Cho Aniki as a queer game


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Cho Aniki (literally, “Super Big Brother”) is a Japanese video game series of side-scrolling, shoot ’em up games. It is an example of baka-ge (literally, “idiot game”), a subgenre of kuso-ge (literally, “shit game”). Few of the games are available outside of Japan.


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The series is most well-known for its surreal imagery, kitschy/campy humor, and homoerotic imagery and gameplay. The game features many muscular, nearly naked men. One of the main characters, Samons, shoots globs of “protein” out of a hole on the top of his head. Given the extensive homoeroticism of the game and its mechanics we are listing it as a queer game (broadly). A video the the trailer for the PlayStation game in the series appears below.


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