Game & Love is a webring dedicated to connecting and promoting queer games-content creators! It's our hope that by coming together and unifying our voices, we can help bring together and empower our communities as well; working to help boost queer voices within the spheres of games writing, video production, archival, and much more.
The pages and projects involved in this webring are maintained by self-identifying members of the LGBTQ+ community, sharing a common passion for video games and sense of bonding over our gender / romantic / sexual identities. Our content may not always focus specficially on the queer aspects of gaming, but when it does, we hope to provide insightful and critical commentary from our personally-informed perspectives.
It is also our hope that the list below - displaying all our currently-affiliated content creators - can serve as a potential directory of LGBTQ-friendly channels and websites for those in search of such spaces. As queer folk ourselves, we understand the frustrations that can occasionally come with following non-queer games-content creators, where their language and behavior can often leave queer viewers feeling hurt or unwanted. It is not our intent to exclude or silence the voices of individuals who do not identify as queer: We seek only to establish our own place in the larger games community, and to provide communities where we can feel comfortable and valued.
If you are interested in becoming part of our webring, or if you have any other questions or concerns you hope we can address, please feel free to reach out to us on Twitter (@GameAndLoveWeb), or contact us via e-mail (Admin@GameAndLove.org).
Affiliated Links (A-Z)
Taizou Hori's collection of websites exploring some of the more obscure sides of gaming history; including unlicensed and bootleg games, plug 'n' plays, and bits of handheld history. Includes the Game Boy ROM dumping and emulation project Handheld Underground (home of the "hhugboy" emulator), the Super Multi blog, and more!
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Ramona is a digital artist, designer and developer (among many other exaggerated titles) with a penchant for the off-beat and the dreamlike. She also specializes in long-form personal essays on video games, with a look at their politics and emotional impact. In addition, if you're into mods, ROM hacks, and miscellaneous game creations, this is probably a good place to check out.
If bizarre and oddly specific skateboarding video game mods and wrestling game character downloads are your thing, Sasha is your gal! Of course, if that doesn't tickle your fancy, there's also some fiction writing on the side as well; and hopefully in the near future, some retrospectives on oddball video games (particularly of the 'kusoge' and 'deceased / shutdown / failed games' genre). And she occasionally plays fighting games too! She's practically a Jill of all trades!
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As a lover of shoot'em ups, character action games, good'n'bad horror stuff, and everything in-between - partnered with a focus on constant uptime - Cammy's got you covered! Be warned: She's also got a deep affinity for gimmicky Treasure titles, the surreal software of Suda51, and all things "Smokin' Sick"-stylish. Feel free to swing by and recommend games for her to play, as she'll probably check'em out live on stream just for ya'!
The Bad Game Hall of Fame is dedicated to giving "bad" games and hardware the due process they deserve. Through examining their history, reviewing their contents, and measuring their impact, we hope to bring about a better understanding of these oft-dismissed products. Along the way, we'd like to give readers a better understanding of how the games industry operates, and the pressure put on game developers to deliver these products in [often] short order.
Do you worry that contemporary games coverage is too focused? Do you think that sometimes people describe games with metaphors that make too much sense? Curly is a non-binary video essayist trying to determine how videogames can be good and bad at the same time. If you've ever spent more time thinking about playing a videogame than actually playing it, this might be the channel for you.
Gaming Hell has only two objectives: To entertain and inform its readership! Join Ant Cooke as they review their way through the depths of gaming obscurity, archiving some truly fascinating titles in the process. Coverage comes in the forms of content summaries, full playthroughs, in-depth guides, short-form reviews, and somehow much more beyond that! The website celebrated it's 10th birthday in 2018, and we invite you to enjoy a decade's worth of accumulated games coverage and musings.
Hazel is a video editor, musician, podcaster and writer living in California. Her work focuses on niche and underrated titles, bringing light to games that are often overlooked, as well as the intersection of games and queerness. Alyssa is an animator / illustrator, who shares her girlfriend's passion for video game obscurity. Together, they form Hazelyssa: A dynamic duo dedicated to covering all manner of fascinating video games!
JP Ronny is a streamer whose focus lies in the obscure, the bad, and the bootleg sides of video games: From hacked-together multicarts to hastily-assembled licensed fare, and everything in-between. Join them as they unearth some of the most curious, quickly-forgotten entries in games history!
Adventures in video game modding and general tomfoolery, as presented by darling hostess Melly! With a focus on fighting games and penchant for professional wrestling titles, you can expect to see dream matches come true on a daily basis, as well as the manic mashup matches you never knew you needed to see.
Morgan is a Brazilian-born illustrator with a passion for retro games, and the desire to discuss the finer points of classic game design. You can expect praising-yet-pointed analysis of franchises spanning across all genres, though her love for the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise makes it something like a staple subject in her works.
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If you like your visual novels hella gay, and like your stories to be written by a member of the community that understands the nuance and realities of being LGBTQ, then NewWestGames is right up your street! In addition to making cute games, Katie of NWG often streams on Twitch, speedrunning Shenmue or developing her games live.
Danny and Alex - AKA the Retro Pals - enjoy sharing weird video games, ranking mascot platformers, and the Sega CD. They stream every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on Twitch. They are also currently producing a chronogaming series, entitled "PlayStation Year One. Their streams and videos are supported by viewers like you. Yes, YOU! If you want to vote on their streams and see new episodes early, check them out on Patreon!
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Amr is an artist currently dabbling in multiple different mediums; including writing, illustration, video production, and even game development. You may have seen their work across various games writing sites, as part of their pursuit to get paid for increasingly absurd essays on Sonic the Hedgehog. Whether your interests lay in art history, competitive fighters, frantic shoot-em-ups, or deep dives for hidden gems -- you may well find yourself drawn to their broad portfolio.
Alice is a retro speedrunner by trade, but a oddity variety streamer at heart. They are a top runner of Jackal on the NES, and have shown off everything from as modern as the PS3 to as old as the TRS-80 Tandy Color Computer. Between casual suggestion-based streams, showcases, speedruns, and chat-focused events, there's always something happening for you to join in on.
B.J. Brown's You Found a Secret Area is a blog all about the obscure, the odd, the unknown, and other miscellanea in the world of video games. Expect regular wading into the depths of the budget games market, with a particular penchant for forgotten first-person shooters.