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According to Kotaku (This article and its images were originally posted on Kotaku November 19, 2018 at 07:37PM.)
I have played too many games that treat trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming characters as sexual objects. These games portray the lives and identities of marginalized, real-world people as little more than titillation for the (assumed cisgender) player. Hard Coded is not that game. It is a story about dating trans people, written by trans people. It is not exploitative, but instead a reclaiming of sex-positive content about marginalized people.
NSFW warning: This article contains explicit cartoon imagery.
Hard Coded is a dating sim for PC that is currently in development. You can play it in its early form by subscribing to its Patreon, which is run by development studio Fortunae Virgo, made up of lead developer Kenzie Stargrifter, writer S R Holwell, and animation helper Trix Royale. Hard Coded is firmly rooted in the cyberpunk genre that’s becoming more and more attractive to video game companies these days. But unlike other video games, it doesn’t adhere to a boring, very unfuturistic gender binary. Let’s be honest, the future is going to be about body enhancements and modifications, so why would we still be rigid and strict about gender, which is already a biologically fluid and intensely personal state?
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