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Cyberpunk 2077 offering extremely inclusive character creation.

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I really liked gaming when I was younger, but there was one day about 15 years ago, when I realized that I was no longer getting any fulfillment from it. So I stopped cold turkey. Today my “gaming” is online crosswords, which is about as far away from Cyberpunk 2077 as possible.

Sorry for being one of the old farts around here.  :P


Julie H:
I just started playing it on the xbox and I hate how the cars work.Otherwise it is kind of neat to see Night City on screen.

I think the question if this game is transphobic is nothing more than a marketing spin to be honest.. The character creation is certainly not transphobic.. allowing modification of EVERYTHING regardless....
The parts of the game being highlighted as such are more depictions of a underlying society and part of the story-telling.. Not needed, for sure.. but, well to me anyway, not having any relevance in society around us.. I certainly do not see it as a direct cultural observation on todays society or an incite to 'hate' trans folk in general...  It is only a game.. and it is quite good too..if a little boring.

I think quite a few people are missing the point, to be honest. And expecting the game to be something it isn't. See... the world of Cyberpunk 2077 draws from several different Cyberpunk ideas. Notably Altered Carbon and the movie Strange Days.

I am running two different characters, basically a feminine bodyshape with a penis, and one without, to see if I can notice any difference in the way they're treated. And so far I have noticed very little difference (although admittedly I am not that far into the game). With one exception, which I'll cover later.

The thing that people aren't getting with Cyberpunk 2077 is something the Ripperdoc Viktor tells you, in no uncertain terms. People can change their bodies in whatever way they feel like. And even get new bodies. That is important. Like Altered Carbon, people can essentially upload themselves to a Shard and re-download themselves into an entirely new body. That fact alone put a lot of things into perspective for me.

Now, the exception I talked about involves a side mission where you pick up a guy whose... um... crotch implant had malfunctioned. He asks you to take him to a Ripperdoc. You have a conversation with him en route, and depending on whether your character has a penis or not, the conversation differs. Regardless of whether you chose the feminine or masculine voice or bodyshape. If your character has a penis, then you talk about how he got the wrong implant, and how another one is better.

This stuck me as very odd. For someone born with something they would rather didn't exist... the character would never say that. I would never say that. And at first I figured they just didn't understand what the condition entailed. But it isn't that. See... the world of Cyberpunk 2077 is one where if you don't like your genitalia, you can just change them. If you don't like your body, you can just change it. As Viktor talks about.

That was a bit of a lightbulb moment. The game treats it as a choice. It assumes if you have a feminine bodyshape and voice, then it's your choice to have a penis, and that you like having it. And that you use it as a part of your identity. And you get treated that way. In the context of the game... that isn't so far fetched. In CP2077 being trans doesn't have to be something you're stuck with. They treat it as something you choose to do. That's why the ads are what they are.

So do I feel the game is transphobic? No, not personally. But I think a lot of people don't understand the kind of world the game is set in. Where... when you just want to be another woman, you can be. With no questions asked.

Just my opinion, of course. Oh, and I've put in like 50 hours so far and have only just got past act 1. I don't find it boring in the slightest. In fact, rather the contrary, it's a little bit overwhelming how much there is to do. :P

Just getting started. It’s great so far. Minor bugs don’t bother me. I’m certain more content is on the way too.

My trans avatar has blue hair just like me! Amazing!


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