Since we’re a relatively misunderstood crowd, we gay gamers need to stick together. That’s why I was thrilled when I saw that the Age’s Jason Hill conducted an interview with Chris Vizzini, the founder of Gaymer.org. While Jason’s questions are clearly emailed in, it seems like he took a genuine interest in the topic of gay gamers and how we’re starting to become rather mainstream.
Do games cater enough for gay players?
That’s a tough one to answer. Does there need to be a gay character in a game for a game to be great? Of course not, but to have the option to play a gay character would be awesome.
I don’t think it’s so much that Gaymers want to be catered to, rather we just want to be included without ridicule. That goes for gaming in general. People often say “Why declare your sexuality when you’re gaming. Just be a gamer and keep your mouth shut about your sexual preference.” Well, that would work except for one thing, gaming has become a social activity, especially with online games like World of Warcraft where you can also communicate with other players with your voice. While you’re grouping in-game, people talk about their lives, work, girlfriends/boyfriends, etc. Whenever I mention my boyfriend, things go haywire and I’m sometimes attacked with insults.
To be honest, I wish Jason had asked some more questions… not to mention some that delved deeper into what being a gay gamer is like… but I have to admit that Chris’s answers are wonderfully thought out and each one manages to present an awful lot of information for such general inquiries.
Congratulations, Chris! Way to go!