ResourcesBelow is a selection of useful resources, which were authored externally.
For resources and research produced internally by Queerly Represent Me and our team, check our Research page.
anthropy, anna. 2012. Rise of the Videogame Zinesters. New York: Seven Stories Press
Chang, Edmond Y. 2015. 'Love is in the air: Queer (im)possibility and straightwashing in FrontierVille and World of Warcraft' in QED: A Journal in GLTBQ Worldmaking, vol. 2, pp. 6–31.
Condis, Megan. 2015. 'No homosexuals in Star Wars? BioWare, "gamer" identity, and the politics of privilege in a convergence culture' in Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, vol. 21, pp. 198–212.
Consalvo, Mia. 2003. 'Hot dates and fairy-tale romances: Studying sexuality in video games' in The video game theory reader, New York: Routledge, pp. 171–194.
Clinnick, Lauren. 2015. 'Playing it Safe: Bisexual Representation in Games'. PlayWrite.
Dale, Laura. 2017. 'Zelda, Mass Effect and Horizon all struggle with introducing their trans characters'. Polygon.
Favreau, Alyssa. 2016. 'Samara, Mass Effect 2, and Science Fiction’s Dismissal of Queer Female Desire'. The Mary Sue.
Ferox, Sissorelle. 2015. 'Transgender Characters Revealed in 'RuneScape''. FemHype.
Gabrielle, Vince. 2014. 'Gay Wizards: Role Playing Games and LGBT Inclusivity'. Queereka.
Greer, Stephen. 2013. 'Playing queer: Affordances for sexuality in Fable and Dragon Age' in Journal of Gaming & Virtual Worlds, vol. 5, pp. 3–21.
Gravning, Jagger. 2014. 'How video games are slowly, quietly introducing LGBT heroes'. The Atlantic.
Good Game. 2016. 'Good Game Season 12 Episode 17 - TX: 07/06/2016'. Good Game (YouTube).
Harvey, Alison. 2014. 'Twine’s revolution: Democratization, depoliticization, and the queering of game design' in GAME: The Italian Journal of Game Studies, vol. 3, pp. 95–107.
Hemmann, Kathryn. 2016. 'Magic and Gender in Final Fantasy VI'. Kill Screen.
Holmes, Alison. 2014. 'Representations of Gender and Sexuality in BioWare's Mass Effect 3'. Academia.edu.
kopas, merritt. 2015. Videogames for humans. New York: Instar.
Lequerica, Anuar Andres. 2016. 'Video Games That Teach Sexuality and Gender'. Medium.
Pulos, Alexis. 2013. 'Confronting heteronormativity in online games: A critical discourse analysis of LGBTQ sexuality in World of Warcraft' in Games and Culture, vol. 8, pp. 77–97.
Ruberg, Bonnie (ed). 2015. 'The 2014 Queerness and Games Conference' special issue series. First Person Scholar.
Ruberg, Bonnie & Shaw, Adrienne. 2017. Queer game studies. Minnesota: University of Minnesota Press.
Shaw, Adrienne. 2015. Gaming at the edge: Sexuality and gender at the margins of gamer culture. Minnesota: University Of Minnesota Press.
Smith, Ed. 2015. 'How Games Fail (and Succeed) at Depicting Female Sexuality'. Kotaku.
Steamjamboree. 2017. 'I want to like you, Krem, but...'. PlayWrite.
Stenros, Jaako. Sihvonen, Tanja. 2015. 'Out of the Dungeons: Representations of Queer Sexuality in RPG Source Books'. Analog Game Studies.
Sundén, Jenny & Sveningsson, Malin. 2012. Gender and sexuality in online game cultures: Passionate play, New York, NY: Routledge.
Teddie. 2015. 'Pick Your Poison: Character Creation & The Gender Binary'. FemHype.
Valens, Ana. 2016. 'Where’s the Love? How the Gaming Industry Avoids Creating Trans Romance Partners'. The Mary Sue.
W, Nico. 2015. 'Borderlands & Asexual Representation: How I Discovered My Sexuality While Playing a First-Person Shooter'. The Mary Sue.
W, Rachel. 2015. 'Being Human: Identity & Inclusivity in 'Read Only Memories''. FemHype.
Walker, Cora. 2016. 'Is Jacob Frye Gay or Bisexual?'. Remeshed.
Wysocki, Matthew and Lauteria, Evan W (ed). 2015. Rated M for Mature: Sex and Sexuality in Video Games. New York: Bloomsbury Academic.
Youngblood, J. 2013. 'C’mon! Make me a man!: Persona 4, digital bodies, and queer potentiality' in Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology, vol. 2.
This resource collection is a work-in-progress. We have a number of additional sources that are useful in the study of in representation of queerness and minority groups in games that are slowly being added to this page. If you have any queries or are seeking particular resources, please let us know using the 'Contact' link in the menu.
Game development resources
Roll20 is a browser-based tabletop tool suite, and also has an accompanying app for smartphones and tablets. In addition to tabletop simulation tools, 'Roll20' provides resources for authors and masters of tabletop RPGs, including advice on building character sheets. A request to authors of character sheets directs them to use a textbox rather than a dropdown menu or checkbox for gender, in order to make games more inclusive.
The advice can be found here.
A collection of writing by women and non-binary folk, often critiques on issues of sexuality and gender.
LGBTQ Video Game Archive
Features a number of researched articles and resources about games with queer representation.
Queer Game Studies 101: An Introduction to the Field (2016)
A collection of resources compiled by queer game studies researcher, Bonnie Ruberg.