Queer Game Narrative in Stick Shift

Year: 2015

Creator: Robert Yang

Country: US

Platform: PC/Mac

Creator Robert Yang describes Stick Shift as “an autoerotic night-driving game about pleasuring your gay car.” It can be downloaded for free here.

In slightly more than half of Stick Shift playthroughs, acceleration, fantasy fufillment, orgasm, contented slumber await players as their car’s engine cools off, leaking fluid on to the asphalt. However, during the remaining portion, 48%, players will be interrupted by two heavily-armed police officers. This probability is informed by a 2013 survey revealing that “of the LGBT violence survivors who interacted with police, 48% reported that they had experienced police misconduct.”

LGBTQ references in this game:

Queer Game Narrative in Stick Shift

Citations:

  1. Dale, L.K. (April 3, 2015). Stick Shift let me jerk off a car. Retrieved from http://www.destructoid.com/stick-shift-let-me-jerk-off-a-car-289979.phtml
  2. Grayson, N. (April 4, 2015). A Game Where You Have Sex With Your Car. Retrieved from http://kotaku.com/a-game-where-you-have-sex-with-your-car-1696107530
  3. Matulef, J. (April 7, 2015). Introducing Stick Shift: a game about having sex with your car. Retrieved from http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2015-04-07-stick-shift-is-the-best-game-about-having-sex-with-a-car-youll-play-all-year
  4. Priestman, C. (April 6, 2015). Pleasure Your Gay Car Boyfriend To A Wild Orgasm In Stick Shift. Retrieved from https://killscreen.com/articles/stick-shift/
  5. Stick Shift. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://radiatoryang.itch.io/stick-shift
  6. Stick Shift (2 minute gameplay teaser, free game). (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8zSuOLuU_8
  7. Yang, R. (April 3, 2015). “Stick Shift” as activist autoerotica. Retrieved from http://www.blog.radiator.debacle.us/2015/04/stick-shift-as-activist-autoerotica.html