Atari releases Pride game

NEW YORK, N.Y. — Atari, a publisher and producer of interactive entertainment, announced the development of Pridefest, an original social-simulation game for tablets and mobile devices. Pridefest empowers players to create and launch their very own personalized Pride parade in a city of their choosing.

The first LGBT-themed game from gammer, Pridefest gives players the opportunity to customize their own parade flotillas with colorful decorations and adorn their locale with eye-catching attractions and entertainment — with the goal of keeping their city happy and vibrant. Players solve challenges and complete quests to unlock new parade and festival supplies or receive other bonuses. The game incorporates various personalization and social features, including the opportunity to chat with friends, visit each other’s city and create avatars bedecked in clothes and jewelry.

Atari recently sponsored and attended the second-ever GaymerX convention where LGBT gamers and allies united in celebration of equality and diversity in gaming.

“Gaming is the largest entertainment sector in the world, and Atari is one of the most recognizable and iconic brands. To have them support our conference and cause, as well as bring an LGBTQ-themed game to market is a huge step toward equality in gaming,” said Matt Conn, founder of GaymerX. “It’s extremely important that we see these large publishers like Atari stepping up to the plate, and I’m excited that they have the courage to take the first step in supporting the community.”


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