To mark Pride Month, Dontnod has made three chapters of Tell Me Why free for memorials throughout the month. If you like their games like Life Is Strange, the latest story is’ em up a good’un. Instead of paying for their game, Dontnod suggests, you can instead support queers and transgender people with your money or stakes.
Tell Me Why is about two twins, one of whom is a trans man, who uses his magical powers to explore conflicting memories from his childhood in Alaska.
“We have received heartfelt messages from players around the world about how Tyler’s return as a transman and Alyson̵
“Our intention to make Tell Me Why free for June 2021 is both to allow even more people to access the game and to encourage our players to spend their money in places that will directly affect trans and queer communities.”
They have some suggestions on how you might want to do that, including buying games from trans and queer indie developers (they have some recommendations, and I would also point out the Queer Games Bundle 2021 on Itch), donating to a local Mutal Assistance Fund , and directly give money to a person in need. Even if you can ‘t splash some money, they say, you can offer support by “being an outspoken advocate for trans rights,” promoting people’s work, and educating yourself.
Tell Me Why is available for free now from Steam and the Microsoft Store, as well as on Xbone. Grab it by June 30, and it’s yours to keep.
“It’s less dramatic than some of Dontnod’s other outings (and probably not for those with short attention spans given the pace),” Alice Bee said in our Tell Me Why review last year, “but Tell Me Why is still a good contribution to their library of stories about families and sad magic – and that’s probably the most hopeful thing yet. “