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The Best Queer Video Games With LGBTQ+ Content

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The existence of LGBTQ+ video game characters has far too often been only heavily implied or hinted at via flirty dialogue and vague suggestion. Queer video game content is also often only the meager result of a game allowing the player to create a male or female character and not limiting NPC romantic preferences. But the best queer video games offer rounded characters who romance, live, fight, and investigate while also being lesbian, trans, gay, or actively bisexual because they were written that way.

Although a lot of the LGBTQ+ games on this list focus on romanceable players, some of them paved the way for their franchises and games in general. Being able to marry Miria when playing as a female or Davin while playing as a male in Fallout 2 might seem like nothing nowadays, but in 1998 it was groundbreaking. In the same way, the first Mass Effect's introduction of the mono-gendered asari race seemed like a weak way to introduce bisexual characters, but the franchise has since grown to include male and female bisexual characters along with a full cast of LGBTQ+ character representation, including trans characters.

From the complicated romances of Dragon Age: Inquisition to the more playful and simple relationships and identities of Steven Universe: Save The Light and gay and lesbian-themed games like Dream Daddy and Gone Home, the world of LGBTQ+ games is constantly expanding. There are even non-binary characters, including playable characters, in games like Undertale or 2064: Read Only Memories. The addition of ace characters in newer games like The Outer Worlds continues to fill out the spectrum of identities and people in the gaming world to match the world of players.

Which queer games deliver the best LGBTQ+ content?

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  • Dragon Age: Inquisition
    Photo: Dragon Age: Inquisition / BioWare

    The range of NPCs that are romanceable is vast and offers bisexual, gay, and lesbian options. The world itself is rich in LGBTQ+ characters, including a relationship between female human Empress Celene of Orlais and female elf Briala that the player's character can help mend. The male mage Dorian is romanceable for male playable characters and fully fleshed as a being, who will enter into a relationship with the male qunari Iron Bull if neither are romanced by the player. The game also includes Cremisius "Krem" Aclassi, a trans man who is BioWare's second trans character in a non-romantic role.

    • Release: 2014
    • Developer: BioWare
    • Genres (Video game): Action role-playing
    • Publisher: Electronic Arts
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  • Life Is Strange
    Photo: Life Is Strange / Square Enix

    While the game has received criticism for queer-baiting and death of queer characters, the player's choices allow the storyline to offer different depths of the relationship between Maxine "Max" Caulfield and her friend Chloe Price.

    • Release: 2005
    • Developer: Dontnod Entertainment
    • Genres (Video game): Graphic adventure
    • Publisher: Square Enix, Feral Interactive, Black Wing Foundation
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  • Life Is Strange: Before the Storm
    Photo: Life Is Strange: Before the Storm / Square Enix

    The hinted-at relationship between Chole Price and Rachel Amber is at the forefront of this prequel, though it is not the primary storyline.

    • Release: 2017
    • Developer: Deck Nine
    • Genres (Video game): Graphic adventure
    • Publisher: Square Enix, Feral Interactive
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  • The Last of Us: Left Behind
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    In this prequel to The Last of Us, the relationship Ellie has with Riley, which includes a kiss, adds a new dimension to her character in the previous game.

    • Release: 2014
    • Developer: Naughty Dog
    • Genres (Video game): Action-adventure, survival horror
    • Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
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