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The gaming industry creates unique opportunities (sites, apps and more) for players to tap into their greatest fantasies. From social simulation to roleplaying, and chat games, the LGBTQ+ community loves to connect with characters that represent their lifestyle. While the video game industry is one of the largest entertainment platforms, the LGBT community remains an untapped resource for innovative storytelling, chatting,  and dating experience.

Similar to films and literature, people who identify as LGBTQ+ can experience seeing the world through the eyes of a virtual character in a thrilling fictional world. As the video and chat game industry expands its horizons to reflect real LGBT people and the world we live in, there is still room for improvement for more diversity.

Gay man playing a gay game using a VR headset

When games strike the right balance with meaningful subtext, developers become a stronger influence to reverse damaging stereotypes about gay men and other LGBT tribes. However, the core demographic of white and straight males remains a prevalent issue in terms of including more content for minorities.

Mainstream vs Independent Gaming

Though LGBTQ+ characters in general and gay ones in particular garner both praise and backlash no matter how they're included in a game, mainstream studios commonly assume that queer or transgender avatars outside of the social norm will ultimately alienate customers. A solution to diversifying their product is implementing gay, lesbian, or transgender characters quietly without drawing attention to their sexuality. This move draws criticism as an excuse for developers to not generate meaningful subtext and accepting an inherent belief that the mere inclusion of LGBT characters results in adequate representation. More often than not, these avatars and players aren't treated with the same well-rounded attributes that heterosexual characters and players possess.

Two gay men playing a gay game on PlayStation 4

On a wider scale, independent game-makers keep their fingers on the pulse of what their communities want. App developers acquire financial support through crowd-funding efforts. Their overall success relies on word-of-mouth reviews and direct support from the LGBTQ+ community. Without financial or operational safeguards in place, grassroots owners often delete their apps due to harassment or are unable to update software.

The History of LGBTQ+ Online Gaming

As society's treatment of the LGBT community evolves, offline and online video, flash,  and chat games aptly reflect the evolving acceptance of gender norms and sexual identity. With more diverse games slowly on the rise, namely with sim and role-playing, there's an underlying skepticism if the industry isn't running as progressively as it could. Gay characters first emerged several decades ago. That is how the situation evolved later on:

Caper in the Castro, the first known queer video game, where a lesbian detective attempts to solve the disappearance of her drag queen friend

Best Gay Sim Games

Sim games bring LGBT (especially, gay) players into the fold of exciting genres like action, adventure, and romance. With characters designed with their interests in mind, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender players can participate in appealing escapism like everyone else.

Dream Daddy

The sleepy town of Maple Bay comes alive after you and your daughter move into the neighborhood. Every guy is a "Dateable dad" and you get first dibs to date them. The sim game isn't just playing up the "daddy-boy" trope for gay laughs; it's hailed for its good-natured storyline that celebrates the love between dads and daddy types. DreamDaddy app is available for android devices and in the App Store.

The Sims 4

The Sims franchise made a name for itself by copying and pasting the real world into a virtualreality and giving users accessibility to design their lives with an avatar. Throughout its multiple reiterations, the game grows increasingly inclusive. The Sims 4 now offers the ability to chat and create same-sex relationships (gay, lesbian and more), use gender-neutral bathrooms, and select your sexual identity among other features. The game is not available as an app and is available on PC, Xbox One, and Playstation 4.

Cockville

Game for gay men Cockville where you grow crops, fulfill requests from adult customers, and engage in sexual encounters

Life on a rural farm doesn't have to be boring and dull for gay men. It certainly isn't in Cockville, where you grow crops, fulfill requests from adult customers, and engage in sexual encounters. This game is full of explicit character designs and is not safe to play at work. Cockville is available online and a downloadable file for android devices. It is not currently available as an app.

Gaydorado

In the first roleplaying game designed specifically for the gay community, immerse yourself as one of 16 characters who love to dress up, explore romantic connections, chat and take on the best action-packed plots in a thriving metropolis. Aside from its main theme as RPG, it also includes chat rooms and encourages players to meet. The game is free in the App Store with in-app purchases available.

Top Gay Dating Game Ideas

Gaming is a great avenue for gay players to meet like-minded people in the community, chat with them or even date.. With the field of specific LGBTQ+ games as limited as it is, users will have to explore generalized games and events for dating a gay partner.

Two gay men who both like playing gay games

Other Popular Games

For gay players who want to step out of their comfort zone from social simulator or roleplaying, there are plenty of games in the genre of mystery, romance, and visual novels to enjoy.

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2020-09-05