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Gaming In Color Documentary Explores Queerness in Games

| 24 Apr 2014 18:03

Gaming In Color is out now for pay-what-you-want price model.

Gaming In Color is a full-length documentary that explores queerness in games, such as the LGBTQ presence within the games industry. The documentary was funded on Kickstarter last year and is now available to purchase online for a pay-what-you-want price model.

The documentary celebrates gaymer culture and events as well as LGBTQ themes in video games. In addition to giving a voice to people who experience discrimination, Gaming In Color also speaks to people who may not consider gaymer culture to be important.

"A lot of the film's message is aimed at people who don't understand the need for queer characters or the fight against bigotry, so we'd also hope to have a lot of straight people seeking to learn in our audience," Gaming In Color director Philip Jones said to Polygon. "The queer gaming community has always existed, and it's only been getting stronger as the years go by. This film has been a long time coming. The eloquence of our cast members and the demand from our fans really shows that this film needs to be made. This is a story that deserves to be told."

Riot Games engineer George Skleres, freelance game designer Naomi Clark, and GameRevolution.com writer and video editor Jessica Vasquez are just a few of the people interviewed for the documentary. Also featured is Matt Conn, founder and CEO of MidBoss, the company that ran the GaymerX convention. He is also the creative director of MidBoss Games for its first game, Read Only Memories.

Queer themes in storylines are characters are still an anomaly in the mainstream video game community, the Gaming In Color website states. Furthermore, power dynamics in games cause mistreatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer gamers in social games.

Gaming In Color is available for purchase from its website for pay-what-you-want. The minimum payment is $1, and the recommendation is set at $15.

Source: Gaming In Color via Polygon

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