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Family Dinner is a game about transphobia developed by a 17-year-old

Family Dinnera game about a transgender boy and the transphobia he faces from his family, is now available to play on Itch.io.

Designed by 17-year-old Tom Hosford, Family Dinner was named a Finalist in the Game Making Award: 15-20 years old category of the BAFTA 2020 Young Game Designers competition. A choose-your-own answer conversation simulator, you take on the role of Toby as he fights with his family ahead of a planned dinner. His friend Jack provides the opportunity to mull over your thoughts and feelings.

“You play as Toby, who navigates the minefield that is talking to these family members,” Hosford told BAFTA. “This minefield is often overlooked by non-LGBT people, and I wanted to highlight how something that appears so trivial (or even boring) for them can be seriously upsetting and stressful for LGBT (especially closeted) people.”

Congratulations to Hosford on the creation of such a thought-provoking title.

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