“I knew I was a gamer before I knew I was gay.” writes user Jadis232 of The Dead Hamster forums, a Lionhead Studios community site.
It’s a sentiment that many queer gamers can relate to. For many video games became a safe space in a world where they felt different. Our own Jesse once wrote how the fighting game genre gave him a way to fight back against those who would judge or bully him. Samantha Allen shared with me how character creation systems allowed her the freedom to idealize her gender presentation before she transitioned. The RPG genre in particular has had a profound resonance with the gay gaming community at large.
For Jadis232 it was Fable, Peter Molyneaux’s 2004 Fantasy RPG that famously included same-sex romance and marriage, that taught him how to accept himself as a gay man.