Online video game retailer Green Man Gaming has just released a new infographic that explores the representation of the LGBTQ+ community in video games. Coinciding with its upcoming Pride Run game, the company has decided to gather data from Queerly Represent Me and explore how LGBTQ+ representation has progressed since 1986.
When video games started trending, LGBTQ+ characters would make appearances in games but were typically confined to stereotypical, one-dimensional roles and were often not playable characters. In 2014, less than 500 games included some kind of representation of LGBTQ+ communities. However, the past five years have seen growth in numbers as there are now over 1,500 games with LGBTQ+ characters.
Additionally, video game designers are becoming more aware and sensitive to the diversity of sexual identities. Games in the ’80s and ’90s mainly viewed the LGBTQ+ community as gay, lesbian, bi-sexual or transgender. According to Green Man Gaming’s research, 2019’s statistics show that four additional sexual identities have been added to a number of games in equal proportions. This year has also seen a lot of change due to the fact that gamers are now allowed to choose to play as an LGBTQ+ character as well.
Scroll through the infographics above for more details. For more information, visit Green Man Gaming’s website.
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