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5 Beautiful Computer Games With An LGBT Message

These computer games explain complicated experiences, and they are a delight to play.

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1. Mainichi

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Mainichi is a game in which you are a trans woman going on a simple outing: a coffee date with a friend. Depending on the choices you make when getting ready and ordering coffee, people react to you differently, and you feel differently. However: there are no right choices, as you learn -- the game never ends, but repeats the scenario over and over.

2. A Closed World

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In A Closed World, you fight "demons," who are depicted as your father, your brother, your lover's parents, your lover, and, finally, your past self. You vanquish the demons with logic, passion, and ethics. They damage your composure using those three tactics, as well.

3. Lim

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Lim is a very abstract game about not fitting in. You are a flashing, rainbow square traveling along a path towards the finish line. However, the other squares you encounter on your way are not rainbow -- they are brown or purple, and they repeatedly punish you for being different by ramming into you. You have several options: "blend in," which will also have negative effects, or allow yourself to be shoved out of the maze, where you are no longer terrorized, but you are completely alone.

4. Situate Yourself

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Situate Yourself is a choose-your-own-adventure game in which you live your life as an LGBT person, navigating important life decisions around which rights you have in America. Each choice you make results in a positive or negative result, as well as an informative page teaching you about LGBT rights across the country.

5. Dys4ia

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Dys4ia allows you to play simple games throughout a personal story of transitioning. It highlights the difficulties of jumping through the hoops that are required of this person as they struggle through the transition. It is biting, funny, and very smart.

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