Trans activist and gamer Anna Anthropy (a.k.a. Auntie Pixilante) has created a flash-based game that embodies her early experiences on hormones. Taking elements from classic games like “Tetris,” “Dys4ia” allows players navigate through various screens where they try to deflect hate speech, dodge embarrassment and defeat other obstacles.
dys4ia is the story of the last six months of my life: when i made the decision to start hormone replacement therapy and began taking estrogen. i wanted to catalog all the frustrations of the experience and maybe create an “it gets better” for other trans women. when i started working on the game, though, i didn’t know whether it did get better. i was in the middle of the shit detailed in level 3 of the game, and at the time i had no idea what the ending would be; it was hard to envision a happy ending.
If you want to get your game on, you can play “Dys4ia” for free at NewGrounds.com. Warning: You might actually learn something!