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11:00 AM on 01.14.2013

Star Wars: The Old Republic and its new 'Gay Planet'

BioWare wants to take you to a gay bar. Or rather, a gay planet. Star Wars: The Old Republic is being updated to include a rather inelegant solution to its lack of gay characters -- a planet called Makeb where all the homosex...

Jim Sterling

12:00 PM on 09.20.2012

Electronic Arts will support Gaymercon

Gaymercon, the world's first gay-centric videogame convention, has received support from a major player. Electronic Arts, already the publisher of gay-friendly games like Mass Effect 3, has thrown its hat into the ring and wi...

Jim Sterling

11:30 AM on 09.11.2012

Owner of 'Gaymer' demands Reddit stop using the word

[Note: The header image is over Matthew "Gaymer" Brown as seen on Sony's The Tester, not the trademark guy going after Reddit. Sorry if I didn't make that clear enough.] Although "Gaymer" has entered our cultural vernacular (...

Jim Sterling

5:00 PM on 09.02.2012

GaymerCon fully funded for August 2013 in San Francisco

This weekend the buena gente behind GaymerCon announced that they were successful in obtaining the funding to provide a safe space for LGBTQ folks to hangout and share their love of games. After bringing in nearly four times ...

Kyle MacGregor

10:00 AM on 08.06.2012

Gaymercon beats funding goal in five days

While there are still those who wonder what the point of Gaymercon is, people with money have demonstrated that it is, at least, important to them. The gay-friendly convention has surpassed its funding within five days, with ...

Jim Sterling



The importance of a gay gamer convention  photo
The importance of a gay gamer convention
by Jim Sterling

Last night, Destructoid writer Sophie Prell brought news of a team trying to raise funds for the world's first full-scale LGBT gamer convention, titled Gaymercon. The reaction from our community was ... a little disheartening. I've felt for a while that we've started becoming one of the most open-minded and welcoming of online videogame communities, and while I still think that, I think it just a touch less right now. 

There was, to be quite frank, a lot of ignorant shit being spouted with regards to this project. Not by everyone, but by enough people to warrant a few clarifications. After all, when so many readers seem confused about the point of a gay gamer convention, and seem viciously angry about it, they definitely need to be sat down and talked to.

Stay a while and listen. 

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11:00 PM on 08.02.2012

GaymerCon is videogames gone totally gay -- awesome!

Last night, Kickstarter got a little more gay. Matt Conn and the organizers of GaymerCon, the first gaming convention with a focus on the LGBTQ community, started their crowdfunding drive with a goal of $25,000. One day ...

Sophie Prell

1:00 PM on 07.29.2012

Minecraft is populated by 'genderless homosexuals'

Notch has been chatting about gender in the world of Minecraft, relating how the protagonist was never meant to be a man or a woman, and only became known as Steve due to a random name choice. See Minecraft recognizes neither...

Jim Sterling

8:00 AM on 04.05.2012

EA defends itself against homophobic hate mail

Electronic Arts has come under fire from right wing Christian groups for the sin of allowing gay-friendly content in its games. A letter campaign, seemingly spearheaded by the Florida Family Association, accuses EA of corrupt...

Jim Sterling

3:00 PM on 03.05.2012

Jimquisition: Mass Effect 3 & the case for a gay Shepard

Apparently last week's episode of Jimquisition was far too subtle for some folk, and it threw up a lot more questions than answers. It also sparked a debate in which some of the dumbest arguments against the inclusion of a g...

Jim Sterling

3:00 PM on 02.27.2012

Jimquisition: Mass Effect 3: A Gay Erotic Love Story

Let it not be said that I can't get mileage out of a concept. My Mass Effect 3 gay love story went over really well when it was posted on Destructoid last week, so I did a sultry reading of it on this week's Jimquisition for...

Jim Sterling







Mass Effect 3: An Erotic Gay Love Story photo
Mass Effect 3: An Erotic Gay Love Story
by Jim Sterling

The Mass Effect fan seductively slid his disc into the tray, the warm humming of his computer implying an eagerness to receive. With hands almost trembling in anticipation, he booted up Origin, greeted with the familiar pop-up informing him that he needed to download an update. He smiled back at it, like an old friend returned from faraway travels. 

He consumed a Diet Mr. Pibb while Origin updated itself -- a stiff drink to calm his nerves, put fire in his belly. Tonight would be a great night. A passionate night. A night he'd remember in his wildest fantasies and relive in his most wondrous dreams. 

Tonight was the night he would begin to play Mass Effect 3.

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4:15 PM on 02.21.2012

BioWare issues statement in support of Jennifer Hepler

Yesterday, I was given the sadly-not-rare opportunity to call out a bunch of assholes on the Internet, chiefly the stooges who organized a hate campaign against BioWare writer Jennifer Hepler. A large group of people got it i...

Jim Sterling

9:20 AM on 01.30.2012

FRC: The Old Republic is full of homosexual activists

Star Wars: The Old Republic will definitely turn all of your children gay, according to right-wing Christian lunatic group, the Family Research Council. FRC president Tony Perkins recently criticized BioWare's MMO for being f...

Jim Sterling

9:00 AM on 01.02.2012

Art Juice: The Ultimate Videogame Protagonist

[Every week (until I get bored), Art Juice takes a recent videogame story and provides an unremittingly artistic slant, telling us a little something about ourselves in the process ... whether we want to know the truth or not...

Jim Sterling



Why Nathan Drake would make a fantastic homosexual photo
Why Nathan Drake would make a fantastic homosexual
by Jim Sterling

I was reading this very nice article on Gamasutra about the dearth of legitimate homosexual characters in videogames, and was particularly struck by writer Andrew Meade's suggestion at the end -- make Nathan Drake gay. Now, before you laugh that suggestion off as little more than a silly bit of joking, I would like to state that I agree with Meade -- and I am deathly serious about it. 

I am fully aware that the Uncharted series is Naughty Dog's property, and that Nathan Drake is its creation. I would never dream of telling a developer what to do with its character, demanding that it should do something simply because it would make me feel personally vindicated. However, I would like to suggest that Nathan Drake would benefit from coming out of the closet, for a number of good reasons.

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