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Submitted by PixelitisBlog 475d ago | opinion piece

Inclusive gaming: Awesome LGBTQ characters in games

"It always warms my heart to see some LGBTQ characters in my videogames. After all, I fell in love with games long before I fell in love with dudes. Though I wouldn’t label myself as a “gaymer,” per se, I’m all for equal representation in all aspects of life.

So to mark the end of LGBTQ Pride Month – as well as pride weekend in New York City and San Francisco – I’ve decided to put together a list of some of the best representations of gay men and women.

This is obviously not a complete list. Sure, I could have put in FemShep from Mass Effect or The Grey Warden from Dragon Age: Origins, but the sexuality of those characters are up to the will of the player. Instead, the following guys and gals were made to stay true to themselves and they rock it.

These, in my eyes, are some of the best gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer* videogame characters that I’ve taken notice of over the years."

- Maxwell Coviello (3DS, Culture, Final Fantasy XIII, Guilty Gear X2 Reload, PC, Persona 4, Persona 4 Golden, PS Vita, PS3, PSP, Shadow Hearts Covenant, Street Fighter x Tekken, Xbox 360)

Snookies12  +   475d ago
I dunno about Vanille and Fang... I mean, I get how people could see them as being something more. Yet it's never actually stated. That being said, it's never stated that they're straight either. Either way, it's kinda speculation lol.
jc48573  +   475d ago
I don't know either. Can it be seeing as a form of sisterly love?
Snookies12  +   475d ago
That's what I was considering it as when I played through the first time. They love each other, just not in "that" way. I think... I dunno, again... Never stated, so it's only speculation. :\
jc48573  +   475d ago
whatever works for people.
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pr0t0typeknuckles  +   475d ago
after playing tomb raider i can easily see the new lara as a lesbi,or maybe thats just my imagination.
manaxknight1  +   475d ago
idk y to sexualize video game characters but for humor
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ChrisW  +   475d ago
LGBT... Q? Queer?

Sorry, but anyone a bit odd and out of the ordinary falls under that description... and I don't think they should be grouped with the LGBT.
SilentNegotiator  +   475d ago
I saw that for the first time walking around campus a few weeks ago. It's because they don't want anyone to feel left out of "safe zones", I think.

According to wikipedia, there's also:
"Other variants may add a "U" for "unsure"; a "C" for "curious"; an "I" for "intersex"; another "T" for "transsexual" or "transvestite"; another "T", "TS", or "2" for "Two‐Spirit" persons; an "A" or "SA" for "straight allies"; or an "A" for "asexual".[31][32][3 3][34][35] Some may also add a "P" for "pansexual" or "polyamorous", an "H" for "HIV-affected", and/or an "O" for "other""

....HIV-affected? ASEXUAL?! Really?

How about LGBTO, O for "other"? "Queer" (although Q also means "questioning" sometimes, I believe) is too synonymous with "Gay" and comes off redundant.

Heck, do away with the acronyms altogether before it becomes LGBTQUCITTTSASAPHO...
ChrisW  +   475d ago
Might as well toss in a "B" for...
SilentNegotiator  +   475d ago
Bald?
NeXXXuS  +   474d ago
I'm gay, but I'm very backwards about the gay community. I don't like it. I'm not proud to be homosexual because there's nothing to be proud of. I'm just a person who happens to like the same sex. I don't see a difference between homosexuals and heterosexuals besides just that one thing. People are people and deserve to be treated like people. At least video game characters don't care about each other's orientation.
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NiteX  +   475d ago
I was surprised when you find out about Kanji's queer side. Then he pretty much hates himself and the whole idea of it. Not exactly a good example of acceptance.
TongkatAli  +   475d ago
He was attracted to Naoto when he thought she was a boy and he was still attracted to her after he found out she was a girl.

He is straight, he knew deep down she was a female. what his gay side is, is that he sows and his darkself was making him out to be like that from the things he use to hear like "only girls sow" and "real men shouldn't like cute things".

The insecurity of what he loves and what he likes keeps him away from girls because he doesn't feel he is a man to them.

What would people say to a man who sows ? He is a ____, that was the whole point of him avoiding girls.
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Xof  +   475d ago
That was more of a way to let insecure gamers avoid the very obvious truth that Kanji is gay.
chikane  +   475d ago
Vanilleeeee -_-

Didn't read just saw the pic of Vanilleee -_-
SpinalRemains138  +   475d ago
Vanille is a lesbian?

Fang too?

Naaaah
mydyingparadiselost  +   475d ago
The Final Fight Tranny is on the list so I'm happy. And Vanille and Fang are completely lesbian, I don't see how anyone could think otherwise.
Lykon  +   475d ago
I enjoyed the gay flirting with some of the characters in fallout newvegas. Serious Sam had a nice bit where a group of gays with massive heads run out of a hidden room (I've since found out that they are supposed to be the developers but at the time they seemed very gay to me) . I know he is not a gay necessarily but solid snakes arse in MGS4 looks edible especially the way he keeps spreading those strong legs and lifting it up all the time. Even some of my str8 freinds were saying how much they just wanted to bury their faces in his deep gluteal crevice.
Totoro17  +   475d ago
What about Bill from The Last of Us. Dude was badass and gay. Love how he broke the mold of stereotypes.
SpinalRemains138  +   474d ago
HAHA yeah that got me by surprise totally.

When Ellie pulled out the Playpen I almost died laughing.
NeXXXuS  +   474d ago
"Why are these pages stuck together?"
Totoro17  +   473d ago
Reason #1334 why I loved Last of Us. ;)
SpinalRemains138  +   472d ago
I tried to catch the fog, but I mist.
Godlovesgamers  +   475d ago
Wow.
E2S  +   474d ago
Was Kefka gay? I always suspected he was.
NeXXXuS  +   474d ago
Pretty sure he was just mental

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