Apr 7, 2014

United We Stand...

In our gay lives we, more often than not, strive for solidarity. We stand up for causes that affect our day to day lives. We beat back oppression and wave our rainbow flags proudly as one entity. Or rather, we should do that. Sometimes, the idea is less of a reality and more of a fantasy.  As an avid Gaymer I sometimes look for that same solidarity among Gaymers in my MMORPG and MMO experiences. At times I find it and at times NOT.
Final Fantasy ARR ...Many Free Companies have begun to mention LGBT info in their  recruiting shouts.
Do Gaymers seek each other out in game? Do we bond and make the same waves we do in real life? currently I'm avidly and faithfully playing Final Fantasy XIV; A Realm Reborn. I am a part of an amazing Free Company (The Black Dragon's Den on Hyperion). The mostly gay Free Company  accepts all players but was born from a group of MMORPG players who have social media ties.
There's nothing better than telling your White Mage,  "No tea, no shade child, but your healing isn't cutting it". The camaraderie that exists simply because we are who we are adds to a unity in game that makes our toons (in game characters) feel  united and powerful.
Some of The Black Dragon's Den, a mostly LGBT Free Company on the Hyperion server in Final Fantasy ARR
When I was playing World of Warcraft, the ProudMoore server  was know unofficially as the "gay server".  I waited months to have a character transferred to the server and it did live up to the hype. There were alot of Gaymer based Guilds in game. My main server was Ghostlands, where I did find a "regular" server that seemed accepting of all kinds of players. We ran Raids, Dungeons, and such all using Vent to yell, curse and carry on. I am the same person online as I am offline, so anyone who vented with me got to hear my "child cheese", "girl bye", "overit", and other gay slang.
An advertisement for Proudmoore Pride from last year.
I have also heard from some who feel that because of online Gay bashing, they restrict themselves to acting straight online. If you poll Gaymers, many will tell you about online interactions on PSN or XBox Live that ended with derogatory words aimed to demean that persons sexuality. Just like there are internet thugs, there are internet gay bashers. Notable offenders are games like Call Of Duty, any online fighter (like Street Fighter) , and games like Mass Effect with several multiplayer modes.

The Call Of Duty franchise is another major offender.
Finding solace in a group of competent Gaymers can not only be a safe haven, but also a welcome getaway for many people. I like to think that we Gaymers will take over the virtual world, one server at a time.

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