June has been called Pride Month, or the month dedicated to the LGBTQ + community and the celebration of diversity and freedom of expression in response to oppression. While there is still a long way to go, the depiction of different sexual orientations and gender identities in different audiovisual media is a testament to the progress made over time through struggles and efforts.
Just as it is becoming more and more common in the movies to watch movies or TV series about characters belonging to the LGBTQ + community – despite numerous criticisms – the video game industry is also slowly improving. There are currently several titles that present these topics, and in this article we attach the top 10, perfect to play in the month of Pride.
Unpacking is a Zen-style puzzle game that, as you may have guessed from the title, is dedicated to unpacking boxes and suitcases after a move. Although it may seem too simple and trivial, the game will take you further and further as the hours go by, and you will be more and more interested in the story of the protagonist, who goes through different moments in his life. As a player, you will learn about a woman’s past, such as her relationship with another woman, while embarking on a journey of self-discovery.
9. Dragon Age: Inquisition
The 2014 action role-playing genre title is the third in the franchise, however one of the first triple A games that allows characters to express a sexual preference in the course of the work, also taking into account the LGBTQ + community. In Inquisition, players have a wide range of romantic options to choose from, including different genres, sexualities, and personalities; Therefore, it is possible to embark on a love story as a side mission, learn more about your partner and satisfy all tastes.
8. Stardew Valley
While the choice between different types of romantic relationships is present in virtually every simulation role-playing game, few do so as completely as Stardew Valley. In fact, you can choose going out, getting married and having children with one of the twelve inhabitants of the city, and if you marry someone of the same sex, you can adopt the children instead of having them biologically. What really sets it apart from other games is the genuine affection placed on each character, whether in the LGBTQ + community or not: every relationship is very sweet and will warm your heart, regardless of your orientation or gender.
7. Dream Daddy: A dating simulator with parents
Dream Daddy is one of the best dating simulators out there, and while it sounds like a joke, it shouldn’t be taken too seriously, it’s not really a game that makes fun of the LGBTQ + community. On the contrary, the job is surprisingly deep, touching on issues such as family, loyalty and fatherhood. In the title you will have to design and play as a parent (or pare) who attends seven more, each with his own personality; During the creation of the character, you will be able to choose from a wide range of gender identity and sexuality, as well as different elements of external appearance such as beard, hair, clothes and physique.
6. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
The Assassin’s Creed franchise has never focused on romance, keeping the theme as mere mentions or small subplots; nevertheless, more recent titles have begun to approach the subject, culminating in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. In the play, the romantic options are explicitly open to both sexual orientations, leaving the player the option of choosing to command one of the twins Alexios or Kassandra; in this way it is possible Explore Greek notions of sexuality, which are very different from those of modern society. Above all, Kassandra’s story was highly praised by fans, making the game a surprisingly well-executed portrait for the LGBTQ + community.
5. Tell me why
Tell Me Why is a fiction-based adventure game produced by the developers of Life is Strange and released in 2020. The story centers on Tyler Ronan, a transgender man who returns home after spending time in a juvenile prison; the work was developed with the help of trans consultants, who have contributed their own personal experiences. Representations of the LGBTQ + community have increased in recent years but there is a shortage of transgender protagonists in games, Tell Me Why is a must see if you have enjoyed Life is Strange.
4. The Last of Us: Part 2
The Last of Us: Part 2 represents one of the first triples A in which the story of a lesbian protagonist is present; Ellie faces the death of her father figure, Joel, and at the same time must be able to protect the people she loves in a post-apocalyptic setting. Although the audience celebrated the queer romance, the inappropriate portrayal of trans people was criticized; well, well, but you can do better.
3. Go home
He Pride Month it is a celebration of how much progress the LGBTQ + community has made, but it is also a period of reflection on how much remains to be done; That’s why many have appreciated Gone Home, one of the few games that deals with discrimination. Although the play premiered in 2013, it is still one of the best running simulators in existence; at the time she was one of the few titles a lesbian protagonist had, and was especially appreciated for her sensitivity and careful approach to the subject. The story follows Katie, a girl who returns home and discovers that the family is gone; During the game, the player learns about the protagonist’s sister’s relationship with another girl and the discrimination she has had to face.
Hades is one of the most popular rogue-like games of recent years in which players take on the role of Zagreus, the son of the god whose game takes its name. After deciding that he no longer wants to deal with the underworld, the protagonist embarks on a journey to escape to the surface, meeting on the road with various characters from Greek mythology. The protagonist is explicitly bisexual and it is possible to initiate romantic relationships with characters of different genres; in addition to this, other queer representations are also present in the game, such as the story between Achilles and Patroclus.
1. Life is weird: real colors
One problem with many of the games with LGBTQ + communities is that they often have a tragic ending, with deaths and relationships that have gone wrong, and very few happy endings. Even Life is Strange falls into this category, but the situation improves in the sequel Life is Strange: True Colors where, despite difficult decisions and a good dose of drama, the bisexual protagonist Alex manages to get out of the story alive and happy. , being also free to enter into a relationship with Steph Gingrich.
Which of these titles is your favorite? Do you know of any other LGBTQ + themed games? We wish you well Pride Month!