Gender neutrality is essential when writing because it acknowledges the equality of all gender and that games are for all. Each language has its own rules to do this. We will provide you with guidelines for English writing. However, you will find additional information for other languages when possible.
Guidelines that may help you in your writing:
Use gender-neutral terms such as “the player”. Your game may allow thematic designations such as “the pirate” or “the space pilot”.
Player A takes a random card to Player B.
Create fictional players and use gender-neutral names or alternate between female and male names. When picking names in examples consider using names that evoke a mix of cultures.
Leila goes first and plays a 6. Next, it’s Alejandro’s turn.
Use more than one pronoun
Try making the nouns and pronouns plural
Use “they” as a singular pronoun (what is this?)
Use the pronoun “you” to designate the player. This might be the simplest of all suggestions. It also has the advantage of conveying gender-neutrality in other languages.
# Gender specific terms
In your text revision process, look for gender-specific terms and replace them with a gender-neutral one or another expression.
|waiter / waitress||server|
When you decide to make your game available in multiple languages, remember to apply the same standards to all of them. If you subcontract to a translation company, ask them to respect gender-neutrality.
To learn more about inclusive writing in other languages, please consult the different versions of our guide on our website.