Some of my best friends are gay dragons. I think that the reason I instinctively installed A Gay Dragon onto my iPhone isn’t as much to do with that, though, as the fact the game is provocatively called is ‘A Gay Dragon’. It’s a statement as much as a title. You can almost hear the design team saying: “Yeah, it’s A Gay Dragon. Get over it. Get with the times, daddio”
So what makes Melwin the Dragon gay? Well he’s chasing his beloved prince on various grid-based maps of course, and it’s your job to promote some same-sex inter-species romance – the very stuff of Rick Santorum’s worst nightmares. To do so you must lay arrows in his path, working out the complex path he’ll wind when you set him free – and trying to avoid the prowling heterosexual ladies (both Dragon and human) who want to curtail his man-woo activities.
It’s hard to know where A Gay Dragon has come from. It could have come from a lovely place – a well-intentioned tongue-in-cheek place that wants to cheekily invert video-game norms. It could also have come from, however, a place that had a crap puzzle game that they knew wouldn’t shift for toffee.
“Hey , how about we call it A Gay Dragon” someone might perhaps have said. “Someone from some website will definitely want to write about it if we call it A Gay Dragon.”
“A Gay Dragon, huh?” his boss would have replied. “That might just work.”
“A Gay Dragon.” his secretary would then parrot inwardly, before nodding with widening eyes: “A Gay Dragon!”