They are few and far between, but I've managed to narrow down a few of my favorites.
In the world of queer gaming, we have to latch onto the canon queer couples that we're given.
We don't see a lot of them, and when we do, we love them with all of our hearts. Admittedly, half of the time one of them dies or they're barely there, but even then they matter a little bit. They matter much more than the queerbait-y, kind-of-sort-of-barely couples that we're given (coughcough Life is Strange coughcough).
It's hard to pick some, because you have the think about exactly what counts as "canon." Like, Life is Strange is not canon - it's hinted at and never followed through. Sorry, but that ending where you pick Chloe doesn't count. So, in the end, these are the main criteria for this small list:
1. They have to be a romance between two out characters.
2. Neither can die - because killing queer characters for pain is annoying. Queer people die/have died enough in real life.
3. If they are optional - then they have to be a romance-able option that affects your character.
4. If they are side characters, then they need to be a major driving force in the game.
And with that, here are a few of my favorite couples.
So, what did you think of my list? Did you agree? Did you not agree? Well, if you did, wonderful! If not, tell me why in the comments. Or, better yet, tell me what you think your list would be! I'd like to hear more from you guys.
Shann Smith is a lover of video games and writer of plays and screenplays, based in NYC. Do you guys have a game that you think is significant to the LGBTQ+ community? Email me, and I'll give it a look!
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