Queer Game Narrative in My Ex-Boyfriend the Space Tyrant


Image credit: My Ex-Boyfriend the Space Tyrant. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.theverge.com/2013/6/6/4400922/my-ex-boyfriend-the-space-tyrant-the-gayest-game-ever-made

My Ex-Boyfriend the Space Tyrant follows the adventures of Captain Tycho Minogue as he fights to save the galaxy from impending doom at the hands of none other than his ex-boyfriend. The vast majority of the characters in the game are gay (including the player-character Captain Minogue) and its dialogue is laden with sexual banter. The game frequently draws on campy imagery and humor as the story progresses, with the developer Luke Miller aiming to make a sci-fi game that was “unashamedly gay”. A trailer for the game can be viewed here.

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Queer Game Narrative in My Ex-Boyfriend the Space Tyrant


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