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LGBT Indie Games You Shouldn't Miss Out On

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Pride month is over but we should really be celebrating content created by queer artists all the time.

Before the larger game companies started adding more diversity in their games, the indie platform was where you could get your fix of queer storylines. And though representation hasn’t been better than now, it all started with small Flash games on the Internet with an inclination towards narrative-based and story-driven games.

The most recent addition to the list is Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator (the review can be found here).

Here are just a few classics that are totally worth playing.

Gone Home

Gone Home is a story exploration game which follows the story of Kaitlin, who has come back home after a year abroad only to find an empty house. The player follows her as she looks for various letters and clues, trying to piece together what happened to her parents and her younger sister, Samantha.

Although some users have criticised it for being too obvious, the story packs a punch, and the revelation at the end cuts straight to the core.

Fragments of him

Indie video game Fragments of Him was developed and published by Sassybot. It was released for PC on 3 May 2016, and Xbox One on 1 June 2016.

The playable character is Will, and the story starts on his very last morning before he gets in a car accident, which leads to his untimely death. After that you start following three other characters - his grandmother Mary, Will’s ex-girlfriend Sarah and his current partner Harry.

The game reveals its story through numerous highlighted objects you can interact with, as well as dialogue. It becomes obvious that the story is not only based on Will's life but also those of other characters and how they cope with his death.

Undertale

Although it enjoyed multiple awards, and amassed a large fanbase in 2015, Undertale is still an indie game, which was created by American developer Toby Fox. It’s mainly a role-playing puzzle game with occasional battles, styled like a bullet hell shooter.

Undertale impressed many with its innovative storylines and much has been said about the heart-wrenching narratives of the many, well-rounded characters, as well as the unmissable meta commentary. The player is dropped into a whole new world, filled with monsters, and the more we learn about it, the more we learn that this happy-go-lucky world is not what it seems.

The game surprises with its diverse cast, and how their stories run independently from their sexualities and identities. The biggest LGBT subplot of the game is the romance between royal guard Undyne and scientist Alphys, two female characters. Alphys, in particular, is confirmed to be bisexual (hooray!). The players’ choices might lead to two minor male characters getting together. 

Although never stated outright or confirmed, Metatton's story is very reminiscent of transgender narratives. The protagonist and Chara, another important main character, are exclusively referred to with they/them pronouns, as well as a couple other tertiary characters.

Dys4ia

In the autobiographical Dys4ia (2012), American video game designer Anna Anthropy - also known as Auntie Pixelante - translates her experiences of gender dysphoria and hormone replacement therapy in a series of mini-games. The playable character is undergoing hormone replacement therapy and transitioning.

The game talks about a lot of issues including gender politics, identity, and personal development. Anna Anthropy has said about the game, "This was a story about frustration—in what other form do people complain as much about being frustrated?"

There are tons of games by queer developers out there - just go out and play them!

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