Year: 2016

Publisher/Developer: Blizzard Entertainment

Console: Various

Country: USA

Genre: Team-based first person shooter


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Overwatch is a multiplayer shooter set 60 years in the future. It is set 30 years after what is known as the “Omnic Crisis,” a war between humans and self-aware robots called omnics. The name “Overwatch” refers to the international task force created by the United Nations to combat the omnics, which became a peacekeeping organization after the war. The game’s story is set six years after Overwatch disbanded.

Overwatch has a number of player characters to choose from with a variety of backgrounds, including former overwatch leaders, villains, omnics, and experimental sentient animals. Players are sorted onto teams of 6, and can choose any character amongst the roster. They then then work together against another team of 6 to complete objectives such as capturing and holding a point on the map or moving a payload from its starting position to an end goal.

LGBTQ references in this game:

Tracer/Lena Oxton

Soldier: 76/Jack Morrison

Moira O’Deorain


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  2. Overwatch (Video Game). (n.d.). Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overwatch_(video_game).