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Good Old Visibility

A pinkish-purple potion? I can live with that.

Over the weekend I was looking through Good Old Games' catalog, planning on purchasing Phantasmagoria: A Puzzle of Flesh so I could replay it and then write up Curtis Craig's character for our Queer Characters series. I'd also recently read Rob Zacny's write-up of "The Women in Compartment E" in The Last Express on Gamers With Jobs, and wanted to play it to write up more about them. While doing so, I just opened up the list of their catalog and started noticing something: they had more than a handful of games with representation of sexuality other than heterosexual.

As we here at the GayGamer castle often state: visibility is key. Therefore, I recalled that Good Old Games allows one to make a GOGmix, which is a list of games under a heading. Often, this leads people to create lists that include great CRPGs, or games based off Dungeons and Dragons. "Huh," thought I, "why don't I create one for LGB representation (realizing there wasn't any T representation in the list)."

So, that's what I did. The nifty part is that if you have a Good Old Games account, you can vote on that list, so it becomes more visible. Why do this?

  • There is a history of LGB sexuality in games, and every time that's mentioned, it creates a precedent that suggests more can be offered.
  • It provides examples that can be viewed and critiqued. Looking over that list, I noticed that most bisexual options were either nymphos (in one case an actual nymph) or of the depraved bisexual variety.
  • For those of us who want a game that offers such, it allows us to look for games specifically because of it. I'm not likely to only play games that offer such, but it's nice to be able to look for it.

The mix is also nice, as if it has enough votes, it shows up on that game's particular page, on the right-hand side. Therefore, I'm asking two things: if you have an account, please vote this up; if you notice a game in their catalog I am missing, please suggest it and I will update the list.

3 Comments

george said:

How about Baldurs Gate II? At the very least using mods like the fabulous Nathaniel http://www.spellholdstudios.net/ie/nathaniel
gives wonderful possibilities for gay relationship.
Or
http://www.spellholdstudios.net/ie/chloe
for lesbian relationships (have not tried this mod yet, regrettably).

Like the list, anyway - very good idea :)

VorpalBunny said:

That's an excellent idea, George. If GoG will let me provide links, I will do so; otherwise it would seem misleading, as I'm not sure how many people would go looking for mods otherwise.

It does bring up the idea that perhaps highlighting mods that provide gay content should be something we do.

LD said:

Thumbs up for your list!

I think that Phantasmagoria 2 and GK2 stand a bit apart (as in: we would like to see more games like this!) Not only do these two games feature major gay and bisexual characters, but the protagonist himself happens to be either a bisexual man, or a straight man that finds himself somehow quite fascinated, maybe even seduced, by the handsome Baron von Glower.

I don't think many more Western games dared to be so bold with same-sex attraction. Those were good old times!

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