The Elder Scrolls Online takes home inaugural GLAAD award for Outstanding Video Game

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This is not a joke whatsoever: LGBTQ media-advocacy organization GLAAD has awarded The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset with its first-ever award for Outstanding Video Game during its 30th annual GLAAD Media Awards ceremony. TESO beat out a number of other titles, including Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire, Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire, Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, and The Sims Mobile, largely thanks to its questline titled “Manor of Masques,” in which “players were tasked in helping to reunite a transgender woman with her estranged twin sister.”

According to Gamasutra, “the game was selected for how the questline dealt with the difficult topics of coming out and acceptance in a way that reflected the lived reality of many transgender people today.” Discussing the award, GLAAD Chief Programs Officer Zeke Stokes said that “The video game landscape is ever-expanding, and it’s critical that all players see themselves represented fairly and accurately in the content. LGBTQ people are an important and growing part of the gaming community, and we are so proud to honor an impressive slate of nominees in this first year.”

Source: Gamasutra
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Sana Tan

One of my favorite quests in a game full of beautifully written stories. Also amazing voice acting.

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hurbster

:)

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Greaterdivinity

I continue to enjoy seeing more/better representations of LGBTQ+ folks in games. It’s nice seeing more than just the overly flamboyant queen in games, and more importantly that those characters are handled pretty matter-of-factly rather like other characters usually are.

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TomTurtle

That questline was a surprise, which sadly the very mention of what it’s about spoils said surprise. It’s still a lovely little nod in the game that I think was handled quite well.

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Chase Masters

/golfclap

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camren_rooke

ESO also has several npcs in same sex relationships.

Nothing shocking or surprising, just presented as normal.

There was one about a grave and flowers that had me kinda choked up.

That said, I have not seen the Manor of Masques quest yet. EDIT: Its in Summerset. I haven’t delved into those quests yet, but given Summerset’s immediate immersion into refugees and the effects of tribalism, I can see that expansion being one of my favorites.

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hurbster

Yup, just mentioned in passing. I do like the Khajiit vendor in Coldharbour trying to express her feelings for the Dunmer alchemist and not getting why leaving a dead skeever on her doorstep might not be doing it.

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Alex Willis

This made me laugh.

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Mordyjuice

I’m reading all these articles today and it seems like most of these 4/1 articles sound too plausible.

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François Verret

That’s great. I’ll have to look up that questline when I download the game again.

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3dom

MMORPG market is in an awful state if a game like that get any rewards – besides “the ugliest avatars” and “worst animations” categories, of course. Yet another victim of Hero engine…

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micedicetwice

Try and google “personal taste” and “not my cup of tea”.

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nomadmorlock9

If you want to be critical, go for it but at least be educated. This game has fantastic graphics and great avatars. And it doesn’t use the Hero engine. Besides that the quality and quantity of the content the ESO team puts out during any given year puts othe MMO’s to shame.

The award was well deserved!

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3dom

To think those avatars are fantastic one must be playing Tetris mostly. They were really bad even in 2014 when they were released, now even mobile games have much better characters.
Undemanding players with lack of any taste are one of the reasons why Western companies keep feeding us McDonald’s-level graphics like ESO / Conan / SWTOR have.

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camren_rooke

It’s April 1st right?

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hurbster

Pictures, thousand words and all that. Sounds like some of the people who endlessly bagged on ESO ever since launch. In fact I’m surprised 3dom hasn’t accused it of being brown yet.

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Alex Willis

You don’t like the game engine, so any conceivable recognition the game might get is unwarranted?

Perspective: it’s what’s for dinner.

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Eliandal

Funny thing is, it’s been stated so many times, that they did a mock up only with the HE in early development, but you know the internet – someone said it once so it must be fact ;)!

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Mordyjuice

I realize copying some ones antics is a form of flattery but you could have replaced your avatar with a picture of a Siamese Cat.