9 Best Gay Games That You Should Know Update 01/2023

Mass Effect Andromeda (2017)

Whether you haven’t played games in years or you just want to try something new, there’s no better time than now, when everyone should be staying home as much as possible, to play some of your old favourites or find something new.

We’ve put together a list of some of our favourite video games for you to play, from classics like Mass Effect and The Sims to more unique games like Dream Daddy and Night in the Woods. Even better, they all have LGBTQ characters or storylines.

Dragon Age: Inquisition (2014)

Dragon Age Inquisition (2014)

Available on: PS4, Xbox One, Windows

In the newest game in the Dragon Age series, the player takes on the role of the Inquisitor, a “chosen one” who must travel to stop civil unrest on the continent of Thedas and close a mysterious tear in the sky that is letting demons loose on the world. The game has a complicated romance system that lets players win over a number of possible lovers, including a 10-foot bull-man voiced by Freddie Prinze Jr. (you know, Fred from the live-action Scooby Doo movies). It also had Cremisius Acclasi, Bioware’s first trans character, who was praised by the community. GLAAD, a group that supports LGBTQ people, gave Dragon Age: Inquisition a Special Recognition award for having gay characters.

Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator (2017)

Available on: PS4, Switch, Windows, Mac

During the coronavirus pandemic, you might not be able to go on real dates, but you can still get your romance fix with dating sims. Even though there aren’t many good games in this genre that are geared toward LGBTQ players, Dream Daddy does a great job of filling that void. Players take on the role of a single dad whose goal is to meet other hot dads and fall in love with them. You just moved to Maple Bay, a seaside town where everyone seems to be a single dad you could date, from Teacher Dad to Goth Dad and even Bad Dad. The art is great, the writing is funny, and the dad jokes keep coming. Why wouldn’t you like it?

Mass Effect: Andromeda (2017)

Mass Effect Andromeda (2017)

Available on: PS4, Xbox One, Windows

Even though the Mass Effect series is mostly about exploring an open world and fighting aliens in space, the ability to date and sleep with other characters has always been one of the most interesting and talked-about parts. Both Mass Effect 3 and Andromeda, which was a big hit in 2017, had options for the player to date someone of the same gender. Some people have complained that gay men don’t have as many romantic options as straight players and queer women, but sometimes you have to take the representation where you can get it.

Gone Home (2013)

Available on: PS4, Xbox One, Switch, Windows, Mac, iOS

Gone Home is the right game for you if you want to solve a mystery in a spooky setting at your own pace. Players take on the role of Katie, a young woman who returns to her rural family home in Oregon to find it empty and a note on the door telling her not to look into what happened. Of course, that just makes the whole thing more interesting and makes her want to find clues and journals to figure out what happened. We can’t say much without giving away the story, but when it came out, it was praised for how it dealt with LGBTQ issues and is often used as proof that video games are art.

Life Is Strange (2015)

Life Is Strange (2015)

Available on: PS4, Xbox One, Windows, Mac, iOS, Android

When it came out in 2015, Life Is Strange stood out as a great example of an episodic video game. Players could “tune in” to new chapters of the game every two months, and their choices in the game affected how the story went and how it ended. Max Caulfield, an 18-year-old photography student, is the main character of the game. She finds out that she can turn back time at any time and must use this power to stop a storm from destroying her town. Max being gay was hinted at in the first game, and fans finally got the same-sex romance they wanted in the 2017 prequel series Before The Storm. You should read both of them.

Night In The Woods (2017)

Available on: PS4, Xbox One, Switch, Windows, Mac, iOS, Android

A Night In The Woods is a side-scrolling exploration game that was funded through Kickstarter, where it reached 400% of its goal. It follows Mae, a pansexual college dropout, as she moves back to her hometown of Possum Springs, where she finds unexpected changes, a missing childhood friend, and a mystery in the woods. The characters are what really bring the game to life. Mae’s best friend Gregg and his boyfriend Angus, as well as trans character Jackie, are some of the LGBTQ characters.

Overwatch (2015)

Overwatch (2015)

Available on: PS4, Xbox One, Switch, Windows

The futuristic online team-based shooter by Blizzard has become a worldwide phenomenon, with fans who are so passionate that they often make fan art and cosplay. There are more than 30 characters to choose from in the game, and each one has its own play style and abilities. Their back stories can be seen in animated short films and stories that can be found online. Even better, the fan favourite Soldier: 76 and the game’s cover star Tracer are both members of the LGBTQ community.

Stardew Valley (2016)

Available on: PS4, Xbox One, Switch, Windows, Mac, iOS, Android

Stardew Valley is a critically and commercially successful indie game that has been called a “open-ended country life RPG.” It has become a more intense alternative to popular life simulators like Harvest Moon and Animal Crossing. Players can do the usual things like grow crops, raise animals, make and sell goods, and date other people in the town, no matter what gender they are. They can also get married and have kids. It’s the kind of game that will keep you busy for a long time without you even realising it.

Hades

Hades

At first glance, Hades might look like just another roguelike action dungeon crawler. But it won every award last year, including Game of the Year at the Gaming Awards. And it’s queerness? The bisexual, polyamorous male lead really stood out and won the hearts of Gayming Mag readers.