“The Hunt for the Gay Planet” is a was created by Anna Anthropy in 2013. The piece is an easily navigable satire full of humor, decisions, exploration, and twists. The piece is instrumental in entertaining and captivates an audience because of the development of the characters. It represents the development in the contemporary world in which same sex marriage is becoming a common practice and acceptable trend in the society. In particular, the plot development creates a world or an environment where the gay community is less understood and intimidated and thus living uncomfortable and unhappily. In retrospect, this creates an element of fear and stigma in these individuals who are forced to limit themselves in expressing their ideologies in society. Therefore, they have to ‘hunt’ for a planet where they can live openly and happily as gays and truly themselves. Though the author uses satire to develop her topic, the piece is commentary as it is clear how these people are ostracized in the world today. For instance, before 2013, only six states in the United States of America had permitted marriage among gay people. Later the civil right of gay marriage was reinforced in sixteen states out of fifty states in the USA. The author used the gay community rights movement’s continued and prominent issue during that era to develop the work. Like many other electronic literatures, the work is made of a pitch-black background. Since the story revolves around the LGBTQ community, many people would expect it to have a colorful adventure such as a symbolic flag. The quirky undertone on the black-pitch background is appropriate as it takes the readers on a special adventure on the gay planet, Lesbionica.
Anna Anthropy has described herself as a fat gay hex living with her black cat. Her aim of creating this piece was to help the readers differentiate between queer and gay since the two words are highly mixed and matched. The basis of the work is founded in Zork, which was created in the early 1980s. The author of the work, the hunt for the gay planet, gives many links at the lower edge of every page giving the reader a channel of selection. She uses attractive admissions and Star Wars fonts on every page that captures the attention of the reader. The author uses various phrases and words that illicit the physical responses and emotional responses to the verbiage. She hits the reader’s mind with contextual words that help them formulate the meaning of the words straight, queer, and gay (Cmakharm). The entire piece is set such that it is an emotional work revolving around the three words.
Structure and Styles’ Development
Anna Anthropy’s work is a hilarious and impactful satirical piece where the hunt is satirized as a star-wars game that permits the romance of homosexuals on an isolated planet. The Star Wars are sprinkled throughout the work, for instance, when the proponent says going to a “seediest hive of scum and villainy.” The entire story is made of ridiculous occurrences and goofy puns that make the title ‘hunt’ a hilarious satire. One of the ridiculous occasions is when the proponent surveys the planets and come across ancient tools. ‘Could these be gay tools?’ the protagonist asks herself (Cmakharm). The author has equipped the work with a lot of witty quips. She ironically points out the idea of walking straight through a dimmed tunnel without thinking straight. Another hilarious irony is seen when the police tie her up, and the conflicting feelings within her libido annoy her. The hilarious irony in the work highlights the ridiculousness surrounding the current video games culture that features straight male proponents and occasionally sprinkles them as afterthoughts.
Its format structure highly enhances the satirical nature of the game. The work, ‘hunt for the gay planet’ is structured like an old science fiction adventure story. The quest of the heroine across the galaxy is full of suspense. For instance, when the heroine, the heroine does an extensive exploration of the ancient cave and finally finds an isolated carving depicting two persons, a male, and a female, holding hands. The resulting anti-climatic change in the piece yields to the subversion of the average gamers’ adventure expectations. The author has used many ironic expectations’ subversions throughout the work, like when she finds a paradise-like planet.
The author does careful crafting of the vivid descriptions of the lush grass and placid waters. She also develops a sense of intrigue and mystery to the reader when she introduces certain psychic forces that wrest the protagonist’s mind. She culminates the whole hilarious sequence using a psychic whale that magnificently fronts on water and asks her whether she have a boyfriend. Despite the entertainment scene, the proponent is frustrated as the galaxy assumes her sexuality and normalizes heterosexual relationships. The action is justifiably frustrating and tiring for fictional lesbians in the space and the gay community in real life. Anna concludes the work with a brilliant satire. She uses a sloppy between the heroine and the lover that subverts straight male viewers’ expectations with fetishistic views of gay relationships (Jason). This ending kiss takes the past act of hero tropes and applying them to the video game. Here, the female proponent uses her intelligence to disarm the evil queen, saving the day, rescuing the girl and the whole galaxy against straight stifling.
Cmakharm “The Hunt for the Gay Planet: It’s like a Star Wars porno’ University of Mary Washington 27 January 2017 https://elit.umwblogs.org/2017/01/27/the-hunt-for-the-gay-planet-its-like-a-star-wars-porno/ accessed on 18 November 2020.
Jason, Johnson,” ANNA ANTHROPY’S HUNT FOR THE GAY PLANET EXPOSES HOW FAR GAMES NEED TO GO FOR TRUE EQUALITY’https://killscreen.com/previously/articles/anna-anthropys-hunt-gay-planet-skewers-star- wars-old-republic/ accessed on 18 November 2020