Although it still has a long way to go, the video game industry has turned this form of entertainment into an increasingly inclusive medium. And what better time than this Pride Month to make a small review of some of the latest titles that have given visibility to this issue with different stories, characters and protagonists belonging to the LGBT+ community.
Although this time we have decided to opt for five titles that we have liked both for their gameplay and for their commitment to promote inclusionin fact, there are already dozens of titles. So, below you can find our selection, along with a short description of the titles and their contribution to the community, as well as the platforms on which you can enjoy them.
Tell Me Why
PC (Steam), Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S
Awarded Â “Best Game with ImpactÂ” at the past The Game Awards 2020 for presenting as the first triple A title to have a transgender protagonistcomes this narrative adventure from Dontnod, the studio behind the acclaimed Life is Strange franchise.
In this intimate mystery, the reunited twins Alyson and Tyler (now turned into a man) will use their supernatural bond to decipher the mysteries of their beloved but troubled childhood, set in a beautiful small town in Alaska that includes real characters, mature themes and deep choices. In fact, we will have to choose well all our actions, since even the smallest detail can mean a great change of course in the story, and the lives of these characters.
So, highlight the fact that we can currently find Tell Me Why completely free through Steam, on the occasion of the celebration of the month of Pride, redeemable throughout the month of June.
Tell Me Why minimum requirements
- Operating system: Windows 7 (64 bit)
- Processor: Intel Core i3 4130 or AMD FX 4300
- Memory: 4 GB RAM
- Graphics: Nvidia GTX 750Ti or Nvidia GTX 1050 or AMD Radeon R7 260X or AMD Radeon RX 560
- Storage: 25 GB of available space
- DirectX: Version 11
PC (Steam, Epic Games), PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Switch
With a 2D pixel aesthetic, accompanied by more elaborate drawings for the map or character dialogue scenes, and an equally fantastic soundtrack, Celeste was undoubtedly one of the biggest surprises of recent years, taking the title of Best Independent Title at the 2018 Game Awards.
Face hundreds of platforming and wit challenges, and help Madeline survive the demons within her on her journey to the top of Celeste Mountain; a tightly crafted platformer designed by the creators of the multiplayer classic TowerFall.
And it is that even though the game has not really finished expressing this fact, the protagonist of this game, is a trans woman. A statement shared by the creator of the game herself has talked about how Celeste’s story is as much about self-acceptance of Madeline’s gender identity as it is about her own.
Celeste Minimum Requirements
- Operating system: Windows 7 // macOS Lion 10.7.5 // SteamOS + glibc 2.17+
- Processor: Intel Core i3 M380
- Memory: 2 GB RAM
- Graphics: Intel HD 4000 // OpenGL 3.0+
- Storage: 1200 MB of available space
- DirectX: Unspecified
PC (Steam), PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Switch
While moving is usually not to anyone’s liking, particularly because of having the laborious task of cataloging, storing (and often throwing away) all sorts of personal items in these impersonal boxes, we will always count on the good side of reopening them, rediscovering our precious memories and reorganizing our lives.
A premise that has been expressed to perfection in Unpacking, developed by the Witch Beam studio, with a title so carefully crafted that it has earned the adoration and praise of both critics and players.
Following the complete life of a young girl during her childhood, adolescence, and maturation period until she becomes a woman, we will see all the significant moments of her life, learning little by little about the protagonist as she learns more about herself, including her sexual orientation.
Unpacking minimum requirements
- Operating system: Windows 7 (64 bits) // macOS 10.13+ // SteamOS + Ubuntu 16.04+
- Processor: Any processor with support for the SSE2 set
- Memory: Unspecified
- Graphics: Any graphics card with DX10 compatibility
- Storage: 1 GB of available space
- DirectX: Version 10
PC (Steam, Epic Games), Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S
Known for its great impact within roguelite, accumulating major awards such as BAFTA and Game Awards for its art design, narrative, and the very quality of the title itself, making combined use of the best aspects of Supergiant’s acclaimed previous titles, such as the fast-paced action of Bastion, the atmosphere and depth ofÂ TransistorÂ and the character-centric narrative ofÂ Pyre.
However, being an extra that we can accidentally skip if we focus more on exploration and combat than on the story, what many do not know is that the protagonist of this adventure, Zagreo, has several romantic interests with some of the secondary characters. In addition to strengthening ties, if we delve into the history of the son of Hades we can discover that we find ourselves before a bisexual protagonistthe main character, who can create a route that can choose between two different couples.
Hades minimum requirements
- Operating system: Windows 7 // macOS 10.13.6+
- Processor: Any Dual Core processor at 2.4 GHz
- Memory: 4 GB RAM
- Graphics: Intel HD 5000 or any graphics card with 1GB of VRAM
- Storage: 15 GB of available space
- DirectX: Version 10
The Last of Us Part II
After a perilous journey through a post-apocalyptic America, Ellie and Joel settle in Wyoming. Life in a thriving community provides stability, despite the threat of the infected and desperate survivors. After a violent event disturbs the peace, Ellie begins a journey in search of justice. As she hunts down those responsible, she faces the terrible physical and emotional repercussions of her actions.
However, going into greater detail in the story of Ellie herself (and confirming what we could already see in the first DLC of the first installment) this adventure will not focus exclusively on the dark side of the adventure, but will also leave room for a love story, with which finally the young woman will face her feelings for Dinah.
Although for the moment the game is still under the exclusivity of the Sony console, after the recent announcement of the remake of the first installment, it would not be surprising that we will soon see the incorporation of this saga to the titles of the company that are coming to PC through Steam.