The 10 Gayest Video Game Moments I Found When Cleaning My Nintendo Switch and PS5

Recently, in the family group chat, someone said a thing I hear all the time: Heather, you want everything to be gay. That’s ridiculous. I don’t want everything to be gay. Everything is gay. Of course, straight people often simply cannot see this fact due to spending their lives trapped in a hamster ball of heteronormativity where the men of Shondaland are good catches. I swear to you if I ever saw President Fitz in a dark alley, I would beat the absolute hell out of him. Or, at least I’d want to do that. I’d totally do it if life were a video game — which brings me to the whole point of this post. I was cleaning off my PS5 and Nintendo Switch this week because I was running out of space, and decided to share with you my ten gayest games/screenshots I found. Because you understand that this world is just queer as can be.

Stardew Valley

I used my shed to build a Dungeons & Dragons battle-room to impress a girl.

But I was also crushing on a whole other girl who threw us a rainbow dance party in her bedroom, where she also rescues and rehabilitates injured animals.

But then I found an EVEN GAYER thing hidden on my island.

Animal Crossing

I made a bunch of WNBA and University of Tennessee Lady Vols basketball gear and put it in my Able Sisters clothing shop, and then my villagers all started buying it and wearing it around.

Which was nice because our basketball court is the center of our entire island.

Also I opened a clothing store called Butchies where we sell bowties and beanies and endless sweater vests.

Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey

This girl I flirted with three times in Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey gave me the choice of being with her or killing her! ETERNAL LOVE OR DEATH. Lesbians, dude.

Anyway, yeah, I kissed her.

Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla

You never met a butchy witch like Eivor. When she’s robbing churches, with that haircut and face tattoo, she’s just a-hollerin’ “TAKE CHRIST’S SILVER!!!!”

Horizon Forbidden West: Burning Shores

There’s literally one person on the entire planet who can save humanity, and it’s Aloy, but she’s still got time to take a walk down to the beach and smooch a bossy girl she caught feelings for.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

Mr. Saguaro, Home Ec Daddy and Dendra, goth Mommi Battle teacher.

Pokemon Sword and Shield

Four-star butch in a tie and vest.

Super Mario World

Princess Peach was my very first childhood crush, and I still spend many hours every year rescuing her, because I’ll never stop loving her.

New Pokemon Snap

Platonic cuddling.

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

I’ve met a lot of homosexuals in my life, but none quite as gay as Link and Sidon. The Zelda writers even gave Sidon a lady fiancee, but she spends the whole game giving April Ludgate: “This is my boyfriend Derek, and this is Derek’s boyfriend Ben. Derek is gay, but he’s straight for me, but he’s gay for Ben, and Ben’s really gay for Derek. And I hate Ben.”

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Heather Hogan

Heather Hogan is an Autostraddle senior editor who lives in New York City with her wife, Stacy, and their cackle of rescued pets. She's a member of the Television Critics Association, GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics, and a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer critic. You can also find her on Twitter and Instagram.

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  1. this content is relevant to my interests!!!

    also I feel like my spouse and I have had a conversation identical to the one in your intro paragraph SO many times. We recently watched Queen Charlotte and every episode ended with my spouse saying “WHY does ANYONE do ANYTHING for these MEN?!”

    Thank you for making us feel seen!

    • Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Jade Empire and Fallout 2… Bioware put queer relationships in the games going back to 1998, I don’t think any other gaming company can make the same claim :) Here’s to hoping Dragon Age 4 delivers more of the same !

  2. Baldur’s Gate 3 is releasing next week on pc(a month later on consoles) and it looks like it’ll not only be an amazing role playing game but also have an unprecedented(for such a big title) amount of all manner of romancable characters!

  3. It’s great to see someone appreciating the representation of LGBTQ+ moments in video games. The author highlights various instances of strange content in popular games like Stardew Valley, Animal Crossing, Assassin’s Creed, and more. These moments contribute to diversity and inclusion in the games industry. It’s important to celebrate and recognize these representatives because they help create a more inclusive and accepting gaming community. Besides, have you done the rice purity test? This test includes questions revolving around each person’s life experiences to see how “naive” they are. I think it would be quite suitable for the LGBTQ+ community.

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