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Videos: GLAAD's Panel On Homophobia & Virtual Communities

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As I'm sure you're all aware at this point, I sat on a panel of gaming industry professionals two weekends ago at EA Studios put on by GLAAD. The panel discussed the ins and outs, ups and downs of Homophobia & Online Communities and what can be done about it. It was a great first step towards the larger problem.

Many of you have been asking about transcripts or a video of the event and GLAAD has been able to post a terrific video that EA made of the proceedings. It's quite long (2 hours) and has been split up into 19 bite sized parts, all of which reside after the jump. I hope you take the time to check them out or at least some of them.

A big thank you goes out to GLAAD for putting on the panel, EA for hosting it and all the panelists for participating in this landmark event.


Part 1: Intro Video: (Contains NSFW language)










Part 2: Intro by GLAAD President










Part 3: Introduction of Panelists










Part 4: "Flaunting" sexual orientation in gaming.










Part 5: Vitriol makes gaming less fun for everyone










Part 6: Why aren't their more positive portrayals of LGBT characters in games?










Part 7: Response to anti gay game "Watch Out Behind You, Hunter"










Part 8: Where are the opportunities education for engagement?










Part 9: Addressing the phrase "That's So Gay"










Part 10: Being "out" in the industry.










Part 11: The problem is bigger than just LGBT, but solutions can be universal.










Part 12: The trouble with reporting and reporting mechanisms.










Part 13: The head of an LGBT World of Warcraft guild describes his perspective.










Part 14: Are shooter games the real problem?










Part 15: A game producer asks about using certain language.










Part 16: A question about LGBT characters in games.










Part 17: On the ability to market an LGBT character/game.










Part 18: Banned for being gay. Microsoft says its committed to changing its policy on self-expression.










Part 19: Is funding an issue with making needed changes happen?








8 Comments

AgentPolo083 said:

I can't wait to watch/listen to this, but right now I have to get ready for work. It'll have to wait 'til tomorrow.

teresa said:

I like how even the flynn guy sides with the homophobes and xbox saying it was against the rules. I'd like to point out, as the person who got banned for saying i was a lesbian on my profile, it is indeed NOT against TOS or Code of conduct. So basically even the gay gamer community is encouraging this myth/lie. And what is the difference if I say it during voice chat, or in my profile. I think its much easier to discern homophobia by someone writing 'thats so gay' and someone saying 'i'm a lesbian'. So when i say i'm a lesbian on voice chat or in during the game, and I get harassed and turn in, and banned anyways..what recourse do I have? all this has said is its wrong to say you are gay, but its ok to say you are straight. I've seen it. I've NEVER seen any other player stating they are gay/lesbian in a profile..but I see it in almost ALL heterosexual profiles in some way. I turn them in, and I go back to check..and their profiles are still intact and no action has been taken.And its the point that straights feel entitled, and that its ok for them to be hetero, and express that, because who turns them in? who harrasses them? No one..this panel was a waste of money and time. I dont see anything changing.

Resurgam said:

Wow this took a long time to load and watch. At the end I don't feel like I even have much to comment about. All of the talk was very polite and rhetorical. Everyone on that panel saw eye-to-eye. If you want to create change you need to converse with the people who disagree with you. I hope the large companies who need to change their practices watch this talk.

I'm also disappointed that there was no transgender or genderqueer issues addressed when it came to character choice and character creation.

Chosenoneknuckles said:

Great stuff, from the woman on Spore, the guy at Microsoft and of course, Mr Flynn!

Here's to more real-time and detailed reporting, and GLAAD organisations across the world. Tis is baby steps, but that's how change begins [when the game industry matures, as Flynn also pointed out].

Thanks for the video coverage, it was a fascinating discussion and a real morning opener for me. ^-^

Dreamwalker said:

Very informative and thoughtful. I have to admit Mr. Brute that though you were probably the dominate speaker everything you said was right on the money. I'm glad there are companies out there that put on panels like this one because I do feel that for every naysayer there's at least one person who is educated by these things. Good stuff.

g_whiz said:

I'm halfway through this and so far I find everything very encouraging. I think one of the biggest problem with minority self-esteem issues and the imbedded messages in pop culture is that so few have positive role models to attach themselves to/identify with. Sure, there's going to be a segment of the population that catagorically rejects the normalization of gayness. That decrys it at as "flaunting" a "lifestyle" (this line of thinking drives me up the wall. Heterosexual people oblivious to their privlidge). But things are changing, and social change is adruously slow oftentimes. Hopefully we get good games and less idioticly bigoted people to play them with while we pass the time.

Took me a while but I finally got around to watching this last night (thanks to no internet at my house oh the irony.)

I found this an interesting conversation and I was surprised when I saw someone I actually know of in the "video presentation" (Blunty3000 - the Australian Kevin Smith look-a-like) It was one of the videos I did disagree with him on I have to go back to last year on the commentry about the insident But I am sure one of the articles did quote the ToS/CG on what was broken...and if I remember rightly is something that I disagreed with with saying you are gay is immediately sexual in nature.

I find the concept of anominity on the internet slightly weird - because I have spent my time trying to get build my name to be connected with my real name (so much so that I am the third google result for my full name...After a American politican which has my name re-arranged.)

I have to disagree with Resurgam a bit...there was talk of it - unfortunately it was only coming from the Second Life Representitive. When my computer was working better I have seen the LL reporting in actionmainly because I was hanging out in an areas of SL which is more hated online than LGBT people are.

Othing I was thinking about during your talk on RPGs is games that do allow cross-dressing in...Fable 2 is one of them when it is actually a Stat on some clothes. The World Ends with You is the other one I could think of specially because it is one of the most powerful items in the game - you just had to work to get the character "brave" enough to try it on.

Thanks for providing the video - I am now subscribed to GLAAD as well.

Gamescook said:

I am surprised that no on on that panel mentioned Persona 4!

And girls who like girls who like rumble packs!

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