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Queer Indie Games Showcase
It’s the East Austin Studio Tour and we’re reclaiming the camp of Texas rituals and rites of passage by playing some games, y’all! Part computer club, part Homecoming, all gay - we’re putting on a showcase of queer indie and experimental video games.
Come click around, and don’t miss MoHA + Future Front’s state fair inspired vendor booths and Texas-y drag performances on your way into the gallery. To hear more about MoHA’s EAST programming, join the MoHA newsletterhere.
Games This Month
Imagine you're the most popular kid in school. So popular, in fact, that you're dating every single person in your class. The only problem? You've decided to break up with all of them, one by one. HEARTBREAK HIGH is an arcade-style spin on visual novels and dating simulators that asks you to break up with all of your high school sweethearts instead of woo them. A single play-through can be completed in one 20-40 minute sitting, with each break-up featuring a unique branching story path and lovable (or unlovable?) characters for you to crush beneath your feet over and over again.
Alec Robbins is a cartoonist, writer, comedian, and game developer living in Los Angeles. His works include the Ignatz-award winning comic Mr. Boop and the sexy sci-fi caper CRIMEHOT.
Developer: Alec Robbins
Honeysuckle is a short autobiographical game about backyard friendships and growing up amid change. It is inspired by point-and-click CD-ROM games such as Theresa Duncan's Smarty and Zero Zero. (Hint: Play through a second time to see different dialog unfold.)
Rachel Simone Weil is an electronic artist and historian whose work reimagines nostalgia for 20th-century computing.
Developer: Rachel Weil
Small Talk is an interactive narrative game that takes place at a party at the end of the world. It features surreal characters in a hybrid 2D/3D environment. The game touches on themes of connection, loss, loneliness, dread and others in a variety of vignettes.
Developers: Gabrielle Genevieve, Christopher Chappelear, Emily Meo
Publisher: Pale Room
Squinky and the Squinkettes present: SECOND PUBERTY is an album/collection of seven short games, created over the course of two years, about various feelings surrounding medically transitioning in my thirties and dealing with isolation during a pandemic.
D. Squinkifer is a queer game designer and regular ordinary human. They are the co-founders of Soft Chaos, a worker-owned cooperative that creates critically-engaged, intimate, vulnerable, and unique interactive experiences. Their work includes experimental video games, tabletop games, larps, art installations, and interactive performances.
Developer: Squinky and the Squinkettes
Publisher: Soft Chaos
They Dream of Shapeless Bodies
Having been in long periods of isolation since the beginning of last year, I began to interrogate my relationship to my body, gender and sexuality. “They Dream of Shapeless Bodies” is the time capsule of that journey. In it, I invite the player to witness the discomfort of my introspection in three different soliloquies. Each conversation features an environment that attempts to illustrate the unease, ecstasy and strife of my self actualization as a black trans person. In this game, you cannot win or lose. You CAN touch but you cannot destroy.
Temitope Olujobi is a Queer Nigerian-American Architect turned Game Designer using their design practice to visualize speculative environments, featuring powerful quixotic visions of resistance that depict a world without hierarchies. They began their indulgence into 3D digital art in the Second Life modification community, making freakishly delightful virtual dwellings for the residents.
Developer: Temitope Olujobi
I Was a Teenage Exocolonist
Spend your teenage years on an alien planet in this narrative RPG with card-based battles. Explore, grow up, and fall in love. The choices you make and skills you master over ten years will determine the course of your life and the survival of your colony.
The Choices You Make, Make You.
Developer: Northway Games
BOSSGAME: The Final Boss is my Heart
LESBIAN DEVIL-HUNTING ACTION!! Mammon City can be a rough place to live. Devils are everywhere, and the only decent job in town is hunting them down. Take charge of Sophie, sword priestess and generally anxious mess, and Anna, fire witch and localized disaster, as they fight, flirt, and try to pay the rent. Hunt horrifying devils, confront your corrupt employer, uncover the horrible secrets behind Mammon City, and prove that evil doesn't stand a chance against the power of girlfriends.
BOSSGAME: The Final Boss Is My Heart is a lesbian romance boss rush! Sophie and Anna are broke and trying to pay rent by hunting devils. Fight colorful bosses, flirt with your girlfriend, and uncover the mysteries of Mammon City in this lightning-fast action game!
Developer: Lilycore Games
Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator
Dream Daddy is a game where you play as a Dad and your goal is to meet and romance other hot Dads. You and your daughter have just moved into the sleepy seaside town of Maple Bay only to discover that everyone in your neighborhood is a single, dateable Dad! Will you go out with Teacher Dad? Goth Dad? Bad Dad? Or any of the other cool Dads in this game? With minigames, sidequests, and a variety of paths and endings, Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator is this year's most anticipated Dad-based game.