Anti gay-gamer conference and Airbourne gamer: everything that is wrong with games journalism

Digitally Downloaded writes: "AirborneGamer represents everything that is wrong with games journalism. While it was always going to be a problem that anyone with time to spare is able to become a “games journalist” now, it annoys me that people are able to spread moronic and unsubstantiated hate-opinions and are not held accountable for their actions"

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iamnsuperman2050d ago (Edited 2050d ago )

When "fag" is the most common word heard (in a negative context) when you're playing Call of Duty,

Off topic but this reminded me of the song by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis- Same love (such a good and true song)

on topic: What do you expect really. I found the story a little bit homophobic while at the same time desperate to say he isn't homophobic. Like I said on the other article this homosexual convention may not be necessary but could do a lot of good in representing homosexuals in gaming which isn't just shoved in their just to be culturally significant. There is no harm in having one

Megaton2049d ago

Well whoever this person is, they won because you got mad enough to blog about them and submit it to N4G.

SKUD2049d ago

The answer is. FORNAX.

PockyKing2049d ago (Edited 2049d ago )

It's not about being "mad", why say it's an unnecessary event in the first place? It's no different than being part of a gaming club, or book club? It's their sexual orientation, so what? If they want to have a convention where they can meet people with the same ideals, than good for them. But for somebody to call it out and say it's unnecessary? That's pretty disrespectful in my opinion.

And before one of you say, "you're just mad cause you're gay", no I'm not gay. I just don't care what orientation people have, it's their choice and I won't segregate them for it.

Edit: I never said it WAS necessary, but if that's what they want to do then that's their choice to do so and obviously some people will point the finger and say their forcing themselves to be segregated.

Megaton2049d ago

So it's necessary, then? It's necessary for a group of people to segregate themselves into a subgroup of gamers? I don't think that's necessary at all. Plus, something being unnecessary doesn't mean they're not allowed to do it.

PockyKing2049d ago (Edited 2049d ago )

Lets keep it off a personal level here buddy, just having a debate about an issue doesn't mean you need to call me a twat.

And no it's not a choice you are right, but it's a choice to make a big deal about it to the world.

Lord_Sloth2049d ago (Edited 2049d ago )

Maybe if the gay community wasn't always making gay exclusive events that shouldn't have anything to do with sexual orientation anyhow this wouldn't be an existing issue.

Seriously, that's like painting a target then getting pissed because some1 takes a shot.

thebudgetgamer2049d ago

I don't know, I mean there is a Puerto Rican festival should there be an anti Puerto Rican fest because of it.

TopDudeMan2049d ago

I agree. Surely gay people can enjoy the regular gamer conferences. Why do they need a special one?

I can already see an influx of new gamer conferences coming soon:

GlassesCon- for gamers who wear glasses.
BrownHairCon - for gamers with brown hair.
BrownHairAndGlassesCon - for gamers with brown hair and wear glasses - the best of both worlds.
WakingUpAfter12pm...Con- ? (this is getting stupid but I think you get the point)

I mean, as a group of people, gamers are already separated enough from society. Must we differentiate ourselves even further by categorising different types of gamer?

pixelsword2049d ago

"GlassesCon- for gamers who wear glasses.
BrownHairCon - for gamers with brown hair.
BrownHairAndGlassesCon - for gamers with brown hair and wear glasses - the best of both worlds.
WakingUpAfter12pm...Con- ? (this is getting stupid but I think you get the point)"

You could have just said "nerdsCon".

Ult iMate2049d ago

Well, there's anime community, that makes anime-exclusive events, or Star Wars fans with their events, or community of fighting games with their tournaments, events for racers. But the hate is reserved only for gay-gamers events.

TopDudeMan2049d ago

Who said anything about hate? Most of us here are just stating that we think it is pointless.

MidnytRain2049d ago

Nope. The things you listed are the objects of interest, like gaming. Gaming conventions in general would be an equal comparison to those of Star Wars, anime, and fighting. Gaymer con creates a seperation WITHIN those interests. What they're doing would be like having a gay Star Wars convention, a gay anime convention, or a fighting tournament for gays. It's a needless "cause" for the sake of representing themselves. It reeks of insecurity.

Lord_Sloth2049d ago (Edited 2049d ago )

Because Star Wars events are strictly about Star Wars, anime events are specifically about anime, and Fighting Game Events are strictly about Fighting Games.

Being gay has nothing to do with gaming, that's the point. It's a stupid grab for attention and they're looking for controversy.

@ Ult's below comment

The point is being gay has nothing to do with gaming and there's no point to try and project your sexual orientation into it. If we made an event for straight gamers we're called homophobes, but when homosexuals do it, that's just them trying to be accepted?

No! If they want to be accepted they should stop secluding themselves with these childish events.

Ult iMate2049d ago (Edited 2049d ago )

Did you read all of my comment.
Are anime-fans conventions pointles? Or maybe fighting tournaments pointles? Or any other communities? People like to gather with like-minded. What's wrong with that?

>>The things you listed are the objects of interest
It's the community events. Exactly like any other community events. Even gay-community events. The problems with that events exists only in the eyes of beholder. People gather with like-minded people - there is nothing wrong with that.

Biggest2049d ago

"No! If they want to be accepted they should stop secluding themselves with these childish events."

Oh!!! So that's why it has taken so long! Remember when it took black people so long to stop being slaves and being considered 3/5th a person? They should have stopped having all-black cotton picking sessions and joined the EVERYONE cotton picking sessions, right? Remember when Jews were persecuted in Europe? They should have allowed everyone to join the party? If only gay people would calm down and politely invite the insecure a**holes that are harassing and attacking them on a daily basis to harass and attack themselves. . . Why didn't we think of that before, Lord_Sloth? Seems so easy. If gay people want to be accepted in society they should just go to regular churches and establishments. The people that say they're going to burn in hell will stop saying that and accept them. Totally makes sense now that you've said it, Lord_Sloth.

Is there a sarcasm tag capable of slapping the taste out of a high class Pilosa's mouth? If so. . . <insert here>

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mynameisEvil2049d ago

I agree. Gay people go on and on about equality, but I have to ask: Where's the straight pride parades? Where the Straight-people-only gaming conventions? I have no problem with someone being gay. I don't approve of it, but I'm not condemning anyone for it, either. However, it just annoys the piss out of me that they feel that because they're different, because they're gay, they need to inject that into every activity they can think of.

I mean, for God's sakes, is it too much to ask that straight people and gay people gather together to celebrate the things they enjoy? It reminds me of some boys in a tree house when they go, "No girls allowed". Except, those are things you'd expect a child to do, not an adult that not only understands the concept of equality, but actively tries to enforce it so they can get married.

oldfriend862049d ago

There's no "straight" parades because straight people "can" get married. 2010 finally had every state in the US that allows gays to adopt and I believe it was 2011 where gays can join the military now. If gays never spoke up, nothing would've happened.

On topic, I don't really have an opinion about the gay gamers convention. I'm gay, but I don't care to go to one. At the same time, is it hurting anyone? Maybe they want to talk about hot guys in gaming or be able to wear very revealing clothes or cross dress (where some convention centers might not allow). And reverse that scenario to suit lesbians too. It's to be able to be themselves without being judged.

dktxx22049d ago

Straight people aren't persecuted, gays are. They're still fighting for equality, and that's where the parades come in.

Hopefully, when gay people are fully accepted in the world, the parades and conventions won't be necessary, but right now they kind of are.

Biggest2049d ago

Want to know why you don't see straight pride parades? Because every parade is a straight pride parade. Those straight people only gaming conventions are EVERY gaming convention.

It always boggles my mind when I see minorities complaining about other minorities. When was the last day that gamers weren't considered basement dwelling creeps that eat Doritos all night while jacking off to lingerie catalogs? Oh yeah! That day never happened! The majority of the world still views gamers as fat, lazy, under-employed losers that depend on their parents for basic needs. Does that new KFC chicken bites commercial remind you guys of anyone? I'll clue you in. It's what the world thinks of YOU! What makes it worse is that so many of YOU think you're the boss hog of gaming and turn up your nose at the majorities that exist in your realm. Girl gamers are expected to be nothing more than sluts or whores. . . And that's the few you almost respect! Gay gamers are treated like the rest of gay society is treated. Ever wonder why gay people move to areas dominated by gay people? It's to be accepted. Just like some of you go to Star Wars conventions because you know it's okay to be the nerd you are when you're around other nerds. I mean. . . You should be able to wear your Mace Windu outfit to the next Broncos game, right? No drunk meat head will kick your ass for being you, right?

Get off your high horses and remember that people not in the majority have to create their own security.

Ult iMate2049d ago (Edited 2049d ago )

>>It reminds me of some boys in a tree house when they go, "No girls allowed".

Gay-pride parades are simple manifestation of gay-community achivements in the fight for their rights. There's no point in straight-pride-parades, because straight people already have all their rights, including the right for marriage or adopt children. But gay people are still discriminated in that.

And you are not excluded (or anyone else) from gay-parades - you can freely go and watch or even partcipate. So please don't talk nonsence about that someone is not allowed for the party. I think you can even participate in gay-gamer conference.

Oh, and also there are plenty other parades out there except gay-pride, you know.

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Anon19742049d ago

These attitudes we're seeing here, the very fact that there's a debate on the issue proves gatherings like this for the LGBT community are still necessary, if for nothing else than to have a place where gamers can get together and not worry about being judged by other attendees.

You guys can sit and wring your hands all you want, and whine "Why do they have to do that?" but the event obviously isn't for you, and if gays want to get together and celebrate their love of gaming as a group, more power to em. I hope you all have a helluva time!

Lord_Sloth2049d ago

Gay Pride parades themselves make sense. Gay rights activists make sense.

Anime conventions make sense.
Star Wars Conventions make sense.
Gaming conventions make sense.

But requiring a specific sexual orientation for an event that's not about sexual orientation is what doesn't make sense to me. That's all I'm sayin.

Gamers care about 1 thing and 1 thing only. Gaming! That's all that should matter. Why the homosexual community feels the need to create a minority split in a minority group is what's beyond my comprehension.

Gaming has nothing to do with Homosexual rights, so this is pointless.

cl19832049d ago

"You guys can sit and wring your hands all you want, and whine "Why do they have to do that?" but the event obviously isn't for you, and if gays want to get together and celebrate their love of gaming as a group, more power to em. I hope you all have a helluva time!"

So your saying that it's perfectly acceptable to discriminate against heterosexuals. Funny how you're showing everyone your true color.

002049d ago

"So your saying that it's perfectly acceptable to discriminate against heterosexuals"

who's discriminating against Heterosexuals?

oldfriend862049d ago


It'll be moot for me ask "well, have you ever been to one?", when I myself have never attended one. But do you know what "gay" versions of movie, TV show, or comic book conventions look like? The dress code becomes very "loose", artists that attend and present drawings of *let me think of an example* a sexy version of Mario and Luigi kissing, or a way to introduce indie games that involve gay developers and/or homosexual characters.

You're hung up on the idea that a gaming convention is just a group of people in a large room that just happen to talk about gaming and set up booths/ areas to hold game contests. Which means a "gay" gaming convention must be the same exact concept, just with gay people, right? Not exactly, unless you have no problem with shirtless doormen and tons of posters with dudes making out. Typically, you don't have that at a regular game/comic book convention. That alone should be a reason to have a gay gaming convention. It's not really about gay rights. If a guy who dresses up like Lara Croft and another dresses up like Lyn from Fire Emblem, will feel welcome at a gay gaming convention. No judgement.

I honestly couldn't care less, it's hard to get me to go to Comic Con, let alone any other convention. However, you seem very sure that there is no need for Gay Gamers Convention. I'm just throwing out some ideas for the sake of argument.

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dumahim2049d ago

Yeah! And while they're at it they should get rid of press only conferences and developer conferences. I mean, they're not even open to the public! Where's my pitchfork!?

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Quadraxis2049d ago

What is honestly the point of this article AND the whole conference itself? videogames have nothing to do with sexuality and they never should, the only thing that could come out of this is more segregation, even though this time it would be intentionally caused by them.

Ult iMate2049d ago

I know that anime fans often gather for events and play video games or watch anime or show cosplays. But why should they segregate from normal people on their events, right?

vortis2049d ago

Eh, because game conventions aren't about anime.

cl19832049d ago

There isn't anything stopping any person from dressing how they want at a public conference.

dumahim2049d ago

Why do you feel that you're excluded from this event? Claiming this is segregation is like calling the Adult Entertainment Expo segretationist from other forms of media.

DragonKnight2049d ago (Edited 2049d ago )

I frickin' called it. I knew this B.S. would happen. Divides are already forming from this. AirborneGamer is only correct about the fact that a gay gamer convention is completely unnecessary. Sexuality is unrelated to gaming. And in so writing a blog like this and trying to label him (or her) a homophobe, you are creating sides in what will be a ridiculous, internet fuelled war.


EDIT: I have downvoted this site because the author is in actuality perpetuating bad journalism as well. I'm tired of these stupid articles popping up when there is nothing relevant to talk about.

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