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Video Games: A Love Letter to The Last Of Us’s Ellie Williams

Ellie Williams - The Last of Us

The Last of Us has everything: horror, gore, romance and humour. But it would be nothing without Ellie. Before HBO adapted The Last of Us into a critically acclaimed television show that has taken the world by storm faster than its fungal disease cordyceps, game developer Naughty Dog released the story as a fully playable action adventure/survival-horror game on the PlayStation in 2013. The game swept its award season, as did its 2020 sequel, The Last of Us: Part Two, with each garnering multiple game of the year awards and mentions for the cast performances, sound design and storytelling. Both … Read more

Television: Trans “Last of Us” Videogame Actor Wants Part in TV Version

Ian Alexander played Lev in The Last of Us: Part Two. (Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for HBO,Naughty Dog)

Trans non-binary actor Ian Alexander voiced transgender character Lev in the video game The Last of Us: Part Two – and now, they’ve staked their claim to reprise the role in the second series of the TV adaptation. The first and current season of HBO’s hit series The Last of Us is covering all the events of the first video game, and while creators Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann haven’t yet explicitly confirmed it, they have hinted that a second season of the show would cover the events of the game’s 2020 sequel, including the introduction of trans character Lev. … Read more

Video Games: “The Sims ” Adds Top Surgery Scars, Binders

Video Games: "The Sims " Adds Top Surgery Scars, Binders

Transmasculine Sims players now have more tools to make their avatars look more like themselves. The latest update to The Sims 4, released earlier this week, includes new customization options including chest binders and top surgery scars. The Sims, of course, is a life simulation game that allows players to create and customize their own characters and homes and interact with other players in the game’s virtual world. Full Story From LGBTQ Nation

TV: What’s Up for “The Last of Us” Season Two? (Probably) Lesbians! [Spoilers]

The Last of Us

The Last of Us is already widely regarded as one of the best video game adaptations of all time, with critics and fans giving the show’s direction, tone, performances and writing huge amounts of praise – not least for the portrayal of gay couple Bill and Frank. Following the news that The Last of Us – everyone’s favourite fungal, post-Armageddon survival series, based on the video game of the same name – will be returning for a second season, here’s what fans can expect from Pedro Pascal’s Joel and Bella Ramsey’s Ellie. The first season is expected to cover all … Read more

Video Games: God of War Ragnorok Programmer Added Heartbreaking Tribute to His Late Ex-Boyfriend

God of War Ragnorok gay tribute

Sony’s new video game God of War Ragnarok features a heartfelt side quest about an LGBTQ+ couple who worked on the game. Sony Santa Monica senior gameplay programmer Sam Handrick explained the tragic story in a Twitter thread on 18 November in which he “got to pitch” one of the many ‘favour’ side quests in dedication to his late partner. “I had hoped to wait for some time to talk about it but I want to share it now, just in case,” he said. Before delving into the story, he urged players to “seek it out for yourself first” before … Read more

Videogames: Apex Legends Writer on Hatred for Trans Character: “Maybe Apex Isn’t for You.”

Catalyst - Apex Legends

The lead writer of Apex Legends, Ashley Reed, has hit back at backlash to the game’s first trans character, saying if players don’t like LGBTQ+ representation then “Apex isn’t for you”. Reed, of Respawn Entertainment, has made it very clear that upcoming legend Catalyst has intentionally been made trans to reflect the diversity of the “future world”. She says the character was always intended to be “inescapably trans.” “If you’re not upfront about it, people are gonna find ways to deny it,” she told The Sun. Full Story from Pink News

Video Games: Apex Legends Introduces First Trans Character – Catalyst

Catalyst - Apex Legends

Hugely popular first-person shooter Apex Legends is getting its first trans character named Catalyst – and fans are loving it. Respawn Entertainment introduced the character in a clip on Monday (17 October) where Catalyst – whose real name is Tressa – and her friends explore the vast Outlands together. During a conversation, she confirms that she is transgender by saying: “I feel like the whole world has opened up, now that I’m myself,” adding that transitioning “was sort of hard.” Full Story from Pink News

Videogames: Spiderman Gets Queer Makeover Via Game Mod

Spider-Man given LGBTQ+ makeover

Gamers have given Spider-Man a Pride-inspired makeover after a new game was targeted by anti-LGBTQ+ “modders”. After the release of the critically acclaimed Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered for the PC on 12 August, modders – people who alter or add content to a video game recreationally – jumped at the chance to break the game open and see what they could change. But controversy soon arose after a user created a “Non-Newtonian New York” mod that replaced LGBTQ+ Pride flags with the US stars and stripes. The file was soon removed but not before several iterations reappeared. Since the debacle, other … Read more

Video Games: DC’s Trans Character Dreamer to Come to Fortnite

Dreamer - Fortnite and Supergirl

DC superhero Dreamer is appearing in Fortnite, becoming the popular online, battle-royale game’s first openly trans character. September marks the return of the game’s Rainbow Royale – a massively popular LGBTQ+ Pride event which includes new queer content and cosmetics for players. Last year’s Rainbow Royale included a variety of rainbow-themed items, emotes and sprays celebrating the LGBTQ+ community. Dreamer’s arrival in Fortnite marks the first time a canonically trans character has been added into the game. Full Story from Pink News

Video Games: The Sims Now Has Customizable Pronouns

Sims 4

After more than a year, fans’ wishes for a Sims pronouns update is here. The long-running simulator video game series “The Sims” broke new ground for trans and gender-diverse players on Tuesday by adding the ability to provide customizable pronouns for created characters in the series latest entry, “The Sims 4.” According to a Maxis blog post, the update prompts players to choose the gender of their character (or Sim) when entering Create a Sim mode. Among the options are he/him, she/her and they/them, but the update also adds a custom option that allows players to enter any pronoun choice … Read more