The Arkh Project is so Queer!
… and I love it. <3
The Arkh Project is an ambitious effort to create an RPG in which people of color and LGBTQA folks will be the focus, rather than the odd exception. Huzzah! The project is headed by Kia and Erin, a Black queer woman and a Japanese woman, who want to create a game for people who are marginalized and who are usually only represented in such games as tokens or little hand-outs to different communities, usually so the developers and point at them and cry, “LOOK, LOOK! WE ACCEPT YOU AND YOUR DIFFERENCES!” and so politicians can either decry their inclusion as sinful and socially destructive or simply “decline comment”. Personally, I think this is an awesome idea.
As a queer man, it’s nice to see something being developed at doesn’t include my identity as a sort of joke, especially from a subculture typically ridden with sexism, racism, cissexism, and homophobia. Granted, in my position I get by rather easily. I’m not readily identifiable as queer, I’m dating a woman, I’m white, and I’m cis gendered. If I keep my mouth shut, I skate by under the most conservative of radars. That said, even people like me (quite a few of whom I’m sure even the straightest of you are close to, even if you don’t know it) could use a game like this.
What I’m tired of seeing is the kind of shit storm that gets flung up every time a game is released which involves a gay character or which gives the player the option of having a gay relationship with an NPC. It’s the kind of thing that should be no big deal. Imagine if the game focused on LGBTQA and non-white communities, including trans people (apologies if I got that wrong, I’m still learning the proper terms so please bear with me), and that game got the kind of attention Fable did for letting players marry NPC’s of the same gender! I wonder what Santorum would say. I hope this project does get that far. I hope they release a kick-ass game that gets huge attention both from the gaming community and from the media. I hope people see a shining example of so many people coming together and giving one big goddamn finger in the air to everyone who participates in marginalizing them.
Anyone interested can donate to The Arkh Project by following the link.