Queer gamers got something to smile about in PS4’s new Marvel’s Spiderman game from Sony Interactive and Insomnia. Apparently, players can see pride flags flying at several sites throughout the game, and the rainbow even appears as a large mural. Twitter was quick to point out all the Spider-pride in the game, including Eisner Award-winning writer Saladin Ahmed (Throne of the Crescent Moon):
Wow. I stopped to perch on a building in #Spidermanps4 and looked over and saw this.
Thinking about all the 12-year-old kids who will be playing this game and seeing this in towns where it’s not safe to put that flag up. pic.twitter.com/QGr1Q7QrxZ
— Saladin Ahmed (@saladinahmed) September 8, 2018
You crazy kids, being shocked that Spider-Man can perch atop a gay pride flag in the new game. Don’t you know the Parkers have been allies since before it was cool? (Words: @straczynski, Pencils: John Romita Jr.) pic.twitter.com/tkGf1y7eDx
— Gunwild …- (@GunwildPrime) September 8, 2018
What’s so refreshing about the appearance of the flag is that it’s not just about messaging, it’s also about accurately reflecting the city of New York and the West Village, which has a storied queer history. It may seem like a small detail, but having this kind of queer representation in gaming is a big deal. Well done, all involved!
(via Daily Dot, image: Sony Interactive Entertainment)
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