The DreamboxXx Bundle supports LGBTQ+ and Immigration non-profits

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If you read our site, you’re probably familiar with Robert Yang at this point. One of my first introductions to Yang’s work was through this RPS article on The Tearoom, which is a “historic bathroom simulator” that dealt with gay issues but could not include gay sex, so the in-game penises were replaced with guns, because no one in the industry will ban a game with guns. Yang’s public shower-based game Rinse & Repeat was one of the very first games banned on Twitch. You might be detecting some themes in Yang’s work. (And that theme is that Steam won’t allow many of Yang’s games.) Now, Yang is part of a group of queer artists and game designers who just launched a video game bundle to benefit LGBTQ / pro-immigrant grassroot non-profits (such as the Sylvia Rivera Law Project and Make The Road New York) and their game bundle is now live.

The DreamboxXx Bundle, which you can grab here, features eight games for $8, and ends sale forever on July 24th. There was a premiere event for the bundle’s release which you can read about over at Gothamist.

Yang summed up the project’s history and how it moved into a real-world space:

We originally made these games for The DreamboxXx, a community arcade cabinet custom-built for queer performance space The Dreamhouse in New York City, built and organized by local DIY arcade group Death By Audio Arcade (more generally, I think this is also a lovely story about how various community groups, indie designers, and grassroots interests can come together, and maybe it even serves as a model for future partnerships, organized around any type of identity or community or cause? in the tradition of other social justice bundles like Devs With Ferguson)

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Worth it for this game alone, probably:

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I’m… I’m going to go play that now.

Some artists featured in the bundle are listed here, and you should absolutely check them out:
Haitham Ennasr (@hysuma)
Nicole Leffel (@devilherdue)
Eddie Cameron (@eddiecameron)
Juno AM (@subjectiveideal)
Robert Yang (@radiatoryang)
Josie Brechner (@visagermusic)
Fernando Ramallo (@compositeredfox)
Ellie Bell Bogdan (@belladonnagable)
Ayla Myers (@bridgs_dev)

(photos by Walter Wlodarczek for The Gothamist)

54 Comments

  1. Krondon57 says:

    Supports LGBT? What now? Gay, trans and whatever people can’t earn money themselves? Or what is this about?

    • Rathination says:

      Lots of LGBTQ+ youth are shunned by their families when they go “out”. It’s not everyone, but many organizations try to help these individuals and I’m sure the bundle gives to these groups.

      • dropbear81 says:

        This. LGBTQI youth are at more risk of mental illness and suicide, and even though most western cultures are accepting of them, there’s still a long way to go, as with any minority group living on the fringes of society.

        • Ser Crumbsalot says:

          Just wanted to say, thank you 2 for legitimately answering the question, instead of doing what the rest of the commenters were doing.

    • Solidstate89 says:

      Imagine being this much of an ignorant jackass.

      • Krondon57 says:

        Imagine that asking a question is ignorant. Fuck off

        • Not Marvelous says:

          Imagine actually thinking you could act like you were just ‘asking a question’ as if no one could read the obvious hostility of your initial post.

        • Beefenstein says:

          “Imagine that asking a question is ignorant.”

          Sure, OK. Now you imagine someone asking ‘where the unicorns in this zoo?’.
          This is a rhetorical question for the purposes of argument and requires no answer: does this question manage to show ignorance of a particular topic?

          To get back to my response to your question: It’s unnecessary to imagine something when it’s already true.

        • airmikee99 says:

          Aren’t most questions built from ignorance?

          If you ask a store clerk how much something costs, aren’t you ignorant of the items cost before you ask?

          If you publicly ask why LGBT and trans people need support, aren’t you proving your ignorance of the hell that deity fearing people create for LGBT and trans people?

          If you don’t like being called an ignorant jackass, maybe you should stop being an ignorant jackass? Rhetorical question, I’m already well aware that your anger toward LGBT and trans folks is a self loathing response to your own closeted tendencies.

          • Ser Crumbsalot says:

            People like you, who always assume ill intendent & go into self-righteous-overdrive-mode, are the reason the LGBT groups are struggling to gain acceptance & help with their issues. Spitting in someone‘s face is, surprisingly, not the best way to convince people of something. Maybe if you preach acceptance, try practising it first.

          • Ragnar says:

            The ill intent is pretty clear.

            Here’s how you ask a legitimate question: “How does this support LGBT folks? Why do they need support?”

            Here’s how you insult people under the auspices of asking a question, because you’ve already made up your mind: “What now? Gay, trans and whatever people can’t earn money themselves?”

            Tolerance is important, but so is calling out intolerance as unacceptable.

    • dropbear81 says:

      *facepalm*

    • Beefenstein says:

      “Supports LGBT? What now?”

      LGBT youths are at a higher risk of suicide due to how they are treated (including hostile expressions of ignorance including comments which sum up to ‘these people are not special’).
      The next time you run your mouth off saying how ‘feminists need to focus on men we are more likely to kill ourselves’ consider how much of a hypocrite you are.

    • rubmon says:

      Well, there’s no known effective treatment for gender dysphoria, so while I think it’s positive to help people cope with this condition, I’d like to see what exactly is this trying to fund

      • Solidstate89 says:

        You have no idea what gender dysphoria is. It is the inability in your daily life to not associate with the gender you feel most comfortable with, so transitioning is very much a treatment path for someone with gender dysphoria.

        Being able to self-identify as the gender you most closely associate with is not a symptom of gender dysphoria it is the fucking cure for it. Educate yourself.

        • rubmon says:

          No, it isn’t the inability to not associate with the gender you feel most comfortable with, it is the inability to identify with your biological gender.
          Please don’t distort definitions to suit your POV.

          • fray_bentos says:

            Not quite disphoria with “biological gender”, but more “gender assigned at birth”, which can certainly be an issue for those that are born intersex.

          • Solidstate89 says:

            It literally fucking isn’t. Go look up the god damn definition as defined by the DSM you reactionary fuck.

            “The main psychiatric approaches to treatment for persons diagnosed with gender dysphoria are psychotherapy or supporting the individual’s preferred gender through hormone therapy, gender expression and role, or surgery.[2]”

  2. Kelvin says:

    Oh, yeah. I remember Yang.

    “Few video games feature peeing or pooping, but still frequently feature bathrooms for the sake of completeness. To make the bathroom “useful”, level designers often stash powerups or ventilation ducts or forgotten keycards in them, but those are all secondary to the bathroom’s ultimate function in a video game: to signal expense and production value. In immersive sims like Deus Ex Human Revolution or Prey (2017), the player can turn on showers and flush toilets, and each fixture sports a complex effects setup with swirling particles and refracting water shaders. This “wasteful” use of draw calls and texture memory helps assure you of the game’s high budget and huge production team.”

    Like gee-f*cking-willickers.

    I can only *imagine* the feelings this guy had for the wasted sugary cereal-box textures in Adam’s kitchen. Or the wind-swept garbage on the streets.

    He’s doing a good job, but I think I’m going to wait to buy until he makes a game about the harm dietary corn-syrup does to low-income children in suburban areas. That’ll really show those high-production-value fat cats to waste textures on food in games that don’t address the underlying controversy!

    • Beefenstein says:

      “I can only *imagine* the feelings this guy had for the wasted sugary cereal-box textures in Adam’s kitchen. Or the wind-swept garbage on the streets.”

      You are purposefully ignoring the entire context of that discussion. The argument is more about how games sanitise human existence acting like Star Trek in terms of hand-waving away the fact we need to drop our trousers and lay a brown pipe with some regularity. The fact you need to respond to this with (misplaced) sarcasm seems childish to me.

      • Nogo says:

        He’s also ignoring the even wider context of that piece which was about Yang using the same signifiers for production value to more effectively comment on the AAA genre.

        Saying “well duh” to an intro is pretty “well duh” itself.

    • mitrovarr says:

      It does feel like overthinking the issue. Bathrooms are modeled into locations because they would feel weird and fake if they weren’t. Meanwhile, pooping is not included in gameplay because it would be be uninteresting and break up gameplay. It’s the same reason sleeping is often left out.

      • Asami says:

        I think the idea is that you could easily just texture a door with bathroom signs that doesn’t open (or block it off some other way) and not spend the time and effort modelling in the bathroom in the first place, but people like doors that open and go somewhere even if it’s completely pointless; so when you have boat-loads of people and money, you do it anyway, hence “production value.”

        • Someoldguy says:

          It’s hardly reserved for games with high production values. Pretty much every RPG Maker game that includes houses or businesses throws a bathroom in.

          It would be really weird if they put the rooms in and then left them conspicuously lacking in detail. Really I don’t think the inclusion of bathrooms is something to get exercised about unless you’re obsessed with biological functions. Games are full of desks you can’t sit at, chairs you can’t sit on, plants you can’t smell or water, books or magazines lying on tables that you can’t read and so on.

          • Ragnar says:

            You’re comparing decorating habitable rooms with objects – which makes those rooms look lived in and more realistic – with creating rooms with no purpose (aside from letting players of FPS games see their player characters in the conveniently placed mirrors).

            And that’s where your comparison breaks down – because while we can’t sit at the desk or turn on the desk lamp, we can usually flush the toilet, turn on the sink, run the shower, etc.

            And I don’t know about you, but I don’t look for bathrooms when I enter an office building in either games or real life. I’d likely not notice their absence from public locations (your personal abode is different).

            If RPGMaker games also include toilets, that’s something they’ve picked up from AAA games as I don’t remember 16-bit RPGs featuring any toilets.

  3. vand says:

    Okay, seriously, where are all these reactionaries popping up from? Do you have some kind of forum or channel where you warn each other whenever RPS puts an article that celebrates queerness? Or like that bullshit the other day, where mentioning workers’ rights and suddenly we’re up to the knees in “aaakchually stalin killed everyone on earth twice”.

    Either way, get used to it. We’re here, we’re queer and y’all have had so many chances to understand and accept. Don’t really have anymore patience for your insecurities. Eat dick or gtfo.

    • WhatAShamefulDisplay says:

      We reactionaries are here too, always have been and always will be. Better get used to it!

      • April March says:

        Until you inevitably talk your mouths off too hard and get banned. Then you’re not here any more, and you’re not missed.

      • Imperialist says:

        And why is it that we cant all just hate and be prideful of ourselves…in silence? Because the world is a garbage place, and human beings of all stripes and ideologies are also garbage…yet you fling vitriol at each other, and have the audacity to think you are right. Well guess what? Nobody cares. About either “cause” or stance.

    • rubmon says:

      Reactionaries, huh? Who are the ones going on parades wearing outfits made of dildos?

      • Lars Westergren says:

        I’m guessing these people are not reactionaries? Unless you count liking Abba a core conservative tenet.

      • dropbear81 says:

        Who doesn’t love an outfit made of dildos?

        • rubmon says:

          People without mental issues regarding their gender and therefore with no need to walk down the street like a deranged clown.

          • dropbear81 says:

            Not even a little bit of dildo?

          • rubmon says:

            Sorry, I forgot to mention the “annoy the normie” thing doesn’t really work on me, but feel free to try, others might find it amusing :)

          • Lars Westergren says:

            It’s called style rubmon. Look it up.

          • rubmon says:

            Hmm, I only get pictures of top models, let me try some more.
            In the meantime, you look this one up: “common sense”

          • Lars Westergren says:

            Ok: “common sense is actually nothing more than a deposit of prejudices laid down in the mind prior to the age of eighteen. Every new idea one encounters in later years must combat this accretion of ‘self-evident’ concepts.” – Albert Einstein.

            Was that a good definition or were you looking for another one?

    • NaShav says:

      As much as it irks me to admit it, the fact is that reactionnaries manage to have strong presence on anything that looks like an internet forum or comment section… Maybe they have a sort of “bat signal” calling them to arms when anything remotely progressive gets posted anywhere online ?
      Are they just disproportionally vocal, or is there simply more of them than we’d like, I don’t know… But fuck if it isn’t depressing sometimes :/

      • Horg says:

        Every once in a while we get a rubber band effect from somewhere like reddit when a RPS article gets cross posted. Sometimes it’s over controversial reviews. Battletech WiT, being a recent example, drew a lot of hostility on r/gaming which preceded an influx of new hostile accounts. I would not be at all surprised if something similar happens with obscure, far right forums that the average internet user wouldn’t stumble across by chance.

      • rubmon says:

        Yes, those “reactionaries” are annoying, with their truth bombs, rational thinking and overall common sense. Wouldn’t it be great if reality was so “progressive”, that would allow me to turn into an otter if I identify myself as an otter?

        • nuttycomic says:

          The fact you even brought that up signals to the rest of us that you clearly have no idea what you’re talking about, and you obviously have no intentions of having an honest discussion.

          Go be insecure elsewhere.

        • dropbear81 says:

          Well now, let’s fight for rubmon’s right to identify as an otter.

          • nuttycomic says:

            Are you just going to bring up fallacy after fallacy? That’s what most of your peoples arguments end up as and you refuse to ever educate yourselves.

          • dropbear81 says:

            TBH, I think identifying as an otter would be tricky, but hey whatever makes you feel comfortable.

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    Lo says:

    And I just unsubbed from HB’s spam! I woulda missed this! Thanks RPS <3

  5. Lars Westergren says:

    Cool, nice initiative.

  6. Maxheadroom says:

    Well this is fun. Normally I have to go to the IGN comments for my bigotry and homophobia.

  7. MajorLag says:

    Cool, I’ve been looking for an excuse to buy Yang’s games, which like half my steam library I’ll probably never play, but unlike half my steam library I can appreciate their artistic merit.

  8. PanFaceSpoonFeet says:

    What’s LGBTQ.. is that the robot off star wars? I think he’s gay.

  9. cpt_freakout says:

    Ugh, I came to say that’s great but now I wish I hadn’t read the comments. Anyway, that’s great! That Conspiracy Theories game looks very, very interesting.

  10. leontios says:

    To the ones using the term reactionaries. Does this mean that you are the mainstream and people who oppose you the counter-culture? Careful , people that were the counter-culture of the 80’s and 70’s (think they are) the dominating the internet now.

    Considering that people that care two bits about minority issues are first and foremost minorities one can logically assume that this article is directed mostly at them. I cannot for the life of me imagine your average gamer saying “oh a game about x,y,z in a bathroom.. neat let me check this out especially since the profits go to help LGB issues”.

    Honestly the comment section should not have anyone giving negative comments as the content doesnt really warrant any. At most anyone should comment “not interested” if they wanted to voice an opinion and move along.

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