The founder of indie developer Vagabond Dog wants games to be honored for LGBT content and has taken the bold step of asking LGBT media advocacy organization GLAAD to start recognizing video games in its annual Media Awards. Justin Amirkhani made his case for games shortly after the organization criticized Nintendo for not including same-sex relationships in its Mii simulation game Tomodachi Life.
"I'm saddened that when I went to your web site and looked at your extensive list of GLAAD Awards, I did not see a category for video games," he wrote in an open letter to GLAAD. "Wouldn't it be great to honor and recognize outstanding examples in video games who strive for inclusion, rather than weigh in on this issue in a public manner for negative reasons instead of positive ones?"
While Amirkhan says that he is pleased that GLAAD spoke out against Nintendo's decision not to include same-sex relationships in Tomodachi Life, he wants the advocacy group to put its money where its mouth is and show that games that do include LGBT characters and content deserve to be recognized and honored.
"If organizations outside of the video game industry like GLAAD were to recognize the achievements of progressive games the same way our own industry frequently does, the choice for inclusion would be easier for many developers," he said, citing his own title Always Sometimes Monster. "We are not the first to include these choices, there are countless other games that have gone unrecognized for their inclusion over the years. Games that have sold millions upon millions of copies."