LGBTQ Video Game Archive

It is my great pleasure to introduce LGBTQ Video Game Archive, a cool new resource on the scene as just tweeted yesterday by Adrienne Shaw @adrishaw: “Still a work in progress, but the first half of my digital archive of LGBTQ content in games is open to the public.” Ta-da!

Juhani_Force_persuade-620x352Dr. Shaw (Gr’10), is Assistant Professor at Temple University’s Department of Media Studies and Production and author of Gaming at the Edge: Sexuality and Gender at the Margins of Gamer Culture. She describes the archive as a “curated collection of information about LGBTQ and queerly read game content.” The archive is organized around lists of games by decade, characters, locations, actions, mentions, and themes such as Homophobia/Transphobia, to name a few. All categories are clearly defined so there’s no confusion (ex. “Mods: Game modifications (mods) are player-made additions to games that alters the visuals or operation of a game. In this archive that includes mods that allow for same-sex relationships, change gender presentation options, or enable other LGBTQ content”).

The site also includes a bibliography, an “ongoing collection of academic writing about LGBTQ video game content, designers, players, or related topics.” All over the site you will find invitations for any and all feedback–questions, suggestions for additions and corrections. Indeed, the description of whole enterprise in the About section leads with “A work in progress and a labor of love.” It will be fun to watch it grow!

 

In the Life Archive at UCLA

Over the summer The UCLA Film and Television Archive launched a new digital portal of LGBT media materials in concert with the trailblazing TV series In the Life. In addition to a complete collection of In the Life episodes (actually all of the over 190 episodes aren’t up yet), the portal features “other contextualizing material, including a commissioned essay, “The Time of Our Lives: In the Life – America’s LGBT News Magazineinthelifepapers1,” by Stephen Tropiano, Ithaca College; an oral history with seminal indie filmmaker Pat Rocco; a lecture by LGBT scholar  Lillian Faderman; and a list of LGBT media, history and advocacy resources…Jayne Baron Sherman, a board member of In the Life Media, said, ‘This living legacy of ‘In the Life’ provides generations with documentation and history that exists nowhere else and helps chronicle and explain the LGBT movement over the past 20-plus years.'” –UCLA Newsroom

In the Life ran from 1992-2012 and for most of those years followed a news magazine format that provided award-winning journalism for and about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.  Eventually it aired in over 200 public TV markets.