Sunday, July 14, 2024

New Clue board game has LGBTQ+ gamers by the throat

If there’s one thing that we didn’t expect in 2023, it’s to be a little bit down bad for characters in the new Clue board game. And yet, here we are.

Clue – or if you’re a Brit like me, Cluedo – has been around for a very long time and continues to be one of the most fun, family-friendly board games around. Funny really, considering the main goal for Clue is to figure out who committed the off-screen (off-board?) murder of a certain character and with what weapon. Still as Knives Out tells us, nothing brings a family together like a murder, eh?

However, what’s bringing us together this time around isn’t just how fun the game is. No, it’s actually because this new iteration of Clue has the majority of the LGBTQ+ community by the throat thanks to the new, modernized cast. All of which seem to be steeped in stereotypical queer archetypes. You have Mustard as a silver fox daddy, then White with the androgynous look, and don’t get us started on Peacock. Not that we’re complaining.

In previous iterations of Clue – and we do mean Clue, not the many, many spin-offs revolving around the game – the characters players took the role of were separated into names like Mrs White, Mr Plumb, and so forth. Now however it seems that most of the characters are defined by their jobs, rather than their honorifics. The full character list is: Professor Plum, Chef White, Solicitor Peacock, Colonel Mustard, Mayor Green and Miss Scarlett.

Alongside their new looks, these characters look seem as they have a bit more personality too. “Is Miss Scarlett a socialite – or does she have a secret identity? What is the loveable Mayor Green hiding?” Reads a summary of the game on Clue’s Amazon page. “Uncover the lies and rich backstories of Colonel Mustard, Solicitor Peacock, Professor Plum, and Chef White, too!”

But, as we’re previously stated, it isn’t just the personality of the characters that have us thirsty queers lapping at Clue’s ankles like a dog in heat. Stereotypical as they may appear, it doesn’t change the fact that a quick glance at these modernized versions of old characters definitely puts them as people you’d see in your local gay village. Intentional or not, we’re here for it!

You can purchase the new Clue game over on Amazon.

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