Coming Out Simulator 2014

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“A half-true game about half-truths.”

“What’s wrong with being gay?!” I ask my mother. I’m driving to church with her. A few weeks later, my trips will stop just short of the gate.

The argument is nearly over, but no progress is made. It isn’t about me. It isn’t even really about homosexuality, it’s just the principle of the thing. We drive into the 400-year-old fort that is the heart of our little town. Past the temple, past the mosque, we pull up outside the peeling church gates as people pour through them. The look on my face says it all. “Look at them! They profess love, but will condemn you in the same breath if you choose to be different.”

A small town with small, closed minds.

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How far will you push it? Is it worth the risk? 

It isn’t really about being gay. Have you never told a half-truth? Edged your way around a topic by saying so much while saying nothing at all as everything inside of you was screaming? Or do you just let it out and watch in horror as the truth tears things apart?

I haven’t had The Conversation yet. I don’t know whether I’ll ever have to – I’m not even sure whether I swing that way at all. Why, then, did so much of the conversation in something called “Coming Out Simulator” seem so eerily familiar? Why did it feel like I had fought the same fights and bashed my head against the same walls?

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Who’d have thought that gay people have conversations about things other than being gay.

This is Nicky Case’s personal story, and yet it is a story that everyone can relate to. It is painful and sad while still being humorous and hopeful. It haunts you with the things that you say, it haunts you with the things that you choose not to – not unlike real life.

You can play Coming Out Simulator 2014 here.

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