July 24, 2014
Final Fantasy XIV's Pride Parade
This is just awesome to me. In celebration of Square Enix's decision to include same sex marriage in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, gaymers The Rough Trade Gaming Community organized a pride parade through the streets of Limsa Lominsa (Gilgamesh server).
One statement, from the in-game Free Company's leader said in a message to the game's director Naoki Yoshida:
Our guild's mission, continuing over 11 years across countless MMO games, is to provide a safe environment, free of hate speech for 18+ players of all walks of life, all over the world.
Thank you for supporting us and including us, we thought you might want to see a small sample of how many of us are on Gilgamesh. We'll continue to support you and FFXIV for a long, long time.
Moments like this often bring up the "why label yourself?" debate. Often times, as can be seen in the comments in the youtube video posted below, members of the gaming community, or people in general, will feel as though the game developers, the media, and homosexuals at large are attempting to "force" something on them. And, I would say that what these gamers fail to realize is that they have become so comfortable in the privilege of not being ridiculed for being who they are, but we're talking about the gaming community here, folks. Draw whatever conclusion about that statement you'd like.
Communities like Rough Trade are still very important within gaming due to the fact that, while the general climate is changing toward members of the LGBTQ community, we are still not fully accepted in society. Online, behind the protection of anonymity, rudeness, prejudice, and flat out hate are exacerbated. For people who want to express who they are without having to endure the ignorance, or even for those would rather not come in contact with any such language, these safe space communities exist online.
Check out the video below for a snippet of the awesomeness.