Queerty is better as a member
Too bad they’re closing. (Cute picture.)
If no one comes, it isn’t much fun.
I agree, why San Fran? Try another city.
also, segregating by sexual orientation is just limiting possible audiences. I know it’s about being gay and a gamer, but if you make an awesome gaming convention non-gay gamers would go.
too many fatties.
@stranded: maybe some people want play games without hearing 9 year old’s shouting faggot at each other…
Their first mistake is holding in San Francisco (super expensive). The second is that they should partner with a bigger gaming convention.
@ingyaom: Agreed, the pic is adorable.
It’s a shame but I cannot say I’m surprised. While I certainly like the idea of a convention more focused to the LGBTQ community it DOES by virtue of that focus make your pool of sponsors and visitors that much smaller. What makes Origins or Comic Con so successful is that they cater to a broader audience.
Broad audiences appeal to corporate sponsors.
I think they should look into other cities though – San Fran isn’t the only LGBTQ-friendly city, though it is certainly one of the more expensive ones. Even on the West Coast there are more affordable options – and if they are willing to switch coasts the options multiply exponentially.
First of all, having been to the big Comic Cons, I never understood why this was needed. Gay gaymers, comic book nerds, geeks of all kinds are all over the place and represented in panel topics and in the speakers. I have never felt unwelcome or marginalized in any way. This is one convention that was just not needed as being gay was never excluded or sidelines or discriminated against in the mainstream comic or gamer conventions.
@tazz602: Just because this has been YOUR experience doesn’t mean it’s shared by others. I’m glad you’ve never had issues, but other people have. I’m sorry you’re too ignorant to understand why cons like this are sorely needed.
Did gays really need a separate convention?
There are lots of gay gamers out there. Instead of a grandiose convention at an expensive hotel in the most expensive city in the US, why not a few homegrown events around the country? Most gaming conventions occur in cheaper areas. Avalon-Hill’s convention was held in a Baltimore suburb. GenCon is held in Indianapolis.
Try setting up meet ups and more reasonable venues than expecting everyone to fly to SF to play boardgames. If those are successful, then try a big national gathering, but not in pricey SF.
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