Philip Jones’ “Gaming In Color” — which explores the queer side of gaming — is getting a digital VOD release come May 19th via Devolver Digital Films and Mid Boss. The film takes a look at the queer gaming community, ‘gaymer’ culture, and the increasing acceptance of LGBTQ themes in video games.
Here’s the film’s synopsis:
The gaming community is far more colorful than one might expect. Gaming In Color shows the full spectrum of gamers who are picking up a controller to play. Directed by Philip Jones, the feature documentary explores the story of the queer gaming community, ‘gaymer’ culture and events, and the rise of LGBTQ themes in video games. More and more, popular mainstream and indie games are starting to feature queer characters, helping with visibility and acceptance. Although there’s still a long road ahead and many aspects of gaming that need improvement, the video games universe continues to mature and diversify, both in its community culture as well as across the industry, by elevating the conversation to support inclusion, representation, and respect.
Most gamers can relate to the concept of seeking solace inside the environment of a video game. The search for sanctuary guides their escape into a virtual universe where they can be anything they want to be. For many, however, choosing to be true to themselves becomes an open invitation for hatred. This multiplies for those who belong to marginalized groups, including people of color, women, and members of the LGBTQ community.
A lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or otherwise queer/questioning gamer has a higher chance of being mistreated in a social game, where the climate can be toxic and violent. The power dynamics of a male-dominated geek society tips against them. Furthermore, diverse queer themes in game storylines and characters have been an anomaly in the mainstream video game industry. While Gaming In Color is entertaining and visually interesting, the film also serves to educate viewers on these issues, effectively rallying against homophobia and exclusion for a healthier and more diverse gaming community.
The film’s release will come via iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, PlayStation, Xbox, and Vudu, with other major platforms coming later. For additional information, visit www.gamingincolor.com.