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.