“Gaming In Color”
The Queer Gaming Community
“Gaming in Color” is a new documentary that explores the queer gaming community, ‘gaymer’ culture and events, and the rise of LGBTQ themes in video games. An interesting fact is that “a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or otherwise queer gamer has a higher chance of being mistreated in an online social game”. While diverse queer themes in storylines and characters are still mostly rarities in the mainstream video game industry, we see here how the community culture is shifting and the industry is diversifying thereby helping with queer visibility and acceptance of an LGBTQ presence.
“’Gaming in Color’ exists for anyone who believes that the pixelated world can be a better place for everyone, no matter who they are”. We are aware that bullied and abused youth look for comfort in a world that is not real; in a video game, and find that their one hope of sanctuary, their escape into a virtual universe, is filled with hatred.
“A lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or otherwise queer gamer has a higher chance of being mistreated in a social game. The power dynamic of a geek society tips against them. Diversive queer themes in storylines and characters are still mostly an anomaly in the mainstream video game industry. However, the gaming community is far more colorful than one may expect. ‘Gaming In Color’ shows that there is a full spectrum of gamers picking up their controller to play”.
The film looks at the queer aspect of gaming culture and the LGBT presence there. There is even a convention—GaymerX (2013) and it was a step forward for our community. Just about that time, “more popular mainstream and indie games featured a greater amount of gay and lesbian characters than ever before, helping with visibility and acceptance”. The video games universe will only continue to improve and diversify both in its community and industry but we must “elevate the conversation about inclusion and respecting one another – not in spite of our gay ‘geekiness’, but because of it”!
After a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised over $50,000, the LGBT video game culture documentary “Gaming in Color” has just been released. “It focuses on gaming in American society as a whole, the few LGBT characters in narratives currently seen in video games, and the growth of the queer geek community over the past few years”.
“The film includes interviews with a variety of industry professionals, academics, and fans, including Riot Games’ George Skleres and Colleen Macklin, a professor at Parsons the New School for Design”.
“In a statement to the press, director Philip Jones said that “through the voices and experiences of our hardworking and talented cast, [Gaming in Color] shows what a strong and passionate movement that diversity and acceptance in video games has become. It really is an inspiring call to action.”
Copies of the film are available on the film’s website via instant streaming and HD downloads on a “pay what you want” basis.