GTFO, a documentary about sexism and harassment in the video games industry and within the gaming community has surpassed its funding goal of $20,000. With four more days to go, the documentary has managed to raise $23,829 from just 882 backers on Kickstarter. The documentary is being put together by New York-based filmmaker Shannon Sun-Higginson, who describes herself as a casual gamer.
"The purpose of this documentary is to reveal the experiences of women in the gaming world, both good and bad, as well as to provide steps we can take to change the environment for the better," according to the Kickstarter page.
Funding is being evenly divided amongst various costs including shooting expenses, post-production, licensing rights for gaming footage and images and promotional materials.
The campaign officially ends on May 10.
While one would expect there to be a lot of negative comments on this Kickstarter, it turns out the response seems to be mostly positive. It is our hope that this documentary does what it promises: provides a picture of both the good and bad in the industry and also the good nature of the gaming community. While the darker side of the community often gets more exposure, there are plenty of people out there that understand – that just like the make-up of the Internet – that not everyone has a mentality towards gender that is fit for the stone age…