This was only my second time attending GaymerX but it continues to be one of my favorite gaming convention experiences because of what a diverse and welcoming environment it boasts.

The hotel lobby posed as a spacious and colorful go between the upper floors where the insightful panels took place, and the lower levels which housed the expo floor and access to oodles of fun co-op retro gaming in the arcade.

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Photo by me at the “Selfies as Self Love” panel

There were so many people just being able to enjoy themselves and express their fandoms whether though amazing cosplay or just excellent t-shirts and hats and pins.

Official GX4 photo by Emi

Official GX4 photo by Emi – Some excellent cosplay

My main priority at GX4 was to attend panels and my needs were fulfilled with such panels as “Butts in Games”, “Selfies as Self Love”, and a truly emotional and eye-opening panel for trans women and allies.

Official GX4 photo by Emi - "Butts in Games" panel

Official GX4 photo by Emi – “Butts in Games” panel, you can find me dead center

Around these talks I managed to meet up with old and new friends, browse and speak with amazing developers and artists, and and get in some free play of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time which was set up in the arcade along with games ranging from Mario Kart to Halo to DDR.

Official GX4 photo by Emi - Dance Danceing their hearts out!

Official GX4 photo by Emi – Dance Danceing their hearts out!

I was sad to have only been able to spend one short day at GX4 but I’m already looking forward to attending next year.