What happens when a documentary on LGBTQ culture in video games is released? Well as one could expect, the reception wasn’t entirely pretty. WARNING: This article contains a picture(s) with strong language and themes.
Gaming in Color focuses on the slow shift towards adding LGBTQ themes in video games and how the LGBTQ community feels about the shifts that have been made. Just by watching the trailer you can see members of the LGBTQ community expressing their thoughts, and you can even hear one individual state their excitement at finally being able to see themselves represented in video games.
Moving towards the video’s reception, there are good reviews and bad reviews just like anything else. An individual on steam going by the name Stevepunk, who identifies himself as a white straight male, said this in his review “…There seems to be a backlash from straight male gamers who also don’t want their games to be filled with a whole lot of gay stuff being forced down their throat… As more and more games offer freedom of choice and restrictions of typical games disappear, I think both groups can be satisfied at being able to play games how they want to play…” Stevepunk also had this undeniable truth to add: “In essence, both groups want the same thing. They both want a safe place without things that make them uncomfortable.”
The wisdom in that last phrase is pretty spot on, because as a straight white male I would be slightly uncomfortable if I had to watch an intimate moment between two men, women, or other in a game I was playing (before anyone jumps on me, I get pretty uncomfortable at heterosexual sex scenes in my games as well, so it really doesn’t have much to do with it being LGBTQ). With that being said, I would not expect an LGBTQ individual to be comfortable having to sit through a heterosexual sex scene. I personally believe the choice to go after whichever type of intimacy you choose make games like Dragon Age Inquisition so successful. Being able to have a straight sex scene, gay sex scene, or no sex scene at all made that game accessible to all gamers without forcing anything down anyone’s throat.
Were all the comments and reviews on Gaming in Color as kind or neutral as Stevepunk’s? No, not really. Below is an image that our sites founder took of some of the comments, I made the image larger than normal to make it easier to read the comments.
The hatred these people are throwing out in their comments is unacceptable, just like it wouldn’t be okay if it was reversed (I don’t like any type of hatred, period). Another image that I personally took will show you the “popular tags” associated with this documentary.
Now for a documentary that is stated to not be shoving LGBTQ culture down your throat, these are some pretty intense and crude tags for this video. There is nothing wrong with sharing your opinion, but hate of this level is quite uncalled for. As gamers we all understand using video games to escape from reality into a place that will accept us and allow us to live and act however we want. As our culture begins to shift towards a broader acceptance of LGBTQ culture, maybe we will slowly start to see less and less hatred, and more and more love.
As I mentioned earlier, I believe that games that provide choices like Dragon Age Inquisition are the way to go. They allow each individual player to do what they want intimacy wise, so no one is forced into uncomfortably watching anything. I also personally believe that this level of choice will become more and more common in games, thereby allowing both groups to be equally represented and satisfied.
Gaming in Color can be found on steam by clicking HERE
Daniel Rosado (Associate Editor) –
In light of some of these comments, I honestly felt the need to say something regarding all of this unnecessary backlash. For one, this isn’t the time nor place to delve into the sexual orientation, or preference of any persons. We all have preferences that range from entertainment, to food; literally everything in our lives. I don’t make it a part of my life to govern the way others live their lives. You’re going to like what you like, as will I. It’s none of my business what your preferences are, and I don’t ever expect to make it my business. We’re all people, human-beings no matter how you look at it. The world may never see eye to eye on every subject, but one thing we can do is spread the love. We will never see peace in our time, it’s the truth, but we can make an effort to love unconditionally and at the very least make this world a desired place to live.
Sorry, I’m the kind of guy who finds love and happiness in all facets of life. I’m not a fan of misguided hate and it’s surely unfortunate to see so many people feel the way that they do about their fellow person. As far as homosexuality in gaming goes, I welcome the diversity. As Dylan stated, video games have become more accepting, and have offered more in terms of choice. There’s nothing wrong with offering these experiences for those looking to seek them out, but it really only works in that context. As with anything, if it’s shoved down your throat, chances are you won’t enjoy it. This goes for literally everything, again as Dylan stated. Really, I’m just tired of seeing the hate. If we focused on loving one and other for who we are, obviously the world would be a much better place. I say to anyone and everyone, GAME ON!