Exhibition on LGBTQ gaming history opens in BerlinRainbow Arcade explores extensive but overlooked queer history of gamesHaydn TaylorSenior Staff WriterWednesday 9th January 2019Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareThe Schwules Museum in Berlin has opened a new exhibition exploring the game industry’s queer history. Co-curated by museum curator Jan Schnorrenberg, German game journalist Sarah Rudolph, and Dr Adrienne Shaw from Temple University, the Rainbow Arcade is the first exhibition of its kind and shows a wide range of exhibits from the last 30 years. The exhibition includes art, merchandise, video interviews with developers, and playable games such as Caper in Castro – one of the first openly queer games. It is also accompanied by a supporting program from international developers, artists, and scientists. With the Rainbow Arcade, the Schwules Museum intends to highlight the industry’s extensive, but overlooked, LGBTIQ history. “The thread of the exhibition is the remarkable fact that video games have become a natural part of our contemporary culture, but any new title that does not negatively represent LGBTIQ and its realities in life is quickly celebrated as groundbreaking or defamed as ideological politicisation,” said the musuem in a statement. “And this despite the fact that sensitive coming-out storylines and open marriages can already be found in mainstream titles of the 1990s. Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games “The exhibition does not only ask how societal discourses and developments in video games are reflected and what developments can be observed, but also what it actually says about our digital memory and the archiving of our contemporary culture, when media history is so quickly forgotten.”Co-curator Dr Adrienne Shaw also founded the LGBTQ Video Game Archvice website in 2016, as an attempt to catalogue content in games. Speaking with The Guardian she said: “Until the archive, there just wasn’t a historical understanding of LGBTQ content in this medium… It makes it really easy to forget that this kind of content has always been in games.”Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesEA leans on Apex Legends and live services in fourth quarterQ4 and full year revenues close to flat and profits take a tumble, but publisher’s bookings still up double-digitsBy Brendan Sinclair 3 hours agoEA Play Live set for July 22Formerly E3-adjacent event moves to take place a month and half after the ESA’s showBy Jeffrey Rousseau 4 hours agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.