Gaymer Communities: WOW

Those Dumb Pixels In My Head

With the invention and prevalence of multiplayer and online gaming, there has been an increased importance of community in game worlds. Communities are essential to MMO’s and shooter titles, as their online features mean that player participation and interaction is paramount to player experience. But unfortunately, these communities can seem gated to others, as the stereotypical cisgendered white male seems to at least from an outside view laid claim to such territories.

It is open knowledge that genuine and thoughtful gender representation in video games has been lacking, and diverse examples of sexuality almost non existent. There are games like Mass Effect and Dragon Age that give the player the option of sexual encounters with same sex characters, but these are never presented as the norm, instead they must be obtained with prior in game knowledge. While we are saturated with male-female love stories in games, we rarely are ever…

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