The gaming industry has taken a huge step toward inclusivity with ‘Tell Me Why.’
Tell Me Why is a new Xbox video game that features a transgender lead character, and it’s the first time a major publisher in history has done so. Developed by Dontnod, it’s an episodic, narrative-based adventure game from the same publisher as Life is Strange, Xbox Game Studios.
In the game, players will play as 21-year-old twins Tyler and Alyson Ronan, who met for the first time in 10 years in the small Alaskan town of Delos Crossing. The pair shares a power that allows them to access different memories of the past. With this ability, they attempt to investigate their dark childhood that still haunts them both to this day. The game has multiple endings, which means it’s ultimately up to a player’s decisions what will happen to the twins.
“Over the course of the story, players will explore the identical twins’ different memories of key events and choose which memory to believe. Ultimately, the choices players make determine the strength of the twins’ bond — and the future course of their lives,” shared Tell Me Why’s game director, Florent Guillaume.
The fictional character of Tyler Ronan signifies a historical move in the gaming industry, which has been plagued by criticisms all these years for lack of proper representation. And it’s fascinating to know that the creators of the game have taken careful steps in the process of creating Tyler, knowing full-well what the character means to the LGBTQ+ community. Aside from hiring a trans voice actor named August Aiden Black to portray Tyler, Dontnod also sought the help of GLAAD to ensure that the portrayal was a proper and authentic representation of a transgender person.
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