices as an extension of the main game. It will launch in April alongside the console versions. The mobile game will be part card collecting and part fighting […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain announcement coming this Wednesday

    Kojima Productions will unveil something about Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain this Wednesday. Metal Gear Solid fans should standby for a Phantom Pain-related announcement on Wednesday, March 4. According to developer Kojima Productions’ Twitter, there’s going to be an announcement at 2pm GMT on Wednesday. The developer posted the following image. The image […]

  • Reader survey: time to let us get to know you better!

    We’d really appreciate it if you could fill in this survey about the websites you read and the games you buy. It massively helps! You can fill out the survey right here and obviously all the information you supply is confidential. It helps us build a better picture of the people who read our site […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium: here’s everything you get for $50

    Battlefield Hardline’s Premium membership will give players access to 4 new features, early access to expansion packs and more. EA detailed the offer today – it costs $50 in total (£40 in the UK) and gives players a whole bundle of new gear and content. Check it all out in handy list form below: Masks […]

  • Hayter’s gonna hate: the voice of Solid Snake wouldn’t answer my Metal Gear question

    Voice actor and Hollywood writer David Hayter discusses the differences between movies and games. And politely declines my leading question. “It might be fun to do a crazy, over-the-top film version of Saint’s Row.” Yeah, that headline is a bit cheap but you’re reading the work of a man who once asked the maker of […]

  • Xbox One bundle gets £100 price cut in UK

    Microsoft has knocked up to £100 off Xbox One bundles in the UK. The Xbox One with Kinect Assassin’s Creed bundle is now £100 cheaper and comes with a free £20 voucher to be spent on the official Microsoft online store. Over on the Xbox online store there’s a £70 price cut on the white […]

  • Pokemon Shuffle downloaded 1m times, free stuff given out to celebrate

    Free-to-play 3DS title Pokemon Shuffle has been downloaded over 1 million times. As a reward for playing the match-3 puzzle game Nintendo has gifted players a Complexity -1 item for free. The item reduces the difficulty of a level, according to Eurogamer. By all accounts Pokemon Shuffle is a cynical game with poorly implemented microtransactions. […]

  • Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power sure is pretty

    FrozenByte Games has revealed Trine 3, due for release in 2015 And what better way to reveal a new side-scrolling adventure than with a very pretty trailer full of gameplay? The latest in a series that has already sold 7 million copies is earmarked for PC and “other” formats. Trine 2 released on PS3, PS3, […]

  • Dying Light takes UK number one

    A month since it was released on digital platforms, Dying Light’s physical release has topped the UK charts. Techland and Warner’s zombie survival game has proven to be one of the big hits of the year so far. It was released on digital formats a month ago but has only just been released on good-old […]

  • GTA 5: that’s some seriously accurate grenade throwing

    Think you can take down a jet plane with a grenade throw? This guy can. In fact, he can do it twice. This is in a variation on the player-created deathmatch “Stunters Versus Snipers” which seem to be all the rage in GTA Online at the moment. One team has a sniper rifle (and grenades) […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: Mother Base turns pink in the morning sun

    The Phantom Pain looks nice even when Kojima just takes a quick pic with his phone. Look at that beauty. We get nice reflection in pink at the first gray of dawn. pic.twitter.com/aERTBoZT9z — HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) March 2, 2015 The game doesn’t have a release date yet, which makes us a bit nervous for it […]

  • Dying Light: Underpant Gnomes and 9 other secrets you missed

    Dying Light still has legs – maybe because it’s crammed full of secret things to discover. Ten of those have been highlighted by TerraMantis’ latest YouTube video, including reference to the Underpant Gnomes, guitar lessons, farting zombies and well, we don’t want to spoil it for you. Even if you think you’ve seen everything in […]

  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 Raid Mode dance gestures are deadly

    Why blind ‘em with science when you could kill ‘em with dance moves? revelations raid When I say Resident Evil: Revelations 2‘s Raid Mode dance gestures are deadly, I’m not being figurative. If you finish the first chapter of Revelations 2 you can unlock Gina for use in Raid Mode. All characters can use gestures […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition mod enables male Blackwall romance, terrific joke

    “Male Inquisitors can now scale the wall,” says a clever Redditor. A new Dragon Age: Inquisition mod removes Blackwall’s romantic restrictions, allowing male Inquisitors to chat up the fuzzy-faced warrior. Blackwall doesn’t have any race preferences, so you’re good to go there. Dragon Age: Inquisition romance mods are pretty common by now, and to be […]

  • Destiny: it is possible to solo the Weekly Heroic

    Destiny players willing to faff about with their system clock can solo the Weekly Nightfall if they prefer. The Weekly Heroic is one of Destiny‘s toughest challenges. Responding to player feedback Bungie implemented matchmaking for the Weekly Heroic, but there are players who genuinely prefer to go it alone. There’s now no legitimate way to […]

  • Clayfighter remaster on the way, says Interplay

    A Clayfighter remake is inbound, apparently. Interplay has announced a Clayfighter remaster, combining the content of all past games into one package. Features include: Characters such as Bad Mr. Frosty, Blue Suede Goo, Earthworm Jim, Hoppy, Boogerman, Tiny – and more with over 20 characters total Over 20 familiar environments from the series to duke […]

  • The quickest way to climb in Dying Light

    Dying Light players! Are you sick of picking your way carefully up the sides of tall towers? Have I got a trick for you. The parkour system in Dying Light is okay, but climbing anywhere especially high can be a bit tedious. Enter Jesse Lester, who took a look at the tools available and worked […]

  • Bungie “always” looking at Exotic changes for Destiny updates

    Destiny developer Bungie won’t stop tinkering with Exotic weapons. In Destiny, Exotic weapons are supposed to be the best of the best – and to feel unique. Guns like Ice Breaker and Gjallahorn definitely hit the mark there (although less so when everyone has one), but unfortunately, there are a few that just don’t strike […]

  • Is Uncharted 4′s first trailer a tribute to Crash Bandicoot?

    Uncharted 4′s first proper trailer bears some remarkable similarities to the opening moments of a much earlier Naughty Dog game. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End has more in common with Crash Bandicoot than you might think. It’s Naughty Dog’s first game on a new console, yes – but if you compare Uncharted 4′s E3 2014 […]

  • Sonic console games will continue, says Iizuka

    Sonic Team leader Takashi Iizuka has said there are no plans to stop making Sonic games. Sonic hasn’t retired from the ranks just yet. “Please rest assured, I personally have no plans to stop making Sonic games for home consoles,” Iizuka told 4Gamer [Japanese]. The comment arose after the site asked if Sonic would become […]