I said goddamn — Luke Hopewell over at Gizmodo Australia is doing some really interesting work on games at the moment. Earlier this week he wrote a top notch piece about Queensland and R18+ games across state borders and now he's put together a great story on Sydney Gaymers, a rapidly growing local group that helps gay gamers meet up and play without fear of the slurs that plague online services like Xbox LIVE.
It's a great story that culminates in the group planning to run a float at this years Mardi Gras, and being sponsored by Sony and Valve to do so.
“I don’t think anyone would disagree with the fact that the worldwide gaming community does…enable some pretty nasty harassment,” Joshua tells me. Even though he’s on the phone at the other end of a city, I nod my head in agreement. All you need to do is log onto Call of Duty multiplayer to find that gay isn’t considered as a lifestyle to some gamers, it’s an insult.
Joshua explains that some in the LGBT community put down their controllers, card decks and cosplay outfits years ago because they didn’t want to go near the venom of the greater gaming community for fear of reprisals about their sexual orientation.
“There would be [more LGBT] people interested in gaming if they weren’t turned off by a hostile environment,” he explains. “They’re not willing to experiment with games because they know they will be subject to language they don’t want to be subjected to just for playing a game.”
I'd recommend heading over to Gizmodo to check out the whole story.