Queer Quest is a point-and-click title that will add to the diversity of the gaming industry. It is currently in development and needs your help.
There aren’t a lot of games out there with queer leads, especially female ones. The only bisexual lead female character I can think of is Ellie from The Last of Us. So, it is good to know that we have a chance of getting a queer female lead of color through Queer Quest.
The game has been inspired by classic titles such as Monkey Island, Leisure Suit Larry, and Kings Quest. However, it is set in an LGBTQ+ community in the Pacific Northwest.
The story revolves around Lupe who has to rescue her kidnapped girlfriend, Alexis. Players will have to decipher clues, navigate self-care, and talk to the rest of the characters around the neighborhood.
“Queer Quest was inspired by a protest that happened a few years ago in Portland, OR. There was a physical assault on a queer couple, and the organized response was for folks to hold hands across a bridge. That protest inspired me to make this game. Queer Quest is about how community responds to tragedy,” says creator Mo Cohen.
Focusing on self-care is also an important part of this game. “I realized the importance of self-care during the aftermath of the Pulse shootings. When the shootings happened, half of me was spiraled in grief and the other half was taking notes. I was taking notes about how friends and strangers were responding and handling their grief. And the community’s response was self-care and to hold each other up.” (via KillScreen)
In order to bring Queer Quest to life, the team has started a Kickstarter. I do hope that everyone bands together, helps out in any way they can, and allows the world to experience such a great game.
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Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.
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