I’ve been thinking of how to include transgender characters in my games. Both as the main characters and as NPCs. I find it easier to include them as NPCs. As the main character though, I’ve started having issues that I never expected to.
I tend to prefer to ask for pronouns and not for gender. Since I find the following to be awkward and blunt, and I really don’t like it.
What gender are you?
I think I’m more comfortable with just having the characters pass, and for it to never come up unless they’re in a romantic relationship. But again, thinking it over, I don’t like that.
I want to tell stories in which you can be a hero, regardless of gender and sexuality. Where those will only have a minor impact in the grand scheme of things, and whether you can slay the princess and rescue the dragon will be far, far more important.
I loved how Seven Winds did things, where you can just pick your form and you can always pick male, or female, or flip between the two or just try and spend your time as a sheep. I like Choice of the Dragon, and the games that don’t even ask gender. That’s not always possible.
I’m interested in other people’s thoughts on the matter. How they’d tackle the question of main characters, or how they’d introduce transgender NPCs. Or even how the gender-flip most games have intersects with such issues. Or things that are awkward or off-putting and incidents where they’ve seen things tackled well.
Note: I am not interested in any negative commentary about not including transgender characters.