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Documentary that explores queerness in games out now for pay what you want price

Gaming In Color, the full-length documentary about the queer gaming community, is now available for download at a pay-what-you-want price.

The documentary was successfully funded on Kickstarter last year with a mission to explore the queer side of gaming and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer presence in the game industry.

Speaking to Polygon, Gaming In Color director Philip Jones said the documentary aims to give a strong voice and message to people who have experienced discrimination or abuse in gaming culture in some way. The documentary takes a closer look at the challenges and growth of minority and queer communities in gaming, with a cast that includes George Skleres, a game engineer at Riot Games, Colleen Macklin, associate professor at Parsons The New School for Design and director at PETLab, Matt Conn, founder and CEO of MidBoss and co-founder of GaymerX, Naomi Clarke, game designer and more.

"A lot of the film's message is aimed at people who don't understand the need for queer characters or the fight against bigotry, so we'd also hope to have a lot of straight people seeking to learn in our audience," Jones told Polygon. "The queer gaming community has always existed, and it's only been getting stronger as the years go by. This film has been a long time coming. The eloquence of our cast members and the demand from our fans really shows that this film needs to be made, this is a story that deserves to be told."

Jones said those who are skeptical about whether a documentary focusing on the queer community in games is necessary, the best thing to do is to watch it. "I think Gaming In Color is going to change a lot of minds and open a lot of hearts."

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