Getting Some Play: GaymerCon!

GaymerCon is coming

In what might be the most exciting bit of LGBT-specific gaming news since BioWare decided to make its AAA RPGs (Mass Effect, Dragon Age) same sex romance inclusive, GaymerCon became a real thing that is actually happening – rejoice! A successful Kickstarter campaign was all that was needed to make the “first gaming and tech convention with a focus on LGBT geek culture” a reality for next August, and the organizers are hard at work planning the con. It’s slated to take place August 3-4th 2013, in San Francisco.


Keep your eyes peeled for blog updates and check out GaymerCon’s Facebook and Twitter feeds for more information. Needless to say, we’re VERY excited about this one.


We’re turning the corner from the semi-official slow season to the insane frenzy of the fall “holiday” release schedule. Get your wallets (and meager “free time” expectations) ready.


First up is a game that actually came out yesterday, but Nintendo fans and 3DS gamers should jump right in: New Super Mario Bros. 2. It’s the latest in the nostalgia-spamming 2d “new” Super Mario series, which means it’s a 2d platforming adventure with about five helpings of Mario history thrown in. While we’re talking about games that have just come out, both Papo and Yo (PSN) and Dust: An Elysian Tail (XBLA) are getting rave reviews, so if you haven’t picked these up yet, take a look!

Competitive shooter fans should mark August 21 in their calendars – Counter Strike is slated to return with on PC, Mac, XBLA and PSN.


If you’re looking for something a little more… colorful on your downloadable platforms, the fresh, funky guitar controller-enabled shooter Retro/Grade is set to hit on PSN on August 21, the same day that adult-animation fighter Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure HD Ver. Hits the service. It’ll appear on XBLA on August 22. Rock Band Blitz – a goofy plastic controller-free version of the excellent rhythm-action series, is also coming to PSN (on August 28) and XBLA (on August 29), for your music game needs in a post SoundShapes world.

Football mainstay Madden NFL 2013 is out for all of the modern consoles – as well as the PS Vita – on the August 31.

September is shaping up to be rather exciting, though the bigger hitters will arrive a bit later on the month. For the first week, check out Mark of the Ninja on XBLA on September 7, and Zen Pinball 2 on PSN and PS Vita on September 1. Save your dollars otherwise for the smorgasbord coming down the fall pipeline.