Thursday, 1 June 2023

Celebrating Queer Stories

Celebrating Queer Stories
We’ve picked out a selection of our favourite games and films that celebrate queer characters and stories. Our list provides an opportunity to explore themes of identity, love, and acceptance and learn more about the struggles the LGBTQ+ community face to this day. Whether you're looking for a thought-provoking film or a fun game to play with friends, we've got you covered!
Hades is an action-packed roguelike set in the underworld of Greek mythology, full of fast-paced combat, challenging enemies, and stunning visuals. Players take on the role of Zagreus, the son of Hades, as he attempts to escape the underworld and reach the surface. Featuring a range of queer storylines and characters. The game explores themes of acceptance and self-discovery, with characters grappling with their identities and relationships. The inclusion of queer storylines in Hades has been celebrated by many players and critics for its positive representation of the LGBTQ+ community in gaming.
Borderlands 3
Praised for its humour, fast-paced action, and engaging gameplay, Borderlands 3 is a brilliant continuation of the beloved looter-shooter series. The game authentically embraces a whole spectrum of queer characters and stories including 2 of the 4 playable vault hunters. There’s even an entire DLC based around the queer wedding of Sir Hammerlock and Wainwright Jakobs. All of this makes for a brilliantly fun and unashamedly queer game that players will enjoy over and over again.

Cyberpunk 2077
Set in the dystopian metropolis of Night City, Cyberpunk 2077 follows the story of V, a mercenary who is trying to make a name for themselves in the criminal underworld. Cyberpunk 2077 features an open-world environment, customizable characters, and a wide array of weapons and abilities. Praised for its normalisation of queer identities, Cyberpunk explores a vast array of queer characters and storylines, and gives the player complete freedom to create their own character’s identity.
Bugsnax is a whimsical adventure game set on the mysterious Snaktooth Island where players take on the role of a journalist tasked with investigating the island's elusive Bugsnax creatures. The game's charming and colourful aesthetic, combined with its inventive gameplay mechanics, make for a unique and enjoyable experience. Bugsnax doesn’t just feature queer stories, they are a core pillar of the game’s narrative and told in a refreshingly wholesome and lighthearted way delivering a gaming experience that is suitable for all ages.
Horizon Forbidden West
Horizon: Forbidden West sees a continuation of the story of Aloy, a young hunter in a post-apocalyptic world where machines have taken over. This time, Aloy ventures to the West to investigate a deadly plague that is threatening all life in the area. The expansion ‘Burning Shores’ celebrates Aloy’s queer identity as it explores her relationships with new characters as she faces a sinister threat to the planet, hidden among the dangerous, untamed wilds.
Life is Strange
Life Is Strange: True Colors is the latest instalment in the critically acclaimed Life Is Strange series. The game follows the story of Alex Chen, a young queer woman with the ability to sense and manipulate emotions. After moving to the small town of Haven Springs, Alex discovers a dark secret that threatens to tear the community apart. With the help of her newfound friends, she must navigate a web of lies and deceit to uncover the truth and bring justice to those in need. With its captivating storyline, memorable characters, and immersive gameplay mechanics, Life Is Strange: True Colors is a must-play for fans of the series and newcomers alike.
COD Vanguard
Call of Duty: Vanguard gives players a first-person experience, following the influential battles of World War II as they fight for victory across the globe. Taking place during an era where remaining invisible was a common survival tactic for the queer servicemen and women. Despite this, over time and through many mediums, their stories have been illuminated. Inspired by this, the game’s multiplayer stories follow the fictional tales of resistance fighter Constanze Muller and Thomas Bolt, a veteran of both world wars at a time when their queer identities would be considered illegal in their home countries.
The Last Of Us Part 2
Set five years after the events of the first game, players once again take on the role of Ellie as she navigates a post-apocalyptic world overrun by infected humans and hostile survivors. The game features intense combat, stealth gameplay, and an emotional story that explores the complexities of relationships and identity, as well as the discrimination and violence that many LGBTQ+ people face. The game's inclusion of diverse characters and authentic storylines has been a major step forward for representation in the gaming industry.

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