Jess' Queer Games Journey

Kim Kardashian: Hollywood

I have a confession to make. This was not the first time I’d played this game, and I don’t know whether or not it will be the last.

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Atom GRRRL!!

As I sit here, wide-eyed, considering the choices that led me to this moment, I struggle to find words to describe what I just went through. I think I’ve just played the most offensive game of my life.

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Ticket to Earth

An episodic puzzle game/tactical RPG with a queer lady protagonist? Heck yeah I was always going to be interested, and Ticket to Earth did not disappoint. Only the first episode has been released so far, but that was more than enough to get me even more excited.

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Castaway! Love's Adventure

Being marooned on a deserted island with a bunch of (mostly) strangers doesn’t sound like a fun time – but if it’s the way you meet the gorgeous sassy doctor who is also the love of your life, then that sort of softens the blow.

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Asphyxia

Though Asphyxia was written by the same person that wrote Strawberry Vinegar, it’s almost the complete opposite in its tone. Seriously, this game is depressing. For a while I thought it was just a morbid tale, but as I kept playing, it became clear that it was rooted in something more.

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Strawberry Vinegar

Strangely enough, the fact that the story was about a demon child who went to Japan to eat all of their delicious food (that she obtained by threatening to reap their souls) was not what bothered me about this story.

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Nicki Minaj: The Empire

Just as you were discovered by Britney Spears in a café, you can also be noticed during a rap battle and whisked onto the path to fame by Nicki Minaj. Unlike similar games, however, this one doesn’t let you date – who has time for stupid things like that when you’re destined for lyrical greatness? Not you, that’s for sure.

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The Game of Life

I love The Game of Life (the proper board game). It lets me live out a fantasy life in which I actually have a full time job and can afford a house. The digital versions do give you that – but they’re a little inconsistent on whether or not they also let you choose who you marry.

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Britney Spears: American Dream

Have you ever wished you could be discovered in a café by Britney Spears and hurled into the beginning of a successful career? Well, this game lets you do just that. Sort of.

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Good Knight Story

So you’re a Knight with dreams of saving the princess and defeating evil, only you had a really rough night and got yourself into some trouble. It’s a fun premise for what is essentially a match three game with a little twist.

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Game of Thrones: Ascent

Based on the TV show, GoT: Ascent is a resource management game. You start the game in a heterosexual marriage (or recently bereaved) and one way or another you move onto managing your kingdom. The goal is to accrue resources (in the form of people, materials or currency) and use them to build up your empire until you are the strongest force in Westeros. Or… okay, I’m not sure you could get that far, but you can dream big.

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Astoria: Fate's Kiss

So, Astoria is a mobile visual novel in which you choose your romantic partner from a bunch of Greek Gods. You’re an agent for H.E.R.A (which stands for something that I don’t remember, but think of it as like the Men in Black of gods) and you’re assigned to manage dramatic case for one of the gods (or monsters), and… the rest is fate. Well, I assume, anyway.

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