Caper in the Castro

Year: 1988

Designer: CM Ralph

Country: USA

Platforms: PC/Mac

Caper in the Castro was a murder mystery/puzzle solving game, developed by CM Ralph. In it players took on the role of a lesbian detective searching for a transgender woman who had gone missing from the Castro. It was originally released as “Charity Ware,” meaning anyone who downloaded it was asked to donate funds to an AIDS organization of their choosing. The game was distributed over an LGBT network on a Bulletin Board System (BBS). Later Ralph changed the names and locations in the game to release it as Murder on Mainstreet through distributor Heizer Software.

LGBTQ References in this game:

Player Character: Lesbian; Lesbian (explicit); Queer women

Non-Player Character: Transgender; Transgender (explicit)

Queer Game/Narrative

Citations:

  1. LGBT characters in video games (n.d.) Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_characters_in_video_games
  2. Winkie, L. (2014, April 18) From a pink dinosaur to “Gay Tony”: The evolution of LGBT video game characters. Salon. http://www.salon.com/2014/04/18/from_a_pink_dinosaur_to_gay_tony_the_evolution_of_lgbt_video_game_characters/
  3. Winkle, L. (2014, June 9). A Q&A with the designer of the first LGBT Computer Game. Paste. http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2014/06/caper-in-the-castro-interview.html