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Shadowlands Nominated as Outstanding Video Game in the 32nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards
2021/01/28 at 9:40 PM
We're proud to report that
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands
has been nominated in the category of
Outstanding Video Game
32nd annual GLAAD Media Awards
! Since its inception in 1990, the GLAAD Media Awards have grown to be the most visible annual LGBTQ awards show in the world, sending powerful messages of acceptance to audiences globally. In their awards show each year, the GLAAD organization honors media for fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community and the issues that affect LGBTQ peoples’ lives.
Games are a relatively new category, first introduced in 2018 with
The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset
winning over four other titles.
nomination this year marks the first time that World of Warcraft has been included and the second time for Blizzard Entertainment overall, with
being beaten out by
The Outer Worlds
in 2019. This year, the highly competitive Outstanding Video Game category recognizes the continually high bar for authentic and prominent LGBTQ representation in games released in 2020.
The GLAAD nominations announcement highlights WoW's first confirmed transgender character
, as well as several of the
same gender relationships
throughout the expansion
, including one of the previous
before Tyrande, and the budding
romance between Flynn Fairwind and Mathias Shaw
explored in the prequel novel Shadow's Rising. From the GLAAD nomination announcement:
In Shadowlands, the eighth expansion pack for World of Warcraft, players cross from the world of Azeroth into the realms of the afterlife. A significant change in setting for the long-running game, Shadowlands also sets a new standard for inclusivity. Early in the story, players meet Pelagos, an outstanding new trans character voiced by out trans actor Elliot Fletcher, who plays a major role in Bastion questing and the Kyrian campaign. Also much to our delight, the expansion dispenses with the dubious notion that everyone in Warcraft lore happens to be heterosexual. The Night Fae campaign introduces a gay couple through the Night Warrior’s Curse questline, and in the companion book Shadows Rising, the fan-favorite pairing of Flynn Fairwind and Mathias Shaw is made canon. A more meta change that came with Shadowlands is the ability for players to change the gender of their characters without having to pay a real-money fee. This is undoubtedly a welcome change for all players, but it’s especially important to remove what often became an unintended tax on trans players who wanted to update their characters to reflect their personal gender identity. Along with a host of additional character customization options, Shadowlands marks a bold new inclusive direction for the seasoned MMO, and we can’t wait to see where Blizzard takes us next.
There's some stiff competition this year, however even just being nominated is a great honor. While the official date of the awards presentation has yet to be announced, the full list of games being recognized this year are as follows:
Assassin's Creed Valhalla
Borderlands 3: Guns, Love, and Tentacles
Immortals Fenyx Rising
Tell Me Why
The Last of Us Part II
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands
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