GLAAD has nominated five video games in the Outstanding Video Game Award category of its 31st annual GLAAD Media Awards.
The nominees for the category are as follows:
- Apex Legends
- Borderlands 3
- The Outer Worlds
- The Walking Dead: The Final Season
Gamers — and developers — have taken to Twitter since the announcement, questioning the list of nominees.
“You know what would be better? One of the dozens of games by queers and for queers,” wrote FakeEstrusFlask. “I’m going to second the argument that Overwatch being on this list is actually offensive. You have, what, a single white cis lesbian with an off screen partner?”
“I’m not saying my game deserved recognition – but the highlight reel [you] requested (after taking $100) has 1 view — from me,” Campion continued.
This will be the second year in which GLAAD will present a games-themed award; in its inaugural year, the Outstanding Video Game Award was presented to The Elder Scrolls Online and a questline featuring a transgender woman.
“Media stories and storylines that shed light on LGBTQ people of different backgrounds, genders, races, religions, and more, are needed to counter the current politically and culturally divisive moment,” GLAAD CEO, Sarah Kate Ellis, said of the awards program.
“The GLAAD Awards this year not only celebrate new LGBTQ stories that educate, entertain, and affect positive cultural change, but remind LGBTQ people and allies that in an election year, our visibility and voices have never been more important.”
What do you make of the list of nominees?