Side-Quest 162. Gender with a Cool Hat

Hello, and welcome to another episode of Talk This! It’s Dangerous to Podcast Alone. This week, we’re talking about gender expression in video games. No matter what, everybody deserves a cool hat.

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The Topic

Title screen from Persona 3 Portable featuring the female protagonist

What are the different ways character creators or character selection interact with gender? How does gender selection effect how a player can interact with a game? Why might different players want to play different genders? What’s challenging about implementing gender selection in games?

The Actual Discussion

Screenshot from I Was A Teenage Exocolonist showing some of the granular pronouns options

We talk about the different buckets of games when it comes to how gender selection affects story and play. We go through some of the games with more robust gender options from character creators to pronoun selection. Also, we talk about whether Animal Crossing should treat the player as anything other than a bean.

Enjoy the episode! Tell us what you think in the comments or on social media. Make sure to check out last week’s episode and look forward to next week’s where we’re talking about Scribblenauts and Chained Echoes.

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