The game is free and short. If you like games as art you will like this, if you don't it was only 10 minutes.
The part where I gush a little:
As I have mentioned before, sexuality is something rarely discussed in games. Thankfully due to the general positive feedback games like A Closed World have been getting, more and more have begun to crop up. Dys4ia is a game about choosing to and then actually starting gender reassignment therapy. The creator, Anna Antrhopy, is actually a serial game maker and writer of a new book titled Rise of the Video Game Zinestars.
I have played games by this developer before so I wanted this critique to be a bit of a comparison. My favorite game by Anna would have to be Lesbian Spider-Queens From Mars. Though any storyline or pretense to a message is essentially non-existent the gameplay sucked me in immediately. I was pleasantly surprised at how such a simple game could be so much fun.
Now around the time that I first played A Closed World is when I first stumbled across Anna's blog. At the time Auntie Pixelante seemed not so thrilled about the game and wrote this seathing blog post. Additionally creating a game called A Closed Mind which seems to be a more realistic portraiyal of the struggle to be accepted in a world that frowns upon being transgendered. Although a bit heavy handed and by no means a fun game it did illustrate a point.
Dys4ia in my mind is a more thought out and carefully realized response to A Closed World. It is heavily story driven with mini games between each story piece which serve as a sort of sampler to what the author was going through. And it works. More importantly I liked it more than A Closed World.
There is a bit at the beginning of the game where your avatar is an oddly shaped sort of puzzle piece trying to fit through a different, but equally oddly shaped hole in a wall. The narrator explains that this is what it feels like to be them every day. With such a simple game mechanic (almost barely a game mechanic at all) Anna is able to convey so much meaning.
As some of you know I am a big advocate as games as a form of expression and Dys4ia is the best example of that I can think of to date. If you are into games as art or really your just curious about gender reassignment check out this game.
Anna Anthropy has a blog you can check out here.