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Social Dysphoria The Game

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Sep 28, 2013 | 10:49 AM EDT

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Gender Fluid 5 Points Play as both a boy and a girl at least once
Psychological Evaluation 5 Points Get a gameover in story mode
Step by Step 5 Points Get your first highscore in endless mode
Misgendered 10 Points Collect a correct pronoun
Treasured Vial/Ampule 25 Points Complete the story mode
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=== LATEST UPDATE 29.09.13 - Please clear your cache if your version number is below 1.08! ===

=== Trigger warning: Trans- and Homophobic language ===

"Dodge cisbots Innacurate Pronoun lasers while fighting through the Medical Referral levels and Psych visits teeming with dastardly Uneducated Doctors to reach the treasured Estrogen ampule/Testosterone vial at the top of the castle and save the world!"
- Original game description by

=== CONTROLS ===
X / SPACE - Action
ARROWS / WASD - Movement
M - Mute Sound
ESC - Pause

=== ABOUT ===
This was only made for fun as a response to a tumblr post, don't take it too seriously.
Please keep an open mind while playing. Thank you.

Also I would like to note that this is in no way meant to insult cis people in general, I'm sorry for giving that impression and apologize to anyone that might have felt insulted.
If you are hateful against transgender people or any other group, please feel insulted.

If you have any suggestions or ideas for improvement, please let me know.

For added fun while playing: Be transgender.



Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

"Are you a boy? Or are you a girl?"

Well, the game is about dysphoria, I supposeā€¦

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Rated 4 / 5 stars

You know what would be neat? A mechanic where you could shoot letters from improper pronouns to turn them into proper pronouns. So, like, for a trans man character, being able to shoot the "wo" out of "woman" to turn it into "man." It would add to the whole idea of having words shot at you. As it stands, they're just kinda basic projectiles.

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Rated 0 / 5 stars

There is absolutely nothing inherently bigoted in cisgendered people. I know Trans people who are just as bigoted as the worst of the "cis scum" that you rail against.

VOEC responds:

I do not rail against any "cis scum" (I also did not say that anywhere, so please don't false quote me).
And I agree, there is nothing inherently bigoted about cis people, if you would have read the description or some of my comment-responses you would have know that.


Rated 4 / 5 stars

I give you 3/5 for gameplay, 4/5 for message, and 4/5 for design.

Specific comments:

-Gameplay isn't bad, but it's not terribly unique. It's just your usual dodge and shoot game, which is a solid base, but you don't go anywhere particularly exciting for it. The animation is nice and smooth, though, and the controls handle well.
-There's not a lot of gameplay and concept integration. The idea of dodging misgendering and picking up proper gender stuff is a good start, but it feels kind of generic.
-I'm sure this was part of the point, but the cisbot's constant flashing is really irritating. It's supposed to be annoying and all, but could we get it a bit more photosensitive friendly?
-I'm a little surprised there's no nonbinary option in the gender request screen. It's mentioned in the achievements, but I would have expected that as an option, followed by gameplay dealing with binarism.
-Music is a bit annoying, but you have a mute option, which far too many games leave out, so bonus points for that.

All in all, I was really excited to see another trans-positive game, but the game itself doesn't really communicate much in the way of complexity, and the gameplay on its own isn't that exciting. I'll bump you up half a star for effort, though.

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VOEC responds:

The actually is a nonbinary option, but you have to unlock it by gaining a certain amount of points in story mode.


Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

Although I'm glad that there are more games tackling the issues facing transgendered people, I feel this was a little simplistic in its approach. Perhaps a sequel could touch more on the processes involved in changing gender?

Also, "Ze" isn't necessarily a bad pronoun to use. I have a FtM trans friend who preferred to be referred to as ze during his transitional phase.