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access_time October 4, 2011 at 11:22 AM in Culture by Andrew Kent

A Closed World RPG Shows What it’s Like to Grow Up Queer

What is it like to live the life of a homosexual? Well, if you’re straight you would never know unless you played this game. A Closed World combines a parody of the tried and true Japanese-style RPG but also gives you the insight into a world filled with hatred and uncertainty. Your main character is in fact gay and he has to go through the ordeals of everyday life but with added stresses and life challenges.

No, you aren’t some sparkling flamer who goes throughout the world with fervor and bashes through straight brick walls with a rainbow gun. This game was made not to be like that, but made so as to not throw the gay aspect in your face.You have to “defeat” enemies but not in the sense of regular RPGs. You aren’t trying to kill or take down your enemies and bosses but instead you talk to them. These enemies are your loved ones, why would you ever want to harm them? You as the main character try to make these poor souls understand you, find some common ground, show them how they are affecting you negatively.

Here is the creator’s take on the game:

A Closed World was created to be a digital game with LGBTQ-friendly content, something that’s very uncommon in games right now. Game designers and marketing professionals alike have cited a number of reasons for this, ranging from a perception of institutional homophobia in game culture to a genuine desire on the part of game designers to “get it right” and create games with compelling queer content, rather than feeling that the element is merely “tacked on” in the end.

The goal of this research was to present the design team with the challenge of creating a game that had this compelling queer content, and to observe the ideas and hardships they considered and encountered along the way, so that we could learn more about how to approach those challenges in other design contexts. The project left the ultimate message of the game open to the creators; what was important to discover were the challenges the team faced trying to include queer content in the game, and the strategies they used to tell the story they wanted to tell. 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.

Whether you’re heterosexual, homosexual, or just plain sexual then you can enjoy the game at this link: A Closed World



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