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Their latest game Harvestella ( a farming sim similar to Harvest Moon/Story of Seasons, Stardew Valley etc ) has an " enby " option for the main character... : https://www.pockettactics.com/harvestella/non-binary

Their latest game Harvestella ( a farming sim similar to Harvest Moon/Story of Seasons, Stardew Valley etc ) has an " enby " option for the main character... : https://www.pockettactics.com/harvestella/non-binary

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How the flying fuck does a game make you feel "unsafe"? If only seeing male and female options in video games makes you suicidal, go get real help.

"So all players can feel safe and included." Thank goodness video games played in my climate-controlled living room near a fridge full of food in a comfortable home will no longer make me feel unsafe because I can pick between male, female and delusional.

I bet this isn't a thing in the Japanese version

In the demo for Square Enix’s upcoming Switch game, you can see that there’s a Harvestella non binary option, so all players can feel safe and included

Wow. I thought Afghan women had it rough. But enby gamers have to feel unsafe whenever they boot up a role playing game and it only recognizes TWO BINARY GENDERS!! Not since Jim Crowe has a group of people been so oppressed!!! 😭

because yes, everyone has a right to be their authentic self, and that goes for farming life sim videogames, too.

I thought the point of games was escapism?

[–] PearPuddin 10 points Edited

I don't care if it's an option. However, I read some of the article and god these people are insufferable.

I'm a bit older in the video game scene (born late 90s). I've been gaming since I could walk and for the longest time, games were male coded.

You could only be a man or boy in Harvest Moon. You could only romance a woman. You could only choose a wife and have a family. If you didn't pick a spouse the game ended early.

And you know what? I played it anyway because it's a game and I'm not insane.

A NB character in a farm simulator is completely fine. This doesn't affect my playthrough of the game.

Though there have been instances where a NB character was completely random and ruined the story. I'm looking at the The Last of US 2. 😑

Born late 90s makes you "older" now? Sheesh. Back in my day, you could only be a circle, or if you were really lucky, a circle with a bow on it.

I'm looking at the The Last of US 2. 😑

What!? Are you saying that it's ridiculous for people to care about genderwoo 30 years into a devastating apocalypse? 🤣

[–] VesperHolic 7 points Edited

Though there have been instances where a NB character was completely random and ruined the story.

It isn't random at all though. That young TIF (although in-game the word is never uttered by anyone) is literally trying to run away from a cult trying to marry her off to some old pervert so she can live her best post-apocalyptic life away from the BS role assigned to her because she's female. If anything I find that it doesn't make a good advert for gender ideology: she's canonically running away from trauma and harmful gendered roles, as are many real life TIFs.

The character is central to Abby 's evolution as a person (an intentional parallel with Joel and Ellie's relationship in the first game), so her presence in the game certainly didn't ruin it. Fortunately the story doesn't go TMAM (even though it probably was the intent), now that would've been off-putting.

For me it ends up proving the opposite, especially when she eventually takes the very GNC Abby as a role model. I can headcannon her into eventually finding peace with being female with her help, eh.

The fun thing though is that the ever-so-cringe gaming community thought Abby was the trans-identified character because she's... buff. But no, she's just a super buff straight girl (a nice twist to see as well, least people think GNC female = necessarily lesbian).

good thing that nintendo direct had a gazillion other farming simulators to choose from 😒 I was yawning through the whole thing