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Social Dysphoria The Game

rated 2.71 / 5 stars
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Action - Shooter - Vertical Flight

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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 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 4 / 5 stars

lovely game, reccomending it to my mates


Rated 4 / 5 stars

Rad game, a lot of fun. I was immediately upset at cisbot for not letting me choose a non-binary gender on my first playthrough. I'd love to see more awesomeness like this ^_^


Rated 4 / 5 stars

I really liked it! The music, the art, and the style. The gameplay was simple but fun. I like the social commentary aspect, and I'm glad that there are games that transpeople can identify with!

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Rated 4 / 5 stars

There's an awful lot of cisplaining going on in these reviews. Personally, I think calling the antagonist Cisbot was to the point. I also appreciated including the unlockable genderqueer character, although it took me a little while to get enough points. Of course for such a small game, the rhetoric is simplified, but personally as a cisguy I thought it wasn't bad. The music was great, too, and the mechanic, though not *too* different from any other shoot-em-up, is executed well. My main complaint is that while the controls were very smooth, every so often they would freak out for a second and the character would keep moving right into a pronoun-bullet.
Also, on the victory screen, it says "conglaturations" instead of "congratulations"--might want to fix that :P

VOEC responds:

That last one is deliberate. Search for "Gostbusters Nes" ;)