Port Phillip Council is taking Pride Month to the next level by hosting an LGBTIQA+ interactive gaming exhibition at the Carlisle Street Arts Space (CSAS) inside St Kilda Town Hall.
Pride at Play is a free curated exhibition that celebrates thoughtful videogames and tabletop role-playing games made by the LGBTIQA+ community, with the LGBTIQA+ community in mind.
Until Saturday 24 June it’s game on with 22 video games and tabletop role-playing games free to play at CSAS. Many more games will be featured as part of an online showcase.
Pride at Play also features engaging workshops, talks, and facilitated play sessions to expand knowledge of game design and highlight the importance of LGBTIQA+ representation in the gaming industry.
Mayor Heather Cunsolo said the exhibition closely aligns with the Council’s Games Action Plan 2020-24, which positions Port Phillip to become Victoria’s games capital.
“Pride at Play is a fantastic example of how video games can be a powerful form of expression. We are very proud to be hosting an exhibition which exemplifies our City’s reputation for inclusion and creativity,” said Ms Cunsolo.
Dr Xavier Ho, curator for Pride at Play and LGBTIQA+ games researcher at Monash University, said LGBTIQA+ inspired games are a critical part of our cultural heritage.
“We are standing on the shoulder of giants – LGBTIQA+ game designers – to curate this exhibition and tell their stories. Pride at Play bridges the world of the games industry and the LGBTIQA+ community, providing an opportunity to amplify LGBTIQA+ voices,” said Dr Ho.
“The Pride at Play catalogue was recently acquired by the National Film and Sound Archive in an exciting development to preserve games culture in Australia. This exhibition truly demonstrates that every community and voice can have a home for years to come.”
Pride at Play offers solo and cooperative play options for every level of gamer, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Pride at Play
Carlisle Street Arts Space – St Kilda Town Hall, Corner Carlisle Street and Brighton Road, St Kilda
Exhibition continues to 24 June 2023
For more information, visit: www.prideatplay.org for details.
Image: Unpacking (still) – courtesy of Witch Beam
Content warning: The exhibition and associated activities may contain adult themes and is recommended for audiences aged 15 years or older