In regards to Choice of Games, I’d rather have equal opportunity discrimination.
I loved being able to play a swashbuckling female navy captain and not have to deal with any sort of discrimination at all. I love that Choice of Games supplies all of these stories which aren’t about ‘issues’ where I can be a gay wrestler, or superhero and that this is treated as not a big deal at all. That my female characters are every bit as kick-ass as my male ones and no one says I can’t do something just because of my gender.
Heroes Rise does feature discrimination as a strong thematic element. People are prejudiced against you for being infini-powered, there’s talk of camps, there’s the whole cure, and all players get to experience that equally. Same with Choice of Romance which replaced sexism with themes regarding your age, your social position, and the whole dark mage light mage deal. These games do have strong themes of prejudice, but at the same time they allow for an escapist fantasy where I’m not being beaten over the head with the same sexism and homophobia themes that are so prevalent in the media.
I don’t want to play settings that are filled with homophobia, transphobia, sexism, racism and such like with people telling me that I have to just accept this because it’s realistic.
That said if people in said minority groups want to write games about their experiences with discrimination, I’m all in favour of that. I think the interactive medium of games provides such an immersive method of allowing people the chance to walk in others shoes, to see how they experience the world.
I hate stories that contain rape which is almost always included as part of the whole grim-dark experience.
I like being able to play the hero, to fix all the troubles I come across, to make a difference, to fight injustices where I see them.