Read Only Memories, a cyberpunk adventure game from MidBoss Games, has reached (and surpassed!) its Kickstarter funding goal, which means these retro-styled adventures of a young reporter in dystopian Neo-San Francisco is in the works! The game resembles beloved classic adventure games by using character dialogue and text options to move through branching storylines, but the story is modernized with a focus on queer characters and customizable gender. Not only will players be able to choose their gender, a simple mechanic I can’t stop praising in ChoiceScript adventure games, but they’ll also be able to choose their preferred personal pronouns. (And the list includes He, She, They, or Mind Your Own Beeswax.)
MidBoss Games, the developers of Read Only Memories, are no strangers to queer themes in gaming or to crowdfunding success. MidBoss Games successfully founded and Kickstarted the GaymerX convention, a convention for queer gamers and allies. With the ongoing harassment of women and GLBTQ people in mainstream gaming culture, GaymerX fills the need for a safe gaming space and helps make the gaming experience more inclusive. Adding genderqueer characters to the Read Only Memories gameworld continues to make gaming a more accessible and inclusive space.
Read Only Memories is being developed for Mac, PC, iOS, Android, and Ouya systems. The first $62,064 raised on Kickstarter is being matched by Ouya’s Free The Games Fund.