The Moose Test vs The 2017 PC Gamer Reader’s Top 50 Titles.

Note: Titles in BOLD are picked by PC Gamer consumers, but are NOT in the PC Gamer Panel Top 100.

The Moose Test:
1. The game must contain a character that is identifiably LGBT+,
2. The character must not solely be defined by their sexual orientation or gender identity,
3. They must be tied into the plot in such a way that removal would be significant,
4. Their role must not have a negative impact toward LGBT+ perception,
5. They must have a role in the game’s dialogue, and
6. That dialogue must advance the plot in some way.

1. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
a. Developer: CD Projekt RED
b. Publisher: CD Projekt
c. Test: Pass
- Ciri — Bisexual/Lesbian

2. Half-Life 2
a. Developer: Valve Corporation
b. Publisher: Valve Corporation
c. Test: Fail

3. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
a. Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
b. Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
c. Test: Fail Plus
- Any character available for marriage is available for same sex marriage, including many playable companions.
- None of those characters are essential for game completion.

4. Dark Souls
a. Developer: FromSoftware
b. Publisher: Namco Bandai Games Japan: FromSoftware
c. Test: Fail Minus (ACTIVELY HARMFUL)
- Dark Sun Gwyndolin is the only confirmed lgbt+ character, in Japanese she refers to actions and herself with both male and female pronouns.
- She is transgender
- She is a villain
- In the US translation they make her transgender identity ambiguous, resulting in erasure.

5. Borderlands 2
a. Developer: Gearbox Software
b. Publisher: 2K Games
c. Test: Pass
- Multiple characters integral to the story line are a part of the LGBT+ community as well as many of the background NPCs.

6. Fallout: New Vegas
a. Developer: Obsidian Entertainment
b. Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
c. Test: Pass
- A few playable characters like Arcade and Veronica are considered essential characters that cannot be killed when you ally with them.

7. Mass Effect 2
a. Developer: Bioware
b. Publisher: Electronic Arts
c. Test: Pass
- Kelly Chambers, Morinth, and Samara are all romance options for a female commander Shepard.
- Kelly and Samara are key characters toward game completion.

8. Doom (2016)
a. Developer: id Software
b. Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
c. Test: Fail

9. Bioshock
a. Developer: 2K (Boston and Australia)
b. Publisher: 2K Games
c. Test: Fail

10. Doom II
a. Developer: id Software (Xbox 360 was Nerve Software)
b. Publisher: GT Interactive Software (Xbox 360 was Bethesda Softworks)
c. Test: Fail

11. Fallout 2
a. Developer: Black Isle Studios
b. Publisher: Interplay Productions
c. Test: Fail Plus
- There is recognition of gay and lesbian sexuality, but none of it is imperative to story or game play.
- Fallout 2 features the first ever instance of same sex marriage in a video game.

12. Deus Ex
a. Developer: Ion Storm
b. Publisher: Eidos Interactive
c. Test: Fail

13. Portal 2
a. Developer: Valve Corporation
b. Publisher: Valve Corporation
c. Test: Fail

14. Life is Strange
a. Developer: Dontnod Entertainment
b. Publisher: Square Enix (Feral Interactive for OS X and Linux)
c. Test: Pass
- The entire game is about the two female protagonist’s relationship.
- By the end the player (Max) can have a romantic relationship with Chloe.

15. Starcraft
a. Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
b. Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
c. Test: Fail

16. Baldur’s Gate 2: Shadows of Amn
a. Developer: BioWare
b. Publishers: Black Isle Studios, Interplay Entertainment
c. Test: Fail Plus
- The game originally did not include same sex relationships, but it did allow for mods that enabled this.
- Future iterations of the game include gay and lesbian romance options.

17. Grand Theft Auto 5
a. Developer: Rockstar North
b. Publisher: Rockstar Games
c. Test: Fail

18. League of Legends
a. Developer: Riot Games
b. Publisher: Riot Games
c. Test: Fail
- Does not have an identifiably LGBT+ character since its release in 2009, but the design director said at the 2017 Game Developers Conference one will happen ‘eventually’.

19. Diablo II
a. Developer: Blizzard North
b. Publishers: North America: Blizzard Entertainment, Europe: Sierra Entertainment
c. Test: Fail

20. XCOM 2
a. Developer: Firaxis Games
b. Publisher: 2K Games
c. Test: Fail
- Mods allow for your characters to have same sex relationships and children.

21. Fallout 4
a. Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
b. Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
c. Test: Pass
- Nearly every companion can be romanced by men or women.

22. Dragon Age: Origins
a. Developer: BioWare
b. Publisher: Electonic Arts
c. Test: Pass
- Zevran and Leiliana are bisexual playable characters with the ability to be romanced by male and female players.

23. The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowmind
a. Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
b. Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
c. Test: Pass
- Vivec is an intersex god that without their guidance one could not complete the game.
- The player interacts with Argonians throughout the game. They are sexless at birth with their sex determined by how often they lick the Hist tree and thus they can change their biological sex multiple times in their lives.

24. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
a. Developer: PUBG Corporation
b. Publisher: Bluehole, Microsoft Studios (on Xbox One)
c. Test: Fail
- The community is full incredibly toxic masculinity.

25. Bioshock Infinite
a. Developer: Irrational Games, 2K Australia, Aspyr (on OS X)
b. Publisher: 2K Games
c. Test: Fail

26. Overwatch
a. Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
b. Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
c. Test: Pass
- Tracer, the hero featured on the box (and a fan favorite) is a lesbian.

27. Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2
a. Developer: Westwood Pacific
b. Publisher: EA Games
c. Test: Fail

28. World of Warcraft
a. Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
b. Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
c. Test: Fail

29. RimWorld
a. Developer: Ludeon Studios
b. Publisher: Ludeon Studios
c. Test: Fail Minus
- The controllable pawns in the sci-fi colony simulator can have a variety of sexual preferences.
- Outlined in this article the lead designer, Tynan Sylvester is a straight man with very narrow views of his perception of sexuality. https://kotaku.com/rimworlds-gay-women-controversy-explained-1788555928
- Transgender doesn’t exist which is odd considering how accurate Sylvester tried to make it (aka erasure).
- Bisexual men don’t exist, but Sylvester says he’s fixing it with an upcoming patch.
- It’s revealing is how upset some people are when a gay colonist settles in their area.
- THE MAIN REASON THIS DOESN’T PASS is because being gay takes up a ‘trait’ slot for the character (traits are harmful/beneficial aspects for each character like ‘nudist’, ‘bloodlust’, or ‘psychopath’) but being straight doesn’t take up a slot. They are defined by their sexual orientation.

30. Path of Exile
a. Developer: Grinding Gear Games
b. Publisher: Grinding Gear Games
c. Test: Fail

31. Planescape: Torment
a. Developer: Black Isle Studios
b. Publisher: Interplay Entertainment
c. Test: Fail

32. Fallout
a. Developer: Interplay Productions
b. Publisher: Interplay Productions
c. Test: Fail

33. Dishonored 2
a. Developer: Arkane Studios
b. Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
c. Test: Pass
- Two of the main characters you interact with have audio-graphs hidden away where they discuss either, a lover or a someone who flirted with them and they weren’t interested.

34. Crysis
a. Developer: Crytek
b. Publisher: Electronic Arts
c. Test: Fail

35. Stellaris
a. Developer: Paradox Development Studio
b. Publisher: Paradox Interactive
c. Test: Fail

36. Crusader Kings 2
a. Developer: Paradox Development Studio
b. Publisher: Paradox Interactive
c. Test: Fail minus
- Being gay is a trait some characters can have or develop.
- Having this trait leads to negative effects.

37. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
a. Developer: Kojima Productions (a subsidiary of Konami)
b. Publisher: Konami Digital Entertainment
c. Test: Pass (with reservations)
- Since the game is pretty much about committing war atrocities it could be perceived as negative, but because multiple important characters are somewhere on the LGBT spectrum it passes.
- Negative portrayal isn’t limited to the LGBT characters, pretty much everyone has poor qualities.

38. Dishonored
a. Developer: Arkane Studios
b. Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
c. Test: Fail (although)
- If you (male character) attempt to make an advance on Callista while she’s taking a bath, she refuses. If you continue anyway you lose the game saying that the group was disbanded because of “irreconcilable hostilities”.

39. Half-Life
a. Developer: Valve
b. Publisher: Sierra Studios
c. Test: Fail

40. Warcraft 3
a. Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
b. Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
c. Test: Fail

41. Quake
a. Developer: id Software
b. Publisher: GT Interactive
c. Test: Fail

42. Factorio
a. Developer: Wube Software
b. Publisher: Wube Software
c. Test: Fail

43. Prey
a. Developer: Arkane Studios
b. Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
c. Test: Pass
- If the main character chooses a female avatar the writing reflects she is a lesbian.
- This is one of the only games where the writing doesn’t change regardless of the gender of your avatar.

44. SOMA
a. Developer: Frictional Games
b. Publisher: Frictional Games
c. Test: Fail

45. Fallout 3
a. Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
b. Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
c. Test: Fail

46. TIE Fighter
a. Developer: Totally Games
b. Publisher: LucasArts
c. Test: Fail

47. Elite: Dangerous
a. Developer: Frontier Developments
b. Publisher: Frontier Developments
c. Test: Fail

48. Rocket League
a. Developer: Psyonix
b. Publisher: Psyonix
c. Test: Fail

49. Civilization V
a. Developer: Firaxis Games
b. Publishers: 2K Games (windows), Aspyr (OS X, Linux)
c. Test: Fail Plus
- Playable characters are from history and a few are LGBT+, but as the game has nearly no dialogue that furthers plot it fails.
- Dialogue is about diplomatic relationships.
- It is entirely possible to play the game without ever encountering an LGBT ruler.

50. Heroes of Might and Magic III
a. Developers: New World Computing, Loki Software (Linux), DotEmu (HD)
b. Publishers: The 3DO Company, Loki Software (Linux), Ubisoft (HD)
c. Test: Fail