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This weekend, the highly anticipated Gaymer X convention will finally take place in San Francisco; just under a year since it made headlines for a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign that brought in nearly four times its original goal. Gaymer X will be the first LGBT gaming convention focused on queer gamer culture, and is being staged in SF's Japan Town district on August 3rd and 4th.
Every week, The GLAAD Wrap brings you LGBT-related entertainment news highlights, fresh stuff to watch out for, and fun diversions to help you kick off the weekend.
As the video game medium continues to mature and diversify, so too has it become an increasingly progressive and LGBT-inclusive one with a growing influence on culture and increasingly mainstream audience. 2012 turned out to be quite an interesting year in regards to LGBT representation and video games, from the communities that exist around them, to the companies that produce them, and into games themselves.
Fundraising will always be a challenge for independent creators, but crowd sourced funding websites give projects that might have been overlooked in traditional channel a renewed chance for success, and have been particularly useful for many LGBT creators hoping to share their stories through independent media. Here is a list of 15 LGBT-inclusive fan-funded success stories from 2012.
To celebrate Spirit Day, GaymerCon launched a new purple character named ‘Spirit.’
Want to win an XBox 360? Gaymercon, the first convention dedicated to LGBT “geek culture,” is teaming up with GLAAD to go purple for Spirit Day on October 19 and send messages of support by hosting a video contest to promote awareness.
Following the launch of their Kickstarter campaign earlier this month, GaymerCon announced that they have has raised over $75,000 for the first-ever gaming and tech convention focusing on “LGBT Geek Culture."
GaymerCon is looking to become the first even convention dedicated to LGBT “geek culture,” and is launching its kickoff event and fundraising campaign tonight on Facebook. At 6pm PST, Gaymercon will host a virtual social world meet up through the Shaker app.