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EA signs on to attend GaymerCon

Thursday, 20th 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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