Gaming in Color

Gaming in Color

DVD - 2015
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Explores the LGBTQ video game community, "gaymer" culture, and role of video games in the lives of sexual minorities.
Publisher: Holland, Ohio : Distributed by Dreamscape Media, LLC, c2015
Branch Call Number: DVD 794.80866 G146 2015
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (62 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Language Note: Closed-captioned


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Aug 27, 2016

Angry straight man can't stand the gay guy in marketing, goes home and kicks back with his favorite online game. Gay guy can't understand why that grouch in graphics is sitting on his request for a poster, goes home to the refuge of his favorite online game. You can see it coming: They run into each other in the virtual world. This documentary gives some evidence that the segregation of the gaming world along the lines of the news media is a conceivable outcome, if not the happiest. Contrary to retailers and the rest of the IT industry, the gaming industry seems to comply with the wishes of the intolerant minority, marginalizing gay male characters and women in general. Meanwhile, independent software developers have picked up their shovels and built their own LGBTQIA-friendly sandbox. The interviewees propose two things that the tolerant, heterosexual majority can do to improve the situation. They can vote with their voices, telling the mainstream developers that they want diverse characters, and they can vote with their money, buying the small-budget games until the big companies respond. The strength of this documentary is its clear presentation of a problem and a solution. It is not the kind of program that analyzes all sides of a debate. People who want to incorporate social justice into their hobby will find some good ideas.


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