Borderlands Dev Holding Panel About Inclusivity in Games at LGBTQ-Friendly Event Next Month

Gearbox Software CEO Randy Pitchford among those who will speak at panel during GaymerX2; Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will be playable at the show.

Borderlands developer Gearbox Software announced today that it will attend next month's LGBTQ-friendly convention GaymerX2 where it will host a presentation about inclusivity in games and let attendees play the unreleased shooter Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel.

Gearbox's talk, called "Gearbox Software's GaymerX Spectacular," will take place Friday, July 11 from 1-1:45 p.m. PDT. CEO Randy Pitchford and other developers will speak about how they have attempted to make their games more inclusive and what more they can do in the future. Space is reportedly limited, so you're encouraged to RSVP on the official panel page.

Separately, 2K Games--which publishes the Borderlands series--announced on Twitter that it will bring an unspecified WWE game (perhaps WWE 2K15) to GaymerX2. The official WWK 2K Twitter account added, "More info coming soon!"

This year's three-day event, funded through Kickstarter and to be held July 11-13 in San Francisco, will focus on celebrating diversity and inclusivity in gaming, and will feature a range of panels and talks with developers and LGBTQ leaders. Speakers this year include veteran BioWare writer David Gaider, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, and writer Mattie Brice. Musicians Virt, 2Mello, and Aethernaut will perform at the event.

Event organizers announced in April that this year's show will be the last for the foreseeable future. You can find out more about the convention at GaymerX2’s Kickstarter page. GameSpot editor Kevin VanOrd attended the first GaymerX and you can read his thoughts on the show here.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email news@gamespot.com
Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email news@gamespot.com

Did you enjoy this article?

Sign In to Upvote

eddienoteddy

Eddie Makuch

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

Follow
136 comments
nothingformoney
nothingformoney

I don't care whether this kind of convention exists or not. Why GS love to report this kind of article?

"Let's report an article about a gamers convention"
"Boring..."
"G.A.Y gamers convention"

"Where do I start?"

rolla020980
rolla020980

Hypocrisy: the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one's own behavior does not conform; pretense.

"I hate these bigots who disrespect the LGBT community based on some phony God and some ridiculous belief system"

Have I ever told you the definition of insanity?

Zombrex
Zombrex

Assimilation and acceptance through exclusion. That works.

rolla020980
rolla020980

Why not just leave sexuality out of games. It seems too forced in many games as it is (like Mass Effect). The games don't need it one way or the other. It doesn't add to the games and in many cases it actually detracts from the game.

juboner
juboner

I will not support any dev. that goes here.

balrogbane
balrogbane

We've all had enough of these LGBT articles, please just stop posting them.

hippiesanta
hippiesanta

LGBT want to seperate themself from everyone ..... sad


next would be 

femen game conference

Black gamer conference

Vegan Gamer expo

Islamic gamer conference

Jehovah Witness PC enthusiast



liquidbutter
liquidbutter

You can set your watch by gamers getting upset about homosexuals being included in games or the gaming community. It's political! They are segregating themselves! WWWAAAAHH! So predictable.

repetitiousv2
repetitiousv2

How about you guys worry about making a good story, and if it includes a g@yy character, then so be it. Not, "hey we need a g@yy lead this time, start there and work around that" just so you can say you're inclusive.

Edit: are you frikin kidding me gamespot? I can't say g@yy, in an article about g@ymers .....let's filter words like trash or hole just in case someone uses them improperly, or better yet, just let ppl say what they want and let the ppl report what they don't like

spikepigeo
spikepigeo

Just too good for Eddie to pass up.

Mr_AJ
Mr_AJ

I've never heard of LGBTQ people being excluded from attending the regular gaming expos that run during the year.

I must've missed that.

Zombrex
Zombrex

@rolla020980 I'll accept this event when humans spontaneously begin to NATURALLY create offspring between two people of the same sex.

So, that's a big, "never."

fede018
fede018

@rolla020980 forced in Mass Effect? Why? Do you think homosexuality will be erradicated in the future?

rolla020980
rolla020980

@juboner 

Wonder what their slogan will be: 

"Gaymer.... where every exit is also an entrance"

Too obvious?

rolla020980
rolla020980

@hippiesanta 

Straight gamer conference? White gamer conference? Oh wait, those would be bigoted and racist.

Zombrex
Zombrex

@liquidbutter Why does it need to be discussed in games? Black, asian or disabled characters don't need neon signs above their heads stating the fact, neither should any other group.

I have employed three LBGT people, one lesbian, one transgender and one black g@y man. Wanna know how many times it's come up? Zero. Want to know how many times it's mattered? Zero. If a person is LBGT that's fine, that's their identity, but it doesn't need to exude from every aspect of their life. I don't go around introducing myself as a heterosexual because it doesn't matter.

CallMeDuraSouka
CallMeDuraSouka

You can also count on the assssshat to stereotype all gamers in an effort to come across as the P.C. King of Nothing.

Halo05
Halo05

@Mr_AJ You didn't miss it, it never happened. 

And the loud-mouthed cowards on Call of Duty would very rarely have the balls to say the things they say without the benefit of anonymity. And those that do should simply be ignored as the ignorant bullies that they are. There's a mute button on Xbox Live, there are ways to report offensive behavior in place, etc.

RE2LeonS
RE2LeonS

@Mr_AJ It has nothing to do with being excluded from expos. It's about being excluded, demonized, criticized, and victimized in the gaming community in general. Go play an hour's worth of Call of Duty and let me know how many times the 'F' bomb gets dropped, or someone calling someone else 'gay' and/or 'homo', or 'that's gay', etc. The fact of the matter is, just like women, gays are a minority of a larger subgroup and it's rare we can attend an event of a common interest without feeling like we're about to get bashed for who we are, who we like, how we dress, etc. etc. It's people like you with that narrow minded thinking that leads us to create events like GaymerX. So in a strange weird way I should probably thank you.

noladem504
noladem504

@fede018 @rolla020980 Who said anything about homosexuality? He said sexuality. Though i disagree completely with his view, your comments on his post have been downright ignorant. 

rolla020980
rolla020980

@blackmustang58 

My point is that it is tacked on and pointless. I can't think of any game where it actually worked. 

Attitude2000
Attitude2000

It's not necessarily bigoted or racist. It's just that that's what most of them already are.

rolla020980
rolla020980

@Zombrex 

Exactly. How many people are prejudiced against Asians or the Irish? Even Hispanics are getting acceptance in the US much faster than most others have. The trick? Shut up and work hard. While I do not agree with prejudice of any kind, society as a whole will not be accepting unless they forget why they had these prejudices. That is one thing history has taught us.

noladem504
noladem504

@Halo05 @Mr_AJ If kids on CoD calling them "mean" names is their biggest problem then the world is pretty damn peachy lol. This dude will say anything to be perceived as a victim. And how you like how he tried to throw women in there lol. My wife is laughing. 

noladem504
noladem504

@RE2LeonS @Mr_AJ Really? Is that the biggest problems you can come up with? Being called names by kids on a video game? You think that is an issue? LOL I wish i had your problems. Must be nice to have so little to worry about.

My favorite part of your ridiculous comment; "he fact of the matter is, just like women, gays are a minority of a larger subgroup and it's rare we can attend an event of a common interest without feeling like we're about to get bashed for who we are, " LMAO! 
You really do live in your own world. Especially being women are 50% of the population and 99% of men tend to MARRY them. 

It amazes me at how hard some folks will work to BE victims, as if it grants some sort of moral superiority. 

Zombrex
Zombrex

@RE2LeonS @Mr_AJ Seems like you're excluding yourself on all levels with that response. The only person being intolerant in that exchange would be you.

Zombrex
Zombrex

Good, then everyone can go to E3 where none of that mattered in the first place.

rolla020980
rolla020980

@Attitude2000 

How so? E3 is not a straight white conference. It is a games conference. There is no agenda other than games. 

Zombrex
Zombrex

@rolla020980 @Zombrex Couldn't have said it better myself. I don't care what my g@y employee does in his spare time as long as he keeps busting his can when he comes to work.

fede018
fede018

@Zombrex @RE2LeonS @Mr_AJ he said it like it is and now bigots like you are pis sed off because he called them out. Oh, yeah, I'm intolerant too because i call you for what you are..

axauv
axauv

Take a look at Borderlands the Pre Sequel... when the only characters who mention their sexuality are LGBT that's not diversity. When all the enemies in the game are white males that's not diversity. When every hetero relationship that's alluded to features a predatory male who is better off dead that's not diversity. It's misandric heterophobia in a ridiculous world where women have no agency because they are always right and unable to fail, and heterosexuality will get you killed faster than anything else. As someone who is passionate about gender and equality issues it's important that this kind of tripe is called out. It's not doing anyone any favors.

jerusaelem
jerusaelem

@Zombrex And yet here you are whining about LGBTQ people you don't even know going to a convention you don't even care about. Did you ever stop to think, for even ONE insignificant moment, that the reason they HAVE LGBTQ exclusive events is to keep little bigoted junior soapbox ranters like yourself from doing EXACTLY what you're doing right now?


That was rhetorical, by the way. Of course you didn't. That would require at least a modicum of self awareness, and tact. Two key personality traits you appear to lack : D

Zombrex
Zombrex

Not bigoted whatsoever, I have/had g@y employees that I get along great with. However if they were to demand acceptance and then go work in the corner somewhere I would have the same opinion. You don't gain acceptance by segregation.

Zombrex
Zombrex

Not bigoted whatsoever, I have gay employees that I get along great with. However if they were to demand acceptance and then go work in the corner somewhere I would have the same opinion. You don't gain acceptance by segregation.

CallMeDuraSouka
CallMeDuraSouka

Just stop...............

If your incapable of comprehending what someone thinks on the issue just don't respond

P.s.s........( your stupid is showing )

noladem504
noladem504

@jerusaelem @Zombrex They are simply pointing out the hypocrisy of demanding inclusion while excluding themselves from the rest of the community. I really think it takes a special kind of stupid to not see that.