Category Archives: Optional Relationship

Queer Game Narrative in Hurt Me Plenty

Year: 2014

Creator: Robert Yang

Country: US

Genre: Spanking game, BDSM primer

Platform: PC/Mac

Gameplay within Hurt Me Plenty is simple. Spank your submissive male lover as he cries out for more using either mouse-controls or Leap Motion, for additional interactivity. Fetish aesthetics are not uncommon in gaming, but it is atypical to explore these fetishes in any meaningful way. Hurt Me Plenty’s simulation addresses negotiations of control, consent, and after care. The game commences after the player and his lover agree upon relationship conditions. Unless mutual consent is reached, the player is blocked from playing the game for two weeks.

LGBTQ References in this game

Queer Game Narrative in Hurt Me Plenty

Citations:

  1. Hurt Me Plenty. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://radiatoryang.itch.io/hurt-me-plenty
  2. Joho, J. (December 5, 2014). We Talk to the Creator of the Dude-Butt Sensation Hurt Me Plenty. Retrieved from https://killscreen.com/articles/hurt-me-plenty-proves-videogames-are-thirsty-dude-butts-and-bdsm/
  3. Mattos, S. (January 2, 2015). GGOTY 2014: Gayest Games of the Year. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20160402205148/http://gaygamer.net/2015/01/ggoty-2014-gayest-games-of-the-year
  4. Mattos, S. (February 23, 2015). Kink and Controllers: Robert Yang’s Hurt Me Plenty. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20160302202134/http://gaygamer.net/2015/02/kink-and-controllers-robert-yangs-hurt-me-plenty/

 

Queer Game Narrative in Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator

Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator is a game that allows the player to customize their own dad character (with trans binder options) and date seven other dads. Because of the game’s premise, many queer relationships are featured in addition to specifically queer characters outside of the dateable dads. The game makes the player select their deceased spouse’s gender, allowing players to customize the sexuality of their player character. The game has multiple endings reliant on completing three dates successfully with a dateable dad of the player’s choice.

A list of characters and their implied or explicit sexualities and gender identities are as follows:

Brian: The player is never informed on if Brian was previously married or who Daisy’s second biological parent is. We also see no canon queer content for Brian outside of interactions with the player character.

Craig: He is formally married to Ashley but outside of interactions with the player, there is no canon queer content for Craig.

Dadsona: The player character specifically receives the option to use a binder, letting the player play as a trans man if they wish. The game also gives the option of choosing the player character’s deceased spouse’s gender, allowing for expression of a gay or bisexual identity.

Damien: The player is never informed on if Damien was previously married or who Lucien’s second biological parent is. Outside of player interactions, there is no canon queer (in regards to sexuality) content for Damien, but during the first date with Damien (found here at around 9:00), Damien mentions having binders in his closet. In a tweet from one of the co-creators, Leighton Gray, Damien is also confirmed to be trans.

Hugo: In Hugo’s DadBook profile, he says that he is turned on by muscles and we also find out that he has an ex-partner who he refers to as “the cool weekend dad” when talking about his son, Earnest and his past. This suggests that he is at least explicitly gay, possibly implicitly bisexual depending on his past before his most recent ex-partner.

Joseph: Through playing the story, we find out that Joseph has cheated on Mary before with Robert. We’re also shown that Joseph’s relationship is on the rocks and many have speculated whether Joseph is gay, bi, or queer in some way, such as in this reddit thread.

Mat: The player is informed that Mat was formerly married to a woman named Rosa before she died, but other than from player interactions, there’s no canon queer content for Mat.

Pablo: This character shows up multiple times as you’re dating Mat and seems to go by he/him pronouns but dresses in a gender non-conforming way.

Robert: We are told that he was formerly married to a woman named Marilyn but that she is deceased. In the game he offers to hook up with the player character before the character is able to date anyone and he is also known to have hooked up with Joseph. This suggests that he is explicitly bisexual.

Val: Through Robert’s story, you can meet Val, his estranged daughter, who mentions her girlfriend while talking to Amanda (found here at around 1:00:57), suggesting that she is explicitly lesbian.

A big controversy that relates to the difficulty in labeling these characters’ sexualities is that the game never explicitly uses labels or terminology. In an interview by Mic with both of the game’s co-creators, these things were said:

“The driving force of writing this game was that we didn’t want any of the paths to explicitly be about the dads’ sexualities.”

“A lot of people have said that this game fails to engage with queer culture in a meaningful way, and I absolutely understand that criticism,” Gray said over the phone. “But also, we didn’t want any of the [character arcs] to explicitly be about the dads’ sexualities. I think we already have a lot of media that spends a lot of time talking about those kinds of feelings and navigating coming out and grappling with your sexuality. I think those narratives are important, for sure, but I just want to fast-forward to the part where we can have stories about queer characters that are not explicitly about them being queer.”

This leaves many of the characters’ sexualities up for speculation, but for the purposes of the Archive, they are categorized on here as described in the list above.

LGBTQ References in this game:

Queer Game Narrative in Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator

Citations:

  1. Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dream_Daddy:_A_Dad_Dating_Simulator
  2. Frank, A. (2017, July 17). Dream Daddy Simulator’s last-minute delay causes a stir. Retrieved from https://www.polygon.com/2017/7/17/15973206/dream-daddy-simulator-release-date-pc
  3. Graylish. (2017, July 21). yes! [Tweet]. Retrieved from https://twitter.com/graylish/status/888316619168006144
  4. Ladypocky. (2017, July 29). R/DreamDaddy – “Joseph will always stay Married to Mary.” Joseph’s romance path is apparently a moral lesson? Retrieved from https://www.reddit.com/r/DreamDaddy/comments/6q916a/joseph_will_always_stay_married_to_mary_josephs/
  5. Mulkerin, T. (2017, July 28). ‘Dream Daddy,’ the gayest game of the year, never uses the word “gay.” Let’s talk about that. Retrieved from https://mic.com/articles/182198/dream-daddy-the-gayest-game-of-the-year-never-uses-the-word-gay-lets-talk-about-that#.wsvXRXvYQ
  6. Wolftooth. (2017, July 22). Dream Daddy A Dad Dating Simulator All Robert Small dates rank S & Good Ending. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awUVKEgeA1I
  7. Wolftooth. (2017, July 23). Dream Daddy A Dad Dating Simulator All Damien Bloodmarch dates rank S & Good Ending. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WeI5tKfZ2A0

Jill and Mist in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance

Image Credit: Jill and Mist A Support Conversation (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86NMRWU9EVQ

Jill and Mist are two characters from Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance and Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn. Both characters are given possible supports with men that are romantic in nature, as one person who emailed us pointed out, but during their A-rank conversation (the usual max of support conversation ranks for non-romantic relationships), the two exchange dialogue that could be perceived as a potential WLW relationship (found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86NMRWU9EVQ):

“Mist… You make all of my worries go away when you’re near me… The world is hard. Hard and cold and… terrible. Even so, you make me… You make me want to keep going.”

As the person who emailed us also mentioned, it’s worth noting that it’s possible for Jill to defect to the enemy forces to join her father if she speaks to him in one chapter; however, this defection won’t be possible if she’s had her A rank support with Mist (or reached a B rank support with Lethe in which she is taught the history of oppression of laguz people by the Daein army her father fights for). Additionally, the sequel expands a previously mostly-unused mechanic called Support Bonds, which act as a pre-existing relationship between characters. Generally speaking, characters will have 10% support bonds with family, and 5% with people they are otherwise close to. One of Mist’s three 5% supports is Jill.

In the sequel to Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, in Chapter 3-7, Jill does not attack Haar (her possible romance in the game), but also will not attack Mist if their A-rank Support is imported and vice-versa.

LGBTQ references in this game series:

Fire Emblem: Rekka no Ken (2003):  Florina and Lyndis; Lucius and Raven

Fire Emblem: Sacred Stones (2004): Joshua and Gerik

Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance (2005): Ike and SorenJill and Mist

Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn (2007): HeatherJill and MistKyzaRanulf

Fire Emblem Awakening (2012): Same-Sex Relationship Hack

Fire Emblem Fates (2015): Forrest; NinaRomance optionsSoleil

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia (2017): Leon

Citations:

  1. Jill and Mist A Support Conversation (n.d.). YouTube. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86NMRWU9EVQ.
  2. Shadowofchaos725. (2010, July 04). Fire Emblem Path of Radiance: Mist and Jill Support Conversations. YouTube. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86NMRWU9EVQ

Lewis Finch in What Remains of Edith Finch

Lewis Finch was the firstborn and the first son of Sanjay Kumar and Dawn Finch, and the older brother of Milton and Edith. One month before his 22nd birthday, Lewis died by committing suicide from putting his head into an automated guillotine at the fish cannery he worked at after months of struggling with a mental disorder.

During a scene in the game where his psychiatrist tells Dawn in a letter about his mental disorder, the player sails a ship and has two routes as options to sail down. One reads “Beautiful Prince” and the other reads “Handsome Queen”. Depending on which path the player takes, Lewis imagines being crowned by either, and the game refers to them as his prince/queen, inferring that this prince/queen is a possible love interest for Lewis (found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCcxXA4lWOc).

LGBTQ References in this game:

Lewis Finch

Citations:

  1. Lewis Finch. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://what-remains-of-edith-finch.fandom.com/wiki/Lewis_Finch
  2. Messofanego. “What Remains Of Edith Finch – Lewis (Male Romance).” YouTube, YouTube, 26 Apr. 2017, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCcxXA4lWOc

School Mode in Danganronpa: 1.2 Reload

After finishing the main Story mode of the 1.2 Reload edition of the game, players are able to play through a bonus game mode (School Mode, also known as its full title, Enhanting Dangan Academy ~Purely Prismatic Souls~) where the teens trapped at Hope’s Peak High School must build multiple Monokumas before the Killing Game starts. This new bonus game mode allows players to bond with other characters in the format of a dating simulator. At the end of School Mode, any characters that have a maxed out relationship with the player character will have ending dialogue with Makoto, giving him their underwear after finishing talking to him.

Some fans have queerly read this since the act of male characters giving Makoto Naegi (a male character) their underwear can seem to be referencing gay or at least queer relationships in some way.

LGBTQ References in this series:

Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc (2010): Chihiro; Genocide Jack/Jill and Toko; Hifumi’s Ending; Mondo and Taka; Monokuma; School Mode

Citations:

  1. School Mode (n.d.) Danganronpa Wiki. Retrieved from http://danganronpa.wikia.com/wiki/School_Mode