It’s hard out there for an LGBTQ gamer. It’s a rarity for playable LGBTQ characters to be included in our video games, it’s not particular common for devs to advocate for it either and on the occasion that they do it’s laughed down as part of the liberal/gay/illuminati agenda. Aiming to be a safe space for all of the conversations that surround LGBTQ gamers in a mostly straight, mostly cisgendered industry was GaymerX, a real life gaming conference that you could attend and meet likeminded LGBTQ gamers at. So, pretty brilliant then? Indeed, it is but after a sponsorship mixup and a name change later, GaymerX is back as GX3 and it’s looking to be better than ever.
GX3 Passes Funding, What’s in a Name Change?
As mentioned, GX3 was originally called GaymerX which is probably a bit silly and exclusionary considering that a good amount of the people attending don’t identify as gay males. They might identify as lots of other things on the wonderful queer spectrum so in the interest of reflecting the inclusionary environment of the conference, GX3 is the official name going forward.
The name change seems to have gone down well too as after putting forward a funding goal of $80,000 on Kickstarter they’ve whizzed right through it with a couple of days to spare. According to the organisers, GX3’s Kickstarter has been set up so that they can make sure that they “produce GX3 within [their] means on a sustainable level” it also clues them in on how many people are actually interested and such other very important metrics when you’re running gaming’s only LGBTQ conference!
What’s New For GX3 in 2015?
Well for a start, GX3 is scrapping its initial Summer 2015 plan for a more costly friendly date in November or December, 2015. San Francisco conference planning (presumably) doesn’t come cheap and in using a more affordable venue at an off-peak time, GX3’s team say it will make things a lot more affordable.
That’s not to say that they don’t still need a good deal of money though. The $80,000 goal that they’ve since passed is just half of their overall $159,500 goal that they’re hoping to make up with additional ticket sales and sponsors and such. Some developers you probably like/love/have heard of in some capacity, such as Mike Bithell, The Fullbright Company, Blizzard Entertainment and Coffee Stain Studios have all put money forward so there’s some hope that more devs will join them and help them reach their tally.
As for what’s on at GX3? At past GaymerX conferences, BioWare, David Gaider (Lead Writer of Dragon Age: Inquisition), EA, Riot Games and Ubisoft were just some of the big names to do speeches. It’s unclear if any of those companies will be returning but voice actress Jennifer Hale (of the Mass Effect series, Diablo 3 etc.) has been confirmed and there’s still a year to go for more devs, pubs and big gaming names to follow her.
Follow this link if you want to donate to the Kickstarter or get tickets – and even if you can’t go it’s worth nothing that their $90,000 stretch goal will see them upload all of the panels from GX3 online.