Choice of Games (developer)

  • Developer: Choice of Games
  • Publisher: Choice of Games
  • Year: N/A
  • Genre: Interactive fiction
  • Platform/s: PC

'Choice of Games' is a game developer and publisher known for creating diverse text-based adventures filled with options for sexualities, genders, and relationships. The company was praised in the Queer Representation (2016) survey many times for their representation of sexuality, as well as their use of varied pronouns. Some key titles by 'Choice of Games' that feature queer options are:

Choice of Broadsides
Choice of Kung Fu
Choice of Robots
Choice of Romance
Choice of the Deathless
Choice of the Dragon
Choice of the Petal Stone
Choice of Vampire
Creatures Such as We
Heart of the House
Heroes Rise: The Hero Project
Hollywood Visionary
Neighbourhood Necromancer
NOLA is Burning
Psy High
Showdown at Willow Creek
The Hero of Kendrickstone
The Lost Heir: The Fall of Daria
The Sea Eternal
The Volunteer Firefighter
Thieves' Gambit: Curse of the Black Cat
Tin Star
To The City of the Clouds
Treasure Seekers of Lady Luck
Yeti's Parole Officer

One of the listed examples is Choice of the Dragon , which allows you to tell the narrator not to pester you with impudent questions when they ask you for your gender. You can also say 'neither' or 'unknown/undetermined' if you do not fall within the gender binary but also don't feel like being snarky to a narrator you've just met. You're also able to choose to kidnap a prince instead of a princess to avoid being 'sexist' if you so choose.

Creatures Such as We allows for varied gender identification, including cis man, cis woman, trans man, trans woman, 'person' (non-disclosed), or other (fill in the blank).

Another of the listed games, The Sea Eternal, was praised by one respondent to the Queer Representation (2016) survey for its positive use of pronouns in relation to gender and gender identity, but had criticisms towards the game more generally in terms of narrative.

The relationships in Tin Star are diverse and well-written. One respondent to the Queer Representation (2016) survey praised these relationships as they felt as though they were part of the story, rather than being side questlines or optional extra chapters.

The Eagle's Heir features interesting gender selection, with the player able to choose their gender presentation and gender identity separately, and with fluid options possible.

Heart of the House allows the player-character to be explicitly gay, straight, or bisexual, and well as cis, trans, or nonbinary. They can also choose to be explicitly asexual. There are a range of period-appropriate masculine and feminine clothing that the player-character can choose regardless of gender.

The relationships in Heart of the House are all inherently queer. Loren is nonbinary, and has a romance path that the player-character can pursue. Reaves is explicitly plurisexual, and another NPC is explicitly aromantic, while other romanceable characters are playersexual. The game also includes queer themes, such as queer spaces in Victorian England and the building of a queer community during this time, as well as the consequences of misgendering; the themes discussed are dependent on the player-character's choices.