I’d like to write a properly executed gender option for transgender people, and I’m slowly working towards it, but at this point it’s still somewhere far in the future.
The thing is, there’s a lot of difference between writing a trans npc (the stage I’m currently at) and a trans mc. With a trans npc the writer knows exactly at which point of the transition the character is, when it first became apparent that they were trans, the whole history that made that character who they are. With a trans mc the writer knows none of that, and the only way to know is by asking and making assumptions. The more you want to go into detail, the more questions you’ll need to ask, and it’s difficult to determine just how much is absolutely necessary, because the amount of detail the reader wants/expects differs from person to person.
Linked to that is also the question of how much influence it has on the story itself. How visible is it? Will people ask questions? Does the transition process continue during the story itself or does it remain the same as at the beginning of the story?
For as far as I’m concerned it should be possible to write all of this in a way that ticks all these boxes, but it will be a lot of work, and if you actually want to make it possible for the MC to start at any point in the process and continue the transition process during the game, well, than that will likely add an amount of content that dwarfs the content of the actual story part of the game.
So if I’m ever going to try to include all this, my first attempt will likely be in a game where the MC is trans by default and where it’s an integral part of the main story. Only then will I start trying to include these options in other games as well.
For those who don’t know how gender-inclusivity in my interactive stories has developed over the years, I don’t like rushing into things. (The process displayed below took about three years.):
Gender locked female - Male or female gender option - Trans npc - Non-binary npc (vampire/shape-shifter who changes gender (only male or female) at will) - Option for custom pronouns for nb mc’s - current