Groundbreaking Queer Video Game Documentary Needs You

By Daniel Villarreal

Originally published on Advocate.com May 06 2013 7:00 AM ET

Remember Gaymer X, the LGBT gaming convention that raised funds for its inaugural event this August in San Francisco?

Apparently some documentary filmmakers caught wind of the convention and the myriad LGBT gaming issues that it raises, and so they decided to make a documentary about the homophobia, exclusion, and possibilities that queer gamers face online.

The documentary is called Gaming in Color and it features Gaymer X organizers as well as other LGBT gamers talking about why gaming companies need to acknowledge their LGBT consumers and why gamers need to fight anti-LGBT slurs online.

It's actually a revolutionary idea when you think about how much social media and TV entertainment overlaps with gaming these days. In an age where you can invite friends to join gaming communities and where mobile dating apps and reality TV shows all depend on social media, more and more companies are incorporating gaming into the marketing design. Surely, more could profit from developing LGBT characters, storylines, and gaming options.

Anyway, Gaming in Color is about $15,000 short of its fundraising goal, but they still have a month to go. Take a look at their Kickstarter trailer below; if you can, chip in a few bucks and spread the word.