Showing posts with label Video Games. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Video Games. Show all posts

October 28, 2014

Pax Australia Wants all the Gay gamers it can get

There’s a common misconception that the typical stereotype for a ‘gamer’ is a straight white male, but we all know that the gaming community is as diverse as any other. 
This year’s PAX Australia expo in Melbourne is hosting panels as well as creating a Diversity Space that not only lets LGBTIQ gaymers know they are not alone, but gives them their own place to relax and make new like-minded friends in. 
“When I was first gaming and questioning my sexuality I didn’t know where to look and back in those days there wasn’t anywhere to look,” says PAX Australia’s Alice Clarke, who organised this year’s Diversity Lounge.
“We just wanted to create a space where everyone felt welcome. A space where everyone is included and to show off games that are for everyone and reflect more stories than just the straight white guy shooting people while trying to avenge his maimed or killed girlfriend/wife or daughter.”
Alice is not only a huge gaymer but a huge champion of diversity, and after having a chat with the organisers of PAX Australia she was only too happy to jump onboard and help bring the Diversity Lounge to life. 
Recruiting her partner to help her organise things, they took a look at the Diversity Lounges at US-based PAX events as a place to start.
“We looked at what went right and what we thought we could change, as well as thinking about the kind of events we wanted to see at gaming conventions that would make us really excited,” Clarke tells Same Same.
“We put out the call to get community groups involved, seeing who wanted to have Meet-ups in the lounge and have community stalls, which developers wanted their games featured and what people wanted to see. From there we created events and got board games to make the space more than just a place to hang out.” 
“We don’t want to be ‘diversity’ in name only,” explains Clarke. “We really want to make sure that there were events for the community that get people talking and made people feel less alone.
“For the longest time I felt like I was the only gay in the village, but once you make more friends you realise that the games community is just as diverse as the rest of the world. It’s just that sometime it can be a bit harder to find.”
PAX Aus is a huge weekend; Melbourne is the only place outside of the US to host PAX events. Last year PAX Australia sold out, bringing people from all over Australia to town. So this year the team behind PAX AUS have been working hard to make the event bigger and better.

“I realise that we have not been able to represent every sort of group that’s out there this year,” Clarke adds, “but we put the call out and I feel very comfortable with what we have created.
“We are open to more ideas to make next year’s Diversity Lounge even more inclusive, but this weekend we have events running almost all the time and anyone can come play no matter what your gender or sexual orientation. Men are welcome during Lesbian Card Game Happy Fun Time, anyone can come join in, we don’t mind if you have a dick, you just can’t be one!”
We can’t wait to check the space out on Friday, as well as see the ‘Queering Video Games: LGBT Representation And Why It Matters’ panel which features experienced queer developers spanning the entire industry taking an inside look at “gay games”, discussing LGBT content in mainstream titles, including how video games explore queer themes and stories, and the challenges of making games that represent the diversity of the people who play them. 

July 31, 2012

Dragons, Flying Horses and Gay Marriage? } Japanese Video Game is Coming Back


Dragons And Flying Horses Okay In Fire Emblem Game, Just Not Gay Marriage

Fire Emblem, a fantasy role-playing game developed by Intelligent Systems, released its 11th iteration in Japan earlier this year and is slated to hit U.S. stores in 2013.

While plenty of new features have been added, several old ones have returned, including the opportunity for players to get married—an option that was removed from the game in 1995. Getting hitched in Fire Emblem results in stat bonuses and children—as long as the pairing is heterosexual.

Explicit same-sex romance in video games is a fairly recent phenomenon but homoerotic dialogue and storylines have been around for quite some time, including in Fire Emblem. From suspiciously campy villains to intimate conversations between male “friends,” Intelligent Systems has probably bruised their eyelids with all the winking they’ve been doing.

Which makes it all the more irritating that after 18 years of Fire Emblem without marriage, early reports indicate Intelligent Systems has revived the feature as if the world hasn’t changed since 1995. Some gamers have already registered their dismay—and, in some cases, bewilderment, that same-sex characters can’t wed:

On NeoGAF, BigJiantRobut commented how female characters Lyn and Florina “were pretty much engaged anyway.” Meanwhile, a poster on Nintendo3DSBlog made it clear he was voting with his wallet: “If a game offers marriage options and leaves another group out of the equation then, yes, I am not paying money for it. Try walking a few steps in my boots and you will be enlightened.”

You could argue that same-sex unions would be anachronistic given the game’s medieval setting—but the flying horses and pet dragons kind of undermine that theory.

You could argue that Japan isn’t one of the 11 countries that recognize marriage equality, but Fire Emblem is about as far removed from modern real-world Japan as Game of Thrones is from, say, Germany.

You might even argue that LGBT gamers are reading things into Fire Emblem that just aren’t there. But you’d have to ignore dialogue like this conversation between two male characters.

Perhaps next time Intelligent Systems will live up to its name and, instead of just having same-sex characters talk about how they can’t live without each other (wink wink), it’ll just let them get married and be done with it.


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March 9, 2012

Gay Sex in 'Mass Effect 3' video game


BY ROB SALERNOThe latest installment of the popular video game Mass Effect was released this week, and the new game gives players the option of having the lead characters pursue gay or lesbian relationships. 
Neither scene is particularly explicit, although it's clear that the characters involved are having sex.
Here are Shepard and Cortez deciding to get freaky as they wait for the fleet to get mobilized.

And here's the somewhat more softcore lesbian shower-sex scene.

Unfortunately, the scenes have led to a sadly predictable online backlash from users. As one writer at Forbes points out, there appears to be a coordinated campaign to assign the game the lowest possible scores on Metacritic. The YouTube clip of Shepard's gay sex scene has attracted more than 2,000 dislikes and an ongoing flame war in its comments thread. (Oddly, the lesbian scene has at time of writing attracted only a fraction of the attention.)
Still, it's a nice sign that the gaming industry is slowly growing up in its attitude toward gays, if it still seems to be leading its fans and consumers.

December 7, 2011

A FIFA Real Men’s Video Game ) Players Kiss and Make up (Video)

An Accidental Gay Romance

Some might call this a fluke, a twist of fate—a coincidence. Striker Andy Carroll makes his way down the pitch, tries to score a goal and ends up (accidentally?) scoring with Arsenal's keeper. The keeper of kisses.
Video games are short on men kisses. Some games, such as Bully from Rockstar, have valiantly added them. Others have shied away. Not FIFA 12.


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