Tonight, GLAAD hosted the 30th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles, honoring a bunch of excellent achievements in LGBTQ media. For the primary time within the award ceremony’s prolonged historical past, a online game class, Excellent Video Recreation, acquired comparable distinction. Out of the 5 nominees, Bethesda Softworks’ and Zenimax On-line Studios’ The Elder Scrolls On-line: Summerset took dwelling the prize. The opposite 4 nominees included the next 2018 releases: Murderer’s Creed: Odyssey, Guild Wars 2: Path of Fireplace, Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire, and The Sims Cellular.
GLAAD’s Chief Applications Officer, Zeke Stokes, addressed the inaugural online game class in a press release,
The online game panorama is ever-expanding, and it’s important that every one gamers see themselves represented pretty and precisely within the content material. LGBTQ individuals are an essential and rising a part of the gaming group, and we’re so proud to honor a formidable slate of nominees on this first yr.
The Elder Scrolls On-line: Summerset definitely seems worthy of being the class’s first recipient. Within the Summerset growth, gamers can participate within the “Manor of Masques” facet quest. Throughout this storyline, the participant is tasked with serving to a transgender lady reunite together with her sister. Summerset’s transgender illustration doesn’t warrant reward merely as a result of such a personality exists. Somewhat, a lot of the acclaim stems from the facet quest’s exploration of varied complexities, notably on the subject of the wrestle of popping out. By this yr’s finish, will probably be fascinating to see what titles are equally acknowledged by GLAAD for its 31st annual Media Awards.
Curiously, in 2015, previous to GLAAD’s introducing a online game class, the group honored BioWare’s Dragon Age: Inquisition for its “many advanced and distinctive LGBT characters.” The beloved Dragon Age entry acquired a Particular Recognition award, an honor reserved for tasks whose medium lacks its personal class.