Tagged With lgbtq games archive

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For the sake of making their games more realistic, video game developers have done extensive research on all sorts of random or mundane things: parasitic fungi, game theory, gun sounds, paleobotany, and breast physics are just a few. Some of these subjects no doubt required expert commentary, academic research, and a genuine dedication of time and resources. Others might have simply required a cursory Google search.

Here is another topic — arguably more important than all of the ones listed above — that could be improved by any level of research: How to respectfully include queer people and cultures in video games.

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In the early 90s, two queer people in the Mission District of San Francisco made games about queer experiences. One was a fantasy role-playing game populated by gay characters, the other a lesbian adventure game. These two developers would never meet.

It’s only now, through archival projects like LGBTQ Game Archive, that queer scholars have begun to piece together this history.