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The gaming industry is not always good at portraying LGBTQ+ relationships and identities, but thanks to the efforts of small studios, independent developers, and LGBTQ+ creators, this situation is beginning to change.Not only do we have enough games with strong LGBTQ+ themes on Nintendo Switch, we can actually make a list, and all these games are Abnormally Ok. We are spoiled!
But what exactly constitutes a “LGBTQ+ game”?It’s not just a game with some kind of representativeness-it’s a Proudly Represents the weirdness of wearing it on its sleeve.
For example, we did not count games like Overwatch, which have LGBTQ+ representatives in characters such as Tracer and Soldier 76, but are confirmed to be gay in terms of materials external In the game, we do not include Miitopia, Harvest Moon, and Story of Seasons, because even if they allow players to marry characters of the same gender, they call them “best friends”-which is quite dismissive in 2021.
Some of the games we include, such as Undertale, are also “weird” in a sense, because they prioritize community, non-violence, intimacy and tenderness, rather than conflict and cause pain to others, or in their performance, Aesthetics and fashion. These games also include explicit LGBTQ+ expressions, but we also want to look at queer from multiple angles.
However, please note that for many of these games, their LGBTQ+ content is a plot point, so there is a a lot of The spoiler is here. Happy spoilers, but still spoilers!
Publisher: Finji / Developer: Infinite fall
Although the plot of Night in the Woods is mainly about the mysterious events of Possum Springs and the protagonist Meborovsky’s own personal demons, the actual daily life of the game involves Mei and her friends being gay and criminal. No, literally-this is their slogan: “Be gay, commit a crime.” “Night in the Forest” depicts the loving homosexual relationship between Greg and Angus, coupled with May’s own pansexuality, and depicts a group of friends who are not afraid to be the truest selves.
Publisher: Humble game / Developer: Happy Thunder Game
Imagine a similar game Harry Potter, But set in a world of transgender, universal, non-dual, gay, and queer characters that are both welcome and proud, you have Ikenfell, a spatiotemporal trigger about saving the world from magic There is an error in the style RPG game.
The teenagers at Aikenfield School of Witchcraft and Wizardry went from “discovering their sexuality” to completely flirting. This is a refreshing view of the metaphor that “all teenagers are nervous about kissing”. This is also one of the only games we have played that feature new pronouns. One of the teachers used xe/xir.
Publisher: 8-4 / Developer: 8-4
Undertale’s most obvious LGBTQ+ reference is the “best ending”, spoiled, it involves the absolutely wonderful lesbian relationship between Alphys and Undyne, which is easy to miss unless you are a pacifist.
Various other low-key queer performances abound, from Mettatron’s gender performance to the protagonist’s use of their/their pronouns. The most important is the game’s “queer”, which presents male chauvinism and electronics in an unconventional way. Games usually revolve around conflicts. It is very strange in text and subject matter-which is one of the reasons why it is so popular.
Publisher: Matt Making Game / Developer: Matt Making Game
Celeste is an excellent, harsh platform game for many people who work at Towerfall. Its story is mainly about the mental health of the protagonist Madeleine while trying to climb a mountain, despite her self-doubt.
The participating team not only represents many letters in the LGBTQ+ acronym, but also confirmed by non-binary game director and designer Maddy Thorson Madeleine herself is transgender. In fact, it was Celeste’s production that helped Maddy accept her gender feelings!
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Publisher: Caring ape / Developer: Caring ape
Historically, the “Four Seasons” game and the “Harvest Moon” game performed poorly in expressing same-sex relationships. Many of them will let you have a same-sex marriage, but the fact that these are called “best friend rituals” in Japan let you know how progressive this is really.
Stardew Valley is a game inspired by Harvest Moons in the past. It is not so shy about LGBTQ+ performance.
Publisher: Annapurna Interactive / Developer: Annapurna Interactive
“Go Home” is one of the earliest narrative games, almost entirely told by the objects found, as Katie Greenbriar returns to the empty house at home. By walking around and finding all kinds of diaries, tapes and papers, Katie can piece together what happened: her sister Sam fell in love with another woman, and after being rejected by her family, she decided to elope with her.
Although we have never received more information than this, and Sam’s story has never been expanded, but it is presented as a happy ending, this game is full of worries and fears about why the house was abandoned.
Publisher: Insert number / Developer: Insert number
What would you do if you found a locked phone belonging to a stranger? If the answer is “I will browse all texts and emails, but I will feel very sad about it”, then maybe you can use “normally lost calls” to harmlessly indulge your curiosity.
You find Sam’s phone, a teenager, and when you communicate with friends and family through them, you slowly unlock his life. Eventually, Sam’s reason for giving up the phone will become clear: stay away from their homophobic and transphobic family, start a new life, and live a real life.
Publisher: Limited time running game
Fata Morgana’s house began as an abandoned house when you-a mysterious man with amnesia-explore the memories of this mansion. Traveling through time and space, you will see stories of abuse, sadness, heartbreak, and murder, and the center of all of this is the curse of the witch-but in the end you will understand the truth of the whole thing. Fata Morgana is a tragic story about rejection, alienation, and discovery of true identity, even if it means losing everything else.
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