Noah J Nelson on Wednesday, Aug. 15th
Careful observers of video game culture know that there is a sea change going on. Over the course of this summer we’ve even seen a pretty stunning examples of harassment within the gamer community make their way into the mainstream press.
All in all the aggressive subcultures of fighting games and first-person shooters are giving a harsh reputation to what is actually a pretty diverse group of people. While anyone who has spent time on XBox Live has come across mouth breathing 14-year olds who use racial epitaphs and derogatory sexual slurs in lieu of “Hello” and “Have a nice day”, there are plenty of gamers for whom those kinds of comments hit too close to home.
That’s where the organizers of GaymerCon come into the picture. GaymerCon is scheduled to have its inaugural run next year in San Francisco and is billed as “the first gaming and tech convention with a focus on LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) geek culture.” Like a lot of smart, socially focused grass roots organizations the organizers turned to crowdfunding to pull the event together.
The response was tremendous. Looking to raise $25K the campaign is nearing $50K with over two weeks left before the clock runs out.
We spoke with two of the events organizers, Noah Silas and Ben Williams, about how the idea for the gathering came about, and the state of current affairs for Gaymers. (more…)