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GayBlade

GayBlade

Date added: 2019-11-13

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GayBlade is the first game for PC with an LGBT theme (preceded in 1989 by Caper in the Castro for MAC). Is an action role-playing video game developed by Ryan Best and released in 1992. The game was considered lost for a long time. However, thanks to recovery efforts by the LGBTQ Video Game Archive, a playable emulation of the game was achieved in 2020.

The player fights against hordes of homophobic enemies, including rednecks and skinheads, to rescue Empress Nelda and return her to Gaykeep Castle. The final boss of the game is the paleoconservative political commentator Pat Buchanan, the most notorious opponent of gay rights at the time.

The 2020 Netflix documentary series High Score featured Ryan Best and GayBlade in its third episode, about early RPGs. At the time of production in 2019, Best had lost all copies during a move from Hawaii to San Francisco years before and had been looking for any since then, which he had told the show's producers. As part of their research, the production team searched online, including contacting the LGBTQ Video Game Archive, to seek out footage and copies. During post-production, they heard that a copy of the game had resurfaced during the closing events of Rainbow Arcade an exhibit at the Schwules Museum (Gay Museum) in Berlin as was noted briefly in the episode and expanded up in news reports the day of the series' release. Best had found a long-lost copy before Rainbow Arcade closed in May 2019 and subsequently worked with an archivist from the Computerspiele Museum (Computer Game Museum) in Berlin, the LGBTQ Video Game Archive, The Strong National Museum of Play and the Internet Archive to preserve the game and provide the game in both an emulated form and as a downloadable version.

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