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Gaming is defined as the act of interacting with or playing video games. But what exactly is a video game? Traditionally, video games have been conceptualized as electronic games that present interactive visual stimuli to players for the primary purpose of entertainment. Although entertainment-oriented video games continue to dominate contemporary gaming culture, recent advances in technology have extended the scope and utility of gaming to an array of nonentertainment contexts such as education and health. This entry discusses the concept of gaming as it specifically relates to the LGBTQ community. Gaming is relevant to LGBTQ studies because members of this community affect gaming culture just as video games affect LGBTQ culture. A historical discussion of LGBTQ representation in video games is followed by examples of ...

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