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True Colors is a game about surviving trauma and dealing with pain, and through it all, Alex gets a happy ending.
Let me repeat that.
The bisexual Asian protagonist–which is rare enough in any form of media, let alone video games–gets a freakin’ happy ending. This is true whether she stays or leaves Haven Springs, or chooses Steph or Ryan or neither.
Life goes on and, for Alex, it’s still full of hope despite the dark times. And that is why I absolutely love it.
«but she’s asian she cannot be racist!” who’s gonna tell her
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allow me to just talk about why steph being the bigger flustered mess between alex and steph is both hilarious and important and a really nice detail
everything we know about steph is that she’s out there. she’s proud, she’s confident and direct, she’s a total flirt and she doesn’t care what other people think. when she flirts with other women, she’s GOOD at it – case in point, diane. steph immediately just goes right for it without a single second’s hesitation (and would’ve done anyway so even if it WASN’T for their little Distraction Scheme). and we know she’s definitely done it before too, when alex says “there’s a good chance you awoke something in diane”, steph replies “wouldn’t be the first time”
our girl steph gingrich is cocky but not without reason, bc she knows she’s hot and she knows she can evoke that flustered reaction with other women. and she clearly has fun doing it
she does it with alex too, actually, right when we are first “introduced” to her. steph sees a cute girl hanging out in her record shop, peering curiously through the glass into her recording booth, and steph just Lights Up. game on. here’s a very cute girl that she definitely wants to engage and flirt with. so she does, by getting alex to pick a record with that trademark confidence. and then, when we finally hear her voice on the radio for the first time, steph looks back at us when she says “here’s a very special request from….. some chick” and she lets her gaze linger on us for awhile. oh she’s INTERESTED and she’s not afraid to let us know it
but then… oh bOY but then – well, alex very quickly becomes so much MORE to steph than “…..some chick”, doesn’t she? alex becomes an integral part of her life, fitting into the small town haven rhythm almost as if she’s already lived there in another life. but more importantly, alex fits into steph’s rhythm. just like that, they start hanging out more and more, their bond grows deeper and deeper and pretty soon - well, pretty soon? steph realizes that she’s absolutely in love with this woman.
so hence, the flustered reactions to alex’s confident flirts. everything we know about steph is turned upsidedown in a way, bc we expect her to be giving just as good as she’s getting, except - well, oops. OOPS. this friendship she’s building with alex? this… well, steph’s hesitant to label it a relationship because what if that’s too far?? this friendship means. the world. to steph. she can’t jeopardize that, not for anything. and especially not for stupid flirting that might not actually lead anywhere
so she backs off, in her way. we still see her make off the cuff comments that put feelers out into the space between “friend” and “girlfriend”, enough to let alex know “yeah i’m here i’m definitely interested, but the ball is in your court”. steph OBVIOUSLY wants alex to choose her as a partner, but she doesn’t want alex to choose her just because steph’s saying the right things or doing the right actions or pulling the right moves. steph wants alex to choose her because alex. wants to choose her.
which, if, you combine that with the fact that steph knows about alex’s empath power and presumably that steph knows that alex’s power also entails alex feeling and absorbing strong emotions as if they’re her own, well that adds a whole other layer of beauty to their relationship bc it means that steph is giving alex that space to process what she truly needs (as outright stated by steph before they kiss) – and then to come to a decision on her own about what alex wants because alex wants it, and for no other reason
so, this got WAY off track, but like it’s really lovely to see that detail about steph being the flustered one as opposed to alex bc not only does it flip what we know about the characters on its head in a really nice and refreshing sort of way, it also adds depth to steph and alex’s relationship. because it shows that steph isn’t as confident as she seems when it comes to things that actually matter deeply to her, and it allows alex to “take control” in a way of her decisions and, more importantly, her emotions – and allow her to choose for herself what she wants. because there is a woman in front of her, begging “kiss me. kiss me kiss me kiss me” so deeply in her soul that alex can LITERALLY see it as an emotional aura around her, pulling her in – and for alex to decide that yes, she wants to kiss this woman back. and that she wants to kiss her back for no other reason than the fact that she, alex chen, wants to. and nothing else