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Playing with Pride: When Game Culture and LGBTQ Culture Collide


Matt Baume (Writer and Video-Maker, Independent)

Location: Room 2014, West Hall

Date: Friday, March 23

Time: 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Pass Type: All Access, GDC Conference + Summits, GDC Conference, GDC Summits, Expo Plus, Expo, Audio Conference + Tutorial, Educators Summit, Indie Games Summit, Student Expo Pass - Get your pass now!

Topic: Advocacy

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: All

What does sexuality have to do with gaming? Do same-sex romance options matter? What's the point of LGBT game conventions? And how can developers ensure that their games are engaging for queer players? Over the last three years, speaker Matt Baume and team have gathered video interviews with over a hundred LGBTQ gamers, developers, and journalists. In candid interviews, they've shared insights into what happens when queer culture and game culture collide: what works, what doesn't, and how the industry can address their unique interests. Join documentarian Matt Baume for a presentation of video clips, featuring first-hand accounts of the impact that games have on queer players. Through these interviews, meet dozens of LGBTQ gamers and learn about the features and content that matter to them.


This presentation will help you avoid misunderstandings with your queer audience, provides examples of games that have connected with LGBTQ players, and offers insight into what those players want from games in the future.

Intended Audience

This talk is intended for anyone interested in making games more inclusive, learning about the positive impact that games have on LGBTQ players, and improving the experience of queer gamers. Although gender and sexuality are a focus of the talk, no prior knowledge about the LGBTQ community is necessary.