In the latest issue, Matt Thomas explores the world of gay gamers, taking a look at the growing representation of gay characters in mainstream video game series. But are there any games that deal with queer issues as an integrated part of gameplay?
In Gambit game lab’s Closed World
you play as a young person from a village that sits on the border outside of a forest that friends and family believe is dangerous. Deep within there are said to be demons, and when your beloved, tired of the oppressive attitudes of the villagers, disappears into the fog-steeped forest, you must confront your fears and follow.
is a simple, short little game in the style of The Legend of Zelda
when it was still 2D. Your character confronts demons with the power of their logic, passion and ethics. Despite its simplicity, it contains a very elegant concept with a compact story. Gambit created the game in observation of the hardships and challenges faced by young queer people: “The result is a game that asks us to carefully consider what we think of as 'normal,' and what is needed to live in the world and be true to one's self.”