Video-Game Designer Incorporates Transgender Experience Into “Dys4ia”

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.

Says Anna:

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 Warning: You might actually learn something!

Source: Fleshbot

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  • Josie McCormick

    Delightfully fun, witty, and informative. I am currently going through the beginnings of a transition myself, thus finding the same obstacles. Nevertheless, with the right attitude and a good sense of humor, anything is possible!

  • Dee Dee

    She taught me to dissolve under my tongue.

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