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Social Dysphoria The Game

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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 3 / 5 stars


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Rated 2.5 / 5 stars

All right, before I get started with this, I just want to say that I think making a game based around the struggles transgendered people face is great. It's a concept you don't see too often. So I'll give you props for that.

With that said, I don't think the concept was executed well. In fact, at first I wondered if this was satire, because it actually seemed to be REINFORCING negative stereotypes of transgendered people, and social justice bloggers in particular (obsession with pronouns, for one, not to mention "Cisbot"... without reading the disclaimer in the description, that could easily be taken the wrong way). Instead of trying to communicate what trans people have to go through on a daily basis, which is what I expected, it felt like a guide on how not to be offensive. Unless the player is taking notes, I don't think it's going to have much of an impact on anyone.

As for the game itself, it's your average vertical shooter, with the main gimmick being that you're shooting and collecting words instead of more generic objects, like ships and powerups. It actually plays pretty well. My issue is that it feels like the game exists solely to drive the message, resulting in a somewhat barebones experience. Also, I don't understand the artstyle. What does imitating a Game Boy add to the game? Not much, really. It's just sort of... there.

Overall, this could've been thought out better. The concept is good, but there are some serious flaws in the execution.

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VOEC responds:

A fair review. Thank you. I wnat to comment on a view things though.

You're right that the game could have been a lot better designed and the are major flaws with its gameplay and story. It could have been also a bit broader at shoing the player how it is to be transgender.
But I still think that there was some interesting value in the original idea from the tumblr-post. Because being misgendered and insulted is a thing that trans people have to go through on a daily basis. I've seen lots of my friends get shit like this every day. I think it's an important part about being transgender.
(But in case you're interested in a game that really shows what transgender people have to go through in their lifes I recommend Dys4ria from Anna Anthropy, also here on Newgrounds, if you haven't played it yet)

Regarding the artstyle. I choose it because it is simple and quick. I could have made it black and white or Atari-like, but I like the colors of the Gameboy. 4 shades, pretty easy. And honestly I didn't want to spend a lot of time on the graphics, since I was just trying out this idea, and wanted to get back on working on my "proper" game-projects.


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.