Matt Conn

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Matt Conn
Born (1987-10-30) October 30, 1987 (age 30)
San Francisco, California

Matt Conn (born 1987) is a geek personality based in San Francisco best known for being the founder and CEO of MidBoss, the company that puts on the GaymerX game convention that seeks to create a safe space for LGBTQ identified gamers. He is also the producer for the MidBoss-produced cyberpunk story adventure game Read Only Memories, as well as the LGBTQ video game documentary Gaming In Color.[1]

He is often called upon to give opinions on LGBTQ issues in the gaming sphere for publications like TIME[2] and Polygon.[3]

He also is well known for his role as a founding member at BandPage[4] and for winning the Travel Channel television program America's Worst Driver.[5]

GaymerX[edit]

GaymerX (initially named GaymerCon) was founded in February 2012 and launched its Kickstarter on August 1, 2012[6] with a goal of $25,000. It hit its goal within five days [7] and ended up raising just over $91,000. The first convention was held on August 3 and 4, 2013 in San Francisco, California.[8] The launch was covered by sites such as Examiner and GamePolitics.com.[9]

Throughout the fundraising campaign, organizers added new support levels, in addition to existing support levels that included admission to the event and voice acting from Ellen McLain.[10] At a session during the convention, McLain took part as assistant on a marriage proposal to help an attendee propose to his boyfriend by voicing a version of the song "Still Alive" with reworked lyrics.

Robosaurus, featured on America's Worst Driver

GaymerX2 was held at the InterContinental Hotel on July 11–13, 2014 in downtown San Francisco. It is notable in that in its sophomore year, it featured celebrities like WWE's Darren Young as well as larger sponsors like Indiecade, Ubisoft, Riot Games, and 2K Games.

GaymerX has run from 2013 until the current day, and has held events in San Francisco, San Jose, New York City, and Sydney, Australia.

2064: Read Only Memories[edit]

2064: Read Only Memories is a cyberpunk adventure game for the PC, Mac and Linux. It was successfully funded on Kickstarter for $64,378 on December 12, 2013.[11][12]

America's Worst Driver[edit]

On this series, which aired in mid-2010, Conn was penalized for being the worst driver in San Francisco by having his car destroyed by construction equipment.[13][14] In the finale, Conn was named the winner of the program, and had a car representing him destroyed by Robosaurus.[15]

AWD finale winner/loser breakdown[edit]

Contestant Challenge 1 Challenge 2 Challenge 3 Challenge 4 Challenge 5 Challenge 6 Challenge 7
Matt and Eli IN IN IN IN IN IN AMERICA'S WORST DRIVER
Andrea and Telea IN IN IN IN IN IN WON A CAR
James and Cristin IN IN IN IN IN WON A CAR
Michael and Safiya IN IN IN IN WON A CAR
Stephanie and Kelly IN IN IN WON A CAR
Parker and Alyssa IN IN WON A CAR
Alex and Nadine IN WON A CAR
Brian and Janett WON A CAR


Source: [15]

     (OUT) The driver has won a new car, and is out of the running for America's Worst Driver.

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