Temple Professor Opens LGBTQ Gaming Exhibit in Berlin

Dr. Adrienne Shaw; Associate Professor of Media Studies and Production at the Klein College of Media and Communication, has played her fair share of video games.

“I’ve always enjoyed action adventure games, like Assasin’s Creed, pretty much anything I can finish over a break when I actually have time”

An avid gamer and media theorist, Shaw has spent her career studying how video games affect and represent the LGBTQ community. Through her project, the LGBTQ Game Archive, Shaw has worked to catalog the presence of LGBTQ characters and themes in video games from the 1980’s to the present.

“The archive encompasses both positive and problematic representations of LGBTQ people in games,” said Shaw.

Her most recent project is a collaboration with the Schwules Museum in Berlin, the world’s oldest and largest Museum focusing on LBGTQ culture.  Along with the team at the Museum, Shaw has worked since March of 2017 to curate the exhibit, covering LGBTQ gaming history from 1985 to the present day.

The “Rainbow Arcade” Exhibit is set to open in December of this year.

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