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A labor of queer adore: the battle to protect the historical past of LGBTQ+ game titles

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LGBTQ+ Gaming 7 days 2021

LGBTQ+ Gaming Week

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Welcome to TechRadar’s LGBTQ+ Gaming 7 days 2021. In the course of this week-extended celebration, we’re highlighting subject areas and voices in the LGBTQ+ gaming neighborhood. Come across out extra listed here.

Now, queer gaming figures stride confidently on to our screens. Playable characters, like Alexios and Kassandra of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and Ellie of The Last of Us, are queer, but not each element of their figures hinges on their sexuality. But how lengthy has this been the situation? Who walked so that Ellie could operate?

Exploring the origins and evolution of queer games and people, and preserving them for posterity, is a job that no 1 seemed prepared to do. That is, until Adrienne Shaw of Temple College in Philadelphia, Usa, took on the position.

The birth of the LGBTQ+ Video Sport Archive

LGBTQ Video Game Archive

LGBTQ Video clip Match Archive (Impression credit score: LGBTQ Online video Activity Archive)

“After 10 a long time [of researching LGBTQ+ games], no one particular experienced carried out what I assumed would be an noticeable undertaking to do, so I figured that was a indicator that I should really do it,” Shaw laughs. 

“If I was ever completed, I would actually be unfortunate, due to the fact that would indicate that there have been no much more new games to uncover, and nobody was making new online games with queer content.”

Adrienne Shaw
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