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LGBTQ VIDEO GAME ARCHIVE

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The LGBTQ Video Game Archive will be an online resource documenting all of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (and queerly read) characters and related content in digital games from the 1980s to 2015. Currently there are nearly 300 games on the list to be documented, though the list continues to grow. The site will include all available information on the LGBTQ characters and content, sorting through conflicting accounts as much as possible. It will document characters who are implicit and explicitly coded as or rumored to be queer men, queer women, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, non-binary, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming (note: those are not mutually exclusive categories); locations (e.g. gay bars); mentions (e.g. calling a character gay); Easter Eggs; actions (e.g. cross-dressing as a required game activity); optional same-sex relationships/romance/sex pairings; artifacts (e.g. gender changing objects); games that are inherently queer or have narratives that are about queerness; and any homophobic and transphobic narratives or actions in games. It will also document if games were changed during localization or porting processes or were modded to include queerness by players. In addition to documenting games, the site will include a list of citations (popular and academic) that deal with LGBTQ representation in games. The site is now publicly available, and will be used in a series of textual and content analysis projects.

Investigators:

Adrienne Shaw

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