Out of the closet and into the arcade! Gaming In Color is a feature documentary exploring the queer side of gaming: the queer gaming community, gaymer culture and events, and the rise of LGBTQ themes in video games.
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Positive (30 reviews) - 86% of the 30 user reviews for this video are positive.
Release Date: Mar 10, 2015

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Almost every gamer will relate to the concept of seeking solace in a video game. Hope 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 are marginalized people, including people of color, women, and members of the LGBTQ community. Toxic cultures that breed violence and vitriol hide behind a industry that undervalues the innovation of its audience. GAMING IN COLOR crusades for anyone who believes that the pixelated world can be a better place for everyone, no matter who they are or what they love.

A lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or otherwise queer gamer has a higher chance of being mistreated in a social game. The power dynamics of a male-dominated geek society tips against them. Further, diverse queer themes in game storylines and characters are an anomaly in the mainstream video game industry. However, the gaming community is far more colorful than one may expect. Gaming In Color shows that there is a full spectrum of gamers picking up their controller to play.

This feature documentary explores the queer side of gaming culture and the game industry's LGBTQ presence. The queer geek community is taking huge steps forward in being recognized on a worldwide industry scale. At the same time, more popular mainstream and indie games are featuring a greater amount of queer characters than ever before, helping with visibility and acceptance. There's a long road ahead and tons of aspects that desperately need improvement, but the video games universe will continue to mature and diversify both in its community culture and industry only if we elevate the conversation about inclusion and respecting one another - not in spite of our gay geekiness, but because of it!

Director: Philip Jones
Producers: Matt Conn, Philip Jones, Anne Clements, Ryan Paul, Kayce Brown
Writer: Ryan Paul
Featuring: Colleen Macklin, George Skleres, Naomi Clark, Matt Conn, Joey Stern, Jessica Vazquez, Shane Cherry, Matthew Michael Brown

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Overall:
Positive (30 reviews)
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CoolDad420
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 7
I felt the film was alright, though I feel more content about game developers who are under the LGBT banner could've been more interesting, though the doc was not really about that. It's mostly interesting perspectives from others on how their sexuality relates to their hobbies, or their experiences within it, and as that, it works. It's nothing amazing, but I'd say if you're interested in the subject matter, like I am, as someone who is LGBT, and into gaming, and the industry, to see someone else's perspective on how they correlate if at all, it's worth a watch. Even if you're not, learning other's perspectives on your hobby, or career, is interesting.
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『CrimsonCero』
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
It's funny how people say they are complaining, when in reality they just want to be represented in a game. They make great points in how if they had a gay video game character to look up to it would help them alot in coming out. Honestly people just don't really get the whole film and don't try to understand it. Just ♥♥♥♥ what they say and get it.
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keir
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: December 31, 2015
YAY 10/10 WWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
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Ba[R]aD`
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: November 27, 2015
An hour and a minute long movie about gay people
(not that I have a problem with homosexuality)
"B17ching" about how there are no triple A titles with a main gay characters
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ǷHðEЙiX
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: November 5, 2015
As a Gaymer myself, this documentary (if you wnat to call it that) was literally 98% ♥♥♥♥♥ing. At 38 minutes into it I almost shut it off because it was a broken record of complaining that was starting to hurt my ears, whine whine whine. So many of the interviewees really seem angry, mad and just bitter. GTA5 didnt have gay characters or a female protagonist (10 minutes of complaining about that). They use quotes from YouTube commenters for some of the gay game clips shown -- and you have to stop for a minute and think about it. Everyone in the comments sections of 99% of any games are flaming each other for everything, its a bunch of 13 y.o.'s I laugh at most of it because their all stupid, but this documentary takes YouTube comments like it's literal hate eg. sex scene in Mass Effect 3 was used, hate comment used showed 'futurestic buttsex'. omg how halarious I think, no according to these guys its more hate. Comon... The intent is good, but I found myself rolling my eyes more often than not. The final 11 minutes were some of the better part of the show. I almost wish it was put at the beginning. Overall... Meh...
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meiran
Posted: November 5, 2015
There's a high hurdle to cross to get people who disagree with the film's idea to even click the play button and give it fair consideration. This film has an important point of view to get across, and a lot of valuable voices are given a chance to speak. Generally, the point of representation in games is something that needs more conversation and to be brought out into the open, and this film does a good job of displaying that conversation. It doesn't really try too hard to engage with people who might be completely opposed to their point of view, but that's to be expected. Overall, a good documentary with a good mix of people being given a chance to say their piece.
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psu
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: September 8, 2015
Love this movie <3

Representation is important, if you disagree with that then congratulations on being straight and having 95% of games media cater to you. Don't punch down at the LGBT community for wanting more than the bare minimum acknowledgment.
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CodeR3d
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29, 2015
This was a great doc on a topic I feel has not really been addressed. I think a lot of people can benefit from seeing it. A very enlightening experience on the subject!
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gregkleintv
Posted: July 7, 2015
This is a very enlightening and inspiring documentary about the representation (or lack thereof) of LGBT people in mainstream video games. If you are interested in this subject or are sick of all the negativity regarding this issue, this is worth watching!
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Raytings
Posted: July 6, 2015
Firstly the very reason this documentary is needed on Steam, is the down votes my very review will get. To those who go out of their way to harass a group that wants a voice in the industry, a growing voice I might add, only help highlight the given issue.

When growing up as a kid, I never thought how I’d fit in the world as a gay man. I was fortunate enough to grow up with liberal parents in a liberal city . However, I’ve always worried how I’d fit in the gaming industry. So I can understand the stress and confusion LGBT people go through, even though I never experienced the same emotions for the same thing. This video surely will help those who don’t have a stance on the matter understand the movement, or those who are LGBT see the need for more inclusion in video games. If there is any wish I had, is that this video would be made free to watch someday so more people would view it who are less partial on the subject.

If you have a few extra dollars, make sure to support a project like this, as it’s one of only a few. The commentary was good enough that I actually didn’t watch most of this, I listened to it instead while working.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
I felt the film was alright, though I feel more content about game developers who are under the LGBT banner could've been more interesting, though the doc was not really about that. It's mostly interesting perspectives from others on how their sexuality relates to their hobbies, or their experiences within it, and as that, it works. It's nothing amazing, but I'd say if you're interested in the subject matter, like I am, as someone who is LGBT, and into gaming, and the industry, to see someone else's perspective on how they correlate if at all, it's worth a watch. Even if you're not, learning other's perspectives on your hobby, or career, is interesting.
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119 of 162 people (73%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2015
As a Gaymer myself, this documentary (if you wnat to call it that) was literally 98% ♥♥♥♥♥ing. At 38 minutes into it I almost shut it off because it was a broken record of complaining that was starting to hurt my ears, whine whine whine. So many of the interviewees really seem angry, mad and just bitter. GTA5 didnt have gay characters or a female protagonist (10 minutes of complaining about that). They use quotes from YouTube commenters for some of the gay game clips shown -- and you have to stop for a minute and think about it. Everyone in the comments sections of 99% of any games are flaming each other for everything, its a bunch of 13 y.o.'s I laugh at most of it because their all stupid, but this documentary takes YouTube comments like it's literal hate eg. sex scene in Mass Effect 3 was used, hate comment used showed 'futurestic buttsex'. omg how halarious I think, no according to these guys its more hate. Comon... The intent is good, but I found myself rolling my eyes more often than not. The final 11 minutes were some of the better part of the show. I almost wish it was put at the beginning. Overall... Meh...
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
It's funny how people say they are complaining, when in reality they just want to be represented in a game. They make great points in how if they had a gay video game character to look up to it would help them alot in coming out. Honestly people just don't really get the whole film and don't try to understand it. Just ♥♥♥♥ what they say and get it.
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63 of 120 people (53%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 5, 2015
Listen to their argument if you feel like it.

Summary:
If you want to hear a case for having a Gay Gamer convention, it's your money. Personally, after watching this in it's entirety, I agree with them about not limiting the subject matter etc., and disagree with plenty of points regarding microaggressions and interpretations that border on paranoia and persecution complexes.

This is what I think they're saying, and I'll respond.

- They want games that are represenative of a gay person's lifestyle, interests, and desires. (that's fine, but do not bully developers into it.)
- They want a place that practically guarantees meeting likeminded people and avoid disagreeable people. (If it's on private property, then that's alright I guess)
- They think the prevalence of straight white male gamers impedes inclusivity and diversification. (racist and sexist)
- They think the lack of the previous points are flaws in the gaming industry. (not really)
- They think these flaws create a space that the gay community is uncomfortable with. (That can be debated)
- They think Indie development best fits their desires and demands in the market. (Don't hijack the indie market)
- They also don't think gaming in general should be so stigmatized. (Stop crying and that desire will come to fruition)
- They'd like you to stop using "that's so gay" online. (It's the internet, get thicker skin)
- They want tribunals to appear more often. (Like in LoL) (terrible, arbitrary system)

Disclaimer:
I disagree with about half of what they say

Again if you want to hear those points from them directly in context, and you think that's worth 4-6 bucks, go ahead.

5/10
I don't rate movies based on agreeability, it was well produced and edited. If you can find it elsewhere, go look for it.
(5/10 = average)

Edit: Moved my rant to the forums.
http://steamcommunity.com/app/371240/discussions/0/535150948611091208/
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67 of 134 people (50%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2015
An hour and a minute long movie about gay people
(not that I have a problem with homosexuality)
"B17ching" about how there are no triple A titles with a main gay characters
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91 of 190 people (48%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: July 6, 2015
Firstly the very reason this documentary is needed on Steam, is the down votes my very review will get. To those who go out of their way to harass a group that wants a voice in the industry, a growing voice I might add, only help highlight the given issue.

When growing up as a kid, I never thought how I’d fit in the world as a gay man. I was fortunate enough to grow up with liberal parents in a liberal city . However, I’ve always worried how I’d fit in the gaming industry. So I can understand the stress and confusion LGBT people go through, even though I never experienced the same emotions for the same thing. This video surely will help those who don’t have a stance on the matter understand the movement, or those who are LGBT see the need for more inclusion in video games. If there is any wish I had, is that this video would be made free to watch someday so more people would view it who are less partial on the subject.

If you have a few extra dollars, make sure to support a project like this, as it’s one of only a few. The commentary was good enough that I actually didn’t watch most of this, I listened to it instead while working.
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13 of 31 people (42%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: November 5, 2015
There's a high hurdle to cross to get people who disagree with the film's idea to even click the play button and give it fair consideration. This film has an important point of view to get across, and a lot of valuable voices are given a chance to speak. Generally, the point of representation in games is something that needs more conversation and to be brought out into the open, and this film does a good job of displaying that conversation. It doesn't really try too hard to engage with people who might be completely opposed to their point of view, but that's to be expected. Overall, a good documentary with a good mix of people being given a chance to say their piece.
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30 of 76 people (39%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 29, 2015
This was a great doc on a topic I feel has not really been addressed. I think a lot of people can benefit from seeing it. A very enlightening experience on the subject!
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34 of 85 people (40%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 8, 2015
Love this movie <3

Representation is important, if you disagree with that then congratulations on being straight and having 95% of games media cater to you. Don't punch down at the LGBT community for wanting more than the bare minimum acknowledgment.
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28 of 84 people (33%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: July 7, 2015
This is a very enlightening and inspiring documentary about the representation (or lack thereof) of LGBT people in mainstream video games. If you are interested in this subject or are sick of all the negativity regarding this issue, this is worth watching!
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