I’m gonna be presenting at QGCON in Montréal in May!

Update: QGCon 2020 has been cancelled due to COVID-19. I look forward to QGCon 2021 pending future updates from the organizers.

Those of you following me on Twitter might have already seen, but I’m gonna presenting a talk at the upcoming 2020 Queerness & Games Conference (QGCON). This years conference will be hosted May 23-24, 2020 at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.

The conference is focused on the intersection of LGBT issues and video games. It brings together queer studies academics, video game industry personnel, artists, players, and more.

I’ll be presenting a 20-minute talk tentatively titled “RETROactive Queer Representation: Usage of Mods and Romhacks To Implement Queer Representation in Retro Video Game Media”.

My talk will be aimed at presenting and discussing various romhack / modding projects that add queer representation to retro games. I’ll be discussing why individuals might express interest in such projects, as well as the different hurdles that might be faced when working on such projects and the potential implications.

I’ll be referencing my own work on Harvest Moon: A Proud Life, as well as other projects such as Fire Emblem: Gay Awakening, Gender-Neutral Legend of Zelda, and Poképan Crystal.

I’ll likely be staying in Montreal for about a week or so; a few days before the conference, and a few days afterwards. Please feel free to send me any of your local recommendations.

If any of you reading this are going to be attending the conference, I look forward to seeing you there. And if you’re gonna be in town but not at the conference, feel free to hit me up on the HMAPL Discord so we can set up a meet up!.

See you in May!