So the Penny Arcade Report brought to my attention the Newgrounds video game Dys4ia by Anthropy. It’s a game she made to help convey her own personal feelings about her transitioning to female through hormone therapy. The game engages you by giving you only one chance in very difficult levels based off classic games such as Tetris to let you get just a glimmer of how Anthropy must have felt like.
She explains that the reason she wanted this story to be told in the form of a video game was so people could experience failure in a way that isn’t possible in other media. This game had me feeling so badly as I failed since I felt like I was becoming responsible for the depression, but then as the levels progressed and things started to change I felt like I was watching someone become the person they wanted to be right in front of my eyes. I recommend you play it if only to get to know one person’s experience.
I played it the other day (it takes about 15 minutes or so to complete). That was a good medium to tell the story in, because it stuck with me and made me feel for her.