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article image'GayStation' sold to raise money for charity

By Stan Rezaee     Aug 5, 2014 in Entertainment
A Swedish retailer has sold a custom designed PlayStation 4 that has been dubbed "GayStation" with all the proceeds being donated to an LGBT charity.
The "GayStation" is a standard Sony console that has been decorated with a rainbow pattern (a reference to the Pride Flag) along with a 16-bit style heart (a reference to the 16-bit era of gaming) in the center. The console also came with four wireless controllers, four games and the necessary connecting cables.
Webhallen.com held a month long auction were over 180 bidders made an offer for the "GayStation." In the end, the console sold for $4,118 USD with all the money going to the Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Rights (RFSL).
The retailer said, "For many young people, the world of games will become a refuge to escape the taunting or worse of real life. On Webhallen, we are gamers in heart and mind, and are keen that as many as possible have the opportunity to feel welcome and enjoy the world's largest and fastest growing interest: video games."
Despite a few bumps and the stereotype of the homophobic gamers (mostly 14-year-olds playing shooters), the video game industry and culture has been progressive with its relationship with the LGBT community.
Several RPG games in the last years have allowed players the choice to determine their own sexual orientation, most notable has been Mass Effect 3 and Saints Row IV. Even before video games became mainstream, the Metal Gear Solid series has been well known for its portrayal of LGBT characters that break the mainstream stereotype.
To build support among in the community; GaymerX was established as an annual convention on supporting LGBT gamers and their allies. They had their second event in San Fransisco from July 11 to July 13.
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