Establishing MidBoss Games, the organizers of queer geek gaming convention GaymerX are developing a cyberpunk adventure game called Read Only Memories for Windows PC, Mac, Ouya, iOS and Android.
MidBoss launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $62,064 in development funds for the game. Ouya will also pledge dollar for dollar for the first $62,000 raised as part of its Free The Games Fund.
"You're a young journalist trying to hack it on your own in Neo-San Francisco. It's a tough city, but you're a tough nut," the game's Kickstarter page states. "One day you receive a package containing a beta version of the latest ROM, an intelligent device that has replaced all personal mobile technology. With the ROM lay a mysterious note from a close friend, saying that he had to leave the country immediately. Weird."
Players will encounter new ROMs throughout the game that can be used to install new personalities, unlocking new dialog and action options. Consisting of a prologue and five acts, gameplay involves a mix of adventure and puzzle solving. The developers aim to have a playable version of the game at next year's GaymerX2.
GamerConnect launched a Kickstarter for the first convention last year, raising more than $90,000. The event took place Aug. 3-4, 2013 in Japantown, San Francisco and featured speakers such as Jessica Merizan, George Skleres, Jared Rea, Christine Love and Porpentine. Next year's convention will take place at the Intercontinental Hotel, Downtown San Francisco, July 11-13, 2014.
For more information about the GaymerX events and its team, check out our interview with co-founder Matt Conn who told Polygon that GaymerX exists to create a safe space for members of the LGBT gaming community.